Welcome to Ensign Regional Regatta
Ensign Fleet 21, in conjunction with the Miramar Yacht Club, invites entries to the 2021 Ensign Region 1 Championship Regatta to be sailed in Lower New York Harbor by Coney Island. This spectacular event will take place on the weekend of July 24th and 25th. Miramar Yacht Club is located in the heart of Sheepshead Bay at 3050 Emmons Avenue (between Nostrand Ave. and Knapp street).
The championship will be held in two divisions: Spinnaker and Jam Fleet. Racing will occur in the mornings and afternoons on Saturday and Sunday, with the final racings completed before 3 pm Sunday.
Skippers are expected to register through Regattanetwork.com from the beginning of May until the week prior to the regatta. The fee for a skipper and his/her crew of three is $175. A late fee of $50 will be applied when the registration arrives after June 15th.
We are strongly encouraging skippers to arrive and launch their boats on the Friday before the event. Our yard is located on a tidal bay, and therefore boats can only launch within a 4 hour window in the morning and evening (2hrs. prior to and after high tide). On Friday, the 23rd, hide tides will be approx. 7:30 am and 7:30 pm.
Housing is available on a limited basis with Miramar Yacht Club members. Requests must be made at least a month in advance. Hotels are available within walking distance of Miramar at either the Best Western Plus at 3003 Emmons Ave., or the Comfort Inn at 3218 Emmons.
A greeting cocktail party will be hosted by Miramar Yacht Club to On Friday evening. Bagels and spread will be served Saturday morning before Skippers meeting. And on Saturday evening all participants will be invited to a full BBQ style dinner.
Skippers and their crew arrived from a half a dozen states along the east coast, from as far away as Georgia and the Carolinas, for the 2021 Ensign Region One Regatta between July 23-25.
The weather was spectacular for a late July weekend with dry refreshing breezes. Boats arrived on trailers on Friday evening, rigging their masts and stays, and launching by 8 pm on the high tide cycle.
Just as they finished, a golden full “Thunder Moon” rose over the southeast horizon enchanting our guests, as they soaked in the tranquil atmosphere of our harbor.
After registering and purchasing commemorative t-shirts, participants were treated to a smorgasbord of Middle Eastern cuisine and wine.
Nine boats total competed in two divisions: Spinnaker and JAM (Jib & Main) Fleets.
Miramar had last hosted a regional 40 years ago, so this event marked our resurgence, reentry, and affiliation with the great sailing venues on the East Coast; especially Tom’s River on Barnegat Bay, NJ and Nyack, NY on the Hudson.
Saturday morning greeted racers with sparkling clear conditions with light to moderate breezes from the Atlantic. Courses were conducted between Brighton Beach and the Rockaway Inlet, near Breezy Point.
A team of Miramar volunteers manned the Committee Boat, and two Chase Boats, dropping several inflatable buoys, and adjusting the starting and windward lines. Four races were completed by 4 pm.
National Champion, Bud Brown of Maryland in his boat Lorelei consistently outdistanced his competitors in the Spinnaker Division. Second place went to a clean and smooth Ensign, Dolce P, skippered by 18 year old, Joe Paccione and his father Mike out of Tom’s River. They narrowly won by 1 point over veteran, Jon Simpson of Nyack who was driving Elan, a boat that once belonged to his father, being in their family 50 years now. Dave Willner in his refurbished Ensign, Platypus, out of Nyack Boat Club competed well, with Fran Trapp of South Carolina on the tiller, dropping back out of 2 nd by 2 points.
The JAM Fleet was composed of five local, Miramar, boats. Andrew Shabalin in Uforia maintained first throughout the Regatta, narrowly outdistancing Splash with Rich Lubell skippering. Third place was shared by three boats: Debbie Does Brooklyn (Ben Stern), Silver Surfer (Nasim Shamailov) , and Uno (JP Reardon). They all finished with the same point total, but Stern’s boat was awarded the official third based on a first and 2 nd in two of the five races.
The Saturday evening dinner was arranged masterfully by Leon Paley serving up a catered buffet and drinks. Out-of-towners mingled with Miramar members exchanging stories and sharing their love of the sport. The visiting teams were delighted by our hospitality and impressed by our special venue.
Sunday dawned with showery conditions, but by race time, around noon, the rain had passed and a light breeze permitted racing to continue. However, the first course took over an hour to complete with the winds dropping and the tide moving out. After drifting for a half hour waiting for the breezes to return, the races were abandoned for the day, and boats motored back in with some accepting tows.
Back on shore, a BBQ menu feted the participants, while they waited for the trophy presentation. At the same time, crews began dismantling their rigging preparing for their drives back home. The winners were recognized by 4 pm, and all were thanked for their participation and help in producing the event.
A team of helpers stayed by the docks from 5 to 8 pm assisting in hauling out the boats and fastening them back to the trailers, as we said a warm goodbye, but not a final farewell. Miramar expects to compete next year at the national Ensign Regatta in Nyack, and the Ensign Class Association hopes to return to Miramar for another Regional on a three-to-four-year cycle.