On June 25, On The Bay reported the death of Vic Romagna. A memorial service was held at St. Stephen's Church on July 10. It was followed by a reception at MBYC.
Jakob Isbrandstsen delivered the "Reflections" at the service. He and 12 Romagna family members participated in the scattering of ashes where the bay meets the sound. Ed du Moulin, with the help of Ralph Heinzerling, took the group to the scene in his Lady Del. Among the cross section at the service and reception were people associated with Vic In America's Cup and other yachting activities: Halsey Herreshoff, Pat Mosbacher, Bob and Peggy McCullough and the Browning family to represent Don.
* As most readers know, the Tall Ships arrived in Glen Cove from Savannah. On July 11 your reporter and a friend expected to enjoy a good view from the Nassau County beach off Hempstead Harbour, but a barge interfered. This led to truly enjoying the oral enthusiastic report of her friend, Bette (Davidson) Smith Johannsen who grew up in Port Washington and now lives in Oyster Bay. With friends on July 10, from three vantage points (Morgan Beach, Hempstead Harbor Club and a club in Glen Cove), early in the afternoon, she saw five ships arrive: Bounty (a recreation of the original Bounty), Rose, the Argentinian (largest-of-the-fleet) boat, the Swedish boat and a very small boat (reddish or with red sails). In all, nine boats arrived.
* Another interesting chat was with Jim Miller, who also is a native of our peninsula. His account is of participation in the Newport to Bermuda Race in his Santa Cruz 52 named Antipodes. In all, 11 people raced the boat. The crew best known here are Chip Whipple, Jeff Shane, Bill Drewes, Mike McAllister and Rick Jordan.
This year's race was the second slowest in Bermuda-race history. Some boats ran out of food and water. Antipodes finished 31 overall of 161 boats and seventh in class of 19. On elapsed time, Antipodes was among the top 18 finishes.
Jim reported that Dick Leather raced his Columbine. Among his crew were Randy Bartholomew and Donald Horton. No details known.
* KYC's 37th annual John J. Warsaw Memorial Regatta was scheduled for July 11-12. Cancellation on July 12th because of no wind. The race is a qualifier for several YRA of LIS trophies. Top boats and number of starters: Div A, non-spinnaker (10): 1 Promise Kept, 2 Boomer G, 3 Avalanche...Div B, non-spinnaker (6) 1 D'Lightful, 2 Odyssey...Div C (7) Race 1 - 1 Black Watch, 2 Chaiko...Race 2-1 Chaiko, 2 Charlie...KOD (3) - Race 1 and 2 Jambalaya...Sonar (3) Race 1 and 2: Gumby.
* Greg Jawski, a former junior sailor from the Port Washington YC is the head sailing instructor at Centerport YC. Centerport is hosting three regattas this season, an optimist open on July 17, LI Sound Opti Champs on August 13-14, and Blue Jay champs on August 10, 11.