The 22nd Annual Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series, held over two consecutive weekends, Oct. 14-15 and 21-22, concluded on Sunday, Oct. 22, after four days of glorious sun and variable wind conditions. One hundred four boats, mostly from the metropolitan area, but a few from as far away as Chicago, competed in 11 divisions on Long Island Sound east of Execution Rock. The first weekend the wind was light, forcing the Race Committee to postpone the start of the race on Sunday, Oct. 15, but by the end of the first weekend, three races were completed. Sailing conditions improved on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, as a cool front brought more wind to Long Island Sound. A total of six races were completed, and according to Sue Miller, event chairperson, "This is the first time in several years we've had racing all four days." Because of the large number of boats in the regatta, there were essentially two race committees, both on Long Island Sound within sight of each other. Sue Miller was PRO (Principal Race Officer) for the Red Circle on Resolute, the first weekend and The Dottie J on the second weekend. Gene Bowler was the PRO for the White Circle on Growler. The Dottie J and Growler were lent to MBYC for the Fall Series by the USMMA. Bill Foster, the present owner of Resolute, bought her from Jean Shope, after Roger's death. It was a treat for all those who knew Roger Shope to see Resolute back in our bay as a RC Committee Boat. And with Jean on board, it brought back many happy memories of days past. The inspiration for the Fall Series came from John B. Thompson Jr., who described its purpose as two-fold: to develop in our own area high level big boat competition and to enjoy Long Island Sound racing under the best weather conditions possible. Many readers are familiar with John Thomson's successful sailing record on Solution and Infinity.
Top three finishers in the Red Circle. Number in parentheses is number of boat in division. Division I (7): 1. #25 Blue Yankee (RP66), Towse, Storm Trysail Club, 2. #25555, Idler (N/M45) David, New York YC, and 3. #79, Virago (CTM49), Renshaw (New York YC). Division II (8): 1. #4040, Solution (Farr 40), Thomson, Manhasset Bay YC, 2. #8448, Pax NZL (Farr 43), Siegel, Stamford, and 3. #50939, V-Max (FRR39ML), Pipin, Chicago. Division III (11) (all J44s): 1. #43944, Mabuhay II, Salvati, Larchmont YC, 2. #44007, Brown Eyed Girl, Dinhofer. Indian Harbor YC, and 3. #49, Gold Digger, Bishop. Division IV (5): 1. #50500, Christopher Dragon (J130), Weiss, Indian Harbor YC, 2. #40421, Rogue (EVE42), Dole, LHYC, and 3. #40888, Diane (N/M50), Schwartz, New York YC. Division V (5) (all HEN 30s): 1. #117, Hot Water, Seibert, Toms River, 2. #102, Psyched-up, Singleton, Raritan, and 3. #123, Purple Haze, Walsh, Raritan. Division VI (11): 1. #18321, Soulmates (EXP37), Loory, Huguenot, 2. #51072, Troubador (EXP 37), Weintraub, New York YC, and 3. #32441, Cygnette (Swan 441), Mayer, New York YC.
Top finishers in the White Circle, Division I (13): 1. #41810, Deviation (SOV33), Vogel, Huguenot, 2. #53374, Carpe Diem, (SWN391), Fracchia, Setauket, and 3. #43810, Avalanche (J105), Albrecht, Port Washington YC. Division II (all J105s) (12): 1. #50846, Peregrina, Burack, YRALIS, . #324, Kingsem, Esdorn, American Y C, and 3. #1017, Hilaria, Florence, Larchmont YC. Division III (11): 1. #283, Hustler (J29), Esposito, City Island YC, 2. #30648, Chaika (TAY34), Coar, City Island YC, and 3. #41717, Out of Reach (FRS33), Nees, Port Washington YC. Division IV (10): 1. #23733, Dreadlocks (TAR10), Hammer, LHCY, 2. #22571, Letting Go (BLT37), Rich, Corinthians, and 3. #43593, Zinga (TAR10), Torre, YRALIS. Division V (8): 1. #20, Happy Wanderer (PSN312W), Byers, Centerport, 2. #206, Captain Morgan (PSN10M), Goldstein, LHYC, and 3. #216, Happy Daze II (P10M), Egan, Port Washington YC.
The John B. Thomson Sr. Trophy for the best overall performance in combined IMS and one-design divisions was presented to Robert Towse/Steve Benjamin, Blue Yankee, Storm Trysail Club. The Ted Clark Trophy for best performance in the PHRF division went to Iris Vogel, Deviation, Huguenot YC.
Local sailors participating in the Fall Series: Solution (Farr40), Thomson, Manhasset Bay YC, More War Stories (ILC40), Bayer, Knickerbocker YC, R Wave 3 (ILC40), Futterman, Knickerbocker YC, Kaimkaze (MEL30), Fichera, Port Washington YC, Avalanche (J105), Albrecht, Port Washington YC, Rainmaker (SWN40), McFaul, Port Washington YC, Predator (J105), Savage, Manhasset Bay YC, Out of Reach II (FRS33), Nees, Port Washington YC, Promise Kept (Ben374), Lindenbaum, Knickerbocker YC, and Happy Daze II (P10M), Egan, Port Washington YC.