Follow-up to last week's column:
Reflecting on the non-sailing aspects of the 20th annual fall series, many aspects will long be remembered.
The main party and raffle in the grill was well crowded. Prizes had been donated by sponsors to enhance the festive as well as the sailing aspect of the event. The sailors complimented the club for throwing such a party.
The lounge was well crowded for the awards ceremony. Many thank yous. Commodore Bill Brahman presented the Ted Clark trophy for the best PHRF overall to Roger Widdman. John Thomson presented the John B. Thomson, Sr. trophy for best IMS to George A. L. David. Prizes were awarded by Principal Rau, officers Gene Bowler and Sue Miller.
Commodore Lorson (chairman of regatta committee) commented that we had "seen worse series." There had been "two excellent days" and a good race the last day; five races in all.
The Farr 40 Regatta had been held over Oct. 16, 17 and 18. Dottie J., a USMMA "marine coaster" that had figured also in the Knickerbocker Cup, was committee boat.
For the fall series, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25, the racing area was Long Island Sound, east of Execution. The Red Fleet was in the eastern circle (classes A-F) and the White Fleet (classes G-K) in the western circle. Committee boats were Dick Jordan's Whisper for the Red Fleet and USMMA's Growler for classes G-K (White Fleet). In a chat with reserve officers it was learned that Growler is an icebreaker with seven inches of blade.
There was an interesting protest by the race committee against three boats because they interfered with the right-of-way of a commercial vessel.
If something personal be in order: The first "On the Bay" column by LTH appeared during the summer of 1979. Not much later came the First Fall Series; the ambiance of the event, the beauty of the boats, the skill of the sailors and beautiful seascapes ever a force of encouragement for the new project.