US Sailing – ABYC Awarded the St. Petersburg Award

US Sailing Awards: Sailors Honored for Distinguished Service

ABYCs Latham Bell pictured on the right – 2017 US Sailing Award winners. Photo credit to US Sailing.

AUSTIN, Texas (February 16, 2017) – A remarkable list of sailing’s most accomplished contributors received high honors during Wednesday night’s US Sailing Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. US Sailing recognized these esteemed award winners for their extraordinary achievements in support of sailing in the United States. The awards dinner is a featured event at US Sailing’s 2017 National Conference.

Hunt and Betsy Lawrence (New York, NY) received the prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for their outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. The Lawrences were instrumental in their financial support for the fleet of Olympic-class boats that were used at the Olympic venue in Rio for over two years to help train American athletes. Having access to these boats provided an important edge for Team USA as they prepared for the 2016 Rio Games.

Oakcliff (Oyster Bay, NY), a high performance training center, was founded by the Lawrences in 2010 and was named a US Sailing Team National Training Center in 2013. Oakcliff acquired multiple fleets of these Olympic-class boats that were used for training and racing in Oyster Bay and around the world. These boats were also used around the country for Olympic Development Program camps over the past two years, and helped many top youth athletes train and expand their skills.

Hunt and Betsy Lawrence were honored in a special ceremony at Oakcliff on Friday, February 10. Watch highlights from the presentation.

Camp Sea Gull for boys and Camp Seafarer for girls (Arapahoe, NC) received the President’s Award for their strong partnership with US Sailing and for their efforts to serve as an incredible example of how to introduce young newcomers to the sport of sailing.

Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer began in 1948 as a character building summer camp for youth. Through innovative land and sea activities, campers learn to build relationships, independence and confidence. The camps collaborate and utilize US Sailing’s full complement of training curriculum and certification opportunities. Their engagement with US Sailing and US Powerboating has allowed the camps to enhance their quality of programs while connecting to a larger boating community. By utilizing the US Sailing and US Powerboating curriculum, they offer campers a certification that is nationally recognized when they participate in junior sailing programs, race in college and even apply for jobs in the boating industry.

Over 6,000 youth attend the camps annually. Camp Seafarer is the largest training facility of women sailors in the country. Last year these camps issued 485 Safe Powerboat Handling certifications, which represents 36% of the certifications issued nationwide. Over 150 campers completed US Sailing’s Smallboat program and 15 campers passed US Sailing’s Basic Keelboat.

Mary Laurence McMillan, Program Director of Seafarer, said “By working closely with US Sailing, it helped connect us to other organizations who shared their knowledge and resources with us. This made a positive influence on our programming.”

Chris Ryan (Arnold, Md.) and Lisa Pline (Annapolis, Md.) received the National One-Design Leadership Award for their enthusiasm and leadership in creating the one-design fleet building program of the year.

Through their efforts with the Annapolis Snipe Fleet at Severn Sailing Association, Ryan and Pline significantly increased participation in one-design sailing for junior and adult sailors. Together, their service and leadership to promote and enable Snipe sailing has resulted in new sailors trying the sport and one-design sailors from other fleets trying Snipe sailing.

As one fleet member noted, “Both Chris and Lisa know that a key to a good regatta is great hospitality. They make sure the social events are top notch with amazing food and plenty of it! They also keep an amazing upbeat and positive attitude throughout the event.”

Tim Winger (Lancaster, Pa.) was awarded the Harman Hawkins Trophy for his contributions to race administration as a measurer and equipment inspector. Winger sustained a passion for the J/24 the first time he saw one, and he has been sailing and working on J/24s ever since. He has exerted a major influence on the class for over 30 years.

Winger has held numerous positions related to J/24 sailing, including event measurer at seven of the 20 J/24 World Championships he has attended, district governor for the J/24 USA Class Association, and member of the executive committee of the International J/24 Class Association, where he currently serves as chair of the technical committee. Perhaps his most significant achievement was the effort he led to rewrite the class rules and the modifications required to gain World Sailing’s approval – a project that ultimately took over three years.

“The people behind the scenes make it possible for us to control the equipment and develop the tools and procedures for enforcement of the rules,” said Winger. “Thank you to US Sailing for supporting the sport we all love.”

An International Measurer (IM) since 2008, Winger has measured hundreds of boats at venues all over the world. His wife, Marie, often travels with him and shares in the measurement work.

“Between us we’ve seen the bottoms of more J/24s than anyone in the word,” added Winger.

Alex Finsterbusch, an IM from Argentina, said, “One of his many abilities is to recognize what your strengths are as an inspector. He always had the right guy in the right position. He is always calm, never loses his cool and is polite to sailors, coaches and everybody involved in the regatta.”

The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, Calif.) received the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for hosting the 2016 Laser Midwinters West on March 18-20, 2016. This World Sailing 50-point event attracted 92 Laser and Laser Radial competitors from the United States, Canada and Bermuda. Fifty volunteers from ABYC managed 10 races over the three-day regatta.

The race committee team was highly experienced, including many volunteers who had worked on the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games as well as several world, continental and national championships. Both the Laser Standard and Laser Radial fleets were very competitive and they pushed the start line at every opportunity, requiring the line angle and length to be set with pinpoint accuracy.

Regatta Chair, Ed Spotskey, was recognized for organizing a well-run and fun event that was enjoyed by competitors and volunteers alike. Principal Race Officer, Mark Townsend, who represented Great Britain in 1981 at the Snipe World Championships when ABYC previously won the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy, received widespread praise for his excellent race management practices and for his competitor-friendly communication style and demeanor.

One competitor wrote in his evaluation, “On the water communication to competitors was awesome – so simple, yet so nice.” Another wrote, “Great tone set at skippers meeting. Fun regatta!”

Latham Bell, Junior Rear Commodore, said “We do this for our sailors and we do this for the sport.”

Media Contact: Jake Fish, Communications Manager, US Sailing,

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NHYC Announces Baldwin Cup Teams for 2017

Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club is proud to announce that for the fourth year running JPMorgan Chase will act as the presenting sponsor for our premier team racing regatta. JPMorgan Chase continues their grand yachting tradition by supporting BCTR which welcomes sailors from around the country and across the world to compete in BCTR’s exceptional 4v4 team racing format—with live announcing and close quarters spectating. This year newly joining the Baldwin Cup mix is Gosling’s Rum, the libation of choice for mariners the world over. Together with the hundreds of volunteers that make the event happen the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club presented by JPMorgan Chase is set to be the best yet!



Without further ado, the 2017 Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club accepted teams are:

Balboa Yacht Club  ·  Newport Beach, CA

College of Charleston Yacht Club  ·  Charleston, SC

Larchmont Yacht Club  ·  Larchmont, NY

New York Yacht Club  ·  New York, NY

Royal Thames Yacht Club  ·  London, UK

St. Francis Yacht Club  ·  San Francisco, CA

San Diego Yacht Club  ·  San Diego, CA

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club  ·  Oyster Bay, NY

Southern Yacht Club  ·  New Orleans, LA

Yale Corinthian Yacht Club  ·  Branford, CA



Sailors all over Southern California are eagerly preparing for one of San Diego Yacht Club’s signature offshore races. The 130nm Islands Race begins on February 24, and is SDYC’s first offshore race of 2017. Following the Islands Race is the SoCal 300, the final event of California Offshore Race Week, in May and the Rum Runner race in October.

For the eighth year, San Diego Yacht Club will partner with Newport Harbor Yacht Club for the Islands Race. The popular course features genuine sea breezes and deep blue ocean swells. Competitors will depart from the Long Beach Harbor and head west of the Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands for some of Southern California’s best sailing before they finish the regatta in San Diego’s Point Loma.

Over 30 boats are expected to compete, ranging from 33-70 feet in length. The smallest boat entered so far is BAZINGA, a Hobie 33 while two Santa Cruz 70s, Grand Illusion and Holua, and Pyewacket, an Andrews 70, are the largest.

In the multihull division, Mighty Merloe, a 60 foot trimaran, will likely be the first boat to finish the Islands Race. The 2016 course was shortened due to storms throughout Southern California, but if the weather cooperates this year, Mighty Merloe will focus on improving their elapsed time record from 2015, which was a brisk 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 42 seconds.

The overall monohull Islands Race winner for the past two years Varuna, a 46 foot Rogers, skippered by Chris Hemans from Balboa Yacht Club. Varuna’s corrected time was 6 hours, 55 minutes and 44 seconds on the shortened course.

Skipper Tim Fuller from San Diego Yacht Club has participated in the Islands Race numerous times on his J/125, Resolute. Fuller plans to use the complexities of the Islands Race to prepare for the Transpac in July.

“The Islands Race does have its challenges. First is lane positioning on the long drag race from LA around the west end of Catalina Island in a typical westerly breeze. Second is navigating the exclusion zones outside of San Clemente Island, and third is tactically anticipating the wind fill and direction on the last leg to Point Loma.”

After narrowly missing the overall title last year by a margin of just one minute, Fuller has his eyes set on the overall title for 2017.

Wayne Terry, SDYC Staff Commodore, is once again co-chairing the race along with Daniel Geissmann from Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Terry is ready to host another iconic offshore race with a celebration for competitors after finishing the race.

“The annual Islands Race, now in its 8th year, is a normally well-attended event, co-sponsored by the San Diego and Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs. As of this writing, the fleet numbers 25 competitors in what should be another fun and challenging event, and a tune-up precursor to this year’s Cabo and Transpac Races. While the 2016 Island’s Race experienced somewhat of a weather anomaly, which drove an early morning race day decision to sail the inside course, we hope 2016 was just that – an anomaly. The Island’s Race is one of those events where the sailing offices at the respective clubs deserve all the kudos- they do the heavy lifting. On behalf of the organizing authorities, we hope everyone participating in this year’s event enjoys a fun, fast and most importantly, safe race.”

SDYC will host the award ceremony on the clubhouse main deck at 3pm on Saturday, February 25 with food and drinks for competitors starting at 2pm.

Friends, family, and the sailing community can follow the race by tuning in to the Yellow Brick Tracking website at



SAN PEDRO, Calif. — February 14, 2017 LOS ANGELES, CA

From March 10 to 12, 2017 the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup will celebrate its tenth year as one of the preeminent intercollegiate sailing events in the nation — and now, with the entry of a team from Ireland, enjoy international distinction, as well.

Since 2008, the California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), Port of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Yacht Club have hosted this invitational one-design regatta in the challenging waters of the LA waterfront.

Invitations are highly coveted for a chance to win the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, which was deeded to encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing. College level regattas are typically sailed in small one- or two-person dinghies in protected waters. The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup provides a rare opportunity for big boat, offshore racing, with large competitive co-ed teams.

This year’s lucky invitees include Cal Maritime, Maine Maritime Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Naval Academy, University of South Florida, and the University of Southern California; in addition to the University of California Santa Barbara, Oregon State University, and the Cork Institute of Technology, making their debuts in the event.

Last year the College of Charleston Cougars turned the tables on Cal Maritime’s Keelhaulers, who had dominated the podium with a five-year winning streak. With the return of two other past champions – Maine Maritime and USC – competition promises to be thrilling and intense.

Races are held outside of the Los Angeles breakwater adjacent the iconic Angels Gate Lighthouse, aboard the Long Beach Sailing Foundation fleet of 37-foot Catalina sailboats, identically rigged and maintained to promote the fairest possible competition. The event commences Friday afternoon March 10 and continues through Sunday, March 12, with evening activities at Los Angeles Yacht Club, 285 Whalers Walk in San Pedro.

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