The following information was given to your reporter by Elizabeth Loda:
Local yacht Christianne left Manhasset Bay on Saturday, May 16, bound for Bermuda. She was crewed by her owner, Jack Loda, and five excited cruising sailors from as far away as Oklahoma. The learning adventure began with little wind, causing the fuel supply to be nearly exhausted. At last, a wind of 15-20 knots materialized and carried them to Bermuda at an average speed of 10 knots. Total time en route was four days four hours. Daily single-side band radio contact was maintained here by Michael Yorke and Gene Petracca of local yachts Certo Cito and Yabeaus, respectively.
Radio contact is important for safety and also to facilitate ordering replacement parts. Several batcars (the mainsail attachments to the mast) were reported broken from stress and ultraviolent degradation. The return trip will begin Monday - Memorial Day - to reach Manhasset Bay by the following weekend.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 5, 6 and 7, will be 1998 Fleet Weekend at City Island. It is described as "a reunion of classic yachts and people at the birthplace and service center of America's greatest yachts." More details next week. Phone info: 718-885-0008.