Glorious sunny skies and good wind greeted sailors on Manhasset Bay over the weekend of June 10-11. On Saturday, 21 Sonars competed in the Sonar Long Island Sound Championships, which were held on the Sound, west of Execution Rock and outer Manhasset Bay, and hosted by Manhasset Bay YC. Sue Miller, event chairperson, and John Barry, PRO (Principle Race Officer), awarded prizes to the top three finishers at the Awards Dinner following the day's competition. The winners: 1. #452, My Way, Leo Hiatrides, SCYC, 2. #465, Anne Mooney, SCYC, and 3. #384, Nefarious, Steve Shepstone, Noroton YC. The winning boat had two young sailors on board, Colin Morse, 14 years old, and Joseph Morrow Quintilian, 19 years old. They commented, "The wind was fluky, light at times and then very windy. The race committee did a tremendous job getting in five races in one day. Great sailing!"
Inside the bay, bay racing was held with Manhasset Bay YC acting as RC. Three races were completed on Saturday, June 10, with one Sonar and three MBOs competing. MBO finishes: Race 1: Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Frolic #17, Bill Martin, and 3. Blue Chip #21, Chip Allen. Race 2: Blue Chip 2. Frolic and 3. Miss B Haven. Race 3: ' Miss B Haven 2. Blue Chip and 3. Frolic. On Sunday, June 11, the Sonars, three MBOs and one Ideal 18 completed three windward-leeward races. The results: Race 1: Sonars: 1. Delight #396, Bob Kirtland, 2. Gumby #515, Mike McAllister/Ted Toombs, and 3. Elusive #316, Alan Helman/Ed King. Race 2: 1. Delight 2. Ping 451, Sue Miller/Rick Jordan, and 3. Gumby. Race 3: 1. Delight, 2. Gumby, and 3. Ping. Results for the MBO class: Race 1: Blue Chip #21, Chip Allen, 2. Miss B Haven #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, and 3. Frolic #17, Bill Martin. Race 2: 1. Miss B Haven 2. Frolic and 3. Blue Chip. Race 3: 1. Blue Chip and 2. Miss B Haven.
Eighteen boats competed in the second race of the Thirsty Thursday Spring-Summer Series. All divisions were given course BIB. Top finishers in Division 1: Zero Gravity #128, Tony Dalia, 2. Xcite #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Vision #53384, Marc Epstein. Division 2 winners: 1. Happy Daze II #216, Tom Egan, 2. Quicker #42064, Bruce Logan, and 3. Anticipation #52, Ed Veprovsky. And winners in Division III: 1. En Passant #244, Robert Ebenau, 2. Tootsie #18, Ron Fink, and 3. Eden #930, Klaus Marreck.
The Storm Trysail Club held the first ever Key West to Baltimore race. Originally the race was planned to start from Havana, Cuba, but because of the recent political events surrounding Elian Gonzalez, the application for a license was denied by the State Department. After a postponed start due to lack of wind, six boats managed to slowly cross the starting line on April 23. By day two of racing, the weather had changed. Described as an "epic gearbuster," the race proved to be extremely challenging and featured gale winds and severe squalls, which caused the two fastest boats to be dismasted. Blue Yankee, the overall winner, a 40,000 pound yacht, was actually planing with sustained speeds over 20 knots. Spray was shooting off the topsides the way you would expect of a high speed racing motorboat. Seasoned offshore sailing crew aboard Sariyah, a 132-foot Sparkman and Stevens motor yacht, acting as the safety and communication boat, commented, "None of us has ever experienced anything like this knockdown. Never has there been such intensity in such a short period of time." Two local sailors, Kevin Dailey and Couper Duerr, sailing with skipper, Erling Kristiansen on Mensae, came in first in Division II. Kevin is known for his terrific sailing photos and Couper is the nephew of Jean Shope, a name familiar to area sailors.
John Thomson, sailing Solution, came in fifth (out of 26 boats) in the Farr40 Worlds held in Newport, RI, on June 6-9. After four days of racing, the points spread among the top five contenders was so close going into the final two races of the regatta "that anyone could win." Overall winner was Southern Star, skippered by John Calver-Jones from Sydney, Australia.
On Sunday, June 18, ESPN2 will air Ultimate Sailing 2000 (Show #2) Star Worlds, at 4 p.m.