The Spindrift Trophy Race was sailed on Saturday August 12th. Winds were light to non-existent at the start and the view from the club was in soft focus as fog hung low in every direction. Intrepid skippers and crew of the six ships racing were not deterred. The Race Committee opted for Course B, shorter by about 6 miles than Course A, due to light air. The race started at OYC, went via Bug Light out to Cedar Point, East Hampton, and finished back at the club. OYC’s own Chris Wedge, skippering Keeneenoh, a Concordia Yawl, took first place in the Spinnaker class and first overall. James and Ellen Sanders sailed Team Tonic, a Benneteau 42s7, to a first in the Non-Spinnaker division. Past Commodore Peter McGreevy has installed a new winner’s plaque at the club.
All competitors, OYC members, and friends were welcomed to a party at the club post race. Carol Morton and her posse provided hero sandwiches, salads, beer, sangria, and miniature cupcakes.
Named in honor of the yacht Spindrift owned by former Commodore Bill Rich, Jr., this race originally went from OYC to Cerberus Shoal and back, and was sailed as an “overnight” contest. More recently the course has been shortened, and covers a course in Orient Harbor and Gardiners Bay. It is an ELISA event.
Orient Race results Aug 2017