In addition to comments made last week about the recently-published The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association can be added this quote:
"As told by Arthur Knapp, Jr.: First frostbite regatta was held Jan. 2, 1932 in Manhasset Bay at the Knickerbocker Yacht Club in a mix of dinghies, e.g. 11 1/2 foot Ratsey Prams, 11 1/2 foot Dyer Dhows.... The next year the newly-formed Frostbite Club, which had no dues, met at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. A number of those who pioneered winter sailing journeyed as far afield as the Essex Yacht Club on the Connecticut River which quickly caught the bug." For the year 1932 the DJIA seems to have averaged 64.6 (Value Line).
* Announcement has been received of the 1998 "Sail for the Sound Regatta" on June 14. Its objective is to raise money for Sound Waters and the Leukemia Society of America. Indian Harbor and Riverside will host. Gary Jobson will be honorary commodore. For more info: 203-323-1978.
* While on the subject of doing good, readers may have noticed that New York State has granted to the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee $72,000 to protect and enhance the water quality of our bay. The committee (Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead and 10 villages) will match the grant.
* Along with no doubt many readers your reporter has been following the progress of the Whitebread Round the World Race as reported by the Times. Two boats (Silk Cut and EF Education) have dropped out. According to Boat/US magazine, volunteer member John Buchheister, director of Project Liberty Ship in Baltimore, is helping to organize a special fund-raising trip to the starting line of the eighth leg from Annapolis to France. Fifty feet above the water the decks of the Liberty ship will be an excellent vantage point.
* The March 1998 issue of Soundings Long Island Edition page 8 reports on the GMC Yukon/Yachting Race Week. Included is a striking aerial view of John Thomson's Farr 50 (Solution). Calls to the free-lance photographer for permission to reproduce the photo were not returned.
* John Kostecki was 1997 unanimous winner of Sailing World's 1997 World Medal of Achievement. Runners up were Chris Larson and George Szabo.
* Nine Interclubs started at MBYC on Sunday, March 8. Rain and wind from the northeast at 9-12 knots. More serious conditions interrupted the racing for about 20 minutes. Top teams: 1 Pedro - Mimi Larson, 2 Ted Toombs/David Cornachio, 3 Ralf Steitz/ probably Chris de Salvo.