Team McCaffrey Wins 2023 North Americans
Skipper Mike and son Erik had a good two days of racing. A strong breeze welcomed guests to Leatherlips Yacht Club for the NACs, giving the Juniors a 15 knot wind with gusts up to 20. Unfortunately the wind didn't perform as well for the adults, but talent, tactics,and years of experience, kept the two from Massachusetts and DC in the lead. Fridays wind was too soft to sail, so it was a day of fun, food, and Scotty Graham's penny game that kept folks entertained. LYC members welcomed guests not only to the club with a welcome picnic, but housed participants in their homes if an Air B&B or camper wasn't their preference. Fleet 98 had a blast hosting the regatta, and sharing Scotty's home for a super Friday night meal of City BBQ on his patio before the annual membership meeting. Leadership will remain the same for 2024 except for the addition of Matt White as upcoming President. We look forward to building the association, which continues to draw members nationwide. Areas of focus include cruising and involving non fleet members, continuing to build upon the Junior national regatta, which this year boasted 9 boats and roughly 25 sailors, as well as reviewing the value of DSA membership. Keep sailing, even in the rain. Tiller time is what improves sailing skills whether participating in fleet racing or cruising your local lake. Our knowledge bank on the forum is a treasure trove of information whatever the age of your daysailer. To everyone who made it to Nationals, thank you! It was a great time. Here's to next year...TBD, but hoping in the Northeast.
NAC Junior Regatta Brings Record Number of Participants - Young Sailors Pair with Members
More photos can be found on the Leatherlips.com website, the Uffa Fox Daysailer Facebook page, and ddmm.smugmug.com under sailing/sailing photos 2023. PW for adult racing NACR*2023, for the Juniors it's *NACR*2023* Thank you to Deb Mason-McCaffrey for taking professional pics!
Family Teams take First and Second Place in Junior Nationals
Erin and Kevin Flanagan from Ohio and Morgan Whitlock and Matt White from Northern Virginia led the winning lineup for the 2023 Junior Nationals at Leatherlips Yacht Club in central Ohio. It truly was a race to the finish with a one point difference. Zane Boswell, Macy Savage, with DS member Chris Lewton from Severn Sailing Association took third. All boats were either participant or club member loaners. The wind was stiff, fickle, and at times wicked, but there were no capsizes and the host club brought out their junior sailors who weren't sailing at Edgewater Yacht Club in an I-ILYA regatta in Cleveland. The kids had a great time along with the DS members. Thank you to everyone who lent their boat and enjoyed the awards presentation and dinner afterward. Kudos to DS and LYC members who made this regatta memorable. We may have even found some future members in the process! Congrats to all!