SALLIE BETHGE PHOTO
The start of a race Sunday in West Neck Harbor. Number 73 Dave Olsen, with Tom McMahon and Ruth Hakanson hiking out.
The Menantic Yacht Club had abundant wind for the next-to-last series of Sunfish races in West Neck Harbor this past Sunday.
It was blowing between 8 and 14 knots from the southwest with plenty of gusts, just strong enough to blow a number of sailors over, some more than once. I also witnessed a number of sailors with dropped sails, which was a mystery to me, but the fun we all had was not. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO A wild and windy start of a race in West Neck Harbor for the Menantic Yacht club.
The Menantic Yacht Club(MYC) held it sixth series of Sunfish races August 5 in perfect weather conditions — windy, warm and dry. (more…)
Helplessly hoping. The Menantic Yacht Club becalmed before a race on July 29.
Saturday, July 29 brought small craft warnings with the wind gusting up to 32 knots around Shelter Island.
On Sunday morning the winds were still blowing around 10 knots. At 2 p.m., kickoff time for the fifth series of Sunfish races this year hosted by the Menantic Yacht Club (MYC), the wind was practically nonexistent — zero to 1 knot. Boats were drifting aimlessly, waiting for the Race Committee to make a decision about racing. Fortunately for those sailors who arrived late, the racing did not begin until almost 3 p.m. due to lack of wind. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Photo taken from the chase boat showing the committee boat and the Sunfish sailors positioning for the start of a race on Sunday, July 15.
The Menantic Yacht Club held its second series of Sunfish races in perfect weather Sunday afternoon, July 15, in West Neck Harbor. The wind built steadily all afternoon, ranging from about 5 to 10 knots, gusting to 12, blowing from the west. The gusts were extremely squirrelly at the windward mark. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Commodore Pete Bethge of the Menantic Yacht Club looking down the start line 30 seconds before the start of a July 2 race on West Neck Harbor.
The Menantic Yacht Club (MYC) held its first Sunfish race of the 2017 season on Sunday, July 2 in West Neck Harbor.
Mother Nature was at her best with plenty of sunshine and wind that built steadily all afternoon, blowing between 4 and 10 knots from the west. It was gusty and quite squirrely, which made for fun rounding the upwind mark. There were a number of flips and some crashes; one caused extensive damage and one involved the boom of one sailor hitting the head of another sailor with a sound heard ‘round the world. (more…)