The column of June 4 announced the safe return of Christianne (Jack and Elizabeth Loda's 52-foot Jeanneau). Today's column is an account of the voyage by Michael Yorke.
Elizabeth Loda, with local sailors Michael and Maureen Yorke, flew to Bermuda to meet Jack and crew member Charles Butt of Boston. After enjoying a weekend that coincided with the celebration of Bermuda Day, the group set sail from St. George's on May 25. When asked about weather conditions enroute, the answer was "We had at least one of everything! One storm, some rain, a couple of fabulous-weather days, a period of total dead calm without even a ripple on the ocean, and a thunderstorm coming up the East River on arrival in New York. Overall, the winds were good, even if a bit "on the nose," and the sailing was very enjoyable. Weather conditions allowed good galley work and some very nice meals were enjoyed.
On the first day out, a single whale was spotted and a couple of days later a small school of dolphins played around the bow. While in the Sargasso Sea, Christianne's crew recovered a piece of the famous Sargasso seaweed to show to children at a Manhasset nursery school. The only other ship spotted while at sea was a US Coast Guard cutter about 200 miles out.
During the trip SSB radio communications were maintained with Gene Petracca aboard his yacht Yabeaux moored in Manhasset Bay. Daily positions were taken and reported to family members at home. Christianne arrived back to Manhasset on the evening of May 29.
The Yorkes emigrated from the UK to the USA in 1974. During years spent in Singapore (1980-82) they enjoyed a small sailboat. While in Hong Kong (1982-85), their boat was a "motorized junk." Maureen took part in a dragon-boat (rowing) racing in Honk Kong Harbor. In international racing she represented the American Women's Association.Their current boat is Certa Cito, a Catalina 42 moored in our bay.
Thirsty Thursday, June 4 - Div III (CBCA, 7 boats): 1 Tootsie, 2 Beowulf; Div II (CBCA, 5 boats): 1 Desperado, 2 Friendship; Div IA (PHRF, 2 boats): 1 Promise Kept; Div I (CBCA, 2 boats): 1 Promise Kept.
Bay Racing - northerly winds on both days, 15-20 knots on 6/6 and 10-4 on 6/7.
6/6 - Sonars (8) 1 Peter Lorson, 2 Claes Larsson, 3 Wm. Simon.
6/7 - Sonars (7) 1 Bob Kirtland, 2 Robert Baskind, 2 Stanley Rosenberg. Knickerbockers (3), 1 Rand Milton. MBODs (3) 1 Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling.