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EYC One Design Classic

Open to all boats of the J/70, J/80, and Alerion 28 classes. Five paid entries must be received by Wednesday, 25 June 2014 for a class to be included.

 
 

There’s A New Kid In Town

USSCAFleet705 EYC webActually, it’s a boat, not a kid. And it’s certainly not new – but maybe it is to Annapolis, sort of. Of what do we speak? Why, the Sunfish of course! Please read on.

Jobson Sunfish by Larry Martin webYou may or may not be aware that a Sunfish fleet is showing signs of life at EYC and our sister club, SSA. Up to a dozen Sunfish were seen on the line during the 2017 Tuesday night races. The skippers thereof are not too proud (isn’t there another '70s song there somewhere?) to admit that they no longer need the drama and excitement associated with some other single-handed dinghies. The simplicity and stability of the boat are pretty darned attractive, especially for those of us with a few miles on our odometers.

If you are on the fence about racing a Sunfish again, consider the following:

  • Although there is certainly no running backstay, there is an easy way to tweak the rig on the water to adjust helm
  • While reefing isn’t part of the picture, there is a simple way to set up the rig to reduce power – also easily adjustable on the water
  • There are now outhaul and downhaul controls as well as a (very) rudimentary vang which permit adjustments to sail shape
  • Post-1990 Sunfish are not like those of your youth (here “your” means those of you who remember the “There’s A New Kid In Town“ song). Bigger blades and a fuller sail make for much better performance. Not exactly (or remotely close to) a Moth, but much improved upwind
  • Used boats are cheap, as are the sails
  • Local Annapolis Sunfish fleet #705 was formed in 2017 and is recognized by the United States Sunfish Class Association (USSCA)
  • EYC has 6 recreational Sunfish available to qualified members for a nominal fee
  • The 2018 racing calendar will include three Sunfish open regattas hosted by SSA (open to EYC members for a nominal fee)
  • Tuesday night races offer practice all season long. Summer TESOD are open races hosted by SSA (EYC members may participate.)

Speaking of our EYC Member Access program, we not only have six Sunfish available, but also eight stand up paddleboards (SUP,) four adult kayaks, two child size kayaks and three J22’s for qualified member use! And, if you are just starting to sail, we have a children’s sailing program, adult classes and private lessons on the schedule to help get you out on the water. Check out the EYC Boating Programs and Member Access page for the nominal fees and class registration.

2018 EYC Race Committee Schedule

The first gun of 2018 is still several months away, but the EYC Race Committee has already begun filling in the dance card for the coming season. Another busy year is in the offing.

Mark your calendars for the training dates in March and April, and keep an eye out for the signups not only for racing but also for Race Committee duty as we get closer to spring and the start of the sailing season.

 2018 Schedule

March
17 GPS Training Day
April
07 RC Training Day
22 Racers' Forum
May
04-06 NOOD Regatta
11 Beer Cans - Series 1
18 Beer Cans - Series 1
19-20 Viper 640 ACC
26 Annapolis to Miles River Race
27 Miles River Race Back
June
01 Beer Cans - Series 1
02 Leukemia Cup
08 Beer Cans - Series 1
15 Beer Cans - Series 1
16 Cruisers' Race
22 Beer Cans - Series 1
23 One-Design Classic
29 Beer Cans - Series 2
July
14 SUP Challenge
14-15 Boomerang Race
20 Beer Cans - Series 2
27 Beer Cans - Series 2
August
10 Beer Cans - Series 2
17 Beer Cans - Series 2
18 BB&G CRAB Race
24 Beer Cans - Series 2
September
01-02 Annapolis Labor Day Regatta
07 Beer Cans Awards Party
October
20-21 J/70 Fall Brawl
November
24 Leftover Bowl

 

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Racing Events

RC GPS Training
Sat Mar 17 @ 9:00AM - 12:00AM
RC Training Day
Sat Apr 07 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Racers' Forum
Sun Apr 22 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Pursuit Race Seminar
Sun Apr 29 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Annapolis NOOD Regatta (at AYC)
Fri May 04 @12:00AM