Arnold Brown Regatta Report

The Northern Vermont High School Sailing Team (NVHSST) trekked out to Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, September 16. Arriving on the island on Sunday via ferry, they went to Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, where the Arnold Brown Invitational was held. This annual regatta was sailed in 420s and drew 12 teams from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. When the team first arrived, the harbor was absolutely calm. But, the A fleet rigged and went out. Nick Aswad and Meredith Powlison (LCYC) represented NVHSST in this fleet. They finished mid-fleet in the first race, but they had a bullet in the second race and led all the way around the course. On the final upwind leg, their roll tacks put distance on the second place boat during a tacking duel. The A fleet had one more set of 2 races after this, finishing third in the A fleet. The B fleet, sailed by Connor Aswad, Sarah Chickanosky (LCYC) and alternate Allyson Jarry also got in two sets, with a best finish of 4th. The shifty winds ranged from nothing to around 6 knots during the last set, and the courses were short triangles. NVHSST finished 5th overall. Next weekend, Nick, Connor and Meredith will travel to Greenwich to race Lasers in the Healy Trophy. Photo of NVHSST with Marblehead team on the ferry:

-- Meredith Powlison


The Lake Champlain Yacht Club is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Please let us know if you are interested in membership!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events during the sailing season. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has an active junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We also have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and we travel to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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Lake Champlain is a beautiful venue for sailboat racing, with excellent competition, friendly competitors, and great participation. LCYC features a summer-long Wednesday Night racing series, an Etchells/Sportboat series, and weekend races, several of which are part of the the Lake Champlain Championship Series. Our friends at Mallets Bay Boat Club, Royal Savage Yacht Club, and Valcour Sailing Club also offer great racing events around the lake. LCYC also hosts an annual Viper 640 Regatta.

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