At Willow Bank Yacht Club, plans are underway to host the CNY Sailing Association Annual Regatta, the weekend of July 9-10, 2011.
The "Centrals," as it is commonly known, is an important date in the regional sailing calendar and will bring participants from 30 sailing clubs to partake in races that weekend. In the next few weeks, a series of articles about the various fleets that will be seen competing on Cazenovia Lake, will be featured.
There will be three race courses set on the lake, to concurrently race boats from possibly ten different fleets. The following classes are expected: Lightening, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, Sunfish, 420, Optis, O'penBic, Rhodes Bantam, Flying Scot and Flying Dutchman.
The Centrals is an inter-generational regatta, bringing junior sailors, as well as seasoned racers to compete. Being recognized by U.S. Sailing as a Regional Sailing Association means that sailors both Junior and Senior members are encouraged to use the Regionals to qualify for U.S. Sailing National Championships.
One of Willow Bank's former Junior Fleet members, David Grogono, went on to the Olympics to race a Windsurfer for the Cayman Islands.
The CNY Sailing Association, formerly Central New York Yacht Racing Association, was founded in 1931. The first regatta took place that year at Seneca Yacht Club.
The following information, taken from Seneca Yacht Club's history, is an account of that event, which will make our regatta committee thankful for one class designs, fiberglass hulls and lightweight trailers and dollies:
August 27, 28, and 29, 1931 the combined first annual regatta of the CNYYRA and of the new twelfth District of the Star Class was held concurrently at the Seneca Yacht Club. A 75' Coast Guard Cutter from Oswego was present to serve as Committee Boat. It was a strenuous regatta for the Stars, as they raced at 10 a.m. in the CNYYRA and 2:15 p.m. in the twelfth District Championships. A strong south wind ended in a terrific thunderstorm during the Star Race the afternoon of the second day. A heavy Northwester on Saturday enlivened the occasion and inspired a healthy respect for Seneca Lake in the visiting sailors.