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The junior sailing programs on Manhasset Bay concluded last week with awards dinners held at both Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on Thursday, Aug. 17, and at Port Washington Yacht Club on Friday, Aug. 18. Congratulations to all who participated in sailing this summer - from our youngest sailors in the Optimist class to those sailing C420 and Lasers. From this reporter's perspective, judging from the happy faces and the fun times observed over the last few months, the season was a huge success. Building friendships that last a lifetime, honing skills, and balancing competition with teamwork and fun is what the summer sailing programs are all about. These are the sailors of tomorrow - who will race, day sail, cruise, or just enjoy the salty air and soft breezes that the waterfront provides. Following are the awards from each program:

Manhasset Bay YC Junior Awards: Most Improved: John Rapiel and Eugenie Lehembre-Shiah (Optimist), Nichols Silbersack (Blue Jay), Mark Cornachio (C420) and Kelly Barry (Laser). Instructors' Awards: Luke Record (Optimist), Nichols Silbersack (Blue Jay), Alex Horowitz (C420) and Kelly Barry (Lasers). The Helmle Trophy (best seamanship): Vaughn Read and Carrie Read. Commodore's Cup (most outstanding sailor): Matt Himler. Junior Shipshape (best care of their own boat and equipment): Stuart Enscoe. The Cow Bay Trophy (most outstanding MBJYC sailor at the JSA Optimist Regatta) and the Commodore Charles F. Chapman Trophy (most distinguished achievement in events outside JSA competition): Matt Himler. The Kings Point Trophy (best crew): Alex Horowitz (C420), and Francesca Capone (Blue Jay). The Thomas Haire Trophy (demonstrated qualities as a leader, sportsman and yachtsman): Matthew Cornachio. Mrs. Jean Shope presented the Robert W. King Memorial Trophy (best percentage performance in JSA open events): Matt Himler, George Graff presented the Nicky Graf Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship, desire and enthusiasm for yachting): Jeff Izzo. A new perpetual, established by Jonathan D. Siener, was awarded this year in memory of a friend and enthusiastic supporter of Junior Sailing at MBYC, Louise T. Haney. The Louise Haney Memorial Trophy is "awarded to a junior sailor, who is 13 years of age or older, enrolled in the MBYJC sailing program and who has demonstrated the qualities of perseverance, consistent effort, sportsmanship, dedication to the sport of sailing, and who exemplifies the mission of MYBC." The first recipient of this award is Marissa Diaz.

Port Washington YC Awards: Optimist Class: Best Opti Girl: Jessica Nees, Best Opti Boy: Tommy Keegan, Most Improved: Kelly Sutherland and Warren Trunz/Alex Ferro, Most Enthusiastic: Katherine McCarthy, Sportsmanship: Marco Bertolotti, Seamanship: Ricky Decicco, Shipshape: Christian Gordon. In the Blue Jay Class: Best Novice Skipper: Drew Plominski, Best Novice Crew: Patrick Shea, Most Improved Skipper: Elaine Conte, Most Improved Crew: Paige Wassmer, Best Midget Skipper: John Keneally, Best Midget Crew: Jimmy Mulderrig, Most Improved Midget Skipper: Matt Capoziello, Most Improved Midget Crew: Brenden McGann, Sportsmanship:John Forman, Seamanship: Timothy Ondrey, Shipshape: Arthur Frooks, Most Enthusiastic: Alex Benisatto. In the Blue Jay Tri Clubs: 1. John Keneally, 2. Timothy Ondrey, and 3. Danielle Bourget. In the Laser Class: Best Laser Radial Sailor: Dan Furie, Most Improved Laser Radial Sailor: Erin Mulderrig, Best Laser Sailor: Jason Hill, Most Improved Laser Sailor: Carry James, Laser/Best Laser Sailor: Jason Hill, Most Improved Laser Sailor: Carry James, Laser/Laser Radial Sportsmanship: Louis Nees. In the Laser Radial Tri Clubs: 1. Dan Furie, 2. Michael Wollin, and 3. Louis Nees. In the Laser Tri Clubs: 1. Jason Hill, and 2. Carry James. In the C420 Class: Best C420 Skipper: Susan Cosgrove, Best C420 Crew: Alex Kassl, Sportsmanship: Susan Cosgrove. All Classes Award: Best Junior Instructor: Carrie James, Seamanship: Kyle Ondrey, Sportsmanship: John McGovern, Shipshape: Caitlin Abruzzo. The Port Washington YC Perpetual Awards: Max Berger Award - Best Opti JSA (best sailing record at JSA-sponsored events by a child of club member): Will McIntosh. Johnston Award - BJ Novice (best overall record as a skipper by a child of a club member): Danielle Bourget. Marshall Trophy - BJ JSA (Best overall performance as a skipper in JSA Blue Jay Class events by a child of a club member): Louis Nees. Belden Award - Laser/420 Best (Best overall record as a skipper in Lasers or 420s in JSA-sponsored events by a child of a club member): Dan Furie. Mel Berger Sportsmanship Award (Best display of the principles of sportsmanship during the sailing season): Caitlin Fitzpatrick. Richard E. Gresio "Winning Attitude" Award (display of strong spirit, determination and a winning attitude by a child of a club member): Matt Sutherland. Commodore's Award for Sailing Excellence (best sailing record at JSA-sponsored events, regional and national, and other championship events): Jason Hill.

The Perpetual Awards of Manhasset Bay Race Week, as promised last week. Jason Hill won the Thomas M. Fraser Trophy (best percentage performance in Race Week of a centerboard type yacht) and the Robert Harvey Wessmann, Jr. Trophy (skipper under 25 years old who made the best showing throughout the annual race week). The Edward P. Alker Trophy (highest percentage performance in Race Week of a yacht with a waterline length of not less than 15'6"): Einer Haukeland. The Arthur E. Barnard Crew Trophy (for crewing on a yacht with a waterline length of not less than 15'6" and showing the highest percentage performance in Race Week): Grace Allen. The George H. Wicke Trophy (for the female skipper that makes the best percentage performance in Race Week): Laura Browning. The Frank T. Cornell Trophy (for the best percentage performance in the Junior Sailing program at MBYC): Vaughn Read. The Black Jack Trophy (best percentage performance in Race Week): Grace Allen, Einer Haukeland and Al Paterson. The Lure Trophy (winning the most competitive class in Race Week): Greg and Beth Danilek.

There was very little wind for the Thirsty Thursday Race #5 on Aug. 17. Winners in Division I: Xcite, #40774, Tarhan Yalcin, and 2. Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum. There were no finishers in Division II as time ran out. In Division III: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, and 2. Charlie's Boat, #43754, Charlie Cannam. All the other boats withdrew. Logo
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