J24 FLEET 61   City Island, NY

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2015 Skippers Meeting is on Wed., April 15 at 7 PM.
- Upstairs in the 2nd floor apartment above Harlem YC.

Fleet 61 Annual Party & Awards Presentation
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015 @ 4:00pm - City Island YC

Like last year we are having a pot luck dinner.
Fleet 61 will provide paper plates/plastic cutlery/napkins.
We'd like everyone to bring something: your favorite dish, an appetizer, entree, or dessert, junk food, soda, drinks.
Bring crew/partners/friends.

Robin Ricca and Ricca Autobody have very kindly sponsored beer for the party;
Vino Fino, our newest sponsor, is providing the wine.
- Thank you Robin & Vino Fino.

Please RSVP to Fleet Captain at: fleetcaptain@j24fleet61.com.

Sun. Oct. 5, 2014 - Races 8, 9 & 10 (Fall Series Ends)

Trinity wins two of three on the final day of the Fall Series to clinch first overall.

See Race Results for link to Fall Series final standings.

Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 - Races 5, 6 & 7 (Fall Series)

Light, but building wind on a summer-like afternoon allowed for three competive races with Trinity winning two of them. Scoring for the day and the series had Trinity in first, Panic Attack second, and Force G4 third overall.

Sun. Sept. 21, 2014 - Race 4 (Fall Series)

Light wind allowed for only one race. A competitive start of seven boats evolved into a three boat race for first in the light wind. Trinity won with Panic Attack edging out Force G4 for second. Thanks to RC Eban Hansmire for getting in the one race.

Sun. Sept. 14, 2014 - Races 1, 2 & 3 (Fall Series Begins)

See Race Results for link to Fall Series standings.

Wed. Sept. 3, 2014 - No Race - no wind (Summer Series Ends)

We tried our best, but the wind just wasn't cooperating. When we first got out there, it was a gentle but steady south-easterly, so we set up for that. By the time 7:00 rolled around, we started a sequence but there wasn't enough wind to get people started so we blew that down and waited. By about 7:15, a light northwesterly tried to fill in, but we didn't have any marks in that direction, so we had to wait it out some more. With a hint of a southerly starting to happen, we tried another sequence just before sunset, but that fizzed out too and we sent everybody home.  -Roy Smith - RC

See Race Results for link to Summer Series final standings.

Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 - Race 14 (Summer Series)

Plenty of daylight and good breeze, RC J Puddleduck set up for one good race. With Surcease winning and Trinity second, the fight for first overall tightens going into the final Wed. The battle continues for third overall with Panic Attack moving just ahead of Blondie.

Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 - Race 12 & 13 (Summer Series)

Good south breeze allowed a course to R, with 4 legs for the first race and the second race shortened to 2 legs with darkness falling.

Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 - Race 10 & 11 (Summer Series)

See Race Results for finish results and link to Summer Series standings.

Wed. Aug. 6, 2014 - Race 8 & 9 (Summer Series)

See Race Results for finish results and link to Summer Series standings.

Wed. July 30, 2014 - Race 6 & 7 (Summer Series)

   What started out as a 2-4K variable NW zephyr at 5PM developed into a 9-12K oscillating SW breeze that made for a wonderful night of tactical racing. Boats split right and left and in the end it seemed to us on the RC that whoever read the shifts best was rewarded.
   The first race had a clean start, but by the second race the wind oscillations seemed to favor the pin at the last minute and at least 5 boats were over early which led to the general recall. A great night of racing.

Wed. July 23, 2014 - Race 4 & 5 (Summer Series)

   Defying all weather predictions, the night was perfect for sailing with a south wind blowing 12-14 kts for Races 4 & 5. RC set up a course as far north in Eastchester Bay as possible so if the weather took a turn for the worse all boats would be close to home. Blondie's crew were honored to be aboard Hank & Melanie's beautiful 40' Egg Harbor, Nest Egg for RC.
   Two races were started with a course C4, and CO Jones rocketed into the lead flying their jib in both races to finish the night with 2 bullets! Panic Attack finished 2nd overall for the night with Heat Wave in 3rd. Racing ended before the storm came in so all in all a great night of sailing. Nice job racers and special thanks to Hank & Melanie for the luxurious ride!!

Wed. July 16, 2014 - Race 3 (Summer Series)

   With light wind, RC went with short two leg, once around course. Trinity made a nice move rounding the windward mark and passed both Force G4 and Heat Wave to win at the downwind finish. A wind shift and dying breeze caused cancellation of a second race.

Wed. July 9, 2014 - Races 1 & 2 (Summer Series Begins)

   First race - Surcease got a lead and extended it to the finish. The real battle was for 2nd with Trinity and Blondie trading places several times until Blondie crossed the finish line ahead.
   Second race - Yes, Surcease won again, but newcomer to the fleet C.O. Jones, making an impressive first night, tried to hold onto 2nd until being nipped at the finish by Panic Attack.

Wed. July 2, 2014 - No Races due to weather


Wed. June 25, 2014 - Races 10 & 11 (Spring Series Ends)

   For our last races of the Spring series we had some "interesting weather". Wind 14-17K gusting over 22K for first race. Down to 10-14K for 2nd race but steady from SSW. Mix in some rain and a nice current and chop. Eastchester Bay at it's finest.
   Surcease came back from OCS start, went right and won the first race. Surcease then won the 2nd race in a more conventional fashion. There were some exciting lead and position changes. Good tactical racing.

See Race Results for finish results and link to Spring Series standings.

Wed. June 18, 2014 - Race 9 (Spring Series)

   It as a struggle but we finally got started. Had some clock trouble but on the second try at 12 s 4 boats were way on the course side. Thought that odd as there was more then a knot of current holding the fleet back. Tried to keep the fleet to the East side of the Bay as west side was already shutting down when RC went out. Made for some interesting sailing. A balance of strong current coming from the CI bridge vs what was the only decent wind on leg 3 and 4 coming from NNE. Can't apologize for the wind it is what it is. First windward and downwind legs looked really tight but then the wind really got spotty and the fleet spread out.
   Only one race as racing called when the wind left the bay. Could have been worse as I could have had W2 for race 1 and started a second race then you'all would still be out there.

Wed. June 11, 2014 - Races 7 & 8 (Spring Series)

Panic Attack!!! Panic Attack!!!

Wed. June 4, 2014 - Races cancelled

Racing cancelled due to the J-Lo concert at Orchard Beach and the massive traffic jams expected.

Wed. May 28, 2014 - Races 5 & 6 (Spring Series)

Good breeze, 10 to 12 knots with gusts 15 to 16 knots out of the east.  Race 1 was W4 and Race 2 W6.  It looked like a good battle between Surcease II (Genoa and left side upwind) and Panic Attack (Jib and right side) for most of Race 2 with Surcease winning both races. -RC Trinity

Wed. May 21, 2014 - Races 3 & 4 (Spring Series)

Again cool, but again stayed dry. Wind from the South at 10 or less. Course R4. Trinity won the first race and Jeepers the second.

Wed. May 14, 2014 - Races 1 & 2 (Spring Series Begins)

First night of the 2014 season was cool, but stayed dry. Wind from the NE around 10. Francine and the Watercolour crew did a great job at RC getting off two W4 courses.
Blondie won the first race and Surcease the second, but getting out the first night all seven boats felt like winners.

Roy set up a Google Group for us to use for fleet related contact, like Monday and Wed. night crew finders: http://groups.google.com/group/j24-fleet-61