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Schreiber sailors Colin Fitzpatrick, Max Hazan, Jason Hill and Doug Morea competed in the MidAtlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) double-handed Spring Championship on May 7, sponsored by Kings Point and Rick Dominique, a member of the coaching staff at the US Merchant Marine Academy. The field of 14 teams included schools from as far away as Annapolis, MD. Schreiber placed seventh, highest on Long Island, even though they were competing without the benefit of an organized program. Many of the teams are supported with coaches, who organize after-school practices. The event was held in Flying Juniors (FJs) and sailed in 8-12 knots of breeze.

The competitors in the MASSA Spring Championship heading out to the starting line for the first of six races on May 7.

The Cow Bay Cruising Association Thursday Night Series, commonly known as Thirsty Thursday, has begun their spring tune-up series. These jib-only races, designed to be informal, are an age-old institution on the bay. On May 4, six boats competed in a strong southerly. Top boats: 1. Rainmaker, 2. Promises Kept, and 3. Tootsie. Also sailing were Sundance, Vision and X-Cite. On Thursday, May 11, only three boats managed to cross the finish line due to light wind. The order of finishers: 1. X-Cite, 2. Promises Kept, and 3. Rainmaker. Bill McFaul, commodore of Thirsty Thursdays, would like to encourage people to come out and enjoy the camaraderie, beautiful sunsets and informal racing that each Thursday evening offers. For more information or to obtain an application to join, please call Bill McFaul at 944-6677.

The Cow Bay Yacht Racing Association held its first weekend of bay racing on May 13 and 14. The Sonars were the only one-design boats sailed on both days. On Saturday, under an overcast sky and NE 5-10 knots of wind, 5 Sonars competed. Top boats: 1. #316 Elusive (Helman/King), 2. #436 Lark (Brakman) and 3. #451 Ping (Miller/Jordan). On Sunday, four boats sailed in WNW winds ranging from 5-12 knots. The results: 1. #451 Ping (Miller/Jordan), 2. #396 Delight (Kirtland) and 3. #356 Laurie B. (Baskind). Sue Miller, skipper of the winning boat on Sunday, said "the day was beautiful with a reasonable upwind to (marker) D. A really good day for sailing on Manhasset Bay."

Steve Fossett, who holds World Records in three sports, departed New York Harbor on Sunday, May 14, aboard the 105-foot maxi-catamaran Play Station bound for Cornwall, UK. Fossett and his 10-man crew are vying for the 10-year-old Transatlantic sailing record. PlayStation is already the world's fastest ocean-going sailboat, clocking 580.23 nautical miles in 24 hours (March 1999).


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