2024 AYC Spring Regatta Recap

2024 AYC Spring Regatta Recap
ROCCing the start

The 2024 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta wrapped up 3 solid days of sailing on May 3-5, with the Friday coastal race leading into the weekend's mix of windward-leeward and coastal courses. (see all photos)

Coastal racers heading back across the sound

On Friday May 3rd, 5 classes of boats (ORC, PHRF 1-3, and PHRF Non-Spinnaker) hit the starting line. PRO Nick Everett set up 3 courses ranging from 9.5nm to 18.5nm. The sailors finished off the day in full sunshine, hanging out on the club lawn with a band and complimentary food.

Drew Fung, of the J/100 Freedom, noted: "The J/100 fleet had a terrific Spring Regatta with spirited competition all three days. Our Friday double-handed Coastal Cruising race was a blast, in addition to being quite a workout given the terrific breeze and course the Race Committee gave us."

J/100 sailors after Friday's race
Race committee enjoying Friday's music and sun

Saturday brought consistent ENE winds in the 10 to 18 knot range, while Sunday was shiftier with an easterly bending to the south, with wind ranging between 7 and 14 knots across various parts of the Sound. On the East Course, PRO David Barton got in 4 races for the boats running windward-leewards in 3 different classes (J/44, J/105, ORC). South Course PRO Nick Everett kicked off the 4-class coastal race with a downwind start to keep things interesting.

South course signal boat
East course mark boat team

While Sunday was supposed to be cold and wet, the rain held off and the sailors got off 3 races on the East course and 1 race for the coastal classes, including a reach leg where the sailors had a chance to break out their code-zeros.

J/44s heading down to the gate

Asked for his take on the coastal racing, Byte's Robert Alexander said, "The courses were interesting and the length was just right," adding that he would love to see an ORC option next year.

After racing every day, the sailors kicked back to food and music, catching up and sharing tips and anecdotes from the day. As race committee chair Barry Gold put it, "It was like the old days with lots of people staying late to enjoy each others' company at the club, even after a hard day of work on the water.

Event Chair Erik Asgeirsson summed up the regatta: “We had a fantastic three days of racing and shoreside festivities. Our three-day dual event format, now in its second year, continues to receive a lot of positive feedback. Finally, we also greatly appreciated the increased involvement of the AYC Spring Regatta Sponsors.”

Moving into the bar once the rain kicked in on Sunday
J/99 tuning clinic with Jeff Johnstone
Andante in the breeze


(full results on Yachtscoring for Friday and Weekend racing)

May 3rd (Friday) Coastal Race

  • Best Overall: Zammermoos
  • ORC Division
    • First: Zemmermoos
    • Second: Christopher Dragon XII
    • Third: Gemini II
  • PRHF 1
    • First: Acadia
    • Second: Cougar
    • Third: After Midnight
  • PRHF 2
    • First: Velocity2
    • Second: Growth Spurt
    • Third: Agent 99
  • PRHF 3
    • First: Quintessence
    • Second: Yankee Boy
    • Third:loulou
  • PRHF Non-Spinnaker
    • First: Bluefin (doublehanded)
    • Second: Liberty (doublehanded)
    • Third: Freedom (doublehanded)

May 4-5 (Weekend) Results

  • 1888 Trophy (best overall level racing): Maxine
Bill Ketchum receiving the 1888 award
  • Edward Richards Trophy (best overall ORC): The ROCC
  • Rampant Trophy (best overall PHRF): Hamburg II
  • J/44 One-Design
    • First: Maxine
    • Second: Palantir 5
    • Third: Beagle
  • J/105 One-Design
    • First: Solution
    • Second: loulou
    • Third: Gray Matter
loulou's Paul Beaudin
  • ORC Windward-Leeward
    • First: The ROCC
    • Second: Christopher Dragon XII
    • Third: Zammermoos
  • Coastal PHRF 1
    • First: Acadia
    • Second: After Midnight
    • Third: Cougar
Acadia's team receiving their award
  • Coastal PHRF 2
    • First: Hamburg II
    • Second: Tenebrae
    • Third: Charlotte
  • Coastal PHRF 3
    • First: Velocity 2
    • Second: Yankee Boy
    • Third: Easy Red
  • Coastal Non-Spinnaker
    • First: Bluefin
    • Second: Saltire
    • Third: Liberty