" We had a good night with our approach and arrival to rounding block. We met the other Swan 42 in our class while we were rounding at the north end and made huge gains and passed them as we went around. There has been heavy fog all morning with visibility at roughly 300 feet. It has been very hard to see other boats as they approach very close to us. We could also hear the waves crashing on shore without being able to see it. We also saw many sharks on the eastern shore of block. Overall doing well and practicing our navigation in restricted visibility."
28 May 2011
23 May 2011
The Tappan Zee Challenge is the season opener for Sonar racing in the Northeast, and Midshipman Joe Hoffman ‘11 and his crew started the season with guns blazing, placing third at the Tappan Zee Challenge regatta this weekend, sailing in light winds and strong current. Hoffman’s crew of Evan Siepert ’13, Chris Maloney ’14 and Ashley Markey ’14 improved on their sixth-place standing on Saturday with a third-place standing on Sunday for third overall. In the fleet of 21 boats, Hoffman’s finishes were 8-4-6-3-6 for 27 points, just two behind their coach, Rick Dominique. “Joe has been improving dramatically over the past three seasons. He, Maloney and Markey have really been coming together as a crew, and the addition of dinghy team member Evan Siepert’s tactical ability launched the team into the top ranks of the class. I’m so happy for Joe, he’s worked really hard for this.”
Also competing at the event was Kirk Wetzel ’14 with crew James Ytreeide ’14, Ashleigh Phillips ’14 and Casey Cannon ’13. This young team struggled early, but moved from 18th on Saturday to 13th overall with better finishes on Sunday. Their coach praised their progress, “On Kirk’s boat, only Casey has been to a championship event such as this. These young team members are showing great progress, and with continued hard work will see similar success to Joe (Hoffman).”
The Keelboat Team will be out in stronger numbers, registering at least four boats for the Sonar Long Island Sound Championship on June 4-5, 2011. You can follow the USMMA Keelboat Team on Facebook.
22 May 2011
The Stradford Shoal Distance race was not looking too promising late Friday, as well as Saturday morning with the water looking like glass and no prospects of having anyimprovements in the wind conditions. As we motored out to the start of the race we went over positions and our watch system, as well as what the current and wind was supposed to be doing for the day.
Once we arrived at the start line just off the execution lighthouse we were informed that the course had been shortened due to the dying wind. We were the first start on the 32 mile long course and arrived at the start line a little bit late as well as almost all of the other boats. We decided to go to the Long Island side of the course while the other boats decided to go way out to the Connecticut side of the course. The wind was coming out of the Northeast so it was an upwind beat all the way to the Cable and Anchor reef mark (R "28C" F4s Bell). Since we decided to go south after the start, we were the first boat to get out of the current, which as any Kings Point sailor has learned, this is a crucial part in distance racing on Long Island Sound.
As we weaved through channel marks and hugged the shore, we used our Navigation skills to avoid any hazards along the coast. Everyone in the crew did an outstanding job at keeping the boat going fast with superb crew work, trimming, and driving. As we got closer to the Cable and Anchor reef mark we started to realize that we were doing much better than many of the other boats in our division. We attributed this to the fact that we were out of the current as it was flooding in toward the west end of the island.
We were the first boat to round the mark by 13 minutes, beating all boats in our division including a Kerr 50 which is a much faster boat. The wind conditions by this time were about 7 knots out of the Northeast. As we went back towards the finish we were slowly being reeled in by the Kerr 50 behind us, so we decided to change our Spinnaker from the 1.5 to the 1. Which mad a significant improvement in our boat speed, which by this time was reaching about 9.5 knots. This however did not make enough of a difference with the other boat trying to catch up to us.
As we were going downwind the wind was filling in very well and was roughly blowing about 13 knots from the North. The crew work improved a great deal as we reacted to the change in breeze and had to do several Gybes toward the finish, where we finished within a few minutes of the Kerr 50 and a good deal in front of the other boats.
This was a good learning experience for all of the members of the boat as we have just turned the boat over from the seniors to the third class incoming skippers and crew. We are doing a good job at getting ready for the upcoming Around Block Island Race next weekend, and these past two distance races that we have done have been pivotal in the planning for Around Block. This was a great day of sailing and we are hoping for these same type of conditions for other races that we will be having in the future.
Kevan Stoeckler: Driver/Tactics
Karl Sergojan: Driver/Tactics
Ben Carbone: Bow
Kate O'Connor: Bow
James Pilliod: Main Trim
PJ Connolly: Main Trim
Jesse Penney: Spinnaker Trim
Shannen Dunn: Jib Trim
Ben Baur: Jib Trim
Rick Morgan: Pit
Coaching/Tactics: Jon Singsen
15 May 2011
14 May 2011
10 May 2011
Skipper Andrew Conroy was joined by his father, CDR Phil Conroy, USNR, and the Growler crew for a training trip to Mystic, CT this weekend- Sounds like they had a great voyage.
From M/N Conroy- The trip went amazing. My father REALLY enjoyed everything. I wish I could have recorded all of the comments he made about the Kings Point Waterfront and the things we do. As a recently retired CDR in the navy, he appreciated the way things are run on the boat and here at the Kings Point waterfront. He should be sending some photos shortly. On Saturday afternoon, we were gathering crowds at Mystic showing off the boat. It was amazing to watch people show up at the boat.
08 May 2011
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MARAD Administrator David Matsuda and his wife Cat joined the crew of SummerWind yesterday to participate in the DC Patiots Picnic, taking three trips of Wounded Warriors and Residents of the Armed Forced Retirement Home sailing on the Potomac.