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.
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.
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