Weekly Update

Important Upcoming Dates

20 May - CBYRA High Points Awards Ceremony @ AYC Sailing Center Tent

20 May - Engaging the next Generation of Sailors, Adam's Cup Reunion @ EYC

16 June - Summer Program Kick-off BBQ

19 June - Start of Summer Program

Summer Program registration is open to all AYC and JAM members!

Click here to view the 2017 AYC Summer Brochure!

Click here to view the class descriptions

Click here to renew your JAM membership today!


Katja Sertl, Head 420 Coach

This past weekend, Annapolis Yacht Club and Severn Sailing Association co-organized and hosted the Phebe Corckran King Memorial Regatta. This regatta was a National Invitational, as we had teams travel from all over the country to compete. Teams were invited based on their results at their districts’ Mallory Qualifiers, and some additional berths were available to teams by application.

Saturday started with a competitor’s meeting and a lovely speech recognizing Phebe Corckran King’s dedication to sailing during her life. The organizers hosted a raffle with prizes from US Sailing, Lemon & Line, Team 1 Newport, APS, and Harken. Saturday’s conditions were less than spectacular with constant rain and chilly temperatures. The wind, however, was great. It was relatively steady and consistent, with pressure variance anywhere from 5 to 15 knots in the biggest puffs. The Race Committee was able to complete 12 races in A-Division by 4 pm, and 10 races in B-Division.

Sunday, sailors were postponed for a short time while Race Committee waited for the wind to fill and steady out. The Annapolis and St. Mary’s high school teams took advantage of this time to recognize their mothers with a thank-you banner and a brunch. The weather was gorgeous for the conclusion of the regatta. With a high temperature of 70 and blue skies, the sea breeze filled in around noon and cranked up to the high teens at times. With such varying conditions over the weekend, the sailors who were well rounded were the ones who were able to come out on top on the leader board.

The Annapolis area high schools included Annapolis, St. Mary’s, Broadneck, Archbishop Spalding, and Key School. Major congratulations to all of them, as four out of five local teams placed in the Top 5.

Sailing for Annapolis High School was Porter Kavle, Ava Walker, and Nick Salvesen in A-Division, and Remington King, Kimberly Leonard, and George Kaye in B-Division. Both divisions were won by the Panthers in an impressive fashion. Congratulations to the team on winning the first Phebe Corckran King Memorial Trophy!

St. Mary’s was represented by James Golden, Michael Bisson, and Elizabeth Hupp in A-Division, and Trevor Davis, Annabelle Hutchinson, Abby Richardson, and Allison Forsyth in B-Division.

Lastly, congratulations to the seniors who competed in their last or one of their last high school regattas. We are proud of you here at AYC, and cannot wait to see what you do in college!

Annapolis High School Varsity Team with Aden King and daughter Natalie

AYC Junior Sailors / College Choices

Elizabeth Hupp (St. Mary’s) Fordham University
Annabelle Hutchinson (St. Mary’s) Brown University
Abby Richardson (St. Mary’s) U.S. Naval Academy
Phillip Schofield (Broadneck) Cornell University
Willy Comerford (Archbishop Spalding) College of Charleston
Harrison Koller (Key) College of Charleston
Remington King (Annapolis HS) Undecided

Next, we would like to thank our many volunteers. Through the impressive effort and selflessness, the Regatta Organizers were able to run a smooth and successful event.

Todd Hiller (PRO)
Juliet Thompson
Marina Schofield
Simon King
Doug Frazee
Jim Kavle
Jim and Anu Golden
Patrick Snow (USNA)
Kate Wysocki (BC ’15)
Lydi Whiteford (Brown ‘15)
Elle Wells (ODU)
Frances Fadullon
Suzy Pereira
Jill, Jessica and Mark Bennett
Maureen and Dave Kelly
Dillon Paiva


Connor Corgard, Head Optimist Coach

After months of training and countless hours of hard work, a team of 6 AYC sailors on the RWB Optimist Team felt as prepared as ever for the 2017 U.S. National Team Trials held last weekend in Brant Beach, NJ.

The event featured the country's top-223 U15 sailors who competed for spots on the infamous U.S. National Team. With their practices held at the venue the weekend before, as well as solid training Monday and Tuesday, the sailors showed signs of great strength heading into the prestigious regatta. Using Wednesday as their rest day to measure in boats and prepare them for battle, the team enjoyed relaxing and resting together.

By the time Thursday rolled around, the team hit the water and warmed up accordingly with some upwind and downwind speedwork in preparation for four races that day.

"I'm so ready for this" AYC sailor Chase Conway declared following warmups.

After all three flights were off and racing, AYC coaches Francisco "Pancho" Renna and Connor Corgard were carefully analyzing everyone's moves on the race course. By the end of the day, a number of sailors stuck out from the pack including AYC's Matt and Nick Budington, FBYC/AYC Guthrie Braun,FBYC/AYCTommy Sitzmann, and AYC Ava Cornell.

Day 2, the sailors knew the Race Committee could only run three races on the day, which prepared AYC's Hugh Carty "to 'all-out' each race to its entirety." With similar breeze to the day prior at 10 to 15 knots, the sailors felt strong in the conditions allotted. Again following warmups, the Race Committee wasted no time in rattling off the races for the day, even allowing for time for the team to enjoy some team mini-golf following the days' racing.

The third day of the event had competitors, coaches, and some die-hard spectators meeting with winds upwards of 35 knots, and visibility-reducing rain that, over the day, began to flood Long Beach Island roads and becoming quite hazardous. After a few hours of onshore postponement with athletes waiting out under the tent, the Race Committee made the smart decision to abandon racing for the day due to safety concerns in the low-visibility conditions. A bummer forFBYC/AYCGuthrie Braun as, being on the taller end of the fleet in terms of physical stature, he was excited for some big-breeze racing conditions in which he knew he could prevail.

Finally, the fourth and final day of the event came Sunday and was met with colder temperatures, but breeze filling the bay at a steady 10 to 15 knots out of the west for some perfect final-day racing. With the fleet set into Championship format, including a top one-third Gold Fleet and a bottom two-thirds split of Silver Fleet, racing was certain to be intense and rigorous for all of the athletes on the water.

As pressure built, many athletes saw it as too much and buckled in their mental stability. However, AYC sailors were able to keep control of their emotions and actions for the most part, leading to success near the top of the fleet! After a second bullet of the regatta forFBYC/AYCTommy Sitzmann, with AYC's Matt Budington in a close second place in race nine of the event, AYC showed strong signs of success on the final day.

By the end, it was Lauderdale Yacht Club's Stephan Baker who took the regatta by storm, qualifying for the IODA World Championships to be held in Pattaya, Thailand later this year. However,FBYC/AYCsailors were close behind, securing spots for the IODA Asian Championships (Tommy Sitzmann & Owen Hennessey), IODA North American Championships (Guthrie Braun), and potentially spots at the RYA British National Championships (Matt Budington).

Congratulations to our stellar performances from all of ourAYCsailors at this prestigious and especially stressful event!

AYC Results

Gold Fleet
(Qualification for U.S. Development Team & IODA North American Championships)
60th - Matt Budington
(Tentative Qualification U.S. Development Team & RYA British National Championships)
68th - Nick Budington

Silver Fleet
74th - Robby Meek
96th - Ava Cornell
116th - Hugh Carty
143rd - Chase Conway

Sailing with AYC in Team Trials:

13th (2nd Blue Fleet) - Tommy Sitzmann (Qualification for U.S. National Team & IODA Asian Championships)
15th - Owen Hennessey (Qualification for U.S. National Team & IODA Asian Championships)
25th - Guthrie Braun (Qualification for U.S. Development Team & IODA North American Championships)
78th - Joshua Bendura
130th - Jack Schuster

Severn School places 2nd overall at Mallory National Championship!

Congratulations to Severn School on an impressive second-place finish at the 2017 ISSA Fleet Race National Championship for the Mallory Trophy. Connor Bayless skippered A-Division with crews Caroline McNeil, Camille White, and Abigail Tindall. They placed second in A-Division. In B-Division, Stephanie Houck sailed with Aidan Morgan and Blair Reilly. They placed second in their division as well. The racing was tight and it came down to the final race to determine the top team.
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Registration for Junior Sailors can be found on the WNR Series event page on the AYC Racing siteHERE.

Annapolis Yacht Club is happy to announce the addition of the Junior Sailor Streamer Program (JSSP) to Wednesday Night Racing. The program's goal is to pair Junior Sailors with Owners to sail on their boats on Wednesday Night for the 2017 Series that runs from April to August.

Junior Sailors that have registered for the program will be given their own 4" by 30" streamer that has the AYC burgee on it and 20" of space for the junior sailor to personalize their streamer with their name written in bold print so that it is visible to the competitors and the Race Committee.

The online registration for the juniors will include a waiver that may be signed electronically by the sailor and parent/guardian emergency contact information, and contact information for the sailor. Owners can contact the Junior Fleet office via phone or email to indicate that they have a need for crew for one race, a series, or for all of the WNR races.

Annapolis Yacht Club looks forward to the growth of this program over the years. Any questions can be sent to AYC Sailing Director Jane Millman,jmillman@annapolisyc.org.

You and Your Junior Sailors are invited to a Free Event

Engaging Sailing's Next Generation
Hosted by the National Sailing Hall of Fame

At the Eastport Yacht Club
317 First Street, Annapolis, MD

Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Dawn Riley will lead a lively discussion with sailors Jan O'Malley, Pam Healy and Louisa Chaffee. They will tell stories about the 'old days' of women racing in the Adam's Cup and talk about where sailing has taken them from the Olympics to the America's Cup and around the world.The group will share how much they have seen the sport change and possibly some funny stories.The most important part of the discussion will be interactive with the younger sailors asking questions and getting career advice.We hope this morning will inspire them to continue to sail and make significant progress in the sport.It should be fun and impactful.

This event is part of the Adams Cup Reunion weekend

Moderator:Dawn Riley
Executive Director, Oakcliff Sailing Center
Crew, America3
US Sailing'sRolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Adams Cup

Jan O'Malley
US Sailing's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Winner, First World's Woman's Doublehanded Championship
Adams Cup

Pam Healy
Board, St. Francis Yacht Club
Olympic Bronze Medalist
Adams Cup

Louisa Chafee
College Sailing All American
US Olympic Sailing Team, Rio

Click here to register you and your junior sailors


Junior Safety @ Sea and CBYRA High Points Awards May 20th

Storm Trysail is offering a Junior Sailing 'Safety at Sea' seminar at Annapolis Yacht Club.
Itis an awesome opportunity for Junior sailors interested in learning about the proper methods
and equipment used for efficient and safe big boat and offshore sailing.The curriculum includes
both dockside and on-the-water training.For the full details on the seminar, see the flyer here:

Click Here to Register

Also . . . CBYRA will be recognizing our 2016 High Point award winners in conjunction with the
conclusion of the Junior Safety at Sea Seminar.This will be in the tent area at AYC, across the
bridge in Eastport.All CBYRA Junior Sailors, parents and coaches are welcome to join us for
pizza and refreshments at 5:00pm.We'll cheer on the Seminar participants when they receive
their Certificates of Completion, and then award our High Point trophies for 2016 to our
Opti RWB, Laser Radial and c420 winners, plus our other annual recognition awards.

Here is a link for more details on this:CBYRA High Point Awards

Finally, the 2017 sailing season is coming fast. Here is the link to the calendar and our

web site:http://www.cbyrajuniorsailing.org

Jr Keelboat Program

2017 AYC Spring Keelboat Practice

Fridays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dates: May 19th, 26th

$15 per sailor per day

AYC will be holding keelboat practices on Fridays in March, April and May.These practices are for those sailors looking to get more time on the water and more time in the boat.Levels can range from never having sailed a keelboat before, to wanting to race one. Sailors can come in teams or by themselves. Participants will learn to and practice rigging the J22, performing all of the jobs on the boat, drive the boat, fly a spinnaker, and learn some basic keelboat information.

Cost per practice will be $15 per sailor, and we ask that sailors email ahead of time on the AYC Jr. Fleet Calendar on the AYC website. This will give coaches and the dockmasters ample time to have the J22s in the water and ready to go for each practice. Practices will be held from 3:30- 6:30 on Fridays.

Please emailJunior Fleet coachesto respond that you plan to attend practice!

Beginner and Intermediate Spring Opti Courses

Space is still available in both classes!

For those sailors who plan on participating in or who have previously participated in the Beginner or Intermediate courses at AYC in the summer season, we have great news! This spring we will be offering two separate, weekend-long refresher courses specifically oriented towards both Beginners and Intermediate level sailors who are looking to get a jump on things before their summer season. These courses are not mandatory, however serve to help those sailors who are registered for a next-level course from what they have participated in in the past.Registration for these course options will open on February 22, 2017, but register quickly as only eight spots are available for each of the two courses.For more information, please check out the Junior Fleet - Optimist page on the AYC website.

Click here for Beginner Opti Course info
Click here to register for the Beginner Course

Click here for Intermediate Opti Course info
Click here to register for the Intermediate Course

Sea Bags - Custom House Wharf

Annapolis Yacht Club isseeking donations of used sailsthat will be turned into prizes for the US Sailing Jr Women's Doublehanded Championship, the Ida Lewis Trophy. AYC will be hosting this fantastic event for forty teams of young women from around the nation July 13-18, 2017. Your donation of used sails helps to create the keepsake handmade bag for each sailor made by the Seabags company out of Maine. Please email Sailing DirectorJane Millmanto coordinate a drop off of your used sails.

Thank you for you donation!

420 Sailing

2017 AYC Spring c420 Practice

Fridays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dates: May
19th, 26th

$40 per sailor per day

AYC will be holding c420 practices on Fridays in April and May. These practices are for those sailors looking to get more time on the water and more time in the boat before the summer program begins. Sign up will be available on the AYC website Jr. Fleet calendar. We ask that those planning on attending the practices sign up beforehand on the website so we have an idea of who to expect and how many boats need to be rigged. Sailors may choose to use their own c420 if they have one, or the AYC club boats. Sailors also may come alone, or with a partner.

High School Sailing

High school sailing is runs March-May and September-November with practices on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30pm - 6:30pm.

If you have any question regarding the High School or C420 program, please contact the Head 420 Coach Katja Sertlksertl@annapolisyc.org

Opti Sailing

Opti practices are Saturdays (RWB Fleet only), Sundays(RWB and Green fleets), Mondays(Green Fleet only) and Wednesdays(RWB Fleet only).

Please contact Connor Corgard atccorgard@annapolisyc.orgor 410-263-9267 ext. 109 for more information.

Click here to make a donation to the AYC Jr Fleet

Calling Young Writers, Photographers, and Videographers

Are you (or do you know) a young person in high school or college that would like see their work in print and electronic AYC publications? This is great chance to pursue your interest and gain experience! Contactcommunications@annapolisyc.orgto learn more.

Junior Associate Membership (JAM)

Applies to sailors aged 7-18 at AYC except those ONLY in the High School Program. Children of Regular AYC members are NOT required to become JAMs. Regular AYC member pricing discounted 25% from JAM price (except HS). Annual membership fee is $50 (expires Dec. 31). To become a JAM
please click here to submit an application.

Email us atJuniorFleet@annapolisyc.org
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