Saturday, May 13, 2017

Edlu Distance Race Preview

Sailing Long Island Sound (Larchmont, NY)- The Edlu Race, first sailed in 1956, has long been a classic tune-up race for the around Block Island Race and Block Island Race Week.  It is followed by a classic party that evening; it is one the must-do events on western Long Island Sound! The spinnaker course is 32 m from the Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back.  The non-spinnaker course is approximately 20 nm.

The start times are set for slower boats to start first and allow everyone back to LYC in time for the Sailors Welcome with lots of camaraderie, free hot dogs, chili, beer, dark ‘n’ stormies and live music included in the entry fee. Awards will be presented as soon as practicable after racing so that visiting boats have more time to return to their home clubs.

This year’s 62nd annual Edlu Distance Race starts around midday on Saturday, May 13th and will include fleets of IRC and PHRF classes for the sixty-six boats registered.  A wide variety of twenty-seven J/Teams (41% of the fleet!) are participating in this fun-loving event.

The biggest division in the event is the thirty-five boat PHRF Class.  Hoping to take home silverware are five J/88s (Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION, Ken & Drew Hall’s NEVERMORE, Al Minella’s ALBONDIGAS, John Pearson’s RED SKY & Elizabeth Barry’s ESCAPE); Bill Komaroff’s J/100 TEXAS ROSE; four J/105s (Duncan Hennes & Za/Lib Jelliffe’s ARETE, the Young American Big Boat Team’s YOUNG AMERICAN, Hobie Ponting’s PRIVATEER, and George & Alex Wilbanks’ REVELATION); two J/109s (Steve Chronert’s ZUMA & Cory Eaves’ FREEDOM); Greg Slamowitz’s J/111 MANITOU, Arthur Hanlon’s J/112E DAUNTLESS, and Bill Ingraham’s J/124 TENEBRAE.

In the PHRF Non-Spinnaker division, we find two J’s seeking more pickle dishes for their collections, Jon Yoder & Bill Gassman’s J/100 BLACKCOMB and Kurt Locher’s J/42 ATALANTA.

THE PHRF Doublehanded class is quite big, the second largest number of entries with thirteen teams on the starting line.  Five J/Crews are participating, including Randall Saunders J/100 JACKAL, Josh Burack’s J/105 PEREGRINA, Abhijeet Lele’s J/111 VARUNA, Peter Hein’s J/120 VAREKAI, and Todd Aven’s J/92 THIN MAN.

The IRC Division has one lone J/44 starting, Len Sitar’s VAMP from Storm Trysail Club and the same is true for “Club Class”, with Steven Blecher’s J/160 JAVELIN expecting class honors!   For more Edlu Distance Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.