Great to see our Midshipmen on the top of podium sailing a Foundation boat!Congratulations to the PHANTOM team who won Jack Sussi Academy Trophy (Academy Trophy) at this year's edition of the ALIR.
Onboard PHANTOM: Patrick Lyell '19, Easton Hazim '20, Axel Bonney '20, Nick Becker '20, Cooper Siepert '20, Alex Mueller '21 and Andrew Perry '21. Also on board was Coach Ken Luczynski.
PHANTOM came in 4th in PHRF Spinnaker Division 6 and was 10th overall - which means that out of 49 teams that finished the race, PHANTOM was 10th! Way to go!!
Once PHANTOM left New York Harbor, she raced offshore as the team felt that was a better option considering the front that was predicted. When they passed Fire Island, it was a downwind run to Montauk Point. They thought that sailing a deeper angle might make up for racing so far offshore at the start. And if they could get ahead of the competition by Plum Gut, they just might have a shot at a podium finish. With the "Gut" behind them, they hugged the north shore of Long Island and beat a lot of boats. Then the wind died. So they headed out to deeper water in the center of Long Island Sound trying to pick up more wind. That didn't work out too well for them. They chased a puff or two and headed back to the coast of Long Island Sound. Had they stayed hugging the coast, they would have done better. Isn't hindsight wonderful?
As they entered Hempstead Harbor on their way to the finish, they were greeted with a huge lightning storm. According to reports, there was lightning every 10 seconds! What a finish.
Comments from the team: "great race, well-run race committee." Seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time was "awesome", "bigger than expected", "smaller than expected", and "inspirational."
Six Midshipmen attended the ALIR Awards Ceremony: On PHANTOM: Patrick Lyell, Andrew Perry, and Alexander Mueller; on HIGH NOON: Alexander Stoyka, Mitchell Weller, and Neeko Helbich. Of these six young adults, four of them came from land-locked states (3 from Colorado and 1 from Utah). They arrived at USMMA with little to no experience sailing a boat, much less racing one. And here they are at the end of the Around Long Island Race, one of the area's premier long-distance race. This race challenges even veteran racers, with difficult current in New York Harbor, variable wind conditions along the south shore of Long Island, getting through the "GUT" intact, notorious for turbulent and treacherous waters, and then into Long Island Sound that very often offers up very little wind or extremely high wind conditions. So these young teams faced all that sailing/racing had to offer, in a two-day time frame.
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A recap of some of our favorite moments at our first ever event in Seattle, WA. Thanks to the members of Seattle Yacht Club for hosting us and to our volunteer photographer Cynthia Taylor Dee. We were event treated to a show by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. To participate or donate, check us out at WarriorSailing.org. ... See MoreSee Less