By Terry Duffy
Get ready to have some more fun in Youngstown.
The Youngstown Yacht Club invites you to check out 2022 Can Am Challenge weekend, taking place July 23-24 on the Lake Ontario waters and throughout the village.
“For 48 years, Youngstown has been the place to be in July for good racing and fun ashore,” said YYC’s Tom Finkle, who assists the club with organizing this event.
Can Am Challenge 2022 is expected to see some exciting competition offshore. According to YYC, a total of 33 boats have entered, from such ports as Youngstown, Buffalo, Grand Island, Niagara Falls, Wilson, Lewiston, Niagara on the Lake, Rochester, Amherst, the Toronto region, and Edgewater, Maryland.
Yachts include the J series (including J70s, J88s, J99s and J111s), plus the Benetaus 36.7m, Meldges 32, and Redwing 30s.
“We sweat the details,” Finkle said. “Two race circles to spread the fleet out, uncrowded courses, less waiting and plenty or races.
“(It’s) course racing around inflatable marks. We have racing for all boats, not just one design.”
The 2022 Can Am, he noted, is managed by “excellent race committees”: Richard Hinterhoeller and his team from the NOLSC, Tom Murphy and volunteers from the YYC, and the Sodus Bay YC and Buffalo SC.
So what of the on-shore fun?
There’s live music every night under the tent at the YYC. Offerings include a Mt. Gay rum bar, the Brickyard Brewing Company with “good beer flowing on tap,” plus YYC’s clubhouse bar service, plenty of food choices from the main club restaurant, as well as the grill outside running later in the evening.
YYC said, “Party with your friends from around the lake and beyond. Don’t quit there: Head to the Jug late night for more entertainment.”
“We have a great lineup of bands for the Cam Am Challenge,” Finkle said. “The Tim Britt Band will be playing on Friday night (7-11 p.m.), with beer specials; Pirate Dream, WNY’s favorite ‘trop rock band,’ will be playing Saturday night (6-10 p.m.); and Sunday afternoon, Mike Culmo and Aaron Smith return to play all your favorites (2-6 p.m.).”
All performances take place on the YYC grounds and are open to the public.
“Hope to see you at YYC on July 22-24,” Finkle said.
For more information on Cam Am Challenge weekend, visit the YYC on Facebook.