A group of junior sailors from American Yacht Club on their way to winning the Lighthouse Trophy at this year’s Vineyard Race. Photo by PhotoBoat.com.
A group of young sailors from American Yacht Club beat out thousands of years of combined experience aboard the other competing boats to Stamford Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race this weekend. The team, aboard the J/122 Patriot, was made up of 12-16 year-olds plus two adult advisors for safety. As a Corinthian Challenge entry in the race, they had to meet some strict requirements, including the following, from the Notice of Race:
3.3 Corinthian Challenge Entries (CC):
3.3.1. Each boat shall have aboard at least two advisors (“Advisors”), each of whom shall be at least 25
years old and experienced in overnight distance racing, and one of whom shall be the Boat Owner or a
designated Owner’s Representative, and be capable of taking command in emergency conditions.
3.3.2. At least two-thirds of the crew shall be between the ages of 14 and 24 as of the day of the Start, and shall be currently enrolled in high school or college (including graduate school) or shall have graduated within the current calendar year.
3.3.6. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: By entering, each owner is certifying that at least 80% of the crew
has participated in each of the following:
3.3.6.a. Man Overboard upwind recovery
3.3.6.b. Man Overboard downwind recovery (w/spinnaker);
3.3.6.c. Reefing Mainsail;
3.3.6.d. Night Practice (after dark) including 3.3.6.a & 3.3.6.b;