The Port Washington Yacht Club yachts Avalanche, sailed by Al and Craig Albrecht, and Happy Daze II, sailed by Tom Egan Sr. and Tom Egan Jr., each won their division in the 53rd Annual PWYC YRA Day Race. The regatta was held on Sunday, May 21, in overcast conditions in the waters between Hart Island and Matinecock Point. The fleet sailed the 15 nautical mile around-the-buoys course with a 5-10 knot breeze from the east. Racers had a close-reached downwind finish off Barker's Point at the mouth of Manhasset Bay. After the regatta, the racing crews of yachts from PWYC, City Island, YC, Indian Harbor YC, Douglaston YC and the US Merchant Marine Academy enjoyed a barbecue and party at the PWYC. The winners: Division I: 1) Avalanche, Albrecht (PWYC), 2) Matriarch, Dominique (NSYC), and 3) Quetzal, Taylor (IHYC). Division II: 1) Happy Daze II, Egan (PWYC), 2) Promise Kept, Lindenbaum (KYC), and 3) Chinook, Austin (CIYC).
Memorial Day weekend brought three days of Sonor-only racing on our bay. Knickerbocker YC was RC for the weekend. Results for Saturday, May 27: 1) Ping, #451, Rick Jordan/Sue Miller, 2) Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind, 3) Free Spirit, #96, Herb Schmidt. Sunday, May 28: 1) Elusive, #316, Alan Helman/Ed King, 2) Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, and 3) Dreadlox, #442 Neil Bercow. Memorial Day results: 1) Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2) Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon, and 3) Elusive, #316, Alan Helman/Ed King.
The weekend of June 3-4 brought our sailors terrific sailing conditions. Port Washington YC and RC for a weekend of sunny skies and good wind. Results for Saturday, June 3: Sonars: 1) Lark, #436, Bill Brakman, 2) Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind, and 3) Ping, #451, Rick Jordan/Sue Miller. MBOs: 1) Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, and 2) Blue Chip, #21, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland. Results for Sunday, June 4: Sonars: 1) Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2) Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind, and 3) Ping, #451, Rick Jordan/Sue Miller. MBOs: 1) Blue Chip, #21, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland and 2) Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling.
Race #1 of the Thirsty Thursday Spring-Summer 2000 Series was held on June 1. Seventeen boats in three divisions raced in a light 5-6 knots southerly. The weather was gorgeous for this first race of the season. The course for all three divisions was BZBZ. The results: Division I: 1) Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2) Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3) Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia. Division II: 1) Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan, 2) Beowulf, #41736, David Deutsch, and 3) Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division III: 1) Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, 2) Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev, and 3) En Passant, #244, Robert Ebenau.
On June 17, Mystic Seaport will celebrate the official opening of their spectacular new exhibit, Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea. Located in the newly-renovated Stillman Building, this groundbreaking initiative tells the stories of immigrants, ocean traders, explorers, fishermen, artists, warriors. Visitors will enjoy three floors of artifacts, images, hands-on fun. From 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT.
America's Cup update: Septuagenarian Laurie Davidson, disgruntled with the Kiwi design team, has quit New Zealand after four cup campaigns and will join the new Seattle syndicate. He becomes the third big player to officially leave Team New Zealand. Davidson became an American in February, during the America's Cup and has lived in Seattle on and off since 1988. Tom Schnackenberg, head of Team New Zealand, admits more defections are likely, but does not believe rumors that 10-14 crew might leave for other syndicates. At the moment, only a couple more members have indicated they might quit, while others are still undecided.