It was a long awaited Spring day yesterday much to the delight of the 30 NYYC Young Members (and a few from other clubs) that participated in the first Swan 42 Class Fun Regatta at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Five Swan 42s were on hand: Brendan Brownyard's "Barleycorn," Chris Culver's "Blazer," Gibb Kane and Ted Madara's "Mutiny," the USMMA's "Orbit" helmed by Swan 42 "Migration's" owner, Adrian Ionescu, and Roger Widmann's "Quintessence." Each boat had at least six young members aboard while other crew slots were filled by the owner's regular crew. John Hele, Swan 42 Class President and owner of Swan 42 "Daring," was the PRO and headed the Race Committee Boat while Ken Colburn, owner of Swan 42 "Apparition" manned the mark boat.
With a postponement while the wind shifted 150 degrees, the winds continued to be on the light side between 4-7 knots. Three races were completed and it was very apparent that even with new crews aboard, the fleet continued to be tight with three different winners in the three races: "Orbit," "Barleycorn," and "Mutiny."
Stephanie Plomp from American YC was aboard "Orbit." "It was a great experience and was certainly a welcome day from winter to spring. My job was in the pit. It was fairly easy to see where people were comfortable with what jobs so it all worked out well," she noted.
Thomas Annicq was aboard "Mutiny" doing spinnaker trim. "I loved it; it was the perfect start to the season. The purpose was for the owners to get to know young sailors and it was a perfect match," he enthusiastically declared.
"Quintessence" had Carter Robertson aboard while his brother, Clark, was on "Mutiny." Carter stated "It was a great opportunity to get to know the boat and meet wonderful people. It was a lot of fun and I would certainly want to be included in the future. I hope to be back out there soon."
After racing, chili and beverages were enjoyed by all in this first day on the water. All owners were thanked for making their boats available this early in the season and all those were thanked who made the regatta possible.
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.