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San Francisco gave everyone a "head fake" on Day 3 of the Star World Championship. With a forecast for little to no wind we were once again postponed ashore for an hour. After a slow tow down to the racecourse and lunch on a glassy bay, the forecast seemed right on target. But a break in the cloud cover beyond the Golden Gate fooled the weatherman, and the breeze came on quickly, building from zero to twelve knots in just a few minutes. We were quick to make adjustments to our setup transitioning from light to medium air and got down to business.

The overcast skies and light wind of day two at the Star Worlds was a near repeat of day one. There were no crews hiking during the first two attempts at a start but by the third start the wind had filled in quite nicely. We continued our conservative approach to the regatta focused on our goal to keep notching finishes in the top ten.

It is nice when your hard work and preparation starts to come together. After a week of training, long days for our coach measuring the currents on San Fran Bay, and months of planning we kicked off Day 1 of the Star World Championships with a solid second place finish. There is still a long list of things to improve upon and we still have our debrief before bed, but we are off to a good start.

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:

LCYC's Meredith Powlison won the New England Singlehanded Junior Women's Championship, held July 31-August 1 on Nantucket Island. Her finishes in the 10-boat fleet were 1-1-3-2-1-1-1. There was no racing the first day, as wind failed to appear on this usually breezy venue. On the second day, the Nantucket breeze filled in at 15-20 knots. Meredith is a junior sailing instructor at LCYC and crews on the family Etchells, Pied Piper. Photos are at: http://lcyc.info/gallery/Member+Albums/Dave+Powlison/



LCYC 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. Click here if you are interested in joining LCYC!

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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. 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 typically 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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