Each year at the end of the Frostbite YC racing season, the race committee sets one long course instead of the usual Olympic triangle offering sailors many short races in one day. Called the "Long Distance Race," sailors are given one long course that takes about one hour to 1.5 hours to complete. In the past, skippers and crew were sent out to the tip of Sands Point, but in recent years the RC has kept the boats in Manhasset Bay. Held on Saturdays to accommodate an early start, the committee times the race to finish by lunch so sailors, crew, RC, family and friends can gather together for an outdoor barbecue. This year the long distance race was held last Saturday, April 29 on a gloriously bright sunny day with lots of wind. Back on land after the completion of racing, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch, with great conversation that was a mix of reminiscing about the past season and thoughts of the upcoming spring season. Top skippers and crew: 1. Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (#536), 2. Jim Miller/Cameron Miller (#657), and 3. Greg Corkett/Deena Teschner (#538).
In preparation for the spring season, The Cow Bay Yacht Racing Association, Inc. held an informational meeting for the race committee and sailors on Tuesday, April 25. Gene Bowler, president, announced that beginning with the first day of racing on Saturday, May 13, the RC will begin using the US Sailing Association, Inc. System #3 race starting sequence. "The reason for the change," he said, "was to standardize and simplify the starting sequence." He continued, "This will help avoid confusion when competitors sail in other areas." The changes are as follows: All classes of boats will have a six-minute sequence before the start. At six minutes, the RC will hoist the pennant of a class, using numeral pennants 1-7. Sonar class fleet has pennant #1, K.O.D. - pennant #2, M.B.O.D. - pennant #3, Ideal 18 pennant #4, Vanguard 15, Laser - pennant 5, all other classes - pennant #6 and PHRF - pennant #7. At the six-minute warning gun, RC will hoist the class flag. At the five minutes gun, the blue or "P" flag is hoisted. At one minute, a horn is sounded and the prep flag comes down. At zero minutes, a gun signals the start of a race, and the class flag is dropped. At the start of the race, no flags are flying, except the RC flag. The above sequence is fully described in the Y.R.A. of L.I.S. 2000 Sailing Instructions.
A delightful book crossed your reporter's desk a few weeks ago. The author, Richard Bode, who grew up sailing on the Great South Bay, wrote First You Have to Row a Little Boat, Reflections on Life & Living as an older man looking back on his youth spent sailing. In one chapter, called A Forgiving Boat, the author, speaking of relationships, says, "Through my sailing years I never once apologized to my sloop and she never apologized to me, and I suspected that if I could have incarnated her as a human we would have adjusted to each other's foibles in the same respectful way." This subtle give and take in a friendship is often difficult to find and is a sign of true friendship. Your reporter had this kind of friendship with Louise Haney. How lucky we all are to have known her. She will be greatly missed.