Guest reporter for this week's column is Andrea Watson
On Sunday, Dec. 1, 12 dinghy teams competed in light north to northwest winds ranging from 5 to 8 knots. Five races and one crew race were completed. Top sailors: 1. Pedro Lorson (536), Ralf Steitz (537) and 3. co-skippers Doug Morea and Jason Hill (653). The crew race was won by Ed duMoulin. Interesting to note: the two co-skippers who came in third for the day are 16 and 15 years old.
Three generations of the duMoulin family participated in frostbiting on Sunday. Ed duMoulin, a well-known sailor on Manhasset Bay, manned a race committee crash boat with his grandson, Matt, who lives in Larchmont and is 12 years old and in the sixth grade at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. Matt started sailing an Optimist when he was 6 years old and continues sailing for the Larchmont Junior YC. While Matt was busy manning the crash boat, his brother, Ed, 14 years old, co-skippered a dinghy with his father, Rich duMoulin, and won the crew race. Ed is in ninth grade at Mamaroneck High School and like his brother began sailing an Optimist when he was 6 years old. Ed currently sails a 420 and plans to start a local high school sailing team in the Larchmont area. Both boys remember coming to Port Washington every summer to visit their grandparents and sail on Lady Del. Matt and Ed's cousin, Doug Morea, from Port Washington, sailing dinghy 653, came in third for the day.
Many readers will remember Rich duMoulin, father of Matt and Ed, who grew up in Port Washington, competing in junior regattas in his Blue Jay and Lightning. He was part of the frostbiting team from 1974-1989, but now sails his dinghy at Larchmont YC. Rich, along with Steve Moore and John Browning, well-known local sailors, have participated in numerous long distance races such as the Newport to Bermuda race. This year, Rich received the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) Windigo award for the Best Season Score in distance racing.
A new dinghy team has joined frostbiting. Nicholas Silbersack, 10 years old, sails with his father, John, on dinghy 514. Nicholas, who will be the star-bearer in the St. Stephen's Church Christmas pageant on Dec. 20, commented that he enjoyed this new experience, but "it was cold."
Around Alone update: As of Dec. 13, Isabelle Autissier, representing France and sailing PRB is first in Class 1 for the second leg of the race. He was 4,661 nautical miles to the finish with an ETA of Jan. 4, 1999. Close behind him in Class 1 is Giovanni Soldini, from Italy sailing Fila. With 4,690 miles to go, he is 29 miles behind the leader. In third place is Marc Thiercelin, from France, on Somewhere, nine miles behind Soldini.
Class 2, Second Leg leader is Mike Garside, United Kingdom, sailing Magellan Alpha, with 5,104 miles to the finish, and an ETA of Jan. 10. Jean-Pierre Mouligne, France, sailing Cary Valley, is second, followed by Brad Van Liew, USA, sailing Balance Bar. For a recap of Leg One of Around Alone, tune in to ESPN2 at noon on Sunday, Dec. 20.