Sailors Telling Tall Tales

David & I racing YFlyer 2802 last summer.

David & I racing YFlyer 2802 last summer.


When I first met David, it was at a Y Flyer one design regatta.  A Y Flyer is an 18′ hard chined scow racing sailboat and I was attending the regatta to buy my first sailboat.  When I decided I wanted to go cruising, David agreed, but had a condition.  He’d go cruising IF we only cruised during the winter so we could still race Y Flyers during the summer months.  And so we started “commuter cruising”.

We race Y Flyers mostly east of the Mississippi – some of the largest fleets are in Little Rock, Arkansas, Atlanta, GA, Chippewa Lake (Cleveland), Ohio and Lake Lashaway (Boston, Massachusetts).  We travel to regattas all over the eastern half of the US.

When I first started racing, I couldn’t envision having friends invite me to stay at their house in different cities all over the country, but that’s what happens with racing sailors – and cruising sailors alike.

Vit & Ramona

Vit & Ramona “Go Blue” Lanka, Bill Hanfland, Jerry & Joann “Aftermath” Callahan, Linda Hanfland, Helen Smith, Betty Macy, Lightning Slim Dave Miller, Jan Irons, Barger Macy, David Irons and Chuck Smith

Fast forward to today….  It seems that several of our old racing buddies, now retired from racing, have relocated to Florida for the winters.  A friend decided it would be fun to get us all together to tell tall tales and reminisce.  And since we were back at the marina anyway to fix our clogged head intake, why not wait another day and enjoy old friends’ company.  So we did.


Jan (and David out of sight) racing Y2767.


And they’re off! Y’s just off the starting line at the Indianapolis Sailing Club

Joe & Neydie racing club races on Lake Mattoon, IL.

Joe & Neydie racing club races on Lake Mattoon, IL.

Any vanished Y Flyer sailors reading this?  Please let a comment and let us know what you’re doing and how to contact you!

Cheers!  Jan & David, Y2802


  1. Racing the Y’s in 2546 with Jim (and always losing to he and dad Doug in 1717 and 2424) was a blast because we raced against some awesome competitors at a lot of great clubs both in our home country – Canada – and in the States. Tons of fun mixed with fierce competition made for great memories. We only wish we could have shown you two our stern a bit more often! Now we race three hulls but stay close to the Y’s through my family who race out of Belwood Lake Sailing Club in Ontario. Thanks for sharing your memories Jan. Love your blog.
    Carleen and Jim
    F-22 Raise A Little Hull

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