118th Edition of Larchmont Race Week
Published on July 24th, 2016
The historic 118th running of Larchmont Race Week attracted 206 entries on its two weekend format of July 16-17 and 23-24 in Larchmont, NY.
Graham Landy sailing his V-15 with crew Chris Klevan was awarded the Anne Kathleen Cullen Memorial Trophy recognizing the one-design boat turning in the best performance for the week. Landy won the 50-boat V-15 fleet, which was also the 2016 V-15 US National Championship.
The best performance by an LYC member in the PHRF division, the Vincent Mont-Sano Trophy, was awarded for the third time to Bud Heerde whose Maudelayne placed second in PHRF but topped all the other host club boats.
Winners in the specific classes were:
Viper 640 – David Owen and Peter Beardsley
J/105 – Paul Beaudin
J/70 – Scott Bursor
Etchells – Ron Thompson
IOD – Jim Bishop
Shields – Fred Werblow
S Boats – Rick Beck
Ideal 18 – Katherine Morgan
PHRF Spinnaker – Paul Strauch (Melges 32)
PHRF Non-Spinnaker – Robert Chuda (Frers 45W)
This year was also the second running of the Around Execution Lighthouse Race on July 24, a single start, winner take all event. Last year, only the racer/cruisers participated and LYC’s Jason Carroll set the target time in his Gunboat 62 Elvis. This year, the Viper 640 sportboats and classic S Boats joined the race, making for an exciting starting line and mark roundings.
It was a light air drifter for the first most of the second legs that turned into a solid southerly for a run home. The 2016 Around Execution Lighthouse Race was won by Noroton Yacht Club Viper sailor Bob McHugh with LYC Vice Commodore Andy Kaplan’s Viper in second and Cardwell Potts in third. Nine of the top 13 finishers were Vipers sailing in their first PHRF event at Larchmont Race Week.
Larchmont Junior Race Week was staged during the week between the senior Race Week events. Typically light July winds on eastern Long Island Sound were absent, replaced with an abundance of wind for three days of racing for the 350+ juniors sailing Lasers, C420s, Pixels, and Fevas. That was followed by excellent conditions Thursday for the 150+ boat Opti Day. On Friday, LYC hosted the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar for over 150 junior sailors. Details.
Source: Edward Padin