LYRA 2012 – Oswego Yacht Club

This year’s regatta was a tourism draw for the city of Oswego and also a way to show sailors on the lake what Oswego has to offer as a city and sailing destination. The regatta drew over 66 boats from 23 member yacht clubs. Over 20 Canadian boats came from (among others) Bay of Quinte YC, Port Credit YC, Kingston YC, Collins Bay YC, and National YC (host of the 2013 regatta). US participation was from Youngstown, Wilson, Rochester, Sodus Bay, Selkirk, Henderson Harbor, and Chaumont.

The regatta could not have taken place without the financial and in-kind services of the following individuals and businesses: Diane and Ron Palm, Eagle Beverage and Labatt USA, City of Oswego, Port of Oswego Authority, Dufore’s for Diamond’s, Mount Gay Rum, SUNY Oswego, Steele Law Firm, Fitzgibbons Agency, Broadwell Companies, Raby’s Ace Homecenter, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Haarstick Sailmakers, West Marine, Pathfinder Bank, Burritt Motors, County of Oswego Tourism, Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Shore Associates, Wayne Drugs, and Wear it Oswego.

The first races of the event were the Centennial Cup, starting from the Rochester YC and sponsored by SUNY Oswego; and the Founders Cup from Henderson Harbor, sponsored by the Fitzgibbons Agency. With westerly winds of 15-20 knots the Centennial Race was sailed downwind, while the Founders was an upwind battle. Centennial Cup winners were Bryan Sims on “Panther” from BHYC in the IRC Division, and Jon Reinhold sailing “Futures” from Rochester YC in the PHRF division. Winner of the Founders Cup Race was Brendan Benson’s “Blaze” from Oswego Yacht Club in an all-PHRF fleet.

About 6:00 PM on Tuesday evening, Oswego was hit with a severe thunderstorm that generated 60-70 mph winds and driving rains. There wasn’t much competitors could do as they watched two big tents (80’x 40′ and 40’x 20′), several hundred chairs, and tables get leveled and blown into the harbor basin. Fortunately there were no personal injuries or property damage. Members of the yacht club and other LYRA competitors pitched in to help clean up the mess. Tired and wet participants moved inside the yacht club for live music, food and drink, and talk of the passing storm.

Wednesday brought clear skies and a day of rest and preparation for the Freeman Cup race that night. The 73 mile overnight Freeman Cup race, sponsored by the Steele Law Firm, started at 5:00 PM with sunny skies, warm temperatures, and 10 knots of southerly wind, and took the fleet west to the Ford Shoal buoy. After rounding the buoy the fleet headed on a spinnaker reach northeast to the Galloo Island Buoy. As the sun set the sailors were treated to a crystal clear night and a full moon for an amazing night of sailing. The wind increased slightly as the fleet rounded the buoy and headed west to the Prince Edward Weather Buoy. From there it was a quick reach back to Oswego with the first boats finishing around 4:30 AM. Adam Farkas, sailing “Xoomer Express” from National YC in Toronto, was first in the IRC division. In the PHRF division, Fran Enwright sailing Sail a Vie from Oswego YC finished first, claiming the Louise Freeman Cup.

Thursday was a day of rest after a long night of racing. The opening ceremonies were held that evening, then participants headed into the City of Oswego for a night on the town.

The next three days (Friday-Sunday) competitors raced on two courses set up outside of the Oswego Harbor. The results of the course racing events were as follows:

PHRF A First – “Seaweed”, Don Finkle, Youngstown YC,

PHRF B First – “Blaze”, Brendan Benson, Oswego YC

Second – “Crusader”, Dan Mather, Oswego YC

PHRF C First – “The Beaver”, Rob Butler

Second – “Shockwave”, John Heretyk, Oswego YC ,

Third- “Seaweed”, Charlie Krylo, Oswego YC

PHRF NFS First – “Colorme”, Mike Sorrell, OswegoYC

IRC First – “Mullett”, Kirsten Werner, Rochester YC

8 Metre First – “Gefion”, Mark DeCelles, Royal Canadian YC

Second -“Mystery”, Ron Palm, Oswego YC

Olson 30 NA’s First – “Old School”, Scott Mundle, Collins Bay YC

R-Class First – “Vitesse”, Marshall VanDeWalle, Sodus Bay YC

The Regatta Champion in PHRF, winning the Commodore World Cup Trophy, was Oswego’s “Blaze”.

 

Oswego YC

LYRA 2012 Oswego Yacht Club

Trophy

Awarded for

Boat

Skipper

Boat Type

Home Club

Centennial Cup Race

Golden Eagle Trophy First place corrected, IRC Panther Bryan Sims Olson 30 Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
RYC Centennial Trophy – PHRF First place corrected, PHRF Futures John Reinhold Swan 44-2 Youngstown Yacht Club

Founders Cup Race

Oswego YC Founders Cup First place corrected, PHRF Blaze Brendon Benson J/30 Oswego Yacht Club
Olcott Cup Best elapsed time, All Divisions Rampage John Odenbach Concordia 47 Rochester Yacht Club

Freeman Cup Race – Long Course

Charles Freeman Cup First place corrected, IRC Mullet Kristen Werner Beneteau 40.7 Rochester Yacht Club
Founders Cup 2 nd place corrected, IRC Rampage John Odenbach Concordia 47 Rochester Yacht Club
Douglas B. Jones Trophy 3 rd place corrected, IRC Xoomer Xpress Adam Farkas X35 National Yacht Club
Yacht Racing Union Cup Best elapsed time, IRC Rampage John Odenbach Farr 47 Rochester Yacht Club
Simplicity Trophy Division I Switch Andrew Sharp J/30 Olcott Yacht Club
Tom Taylor Trophy Division II Sail á vie Fran Enwright Beneteau 30E Oswego Yacht Club
Louise Freeman Cup First place corrected, PHRF Sail á vie Fran Enwright Beneteau 30E Oswego Yacht Club
PHRF-LO Executive’s Cup 2 nd place corrected, PHRF Switch Andrew Sharp J/30 Olcott Yacht Club
Johnstone Trophy 3 rd place corrected, PHRF Hambone Art Bronstein C7C 35-1 Henderson Yacht Club
Sodus Bay Cup Best elapsed Futures John Reinhold Swan 44-2 Youngstown Yacht Club
IMS II Bowl Mullet Kristen Werner Beneteau 40.7 Rochester Yacht Club
Sodus Bay Cup Best elapsed Futures John Reinhold Swan 44-2 Youngstown Yacht Club
LYRA PHRF – Lake Ontario Trophy Blaze Brendan Benson J/30 Oswego Yacht Club
Johnstone Trophy 3 rd Corrected Hambone Art Bronstein C7C 35-1 Henderson Yacht Club

Course Racing Series

John T. Mott Trophy First Place overall, IRC I Mullet Kristen Werner Beneteau 40.7 Rochester Yacht Club
Castle Cup First place, PHRF Division I Seaweed Don Finkle Beneteau 36.7 Youngstown Yacht Club
Commodore World Cup First place, PHRF Division II Blaze Brendon Benson J/30 Oswego Yacht Club
Accomodation Cup First place, PHRF Division III The Beaver Rob Buttler Melges 24 Port Credit Yacht Club
City of Hamilton Mayor’s Trophy First Place overall, PHRF The Beaver Rob Buttler Melges 24 Port Credit Yacht Club
OD Olson 30 John Labatt Trophy Old School Scott Mundle Olson 30 CBYC
OD Centennial Canada Cup
Modern 8
First place, Modern
8 Metre
Gefion Mark DeCelles 8 Metre Royal Canadian Yacht Club
OD Commodore Gooderham Trophy
Classic 8
First place, Classic
8 Metre
Jackeen Ralph Reimann 8 Metre Etobicoke Yacht Club
OD R Boat Sir Thomas Lipton Cup First place, R Class Vitesse Marshall Van De Walle R Class Sodus Bay Yacht Club
OD R Montgomery Cup Vitesse Marshall Van De Walle R Class Sodus Bay Yacht Club

Regatta Champion

IMS/IRC Centennial Cup First place, IRC Mullet Kristen Werner Beneteau 40.7 Rochester Yacht Club
Lake Ontario PHRF Bowl (PHRF) First place, PHRF Blaze Brendon Benson J/30 Oswego Yacht Club
OD Kay Heron Trophy (One-Design) First place , One Design Panther Bryan Sims Olson 30 Bronte Harbour Yacht Club

Boat of the Year

LYRA Boat of the Year Trophy Blaze Brendan Benson J/30 Oswego Ycht Club
Panther Brian Sims Olson 30 Bronte Harbour Yacht Club