Written by Andrea Watson, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
Our dear friend, John B. Thomson, Jr., a long-time member of the sailing community has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. John and his wife, Adrienne, were the inspiration for the Manhasset Bay Fall Series, started in 1979 to promote big boat racing in Western Long Island Sound when racing conditions were the best (read good wind). John is also known around the world for his sailing/racing achievements. A few years ago, his three children organized a birthday party for their father, and the place was packed with sailors/racers who came from Newport, the west coast and international harbors to celebrate and honor this remarkable man.Fundraiser to support ALS Research in conjunction with the ALS Association honoring Fall Series Founder John B. Thomson, Jr. is October 19, 20 and 26, 2013.
Then John became a victim of this vicious disease. Last year, family and friends, sailors and non-sailors joined the Thomson family in May to walk to find a cure for ALS. One thing led to another, and it just made sense to honor John, Jr. at the 2013 Manhasset Bay Fall Series, the very series that John, Jr. founded to honor his father. John won the Thomson Trophy in 1995. So we are reaching out to all those people whose lives have been touched by John and Adrienne to ask for their support to help fund ALS research to find a cure.
The Fall Series will have something for everyone. For those racers who want a “rock start” on their boat…we can do that. You only have to be the highest bidder and the “rock star” is yours for the day. This year’s “rock stars” include: Gary Knapp, Suzy Leech, Dawn Riley, Tony Reaper, Ralf Steitz, Chip Whipple. Check out their sailing accomplishments at www.manhassetbayyc.org. In addition to the appropriate class trophies and the John B. Thomson Sr. Trophy, there will be a special trophy for the skipper/boat that raises the most for ALS.
For those who aren’t racing but want to be part of the action, spectator boats are available for front-seat viewing. Why not spend a day out on Long Island Sound, watching the racing, and checking out how well the “rock start” are doing? Call Manhasset Bay YC at 516-767-2150 to reserve a spot on a boat.
For those who prefer to stay ashore, there is a Tent Party at Manhasset Bay YC on Saturday Oct. 19, starting immediately at the conclusion of racing (casual dress). For those non-sailors, the party begins at 5 p.m. A silent auction will take place from 5 – 7 p.m.; items include sports memorabilia, wireless speakers that are new to the market racing, Tom Ford bags, plus much more. All will have a chance to hang out with the Pros, eat good food and fundraise for a cause that is close to the hearts of all who know and love JT. Minimum donation for the Tent Party is $20, For tickets call Manhasset Bay YC at 516-767-2150, tickets must be purchased in advance.
John’s racing career is legendary and includes everything from Blue Jays to 50 footers, from short dinghy courses to Bermuda Races, from Ireland to Hawaii to Japan. He was the IMS National Champion in 1989 and an original member of the Farr 40 class and it’s National Champion in 1998. He was twice the overall winner at both STC’s BIRW and Key West RW. John Thomson has contributed to Race Management also. He is a past Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. He was an America’s Cup supporter from 1980 – 95 and again in 2000. JT is a member of MBYC, but also, Storm Trysail Club, New York YC and the Royal Cork YC.
There’s another accomplishment even more important than all the silverware and pickle dishes. The crew he has mentored over the years is phenomenal: Gary Knapp, Olympian; Scott Ikle, Head Coach of the stellar Hobart Sailing Team; Tony Reaper, professional sailor; 5 America’s Cup Crew, Chuck Brown, Scott Gregory, Rob Myles, Ralf Steitz, and Josh Belsky, who has also sailed the Volvo Ocean Race. To paraphrase a quote from crew member from the 1970’s to the present, Jerry Callahan: “[JT] gave many aspiring yet relatively untalented and undeserving sailors like myself a chance to be part of a world class sailing program. . . I also do not think there was ever a better program with [as few] pros. EVERYONE wanted to be a part of the program, and it was an honor to wear the shirt. “
Now, it is time for us to help JT. The Fall Series Fundraising Committee (Nancy Cuneo, Paul Cuneo, John Dunne, Randy Fairhurst, Sue Miller, Paul Strauch, Jennifer Thomson, John Thomson, III, Scott Thomson, Vicki Thomson and Andrea Watson) has been hard at work to make this Fall Series the best ever. So come out and race in this year’s Fall Series and bid to have a “rock star” on your boat or watch the action on a spectator boat. Can’t get out on the water, then come to the party and bid on the silent auction! Can’t do either? Then please consider donating to support ALS research. Your donation, no matter how big or small, is the least we can do to honor this man who has spent his life caring for others.
For more information on the Fall Series go to www.manhassetbayyc.org.
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.