Written by Andrea Watson Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
Back in 1938, a Mr. Otway Hebron Chalkley was on the cover of Time for its `July 4 edition (price: 15 cents). For many readers, that name has no meaning, but for skippers of the Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOD), he is known as “Father of the Class.” He changed the name of this one design class from the Junior One Design to its present name and formed the MBO class at Manhasset Bay YC. Ever since then, the MBODs have been a vibrant and social fleet. Considering that these boats are wooden and take tons of upkeep, their long history is quite remarkable.
This past month, the group gathered at the home of Nancy and Lew Lane to celebrate the fun times and award annual trophies. But this being the MBODs, the best part of the evening, besides the tremendous food and libation, were the “ha ha” awarded at the end of the meeting.
To set the tone for the evening, Dick Moore led the group in the MBO National Anthem (to the tune of “Baby Face.”) Take for instance the opening stanza (remember these boats are wooden): “MBOs. We’ve got the greatest fleet of MBOs. ‘Cause it’s the only fleet of MBOs. Here we go! We’re ready for some boatin’, if we can keep ‘em floatin’ Racing time, that’s when we man the boats and sail hard down the bay. Oh, we all fight for first and then we quench our thirst, in our super MBOs. “ It continues, but you get the picture.
The serious awards, for skill on the racecourse, the following teams were awarded trophies: The YRA (Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound) Series and the Saturday Series: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Peter Bergen, Ralph Heinzerling and Claus Larsson, 2. #14, Dogged, John Silbersack, and 3. #11, Silver Foxes, Curt Champlin and Junius C. Davenport. Winners of the Sunday Series: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Dogged, and 3. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker, Dick Moore, and Jeff Rowland. Top boats in the Handicap Series: 1. Dogged, 2. Silver Foxes, and 3. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley and George Graf.
There was one especially poignant part of the evening. Jeff Rowland, MBOD fleet captain, presented a Manhasset Bay One-Design Fleet Official Resolution to George N. Graf, Jr., which states in part: for outstanding leadership and participation in our activities over this 50 years as a fleet member; for consistently displaying the highest standards of good sportsmanship, competition, perseverance and personal conduct in fleet racing; for his leadership in expanding the fleet; for his unbeatable record as the longest full-time MBOD member, including his continuing commitment to the Fleet after moving away from the Manhasset Bay area; and for his solid, steady demeanor and great good nature. Resolved and approved, this 26th day of January 2013. George and his wife Phyllis have moved to Essex, CT and are members of the Essex Yacht Club but come back to MBYC almost weekly in the summer to race on their beloved MBOD, Blackjack.