Ensign Fleet 21

2015 Fleet Report
Fleet 21   Miramar Yacht Club, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn since 1964
Fleet Captain:  Richard Lubell


Last year, Ensigns competed from early June through late September.  Former champion racers, Barbara Banchik and Marc Benson manned the committee boats for most of our Wednesday night races. This season, the committee boat assignments will be rotated through the competing skippers.

We have an active fleet of Pearson Ensigns with 12 boats competing in weekly racing.
620      SILVERSURFER           Nasim Shaimalov
899      CELEST                          Leon Paley
1074    UFORIA                          Andre Shabalin
1109    MOOSE                          Alex Dunajski
1498    LUCKY US                     Barbara Banchik
1548    BOAT                              Danielle Ruttman and Merle Robinson
1559    EL MENEITO                Ramon Torres
1595    ANEMOS                       Spiro Carras
1598    SPLASH                         Rich Lubell
1615    PETITE CANARD         Mark Alpert
1716    TOPAZ                           Jay McDonnell
1735    AMANDA ROSE            Marc Benson
1751    ALLYCAT                       Alison Schonfeld
1760    DIVERSION                   Mike Obel
1767    PRAM                            Jan Kroeze

Our Wednesday Night Racing was organized last year for the second season as the Summer Series, with cumulative scoring over 12 weeks.  Three race days were cancelled due to inclement weather, and each skipper was then allowed to drop three other race days of the 9 Wednesdays completed. The best 6 races of their season determined the winners.

The final standing of the Wednesday evening, 2015 Summer Series …9 race days over 3 months:
1st        ALISON      Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, skippered by Johnny Johnson
2nd       SPLASH     Miramar Yacht Club, skippered by Rich Lubell with Vega crewing
3rd        CELEST     Miramar Yacht Club, skippered by Leon Paley with Bob Howe and Hal crewing

Captains and crew congregated around 5 pm each evening, with many members coming after work. The boats go out from the bay at 5:30, and racing happens between 6-8 pm. On a typical evening, we’ll have 5-7 boats racing. Through the season, we had ten boats take part, with thirty participants.

At sundown, all of the hungry racers return to a wonderful warm meal, with wine and drinks (a modest $5 charge).   The participants have a chance to unwind, and deconstruct the race, and get to know each other better. Our traditional Cup races are held on Saturdays and normally involve longer courses.

Results of the 2015 Saturday Cup Regattas:

June 5th   The Miramar Memorial Regatta:
1st     SPLASH   skippered by Rich Lubell  
2nd    UFORIA    skippered by Andrew Shabalin

July 18th     Lobel Regatta
1st     SILVERSURFER   skippered by Nasim Shamailov
2nd    CELEST                 skippered by Leon Paley

August 9th     Kossman Regatta
1st     EL MUNDO     skippered by Ignacio Zapiola
2nd    UFORIA           skippered by Andrew Shabalin

The Ensign racing season concluded in Mid September, with our Fall Series. This year, we only managed to complete 3 of 4 Saturdays that were scheduled.

Results below for this Fall series:
1st     SPLASH   skippered by Rich Lubell, with Joe Vega and Mark Alpert crewing
2nd    UFORIA    skippered by Andrew Shabalin
3rd     CELEST    skippered by Leon Paley

Overall, this season, our fleet continued to expand, and we solidified our gains from previous years. In 2016, we hope to build on our successes, and add racing seminars on rules, tactics, boat maintainence, boat safety, and crewing. And. Most importantly, we plan to celebrate our racing with parties and festivities throughout the season.