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.
Last season was the first year that Manhasset boys soccer did not reach postseason play during Head Coach Nole Gish’s tenure. He had previously led the Indians to the county semifinals in 2010 and a postseason berth the following year.
He’s hoping that last year was a mere blip on the radar.
“I look at last year as a rebuilding year,” said the fourth year Head Coach. “We had a bunch of younger players that can now use that as experience,” he added.
Nicolai Sehested, of TRE-FOR Match Racing (DEN), with his crew Thomas Hedegaard, Jasper Blom, Soren Secher and Peter Wibroe, have won the 2013 Knickerbocker Cup. Sehested bested Eric Monnin and his team Okalys-Corum (SUI), 3-1 in the finals in very light wind on Manhasset Bay.
Team TRE-FOR Match Racing has made an appearance at the Knickerbocker Cup 4 times and the crew returned this year determined to win. In 2012, Sehested came in 2nd to Will Tiller, skipper of Full Metal Jacket Racing (NZL), who is now racing with the prestigious Alpari World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).
In light and variable NW wind on Manhasset Bay, Stephanie Roble, Epic Racing (USA) nailed all five of her matches. In her match against Stratis Andreadis, Atalanti Racing/Black Goat Offshore (GRE), Andreadis scored two penalties in the pre-start hitting the committee boat twice by getting hung up on the RC boat anchor line. The third penalty was assessed when the boat failed to the start within the 2 minute time limit, earning a black flag. The RC asked for redress on behalf of Andreadis – citing the anchor line not properly weighted down, a black. Umpires denied the redress citing that of the three penalties, two were preventable. Roble’s victory held.
After dispensing with Ashlen Rooklyn, Ballyhoo Racing (AUS), David Gilmour, Team Gilmore (AUS), Dustin Durant, Long Beach Match Racing (USA) and Stratis Andreadis Atalanti Racing/Black Goat Offshore (GRE), Roble’s next victim was Taylor Canfield, USone (ISV). Canfield tacked behind Roble, hit the boat, drawing a penalty right at the start. To make matters worse for Roble, the number one ranked match racer in the world, by the time Canfield made it to the windward mark, two matches converged on the mark simultaneously, forcing Canfield who was under spinnaker to make room for them, further expanding Roble’s lead.
PAL Girls Field Hockey
Registration for Fall Manhasset PAL girls field hockey in grades 1-6 is open. Training for grades 1-4 will be a weekly, hour long clinic focusing on basic skills. Scrimmages will be played later in the season. Training for grades 5 and 6 consists of weekly practices with travel game on Sundays.
The Manhasset 12U Travel Baseball team earned two titles in the span of four days in Aug. The team won the B Championship of the “Dog Days of Summer” tournament at the Sports at the Beach complex in Rehoboth, Delaware on Aug. 11, followed by the Hicksville John Walker Tournament championship on Aug. 14.
Port Washington Yacht Club held its Eighth Annual Twilight Keelboat Regatta in August. Thunder and rain was intermittent during the daylight but the evening weather transpired with little trouble. The 7.7 mile race commenced in the early evening with four boats and its sailors whose ages ranged from 14 to 17.
The junior sailors from Port Washington comprised of a team of eight including Ed Condon (Port Washington), Brian Morrissey (Manhasset), Sabrina Lorson(Port Washington), Catarina Catallo (Manhasset), Maggie Bridges (Port Washington), Erin Lyons (Manhasset), Luke Johnston and Stephen Gallo (Mineola). Gallo was skipper of the Port team sailing the yacht, War Horse, a 34 foot boat owned by Dan Griffin.
Manhasset 8U travel team wins second championship! The Little Indians travel team won the John Walker Championship in Hicksville, beating the South Shore Chiefs by a score of 5-4. It was a thrilling game with the outcome coming down to the last pitch. The Chiefs had previously handed the Manhasset team it’s only loss of the summer. Overall, the Indians went 15-1-1 during the summer season. The team members are Mikey Brunetti, Nate Chen, Mark Deguadenzi, Cal Girard, Landon Kissell, Jake Moss, Jack Petersen, Brendan Rielly, Dylan Rorech, Tommy Tsongas, Theo Torres, and Michael Waltos. The coaches are Mike Brunetti, Matt Girard, Steve Petersen, Doug Rorech and Mark Waltos. Big things ahead for the “Little Indians”
Manhasset’s high school crew team was honored to have distinguished guests attend its spring season Awards Dinner held at North Hills Country Club.
In addition to the various awards presented by the team’s coaches, special guests including Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth and Town Of North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan were on hand to recognize the team’s significant accomplishments this season.
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