Sailor Spotlight - Steph Colie

December 27, 2018 4:26:38 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Steph Colie


Steph and Dev Colie are arguably the most influential people for junior sailing in the Barnegat Bay area.  Together, they started Colie Sails in 1976, first making sails for the local fleet and then expanding to selling sailboats, gear, parts, and everything else needed to be on the water.  When the Optimist dinghy first came to NJ, Steph and Dev jumped at the opportunity to support the class.  It also helped that their two sons - Rich and Stu - were rock star sailors themselves.  The Colies embraced the concept of traveling to big junior regattas outside of the state.  They would load up Optis on their truck and drive them to New Orleans or Miami so that their kids could race against the best.  They started selling Lasers, Laser 2s, Vanguard 15s, 420s, and every other boat juniors wanted to sail.  For 36 years, Steph and Dev Colie would support junior sailing, run weekend races, sell the best equipment, and be integrally involved in everything junior sailing on the bay.  We all owe so much to them and their efforts, and we're incredibly lucky that they decided to start Colie Sails on Barnegat Bay in NJ.

Name: Steph Colie
Age: 68
School: Point Pleasant Boro HS, U of Mary Washington, Georgian Court University
Yacht Club: (previously Bay Head YC, Mantoloking YC, Toms River YC)

1) What is your own sailing background?  Did you sail in a junior sailing program on the bay?  Who are the big sailors in your family?  I grew up around sailboats because my dad, Richard Carr, loved sailing and sailboats. He built an El Toro dinghy that hung on davits in our back yard which was tricky to tack out of our lagoon, so I mainly rowed it. However, Bev, my younger sister by four years, thrived on the independence of sailing this boat out the lagoon solo to the bay, and by age 9 she could figure out the shifts and wind shadows of houses and willow trees, laying the groundwork for her to be the first big sailor on my side of the family. She was at home in a sailboat and liked racing too. At 18, in her Laser, Bev swept first place every Sunday at BHYC’s summer Sunday series; sailing home afterwards Dad would be waiting to help her de-rig. Forty five years later, she is still participating and enjoying the camaraderie of the sailing family.

I crewed on a duck boat at Bay Head Yacht Club as a kid. I liked my skipper. Sailing was ok, but I didn’t like coming in last so much. Our family had a Chesapeake Bay Ketch which we took on week long family cruises on Barnegat Bay.  Mom sewed everything for that boat except the sails.

I’d like to add that when Bev was a teenager, my parents persuaded me to drive Bev and her friend (Nancy Simpson) an International 470, and a tent to Association Island, NY, for a women’s clinic and a women’s regatta on Lake Ontario. Janet Bjorn, Jan & Pat O’Malley, Jane Pegel, and Kiki Saltmarsh were there. A young Gary Jobson was the clinician. I saw that traveling for sailing was fun and that it grew much more than skills. I witnessed the importance of land support. I hadn’t chosen racing for myself, but I got a good look into the sport. I offered to take them the next year on the way home.

Rich and Stu Colie, our sons, enjoyed sailing from the start as I recall it. They began with sailing on boats with us and other family members, took sailing lessons, joined the Mantoloking junior sailing program, sailed for fun after school, and became members of sailing travel teams. We traveled as a family during school breaks to the Bruce Cup, Opti Midwinters and the Orange Bowl for many seasons. They went on to participate and place in national and international events, Rich in Lasers and Stu in Optimists, Laser 2s and 470s.

2) What made you and Dev decide to open up Colie Sails?  Dev started Colie Sails when were dating. He brainstormed his plans with me to open a sail loft near where he had grown up sailing.  As a young child he sailed with his grandmother on her catboat and first raced with his father in Penguins. He raced M scows and PHRF when he worked at Seidelmann Sails in South Jersey. He wanted to design and build sails near the Barnegat Bay and the ocean. I hung out and helped out from the beginning. I was a school teacher at the time, so for the first 3 years, I sewed after school and during summer vacation.

3) Tell me about the business at the beginning.  Where were you located and what did you guys do?  When did you move to 1649 Bay Ave?  In the beginning we built sails of all sizes for boats of all sizes on Barnegat Bay.  Our first shop was in Bay Head where Manasquan Bank is now. The building Dev rented was originally a lumber company office located alongside the closed portion of the North Jersey Coast Railroad line which had run to Seaside Park. Posts divided up the room. His friend Tom Barton, an architect, told him the space would work as a sail loft if some joists were doubled up. One Saturday, I stopped by and the 20 by 40 feet space was clear, posts were gone. In the next few days, he laid plywood on the decking and varnished it. This became the sail loft for the first twelve years.

Dev met with customers, measured for sails at marinas, designed, laid out and sewed the sails, and raced on weekends. I asked if I could help. First I sewed repairs to get the feel of an industrial machine, and soon I was sewing the new sails.

In the fall and winter, we were asked to make all kinds of things. We did a lot of sail repairs too. 

The shop in Bay Head did not have running water or heat so we added a kerosene space heater in the winter. We built sails to Running on Empty, The Wall, Piano Man and Tea for the Tillerman, over and over, in the early days. I can still picture it vividly. It was a fun place to be, and we had a lot of friends stop by to visit us and watch sails come together. Our sons, Rich and Stu, grew up there.

When we started building winning E scow sails, it became obvious that we needed more space. We could work on only one at a time. We had already purchased property with an old house on it nearby in Point Pleasant for a future sail loft.  A new floor plan would have room to lay out two E scow mains. We planned locations for sewing machines. And again we asked our architect friend, Tom, for help, this time to design a sail loft with living space above. We dreamed, planned and saved for ten years. In the fall of 1987 we broke ground, and we moved to 1649 in March 1988. Four of us carried the forty foot long lofting battens down Bridge Avenue on our shoulders.

4) How did the business progress since you first started?  It started with sails for Dev’s M Scow in 1976, then Dave and Paul Magno volunteered to try out a suit of Colie M Scow sails. They had great success! I think they won almost all the races that summer. Paul was still in high school and they had a system for alternating skipper and crew. We sold lots of M Scow sails the first few years.

In the early days we made sails for cruising and racing. Larger sails were laid out at the high school gym on Sundays. We started with one sewing machine and later added specialized machines.

I think it was 1977 when Dev started designing E scow mainsails. They were different than the Midwest sails that were fast on inland lakes. People bought our mainsails because they were fast on the Bay. We made many jibs and spinnakers too. In the years that followed, many races, BBYRA and national championships were sailed and won with Colie Sails.

Dev also did rigging work, sail handling systems primarily, offsite at marinas.

A shift in our business focus occurred when our kids were old enough to join the summer sailing program. It was when Jan O’Malley was the key person involved in junior sailing at Mantoloking YC. She easily convinced Dev that the Optimist dinghy was the future for youth sailing, not any one of the boats used at the clubs on the Bay, such as the Duck Boat, Sunfish, Sneakbox and Toms River Pram. MYC added optimists to the program, and we located a brand new Optimist in Massachusetts for Rich.

We sourced Optimists, and our first experience selling boats began. The enthusiasm we had - and our own kids had - resulted in others' enthusiasm too, and our business branched out into youth sailing. We sold good boats, then optimized the gear and equipment. We found companies that made youth-sized shorter life jackets that would be less bulky and not get caught on the mainsheet bridle of an Optimist and kids sized sailing gloves and footwear for hiking out. This resulted in the development of the youth sailing focused chandlery that it still is today.

The sale of Optimists and the enthusiasm and momentum of weekly inter-clubs continued. In 1997 we began to sell other manufacturer’s one design sailboats:  Lasers, Sunfish, Radials, Laser 2s, Vanguard 15s and Club 420s.

We began making covers and gear bags for the boats we sold. I made the first ones for our own kids and their cousin, Nate Wight, using superior materials and our own unique designs. We started spraying last names on blade bags and covers so the kids could tell theirs apart. We continued building competitive Optimist club sails to supply with boats we sold. Back when Stu was sailing Optimists internationally in the mid ’90s, we became aware of the exceptional performance of Olimpic Sails, and we became the North American importer.

5) What are you doing now that you retired?  How have you been spending your time?  Something new: I live in Michigan and have learned to Cross-Country ski. I volunteered for two summers at a CSA food project, and I am an active member of our local garden club. I took a couple car trips criss-crossing Canada and southern USA which included visits with Rich and his wife, Tabitha, in the Columbia River Gorge, plus connecting with family & friends, old & new. This winter, it’s my joy to help out taking care of my granddaughter, Sayla, a few days a week while her parents, Stu and Mariah, run their XC ski resort. I continue with my yoga and sew a few up-cycle projects for fun. I’d like to read and write more, but there’s so much to do outside. 

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Sailor Spotlight - Jason Lutz

December 21, 2018 7:53:06 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Jason Lutz

Jason Lutz wears many hats around Barnegat Bay.  He is the coach of the CBA sailing team, one of the largest and longest tenured high school teams in NJ.  He also coaches at the Bay Head Yacht Club, spearheading their Adult Sailing Program during the summer months. 

When he's not coaching, Jason is sailing himself in either a Lightning or a J70 with his family.  Most people know his dad Jody, uncle Jay, or his brother Jonathan.  Together they are one of the prestigious sailing families on the bay.

Jason is a stand-up guy.  He cares deeply about the sailors he works with, and he works really hard to get the most out of his athletes.  He's kind and smart, and he's invested in sailing in this area.  He's a huge asset to the Barnegat Bay!

Name: Jason Lutz
Age: 25
School: Christian Brothers Academy / College of Charleston
Yacht Club: Metedeconk River Yacht Club

1) Jason, you grew up in this area racing a lot of boats and coaching at local yacht clubs.  Give me a quick summary of your sailing experiences.  Like most in my age group, I was thrown into the Opti at age seven in the Metedeconk River YC junior program. I traveled a bit in the Opti, going to the Nationals, Midwinters and qualifying for Team Trials. When I was 11 or so, I started crewing in the Lightning for my dad, as well as sailing C420. I found a passion in skippering the Lightning, traveling to the Youth World Championship and winning the Junior North American Championship with my younger brother Jonathan and one of my best friends, Tommy Zanowic, crewing for me. I now spend a lot of my sailing time crewing for some talented people in the Lightning and J/70. While I was always a skipper first, I have really enjoyed crewing and learning from great teammates over the past couple of years.
While I had my dad to give me extra time in the boat, one unique thing about Metedeconk is they have an advanced sailing class in the Lightning in which any junior who is passionate about sailing can participate. Started by the great Jim Carson decades ago, juniors are able to experience a bigger one-design boat when they are 14, 15, 16 years old, hopefully propelling them to sail the Lightning when they graduate from the junior program. This has led to Metedeconk being a force on the youth Lightning circuit (seven junior North American champions!), only matched by the Buffalo Canoe Club on Lake Erie.
2) Now you are the coach of the CBA High School Sailing Team.  CBA has had one of the best high school teams in the state for a really long period of time.  What do you attribute to the longevity of your program?  CBA had some great sailors pass through in the early 2000s (i.e. John Kempton, Marty Masterson, Ian Sutherland), but the school could never really get a formalized sailing program off the ground. With the backing of the CBA administration, we set a plan in 2007 and haven’t looked back: convincing my dad to be the first coach, gaining varsity status, and getting SAILING into the mix of CBA’s great athletic achievements.
We celebrated our 10th year as a team last spring, and I was taken aback by the excitement of the alumni who returned to sail in our anniversary regatta. It’s really a testament to all those guys that this program has flourished into the biggest varsity sailing team in New Jersey. We’ve won state championships and qualified for regional & national championships, but the bond of the collective group is really special. That’s what will ultimately keep CBA Sailing on the map for a long time, and I am excited to be a part of it.
High school sailing in general has become super popular in our area, thanks to Dr. Nunn and the formalization of the New Jersey Interscholastic Sailing Association (NJISA). It has also become a solid breeding ground for those who want to participate in collegiate sailing. Just at CBA in the last few years, we’ve had alumni go on to sail at George Washington, Miami, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, SUNY Maritime, and UPenn, among other great schools.
3) In the summer you have been working at the Bay Head YC helping their Adult Sailing Program.  Tell me about this role and what opportunities there are for Bay Head adult members to sail.  One of the best things about BHYC is they are ALWAYS open to new ideas, especially when it comes to sailing. I’ve had a relationship with BHYC going back to when I coached the Opti and 420 race groups in the junior program. A few years ago, Commodore Bob Koar approached me about serving as a “Sailing Pro” at the club. Commodore Koar really pushed for sailing to be accessible to every club member, from age 6 to 76 and everywhere in between, leading to the sailing committee’s purchase of 12 Tech Dinghies. We all know about BHYC’s dynamite junior program, but we also have private lessons for all members throughout the week, special clinics spread out through the summer, and special regattas for what seems like every single group and boat. I really enjoy helping the entire club membership get on the water, from running the 420 State Championship and Merrick Team Race for the juniors to doing our weekly “Women on the Water” clinics with enthusiastic women sailors at BHYC.
4) Speaking of Techs, last summer you were instrumental in organizing an "after program" team racing series at Bay Head.  Instructors and sailors from the area descended on BHYC for a casual team racing night.  Everyone agreed it was their favorite night of the week.  Can you tell me more about it?  Do you guys have plans to do something similar this year?  Evening tech sailing is something I thought BHYC should have for the past few summers, but it takes a passionate group to get it off the ground. We had an awesome group (ranging from 15 to 35 years old!) last summer that came out to team race seven or eight times in July and August. We would run a dozen or more short races right off the club dock, and the skill level ranged from experienced to casual racer which made it doable for everyone.  It’s amazing how many compliments we got afterwards from the members who watched the racing from the dock, even if they didn't know anything about team racing. It definitely became a much-anticipated part of our week last summer. The club officers loved the idea too, so we are definitely hoping to set a schedule of team race nights again next summer.
5) You come from a really impressive sailing family.  Do you ever get to sail with any family members any more?  What boats do you guys race?  Yes, both my dad (Jody) and my uncle (Jay) have raced in just about every country imaginable and have really impressive resumes. Both are multi-class North American champions, including the Lightning, so my dad introduced both my brother and me to the boat as soon as we were big enough. The Lightning class, which is ultra-competitive, really prides itself on having family participate together. Last year, I actually crewed for Jonathan in the Lightning NAs, which was a fun experience down in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I also have been able to sail with my dad and Uncle Jay in the J/70 a bunch of times, which is a really exciting “new era” boat. This past summer, all four of us teamed up for the first time ever to sail a J/70 regatta in Marblehead, and there was much less arguing then you would have thought! Obviously, being able to do this sport with your family makes it really special.

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Sailor Spotlight - Greer Scholes

December 14, 2018 7:37:00 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Greer Scholes

Greer Scholes grew up at the Island Heights Yacht Club.  He was an active sailor in the IHYC Junior Sailing program and then sailed for Roy Wilkins at OCC.  In 2009, though, he and his wife Heather (Switlick) had the opportunity to move down to the US Virgin Islands - and they haven't looked back.  Heather is a teacher at the Antilles School, and Greer is the Club Manager at the St. Thomas Yacht Club.  These guys live in paradise.  The weather is fantastic and the sailing is some of the best you'll get.  Now Greer works closely with the young Opti sailors, teaching them important skills to set the foundation for a lifetime of sailing.  Greer's calm demeanor and patience with young sailors makes him really effective and appreciated as a coach.  Greer is a great guy, and you'll still see him on the bay whenever he's back up in Jersey for a visit!

Name:  Greer Scholes
Age:  44
School:  OCC/Stockton
Yacht Club:  Island Heights Yacht Club

1) Greer, you grew up in New Jersey and sailed here as a kid.  Tell me about life when you were a junior sailor.  What kind of boats did you sail?  What was your experience like?  We lived in Island Heights in the summers across the street from Nelson’s boat yard which was an awesome back yard.  As anyone from Island Heights would tell you, it is a special place to grow up.  I sailed Diamonds in the IHYC Junior Sailing Program then moved to Laser M and Radials with the occasional Blue Jay regatta.  The thing I remember most is that when program was over for the day, we usually went back out sailing for fun just to be on the water.
2) You've since moved down to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.  That's a big move.  Why did you decide to move down to the islands?  Heather and I moved to St. Thomas basically because the opportunity just presented itself.  We where both in the job market in 2009; Heather was offered a teaching position at the Antilles School and the Club needed a new head sailing instructor so it worked out well.  I knew STYC had some good kids coming out of their program and was excited about teaching and coaching full time so here we are.
3) Talk to me about your current role at the St. Thomas Yacht Club.  What's the atmosphere like down there?  I have been the Club Manager for the past three years and the beginner through Green Fleet coach since we moved.  It is nice because I still get to coach and teach four days a week and still have a real job outside of that.  As you might expect the atmosphere is pretty casual which I really enjoy.  There is a real small town feel and you get to know everyone from the gas station owner to the grocery store clerk.  The club is right on the beach and is family friendly.  Like I said, everyone knows everyone, and I think that makes for good relationships.
4) St. Thomas has produced A LOT of very talented sailors recently.  Obviously the weather and sailing conditions are fantastic, but you guys have talented coaches working with the kids and a system that works.  What do you guys do down there to develop your sailors?  Are there any disadvantages to living on the island (from a sailor development point of view)?  To be clear, St. Thomas was producing great sailors long before I got here, and I think a large part of that is the conditions.  The sailors learn to sail ten feet off the beach.  After that, they can sail just a half mile and be in the open ocean.  So we have great conditions to practice in.  That said, one of the things that we try to work on with our racing kids is proper technique from the start.  We are fortunate to have Argy Resano as our advanced coach, and he has taught me a lot about opti sailing.  Perhaps most important is to teach the proper technique from the start so by the time the kids are ready for him they can focus on strategy and tactics.  Of coarse nothing beats time in the boats, and with warm temperatures and a long season we manage to get that in.  By the time the kids reach high school their boat handling and knowledge is amazing. 
One of biggest challenges here is the small pool of kids.  Not everyone wants to be the next Olympic champion so keeping the numbers up in the racing fleet can be challenging some years.  Also it is very difficult to simulate the big fleet experience that you get in states and of course the cost of traveling to the major regattas is much higher.
5) Recently St. Thomas was hit pretty hard by multiple hurricanes.  How has the island recovered?  Are you guys back up to full strength or is there more work to be done still?  The Island has come a long way and you would hardly notice how “mashed up” things were.  It may sound silly but people really went out of their way to help others in the weeks and months after the storms. One thing is for sure, it was windy during Irma.  All in all, the island has rebounded and is doing well.  I will use this opportunity to promote tourism and invite Barnegat Bay Opti sailors to come and race in the International Opti Regatta and Team race here June 10th – 16th.  It's a great opportunity to learn and race before the junior sailing programs start up there.  There are short term rentals near the club too so it's easy.  Hope to see you then.


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Sailor Spotlight - Kyle Rogachenko

December 6, 2018 6:20:10 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Kyle Rogachenko

Kyle Rogachenko will never publicly admit this, but his favorite song is Lady Gaga's "Alejandro."  One summer while driving through Europe sailing Lasers, he played that song on repeat for a week straight.

Kyle always has a smile on his face when sailing.  Look at the picture of him sailing a Waszp and you'll see just how much joy he gets out of sailing.  Kyle is an incredibly accomplished sailor too; he's an Opti World team member, he won the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, he did Olympic campaigns, and he's always at the top of the fleet in the E-Scow.  Kyle's an engineer, and he's always tweaking, adjusting, and reinventing - trying to eek out any extra speed that he can.   But most importantly, Kyle is a genuinely kind person.  I've known Kyle my whole life, and I don't think I've ever seen him yell or lash out, even in the heat of competition.  He loves sailing.  He loves the social aspect of our sport.  And he's going to be a lifelong competitor on Barnegat Bay.

Name: Kyle Rogachenko
Age: 30
School: Old Dominion University
Yacht Club: Toms River Yacht Club

1)  Kyle, you just returned from the US Waszp Nationals.  Tell me about the event.  The Waszp Nationals was held at the James Island Yacht Club in Charleston, SC. Considering this was only the second year for the Waszp, it was impressive to see boats make the trip from both east and west coasts as well as Canada and Argentina. New to the boat and only having sailed it a dozen times, the nationals was a great opportunity to learn from the best and make big improvements. There was a strong feeling of camaraderie throughout the event as we all shared tricks for making the boat faster and easier. Packing up after racing the final day it was raining and dark, yet everyone still had smiles on their faces.

US Waszp Nationals Results

2)  Why did you decide to get involved in the Waszp fleet?  What about the boat draws you in as a sailor?  I first saw the Waszp sailing on Toms River in 2017. Instantly, I knew I had to have one. The best way I can describe the Waszp is to imagine the most exciting asymmetrical spinnaker run and maintain that feeling on all legs of the race course. It is a great platform for one design racing. All boats perform similar with equal equipment showing the skill of each skipper. The Waszp has a huge height and weight range making it possible to compete with sailors of all different sizes.

3)  In addition to the Waszp, you're also an avid E-Scow sailor.  Tell me about your program, your new boat for next year, and what about the E-Scow fleet draws you in.  After two Olympic campaigns in the Laser, I finished my degree at ODU and began work as an engineer. Through the Sailing Foundation of Barnegat Bay (at the time Island Heights Sailing Foundation) I was able to borrow a boat at no cost to campaign for the summer. Crewing on the boat was my wife Alissa, fellow Laser sailor Ian Sutherland, and experienced E-Scow sailor Ben Condon. The E-Scow fleet is full of talent and quickly became my favorite boat for many reasons. The fleet has found a good blend of intense racing, plenty of social time, and all around good morale. It also takes a lot of coordination between the entire crew to make the boat go fast. This summer I look forward to spending a third season with crew Brendan Hogan and AJ Bailey. Both of these guys are terrific on and off the water making each day exciting no matter where we finish. Last season we had our best regatta yet finishing 2nd at Nationals! 

4) You grew up sailing Optis and Lasers, then you sailed in college at ODU.  Now you race E-Scows and Waszps.   What time period and/or boat in your life has been the best for your development as a sailor?  You have to pick one and not give me some politically correct "they've all been good for my development" answer...  I will start this response with one of my favorite phrases, "You don't know what you don't know." The best period in my life for development as a sailor has to be Optis from age 6-15. Being a good sailor requires knowledge of the sport, mental and physical toughness, preparation, and effort. I was lucky enough during this time to have parents and coaches to teach me how to learn and push me to be better. I try my best to carry these skills with me and show younger sailors how to do the same.

5) What's been your biggest achievement as a sailor?  What one event are you most proud of?  My biggest achievement would probably be winning the Radial World Championship as a Youth. 

While not one event, I am most proud of the 2015 BBYRA E-Scow series. We won both the AM and PM series that year, however most meaningful was also being awarded the O.G. Dale Memorial Trophy for outstanding sportsmanship.


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Sailor Spotlight - Aidan Millar

November 30, 2018 7:15:14 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Aidan Millar

Aidan Millar is fresh off a breakthrough performance at the Optimist Midwinter Championship.  With a focus on consistency and avoiding the big mistakes, Aidan strung together an impressive scoreline - highlighted by a 6th place finish - to make Gold fleet and likely qualify for his first international team.  Now that Aidan has a taste of Gold fleet racing, he's only going to work harder.  So many local sailors put in the hours during the summer and off-season months; it's nice to see their dedication pay off and it only propels them to keep the pedal down and work harder.  Aidan is a perfect example of this.

Name: Aidan Millar

Age: 14
School: Verona Highschool
Yacht Club: Little Egg Harbour Yacht Club

1) Aidan, you just returned from the Opti Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.  Tell me about the event?  Midwinters at Southern Yacht Club was absolutely amazing this year. It was a three day event in the famous New Orleans, Louisiana. The conditions were relatively light, with winds 5-12 knots the first 2 days and 0-5 knots the last day. The first two days were really choppy due to storms that had passed a few days earlier leaving waves behind. Due to the light conditions and heavy chop, the gold fleet only got 6 races off while the silver fleet only got 5.

Opti Midwinter Results
Gold Fleet
Silver Fleet

2) This year, the Midwinters was also the "Spring Team Qualifier" for international events next Spring.  Can you explain to the average sailor who may not know about the international Opti opportunities what that means?  What regattas are you qualifying for?  A “Spring Team Qualifier” happens once a year at either the Midwinters or another fall event.  It actually rotates so every other year it's at the Midwinters. This event is a qualifier for international events in the spring. You can qualify for one of four events. The first is the South American Championship. Next is the International Palamos Regetta in Palamos, Spain. Then there is the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting. Lastly, there is the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Holland. Based on my result, I likely qualified for the Holland trip.

3) You had somewhat of a breakout regatta.  I saw on your scoreline that you were very consistent and even had a top 10 one race!  Congratulations!  What do you think you did well at this regatta to jump up the leader board a little?  Thank you! I definitely felt that this was the best I have ever sailed. I think that there multiple reasons to why I had such a solid event. One was my consistency. My races were very similar finishes, and I minimized risk taking while sailing. Another reason was my new Olimpic Medium race sail. This sail helped me a lot with pointing and speed. I can't remember the time I could point as high as I did!  One last reason was my ability to move my boat through the chop. I had heard that there could be some waves here, so in the training days prior to the event and the CERT training days I really focused on getting my weight back when the wave hits. 

4) You've been training hard with Mike Dowd and the CERT team for a few years now.  Now that you have a taste of Gold fleet racing, what are you going to work on in the future to keep improving?  Basically, what are a couple areas of your game that you want to focus on?  I will continue to work on my consistency and weight movements thoughtout the off-season. I will he also working on my mental game. I can sometimes lose focus during the last race of long days. I am going to work on staying sharp longer and if there is a postponement, relax a little bit so I don’t get tired, but be able to get it right back when racing resumes.  Constantly being ready to sail at your best is hard to do over a long day or regatta.

5) It's hard up in NJ because the weather gets cold in the winter.  Will you participate in any other sports or do anything in the "off-season" to stay sharp?  Do you have any other regattas on the calendar in the near future?  In the winter through spring, I play lacrosse for Verona High School. Also, I do crossfit training. I will be sailing any chance I have, which could mean pulling out the dry suit for some cold water sailing in the late winter/early spring or traveling to sail. In the near future I will be competing in Holland over Easter and Team Trails in early May.



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Sailor Spotlight - Bobby Koar

November 23, 2018 8:43:38 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Bobby Koar


I recently asked a friend of mine, "What do you think makes Bobby Koar such an awesome person?"  I immediately agreed with the response:  "Bobby is a genuinely nice guy, fun to be around, and is inclusive of everyone.  He crosses lines-- both generationally and from yacht club to yacht club--to make sure that everyone is included and having a good time."

Bobby loves Bay Head YC.  He grew up sailing in the junior sailing program, and immediately returned after college.  Not many young people get involved in the flag officer positions until later in life, but Bobby dove right in, wanting to help shape the junior sailing program and oversee sailing as the club's Rear Commodore.  Bobby was an advocate for the Bay Head Techs because he knew it would get more people out on the water.  Bobby races E-Scows each week, scooping up as many BHYC members as he can to get them racing.  And Bobby's passion and enthusiasm are contagious to all those who he meets.  We are lucky to have him on the bay!

Name:  Bobby Koar
Age:  35
School:  CBA, Roger Williams
Yacht Club:  Bay Head Yacht Club

1) Bobby, you are the Rear Commodore at Bay Head Yacht Club.  All yacht clubs assign duties differently.  What does the Rear Commodore at Bay Head YC do?  The duty of the Rear Commodore at the BHYC is basically the overseeing of the sailing community from top to bottom. We have over 180 kids in our junior sailing program with approximately 18-20 instructors. The Rear Commodore approves the budget and the hiring of the instructors and works lockstep with the junior sailing committee during the process of each. On the adult sailing side, the RC heads up the club’s sailing committee which meets quarterly to review any and all sailing related issues ongoing at the club. We have several fleets at the BHYC which sail very competitive inter-club series throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.
To summarize, the Rear Commodore’s main objective is continuing the already very successful sailing program and always looking for more ways to  promote sailing among our membership to make the community even stronger.

2) Bay Head YC did a major renovation after Superstorm Sandy.  Tell me about the renovation that was needed and what the club is like today.  Sandy left the club with approximately six feet of water in our first level dining room. At that time the Club board was already in discussions about updating the club so this storm just moved things up a lot faster. Over the next two years the club underwent a massive renovation which saw almost 70% of the main club house completely redone. What you see today would not have been possible without the leadership of the flag officers, board of trustees, club employees, and the generosity of the membership at that time. I also can't forget Joe Lucas who made countless trips out from California to oversee the entire furnishing of the club.  It was a true team effort and the club looks amazing today.
3) One thing Bay Head YC did was purchase first 6, and then another 6 (totaling 12) tech dinghies.  These boats are available for members to sail casually in the summer or race on weekends in the off-season.  How have the tech boats helped sailing at Bay Head YC?  Why did you guys choose the tech specifically?  About two and a half years ago during a sailing committee meeting, then Rear Commodore at the time (Mitch Shivers) handed Andy Goetting and myself a task: Find me a boat the club can purchase to promote sailing among the adult members who want to learn how to sail.  It should also reengage the young members who maybe fell out of the sport after their years in the junior program. As Mitch was addressing the committee I remember writing “the tech” on my note pad and showing it to Andy.  We knew right away what we were looking for. Both Andy and I went to Roger Williams University and spent a lot of time on the Charles River racing in MIT's fleet of Techs. They are pretty much adult Optis. We needed a boat with durability but also a boat you could sail single or double handed. We considered some other boats, but as we went through the criteria there weren’t many other options-- especially when you took in overall cost. The Tech was the perfect boat. So we bought six and then six more the following year. We now have a Spring Series, Fall series, Sunday series during the summer months, not to mention plenty of private lessons being booked as well. It was a home run. I would strongly urge more clubs to buy a couple of these if they are searching for similar objectives.
4) Next summer, Bay Head YC (in conjunction with Mantoloking YC) is hosting the E-Scow Easterns.  What does hosting a regatta like this entail?  Is it true that Bruce Springsteen will be the musical entertainment for the banquet?  We are very excited about hosting the Easterns next Summer! We have a great committee in place from both clubs and I believe it will be a very well-run regatta. Hosting a regatta of this size takes a lot of planning but the team we have put together is battle-tested so I know it will be great. I have reached out to Bruce’s people but have still not heard back. If he cannot make it we will make sure we have a good back up plan.
5) You have been sailing the E scow for a long time. When did you first start? What was your first experience like? Your Dad is known as one of the best bowmen ever, what is it like sailing with him and sailing with family?  I think I was a freshman at CBA when my dad bought our first E scow from John Harkrader. It was a 91 or 92 Melges E-Scow I believe and a really fast boat. I remember the first BBYRA race we sailed in the summer of 1998. My siblings were still a bit young so I was the only one of the kids on the boat. I was on bow, my Dad was steering, and we had Erica Amon trimming kite and Ricky Lang on boards. It was one of those early summer big westerly mornings. I remember how loud the main was when we put the sail up. We had only been out practicing a couple times and not in anything close to this breeze. It was probably 20-22 knots and very puffy. You all know the days! There were only three other boats out that morning: Had Brick, Paul Magno and Cliff Campbell. Something I will never forget was pulling up to the starting line with about 45 seconds to go and looking to leeward to see this light grey boat with a blue stripe underneath us. I didn’t know who it was but I looked at my dad and he seemed really uncomfortable. I asked him what the problem was, and I will never forget him saying “you do not want to start to windward of Cliff Campbell.” Then the gun went off and I realized about 15-20 seconds later, he was right; we had no business starting to windward of Cliff Campbell. We then went on to round the first windward mark in a big shift and went for a jibe. After I was finally able to get the pole off and re set, we were hit by a huge puff and over we went. After the boat swamped, Runnie Colie came over to us in his whaler with Billy Wight and towed us until the boat was able to drain. I recall Runnie shouting instructions at me on where to tie the tow line. I initially went for the mast but he yelled back to tie it to the front eye on the bow insisting it could hold the weight with no problem. He was right, of course. To this day when we are setting up our tow to go down bay with multiple boats, the tow lines are attached always from the bow, never the mast.

After the first couple of summers I had had enough of the bow and my dad the same with the sticks so we switched. This was still years before we changed to the asymmetrical spinnaker so I really got to see how good my dad was on bow. His jibes with the pole were seamless. Fred Slack came up to me one day and said, “you should try sailing with someone else on bow, then you’ll know how good your father really is.” Luckily I never got that opportunity. One thing I really miss about the symmetrical days was the plane to plane jibes. The boat would only have to change heading about 10-15 degrees so with a perfect jibe you didn’t come off the plan. These jibes were only possible when you had a great jib man, and I had the best.

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Sailor Spotlight - Jack Brown

November 16, 2018 7:23:28 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Jack Brown


Jack Brown is a rockstar.  After an incredibly impressive Opti career (2nd at the US Nationals, 6th at the Opti Europeans, Team Racing National Champion) he moved on to the Laser Radial and Club 420 where he always finished at the top of the fleet.  Now, Jack is a sophomore at the College of Charleston, one of the best sailing teams in the country.  (The College of Charleston has won the Fowle Trophy - given to the best college sailing team annually - in 3 of the past 4 years!)  This past summer, Jack moved from crewing on his dad's E-Scow to kicking everyone's butts as a skipper, an impressive feat in a challenging boat and competitive fleet.

Despite all of his success, Jack remains grounded and modest.  What comes to mind when talking to Jack is how polite and respectful he is.  He takes the time to say hello to adults, looks you in the eye, and gives you a firm handshake.  He's even-keeled when sailing, and he's appreciative of his crews, coaches, and father for helping him improve.  Jack is an impressive young sailor, someone the BBYRA can point to and say "this is someone we're proud to have representing us."

Name: Jack Brown

Age: 19 Years Old

School: College of Charleston

Yacht Club: Seaside Park Yacht Club/ Toms River Yacht Club

1) Jack, you're a sophomore at the College of Charleston.  Tell me about college sailing.  As someone who raced in college "a few years ago," it seems like the seasons have been condensed and there are some really big regattas that come up quickly.  What's the schedule like? College sailing has always been something I wanted to do ever since I got into competitive sailing when I was younger, and it has been a great experience this past year and a half. College sailing is super competitive--both in practices and regattas--and it creates an atmosphere where everyone is always improving. The college sailing schedule is very busy; we sail many weekends in a row with long drives every Friday afternoon and Sunday nights. Keeping up with schoolwork is one thing that was a key adjustment for me as I was forced to quickly adapt to the fast moving schedule. Not missing any practice, and putting in extra time on the water when you are able to is important with the newer compact schedule. Being ready to race and feeling confident after each week of practice has been something I found to be helpful thus far.


2) Charleston has been one of the best college sailing teams over the last few years.  Why do you think that is? I think that Charleston has consistently been at the top due to our coaching staff and the depth of our team. Our team is one of the biggest in the country, and that allows us to put eighteen boats on the water and run practices that are often times just as competitive as some regattas. Having a deep team allows us to have high-intensity, competitive practices each and every day. I also think that it helps underclassmen, such as myself, develop quicker and try to pick up little things that you see the older kids doing.  

3) Despite the sailing team's recent successes, there's been some changes on the C of C team this year. First, you graduated College Sailor of the Year Stefano Pescheira, coach Mitch Hall moved on, and Sailing Director Greg Fisher took a job at US Sailing. You still have Head Sailing Coach Ward Cromwell, Conner Blouin is taking over for Mitch, and in a big move, Kevin Jewett took over for Greg. That's a great hire. What have the changes been like at Charleston? Is it easy to maintain the same culture on the team with all of these changes? I honestly didn’t know what to expect coming back to school this year with all the changes. I did know that Ward was going to be the same great coach he has always been. I hadn’t even met Conner prior to him being hired as the new assistant coach, and we didn’t have Kevin until a couple months into school. Now looking back on all the changes, it has been a very seamless transition. Conner has done a great job filling Mitch’s position; he is an unbelievable coach with a ton of positive energy. He will do anything to help you continue to improve. Losing Greg was a hard one for everybody especially since even though he is a great sailor, he is an even better person. However, I had been coached by Kevin before he was hired as the new sailing director, and we already have a strong relationship. He has taught me a lot in the past, and he continues to be a great coach and mentor to me here at Charleston.
Losing Stefano also was clearly a big loss since he was a past Olympian and College Sailor of the Year. I was so lucky to have overlapped with him for a year. He took me under his wing and taught me so much every day, and I hope I can one day be the role model he was to our team. Even with all these changes, the coaches have done a great job making everything feel normal, and the culture has not changed. I know my teammates and I are all very excited with the new look of the program, and we can’t wait to see what's in store for the future.

4) This past summer you were crewing on an E-Scow for your dad, and then your dad hurt his back.  Rather than pack up the boat for the year, you took over the tillers and raced the boat yourself.  E-Scows are not easy boats to steer, and everyone was really impressed with how quickly you were racing at the top of the fleet.  What was it like steering the E-Scow?  What are some things that contributed to your success? Sailing with my dad is always a great time, and it was disappointing that he wasn’t able to finish out the summer. With that being said, I had one of the best times sailing in my life while skippering an E-Scow. The E-Scow is unlike any other boat I had ever skippered, and I enjoyed the high level of competition that the BBYRA provided every Saturday. I would not have been able to do nearly as well as I did without the support that I had around me. My dad was there every weekend helping to tune the boat and watch the races. Since I moved to the skipper position, we found sailors to rotate into the middle position on the boat. The whole team, no matter who sailed with us each weekend, was very supportive of me and did everything they could to help me learn quickly. I was always surrounded by great sailors and people, which helped the learning curve go more rapidly. I think my dad was more excited for me to sail the E-Scow then I was, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all his help this past summer despite his injury.  

5) What's one piece of advice that you would give ten year old Jack Brown? What's one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger and just getting started? One piece of advice that I would give is whenever you go out to practice, make it worth your time and try to learn as much as possible. I can remember back when I was younger that I dreaded training, regattas, or anything that had to do with sailing, and sometimes I would just go out and count down the minutes to go in. It's evident to me now how much my Opti and C420 sailing has helped thus far in college sailing, and I would encourage everyone to not just go through the motions, but to make it worth your time to go out and practice. There are so many great coaches from the bay that have helped me so much, and they all have something to offer. Try to learn something from each one. I can't even begin to name all of the coaches that have helped me. It's great to see the continuation of successful youth sailing growing on Barnegat Bay.

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Sailor Spotlight - Billy Warner

November 9, 2018 7:31:38 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Billy Warner and the TRYC Tech Fleet



Each year the Toms River Yacht Club host the Turkey Bowl in their fleet of 30 techs.  This event is wildly popular with a fleet limited to 56 sailors (it's grown so much they have to sail in heats) sailing in 28/30 boats (they keep two replacement boats on stand-by in case of a breakdown).  There are so many people who help make this event happen, from the tech owners who helped fund the fleet to the people who make food or run the Race Committee to the maintenance crew who prep all the boats before the event; it's a total team effort. 

Tech sailing is about getting out on the water.  It's about having fun and sailing in a boat that doesn't take hours to rig or a lot of money to upkeep.  Held every Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Turkey Bowl has provided local sailors with an opportunity for an informal reunion and one more chance to get a few laps in before the winter months slow things down.

This week we checked in with Billy Warner, someone who has been instrumental in running this event for so many years to learn about what else makes this event and fleet so special.

***Looking for something to do the Saturday after Thanksgiving?  Come sail the Turkey Bowl!  Anyone and everyone is welcome to come sail.  The event often sells out so register soon!***

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Name:  Billy Warner
Age:  42
School:  Toms River HS South and URI
Yacht Club:  TRYC

1) Billy, it's November and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  All Barnegat Bay sailors associate Thanksgiving with the TRYC Turkey Bowl sailed in Tech Dinghies.  Can you give me a brief history of how the Turkey Bowl started?
Back in 2003, a small group of sailors thought there was a something missing in the local sailing scene. We were looking for a boat that we didn't have to dedicate a lot of time to; other boats consumed our money so we wanted it cheap and we wanted to appeal to a big audience.   Sailing in front of the club for 2 hours on a Sunday was what we saw as perfect.  At about that time, M.I.T. had 30 techs for sale for a thousand dollars a boat. We had a goal of getting 12 boats. The first 6 sold fast. The next core group of buyers didn't even intend on sailing the boats, they just saw it as an opportunity to help and basically donated their boat.  The fleet owes them a big thank you. I recognize this group at every awards presentation and give them the same gift the winners get because they made it happen.  The next 10 boats took some selling and after 22 committed buyers my dad floated us some cash until we sold them all. We still laugh about the ghost boat somebody claimed they paid for. 

Another funny memory,  back then you got 200 minutes on your phone per month for free and then it was 50 cents a minute after that.  I spent hours on the phone daily trying to sell the last 8 boats and ended up with a $1000 phone bill.  Fortunately Voice Stream let me slide.  A few weeks after we collected all the money the boats arrived in trucks that were recently used to deliver some raw chicken.   We bought a shed for the gear and sailed them on Sundays in the winter.  A few months later we wanted to host a big regatta so we stole the idea from ODU and hosted the first turkey bowl for about 12 boats.  Phil Barrow won and his late brother Greg was 3rd.  Every year it got a little bigger and eventually we had a super talented group with a waiting list to get in. The party after racing was like a big reunion of old and young. My mom, Barbara Warner, has always been the host for the party and helped make the event a sellout. One of the unique events at awards is that ties are decided with a beer chug off. The crowd gets really involved. 

About 5 years ago, Alice May-Webber donated a print of a historically significant local artist John Peto called " The Cup We Race For"  that hangs on the Club wall.  Throughout the years two tacky trophies have been donated and likely hidden at the winners house.  These trophies are the "Chicken" and the "Captain" and are more often than not forgotten to be brought on race day. We have a Masters, Junior and Women's division.  At the bar after racing,  a never ending controversy is whether the main perpetual should be awarded to a single handed sailor or a double handed boat. The cause for the stir is that lighter skippers can dominate in light conditions and then take a crew when it's windy.  Heavy skippers are limited to excelling in only medium and heavy air.  We've nominated a committee to put this issue to bed...

2) As the years have progressed, how has your role changed with the Turkey Bowl?  How much maintenance do you have to do on the techs to keep them all up and sailable?
The boats are 1994s and have been very good to us. Every year the boats need a serious cleaning which Bill Warner Sr. has mastered . It is the biggest hassle and thankless job. Recently we got smart  and hired some labor from craigslist to help us clean them. The registration we collect throughout the years helps sustain this.  Doing even the simplest maintenance task usually means you have to do it 30 times.  Even tying them up for a storm is an hour-long commitment.  I'm not 100 percent sold on the world water levels rising, but if the techs are any indicator, they float away a lot more then they used to. Art Bailey has saved a number of boats floating around the river.  I'm an expert at counting to 30 just to make sure we have all the boats still. We have been thru 2 major refits where all the lines get replaced and centerboards fixed up. About half the boats have had the keelsons fixed. "Just enough to keep her sailing" is the motto, otherwise it would be a full time job.

I have installed at least 200 tiller universals and 300 plugs.  Every year just before the Turkey Bowl we do 20 hours of maintenance and spend about $1000 on parts . Patrick Connell has been there for almost all of them.  Over the 16 years of turkey bowls there have been just 5 breakdowns. Even in the 25 knot gale that Peter Slack documented on film,  the boats held up. If you have a minute, search "Turkey Bowl" on Youtube. 

The old sails were going on 20 years old and were not keeping up with the abuse we put them through. During the Turkey Bowl two years ago we did a fundraiser for sails and the maintenance fund. The Barnegat Bay Sailing Foundation helped us out tremendously.  30 other tech sailors came up with the rest and got to name a sail. They have helped keep the fleet even and the new sails are easier to de-power and less blown out. 

3) Techs are often considered "the great equalizer."  You can be an Opti sailor or a Finn sailor, sail with one or two people, sail in breeze or in light air, and generally speaking all the boats go about the same speed.  Why is this a good thing?
It is great seeing average level sailors go in a straight line and keep up with the best in the area.  In 6-12 knots the fleet is very tight up and down the course. On days like this, the stories at the bar after racing from the Average Joe are the greatest because they finally get to mix it up with the hot shots. It may have been years since the last time they got to call starboard on a local legend.   The chirping would go something like this... "Hey Clay, I was breathing down you neck on that last run."  Clay might smile back, "Don't get used to it."  Getting everyone together to compete and share the stories at the end of the day is my favorite part if this fleet.  Technique becomes more of a factor when roll tacking or jibing in 3-6 knots.  It's my least favorite aspect of this fleet when it gets abused. Two smooth connected roll gybes are good for a free boat length. It seems innocent but then it happens again later in the leg.  Do we get a judge to help regulate ?... I don't want to waste their time. 

A lot of sailors can be pretty smooth in the boat after their second day so we have had most come back for more each year.

4) You are one of the best sailors around and your certainly spent a lot of time racing the boats. For those racing this year, can you share some tips to race the boat better.  
To quote peter Slack from a previous Sailor Spotlight, "that is the silliest thing I ever heard."   Here is what seems to work for me to achieve a variety of finishes.
The mast can be unpinned on the sidestays and has an adjustable forestay. In the light stuff I like to have one inch between the mast and the front fiberglass support.  After I'm hiking I drop back to 2 inches.  Remember these stays were all hand made at different times so If the pin holes don't let you put the mast exactly where you want it; if you have your mast be slightly off to the starboard side windward and keep the rake perfect, maybe you'll be a hair faster at the start.  For example set the rake at the second pin down on port side and the 3rd pin down on starboard side. Then snug the forestay line.

The board angle is very important, keep it all the way forward which is a few inches forward of 90 degrees.  As soon as you can sit up up put it at 90 and as you are over-powered rake it back about 4 inches. 

The faster boats always seem to be tighter than me on the outhaul.  It's really important not to over-trim the mainsheet.  In light air you should have a foot and a half between the blocks and in medium breeze about a foot. 

One of my favorite moves is when I'm hanging on the line with about 30 seconds to go (luffing with room to leeward) and there is a boat coming from behind looking to sneak under me.  In this case, just lift the board so you slide down a bit until they commit to going above you. 

5) You've been a junior sailor, college sailor, sailing coach, and have been involved in the sport your whole life.  You clearly love the sport.  In a time when we're losing a lot of sailors post-college, can you offer any advice to the young sailors on the bay on things they could be doing now to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment in our sport? 
Keeping this age bracket involved is tough. It has probably been this way since sailing competitions started and not a new problem.  Our biggest successes are when a guy with a boat says to me, I need a crew, can you get me a college kid.  I pair them up with the kid who has the most chance of keeping a commitment -- skill is the last trait I'm worried about when connecting crews.   We have had bit of success but so many kids  just disappear like it was an elective class and they are done with it. 

I'm very familiar with most of the faces in our Junior Sailing pictures hanging on the club wall.   Since 1980 our Jr program has averaged about 50 kids a year?  I'm estimating over the last 35 years of program only 5 % still sail.  That's only 20 or 30 of that group still active in the sport.  The Tech fleet founders thought this boat would be perfect for that group. It works but it needs energy and promotion and shrinks without several cheerleaders who push the idea.   Every yacht club needs a boat committee, grounds committee, etc; they could also use a committee to boost the participation of 18-24 year olds. It does not just happen by itself.
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Sailor Spotlight - Brielle Willoughby

November 2, 2018 7:05:34 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Brielle Willoughby


Brielle Willoughby is a junior sailor who grew up sailing on Long Beach Island.  After a very successful Opti career, Brielle has transitioned into the Club 420 during the summer and winter months.  As a sophomore, Brielle actually transferred to Southern Regional HS.  Obviously Southern is a fantastic school, but one thing that made the decision easy was the fact that Southern had one of the best sailing teams in the state.  Now she is sailing in the fall and spring for the Southern team, and she is kicking butt in the process.  Brielle is friendly, smart, and really hard working.  She's a huge asset to any team she is on, and her love of the sport is contagious. 

Name: Brielle Willoughby
Age: 16
School: Southern Regional High School
Yacht Club: Surf City Yacht Club

1) Brielle, first of all, you killed it a couple weekends ago in Virginia at the MASSA Gold High School Fall Fleet Racing Champs.  You put together a really consistent scoreline that helped Southern Regional HS qualify for the ACCs.  What worked well for you last weekend?  What was your goal going into the event and how did you approach achieving your goal?  One thing that worked well for me was focusing really hard on sailing fast. Going into the regatta, my team had talked a lot about consistency and how avoiding the big mistakes would be the key to qualifying. By trusting in my speed and sailing a low risk regatta, I was able to keep my finishes relatively consistent and avoid races that would add large quantities of points to my team's score. When I did get into trouble and made a mistake, I was very focused on achieving my goal of keeping a clear head and making up points with speed and conservative decision making instead of risking losing more boats by attempting to catch up by passing many boats at one time.  One boat at a time!

2) Tell me about high school sailing on the Southern Regional team.  Who's your coach?  Who else is on the team?  How often do you practice and where?  What's a typical practice day like?  Give me the deets!  This is my second year on the Southern Regional sailing team, and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to join. Our coach is Steve Warren, who is also a member of Surf City Yacht Club and actually coaches me in C420s in the summer as well. We have ten members on the team right now, several of whom have been on the team for multiple years as well as a few new, younger members that are learning really quickly. We are lucky enough to be able to practice closer to home and have practices two times a week at Surf City Yacht Club. After taking the Surf City school bus to the yacht club, we typically start practice with a chalk talk with Steve and then sail for around an hour and a half to two hours, or as long as we can. Since we only have at most four boats that are all in varying conditions, we spend most of our time on the water working on individual boat handling and speed with long upwinds and downwinds and doing maneuvers whenever Steve blows his whistle. After practice we usually wrap up with another one of Steve's chalk talks to clear up any questions we might have and for him to show us any videos that he took or explain anything that he noticed on the water.

3) You were a really good Optimist sailor, and you have now transitioned to the Club 420.  Why did you choose the Club 420?  Talk to me about the dynamic of sailing with a crew.  I chose to go into the Club 420 because I was really interested in the boat and the fact that it is sailed by two people. My brother had also transitioned to the Club 420 and seeing how much fun he was having and the interesting aspects of the boat made the C420 the obvious choice for me. I think that the dynamic between skipper and crew is really important and having a good relationship on the boat is the key to doing well. I have learned over the past few years that communication is the most of important thing while sailing, and that without it a boat's overall performance starts to break down. Being comfortable with my crew and trusting him or her to do their part while I do mine is something that I didn't really understand at first, but as I have progressed I have learned that trust in the boat is really valuable. Sharing the experience of sailing with another person is something that I really enjoy, and I am very glad that I chose the C420.

4) Last summer you were part of the Surf City YC 420 team.  I know you practiced on home waters, but you spent a lot of the time on the road.  What events did you do?  Which event did you perform the best at?  Last summer my team traveled to many different regattas and spent a large part of the summer away from home.  It was really fun and an amazing experience. Starting at the end of June, I sailed in the New Englands, Canadian Nationals, Nationals, Ida Lewis, CJ Buckley Team Race, and North Americans. I actually spent two weeks away from home at the end of July to the beginning of August going from Ida Lewis straight to CJ Buckley and then straight to North Americans. The event that I preformed the best at was Ida Lewis, which was an all girls regatta that I competed in with my friend Brooke Schmelz. Though we dropped a little bit at the end of the last day, we still finished in the top ten in a competitive fleet that was really close in points. This regatta was my favorite one that I competed in all summer because it consisted of a two day clinic prior to the event and all of the girls that were part of it stayed with host families and spent the week being coached by very prestigious coaches and meeting lots of other top female sailors.

5) You're a junior in high school right now, and I'm sure you're starting to think about colleges.  Do you plan to sail in college?  I won't make you tell me the schools you are looking at, but what are exactly are you looking for when you are choosing your college?  I am planning to sail in college, but it is not my top priority when it comes to choosing which school I want to go to. A school's sailing is something that will definitely factor in to my decision, and I hope that the school I want will have a good team, but the main thing that I am looking for in a school is if they have a good program for my major and if the school will be a good fit for me academically and socially.

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Fall Series Results

November 1, 2018 11:51:26 AM EDT

The 2018 TRYC Fall Series came to an end this past weekend.  16 Optis and 3 Laser Radials raced six races right in front of the TRYC dock. 

The overall Fall Series, sadly, had some weather constraints.  Week 2 was limited to just a few very light air races.  Week 3 was canceled because of high wind.  But we had 27 different Opti sailors and 7 different Radial sailors duking it out.  Great to see so much fall sailing!

Thank you so much to all the volunteers for giving up their weekends to help run this series.  Brian Hull spearheaded the series.  Alex Rogachenko was there each week to make sure things ran smoothly.  Cindy Botwinick and Amy DeFronzo handled all the scoring and registration.  Brian McCann patrolled the course and helped run the races.  There are countless other parents and helpers who made it happen.

Thank you also to TRYC for their continued support of junior sailing!  See you in the spring!



  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 James Kopack 0 1 4 2 1 1 1 10 6 Blue
2 Gabby Fontana 20929 2 1 1 3 3 2 12 9 Red
3 Teddy Martin 22382 4 5 3 2 2 3 19 14 Red
4 Lindsey Byer 22404 3 2 11 7 4 5 32 21 Red
5 Noelle Donnelly 11747 6 3 5 6 10 4 34 24 White
6 Michael Poskay 19285 11 8 7 5 5 7 43 32 Blue
7 John Donnelly 21142 12 6 6 4 6 12 46 34 Blue
8 Cole Martin 19641 8 7 4 11 7 11 48 37 White
9 Gannon Botwinick 19792 7 11 8 8 8 8 50 39 White
10 Charlotte Cundey 19633 5 10 10 10 9 9 53 43 White
11 Robbie Fontana 5221 9 13 15 9 12 6 64 49 Blue
12 Morgan Poskay 15343 10 9 13 12 11 13 68 55 White
13 Henry Alston 22625 15 12 9 14 13 10 73 58 Blue
14 John  O'Leary 17220 13 14 12 13 15 15 82 67 White
15 Jude Ryon 1942 14 15 14 15 14 14 86 71 White
16 Jimmy McCann 12840 16 16 16 17 16 17 98 81 White


Laser Radial

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Quinn Collins 209318 2 3 1 1 2 1 10 7
2 David  Manley 187959 3 2 2 2 1 2 12 9
3 Patrick Modin 213694 1 1 3 3 3 3 14 11




  First Last Sail # Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Total w/Drops
1 John Donnelly 21142 Blue 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 12 6 6 4 6 12 56 26
2 Noelle Donnelly 11747 White 4 5 3 2 2 5 11 7 9 6 3 5 6 10 4 82 52
3 Gannon Botwinick 19792 White 3 2 2 6 9 8 1 3 2 7 11 8 8 8 8 86 58
4 James Kopack 0 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 1 4 2 1 1 1 130 76
5 Gabby Fontana 20929 Red 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 2 1 1 3 3 2 132 78
6 Teddy Martin 22382 Red 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 4 5 3 2 2 3 139 85
7 Drew DeFonzo 21276 White 2 4 4 4 6 4 4 10 3 17 17 17 17 17 17 143 92
8 Cole Martin 19641 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 3 2 6 8 7 4 11 7 11 125 92
9 John  O'Leary 17220 White 8 9 6 3 5 6 6 6 7 13 14 12 13 15 15 138 94
10 Lindsey Byer 22404 Red 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 3 2 11 7 4 5 152 98
11 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 White 5 8 7 5 3 3 10 4 5 17 17 17 17 17 17 152 101
12 Jamie Lynch 20715 Red 6 3 5 9 4 2 7 11 8 17 17 17 17 17 17 157 106
13 Michael Poskay 19285 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 11 8 7 5 5 7 163 109
14 Henry Alston 22625 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 8 9 4 15 12 9 14 13 10 160 118
15 Charlotte Cundey 19633 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 5 10 10 10 9 9 173 119
16 Robbie Fontana 5221 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 9 13 15 9 12 6 184 130
17 Jimmy McCann 12840 White 9 7 9 8 8 7 12 14 11 16 16 16 17 16 17 183 133
18 Morgan Poskay 15343 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 18 18 18 10 9 13 12 11 13 188 134
19 Elizabeth Achtau 798 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 5 5 10 17 17 17 17 17 17 188 137
20 Jude Ryon 1942 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 9 13 14 14 15 14 15 14 14 188 144
21 Jack Finley 20534 Blue 7 6 8 7 7 9 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 200 146
22 Kyleigh Martin 22563 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 14 12 12 17 17 17 17 17 17 206 155
23 Hamilton Pederson 13669 Blue 11 11 11 11 11 11 16 8 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 208 157
24 Cameron Hart 21513 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 13 15 13 17 17 17 17 17 17 209 158
25 Gavin Garnett 7132 White 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 216 162
26 Charlie Desmond 12987 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 15 17 15 17 17 17 17 17 17 215 164
27 Vincent Grausso-Dias 11981 White 11 11 11 11 11 11 17 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 218 167


Laser Radial

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total w/Drops
1 Quinn Collins 209318 5 2 3 2 2 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 33 15
2 Patrick Modin 213694 4 4 1 4 5 1 4 1 4 3 1 1 3 3 3 3 45 20
3 Ben DeFonzo 214924 1 5 5 1 1 4 2 3 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 49 23
4 Ryan Ehnot 209692 2 1 2 3 3 3 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 58 30
5 David  Manley 187959 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 3 2 2 2 1 2 74 32
6 Jack Leahy 207152 3 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 63 36
7 Kevin Brooksbank 187755 6 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 85 44




Posted in News By Colie Sails

Sailor Spotlight - Mark Beaton

October 25, 2018 8:07:16 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Mark Beaton


Mark Beaton is a sailing professional on Barnegat Bay.  Mark has built wooden boats, designed sails, and provided service for many sailors in our area.  Mark has not only sailed many classes of boats, but he's also won in many classes of boats.  Two things strike me as interesting in this interview:  the first is that Mark grew up sailing many boats with all different people.  Learning to sail different boats makes you a versatile sailor.  My second takeaway is that you should never say no if a good sailor asks you to sail.  You always want to be learning and improving.

Mark is a stand-up guy, a fantastic sailor, and a huge part of sailing on Barnegat Bay!

Name:  Mark Beaton
Age:  61 years old
Yacht Club:  I grew up at Metedeconk River YC, I'm currently a member of Mantoloking YC
School:  Point Pleasant High School, 1975

1) Mark, you've been sailing on Barnegat Bay your whole life.  Give me some backdrop on what your junior years are like and what you sail now.  I grew up sailing at Metedeconk River Yacht Club.  The beginner boat back then was the Sunfish. After one year in lessons, my parents bought me a new Sunfish which was very exciting! In addition to sailing my boat in lessons and racing it in the Wednsday junior series, I would race it with the adults on Sundays. After the Sunfish I moved to the Blue Jay followed by the M Scow, sailing each on Saturdays in the BBYRA and on Sundays at MRYC.
During my time as a junior I always sailed with and against the senior sailors at MRYC and on the Bay. I believe this cross generational experience really contributed to my becoming a life long sailor/racer. 
After sailing a wide variety of boats (Lightning, Comet, E Scow, Flying Scot) I recently got an MC Scow. After several years of crewing with friends and customers it has been really fun to get back on the tiller.  The MC is a versatile boat. Using the M Scow hull and with a single sail on a flexible rig, it can be sailed singlehanded or with crew.

2) At Beaton Brothers, you guys are in the sail-making business and also work on wooden boats.  What's business like?  What are some of the projects you work on?  What are you most passionate about in your job?  I started Beaton Sails in 1988 renting space from my family's business, David Beaton and Sons.  The boatyard was started back in the 1930's by my grandfather. They built a variety of racing one-designs in wood; Penguins, Lightnings, Comets, Sneakboxes, Duckboats and several other boats were built there to a very high standard.  I've  provided sail repair services and new sails to quite a few of the Boatyard's customers over the years.   Using the Omega Performance Sails label we've made winning sails in Sandpipers, A Cats, E and M Scows, Comets, Flying Scots, Mariners and Optimists.  It's always really great when one of our customers does well.  Helping sailors improve is probably the part of my job I find most rewarding.

3) This summer you won a hotly contested Sandpiper Nationals at Mantoloking Yacht Club.  This looked to be an incredibly competitive regatta.  Tell me about the win.  Have you sailed the Sandpiper a lot in your life?
I build quite a few Sandpiper sails every year and decided it would be fun to sail in the Nationals. The Sandpiper Class requires that skippers be boat owners. I went to craigslist and found a boat for sale in Annapolis, Md.   After having my offer accepted, Mark Lewis generously offered to pick up the boat on his way up from Washington DC where he lives.  I was pleasantly surprised at the good condition of the boat. It was totally original and very well cared for. I replaced all the lines on the boat, some of the blocks, and Iinstalled cleats for the halyards to allow adjustment while racing. I also installed a mainsheet cleat with a swivel on the centerboard trunk and a hiking stick.

4) By winning the Sandpiper Nationals, you qualified for the Championship of Champions regatta.  This is a US Sailing run event and it collects National Champions from many different classes to face off.  The regatta was last weekend in Atlanta in the Y Flyer.  How was the event?  Have you ever sailed a Y Flyer before?  What's it like to even be at such a prestigious event?  I was actually fortunate enough to sail the US Sailing Championship of Champions 30 years ago. Linda Taboada and I represented the Comet Class. It was sailed in Snipes in Annapolis, Md. We were able to place third in a fleet heavy with current and past Snipe sailors. I consider that event one of the highlights of my sailing career. 
This year's event was hosted by Atlanta Yacht Club on Lake Allatoona. The C of Cs is a really fun regatta. We got to meet great sailors from all over the country, and the host club members couldn't have been nicer.  The lake is relatively small and the wind was very shifty with big changes in velocity. It wasn't unusual to have a 20 degree shift come in with pressure and have it last the whole leg. If you were on the good side of it, you were gold.  Russ Lucas sailed with me and neither one of us had ever seen a Y Flyer before. It is an 18' scow with chines, a single rudder, and a centerboard, unlike our scows which have twin rudders and bilgeboards. It's is a fun boat to sail. The Y Flyer is lively, maneuverable and planes easily. 
We finished tenth overall and agree it was totally worth going!

5) You've sailed with a lot of people in your life and you have a very impressive track record.  What are some things that you think are important to bring to a program to have it be successful?  I have been lucky to grow up sailing at Metedeconk River Yacht Club. MRYC is home to a talented group of Lightning sailors and that was true back when I was a young guy. I crewed with many great sailors over that time including Jim Carson, Jay and Jody Lutz, Bill Shore, Dave Curtis, Greg and Matt Fisher. The things that I probably take away from that time that have helped the most were not necessarily the techniques these guys employed.  What has stuck with me is the intense focus and generally calm demeanor they brought on board.
I've tried to bring those same qualities with me whenever I've joined a team.
Sometimes I'll sail with a customer and provide coaching. I try to work on sail trim with the crew and steering with the skipper. At the same time, I believe it is important to tread lightly, offering suggestions in a diplomatic fashion. I'm on board to teach, not take over. 

I've sailed a wide variety of boats from small dinghies to keel boats. Those experiences have helped me become a more versatile sailor.
My last word is to say yes. When someone you respect asks you to sail with them always say yes. The experience you gain sailing with good people is priceless.



Posted in News By Colie Sails

Sailor Spotlight - Peter Slack

October 19, 2018 8:06:42 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Peter Slack


Peter Slack is one cool dude.  Growing up in the famous Slack family from Island Heights, NJ, he was engrossed in sailing at an early age.  Since then, photography has become his passion.  And he's really good at it.  You can often find Peter in the middle of the course chasing down anyone worth taking a picture of -- and as a racer, I appreciate that he blends in well and never interferes with the race!  His omnipresence on the water encourages sailors to hike harder, look tougher, and stay upright!  But his photos go beyond sailboat racing; he's worked for well-known television networks, he's chased tornadoes, and he's hunted wild-life - all trying to capture a moment.  If you have a minute, check out some of his work on his website Peter Slack Photography.

Every group needs someone to tell their story.  Barnegat Bay is lucky to have Peter Slack documenting ours.

Name: Peter Slack
Age:  52
School:  Lynchburg College
Yacht Club:  Island Heights Yacht Club

1) Peter, I know you laugh when I say this, but it's true:  you are one of the best photographers in the world.  What made you get into photography?  How did you start?  That might be one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard…but thank you.  Back in the late 80’s when I wasn’t trimming jib on my father’s e-scow (IH-44), I’d watch the races from our Whaler.  One day Dan Crabbe (T-8) gave me his Canon T50, showed me how to load the film, and I shot all afternoon.  It was an “auto wind” auto everything, so I just zoomed and focused.  I got some decent shots, so I borrowed my Father’s Pentax K1000 (manual camera) and started shooting regularly.  Eventually I purchased a Nikon 8008s. I worked in New York City, and on weekends the parking lots on 25th St. & 6th Ave would turn into Flea/antique markets.  I’d buy used equipment there.

Photography since then has been a “hobby;" it has never been my occupation.  I think I received some “composition” genes from my mother as well as creative genes from my father.  All of our family albums exclude my mother who was always shooting the images.
2) We see you all the time taking pictures during the BBYRA Series and at many other major events.  Do you only photograph sailing and nautical subjects, or do you work outside of that area?  What have been your favorite types of subjects or boats to photograph?  I really enjoy being out on the water.  So during the summer months the images I shoot are mostly of regattas I’ve been hired to photograph.  When I was in Kodiak, AK producing a show, my pages were littered with shots of eagles, fishing boats, and Coast Guard helicopters.  When I was in the Midwest chasing tornadoes all I photographed were the clouds, weather, and tornadoes if we were lucky.  When I’m shooting for myself, I try to capture whatever is in front of me, so I can show it to everyone else that didn’t happen to be there.  It’s like trying to explain something amazing you just witnessed to someone after the fact  I photograph whatever speaks to me visually.  The most enjoyable conversations I have with people about an image I’ve captured is the “heart” of photograph.  If they’re able to see what I saw during that moment then that’s enough for me.
3) Please brag a little here because I'm very curious.  What do you think makes you such a great photographer?  Do you think it's because you are a sailor and come from a sailing family so you know the shots and angles that people want to see?  I’m not big on “self promotion” or bragging.  Whenever I talk about something cool I’ve done I use a different voice and make fun of myself while talking about the experience. 

Photography is subjective.  I’ve heard a lot of people call themselves “great photographers.” They speak glowingly about their images using all sorts of adjectives.  There’s a great line in the movie “Cinema Paradiso.” Alfredo, a movie projectionist tells young Salvatore an aspiring filmmaker going to America “I don’t want to hear you talk anymore.  I want to hear others talking about you.”   If you’re the one that’s talking about how great your work is, chances are, it’s not…

I’ve never called myself a photographer unless someone’s screaming at me to get off the racecourse (and I was hired to be there!).  There are some images that I’ve shot that I CAN’T WAIT to get back and post process.  I love those images, but that doesn’t mean everyone else will.  Anybody can buy a camera and a zoom lens and put the word “photography” after their name and claim they’re an artist or photographer. 

I never claimed to be a great photographer… but my advice? Bring your camera EVERYWHERE.  Purchase prime lenses, stop zooming your frame in and out.  Physically move closer to your subject.  Learn how to use your camera.  Aperture, ISO, shutter speed…understand what all these things do to vary your depth of field, and light that exposes your image.  A lot of people I see out there shooting don’t seem to put the work in, and have no idea to manipulate the technology between their two hands.
The answer to the 2nd part of the question is “yes,” it helps to understand favored ends of the line, laylines, and tendencies of different boats.  There are certain A-Cats that sail up on their ears which make for dynamic shots, and there are those in the E-scow fleet that have tendencies that I can rely on to get an image that I’m happy with.

If you’re shooting on the water the most important person on the boat is the driver.  My brother Kirby is the best I’ve ever worked with; he’s fearless, and he understands the fleet.  He has a really good eye, and he understands composition; I can say two words to him and he understands what I want.  Ben Defonzo drove for me at the 2018 ACC’s.  He was already a “rock star” in the fleet so he could get as close as he wanted to because all the kids love him.  Richard Weber did a great job at the E-Scow Nationals.  I could go on.
4) The Slack family is well-known around Island Heights and Barnegat Bay as being a big sailing family.  Tell me about your own sailing experiences.  What were your junior years like?  I spent my summers as a kid in Island Heights sailing Diamonds at IHYC.  “Old Skool.” Our boats were made of wood…that actually came from trees.  Fred Slack (my dad) and his father were an integral part of the creating the IHYC Junior Sailing program…so I didn’t really have a choice.  I sailed Modified Laser (Laser M) for IHYC and OGYC, I crewed on a scow, then I skippered one (IH-11).  The boat was battleship grey, and was older than dirt - I think a ’72?  In the late 80’s everyone was playing off of the “E” in the E-Scow logo so I was going to paint black eyes on the port and starboard bow add some gills and name the boat Shark “E.”  The sail cover was actually going to have a dorsal fin on it (haha).  BUT the boat was so old that it eventually just broke down like the Blues Mobile and was scrapped.

In my college years during the summer I taught at Ocean Gate and Island Heights as a head instructor for about four years and had a BLAST.  It was such an amazing experience working with kids, and teaching them - and learning from them.  Every day they unwittingly make you realize what’s really important in life.

5) A couple years ago you made a documentary about the E-Scow class at the E-Scow Nationals.  Do videography and photography go hand-in-hand?  For those who don't know, tell me about this project and what it meant for the class.  Laura Darling, from LEHYC approached me in 2015 while I was working on a show in SC for Discovery.  She wanted to hire me to shoot aerials for the Nationals.  I spoke with her for a while, and I explained that I’d rather produce a documentary of the event.  I called in some favors with directors I’d worked with in television and put a five person crew together.  Then I called in favors from friends and outfitted their boats with ION cameras for three days.  About 10yrs ago I had an idea to create a mark with a platform to shoot from, and Mike O’Brien made it a reality.  The idea (what I pitched) was to let the fleet narrate the documentary - the kids, the seniors, and the backdrop of beautiful Beach Haven.  There were many that didn’t know me, and the key when you’re shooting a documentary (at first) is approaching it as if you know nothing about sailing.  That technique forces those you’re shooting to “over explain” things that helps the audience to connect the dots and learn more about sailing.

I’m not really sure what it meant to the class, but Sailing Anarchy said some really nice things about it, and I feel we represented the fleet well.  I had twelve cameras each day to cut from, and I believe I was editing from 3 Terabytes of drive space.  It took a while to edit!
The difference between video and stills?  Grab a video camera, zoom all the way in and have someone tickle you while your shooting.  That’s what it’s like shooting VIDEO out on the water.  The wave sets in the bay are closer together, not like the ocean’s longer sets, so there’s constant motion.  It’s a double edged sword.  You pray to Neptune for mayhem, but if you’re shooting video it’s almost impossible to hold a steady shot.  Still frames are much easier because you’re “stopping” the action.
It helps knowing the people you're shooting.  It helps when the fleet trusts you empirically.  That’s when you get in and get the best stuff.

Thanks for letting me go ON AND ON about this.  It’s interesting to write about the process.

Posted in News By Colie Sails

Fall Series Week 2

October 16, 2018 9:31:22 AM EDT

Sunday, October 14th was the second week of the 2018 Fall Series.  Very light winds plagued the Toms River, but a persistent race committee was able to sail a few races for the eager sailors.

Thank you to the DeFonzos, Cindy Botwinick, Alex Rogachenko, Max Achtau, Brian McCann and all other volunteers for their help!

Maggie DeFonzo, a local Opti hero, wrote a nice review of the racing:

15 Opti sailors and 4 Laser sailors participated in the 2nd Sunday of Fall Series. After an hour of postponement, the race committee was able to complete 3 Opti races and 4 Laser races in very light and puffy conditions. Temperatures were back to normal for October at 50 degrees and sailors had to search for streaky puffs coming down the course.  It was important to be on the line with speed for any chance of a good race due to the conditions of the day. Even though the wind didn’t cooperate, both fleets had a great time and the top finishes were very competitive with Johnny Donnelly taking first for the Optis and Quinn Collins for the Lasers! Big shout out to my mom and Mrs. Botwinick who did scoring and registration and Max Achtau, Alex Rogachenko and Brian McCann who were a great race committee!



  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 Total Fleet
1 John Donnelly 21142 2 1 1 4 Blue
2 Gannon Botwinick 19792 1 3 2 6 White
3 Cole Martin 19641 3 2 6 11 White
4 Drew DeFonzo 21276 4 10 3 17 White
5 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 10 4 5 19 White
6 John  O'Leary 17220 6 6 7 19 White
7 Elizabeth Achtau 798 5 5 10 20 Blue
8 Henry Alston 22625 8 9 4 21 Blue
9 Jamie Lynch 20715 7 11 8 26 Red
10 Noelle Donnelly 11747 11 7 9 27 White
11 Jude Ryon 1942 9 13 14 36 White
12 Jimmy McCann 12840 12 14 11 37 White
13 Kyleigh Martin 22563 14 12 12 38 Blue
14 Hamilton Pederson 13669 16 8 16 40 Blue
15 Cameron Hart 21513 13 15 13 41 White
16 Charlie Desmond 12987 15 17 15 47 White
17 Vincent Grausso-Dias 11981 17 16 17 50 White
18 Jack Finley 20534 18 18 18 54 Blue
19 Gavin Garnett 7132 18 18 18 54 White


Laser Radial

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 Total
1 Quinn Collins 209318 1 2 3 1 7
2 Ben DeFonzo 214924 2 3 1 2 8
3 Patrick Modin 213694 4 1 4 3 12
4 Jack Leahy 207152 3 4 3 5 15



Posted in News By Colie Sails

Sailor Spotlight - Will Brown

October 12, 2018 7:36:06 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Will Brown


Will Brown is a fantastic sailor, coach, and family man.  Will grew up sailing on Long Beach Island and moved from yacht club to yacht club always in search of the best opportunity to improve.  He had a successful junior sailing career, began sailing Lightnings on the side, and became an All-American skipper at Brown.  Now, Will is focused on coaching and giving back to the sport that he loves so much.  You'll often find Will (and his wife, Leigh) working with our young Opti sailors or helping kids transition into a 420.  Will is articulate and thoughtful, and he relates well to the kids; everyone loves having him as their coach!  Will has two young kids, William and Ellie who he hopes will be sailors when they are older.  With genes like theirs, I think it's safe to say they will have a good shot!

Name: William G. Brown IV
Age: 30
School: Brown University  
Yacht Club: NYYC

1) Will, you grew up sailing in New Jersey and had a very successful junior sailing career.  Tell me about the types of boats you sailed and what your junior sailing years were like.  I started sailing out of Barnegat Light Yacht Club.  The late Fran Temme was the director at the time and noticed me hiding out from swim lessons amongst all the sailors.  He threw me in an Opti, convinced my parents (non-sailors) to buy a boat, and the rest was history.  I moved on from BLYC to Surf City Yacht Club and finished Optis at Toms River.  After Optis I went on to Club 420s and sailed on the Tullo's team out of their lot in Mantoloking.  It's safe to say my junior sailing years encompassed practically all of Barnegat Bay.

2) I know you're a big lightning sailor.  How did you get into the boat and do you still race them today?  BLYC and SCYC have sizeable Lightning fleets and when home from Opti/420 sailing I would crew in the Saturday races.  John Faus, a member from BLYC, was kind enough to let me start skippering his boat, first just weekend and local stuff and eventually in national and international regattas.  Hyper-competitive yet fun class racing in dinghies around the globe checked all the boxes for me so it wasn’t hard to find a reason to stay in the class.  My kids have stifled my racing considerably, but one day I’ll find my way back to the Lightning.

3) This past weekend you were coaching the Opti New England Championship in Newport, RI.  How did the regatta go?  Tell me about the event.  Why is it important for local sailors to travel to these regional and national regattas in the off-season?  Newport, RI, is a tremendous venue and Sail Newport always does a great job hosting New England’s.  The breeze was not very cooperative, but we ended up with 5 quality races over the 3 days.  Narragansett Bay kept the sailors on their toes with lots of current and a shifty up and down breeze.  If you want to continue to move your way up the fleet then traveling to these regattas, and training in between, is a must.  The mental endurance it takes to compete for 3-4 days must be built up over time and regattas like New England’s are a necessary building block if you have high hopes for Spring Team Qualifiers and Team Trials.

4) You also coach 420s and other types of boats.  I know you enjoy coaching all different fleets, but what's your favorite boat to coach and why?  College sailing would still be at the top for me.  I love the short course racing, it’s extremely tactical with a ton of decision making occurring in a very limited amount of time.

5) You have two children named William and Ellie.  There are actually a lot of young children born to really talented sailors in our area; the future looks great for sailing on the bay.  Has William started to sail yet?  Does he like the water?  What will your approach towards sailing be with your kids?  William was out in an Opti - with his mother - a few times this summer and had a ton of fun on a few Wednesday night races on the Kraus’ J105.  He’s still only 2 but he appears to be at home in and on the water.  If anyone has an old Opti for sale we are in the market!
If we can instill in the kids the same love for sailing that Leigh and I share then I’ll be happy.  If they do end up loving it then I might be spending another 15 years on the Opti circuit and that would be ok with me.  Someone else is going to have to coach them though, my hair is turning gray fast enough.

Posted in News By Colie Sails

Fall Series Week 1

October 8, 2018 10:39:28 AM EDT

Sunday, October 7th was the first week of the 2018 Fall Series.  With many local sailors up in Newport, RI, for the Optimist New England Championship, a small, but dedicated, group of Optis raced in the series. 

There were 6 very competitive Laser Radial sailors racing on Sunday.  Based on the scores, it looks like there was some very close racing!

Thank you to the DeFonzos, Cindy Botwinick, Alex Rogachenko, and all other volunteers for their help!

Noelle Donnelly, who finished 2nd overall in the Opti fleet, wrote a nice review of the racing:

The first day of the 2018 fall series was a beautiful day for racing. The sun came out after the second race.  It was warm and a really fun experience. The wind wasn’t shifty or very challenging, it was actually perfect.  The wind was out of the SW and it was 5-10 knots where we were sailing.  There were 11 Opti sailors and 6 Lasers.  Many local Opti sailors were in Newport, RI for New England’s so it was a much smaller group than usual.  The race committee did a great job running the 6 races.  As always, thank you to Mrs. DeFonzo and Mrs. Botwinick for doing the registration and scoring.  We can’t wait for next week!


  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 John Donnelly 21142 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5 Blue
2 Noelle Donnelly 11747 4 5 3 2 2 5 21 16 White
3 Drew DeFonzo 21276 2 4 4 4 6 4 24 18 White
4 Jamie Lynch 20715 6 3 5 9 4 2 29 20 Red
5 Gannon Botwinick 19792 3 2 2 6 9 8 30 21 White
6 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 5 8 7 5 3 3 31 23 White
7 John  O'Leary 17220 8 9 6 3 5 6 37 28 White
8 Jack Finley 20534 7 6 8 7 7 9 44 35 Blue
9 Jimmy McCann 12840 9 7 9 8 8 7 48 39 White
10 Gavin Garnett 7132 10 10 10 10 10 10 60 50 White


Laser Radials

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Ryan Ehnot 209692 2 1 2 3 3 3 14 11
2 Quinn Collins 209318 5 2 3 2 2 2 16 11
3 Ben DeFonzo 214924 1 5 5 1 1 4 17 12
4 Patrick Modin 213694 4 4 1 4 5 1 19 14
5 Jack Leahy 207152 3 3 4 5 4 5 24 19
6 Kevin Brooksbank 187755 6 7 7 7 7 7 41 34



Posted in News By Colie Sails

Sailor Spotlight - Dick Wight

October 5, 2018 7:48:27 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Dick Wight

Dick Wight is a living legend.  Seriously.  Dick is one of the best sailors to ever come out of Barnegat Bay.  A champion in many boats, Dick has been a fixture atop the leaderboard in the E-Scow fleet for 50 years now.  At age 71, not only is Dick still skippering E-Scows, but he's still one of the most competitive boats on the course!

One tip Dick has for staying competitive is to find good crew and keep them around.  Well when you're one of the nicest guys in the fleet and always running a competitive program, that seems easy to do.  Says Alex Fasolo -- a college freshman at Tufts University, previous Sailor Spotlight, and one of Dick's E-Scow crew -- "I think if Dick Wight and I were the same age we would be best friends." 

I respect a lot of sailors out there, but Dick is certainly at the top of my list.  He wins with grace, he loses with dignity; at age 71 he never stops learning.  He's beloved by all.  We're lucky to have him on Barnegat Bay!

Name:  Richard Wight
Age:  71
School:  CBA '65 and University of Maryland '70 
Yacht Club:  Mantoloking Yacht Club

1) Dick, you are a legend in the sport and one of the best sailors to come out of Barnegat Bay.  Briefly tell me about your junior sailing career and what you've done up until this point.  First, thank you for that.  I’ve been very fortunate to have been a part of the sailing scene in this area for so long.  I wasn’t introduced to the sport of sailing until I was around 13. Before that time my summers were filled with sandlot and little league baseball.  My family joined Manasquan River Yacht Club around 1960, and my father bought a Sneakbox the next year.  I crewed for him the first summer, and the next summer I sailed a Duck Boat in the club junior series.  At 15 years old I was racing our Sneakbox in the junior series at MRYC and crewing for my father.  That summer we had an instructor named Jim Dunn.  This will really date me, but he introduced all of us to the concept of a planing hull.   He took the older students to BHYC for a ride on a “G Sloop”, which is somewhat similar to a Lightning.  We got the idea of planing, and later that summer Jim Dunn had a local dealer who was selling Jet 14 sailboats come to MRYC and gave a demonstration.   About 10 families bought the boats, as did families at BHYC and others.  By the next year, we were all sailing in the BBYRA against other sailors.  It was a rough introduction, as we still had a long way to go to get up to speed.   At 16, I was extremely fortunate to have Carl Van Duyne as my instructor at MRYC.  Carl was probably about 19 years old at the time, and he was about to go off to Princeton University.  He understood and explained to me the physics of sailing, including the concepts of sail shape, jib luff sag, center of effort and center of lateral resistance.  It really got me going, and I began buying as many books as I could find on these subjects.  
After a couple of years in the Jet 14, around 1966 M Scows began to grow as a class in the BBYRA.  We would have 50-60 boats on the starting line for the morning Bay races.  It was great competition, as M Scows were stable and comfortable enough for adults to sail, thus providing another level of competition for the younger sailors.  In 1968, my father and a good friend of his decided that they wanted to have a chance to race an E Scow.  They bought a used local scow and stuck me at the helm.  I just remember looking up forward and being stunned at how far away the bow was!

2) I remember racing against you in E-Scows when I crewed for my dad at age 10.  Now we're skippering against each other.  What is it about the E-Scow that has kept you in the class for so long? Your Dad, Erik, and I competed against each other for many years, I think beginning in 1974.  Looking back at my response to the first question, a little quick math tells me that this year is 50 years from the time I began sailing E scows in 1968.   For me, racing scows has always been about the high level of competition, the beauty and balance of the boats and, of course, the speed through the water.  I honestly don’t know if I’ll race anymore once I reach the point that, for whatever reason, I’m unable to handle a scow.   I should add that another factor that has allowed me to continue racing scows for so long is that I’ve been fortunate over the years to have had excellent crews.   Crewing on a scow takes core strength and agility, so locating and retaining good crew is essential. 

3) One thing that I appreciate the most about you is that you are so willing to adapt and try new things.  For example, 10 years ago the E-Scow switched from a symmetrical spinnaker to an asymmetrical spinnaker.  Some sailors left the class while others struggled to adapt.  What do you think about the change and its impact on the class?  The change to an asymmetrical kite in 2008 was probably the biggest change in the Class rules since I began racing scows.  The aluminum non-rotating spar replaced the rotating wooden spar around 1970, which also created some turmoil.  Once the rotating spar was gone, other “innovations” such as a boom vang immediately sprang into use.   I had quite a few of my lake sailor contemporaries, such as Brian Porter, urging me to push for the asymmetrical sail.  Brian had been sailing with an asym on Melges 24s and his A Scow for several years.  The argument for retaining the symmetrical chute was, mainly,  that it provided more tactical opportunities.  The concern was that the use of asym’s would just result in boats rounding the weather mark, carrying all the way to the corner, and then jibing to the bottom mark.  Overall, I think the asym has been a great addition to the class.  The new kites provide a great ride, but that doesn’t limit the tactical opportunities downwind.   One observation would be that, in my own case, it took me quite a long time to stop the habit of “soaking” every time I got a little bit of pressure.  That was effective with the smaller, symmetrical chutes because you didn’t build much speed with a small gust in non-planing conditions, so the VMG would be improved by just driving off.  With the new kites it’s important to keep the boat rolling and limit the soaking to tactical situations. To this day I have to keep reminding myself to stop soaking and keep hot angles.

4) Another example that comes to mind is that you are a 50% owner of a Waszp with Carl and Molly Horrocks.  The Waszp can be intimidating for many people, but I've seen you out there foiling around and you look great.  How do you like the boat and why invest in it?  Once I saw a clip of one of the Waszps going through the water I really got the bug to try it out. I had seen Bora Gulari ripping around Pewaukee Lake on a Moth a few years ago, so I knew what to expect.  I saw the investment in the Waszp with Carl and Molly as a way to continue sailing in the fall and spring, and to challenge myself to learn something new.  Carl takes care of all of the mechanical details, so all I have to do is figure out a time he’s going that works for me and then we share some time on the boat.  It’s a physical boat, so after about 15-20 minutes in a breeze and a few capsizes I need a breather!  I will say that, had there been a boat like a Waszp around when I was 15, I’m not sure that I would have agreed to sail on any other boat until I was well into my 20’s.  I would have been addicted!

5) Last week was the Blue Chip regatta, one of the most famous E-Scow regattas of the year.  For those who don't know, can you give us a quick history of the Blue Chips?  How did the event go?  The Blue Chip regatta began in 1965 at Pewaukee Lake in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.  Each year the Blue Chip Committee at Pewaukee Yacht Club uses criteria to develop an invitation list to E sailors who have had success during the current season.  The Committee usually invites about 20 participants, including a “Mystery Guest”.  The Mystery Guest is, typically, an Olympic Gold medalist or an America’s Cup skipper.  I first went to the Blue Chip in 1971 and, over the years, I’ve had a chance to meet and race against a long line of top racing talent.  It’s usually the standing joke that, by the time the Mystery Guest figures out how to sail an E Scow, we’re all taking our masts down and driving home.  This year the Mystery Guest was Kevin Burnham, a gold medalist in the 2004 Olympics (470) and a silver medalist in 1992.   The most memorable year was the 50th anniversary of the regatta in 2015.  The Committee invited all of the previous mystery guests to sail, along with several E Scow “old timers”, of which I was one.  The 24 sailors who were in that regatta are listed on Blue Chip Website on the Pewaukee Yacht Club website.  It’s quite a list.   I’ve always felt that the Blue Chip regatta had the best of both worlds in terms of competition and a great (but tricky) lake venue.  It’s a little more laid back than the Nationals, so it’s a good way to end the season and just enjoy some competition with friends.
This year, the first racing day was Friday, September 21st.   When we got to the club the wind was in the 25 plus range.  The committee said that they would send us out if the wind was not higher than a steady 25 as long as the gusts were not over 30 mph.  We all went out on the course around 10 am and started sailing upwind to tune up.  In our case, we got about half way up the windward leg and the wind started blowing over 30 with gusts to 36 mph.  We turned downwind and set the kite – quite a ride!!   A couple of boats flipped and one broke a mast so the Committee sent us in.  They kept us in until about 4 pm, and we had a race in 20-25 mph winds with some great downwind rides.  We got a second in that race, so we were feeling good about that. The next day was primarily a tricky southeast breeze.  It was fun racing, but tough to avoid mistakes.  We ended the regatta in 5th place.    

Blue Chip Results

I hope we can get more Eastern E sailors to figure out a way to get to this regatta.  The PYC members put a great amount of effort into the regatta and they take a lot of pride in the management of the events, and especially making sure that the quality of the racing is top notch.



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Sailor Spotlight - Turner Ryon

September 28, 2018 7:30:00 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Turner Ryon


Turner Ryon is a young Opti sailor from Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club.  Collectively, Turner and his teammates are working harder than ever to up their sailing game. Turner sails at LEHYC in the summer and then continues his training in the fall, winter, and spring.  With off-season training, it's incredible to see the jump that Turner has made in the local fleet.

Turner is one of the most genuine, sincere sailors you will meet.  He's admired by his peers and friendly to everybody.  He works hard on the water; you can't keep him away from sailing practice.  It's so exciting to see Turner and his teammates put so much energy into their training and make big leaps in the results.  The future is bright!

Name:  Turner Ryon
Age:  11

School:  Blue Mountain Middle School
Yacht Club:  Little Egg Harbor YC

1) Turner, last weekend was the Opti ACCs at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club.  Tell me about the event.  What were the conditions like?  How many boats were there?  How did you end up doing?  The first day, the wind was weird. The velocity was up and down throughout the day.  The wind also shifted a lot, going between the Northwest and the Northeast.   The second day it was raining. The wind was about 8 knots out of the East and very shifty.   There were 149 boats in the event.  I finished up 57th which was just short of my goal of top 25%.  The highlight of the event for me was getting to the first mark in first during the first race! 


2) First at the first mark?  Nice job!  It must be so nice to have a major USODA regatta at your home club.  Is there an advantage to having a big event at home?  What makes it so important?  The coaches and I knew the area very well.   This was a big advantage because we had an idea of how the wind was going to act, though the weather was so weird that it didn't help too much.  It was great to share our club with sailors from around the country.  My family was even able host a sailor from Pensacola named Gil Hackel.  We had so much fun showing him Beach Haven, learning about his sailing experiences and how he trains.   It's awesome to make friends with sailors from around the country.  That's part of what makes going to these big regattas so much fun.

3) You are part of a young group of LEHYC sailors who have really come on strong lately.  There are a handful of families that are sailing a lot and pushing hard.  Tell me about your training regimen.  Who's been sailing on your team?  Who's been coaching you lately?   Our coaches this summer at Little Egg were Mike Dowd, Nick Stefanoni and Harrison Bailey.  I also sail with CERT beyond my LEHYC team.  The CERT coaches typically include Mike Dowd, Diego Perez, Will Brown, Randy Hartranft, Molly Horrocks and Jerry Tullo.  My Little Egg team mates are Teddy Stoldt, Aidan Millar, Xavier Stoldt, Lowell Cuff, Bella Cremer, Connor McHugh, Dillion Millar, Mathew Black, Ryan Black, Sean Bodnar and Drew D’Orsi.  I also think of all of the CERT team members as my team mates.  We are all friends with each other, and we are all working towards a common goal.  My training regimen includes sailing with LEHYC in the summer and CERT in the off-season.  I also swim competitively in the off season.  This helps me stay in shape.

4) What's on the rest of the calendar for the fall?  Will you be focusing on training?  Are there any more events coming up? I will be attending all the CERT practices on the weekends during the fall.  The regattas I plan to attend are New Englands (October in Newport), Spring Team Qualifiers (November in New Orleans) and the Orange Bowl (during Christmas in Miami).

5) What is one thing that you do really well while sailing?  What's something that you need to continue to work on?  I think my boat speed is my biggest advantage.  I’ve been sailing very fast down wind lately.  I need to continue to work on my starts and the second upwind leg.

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Sailor Spotlight - Roy Wilkins

September 21, 2018 7:28:56 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins is one of those names that everybody on the bay knows.  Roy has been an active sailor for over 60 years, racing so many different types of boats.  "Coach" -- as he is endearingly called by so many because he has coached so many -- was integral in the start of the OCC sailing program that has lead to thousands of sailors experiencing college and high school sailing on Barnegat Bay.  He is a father and a grandfather, he is passionate about his own sailing, and he is genuinely interested in who's doing what on the bay; he follows so many sailors and wants to hear about all the regattas they are going to as if each sailor was his student.  We are lucky to have Roy on the bay making everybody better!

Name:  Roy Wilkins
Age:  72
School:  Ocean County College
Yacht Clubs:  OCC, Island Heights YC, Toms River YC

1) Roy, you've been sailing on Barnegat Bay for such a long time.  How did you get involved in the sport and what was it like growing up on the bay?  I started sailing in 1955 at the Island Heights Yacht Club. It had a junior sailing program that was created by Dr.Slack and Don Horter. I began my career by crewing for Bill Warner in a Diamond Duck Boat for a few years, and then I crewed for his brother Marshall Warner for a few years. Then I skippered a Diamond Duck when I was 12, but I actually stopped sailing when I was 14 to get a job. It was a fun time as a junior sailor; I was able to crew on Comets, Jet14s, E-Scows and Wooden auxiliaries. Racing in the BBYRA as a junior was a big deal, and I looked forward to our Saturday races. On Sundays we all raced on the big boats on the Cedar Creek course.

2) You were instrumental in starting the OCC sailing team more than 15 years ago.  What was the process like to start the team?  Did the school need a lot of convincing?  Developing an Intercollegiate sailing team was a community effort. In 2002 Don Doran, the Vice President and Student Life director at OCC approached me about creating a sailing team. He said he had the support of President Jon Larson. At the time I was approached I was the head women’s soccer coach at Stockton College (ranked 12th in the nation). At the time I tried to coach soccer and sailing at the same time, and it was very difficult.

The college purchased six 420s. Dr. Drew Seibert, who is a pillar of the community, came on board to support the program and helped me acquire an additional twelve 420s through private and service club donations, and our fleet was completed.  We were a little unsure at first, but Gary Jobson, who's from Toms River, convinced me that we could race against all the 4-year schools. In the first year of the program we were fortunate to have Matt Goetting sail for us. We won the Henry Luce trophy at the Naval Academy, and I'll never forget the headlines in the local paper “OCC sinks Navy”. From that point on the program was on the rise. Because we had 18 boats, we were big enough to host major regattas for high schools and colleges. As the program got larger we hired a full-time coach in Billy Warner who has done an outstanding job developing so many sailors. After years of use, the boats started to break so we hired Mike Spark to keep them floating. All the boats are still floating today thanks to Mike's hard work. As more and more high schools came to Toms River Yacht Club to use the OCC boats, Dr.Randy Nunn got involved to organize the high school scene. Dr. Nunn has done an outstanding job with the high school programs.

Since then, the program has acquired eight FJs, a Sandpiper catboat and a Sanderling catboat to train the new OCC Students. All boats were donated by local sailors.

3) It's incredible to see the residual effects of starting the OCC sailing team.  Other local colleges have started teams after seeing your blueprint, and there are so many high school teams that are in existence mostly because of their access to the water with OCC boats.  How does it feel to know you are the driving force behind so many kids getting on the water?  I get excited every time I go out on the river on a fall day with the sun setting, and I see close to 24 boats-- all of which were donated by local sailors-- being used by the college and the local high schools. I really enjoy the Wednesday High School regattas where there are high schools from all over the state of New Jersey competing. Another thing that I’m excited about is that the Ocean County College Sailing Club is now part of the BBYRA. All the student athletes can sail in the BBYRA in the Saturday races, just like I did as a teenager.
One of the biggest achievements that I’ve accomplished was the development of the Phil Citta Sailing Center in Mill Creek. This is the program that I’ve been trying to develop for 10 years and now it is fully operational.  It is a program that allows sailing for everyone. It's called the SAFE sailing program and sailors with all type of disabilities can sail. Paul Coward had developed the SAFE program in NJ, but he didn't have a home so Mill Creek has been perfect for his operation. We operate out of Mill Creek Park on a floating dock that was built with donations by over a hundred people in the community. A large contribution came from the Citta Foundation. We have a full-time director in Rachel Goetting and many volunteers like Russell Lucas. We have boats that were specially developed for the disabled and a facility that can put a disabled person in a boat. What a thrill it is for me to see a person get out of their wheelchair, get into a boat, and have the freedom to sail all over the Toms River.

4) You've been very involved with the A-Cat "Spy" in years past.  How has that been part of your life and tell me a bit about the A-Cat scene.  My wife, Jane, and I bought the Spy in 1978 when there were only four boats in the world and they all need to be repaired. The reason behind me buying an ACat was it was a great platform to take my disabled students that I worked with in the Toms River Schools out sailing. I could actually put a wheelchair in the cockpit of Spy. All the boats at one time were owned by Nelson Hartranft.  A good friend named Charlie Cox agreed to be my partner in Spy. I encouragde my friends to fix up the other boats:  Steven Brick with Lotus , Mike Frankovich with Bat, and Marshall Warner with Maryann. The fleet became fun because our friends were all involved. In 1985 I did a complete restoration of Spy at Beaton’s Boat yard. It was a two-year project, and I acquired new partners in Jim Reynolds and Maggie Groff. I was Fleet Captain of the A-Cat fleet for 10 years. Spy has been a fantastic boat for my family . It was fun to race with my children Alyssa and RJ and Jane.  In fact, our daughter Alyssa got married on the Spy at a dock in Island Heights - that's how important she was to her. In the year 2000 we donated Spy to the Toms River Seaport Society, where she is on now on display. Spy 2 was built in 2001 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia by John Brady. My partners in the boat where Maggie Groff, Gary Stewart, and Richard Yetman. In 2014 the Spy crew won the BBYRA championship in the BBYRA One Hundredth Anniversary Year. All together we've won eight Bay championships.

I'm one of the few skippers that I know that sail with his wife. Jane has been a fantastic crew. We had a lot of fun in every race. I could go on and on about this, but I already wrote a book about A Cats. It's called A Cat’s. A Century of Tradition. I collected all the pictures, and Gary Jobson did all the writing. I retired from racing A Cat's in 2014, and now I race a Marshall B Cat with my grandson and his buddies. The boat was donated to the college by Bob Adams.

5) You're a coach at heart, and while you're known around our bay as a sailing coach, most people don't know how good of a soccer coach you are too.  Tell me about your soccer coaching career.  Finally, what are the characteristics you look for in a soccer player or a sailor that make them enjoyable to coach?  I started coaching soccer at Toms River South in 1969 as the Freshman coach, and in 1972 I became the head coach and finished my career there in 1989. Something I'm very proud about is that I helped with the development of the girls team which began in 1976. I coached boys and girls soccer from 1976 to 1989 at Toms River South. 1989 I became the head women's soccer coach at Richard Stockton College. They did not have a program at the time so I was starting from scratch. I recruited a lot of local shore girls.  In 1995 we were ranked number 2 in the nation and hosted the NCAA Final Four. For the next six years we were ranked top 10 in the nation. In 1995 I was voted Division Three College Women's Soccer Coach of the Year and 4 years ago the 95 team was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame. I had the privilege of coaching two NCAA division 3 All Americans:  Andrea Tilley and Shannon Keelan.

The number one characteristic I look for is an athlete that's willing to train hard, get dirty and sweaty and become exhausted when no one's looking (without a coach looking over your shoulder). Doing it on your own,with your friends or by yourself to become better is so important for development. Sadly it seems to be a trait that's disappearing. With soccer it is time with the ball, and with sailing it is time with the tiller. It's a pretty simple formula: spend more time developing your skills.
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Sailor Spotlight - AJ Bailey

September 14, 2018 7:47:56 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight

First of all, if you are ever at a Trivia Night and you look across the room and see AJ Bailey on another team, save yourself the embarrassment and get up and go home.  Don't even compete; the kid is so good at trivia.

AJ Bailey is such a versatile sailor.  He can skipper a tech, crew on an A-Cat, tune up your E-Scow and sail you to 2nd place at the Nationals, or deliver a boat from Newport to Bermuda.  His openness to trying new boats and his passion for learning in our sport makes him really impressive.  AJ is a good friend, a hard worker, and one of those few people out there who possesses both "street smarts" and "book smarts."  He comes from a family that has made sailing on Barnegat Bay such a large part of their lives.  There's no doubt that everyone around the bay is lucky to have AJ representing us.

Name: AJ Bailey
Age: 26
School: Toms River High School South, United States Merchant Marine Academy
Yacht Club: Toms River YC, Island Heights YC

1) AJ, let's get right into it. Last week you and Brendan Hogan sailed with Kyle Rogachenko at the E-Scow Nationals, and you finished 2nd. You guys crushed it. Give me a rundown on the regatta. Where was the event, what were the conditions like, etc.  This year’s E Nationals were held at Oshkosh YC in Oshkosh,WI, and we raced on Lake Winnebago. We had three beautiful days of sailing, with moderate to heavy breeze for all three days. Our team, who has been sailing together for two seasons now, had worked together all season to get ourselves in top form for the Nationals. We relied heavily on good starts, fleet management, and (mostly) low-risk plays to try to sail as consistently as possible. Our maneuvers were very clean and we had little trouble at mark rounds or crossing situations. Unfortunately, Vincent Porter sailed just a few points better than us, and we could not overcome the deficit on the one-race final day.


2) You're no stranger to the E-Scow fleet. What's the competition like at these big events? How does sailing at the National level against the top Midwest boats compare to racing at home on Barnegat Bay?  You’re correct, I have been racing E’s since I was about 14, and I have to credit my father for letting me crew for him back in those days as well as some of the other top sailors I’ve crewed for like Will Demand and Jeff Bonanni. The overall level of competition is certainly higher at the Nationals, but not overwhelmingly so; we have a very competitive fleet on the Bay. The Nationals, however, is slightly more intense because of the collection of talent and the fact that almost anyone can win a race. It is always fun to challenge ourselves against a more diverse fleet of competitors. I have made several friends along the way and I have always enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of this class at every event I’ve attended.

3) What's your background in sailing? Tell me about your junior sailing, high school, and college experiences.  I began junior sailing, like many other BBYRA sailors, at age 8. I sailed in the Island Heights YC junior program for the next several years. I also sailed my first full BBYRA series at age 8 on a 15’ Barnegat Bay Sneak Box with Butch Haddon. I did not enjoy sailing at first, but through the slow persuasion from my parents, Butch and my coaches, I learned to love the sport and the Corinthian spirit. I continued to sail in junior program, swapping between Island Height and Toms River, in a Laser. I also continued to sail on the Bay in Lasers, Ensigns (with Clark Brick), and E Scows (with a tow every weekend from Cliff and Mary Jo Campbell). I sailed for four years at Toms River South as well, with varying results but falling just short of qualifying for Nationals several times. I continued to sail in college at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. I began sailing on the Intercollegiate team, sailing 420s, FJs, Lasers, and on the Match Race team. However, during my sophomore year, an opportunity presented itself to sail in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race on a TP52. I had always wanted to sail more offshore races because of the time I had cruised and raced inshore on my father’s Morgan 41, and felt that this was an opportunity I could not pass up. I finished my college career on the Offshore team, sailing several distance races on boats such as the TP52, ClubSwan 42, and Melges 32.

4) Besides sailing E-Scows, what other boats are you able to sail?  I enjoy sailing almost anything that I can. I have sailed two BBYRA seasons on the A Cat Torch and still try to sail the Wednesday night series and any other races I can. I have also sailed a B Cat, Lightning, Flying Scot, Sonar, 505, Swedish Match 40, Navy 44 and MC Scow. I was very fortunate to sail and travel as part of the Silent Maid team as well. I enjoy sailing in the Turkey Bowl, Santa Bowl, and other events in the Tech Dinghies. My favorite sailing besides E Scows, however, is offshore racing. I have been very lucky to have been invited to race on Leonard Sitar’s J/44 Vamp, which has afforded me the opportunity to do such events as The Vineyard Race, The Block Island Race, Block Island Race Week, and The Newport Bermuda Race. I am looking forward to racing on Vamp again next weekend at American YC for their fall series and also their Spring Series, which are alway enjoyable year after year.

5) I heard you just started a new job this past week. Congratulations! What will you be doing and will you still have the flexibility to sail as much as you have been?  Thank you! I am working for a renewable energy and technology company that is headquartered in Monroe, NJ. I will be working in the Operations department for the company, focusing on new installations. I will probably not have quite the same flexibility that my last job afforded me. However, I can tell you that, as long as my travel schedule allows, my vacation days for the next year are definitely already planned.

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Sailor Spotlight - Paul Coward

September 6, 2018 5:14:29 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Paul Coward

If you've ever raced at Brant Beach Yacht Club, there's a good chance that Paul Coward was sighting your starting line.  Paul is the PRO at Brant Beach YC, the race manager who sets square lines and bangs off efficient, well-run races.  A sailor at heart, Paul drew the "PRO straw" over 30 years ago and hasn't turned back since.  A member of the Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame, Paul (and the rest of BBYC) give back numerous times each year by hosting events of all different sizes for our sailors.  How lucky are we that Brant Beach YC routinely hosts local, National, and International events right in our back yard!?

Name:  Paul Coward
Age:  68
School:  Ithaca College
Yacht Club:  Brant Beach Yacht Club
1) Paul, everyone knows you as the PRO from Brant Beach YC; you are run the Race Committee for all of the big events down there.  What draws you to being a PRO?  What do you like about it?  I'm not exactly sure how I got picked to be the PRO at first. But it was a long time ago and it just keeps rolling along. I think this year is the 30th BBYC Annual Opti Regatta that I ran.  I enjoy doing it because of the people I get to do it with, and I really like being able to interact with the sailors on the water. Being a racer, I like to be communicative with the sailors, and what could be better than being out in the middle of a race course?  I have the best vantage point on the course to watch the racing!

2) Most people only see the side of the sport from the sailor's point of view.  Talk to me about some challenges of running races.  How do you prepare for an event?  What are some behind the scenes tasks that people overlook as a PRO?  It is interesting that you ask about the non-sailor parts of running a regatta. I often tell people that I line them up and say go. The rest of the regatta gets run by other people. That is really the hard part. The logistics of a large regatta are staggering, and you're right, most people don't realize how much is involved. From figuring out where to park all the vehicles and trailers, to feeding the sailors, coaches, parents, and most importantly the volunteers. There is so much to do.

One of the big things that the sailors overlook when I'm making a decision is what's going on in the background. We have probably 100 people involved in a major regatta and they are back on shore waiting to feed you when you come in and make other preparations. It all need to be timed so that everything works out. In addition, all the people on the course that are running the race need to be considered. We often have older people volunteering time, and I can only ask so much of them. Many are using their vacation to run a regatta for people they don’t know.  And of course safety for everyone is my prime concern.  All of these things are going through my head while I'm trying to run the best races possible.
3) Speaking of Brant Beach, it seems like Brant Beach runs 2-3 major events each year across many different classes.  You guys are a well-oiled machine, and it's no doubt that everyone enjoys sailing there.  What about Brant Beach makes it so easy to run a good event?  The thing that makes it so easy for us to run big regattas is that we have the same people doing our own niche jobs every time. We've found jobs that we are each good at and enjoy. We all know we can depend on each other too. The same people are on the same mark most every race. Many of the same people are feeding you and parking you and registering, scoring, and all the other details that come with running a regatta.  Everyone chips in, and we are a well-oiled machine at this point.

4) Last week we interviewed Russ Lucas who is involved in the SAFE sailing at Mill Creeek.  You're also involved in the program and have started a handicap learn-to-sail program in the past.  Talk to me about that.  My partner Tono Miakoda and I started a chapter of Sailability over 10 years ago. We use the Access Dinghies to promote universal access to sailing. I moved the program and the boats to Ocean County College, and we became Safe Sailing. It is a program for accessible sailing for everyone. It's possible to sail these boats with severe disabilities. It is also perfect for people who are completely unfamiliar with boating, sailing and the water. It is a life-affirming activity, and a great program for our community.  Last week you interviewed Russ Lucas for your Sailor Spotlight.  He and Rachel Goetting have taken over a lot of the responsibilities from me.

5) I know you're a champion in the Mariner and Sunfish classes.  What kind of sailing did you do growing up?  Do you still have time to sail yourself?  Yes, I still race both a Mariner and a Sunfish. I started sailing in a small boat my father made that resembles an Opti. When I was young we sailed a boat called a Moth which was an 11 foot open design sailboat that started like a sneak box and has now morphed into a foiling machine.  So I do continue to sail, but I also really enjoy running the races myself.

Editor's Note:  Brant Beach Yacht Club makes a point to host a few major regattas each year.  With their core group of volunteers, ample shore-side space, and the fantastic Barnegat Bay conditions, BBYC has hosted the following events.  It's pretty impressive, really!

2000:  Laser Radial Nationals
2001:  Club 420 Atlantic Coast Championships (ACC’s)

2002:  Laser North Americans
2003:  Optimist Atlantic Coast Championships
2004:  Club 420 North Americans

2005:  Lightning States & Laser Districts + LASER (ACC’s)
2006:  Club 420 and Laser Radial Mid Atlantics , Lightning States
2007:  Sunfish Worlds
2008:  Laser and Optimist  ACC’s
2009:  Laser Nationals (All Laser Classes) and Optimist States
2010:  Club 420 North Americans + Optimist NJ States
2011:  Laser North Americans
2012:  Optimist Team Trials, Laser Nationals, Club 420, Radial Mid Atlantics + Laser Radial/4.7 Districts, Opti NJ States
2013:  Sunfish Youth Worlds and Sunfish North Americans + Opti NJ States
2014:  Club 420 North Americans, Opti NJ States, Opti Atlantic Coast
2015:  Laser Nationals, Mariner Nationals, Laser Masters ACC’sS
2016:  Sunfish Mid Atlantics. Junior Olympic Festival, Opti NJ States, C420 Mid Atlantics
2017:  Opti Team Trials, Junior Olympic Festival, Sunfish Worlds
2018:  C420 Nationals, Laser Master Nationals, Junior Olympic Festival


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Sailor Spotlight - Russ Lucas

August 31, 2018 7:14:57 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Russ Lucas

Russ Lucas is a very recognizable face on Barnegat Bay.  Russ lives and breathes sailing at Bay Head Yacht Club, and now he's the fleet captain of the BBYRA.  He's a fantastic sailor, having won 10 Duck Boat World Champs, 2 E-Scow Easterns, 1 E-Scow Blue Chip, a Melges 20 Nationals, and everything in between.  Most importantly though, Russ really gives back to sailing on the bay -- he hosts fundraisers at his house, organizes Dave Dellenbaugh Rules Talks before the season starts, and has recently gotten involved in the SAFE sailing at Mill Creek by taking out non-sailors and introducing them to our sport.  His passion for sailing on the bay is nothing short of commendable, and we are incredibly lucky to have him promoting sailing.

Name:  Russ Lucas
Age:  57
School:  Lehigh
Yacht Club:  Bay Head Yacht Club

1) Russ, you grew up sailing at Bay Head YC in many different boats.  You're a champion in many classes.  What about growing up on the bay helped you become the sailor you are today?  Growing up in Bay Head was the key. The top award for kids and adults was a Seamanship Sportsmanship Flag. Having that view that you wanted to win, but also be really good at all the little stuff like proper knots, preparation, tuning your boat, caring for her etc made a big impact on me and my buddies. Our Dads and their friends showed us the way, and I hope we have done that for our children.  

2) Good segue!  The Lucas family has been omnipresent on Barnegat Bay for many years.  Your dad is a great sailor, all of your siblings sailed, and all of your kids have gone through the program.  Settle something for me.  Excluding yourself, who are the three most talented Lucas family sailors and what do they do really well?   Nice.  Ok.  There are 14 grandkids, 6 kids and the master himself (my father George - or Dust as the grandkids call him). 

First, I have to start with Dust- my dad. At every level of messing around with and in boats, my dad is the champ.  I could go on for days, but what I will always point out is whenever a new person is on a boat with him Dust finds a time to suggest that they simply put their hand in the water and simply feel the boat go thru the Bay.   

Second is my daughter Molly.  After years sailing under the eye of Terry Kempton and great coaches, Molly had a breakout season as a skipper.  I proudly watched in wonder as she would carve thru a 420 fleet and so intelligently and patiently work up to the front. Like her grandfather she also loved rigging, tuning and fixing her boats, especially glass and epoxy work. Then she became the best female E Scow skipper ever, qualifying for Blue Chips 2x as skipper. 

Finally is a tie between my daughter Grace and niece Jane Rew.  Grace from day one showed a wonderful and instinctive touch on the helm. She was born with a strong sense of urgency and that led to wanting to help the boat get thru the water fast.  Jane Rew (Now Jane Buckley) was her crew and tactician for many years.  Jane became the captain of the Hobart Sailing Team and is one of the best overall sailors, racers, tactican and kite trimmers I have ever sailed with. Listening to Grace and Jane count down till I was to tack never got me in trouble. 
3) This past week was the Duck Boat Worlds at Mantoloking Yacht Club.  You're a multi-Duck Boat World Champ.  Tell me about the regatta and what makes it so special.  I have been connected to the World Ducks regatta since I was 9 years old, 49 years now.  I always saw it as a goal to put BHYC on the map and be the first Champ outside the lock MYC had on this Worlds. I became aware of racing against the great ones from MYC and how they made decisions that I could use myself. Gardner Cox waved me by on port once... so I asked him at lunch and got a new move.  Watching Peter Commette sit above the line checking wind till last second. His starting routine became mine... 
So along the way I won 10x and plan to try to win 11 and more in the future swapping skipper and PRO duties for the rest of my life. The secret to Duckboat sailing works in every boat.. Keep her moving and in puffs--- ease- hike- trim....


4) This year was actually the 50th Anniversary of the Duck Boat Worlds.  What did you guys do to commemorate that milestone?  The 50th Worlds-- 76 boats- the smiles and joy of this day connects the yacht clubs on the bay and brings together seniors and juniors like no other. The joy and success in sailing for life is when we are together- multiple generations- families and friends- history and those who want to be part of the future.  This year they had a "Champion of Champions" regatta for all past winners.  It was a really cool way to bring back previous winners commemorate the whole event.

5) You are the fleet captain of the BBYRA.  You're also very involved in the SAFE sailing at Mill Creek.  Can you tell me how the bay is doing and what opportunities you see out there for others?  Today I am racing less and finding my connections on the Bay with a sailing program in Pine Beach called SAFE sailing. This is under OCC and helps phsyically and emotionally disabled people. My particluar focus is directed towards people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction that we call "Repairs can be made at Sea". This also includes people with PTSD and former prisoners of Newark Prisons to try to cultivate hope for sustainable change in their lives. 


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Sailor Spotlight - Johnny Donnelly

August 24, 2018 6:48:13 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Johnny Donnelly

I have two quick stories about Johnny Donnelly.  First, earlier this week at the NJ Opti States Johnny's sister, Noelle, chartered an Opti from us.  After sailing, Johnny helped Noelle wash and teflon the boat before returning it to me.  That's like washing your rental car before returning it - actually that's like helping your sister wash her rental car before returning it!  That just doesn't usually happen!  Second story:  this week Johnny came in to Colie Sails to pick out some birthday presents.  After getting a pair of Zhik pants, there was a little money left over, and Johnny was allowed to spend it on whatever else he wanted.  He immediately ran into our rope room and started picking out line.  He bought some whipping twine, a needle, some spectra, and some dinghy control line, all with the intention of practicing his splicing, tapering, and whipping.  Most 12 year olds aren't that enthusiastic about different diameters of spectra!

The Donnelly family is awesome.  They have four young, polite kids that are kind to each other and enjoy the sport.  Johnny and James Kopack are commonly found practicing together after school in their Optis all throughout the fall, winter, and spring.  While high school teams cancel practice because it's too windy or cold, these guys sail out and show them how it's done!  Johnny's passion for the sport is contagious, and he's going to be racing boats on Barnegat Bay for many years!

Name:  Johnny Donnelly
Age:  12
School:  St. Joseph Grade School
Yacht Club:  Toms River Yacht Club

1) Johnny, you are a member of the TRYC Opti Race Team this summer.  Tell me about the program; who do you sail with, who coaches you guys, what a typical day at the TRYC Jr. Sailing program is like, etc.  This summer I trained with four other families, the DeFonzo twins, the Brothers Lamm, the Martins, the Poskays and my sister Noelle.  Our coach is Juan Mazzini, who was in the Sailor Spotlight earlier this summer.  He is amazing!  We trained hard every day, had to do countless air chairs, push-ups and learned a ton of tactics.  One really cool thing that we did was travel to Canada together to sail at CORK.
2) Earlier this week you participated in the NJ Opti State Championship at Surf City YC.  How'd the regatta go?  What were the conditions like?  Did you meet your goal?  It went well, we were able to get in eight races over the two days.  The breeze was very shifty due to continuous storm clouds which made for challenging conditions.  My goal this season is to make team trials and while program is over the season is not.  I didn't meet this goal during states, but I am looking forward to the opportunity next month at ACC's.
3) You have really improved over the course of the summer.  What do you attribute to your improvement?  Juan was definitely a huge part of this, and you are only as good as who you train with.  Sailing with my team, especially the Brothers Lamm and joining up with the Surf City race team played a huge role in stepping up my game.
4) What's your plan for the fall and winter?  Will you be sailing after school and on weekends?  Any big regattas on the calendar?  I plan on training weekends and racing in the TRYC Fall Series.  I am always up for an after school shred session with my bro James Kopack if I have the day off from swim practice (even if it's just the two of us out there in January).  I will definitely be doing ACC's and hope to sail at Midwinters in New Orleans.
5) On Friday you'll be sailing in the Duck Boat Worlds at Mantoloking YC.  Have you done this regatta before?  Tell me about it.  Yes, I sailed Duck Boat Worlds for the first time last year with James Kopack on Stan Switlik's boat, Ducktastic BH12.  This is a really cool regatta because you compete against some amazing sailors like Peter Commette, Richard White, Johnny Mac, Peter Wright and the list goes on.  This event raises money for non profits of the boat owners/skippers choosing.  Last year we supported Team Semper Fi, the non profit that my dad works for.  This year we will support TRYC's Junior Sailing program.


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Sailor Spotlight: Will Kernan

August 16, 2018 4:57:36 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Will Kernan

Will Kernan is a 13 year old sailor who can't spend enough time on the water.  Will loves to sail; whether it's Optis, M-Scows, Manasquan River Prams, or (soon to be) 420s, Will would sail every day if he could!  This summer, Will is reaping the benefits of all the hours he's put in during the off-season.  With a win at the 100+ boat Caryn Wilson regatta and top finishes at other BBYRA events, Will has become one of the top junior sailors in our area.  What makes Will even more impressive, though, is his friendly personality and enthusiasm for the sport.  He is fan favorite among his peers!

Name: William Kernan 
Age: 13
School: Wall Intermediate School
Yacht Club: Lavallette Yacht Club & Manasquan River Yacht Club

1) Will, tell me about your summer program this year.  Where are you sailing?  Who is in your group?  Who is your coach?  I have been sailing out of Mantoloking yacht club all summer. My coaches are Noah Glosenger  and Tori Blundin. This summer I’ve been sailing with Jake Witkowski, Bridger Espinosa, and Gabriel Pasquale.
2) It seems like you've had a really nice summer.  Every time I look at the results, I see your name at the top.  What has been your best regatta so far?   What do you think contributed towards your success there?  My best regatta has been the Caryn Wilson out of Lavallette Yacht Club. What contributed to my success at this regatta was repeatedly testing the course and the line before each start and having a game plan before each race. What also helped was my local knowledge of the area from sailing M-Scows ( LA96 ) with my brother Riley Kernan, every Sunday at LYC. 
3) You've sailed Optis for many years.  What boat will you sail next and when will you make the transition?  How do you determine which boat you are going into?  My next boat will be a 420. I plan to  transition to the boat during the Fall to be ready for the next summer. I decided on 420 by thinking more about the future of my sailing career, such as a college dinghy team. 
4) In the winter, I know you are involved in the Manasquan River Pram fleet.  Can you tell me about that racing?  In the Winter not much sailing goes on so I like to keep myself busy by sailing in the Manasquan River Yacht Club Frost-bite series. I skipper a Winter pram (MR13) with my mom, Suzanne Kernan, as crew. The competition is very tough, especially in the cold. My mom and I placed first this season and plan to defend our to title next Winter. 
5) What are a couple of your near-term goals?  What are a few things that you are working on right now to take your game to the next level? Some of my near term goals are to join a high school or college sailing team. I’m attempting to do this by taking every sailing opportunity I can and get as much experience as I can.
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Sailor Spotlight: Brian Hull

August 10, 2018 9:31:37 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Brian Hull

Brian Hull wears many hats:  Opti dad, USODA board member, Donovan Sailing Coach, Director at the Friends of Belmar Harbor.  There's no doubt that Brian has a lot on his plate, but at the end of the day, Brian is giving back to the sport he loves, mentoring young sailors, and spending time with his young family.  Brian will help in any way if it promotes sailing, and that mentality resonates with his family and with those who he coaches.  He's passionate, hard-working, and he loves the sport.  His message is clear:  spend time with your family, work hard, and have fun!

Name: Brian Hull
Age: 42
School Attended: Old Dominion University
Yacht Club: Toms River Yacht Club

1) Brian, during the summer months, you run the Friends of Belmar Harbor.  Can you tell me about that program and what opportunities are available to area sailors?
The Friends of the Belmar Harbor is a non-profit educational organization which promotes waterfront activities in the Shark River area for towns like Belmar. FOBH offers adventure and recreational sailing, kayaking, SUP, and related activities that are accessible, affordable and fun especially to youth and families of limited means, abilities or opportunities. FOBH fills the void for an area without a strong sailing community. In July FOBH ran Recreational sailing program in Optis, 420s, Open Bics, and Hobie Cats for approximately 90 children from the Belmar Recreation Department and next week we will hosting over 150 6th and 7th  graders from Robert Treat Academy in Newark. We are also excited about co-hosting our annual Friendship Cup Regatta at the Shark River Beach & Yacht Club on August 17th. Here is the link to register:

August 17, 2018 Friends of Belmar Harbor & Shark River Beach & Yacht Club Neptune , NJ

Shameless plug: FOBH will have long sleeve tech shirts with hoods (Opti sailor favorite) and giveaways from Colie Sails for the event.
2) During the school year, you are a history teacher and sailing coach at Donovan Catholic.  The Donovan sailing team is having a bit of a resurgence, undoubtedly from your involvement with the program.  Tell me a bit about the team and any plans for the next few years.
After coaching sailing at Donovan for many years, I took a 2 year break to spend more time with my young family. This fall season was an eye-opener for the majority of the team who had never sailed beyond the Toms River. For our first away regatta, the team and I traveled to the Christchurch School down in Virginia, sailing with two fleets (Brand new FJs, and 420s) on the water at the same time (which was extremely challenging for the guys both mentally and physically.)
In November, we took to the air and traveled down to New Orleans for the Great Oaks Regatta hosted by the Southern Yacht Club where the Griffins competed against teams from around the country. The entire weekend the team sailed on Lake Pontchartrain Bay in 20 kts plus with 3-4 ft. waves. You typically do not see this on Wednesdays after school in Toms River! The boys definitely learned a lot that weekend. I forgot to mention our lunch in the French Quarter, bread pudding at Southern Yacht Club, and the fact the team’s trip would not have been possible without the financial support from the Sailing Foundation of the Barnegat Bay.
During the spring season, we saw COLD and WINDY conditions and all our hard work paid off with great performance by the entire team at NJ States. Overall a great way to end the year!
This fall we have a couple of new local sailors joining the team and are looking forward to competing at the Larry White Invitational hosted by the US Coast Guard Academy in New London CT in October. Oh yeah, follow us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @donovancatholicsailing this season
3) On top of all of this, you find time to be an Opti dad and travel to a lot of events.  What's your perspective of the Opti fleet from a parent's point of view? 
Over the years, I’ve heard tons of great regatta stories about all the good times, friendships made, places visited (YACHT CLUBS), mishaps like boats falling off of trailers and submarines coming up underneath a fleet of Optis and other crazy stories. The one thing they all had in common was their children were all having FUN with family, friends and teammates. I recently read an article shared by US Sailing called “Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive?“ Fun is working hard. It is being challenged and competing. It is learning a new skill, being with friends, having a coach that cares, getting compliments from coaches, and a coach who respects them. Fun in sports for kids means learning from mistakes, working together as a team for a common goal. Lack of Fun is the number one reason kids quit sports especially sailing.  The sport of sailing is much more then that!
4) You're also on the board of the USODA.  How's the USODA as an organization?  Any new or exciting announcements coming soon? Wow, that’s a good question. First of all, the USODA Board is comprised of some of the most passionate and dedicated parents I have ever met in the sport of sailing. USODA is there to help promote the Optimist class throughout the United States both locally, regionally and nationally. If you have not participated in a USODA regatta, I highly recommend two upcoming events that will be both take place in New Jersey on LBI. NJ States at Surf City Yacht Club next week Aug. 20-21 and the ACCs which will be hosted by Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club on Sept. 21-23. The Communications Committee that includes LEHYC member Kara Ivancich, Carolynn Redmond and I are about to finish our second edition of the reformatted OptiNews which will be mailed out before the end of August. If you have any Opti stories or pictures that you would like to published in OptiNews send it to us: You might make the cut! Exciting news…well…Opti Nationals on the Barnegat Bay is just a thought!
5) Sailing has done so much for you and for your family.  Why do you stay so involved in this amazing sport of ours?
The first thing that comes to mind is about giving back. My parents (who were non-sailors) put my sister Marybeth, my brother Michael and I into sailing because my dad’s law partner, Joseph Summerill was the past commodore of the Toms River Yacht Club. About 25 years later, I coached his grandson Nick Brady. Second, the ability of my wife Liz (Non-sailor/Now Opti Mom) and I to travel with James, Henry, and Caroline around the country will create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s going to Detroit, Norfolk, Newport, St. Pete or even a little day trip to LBI. Its always about family fun…Tomorrow, I’m off to Kingston, Ontario for our first CORK Opti Regatta. There are about 20 families from NJ headed up across the border. Lastly, one of the most gratifying aspects of the sport is seeing where my former sailors’ lives take them. Brendan Hogan, Shore Acres Yacht Club’s Commodore is one of my former sailors who I coached when he was a greenie at SAYC and then sailed for me at Donovan Catholic. Brendan reflects a true passion for his club especially when he stepped up to lead the rebuilding of the club almost 5 years after Superstorm Sandy. I’m very of proud of that even more than any regatta trophies.

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Sailor Spotlight - Alex Fasolo

August 1, 2018 9:55:48 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Alex Fasolo

Alex Fasolo is one of the nicest kids you will ever meet.  He's polite, respectful, and one incredible sailor.  Case in point, last week Alex was psyched to spend some time with and crew for his dad - who learned how to sail after Alex - in the Sandpiper Nationals.  Alex's sailing resume speaks for itself, and next year he'll be a huge asset on the Tufts Sailing Team.  This summer, he's coaching Optis at the Metedeconk River Yacht Club.

Name: Alex Fasolo                              
Age: 18
School: St. Georges High School, Tufts University
Yacht Club: Bay Head and Mantoloking Yacht Clubs

1) Growing up, you spent a lot of time sailing different boats.  You've sailed Optis, Lasers, 420s, E-Scows, and a handful of other boats.  Which one boat do you think was most important to your development as a sailor?  Which boat have you enjoyed sailing the most?  I am thankful for my Opti career because it was my first real exposure to competitive sailing, and got me invested in sailing early on. 420s and E-Scows have taught me how to work well with teammates, a skill that will be extremely valuable in college sailing. The Laser, however, contributed most. The Laser is an extremely physical boat and it taught me how to balance working as hard as possible while also thinking about strategy and tactics.
2) Last week you sailed the Sandpiper Nationals at Mantoloking YC with your dad.  Tell me about the regatta.  What was it like to sail with your dad?  The regatta was extremely fun. It was interesting because you can’t tack on every shift like you can in a dinghy, so that was a notable transition I had to make. I actually learned to sail before my Dad did, so he’s still figuring out how to read tell tales and go upwind. He was thrilled with how well we were doing which made the regatta really fun.
3) You attended St. George's in Newport, RI, for high school.  What was your experience like going to boarding school?  How was sailing in NESSA (New England) vs. other sailing districts?  Attending St. Georges was one of the best decisions I have made, especially for my sailing career. I had the opportunity to compete on one of the best team racing teams in the country in a competitive district. The best part about sailing for St. Georges was whenever I was sitting in a calculus or physics class, I had sailing to motivate me to get through it. New England High School sailing isn’t nearly as competitive as New England College sailing, but it is still a district filled without a lot of great competition. 
4) Next year you will be a freshman at Tufts.  What are your expectations for college and for college sailing?  Why did you choose Tufts?
  I fully expect to get my butt kicked in my first year of college sailing and I am strongly looking forward to it. One of the fastest ways to improve in sailing is to get creamed but those who are better and learn from it. I chose Tufts first and foremost because they had exactly the academic program I was looking for: a strong engineering program that focuses on a balanced education. I also love the campus and location, and the sailing team played a part in it too!
5) This summer, you're an Opti coach at Metedeconk River YC.  You yourself had a very successful Opti career.  Can you give me 5 quick tips for sailing the Opti well when it's windy?  What do you preach to your sailors once the wind comes up?

1.  The first tip I would give Opti sailors is to get your vang cranked on when the wind comes up. When I was in Optis and it was windy, I would crank my mainsheet until the blocks were almost next to each other, then lean up and tighten my vang. It’s really important to close your leech going downwind when it’s windy.
2.  I also tell my kids that it is much better to be eased a little and flat upwind than trimmed and heeled.

3.  If you feel unstable downwind lower your board.

4.  Your butt needs to be fully over the rail when hiking

5.  Hike off your toes, they’re called toe straps for a reason.

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Sailor Spotlight - Buzzy Reynolds

July 27, 2018 7:27:15 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Buzzy Reynolds


Buzzy Reynolds is undoubtedly one of the best sailors to come from Barngat Bay.  His experience in many boats - most notably the Finn - show his versatility and skill; the fact that he can be successful in so many classes is a testament to how good he is.  Now, Buzzy is recognized as the chair of the IHYC Junior Olympic Regatta, something he's been doing for over 20 years now.  Buzzy remains an avid racer and has a passion for the sport that is matched by few.  What makes Buzzy also special is his message for junior sailors:  sailing on Barnegat Bay will teach you the skills you need to go anywhere else in the world.

Name: Buzz Reynolds
Age: 63
School: University of Notre Dame
Yacht Club: Island Heights

1) Buzzy, you are Regatta Chairman for the Junior Olympics at Island Heights Yacht Club.  Can you give me some history on the event?  How long has it been going on?  When did it become a Junior Olympic event?  IHYC started the IHYC Invitational Regatta back in 1980 time-frame as a local junior regatta. Dick and Jerry Martin and the sailing instructors were the original organizers. Len Egee and Vicki Duff then took it over, and I got involved in 1997 when my oldest son turned nine. We then contacted US Sailing who was pushing the concept of a “Junior Olympics” as a feeder program to the USA Olympic team. I’ve been Chair of the Regatta since then working with over a 100 club volunteers.

IHYC Jr. Olympic Results

2) This year's event was very breezy.  As a regatta organizer, is that a good thing or a bad thing?  How do you think the regatta went?  What were some highlights for you?  This year was a challenge as we had consistent 15 to 25 knot winds from the southeast for both days. Fortunately, the forecasted lightening and rains never materialized. While we had our share of carnage on the race courses the coaches and patrol  boats did a great job of helping the sailors and keeping everyone safe. We had 258 boats with about 310 sailors on three courses. Heavy air is definitely more fun for the sailors than light air, and they come back because of Barnegat Bay's reputation for heavy air.

While some might criticize the RC for continuing to run races in the extreme heavy air, we feel that we should challenge the sailors and let them deal with adversity. The less experienced drop out but the top sailors love it. It was interesting to see that though the wind was the same on both days the sailors handled their boats much better on day two.

3) Many people might not know just how good of a sailor you are.  Can you give me a quick summary of your Olympic level sailing and what you sailed growing up?  I was very fortunate to have parents that totally supported my sailing passion. My father started taking me out sailing in a small  dinghy when I was three, and I joined the IHYC sailing program when I was 7 sailing a “diamond” duck-boat. I progressed to an M-scow when I was 12 and Lasers when I was 16 -- coming in third place in the first US Youth Championship in 1973. I competed in college at Notre Dame for four years and  was an All-American my senior year. From there I caught the Olympic fever  and competed in the Finn class for ten years where I won a North American Championship and had 6 top ten finishes in the Worlds with my best being a third place in 1983 in Holland. I also did 2 Olympic campaigns.  In 1980 I finished 3rd.  In 1984 I was declared the winner of the trials at its conclusion after the first place finisher was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct (who, ironically, I just ran into for the first time in 30 years at the TRYC BBYRA day sailing Witch). After numerous lawsuits with varying outcomes an arbitration panel on the evening before the Los Angeles Games opened awarded the Olympic berth to the second place finisher.(That sailor won a Silver medal losing to a young sailor from New Zealand named Russell Coutts who went on to win several America’s Cups!)  In 1986 I represented the USA at the Goodwill Games in Russia and came in third. Back surgery forced my retirement from the Finn class, and I started sailing an Escow in 1987.   For 20 years I competed winning several Eastern E scow Championships and placing in the top 10 at Nationals several time. Since then I have been crewing on the A cat Tamwock  trying to make her competitive and having fun.

4) This year you are also racing an MC Scow in the BBYRA.  It's really cool to see a new fleet added to the Saturday racing.  Tell me about the fleet and how it's going.  We’ve had about 8-9 boats on the starting line each week which is fantastic for a new class.  The  MC scow integrates all the attributes of the boats I’ve raced for over 50 years-Laser, Finn, M and E scow so it’s perfect for me and the BBYRA.  It’s also wonderful to see smaller similarly aged sailors with crew competing on an even basis. The great thing is the older boats are still competitive with the newer hulls which is healthy for the class.

5) Your son, Tod, is very involved with the Chicago Match Race Center.  Tod is a perfect example of someone who grew up sailing in our area who has moved into a cool sailing field.  What's he involved with out there and how is it going?  Well when I grow up I want to be my son! He’s been the executive Director of the Chicago Match Race Center since graduating from Northwestern as an electrical engineer. Besides managing and racing all over the world promoting the CMRC, he organized the Americas Cup World Series event in Chicago two years ago. Based on that experience he organized the Chicago bid to host the Americas Cup. Unfortunately, New Zealand won the AC’s in Bermuda and decided to host the AC themselves. Right now he’s crewing on the Chicago to Mackinaw race.  His Barnegat Bay racing experience in Optimists, Lasers and E-scows definitely gave him the confidence to sail anywhere in the world in any kind of condition on any kind of boat.

One last word I’d like to mention is that we all need to continue to maintain the Corinthian spirit in the Bay and to give back to the sport. I was lucky to have Cliff Campbell and Gary Jobson be mentors of mine. They were always willing to share their ideas, constructive thoughts and boats to me as a young whippersnapper. I’ve tried to follow their example by giving back to the sport -organizing the first World Sailing Championship for Special Olympics in 1996, running the IHYC Junior Olympics for 20 years and serving on the US Olympic Committee Executive Board from 1984-1988.

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Sailor Spotlight - Juan Mazzini

July 20, 2018 7:26:06 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Juan Mazzini


For those who don't know Juan, he is the Opti Race Team Coach at Toms River Yacht Club.  Juan hails from Argentina, but he has spent many years living in other countries and working with sailors in many different boats.  He is energetic, sociable, and a really nice guy.  Juan is passionate about the sport, and he works very hard with his sailors each day.   Currently, Juan is working with a very young group of up-and-coming Opti sailors at TRYC, and his experience and focus will set these sailors up for successful sailing careers!

Name: Juan Ignacio Mazzini
Age: 28
School Attended: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Yacht Club: Club de Veleros Barlovento (Argentina)

1) Juan, give me a brief history of your sailing career.  Where are you from?  How did you get into sailing?  What boats have you sailed?   I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since I can remember I've been on boats. My dad has a sailboat, and I got into an opti program at my yacht club when I was eight.  I've sailed Optis, Cadets, 420s, Lasers, Sunfish and big boats.   

2) You are the Opti Race team coach at Toms River Yacht Club.  How is this summer going so far?  What were your expectations before the summer and how are the kids doing?  The summer is going great.  We have a very young -- but talented -- group of kids.  Before I arrived it was hard for me to set expectations because I didn't know the level group or the venue.  But so far everything is exceeding my expectations.  The kids are learning and getting better everyday, and we've placed in all the regattas so far.  The yacht club has been very supportive and everything is running smoothly.  I'm enjoying my time here!

3) Where did you coach before Toms River YC?  What makes it appealing to coach in the United States?  I started coaching in Argentina for my sailing club.  Then I moved to Belize, where I coached the Laser and Opti National team. After that I coached for 2 seasons for the North East River Yacht Club in Maryland. Right now I'm going back and forth between the USA (Chicago Yacht Club, Toms River YC) and Myanmar, where I coach the Optimist National team.

4) As a coach, what do you look for in your sailors?  If you could give your sailors some advice to make them better in the long term, what would that advice be?  I really like to have sailors who have passion, who work hard and who are respectfully.  As a piece of advise, I always try to tell them my sailors not to get lost in the results. If you train hard and really focus on your goals then the results will come.

5) What's your plan after the summer?  Will you continue to coach or will you be able to sail yourself at all?  After the summer, I will be taking a couple of weeks off to travel and sail around Europe.  At the end of September I have to be back coaching in Myanmar so I will head over there.

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Sailor Spotlight - Teddy McKenzie

July 12, 2018 8:06:11 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Teddy McKenzie


Teddy McKenzie is one of the top Opti sailors on Barnegat Bay.  The second of four kids, Teddy was thrust into sailing early and learned by watching older brother, Charlie, compete at a high level.  Now it's Teddy's turn.  "Practice, practice, practice" is his mantra, and with a philosophy like that, it's no wonder that Teddy is climbing the ranks and representing the United States in international competition. 

Name:  Teddy McKenzie
Age:  11
School:  Tredyffrin/Eastown Middle School
Yacht Club:  Mantoloking Yacht Club

1) Teddy, you are one of the top Opti sailors in our area.  Tell me a bit about yourself and what you've done to become such a good sailor.
Practice, practice, practice.  I learned from my older brother, Charlie, to practice as much as I can and sail in as many events as I can.  I try to make the most out of every practice.  My parents have been really great about bringing me everywhere to sail and have been very supportive.  I was ready to sail regattas at a young age because I saw Charlie doing it and I wanted to do what he was doing.
2) Recently you represented Team USA at the Topsport Vlaanderen Regatta in Belgium.  How did you qualify for this event?  Was this your first time representing your country at an international event?
I qualified at the Team Trials at Key Biscayne, FL in April.  This was my first international regatta, and I was so excited to represent the US.  I hope to make more international regattas!
3)  Tell me about the regatta in Belgium.  How did you do?  What were the conditions like?  What was your favorite part of the event?
The regatta in Belgium was an amazing experience.  The conditions were very windy with huge swells. At times I couldn’t even see the mark when I was at the bottom of the wave.  I have never experienced the kind of sailing conditions we had there so I learned a lot just by being there.  I’m proud of myself for making gold fleet and hope to place even better next time.  My favorite part of the event was meeting and hanging out with the other US team members and meeting sailors from other countries.
4) Why do you think it's so important to get experience racing internationally and against foreign competition?  How does a regatta like this compare to a regatta on Barnegat Bay?
The conditions on the North Sea were a lot different than Barnagat Bay.  I think is important to learn how to sail in many different kinds of conditions.  I thought the foreign competition would be tougher but the US Sailors did well against them. Also, with so many countries sailing in the regatta, it was cool to hear different languages on the race course - not everyone spoke the same sailing language - but everyone did speak English to us on the water. 
5) What's your plan for this summer?  Who will be coaching you and what's on the schedule?
I am so lucky to have an awesome coach, Diego Perea, for the summer.  His training is different than any other coach I’ve had, and I’m learning a ton.  We are going to Nationals in Pensacola, CORK in Canada and NJ States.  When we’re not training hard, Diego takes us to do fun things.  It’s a great mix of working hard and having fun.

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Sailor Spotlight:  Colleen and Michaela O'Brien

For the first time, we have a double Sailor Spotlight of the Week!  The O'Brien twins have very steadily climbed the ranks and have become some of the best junior sailors in the country.  Don't over-look their small size; behind those tiny frames lie two hungry, hard-working, and incredibly talented sailors.  After successful Opti careers, the girls are now top high school and Club 420 sailors.  While they each skipper in high school, the girls team up in the Club 420 making a demoralizing light-air combination.  Keep an eye on their results as they continue to top the leaderboard and put Barnegat Bay on the map!

Name:  Colleen and Michaela O'Brien
School: Rumson Fair Haven High School
Yacht Club: Bay Head Yacht Club

Colie Sails:  Ok Colleen, first things first.  Who is older and by how much?
Colleen:  Michaela is older by 15 minutes.  But we ended up being born 3 months early, so I am not sure the hospital was focused on an accurate time!

Colie Sails:  Michaela, What's it like to crew for your twin sister?  Do you guys get along well in the boat?
Michaela:  We tolerate each other on the boat, but we are both very competitive with a common goal to win! We both think alike in the boat which makes decisions easier to make. We are also both very light so together we need to work extremely hard in windy conditions.
Colie Sails:  Last weekend you guys won the Club 420 New Englands.  Congratulations!  From the results, it looked like a very competitive regatta.  Tell me about the event and what worked well for you guys.
Colleen:  Thank you! We felt very prepared going into the regatta after a great 5 day warm up clinic with Will and Leigh Brown at MYC.  The conditions were very tough, as there was a lot of current, seaweed and very light air. The light wind was not such a bad thing for us but still difficult. The regatta ended up being only one day, which meant that being conservative and consistent were key. The first upwind was also shorter than usual which meant the start was very important. Our main goal was to have a clear lane off the start in a position where we are able to make our own decisions. Our first two starts were not so great, but on each leg we tried to gain as many boats as we could. We ended up top 7 in both races. The third race we had a great start but our halyard knot slipped at the windward mark so we had to retire from the race. We were disappointed but tried to keep a good attitude, hoping for a drop. We did very well in the last two races, and we were proud we were able to stay consistent and sail smart and fast ! The regatta was a great way to start out the summer.

Club 420 New England Results

Colie Sails:  Last year you two transferred from Red Bank Regional to Rumson-Fair Haven HS.  With the transfer, RFH quickly became a power-house team in high school sailing.  Tell me about sailing on the RFH team.
Michaela:  The RBR team was very small so we were very lucky to join a well established team when we transferred to RFH after our freshman year. On the sailing team we have varying degrees of talent so it makes it crucial to have a good coach. Our coach is Jeff Bonanni who was an All-American at Boston College, E-scow National Champion and a very talented high level coach. My crew Claire said she learned more in one day from Jeff than she did with an entire summer program.
Colie Sails:   What's your plan for the rest of the rest of the summer?  Who's your coach and what events will you be doing?
Colleen:  For the rest of the summer Michaela and I will be sailing Ida Lewis, Nationals at Brant Beach, Buzzards Bay and CJ Buckley. We are also excited to end our summer sailing at Cork. Our coach for the summer is Augie Dale. Augie is an All-American and sails for the College of Charleston. He is a very talented team racer, and we are looking forward to training with him the rest of the summer.
Colie Sails:  With the Club 420 Nationals at Brant Beach this year --which is essentially "in your backyard" -- do you think you have an advantage?  How will you guys peak for this event?
Michaela:  We both love sailing at Brant Beach so there is that comfort level of knowing the waters. It's nice to use our own boat, sleep in our own beds, and have the familiarity of being at home.  We have always trained hard so we will continue with that plan. Augie will be integrating a workout into our sailing practices which should help our strength for those heavy air days.


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Sailor Spotlight - Jamie Wright (Wasco)

June 29, 2018 7:27:34 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Jamie Wright (Wasco)


Jamie Wasco isn't your typical Barnegat Bay sailor, but I think that's what makes her even more impressive.  Jamie had never sailed a boat until her high school friend, Casey Bailey, took her out on her dad's boat for a Wednesday night race.  Since then she's been hooked.  Jamie sailed in college at Kean and OCC, on Saturdays in the BBYRA, and she's now the head instructor at Metedeconk Yacht Club.  She's combed parking lots at yacht clubs looking for a ride with anyone who will take her.  She's also a new representative on the Sailing Foundation of Barnegat Bay, spending her time giving back.  It's hard for non-sailors to make their way into our sport, but I have a lot of respect for those that do.  Jamie wears a lot of hats and genuinely loves to sail.  We're lucky to have her on the bay!

Name: Jamie Wright (Wasco)
Age: 27
School: Kean University/Ocean County College
Yacht Club: Lavallette Yacht Club/Shore Acres Yacht Club
1) It's the first week of junior sailing programs and you are the head instructor at Metedeconk River Yacht Club.  Is your life just crazy right now?  What's the first week like for a head instructor?  Oh man, is it crazy!  It's actually even crazier because I am a teacher, and the school I teach at doesn't graduate until the end of the first week of program, so my days consist of going to Metedeconk in the mornings, driving up to Perth Amboy to teach, and coming back to the yacht club to supervise the day's wrap up with a lot of texting and calling my coaches and coordinators in between.  I'm so thankful that the membership at Metedeconk is so supportive and my coordinators are truly awesome.  I work directly with the Fleet Captain every year to make sure all twelve of our junior program motor boats are up and running, and that is not a small task.  There is also a huge amount of effort that goes into ensuring that our eleven opti rentals and three Fevas rental are ready to go.  My coordinators and I talk and meet all year long to hire coaches, project fleets and schedules, talk about new ideas, and do everything else!  The first week is huge for a head instructor; it's really where all of your work all fall, winter, and spring comes together to create the organized chaos that is an 8-week junior sailing program.  It's so much fun to see all the sailors you haven't seen for months and watch many of them take on the challenge of sailing in a new fleet.  
2) Metedeconk River YC has one of the largest junior programs on the bay.  What do you think Metedeconk does really well that has so many kids participating?  Yes, Metedeconk's program is huge!  We also don't take sailors from outside of the yacht club membership, so I think it's extra impressive that they are able to maintain their size.  I think Metedeconk does a couple of really special things to keep sailors in program.  We have an apprenticeship program where the older sailors (16 and up) can work in small bits during their junior sailing hours to help rig and launch the beginners and younger opti fleets.  If you've ever been to Metedeconk, you know we launch the largest program on the bay from one of the smallest square footages, so everything at Metedeconk is organized vertically and it takes a lot of teamwork to get set up for the day and all packed up in the afternoon.  The apprentices are so helpful to the instructors in getting the younger fleets' boats in and out of the water via our very small ramp, and they get the added benefit of being able to earn some spending money and hold a job while continuing their junior sailing careers.  Metedeconk is also probably the most family-friendly club I've ever been to and offers a huge variety of options for sailing.  I think the families being so involved helps keep sailors in program for much longer too.  We almost always have the sailors in program until they are 17 and we offer Tuesday Night Auxiliary sailing with families and an evening advanced Lightning class to keep it interesting for the older kids and teach them beyond the typical junior sailing fleets.
3) Metedeconk River YC is host to the Powder Puff Regatta which is typically one of the largest, most popular events of the summer.  Tell me about this regatta and what it means for your club and women sailing in general.  The Powder Puff is one of the best days of the summer in junior sailing!  The regatta was founded in 1984 by Past Commodore Vivian Dooren.  The first year saw 17 sailors participating in the event in only sunfish and it has grown ever since.  These days, we regularly have 250+ girls participating in optis, lasers, 420s, fevas, and sunfish and it holds the title of the largest all-girls junior sailing regatta!  Vivian and the Powder Puff committee are all instrumental in encouraging girls and women in sailing.  Sailing at a competitive level can often be seen as an "old boys' club," so I love that the Powder Puff brings spirit, camaraderie, and enthusiasm for girls in sailing.  Metedeconk is home to some really influential female forces in the sailing world, and it's so important that we continue to encourage girls in the sport in every age range.  Sailing is one of the few sports that you really can do for life, and there's almost no point in a junior program if you're going to give up the sport at 14 years old.  Powder Puff is a celebration of "sail like a girl" and the strong female friendships that are formed on and off the water and often last for life, regardless of whether you're winning or losing.
4) Your story is pretty unique in that you didn't grow up sailing and started a little later.  Tell me about how you got going and what lead you to get into this amazing sport.  Ha, this was my little secret for quite a while!  I didn't grow up in a junior program at all.  I started sailing casually in early high school with my best friend Casey Bailey's family on Wednesday nights.  They taught me everything I knew for a long time sailing on her father's boat and A Cats with friends.  Her father, Art, introduced me to Roy Wilkins and the Ocean County College team as I was graduating high school and I was obsessed from there.  Coach (Roy Wilkins) runs an incredible program and his main focus is bringing outsiders into sailing -- something that I will forever thank him for!  I had the time of my life traveling all over the east coast for college sailing in 420s and I really wanted to continue during the off-season and after college.  People used to laugh and say that I was always the girl wandering the parking lots before a regatta looking to crew on any boat that would take me, but hey, it works!  I've sailed with so many people and on so many different types of boats.  There are always people who need crew and are looking for people willing to learn.  I sailed E-Scows for 8 summers in the BBYRA and have since transitioned to M-Scows and B-Cats.  I thought for a long time that I couldn't coach in a junior program because I never sailed an opti, but I quickly learned that the fundamentals are all the same no matter what boat you're in and a good enthusiasm for sailing is more important than anything.  
(Shameless side note:  If you're looking to encourage juniors and newcomers into sailing on the Barnegat Bay, please consider donating to the Sailing Foundation of Barnegat Bay!  Our annual fundraiser is Sunday, July 8th at Mantoloking YC at 4:30 PM.  All are welcome!)
5) You and your husband, Brad Wright, both sail together on a bunch of different boats now.  What boats do you guys sail and which is your favorite?  I don't think I can pick!  Brad and I met in a 420 on the first day of college sailing practice, and we've been sailing with one another nearly nonstop ever since.  I'm currently sailing Melges 24s on Tuesday nights with a Metedeconk crew, M-Scows and B-Cats with Brad on the weekends, and Manasquan Winter Prams in the off-season.  We also occasionally race other boats and tried out a Jet-14 at their national regatta in Brad's late father's honor two years ago.  Brad grew up on B-Cats, so that's probably his answer, but I would say the M-Scow.  My favorite experience sailing together was winning the M-Scow Easterns a couple of years ago at Toms River Yacht Club.  It was directly in the spot where we used to race for college practices on the river, the committee blew dinghy starts, and set a very short college-style course.  The whole event felt as familiar as a college regatta, and we were comfortable on the course and very fast!


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Sailor Spotlight - Ed Vienckowski

June 22, 2018 6:53:12 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Ed Vienckowski


We've touched on a few sailors so far who really make a difference on Barnegat Bay. One of the biggest advocates and hardest workers is Ed Vienckowski. Ed is the current Commodore of the Barengat Bay Yacht Racing Association. He's been a fixture at sailing regattas on the bay for the better part of a half century, and his lineage is rich in sailors. Ed is a leader; he overseas all BBYRA activities from his Commodore position, he runs fantastic races for the E-Scow fleet, and he is omnipresent at any event that is sailing related in our area. Ed donates his time so that everyone else can have fun and sail more, and we are forever indebted to him for his selfless love of the sport.

Ed Vienckowski

Age:  Old enough.

School:  Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

Profession:  Technical Director at Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems

Yacht Club:  Seaside Park and Mantoloking


1) Ed, you are the Commodore of the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association.  Can you give me a quick history of the BBYRA and all that it does? A quick history for an organization entering its 104th season?  Well, in 1914 on Barnegat Bay, there was a lot of informal racing going on, but it was felt there was a need to organize things in order to unify the fleets, etc.  So the BBYRA was born, with its 4 founding member clubs being Bay Head, Island Heights, Ocean Gate and Seaside Park. Since then the association has grown to 14 member clubs located up and down the bay and its tributaries the Manasquan, Metedeconk and Toms Rivers.  The mission has remained essentially the same since the beginning, that being “to foster amateur sailboat racing on Barnegat Bay and on a national and international level”. I think the BBYRA has succeeded remarkably well toward that end, having developed many outstanding sailors, including countless National and World champions, Collegiate All-Americans, Olympic medalists and America’s Cup winners.  And all of this stems from the 10 week BBYRA Championship Series that we hold every year. This series is truly unique in this country, for its multiple fleet format, with participants ranging from ages 15 to 85. No other region in the country has been able to sustain racing in this format like the BBYRA. And that’s a testament to the unique cluster of member clubs all using the same body of water that has long been known for its fabulous winds and sheltered waters.  But the BBYRA does far more than just run their Saturday races. We support the Junior Sailing programs at each of our member clubs by bringing together all the various program heads to coordinate interclub race schedules and other training initiatives. We promote and sponsor various seminars on racing rules, strategy and tactics as well as race management and safety training. And we manage the leasing of the biggest and best fleet of rescue/coach boats in the country to each of our member clubs.


2) What's the current state of the BBYRA?  We see ebbs and flows over the years of fleets, sizes, etc, but what are you seeing when you look at the whole organization? You’re sure right about ebbs and flows.  Not just in fleets, but in the demographics of our members.  There’s no doubt the numbers change over time, and it’s not something that’s purely cyclical.  No doubt back in the 1960’s and 1970’s there were far more boats out racing every Saturday, but boats were more affordable back then and demands on people’s time was far less.  But we’ve adapted over the years, responding to fleet requests for multiple races per day with certain “off” weeks to suit each particular fleet’s needs. With that, we had been seeing a slow steady growth in recent years but then took a big hit with the impact of Superstorm Sandy, as did the entire Jersey Shore.  But I’m very optimistic for our future. Our local sailors’ love for the BBYRA is unmatched. I see it and hear it whenever I meet with sailing friends. And for 2018, I’m particularly excited to welcome our first new fleet in several years to our BBYRA lineup, the MC Scow. This is a very active fleet in other areas of the country, and is a boat very well suited to sailors of all ages, both for its affordability and its performance.  It may pull some sailors out of some of our other fleets, but I am convinced it will bring even more new or returning sailors to the BBYRA.  It’s yet another example of the ebbs and flows that we’ve seen over the past many years. This is more a flow than an ebb though, and that’s a good thing.


3) What are some of the messages that you'd like to promote from the BBYRA?  What are some of the opportunities (both on and off the water) that people should be more aware of? I think the most important thing I’d like to share is that it takes a tremendous amount of effort by a relatively small group of people to do what it is that we do.  And we can use your help! That can take many forms, the most obvious being we can always use more help on Saturdays on our Race Committee. I always first encourage those wishing to race to do so.  But there are any number of committees that work off-season that sailors can serve on (as many do). Or if you’re particular fleet has the week off, please offer your services if only for that week. We would welcome your help, and I assure you that you will enjoy and learn from the experience.


4) What's your sailing history?  Where did you grow up sailing and what kind of boats did you sail? I grew up summering in Seaside Park, having learned to sail in the junior program at Seaside Park Yacht Club.  I first learned to sail and race in Diamonds, which were small catboats similar to Duckboats, but sailed only at Seaside and at Island Heights at the time (1960’s).  I had the great fortune to race interclub series against the likes of Buzz Reynolds and Had Brick, who remain good friends and sailing rivals to this day, which more than anything speaks to what the BBYRA is all about.  From there I moved into (and loved) my International 420 but sadly that fleet never took off on the bay back then. So after crewing some in Sneakboxes, I moved into the M Scow fleet which was growing remarkably in the early 1970’s and offered great competition.  I then sailed collegiately at Webb (we had a great run in the mid to late 1970’s, you can look it up). Then after graduating I married the best E Scow spinnaker trimmer on the bay (but not for that reason). Actually just before we married, Bev and I rigged our first E Scow from a bare hull (which she bought, by the way), and we had some really great years in that class until family obligations led us to do more crewing than helming.  Over the years I also raced Penguins (which I loved both for the competition and the feel on the helm that it taught me), as well as Sneakboxes and A Cats (had that great run on Ghost in the 1990’s).  But then I came back to E Scows, having the pleasure to crew for many of the best on the bay, most notably for Dick Wight. Most recently, I really enjoyed getting back into a Sunfish last summer, racing in our Wednesday Night Series at SPYC, something I hadn’t done in probably some 40 years.


5) You are one of the best PROs on the bay, and you run the E-Scow fleet for the BBYRA each week.  What makes you give up your time to run races so that all of us sailors can have fun? I have to say I do it for the fun too, just like the sailors.  There came a point where as crew on an E Scow, well, you can “age out” and I felt like I was getting to that point, but I’d always had an interest in race management so I stepped out of the Scow and right onto the RC boat.  I’ve said this a lot, but I really feel this way, that I was very happy to find it as rewarding to help ensure a race was well run as much as to be in a race well sailed. And it’s a team effort just like on your boat. We have a great time and a lot of fun on the RC boat, just as our racing “customers” do on their boats.  And I really take great pride in seeing the accomplishments of the BBYRA E Scow Fleet (and others) on the National level, which I like to think is in no small measure a result of the quality of racing that the BBYRA provides.

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Sailor Spotlight - Peter Hurley

June 15, 2018 7:47:53 AM EDT

Sailor Spotligh:  Peter Hurley

SHABANG!  It's Peter Hurley, this week's Sailor Spotlight.  Peter Hurley is one of the most interesting sailors from the Barnegat Bay area.  He grew up sailing at Mantoloking YC, and with his natural talent and a lot of hard work, he quickly became one of the best Laser sailors in the WORLD.  After many years off to start a family and a business (now he's one of the best photographers in the WORLD), he's back to Laser sailing and kicking butt.  Peter is outgoing, friendly, makes you feel good about yourself, and talented in so many ways.  He's a people-person and a trend-setter.  Peter Hurley ROCKS!
Name: Peter Hurley
Age: 48
School:  Boston University
Yacht Club: Mantoloking Yacht Club
1) Peter, you grew up sailing at Mantoloking Yacht Club.  What was your junior sailing career like and what lead you to love the sport so much? I really have to credit my dad for introducing me to the sport I love so much. He threw me in a duckboat early around the age of 6, and I've never looked back. I couldn’t wait to get back to the shore each summer for the start of the sailing program at Mantoloking. The encouragement I received from my instructors really made a difference in keeping my interest in it going. Paul Magno and Matt Sullivan were instrumental in motivating me to be the best I could be at a young age. 
2) So in the late 90s and early 2000s you were one of the best Laser sailors in the US and World.  Then you took a break for a while.  Now you're back and sailing your Laser more than ever.  Why the comeback?  What goals do you have now and how is Laser sailing impacting your life?  For those that don’t know, the Laser has "Master Events" where you race against others your age after turning 35. Every ten years you age out into a new category. At age 35 I was knee-deep in running my business while raising a family, and it was difficult to travel let alone stay fit for the demands of the Laser. By 45 I was terribly out of shape, had a pinched nerve in my neck as a result of my photography career and hadn’t sailed a Laser in years. With the help of my trainer, Joel Harper, I made a goal to get back to my old Laser weight of 185 and compete in the Master World Championship in Kingston, Ontario, that summer. On January 1st of 2015 I weighed in at 230 lbs and gave myself until the first day of racing on July 12th to hit my goal weight. I did just that and to my surprise I finished 2nd at the event, and I was hooked. Not only did it reignite my passion for the sport, but I became acutely aware of how important my health is to me. I’ve been competing ever since and have kept myself in pretty good shape the entire time. I finished 2nd once again last year in Split, Croatia, and I’ve been putting more effort into my training this year in order to hit my goal of becoming a Laser World Master Champion in Dublin this September. 
3) Speaking of sailing more Laser events, over the weekend you won the Laser District 10 Championship at Shore Acres Yacht Club.  Congratulations!  Tell me about the event.  I was looking forward to the regatta, and I was excited to get back to racing on Barnegat Bay and try to defend my title from last year. We had a tricky 10-12 knot NE breeze, and I had some issues figuring it out the first race, finishing in 8th place. Matt Goetting got out to an early lead with two bullets right off the bat. He gave me a serious run for my money last year, so I knew I had to quickly step it up. I was able to get in a few decent races and found myself sitting in 3rd place behind Matt and the 2016 D10 Champ, Andrew Puopolo, going into Sunday’s racing. On Sunday the breeze was holding steady at 15 knots, and I found my stride as I was able to use my downwind speed to win the first two races. It was who beat who going into the last race between Andrew and I. Luckily I got off to a nice start and was able to keep him pinned left until I tacked, and we came reaching in full speed on the port lay-line to the windward mark. Matt was coming in on the starboard lay-line, and I was able to just punch through past his bow and get around the mark in first place. Andrew wasn’t able to make the turn and ended up getting tangled up and pinwheeling around with Matt as I sailed away down the run securing the win! 

District 10 Results
4) You've done more international sailing than most people in our area.  What is the difference between sailing internationally?  Is there a difference?  Why travel outside of Barnegat Bay?  If you want to compete on the world stage you’ve got to sail against the best. I think you can get caught up in a perceived pecking order of some sort sailing against the same people all the time. I always made the biggest strides in my career sailing at the international events. I feel that stiffer competition evens the playing field a bit and the margins for error are greatly reduced. I’m not sure why, but for some reason I always felt a sense of confidence when there was more talent in the field and I was in foreign territory. Who knows, maybe it was just having those three letters on my sail knowing that I was there to represent the best country in the world that lit a fire under me. If you haven’t felt that feeling yet then I suggest you find an international regatta in your chosen class and set a goal to get yourself to be there.  
5) You are one of the best photographers in the WORLD, and you've made your living taking and teaching the art of the headshot photograph.  Why did you choose to become a photographer?  Can you give our readers one free tip for taking a better picture?  Ha! Long story short Polo wanted real sailors for an ad campaign they were running. It got me into modeling and through that I picked up a camera. I never thought my work would be recognized around the world, but it’s now given me the ability to work anywhere. My schedule is now built around my regattas, and I don’t plan on letting up on my Laser sailing anytime soon. I’ll give you more than one tip. Check my my NY Times article that ran a few weeks ago in the magazine:  NY TIMES ARTICLE


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Sailor Spotlight - Michael Ehnot

June 8, 2018 8:01:00 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Michael Ehnot

Michael Ehnot is a recent graduate from the Christian Brothers Academy and will be attending George Washington University in the Fall.  Michael is one of the top Laser sailors in our area, and he has been one of the best high school sailors in the New Jersey area for the past four years.  Mike is reserved and polite.  He works hard on the water, and he is well liked by all of his peers.  He comes from a family that will do anything to help support his sailing.  Mike is a welcomed addition to any yacht club, program, or team; as a coach, he's exactly the type of kid with whom I would want to work.

Name: Mike Ehnot
Age: 18
School: Christian Brothers Academy, George Washington University
Yacht Club: Surf City YC and Spray Beach YC

1.  Michael, you're one of the top high school aged sailors in our area.  What do you think has contributed to your success over the past few years?  How did you get so good?  I think the biggest contributor to success is my constant interest in the sport. Being able to enjoy sailing in any form whether it be training for nationals or trying out a boat for the first time makes dedicating your time and practicing much easier. With regards to racing, I think the most important piece of advice I was given is to “make decisions”. Making decisions highlights that you are the best person who can motivate yourself to accomplish a goal, which means that internally, you must decide to work towards a goal.

2.  I know you sail Lasers in the summer and 420s/FJs on your high school sailing team.  You also sail Techs and other boats.  Clearly you've benefited from sailing multiple boats.  Some people worry that you need to be solely a 420 sailor to have a successful high school and/or college career.  What's your take on that theory?  From my experience, I’ve seen many Laser sailors succeed just as well as 420 sailors in High School/ College sailing, and in my opinion, I think that the High School/College style of sailing is so different than traditional racing that it requires sailors to learn new skills in order to succeed. So, while there may be a few 420 boat handling nuances that translate to High School/College sailing, there are much more gains to be made by gaining experience with the different style of sailing.

3. Last weekend, CBA celebrated 10 years of high school sailing by having an Alumni Regatta.  Tell me about the CBA HS Sailing program and what it's done for you over the past four years.  The sailing program at CBA is outstanding! No school in our area supports their sailing team the way CBA does. Sailing for CBA over the past four years has given me an enormous amount of sailing experience, and it has shown me the highest level of High School sailing with multiple trips to the Mid-Atlantic District Championship and trips to the Atlantic Coast Championship and National Championship. Without a doubt, I owe a lot of my sailing skill to sailing for CBA.

4. Next year you're going to study at George Washington University.  GW has an up and coming sailing team.  Why did you decide to go to George Washington, and what are you looking forward to for next year?  I’m super excited to start my first year of college soon at GW. What drew me in was GW’s established engineering school where I was able to see myself as a student and be excited to study computer science. I was also convinced by the large amount of career opportunities available in and near DC, and the large student body of the school. And of course, I was drawn in by the constantly impressive and improving results of the sailing team.

5. I know you've got an aggressive summer schedule lined up.  What's on the calendar?  The laser schedule this summer is very busy, especially in the beginning. Around the end of June, I’ll be sailing in the US Youth Champs in North Carolina and Laser Nationals in Houston. These events are two of the biggest events of the year and this year they are only separated by three days. With that being said, it will be a challenge to stay energized for those two events. Some other possible events on the calendar include Laser North Americans in southern California and CORK in Kingston, Canada. Once the big regattas are over, I’ll be getting prepared to start college.

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Sailor Spotlight - Susan Proko

June 1, 2018 7:23:54 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Susan Proko


Susan Proko is another unsung hero of Barnegat Bay.  For those who don't know, Susan is the Junior Sailing Coordinator for all of Barnegat Bay.  Susan works tirelessly (and all year long) to make sure that the summer months go smoothly for all of the yacht clubs; she is the driving force behind all of the success of the BBYRA Junior Sailing Programs.  Susan plays an integral role at both the Toms River and Ocean Gate Yacht Clubs, and she is always on the water either helping run races or sailing herself.  Her omnipresence on the bay is noticeable, and we are incredibly lucky to have Susan promoting sailing in our area!

Name:  Susan Proko
Schools:  Temple University- Elementary Education and Special Education
Yacht Clubs:  Toms River YC and Ocean Gate YC

1) Sue you are the coordinator for all of the Junior Sailing Programs on Barnegat Bay.  Tell me about your job and what it entails.
As Chair of the BBYRA Junior Sailing Committee I collectively meet with the junior sailing coordinators from all clubs in the BBYRA to set the junior sailing calendar, implement instructor training, help coordinate Area C junior championships, serve as liaison to US Sailing for junior sailing and communicate news from various organizations to all of the coordinators. My biggest role though is to support all the coordinators.
2) Can you give us a status update on the state of junior sailing in our area?  Are numbers up, down, or trending similar over the last few years?
Junior sailing is and will always be a strong presence on Barnegat Bay.  We saw a slight decrease in program numbers following Sandy but the programs that were effected rebounded quickly.  Collectively, the 13 BBYRA yacht clubs teach approximately 900 sailors over 8 weeks during the summer.  What makes these club's programs special is that they are generational.  I sailed for Ocean Gate and both my children sailed there too.  It is common to find third and fourth generations learning to sail at the same clubs as their parents and grandparents.
3) Are there any changes or anything new for junior sailing programs this year?
The junior programs will be putting an emphasis on more fun this summer!  There will be less focus on racing. There will, of course, be many regattas and interclubs, but the coordinators felt the sailors weren't having enough fun. We see burn out in other sports, as well as our own, and we want to try and combat that so we have lifelong sailors who will continue to support our 104 year history.
4) I know you've sailed on an A-Cat in previous summers.  Do you plan to do that again this summer, and if so, what boat will you be on?
Growing up I learned to sail in my Toms River Pram, then a Laser M-rig and a B-Cat on Saturdays in the BBYRA series. For the past 3 years I was fortunate enough to sail on Vapor during the series. This year I will be crewing on WASP.  I'm very excited to sail with people who I grew up sailing with from "downbay".
5) You have two children that have gone through junior sailing programs in the area and then have sailed in college.  What are they up to now and are they still involved in sailing?
Both my children, Jeffrey and Abigail, have grown up in the sailing programs.  They learned to sail at Ocean Gate YC and then went on the travel laser team out of Island Heights YC. Their foundation and love of the sport has given them the opportunity to sail on their college club team, the Drexel Dragons!  They also both sail on Saturdays in the BBYRA crewing on Escows, Ensigns or ACats so they are both still very active in the sport.

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Sailor Spotlight - Peet Must

May 25, 2018 6:24:34 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Peeter Must

Peeter Must is arguably one of the best sailors on Barnegat Bay.  What makes Peet one of the best is his versatility; every boat Peet steps on he has success.  Peet understands the boats that he sails, works incredibly hard, and has a natural talent that most people would kill for.

Name: Peeter Must    
Age: 34
School Attended: United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point
Yacht Club: Toms River Yacht Club

1) Peet, you were a top junior sailor on Barnegat Bay in the late 90s.  Give me a brief update of your sailing history and what you've done in your sailing career.
I have been fortunate throughout my sailing career to participate in sailing at all levels, all around the world. Competing against the top sailors in the country and globally has been very beneficial to my development as a racer and as an individual. A few highlights that stand out in my memory include two South American Championships and a World Championship in the Optimist, as well as tremendous opportunities with the Kings Point Sailing team, including traveling every weekend for dinghy regattas, long distance offshore racing on a 100ft canting keel maxi, and skippering the Farr 40 World Championship. During my tenure on the Kings Point team, we achieved multiple national championships. Post college, my sailing career included a 49er Olympic campaign, and lots of Melges 20 and Melges E-Scow racing.
2) You and Carl Horrocks did a 49er campaign for the 2012 Olympics.  What were some of your highlights?  What were the challenges of the 49er campaign?
Carl and I hopped into Antony Kotoun's 49er in Newport, RI and were instantly hooked. The boat is a rocket! Boat handling, tuning and tactics are all critical on the 49er, and that is what drew us to this twin trapeze skiff. We both quit our jobs and practiced as much as humanly possible to get up to speed ASAP. We were fortunate to join the US Sailing Team almost immediately and with that the benefit of coaching and logistical support. Traveling and competing throughout Europe was definitely the highlight of the 49er and with any Olympic Sailing campaign our biggest challenge was funding the campaign. We closed out our campaign as the second ranked 49er in the US!
3) Last weekend was the Waszp ACCs at Toms River Yacht Club.  We had 20+ boats on the line, and it was incredible to see the improvement in this relatively new fleet.  You were the top finishing boat from Barnegat Bay.  What was your take on the regatta and clinic beforehand?
The Waszp ACC's was an amazing event. It was the largest US Waszp event to date and competitors traveled from around the country to participate. The biggest attraction and take away from the event was a two day clinic held beforehand by Colie Sails and Mr. Waszp himself, Andrew MacDougall (AMAC). The tuning, tips, and coaching provided were invaluable and combined with an event of over 20 boats was simply spectacular for the fleet. The foiling Waszp is relatively new to all sailors and there is still so much to learn -- the Waszp ACC's and clinic setup the ideal conditions to foster such a learning environment. Everyone who participated was able to elevate his own program to new levels.
4) You are a valued member of the Torch Performance Team, organized by Henry Colie and Peter Kellogg.  Tell me about that program and everything that they are doing to promote sailing on Barnegat Bay and beyond.
Torch Performance, spearheaded by Henry Colie and sponsored by Peter Kellogg, is truly a remarkable program. The opportunities made available by the generosity of Team Torch are too numerous and diverse to list in one paragraph; however, for example, last summer Torch Performance sponsored clinics for the junior sailors of Barnegat Bay, free of charge. These clinics were run by myself and Sailorcise over eight weekends where ninety-four sailors, ages seven to eighteen years old participated and were afforded the unique opportunity to experience high-performance sailing on the Waszp. Through Sailorcise, sailors were also introduced to sailing-centric fitness and nutrition. It was truly special to be a part of this generous program.
5) I understand you have some big plans this summer sailing on Interlodge with Austin Fragomen!  What's that program look like?
I am really excited to join Team Interlodge on their new Pac52 this summer in California. The Fragomens are no strangers to the 52 fleet; however, the Pac52 is a relatively new Transpac 52 design and this is Team Interlodge's first season in the new class. The racing is comprised of a 5 event circuit throughout California attracting the top sailors in the world. The first event I will be participating in will be next week racing out of Marina Del Rey, and I am so looking forward to this amazing opportunity.


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Sailor Spotlight - John Petrillo

May 18, 2018 7:28:40 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  John Petrillo

Many people know John Petrillo as the program director at Bay Head Yacht Club for many years.  John's positive attitude and love of the sport breed enthusiasm and passion in anyone with whom he interacts.  What's special about John is his desire to share sailing with anyone he can.  He was a program director on the bay, he taught students during "Semester at Sea" programs, and he is currently involved with Rocking the Boat in the Bronx.  John has had his hand in the development of so many sailors in our area.  We need more people like John!

Name: John Petrillo    
Age: Old enough!
School: Too many to list
Yacht Club: Currently unaffiliated

1. Johnny, tell me a little about your junior sailing history.  Where did you grow up, what did you learn to sail in, and what was your experience like as a junior sailor on Barnegat Bay.  I grew up sailing at Toms River Yacht Club’s junior sailing program back in the pre-Opti/420 days. I first learned to sail in Toms River prams, which were only sailed at yacht clubs on the Toms River, then moved on to a Blue Jay when I was 11 and then to a Laser Radial at 12. I remember we used to travel “up bay” to Bay Head or Mantoloking and sail against their juniors in Duck Boats, and then they’d come down another week in the summer and sail against us in our prams. Traveling “up bay” was a big deal for us back then! The regatta scene was nothing like today’s packed schedule, and the summer Interclub Series was really important back then, similar to Saturday BBYRA days for seniors. I made some great friends sailing at TRYC, and I had some amazing instructors as well.

2. Most people know and remember you as being the head instructor at the Bay Head YC.  How long did you do that, and how was it working at Bay Head YC?  I was the Program Director at Bay Head Yacht Club for eight summers, just long enough to see my first set of greenies grow up to graduate from the program. Bay Head is such a great club to work at, and I loved my time there. I had the privilege to work with so many talented instructors, one of whom is currently running the program. The club is very professional, and the parent coordinators both trusted me and my decisions but also provided a great amount of support and guidance at the same time. BHYC members also raise money to support all of its employees still in school with scholarships, which really helped me through my Master’s degree in education. Last year I taught a Level 1 Instructor course to some junior members there and it felt great to be back, I really miss being there each summer!

3. Now you are at Rocking the Boat, right?  Can you give me an overview of the programs you run?  Correct—I helped to start the sailing program almost four years ago. Rocking the Boat is a youth-development non-profit in the South Bronx, NY, one of the most under-served communities in the country. Our programs use the mediums of boat building, environmental science, and now sailing to empower local youth and help them set and achieve ambitious goals. In designing the sailing program, we really wanted to build a grassroots sailing scene that the neighborhood could identify with. I work with high school aged kids during the school year teaching them to sail right in their own backyard, while also teaching them to teach sailing. In the summer, they will then teach younger kids from the neighborhood in our summer sailing programs.
4. You also ran semester-at-sea programs for high school and college students during the school year.  That sounds really interesting; what was that like!?  It was a dream job for me! I was at sea for much of a decade teaching history, literature, and policy aboard traditionally rigged sailing school vessels. I loved teaching about what we were directly seeing and experiencing, something that is hard to do inside traditional classrooms. Sailing to so many different ports along the Eastern seaboard and throughout the Caribbean and Central America was always exciting, and learning about and sharing with our students the diverse cultures, histories, and environments we found there was the best way to be a schoolteacher! Our students were full participants in operating the ship, and would learn to stand watch and navigate the ship (among many other things) on top of a full course-load of schoolwork.
5) You are clearly passionate about teaching sailing and boat-making, and I know that everybody loves being around you and feeding off of your energy.  What draws you to these jobs and projects?  Why do you do what you do?  I think it’s all based on my own experiences growing up in the sport. I loved sailing as a kid, and I learned so much about myself and the world around me through it, so it made sense to try and help others do the same. My first job was teaching sailing at Island Heights YC, and I remember how affirming it felt to literally see my kids learning and developing over the course of the summer, and know that I played a small part in that growth. As a program director on the bay, I felt that same pride in seeing my coaches develop as teachers and young adults. And at Rocking the Boat, sharing the sport and all it has to offer with young people who otherwise would not have access to it is so gratifying and gives me so much joy.

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Sailor Spotlight: Dana Haig

May 10, 2018 4:00:52 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Dana Haig

Dana Haig is a 17 year old Senior at Southern Regional High School. Dana had a successful Opti career representing Little Egg Harbor YC at many National and International events. Since then, she's made the transition into Club 420s, i420s, and high school sailing. Dana is an incredibly hard-working, serious sailor; she's one of the first ones on the water each day and she has specific goals in mind each time she trains. What has helped her improve as a sailor? Dana makes a point to learn something from each of the myriad of sailors and crews with whom she works. You can always learn something from other people. The take away point: Never stop learning!

Name - Dana Haig
Age - 17
School - Southern Regional High School
Yacht Club - Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club


1) Dana, you are the A division sailor on the Southern Regional HS sailing team.  Southern has been one of the top high school sailing teams in NJ for many years now.  Tell me about the dynamics of the team and what do you think contributes to your team's success each year?  Over the past few years, Southern Regional HS’s sailing team has been fortunate to be able to compete against other top schools in NJ every Wednesday.  Being able to sail against so many great sailors every week has helped our team improve over the years. The Wednesday Series also allows our team to ease new sailors into racing without the pressure of having to sail an entire regatta.  As with most high school teams, our team has sailors with different levels of experience. Being able to race with the newer members every week is a great learning experience for both, and allows our team to grow and improve! We have also benefited from our coach Steve Warren, who works tirelessly to enter us in regattas at different venues against other great competition.  

2) Last weekend you traveled down to Virginia for the MASSA (Middle Atlantic) High School Girl's Championship.  How did the regatta go? The regatta went well! I sailed with Brielle Willoughby and Bridget Green, and we finished in 3rd place out of 15 teams.  Throughout the regatta, we saw a variety of conditions from light and shifty to breezy. The varying conditions allowed us to learn more about the venue as we worked to transition between these different conditions.  We sailed in FJs, which we have not competed in as often as 420s. During the weekend, we worked to learn more about FJs from the other top teams, like Norfolk Collegiate and Christ Church, who placed first and second.  
3) What's your plan for this summer?  Will you be sailing or coaching? This summer, I will continue sailing the i420.  I will sail Youth Champs in Wrightsville Beach, NC, with my crew Josh Zeelander at the end of June. Then in August, I will sail in the Women’s World Championship in Newport, RI, with my sister, Emily.  Between regattas, I plan on training in Newport as much as I can to get more comfortable with the venue. Worlds will be my most important regatta this summer, and it will be a great experience to sail against the top sailors in the world.  I will sail each regatta with a different crew which requires making some adjustments, but each crew I have sailed with has helped me learn different things. I look forward to great conditions, coaching, and training in Newport!

4) You've been exposed to a lot of good coaching in your career.  Who has been your most influential mentor in the sailing community?  What is something important that he or she has taught you? I have been fortunate to have had many great coaches over the years, and I have learned a great deal from all of them.  One of the most influential coaches I have had is Skip Whyte. He has coached me in the C420 and i420 off and on for the past few years.  His no-nonsense attitude, attention to technical detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to give guidance has truly improved my sailing.  A few years ago when I began sailing C420s, I did not have any experience with spin reaching, and my crew and I struggled in a windy regatta. At the end of the day as all of the other sailors were sailing back to the dock, Skip stayed out with us for an extra hour of training.  Because my crew was recovering from a broken hand, which was hurting by the end of the long day, we only were able to spin reach on starboard tack! Even so, the tips and knowledge Skip shared with us help me to this day. I love the technical aspects of sailing, and Skip has gone the extra mile to help me combine this with strategies and techniques to become a better sailor.  

5) Next year you are attending MIT and will be sailing on their Varsity Sailing Team.  Congratulations! I know your sister, Emily, is there now. Tell me about the school, why you decided to go there, and what your expectations are for college next year. After visiting many colleges, I knew MIT was the right school for me.  Academically, I fell in love with MIT’s mission to solve problems and make the world a better place through innovative ideas, research, hands-on learning, and collaboration.  Next year, I will also be a part of MIT’s Varsity Sailing Team. I love the dynamics of the team and I look forward to training with such talented sailors and learning from the phenomenal coaches, Matt Lindblad and Mike Kalin.  During my freshman year, I hope to absorb as much information as I can from those around me as I continue to train and compete.



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Sailor Spotlight: Everett Botwinick

May 4, 2018 10:11:23 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Everett Botwinick


Everett Botwinick is a 13 year old Optimist sailor from Toms River.  He is the middle of three boys, and all three sail at the Surf City Yacht Club during the summer.  Everett has a positive attitude, thoughtful approach to the sport, and an eagerness to learn and improve that are a joy to witness and coach.  He works incredibly hard both on the water and on shore, and his diligent approach to sailing has started yielding some top results.  What also sets Everett apart is his love of reading and writing; Everett is one of the best writers I've ever seen for someone his age!

Name: Everett Botwinick
Age: 13
School: Toms River Intermediate North
Yacht Club: Surf City Yacht Club

1) Everett, you just returned from the Opti Team Trials.  This is arguably the most important regatta on the Opti schedule each year.  Can you tell me about the event, how you can qualify, etc?  Where was it this year and what were the conditions like?  Team Trials is probably the most rigorous Optimist event in the United States, excluding Spring Teams. While Spring Teams is an open regatta, Team Trials requires one top 25% finish at a USODA regatta or Nationals, with a top 50% finish. That means that only the best sailors qualify.  This year, it was in Key Biscayne, Florida. The conditions were typically light, maybe 5-10 knots, and because of the proximity to the ocean, there were lots of waves and seaweed. 

2) How did you do in the event?  Were you happy with your finish?  Did you have a goal going into the event?  I placed 59th in Gold Fleet for Team Trials. I was very happy with my finish, considering that I haven't made Gold Fleet in any USODA regatta up until now, the hardest event of the year. My goal was to make an international event. Chances are that I will make one, considering that the amount of available spots exceeds my place in the regatta.

3) Why do you think that there were so many sailors from Florida at the top of the fleet?  What advantages do they have over Northern sailors and how can we catch up?  There were so many sailors from Florida at the top of the fleet because the majority of Florida sailors come from Coral Reef or Lauderdale, both of which have light wind and big waves, just like the conditions we had. They have a considerable advantage over Northern sailors because we, as Northerners, sail in drastically different conditions than Florida sailors. From personal experience at Surf City, it's pretty rare to have such light wind, even in the hot summer. During the spring, it's nearly impossible to have anything less than 10 knots. On the other end of the spectrum, Florida sailors sail in almost nothing all year round. Most USODA events are set in the South and therefore favor their expertise. We can catch up by sailing in as many USODA regattas as possible and gaining knowledge on light wind so we can sail well in it when the need arises. 

4) What's your plan for this summer? My plan for this summer is to keep sailing Optis and become as good as possible. I'm still pretty young, so I have plenty of time left in this boat. 420 practices will be integrated into our regular practices (maybe once a week) so the transition from Opti to 420 is less jarring. Most of all, I'm going to have lots of fun.

5) I must ask, you are one of the best writers I've ever met.  I'm incredibly impressed with your writing skills, especially since you're only in 8th grade!  How did you become such a good writer?  Thank you for the compliment! I read a lot, so I'm constantly finding new words and adapting them into my vocabulary. Over time, I have honed my writing style to accommodate different words in different scenarios. I love writing because it allows me to express myself in a unique way.

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Spring Series Week 4 + Overall Results

April 30, 2018 10:08:18 AM EDT

What a great last day of the TRYC Spring Series!  We had 6 races in a puffy 10-18 knot Westerly breeze.  Turner Ryon (winner of the Optimist fleet) gives us a debrief on the day:

Hi I’m Turner Ryon, last weekend I sailed the Sunday Series at Toms River
Yacht Club. Before I get to the water and the day of sailing, I want to talk about the
preparations on land. It was a pretty heavy wind day, on a heavy wind day you need
all your mast sail ties tight because the wind stretches them and the wind will flow
through the gaps if they’re not tight. Also you want your vang very tight on heavy
wind days and tightening the vang is something you have to do before every race.
Then for lighter kids you need to be depowered so you want a loose sprint tension
because it will help you keep the boat flat which is incredibly important. Also when I
depower like that Mike Dowd taught me to tie a third thick sail tie with the wind
pennant to keep your luff tension tight. Last you want a very tight out haul. This is
all very important when preparing for heavy wind sailing and they’re adjustments
you need to make if it gets heavier on the water.
Now for the part we have all been waiting for- on the water. When I was
rigging it was pretty light so I rigged for light wind something that hurt me when we
started sailing. At the skipper’s meeting we were told the lasers will be sailing a
longer windward leeward course and we will be sailing a shorter one. So I got out on
the water and sailed to the course. There I waited until the races began, first went
the lasers, then we moved up to the line. I kept close to the committee boat for as
long as I could then headed down closer to the pin and started. I finished second
that race behind Harrison Hubbard, a great sailor. Then in the second basically the
same thing happened and I got second again. Then in the third race it changed to a
triangle course and I started closer to the pin, tacked over the fleet and was first to
the windward mark, but I got stuck on it because I tacked too close had to spin and
was in seventh. I then brought myself back and rounded the leeward mark in second
as I made my way up I almost won but Harrison out tacked me and I finished
second. Then in the fourth race I had a perfect start and won! The next race though I
was called over and had to round the pin. I was near the back with Harrison who
was also called over, but I rode a lift up and rounded first and ended up winning the
race. In the sixth race, this one was scary. I went for my start and wasn’t the first one
and the person in front of me got stuck on the pin so I was stuck. I was the second to
last one off the starting line and made a huge comeback and got second! Last I would
like to thank Toms River for hosting the series and thank everyone one on the
committee boat. This series always teaches me so much!





First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Turner Ryon 19424 2 2 2 1 1 1 9 7 Blue
2 Harrison Hubbard 21305 1 1 1 3 3 2 11 8 Blue
3 Christopher Small 21486 3 5 3 2 2 3 18 13 White
4 Matthew Black 20182 5 4 4 5 6 4 28 22 Blue
5 Elizabeth Achtau 798 6 3 5 6 4 5 29 23 White
6 Gannon Botwinick 19792 4 7 6 4 7 6 34 27 White
7 Charlotte Cundey 21303 7 8 7 7 5 7 41 33 White
8 Addison Dunn 9750 12 6 8 8 8 12 54 42 Blue
9 Jimmy McCann 5201 12 12 12 12 12 12 72 60 White
10 Jude Ryon 19424 12 12 12 12 12 12 72 60 White
11 Ryan Black 20249 12 12 12 12 12 12 72 60 White


Laser Radial

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/drop
1 Charles Anderson 184618 2 2 1 1 2 1 9 7
2 David Manley 187959 1 1 2 2 1 3 10 7
3 Quinn Collins 209318 3 3 4 3 3 2 18 14
4 Lauren Ehnot 176228 4 5 3 4 4 4 24 19
5 Brooke Schmelz 212634 5 4 6 6 6 6 33 27




  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Total W/Drop
1 Griffin Lapham 21281 18 2 12 1 14 23 6 6 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 12 12 12 12 12 166 99 Red
2 Harrison Hubbard 21305 30 30 30 30 30 30 6 6 6 3 3 3 2 3 3 1 1 1 3 3 2 226 106 Blue
3 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 1 1 3 6 3 1 4 3 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 155 107 Red
4 Elizabeth Achtau 798 20 24 23 16 26 30 6 6 6 7 7 6 5 5 6 6 3 5 6 4 5 222 119 White
5 Everett Botwinick 15463 5 6 3 2 1 26 2 2 4 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 183 121 Red
6 Jamie Lynch 20715 17 4 28 30 12 5 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 12 12 12 12 12 12 210 123 Red
7 Christopher Small 21486 13 17 18 20 24 14 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 3 5 3 2 2 3 202 123 White
8 Roberto Fontana 12236 19 16 11 17 13 16 6 6 6 2 2 2 3 2 2 12 12 12 12 12 12 195 127 Blue
9 Ian Lent 22237 4 3 2 12 7 2 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 180 132 Blue
10 Addison Dunn 9750 22 11 24 21 23 19 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 5 12 6 8 8 8 12 225 135 Blue
11 Charlotte Cundey 21303 24 14 20 24 19 25 6 6 6 8 8 7 7 7 8 7 8 7 7 5 7 230 137 White
12 Teddy Martin 22382 11 9 6 14 4 6 4 3 1 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 190 140 Red
13 Gannon Botwinick 19792 25 26 22 25 25 15 6 6 6 5 6 10 10 10 10 4 7 6 4 7 6 241 140 White
14 Gabriella Fontana 20929 9 7 16 4 3 4 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 193 141 Red
15 Ben DeFonzo 21276 30 12 5 7 5 10 3 1 2 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 207 141 Red
16 Pilar Cundey 17633 8 18 4 6 15 1 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 202 145 Red
17 James Kopack 19781 2 5 10 13 10 5 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 195 146 Blue
18 Turner Ryon 19424 30 30 30 30 30 30 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 2 2 2 1 1 1 267 147 Blue
19 Teddy McKenzie 21952 7 10 8 5 11 18 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 209 155 Blue
20 Bella Cremer 21725 3 19 15 8 9 9 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 213 155 Blue
21 Will McGlynn 12945 10 21 21 9 2 12 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 225 159 Red
22 Connor McHugh 21058 15 20 7 15 8 22 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 237 165 Blue
23 Matthew Black 20182 30 30 30 30 30 30 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 5 4 4 5 6 4 286 166 Blue
24 Bolton Jack 18523 6 13 13 11 17 27 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 237 167 Red
25 Esme Gonzalez 21945 12 8 9 18 30 30 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 257 167 Blue
26 Aidan Millar 12761 16 22 19 10 18 8 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 243 168 Red
27 Drew DeFonzo 9053 23 15 25 26 21 11 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 271 176 White
28 Cole Martin 19641 21 25 14 22 16 21 5 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 266 177 White
29 Dillon Millar 22492 14 23 17 19 22 17 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 262 181 Blue
30 Kyleigh Martin 17456 27 28 27 23 20 24 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 299 193 Blue
31 Jimmy McCann 5201 28 27 30 30 30 30 6 6 6 9 9 8 8 8 7 12 12 12 12 12 12 314 194 White
32 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 26 29 26 27 27 20 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 305 196 White
33 Jude Ryon 19424 30 30 30 30 30 30 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 330 210 White
34 Ryan Black 20249 30 30 30 30 30 30 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 330 210 White


Laser Radial

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total W/Drop
1 David Manley 187959 3 2 4 2 1 1 5 3 5 5 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 43 28
2 Michael Pinto 184647 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 6 6 6 6 6 6 54 36
3 Lauren Ehnot 176228 2 4 2 3 4 2 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 58 45
4 Quinn Collins 209318 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 72 54
5 Charles Anderson 184618 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 2 2 1 1 2 1 81 63
6 Zachary York 200130 4 3 3 5 3 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 94 76
7 Patrick  Modin 213694 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 98 80
8 Patrick York 199953 5 5 5 4 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 101 83
9 Brooke Schmelz 212634 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 6 6 6 6 105 87






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Sailor Spotlight - Dr. Randy Nunn

April 26, 2018 8:22:32 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight


Dr. Nunn is an unsung hero of Barnegat Bay.   He has spearheaded high school sailing not only in our area, but in the entire state of NJ.  His selfless donation of his time has lead to more teams, weekday racing, and competitive regattas all fall and spring long.  We all read that fewer kids stay in the sport and that we need to do more to help grow sailing.  Well Dr. Nunn is doing just that; he is responsible for more high school kids than ever enjoying our sport.   We are incredibly lucky to have him supporting sailing on Barnegat Bay.

Name: Dr. Randall W. Nunn
Profession: Orthodontist
Schools Attended:  Rutgers University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania
Yacht Club: Toms River Yacht Club

1) You have been incredibly instrumental in the success of High School Sailing in New Jersey.  For those who don't know, can you give a summary of how high school sailing works?  High school sailing teams consist of at least 4 sailors, two skippers and two crews, made up of students in 9-12 grade that attend the same school.  The Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) is the national organization that sets the procedural rules and governs the sport.  There are seven districts throughout the county and NJ schools fall within the Mid-Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) District. The New Jersey Interscholastic Sailing Association (NJISA) League is the organization that runs high school sailing in NJ.
Fleet racing consists of regattas with up to 18 different schools competing against each other at a time.  Team racing is when 2 schools race in head-to head competition with three boats/six sailors for each team. Regattas are organized at the local, regional and national levels.  
Some schools fully support their team, while others exist as “club activities” which are primarily parent driven and operate with a high degree of autonomy from their school, other than having the school’s permission to use their high school name. 
A significant difference between high school sailing and junior or yacht club sailing is that the sailors do not bring their own boats to regattas; they are provided by the host and consist of a fleet of eighteen equal 420’s or FJ's.  
A team’s four or more sailors are split into two divisions: A & B. The racing format consists of two short races (10-15 minutes) on a windward-leeward course by one division (A), who then return to the dock where the second division (B) sailors get in the boats, go back out to the to the race course and sail their two races.  Races are usually held close to the shore to make changing boats as quick and easy possible. 
At any given time, half or more of the team is on the dock while the others are out racing. This back and forth between divisions is repeated through the allotted time for the regatta.  There’s a lot going on out on the water and on the dock at these events.  It’s competitive and social.  It’s also very unique as the only co-ed high school sport, where girls and boys compete with and against each other, as well as being the only two-season sport with regattas in both the fall and spring. 

2) How easy is it for a high school to form a team?  It’s actually not complicated at all.  Step one is to get a few sailors from a school together and start from there.  They can ask anyone they know who is already involved in high school sailing: sailors, parents or coaches.  People should also go online to the ISSA website page to get information about starting a team:   There is a lot of additional info online throughout the ISSA’s web pages. Organizing students and parents should talk to their school administrators to get approval and then make arrangements to get on the water to practice at a site that has boats. 
What are the steps needed to get on the water and start competing?    In NJ, teams practice in Perth Amboy, Shrewsbury or Toms River.  Based upon their school’s location and logistics of getting to any one of these three sites, teams should make arrangements to practice. Coaching options vary, and depending on where a team will be practicing.  Some teams combine and share coaching, other teams have their own coach.
3) How have you seen high school sailing evolve over the past 10-15 years?  The sport has simply evolved in absolute numbers.  Ocean County College and Toms River Yacht Club have made the growth possible with access and availability of their fleet of 420’s and facilities. Ten years ago, there were only 4 teams that routinely sailed and the NJ schools traveled to NY to sail in regattas.   Now there are typically 12-14 different NJISA high school teams that sail every week in Toms River, and there are two other venues now providing high school sailing for practices and regattas: Shrewsbury Yacht Club with Monmouth University’s fleet of boats and Raritan Bay with Summit High School and Perth Amboy High Schools’ fleet of boats.  
What are we doing well right now?  What makes the NJISA league work well are the weekday afternoon regattas.  We have the good fortune to have most teams within 30-45 minutes of Toms River, so we can get 2-3 hours of sailing completed in a Wednesday afternoon regatta.  This is in addition to another two days on the water practicing.   Likewise, there are teams close to Raritan Bay that can get together on Tuesdays to race in Perth Amboy. This provides more opportunities for NJ teams to compete than many other regions in our district and has contributed to growth of the sport in our locally. We also have several one and two-day weekend regattas in the league.  Some of these NJISA regattas are qualifiers to advance teams to the district championships, with regattas held at venues spanning from Norfolk, VA north to Rochester, NY.  Some of the district regattas then serve as qualifiers to advance to the national regattas.
What is the next step to making this sport even better? The upcoming challenge we face will be working on updating and replacing the existing, aging fleet of boats used for high school and college sailing in Toms River. A new fleet will provide more opportunities for the NJISA league to host future championship regattas at the district, and possibly national, level. Raising money for this large expenditure needs immediate planning. 

4) What made you want to donate so much of your time to High School Sailing? Art Bailey asked me 10 years ago if I could help him out with coaching the Toms River South team, and my involvement just grew from there.  I enjoy my time on the water and being part of the group of people providing the opportunity for these kids and teams to participate in this unique type of sailing. All of my kids benefited from the experience and this is my part of giving back.  The cooperative relationship we have among the NJISA League, it’s teams, the hosts and venues make it a rewarding experience.
Is it a volunteer run organization? Yes, administration of the NJISA League and MASSA District and ISSA is done by volunteers and we are very fortunate to have people at all levels dedicate their time and expertise to the sport.
5) Besides High School Sailing, what other kind of sailing are you involved in? I started sailing in a Toms River pram out of Ocean Gate Yacht Club, then as a teenager into my 20’s crewed on auxiliaries in Barnegat Bay and coastal ocean races. I spent a lot of time sailing with my good friend and professional mentor, Dr. Drew Seibert, as well as Fred Wiedeke and Terry Kempton over several years in J24’s J22’s and PHRF keelboats.  I have dabbled in Laser and M-scow sailing as an adult, but at this point in time prefer a casual sail with my friend David Morrow in his cat boat as well as getting up to Rhode Island each summer to sail with my friend Dante Gulino around the Watch Hill area and Block Island Sound aboard his classic 50' John Alden sloop.  When the river and bay freeze, I am always eager to get the DN out on the ice.

What are some other activities you like to do? I am blessed to be part of a great profession, so going to work each day is an “activity I like to do”.  I have enjoyed snow skiing my entire life and consider myself more a skier who sails, rather than a sailor who skies.  I enjoy most outdoor activities, photography, going on adventures with my kids and of course hanging out with my new sidekick Jetty, the rescue Catahoula puppy.

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Spring Series Week 3 Results

April 24, 2018 5:42:35 PM EDT

Opti Sailor Jamie Lynch wrote the following update on week 3 of the TRYC Spring Series


The third Sunday of the 2018 Spring Series brought all sailors on Toms River beautiful weather and finally, a spring feeling. The temperature was a warm 60-65 degrees with sun and barely a cloud in the sky, putting everyone in a good mood. A calm morning on the river gave way by race time to a steady breeze from the east that built throughout the day to 7-12 knots. For the nine sailors in the Optimist fleet who raced on a modified triangle course, consistency was the theme for the day. Griffin Lapham, getting a final warm up before heading to Team Trials this week in Florida, converted repeated great starts and fast sailing into six bullets and first places in both the Red and Overall Opti fleets. Robby Fontana was not far behind, finishing with five second places and a third, placing him first in Opti Blue and second overall. Harrison Hubbard's five third place finishes gave him third place overall. Elizabeth Actau also came in first place for the Opti White fleet. The five sailors in the Laser fleet completed six races as well, starting with a modified triangle before switching to a double windward-leeward to lengthen the course. Michael Pinto led the fleet, followed by Lauren Ehnot and Quinn Collins to complete the top three places. Thank you to PRO Max Achtau, Race Committee Members Alex Rogachenko and Everett Botwinick, Scorekeeper/Registration Manager Cindy Botwinick, and the parents who helped out on land and on the water. And a special thank you to the Toms River Yacht Club for hosting the Series at their club.


Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total W/ Drop Fleet
1 Griffin Lapham 21281 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5 Red
2 Roberto Fontana 12236 2 2 2 3 2 2 13 10 Blue
3 Harrison Hubbard 21305 3 3 3 2 3 3 17 14 Blue
4 Jamie Lynch 20715 4 4 4 4 4 4 24 20 Red
5 Addison Dunn 9750 6 5 5 6 6 5 33 27 Blue
6 Elizabeth Achtau 798 7 7 6 5 5 6 36 29 White
7 Charlotte Cundey 21303 8 8 7 7 7 8 45 37 White
8 Jimmy McCann 5201 9 9 8 8 8 7 49 40 White
9 Gannon Botwinick 19792 5 6 10 10 10 10 51 41 White


Laser Results


  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Michael Pinto 184647 2 1 1 1 2 2 9 7
2 Lauren Ehnot 176228 1 2 3 3 4 4 17 13
3 Quinn Collins 209318 4 4 2 2 3 3 18 14
4 David Manley 187959 5 3 5 5 1 1 20 15
5 Patrick Modin 213694 3 5 4 4 5 5 26 21


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Sailor Spotlight: Mike Dowd

April 20, 2018 9:19:54 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Mike Dowd

Mike Dowd is the head Optimist coach for CERT, a local Optimist team that trains outside the summer months and provides opportunities to travel to national and international events with top coaching.  Originally from Sarasota, FL, Mike moved up to New Jersey two years ago to take over the CERT team.  Mike is a member of the USODA Coaches Council, coaches the US Optimist Nationals Team, and he has been selected to coach the US at many international events.  His wealth of experience and knowledge in the Optimist fleet makes him a huge asset to be coaching our local Barnegat Bay sailors.
Name:  Mike Dowd
Age:  28 
School Attended:  State College of Florida 
Yacht Club:  Sarasota Sailing Squadron and Toms River Yacht Club
1) Mike, you are the head Opti coach for CERT.  Tell me about the program you run and what opportunities there are for local Opti sailors. CERT is an Optimist racing team for sailors wanting to extend their sailing season beyond the summer sailing weeks.  We hold weekly clinics from September to December and from March to May.  The majority of our clinics are at Toms River Yacht Club, and we almost always practice at each regatta venue for at least one day prior to each event.  We attend the majority of USODA regattas, team races, and open international events like the famous Orange Bowl.  This year we are adding the Saint Thomas IOR and CORK to our schedule!  Our sailors get the opportunity to attend these events as a high performance travel racing team, rather than a yacht club program.  Families do not need to be a member of any yacht club or organization to be a part of CERT.  We utilize top local coaches as well as bring in some of the best Opti coaches in the world for our sailors!
2) The Team Trials is arguably the most important regatta of the year.  I know you guys are preparing hard for it right now.  Tell me about the event (where, when), what's on the line, and how you best prepare your sailors to peak at this event. 
The Team Trials is a seeding event for the US National Team, the World Championships, North Americans,​
​Asians, and other international optimist events. To attend Team Trials the sailor must first qualify by finishing in the top 25 percent in a USODA regatta. This makes Trials more competitive because its the top 25% of Optimist sailors in the country. There should be around 250 sailors and only 55 of them can make the National Team, while the top 80-100 may qualify for an international event. We have been working very hard on perfecting our speed in 
chop, Anyone who has sailed in Miami has experienced the “Sunday Funday” boat wake that can come from every direction! We are also focusing on our start consistency. Starting well every race will set you up for a successful regatta. Our Spring season leads directly into team trials and we only have a month and a half to prepare after winter.  We take advantage of every minute on and off the water and I think the sailors try that much harder because they understand we have less sailing time than some other teams. Maintaining a positive attitude, keeping it fun, stress free, and getting everyone feeling as prepared as possible, are the ingredients for a great regatta.
3) As someone who has been looking at Opti results for the past couple of years, it seems like Stefan Baker from Miami is one of the most dominant Opti sailors ever.  He has won almost every event he sails (local, national, and international), most of them with all first place finishes.  As a coach, what makes Stefan so much better?  What does he do that you try to instill in your sailors?  I h​ad the opportunity to work with Stephan a few weeks ago at the South American Champs. I’d say his key to success is his attention to detail.  He is a very proactive sailor.​  Whether it’s perfecting his sail setup, knowing and anticipating exactly what time the tide will switch, or syncing up his technique with the conditions.  He has incredible speed and strategy off the wind which is why he always extends his lead or climbs back into the top during reaches and downwinds.​  He also really wants to win!  He always sails the last race of the regatta even when he is throwing out a 1st. Many habits he has are really simple for everyone to do: Try to be the first one out to the race course every day, test the line and your upwind angles as much as possible before each race, and change gears as soon as the wind changes. Try to get an edge on the fleet no matter what the circumstances. 
4)  You've coached a few international events for the US team.  Which international events have you coached and which has been your favorite?  I coached the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Holland, the Top-Sport Valaanderean Regatta in Belgium, the Palamos Regatta in Spain, and the South Americans in Uruguay.  South Americans was definitely my favorite because the event itself is so highly admired, and the US sailors and coaches really became a team during this trip.  Any international regatta is an awesome experience for the sailors and the coaches because you get to experience a whole new culture while racing!  You also feel a huge sense of pride because you are representing your country and not just yourself!

5)  When you're not coaching, what kind of sailing do you do yourself?  I have done a lot of Escow sailing lately. 2 years ago I did Nationals with Kyle Rogochenko, and last year I sailed with a few teams, John Brown, Tom Cox, and Jeff Bonanni as a spinnaker trimmer. This winter, I managed to get a Viper 640 for the winter series in Sarasota, which was a ton of fun because I got to drive! 
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Spring Series Week 2 Results

April 17, 2018 12:02:31 PM EDT

The 2018 TRYC Spring Series continued with a lot fewer sailors but no less fun!  The race committee consisted of Max Achtau, his daughter (Elizabeth), and Alex Rogachenko who intended to send off six races.  Due to growing winds, though, the race committee called the day after the third race. It was a 40 degree day and the wind was blowing 25-35 knots making for a lot of hard work.  Boats were being pushed to their limits.  For example, Ryan Enot's vang cleat ripped right out of his mast! A total of five boats ended up going out, four of whom ended up with similar points. The youngest sailor-my nine year old brother Cole Martin- started the first race which was good enough to win him 1st place in white fleet. Ben DeFonzo ended up winning the day with six points,  just overcoming Teddy Martin, Ryan Enot, and Everett Botwinick who all tied for second place with eight points. Teddy Martin was able to pull off the second place having a score of a 4,3,1 - a tie-breaker decided by the last first place of the day. Right behind him was Ryan Enot with the same score of a 1,4,3. Finally Everett Botwinick had a score of a 2,2,4, without a first place giving him fourth place. A big thank you to race committee for being out in such harsh conditions and getting the races off.  I would also like to thank the parents for being out there to help keep us safe and Toms River Yacht Club for welcoming the opti fleet and for generously providing us with somewhere to warm up.

A few tips that help on days of heavy wind sailing is being mentally and physically prepared in addition to making sure your boat is in top condition and equipped and rigged properly.  The sail ties, vang, and sprit should be very tight unless you are light and need to crack the sprit to depower. Also, if it is really windy you can pull your centerboard up 5-6 inches, and it will make your boat easier to hike. It is also important to have the proper gear to sail in the weather that you are dealing with so you can stay warm and avoid injury. A dry suit and a warm under layer are beneficial in this type of cold, windy weather. It is also helpful to get the Atlas lobster gloves that are waterproof and warm. When you are sailing in heavy wind, it is important to be physically prepared. You should be circuit training, running, and on the hiking bench as often as possible when off the water.  Finally, it is really important that you are mentally prepared and have a positive mindset. I know because I have experienced this myself when I was younger.  I can remember looking at the water and the enormous white caps and telling my dad that I didn't want to go out. However, if you turn those nerves into excitement and energy you'll get out on the water and you wont think about the waves or the amount of wind, you just do it.  Then, there is no better feeling than when you are coming in after a wild day of sailing in high winds and low temperatures and knowing you conquered it.


Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 Total Fleet
1 Ben DeFonzo 21276 3 1 2 6 Red
2 Teddy Martin 22382 4 3 1 8 Red
3 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 4 3 8 Red
4 Everett Botwinick 15463 2 2 4 8 Red
5 Cole Martin 19641 5 5 5 15 White
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Sailor Spotlight - Alex Rogachenko

April 12, 2018 7:54:52 PM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Alex Rogachenko


Alex Rogachenko is a 32 year old member at Toms River Yacht Club.  His ubiquitous presence during the TRYC Spring and Fall series is noted and appreciated by all parents and sailors alike.  Quite frankly, Alex makes the series run.  He'll gather marks, keep time on the RC boat, inform sailors of the impending Skippers' Meeting and Awards, and walk through the boat park to make sure sailors are rigged and ready.  Alex has a positive attitude in everything he does, and his passion and energy are contagious.  Alex loves the sport of sailing, and he will do whatever he can to make sure that everyone else gets the same enjoyment from sailing as he does.

Name:  Alex Rogachenko
Age:  32
School Attended:  Mitchell College
Yacht Club:  Toms River Yacht Club

1) Alex, you are omnipresent at Toms River Yacht Club, always helping to run events.  We see you every year at the Spring and Fall series lending a hand.  What makes you want to give back to the sport of sailing and help as much as you do?  I give back to the sport of sailing because I developed a love for sailing growing up.  I want the younger sailors to also develop a love for sailing.   If I have a positive attitude about sailing, so will they.  I also want them to have the same opportunities I had when I was learning how to be a better sailor.  When you’re on the water life just makes sense.  You feel free.
2) Building on that, you also travel down to Miami in the winter to help at the Orange Bowl.  What do you do at the Orange Bowl every year to help with that regatta?  I help to launch and retrieve the Optis at Coral Reef Yacht Club.  I make sure the dollies are organized.  This is so the sailors can find them easier when they come in.  I also bring a positive attitude every day.  I make sure that the sailors have a safe and fun experience.  If they have fun, they may want to do Orange Bowl again. 
3) Your brother Kyle is one of the best sailors on Barnegat Bay.  What kind of boats does he sail and what do you think makes him a great sailor?  My brother has an E Scow and a Waszp.  Working hard and training makes him a good sailor.  Honing his skills by looking for the puffs and shifts helps make him a great sailor.  Also knowing how to read those shifts helped him become a good sailor.  He also fine-tuned his skills by competing against sailors from around the country and the world.  Observing other good sailors and their tactics helped him become a great sailor.
4) You've traveled a lot as a result of sailing.  What has been your favorite venue and why?  Lake Garda in Italy was my favorite venue.  I enjoyed watching my brother compete against sailors from other counties.  It was our first international regatta.  It was also my first trip to Italy.  It was the first time I saw a few hundred boats at one regatta. The first day, they had all the boats on one starting line.  Then they split up the fleet for the rest of the regatta.
5) Tell me about your other jobs that you do?  Where do you work and what do you get to do at those jobs?  I work for Morgan Engineering and the Lakewood Blue Claws.   At Morgan, I scan and index old files.   If we need to do an updated survey, we have a record of previous work done.  I also copy, seal, and package the surveys and other documents for the mail.  At the Blue Claws I work at concessions.  By having a positive attitude when I take the customers order, I ensure that they have a pleasant experience at the ballpark.  I also restock the products.

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Spring Series Week 1 Results

April 9, 2018 9:33:34 AM EDT

What a great first day of the TRYC Spring Series!  29 Optis and 6 Lasers braved the chillier temperatures to sail 6 races in a puffy/shifty Northerly breeze.

8th Grader Everett Botwinick wrote up the daily report below:

At the first installment of the Toms River Spring Series 2018, the sailors came back together after a winter of overseas and warm weather sailing to compete in a spectacular series of races. The race committee, composed of Clay Johnson, Declan Botwinick, Alex Rogachenko, and Max Achtau, rattled off six races at a blisteringly fast pace, which was a challenge in the 7-12 knot breeze. Lots of fun was had on the frigid water, and the incessant oscillations kept every sailor on his or her toes in their quest for the win. The coaches emphasized proper sail rigging on land and on the water and tactics when approaching the finish line; more specifically, not sailing parallel to the finish, as it can result in losing boats. Topping off the Laser Radial fleet were Lauren Ehnot in third place, David Manley in second, and Michael Pinto in the pole position. The top three finishers in the Optimist White Fleet were Drew DeFonzo, Cole Martin, and Christopher Small winning white. For the Blue Fleet, Teddy McKenzie, James Kopack, and Ian Lent emerged victorious. Finally, for the Red Fleet, Gabby Fontana, Everett Botwinick, and Ryan Ehnot rounded out the top three. Ryan clearly controlled the fleet for the day, as he had three bullets under his belt when the racing concluded. A special thank you to all the parents that assisted in getting all the sailors out for their first week back. And of course, this would never happen without the Toms River Yacht Club, which always provides a warm and welcoming home for Barnegat Bay sailors.



Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total W/ Drop Fleet
1 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 1 1 3 6 3 15 9 Red
2 Everett Botwinick 15463 5 6 3 2 1 26 43 17 Red
3 Ian Lent 22237 4 3 2 12 7 2 30 18 Blue
4 Gabriella Fontana 20929 9 7 16 4 3 4 43 27 Red
5 James Kopack 19781 2 5 10 13 10 5 45 32 Blue
6 Pilar Cundey 17633 8 18 4 6 15 1 52 34 Red
7 Teddy Martin 22382 11 9 6 14 4 6 50 36 Red
8 Ben DeFonzo 21276 30 12 5 7 5 10 69 39 Red
9 Teddy McKenzie 21952 7 10 8 5 11 18 59 41 Blue
10 Bella Cremer 21725 3 19 15 8 9 9 63 44 Blue
11 Griffin Lapham 21281 18 2 12 1 14 23 70 47 Red
12 Will McGlynn 12945 10 21 21 9 2 12 75 54 Red
13 Bolton Jack 18523 6 13 13 11 17 27 87 60 Red
14 Connor McHugh 21058 15 20 7 15 8 22 87 65 Blue
15 Jamie Lynch 20715 17 4 28 30 12 5 96 66 Red
16 Aidan Millar 12761 16 22 19 10 18 8 93 71 Red
17 Roberto Fontana 12236 19 16 11 17 13 16 92 73 Blue
18 Esme Gonzalez 21945 12 8 9 18 30 30 107 77 Blue
19 Christopher Small 21486 13 17 18 20 24 14 106 82 White
20 Dillon Millar 22492 14 23 17 19 22 17 112 89 Blue
21 Cole Martin 19641 21 25 14 22 16 21 119 94 White
22 Drew DeFonzo 9053 23 15 25 26 21 11 121 95 White
23 Addison Dunn 9750 22 11 24 21 23 19 120 96 Blue
24 Cundy Charlotte 21303 24 14 20 24 19 25 126 101 White
25 Elizabeth Achtau 798 20 24 23 16 26 30 139 109 White
26 Gannon Botwinick 19792 25 26 22 25 25 15 138 112 White
27 Kyleigh Martin 17456 27 28 27 23 20 24 149 121 Blue
28 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 26 29 26 27 27 20 155 126 White
29 Jimmy McCann 5201 28 27 30 30 30 30 175 145 White


Laser Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
  Full Rig
1 Dan Lent 168591 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5
1 Michael Pinto 184647 1 1 1 1 2 3 9 6
2 David Manley 187959 3 2 4 2 1 1 13 9
3 Lauren Ehnot 176228 2 4 2 3 4 2 17 13
4 Zachary York 200130 4 3 3 5 3 4 22 17
5 Patrick York 199953 5 5 5 4 5 5 29 24




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Sailor Spotlight - Ben DeFonzo

April 6, 2018 8:29:03 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Ben DeFonzo


Ben DeFonzo is a 14 year old Opti sailor from Pennsylvania who finds himself sailing on Barnegat Bay most weekends during the school year and every day during the summer.  What I love about Ben is that - despite being 14 - he has already sailed the boat for 6 years.  Ben started sailing young, but he loved it so much that he just wanted to be on the water with his friends.  He credits sailing in the off-season and chasing around the older kids as one reason for his success today, but the reality is this kid works so hard and spends as much time as possible in his boat.  More importantly, Ben comes from one of the nicest families in the sailing community, and it's impressive to see that friendly mentality both on and off the water.  Ben, and his younger twin siblings, are going to be sailors you will see at the top of the results sheet for many years!

Name:  Ben DeFonzo
Age:  14
School: Peirce Middle School, West Chester, PA
Yacht Club:  Toms River Yacht Club & Surf City Yacht Club

1) Ben, you've been sailing Optis on Barnegat Bay for many years now.  Tell me about your progression from Green Fleeter to where you are today.  What are some things you did to help get you where you are today?  I started sailing at Toms River Yacht Club 6 years ago when I was 8.  I sailed in the Opti C - Green Fleet my first year.  That year my group sailed in the Down Bay Interclub and some of the local regattas.  Immediately, I discovered my love for being on the water and racing.  The next year I moved right up to the race team at TRYC.  All of the members of the race team were at least two years older than I was but they really took me under their wing and taught me a lot.  Sailing on the race team with the older kids to chase, many of whom I’m still good friends with, definitely pushed me and improved my boat handling skills.  Another big step that allowed me to advance my skills was my participation in the Colie Sails Spring and Fall Series at a very young age.  The series was just starting back then and I remember at age 8 often being the youngest sailor and always finishing at the back of the fleet but at the same time building tons of confidence on the water.  I think that sailing with the older, more experienced kids and watching them really helped me build my skills.  Of course, coaching is hugely important and the summer instruction I’ve received from coaches like Amy Hawkins at TRYC, Clari Piran at SCYC and many others really allowed me to progress to where I am now.  For the last two years I’ve been sailing with Team LBI and there is no room for mistakes when sailing with that group!  
2) You've just returned from Holland for the Magic Marine Easter Regatta.  It's a huge accomplishment to represent your country at an international event like this.  Tell me about the regatta and how you did. The Magic Marine Easter Regatta was an entirely new challenge for me and a different level of competition than the normal USODA regattas I’m used to attending.  I went into this regatta with expectations of heavy wind based on what I had heard about sailing in the Netherlands.  I was looking forward to some heavy breeze like we typically get in NJ, but, unfortunately, the wind dropped off the second day and we almost lost a day of racing due to lack of wind.  The light conditions made racing a bit more challenging but the U.S. had a very good team and still performed well.  There were 15 of us from all over the United States -  Cape Cod to St. Petersburg to San Francisco and in between.  On the 4th day we split into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets.  All of Team USA qualified for the Gold or Silver fleets.  I was fortunate to qualify for the Gold Fleet and ended up 57th out of just under 300 boats from around the world.  Our coaches, Eric Bardes and Sarah Newberry, were awesome to work with, and at the end of the regatta they told us we were one of the top performing U.S. teams that has sailed this regatta!
3) What is the appeal of going on international trips?  What are some of the cool perks to representing your country?  It was pretty amazing when we got there and started seeing teams from so many different countries showing up.  There were teams from 16 different countries.  Some of the larger teams were from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium, Norway and Germany.  We met kids from all over, and everyone was so friendly.  We all made some lifelong friends there that we will see at different sailing events in the future.   We had some time as a team to see some of the Netherlands too which was cool.  One night we went on a canal tour in the town of Leiden, and we got to do some exploring in Amsterdam too.  Lake Braassemermeer, where we sailed, was a great venue and it was a great opportunity to learn more from being in a place with different wind shifts and tides.  Above all, the appeal is to sail for Team USA and represent the United States!
4) Last summer you came out a couple times to try out the Waszp.  What did you think of the boat?  Was it easy to get up and foil?  The Waszp has been one of my favorite boats to sail.  I was psyched when Molly and Carl Horrocks asked me to go out with them.  Once you got up foiling it felt amazing, but it was NOT easy to do.  It took me a while to get up on the foils and really get going but if you have the right wind you can really fly.  It takes some time to figure out the balance and technique needed to get up on foils but once you do it feels great. I spent most of the day trying to balance the boat or in the water trying to flip it back over but I’d jump at the chance to sail one again.
5) In the Opti class, it seems like getting off the starting line is really important.  Give me three of your best starting tips that apply to all different boats.  One thing I like to do 5 minutes before the start is go above the line and look for the puffs and the next breeze that is coming down the course. This helps me determine where I want to start and where I want to go after the start. Second, you need to be very aggressive. If you are not aggressive you will never be able to find a spot in the first row or even be able to hold your spot on the line. Third is to get good acceleration off the line. You need to have good speed off the line so that you can hold your lane after the start.

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Sailor Spotlight - Bub and Emma Kovacs

March 30, 2018 7:38:30 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Bub and Emma Kovacs


If you don't know who Bub and Emma Kovacs are, you should.  These two people have donated more hours, helped to run more regattas, and have done so much to support sailing in our area.  Ever sail a regatta at Brant Beach YC before?  There's a good chance that Emma helped you with registration and then rode her bike down to the main club house to serve you breakfast.  Bub, meanwhile, was likely riding through the boat park with his megaphone making announcements to sailors and getting everything ready for the day.  As Executive Directors of the Opti Class for many years, the Kovacs were instrumental in helping to revive the USODA and restore it to arguably the most successfully run one-design class in the country.  Now, Bub is the Vice-President of the Club 420 class.  The Kovacs love the sport and will do anything to give back and promote sailing.  Barnegat Bay is lucky to have such supportive and passionate sailors involved in our sport.

Names:  Dr. Ernest "Bub" Kovacs, Emma Davis-Kovacs
Yacht Club:  Brant Beach Yacht Club
Schools attended:
Bub: Rutgers University, Pennsylvania State University
Emma: The College of New Jersey
Bub: Professor-Fairleigh Dickinson University
Emma: Director of Nutrition-State of New Jersey (Retired)

1) Bub and Emma, you guys are incredibly involved with running regattas at Brant Beach Yacht Club.  What makes Brant Beach one of the best regatta hosts not only in our area but also the country?  What regattas are on the calendar for this year?  Location, location, location. Brant Beach is blessed with seven blocks of bay-front property including three blocks of sand beaches for easy launch and recovery. We have had events with 300 boats. The race course is less than a half-mile from the club with little interference from boat traffic and the summer thermal creates great racing. The on-the-water and off-the-water teams are seasoned and used to hosting two or three major events each year. This year we will be doing the Club 420 Nationals early in July and the Laser Master’s Nationals in August.  Additionally, we'll be hosting a Junior Olympic festival, our Annual Opti Regatta, and an LBI Interclub.

2) Brant Beach is in the process of building a new sailing facility.  Can you give us some details on the project and a timeline?  How will this help the club?  After Sandy, the Club engaged in a series of listening sessions and a strategic planning process. After the repairs and replacement of docks, coach/committee boats and the club houses, a decision was made to advance a new Sailing Center to increase our hosting capabilities as well as be a center for our instructional programs. Essentially the project will double the size of the existing building, add a snack bar, locker rooms, a multipurpose room and rooms for juries and registration. We’ll have improved space for our Club management team, marine mechanic and maintenance staff. We have gone through an exhaustive review by Long Beach Township, DEP and the Army Corps. We now have permits, construction documents and have almost completed our fundraising efforts. We anticipate a construction starting right after Labor Day. We believe this project will improve services to members as well as our regatta guest.
3) A lot of sailors know you guys as being the Executive Directors of the USODA before Genoa Fedeszyn.  There is no doubt that you left the Opti class in a position as one of the best run One Design classes in the country.  What was that experience like?  What are some improvements to the USODA that happened under your watch?  We were glad to help the USODA transition to a 21st century One Design class. We were at the cutting edge of setting up one of the first management systems that integrated membership, event registration and financial management, and we ensured quick payments to hosts while building the financial reserves of the class. During this time we helped with a redesign of Optinews and launching social media elements. The difficulty for all youth class is with turnover of sailors and board members and the need to do a bit of hand-holding with sailors and parents as they transition from local to national competition. We’ve tried to continue to give back to youth sailing by either being the Chairpersons of events, Race Management, and Bub continues to serve as Vice President of the Club 420 Class.

4) Most people don't know this, but your son Kyle Kovacs was a ROCK STAR sailor growing up.  Now he's becoming a real life doctor which means he has less time for sailing.  Give us a quick summary of Kyle's experiences and how it was being a parent through these experiences.  We give back to sailing because it was a central part of our family life for 15 years. Practice were every weekend all year around with Erik Johnson and Terry Kempton using ice flows as marks. Kyle started sailing Optis at Brant Beach and then joined the Toms River team who. at the time, included so many future National Champions and Collegiate Sailors. Kyle was a member of the Opti National team and later campaigned both Lasers and C420’s. In the year he won the US Sailing Double-handed Championship (Bemis) with Eric Reitinger, he was also the national Radial Grand Prix champ. He went on to win the US Sailing Single-handed Championship (Smythe) and later was a two time All-American and Captain of the Harvard Sailing Team. He’s married to Abigail Coplin who was a Yale All American and both a National and World sailing champion. Kyle is in the Bahamas right now for a month doing Retinal Surgery at an eye clinic. Its been difficult to find time to get on the water, but we hope gets out on a legendary Bahamian Sloop!

5) For the last couple of summers, the Brant Beach Sailing Foundation has maintained Raven, one of the famous Barnegat Bay A Cats.  Tell me about that project and what is going on with the boat.  We’ve always loved the A-Cats. They are a great boat to orient people to sailing, enjoy a leisurely sunset sail and of course for racing. The Raven project is being accomplished through a collaboration between the New Jersey Maritime Museum and the Brant Beach Sailing Foundation. John Coyle and Jim Vogel, who manage Ghost, have been instrumental in providing the groundwork for both the Raven and Ghost. We’ve been able to use Raven for the Wounded Veterans and Callahan Regatta at Bay Head YC. We’ve raced her Downbays and a few of the BBYRA events. We’ve also used Raven as a platform for at risk children and families. As important, we are helping to preserve an important part of Maritime history under the guidance of Tom Beaton and Paul Smith. We are now taking on the restoration of a Duck Boat in collaboration with the Hudson River Community Sailing Program.

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Sailor Spotlight - Zach Higham

March 23, 2018 7:19:16 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Zach Higham


Zach Higham is a 16 year sailor from Pine Beach, NJ.  Zach is a perfect example of someone we want sailing on the bay; he grew up sailing Optis at Pine Beach Yacht Club (the same club where his mom grew up), he loves sailing in high school and recruiting new teammates, he just bought an M-Scow to race in our BBYRA summer series, and he coaches the next group of sailors at the Island Heights YC.  When most 16 year olds get their Learner's Permit, they want to spend the day driving a car.  Not Zach.  He couldn't wait to get home and tune up his M-Scow.  Zach's love of the sport is exactly what makes him a life-time sailor.

Name:  Zach Higham
Age:  16
School: Toms River HS South
Yacht Club:  Pine Beach

1) Zach, give me a brief synopsis of your sailing career so far.  Where did you go to junior sailing program?  What boats have you sailed?  I started junior sailing program at age 5 at the Pine Beach Yacht Club.  When I began racing Opti more competitively I joined the Toms River Yacht Club Opti racing team and CERT.  This helped me advance my racing knowledge and tactics tremendously.  I had a pretty good Opti career placing 3rd overall in NJ Opti States in the Silver Division and winning the BBYRA Midget Championship. At the Mid-Atlantic Midget Finals I placed 2nd.  My High School Sailing career started in the fall of 2015 at Toms River HS South. Sailing in high school is a lot of fun and I enjoy competing with other local high school teams.  This past summer I began instructing at the Island Heights Yacht Club.  Some of my fellow instructors were sailing M Scows, and I started crewing.  At the end of the summer, on my 16th birthday, I bought my first M-Scow.  One month later I placed 3rd in the Eastern Championship. Sailing has become a very important part of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it.
2) What is sailing at Pine Beach Yacht Club like?  You are one of the better sailors to come out of that club in a while, and I know your family is involved at the club.  Tell me about the culture and what makes Pine Beach YC so great. The Pine Beach Yacht Club is a wonderful club which has given me so many wonderful experiences.  My mom grew up sailing and later instructed at PBYC so it's been a part of our family.  The club has evolved in many ways, and I have witnessed many of the changes.  My father has been on the Executive board in many positions from the Treasurer to the Commodore during the 100th Anniversary, and he now serves as the Past Commodore.  Over the summer, I am continuously around the yacht club participating in many of these historic events.  Most summer mornings, I head down to the yacht club to hop on my whaler for my commute to work. Friday nights, I join in on a casual, yet competitive, Sunfish series.  On Sundays my family gets together, and we all sail on my dad’s Capri 25 in the PHRF series. Pine Beach Yacht Club is great because of its amazing environment where the members get involved and are invested in the junior sailors.  I have gained knowledge and experience through either sailing with them or just having a casual conversation at one of the social events.  Pine Beach is a family club where all the members know your name.  I am very proud to be part of such an amazing yacht club and cannot wait to hopefully bring home another Bay Flag as well as see the development of the future junior sailors.
3) You are one of the top sailors on the Toms River South sailing team (Go Indians!).  What's your high school sailing experience been like?  Pretend I'm an incoming freshman considering joining the South sailing team.  Give me your pitch!  I have been sailing in high school since my freshman year and have recently been named one of the two captains of our team at Toms River High School South. The transition in my freshman year from sailing a single handed boat like the Opti to a larger double handed boat like the 420 was a little difficult.  I started as a crew which was something I was not used to, but I am thankful to have such great coaches who helped me with the transition.  Towards the end of the fall of freshman year I began spending some time in the back of the boat.  Ever since joining the team back in the fall of 2015 we have qualified for our Silver Fleet Championship every season as well as one trip to the Gold Fleet Championship. I hope that in these coming years as a captain and our A fleet skipper I can help lead the team to another trip to the Gold Fleet Championship. Overall high school sailing has been extremely rewarding for me. I have met new friends from my school as well as others, and I have grown so much as a sailor because of this choice. I recently recruited two new freshman to join our team for this spring season, and so far they both really enjoy sailing. Sailing is unlike many other sports because it is a lifelong sport. At the end of the day high school sailing is very rewarding, and if you have the chance you should give it a try even if you know nothing about sailing.

4) This weekend was the first HS sailing regatta of the season, the Icebreaker Regatta at TRYC.  You sailed really well in very challenging conditions.  What was your strategy and how did you approach the regatta?  Going into the Icebreaker Regatta this past weekend my main focus was to get back to the basics of the fast-paced high school sailing races. With 15 boats on a large line and heavy wind, I focused on getting clean starts each race and keeping my boat as flat as possible. I also focused on sailing my own race the whole day and paying attention to my own boat instead of the other teams. On my very first race this spring season I put everything I have learned so far in high school racing together and was able to win the race. As the day continued the wind was building and the conditions worsened. Managing conditions with heavy wind and waves is difficult especially when sailing with a crew, but I am very proud of how well my crew, Paige Zelenak, and I worked together.  Paige helped me tremendously throughout the regatta.  As co captains we have realized the importance of teamwork.  I look forward to future regattas such as the Spring Fleet Championship, SUNY Maritime Invitational, and the NJ State Championship as well as the conditions that they bring.
5) Recently you bought an M Scow to sail on Barnegat Bay.  M Scows are very cool boats with a strong presence on the bay.  What made you decide to buy a boat like that and how do you like it so far?  Over this past summer, I was introduced to the M-Scow while crewing with a coworker at the Lavalette Sunday Series.  After crewing on multiple M-Scows I just knew that this was the boat for me. The overall shape and feel of the boat intrigued me. So my dad and I began to look around for my own boat. After talking to many sailors in the M-Scow community and meeting new people through the Lavalette Sunday Series I found out that Tom Welsch was interested in selling one of his three boats. One night after a long day of coaching at Duck Boat Worlds, my Dad and I met Mr. Welsch to look at the boat. The boat was in wonderful racing condition-- white with two sleek blue stripes down each side and the name Jammin’ on the stern. That night I bought my first M scow.  The next morning was my 16th birthday, and I went for my drivers permit.  After that, I spent the rest of the day sailing my M-Scow. I didn't even want to go drive in a car; all I wanted to do was sail my M-Scow.  Late in the summer I entered two weeks of BBYRA racing and then the M-Scow Eastern Championship in September. I had a great time racing that day and ended up finishing 3rd in the Eastern Championship. The M-Scow is a great double-handed racing boat on the Barnegat Bay which I truly love. I can’t wait to compete in my M-Scow next summer and for many years to come.

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Sailor Spotlight: Pilar Cundey

March 15, 2018 10:21:16 AM EDT

Sailor Spotlight:  Pilar Cundey


Pilar Cundey is a 13 year old Optimist sailor from Bay Head Yacht Club.  Her hard work and hours in the boat have started to pay dividends.  In the past year she's won races at the Team Trials, qualified for multiple international teams, and become one of the top Opti sailors in the country!  What's even more impressive is that a couple summers ago Pilar was sidelined after a really scary accident.  But she dug deep and has come back stronger than ever!

Name:  Pilar Cundey
Age:  13
School:  Pingry School
Yacht Club:  Bay Head Yacht Club

1) Pilar, you just returned from the Sunshine States (Florida State Optimist Championship).  Tell me about the venue and conditions at that event.
This year Sunshine States was held in Jensen Beach, FL. It was consistently windy with about 20 knots both days of the regatta with gusts up to 25 or 30 which separated the fleet and made it easier for me to race. Where we were sailing there was a land effect so that when I sailed closer to the land I was almost guaranteed flatter water and a right shift that would take me closer to the mark. The heavy winds made hiking and boat speed the most important factors. The sailors that finished in the top 10 were hiking as hard as they could and working their boats as much as they could. Strategy wasn’t as important because there weren’t any big shifts. 
2) You had a REALLY nice, conservative scoreline.  What are some things that worked for you at the Sunshine States that allowed you to sail so consistently?
Boat speed was definitely the most important thing for me. Having a fast and flat boat allowed me to finish in the top 10 almost every race. The land effect that came from the right also helped me to cross boats that were to the left of me. In heavy wind not everyone can keep their boat flat so that separated the fleet which made it a lot easier to pass boats and not lose any. In a couple of races I did lose a couple of boats on the downwind and reach legs which I shouldn’t have, but I passed them on the second upwind with boat speed.
3) You've sailed Optis now for a few years, and I know you're getting taller.  Have you thought about what comes after Opti sailing?  What boat are you likely to sail next and why?
I would like to sail 420s after Optis. 420s is a boat I always imagined sailing after Optis. I’m excited to get into a bigger boat that also has a jib, and I’m also looking forward to sailing with a partner. I haven’t decided when that will be ,but right now I’m doing well and having fun so I want to stay in Optis as long as I can.
4) A few years ago you had a really scary accident where you were hit by a car while riding your bike in Bay Head.  Everyone felt horribly at the time, and we're all so glad to see that you're ok now.  Can you tell me about the accident and what's it's been like since?
I don’t remember exactly what happened but I was in the hospital for a month, and it was horrible. I was unconscious for the first 15 days. A fantastic team of doctors, nurses, family and friends took really good care of me. I had to learn to walk, read, and write again, and I had lots of physical therapy to rebuild my strength. It was really hard for me and my family as well.
My friends and teammates helped a lot too.  All of the cards and pictures everyone sent meant the world to me! I loved all of the encouraging messages.
Sailing made me stronger, and I think that helped a lot to recover. After the accident, I wanted to get on the water as soon as I could. I could finally get out on the water and sail every weekend the spring after the accident. I wasn’t as good as before the accident, so I had to practice as much as I could to be where I am now. Since that spring, I have made huge improvements and hope to make more improvements.

5) You have two younger siblings who are starting to race Optis.  What's one piece of advice that you can give them that you wish you knew when you were their age?
When I was their age, I was just starting to sail in the fall series at Toms River Yacht Club and got last every race. My advice is to just keep on sailing as much as you can. I have been doing the fall series and spring series for almost 5 years now and have gotten a lot better because of the competitive fleet. If you race as much as you can you will get better. Another piece of advice that I have is to take advantage of your time on the water. I wish that I did this when I was young because sailing is a very time consuming sport, and it is hard to practice a lot.  You really need to maximize every hour on the water and try to learn something new every time you sail.



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Sailor Spotlight: Brooke Schmelz

March 9, 2018 10:12:53 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Brooke Schmelz


Brooke Schmelz is a 15 year old Freshman at the Ranney School. After a successful Opti career, Brooke has now started crewing in the Club 420 and racing on the Ranney HS Sailing Team. She also owns a Laser Radial for days when she just wants to sail herself! As the coach of the Ranney HS Sailing Team, what I admire about Brooke is her work ethic; Brooke is the first one on the water and the last one off the water everyday. She learns from her teammates, and she always has a positive attitude. Brooke is a student of the game, and I would wager that her sailing notebook is more detailed than just about anyone else!

Name: Brooke Schmelz

Age: 15

School: Ranney School

Yacht Club: Surf City and Toms River Yacht Clubs


1) Brooke, you just returned from the Club 420 Midwinters.  Tell me about the event.  This year the C420 Midwinters was held in Jensen Beach, FL. We got to see all kind of conditions from light wind (where I was sitting on the leeward side of the boat) to very breezy (where I was full out trapping with our main eased). We were often postponed in the mornings because there was not enough wind, but as the day would go on the wind would steadily increase. There were about 75 boats at the regatta and my skipper and I placed 28th. We were racing on the side of the bridge furthest from the yacht club which was about a 45 minute sail away.


2) I know you're a big Club 420 fan.  Why do you enjoy the C420 so much?  Tell me about your relationship with your skipper, Declan Botwinick. After getting out of Optis I knew immediately I wanted to be in a C420. I think my decision to sail a C420 had something to do with the fact that when I was a younger sailing at Surf City they let Declan Botwinick and me try the boat a few times - we immediately fell in love with it and knew we wanted to sail together. I started to crew, and I was just drawn to the trapeze. My coach could not get me off of it! From that point on I decided that I wanted to sail that boat and I wanted to crew. My skipper, Declan, and I have been sailing for a few summers now, and we do every regatta possible. Like every pairing, it is not always smooth sailing, but Declan and I have an understanding that what happens in the moment on the water stays on the water. We have always been great friends, and one of our goals on the water is to always have fun with what we are doing.


3) In addition to the C420, you also own a Laser Radial and sail that on the side.  What does the Laser Radial offer you when you're not sailing C420s? Sailing a Laser Radial has been a great experience for me. Whenever Declan cannot practice in the C420 I do not have to scramble to find someone to sail with. I just jump in my Laser and learn some new things that I then apply to the C420. A lot of the top sailors in the US and World have spent some time in the Laser. I think it teaches a lot of skills and also allows me to still skipper a little.


4) You're a freshman on the Ranney sailing team.  What has your experience with HS sailing been like? At first I was a bit uncertain that I would even do high school sailing. I also play tennis so originally I was going to do that, but I changed my mind, and I am so glad I chose sailing. Ranney has two really good skippers in Luke Arnone and Cameron Gilblin, and even though I am the third skipper on the team, the boat-handling and strategy I learn from them I couldn't get anywhere else. The ability to sail against these guys everyday is an opportunity I would never pass up. Since I have spent my summers crewing in the Club 420, I had a little trouble at first readjusting as a skipper. But they push me to get better and always give me helpful hints on how I could improve. Sailing with teammates like Luke and Cameron, with the added aid of coach Clay Johnson, has really improved my overall sailing IQ and boat-handling.


5) You've been coached by a lot of really good coaches over the years.  What is the best advice or tip you have ever received?  What's something you've learned that you could pass down to younger sailors? I've been lucky to have been coached by a lot of good coaches over the years. I think one thing that sticks out - no matter what sport I play - is to just trust yourself. Sail your own race and trust that you know what you are doing. When I remember to do this I feel I am more confident in my decisions and make better choices around the course overall.

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Sailor Spotlight: Michael Pinto

March 1, 2018 1:11:41 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Michael Pinto


Michael Pinto was another rock-star Opti sailor from the New Jersey area.  After Optis, Michael chose to jump in to the Laser Radial and joined the Surf City YC's Radial team.  For those who don't know, Surf City YC has one of the best Radial teams in the country.  These talented sailors come together to push each other hard in practice, and they travel nationally and internationally to compete against the best.  Michael's friendly nature and inclusive personality make him a "fan-favorite" among his peers.

Name:  Michael Pinto
Age:  17
School:  St. Augustine Prep
Yacht Club:  Surf City Yacht Club

1) Michael, you just got back from the Laser Midwinters East.  Tell me about the regatta.  Laser Midwinters was a great regatta, I placed 13th in gold fleet. The conditions were consistent with about 10 knots each day and 80 degree weather. I enjoyed racing in the Gulf of Mexico among some of the best Radial sailors, some of which are campaigning for the Olympics.  Laser Midwinters East is such a fun regatta, and it's nice to sail in Florida in the winter to keep my skills sharp.

2) After a successful Opti career, you started to sail the Laser Radial.  Why did you choose the Laser Radial over other boats?  What do you like about the Laser?  Coming out of Optis I realized that I really enjoyed the independence and responsibility that came along with single-handed boats. I chose the Laser because I was getting taller and was eager to get into a faster boat. I liked the simplicity of the Laser and the competitiveness of the Laser fleet.
3) Tell me about the Surf City Yacht Club Laser Radial team.  You guys are considered to be one of the best Radial teams in the area.  What's on your calendar for this upcoming summer?  Last summer was my first year with the Surf City Yacht Club Team, and it was an amazing experience. Under the coaching of Mariano Pellegrino I was able to improve my technique, and I learned new racing tactics. The best thing I remember from the summer was each day Mariano would remind the team of an upcoming championship so that we would go out on the water with the end goal fresh in our minds. For this upcoming summer I am planning on attending the U.S. Youth Champs in Wrightsville Beach, North Americans in Long Beach, California, U.S. Champs in Houston, CORK, and possibly the Radial Worlds which is being held in Kiel, Germany.

4) You are also the captain of the St. Augustine Prep School's HS sailing team.  What is the process like to build and support your team?  I was just put into the position of captain in my junior year and have helped recruit and instruct new sailors. Our team is very diverse from experienced sailors to newcomers of the sport. My goal as captain is to improve our racing skills, but most importantly to promote sailing as a lifelong sport. Just this past fall our team qualified and won the silver fleet champs for the first time in our school’s history. We are looking forward to a great spring season.

5) You've sailed all over the country and even internationally.  I'm sure you've seen some amazing places.  What has been the coolest venue you've sailed in? One of the coolest regattas I’ve ever been to was this past summer at CORK. This was my first time in Canada and also my first time sailing in a fresh water lake. The sailing venue was awesome and at the end of the regatta I got to see Niagara Falls.



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Sailor Spotlight: Sarah Burn

February 23, 2018 12:50:52 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Sarah Burn



Sarah Burn is a high school junior who sails for the Bay Head Yacht Club.  Sarah was one of the best Opti sailors to come out of the Barnegat Bay area; she won the Team Race National Champs and represented the US at many international events.  She has now progressed to i420s and Club 420s.  Having coached Sarah in her Opti days, what I admire most about her is her work ethic and how she takes in all information. I always said that Sarah was a "sponge" - she asked really good questions and absorbed everything that we discussed.  My favorite story to sum up Sarah was during a practice one day.  It was late in the day and kids were noticeably tired.  We just had a big wind shift so I told the kids to take a break while I re-adjusted the course.  While I was motoring towards the windward mark, I turned around to check in on the sailors and while all the other sailors were chatting and relaxing, Sarah took the opportunity to do some practice roll tacks.  As a coach, I appreciate sailors taking advantage of every minute spent on the water to improve; that kind of work ethic is what it takes to be successful in life.

Name:  Sarah Burn
Age:  17
School:  Milburn High School
Yacht Club:  Bay Head Yacht Club

1) Sarah, you had a great Opti career and have now transitioned into the 420. What has been your best result lately? What worked so well at that event for you?  I just came off the i420 Midwinters, where my crew, Trish Gerli, and I placed 7th. We've been working on improving our communication in the boat, and things really came together when we were both more aware of what was happening on the course.  We anticipated our next moves sooner.
2) What advice would you give to an 8 year old Opti sailor just getting started in sailing? What do you know now that you wish you knew then?  When I was eight, I didn't know much about the sailing world. Even when I was 11 and qualified for my first Team Trials at New Englands with Bay Head YC, I had to be told what it was. I was more of a learn-as-you-go kid, but if I could do it again, I'd talk more to my coaches about what they've done. Your coaches are awesome!! You'd be amazed by the cool places, regattas, and people you'll hear about. After that, why would you ever stop?
3) You now sail mostly an i420 which is a technical boat and offers a pretty competitive fleet. Tell me about how that is going? 
At the start of the fall I joined VMG Racing, a new i420 team with Kevin Burnham and Elizabeth Kratzig coaching. I've been traveling to Miami every few weekends to train. The fleet is talented, and the best players are always working hard to stay on top. Kevin and Elizabeth have helped me make major leaps in my i420 results. We put a big focus on the mental aspect of the game - keeping the boat race-ready, keeping communication up with your partner, taking good notes on practices and events (so you learn your lessons once!), and trusting that the effort you put in will show in the results.
4) I also notice that you take some time to jump into the Club 420 for some summer regattas. Why do you do that? 
After Optis I transitioned into Club 420s. It's a great boat to learn the fundamentals of double-handed sailing. C420s are fun, easy to hop into whether you're coming from Optis or i420s, and you can't beat the number of events and big fleets on the summer circuit. One event in particular I love is the Ida Lewis. I always looked up to girls who had won the event, so winning it myself a couple years ago meant a lot. It's a must-do event for girls in sailing - the phrase in Annapolis last year was "Sailing Sisterhood" which really speaks to the mindset surrounding the regatta.

5) What are your sailing plans for the next few months?  I know i420 Worlds are in Newport, RI, this year.  How will you gear up for those? 

Yes, so we just finished up the three major winter regattas on the i420 circuit, so the focus this spring is being shifted toward training for Worlds in Newport this summer. Having Worlds in the US is a big deal, and I'm planning to spend a lot of time training and racing in there this summer.  Worlds will be our peak event for the year.


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Sailor Spotlight: Jeff Bonanni

February 16, 2018 10:39:36 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Jeff Bonanni

Jeff Bonanni is one of the best sailors on Barnegat Bay.  Jeff followed up a successful Opti career by winning a Laser Radial National Championship and 3 (count them, THREE) Laser Radial North American Championships!  He attended Boston College where he was an All-American skipper and A-division sailor for the Eagles.  In his post-college sailing career, Jeff has become one of the best E-Scow sailors in the US.  Lately, Jeff has been coaching a group of Club 420 sailors in the spring and fall, in addition to the Rumson-Fair Haven HS sailing team.  Jeff is known for his attention to detail and preparation before events, which he is trying to pass down to the next generation of BBYRA sailors.

Name: Jeff Bonanni
Age: 34
School attended: Boston College
Yacht Clubs: Toms River Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club
1) Jeff, you grew up as part of the 90s Opti group that put Toms River on the map.  Tell me how junior sailing was in the late 90s and how it compares to what you see today. 
The 90s was definitely the transitional period from the yacht club run programs to the regional teams that you see today.  With that came better coaching and the quality of the fleet as a whole rising. On the world stage, U.S. Opti sailors are performing a little better at the top end, but it's the middle of the U.S. fleet that is much more competitive today. For example, I think there are probably 25-35 sailors at a large national event that can win a race, which had not been the case until recently. 
At Toms River in the 90s, we were lucky to have a group of parents and a yacht club who were very supportive. Our two primary fall/spring coaches, Erik Johnson and Terry Kempton, were also parents, which is unthinkable today. Ultimately the success of the Toms River program was due to the fact that it was a no egos environment; we shared information, trained hard and competed to win. 
2) Lately you've been coaching club 420s in the spring and fall.  What are some things that our junior 420 sailors do well and what do they need to continue working on? 
The top 420 teams in the area all have crews who happen to be very good skippers, which results in better decision making and better boatspeed.  When the crew is in tune to how the boat feels, they can make a small adjustment in weight or jibsheet without the skipper having to call for it.
We're continuing to work on the technical aspects of the sport, the biggest of which is classifying the conditions on the water, such as wind harshness and wave height, and translating that to how we tune the boat. The Club 420 has many more variables than the Laser or Opti, so even if the wind might be 12 knots in a westerly and 12 knots in a seabreeze, the rig tune could be completely different.
The other is improving physical fitness, particularly strength-endurance.  The mainsheet and jibsheet loads on a Club 420 are very high, so being able to quickly and effectively trim the sails is incredibly important. For the skipper in big breeze, the mainsheet should never stop moving. If you want to climb up the standings quickly, improving physical fitness will get you there.
3) This weekend is the Club 420 Midwinters in Jensen Beach, FL.  You're traveling down to coach four top boats from the Barnegat Bay area.  As a coach, what do you do to prepare your sailors and what should your sailors do before a big regatta? 
First and foremost, I like to work with each team before the event to review strengths and weaknesses and set realistic goals. I view every regatta as a learning experience until we hit a peak event (for Opti sailors this would be Team Trials, for C420 and Laser sailors this would be North Americans). For the sailors, they should make sure their equipment is 100% race ready and feel relaxed knowing that all the hard work and training will serve them well.  Regatta performance is just an expression of the skills honed in practice.
4) You are one of the most cerebral, meticulous sailors out there.  There's no doubt that you put a lot of time into preparing your boat, tuning, and making sure everything works well.  Tell me about those characteristics and why you think they are so important. 
With regards to boat preparation and tuning, there isn't one single thing you can do to make your boat faster than the fleet, no "silver bullet" so to speak. However, if you add up all the little things, such as polishing your hull, wet-sanding your foils and using low stretch lines, then you might gain a small advantage.  Knowing that your boat is the best it can possibly be--and eliminating excuses--is a serious mental edge. 

5) You are one of the best E-Scow sailors in the country, and you had arguably the most dominating performance at an E-Scow Nationals ever at Little Egg Harbor YC in 2015.  [Jeff had a 1-1-1-1-2-5].  What do you attribute this win to? 

Leading up to the event, I was very confident in my boatspeed, crew-work, and familiarity with the venue. After losing the 2014 Nationals by only two points, we wanted to make sure that we were super conservative through the first half of the event. That being said, my focus was to start consistently in low density areas and make sound fleet management decisions, such as putting large packs in the bank when I could, or leading to the starboard layline of the windward mark. The two things that we really excelled at were seeking large open lanes to sail in, and just sailing the boat at top speed 100% of the time.  We rounded every first windward mark safely in the top 10, and chipped away every leg. Great boatspeed makes you look like a genius most of the time.
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Sailor Spotlight: Teddy Martin

February 9, 2018 9:44:53 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Teddy Martin

Teddy Martin is an impressive 13 year old!  Teddy is a rockstar around Lake Hopatcong; he moves boats around the yacht club with his tractor, is a coveted crew on E-Scows, and is one of their top junior sailors.  But over the past year Teddy has upped his game by traveling down to the shore to compete against better kids.  He has also travelled nationally attending any regatta his parents will take him to.  This summer he's even going to try his hand at steering an E-Scow in between Opti events!  Keep a look out for this up-and-coming sailor!


Name: Teddy Martin
Age: 13
Yacht Club: Lake Hopatcong & Surf City Yacht Club (Summer Opti Team)

Grade in school:  7th grade at Tewksbury Middle School

1.  Teddy, you just returned from the Valentine's Day Regatta.  Tell me how the regatta went.  What were the conditions like?  How many races were there?  Were there split fleets?  How did you end up?  The Valentine's Day Regatta was sailed in St. Petersburg, Florida, which has a reputation for light wind.  The regatta started with light wind as expected, but by the end we had races that reached 15 knots. We sailed six races over two days. They had two fleets - Gold and Silver - racing on separate courses. There were 157 Gold fleet sailors so they divided the fleet randomly into four divisions. To make it fair, each division took turns racing the other divisions.  When it was all said and done, I ended up 46th overall after working to figure out the strong current.
2. You've done a lot of "off-season" training and racing the past couple years.  How has that helped elevate your game?  Are you a better sailor in the summer now that you sail in the fall, winter, and spring?  Last fall (2016) was my first "off-season" training experience and my first time sailing away from my home club. With the opportunity to practice off-season with the shore kids and great coaches (some of their faces I had seen on bigger boats), I'm now competing at the national level a lot sooner than I ever imagined. With the addition of fall, winter, and spring practicing my summer sailing has become more focused and competitive. It's been a huge advantage to be able to sail year round.

3. You sail at the Lake Hopatcong YC which is an awesome place to sail.  Last summer you came down to race on the Mantoloking Race Team.  Why the move down to Barnegat Bay?  Were you still able to sail on Lake Hopatcong?  Although I missed my yacht club on Lake Hopatcong, at Mantoloking YC the race team consisted of great sailors and was coached by Molly Horrocks (a super coach) both of which I was excited to join. MYC attends most of the summer USODA regattas I wanted to race in so that worked out well. Being down the shore on the Barnegat Bay, there was consistent wind every day to sail in. Last summer I still went back to Lake Hopatcong on weekends to sail on 'murphE's law' (an Escow). 

4. Yes!  You sail E-Scows when your Opti schedule permits.  How does E-Scow sailing help you with your Opti game?  What's your plan for this upcoming summer as far as E-Scows are concerned?  Sailing weekends on the Escow has helped improve my Opti skills and tactics. My skipper, Pat Flinn, always included me in analyzing the pre-start conditions and deciding where to position on the starting line.  We also always talked about our first leg up the race course. Next summer I'm going to be sailing with Mr. Wiss who is one of the greatest sailors at our club. I'm hoping to get a chance to steer the boat more often. 

5. I have to ask.  At the E-Scow Easterns two years ago at Lake Hopatcong YC, you were the little kid that was driving a John Deere trailer moving everyone's boats to the hoist.  At first people were reluctant to let an 11 year old back their boat down the hill and to the hoist, but after you did it a couple times you really surprised and impressed a lot of people by weaving in and out and driving the tractor like a pro.  How did you learn to drive a tractor like that?!  I grew up on our family's farm, and I've been driving the farm equipment since I could reach the controls. When the yacht club needed a machine to move the trailers my dad offered my John Deere tractor but only under the condition that I would drive it. I was excited, I knew it wouldn't be a problem since I've worked with equipment my whole life.

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Sailor Spotlight: Brendan Hogan

February 1, 2018 4:11:58 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Brendan Hogan


Name: Brendan Hogan
Age: 29
Yacht Club: Shore Acres YC (is the place to be!)

Schools attended: Donovan Catholic, Ocean County College, Kean University

1) Brendan, give me a quick summary of your sailing background.  Where did you grow up sailing?  Did you sail in high school?  College?  etc.
I began sailing at the age of 7 in the Shore Acres Yacht Club Jr Sailing Program. At that age, I was not fond of sailing program by any means. In fact, I am pretty sure I had a belly ache that entire summer. However, my parents were persistent, and I continued in the program. By age 10 I was racing Optis, before advancing to Lasers. At age 15 I began sailing for a travel team - TS4LS - and this is where my passion really grew. I sailed for Monsignor Donovan in High School, and while there I was able to practice with some of the best sailors in the country. During my college career I attended many different universities; however I spent most of my time sailing for OCC and Kean. The OCC program was my primary enabler to continue the sport. Because of my time there I was exposed to A-Cats, Ensigns, and the venerable E-Scow, which I still race today.
2) You are the Commodore of the Shore Acres YC - pretty young compared to most Commodores.  For those who don't know, Shore Acres YC was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy and is still rebuilding.  Can you tell me how the club is coming along?
Shore Acres was completely decimated by Super-Storm Sandy. I will never forget the day the water receded. I walked down to the club, and the only part that looked salvageable was the roof. That day led to 5 years of conducting club events from under a canvas tent. Today, thankfully, we are making great progress towards rebuilding the club. We currently have all of our siding, windows, and rough mechanicals in place. If everything goes according to plan we will be re-opening this May. This has been an incredibly difficult process that has been helped along by a great many people, and I hope they will all join me at the club when we are finished.
3) This winter has been very cold so far which has provided some great opportunities to ice-boat.  Have you been?  What's it been like?
This winter has been BRUTAL. One of the coldest I can remember (Especially when you are trying to build a new clubhouse!). The flip side of that coin, however is that we have been able to do a ton of ice-boating! I firmly believe that the most fun you can have during the winter is on an ice boat. I have owned a DN ice-boat for a couple of years, and this was the first opportunity I have had to use it. To be completely honest, the experience is surreal- gliding along the bay at 30+ knots with hardly a sound to be heard. It is one of the most fantastic out of body experiences one can have. This year we were blessed, in a sense, because Kettle Creek (by SAYC) froze solid for a good 1 month period. I believe out of that we were able to do 2 weekends of ice-boating. Ice-boating will certainly test your patience, but the reward far outweighs any of that- I can’t wait to get back on the ice again!
4) In the summer you sail with Kyle Rogachenko on his E-Scow, "Honk."  What is that like and can you tell me about the dynamics on that boat?
Sailing with Kyle is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I have known Kyle since we were both racing Optis and Lasers; sailing has a way of providing enduring friendships. The crew is primarily made up of Kyle, AJ Bailey and myself. Sailing with Kyle and AJ has definitely elevated my own game. On paper, most people would think it is crazy to throw 3 lifetime skippers into one boat, especially two engineers and someone who may not be known for attention to detail [Editor's note:  Brendan is talking about himself]. The reality is that we all complement each other very well. Trust me when I say that is a full time job to keep two engineers from getting in their own head during a postponement.  Most importantly, this has also been the most fun I have had sailing since I was probably 15. We do not get down on each other; we only serve to pump each other up. This kind of positive environment has an impact on the race course, but it has an even greater impact once on shore. While we always want to win the race, we recognize that there are greater things in life than the race course- such as winning the party at Inlands. HONK!
5) You are one of the most approachable, inclusive, and easy-going guys I know, you've stepped up and helped out at Shore Acres Yacht Club, and you are always available to help promote sailing on Barnegat Bay.  What is it about sailing and Barnegat Bay that keeps you so involved?  What do you love most about our area?
I bleed Barnegat Bay. I have sailed on the Great Lakes, the Inland Lakes, the Finger Lakes, as well as up and down both coasts, and I can comfortably say that Barnegat Bay is simply the best. We have one of the most predictable and satisfying sailing breezes with our summer thermal. This creates some big waves to go along with the big breeze, which can be a lot of fun too. In the Spring and Fall we often benefit from strong west winds from weather fronts moving across the country, and you haven’t lived until you’ve sailed in a Jersey Nor’Easter. It’s very rare we lose a day of racing to no wind at all. Most important, to me, however, are the people. We would not have such a robust and well renowned sailing venue if it were not for the people who support the sport. This includes all the members of the area clubs, the BBYRA, and the Jr Sailing committees. I could probably give you a list of 1,000 people who have helped me out along the way, and I would still be forgetting someone- and that is what makes the difference.

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Sailor Spotlight: Leo Boucher

January 26, 2018 12:12:12 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Leo Boucher

Above left:  Leo Sailing at the Lauderdale OCR.

Above right:  Leo and Laser Gold Medalist, Tom Burton.


Leo Boucher is a high school senior from Annapolis.  Leo started training in the off-season out of Toms River, NJ, to sail with friends and expose himself to top notch coaching (Read:  Kyle Rogachnko, Laser Radial World Champion).  What has impressed me so much about Leo is that even though he has become one of the top junior sailors in the US, he always finds time to come back and sail at the TRYC Spring and Fall Series.  When here, Leo is a role model for most sailors, giving them instruction, sharing stories from big regattas, and working hard to show others what's needed to get to the top of the fleet.  His mantra about sailing being "all about the journey" is the right attitude to have.

Name:  Leo Boucher
Age:  18
Year in School: Senior
Yacht Club: Severn Sailing Association

1) Leo, for those who don't know you, give me a quick synopsis of your sailing career.  I started sailing Optis when I was about 7 years old, and when I was 11 I started coming up to New Jersey to attend the TRYC Fall Series.  When I was 13 I transitioned to the Laser Radial and started working more seriously on technique, hiking, and race strategy.  When I was 15 I was invited to join the ODP (Olympic Development Program) where I was introduced to some great coaches and other top U.S. sailors.  This last year I went to the Netherlands to the Youth Worlds, and last month I sailed in my first OCR in Fort Lauderdale.   
2) What I love about what you've done the past few years is that even though you've elevated your game and sailed more nationally and internationally, you've always made a concerted effort to come sail the TRYC Spring and Fall Series.  Why did you do that and how did it help you with your sailing?  I came to the TRYC Spring and Fall Series for three reasons: (1) because of the great coaching, (2) Barnegat Bay is a really nice sailing venue (3) I had good friends that I could learn from and who I liked sailing with.  Kyle Rogachenko coached the Lasers on Saturdays, and he is a world class sailor, teacher, and coach.  I really learned a lot from him.  Where else can you go to get a great training experience on a Saturday and then put that learning to use on Sunday at a regatta?
3) US Sailing is putting a big effort into preparing youth sailors for international competition and - later on- the Olympics.  Can you tell me about the Olympic Development Program (ODP), the coaches, what a typical clinic is like, etc?
The Olympic Development Program is really great.  I owe a lot to Coach Leandro Spina the director of the program.  He has had a lot of confidence in me.   All of the kids in the ODP have similar goals and are all working on solving some of the same problems like race strategy, starts, boat speed, and physical conditioning.  We don't just learn from the coaches; everyone is good and everyone has something to contribute at a practice.  One of my favorite coaches I've been exposed to is Anna Tunnicliffe.  Anna won the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics in the Laser Radial.   Anna is smart, supper fast on the water, and EXTREMELY FIT.  I have learned a lot about personal fitness from the few time she took us to a cross fit gym for training.
4) Recently you've had an amazing opportunity to meet and chat with Tom Burton (the Australian GOLD Medalist in the Laser in Rio 2016).  What advice did Tom share with you about his campaign and how do you plan to use that going forward?  I did get to meet and sail with Mr. Burton last week.  He was very generous with his time, and we had a great discussion about sailing.   Mr. Burton is 5'11, so he is not the biggest guy in the fleet and neither am I.  I asked him about what he did to compensate for being a little smaller than some of the other sailors.  He told me HIKE HARD.  We talked about the types of exercises he did to maximize his hiking effort.  He told me that he did a combination of cycling and lifting in the gym.  He also told me that he spends a lot of time on a hiking bench.  Its hard, but he can focus on particular sets of muscles.  Mr. Burton said that anyone can hike hard for 30 seconds or a minute off the line, but the winners can hike for entire legs and be 100% for extended periods of time.  We also talked about learning from other more experienced sailors on the course.  He told me some stories about his role models when he was 18 and starting to sail seriously.  
We ended up talking for about two hours.  He was extremely genuine and very very nice.  He really deserved the gold medal.
5) You're a high school senior right now.  What is your plan for college?  Do you want to sail in college?  Are you thinking about an Olympic Campaign after college?
I have applied to a number of really great schools, and I am waiting to hear back from most of them.  I hope to make my final decision on a college in March or April.  I am planning on studying engineering, and I am also looking forward to sailing in college.  All of the colleges I applied to have really great sailing teams and coaches. 
An Olympic Campaign would be cool, but that seems really far away right now.  My dad tells me that it's all about the journey.  If the journey is good the destination will be good.  Right now I'm concentrating on the journey.  If the journey brings me to an Olympic Campaign I will be ready when the opportunity presents itself.
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Sailor Spotlight - James Kopack

January 18, 2018 11:14:43 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  James Kopack



James Kopack is a 6th grade student at the St. Joseph's school in Toms River, NJ.  James has sailed Optimists for a few years now, and he is most known for his dedication and love of the sport.  It is not uncommon to see James practicing by himself after school or working on his Optimist.  James' positive attitude and desire to do ANYTHING that is sailing related are tell-tale signs that he is going to have a fantastic sailing career!

Last weekend, James sailed in the Optimist Team Racing Midwinters in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  We checked in with James to hear how the regatta went.

Name:  James Kopack
Age:  11
Year In School:  6th Grade
Yacht Club:  Mantoloking YC and Toms River YC

1) James, you just got back from the Team Racing Midwinters.  Tell me about the regatta and how you guys did.
The TR Midwinters was unlike any regatta I have ever done before; it was a whole different concept.  First of all, we all had our different teams.  I was on CERT Red.  The first day we got on the water and go the hang of things having not sailed for a while this winter, but we fought hard.  Sadly, we missed Gold fleet in a three-way tie!  We would have made it into Gold fleet but we (along with the other team Lakewood YC) all went to the wrong mark in one race and were penalized 24 points per sailor! 
Day 2 we were placed in Silver fleet and didn't do as well as we wanted, placing 7/11 in Silver.
Day 3 we went out confidently on the water to see who would get the 7th and 8th place spots in a knock-out round (best of 3).  We went up against Lauderdale 2.  My team and I fought hard and beat them 1-2-3 two times.  This time we won!  Even though we did not get into Gold, my team and I did an amazing job for our first time together.  All in all, it was a great experience!

2) What do you like about team racing and what do you like about fleet racing?
Team racing and fleet racing are both some of my favorite things to do, but I have to say I do like team racing a little bit better.  In team racing, you have a team to talk to and somewhat rely on if you're in a bad spot.  I also enjoy setting mark traps and helping my team fight for the winning combination.
On the other hand, in fleet racing you don't have to worry about messing up your team.  You don't have to worry about setting mark traps - all you have to do is sail your own race.
I like both team racing and fleet racing a lot, but I think I like team racing better!

3) POP QUIZ:  Opti Team Racing is 4 vs 4.  Your team is in a 1-2-7-8.  Are you winning or losing?
You're losing!  If you're in a tie, the team with the first place spot is losing.  Any combination with the 7-8 is losing.  The 1-2-7-8 is very easy to get out of though.  Just ask a teammate to set a mark trap and your team is winning!  [Editor's note:  James is 100% correct]

4) James, I have witnessed firsthand how hard you work in the off-season.  You started sailing after school by yourself, then with a friend, then with more friends.  Tell me why you do that and describe how it's turned into a popular activity.
First of all, I do this because I love sailing.  I would go sailing right now, but unfortunately the river is frozen!  Second, I do this because the best kids down south in Florida go out every day after school.  They basically can sail non-stop, and the only way we're going to catch them is by spending time on the water.  You might not know it, but every time you go sailing you get a little bit better.  Even if you just go out and do a dozen tacks and gybes, you will get  a little bit better.  I think this activity became popular because kids who live on the Toms River saw me sailing and wanted to go out too.  Then, my friends told their friends and it became sort of a trend!

5) What are your goals for 2018?
I have many goals for 2018.  My main goal is to qualify for Team Trials at the upcoming Valentine's Day Regatta.   My second goal, even though this isn't results driven, is to mast my tacks.  In the summer of 2017 I got SO much better at my tacks.  Now that my tacks are somewhat decent, I need to MASTER them.  My third goal is to work on my starts.  As some of you may know, I tend to be really good at getting Black Flagged!  This year I need to perfect my starts!

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Sailor Spotlight - Bella Grey

January 12, 2018 10:02:47 AM EST

Sailor Spotlight:  Bella Grey


Bella Grey


Bella is an 11 year old 6th grader who sails for CERT and LEHYC.  She is part of the up-and-coming contingent of young Little Egg sailors who have really upped their games lately.  She and her LBI teammates have started practicing hard in the off-season, they're traveling to as many regattas as possible, and they are loving the sport.  Their time on the water is starting to pay dividends too as their results improve every time they sail.  LEHYC is going to have a power-house junior sailing program for many years to come!

Name:  Bella Grey
Age:  11 years old
Grade in School:  Sixth grade
Yacht Club:  Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club

Bella, you have travelled to a lot of regattas lately and have really made an effort to improve your sailing skills. Which regatta was your favorite and why?
I have two favorites. My first would probably be Nationals. It was my first big regatta since Orange Bowl 2016, and I had recovered from a concussion two weeks before. I also qualified for Team Trials, so I was super excited at the end. Also, I enjoyed spending time with my teammates and feel like we got to know each other better. ACCs was also great. The activities after sailing were awesome, and the zip-line was definitely the highlight of the regatta. The heavier wind on the second day was also enjoyable.

Tell me about your concussion last year and what you did while you were recovering.
Last year I got a concussion by falling on my head doing a back-bend. Honestly, it was awful. I also got whiplash from doing flips at a trampoline park, which added to my head pain. While I was recovering, all I did was sleep and eat for the first week. After I got a little better, I learned how to bake. So many batches of brownies and cookies were made (and eaten) during my recovery.

What’s something you do really well in the boat?
Something I do well in the boat is sailing downwind. I plan ahead and know if I should jibe or keep going at the weather mark.  I am also good at mark roundings, and I pass boats while rounding marks.

What’s a short term goal or something you want to improve on?
One thing I want to improve on is starts. I am usually on the favored side and have a good hole, then I lose it at 20 seconds. My goal is to get consistent front row starts and not lose my hole.

What’s your favorite drill on the water?
My favorite drill is probably rabbit starts. Strangely enough, I used to despise them. I finally got good at rolling my boat to get speed off my rounding. It's fun to see if I can pass the boat that rounded before me and to try my best not to get passed.

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Sailing Spotlight - Sarah Moeder

January 6, 2018 7:40:20 PM EST

Sailor Spotlight



Sarah Moeder


Sarah Moeder, pictured above, is a 14 year old 8th grade student.  Sarah is a crew on a Club 420 with her skipper, Cordelia Burn.  The pair represent Bay Head Yacht Club, and over the Christmas break they competed in the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami, FL.  The girls have been on FIRE lately in the C420 - they finished 6th overall in Miami - so we wanted to check in and get her take on crewing and sailing with a partner after Optimists.


Name:  Sarah Moeder
Age:  14
Grade:  8th grade 
Yacht Club:  Bay Head Yacht Club 
Tell me about Orange Bowl. You guys had an awesome event. What worked well last week? 
I think last week was mostly about having good boat speed being aware of the shifts. Being fast off of the line in and phase was the thing that put us at the top of the fleet. On the downwinds it was very important to always be working the spinnaker pole back while keeping the spinnaker from collapsing. 
What are a couple near term goals you want to work on?
Cordelia and I have been working on transitions throughout the race such as going from puffs to lights spots and light spots to puffs while keeping the boat relatively flat.  At the same time, we're trying to transition well from upwinds to reaches, reaches to downwinds, and downwinds to upwinds or reaches. Something that I’m working on personally is talking to Cordelia more about what’s going on around us like wind shifts, puffs, and light spots.
How do you like crewing?
I really really really like crewing. I think it’s a nice change from optis where you are skippering all of the time. My favorite part of crewing is trapping, although it has taken me a while to get used to it and I am still learning about how to improve my technique. I think that a lot of people starting club 420s and other double handed boats think that the crews job is less important, but what Cordelia and I have learned is that we both do an equal amount of work and our jobs our equally important.
You had a pretty solid Opti career, but it seems like you and Cordelia are lighting it up in the C420. Why do you think that is? 
I think we are doing well because of the positive relationship Cordelia and I have. Having a positive relationship has helped us remember that we are learning together and we both make mistakes. It also helps us stay patient with each other even during long periods of time together. I think being in a double handed boat has motivated me to push myself a little harder because my actions don’t only effect my results. In my opinion, it is hard to compare club 420s to optis because they are so different, but from a technical point of view, one thing we are doing that I didn’t do in optis is being very proactive with testing before the start and speed testing with other boats.
What's been your favorite regatta venue to sail?
This is a really hard question- over the summer we sailed at many venues and I liked them all. I think one of my favorites was at the Buffalo Canoe Club in Canada. Although it was very light during North Americans, there was a lot of space to rig and to put out boats and the people there were really friendly. I’m super excited to keep sailing in new places, meet more new people, and learn more about the c420.
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Fall Series Final Results

October 30, 2017 12:10:32 PM EDT

The Toms River Yacht Club Fall Series came to an anti-climactic end Sunday, as rain and big breeze kept the sailors on shore.  Despite marginal conditions early on, the forecast was for increasing wind and rain as the day went on; it was a safe call to end the series.


Congratulations to our winners in both the Laser Radial and Opti fleets!  Consistency over the course of a four week period is needed to come out on top, and both Teddy Martin (Optis) and Tyler Mowry (Laser Radials) did just that!


Thank you so much to our helpers.  Cindy Botwinick and Amy DeFronzo graciously did the scoring and registration.  Mike Dowd, Brian Hull, and a collection of other parents donated their time to run the racing.  None of this could be possible without Alex Rogachenko who keeps things moving smoothly and happening on schedule.  There are many others who have contributed in some way, and this truly is a team effort.  THANK YOU!


We are indebted to Toms River Yacht Club for their continued support of Junior Sailing and the use of their facilities.  TRYC generously welcomes us each fall and spring, and we are so lucky to sail there.  A quick note from your sailor thanking the yacht club with an annecdote about your experience or what you learned this fall would go a long way to showing our appreciation!

See you in the Spring!


Final Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Total Total w/Drops Fleet
1 Teddy Martin 22382 9 20 3 11 19 11 1 1 2 1 1 5 2 5 9 6 11 4 4 7 7 13 2 154 91 Blue
2 James Kopack 19781 27 5 17 10 7 20 5 2 1 3 3 4 5 4 2 4 13 8 7 6 3 6 11 173 96 Blue
3 Ben DeFonzo 21276 6 6 4 6 12 9 13 13 13 13 13 13 7 2 6 3 7 7 2 3 2 3 5 168 116 Red
4 Everett Botwinick 15463 8 7 9 7 3 3 13 13 13 13 13 13 3 9 4 5 8 5 6 8 8 4 3 178 126 Red
5 Griffin Lapham 21281 4 3 14 2 6 6 13 13 13 13 13 13 10 6 7 11 1 1 23 23 23 23 23 264 172 Red
6 Pilar Cundey 17633 5 4 7 4 4 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 4 12 3 9 3 3 23 23 23 23 23 264 172 Blue
7 Gabriella Fontana 20929 16 21 13 15 10 21 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 5 10 6 6 5 4 4 5 9 255 182 Blue
8 Turner Ryon 19424 13 8 24 14 17 5 2 6 3 2 2 1 17 16 13 17 12 2 23 23 23 23 23 289 196 White
9 Ryan Ehnot 20736 45 45 45 45 45 45 13 13 13 13 13 13 1 1 1 2 2 10 1 1 1 1 7 376 196 Red
10 Teddy McKenzie 21952 19 9 1 13 2 2 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 3 2 5 2 4 338 206 White
11 Connor McHugh 21058 17 16 18 9 13 12 3 3 6 4 5 2 9 11 12 19 14 15 23 23 23 23 23 303 211 Blue
12 Richard Underwood 21074 41 18 30 17 22 27 4 4 5 6 4 3 19 21 10 8 25 18 13 15 14 10 15 349 226 White
13 Aidan Millar 12761 11 11 6 3 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 8 5 6 8 1 363 231 Red
14 Harrison Hubbard 21305 38 17 27 30 29 28 13 13 13 13 13 13 11 19 8 12 4 14 9 10 10 7 8 359 234 Blue
15 William Kernan 21760 1 12 15 5 15 26 13 13 13 13 13 13 6 13 21 7 9 13 23 23 23 23 23 336 241 Blue
16 Jamie Lynch 20715 25 28 26 28 26 30 7 5 4 5 10 7 15 7 24 14 20 20 11 13 12 14 12 363 251 Blue
17 Roberto Fontana 12236 10 25 21 23 20 19 13 13 13 13 13 13 14 17 19 18 19 12 10 11 11 11 10 348 259 Blue
18 Teddy Stoldt 18124 14 15 8 20 11 16 13 13 13 13 13 13 18 10 14 1 16 16 23 23 23 23 23 352 260 Blue
19 Xavier Stoldt 15030 18 15 12 12 9 10 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 8 16 23 5 28 23 23 23 23 23 361 264 Red
20 Bridget Green 20960 2 1 2 1 1 1 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 399 267 Red
21 Esme Gonzalez 21945 21 24 25 19 16 17 13 13 13 13 13 13 8 3 11 15 10 9 23 23 23 23 23 371 276 Blue
22 John Donnelly 11747 24 13 16 37 28 25 10 8 8 7 7 8 23 25 23 20 15 17 17 16 19 12 13 391 276 Blue
23 Ian Lent 22237 3 2 5 8 21 4 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 434 302 Blue
24 Lindsey Byer 22404 45 45 45 45 45 45 13 13 13 13 13 13 16 15 15 21 12 11 12 9 9 9 6 483 303 Blue
25 Ella Demand 19597 35 35 20 32 25 18 13 13 13 13 13 13 20 22 22 16 17 21 14 12 13 17 14 431 304 Blue
26 Cole Martin 6839 28 23 32 33 34 33 9 7 7 8 6 6 21 24 17 22 22 22 15 17 18 15 17 436 304 White
27 Drew DeFonzo 2127 26 22 34 29 37 32 13 13 13 13 13 13 25 20 18 27 26 24 16 14 15 16 16 475 343 White
28 Dillon Millar 22492 22 19 11 25 5 7 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 480 348 Blue
29 Sean Bodner 19947 15 10 19 22 8 15 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 480 348 Blue
30 Spencer Glau 22491 12 14 10 18 18 24 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 487 355 Red
31 Maggie DeFonzo 20058 30 33 31 42 38 34 13 13 13 13 13 13 24 18 25 24 23 23 19 19 20 18 20 519 372 White
32 Addison Dunn 9750 29 31 22 21 23 8 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 525 393 Blue
33 Gannon Botwinick 19792 45 45 45 45 45 45 8 10 10 9 8 10 26 26 30 25 24 25 18 20 17 19 18 573 393 White
34 Christopher Small 21486 45 45 45 45 45 45 13 13 13 13 13 13 22 23 20 13 21 19 23 23 23 23 23 581 401 White
35 Noelle Donnelly 8067 40 40 37 39 43 41 11 11 11 10 11 9 30 28 29 32 28 26 20 18 16 20 19 569 405 White
36 Bolton Jack 18523 20 29 23 26 27 23 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 539 407 Red
37 John O'Leary 7074 36 39 38 27 30 36 13 13 13 13 13 13 27 27 26 26 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 571 422 White
38 Aly Breckenridge 21064 32 26 28 24 24 35 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 560 426 White
39 Charlotte Cundey 19633 42 38 40 38 39 38 13 13 13 13 13 13 29 30 27 28 18 27 23 23 23 23 23 587 428 White
40 Michael Poskay 15343 23 27 35 36 32 22 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 566 429 White
41 Lindsey Byer 22404 31 30 33 16 36 31 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 568 433 Blue
42 John Underwood 20654 42 34 45 45 45 43 12 12 12 12 12 12 31 31 33 30 27 33 21 21 21 21 21 616 438 White
43 Jude Ryon 194241 45 45 45 45 45 45 13 13 13 13 13 13 28 29 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 652 445 White
44 Glau Anna 19186 39 36 29 34 35 29 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 593 449 Blue
45 Jimmy McCann 5201 44 42 43 43 42 44 13 13 13 13 13 13 32 32 28 29 29 29 22 22 22 22 22 625 451 White
46 Morgan Poskay 7090 34 41 36 31 41 40 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 614 456 White
47 Kyleigh Martin 17456 45 45 45 45 45 45 6 9 9 11 9 11 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 638 458 White
48 George Breckenridge 8815 37 37 42 35 33 37 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 612 459 White
49 Connor Corbett 15520 33 32 39 40 40 39 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 614 462 Red
50 Maryn Demand 15201 43 43 41 41 31 42 13 13 13 13 13 13 33 33 33 33 33 33 23 23 23 23 23 632 463 White

Final Laser Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Total Total w/Drops
1 Tyler Mowry 169629 1 1 1 2 3 6 1 4 3 1 1 3 2 4 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 48 31
2 Michael Pinto 184647 2 3 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 2 3 2 3 4 2 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 77 57
3 Quinn Collins 209318 4 4 4 5 4 2 2 2 4 4 3 5 5 3 4 3 5
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Fall Series Week 4

October 23, 2017 10:59:15 AM EDT

Week 4 of the Toms River Yacht Club Fall Series started slowly with a wind delay.  Light air set a slow tone to the group as sailors anxiously hoped to get out and race.  By about 11:45 AM, a soft 5-7 knot breeze filled in and allowed 22 Opti sailors and 4 Laser sailors to head out on the course for the day's racing.


Five triangle races were sailed for the Optis, and once again, Ryan Ehnot worked his way to the front of the fleet.  With a strong opening sequence of 4 bullets, Ryan managed a 7th in race 5 to take the overall, no-drop, win.  Ben DeFonzo and Teddy Martin (top White fleeter) were hot on his heels with consistent scores themselves.  The top three sailors were pretty punched, but Gabby Fontana (top Blue fleeter) lead the next chase pack, finishing 4th overall.


In the small, but competitive, Laser Radial fleet, Tyler Mowry was able to win all 6 races on the windward-leeward courses.  His speed and conservative tactics helped place himself at the top all day long.  Quinn Collins and David Manley had a back-and-forth battle for 2nd and 3rd that ultimately went to Quinn.  Peyton Kliesch is spending time on the water each week to improve, rounding out the Radial fleet.


Thank you so much to Alex Rogachenko, Brett Byer, and Matt McKenzie for running the Race Committee.  Ted Martin was on the finish boat, and Amy DeFonzo is making a strong case for MVP this season with both registration and scoring duties.


THANK YOU to all the parents and volunteers, and thank you to Toms River Yacht Club for their continued support of Junior Sailing.



Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 Total Fleet
1 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 1 1 1 7 11 Red
2 Ben DeFonzo 21276 2 3 2 3 5 15 Red
3 Teddy McKenzie 21952 3 2 5 2 4 16 White
4 Gabriella Fontana 20929 5 4 4 5 9 27 Blue
5 Aidan Millar 12761 8 5 6 8 1 28 Red
6 Everett Botwinick 15463 6 8 8 4 3 29 Red
7 James Kopack 19781 7 6 3 6 11 33 Blue
8 Teddy Martin 22382 4 7 7 13 2 33 Blue
9 Harrison Hubbard 21305 9 10 10 7 8 44 Blue
10 Lindsey Byer 22404 12 9 9 9 6 45 Blue
11 Roberto Fontana 12236 10 11 11 11 10 53 Blue
12 Jamie Lynch 20715 11 13 12 14 12 62 Blue
13 Richard Underwood 21074 13 15 14 10 15 67 White
14 Ella Demand 19597 14 12 13 17 14 70 Blue
15 Drew DeFonzo 2127 16 14 15 16 16 77 White
16 John Donnelly 11747 17 16 19 12 13 77 Blue
17 Cole Martin 6839 15 17 18 15 17 82 White
18 Gannon Botwinick 19792 18 20 17 19 18 92 White
19 Noelle Donnelly 8067 20 18 16 20 19 93 White
20 Maggie DeFonzo 20058 19 19 20 18 20 96 White
21 John Underwood 20654 21 21 21 21 21 105 White
22 Jimmy McCann 5201 22 22 22 22 22 110 White


Laser Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Tyler Mowry 169629 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5
2 Quinn Collins 209318 3 2 3 2 3 2 15 12
3 David Manley 187959 4 3 2 3 2 3 17 13
4 Payton Kliesch 210661 2 4 4 4 4 4 22 18
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Fall Series Week 3

October 16, 2017 1:58:19 PM EDT

Sunday, October 15th, was the 3rd week of the TRYC Fall Series.  Sailors were greeted with cloudy skies and 70 degree temperatures.  As the day went on the sun poked out and the breeze got puffier.  Six races were held in breeze that ranged from 5-15 knots out of the Southwest.


In the highly competitive Laser fleet, Leo Boucher exerted his dominance by winning all 6 races.  Racing was close, and Leo was pushed hard by Tyler Mowry, Michael Pinto, Quinn Collins, and David Manley.  It was pretty cool to see just how tight each mark rounding was in the Laser fleet.


32 optis raced on Sunday, and it was Ryan Ehnot (red fleet) who strung together the best series to win by a convincing 15 point margin.  2nd place through 7th place was separated by a mere 4 points, reinforcing the fact that every point truly counts!  In the end, Pilar Cundey (blue fleet winner) won the pack for 2nd followed by James Kopack in 3rd. 


Word on the street is that Everett Botwinick promised his mom (and official scorer) extra chores at home if she could finagle him winning the three-way tie breaker for 4th-5th-6th in the scores.  And while the scores initially reflected Everett's wishes, the plan was foiled shortly after the results were read.  Griffin Lapham was the true winner of the tie-breaker due to his two race wins, and we wanted to point that out and give Griffin some recognition that he didn't get at the awards ceremony.


With Griffin placing 4th, Ben DeFonzo was next in the tie-breaking count-back to take 5th.  Everett had to settle for 6th.  Teddy Martin rounded out the lead pack just one point back in 7th.


Turner Ryon is living proof of the adage that the more time you spend in the boat, the better you're going to do.  Turner has been practicing hard this past spring, summer, and fall, and it's evident in his results.  Turner rocked a 2nd place in one race on Sunday and won the white fleet.  Look for Turner's name at the top of the results in upcoming years.


We're lucky to have so much support from the parents and helpers.  Cindy Botwinick and Amy DeFonzo once again handled the scoring and registration.  These two are a well-oiled machine and make sure that everything goes smoothly.  A handful of parents were helping launch and retreive sailors, monitor racing, and generally give a helping hand.  Finally, Mike Dowd and Alex Rogachenko donated their time to man the Race Committee boat this week.  We're grateful to EVERYONE for making this series happen.


Finally, Toms River Yacht Club once again delivered with their support of sailing.  There were FIVE different race courses being sailed on this weekend.  All of the action happens at TRYC, and it's so cool to see the energy around the club.  Please thank the officers at TRYC if you get a chance.  We truly couldn't do it without their support.


See everyone next weekend for the 4th week of the series!



  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total W/ Drop Fleet
1 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 1 1 2 2 10 17 7 Red
2 Pilar Cundey 17633 4 12 3 9 3 3 34 22 Blue
3 James Kopack 19781 5 4 2 4 13 8 36 23 Blue
4 Griffin Lapham 21281 10 6 7 11 1 1 36 25 Red
5 Ben DeFonzo 21276 7 2 6 3 7 7 32 25 Red
6 Everett Botwinick 15463 3 9 4 5 8 5 34 25 Red
7 Teddy Martin 22382 2 5 9 6 11 4 37 26 Blue
8 Gabriella Fontana 20929 13 14 5 10 6 6 54 40 Blue
9 Esme Gonzalez 21945 8 3 11 15 10 9 56 41 Blue
10 William Kernan 21760 6 13 21 7 9 13 69 48 Blue
11 Harrison Hubbard 21305 11 19 8 12 4 14 68 49 Blue
12 Teddy Stoldt 18124 18 10 14 1 16 16 75 57 Blue
13 Turner Ryon 19424 17 16 13 17 12 2 77 60 White
14 Connor McHugh 21058 9 11 12 19 14 15 80 61 Blue
15 Xavier Stoldt 15030 12 8 16 23 5 28 92 64 Red
16 Lindsey Byer 22404 16 15 15 21 12 11 90 69 Blue
17 Jamie Lynch 20715 15 7 24 14 20 20 100 76 Blue
18 Richard Underwood 21074 19 21 10 8 25 18 101 76 White
19 Roberto Fontana 12236 14 17 19 18 19 12 99 80 Blue
20 Christopher Small 21486 22 23 20 13 21 19 118 95 White
21 Ella Demand 19597 20 22 22 16 17 21 118 96 Blue
22 John Donnelly 11747 23 25 23 20 15 17 123 98 Blue
23 Cole Martin 6839 21 24 17 22 22 22 128 104 White
24 Maggie DeFonzo 20058 24 18 25 24 23 23 137 112 White
25 Drew DeFonzo 2127 25 20 18 27 26 24 140 113 White
26 Gannon Botwinick 19792 26 26 30 25 24 25 156 126 White
27 Cundy Charlotte 21303 29 30 27 28 18 27 159 129 White
28 John O'Leary 7164 27 27 26 26 33 33 172 139 White
29 Noelle Donnelly 8067 30 28 29 32 28 26 173 141 White
30 Jimmy McCann 5201 32 32 28 29 29 29 179 147 White
31 John Underwood 20654 31 31 33 30 27 33 185 152 White
32 Jude Ryon 194241 28 29 33 33 33 33 189 156 White



  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 157851 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5
2 Tyler Mowry 169629 2 4 2 2 3 2 15 11
3 Michael Pinto 184647 3 2 3 4 2 3 17 13
4 Quinn Collins 209318 5 3 4 3 5 5 25 20
5 David Manley 187959 4 5 5 5 4 4 27 22
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Fall Series Week 2

October 10, 2017 1:01:54 PM EDT

While many sailors were in St. Petersburg, FL, for the SE Optimist Champs (and Spring Teams Qualifier) or in Bellport, NY, for the Club 420 Mid Atlantics, some sailors stayed home and raced in the TRYC Fall Series Week 2.  12 Optimists and 5 Laser Radials duked it out in some great fall conditions.

Teddy Martin exerted his dominance in the Opti fleet, winning 4/6 races.  Turner Ryon and James Kopack gave Teddy a run for his money, though, each winning a race and playing in the front of the fleet.  The young but enthusiastic Optimist fleet showed nice improvement and sailed really well for the day.

Another dog fight in the highly-competitive Laser Radial fleet ended with Tyler Mowry winning a tie-breaker over Lauren Ehnot for first place.  Michael Pinto sailed a nice series to finish closely behind in 3rd place.

Thank you to Brian Hull and Alex Rogachenko for running 6 fantastic races!

Racing continues next weekend, Sunday, October 15th, at Toms River Yacht Club!


First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total W/ Drop Fleet
1 Teddy Martin 22382 1 1 2 1 1 5 11 6 Blue
2 Turner Ryon 19424 2 6 3 2 2 1 16 10 White
3 James Kopack 19781 5 2 1 3 3 4 18 13 Blue
4 Connor McHugh 21058 3 3 6 4 5 2 23 17 Blue
5 Richard Underwood 21074 4 4 5 6 4 3 26 20 White
6 Jamie Lynch 20715 7 5 4 5 10 7 38 28 Blue
7 Cole Martin 6839 9 7 7 8 6 6 43 34 White
8 John Donnelly 11747 10 8 8 7 7 8 48 38 Blue
9 Kyleigh  Martin 17456 6 9 9 11 9 11 55 44 White
10 Gannon Botwinick 19792 8 10 10 9 8 10 55 45 White
11 Noelle Donnelly 8067 11 11 11 10 11 9 63 52 White
12 John  Underwood 20654 12 12 12 12 12 12 72 60 White


Laser Radials

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Tyler Mowry 169629 1 4 3 1 1 3 13 9
2 Lauren Ehnot 176228 3 3 1 2 2 1 12 9
3 Michael Pinto 184647 4 1 2 3 4 2 16 12
4 Quinn Collins 209318 2 2 4 4 3 5 20 15
5 Payton Kliesch 210661 5 5 5 5 5 4 29 24
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Fall Series Week 1

October 4, 2017 10:37:34 AM EDT

The 2017 Toms River Yacht Club Fall Series began this past Sunday, October 1st, on a warm and sunny day.  Sailors competed in a puffy, shifty Northeasterly breeze at about 10 knots.  44 Optimists and 7 Lasers raced the first week.
In the Optimist Fleet, Red Fleeter Bridget Green posted a very consistent 2-1-2-1-1-1 series to take the overall win.  Her solid starts and quick decision-making allowed her to connect the puffs and round in the top every race.  Griffin Lapham just edged the group for second, spending most of his day at the front of the fleet.  Griffin fought hard for the boat end of the starting line and kept an eye on the right side of the course which seemed to work well all day long.  Ian Lent (top Blue fleeter), Pilar Cundey, Teddy McKenzie (top White fleeter) and Everett Botwinick rounded out the top group.
There was a small but very competitive Laser fleet sailing on Sunday.  Often times who could navigate the maze of Optimists determined who would win the races.  Dan Lent won overall, but he cheated by sailing a Laser Full rig!  The radial winner was Tyler Mowry, followed closely by Lauren Ehnot and Michael Pinto.  Winfield Dunn mixed it up in his 4.7 for the day.

Thanks to Toms River Yacht Club for letting us use their facilities.  It sure is great to see over FORTY Optimists racing on Sundays in October.  Mike Dowd and Alex Rogachenko ran the races.  Cindy Botwinick and the Defonzos manned the scoring and registration.

See everyone next week!



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Bridget Green 20960 2 1 2 1 1 1 8 6 Red
2 Griffin Lapham 21281 4 3 14 2 6 6 35 21 Red
3 Ian Lent 22237 3 2 5 8 21 4 43 22 Blue
4 Pilar Cundey 17633 5 4 7 4 4 13 37 24 Blue
5 Teddy  McKenzie 21952 19 9 1 13 2 2 46 27 White
6 Everett Botwinick 15463 8 7 9 7 3 3 37 28 Red
7 Ben DeFonzo 21276 6 6 4 6 12 9 43 31 Red
8 Aidan Millar 12761 11 11 6 3 14 14 59 45 Red
9 William Kernan 21760 1 12 15 5 15 26 74 48 Blue
10 Teddy Martin 22382 9 20 3 11 19 11 73 53 Blue
11 Turner Ryan 19424 13 8 24 14 17 5 81 57 White
12 Xavier Stoldt 15030 18 15 12 12 9 10 76 58 Red
13 James Kopack 19781 27 5 17 10 7 20 86 59 Blue
14 Stoldt Teddy 18124 14 15 8 20 11 16 84 64 Blue
15 Dillon Millar 22492 22 19 11 25 5 7 89 64 Blue
16 Sean  Bodner 19947 15 10 19 22 8 15 89 67 Blue
17 Connor McHugh 21058 17 16 18 9 13 12 85 67 Blue
18 Spencer Glau 22491 12 14 10 18 18 24 96 72 Red
19 Gabriella Fontana 20929 16 21 13 15 10 21 96 75 Blue
20 Roberto Fontana 12236 10 25 21 23 20 19 118 93 Blue
21 Esme Gonzalez 21945 21 24 25 19 16 17 122 97 Blue
22 Addison Dunn 9750 29 31 22 21 23 8 134 103 Blue
23 John Donnelly 11747 24 13 16 37 28 25 143 106 Blue
24 Richard Underwood 21074 41 18 30 17 22 27 155 114 White
25 Bolton Jack 18523 20 29 23 26 27 23 148 119 Red
26 Ella Demand 19597 35 35 20 32 25 18 165 130 Blue
27 Harrison  Hubbard 21305 38 17 27 30 29 28 169 131 Blue
28 Jamie Lynch 20715 25 28 26 28 26 30 163 133 Blue
29 Breckenridge Aly 21064 32 26 28 24 24 35 169 134 White
30 Michael Poskay 15343 23 27 35 36 32 22 175 139 White
31 Lindsey Byer 22404 31 30 33 16 36 31 177 141 Blue
32 Drew  DeFonzo 2127 26 22 34 29 37 32 180 143 White
33 Cole Martin 6839 28 23 32 33 34 33 183 149 White
34 Glau Anna 19186 39 36 29 34 35 29 202 163 Blue
35 Maggie DeFonzo 20058 30 33 31 42 38 34 208 166 White
36 John O'Leary 7074 36 39 38 27 30 36 206 167 White
37 George Breckenridge 8815 37 37 42 35 33 37 221 179 White
38 Morgan Poskay 7090 34 41 36 31 41 40 223 182 White
39 Connor  Corbett 15520 33 32 39 40 40 39 223 183 Red
40 Cundy Charlotte 19633 42 38 40 38 39 38 235 193 White
41 Noelle Donnelly 8067 40 40 37 39 43 41 240 197 White
42 Maryn Demand 15201 43 43 41 41 31 42 241 198 White
43 John  Underwood 20654 42 34 45 45 45 43 254 209 White
44 Jimmy McCann 5201 44 42 43 43 42 44 258 214 White



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop

1 Dan Lent 168591 6 4 1 1 1 1 14 8 1 FULL
2 Tyler Mowry 169629 1 1 2 3 4 7 18 11 1 Radial
3 Lauren Ehnot 176228 3 2 3 4 2 5 19 14 2 Radial
4 Michael Pinto 184647 2 3 4 2 3 4 18 14 3 Radial
5 Quinn Collins 209318 4 5 5 6 5 3 28 22 4 Radial
6 David Manley 187959 5 6 6 5 6 2 30 24 5 Radial
7 Winfield Dunn 166954 7 7 7 7 7 7 42 35 1 4.7
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Spring Series Week 4 Results

May 1, 2017 1:39:22 PM EDT

Sunday, April 30th was the fourth and final TRYC Spring Series for 2017.  Sailors were met with temperatures in the 60s and a building 10-15 knot breeze out of the East.  The Race Committee set up Windward/Leeward courses with a short reach finish and six races were sailed to complete the series.


In the 28 boat Optimist fleet, Charlie McKenzie - just back from representing the US at the Lake Garda Regatta in Italy - enjoyed the puffier conditiions by stringing together some bullets and taking the overall win for the day.  Ryan Ehnot had some solid finishes early in the day to finish a close second.  Ben DeFonzo, who seemed to always have his boat in the right spot, rounded out the top three, just losing a tie breaker with Ryan.  It was really close racing at the top of the fleet.


Blue fleet was once again won by Everett Botwinick who's making a point of winning his age group.  Everett had to work hard, though, with Pilar Cundey and James O'Gwen hot on his tail.  Pilar sailed an awesome last race to win by a big margin; the smile on her face when she crossed the line could be seen all the way from shore.


Teddy McKenzie was back in the White fleet again and put together a strong series to finish 10th for the day and win his division.  The hard-working James Kopack and the always-pleasant Harrison Hubbard rounded out the top three in White fleet.


It was amazing to watch all of the Opti sailors compete yesterday.  You can really tell they've been working hard all spring, and they will be that much better off in the summer for the hard work they put in during the off-season.


Everyone wants to beat Leo Boucher in the Laser fleet.  You know you've sailed a good race if it does happen because it is so rare.  Leo is fast, smart, fit, and a very savy racer.  In typical Leo-fashion, he had four 1sts and two 2nds to win the day.  Tyler Mowry strung together a consistent series (including beating Leo twice!) to take second for the day.  Jamie Paul, who's attended every week with success finished 3rd for the day in the 10 boat fleet.


Nicole Moeder raced in the Laser Radial, but she forgot her drain plug.  In a last ditch effort to sail, she wedged some paper in the opening to prevent water from coming in.  Spoiler alert:  paper doesn't prevent water from coming in, and sailing without a drain plug isn't fast!  Nicole found that out pretty quickly and had to call it quits before the last race.


Payton Kliesch has been racing every weekend, and improving every day she's on the water.  Despite sailing a 4.7 against all radials, Payton had some really nice races and was always in the mix.


Only one 420 showed up today, but that didn't stop Declan Botwinick and Brooke Schmelz from joining in to race the Lasers.  The finished mid-fleet in most of the Laser races, but they dominated the 420 scoreboard with all first place finishes!  It was very good practice to go out and put the spinnaker up and down.  Good job for getting out there!


At the completion of the series, sailors and parents headed upstairs at Toms River Yacht Club for the awards.  Gill generously stepped up this week to provide some really nice rash guards, buffs, hats, and other prizes.  The sailors loved the candy and glasses from TRYC that club member Casey Mundry prepared for us.  As always, we are so lucky to have the support and hospitality from Toms River Yacht Club to host our Spring and Fall Series.


Cindy Botwinick and Amy DeFonzo made sure everything ran smoothly on shore, once again manning the Registration and Scoring desk.  These ladies generously donate their time to make sure everyone else has a fun day on the water.  THANK YOU.


Mike Dowd, head CERT Opti coach, was on the water moving marks and giving out advice to all the sailors.  Many parents also jumped in to launch and retrieve boats, patrol the course, and help out when needed.  It truly is a team effort to run such a great event.


Finally, thanks to Alex Rogachenko for doing anyting and everything to make sure the series runs smoothly.  He grabs marks, helps on the RC boat, herds the sailors for the skippers' meeting and awards, and will genuinly help with anything that's asked of him.  Thank you, Alex!


Below are the weekly and the series results:


First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Charlie McKenzie 12655 4 9 1 1 4 2 21 12 Red
2 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 2 3 5 3 11 25 14 Red
3 Ben DeFonzo 21276 2 3 2 3 7 4 21 14 Red
4 Shaanti Choi-Bose 19786 6 8 19 2 1 3 39 20 Red
5 Everett Botwinick 197921 5 1 4 4 6 10 30 20 Blue
6 Pilar Cundey 17633 7 14 6 13 5 1 46 32 Blue
7 Griffin Lapham 21281 16 6 8 15 2 5 52 36 Red
8 James O'Gwen 22199 3 5 13 12 15 7 55 40 Blue
9 Sophie Fisher 21449 10 7 5 16 13 8 59 43 Red
10 Teddy  McKenzie 20513 9 4 10 11 10 18 62 44 White
11 Mike Meehan 19080 12 10 17 10 9 9 67 50 Red
12 Sarah Moeder 15641 8 13 11 14 12 13 71 57 Red
13 William Kernan 21760 18 11 15 8 22 6 80 58 Blue
14 Teddy Martin 22382 15 15 14 7 11 12 74 59 Blue
15 Gabriella Fontana 20929 13 16 7 9 14 16 75 59 Blue
16 James Kopack 19781 11 12 18 6 25 14 86 61 White
17 Harrison Hubbard 21305 14 20 9 18 8 17 86 66 White
18 Esme Gonzalez 15522 17 17 12 17 19 15 97 78 Blue
19 Ella Gonzalez 14693 19 24 16 22 16 22 119 95 Blue
20 Turner Ryon 19424 20 18 22 19 21 29 129 100 White
21 Roberto Fontana 15212 22 19 20 24 18 21 124 100 White
22 Ella Demand 19597 27 23 21 21 20 20 132 105 Blue
23 Addison Dunn 9750 23 21 23 20 24 23 134 110 White
24 Connor McHugh 6900 21 26 24 27 17 25 140 113 White
25 Drew  DeFonzo 121276 24 22 25 23 26 24 144 118 White
26 Max Palaza 11578 28 25 26 25 23 19 146 118 Blue
27 Maggie DeFonzo 9053 25 27 27 26 27 26 158 131 White
28 Gannon Botwinick 7116 26 28 29 28 28 29 168 139 White



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 195876 1 1 1 2 1 2 8 6
2 Tyler Mowry 169629 2 4 2 1 5 1 15 10
3 Jamie Paul 209374 5 6 5 4 4 4 28 22
4 CJ Araujo 185491 8 3 7 3 6 3 30 22
5 David Manley 187959 6 7 3 6 2 6 30 23
6 Michael Pinto 184647 4 2 4 8 7 7 32 24
7 Harrison Bailey 209286 7 9 6 5 3 5 35 26
8 Lauren Ehnot 176228 3 5 8 9 8 8 41 32
9 Payton Kliesch 187214 10 10 10 7 9 9 55 45
10 Nicole Moeder 126682 9 8 9 10 10 11 57 46



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Total Total w/drops Fleet
1 Ryan Ehnot 20736 5 13 1 2 2 7 3 1 2 8 5 1 3 2 1 3 11 1 2 3 5 3 11 95 40 Red
2 Everett Botwinick 197921 1 10 9 8 3 4 5 2 4 3 1 9 4 1 8 4 9 5 1 4 4 6 10 115 60 Blue
3 Ben DeFonzo 21276 7 3 2 4 5 2 4 6 3 6 9 14 7 5 9 5 3 2 3 2 3 7 4 115 62 Red
4 Griffin Lapham 21281 6 2 14 14 17 18 1 5 5 5 2 11 10 12 6 9 10 16 6 8 15 2 5 199 105 Red
5 Pilar Cundey 17633 3 7 8 9 10 16 6 9 9 7 6 2 5 11 12 11 13 7 14 6 13 5 1 190 111 Blue
6 James O'Gwen 22199 8 11 6 10 12 10 10 3 6 4 4 13 8 9 14 6 4 3 5 13 12 15 7 193 114 Blue
7 Teddy Martin 22382 13 15 3 5 9 1 9 14 7 2 7 18 9 8 11 12 12 15 15 14 7 11 12 229 138 Blue
8 James Kopack 19781 4 14 12 12 11 6 7 7 10 14 12 5 13 10 2 8 8 11 12 18 6 25 14 241 143 White
9 William Kernan 21760 11 5 17 7 15 9 8 12 11 11 11 16 15 13 13 13 7 18 11 15 8 22 6 274 171 Blue
10 Charlie McKenzie 21952 2 4 5 6 6 3 28 28 28 28 28 25 25 25 25 25 25 4 9 1 1 4 2 337 172 Red
11 Cordelia Burn 18466 9 1 4 3 1 5 28 28 28 28 28 3 1 3 4 2 1 29 29 29 29 29 29 351 177 Red
12 Shaanti Choi-Bose 19786 24 24 24 24 24 24 28 28 28 28 28 8 2 4 3 1 2 6 8 19 2 1 3 343 179 Red
13 Gabriella Fontana 20929 16 6 7 18 14 13 15 10 14 9 14 7 11 16 7 15 15 13 16 7 9 14 16 282 185 Blue
14 Sophie Fisher 21449 24 24 24 24 24 24 28 28 28 28 28 4 6 6 10 10 6 10 7 5 16 13 8 385 221 Red
15 Sarah Moeder 15641 24 24 24 24 24 24 28 28 28 28 28 6 12 7 5 7 5 8 13 11 14 12 13 397 233 Red
16 Mike Meehan 19080 24 24 24 24 24 24 12 8 8 10 10 25 25 25 25 25 25 12 10 17 10 9 9 409 259 Red
17 Teddy  McKenzie 20513 12 12 23 11 8 8 28 28 28 28 28 25 25 25 25 25 25 9 4 10 11 10 18 426 261 White
18 Harrison Hubbard 21305 24 24 24 24 24 24 19 16 25 18 16 21 14 15 17 17 14 14 20 9 18 8 17 422 277 White
19 Esme Gonzalez 15522 24 24 24 24 24 24 22 20 16 20 13 15 18 14 20 18 17 17 17 12 17 19 15 434 290 Blue
20 Lindsey Byer 15256 14 17 11 19 7 17 11 13 15 15 15 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 478 304 Blue
21 Bridget Green 20960 24 24 24 24 24 24 2 4 1 1 3 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 479 305 Red
22 Roberto Fontana 15212 22 18 16 20 23 14 16 23 23 17 17 22 22 17 18 14 19 22 19 20 24 18 21 445 308 White
23 Connor McHugh 6900 21 19 18 17 19 20 21 19 20 22 21 10 24 19 19 21 20 21 26 24 27 17 25 470 322 White
24 Turner Ryon 19424 24 24 24 24 24 24 20 21 19 12 20 19 19 23 15 16 18 20 18 22 19 21 29 475 326 White
25 Jamie Lynch 20715 17 9 13 13 13 15 28 28 28 28 28 12 17 22 16 20 21 29 29 29 29 29 29 502 328 Blue
26 Drew  DeFonzo 121276 18 20 19 16 20 19 17 18 18 21 25 17 20 21 21 24 22 24 22 25 23 26 24 480 332 White
27 Declan Botwinick 19792 10 8 10 1 4 12 28 28 28 28 28 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 509 335 Red
28 Ella Gonzalez 14693 24 24 24 24 24 24 26 24 26 27 22 20 16 18 22 19 16 19 24 16 22 16 22 499 348 Blue
29 Ella Demand 19597 15 16 20 15 18 11 28 28 28 28 28 25 25 25 25 25 25 27 23 21 21 20 20 517 350 Blue
30 Jack Bolton 18523 24 24 24 24 24 24 14 11 12 13 8 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 526 352 Blue
31 Addison Dunn 12648 24 24 24 24 24 24 18 17 13 19 19 25 25 25 25 25 25 23 21 23 20 24 23 514 364 White
32 Michael Poskay 15343 24 24 24 24 24 24 13 15 17 16 18 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 547 373 White
33 Maggie DeFonzo 9053 20 21 22 22 22 22 24 25 24 24 26 24 21 20 23 22 23 25 27 27 26 27 26 543 384 White
34 Gannon Botwinick 7116 19 23 21 23 21 23 25 26 21 23 23 23 23 24 24 23 24 26 28 29 28 28 29 557 389 White
35 Max Palaza 11578 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 22 22 25 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 28 25 26 25 23 19 556 402 Blue
36 Christopher Small 21486 24 22 15 21 16 21 28 28 28 28 28 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 583 409 White
37 Morgan Poskay 7090 24 24 24 24 24 24 27 27 27 26 27 25 25 25 25 25 25 29 29 29 29 29 29 602 428 White



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Total Total w/drops
1 Jamie Paul 209374 2 1 2 3 2 5 3 1 1 2 3 4 2 1 2 3 1 5 6 5 4 4 4 66 37
2 Tyler Mowry 169629 8 8 8 8 8 8 1 4 3 1 2 2 6 4 3 2 2 2 4 2 1 5 1 93 45
3 David Manley 187959 1 4 4 4 4 1 4 3 2 3 1 3 3 6 4 5 4 6 7 3 6 2 6 86 50
4 Leo Boucher 195876 4 2 1 2 1 2 7 7 7 7 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 1 1 1 2 1 2 115 55
5 Michael Pinto 184647 3 5 3 5 3 3 2 2 5 5 4 10 10 10 10 10 10 4 2 4 8 7 7 132 72
6 CJ Araujo 185491 5 3 5 1 6 4 7 7 7 7 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 8 3 7 3 6 3 149 89
7 Luke Arnone 206111 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 2 1 1 3 11 11 11 11 11 11 164 98
8 Lauren Ehnot 176228 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 3 5 4 5 3 5 8 9 8 8 149 100
9 Harrison Bailey 209286 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 4 7 6 6 6 7 9 6 5 3 5 153 104
10 Quinn Collins 209318 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 7 7 7 11 11 11 11 11 11 185 119
11 Payton Kliesch 187214 6 7 7 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 7 9 9 178 121
12 Nicole Moeder 126682 8 8 8 8 8 8 5 5 4 4 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 9 10 10 11 188 127
13 Jacques Kerrest 174236 5 6 6 7 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 197 131
14 Matthew Hamelsky 199516 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 11 11 11 11 11 11 197 131



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Spring Series Week 3 Results

April 24, 2017 11:50:34 AM EDT

Sunday, April 23rd was the third weekend of the Toms River Yacht Club Spring Series.  41 sailors came out to race on what was a beautiful day on the Toms River.  The breeze was anywhere from 6-12 knots out of the NE, slowly shifting to the right and settling in the SE.  The sun was out and the temperatures were in the 60s.


A new course was sailed this week called the box course.  This kept sailors on their toes and allowed them to practice all points of sail. 


24 sailors raced in the Optimist fleet, and Cordelia Burn and Ryan Ehnot had an epic battle to the finish.  They each beat the other in 3/6 races, and they each had the same scores!  In the end, the tie-breaker went to Cordelia who beat Ryan in the last race.  Shaanti Choi-Bose was also in the mix, finishing just two points behind Cordelia and Ryan and rounding out the top three in Red Fleet.


Everett Botwinick put together a solid series to finish 4th overall and to take Blue fleet honors.  James O'Gwen nipped Pilar Cundey for 2nd and 3rd in the Blue fleet.


James Kopack was on FIRE yesterday with some really nice tactical desicions and boat-handling.  You can really tell when you watch James that he has been practicing hard this spring.  He finished 8th overall and first in White fleet.  Harrison Hubbard finished 2nd in White fleet for the day, but more importantly, he won over the hearts of the Race Committee by making a point to sail over and thank us after every race.  Thank you, Harrison!  Turner Ryon looked really comfortable in the boat and beat out a large contingent of White fleeters to take 3rd.


Robby Fontana won the Sportsmanship award (and received a cool CERT T-Shirt) by going out of his way to get a competitor's hat that fell in the water during a race.  That's the attitude we like to see!


In the 9 boat Laser fleet, Luke Arnone recovered from a capsize in the first race to string together a series of solid scores to take the overall win.  Luke just beat Jamie Paul by one point.  Jamie sailed a very consistent series and was always in the mix.  Tyler Mowry rounded out the top three with a solid series himself.  Lauren Ehnot had an exciting comeback in the first race, highlighted by sniffing out a big shift on the last beat to grab the bullet.  Lauren sailed well all day to finish 4th.  David Manly has really shown improvement over the past couple of seasons and was always near the front as well; he ended the day in 5th.


Finally, 4 very talented 420 boats raced today in a back and forth series that saw all four teams finish within 4 points of each other.  Jordan Bruce and Andrea Riefkohl won the most races (3) to take the win.  Brielle Willoughby and Tommy Green didn't win a race, but their series of all 2nd and 3rd places put them in 2nd for the day.  Declan Botwinick and Brooke Schmelz were in the mix all day finishing in 3rd, just ahead of Sam Bruce and Ryan Waahba.  It was very fun to watch the 420s trade places and push each other all day long.


A BIG thank you to Mike Dowd for volunteering his time to move marks around (a lot!) and to coach up some sailors in the back of the fleet.  We also had some parents patrolling the course to keep things safe; thank you to Ted Martin, Andrew DeFonzo, Ted Lynch, Mike Ehnot, Brian Botwinick, and anyone else who was out there to help.  Alex Rogachenko once again made sure things ran smoothly on the RC boat and also on shore. 


Finally, we are so fortunate to have Cindy Botwinick and Amy DeFonzo team up to do registration and scoring each week.  This series would NOT run without the generous help of all the volunteers.  THANK YOU.


Final Results are below.  Next week is the last week of the Spring Series, and we have some GREAT prizes lined up to end things on a good note.  Be there!!


Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Cordelia Burn 18466 3 1 3 4 2 1 14 10 Red
2 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 3 2 1 3 11 21 10 Red
3 Shaanti Choi-Bose 19786 8 2 4 3 1 2 20 12 Red
4 Everett Botwinick 197921 9 4 1 8 4 9 35 26 Blue
5 Ben DeFonzo 21276 14 7 5 9 5 3 43 29 Red
6 Sarah Moeder 15641 6 12 7 5 7 5 42 30 Red
7 Sophie Fisher 21449 4 6 6 10 10 6 42 32 Red
8 James Kopack 19781 5 13 10 2 8 8 46 33 White
9 James O'Gwen 22199 13 8 9 14 6 4 54 40 Blue
10 Pilar Cundey 17633 2 5 11 12 11 13 54 41 Blue
11 Griffin Lapham 21281 11 10 12 6 9 10 58 46 Red
12 Teddy Martin 22382 18 9 8 11 12 12 70 52 Blue
13 Gabriella Fontana 20929 7 11 16 7 15 15 71 55 Blue
14 William Kernan 21760 16 15 13 13 13 7 77 61 Blue
15 Harrison Hubbard 21305 21 14 15 17 17 14 98 77 White
16 Esme Gonzalez 15522 15 18 14 20 18 17 102 82 Blue
17 Jamie Lynch 20715 12 17 22 16 20 21 108 86 Blue
18 Turner Ryon 19424 19 19 23 15 16 18 110 87 White
19 Ella Gonzalez 14693 20 16 18 22 19 16 111 89 Blue
20 Connor McHugh 6900 10 24 19 19 21 20 113 89 White
21 Roberto Fontana 15212 22 22 17 18 14 19 112 90 White
22 Drew  DeFonzo 121276 17 20 21 21 24 22 125 101 White
23 Maggie DeFonzo 9053 24 21 20 23 22 23 133 109 White
24 Gannon Botwinick 7116 23 23 24 24 23 24 141 117 White


Laser Results

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Luke Arnone 206111 7 1 2 1 1 3 15 8
2 Jamie Paul 209374 4 2 1 2 3 1 13 9
3 Tyler Mowry 169629 2 6 4 3 2 2 19 13
4 Lauren Ehnot 176228 1 7 3 5 4 5 25 18
5 David Manley 187959 3 3 6 4 5 4 25 19
6 Harrison Bailey 209286 6 4 7 6 6 6 35 28
7 Quinn Collins 209318 5 5 5 7 7 7 36 29
8 Matthew Hamelsky 199516 8 8 8 8 8 8 48 40
9 Payton Kliesch 187214 9 9 9 9 9 9 54 45

420 Results

  Skipper Crew Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total With Drop
1 Jordan Bruce Andrea Riefkohl 8104 1 3 4 1 1 3 13 9
2 Brielle Willoughby Tommy Green 7584 2 2 3 2 3 2 14 11
3 Declan Botwinick Brooke Schmelz 8121 4 1 2 3 2 4 16 12
4 Sam Bruce Ryan Waahba 7837 3 4 1 4 4 1 17 13
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Spring Series Week 2 Results

April 10, 2017 12:06:51 PM EDT

The TRYC Spring Series continued on Sunday, April 9th with a gorgeous day of sailing.  Temperatures were in the 60s and the sun was shining.

Sailors were greeted by a light Northwesterly breeze.  The NW breeze hung around for a bit, but it quickly died out and filled from a nice sea breeze direction.  The course was reshuffled and racing was restarted immediately.

27 Optis, 6 Radials, and 2 420s raced Triangle and Windward-Leeward courses.  The 420s had an epic match race that ended in a last-race tie breaker.

Thanks to Mike Dowd and Alex Rogachenko for running the races.  Cindy Botwinick and Amy DeFonzo ran registration and scoring.  Andrew DeFonzo, Ted Martin, and a few other parents patroled the course!  THANK YOU.

We are taking next week off for Easter.  The Spring Series continues in two weeks, April 23rd.


  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 Total Fleet
1 Bridget Green 20960 2 4 1 1 3 11 Red
2 Everett Botwinick 197921 5 2 4 3 1 15 Blue
3 Griffin Lapham 21281 1 5 5 5 2 18 Red
4 Ryan Ehnot 20736 3 1 2 8 5 19 Red
5 James O'Gwen 22199 10 3 6 4 4 27 Blue
6 Ben DeFonzo 21276 4 6 3 6 9 28 Red
7 Pilar Cundey 17633 6 9 9 7 6 37 Blue
8 Teddy Martin 22382 9 14 7 2 7 39 Blue
9 Mike Meehan 19080 12 8 8 10 10 48 Red
10 James Kopack 19781 7 7 10 14 12 50 White
11 William Kernan 21760 8 12 11 11 11 53 Blue
12 Jack Bolton 18523 14 11 12 13 8 58 Blue
13 Gabriella Fontana 20929 15 10 14 9 14 62 Blue
14 Lindsey Byer 15256 11 13 15 15 15 69 Blue
15 Michael Poskay 15343 13 15 17 16 18 79 White
16 Addison Dunn 9750 18 17 13 19 19 86 White
17 Esme Gonzalez 15522 22 20 16 20 13 91 Blue
18 Turner Ryon 19424 20 21 19 12 20 92 White
19 Harrison Hubbard 21305 19 16 25 18 16 94 White
20 Roberto Fontana 15212 16 23 23 17 17 96 White
21 Drew  DeFonzo 121276 17 18 18 21 25 99 White
22 Connor McHugh 6900 21 19 20 22 21 103 White
23 Max Palaza 11578 23 22 22 25 24 116 Blue
24 Gannon Botwinick 7116 25 26 21 23 23 118 White
25 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 24 25 24 24 26 123 White
26 Ella Gonzalez 14693 26 24 26 27 22 125 Blue
27 Morgan Poskay 7090 27 27 27 26 27 134 White


Laser Radial

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 Jamie Paul 209374 3 1 1 2 3 10
2 Tyler Mowry 169629 1 4 3 1 2 11
3 David Manley 187959 4 3 2 3 1 13
4 Michael Pinto 184647 2 2 5 5 4 18
5 Nicole Moeder 126682 5 5 4 4 5 23
6 Payton Kliesch 187214 6 6 6 6 6 30



Skipper Crew Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 Declan Botwinick Brooke Schmelz 8121 2 2 2 1 1 1 9
2 Ian Willoughby Brielle Willoughby 5295 1 1 1 2 2 2 9
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Spring Series Week 1 Results

April 3, 2017 4:39:51 PM EDT

The Toms River Spring Series started this past Sunday, April 2nd.  23 Optis and 7 Laser Radials enjoyed a GORGEOUS day of spring sailing on the Toms River.  Temperatures were in the 60s and the sun was out.  The puffy/shifty NorthWesterly ranged anywhere from 5-15 knots and kept sailors on their toes all day long.

Six races were masterfully run by our guest PRO, Brian Hull.  Thank you to him and his assistant, Alex Rogachenko, for the top notch RC work.  We also owe gratitude towards the DeFonzos and Cindy Botwinick for doing registration and scoring.  Andrew DeFonzo and Ted Martin patrolled the course to keep everyone safe and provide good spectating.

Racing continues next weekend!

Opti Results

1 Cordelia Burn 18466 9 1 4 3 1 5 23 14 Red
2 Ben DeFonzo 21276 7 3 2 4 5 2 23 16 Red
3 Ryan Ehnot 20736 5 13 1 2 2 7 30 17 Red
4 Charlie McKenzie 12655 2 4 5 6 6 3 26 20 Red
5 Everett Botwinick 197921 1 10 9 8 3 4 35 25 Blue
6 Teddy Martin 17456 13 15 3 5 9 1 46 31 Blue
7 Declan Botwinick 19792 10 8 10 1 4 12 45 33 Red
8 Pilar Cundey 17633 3 7 8 9 10 16 53 37 Blue
9 James Kopack 19781 4 14 12 12 11 6 59 45 White
10 James O'Gwen 22199 8 11 6 10 12 10 57 45 Blue
11 William Kernan 21760 11 5 17 7 15 9 64 47 Blue
12 Teddy  McKenzie 20513 12 12 23 11 8 8 74 51 White
13 Griffin Lapham 21281 6 2 14 14 17 18 71 53 Red
14 Gabriella Fontana 20929 16 6 7 18 14 13 74 56 Blue
15 Jamie Lynch 20715 17 9 13 13 13 15 80 63 Blue
16 Lindsey Byer 15256 14 17 11 19 7 17 85 66 Blue
17 Ella Demand 19597 15 16 20 15 18 11 95 75 Blue
18 Roberto Fontana 15212 22 18 16 20 23 14 113 90 White
19 Drew  DeFonzo 9053 18 20 19 16 20 19 112 92 White
20 Connor McHugh 6900 21 19 18 17 19 20 114 93 White
21 Christopher Small 21486 24 22 15 21 16 21 119 95 White
22 Gannon Botwinick 7116 19 23 21 23 21 23 130 107 White
23 Maggie DeFonzo 18049 20 21 22 22 22 22 129 107 White


Laser Results


First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 195876 4 2 1 2 1 2 12 8
2 Jamie Paul 209374 2 1 2 3 2 5 15 10
3 David Manley 187959 1 4 4 4 4 1 18 14
4 Michael Pinto 184647 3 5 3 5 3 3 22 17
5 CJ Araujo 185491 5 3 5 1 6 4 24 18
6 Jacques Kerrest 174236 5 6 6 7 5 7 36 29
7 Payton Kliesch 187214 6 7 7 6 7 6 39 32
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Fall Series Weekly and Final Results

October 24, 2016 3:18:11 PM EDT

The TRYC Fall Series concluded this past weekend with winds gusting into the 20s.  We attempted to sail races for the Lasers, 420s, and Optis, but it quickly became apparent that it was too much breeze.  Below is a write up from our fleet scribe, 7th grader Everett Botwinick.  I've also included our attempted Week 3 results as well as the Series results.  Thanks to everyone who came (especially Jack Bolton who came all the way from New Zealand to compete this weekend!), and we'll see you in the spring!

Regatta Report by Everett Botwinick:

        A fierce and robust wind buffeted the sailors of the Toms River Fall Series on October 23, 2016, the conclusion of the series. The wind was fairly nice at the beginning of the day, however, the wind began to pick up, reaching 20+ knots. Regrettably, the rough waves and heavy wind resulted in only one race for the Optimist fleet and two races for the Laser and 420 fleets. The sailors headed in early today, which led to an informative discussion about tactics in heavy wind. Thank you to Cindy Botwinick, who did the scoring, Andrew DeFonzo, who drove a safety boat along with Brian Botwinick and Charlie Moeder, Mike Ehnot, who also piloted a safety boat, and Clay Johnson and Alex Rogachenko, who were on the committee boat and set a fair course for racing. This has been a great series, and a special thank you to Toms River Yacht Club for hosting.

Opti Daily

First Last Sail # 1 Total Fleet
1 Ryan Ehnot 20736 1 1 Blue
2 Ben DeFonzo 21276 2 2 Blue
3 Declan Botwinick 19792 3 3 Red
4 Everett Botwinick 15463 4 4 Blue
5 Sarah Moeder 15641 DNS 5 Blue
5 Esme Gonzalez 15522 DNS 5 Blue
5 Roberto Fontana 15212 DNS 5 White
5 Michael Poskay 15343 DNS 5 White
5 Ella Gonzalez 14693 DNS 5 Blue
5 Gabby Fontana 6622 DNS 5 Blue
5 Jamie Lynch 20715 DNS 5 Blue
5 Connor McHugh 6900 DNS 5 White
5 Jack  Bolton NZL 18523 DNS 5 Blue

Laser Daily

First Last Sail # 1 2 Total
1 Leo Boucher 195876 1 2 3
2 Michael Ehnot 186572 3 1 4
3 Tyler Mowry 169629 2 3 5
4 Harrison Bailey 209286 4 4 8
5 Michael Pinto 184647 5 DNF 11
6 Nicole Moeder 126682 DNF DNF 12
7 Quinn Collins 209318 DNF DNF 12

420 Daily

Skipper Crew Sail # 1 2 Total
1 Luke Arnone Chris Magno 7681 1 1 2
2 Brielle Willoughby Tom Green 7584 DNF DNS 4
2 Sarah Burn Trish Gerli 7005 DNF DNS 4


Opti Series

  First Last Fleet Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Total w/Drops
1 Charlie McKenzie Red 20513 1 12 10 1 4 3 1 1 4 2 1 4 5 49 18
2 Ryan Ehnot Blue 20736 2 6 4 4 3 7 3 2 1 7 2 5 1 47 22
3 Cordelia Burn Red 18466 6 8 2 2 2 1 2 3 5 11 3 2 5 52 22
4 Griffin Lapham Red 21281 8 2 7 7 10 2 9 8 19 1 5 1 5 84 38
5 Ben DeFonzo Blue 21276 4 13 3 8 6 4 4 6 8 13 7 7 2 85 43
6 Everett Botwinick Blue 15463 7 14 5 6 7 5 6 5 6 10 8 14 4 97 51
7 Teddy McKenzie White 120513 5 1 9 11 5 11 7 13 10 8 11 9 5 105 59
8 Pilar Cundey Blue 17633 13 3 6 12 11 13 10 7 2 20 16 6 5 124 62
9 Bridget Green Red 20960 3 4 1 3 1 6 25 25 25 25 25 25 5 173 73
10 Aidan Millar Blue 12761 12 17 11 5 13 16 13 9 13 5 9 8 5 136 77
11 Sarah Moeder Blue 15641 10 9 13 10 8 10 15 14 7 21 6 13 5 141 78
12 Declan Botwinick Red 19792 25 25 25 25 25 25 8 4 3 3 4 3 3 178 78
13 William Kernan Blue 21760 16 7 15 9 9 9 11 20 15 6 10 18 5 150 81
14 Jason  Boekholt Blue 21772 11 10 16 17 17 12 18 10 9 12 14 12 5 163 95
15 Dillan Millar White 12842 14 16 17 14 15 17 5 11 14 23 20 11 5 182 105
16 Michael Poskay White 15343 15 11 14 16 16 8 25 15 22 14 13 21 5 195 111
17 Gabby Fontana BLUE 6622 17 5 8 18 14 14 19 17 21 19 18 15 5 190 113
18 James Kopack White 19781 9 15 12 13 12 15 25 25 25 25 25 25 5 231 131
19 Esme Gonzalez Blue 15522 19 22 19 19 21 20 12 16 20 4 19 19 5 215 132
20 Jake Witkowski Blue 14647 25 25 25 25 25 25 14 12 12 15 15 10 5 233 133
21 Roberto Fontana White 15212 18 18 21 20 23 21 16 21 16 9 23 23 5 234 144
22 Lindsey  Byer Blue 15256 25 25 25 25 25 25 17 22 11 17 12 16 5 250 150
23 Ella Gonzalez Blue 14693 22 20 20 24 22 19 20 18 17 18 17 17 5 239 151
24 Jamie Lynch Blue 20715 21 23 24 21 18 23 22 19 18 16 22 20 5 252 160
25 Turner Ryon White 19424 20 19 18 15 20 18 25 25 25 25 25 25 5 265 165
26 Connor y White 6900 23 21 23 22 19 22 21 23 23 22 21 22 5 267 175
27 Max Palaza White 11578 24 24 22 23 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 5 296 196
28 Marthinus Ebersohn White 20391 25 25 25 25 25 25 23 24 24 24 24 24 5 298 198

Laser Series

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total w/Drops
1 Leo Boucher 195876 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 22 13
2 Tyler Mowry 169629 4 2 2 6 5 4 1 5 3 6 6 4 2 3 53 30
3 Michael Pinto 184647 1 3 5 8 4 7 5 2 1 5 3 3 5 6 58 32
4 Lauren Ehnot 176228 5 6 4 1 1 6 4 3 4 4 5 2 6 6 57 33
5 Nicole Moeder 126682 7 5 8 7 6 3 3 7 6 2 4 6 6 6 76 47
6 David Manley 187959 9 8 10 10 9 10 6 4 5 1 2 5 6 6 91 52
7 Michael Ehnot 186572 6 10 3 4 8 2 8 8 8 8 8 8 3 1 85 51
8 Carrter Pearce 195429 3 9 6 5 3 5 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 91 58
9 Harrison Bailey 209286 11 11 11 11 11 11 7 6 7 7 7 7 4 4 115 71
10 Quinn Collins 209318 8 4 7 9 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 103 70
11 Dixon Pearce 177667 10 7 9 3 10 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 108 70
Posted in News By Colie Sails

Fall Series Week 2 Results

October 17, 2016 10:16:08 AM EDT

The TRYC Fall Series continued this past Sunday, October 17th, with Lasers and Optis racing. 

Regatta report written by Opti sailor Everett Botwinick:

24 Optimists and 7 Lasers sailed on the picturesque Toms River, and the 8-12 knots of wind, bright sunshine, and minimal current made for a stellar day. Six races were fired off very quickly. Mantoloking Yacht Club’s Charlie McKenzie clinched the win for the Optis, and Severn Sailing Association’s Leo Boucher won the Laser championship. There were no general recalls for the starts, much to the sailors’ happiness. Thank you to Mike Dowd, the Optimist head coach for CERT, Matt McKenzie, and Alex Rogachenko for being the race committee and Amy DeFonzo and Cindy Botwinick for registration and scoring. The fall series continues next Sunday.

Opti Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Charlie McKenzie 20513 1 1 4 2 1 4 13 9 Red
2 Ryan Ehnot 20736 3 2 1 7 2 5 20 13 Blue
3 Cordelia Burn 18466 2 3 5 11 3 2 26 15 Red
4 Declan Botwinick 19792 8 4 3 3 4 3 25 17 Red
5 Griffin Lapham 21281 9 8 19 1 5 1 43 24 Red
6 Ben DeFonzo 21276 4 6 8 13 7 7 45 32 Blue
7 Everett Botwinick 15463 6 5 6 10 8 14 49 35 Blue
8 Pilar Cundey 17633 10 7 2 20 16 6 61 41 Blue
9 Aidan Millar 12761 13 9 13 5 9 8 57 44 Blue
10 Teddy McKenzie 120513 7 13 10 8 11 9 58 45 White
11 Sarah Moeder 15641 15 14 7 21 6 13 76 55 Blue
12 Jason  Boekholt 21772 18 10 9 12 14 12 75 57 Blue
13 William Kernan 21760 11 20 15 6 10 18 80 60 Blue
14 Dillan Millar 12842 5 11 14 23 20 11 84 61 White
15 Jake Witkowski 14647 14 12 12 15 15 10 78 63 Blue
16 Esme Gonzalez 15522 12 16 20 4 19 19 90 70 Blue
17 Lindsey Byer 15256 17 22 11 17 12 16 95 73 Blue
18 Roberto Fontana 15212 16 21 16 9 23 23 108 85 White
19 Michael Poskay 15343 25 15 22 14 13 21 110 85 White
20 Ella Gonzalez 14693 20 18 17 18 17 17 107 87 Blue
21 Gabby Fontana 6622 19 17 21 19 18 15 109 88 Blue
22 Jamie Lynch 20715 22 19 18 16 22 20 117 95 Blue
23 Connor McHugh 6900 21 23 23 22 21 22 132 109 White
24 Marthinus Ebersohn 20391 23 24 24 24 24 24 143 119 White


Laser Results

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 195876 2 1 2 3 1 1 10 7
2 Michael Pinto 184647 5 2 1 5 3 3 19 14
3 David Manley 187959 6 4 5 1 2 5 23 17
4 Lauren Ehnot 176228 4 3 4 4 5 2 22 17
5 Tyler Mowry 169629 1 5 3 6 6 4 25 19
6 Nicole Moeder 126682 3 7 6 2 4 6 28 21
7 Harrison Bailey 209286 7 6 7 7 7 7 41 34
Posted in News By Colie Sails

Fall Series Week 1 Results

October 4, 2016 11:28:06 AM EDT

The Toms River Yacht Club Fall Series began last Sunday, October 2nd, with temperatures in the high 60s and a nice 5-10 knot breeze out of the North East.  The tricky NE breeze from shore made racing very tight with big wind shifts and pressure difference; sailors needed to stay on their toes! 

Six races were sailed in each class.  We had 24 Optis, 10 Radials, and 5 420s come out to race.  Courses were boxes with a windward-reach-leeward-reach-upwind finish.  This provided sailors the ability to practice all points of sail during each race.

Thank you to Toms River Yacht Club for hosting us, to the DeFonzos for running registration and a Green Fleet course (let me know if there are any green fleeters who want to sail!), Cindy Botwinick for doing the scoring, Alex Rogachenko on the RC boat, and Mike Dowd, Lizzie Burn, and Tim Mowry on the finish boat.  Thanks also to all patrol boats for being out there.

The Fall Series continues next Sunday with a new PRO, Mike Dowd, and a new schedule:

Registration at 8:30

Skipper's Meeting at 9:15

First Race at 10:00


WEEK One Results


  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Bridget Green 20960 3 4 1 3 1 6 18 12 Red
2 Cordelia Burn 18466 6 8 2 2 2 1 21 13 Red
3 Charlie McKenzie 20513 1 12 10 1 4 3 31 19 Red
4 Ryan Ehnot 20736 2 6 4 4 3 7 26 19 Blue
5 Ben DeFonzo 21276 4 13 3 8 6 4 38 25 Blue
6 Griffin Lapham 21281 8 2 7 7 10 2 36 26 Red
7 Everett Botwinick 15463 7 14 5 6 7 5 44 30 Blue
8 Teddy McKenzie 120513 5 1 9 11 5 11 42 31 White
9 Pilar Cundey 17633 13 3 6 12 11 13 58 45 Blue
10 Sarah Moeder 15641 10 9 13 10 8 10 60 47 Blue
11 William Kernan 21760 16 7 15 9 9 9 65 49 Blue
12 Aidan Millar 12761 12 17 11 5 13 16 74 57 Blue
13 Gabby Fontana 6622 17 5 8 18 14 14 76 58 White
14 James Kopack 19781 9 15 12 13 12 15 76 61 White
15 Michael Poskay 15343 15 11 14 16 16 8 80 64 White
16 Jason  Boekholt 21772 11 10 16 17 17 12 83 66 Blue
17 Dillan Millar 12842 14 16 17 14 15 17 93 76 White
18 Turner Ryon 19424 20 19 18 15 20 18 110 90 White
19 Roberto Fontana 15212 18 18 21 20 23 21 121 98 White
20 Esme Gonzalez 15522 19 22 19 19 21 20 120 98 Blue
21 Ella Gonzalez 14693 22 20 20 24 22 19 127 103 Blue
22 Jamie Lynch 20715 21 23 24 21 18 23 130 106 Blue
23 Connor McHugh 6900 23 21 23 22 19 22 130 107 White
24 Max Palaza 11578 24 24 22 23 24 24 141 117 White


Laser Radial

  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 195876 2 1 1 2 2 1 9 7
2 Lauren Ehnot 176228 5 6 4 1 1 6 23 17
3 Tyler Mowry 169629 4 2 2 6 5 4 23 17
4 Michael Pinto 184647 1 3 5 8 4 7 28 20
5 Carrter Pearce 195429 3 9 6 5 3 5 31 22
6 Michael Ehnot 186572 6 10 3 4 8 2 33 23
7 Nicole Moeder 126682 7 5 8 7 6 3 36 28
8 Quinn Collins 209318 8 4 7 9 7 8 43 34
9 Dixon Pearce 177667 10 7 9 3 10 9 48 38
10 David Manley 187959 9 8 10 10 9 10 56 46



Skipper Crew Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Luke Arnone Chris Magno 7681 5 5 1 1 1 3 16 11
2 Emily Haig Zack Zeelander 7586 1 2 3 2 4 4 16 12
3 Sarah Burn Trish Gerli 7005 3 3 2 3 3 2 16 13
4 Brielle Willoughby Tom Green 7584 4 1 4 4 2 5 20 15
5 Declan Botwinick Brooke Schmelz 5964 2 4 5 5 5 1 22 17
Posted in News By Colie Sails

Spring Series Final Results

May 2, 2016 1:51:56 PM EDT

The Toms River Yacht Club 2016 Spring Series concluded Sunday, May 1st.  Conditions were less than ideal with pouring rain, temperatures in the 50s, and about 8-12 knots of breeze.  But that didn't stop 17 Opti sailors, 5 Laser Radial sailors, and 4 HS style 420s from racing six windward-leeward races. 

Over the course of four weeks, we had 28 different Opti sailors, 9 Laser sailors, 2 Sunfish, and 9 420 teams come out and compete.  This year was particularly trying with colder temps and rainy conditions, but the sailors all had a great time and learned a lot.  After sailing, MANY prizes were awarded from TRYC, Colie Sails, and Zhik.

Thank you to Andrew DeFonzo for doing registration, Cindy Botwinick for scoring, Brian Hull and Alex Rogachenko for helping to run the races, and all of the other parents and supporters who helped launch, patrol, and tend to the sailors.  As always, thank you to Toms River Yacht Club for hosting us!




First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Charlie McKenzie 20513 1 1 2 3 8 5 20 12 Red
2 Cordelia Burn 9781 3 3 4 2 2 8 22 14 Red
3 Brielle Willoughby 17815 2 4 6 1 6 4 23 17 Red
4 Lauren Ehnot 19186 8 2 1 5 5 7 28 20 Red
5 Bridget Green 20960 4 9 3 9 7 1 33 24 Blue
6 Everett Botwinick 15463 5 11 9 6 1 3 35 24 Blue
7 Ben DeFonzo 21276 9 7 5 8 4 3 36 27 Blue
8 Brooke Schmelz 20058 7 8 8 4 3 6 36 28 Red
9 Quinn Collins 18913 6 12 7 7 9 9 50 38 Red
10 Declan Botwinick 19792 10 6 11 10 11 10 58 47 Red
11 William Kernan 21760 12 5 10 11 10 12 60 48 Blue
12 Pilar Cundey 17633 11 10 12 12 12 11 68 56 Blue
13 James Kopack 9734 13 13 13 13 13 13 78 65 White
14 Lindsey Byer 15256 14 15 14 14 14 14 85 70 White
15 Addison Dunn 9750 15 14 16 15 16 16 92 76 White
16 Harrison Hubbard 21305 16 16 15 16 15 15 93 77 White


Laser Radial

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 157851 1 1 1 1 1 2 7 5
2 Michael Ehnot 186572 2 2 2 3 3 1 13 10
3 Emily  Fuller 192867 4 3 5 2 2 3 19 14
4 Harrison Bailey 209286 3 5 3 4 4 4 23 18
5 Thomas Quinn 195967 5 6 4 5 6 5 31 25
6 David Manley 187959 6 4 6 6 5 6 33 27



Skipper Crew Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 Luke Arnone Mariner Fagan 7 2 1 2 2 1 1 9
2 Clay Johnson Ava Atanacio 17 1 2 1 1 2 2 9
3 Eloise Burn Megan Gonzalez 1 3 4 3 3 4 3 20
4 Sarah Burn Trish Gerli 2 4 3 4 4 3 4 22




First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Total w/Drops Fleet
1 Bridget Green 20960 13 12 5 8 12 13 1 2 2 3 1 3 4 3 1 2 3 6 4 9 3 9 7 1 127 59 Blue
2 Brielle Willoughby 17815 10 6 2 5 10 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 6 1 6 4 131 71 Red
3 Ben  DeFonzo 21276 23 23 23 23 23 23 2 6 6 1 3 1 5 4 4 1 7 7 9 7 5 8 4 3 221 83 Blue
4 Everett Botwinick 15463 9 11 13 15 9 12 5 5 3 4 4 5 6 2 8 7 4 3 5 11 9 6 1 3 160 89 Blue
5 Declan Botwinick 19792 11 14 8 12 14 8 3 1 1 2 2 2 8 6 3 6 6 4 10 6 11 10 11 10 169 96 Red
6 Cordelia Burn 9781 2 8 4 6 5 4 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 3 3 4 2 2 8 219 111 Red
7 Charlie McKenzie 20513 8 7 11 3 6 3 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 1 1 2 3 8 5 226 118 Red
8 James O'Gwen 19941 14 5 14 20 15 10 4 4 4 5 5 4 3 10 5 5 5 5 17 17 17 17 17 17 239 134 Blue
9 Lauren Ehnot 19186 4 10 6 10 11 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 8 2 1 5 5 7 246 138 Red
10 Quinn Collins 18913 23 23 23 23 23 23 10 10 10 10 10 10 2 5 6 9 8 2 6 12 7 7 9 9 280 142 Red
11 Brooke Schmelz 20058 7 9 7 17 7 15 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 7 8 8 4 3 6 266 158 Red
12 Jason  Boekholt 21433 12 19 18 9 17 19 7 3 5 7 6 6 9 7 10 4 12 8 17 17 17 17 17 17 280 173 Blue
13 Pilar Cundey 17633 23 23 23 23 23 23 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 8 2 9 11 10 12 12 12 11 313 175 Blue
14 Maddie Hawkins 16718 1 1 9 1 2 2 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 286 178 Red
15 Sam Bruce 19820 3 3 3 7 1 1 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 288 180 Red
16 Jordan Bruce 19821 6 2 1 2 4 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 290 182 Red
17 William Kernan 21760 15 15 19 14 18 17 10 10 10 10 10 10 7 12 11 11 9 14 12 5 10 11 10 12 282 184 Blue
18 James Kopack 9734 21 16 21 16 20 18 8 7 8 8 7 8 13 8 12 12 13 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 306 194 White
19 Mariner Fagan 19187 5 4 15 11 3 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 319 211 Red
20 Lindsey Byer 15256 16 21 16 23 19 20 9 9 9 9 9 9 14 15 13 14 10 11 14 15 14 14 14 14 331 216 White
21 Sarah Moeder 15641 20 18 17 13 16 16 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 7 10 11 13 17 17 17 17 17 17 325 219 Blue
22 Ella Demand 15201 17 20 20 23 23 23 6 8 7 6 8 7 15 13 14 13 14 10 17 17 17 17 17 17 349 223 White
23 Ryan Ehnot 20736 19 13 12 4 13 14 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 345 236 Blue
24 Griffin Lapham 21281 18 17 10 18 8 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 348 240 Blue
25 Addison  Dunn 9750 23 23 23 23 23 23 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 16 15 16 15 16 15 14 16 15 16 16 380 242 White
26 Anatasia Wudzki 21430 22 22 22 19 21 23 10 10 10 10 10 10 16 17 16 15 16 15 17 17 17 17 17 17 386 257 White
27 CiCi Vezzosi 13173 23 23 23 23 23 23 10 10 10 10 10 10 17 14 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 399 261 White
28 Harrison Hubbard 21305 23 23 23 23 23 23 10 10 10 10 10 10 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 16 15 16 15 15 399 261 White


Laser Radial

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Total w/Drops
1 Michael Ehnot 186572 2 1 1 2 1 1 6 6 6 6 6 6 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 1 52 29
2 Nicole Moeder 126682 1 3 3 5 3 5 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 4 5 2 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 54 54
3 Leo  Boucher 157851 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 9 9 9 9 9 1 1 1 1 1 2 102 55
4 Harrison Bailey 209286 4 2 4 1 4 2 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 6 3 4 5 3 3 5 3 4 4 4 78 65
5 Emily  Fuller 192867 5 4 2 6 5 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 1 7 6 3 6 4 4 3 5 2 2 3 88 70
6 David Manley 187959 6 6 5 4 6 4 4 3 2 3 4 4 5 3 5 6 3 6 6 4 6 6 5 6 79 76
7 Matthew Rossignol 159948 3 5 6 3 2 6 3 4 4 4 3 3 6 5 7 7 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 86 85
8 Thomas  Quinn 195967 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 4 1 2 4 2 5 6 4 5 6 5 98 87
9 Mack Totman 165118 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 119 114
Posted in News By Colie Sails

Spring Series Week 3 Results

April 26, 2016 1:18:11 PM EDT

The TRYC Spring Series continued last weekend with six 30-minute races on the Toms River.  Sailors were greeted with champagne conditions:  60 degrees, sun, and a steady 10-12 knot easterly breeze.  Courses were Windward/Leewards with an offset and a gate.  17 Optis and 8 Lasers raced for the day.

Next week is the final week of the Spring Series, and we've saved all the best prizes for the last week. 


  First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Brielle Willoughby 17815 1 1 2 3 1 1 9 6 Red
2 Bridget Green 20960 4 3 1 2 3 6 19 13 Blue
3 Ben DeFonzo 21276 5 4 4 1 7 7 28 21 Blue
4 Everett Botwinick 15463 6 2 8 7 4 3 30 22 Blue
5 Quinn Collins 18913 2 5 6 9 8 2 32 23 Red
6 James O'Gwen 19941 3 10 5 5 5 5 33 23 Blue
7 Declan Botwinick 19792 8 6 3 6 6 4 33 25 Red
8 Pilar Cundey 17633 10 9 9 8 2 9 47 37 Blue
9 Jason  Boekholt 21433 9 7 10 4 12 8 50 38 Blue
10 Sarah Moeder 15641 11 11 7 10 11 13 63 50 Blue
11 William Kernan 21760 7 12 11 11 9 14 64 50 Blue
12 James Kopack 9734 13 8 12 12 13 12 70 57 White
13 Lindsey Byer 15256 14 15 13 14 10 11 77 62 White
14 Ella Demand 15201 15 13 14 13 14 10 79 64 White
15 Addison Dunn 9750 12 16 15 16 15 16 90 74 White
16 Anatasia Wudzki 21430 16 17 16 15 16 15 95 78 White
17 CiCi Vezzosi 13173 17 14 17 17 17 17 99 82 White



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Michael Ehnot 186572 2 1 2 1 1 1 8 6
2 Thomas Quinn 195967 7 4 1 2 4 2 20 13
3 Nicole Moeder 126682 3 2 4 5 2 5 21 16
4 Harrison Bailey 209286 4 6 3 4 5 3 25 19
5 Emily  Fuller 192867 1 7 6 3 6 4 27 20
6 David Manley 187959 5 3 5 6 3 6 28 22
7 Matthew Rossignol 159948 6 5 7 7 7 8 40 32
8 Mack Totman 165118 8 8 8 8 8 7 47 39
Posted in News By Colie Sails

Spring Series Week 2 Results

April 18, 2016 8:09:24 PM EDT

A light, but steady, sea breeze greeted sailors for the second week of the Toms River Yacht Club Spring Series.  Attendance was also on the lighter side as many sailors were away at Opti Team Trials and High School sailing events, but that didn't stop a handful of motivated sailors from getting out there and racing!

6 Races were sailed on Windward/Leeward courses.  Thank you to the DeFonzos for doing registration, Cindy Botwinick helped with scoring, and Brian Hull ran the races.  I'm sure there were many other helpful parents that worked behind the scenes to make this weekend happen.  Thank you!



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Declan Botwinick 19792 3 1 1 2 2 2 11 8 Red
2 Bridget Green 20960 1 2 2 3 1 3 12 9 Blue
3 Ben DeFonzo 21276 2 6 6 1 3 1 19 13 Blue
4 Everett Botwinick 15463 5 5 3 4 4 5 26 21 Blue
5 James O'Gwen 19941 4 4 4 5 5 4 26 21 Blue
6 Jason  Boekholt 21433 7 3 5 7 6 6 34 27 Blue
7 Ella Demand 15201 6 8 7 6 8 7 42 34 White
8 James Kopack 9734 8 7 8 8 7 8 46 38 White
9 Lindsey Byer 15256 9 9 9 9 9 9 54 45 White



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Leo Boucher 157851 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5
2 Nicole Moeder 126682 2 2 3 2 2 2 13 10
3 David Manley 187959 4 3 2 3 4 4 20 16
4 Matthew Rossignol 159948 3 4 4 4 3 3 21 17
5 Mack Totman 165118 5 5 5 5 5 5 30 25
Posted in News By Colie Sails

Spring Series Week 1 Results!

April 11, 2016 5:20:54 PM EDT

After getting blown out on April 3rd, the TRYC Spring Series started up on Sunday, April 10th.  Temperatures were in the high 40s, and 42 sailors came out to sail.  The wind started out coming from the West, but as the temperatures rose the breeze backed off a bit.  For the first four races, the breeze pulsed in and out with wide ranges in both angles and velocity.  Finally, a beautiful sea breeze began to pump in from the South-East.  A quick course reconfiguration later, and sailors were racing in a crisp 15 knots breeze.  Courses for the day were trapezoids and windward-leewards.

Thanks to Cindy Botwinick for doing registration and scoring.  Brian Hull and Mike Ehnot ran the finish boat.  Brett Byer and Keith Kernan patrolled the course.  Finally, Alex Rogachenko was a huge help as always helping on the start boat. 

Prizes were generously donated by Colie Sails and Zhik.

More racing takes place next weekend, April 17th!


First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop Fleet
1 Maddie Hawkins 16718 1 1 9 1 2 2 16 7 Red
2 Sam Bruce 19820 3 3 3 7 1 1 18 11 Red
3 Jordan Bruce 19821 6 2 1 2 4 5 20 14 Red
4 Cordelia Burn 9781 2 8 4 6 5 4 29 21 Red
5 Charlie McKenzie 20513 8 7 11 3 6 3 38 27 Red
6 Brielle Willoughby 17815 10 6 2 5 10 6 39 29 Red
7 Mariner Fagan 19187 5 4 15 11 3 11 49 34 Red
8 Lauren Ehnot 19186 4 10 6 10 11 9 50 39 Red
9 Brooke Schmelz 20058 7 9 7 17 7 15 62 45 Red
10 Bridget Green 20960 13 12 5 8 12 13 63 50 Blue
11 Declan Botwinick 19792 11 14 8 12 14 8 67 53 Red
12 Everett Botwinick 15463 9 11 13 15 9 12 69 54 Blue
13 Ryan Ehnot 20736 19 13 12 4 13 14 75 56 Blue
14 James O'Gwen 19941 14 5 14 20 15 10 78 58 Blue
15 Griffin Lapham 21281 18 17 10 18 8 7 78 60 Blue
16 Jason  Boekholt 18879 12 19 18 9 17 19 94 75 Blue
17 William Kernan 21760 15 15 19 14 18 17 98 79 Blue
18 Sarah Moeder 15641 20 18 17 13 16 16 100 80 Blue
19 James Kopack 9734 21 16 21 16 20 18 112 91 White
20 Lindsey Byer 15256 16 21 16 23 19 20 115 92 White
21 Ella Demand 15201 17 20 20 23 23 23 126 103 White
22 Anatasia Wudzki 21430 22 22 22 19 21 23 129 106 White


Laser Radial

First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Michael Ehnot 186572 2 1 1 2 1 1 8 6
2 Harrison Bailey 209286 4 2 4 1 4 2 17 13
3 Nicole Moeder 126682 1 3 3 5 3 5 20 15
4 Matthew Rossignol 159948 3 5 6 3 2 6 25 19
5 Emily  Fuller 192867 5 4 2 6 5 3 25 19
6 David Manley 187959 6 6 5 4 6 4 31 25



Skipper Crew Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 Luke Arnone Mari Patient 5 1 1 3 1 5 2 13
2 Joe LaForgia Kelsey Slack 8 3 3 2 3 2 4 17
3 Michael Munger Addie Sellig 7 5 5 1 2 3 5 21
4 JP Burgess Mark Iorio 3 2 2 5 4 6 3 22
5 Cameron Giblin Ava Atanacio 4 6 4 4 6 1 1 22
6 Ian Willoughby Catherine Vuretic 6 4 6 6 5 4 6 31



First Last Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total w/Drop
1 Elle Bukosky S-666 1 2 1 2 2 1 9 7
2 Leonora Krajewski 10701 2 1 2 1 1 2 9 7
Posted in News By Colie Sails

TRYC Spring Series Dates Announced!

February 24, 2016 12:50:43 PM EST

The Toms River Yacht Club Spring Series will be starting soon.  Racing for Optimists, Lasers, 420s, and Sunfish will be held on 5 Sundays:

  • Sunday, April 3rd
  • Sunday, April 10th
  • Sunday, April 17th
  • Sunday, April 24th
  • Sunday, May 1st

Registration opens at 9:00 AM
Skipper's Meeting at 10:15 AM
First Race at 11:00 AM

$10/day or $40/series (if paid on week 1)

6 races are scheduled each day with sailing taking place right in front of the club

Come once or come all five times.  Great prizes from Colie Sails!

Dress warmly; the water is very cold in the spring.  Drysuits STRONGLY encouraged.

Dust off the cob webs and come work on those skills before the summer!

Posted in News By Colie Sails

Fall Series Week 3

October 19, 2015 9:50:21 AM EDT

The third and final week of the Toms River Yacht Club Fall Series was sailed on Sunday, October 18th.  25 Optis and 5 Lasers braved the chillier Fall conditions to sail six races.  Breeze was out of the WNW generally between 8-15 knots, but sometimes piping up into the high teens.  The Optis raced Triangle courses while the Lasers raced Olympic courses, including one "Choose Your Own Adventure" course where sailors could decide to do the triangle portion or windward-leeward portion of the Olympic course first!

For the series, we had 44 different Optimist sailors, 13 Radial sailors, 3 420s, and 5 Sunfish sailors compete.

Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who help make this series run so smoothly.  It's really nice to see all the kids working hard and enjoying themselves!

Prizes were donated by Zhik and Colie Sails.


Optimist   Skipper 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Net Score
1 17255 Sarah Burn 2 1 7 3 2 1 16 9.0 Red
2 USA Luke Arnone 1 3 4 4 1 2 15 11.0 Red
3 19821 Jordan Bruce 3 5 3 2 5 3 21 16.0 Red
4 19820 Sam Bruce 4 11 5 1 3 5 29 18.0 Red
5 9781 Cordelia Burn 9 4 6 7 4 7 37 28.0 Red
6 20513 Charlie McKenzie 7 8 10 9 7 4 45 35.0 Blue
7 18913 Quinn Collins 8 12 1 5 11 11 48 36.0 Blue
8 19792 Declan Botwinick 10 2 11 8 13 9 53 40.0 Blue
9 17815 Brielle Willoughby 5 6 12 11 16 6 56 40.0 Red
10 19186 Lauren Ehnot 6 15 13 6 9 8 57 42.0 Red
11 21276 Ben DeFonzo 11 14 2 13 12 14 66 52.0 Blue
12 20736 Ryan Ehnot 13 7 26 16 6 12 80 54.0 Blue
13 20058 Brooke Schmelz 14 9 9 12 17 10 71 54.0 Blue
14 14565 Hamilton Barclay 12 13 14 10 8 13 70 56.0 Blue
15 15463 Everett Botwinick 15 10 8 15 10 15 73 58.0 Blue
16 12219 William Kernan 17 17 18 20 15 16 103 83.0 White
17 12655 Teddy McKenzie 16 20 15 17 20 17 105 85.0 White
18 17787 Sean Groskoph 20 19 17 14 22 18 110 88.0 Red
19 9734 James Kopack 18 21 16 22 14 22 113 91.0 White
20 12761 Aidan Millar 19 16 20 18 19 26 118 92.0 Blue
21 12842 Dillan Millar 21 18 20 21 21 19 120 99.0 White
22 21305 Harrison Hubbard 24 23 19 19 23 20 128 104.0 White
23 15256 Lindsey Byer 22 26 21 23 18 21 131 105.0 White
24 15635 Iliana Vasslides 23 22 22 26 26 26 145 119.0 White
25 13173 Serena (CiCi) Vezzosi 25 26 26 26 26 26 155 129.0 White


Radial Sail Number Skipper 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Net Score
1 157851 Leo Boucher 1 1 1 1