On Saturday, June 15, Sagamore Yacht Club, partnering with Oakcliff Sailing, hosted its 1st Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta and Awards Dinner in beautiful Oyster Bay. Proceeds raised from the event will support programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. and a percentage of the proceeds will also be used to fund local Alzheimer’s research.
The Regatta raised more $26,000, which surpassed the goal of $25,000. The top three fundraising teams in the sailing category were: Valhalla raising $5,715; Comanche Racing, which raised $2,430; and Team Serendipity raising $1,566. Step In Liquid Stand Up Paddle was the first place fundraiser in the paddleboard category, raising $1,600 and Team Ken, raising $660, took first place in the kayaking category.
On June 8, nine vessels from Sagamore Yacht Club set off on the first cruise of the summer season.
The vessels Comanche, Momentum, Vertigo, Santosha, and Red Rock departed on their own schedule. The vessels Swept Away, Concerto In Sea (newly acquired by the Schaubs), Sea Fever and Sing to Me, left in unison, with the hope of crossing the sound in a flotilla.
The dying breeze doused our sails and our hopes as the flotilla slowly dispersed, with each skipper clinging to their individual timeline of when to start the iron genny.
At 57 years of age, Eddie Reagan of Levittown is having the kind of year that lots of 25-year-old superstuds would envy, and he continued his impressive string of performances at the June 3 Bayville 5K, scoring first overall in 18:55 over a fast, flat course that was more than a bit longer than advertised. Shari Klarfeld of Plainview notched still another win in the women’s division in 19:49.
The top local finishers were 19-year-old Mark Mavros of Oyster Bay (second overall, 19:44), 14-year-old Patrick Halpin of Bayville (fourth overall 20:04), and 15-year-old Maggie Reid of Locust Valley (fourth woman overall, 22:57).
Congratulations to Maggie Reid and Jeri Cavagnaro, both residents of Locust Valley, who came home with awards from the 22nd annual edition of the David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation 5 Kilometer Run, which was held in Eisenhower Park on the evening of June 6.
Fifteen-year-old Maggie Reid took first place honors in the Women’s 15-19 age group with a time of 21 minutes, 27 seconds, edging out Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa by one second. Jeri Cavagnaro, 66, earned the third place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 34:46.
Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and last week the fields at Friends Academy were swarming with Red, White and Blue as the Middle Schoolers romped through some friendly intramural competition.
Red won the day, but that didn’t dampen the fun for White or Blue. “This is way more fun than sitting inside,” said sixth-grader Nico Santiago. “I’m so pumped. No homework for three months!”
With fans wildly cheering from the sidelines, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Lacrosse team kept rival Cold Spring Harbor at bay before ultimately beating them 9-4 to capture their first ever Class C Nassau County Championship.
Coach Brian Crocco credits the team’s offensive balance with their success in the championship game and throughout the 14-2 season. “What we have found all season is that while we do have a few serious impact players who contribute quite a bit to our offensive success, what has been most remarkable is that we have shared the scoring well, especially in big games. During the championship game, we had seven different goal scorers contribute for the win — two seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. We have six guys with at least 20 points each this season, so in crucial situations we have found that any number of guys can make a play.”
It has been another stellar year for Oyster Bay High School sports. The crowning moment came on June 8, when Kyle Cartwright won the State Championship for the Division 2 category of the 400-meter hurdles race. The last time Oyster Bay High School celebrated a state champion track star was 60 years ago when Rick Robinson won the crown. Robinson was the State Champion Long Jumper. He still holds the school record for that event and is an inductee of the inaugural Class of 2005 in the Oyster Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Robinson wrote a sports column for many years for the Oyster Bay Guardian.
A major component of the educational program in Oyster Bay-East Norwich is the focus on building character as well as academic and athletic abilities. Character was front and center at the State Championships as well. Kyle Cartwright received recognition for his Sportsmanship throughout the season, and was one of two athletes in Nassau County who received the Sportsmanship award.
The Oyster Bay High School’s Fencing Team gave a demonstration at Senator Carl Marcellino’s/OBEN Chamber of Commerce Annual Health Fair. The demo started off with a foil bout with Virginia Kemp vs. Lucian Paone, followed by Nina Policano vs. Grey Warwick-Clark in epee and ending with a saber bout of Matt Mahoski vs. Anant Mehrotra. Also present were Head Coach John Bruckner who umpired and gave commentary of the matches with assistant coaches Chris Hammond and Mark Lizza.
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.
As founder of the “Moms Who Kick” charity, Oyster-Bay native Joanne “The Tigress” Hutchins has the experience necessary to hold her own in a fight. Those skills will be necessary when she participates in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity event on November 25 at the Hilton in Melville.
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