The Around Long Island Regatta

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The Around long Island Regatta

The Around Long Island Regatta, first run in 1977, covers a 205 nautical mile course combining Ocean, Harbor and Sound racing. Open to all sailboats 26 feet and larger, the race is designed for sailors at all levels, running is as any as 10 divisions, typically finishing in one to three days. This unique race is for everyone. There are crews of weekend cruisers, serious blue-water competitors, double-handers, Academy sailing teams, even a junior division. Racing yachtsmen earn points for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy and other IRC distance trophies.

Considered Long Island's premier sailing race, the Around Long Island Regatta takes place annually toward the end of July, beginning on Thursday afternoon with an exciting new start location in New York Harbor! The challenging harbor start sets the boats up heading for the Verrazano Narrows, and out into the Atlantic. The Ocean leg runs along Long Island's South shore, Long Beach, Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons and on to Montauk Point. Keeping Long Island to their lefts, some boats choose the shortest distance, due east, hugging the shore, while others opt for deeper water in search of better wind. After rounding Montauk Light, sailors must judge wind, tides, and current as they head northwest to Plum Gut, or The Race, where they hopefully have a favorable current flush them into the Long Island Sound, were things really get interesting. The final leg is all about reading wind shifts, and working the currents to your advantage, along the North Shore of Long Island or the Southern shore of Connecticut. The race ends in beautiful Hempstead Harbor at the end of the Glen Cove breakwater. The weekend concludes with the ALIR Awards Ceremony and Beach Party, hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club on Sunday afternoon. Trophies are awarded for the first three finishers in each division, with many additional awards for various categories. There is always music, food and drink, a welcoming Yacht Club crowd, and great sailing tales...some of which might even be true.

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Another successful ALIR is in the books.


It was a long week but after many long days, the 42nd Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) is complete.

The week's event started with the Middie BBQ and Volleyball Game. Special thanks go to Fred Fuchs for coordinating the evening and to everyone that setup, provided food and broke down the evening. It was a tremendous success complete with another USMMA volleyball victory to take home the "Sweet Sow Trophy".

Wednesday morning, Anthony & Tracy DiStefano's Island Time got loaded and set off with the Race Committee for Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ. This was no small feat considering that less than 24 hours earlier Island Time was still on land. The team arrived successfully in NJ, unloaded and prepared for the Captain's Meeting. General Manager Charlie Walsh and Governor Keith Maler worked to hang banners while Shana Ciniski, Jana Bachner, Nanette Bass & Mary Ellen Wefer set up the ALIR Swag table. The Captains' Meeting went smoothly and the ladies "killed it" on the Swag table. Everyone from Sea Cliff helped make the evening a success for the sailors.

The ALIR fleet awoke on Thursday morning to a little wind from the WSW. The Race Committee mobilized and set off on the 9:30 AM launch to the Honorable William Wall signal boat. Island Time and crew made her way into position as the Pin Boat. Many Sea Cliff Yacht Club boats made their way to New York Harbor from Sea Cliff.  About 100 members and guests gathered on the Willie Wall to watch the start at 1100 hours. Fortunately, the start proceeded without a hitch. The 9 divisions all started cleanly and left the Race Committee behind as they reached toward the Verrazano Bridge. The Race Committee packed up and headed home to get ready for the boats to complete the course to Sea Cliff.

On Friday morning, Maggie Feinsilver & Governor Jim Aikman put the finish boat, Breathless,  on station ready to receive the finishers. At 1051 hours OakCliff Numbers completed the course in 22 hours and 51 minutes. From there, finish line and regatta desk crews rotated non-stop until the last boat, Fides, finished at 1050 hours on Sunday morning - 48 hours after OakCliff Numbers. Similarly, Club staff and Chef Nick’s crew worked around the clock to receive the finishing sailors. Many people served finish line and regatta desk watches. Thank you everyone that helped make our Club so warm and hospitable.

On Sunday, the Club transformed itself to host the Award Celebration and Beach Party. More than 300 people attended and as usual, Chef Nick, his crew and Charlie Walsh and the Club staff did an amazing job. Special thanks to Club Counsel  Don Kavanagh, Treasurer Alan Mitzner, Past Commodore Jim Arnemann and Tom Kaelin for manning the ticket desk while everyone else was enjoying the food and drinks. Further thanks to Shana Ciniski and team for working diligently to sell out the ALIR Swag. Lesley Haley sang the National Anthem and the awards were presented to bring the regatta to a conclusion.

Regatta Co-Chairmen Jim Aikman and PC Doug Wefer would like to thank an incredible committee of volunteers that work throughout the year to make the weekend a success. It is always a pleasure to work with you! Thank you, everyone!

Members did well in the hardware department too. Trophies were present to No No Nanette and crew (PC Harvey Bass, Chris Sager, Sami Maynard, William Ciniski, RC Steve Feinsilver and Lisa Duffy) was third in Div. 2 and winner of the two Sea Cliff awards the Geoffrey Baker Award and the Our Lady Trophy.

No No Nanette and Sails Exclusive (Eric Hamm & crew Jeff Vogel) were part of the Sea Cliff Plus Team that finished third. The third team member was Marie, not a Sea Cliff boat and thus the Plus in the name.

Around Long Island Regatta  

The 2018 Around Long Island Regatta, which began in NY Harbor on July 26, wraps up at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club with an awards ceremony on July 29. Oakcliff Numbers finishes first in 22 hours, 51 minutes, 57 seconds. This crushes last year's time of 35 hours, 3 minutes, 55 seconds set by the Naval Academy, Wahoo. Full Final Results Here:  

Around Long Island Regatta Announces
Move of Start to New York Harbor

 Sailboat Racing Spectacle Begins July 27 Near The Statue of Liberty 
For Immediate Release - With Lady Liberty in the background the 2017 Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), sailboat race, begins July 27, 2017, at 2 P.M.

To make the start visible to more spectators, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club has for the first time in the 41 year history of this celebrated race moved to New York Harbor. It can now be viewed from both lower Manhattan and Jersey City.

Since its inception in 1977, the ALIR had started a few miles east of the entrance to New York Harbor, far from spectators' ability to see the start. Now the ALIR will have a starting location capable of welcoming spectators and giving the media unprecedented access to coverage. Regatta Chairmen Jim Aikman and Doug Wefer are extremely pleased about this new venue. "The start is such a great opportunity to show off the excitement of a race. In the past, we were so far offshore that no one knew where we were."



The ALIR Committee is excited to announce a partnership with Team 1 Newport that will permit participants, families, and followers to purchase personalized 2017 Around Long Island Regatta gear - delivered to your door prior to the race. This partnership makes vests and 1/2 zip tech pullovers from Helly Hansen as well as other "ALIR-wares" available from professionals that know how to customize your order - whether you are a casual racer or a trans-atlantic racer