North Sails LOFT NEWS

August 19, 2019


Big Breeze Shakes Up NYC Open

The 4th annual NYC Open Regatta took place on one of the most beautiful summer days we’ve had this year and featured great sailing winds ranging from a short AP in the morning until to winds filled to strong shifty and gusty conditions challenging the most experienced of skippers! Thanks to North Sails for providing the skippers and the Race Officers with a needed accurate Weather Forecasting via SailFlow. The RO’s and volunteers managed to get four races off despite ever-changing conditions. 

The post-race Garden Party sponsored Beau’s proved to be a wonderful afternoon venue with great entertainment from Jenny Braund and band. Almost 100 participants joined in on the dinner and it did not disappoint. NYC’s F&B team presented an amazing Tandoori BBQ chicken and all the fixings. Compliments to NYC’s F&B abound for the awesome meal as well as the Beau’s Five for $20 draft! The party went on till dark with live entertainment and then shifted to members playlists continuing until the wee hours… 

With a 12% increase in participation of boats over last, this year’s regatta hosted 58 boats in seven competitive divisions. The majority of boats were One Design as we observe a continued shift towards smaller crews and tighter fleets. We also saw an uptick in participation in the NYC membership returning to numbers seen several years back, maybe due to the Humber Bay Challenge that we put out between EYC and us. The Rigging Shoppe  generously contributed gift cards to the appreciative 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  

Congratulations to all our winners:

  • Mandate J 105 RCYC Terry McLaughlin/ Rod Wilmer
  • Zingara Beneteau First 36.7 NYC Richard Reid
  • Surprise Melges 24 NYC Dan Berezin
  • Lifted J80 NYC Christopher Hobbs
  • Wild deuces VX One RCYC Paul Currie
  • Three’s Company J 22 NYC Paul Davignon
  • Warington Kirby 23 QCYC John Woolsey

For the overall regatta results, visit 

On Sunday, many raced in the first race of the AHMEN/PHRF Fall Series, hosted by NYC and raced for the Argosy Rose Bowl. For overall results, please visit 

Thank you to our participants, volunteers as well as to the Rigging Shoppe, North Sails and Beau’s and to all sponsors who helped to make the LORC series a success

Lawrence Alexander
Vice Commodore – Fleet National Yacht Club – Toronto

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