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Several local skippers and crews were part of the New York YC Race Week at Newport, which concluded this past weekend. The nine-day regatta, featuring a unique split-racing format, served as the Rolex IMS Offshore Championship and the PHRF Championship for the NYYC Trophy. Avalanche, a J-105, skippered by Craig Albrecht, from Glen Head, gave the best overall PHRF performance for the week. Never posting a less than third place finish (2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 2), and winning Division H, Craig was presented with the New York Yacht Club trophy and a Rolex timepiece at the awards ceremony on the lawn of the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court clubhouse. The trophy was awarded to the winner of the class with the most competitive division, and Division H was definitely competitive. Finishes were exciting - many of the races were as close as 20 seconds between the first place winner Avalanche and the second place finisher Different Drummer. On the last day of racing, with Avalanche in the lead by seven points, Different Drummer looked to match race at the start of the last two races, hoping to gain advantage on Avalanche. But Avalanche was able to start cleanly and hold its lead in the regatta. Mr. Albrecht credits their success to a crew that has been together for as long as 10 years, "Great boat handling and tactics, and sailing conservatively in the last two races to maintain the lead." Four of his nine crew members are local sailors: Anthony Dekkers, from Manhasset; Joe Salvatore, Manhasset; Arthur Buhr, Manhasset; and Kurt Finkbeiner, Port Washington. Many readers will be familiar with Avalanche, as she participates in Thirsty Thursday racing on Manhasset Bay, skippered by Al Albrecht, Craig's father.

Later in the week at Newport, sailing July 21-23, Steve Kaminer, from Washington DC, sailing Predator, won the Farr 40 East Coast Championship of the NYYC Race Week, beating John Thomson on Solution, the fifth place finisher in the Farr 40 2000 World Championships. Thomson was defending his Race Week champion in this class. Solution (1,2,1,3,5,8,8) was close to Predator (2,1,3,1,7,7,2) but ran into difficulty at the start of the last race, when she was individually recalled, missed the clearing line on the first attempt and was thus buried at the back of the fleet, resulting in an eighth for the last race, and second overall. To give readers an idea of the level of competition, Gavin Brady, the tactician on Predator, is New Zealand's Star class representative for the 2000 Olympics.

On a beautiful summer Thursday evening, July 20, Thirsty Thursday competitors raced in the first of the Summer-Fall Series. Winners of this first race: Division I: 1. Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia, 2. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum. In Division II: 1. Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan, 2. Quicker, #42064, Bruce Logan, and 3. Beowulf, #41736, David Deutsch. Division III winners: En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, 2. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, and 3. Illbehavior, #461, Todd Illberg. Welcome to Todd Illberg, who brings the first J-24 (Illbehavior) to the fleet, and to Gene Petracca, skipper of Yabeaux, a J-40. At the conclusion of racing, skippers and crew gathered at the Port Washington YC for the annual Hawaiian Night, where the results of the Thirsty Thursday Spring-Summer Series were announced. Winners of the series: 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. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen. The winners in Division III: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, and 3, Sundance, #257 Joel Ziev. Of note: skipper Ron Fink raced Tootsie to four first place finishes (out of seven races) during the Spring-Summer Series.

North Shore YC was RC for the weekend of July 22-23. Results available for Saturday only. Top Sonars: 1. Free Spirit, #96, Herb Schmidt, and 2. Elusive, #316, Alan Helman and Ed King. Winners in the MBO fleet: 1. Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Blue Chip, #21 Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, and 3. Catch 22, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin. Results for the Ideal 18 fleet (names unavailable): 1. #173, 2. #47 and 3. #175.

Many of our one-design and PHRF-rated boats were at Larchmont YC Race Week, held on two consecutive weekends, July 15-16 and 22-23. Larchmont YC Junior Race Week was held on July 17-19. Results of both regattas next week.

In the July issue of Sailing World, local sailor Steve Moore has written an interesting article called "Two Good Reasons to Look Up." The article gives readers good advice on increasing boat speed by changing from one's perspective from the horizontal to vertical. The article starts with "The distance from the top of your mast to the tip of your keel or centerboard is greater than the length of your boat. What's going on vertically over that span has the most to do with how well your boat performs." Something to think about.


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