Dodging Storms at Larchmont Junior Race Week
Larchmont Junior Race Week takes place for Laser, Laser Radial, Club 420, Pixel and Blue Jay classes. This year is Larchmont Yacht Club’s 117th Race Week and 89th annual junior regatta. The competitive event is part of the summer series that determines winners of the JSA of LIS High Point Season Trophies.
At Larchmont Yacht Club, over 400 junior sailors and instructors came from across Long Island Sound to compete on Monday through Wednesday, July 13 to 15. Larchmont Yacht Club provided housing for competitors who came from widespread East Coast areas. Excitement arose for three days of racing and for Larchmont Junior Race Week Dance.
Competitors brought their boats beginning at 5 pm on Sunday, July 12 and in full force on Monday morning around 9 am. They launched their boats from trailers and dollies onto the water using a hoist.
The Skippers’ Meeting followed registration and rigging, and the race committee chairman discussed details from racing instructions, including racecourse mark colors for each fleet. Sailors continued rigging and waited for wind to fill, when the race committee announced harbor start.
Monday started out with lighter winds, which averaged at three miles per hour and reached a maximum of ten mph in the afternoon. Temperature averaged at 74 degrees Farenheit. The 37-boat Pixel fleet finished four races, while 79 Laser Radials and the 113-boat 420 fleet finished two races, and 15 Laser Standards finished three races.
Tuesday, wind stayed light at three mph, with gusts up to 16 mph after noontime. Pixels, 420s, Laser Radials and Laser Standards all finished one race. After, sailors returned safely before rain and thunderstorms began. That evening, Larchmont Junior Race Week Dance took place at LYC’s Pandemonium.
Wednesday, sailing did not happen, due to weather conditions. Sailors left the harbor and came in at the first sign of thunderstorms. Following, they received complimentary ice cream treats and a barbeque, including hot dogs. Junior officers led the awards ceremony in early afternoon.
Read about this year’s Larchmont Junior Race Week on WindCheck.
View Laser and Radial results here.
View 420 results here.
View Pixel results here.
See photos from the event here.