After being landlocked for several weeks due to ice on Manhasset Bay, frostbite skippers and crew were delighted to complete five races and a crew race on Sunday, Feb. 28. Sailing in a light wind from the southeast, top teams were: 1) Pedro Lorson/Mimi Lorson Berry (#536), 2) Ted Toombs/Monique Gaylor (#514), and 3) Bob Kirtland/David Cornachio (#707). Mimi Berry won the crew race. Nichols Silbersack, 11 years old, was leading in the crew race throughout the whole course, but Mimi beat him on the last leg. Nichols and his father, John, sailing for the first time in their new boat (#007), were pleased with the boat handling, but found it a bit of a challenge. Said Nichols, "The boat was organized differently from the last one." Way to go, Nichols!
Frustrated with the iced-over conditions on Manhasset Bay, several of you frostbiters ventured to points north to find water conducive to dinghy sailing. On Feb. 13, Pedro Lorson, Mimi Berry, and Doug Morea sailed with the Larchmont Frostbite YC. Doug sailed with his cousin, son of Rich du Moulin, who grew up on our bay. On Feb. 20, Pedro and Mimi again sailed with the Larchmont folks, as did Ted Toombs. Pedro and Mimi were two points away from winning first place for the day.
Local frostbite sailor Ralf Steitz, crew on AmericaOne, is back from Auckland and sailed (without crew) on Sunday. AmericaOne was beaten in the Louis Vuitton Challenge Series by the Italian team, Prada, which is now competing against New Zealand in the America's Cup finals. Initial conversations with Ralf reveal that he had "a great time - a real learning experience." More to follow.
Update on the America's Cup: Score - 3 New Zealand, 0 Italy. Light winds forced the cancellation of yet another race between the Prada team and the Kiwis. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett has had to confront allegations that he is favoring New Zealand. The Kiwis likes double-digit winds, while Prada is thought to be strongest in light conditions. Before the first race, both teams agreed that racing would not take place in less than 7.5 knots, but agreement could not be reached on wind stability. The fluky winds in the Hauraki Gulf have made cancellation decisions difficult. To add to an already tense and frustrating situation are the mandatory lay days, dictated by television rights, when the wind has been 12-15 knots.