Last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, was a rainy, dreary kind of weekend, just the opposite of the spectacular sun-filled days enjoyed last week. It served as a reminder that summer is over and the cooler days of fall are on the horizon. Knickerbocker YC served as race committee for the last official day of bay racing. Sonar results for Saturday: 1. #451, Ping, Rick Jordan and Sue Miller, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #368, Tzuris, Stan Rosenberg. Sunday results for Sonars: 1. #396, 2. #451, and 3. #368. Saturday results for the MBOs: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen and Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen and Einar Haukeland, and 3. #23, 23 Skiddoo, Bob Dahl and Claude Mapes. MBO results for Sunday: 1. #9, 2. #21, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. On Saturday, three KOD (Knickerbocker One Design) raced, with one DNF (did not finish). 1. #3, and 2. #15. (Names unavailable at press time). No KODs raced on Sunday. Next week will bring the Orient Trophy Race, the Wooden Boat Regatta, the Long District Run and the Around Hart Island Regatta. Results next week.
Two major sailing events will take place on Manhasset Bay next week. The 19th International Knickerbocker Cup hosted by the Knickerbocker Cup Foundation will take place Oct. 4-7. As a stop on the World Match Racing Association professional tour, the Knickerbocker Cup 2000 is one of only two international match races held in the United States this year. The event is an ISAF Grade I ranked event.
Each team competing in the Knickerbocker Cup will race in identically outfitted J-105s and the outcome depends solely on the skill of the helmsmen and crew. The challengers include many who challenged in the recently completed America's Cup. Challengers include: Dawn Riley, San Francisco, captain on America True, an America's Cup entrant, Ed Baird, Newport, RI, a two-time winner of the Knickerbocker Cup and skipper for the America's Cup challenger, Young America, Frenchman Luc Pillot, ranked sixth in the world, American Ken Read, six-time J/24 World Champion and this year's America's Cup helmsman on Dennis Connor's Stars and Stripes, Tomislav Basic of Croatia, who won the Knickerbocker Cup last year, Australian James Spithill, the youngest skipper of an America's Cup entry, Britain's Andy Green, who placed fifth in the 2000 World Championship in Croatia and is ranked 17th overall, Peter Holmberg, US Virgin Islands, tactician for Stars and Stripes in the last America's Cup, and Sebastien Destremau, from Perth, Australia, ranked 14th in world match racing.
Begun in 1982 by America's Cup Hall of Famer Ed du Moulin and the late Arthur Knapp, this year's Knickerbocker Cup co-chairpersons are Past Commodore Joel Sterling, Past Commodore Theodore Weisberg, and Rear Commodore Jeffrey Wenger, with Past Commodore Ed du Moulin as chairman emeritus.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Port Washington YC will host the Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta near Can "1", East of Execution Rock. The Volvo Leukemia Cup is a sailing regatta and a charity fund-raising event. Prior to the regatta, the crews of registered yachts raise money for leukemia research. The crew that raises the most donations wins the Leukemia Cup itself. Both crews and individuals are eligible for the fund-raising prizes, which are donated by the event sponsors.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a national, voluntary health agency dedicated to finding the cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Survival rates for children with the most common form of leukemia have increased from an appalling 4 percent in the early 1960s to approximately 80 percent today. Readers who would like to contribute to this worthy cause can contact the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 555 Broadhollow Road, Suite 403, Melville, NY 11747, 631-752-8500.
BR Challenge update: Team Quadstone set sail on the Challenge on Sept. 10 and three days after the start, Quadstone was solidly in the top half of the fleet. On Sept. 14, they moved into seventh place, but quickly scrapped its way back to fourth. During the night of Sept. 18, Quadstone moved into second place and put the front runner LG Flatron in their site. After three days in second place, Quadstone had the lead, by a 25-mile margin over second place BP and a 42-mile advantage over LG Flaton. The winners are expected in Boston by the 26th or 27th of September.
Olympics: Austrians Roman Hagara and Hans Steinacher became sailing's first gold medalists at the Sydney Olympics when they sealed victory in the Tornado catamarans Friday, Sept. 22. Although two races remain, the Austrians have an unbeatable lead of 15 points over Australians Darren Bundock and John Forbes. With their throwouts still to spare, the Austrians can opt to sit out the final two races and still win handily. Thomas Johanson and Jyrki Jarvi have clinched the gold medal in the 49er class, the first Olympic gold for Finland in sailing in 20 years. The 49er is making its Olympic debut in Sydney. Designed by Australian Julian Bethwaite specifically for the Sydney Olympics, the 49er has attracted sailors looking for speed and excitement. When fully rigged, the 49er weighs 275 pounds, has a beam of 5 feet, 9 inches and a draft of 4 feet, 9 inches.