Lake Champlain Race Week Recap

Under the leadership of Bretton Gardner from MBBC this past week saw the reincarnation of an old lapsed tradition (MBBC Race Week) into a hopefully new tradition of Lake Champlain Race Week. For a first time event with an unproven concept the outcome exceeded all expectations. At its core this event was really about promoting participation in racing on Lake Champlain and exposing folks to the broad spectrum of racing opportunities that exist between MBBC, LCYC and the Community Sailing Center. There was also a strong focus on getting our Junior Sailors exposed to the different events and types of boats. About 30 sailors participated in the event, with about 1/4 of them sailing in all 6 events and about 50% sailing in at least 4 events. Race Week consisted of 6 events covering pretty much the full spectrum of boat types and race formats on the lake including the MBBC Finch Cup (JAM only Pursuit race), LCYC Monday Night E Series (one design keelboat racing...Etchells and Sportboats), MBBC Tuesday night Laser Series (singlehanded dinghy), LCYC Wednesday Night (One design and PHRF Keelboats), MBBC Thursday Night (PHRF Keelboats and Lightnings) and CSC Friday Night 420 Racing (doublehanded dinghy). As it turned out, over the course of the week, we saw pretty much the full gamut of wind conditions as well from 3 to 20+ knots. While the real focus was on participation, to make it interesting the event was scored (with a throw out) based on each sailor's score in each event on whatever boat they sailed on, in whichever class they sailed. The event wrapped up with an MBBC hosted BBQ and Awards ceremony at the CSC on Friday night after the 420 racing.

Bretton will be looking to take what we learned about the event this year and build on the initial success for next year's event.

If you didn't participate this year, you missed a great time, so try and get out there next year !!

The winners:
1- Mike Zonnenberg - UVM Sailing Team
2- Al Baker - MBBC
3- John Harris - LCYC

Top Junior (and youngest participant):
Parker Downing - MBBC

Top Woman:
Megan Yeigh - UVM Sailing Team

Top Master (55+):
John Harris - LCYC


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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FJ Racing

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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