Written by Andrea Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 27 December 2013 12:38
Still looking for that perfect gift? Not sure of what to give the sailor in your life and want to make it really special this year?
Well, your columnist has a suggestion that may be of help to you. There is something really special going on at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay. And since this is the season for giving, it’s a good time to let readers know about the magic that Dawn Riley, executive director, is weaving.
How, you might ask, has this to do with your holiday list. Simple—give your special sailor a gift of a donation to Oakcliff Sailing Center. Not only will you feel good that you are supporting the sport we all love so much, but the recipient of your gift will enjoy some fantastic benefits at Oakcliff. They really know how to thank their supporters. Read on...A Sapling (young sailors who aspire to be professional sailboat racers) captured what Oakcliff is all about when he tried to explain Oakcliff to his friends and they were really skeptical. He kept trying and then basically said, really it is “Too good to be true.”
But true it is. This is a perfect tagline for Oakcliff. What Oakcliff has accomplished, under the leadership of Dawn Riley, is phenomenal. One has to wonder how their small staff can possibly manage to complete all the events, boat maintenance, seminars, educational programs that go on year after year.
And in 2014 they will be building housing for their students. In the few short years since their inception, Oakcliff Sailing Center has changed the face of Oyster Bay, sailing and racing on Long Island Sound, the U.S. and beyond.
For example, in 2013 Oakcliff became the first official US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center, expanded its fleet to include the world’s largest collection of Olympic class Nacra17s, 49ers, and 49er FXs, and hosted more match racing than any other sailing center in the country.
Oakcliff also organized and hosted 19 regattas including the NACRA17/49er/49erFX US National Championship and the Oakcliff International, celebrated 13 podium finishes for our Offshore Teams, sent competitors to Grand Prix events including the Mini Transat, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, Grand Slam Match Race Series, and Farr 40 Worlds. And that was just for 2013.
In 2014, Oakcliff will be doubling its training programs. For the first time, it is adding an Adult Acorn program where adults can see how they stack up against the young pros. They will also offer a high performance dinghy camp aboard 24 brand new Olympic class skiffs and multihulls. To that end it will be building more housing.
Comments from students and supporters capture what Oakcliff is about: “I learned such an incredible amount of information, ranging from Marlow ropes to knot tying skills to splicing to meal planning to sail repair to navigation to safety at sea to match racing logistics to a taste of what it’s like offshore and to most importantly, how a team works,” said Oliver Shenberg, Acorn Grad.
“Match racing at Oakcliff is like cross-training for sailors. I sharpen my fleet racing skills and keep my crew on their toes,” said Craig Albrecht, Avalanche, Oakcliff supporter.
Oakcliff thank their supporters. Supporters are invited to race and train at the sailing center alongside with the Acorns and Saplings, the very people that donations support. Other benefits: Match racing: compete at the worlds’ most active Match Racing Center. Classic Racing: sail elegant works of art in scenic Oyster Bay. Rockstar Seminars: Rub shoulders with and sail with the world’s best. Coached Fleet Racing: Race offshore and inshore with real-time coaching and race management: Become a US Sailing certified race-officer, judge or umpire.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.