Of more than local interest: An exhibit celebrating the Centennial of Port Washington's Mill Pond Model Yacht Club, July 1 - August 31 at the Port Washington Public Library. Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Art Advisory Council and the Nautical Center.
* In the July 1998 issue of Soundings there is a very nice write-up about Vic Romagna entitled "Crew Boss in the 12s." A striking photo shows 12 Meters Weatherly and Gretel crossing tacks during the 1962 America's Cup. Romagna was Weatherly's bowman. In all, he was involved in five 12 Meter America's Cup campaigns.
The Times of June 20 brought the sad news of Vic's death on June 12. There will be a memorial service at St. Stephen's (Port Washington) on July 10. He grew up and continued to live here. He moved to Annapolis in the early 1980s. A neighbor with whom your reporter chatted with remembers him as being "fun to be with."
When young, he sailed in small boats like Meteors. He crewed for skippers such as Bob Bavier, Phil Rhodes and Cornelius Shields. Later he met Jacob Isbrandtsen and they sailed on many boats including five Isbrandtsen boats (Hather, Icefire, Windrose and Good News) and on Olin Stephen's Running Tide. They won the US Admiral's Cup in 1961. Then raced in several Transatlantic races, Bermuda races and SORCs. Romagna was part of John Potter's Equation when it set a course record to win the 1973 Annapolis-Newport race.
In 1994, Vic Romagna was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, RI.
* Thirsty Thursday (June 18 - Number of starters and top boats: Div I (4) 1 X-cite, Div IA (3) 1 X-cite, Div. II (5) 1 Donna J, 2 Friendship, DIV III (9) 1 Serenity, 2 Fang, 3 Delusions.
* What follows was taken from a Womanship release:
"Womanship, the renowned onboard sailing school for and by women, now in its 14th year, is offering Live Aboard Learning Cruises from three very different sailing locations in the northeast.
" New to the schedule is Greenport, a picturesque maritime village, situated at the eastern end of Long Island's northern shore, where access is easy and varied for sailing Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and more.
"Mystic, CT, easily accessed by air, train, or car, continues to offer Womanship students live aboard learning sails to the western sound, Block Island and the western shores of Cape Cod, under varied New England sailing conditions, mid-June through mid-September.
"In August, from Rockland, Maine, Womanship conducts live aboard learning weeks for advancing learners who are ready and eager for the higher seas, higher winds, and challenging conditions of the craggy Maine coast. For more information, call 1-800-342-9295."