(Ed.'s note: Guest reporter for this week's column is Andrea Watson.)
Last Sunday, 15 Interclub dinghy sailors participated in an on-the-water sailing seminar coached by Pedro Lorson and Doug Clark. Five practice starts and several short races were followed by three regular races. Calm winds eventually built to 5-7 knots. Top sailors: 1. Steve Moore (510), 2. Bill Kelly (007), and 3. Ted Toombs (514). Next week, regular racing will resume. Of interest: the two seminar coaches, Pedro Lorson and Doug Clark, have been friends for over 25 years. They first met while sailing in junior regattas around Long Island Sound, Pedro representing MBYC and Doug sailing out of Northport YC. They continued their friendship while sailing for their respective colleges and have returned to Manhasset Bay and the frostbiting fleet.
The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) held its annual meeting last Sunday at Larchmont YC. Part of the day's agenda included voting on the 1999 slate of officers. Sue Miller, from this bay, is the present secretary and will continue in that capacity next year. Kevin Daily, also from our bay, will begin a three-year term on the executive committee. Kevin entertained participants with his wonderful slide show of the Fall Series, the same slide show that was shown at the conclusion of the series at MBYC on Oct. 25.
Ralf Steitz, a well-known sailor from this area, will travel to Auckland, New Zealand to join Paul Cayard on Australia One. They will spend five weeks practicing sailing in Auckland's 25-knot winds in preparation for the Americas Cup in 2000. Ralf sailed with Dennis Conner in his 1995 Americas Cup challenge and also in 1992. Most recently, Ralf was crew, along with Stretch Ryder and Tony Reaper, on John Thomson's Solution, which came in 5th at the Farr 40 World Championship.
Sailing World magazine reports that Scott Ilke, from Manhasset, has been named the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Developmental Coach of the Year in Sailing. Scott, who has been the head coach at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the past five years, led his team to a No. 1 ranking in the nation. Scott will join US Sailing Coach Skip Whyte to help develop new sources of talent for the US Sailing Team.