Riverton Yacht Club
Riverton Yacht Club


Out and About

Highlighting RYC Sailors on the Road & Upcoming Outside Events


Billy Martin sailed the Transpac on "Mr Bill" (he is listed as spinnaker trimmer), they placed 6th in the monohull division 2.  "Mr Bill" is a Andrews 70 design.  The Transpac is Los Angeles to Honolulu

Results Here

Lightning Fleet #228 represented our club well in the 2019 Central Atlantic Districts at Surf City Yacht Club
The thermal arrived by 2:00 Saturday afternoon and they sailed 3 races; Sunday morning was lighter wind and 2 races were sailed.

6th Mark Schneider, Cindy and Adam Schaefer
12th Hugh Hutchison, Cecile Steinriede and Jeremy Wenig
17th James Elder, Lindsay Mills and Sarah Martin
(and in 11th Tim Lojek crewed for the Susquehanna team)

Mariner Nationals 2018

RYC Sailing Team went to Cooper River on Thursday for the MAYRA Regatta.

Opti blue
Ellie 2nd
Lily 6th
Mason 18th

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Andrew 3rd
Eve 7th

Laser Radial
Elliot 9th

Jack 1st

Great Job!
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Mariner Nationals 2018

Flying Scot Districts were held at Nockamixon Sail Club in Quakertown, PA. Dan Walsh skippered with David Brenig as crew. They did very well and secured a 4th overall!

Results Here

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Mariner Nationals 2018

Mariner Nationals were held this weekend at Narrasketuck, NY. Riverton YC sailors faired very well. Dan and Chris were tied going into the last race! Rich Headley our reporter on the scene has a nice article about it coming up in the next newsletter.

1. RYC Dan Walsh and Randy Swartley
2. RYC Chris O'Brien and Rich Headley
3. RYC Harry Mayer and Fred Rapp

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J-22 Worlds

Three RYC teams competed in the J-22 Worlds, September 9-14, 2018.
We’re very proud of Patrick Curran, Nicole Curran and Alex Kearney and their crew.


US Women's Match Race Championships 2018 Comets North Americans 2018

Congrats to Riverton sailors Janel Zarkowsky & Nicole Curran, coming in 3rd overall in US Woman's Match Race Championships: San Francisco, Ca., August 23-26. The team just missed the gold round by a few feet.

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Congratulations to Dan Curran and his niece Laney Errickson who won the Comet North Americans last weekend (June 16 and 17, 2018) held at Rock Hall Yacht Club. Add another win to the RYC's List of Champions! [Of note: RYC's Tom Slook won the Comet Jr Nationals in 1984].


Kudos to Janel Zarkowsky and her team of Billy Martin and Patrick Curran for winning the US Sailing's "Great Lakes International Match Race" held at Rochester Yacht Club. This a qualifier for the Championship Match Race to be held at Chicago Yacht Club in October. Congratulations and good luck. [Of note: Janel has been on the Championship's winning team in years 2012 and 2013].

L to R: Mary Keppel, Katie Park-Myers and
Victoria Guidi, Skipper
L to R: Dick Moyer, Skipper, Gary Swangler and
Chappy Hopkins

RYC at the Lightning North American Championship for Women, Juniors and Masters
The Metedeconk River Yacht Club in Brick NJ held the Lighting North American Championships on August 2-4 2017. Mary Keppel, past RYC Commodore, put together a race team for the North American Lighting regatta. Mary got Gary Hoffer to spend two weekends to help tune her rig. For crew she recruited Victoria Guidi and Katie Park-Myers. Victoria, originally from Raritan NJ who has been sailing since she was a kid and is a former sailing coach for the El Salvador National Federation Sailing team, skippered while Mary and Katie crewed. The RYC ladies had a bad first day of racing while getting in sync said Mary, but got back into the hunt against some serious competition. • The RYC women took on Jody Starck and Debbie Probst from the Buffalo Canoe Club. Jody was the Rolex Yachtswoman of the year in 1989, 2004 and 2013, and she finished second in the Worlds in front of Billy Martin in 2015. Debbie won the 2016 Lighting North American Championship. Both Debbie and Jody also finished second as crew in 70th Winter Lighting Championship in St Petersburg, FL. • The RYC ladies beat Jody Stark three times out of the seven race series and Debbie once and they were in second place behind Jody and ahead of Debbie in race six when they fouled their spinnaker and had to take that race as a throw out. • The RYC women finished the WJM North American Lighting Championship regatta in fifth place. • Also, former RYC member Richard Moyer with RYC members Gary Swangler and Chappy Hopkins finished 11th in the Masters and was the same team from the 70th Winter Lighting Championship in St Petersburg FL where they finished 19th. • No Juniors from RYC participated in the WJM N.A. Championships.• The RYC Women and men Masters did well against some very serious competition at the 2017 Lighting WJM North American Championships-congratulations.

John MacCausland is in Troense, Denmark racing in the Star Worlds, June 29 to July 9th. (fyi: save the date: the Star Worlds will be in Oxford MD, October 6-13, 2018). More here.

The biennial TRANSPAC from Los Angeles to Honolulu, begins July 3rd - Billy Martin will be one of three "drivers" aboard "Mr Bill". About TRANSPACTrack TRANSPAC

John MacCausland and Mike Hecky each skippered boats competing in the Star Western Hemisphere Championship held at Edgewater Yacht Club, Cleveland OH, June 16-18, 2017. John finished in 2nd place, Mike in 17th in a field of 31 boats.

Janel Zarkowski with crew Billy Martin and Patrick Curran won the US Sailing Match Race Qualifier in Annapolis MD, June 24, 2017.

Hugh Hutchison sailed in the Lightning's "Long John Regatta" in Red Bank NJ on April 29 & 30.

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia's sailing club invited a few area clubs to their annual "Dark and Stormy Regatta" April 5th. Ryan Lippincott creator and master builder of the "Pool Penguin" brought 7 of his radio controlled boats to the event. Sailing on a 30'x30' pool with 9 large fans creating the wind, dozens participated in the racing, many who had little sailing experience. Thanks to Nick Mortgu who, in between imbibing a dark n' stormy or two, helped teach a boat load of those new to radio controlled sailing. As a thank you RYC will host RCoP on a Wednesday night in June.

Ryan Lippincott demonstrating Penguins Penguin Regatta

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Congrats to Rob Seidelmann, who won the MC Scow Midwinter Championship for the third time!

Congrats to Rob Seidelmann, who took 3rd Place at the 2017 Marco Island RC Laser Midwinters Championship (Gold Fleet). Congrats also to Victor Oberg who took 12th Place. Naples Daily News story about the regatta

Nick Mortgu took 3rd in Silver Fleet, RC Laser, North American Championship held at Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas. Congrats also for a 3rd at the World Indoor Championship in Pocono Pines, PA.

RYC Members on the go: RC Laser Winter Regatta Feb 25-26, Nick Mortgu and Rob Seidelmann; Bacardi Cup, March 5-11, John MacCausland; MC Scow winter championship, Rob Seidelmann and Mark Schneider; John MacCausland in FL; and Lightning Class winter championship, Hugh Hutchison and Mark Schneider. Good luck!!

Rob Seidelmann and Mark Schneider are racing the MC Scow's "Train Wreck" regatta this weekend in Florida. The current standings.

MC Scow's South Eastern Regional Championship
Congratulations to Rob Seidelmann for his victory in the November 12-13 MC Scow's South Eastern Regional Championship sailed on Lake Eustis.

Lightning class' Florida Triple Crown
Mark and Cindi Schneider with Ava Moring as third crew have competed in the two of Lightning class' Florida Triple Crown placing 2nd in both the December 3-4 Kettle Cup and the January 13-15 event at Lake Monrow. Alright CheckMate!

Key West Race Week
SinBin sailors John MacCausland and Mike Hecky are competing in the Key West Race Week, sailing 'Running Wild', a J70. Good luck!

M Scow's 9th Annual Train Wreck
Warm weather and wind are calling M-Scow sailors Mark Schneider and Rob Seidelmann to Florida, competing in the M Scow's 9th Annual Train Wreck February 3-5. Mark & Rob; Give them the one two punch!

Philadelphia Cup, September 24, 2016

J22 1 Clint Neuman Doghouse
  4 Terry Rapp Mary Elizabeth
  5 Bob Engel Q2
Lightning 1 Mark Schneider Checkmate
  2 Mary Keppel 14890
  3 Victoria Guidi Enigma
  5 Allan Crew Toodle-OO
Flying Scot 1 Bob Keppel 3775
  3 Bruce Nicholson 3713
  4 Aaron Weilerstein Ding Bang
  6 Mark Johnson Festina Lente
Laser 3 John Burnham Seeya
Mariner 2 Jim Irwin Blue Wonder
  3 Harry Mayer Mare
  4 Daniel Walsh Double Trouble
  6 Christopher O'Brien Omitzvah!
PHRF Spinnaker 2 Glenn Smyth Shadowfax
  5 Kerry Brandt Dr. Pepper
PHRF Non-Spinnaker 1 Bryan Odhner Esparance
  3 Barb Jackowicz OH Sheet!

Annapolis Labor Day Regatta 2016
skippered by Glenn Smyth, along with a wonderful crew, came in 1st place in the PHRF "B" fleet .

2016 Mariner Nationals
August 12/13, 2016
1st place - Dan Walsh (Who is now a 2 time National Champion)
7th place - Rob Seidelmann (He had to drop out, but still managed a 7th place finish.)
10th place - Dave Oldham and his son David ( In the fifth race they finished in 3rd place)

Oxford to Annapolis Race
Terry Rapp skippered "Elvis" to a 1st place finish. Devon and Dan were crew. They also finished 3rd in the Robert K. Robson Memorial Regatta in Oxford the following day.

Star Districts
Mike Hecky finished 1st in the District Star Championship in the Oxford, MD Regatta. Mike crews on SinBin with Rob Seidelmann.

Mike Hecky

Photo by Beth Lippincott

Hugh Hutchison, Lighting 15055, sailed in the Atlantic Coast Championship Lightning Regatta this weekend at Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach NC. 45 boats competed. Crewing for Hugh are Marc Venables and Gary Hoffer.

Hugh, after being home a few weeks, will then travel to Rochester Yacht Club NY to race in the National American Lightning Masters Championship, August 10-13.

Joining Hugh at the North American Lightning Championship are team Billy Martin and crew, Janel and Izzy, sail #15385, August 14-19.

On Saturday, July 9, the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, with Linda Nicholson organizing, held the MAYRA Flying Scot Championship. Riverton Yacht Club sailors did well; Bruce & Bart Nicholson in 3rd overall; Mark Johnson and Mike Sipos in 4th; Mary Keppel crewed with the 9th place team from Susquehanna and Bob Keppel and Stan Cairns came in 17th.


2016 District Lightning Champs

Last year, our Lightning Team helmed by Billy Martin went all the way to the Worlds and won 3rd place. This year, Billy and Janel Zarkowsky are joined by (l.) Isabelle Ruiz De Luzruiaga and have just brought home first place in the Districts last weekend. Next: Nationals in August. No pressure, Billy!


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