Two very interesting publications came across your reporter's desk in the past week. The entire issue of the Coastal Cruising Guide, published six times a year by Metro Publishing Ltd., was devoted to Manhasset Bay. Werner Pleus, from Plandome, wrote the text for the entire issue, with aerial photos by professional sailing photographer Dan Nerney. Additional photos by Julie Pleus and Sue Geist add a visual story to the well-written text in this issue.
Cover of the new book written by Joan Gay Kent, Discovering Sands Point; Its History, Its People, Its Places.
Mr. Pleus' informative and detailed description of our bay reminds one, once again, how very fortunate we are to live in this coastal community. The lead article, called Out of the Past, begins with a short history of what was once known as Cow Bay, whose name was changed to the more dignified Port Washington after General Washington visited Roslyn during the Revolutionary War. After giving readers a snapshot view of our area's rich background, Mr. Pleus covers navigation, local yacht clubs, marinas, the Port Washington Town Dock, marine supplies, restaurants and other local places of interest to visit. A short, but important word about the Town of North Hempstead laws regarding marine activity is also included. For more information about Coastal Cruising Guide, readers can contact Metro Publishing Ltd., 140 Littleton Road, Suite 108, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054-1867.
Joan Kent, an local historian who has contributed a series of articles on Port Washington history for the Port Washington News, has just written a book called Discovering Sands Point; Its History, Its People, Its Places. Many readers know Mrs. Kent in her many volunteer activities in our community. She is the historian for the Town of North Hempstead, president of the Cow Neck Historical Society, past president of the Port Washington Public Library and past chairman of Sands Point's Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission. It is no surprise that the author combined her extensive knowledge of our area with her professional background as a business magazine editor and an award-winning advertising copywriter to produce a beautiful 240-page history of our most northern section of our peninsula. Included are over 300 photos and illustrations and maps that add visual interest. Local photographer Will Wright contributed many of the modern day photos of the area, complementing the century-old photos culled from family archives, libraries and historical societies. Much research went into the development of this book, as is evident from the author's reference to original documents when possible, and interviews with longtime residents, Village of Sands Point officials and other community leaders. Leonard Wurzel, mayor of the Incorporated Village of Sands Point, wrote in his introduction "Sands Point has been home to heroes and villains, thinkers and doers, politicians and performers, people of accomplishment and mettle." Looking through the index, one recognizes many familiar local names, plus famous names from the past. Chapters include history before 1650, first families of Sands Point, Sands Point's role in the fight for independence, the Civil War, the steamboat era, the age of the moguls and great estates, World War I, the Gold Coast days, the Depression, World War II and post war days, and today's lifestyle in Sands Point. Interwoven throughout the chapters is our rich sailing history. Discovering Sands Point is a well-written book that reads like a good novel, only better because it is about people we know. It is an entirely local endeavor. In addition to Mrs. Kent, and Will Wright, the author and photographer, respectively, the book was published by the Village of Sands Point, and designed by Smallkaps Associates, Inc, and printed by Finer Touch Printing Corp, both from Port Washington. Copies are available at the Dolphin Book Store. Mrs. Kent will be at the Port Washington Public Library's Books Sandwiched In on February 9, 2001.
America's Cup news: The America's Cup challenge from the Duesseldorf Yacht Club has been formally accepted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. It is the first challenge from a German yacht club in the 150-year history of the world's oldest sporting trophy. The Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Peter Taylor, said the recent clarification of the "arm of the sea" clause by the America's Cup Arbitration Panel had cleared the way for acceptance of the Illbruck Challenge from the Duesseldorf Yacht Club on the Rhine River. Challenges for the 31st America's Cup regatta have now been formally accepted from five yachts clubs in four different countries. The other four
clubs accepted are the Yacht Club Punta Ala (Italy), the Seattle Yacht Club (USA), the New York Yacht Club (USA) and the Societe Nautique de Geneve (Switzerland).
There was no frostbiting on Dec. 24 due to the holiday. The frostbiters look forward to three days of racing at the New Year's Regatta on Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1.
Happy New Year to all our readers. May 2001 bring you health, prosperity, good friends, and time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings nature has provided to our peninsula.