The World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY is an unpredictable event in an unpredictable sport.
A case in point was the 48th edition hosted Saturday by the Southold Yacht Club. The nautical marathon, a 25-mile counterclockwise circumnavigation of Shelter Island, featured one twist and turn after another, a number of lead changes and an eye-opening ending. At one stage, with a lead pack of eight boats within 150 yards of each other, it appeared as if there would be a sprint to the finish, but John Eckart would have none of it. READ
It’s not a strategy Jim Koehler would advise to other sailors, nor is it one he plans to try again. But his unusual start to Saturday’s Race Around Shelter Island in the sunfish regatta proved to be a winning one. READ
The Southold Yacht Club hosted a sunfish race Saturday morning around Shelter Island.
The event, which was called the “World’s Longest Sunfish Race,” was open to sunfish, catamarans, C420 and laser classes.
The sailing race they call a nautical marathon ended with a sprint to the finish.
Even in a race like The World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY, every second counts. That was made clear Saturday.
Being a good reader is important in sports.
Just ask a quarterback who reads a defense or a batter who can read the seams on a baseball being pitched to him. But if you’re a sailor like John Condon, it’s a matter of reading the current and the wind.
What started out over four decades ago as a way to drum up publicity for the Southold Yacht Club has become so much more. The World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, N.Y. is a test of sailing skills, not to mention endurance and patience. READ
The urban environment of New York City would seem an unlikely beginning for a man who has spent so much of his life sailing. But Joe Sullivan Jr., born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, has roots in eastern Long Island going back to the early 1940s when his father took him fishing in Greenport. READ
Bobby Boger, representing the United States Merchant Marine Academy, was the 2012 winner of the World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, N.Y. (Credit: Bridget Walter, North Fork Memories, Southold, N.Y.)
Southold Yacht Club will host the 44th annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY on Saturday. Last year, John Condon of Mattituck became the third person to win the nautical marathon four times, and he will return to see if he can become the first five-time winner. (more…)
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Vanessa Hettesheimer led a group of sailors during the Carol Smith Regatta on Friday.
Two hundred and twenty sailors in 186 boats from seven East End yacht clubs converged on Southold Bay to participate in Southold Yacht Club’s annual Carol Smith Regatta last Thursday and Friday. Named after a former club member, school teacher and avid Sunfish sailor, the event consisted of the 38th annual Peconic Bay Midget and Junior Sunfish Championships as well as competition in the 420, Laser and Opti classes.
Racing throughout the regatta was intense and at times only a few points separated the leaders. The closest competition was in the Peconic Bay Junior Sunfish Championship where two Mattituck sailors, Henry Potdevin and James Orioli, tied for first place with seven points each after four close races. Potdevin won the tiebreaker and was awarded the championship.
The tandem of Potdevin and Jason Scalia (six points) led a Mattituck Yacht Club sweep of the top three places in the Peconic Bay Midget Sunfish Championship. Christina Tomao and Madison Leslie were second with nine points. Gianna Orioli and Emma Clifford finished six points behind them in third.
Dan Sullivan of the Southold Yacht Club was the Laser Radial Champion with 23 points from seven races.
Ben Honig of the Old Cove Yacht Club was the top sailor in the Opti White class, taking three points from two races.