Sunday, March 15, was a beautiful day. The wind was northwest, 13-18. Six Interclubs and seven races at MBYC. Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry won all of them. Because the race committee was short-handed, only non-jibe courses were set. The team of Ralf Steitz/Chris de Salvo was second and Bill/Chris Kelly third.
* From the Mill Pond Model Yacht Club (in its centennial year) have come important announcements. In the Port Washington Public Library, from July 1 - August 31, there will be an exhibit to show the evolution of model yachts. Toward the end of July there will be a vintage model yacht weekend in conjunction with the Vintage Model Yacht Club of Marblehead, MA. (This is a nationwide organization for model classic yachts.) Over Sept. 26-27, the national championship ACCR (Annual Class Championship Regatta) for the M Class (50 inches long and 800 square inches of sail). Further details will appear as they become available. The current commodore is Bally Balcourt.
On Saturday, March 14, came the annual St. Patrick's Day dinner at North Shore Yacht Club. Talented members supplied fine entertainment. Jane Murphy, who is very well known, sang with the accompaniment of another singer, Oliver Downey. Then came some harmonica pieces by Bill Schreiber. He held his harmonica in a mug to increase sound. The dinner was very good. Your reporter especially enjoyed meeting Herbert and Davene Jaeger. Their home is in Allendale, NJ. They own a Catalina 30 which is kept at NSYC. Four-day weekends in season are scheduled to spend on the boat. Commented one person at the table, "Isn't that a tribute to our area!"
* It's always interesting to note in the local press the names of "On The Bay" people in other connections. E.g., in the Feb. 19 Manhasset Press Graham Siencer appeared for the presentation of a science paper. He has Laser victories to his credit and has crewed for Greg/Beth Danilek in important regattas. Mary Lu Dempsey appears in a photograph titled "Manhasset Honors School Nurses" of which she is one. Currently she is commodore of North Shore YC.
* Back to Frostbiting: In the list of Class Champions (April 1998 Sailing World), the name of "Neal Fowler and Mike Collins" appeared as national champion. In 1988 Neal had won the Sam Wetherill Trophy (outstanding Interclub) in the New Year's Regatta here and the Baker-Taylor Founders Trophy (highest percentage in all classes).
* Again, sailboats are the motif on the cover of the Continuing Education announcement of the Port Washington Schools.