No Frostbiting last Sunday (3/29). Meanwhile at the Town Dock quite a crowd in summertime attire fishing.
* A reliable report affords this information: The Long Island Sound Safety at Sea Seminar (3/27), co-hosted by YRA-LIS and the USMMA at Kings Point, included these major topics: Hypothermia, medical emergencies at sea, heavy weather sailing, how to route yourself around or through a storm and the new Long Island Sound high speed ferries. Demonstrations: Man overboard, life slings, helicopter recovery and flotation devices, were staged in the pool. Demonstrators included Stretch Ryder and one of his sons, Monique Gaylor and students. Organizers were Eric Wallischeck of USMMA and Ralf Steitz.
* Over past years, many of us have enjoyed the course of "America's Sail" Tall Ships. This year, says an Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot headline, "Small Ships Can Join America's Sail '98" July 11-14 in Hempstead Harbor.
Tall Ships first: They will range from 60-foot Half Moon to Argentina's Libertad, the largest Tall Ship in the Western Hemisphere (345 feet). On July 11 there will be a Glen Cove-Greenwich Regatta for boats mostly 20 feet to 60 feet long. For more info: Regatta Committee, America's Sail '98 at Glen Cove, Mayor's Office, 9 Glen Street, 11542.
The Hempstead Harbor Rowing Event (for boats propelled by oars or paddle) is scheduled for July 12.
For the tiniest boats (down to ships in bottles), the venue is the Artists and Artisans Colony on the promenade along Morgan Park's seawall. Demonstrations: 10:30 on July 11 through July 14 around 8 p.m. If interested in demonstrating, the person to call is Maria Lewis (676-7391).
For America's Sail '98 the gold trophy designed by Anthony Fabbricante of Oyster Bay will be presented to the 1998 winner by the captain of the Simon Bolivar, winner of the 1995 race.
While on the subject of Oyster Bay: The O.B. Sailing Foundation will host the 10th annual Advanced Racing Clinic on May 23 to 25. Three days of intense training and racing will take palce at USMMA, Kings Point. The clinic will be held in Lasers and Collegiate 420s and is open to US Sailing members age 15 and older. Applicants will be selected based on experience and racing record.
* On Sunday (3/29), five Port Washington High School students participated in an Interscholastic Sailing Association regatta at the SUNY Maritime Academy at Fort Totten. Full details next week.