Last evening, John Hele, Swan 42 Class President and owner of "Daring", along with Mike Stone, NYYC Young Member, Team Manager and crew member of Chris Culver's "Blazer", and Diana McConnell, Class Manager, hosted a recruitment at the Young Members First Thursday at the NYYC clubhouse in NYC. Recognizing that the youth is the future of sailing, and that occasions arise when owners need to fill crew positions, this was the pefect opportunity to reach out to the under 40 membership of the NYYC. With talent abounding, this is a win-win for the Class and the Young Members.
In order to familiarize themselves with the Swan 42, a Fun Regatta will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 19th, at the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Several of the 42s will be on hand with some of their regular crew, but with several positions open on their boats to be filled with Young Members. At the present time, resumes for all of the Young Members will be available through Diana McConnell.
After the pre-notice of last evening's event was posted, 14 Young Members had signed up. Another 54 who attended the event signed up either for the April 19th regatta or for the crew pool in general.
The Storm Trysail Club's Annual Meeting was held on January 11th at Stamford Yacht Club (CT). Paul Zabetakis (FL/RI), founding member of the NYYC 42 and the Swan 42 Class Association was awarded the prestigious Monte-Sano Trophy for Racing Excellence for the 2013 season.
The award is based on the recommendations of the trophy committee. No specific races are required, nor are members obliged to sail under the Storm Trysail burgee. The criteria for selection of the winner includes an evaluation of a skipper's whole season, giving weight not only to a high score, but also to the level of competition and the extent to which the races entered were of local, regional or national interest.
Zabetakis and his Swan 42 "Impetuous" had a stellar season winning the 159th NYYC Annual Regatta Sponsored by Rolex, the Nautor's Swan Cup, the NYYC's U.S. Navy Cup and a Rolex watch for the best overall performance in the two-day Annual Regatta. In the 25th Block Island Race Week, Zabetakis won the Around the Island Race which was part of the first Swan 42 New England Championship. In the Newport Regatta, Zabetakis was 3rd, and a week later finished the Swan 42 U.S. Nationals in 3rd place. The 3rd place finish at Nationals seemed unlikely when he was faced with a spinnaker wrap in Race 6 and equipment failure in Race 7. He received two 16th place finishes for those races and dropped from 3rd to 9th place. Showing true grit, the "Impetuous" team persevered to score a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on the final day of racing to finish the regatta in 3rd place overall. Later in the season, Zabetakis competed in Division K of the 86th Annual Conanicut Around the Island Race and finished in 2nd place based on elapsed time corrected with a PHRF-NB rating.
Zabetakis served as Class President since its inception until 2012 and Chairman of the Technical Committee for the 2009 and 2011 NYYC Invitational Cups. In 2011 he was Vice Chairman of the IC and Chaired the event in 2013. Zabetakis is currently serving as the NYYC Sailing Comittee Chairman, a post he has held since 2012.
Photo courtesy of Dan Nerney