Photo of the Month: Tuesday evening racers sail off the starting line backlit by the evening sun.  Thirteen teams race on Tuesday and 12 teams race on Wednesday evenings.  There are also 7 teams racing in the early summer Corporate Sailing League.  Racing, cruising, education and community at the four cornerstones of Manhattan Yacht Club.


Update from Commodore Fortenbaugh

You can say whatever you want, but there is nothing better than an evening race at Manhattan Yacht Club to set everything straight in the world.  After a busy spring of finding a new home and beginning our rebuilding process, I was fortunate to be inspired Luigi Galbiati (center in picture) to start racing again in the summer series.   We formed a team with new members Eivind Karlsen and Malcolm Forbes and have been competing on Tuesday evenings on Boat #8.  Once per week.  When Eivind or Malcolm are out of town, Sam Breier, Jennifer Taylor or Will Fortenbaugh (left in picture) have filled in. 


I'm sure its not just for me, but Tuesday evenings have been the happiest moment of every week!  The camaraderie is great.  Racing has been close and competitive.  The harbor is spectacular.  J/24s have a great feel at the helm.  Our new docks are calm and protected. 


The only thing better than messing around in boats is racing them around the buoys or cruising in a flotilla!  Thanks to everyone who has been a member to help build Manhattan Yacht Club into our harbor's recreational leader.  More thanks to every skipper and crew member who have been showing up on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings to participate in the races.  It has been very rewarding.  Special thanks also go to TJ Shea and his volunteers who anchor our Race Committee.


These are special days.  Many people do not recognize special days until they pass.  It is frequently only in hindsight that people see clearly.  These are special days.  Thank you to everyone and let's take things to the next level.  Onward and upward.  Full speed ahead.


- Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh


America's Cup 12 Meter America II Returns to Harbor.  All Members Invited to Watch Her Sail and Hear More About the Program on August 25.

Have you dreamed of sailing on an America's Cup yacht?   This is your chance to sail on the historic America's Cup contender, 12 Meter America II (US 46).  
All members are invited and encouraged to come out to the Honorable William Wall on Tuesday, August 25.  Get one of the early launches if you can.  You will be able to hear about plans for 12 Meter America II this summer and next.  Buy your launch tickets today at  And remember to bring your membership card so you get 1/2 price drinks!

What better way to spend an August evening than relaxing on our clubhouse in the harbor, watching America II gracefully sail by and chatting with your fellow members (the Women's Championship will also be this same evening as a triple bonus)!

Twelve Meters have a very special place in the history of American yachting.  These exciting and graceful yachts have made an impressionable mark in America's Cup history.  America II (US 46) is owned and operated by the NY Harbor Sailing Foundation.  She is one of the most beautiful yachts in the harbor and offers an unmatched sailing experience.  America II came to our city as part of our Club's 20th anniversary.  A group of visionary members got together, formed the 12 Meter Syndicate and purchased her to honor the occasion.  She then sailed and raced as the flagship of the club for several years before the Syndicate Members donated her to the NY Harbor Sailing Foundation.

The mission of the Foundation is to foster and promote amateur sailing of national and international importance in New York Harbor.  As an icon of American sailing history, America II is an excellent vehicle to further this mission.  In operating America II, the Foundation's goal is to cover costs and also have a little left over each year to invest in the care and maintenance of the 12 Meter. Please join us to hear about our Friends and Charter programs for the 2015 & 2016 seasons.  If you can't attend the event in person and still would like to be involved, please follow up with Scott Curtis.


Hermione Parade Big Success on July 4th


The biggest harbor event of the summer was the Hermione Parade on July 4th.  This was a great kick-off to the holiday weekend.  Manhattan Yacht Club was well represented during the spectacular event.  Six Club J/24s participated and another 6 powerboats also were involved.  Several experienced Fleet Captain members also served as Safety Vessels helping to coordinate the parade from on water.


More than 120 total boats gathered south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to start the parade.  Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh served as the Parade Commodore and Arabella was the Command and Control vessel.  She escorted Hermione up the entire harbor with acommunication team of Club Members and US Coast Guard and Navy representatives who worked from the upper deck.



At 12 noon exactly, Hermione reached the Statue of Liberty and the flotilla sounded their horns of welcome.  The French Ministers of Defense and Culture were onboard a US Coast Guard vessel observing the spectacle.  At 12:05, two Navy fighter jets thundered over the Parade, culminating a crescendo of spirit and enthusiasm. 



All in all, it was a great triumph of organization and naval skill.  The vessels operated successfully in close quarters throughout the Parade.  They fireboats Frefighter II and John J Harvey did their traditional salutes.  The Flying Wedge, led by Pilot boat New Yorker kept the parade on schedule.  The Spirit of Lafayette rang through the fleet.  There was a huge outpouring of French pride and flags.  The long standing relationship between France and the United States was once again reinforced and cemented as Hermione passed one of France's greatest gifts to our country, the Statue of Liberty.



Preparing for the US Sailing Adult Championships

On Columbus Day Weekend, our Club is privileged to be hosting the US Sailing Adult Championship which is known as the Mallory Cup.  This is the first time a major championship will be competed for in New York Harbor.  Winning this prestigious event for our harbor is a great testament to our Club and how we have helped to change the harbor for the better.

There will be 14 teams from all around the country.  The Regatta will take place from Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City.  Racing will be Saturday, Sunday & Monday.  The warm-up race will be Friday followed by Jersey City Mayor Stephen Fulop presiding over a greeting of the sailors from around the nation. 

All races will be sailed around the Honorable William Wall, our clubhouse in the harbor.  There will be excellent viewing opportunities so you can come out and watch some of the best sailors in the nation go toe-to-toe in our own back yard.  Tickets will be offered first to Club Members and then their guests and second to the public.

Now we need to build out volunteers committee to help organize this event.  We need to clean and polish our boats and improved our equipment as much as possible before the big day.  All members are encouraged to volunteer.  Please express your interest in helping by sending an email to

Thank you to these Members who have already volunteered:
Regatta Chairs - Kate Humphrey & Michael Fortenbaugh
MYC Principle Race Officer - TJ Shea
Regatta Volunteers Already Signed Up
Alison Verost, Andrew Zangle, Craig Hachemeister, Derek Treatman, Frank Sinks, James Burns, Kerry Gendron, Kristie Hepburn, Laura Zygas, Leah Gatt, Luigi Galbiati, Marc X. LoPresti, Michael J. von Bose, Michael Verost, Mike McCarty, Patricia Ensworth, Robyn Lange, Safayet Kajol, Sarah Gurka, Sonya M., Thomas Helck.

Women's & Shorthanded Championship Next Week
August is the month when special races are held at the Club.  The two traditional events are the Women's Championship as well as the Short-Handed Championship.
The Women's Championship, will be Tuesday, August 25 and encourages as many women skippers and crew as possible to take to the water.  Our Club already has great leadership among women sailors with both Katie Morgan and Danielle Gallo often beating the entire fleet on Wednesday evening (Katie will also be fielding a team in the Mallory Cup this October as the representative from CT and the only women skipper in the competition).  Danielle has been sidelined this summer with a broken foot.  But even with these top women sailors in the race, it is often an up-and-coming women skipper who has won in past years.  You can find out more about this race and read the results dating back before 9/11 at  What great history!
The Short-Handed Championship will be Wed. Aug 26.  Believe it or not, this event began many years ago as the Single-Handed Championship.  It used to be the ultimate test of "macho" strength to see which skipper could sail the boat totally by themselves.  In the past, some of the skippers even put up their spinnakers in an effort to win!  After a few editions as a single-handed race, the Club felt this did not necessarily fit with our emphasis on safety.  If any skipper fell overboard, who would go pick them up?  So reason prevailed and the single-handed championship evolved into the current "Short-Handed Championship."  Now there are two people on the boat.  There is still ample opportunity to demonstrate who are the most "macho" sailors, capable of doing everything themselves, but if the skipper or crew falls over, there is still one person to stop the boat and sail back!  This event is always a great time and considered one of the highlights of the year for our elite sailors.  Read more of the history and see past winners at

Member Mixer on Clubhouse - Tues .Sept 15
Member Mixer: Meet and Greet the Newest Members of MYC!
Date: September 15th
Time: from first to last launch!
Location: Honorable William Wall 
Who's Invited: All members, but especially those who joined MYC this season ad last
Calling all Members of Manhattan Yacht Club, new & old!  Come to the Honorable William Wall for a cocktail party on Tues, Sept 15.  Meet your fellow Members, enjoy an epic sunset on the HWW and celebrate a season that is going strong!
Volunteers from the Membership Committee along with veteran MYC members will also be in attendance to meet new members, catch up with familiar faces and answer questions about maximizing your MYC membership.  
This is a great opportunity for members to meet and make new friends within the club.  Here are your 3 action steps:
1) Buy your launch tickets today at
2) Also RSVP to Membership Committee Member JoAnna Laskas at  When you rsvp to JoAnna, be sure to note the year you joined MYC. 
3) R emember to bring your membership card so you get 1/2 price drinks!  If you have not received your 2015 Membership card, send an email to

Arabella Doing the "Grand Tour"

This summer, Arabella has been doing the Grand Tour, sailing from Newport to Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard.  At the beginning of August, she did a sold out trip with the American Sailing Association.  This week, she is doing a second trip with a group of very luck Club Members.  They started in Newport on Sunday and sailed to Martha's Vineyard on Monday.  Tuesday, they visit Nantucket before returning to Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday.  Thursday brings the cruise to Cuttyhunk for an evening Clam bake.  Then they return to Newport on Friday. 


You can see pictures of the cruise as it happens on the Club's new Facebook page.


After this second cruise, Arabella will return to Jersey City where she will be available for corporate charter in September.  Then she will spend some time in the shipyard for her annual inspections.  Plan then call for Arabella to head to the Caribbean for the winter charter season.  Start planning now to join Arabella for the Club's Caribbean Regatta, Jan. 24-30. 








Corporate Sailing League Going Strong


The Corporate Sailing League continues to go strong from Liberty Harbor Marina.  The competition this summer has been first rate.  In the spring series, DE Shaw finished first followed by Cravath and ITG.  In the Early Summer Series, Cravath edged out ITG for the win followed by Merrill Lynch & DE Shaw.   Deutsche Bank came on strong at the end of the series and even won the final race!  Moody's & Pushcart Coffee rounded out the field.


One thing to keep in mind however, is that overall scores are not the purpose of this program. In fact, many teams rotate sailors every week so that the maximum number of employees can experience the incredible beauty of sailing in New York Harbor.  All participants are to be applauded for their team work!


If you would like to enter your company in the Corporate Sailing League next year, now is the time to start working on it.  Send an email to Commodore Fortenbaugh to request more information. 










Junior Programs Continue Providing Incredible Summers

The Operation Optimist program and the Teen Sailing Camps continued to provide incredible summer experiences for kids this summer. 
Operation Optimist is the junior sailing program for kids 8 to 13.  They sail on Optimist class dinghies southwest of the Statue of Liberty.  The kids board the "Big Toot" launch every morning and motor out to this protected sailing area where they rig boats and go sailing.


Operation Optimist sold out many weeks again this summer with 26 kids participating.  The launch service was provided from Pier 25 in Tribeca thanks to the support of Liberty Landing Marina and the Hudson River Park Trust.  New kids also joined the program from Jersey City.  A highlight of this summer was our Race Team which sent 4 sailors down to the Junior Olympics in Island Heights, NJ where 2 of the sailors finished with medals.  This was a great achievement for our program.


The Teen Sailing camp is held on J/24s.  We had up to 4 full boats of kids sailing this summer.  They an become certified to Basic Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising.  The also hold a Lucky Dog Race every Friday.
Stay in Touch with New Club Facebook Page


There is a new Facebook page for our Club. 


If you "Like" this page, then you will get notices when new pictures and videos are posted.  If you can't get to the docks as much as you would like this season, at least you can see pictures of other Members and friends when they go out sailing! 




Thank You from C.U.B.A. Member

Many years ago, when I took a helmsman course in Club Universitario de Buenos Aires (C.U.B.A.) I had to travel to New York due some work obligations. During that weekend I made some time for a leisure walk. I could tour the Big Apple and I can say I almost stumbled on the Manhattan Yacht Club (MYC) by accident. At that time the MYC was nearby Wall Street. I was with all the energy and enthusiasm of my helmsman course, I remembered to shoot many photos of its J24 fleet and dreamed someday to sail in the waters of the Hudson River. I honestly never thought that dream would come true several years later. 


 A few weeks ago when I was coordinating a business trip to NY.  Before booking the plane ticket and final itinerary, I received the announcement letter of our C.U.B.A. Commodore, announcing the new reciprocity agreement between our beloved club and MYC. I immediately got in contact with the MYC, I sent my cover letter as required by the process of reciprocity and with the coordination of Commodores from both clubs and with the great  help of Lisa Bowers, I was invited to sail with Sonya Mesommonta, a member with category Skipper, with vast experience in navigation, tactical racing and coaching. 


 Coordination with Sonya was by e-mail and Whatsapp and Sonya offered graciously to find us on the 13th Path station which was very close to our hotel.  From there we went straight to the Grove Station in New Jersey, where MYC  is currently located. I was the only member of C.U.B.A., but I asked if 2 of my colleagues, without nautical experience could participate on the ride. They had already visited NY several times and this was going to be a completely new experience for them. Sonya and Lisa graciously accepted, so with Sonya as Skipper and I as experienced crew, the ride became almost a kind of navigation class for the brand new and highly motivated crew. 


 We rigged the boat really quickly. Sonya commanded with great talent and provided clear instructions (in English). We get out of the pier (all manoeuvres on port were with motor  due to the strong current) heading to the Hudson ,and no sooner left the Hudson, raised the mainsail and headsail. The first thing one sees is the south of the island of Manhattan, Liberty Tower and all of Wall Street, is really shocking, We had current and wind against us. It was not supposed to blow, but we had 16 knots and it was gusting. We went up slowly, away from the south of Manhattan, until we got to the Statue of Liberty. I was at that time already at the rudder, commanding the boat, and I could not believe it. For two reasons, first because while I had visited NY several times, I had never visited the Statue and secondly, because I was doing it from a sailboat, doing what I like the most, sailing. No matter the tack or direction, the scenery was incredible, of a film. After passing the statue we were still sailing upwind and we reached the mouth of the East River, where the current is even stronger. We tacked few more times,  heading to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, but we didn't reach it. This is the limit that MYC is allowed to sail, as far as I understood. The wind began to loosen near 15:00hs, when we turned back, downwind and sailing all the time to the Liberty Tower. Strange to say and incredible to live it.



I want to mention that the traffic is very intense, seriously intense.  You can see all kinds of vessels and we  have to be with our eyes wide open, looking permanently,  because there are high speed taxis,  boats tours (the Shark and the Beast) , which pass close to each other at  full speed and making waves,  transatlantic cruise passengers, ferries with several lanes, breathtaking sailboats and cruisers, plus jet skis everywhere. Sonya was teaching a class of navigation and was so good that my colleagues learned to "tack, gibe, lookout, steer, pull, etc.," and they did really really  well. As icing on the cake, we had very good  cameras that left us incredible  memories of our course. 


 After mooring, Sonya said, "lets go for some drinks". As soon as we got into the bar, facing the MYC marina, we were introduced to several MYC members, all of them  very friendly and could chat and exchange nautical experiences. They were all very interested in our club and our history. A couple of hours later Sonya offered us to go to the Honorable William Wall, their distinguished floating Club House. We did not have to pay to go there due our reciprocal treatment  but anyone who wants to go has to pay around  20 dollars to get on board. Currently their  clubhouse is now open the general public. So, we said good-bye to Sonya  and our new friends and we went on a very comfortable motor boat to their club house. This was our final destination. The Honorable William Wall  is anchored north of Ellis Island in the Hudson River. The view is incredible,  we took our best photos of Manhattan from there and near dusk we returned to New Jersey and from there, back to Manhattan. 


The only thing one could say it was short ... good things come in small packages ... I will wait for the next trip to try more of it.  After an intense week of work, sailing is the best plan one can have.   No doubt I'm really keen to welcome Sonya or any member of the MYC in Buenos Aires and take them to sail in our Rio de la Plata.   Thanks to C.U.B.A. Commodore and everyone who made this agreement possible, which is really a privilege. 


- Walter Arrinda. 

C.U.B.A. Member and Skipper.  


  Upcoming Events

Women's Championship - Aug 25

12 Meter America II Event on Clubhouse - Aug 25

Shorthanded Regatta - Aug 26

Maritime Services Regatta - Aug 27

Member Mixer on Clubhouse - Sept 15

US Sailing Adult Championships at MYC - Oct 9-12

  Seen at the Club


Dave Simpson & Michael Connolly taking visiting sailors from the Nord Deutsche Regatta Verein for a sail in the harbor.


The ITG corporate spinnaker sailing in the harbor.


One of our sailing school boats teaching new adults how to sail.