Bill Metz Wins Brodie Cup in Ti Race

Congratulations to Bill Metz and the crew of Bandit for taking the Brodie Cup in this year’s Ticonderoga Race in decisive fashion. This is a long-overdue three-peat for Metz, who won the Ti Race as skipper in 1988 and 1989 on Knotacat. Congratulations also to Sam Walters and the crew of Happy Days for outlasting their competition and winning the non-spinnaker division.

The moist and light wind conditions made for a very long and tiring day for all who braved the long distance race.  The boats headed north after a short windward leg, but were not allowed much of a downwind run as the southwest breeze pulled a near 180, oscillating from north to the northeast for the rest of the trip up to Ticonderoga. As forecast, the already light breeze slowly lessened throughout the day, except for a brief burst of 10 to 14 kts as the fleet exited the Narrows. The rest of the trip up the lake was slow as the last boats rounded their northern marks just before dark. The almost full moon offered just enough light through the patchy clouds to keep boats safe as they passed back through the Mother Bunch and Narrows at a snail’s pace. Some dropped out before dawn and the rest finished as the morning light grew brighter, the last coming in just before 8 am.

Special thanks to Yankee Boating Center for BBQ space, committee boat, prizes, and general support for almost 40 years; Camp Chingachgook and Y-Knot for feeding us Friday night and giving those with disabilities the chance to sail on beautiful Lake George for years; Andrew Brodie, Steve Jackson and Deb Katz for standing in the rain Saturday morning on the Committee Boat; and everyone who showed up despite the conditions to race, donate and have a good time.

Results can be found at http://www.lakegeorgeracing.com/results.aspx?series=72

Ti Race This Weekend

Registration forms will be available at the BBQ at Yankee Boating Center marina from 6-9 pm on Friday. Don’t forget a stopwatch for keeping your own time during the race — just noting time of day at the finish doesn’t count as keeping your own time. Anyone who wishes to race but can’t make it Friday can contact Kyle beforehand to register at 796-9428.

Corinthian Season Starts with Mayor’s Cup May 20

The first event for the Corinthian Spring Series will be the Mayor’s Cup in Lake George village starting at noon on Sunday, May 20. The event will be part of the Lake George Performance Weekend celebration. The second event will be the “Lower Basin Classic” as part of the Ti Race festivities June 1, 2 and 3. For those who do not want the challenge of a 42-mile race through the Narrows this will be a more comfortable option. Start with the whole fleet, proceed North past Dome Island, turn South at Northwest Shoal, leave Diamond Island AND the usual Navigation Buoy to port, heading North to finish at Yankee Boating Center. The third event to complete the Series will be an Around the Islands Race on Sunday June 24. Details to come. Spinnakers will be allowed for all three events. Dues for the Corinthians for 2012 are $50 payable before or at the Skippers Meeting and Barbeque at Yankee on June 1. Dues cover all races, and include the after-race party Sunday, June 3 and end-of-season cook-out/awards banquet. Come out and join us!

Moriah Wins Long-Distance Corinthian Race

The scheduled Corinthian race to Sabbath Day Point was shortened due to weather to using the Northwest Bay shoal buoy as a turning mark. Although the dreary, foggy start turned into a beautiful sailing day with even a glimpse of blue sky and sun by the end of the race. With the wind out of the south at 12-15 knots, five boats enjoyed a great sail around the Canoe Islands to Northwest Bay shoal and back to the finish off Diamond Point in two and a half hours. A two-tack beat from Northwest Bay Shoal back to the finish earned Moriah a first place finish on corrected time, followed by Jam, Cut Loose, Revolution and Cosmic Corner. Complete results

Last Corinthian Race, Cookout on 9/11

Sunday, September 11 will be the last race of the season for the Corinthians, followed by awards and the annual cookout at the Dickinson’s on Rockhurst. Usual format: 12:30 start. Take your own time. Report to committee boat via Channel 66 or 796-4907. Immediately after the race will be the get-together at the Dickinson’s on Rockhurst for season awards and annual cook-out. Boats may tie up or anchor off the dock.

Sabbath Day Point Race on Sunday

This Sunday, August 28, is the Sabbath Day Point Race the Corinthian’s second long-distance race of the season. Shorter than June’s Ti Race,, but you’ll still get the opportunity to sail through the Narrows and the Mother Bunch to the turning mark at Sabbath Day Point, just north of (and across the lake from) Huletts Landing. Because of the length of the race the committee boat will be on station at 9am for a 9:30 start. Both start and finish are planned to be at Hogback Reef. Take your own time and report to the Committee Boat as soon as possible via Chanel 66 or 796-4907. The current forecast puts Hurricane Irene hitting southern New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, so with luck we’ll get enough breeze for a good race, but in the event that Irene proves more threatening the race will be shortened.
UPDATE: With Irene making a strong appearance at the lake, Race 4 will be rescheduled for Sept. 4, 9:30 start.