This in 2018 event will be held August 8th. Qualifier is July 11 at Niantic Bay.
The SUNY (State University of New York) Challenge Regatta is held at SUNY Maritime, also referred to as Fort Schuyler, located under the Throggs Neck Bridge in New York. Six teams of three boats, from ECSA, JSA, GSB, PGJSA, Barnegat Bay NJ and Hudson River will compete, similar to the Midget Challenge at the Coast Guard Academy. Age limits are US Sailing limits, 18 and under. It is the intent that the entrants are no longer Midgets, as they have their regatta at Coast Guard. This is for the older sailors. However, a midget will not be excluded if he/she is the normal crew for the sailor qualifying.
To determine which boats make up the ECSA team, ECSA conducts a one-day elimination, sailed concurrently with the 420 fleet at the ECSA qualifier regatta noted on the schedule (Niantic Bay Junior Olympics for 2018). The top three age appropriate finishers qualify for the SUNY Challenge Regatta. This elimination is open to all ECSA sailors, with no restriction as to one per club.
SUNY Maritime will provide their fleet of 420s, sailed without spinnakers or traps. Skippers meeting will be about 12:00, with racing until about 6:00. This allows travel to and from SUNY avoiding rush hours. Food afterwards.