Commissioning time is here again. On Saturday, May 2, both KYC and MBYC went into commission. Next will be PWIC on May 9 and then MSYC on May 17.
John Browning and his daughter Laura after the April 26 Interclub's long distance race which they won. John is the son of well-known sailors, Don and Helen Browning. Don died in 1987; Helen lives in Lattington Ponds, Glen Cove and continues in activities here. The name of the family boat is Reveille (43-foot cutter).
For the third annual Ned Wagner Regatta at Mill Pond last Sunday, May 3, the weather was pleasant but the wind only a weak northeaster. A westerly "just came in," said someone, as the scores were announced. Both Commodore Barry Balcourt and Past Commodore Angelo De Magistris were there.
Seventeen Marblehead Class boats were sailed in two fleets, A and B. Fleet "A" for the "swing" rig and "B" for the "convential." The top skippers in "A" were (1) Roy Langhord, (2) Bob Lombard and very close to each other (3) Bruce Anderson and (4) Jon Elmaleh. In "B", they were (1) Charlie Wanker, (2) Bill Kopelheck and (3) Charlie Bloom. Kopelheck is a new member; he was racing here for the first time. Bloom was sailing Jim Moore's old boat, sold to him by Steve (Jim's son). Jim was a very well-known one-design "big boat sailor."
There was more to the event. The "new" chimney, reconstructed in memory of Past Commodore Ned Wagner, was dedicated. His wife, Analise, was there.
Over about a year and a half, a friend of Ned's, Peter Trudent, Jr. had rebuilt the chimney. At least 10 friends of Mill Pond MLYC made monetary contributions towards the project. Their names are engraved on a plaque in the club, unveiled on Sunday.
Among three skippers who shared one boat was Greg Danilek, well-known currently as a Sonar and Interclub sailor. His wife, Beth, is also a top-notch sailor. Their home is on the north side of the pond.
Important events ahead in 1998, Mill Pond MYC's centennial year, are: Vintage Model Yacht Regatta, July 25-26, and National championship races, Sept. 26-27. The graceful skillfully-controlled little boats put on a nice show.
Recently received is the handicap racing program of the YRA of LIS for 1998. It is 8 1/2 by 11 inches and about 3/8 inches thick. The large photo on the cover captures Jean and Roger Shope's Resolute and the USMMA's Mariner during a major event. A box on page 1 reads: "Dedicated to Roger Shope, for his years of tireless service to handicap racing on Long Island Sound."