All the clubs on the bay are now in commission. On Sunday, May 17, your reporter enjoyed the ceremony of the North Shore Yacht Club. For Knickerbocker and Manhasset Bay the date had been May 2 and for Port Washington, May 16.
Sailing World (June) contains a most interesting account of the International Sailing Federation World Championship held on the Arabian Gulf in Dubai, one of the United Arab Emerates (URE). One of the reasons for calling it to attention is that in addition to Kristan McClintock (well-known in the Western Sound), managing editor of Sailing World, other women sailors whose names are familiar are included in the account. Estimates are 1,100 competitors and 80 countries.
Racing was held in nine divisions in supplied boats: Singlehanded open (Laser), Singlehanded women (Laser Radial), Multihull open and women (Hobie 16), Doublehanded men and women (470), Keelboat open and women (fleet racing in J/22s) and women's match racing (J/22). Only the Hobie women and singlehanded women did not have to share boats; everyone else was subject to boat rotation.
Annie Nelson (wife of boat designer Bruce Nelson and Heidi Schlegeter) won silver and the Hobies. Nancy Haberland, Betsy Gelinitis Alison, Dini Hall and Kristan McClintock (plus a local dignitary) won (1) fleet-racing silver and (2) match-racing gold. The women's match-race gold are now an annual sanctioned event.
Danielle Brennan (some time ago Stretch Ryder's frostbite crew) said, "It was a wonderful place to sail." She is now Laser Radial representative and silver medialist for the first ISAF event in LaRochelle, France.
The "interesting account" by Kristan McClintock mentioned above was the source for this account.
Match racing, introduced to some of us by the Knickerbocker Cup, involves two boats at a time racing against each other; it's suggestive of duelling.
Bay Racing NSYC served as race committee. Saturday's report was of 0-5 knot wind and cancellation. Sunday's wind was reported as north 6-8 knots. Two Sonars. Ed Alker was first and Herb Schmidt second.
Over May 15-16, Steve Moore again sailed with Rich du Moulin and his son and Chris Reyling for the Larchmont YC's 43rd Annual Distance Race usually referred to as "The Edlu." Next for them will be the Storm Trysail Club's Round Block Island Race. Results will follow. So will Thirsty Thursday reports.