Young Members Sail the Swan 42 in a Fun Regatta at America Yacht Club

On a crisp Spring day today three Swan 42 owners hosted 33 Young Members from the American Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, Corinthians and the San Francisco Yacht Club.  Three races were held and all Young Members had an opportunity to meet the owners, boat captains and several members of the regular crews.  Chris Culver (CT) with BLAZER, Ted Madara (NY) with MUTINY, and Roger Widmann (NY) with QUINTESSENCE were the Swan 42s owners who participated.

For the first start the breeze was light and very shifty.  Races two and three had more breeze and the crews had a chance to experience very close racing so typical of the Swan 42. 

Aaron Dornbrand-Lo (NYC) of the San Francisco Yacht Club was aboard BLAZER.  This was his first time out this season and he noted, "Everyone aboard was so friendly, we were coached and tried a lot of positions on this very physical boat".

Sailing on QUINTESSENCE Alden Alexander and her fiance, Kevin Costello, is a member of both AYC and NYYC.  "Being out with Corinthian sailors on a very competitive and technical boat and to have an opportunity to get around the race course is a perfect introduction to whet your whistle and get comfortable with the Class.  We had a chance to meet owners of these beautiful boats and sail with some exceedingly talented people and everyone was so welcoming.  It was a great way to kick off the season".  

From the Corinthians, John Hencken (NJ) was aboard BLAZER.  "It is a very interesting boat; everyone from the regular crew was happy to teach us new guys and get us involved .  We talked through the procedures and I was on jib and spinnaker trim".

Other owners were involved with different aspects of the racing.  Gibb Kane, co-owner of MUTINY had his support boat in action which served as a media boat and transfer boat while Ken Colburn (MA), owner of APPARITION was the on-board race commentator.  John Hele, Swan 42 Class President and owner of DARING, ran a second support boat on and off-loading Young Members onto the 42s. 

After racing there was a chili social back at AYC.  While the racing was informal it was declared that MUTINY was the overall winner with BLAZER and QUNTESSENCE tied on points with QUINTESSENCE taking 2nd. 

Next weekend is the start of the American Yacht Club Spring Series.   Five Swan 42s will be ready for competition the first weekend with seven the following weekend.

"Better Than..." Finishes in the Middle of the Pack at the BVI Spring Regatta

The three days of racing this week at the BVI Spring Regatta provided a range of conditions from 15-knot breeze to rain squalls, one day of steady trade winds over 20 knots with with seas rising to three metres on occasion providing for some incredible surfing conditions.  Nine boats competed in the CSA 2 Racing Division.

Gosia Rojek (NY) helmed BETTER THAN... to a fifth place finish just behind Swan 56, WHITE RHINO.  She states that Friday was a very challenging day.  "It was a tough day - windy with big waves.  We showed 16-33 on the instuments and we had a blast going downwind in the heavy breeze".  She went on on to say, "We made a few tactical errors and tore our A4 before encountering some other difficulties on the way back to the marina".  She was optimistic for the next day's racing in which BETTER THAN... recorded her best finish - a 3rd.  

BETTER THAN... will be heading up to the Northeast (USA) where she will compete in events in Newport and Block Island this summer.  Rojek will race her at Block Island Race Week the end of June. Royal Thames Yacht Club has chartered BETTER THAN... and will be racing in several events including Sail Newport and the Swan 42 U.S. Nationals prior to the 4th NYYC Invitational Cup in September.


Photos:  Todd VanSickle

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