Written by Andrea Watson, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
In 1851, a radical looking schooner ghosted out of the afternoon mist and swiftly sailed past the Royal Yacht stationed in the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England, on an afternoon when Queen Victoria was watching a sailing race.
As the schooner, named America, passed the Royal Yacht in first position, and saluted by dipping its ensign three times, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place. “Your Majesty, there is no second,” came the reply. That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup, and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence.
That day in August, 1851, the yacht America, representing the young New York Yacht Club, would go on to beat the best the British could offer and win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. This was more than a simple boat race however, as it symbolized a great victory for the new world over the old, a triumph that unseated Great Britain as the world’s undisputed maritime power. The trophy would go to the young democracy of the United States and it would be well over 100 years before it was taken away from New York.
Thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the winning schooner America, as opposed to the country. In the more than 150 years since that first race off England, only four nations have won what is often called the “oldest trophy in international sport.” The winning team keeps the Cup and has the privilege of choosing the racing venue to the next Cup. The two venues vying to host the Cup were Newport and San Francisco. The latter won and the America’s Cup finals began last week.
As of this writing, the 2013 America’s Cup contest, between defender Oracle Team USA and the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, is unfolding on San Francisco Bay. After winning six races to Oracle’s one, the Kiwis need only to win 3 more to take back the trophy.
While the actual racing score is 6-1, the Kiwis lead on points 6-0, as Oracle has a minus-1 after a two-point penalty was assessed before the America’s Cup even commenced. Thus the Kiwis need nine victories overall to Oracles’ 11. But with the Kiwis better boat speed and control on the upwind leg of the racecourse, and already leading with six wins, it will take almost a miracle for the USA to keep the Cup.
To keep all of this in perspective, enter Dawn Riley, Executive Director, Oakcliff Sailing Center. She is out in San Francisco, having been asked to help comment on the action. She will bring all her insights to the Port Washington Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. This presentation is sponsored by the Nautical Advisory Council at the library and is open to the public.
Joshua M. Smith, an associate professor of Humanities at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, as well as interim director of the American Merchant Marine Museum, and a Nautical Advisory Council member, will be at the library on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. to speak about the War of 1812. Signed editions of his book, Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812 (Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2011) will be available for purchase. This presentation is timed to coincide with the library’s exhibit on the War of 1812, which can be viewed during the entire month of October. More information about the presentation and the exhibit next week.
The mission of the Nautical Advisory Council of the Port Washington Public Library is to serve as an archive and a forum of the history of boating and yachting and the facilities which serve them on Manhasset Bay. The council actively seeks to promote nautical interest by sponsoring programs for the nautically minded as well as the general public. The council is known for their evening presentations throughout the year and for the summer boat tours on Manhasset Bay.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.