Activity on the bay this past weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) included the Orient Trophy Race, the Classic Boat Regatta, the Long Distance Race and the Around Hart Island Cruise. The Orient Trophy Race was won by Gene Petracca, on Yabeaux, a J40. Miss B Haven, MBO #9, Grace Allen, Ralph Heinzerling, and Einar Haukeland, won the Classic Boat Race, and the best-dressed crew award. In the spirit of the event, the crew, after researching what crews wore 60 years ago, looked quite nautical with their matching navy sweaters, white pants and caps. In another MBO event, four boats cruised around Hart Island on Saturday, Sept. 30. Results for the Long Distance Race were not available at press time.
Local sailors competed in several events outside our bay this past weekend. American YC, co-hosted with the New York YC, held their Fall Regatta over two weekends, Sept. 23-24, and Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Results are for the first weekend only. Jim Dominique (North Shore YC), sailing Matriarch, a Pinacle, is in second place in PHRF, Class 1. Craig Albrecht (Port Washington YC), on Avalanche, J/105, is in third place in the same division. Mario Fichera (Port Washington YC), on Kamakaze, a Melges 30, is in fifth place in PHRF, Class 2. R-Wave, a Farr 40, skippered by Ira Futterman (Knickerbocker YC) is in sixth place in IMS, Class 4. Final results next week.
Larchmont YC hosted the 2000 North American Championships for International Sonar Class on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1. Five sonar teams represented our bay in what turned out to be a very difficult regatta. Very light wind from the SE, full of holes, made conditions very challenging for the sailors. On Saturday, teams waited five hours for the wind to finally show a slight breeze at 2:30, and the conditions were similar on Sunday. The five boats who competed from our bay: Sonar #375, Housemartin, Greg and Beth Danilek, #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, #451, Ping, co-skippers Sue Miller and John Browning, and #515, Gumby, Mike McAllister.
On Sept. 30, USA's Star team of Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) and Magnus Liljedahl (Miami, Fla.) won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Assured of at least a bronze going into today's 11th and final race of the series, the duo had to battle only two teams in the bid for a better medal color. The teams were Brazil's defending gold medalists Torben Grael and crew Marcelo Ferreira at the top of the scoreboard, and Great Britain's Ian Walker and Mark Covell in second overall. After nearly an hour's delay for the noon start, a building 10-12 knot breeze phased in, and again - as it had been for the regatta's entirety - it was shifty and difficult to read. Brazil worked to stay close to USA, but the team's aggressiveness backfired when it jumped the gun. Surprisingly, Brazil never turned back, burdening them with a disqualification and, worse, stripping them of their golden opportunity. Reynolds/Liljedahl, also forced over early at the start, immediately spun around the pin to exonerate themselves. This is USA's first gold medal since 1992, when Reynolds, with Hal Haenel as crew, took the top spot on the podium in Barcelona. (They also had claimed the silver medal in Pusan in 1988.) Teaming with Liljedahl in 1995, Reynolds began again an Olympic quest that would take him to his fourth Games. Since their Trials, Reynolds and Liljedahl have won the Star World Championships, Kiel Week and a slew of other major competitions. Reynolds considers this gold medal harder fought than the one in '92, when he did not have to sail his last race. "It was definitely tougher, and it means a lot." And he has not discounted a shot at the 2004 Olympics.
Final results - top three, plus US finishes: Europe - 27 boats: 1. GBR, 2. NED, 3. ARG, 16. USA. Finn - 25 boats: 1. GBR, 2. ITA, 3. SWE, 6, USA. 470 M - 29 boats: 1. AUS, 2. USA, 3. ARG. 470 W - 19 boats: 1. AUS, 2. USA, 3. UKR. 49er - 17 boats: 1. FIN, 2. GBR, 3. USA. Laser - 43 boats: 1. GBR, 2. BRA, 3. AUS, 12. USA. Mistral M - 36 boards: 1. AUT, 2. ARG, 3. NZL, 11. USA. Mistral W - 29 boats: 1. ITA, 2. GER, 3. NZL, 4. USA. Soling - 16 boats (fleet racing): 1. NOR, 2. NZL, 3. NED, 4. USA. Star - 16 boats: 1. USA, 2. GBR, 3. BRA. Tornado - 16 boats 1. AUT, 2. AUS, 3. GER, 7. USA. For those who like to keep track of medals: Great Britain won medals in five classes: three golds and two silvers. Two nations captured four sailing medals: Australia won two golds, a silver and a bronze, while USA sailors took home a gold, two silvers and a bronze.
The BT Global Challenge is described as "the world's toughest yacht race." Sailing upwind, "to weather," can be grueling, and the harsh conditions are jarring to the yacht and the crew. But every four years, hundreds of crew volunteers sign up for the BT Global Challenge, eager to attack a course, which pits them against prevailing wind and currents more than half the time. Selected after a rigorous interview process with BT Challenge management, these volunteers, listing every profession except sailor, raise approximately $40,000 in sponsorship funds. The race emphasizes team building, teamwork, and critical decision making, with points awarded per leg as well as for total elapsed time.
Quadstone, the big orange boat, has won the first leg of the BT Global Challenge after crossing the finish line at 13:22:55 GMT, in Boston Harbor on Sept. 28. They left Ocean Village, Southampton, England, on Sept. 10, for the 3,200 mile first leg, were in 12th place in the beginning of the leg, but for the last week, have managed to maintain a sizeable lead over the rest of the fleet of 12 boats. Their winning time was 18 days, two hours, 17 minutes and 55 seconds. Quadstone's skipper, Alex Phillips, 34, has logged more than 50,000 offshore sailing miles. She also has raced as main trimmer, navigator and tactician in many inshore and offshore races, including two Fastnets. On board is one American, John Bailes, 47, an investment advisor from Somerville, Massachusetts. Leg 2 of the BT Challenge will depart Boston on Oct. 15 for Buenos Aires, with an ETA of Nov. 19.