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2017 Quantum Sails LYRA Race Week

July 31 to August 2, 2017genesee and rochester logos

High water update

LYRA Friends,

The record flooding along the Lake Ontario shore this year has put the co-host clubs of LYRA 2017, Rochester and Genesee Yacht Clubs, literally under water. As of July 1, much of our dock facilities and parking remain submerged. GYC’s clubhouse and grounds are temporarily closed with sandbags and pumps in place to hold back the water. Members’ boats remain in storage with no prospect of launching before mid-August. RYC is operating at a limited capacity with sandbags and pumps in operation, and much of the fleet still in storage.

Although there has been some recent drop in the water level, a further 12-14 inch drop is needed for us to be able to assess damage, make repairs and clean up our grounds sufficiently to host visitors. The best available forecasts predict only a 4-6 inch drop by August 1 – not enough to be able to host an event of this size.

As we have talked to other clubs and owners around the lake, many have told us they are in similar situations and cannot attend LYRA this year. The 8 Metre, J/80, C&C 29 and J/24 classes have canceled their plans to race at LYRA. Brockport, Genesee, Pultneyville and Sodus Bay yacht club fleets have indicated they will have little participation in LYRA this year.

The boards of RYC and GYC, their respective regatta committees, and the LYRA 2017 organizing committee have come to the conclusion that we cannot put on a regatta that would uphold the traditions of LYRA and meet the expectations of LYRA sailors. With sincere regret, we must therefore cancel the LYRA 2017 annual regatta.

LYRA is seeking a host club for the 2018 annual regatta, we respectfully request that our bid for the 2018 event to be held August 1-6, 2018 be considered.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Kris Werner and Quantum Sails Rochester for their steadfast support of LYRA 2017 and all sailing on LYRA waters, and to the many LYRA sailors who have offered their support during this unusual season.

Tim Sladden Co-Chair – RYC                                                              Larry Sill       Co-Chair – GYC