Colin Schneider, a local junior sailor, who participated in the Schreiber HS sailing team for four years, sailed in both the Port Washington YC and Knickerbocker YC junior sailing programs and the Long Island Sound 420 program, has graduated from SUNY Maritime College with several prestigious sailing honors. Colin was presented with three awards: the Knickerbocker Yacht Club Award, given to a cadet who demonstrates the highest qualities of competitive sailing; the du Moulin Award, a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, awarded to the cadet who is the most active in the extra-curricular sailing program; and the Maritime College Faculty-Student Association Award, presented to the cadet who is an outstanding athlete. During his four years at the Maritme College, Colin competed in intercollegiate dinghy sailing (420s and Flying Juniors) at venues including the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, Kings Point (USMMA), Chicago YC and Tampa, FL. In addition to his BS in marine environmental science, he earned a USCG Third Mate's license for unlimited tonnage on all oceans. Colin has sailed three summer cruises with the college on the T/S Empire State VI to Bermuda, Portugal, England, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Barbados, Italy, and Wales. He became a "blue nose" when he crossed the Arctic Circle on July 4, 1998. Congratulations to Colin and his family.
Kris Werner, coach at SUNY Maritime College, presenting the Knickerbocker Yacht Club Award to Cadet Colin Schneider, May 11.
In the March 16 column, mention was made of the Seaman's Church Institute exhibit called Woolies: Sailors' Embroidered Folk Art. The exhibit is drawn from a private collection of sailors' artwork during the mid-nineteenth century that has never before been shown. The pictures celebrate mighty vessels of great accomplishment, while others tell stories of a ship's adventures on the high seas. Still others, revealing the loneliness of the artist, depict scenes of farewells and returns, such as a lady waving to her sailor as his ship leaves the harbor. Originally scheduled to close at the end of May, the exhibit will be on display until Labor Day, due to the high interest of patrons. Open to the public, lunch is available on-site. The Seaman's Church Institute, 241 Water Street, New York City, was founded in 1834 to advocate for the personal and professional well being of merchant mariners from around the world.
Cup news: It appears that Team New Zealand has lost two more key players to the rich Swiss syndicate. Trimmers Simon Daubney and Warwick Fleury will join Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth for the next America's Cup. According to the New Zealand Herald, Team New Zealand is fighting back. Team New Zealand is working quickly to make offers to the remaining team members to entice them to remain with the team.
Update on the Fossett Challenge. Steve Fossett, and his 13-member crew, sailing on the Maxi Catamaran PlayStation from New York Harbor to Lizard Point, Cornwell, UK, crossed the finish line in 7.5 days. He failed to break the extraordinary 10-year-old Atlantic record of six days, 13 hours, three minutes, 32 seconds. PlayStation's passage time was only 15 percent over the existing record time, qualifying him for the race around the world starting December 31.
Due to an early holiday deadline, results of the Thirsty Thursday series and bay racing were unavailable. They will be included in next week's column.