LYRA 2013 – National Yacht Club
Boats from 26 different yacht clubs gathered at NYC for the 2013 annual regatta July 29 to August 4. Major trophy winners represented six different U.S. clubs and six different Canadian clubs. The LYRA Regatta Championships are awarded for overall performance in the Freeman Race, the short course racing, and either the Centennial Race or Founders Race. The Bamaan Trophy for the Regatta Championship in IRC went to Andrew Sharp from Olcott Yacht Club, skipper of the J/92 SWITCH. Switch had three firsts and three seconds in IRC 3 in the course racing. Switch also won its division in the Centennial, and won the Charles Freeman Cup for the best IRC corrected time overall in the Freeman.
The Lake Ontario PHRF Bowl for the Regatta Championship in PHRF was won by Cameron Smith from Whitby Yacht Club in the Tripp 33 ROAD TRIP. Road Trip had seven firsts and one second in PHRF 1 in the course racing, won PHRF overall in the Founders Race, and posted the best elapsed time for a PHRF boat in the Freeman Race.
The IRC Great Lakes Championship Trophy went to the overall IRC winner in the short course racing, the Farr 30 PRESS GANG skippered by Roland Van Hazel from National Yacht Club. PRESS GANG took first place in a very competitive IRC 2 division, and beat out the other IRC division winners for the overall title by posting the best ratio of total corrected time to total course length sailed.
Other course racing division winners were: the Farr 47 RAMPAGE, skippered by John Odenbach of Rochester Yacht Club in IRC 1; the Tripp 26 REDLINE, skippered by Mike Stasko from Oak Orchard Yacht Club in PHRF 2; the J/30 CRUSADER, skippered by Dan Mather from Oswego Yacht Club in PHRF 3; and the Redwing 30 BATTLESTAR PEGASUS, skippered by Andrews Hooker from Youngstown Yacht Club in PHRF 4 (NFS). The one design course racing winners were: the Eight Metre ISKAREEN, skippered by Ralph Reimann from Etobicoke Yacht Club; the Beneteau First 36.7 ZINGARA, skippered by Richard Reid from National Yacht Club; the Melges 24 SURPRISE, skippered by Dan Berezin from National Yacht Club; the R boat NAYADA, skippered by Scott Vandewalle from Sodus Bay Yacht Club; and the J/105 MANDATE, skippered by Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer from Royal Canadian Yacht Club. MANDATE also won the Bud Doyle Trophy for first place in the largest one design class in the regatta.
Twenty-one boats started the Centennial Race from Youngstown YC to National YC on Monday July 29. The winner in IRC 1 was the IMX-38 FIVE-FIFTEEN, skippered by Jim McGuinness from Highland Yacht Club. In IRC 2, the winner was the J/92 SWITCH, skippered by Andrew Sharp from Olcott Yacht Club. The Centennial Cup was presented to Andrew Sharp who notched the best overall corrected time for the IRC fleet. The PHRF 1 winner was Richard Reid from National Yacht Club in the Beneteau First 36.7 ZINGARA. PHRF 2 wan by Kathleen Timmis of Royal Canadian Yacht Club in the Dufour 34 KATBIRD. Kathleen Timmis also won the RYC Centennial Trophy for the best overall corrected time in PHRF. In the Founders Race, also on July 29, from Whitby YC to National YC, the winner of the Oswego YC Founders Cup was Cameron Smith from Whitby Yacht Club in the Tripp 33 ROAD TRIP.
Twenty-two boats turned out for the overnight Freeman Cup long distance race which started on Wednesday evening July 31 at 1900 hrs. The start went off in very light air but all boats managed to cross the start line by the ten-minute deadline. Fortunately the wind arrived not long after (and unfortunately, so did the rain). Line honors and the Yacht Racing Union Trophy went to the Farr 47 RAMPAGE skippered by Travis Odenbach from Rochester Yacht Club, which finished the 80 mile course at 6:36 AM in 11 hours 16 minutes. The rest of the fleet finished by noon and headed in to dry out.
The Charles Freeman Cup for the best overall corrected time in IRC was presented to the J/92 SWITCH, skippered by Andrew Sharp from Olcott Yacht Club. SWITCH also won the Simplicity Cup for first place in IRC 2. RAMPAGE won the National Yacht Club trophy for first place in IRC 0, and the Golden Eagle Trophy for first place in IRC 1 went to the J/35 CRIME SCENE, skippered by Stephen Trevitt from Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club. The PHRF boats raced the Freeman in a single 8-boat division. Cameron Smith from Whitby Yacht Club, driving the Tripp 33 ROAD TRIP, won the Ashbridges Bay YC Trophy for the best elapsed time in PHRF. The Louise Freeman Cup for the best corrected time in PHRF was presented to Chris Chapman from National Yacht Club, skipper of the Tartan 30 HARRIER.
Complete scoring data for the 2013 Annual Regatta can be found at www.yachtscoring.com