The ALIR at 40

More than 70 sailboats gathered off Rockaway Point for the start of the 40th annual Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) last Thursday.

Hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, the ALIR covers 190 nautical miles and combines ocean and coastal sailing, attracting cruisers and offshore racers alike.

Moritz Hilf and his Pogo 10.5 Max took second place in the double-handed division 6.

Peter Becker and the Young American Jr. Big Boat Team took first place aboard High Noon in the spinnaker division 9 -- and third place in the IRC division 0.

Brendan Larrabee and crew hiked out aboard the Andrews 68 Simon Says YC.

And Bartosz Bilinski sailed into sixth place on Narwana in the spinnaker division 5.

These are just a few of the vessels we captured at the race start. We may have a picture of yours! If interested, email with your sail number and boat description.