Jason Hill, whose name has appeared in this column during the winter months for his skill in sailing IC dinghy #653 continues to demonstrate his expert sailing skills, this time by winning the prestigious Law Trophy. The Commodore Law Trophy Regatta, hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club on June 27 and 28, are the JSA (Junior Sailing Association) Finals for the Bemis (double-handed) and Smythe (single-handed) National Championships. Jason qualified for this competition because he had finished in the top 30 percent of his division in 1999. Jason came in first overall, against a field of nine of the top junior sailors on Long Island Sound. Of the six races sailed, Jason, representing the Port Washington YC, where he has participated in their Junior Sailing Program, had three 1st places, a 2nd place and a 6th place, plus one "throw out." Winning this award gives Jason the opportunity to represent the JSA at the Area B Finals, to be held in Ithaca, NY later this month. Congratulations and good luck in the next round!
Last Sunday, ESPN2 aired highlights of the Boat US Santa Maria Cup. Betsy Alison, the five-time winner of the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award was the winner in a field of 11 top women sailors from around the world. Each competitor in this series of match races, in waters off Annapolis, Maryland, wore a microphone and each boat had two on-board cameras, giving viewers extra insight into the techniques and skills of match race competition. Gary Jobson and Suzy Leech interviewed the winning team, which included Carol Newman Cronin, from Newport, RI, who crewed for Ed Adams in the 2000 Interclub Dinghy National Championships here in our bay on Sunday, April 16. They finished 10th our of a field of 63.
Manhasset Bay YC was RC for the July 4 holiday weekend. Results for July 1, Sonars - Race #1: 1. Ping, #451, Sue Miller/Rick Jordan, 2. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, and 3. Housemartin, #375, Greg/Beth Danilek. Race #2: 1. Housemartin, 2. Ping and 3. Delight. July 1 MBO results - Race #1: Frolic, #17, Bill Martin, 2. Escapade, #5, Ned Baker/Dick Moore and 3. Catch 22, #22, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin. Race #2: 1. Catch 22, 2. Escapade and 3. 23 Skiddo, #23. Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes. On July 2, three races were held for Sonars, MBOs and KODs. Race #1 Sonar results: 1. Housemartin, 2. Barnstormer, #157, Bob Schmidt, and 3. Lark, #436, Bill Brakman. Race #2: 1. Housemartin, 2. Barnstormer and 3. Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind. Race #3: 1. Barnstormer, 2. Housemartin and 3. Elusive, #316, Alan Helman/ Ed King. Results for the MBO fleet: Race #1: 1. Catch 22, 2. Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling and 3. Escapade. Race #2: 1. Escapade, 2. Miss B Haven and 3. Catch 22. Race #3: 1. Escapade, 2. Catch 22 and 3. Miss B Haven. Results for the KODs: Race #1 and #2 only: 1. #8 and 2. #7. (Names unavailable.)
All divisions in the Thirsty Thursday Race #6 on July 6 had course ZBAB. The results: Division I: 1. Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia, 2. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Avalanche, #43810, Al Albrecht. In Division II: 1. Chaparral IV, #40816, Uwe Kordts, 2. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky, and 3. Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan. And in Division III: 1. Tootsie, #18 Ron FInk, 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau and 3. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev. Welcome to Irish Eyes I in Division III.
Knickerbocker YC was RC for the weekend of July 8-9. On Saturday, a northerly died and all boats had to be towed back to land. The Knickerbocker YC Annual Day Race was held on Sunday, July 9. Sonars were given multiple races with Ping, #451, Sue Miller/Rick Jordan winning the day. The PHRF rated boats were given one long race. In Division I of the PHRF, Matriarch was first, and Avalanche was the winner in Division II. Additional racing was held off the Worry Wart, results next week.
The July 6 column mentioned Kirawan, the 53-foot cutter owned by Robert P. Baruch a member of Manhasset Bay YC, who won the Bermuda Race in 1936. It is presently owned by Sanford Horowitz, a film producer from California, who rebuilt the interior of the boat and brought it back east to sail in this year's Newport-Bermuda race, where it came in 4th in her division. Your reporter thought you might like to see how she looks today.