Written by Andrea Watson Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
An interesting story appeared in my inbox this past week, compliments of Scuttlebutt. It is extreme racing up close and personal. And since the weather has been nice, most likely anyone owning a boat was either frostbiting, or in the boatyard either preparing their boat for the spring or thinking about it. So the story below is just a tease to all you sailor-racers out there… to get your blood flowing a bit faster, and get you motivated to launch your boats. While Manhasset Bay is not the Southern Ocean, it is ours, conveniently located right out our backdoor.
This is about the Volvo Ocean Race, which now finds the fleet in the Southern Ocean, you know that body of water that sends chills up and down our spines when we think of the racing conditions that Mother Nature provides to those who so blatantly defy her powers. This specific story involves Puma Racing, Ken Read, skipper. And before, dear readers, you dismiss this skipper as one really weird, crazy person; know that Ken is a perfectly normal guy who likes a challenge. Yours truly met him up in Newport years ago and had a chance to speak to him last summer when he was in Port Washington for an America’s Cup reunion at John Thomson’s waterfront party. Ken Read is one of those special people who in your lifetime you are happy you have had a chance to meet.
The story goes like this: It may have been the sea gods of the Southern Ocean that first said, “If it was easy, anybody could do it.” For the Volvo Ocean Race fleet now traversing this stretch of water, nothing has been easy. Here are reports from onboard Puma... Ken Read, skipper: “This is the leg that just keeps on giving. First a storm right out of the gates. Now, relentless wind pressure is bringing cold but still not frigid winds from the south. The waves are both impressive and intimidating in this part of this world. The massive swells are... who knows... 30-, 40-, 50-feet tall. Ask anyone on any of the boats and I am sure you would find a different but still very large number. It’s the waves within the waves that get you. They seem to go every which way. Oh, and the fact that we are about as far away from land as you can get. Also, it is blowing between 30-50 knots the last few days. Sound like fun?”
Amory Ross, media crew: “I don’t know how it happened, but on a boat laden with fancy doodads, gizmos, and thingamabobs, somebody forgot to put on a thermometer. Consequently, the only way to tangibly see the temperature is through the rigidity of our chocolate. The current batch of 11 Mars bars - one for each of us - is frozen solid, so it must be cold (this, in stark contrast to the last two legs, where chocolate was more or less liquefied in high heat), and we can now all see our breath in the air. The water temperature is showing 11-degrees Celsius (that’s 50-degrees Fahrenheit), and I’d put the air below that, maybe around 40? 35? Doing the dishes is chillingly painful, and it takes a ton of soap just to get anything off the silverware. Today I saw Ryan come down, light a burner, and hold his glove-covered hands over it for a minute or two.” To really get an idea of the conditions facing not only Puma Racing, but all the Volvo Ocean Racing teams, you may want to check out the Puma video: http://youtu.be/o3B90t72s0I.
For those unfamiliar with the Volvo Ocean Race, a little background information: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started in Alicante, Spain (Oct. 29) and concludes in Galway, Ireland during early July 2012, six professional teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles around the world via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient. Teams accumulate points through nine distance legs and 10 in-port races. http://www.volvooceanrace.com.
Speaking of getting ready for warm weather racing, there is something new on the market – or maybe new only to me – that other sailors might be interested in. Great new apps for the iPad have made instant upload of photos to website and Facebook an easy task. But, as anyone knows who owns an iPad, it is not at all water friendly. This can be problematic, especially if you are on the bow of a boat with a camera and an iPad as a Wi-Fi connection. According to PC World, there are protective sleeves for your iPad, iPhone and other devices. These protective sleeves fit tightly around your device and keep them waterproof. Chef Sleeve, CleverWraps and Locksaks are not expensive and might just save your device. And since they are so tight, the touch screen works perfectly. For your non-sailing spouse or friend, these are great covers for the kitchen techie who has cooking apps on the iPad. You can spill that spaghetti sauce or splash from the pot on the stove on your device and know that it is protected. And for curious kids with peanut butter fingers who just wanted to touch the pretty picture on the iPad – no worries. For those who don’t want to spend the money, you can always stick your iPad into an appropriately sized plastic baggie, like Ziploc, but know that input/output ports are not operational with this option.
Finally, from my frostbiter insider: Today was a great Ideal 18 and Laser day with six races for everyone plus a crew race for the Ideal 18s. Vacations and other commitments made for a light InterClub fleet of only two boats. Winds were NNE shifting to NE 8 – 12 knots and the temperature was a perfect 45 degrees. Race Committee provides food each week to the committee and last week they enjoyed wonderful pulled pork from Harbor Q, and even a few sailors joined the RC for lunch. Ideal 18 results for March 25: (six boats) 1. Bob Kirtland and Alan Thomson 2. Mike Silverman and Kelley Barstan 3. Vince/Rita Syracuse and John Bainton. Lasers (two boats): 1. Greg Stebbins and 2. Dan Catanzaro. IC Dinghies (two boats) 1. John Silbersack/Catryn Silbersack.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
Manhasset resident Arda Nazerian Haratunian is lending her expertise and support to ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit that advocates for racial equity on Long Island. As a member of its planning committee for the third year in a row, she is helping to organize ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit Celebration, which will take place on June 5 at the Garden City Hotel.
A strategic communications consultant, Arda has more than 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors. She most recently served as senior policy advisor and communications director to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and previously worked for New York Governor Mario Cuomo. During the decade between her two careers in public service, Arda was on Wall Street, serving as managing director of global corporate communications for Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank and before that, head of media and public relations at the American Stock Exchange.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
There is a floral treasure in Manhasset, something unique: it’s the greenhouse in front of Manhasset Florist on Orchard Street. “Having my own greenhouse ensures premium plant growth and creates optimum conditions. This allows me to offer the healthiest plants to my customers,” says owner Alexander Otis. Indeed, the plants look truly perfect and a delightful scent of blossoms fills the air of the greenhouse.
“My father bought the business and property 45 years ago. During those years, he opened a total of five flower shops in Nassau County,” said Alex. His father trained him and his sister Aretta in the flower business. “While still attending high school we both helped on Saturdays and during our vacations,” he explains. Alex graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as an architect and worked as an engineer for over six years before returning to his roots to help his father manage his five flower shops and to run one, Garden City Florist. “When my father retired in 1999, I took over Manhasset Florist & Greenhouse and Aretta took over Port Washington Florist.”
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
One of Manhasset’s 12U intramural baseball teams defeated Great Neck in the first game played at the renovated Valley Park field on Saturday April 27. Manhasset’s offense scored 10 runs, including a home run from Devin Callery, while pitchers Logan Hyde, Jeff Torborg, James Marchetti and Grant Petracca combined to limit Great Neck to one hit with 11 strikeouts in six innings. Edward Jarvis, Robert DeCastro, Massimo Abruzzo, Colby Schmidt, Gabriel Cohen, Spencer Kaye and Justin Louie each contributed quality defensive plays. Manhasset raised its record to 4-0 and stands in first place in the inter-town intramural league, which includes 8 teams from Merillon, Albertson-Herricks, Great Neck and Manhasset.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:34
The Manhasset Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Team finished their season Wednesday night, April 17, beating Bellmore/Merrick 4-3 in the championship game at the Bethpage Community Park Ice Rink. Wednesday’s finale marked the end of an impressive campaign by the Indians which included a 19-1 regular season record and a trip to the New York State Championship in Ithaca.
Manhasset got off to a strong start scoring four times in the first period on goals by Michael Walsh, Michael Brzozowski, Mario De Bueriis, and Matthew Cecchini whose tally would prove to be the game winner. Nolan Behringer, Ryan Kiess, and goaltender Alex Feinstein led the defense in shutting down a powerful Bellmore/Merrick squad, securing Manhasset’s first ever Junior Varsity Championship.