On Saturday, June 12, your reporter thoroughly enjoyed The Manhasset Bay Sportsman's Club 50th Blessing of the Fleet. She especially enjoyed chats with Jon Kaiman, commissioner of Public Safety, and Supervisor May Newburger, neither of whom she had met before. Seventy boats were reported of which about 10 were sailboats. The most "unique" boat seemed to be the one dubbed "pontoon boat." Other details are omitted because of coverage by others.
A few days before at the Town Dock your reporter met the two teachers who with their own boat provide two four-hour lessons to "Adult Ed" students. (There are two lessons in the classroom.)
* A beautiful roughly letterhead-size six-page presentation for "The Wall Street Challenge" has on its cover the photo of Sandbagger "Bull" sailing in front of the skyline of Manhattan. It is all about a Series of Match Races on Historic Sandbaggers to benefit the South Street Seaport Museum and The New York Harbor Sailing Foundation." The boats will be docked at the North Cove Yacht Harbor. The entry fee is $5,000.
* On Saturday, June 5, Michael Yorke of our bay left for Bermuda with crew of Bill Cornachio, Joe Lauricella, Gene Petracca, Mike Sperendi and Reed Whittemore. All are MBYC membes except Joe Lauricella who is commander of the Little Neck Bay Power Squadron. They arrived in Bermuda at 5:30 a.m. on June 10. Reports: Winds averaged 20 knots; no rain; beautiful stars; gourmet food; crew extremely impressed by competenence of the skipper. Some of the sailors flew home. Others are flying to Bermuda to replace them. Details to follow. Th boat is a Catalina 42 named Certa Cito.
* Thirsty Thursday, June 10, number of starters and top boats:
Div III (4) - 1 Sundance
Div II (9) - 1 Tootsie, 2 Happy Daze, 3 Chaparrel
Div I (7) 1 - Viper, 2 Xcite
* Up to press time it has been impossible to obtain results for bay racing over June 12-13.
Here is all that can be reported: On Sunday, 13 Sonars and two MBODs raced. Bob Kirtland won and Mike McAllister was second in the sonars.
* Dawn Riley has been recently in the news as skipper and founder of a San Francisco syndicate for America's Cup. She is remembered there as a contestant for the Knickerbocker Cup several years ago.