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Commodore Andrew P. Giglia takes home the Drake H. Sparkman III Memorial Trophy winning the 2018 Commodore's Cup Regatta

 Commodore Andrew P. Giglia takes home the Drake H. Sparkman III Memorial Trophy winning the 2018 Commodore's Cup Regatta 


RYE, N.Y. (July, 29 2018) -- On a Sunday afternoon in late July, Commodore's from five different Yacht Clubs across the Long Island Sound competed in the YRALIS Commodore's Cup for the Drake H. Sparkman III Memorial Trophy. American Yacht Club was once again the host and winner of this regatta with Commodore Andrew P. Giglia skippering "Wings." Other Clubs competing included Storm Trysail Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Stamford Yacht Club, and Riverside Yacht Club.   Each boat was helmed by either a current or former Commodore, Vice Commodore or Rear Commodore.

Commodore Giglia of AYC had successfully helmed "Six Brothers" and “Arte” to victory the previous three years of this regatta. This year with a crew of fellow AYC members Commodore Giglia skippered "Wings" a J/88 owned by AYC Past Commodore Mike S. Bruno in a come from behind victory.  Commodore Giglia was very patient as the breeze was very light and the northerly breeze started to glass off and a very weak sea breeze spotted across the course on the last leg.  Commodore Giglia received his own private puff of pressure allowing him to ghost by the other racers to secure the win! Finishing a close second was "Vamp" a J/44 helmed by Commodore Leonard Sitar of Storm Trysail Club. Commodore Paul Strauch of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club secured third place skippering "Jazz" a J/88.

Credit should be given to the AYC race committee for getting in the race under trying conditions.  As the winner of this regatta, American Yacht Club will again host the Commodore's Cup next summer.      

Boat Skipper Club Finish Time Elapsed Time Corrected Time Score
Wings Andrew Giglia American Yacht Club 13:35:40 01:32:40 01:28:28 1
Vamp Leonard Sitar Storm Trysail Club 13:36;37 01:33:37 01:32:07 2
Jazz Paul Strauch Manhasset Bay Yacht Club 13:40:47 01:37:47 01:33:35 3
Joyride Dave Gurney Stamford Yacht Club 13:40:49 01:37:49 01:34:13 4
Blue Fire Mark Parry Riverside Yacht Club 13:40:14 01:37:14 01:34:41 5