Reporter for this week's column is Andrea Watson.
Last week's column mentioned three men who sailed together on the Hobart Sailing Team and who competed against each other in the IC Dinghy National Championships. Chad Corning, Hobart '94, and from New Rochelle, attended Hobart when the sailing team was just getting together and he and his other sailing friends are credited with setting the foundation of a college sailing team that has been ranked #1 in the nation. Jonathan Siener, Hobart '96, who grew up in Manhasset and learned to sail on Manhasset Bay, and Ryan Donahue, Hobart '97, from Bar Harbor, Maine, reaped the benefits of the earlier dedicated sailors who spent lots of time fund raising and lobbying the school for a full-time coach. They found a very talented coach in Scott Ilke, also a Hobart graduate (1984), who hails from Manhasset, who brought the team varsity status in 1997 and has consistently led the team to a top ten ranking in college sailing. These friends had lots of sailing stories to talk about, not the least of which was the severe weather during their early morning practice sessions, where they had to sail around icebergs in the lake. Not surprising, then, to see all three in Port Washington last weekend to compete in the frostbite nationals. Fortunately, there were no icebergs to contend with. A little more wind would have been nice.
The three friends, who hail from all parts of the world - Jonathan works in London, England, Ryan is from Salem, Mass. and Chad is living in New Rochelle - were brought together by the IC Dinghy website, written by another frostbiter, Monique Gaylor (www.mbycic.org). In addition to bringing these three young men together, many of those involved with last week's regatta feel that the Internet site was responsible for the record number of boats (64) competing this year.
Your reporter had a chance to speak with one of the skippers in the regatta who is the owner of the first IC dinghy boat built. She is #52, a beautiful wooden dinghy, meticulously maintained by her owner, Skip McGuire, from Larchmont YC. Built by Sparkman and Stevens in 1947, she has had only four owners. Knowing this was the dinghy for him, Skip waited patiently until she became available in 1990. When asked if the boat was a good boat to sail, he humorously commented, "The only thing wrong with the boat is what is at the end of the tiller." When not frostbiting, Skip sails a Shields, which he bought from Jim Moore in 1992. Both of Skip's boats, the Shields and his IC dinghy, are painted the same green that local sailors will always associate with Jim Moore.