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Sagamore Yacht Club Opening Day

On Sunday, May 19, Sagamore Yacht Club held one of the most important events of the year: Opening Day, marking the commissioning of the officers and the club, and the official start of the boating season. 

 

In years past, the ceremony has taken place under sunny skies, however, this year it rained, so most of the event took place inside the clubhouse. 

 

Past Commodore Darren Martin was the Master of Ceremonies. He thanked the officers, trustees and committee workers for all the accomplishments under his tenure, and Georgia Gehrling and Kris Lalonde for organizing the event. He also talked about the new programs coming up in this coming season, particularly the reinstating of the Junior Sailing Program. 

 

He then started the formal ceremony of commissioning Sagamore Yacht Club for the 69th season. 

 

Jean Butler, Reverend of the Syosset Community Church and long-time member of SYC, presented the invocation and led the assembled members and guests in prayer. 

 

Past Commodore Martin then introduced a most distinguished group, the past commodores who were present: Joe Gentile, Chris Lorenzen, Greg Bradley, Dave Roach, Maureen Austin and Rob Casale. 

 

He introduced the trustees Ken Deering, Keith Swanson, Tony Miraglia,  Mike Maffucci,  Jeanne Lafiteau,  and Ray Wulff, followed by the current officers: Commodore Michael Gehrling, Vice Commodore Gerald Lalonde, Rear Commodore Kevin Curry, Secretary Deanna Flanagan and Treasurer Constantine Baris. 

 

The rain stopped long enough for the official raising of the flags. The Union Jack was raised by Mike and JoAnn Anthony; the Past Commodore Flag was raised by Denis and Suzanne Siple; the Rear Commodore flag was raised by Emily and Isabelle Curry; the Vice Commodore flag was raised by Janice and Dick Longworth; the Commodore flag was raised by Fred and Georgia Gehrling; and the Club Burgee was raised by Mario, Kelly and Alisa Gallo.

 

The formal ceremonies concluded with the raising of the American Flag by Captain Billy Friedman and Eric Smith, the sounding of the cannon, and finally the Flag Salute.  Then Commodore Gehrling invited all to a buffet dinner.

News

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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