The Edlu Race, first sailed in 1956, has long been a classic tune-up race for the around Block Island Race and Block Island Race Week. Followed by a classic party, it is one the must-do events on western Long Island Sound.
The spinnaker course is 32 nm from the Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back. The non-spinnaker course is approximately 20 nm.
The start times are set for slower boats to start first and allow everyone back to Larchmont Yacht Club in time for the sailors' welcome with lots of camaraderie, free hot dogs, chili, beer, dark ‘n’ stormies and live music included in the entry fee.
SailAhead's first time participation was on Saturday, May 13th, 2017, for the 62nd Annual Edlu Distance Race which attracted 59 entrants.
As reported on the UK Sailmakers “Larchmont Yacht Club ran its 32-mile Edlu Race in a strengthening nor’easter on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. Of the 59 boats entered, 21 either retired or didn’t race because of the windy, cold and rainy conditions. The course was a 16-mile beat in to winds that built from 22 knots at the start to nearly 30 knots at the turning mark, where the fleet turned and had a fast dead downwind ride home. The faster boats finished before the winds built into the high 30s.”
SailAhead wants to thank the Larchmont Yacht Club for its support. A special thank you to John May - LYC RC chair.
Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.
To find out more about this race please visit Edlu Race
SailAhead participates in the race with Hoonigan a J105 owned by Hunt and maintained by Jeff (thank you Hunt and Jeff!).The who's who of our Off-Shore Racing Program:
Owner and Skipper of Hussar (Frers 55 - US32880)
Jason developed a passion for sailing while stationed in Guam with the USAF over twenty years ago. While there, he raced Lasers internationally out of the Marianas Yacht Club and got his first taste of offshore racing. Back on the East Coast, Jason could be found racing on the Long Island Sound and around Rhode Island on his Hobie 33.
Today Jason supports SailAhead’s commitment to Veterans by generously volunteering Hussar and his time.
Outside of sailing, Jason is an IT Security Executive at a foreign exchange bank in Manhattan. Jason is a Veteran of both the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.
He continues to serve today as a Combat Engineer Officer in the NJ Army National Guard.
Advisor and SailAhead Race Director
Fran grew up off the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a family of avid sailors and boaters. He has experience racing sailboats of all classes and sizes from Sunfish and Lasers to offshore vessels. Fran graduated from Boston University in 2003 and subsequently served over 12 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret and Ranger in the Special Forces. He spent extensive time throughout Africa, The Middle East, and Europe serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple overseas contingency operations. He now lives in Manhattan, works in Wealth Management and Financial Services, while earning an MBA from NYU Stern.
"Sailing is one of the few events in life in which all your worries and fears are left on shore allowing one to focus on sailing fast!"
SailAhead Race Co-Director
Sailing became a lifelong passion for Matt while at University of Rhode Island. While at URI, he sailed everything from Lasers to J24s. Unwilling to go back to New Jersey without a boat, Matt restored a dis-masted Catalina while in college. More recently, he has spent the last few years racing aboard various boats throughout the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. When not out racing, Matt can usually be found fixing and cruising his C&C. He is eager to share his passion for sailing with a great cause.
Outside of sailing, Matt is coastal engineer.