LYRA 2016 – Whitby Yacht Club

Whitby, ON

The 132nd Lake Yacht Racing Association Annual Regatta was held at the Whitby Yacht Club during the summer of 2016. Regatta Chair Bart Bies and Race Management Chair Leigh Davidson are to be commended on their work. WYC preparations were outstanding. The club members arranged to move their boats to local marinas to accommodate the competitors and everyone had a slip. This of course made the whole experience so comfortable and special. Volunteers ferried guest to and from mass transit locations as well as Farr Island, a floating dock installed for the deep keeled IRC boats. The coordination and dedication of the WYC to the event shined during the 50th anniversary of the clubs founding.

Transporting the boat from SBYC to Cobourg was beautiful spending the last 3 hours with the spinnaker up smoothly sailing into harbor. The Founders East was another matter with heavy winds on the nose and multiple sail changes. Jody Pepper, owner of Kamikaze, later relayed to me it was like a Chinese Fire Drill on board. The Feeder race results were as follows:

Whitby Founders Trophy, Jody Pepper on Kamikaze

Oswego Founders Cup, Elaine Neely on Cerulean

RYC Centennial Cup, Jonathan Bamberger on Spitfire

Oh it gets better from here. WYC had a pre-race meeting for the Freeman Race with the weather report which forecasted heavy wind and rain squalls to start the race followed by what can only be described as dead calm thereafter. Well, they weren’t wrong. Race Committee set up the start line and just as the first warning sounded it hit. Boat crews had all they could do to control their vessels as visibility soon dropped to 150 yards. Torrential rain and squall lines blew through. Race committee radio communications ceased and the start flags and horns were the only indication that the sequence was continuing and the fleets were off. This was followed by hours of heavy wind and rain. What a ride, all hands on deck just to keep the boat on point and control the inevitable gusts forcing vessels to possible rounding up. As the night wore on the wind did subside. When we rounded the Gibraltar mark at Toronto we enjoyed calm winds and the beauty of the Toronto skyline at night. Of course, the wind soon died off and the skyline was enjoyed all night long as the fleet struggled to find any wisp of breeze for hours to come. The Freeman long took some 24 hours to complete. Freeman results for the Race were as follows:

Charles Freeman Cup,   Best Corrected Time IRC Overall, Jonathan Bamberger on Spitfire

Yacht Racing Union Trophy,   Best Elapsed Time IRC Overall, Jonathan Bamberger on Spitfire

Douglas B. Jones Trophy, 2nd Place IRC Overall, Kris Davis on Ace

LYRA Founders Cup, 3rd Place IRC Overall, Sandy MacDonald on Gaucho

Queen City Yacht Club Trophy, Best Elapsed Time, Short Course Overall, Peter Smith on Razorbill.

Ashbridges Bay YC Trophy, 1st Place PHRF Division 1, and Best Corrected, Elaine Neely on Cerulean.

National Yacht Club Trophy, 1st Place PHRF Division 2, Bob Carey on Marquise.

Golden Eagle Trophy, 1st Place PHRF-NFS Division, Les Abrams on Sandpiper.

Course racing enjoyed steady winds for all three days of 10 to 15 knots. Bravo course was eliminated and the Alpha and Charlie courses saw great competition with excellent race management and racing conditions. The J80 one design fleet had 10 boats and also were able to use the WYC crane to have the boats measured and weighed for their future NAs. All three days had sunny and warm weather as well as great accommodations for the participants. The WYC venue provided breakfast, box lunches, evening entertainment and meal variety including Food Truck Friday and Mexican Saturday and Pub Fare for the other nights, which all enjoyed. The Craft beer sponsors were a big hit as well. That said the results of the course racing are as follows:

Sir Thomas Lipton Cup,   1st Place R-Class One Design Class, Cliff Walkington on Gypsy

Hans Fogh Trophy, 1st Place J80 One Design Class, David Doyle/Mark McClean on Innocent Bystander

Bud Doyle Trophy, 1st Place Largest One Design Fleet, David Doyle/Mark McClean on Innocent Bystander

City of Hamilton Mayor’s Cup, 1st Place IRC Overall, Diane Reid on Xoomer Xpress

Montgomery cup, 1st Place IRC Division 1, Travis Odenbach on Rampage

Accommodation Cup, 1st Place IRC Division 2, Diane Reid on Xoomer Xpress

Frederick Nichols Trophy, 1st Place PHRF Overall & PHRF-LO Champion, Kevin Doyle on Mo’ Money

John T. Mott Trophy, 1st Place PHRF Division 1, Scott Blair on Corsair

John Labatt Trophy, 1st Place PHRF Division 2, Kevin Doyle on Mo’ Money

George Cuthbertson Trophy, 1st Place Division 3, Robert Young on Firebird II

PHRF-LO Presidents Cup, 1st Place PHRF-NFS & PHRF-LO Champion, Denys Jones on Carpe Ventus

Regatta Champions for the 2016 Whitby Yacht Club 132nd LYRA Annual Regatta:

Bamann Trophy, Regatta Champion IRC, Jonathan Bamberger on Spitfire

Lake Ontario PHRF Bowl, Regatta Champion PHRF, Bob Carey on Marquise

Kay Heron Trophy, Regatta Champion One Design, Cliff Walkington on Gypsy

 

Whitby Yacht Club did a great job and is planning on sponsoring one of the feeder races, Founders Race to RYC/GYC for the 2018 LYRA Annual Regatta,

 

Bob Carey

SBYC

 

LYRA 2016 Whitby YC

Trophy

Awarded for

Boat

Skipper

Boat Type

Home Club

Founders Cup Race – East

Whitby Founders Trophy Overall 1st Corrected, PHRF Kamikaze Jody Pepper Tripp 37 CYC

Founders Cup Race – West

Oswego YC Founders Cup Overall 1st Corrected Cerulean Elaine Neeley Beneteau 1st 30 RCYC
RYC Centennial Trophy Overall 1st Corrected, PHRF Spitfire  Jonathan Bamberger  Farr 45 NYC

Freeman Cup Race – Long Course

Charles Freeman Cup Best Corrected Time, IRC Overall Spitfire Jonathan Bamberger Farr 45 NYC
Yacht Racing Union Cup Best Elapsed Time, IRC Overall Spitfire Jonathan Bamberger Farr 44 NYC
LYRA Founders Cup 3rd Place IRC Overall Gaucho Sandy MacDonald Farr 44 BCC
Douglas B. Jones Trophy 2nd Place IRC Overall Ace Kris Davis Mumm 36 NYC

Freeman Cup Race – Short Course

Queen City Yacht Club Trophy Best Elapsed Time, Short Course Overall Razorbill Peter Smith 1D35 WYC
Golden Eagle Trophy First place PHRF-NFS Sandpiper Les Abrams Tartan 31 WYC
National Yacht Club Trophy First Place PHRF 2 Marquise Bob Carey C&C 32 SBYC
Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club Trophy Best elapsed time, PHRF 1, Best Corrected Short Course Overall Cerulean Elaine Neeley Beneteau 1st 30 RCYC

Course Racing Series

City of Hamilton Mayor’s Trophy First Place IRC overall Xoomer Xpress Diane Reid X-35 NYC
John T. Mott Trophy First place PHRF 1 Corsair Scott Blair Esse 850 NYC
John Labatt Trophy First Place PHRF 2 Mo’ Money Kevin Doyle J/22 YYC
Accomodation Cup First Place IRC 2 Xoomer Xpress Diane Reid X-35 NYC
Sir Thomas Lipton Cup First place R Class Gypsy Cliff Walkington R Class ABYC
Montgomery Cup First Place IRC 1 Rampage Travis Odenbach Farr 47 RYC
Bud Doyle Trophy First place Largest One Design Innocent Bystander Doyle/McClean J/80 RCYC
Hans Fogh Trophy (non LYRA) First place J80 One Design Innocent Bystander Doyle/McClean J/80 RCYC
George Cuthbertson Trophy First Place PHRF 3 Firebird II Robert Young Redwing 30 WYC

Regatta Champion

Bamann Trophy IRC Spitfire Jonathan Bamberger Farr 45 NYC
Lake Ontario PHRF Bowl PHRF Marquise Bob Carey C&C 32 SBYC
Kay Heron Trophy One Design Gypsy Cliff Walkington R Class ABYC

Boat of the Year

LYRA Boat of the Year Trophy  One Design
 PHRF/IRC

LYRA Special Flags

Centennial Cup Race Abandoned
Founders Cup First Place Overall Corrected
Freeman Cup IRC Overall
PHRF Lake Ontario Championships Spinnaker, Overall
PHRF Lake Ontario Championships NFS, Overall
LYRA Regatta Champions IRC
LYRA Regatta Champions PHRF
LYRA 2014 Club Champions FIrst Place
LYRA 2014 Club Champions 2nd Place
LYRA 2014 Club Champions 3rd Place