Manhasset Bay Yacht Club hosted the International Sonar Class's Long Island Sound Championship regatta on Saturday, June 10. The fleet numbered 21 competitors from Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Ireland, and included three paralympic teams. Two of the paralympic teams competing in this LIS championship have qualified to represent their countries in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia at the end of October. Paul Callahan of Providence, RI is the US representative and finished sixth in our local event. John Twomey of Kinsale YC, Cork, Ireland will represent Ireland in Sydney and finished 11th after losing a tiebreaker to Rick Doerr of Clifton, NJ. The paralympic teams do not receive, nor expect, any special treatment on the race course when competing in Sonar class events. Winners of this event were listed in last week's column.
Twelve boats competed in the third race of the Thirsty Thursday Spring-Summer Series. All divisions were given course BZBZ. The winners: Division 1: 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum, 3. Vision, #53384, Marc Epstein. Division 2: Beowulf, #41736, David Deutsch, 2. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, 3. Reality, #63, John D'Alessandro. Division 3: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, 3. Charlie's Boat, #43754, Charlie Cannam, 3. Sundance, #3257, Joel Ziev.
Race results for bay racing for the weekend of June 17-18 were unavailable at press time.
SoundWaters presents Sail for the Sound, the fifth annual celebration of Long Island Sound and maritime culture on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 at the Brewer Yacht Haven Marina, Stamford, CT. Visitors can sail aboard a historic tall ship, listen to live maritime musicians recount 19th-century life at sea, and visit interactive ecology displays. Dockside activities are free of charge. The mission of SoundWaters is to educate children and adults about the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Through education, SoundWaters provides people with an understanding and awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect and preserve Long Island Sound and the environment. For more information, call (203) 323-1978.
On May 8, 1999, Giovanni Soldini, the solo sailor from Italy, sailing Fila in the 'round-the-world race, Around Alone, crossed the finish line in the early afternoon of May 8 after sailing 27,000 miles in the four-leg race. Soldini had won the final leg of the competition and was first overall, beating the Around Alone record by more than four days. He was hailed as a hero for saving the life of the French competitor, Isabelle Autissier, when her boat overturned in the dangerous and remote waters of the South Pacific Ocean. All the excitement is documented on a PBS broadcast called Born to the Wind. It airs at 9 p.m., Friday, June 23, but check your local listing for any last minute programming changes.