Sailing History Made in 41st Around Long Island Regatta

With plumes of water from an NYPD Fire Boat heralding its start, the 41st annual Around Long Island Regatta hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, made history.
Starting for the first time in New York Harbor, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, close to 70 boats with competitors from all across the metropolitan area plus three boats from U.S. Service Academies began the grueling race,  in the mist of all the ferries, frights and river traffic of New York Harbor.
 With the assistance of the Manhattan Yacht Club, the ALIR race committee, headed by Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman, started nine divisions of racers at 2 P.M. on Thursday, July 27. Strong southerly winds lead the fleet out into the Atlantic. “We thought it would be amazing but it exceeded our expectations. The fireboat, the backdrop, the spectators cheering for their teams and the addition of the tactics for exiting out of New York – everyone really loved the start location,” said Wefer.
The winner of the 200-mile 2-daylong  race, which took competitors along the south shore of the Island around Montauk and Orient Points and back down the Sound to finish in Hempstead Harbor, was the U. S. Naval Academy’s ‘Wahoo’.
The race has been held annually since 1977 and takes a full year to coordinate, promote and execute. The race committee, made of several members of the Club, schedule and promote the race, seek sponsors, plan with local authorities like the U.S. Coast Guard, coordinate all the accompanying parties and functions, arrange start and finish boats, secure trophies design and shop special merchandise as well as spend hours recording finishing times and scoring the boats.
Committee member Shana Ciniski stated, “This is my 5th year working on the ALIR. This year was the most rewarding. With the move to NY Harbor our committee put in tons of hours but the results were fabulous.  I look forward to ALIR ‘18”. The week wrapped up with the Awards Ceremony and Beach Gala on Sunday afternoon, July 30th attend by 350 guests and members.
Trophies were presented to first, second and third for each division, as well as overall winners and to The USMMA as winner of the Jack Sussey Academy Trophy for best performance by an academy. Their boat is Phantom, a Tripp 40, skippered by Midshipman Peter Wallin. Other notable performances were Kinsale, the best YRALIS Youth Challenge Cup boat, with a crew of sailors a third that were 23 or younger, Golden-Eye, celebrated her 80th year afloat, skippered by Michael Emmert, by winning the non-spinnaker fleet.
Avalanche, skippered by SCYC’s own Mark Disanti and Craig Albrecht, won the IRC division and was second in her division, despite losing part of their rudder during the race.   As the week came to an end, Commodore Bradford Dickson complimented the effort of the committee. “At Sea Cliff Yacht Club we are so much more than just a club, we are a family. Each year the entire club comes together, working tirelessly for a common goal. I think we all agree that we exceeded that goal, running one of the best regattas on Long Island and provided an amazing experience for the sailors. I couldn’t be more proud of our membership.”


The Sea Cliff Race Committee, which supervises a number of regattas throughout the year, is already working on the 42nd ALIR. “Going back to New York Harbor is on the top of the list” says Aikman.
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ALIR Week Is Here!

Hello everyone – ALIR Week at Sea Cliff Yacht Club got off to a great start on Saturday with a terrific Rock The Dock party. On Monday, the Naval Academy midshipmen arrived on Wahoo, their Kerr 50. Unfortunately, the second Naval Academy boat, Apollo, had to stop in Westbrook, Ct for repairs so the crew has come down to Sea Cliff without the boat – for now. We’re certainly hoping they can make it to the start on Thursday.

Tuesday is the annual Middie Pig Roast BBQ. The grills will be hot and the membership is invited to bring their dinner down and meet the midshipmen from the Naval Academy and the US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point). There will be a special “colors” ceremony at sunset followed by a USNA vs USMMA Volleyball Challenge under the lights – thanks to Doug Oko’s VP Events.

We know that many will be at a swim meet but after that is over do be sure to stop down to welcome the midshipmen and wish them good luck in the ALIR.

Tomorrow we’ll have the results of the Volleyball Challenge and more tips on how you can experience ALIR Week.

Coming up –

Wednesday – Captains’ Meeting at Liberty House Restaurant, Jersey City, NJ – 8 PM

Thursday – Start of 41st Around Long Island Regatta, New York Harbor – 2 PM

Friday – Boats begin finishing in Hempstead Harbor

Saturday – Boats finish throughout the day

Sunday – Awards Celebration and Beach Boat – Entire Membership Welcome

The Navy Is Making Port in Sea Cliff


It’s time to roll out the “red sand” and welcome 26 Naval Cadets and 4 coaches to the Sea Cliff Yacht Club for the 41st ALIR.  The United States Naval Academy is sending two boats, the Apollo and the Wahoo, with a full crew to sail in this year’s race. The teams will arrive Monday, July 24th and depart for the start of the race on Wednesday, July 26th.  The teams will return on Friday night/Saturday morning and stay overnight Saturday night before departing on Sunday, July 30th. We are asking members to volunteer and “house” the Middies while they are here. Accommodations are needed for Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Please sign up by emailing or signing the list at the bar at the Club. Let us know if you can house 2 to 4 Middies for these nights.


Here is the list of full activities with the Midshipmen:

Monday, July 24th– Arrive in Sea Cliff

Tuesday, July 25– Morning- The Midshipmen will give a tour of the Naval boats to the Kiddie Program participants

Afternoon- Junior Sailors get to sail with the Midshipmen on the Apollo and Wahoo

Evening- Barbecue for all the Academies, their Sea Cliff hosts, and the ALIR Race Committee. All members are welcome to come down for the usual grill night and meet the teams, experience Colors                               performed by the Naval Academy, and perhaps watch a friendly volleyball game between the Merchant Marine Academy and the Navy.

Wednesday, July 26– Navy Boats will leave for Liberty Landing in pre-race preparation

Thursday, July 27 –The Start of the ALIR!  2:00 PM at the base of the Statute of Liberty.

Friday night/Saturday AM – The Navy boats finish the ALIR at Sea Cliff – staying from when they finish until Sunday afternoon

Sunday, July 30th – Annual Around Long Island Awards Presentation and Party. The Navy will leave Sunday after the party.

We ask that you show your outstanding Sea Cliff Hospitality and open your homes to these fine men and women. It’s a great opportunity for your family to meet some great young role models and future leaders in our armed forces.