Not sure why there is this gross misconception that the YRALIS PHRF Committee members are non-racers-a few folks on here seem to think that their little bay or harbor is the cynosure of Long Island Sound racing-I beg to differ-the purview of the YRALIS extends from New York Harbor, part way up the Hudson and all the way up to the Black Rock area in CT and out to Mt. Sinai on Long Island- a large amount of water with over 60 clubs all vying for participants on their respective courses. Just because you don't see some of the Committee members on a scratch sheet in your neighborhood doesn't mean they ain't out there. Let's walk through it:
The Chair, Rick Royce, Naval architect at Webb Institute and recent honoree as a new Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, has campaigned his own Tripp 33 for years and is now a regular helmsman on various Hunt Lawrence financed rocketships.
The Kendricks, Bob and June, though they dialed back a bit in recent years other than local Lloyd Harbor events, have re-upped in a big way with their recent purchase of a J44.
The sailmakers on the committee, Tom C and Mark P are out there all the time on customer boats, obviously, and not only are sailing on local waters, but all over the country and beyond so have a good perspective on how different wave and wind conditions from typical LIS weather effect respective boats' performance possibilities.
Charlie Powers is out there all the time as tactician on another J44 Resolute, as well as being a mainstay of the Pied Piper program.
Andrew Weiss is prbly one of the last of the active big boat campaigners in these waters with his long-standing Christopher Dragon program-what regatta is he not sailing in?
Rick Sinclair is a regular at all events emanating from the Indian Harbor area and has been on these local waters for decades in various capacities, including his time in the marine industry.
Rich Gold, once a regular campaigner of his own boat, has now stepped back a bit but is a vital part of the Cedar Point Racing scene and knows all of the players in that area.
George Samalot basically built the entire database of the PHRF ratings and though we don't see him much on Long Island Sound, he is still mucking about up there on the Hudson and has a keen eye on how boats are sailed up there and a voluminous memory for boats and their performance levels over the years.
Matt Berger used to be a vital part of the 105 fleet and perhaps has lost touch with what happens out there as he isn't very active any more-will give you that one.
Iris Vogel probably races more than anyone commenting on this forum or just about anywhere else on this site. How many race days did Devo do last year? KWRW, Charleston, AYC etc. etc. etc. I think Bill's Sock Puppet said 90?? And that probably didn't include weeknight or club stuff.
As far as John E. becoming a member of the committee again or his partner at the EBYRA, Vince N., all involved at the committee level appreciate the desire to help the cause but I think the past history , repeated rinsing of dirty laundry on forums such as this,(though most involved don't read what goes on here, and I find it less and less interesting as a whole) and continued expressed ire and insults relayed through various channels kind of negates the positive sentiment of volunteering. Unfortunate, really, as I think both guys bring a wealth of knowledge but sometimes the method of delivering their message obscures the intent, to support and build the sport.