After winning the AYC Spring Series earlier this year “Six Brothers” went on to win the AYC Fall Series – an impressive accomplishment that has rarely been achieved by a single boat.
The Peconic Bay Sailing Association hosted the 21st Annual Whitebread ‘Round the Whirl” Regatta on October 4th, 2014. The 30 nm race starts off New Suffolk in beautiful Peconic Bay Long Island, New York and then boats sail around Shelter Island and back, offering all sailors a challenge and against wind and tide.
This year was quite eventful and took place in some very challenging conditions. With winds in the 20-30 knot range and plenty of adverse current to deal with both the boats and crews were put to the test. Many boats took the morning start with reefs already taken in their sails. One boat participating in the race sank, and their crew had to be rescued.
Weegie, a Columbia 32, had a wet and wild race with 1 reef in the main and mast head spinnaker up. They took everything in their stride and sailed to a comfortable 1st place victory in their 8 boat class.
The race, which consists of an approximately 65 mile course starting at Beach Point, extending to Stratford Shoal, and ending back at Beach Point, is widely considered the zenith of the junior big boat sailing season in western Long Island Sound. The rules require at least two adult “Advisors” to be onboard and at least 60% of the total crew must be Juniors. The Advisors are required to refrain from assisting the sailors with racing strategies and steering except when a safety issue is involved.
“Six Brothers”, a Columbia 32, competed in the race and took 1st place in PHRF Division A, and 1st place overall.
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The Around Long Island Regatta, first run in 1977, covers a 190 nautical mile course combining Ocean and Coastal racing. The course starts off Rockaway Point. The ocean leg runs along Long Island’s south shore from the Rockaways, Long Beach, Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons and on out to Montauk Point. Some boats choose the shortest distance, due east, hugging the shore, while others opt for deeper water in search of better wind. After rounding the point, boaters must judge wind, tide, and current as they head northwest to Plum Gut where they enter Long Island Sound for the final leg of the race, reading the shifting winds and tides along the north shore of Long Island or the southern shore of Connecticut. The race ends in Hempstead Harbor at the Glen Cove breakwater.
Even though there only being 2 boats in their Double Handed Division, Weegie’s corrected time was the fastest overall beating all 63 boats entered in race by almost a full hour. Despite their success they didn’t walk away with the overall trophy since the double handed fleet is not included even though the definition of the trophy reads as follows “The AROUND LONG ISLAND REGATTA TROPHY shall be awarded to the boat with the best corrected time in the PHRF fleet (time on distance)”. Read the discussion here.
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“Weegie”, a Columbia Carbon 32, was on the water again over Memorial Day Weekend competing in the 2014 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. This is a 186 nm distance race that starts off Stamford Harbor rounds Block Island and finishes back in Stamford Harbor. “Weegie” was sailing in the PHRF 2 (Time on Time) division – a fleet of 8 boats. They crossed the finish line after a little more than 37 hours to claim 2nd place in PHRF 2 and a very respectable 4th out of all 26 PHRF boats competing. Even more remarkable is that “Weegie” was sailing with a crew of just 3!
2014 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Results – PHRF 2
|1||USA 28990||Spectre||Tripp 40||33.0 /
|2||USA 60449||Weegie||Columbia 32||54.0 /
|3||USA 60937||threebeans||Santa Cruz 37||30.0 /
|4||USA 51512||Rocket Science||J 120||45.0 /
|5||USA 30252||Moxy||X-Yachts xp33||75.0 /
|6||USA 224||That’s Ridiculous||Beneteau First 36.7||87.0 /
|7||USA 60260||Milky Way||Dufour 40||81.0 /
|8||USA 60077||Respite||Archambault A40RC||33.0 /
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More racing news from the East coast as two Carbon 32s compete in Larchmont Yacht Club’s 59th Annual Edlu Distance Race. The race garnered a lot of attention as it was the first event in the US to pioneer the new “Plus One” concept of racing where boats are sailed short handed in an attempt to increase participation by not requiring everyone to put together large crews in order to sail their boats.
The Columbia Carbon 32 “Six Brothers” started the second weekend of the 2014 American Yacht Club AYC Spring Series in 1st place with a narrow 2-point lead (see pictures from the first weekend). The team, skippered by Chris Kramer, quickly picked up where they left off taking 3 out of 4 bullets giving “Six Brothers” only 16 points from 10 races (with one throw-out). This was enough to win their PHRF I Div 3 with a comfortable 6 point margin.
This coming weekend, May 10th 2014, “Six Brothers” is back on the water along with the other Long Island Sound Columbia Carbon 32, “Weegie”, to compete in the 2014 59th EDLU Distance Race hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club.
2014 AYC Spring Series Results – PHRF I Div 3
|1||USA 32006||Six Brothers||C-32||3||3||||1||1||1||4||1||1||1||16.0|
|2||USA 60059||Oakcliff Racing||Farr 40||1||1||1||5||4||4||1||3||2||||22.0|
|3||USA 46850||Leverage||Schock 40||2||4||2||2||3||3||3||||3||2||27.0|
|5||USA 61740||Moonshine||Melges 32||4||||5||4||5||2||6||5||7||3||41.0|
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On April 26th/27th at the first weekend of the American Yacht Club Spring Series a Columbia Carbon 32, “Six Brothers“, took first place overall. After winning the last 3 races in a row out of a total of 6 races (with one throw-out) “Six Brothers” is sitting in 1st place with a 2 point lead over a very competitive fleet. Continue Reading →
The Columbia Carbon 32 “Weegie“ finished over an hour ahead of the next boat in it’s class in this years 238 mile Vineyard Race. “Weegie” sailed in the double handed IRC class. “Weegie’s” owner reports, “The weather was definitely up behind Block Island, we sailed upwind in 20 knots with 8-10 foot seas for 10 hours. We were staying with much larger fully crewed boats. We crossed the line first, and had a great run especially 14 hours under the kite!”.
“Six Brothers” owner reports, “It was great fun with the A3 spinnaker up heading to Stratford at 11 to 14 knots! We were sailing as fast or faster that true wind – the boat has amazing acceleration. We made the turn in about 2 hours and then close reached back to Oyster Bay at 8 knots. I love the boat and hope to get ready for 4 weekends of windward / leewards in September”