American Yacht Club in Rye, NY Hosts the NYYC Young Members Fun Regatta Today

Young members of the New York Yacht Club, American Yacht Club, and Larchmont Yacht Club (NY) had an opportunity to be part of Swan 42 crews today at American Yacht Club. DARING (NY) owned by John Hele and QUINTESSENCE (NY) owned by Roger Widmann provided a fun afternoon of match racing.  

Young members had the chance to experience first-hand the excitement of sailing on a Swan 42.

On the other hand, the owners and their partial regular crews were able to add to their crew pool resources after sailing with these talented young sailors.

Today was a good tune-up for the American Yacht Club Sping Series that starts next weekend.  Racing will continue both Saturday and Sunday for two conseutive weekends.





Greece's "Aella" Claims an Early Victory This 2016 Season

It is a great start to the 2016 season for AELLA (GRE) and her owner, Miranda Papadopoulou. AELLA claimed 1st place overall in the opening major ORC racing event in Greece - the 43rd Race of the Greek Revolution - Ηydra Island, hosted by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club.

The event was combined of two 36 nautical mile offshore races from Piraeus to the picturesque Hydra Island and back to Piraeus.  A fleet of more than 50 yachts (ORC-IRC) sailed in the Saronic Gulf in testing wind conditions. AELLA earned line honors and 1st place in the first race to Hydra Island (link) and a 3rd place the returning leg (link), making for a great overall win (link) against some very competitive crews and ORC optimized yachts such as the GP42, JV44, and JV 49 to name a few.

Miranda is very enthusiastic about this win with AELLA, as it is the second time she has achieved it.  The previous time was in October of 2007 when racing her last race with her previous IMX-38, just a couple of months before AELLA was delivered from Nautors’ Swan.

It looks like a promising year in the light of the (open) ORC European Championship.   This regatta will be held in Halkidiki, GRE from July 4-10, 2016.

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