The Frostbite Awards Dinner was held on May 8 in the MBYC Bay Room.
Top teams in the Championship Series: 1st Peter R. Lorson (Pedro)/Mimi Lorson Berry, 2nd Ralf Steitz/Chris de Salvo, 3rd Ted Toombs/Monique Gaylor. So, Pedro, for the seventh time, won the Harry L. Powell Trophy going back to 1938. Historians may be interested to know that George R. Hinman won it 11 times. Fifty-eight races were sailed between Nov. 9, 1997 and March 15, 1998. Twenty-nine were needed to quality in the Championship Series.
In "B Division," Peter Lorson/Kelly Barry were first, Bob Kirtland/David Cornavhio second and Phil Mitropoulos with various crews was third.
The "Crew Race" is the one in which skippers and crew exchange roles. For the fourth time, Mimi Lorson Berry won it.
To make end-of-season records complete, it will be repeated here that John Browning with his daughter Laura won the Wheeler Trophy for the Long Distance Race on April 26.
About the two young crews mentioned above, your reporter really enjoyed chatting with David Cornachio (13) who sat on her right. The subject she encouraged was David's career plans.
In the Manhasset Press of May 7 was a photo with the caption "Students of French Are Poets." Among the 11 participants in the contest held at Hofstra on April 2 was Kelly Barry.
Pedro Lorson showed the highest improvement, season 1996-97 to season 1997-98 and fall series 1997-98 to spring series 1997-98. Ted Toombs sailed the most races: 56.
* For all the Cow Bay Race Committees, Eugene Bowler, MBYC Bay Racing Chairman, organized and conducted an excellent seminar. He was assisted by Regatta Chairman Peter Lorson, Sally Lorson and Phil Joachim. The well-attended event took place on May 4. Appropriate advice is: Watch out for more such evenings.
* If The Times excellent reports of the Whitbread round-the-world race have stimulated your interest, what follows may do likewise.
Received by mail in late April was a postcard headed (on the picture side) "Offshore Passage Opportunities Introduces Millennium's First Sale...A three-year circumnavigation departing New York May 1999." Attractions: Bash on International Date Line, 12/31/99, cruising race from there to New Zealand for America's Cup and the millennium's First Olympics, Sydney, Australia, 9/2000. Participants may use their own boats or sign up on someone else's for a leg. The number to call is 800-472-7724.
* An article in the March 1998 Soundings is about Walter Kronkite's shopping for a new boat and donating his Sunward 48 to the Associated Marine Institute. It is to be used in marine-based programs to help "troubled kids."
This brings back memories. About 35 years ago, he sold his Triton to Henry Gladstone (also a commentator) whose home port was Manhasset Bay. The boat's name was Roundelay.