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Menantic Yacht Club welcomes Vipers

This past Sunday, the Vipers invaded the Menantic Yacht Club (MYC).

It was  an exciting, record-breaking day for the MYC’s seventh series of Sunfish races, with 37 boats and 39 sailors. Only in 2016, when the MYC hosted the Women’s National Championships, did we have a higher number of boats ply West Neck Harbor for Sunfish racing, with a record 39 boats entered. Sunday’s racers included a group of Viper 640 racers who were in town for a regatta at the Shelter Island Yacht Club.

As he did last year, MYC member and Viper 640 racer Peter Beardsley invited the other Vipers to join the MYC and race Sunfish for a change. The results were a little different from last year’s, but not by much.

The winds were light, maybe 2 to 5 knots, and gusty, but the competition was not. A number of MYC sailors were recovering from Saturday’s 20-course Brooklyn Gustatorial Society dinner hosted by Linda Gibbs and Tom McMahon, and a number of the Vipers had also partied hard Saturday night after their races were canceled due to lack of wind.

After racing, Viper Pat Robinson concurred in Mary Vetri’s observation that the hot day on the water was the perfect way to cleanse one’s body of its alcohol content.

Both this year and last, two Vipers finished in the top 5. Vipers Erin Florio and Devin Hart placed 4th and 5th this year. Last year, a Viper took first place. This year, however, MYC members took top honors, with Charlie Modica Jr. in 1st place, Peter Beardsley in 2nd and Derek Webster in 3rd. Competition was tough for the top of the fleet, but consistency paid off. 

Even though Peter took two 1st-place finishes and Charlie only one, Charlie was more consistent overall. Erin took the fourth 1st-place finish. It seems that Derek finally met his match.

The first race of the day was the longest course in the MYC’s course repertoire; with the light winds, it took about 45 minutes to complete. The other races were shorter and more to my liking. The mark roundings were really congested, with some bumping going on.

Denise Fenchel mentioned that she did a 360 penalty turn, and I saw several other sailors do the same. However, it seems that several sailors who should have done penalty turns neglected to do so. The MYC operates on the honor system, so sailors, please be mindful of the rule that if you hit a mark, another boat or foul another sailor, you are required to do a 360 penalty turn.

I was very happy to see that a number of MYC sailors did well on Sunday, including Denise, Jodi Sisley, Kate Duff and Alicia Rojas. Jodi was especially proud of herself and danced a celebratory jig while de-rigging. Kate was very pleased with her new sail that is emblazoned with her favorite number, 37.

Betsy was back from racing Herreshoff 12’s in the national championships, but some of her regular Race Committee crew took the day off. However, Marian Thomsen, the longest serving member of the RC crew, Paul Zinger, Susan Donlon and Debra Mintz did a superb job. Paul was seen racing in the 4th race, in which he placed 6th. Thank you, all.

Matt Fox couldn’t make it on Sunday, so Tom McMahon volunteered for chase boat duty. Tom was ably assisted by Mike Donlon and Suzanne Crocker. Suzanne is new to the MYC and is eager to sail with the fleet after a 40-year hiatus from Sunfish sailing.

Betty Bishop, whom we had missed during her fabulous two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard, captained the other chase boat, ably assisted by Elsie Rose, Melanie Coronetz and Chris Miller. The chase boats were not kept busy on Sunday, causing Melanie to comment that it had been “a boring afternoon,” with which Tom concurred. Thank you, all.

Remember, an after-race party will be hosted by Marian and Larry Thomsen at One North Silver Beach Road this Sunday. You know what to bring.

We are a very congenial club, open to all, with no dues, no fees and no clubhouse. The sailing is great, the camaraderie is superb, and we just have tremendous fun.

All sailors, novice to expert, are welcome. Just show up in West Neck Harbor at 20 p.m. on any Sunday through Labor Day, check in with the Race Committee, giving them your full name and sail number, and be sure to bring your life jacket.

Non-sailors are also welcome to assist with the Race Committee boat and the chase boats. You can get more information about the MYC at the MYC website: MenanticYC.com, MYC Facebook page: Menantic Yacht Club, or from Bob Harris at ([email protected]). Steve and Melissa Shepstone have a fleet of loaner boats available on a first-to-reserve basis. Contact Ellen Leonforte at 914-450-1450 or ([email protected]) to reserve your boat.

See you on the water.

Results:                     Pts     Place

Charlie Modica Jr            11             1

Peter Beardsley               16             2

Derek Webster                 19             3

Erin Florio                          20             4

Devin Hart                         22             5

David Owen                       44             6

Steve Shepstone             45             7

Joan Butler                        47             8

Dana Robinson                50             9

Alicia Rojas                        51             10

Cole Constantineau      51             11

Charlie Modica                54             12

Denise Fenchel                55             13

Bob Harris        59             14

Rachel Beardsley            66             15

Patrick Robinson            66             16

Eugene Van Rynbach   72             17

Doug Rose                          74             18

John Modica                      82             19

Brandon Liebnick           83             20

Peter Zahn                         83             21

Luke Raymond                 86             22

Linda Gibbs                       86             23

Jodi Sisley                         90             24

Eric Ryan                           96             25

Bill Martens                       100          26

Jonathan Brush               100          27

Kate Duff                            107          28

Tom Pickett                       112          29

George Zinger                     113          30

Natalie Imamura            115          31

Mark Webber                    115          32

Ellen Leonforte                120          33

Paul Zinger                        120          34

Mary Vetri                          126          35

Allyson Schultz               134          36

Brett Mintz                        135          37

Caroline Keating             143          38

Sharon Wicks                        150          39