2016 Nationals and Stanley Bell

The 2016 Nationals will be held this year at Larchmont YC in New York on April 9-10. In addition, two weeks earlier is the annual Stanley Bell regatta that is great as a warm up and you can leave your boat there in the interim.

Registration for IC Nationals is now open: http://www.larchmontyc.org/Yachting/Winter-Sailing/2016_IC_Nationals.aspx  The last time LYC hosted in 2009, there were 55 boats on the line and given there were just had 34 on the line for a random Sunday in February a few days ago, all signs are pointing to another large event.

A limited number of loaner boats and housing may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  That said, if you own an IC, preference is not given as to loaner boats since we’d rather use the loaner boats to promote the regatta and class to non-IC sailors.

For those who want to come to LYC early, Apr. 2-3 is the Stanley Bell Regatta – NOR and online entry posted at http://www.larchmontyc.org/Yachting/Winter-Sailing/2016_Bell_Regatta.aspx — you can leave your boat at LYC in between the Bell and Nationals, free of charge.

If you have any questions about either or both events, please reach out to Jay Rhame (rhame – at – gmail – dot – com and or Peter Beardsley (wpbeardsley – at -gmail – dot – com).  Please encourage everyone in your area to attend — easy trip, big fleet, high quality racing, hopefully good weather (in 2009 the first day was sailed in shorts and had 14 races).

2016 Midwinters is CANCELLED

Update: Blizzard Jonas was indeed a massive storm setting a record 30 inches of snow and 50 knot winds on the bay with a travel ban on local and state roads Saturday and Sunday, so this was without a doubt the right call. Instead of the regatta, enjoy a trip around downtown Annapolis in the snow as the eye of the storm passed on Saturday.

 

Original  Post: The Nor’easter weather situation for this coming weekend’s regatta has not improved and may have gotten worse if considering sailing conditions on both weekend days. Traveling to and from the event will be hazardous and the prognosis for sailing is poor. Therefore, we regret that the IC Midwinters will be canceled this year. Many thanks to everyone who has continually supported this event in the past and those planning on coming this year.

2015 Stanley Bell Notice Of Race

The 2015 Stanley Bell Regatta will be held at LYC, March 7-8 March 21-22, 2015. The change is due to the icy conditions in Larchmont Harbor.  The NOR and online entry form are posted at http://www.larchmontyc.org/Yachting/Winter-Sailing/2015_Bell_Regatta.aspx There will be a chili cookoff Saturday night (if you don’t bring a chili, you can be one of the judges, don’t worry). Loaner boats will be available for visiting teams on a first-come, first-serve basis, and should be reserved in advance via email.

–Peter Beardsley

2015 IC Nationals at Metedeconk River YC

Have you ever gone to an event that is draped with sponsor banners, yet it’s unclear what the sponsors are paying for? Keith Taboada reports that this won’t be a problem at an event he is organizing…

With many one-design fleets withering on the vine, we wanted to try something novel to encourage participation for the U.S. National Championships in a great traditional one-design class, the Interclub Dinghy. As a result of generous sponsorship by Medifast, Inc., we have organized the event to be held without an entry fee. Dinner, lunch and trophies included. Event dates are April 10-12.

Will Jim Bowers continue his recent dominance? Will Steve Benjamin unleash some new trickery? Do John and Molly Baxter really model for Vineyard Vines? To find out in person, there is plenty of time to dig out an IC and come down to Metedeconk River YC, located at Hurricane Sandy ground zero in Brick, NJ.

The Nationals are the climax of the IC winter season, attracting some of the best sailors on the East Coast. The event is guaranteed to be the best regatta money can’t buy. Get the notice of Race (NOR) at the MRYC Web site.