Pixels – not the photo kind, the sailboat kind – competed for the first time in the Larchmont Shore Club’s annual Green Fleet Regatta. Novice level sailors ages 11 to 13 skimmed their Pixels across the Sound Shore waters on Thursday, August 6 – despite the lack of wind.
What’s a Pixel? It is a very light yet very stable sailing boat with a distinctive open cutout stern. The Pixel is a favorite of novice sailors who want a step up from the smaller Optimist. It’s also, in the words of its sailors, “really cool.”
Three pixel crews from the Larchmont Shore Club and two from Horseshoe Harbor Sailing Club competed. Next year promises to attract even more entrants in this relatively new division.
Also competing were more than 60 Optimist class sailboats. Participating children came from area sailing clubs: Larchmont Shore Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club, Beach Point Yacht Club, Huguenot Yacht Club and Orienta Beach Club.
The event was coordinated by Dave Shontz, LSC sailingchair, Tim Doolin, vice chair and Max Van de Poll, LSC head sailing instructor. The sailing competition is designed to offer a day of fun while also teaching youngsters how to sail, interact and work together.
Congratulations to the winners:
For the Green Fleet Opti Race
1st Drew Meyers- BP
2nd Alex Diacovo- LSC
3rd Sophia Rogers- Hug
4th Joost Sheehan LYC
5th Madeline Riordan LYC
Novice Pixel Fleet
1st HHYC Hector McKerney, Melissa Marks,
2nd HHYC Natalie Cooney, Will Kirk and Will Hallock
3rd LSC Anna Livicarri, Charlie Nishimura and Bill Gallagher