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On The Bay: June 27, 2012

In just a few short weeks (July 5-8), Oakcliff will hold what is becoming an annual Youth Clinegatta for match racing. The target audience is 16 to 23-year-old sailors who want to improve their sailing and match racing skills. Now that the college sloop nationals are a match racing format, this is a great way to prepare yourself and your team for nationals. The format is called a Clinegatta, because it combines two days of clinic with two days of a grade four match race regatta with coaching throughout the whole four days. The event is co-sponsored by North U.

Dave Perry will be coaching this event – the only time this year he will coach at Oakcliff. He is currently the US National Match Race Champion, a title he has held four times, and Rules Advisor for Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup.

The event will be sailed in Oakcliff’s Swedish Match 40’s, which are great boats that have been purposely designed for match racing. Space is still available, so get your team together and register on the Oakcliff Sailing website at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gstinjdab&oeidk=a07e5j6unstf7da326e. If your team is not able to join you, you can register as an individual.

Concurrent with the Youth event, Oakcliff will host a US Sailing Umpire Seminar led by Bruce Cook. Parents or anybody else interested in becoming an Umpire are welcome to sign up for the one day clinic on July 6 with on the water experience and evaluations July 7 and 8.

One of our Long Island racers, who grew up sailing and racing out in Huntington and who has competed here on Manhasset Bay over the years, is on his way to the Olympics in London. According to Sail-World, an online sailing magazine, US SAILING has put together a great Q&A with Erik Storck and his team mate Trevor Moore, who are the US SAILING Team Sperry Top-Sider 49er class representatives for the 2012 games.

When asked what he looks forward to the most about competing in the Olympics, Eric replied, “I am most looking forward to flying the flag spinnaker and having USA on our sail (with no number). It will be very special to represent our country in that fashion. Walking in the Opening Ceremonies will be a highlight as well.” Let’s all wish Eric and Trevor the best of luck and good winds! Check out Sail-World at www.sail-world.com for news of the Olympics – they will have reporters on the water in Weymouth to keep all of us up-to-date on the racing.

The America’s Cup is coming to Newport! The final event of 2011-12 America’s Cup World Series gets under way June 26 – July 1, in Newport, R.I. It’s all on the line for the eight teams, which each have the potential to win. For the first time, America’s Cup racing will be held inside Narragansett Bay, with excellent spectator views of the race course from the AC Village at Fort Adams. The regatta will give the public an opportunity to watch the world’s top sailors compete in the state-of-the-art AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, which will be the first time the high-tech boats will be raced on the east coast of the U.S.

With miles of bountiful beaches and trails, centuries-old homes, historic landmarks, bustling waterfronts, year-round festivals and events, and hundreds of diverse shops and eateries, Newport has been called the gem of the New England coastline.

Newport was one of the largest cities and busiest seaports in all of Colonial America. Known as the cultural heart of the city, the Old Quarter includes 18th and 19th century buildings, a collection of Colonial homes and museums. Step from the Colonial era to the famed “summer cottages” of America’s Gilded Age, perched along famed Bellevue Avenue. More than a dozen of these palatial homes, many with extraordinary gardens and grounds, have been painstakingly preserved and many are open year round.

It’s all on the line for the eight teams, each which have the potential to win. Will James Spithill and his Oracle Team USA crew hang on to the overall lead in the fleet racing? Does Artemis Racing, with former Newport local Terry Hutchinson, have a shot? And will Russell Coutts regain the magic at the helm of Oracle Team USA’s second boat? Watch the action in Newport, find coverage on our website, and join our Fantasy Sailing League to weigh in with your predictions. For really good video of Cup series in years past in Newport, plus daily schedules and tons of other information, go to: www.americas cup.com/newport.

And now for some racing results: Thirsty Thursday has had some great wind in the evenings and their turnout is growing. If you happen to be strolling along the bay, you will be able to catch a view of big boats heading out to Long Island Sound. Their sails are a beautiful sight with a blue sky and the Great Neck shore as a backdrop. They start at 7 p.m., in case you would like to see “the show.”

Results for June 7: Division I (0-89 PHRF, 7 boats): 1. Andiamo, Paul Strauch, 2. Leverage, Arthur Buhr III and 3. Nordlys, Bob Schwartz. Division II ( 90-149 PHRF, 6 boats): 1. Santana, Eric Weintraub/David Deutsch, 2. Liquid Courage, Dan Herron and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III (150 and higher PHRF, 7 boats): 1. Naked Dance, Adam Bleifeld, 2. On the Beam, Bruce Joseph and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Cruising Division (5 boats): 1. Escape, Chuck McCarthy, 2. Eudaimonia, Dan Catanzaro and 3. Second Wind, Anthony Viola. Results for June 14: Division 1 (0-89 PHRF, 7 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Nordlys, Bob Schwartz and 3. Sound Wave, Jonathan Flamm. Division II (90-149 PHRF, 6 boats): 1. Engarde, Charles Cannam, 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen and 3. Liquid Courage, Dan Herron. Division III (150 and higher PHRF, 9 boats)): 1. Sundance, Joel Ziev, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau and 3. Eudaimonia, Dan Catanzaro. Cruising:(5 boats): 1. Eudaimonia, Dan Catanzaro, 2. Escape, Chuck McCarthy and 3. Second Wind, Anthony Viola. Results for June 21: Division I (0-89 PHRF, 7 boats): 1. Chiefton, Robert Chuda, 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht and 3. Nordlys, Bob Schwartz. Division II (90-149 PHRF, 6 boats): 1. Scarlet, Eric Weintraub/David Deutsch, 2. Engarde, Charles Cannam and 3. Vision, Marc Epstein. Division III (150 and higher PHRF, 10 boats): 1. Sundance, Joel Ziev, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau and 3. Eudaimonia, Dan Catanzaro. Cruising (5 boats): 1. Eudaimonia, Dan Catanzaro, 2. Escape, Chuck McCarthy and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum.

Bob Ebenau, North Shore YC Race Chairman, reported all bay racing results for June 2-3 and June 16-17. Starting with the Sonar results for Saturday, June 2, Race 1: #781, (no boat name) Gibby Rachleff, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning. Race 2: 1. Ping, 2. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind and 3. #726, Ghost Rider, Michael Aingorn. Race 3: 1. Delight, 2. #442, Dreadlox, Neil Bercow and 3. Laurie B 2. Sunday, June 3 results, Race 1. Gibby Rachleff, 2. Ping and 3. Laurie B 2. Saturday, June 16 results: Race 1: 1. Gibby Rachleff, 2. Ghost Rider and 3. Laurie B 2. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. #375, Housemartin, Greg Danilek and 3. Ghost Rider. Race 3: 1. Housemartin, 2. Delight and 3. Laurie B 2. And the results for Sunday, June 17: Race 1: 1. Ghost Rider, 2. Gibby Rachleff and 3. Laurie B 2. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. Gibby Rachleff and 3. Laurie B 2.

Results for the MBO fleet on Saturday, June 2: Race 1: #9, Miss B Haven, Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #11, Silver Foxes, Clay Davenport and Curt Champlin, and 2. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Race 2: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Frolic and 3. Silver Foxes. No MBOs raced on Sun., June 3. Results for Saturday, June 16: Race 1: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. #14, Humdinger, John Silbersack and Jeff Rowland, and 3. Frolic. Sunday, June 17, MBO results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Silver Foxes and 3. Frolic. Race 2: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Frolic and 3. Silver Foxes.