Reineke leads young Lauderdale Yacht Club team in women’s 2-on-2 team race • Live Sail Die
It’s not quite LeBron James returning to Cleveland wearing a Miami Heat uniform. But this weekend, there are likely to be a few New York Yacht Club members who would like Olympic candidate Erika Reineke to compete again for the host club of the New York Yacht Club Women’s 2v2 Team Race, instead of the one of the visiting teams.
A year ago, Reineke teamed up with fellow skipper Emily Maxwell – and their respective crews – to lead the New York Yacht Club to a convincing victory in the inaugural edition of the women’s-only regatta, which has been running since the harbor of the New York Yacht Club. To research. This year, Reineke will race for her hometown, the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
“Sailing for the New York Yacht Club last year and having such a great time at the event, I felt it was really important to involve my hometown club as well as the young female sailors” , says Reineke, who is a veteran of several Olympic Games. campaigns and is currently campaigning for a 49erFX for the 2024 Olympics. It’s really exciting to see women having more opportunities to race as a team. I hope more yacht clubs from the south will send their best female sailors to participate in the event and experience such a unique aspect of the sport.
The women’s 2-on-2 team race will take place June 4-5 at New York Yacht Club Harbor Court. In 2021, this event joins the Club’s legendary trio of mixed keelboat team races – the Morgan Cup, Hinman Masters and New York Yacht Club Grandmasters. The response was overwhelming, with more teams applying than places available. This coming weekend, 10 clubs from across the country will send their top team riders to Newport for a weekend of competition and camaraderie. The regatta will be held in Narragansett Bay using the New York Yacht Club’s fleet of 23-foot Sonar sailboats.
“After the success of the first year, the 2-on-2 women’s team race was again oversubscribed this year, and we look forward to building it as a flagship event on the club’s racing calendar,” said Basia Karpinska, the president of the event. “Sailors love coming to Harbor Court and Newport; this event attracts top talent and offers a unique opportunity to experience cross-generational female running and camaraderie.
While Reineke (left) hasn’t focused on team racing since graduating from Boston College in 2017, the majority of the Lauderdale Yacht Club team has raced for Boston College there a few weeks ago when she finished second in the InterCollegiate Sailing Association’s Women’s Team Racing National. Championship. This group includes Sophia Reineke, Erika’s younger sister.
“When Sophia and I decided to apply for the event, we were both delighted to have the chance to sail together”, explains Erika Reineke. “The only time before that we raced together as a team was when she was part of the crew for me at Team Race Midwinters in 2017. With her and her teammates coming straight from College Sailing Nationals, and Sophia being named Quantum Female Sailor of the Year, I feel like I’ll be the one who needs to shake off the dust.
If the Lauderdale team falters, there will be plenty of other teams equipped to take advantage. The Larchmont Yacht Club crew will include sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles, who led Yale to victory in the ICSA Women’s Team Race Championship. Paris Henken, who sailed in the 49erFX class at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will skipper a boat for the College of Charleston team. And there are plenty of other former collegiate All-America selections and national champions dotted around the competing teams.
LeBron’s return to Cleveland may have ended in a seemingly inevitable blowout victory for the visiting team, but nothing is guaranteed in Newport this weekend.
Racing for the New York Yacht Club Women’s 2-on-2 Team Race will begin Saturday morning and continue through Sunday afternoon on the waters between Rose and Goat Islands.
Teams entered in the second annual New York Yacht Club Women’s 2v2 Race include: American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; Bristol Yacht Club (RI); Charleston College Yacht Club (SC); Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass.; Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass.; Yacht Club of Larchmont (New York); Lauderdale Yacht Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Yacht Club of New York (NY); Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans; The Yacht Club of San Francisco, Tiburon, California.