The Newport Bermuda Race, from Saturday, June 16 - Tuesday, June 20, was won by Eric Crawford from Maryland in his 35-year-old Phil Rhodes 41 design Restless. Weather conditions, which changed from 16-25 knot South Westerlies to zero within 100 miles from the finish, played an important role in the final results. The fleet of boats for this prestigious regatta numbered 176 with a good showing from local sailors. Greg Danilek, on Dawn Treader, came in 3rd in their division. Avalanche, with John Thomson on board, came in 16th in the same division. Mensae, came in 4th in her division, with Kevin Daily and Couper Duerr as crew. Julianna, 5th in the same division, had James Gould as crew. Sixth in the same division was Wonder, with Rich du Moulin (Larchmont) and John Browning on board. Bill McFaul's Rainmaker came in 11th in her division, with Carol McFaul, Kevin Bachner, Bob Hobson, Dan Hanley and Ron Rosselaid as crew. Lou Nees and Paul Cunia were on Sceptr'd Isle, race position unavailable at press time. More to follow when skippers and crew return home.
On Sunday, June 25, the Krauss "Marblehead" Trophy Race was held for the 55th time since it was first raced in 1946. In those days, radio control was not available and boats were sailed from specially built light skiffs. Radio became a practicable way of controlling model sailboats in the late 60s and early 70s. The Krauss trophy, carved by Walter E. Krauss for the Prospect Park MYC, is unique in its beauty and workmanship, as it contains the names of all winners on a scroll stored within the trophy. The trophy was originally held at the Prospect Park MYC, and then moved to New Jersey when Prospect Park became a less friendly place. Eventually, the club began racing at Mill Pond and has been there ever since.
A total of nine skippers raced in the regatta. The southwest wind increased as the race progressed and was a dominant factor benefiting boats that could handle the stronger winds. Toward the end of the race, boats that could respond to the changing wind conditions replaced early leaders. Jon Elmaleh of the Central Park MYC won this year's race. His name has been added to the scroll stored within the Krauss trophy. The second and third place finishers were Lech Arciszewski of the Mill Pond MYC, who won the event in 1999, and Charles Wanker, of Saddlebrook MYC. All three skippers were awarded Krauss Regatta caps. The above was submitted by Angelo deMagistris, Marblehead Fleet Captain of the Mill Pond Model YC.
Knickerbocker YC was RC for the weekend of June 24-25. On Saturday, six Sonars and three MBO's raced. Sonar results (Course BJB): 1. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2. Ping, #451, Sue Miller/Rick Jordan and 3. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon. MBO results (Course BID): 1. Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Catch 22, #22, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin, and 3. Frolic, #17, Bill Martin. On Sunday, 12 Sonars and five MBOs raced. Top finishers for the Sonars (Course BXB): 1. Delight, 2. Ping and 3. Fins, #387, Allyn Salomon. And the MBO top boats (Course BYB): 1. Miss B Haven. 2. Escapade, #5, Ned Baker/Dick Moore and 3. Catch 22.
Thirteen boats raced in the 4th Spring-Summer Thirsty Thursday Series. All three divisions were given course BADC. Division I winners: 1. Avalanche, #34810, Al Albrecht, 2. Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum, 3. Vision, #53384, Marc Epstein. Winners in Division II: 1. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, 2. Beowulf, #41736, David Deutsch, 3. Reality, #63, John D'Allessandro. And top boats in Division III: 1. Eden, #930, Klaus Marreck, 2. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev, 3. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink.