Friday Night Twilight Series
We started the Moon Over Harlem Twilight Series in 2011, with just a handful of boats. Since then, it's grown into the biggest event on Eastchester Bay, so we must be doing something right.
There had always been good racing on Eastchester Bay, but the trend was towards high-tech, high-stakes, high-level events. That's great for those of us who are into that sort of thing, but we also saw a need for something a bit more laid-back, a bit less cut-throat on the water, and with the après-racing party being as important as the race itself.
What we're trying to do here is just get some people out sailing on a Friday evening. It's nice to win, but it's not all about winning. It's mostly about having a good time on the water. If you can go out and have a good time, and you happen to get around the racecourse faster than the other boats, that's an added bonus. When the race is over, come back to the club and enjoy some live music, good food, and excellent company. That's really what the event is all about.
The start and finish will be in Eastchester Bay, so you don't have very far to sail to get back to the club after finishing. Two divisions: both non-spinnaker. Short, simple courses. The idea is to spend a fun evening out on the water, then come back to the club in time for dinner and drinks.
This is a low-key event. It's not about winning at any cost, it's about getting your boat off the mooring and enjoying yourself at the start of a lazy summer weekend.
You may be wondering if this is the right event for you. If so, we've put together a little guide which might help you decide.
"I've got my protest flag on my backstay and I'm not afraid to use it": Not your event.
"I've never raced before, but I'd like to give it a try": Your event.
"If my crew messes up, I yell at them. If they mess up again, I yell louder": Not your event.
"I race my boat hard on weekends, now I'm looking for a way to decompress with friends": Your event.
"My transom cleared your bow by six inches, that's plenty of room": Not your event.
"Sailing is just an excuse to drink beer": Your event.