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On the Bay

By Andrea Watson

There was no frostbiting last Sunday, Jan. 21, due to high winds. It's been a tough season for the frostbiters. Either there is no wind, too much wind, ice on the bay, or a huge snowstorm preventing traveling to the bay. Let's hope that next Sunday sailors will be able to haul out their dinghies and get in a full afternoon of exciting winter sailing before the start of the Super Bowl.

Yachting Key West Race Week 2001 ended on Friday, Jan. 19. The last day of racing brought winds in the low 20s for the final contest. This was a welcome change of pace for the 327 crew who competed in the previous three days with very little wind. Four local skippers raced in the week-long mega regatta. In Division I, Fleet E, KamiKaze, Melges 30, Mario Fichera, came in eighth overall. In the same division, Fleet F, Spank Me, a C & C 44, Bob Limoggio, was third. In Division 2, Fleet D, Monster Lady, Martin Kald, J80, was 11th, and in Division IV, Fleet A, Solution, a Farr 40, John B. Thomson Jr., came in 15th overall. The Farr 40 class had the highest number of entries and the winner of the division, George Andreadis, sailing Atalanti XI, won Yachting Boat of the Week award, for winning the closest and most competitive class, based on a formula of mathematical criteria. Ken Read, helmsman on Esmeralda, a Farr 50 owned by Makato Uematsu, won the IMS class. This bodes well for Dennis Conner, as he is also the helmsman on Stars and Stripes' challenge for America's Cup in 2003.

A bit of local sailing history. Ginger Marshall Martus, who lives in NJ, but grew up in Port Washington and spends many weekends on our lovely peninsula, gave your reporter a copy of an article from the 1939 Yachting magazine. The article is titled "A Twin-Screw Diesel Cruiser for Long Island Yachtsman." It begins, "This attractive yacht was designed by Chester A. Nedwidek, naval architect of Bayside, LI, for Fred H. Walsh, the Commodore of the Port Washington Yacht Club, LI. She is now well advanced in construction at the yard of A. and R. Marshall, of Port Washington." Mr. Walsh was Mrs. Martus' uncle. The article continues, "The principal dimensions of the new yacht are as follows: length overall, 53'9"; length on water line, 48'0"; beam, 14'5"; draft, 4'6'. Keel and framing are of white oak, outside planking of 1 1/2" Philippine mahogany and decks of teak...The power plant is a pair of 6-cylinder Superior Diesel engines developing 100 horse power each at 1600 revolutions per minute. They are fitted with reduction gears of 2:1 ratio and will drive the yacht at a speed of 14 to 15 miles per hour." Her uncle, Monte Marshall, built a model of the boat, called Escape, which lives in Mrs. Martus' home in NJ, in the 1930s.

Update on The Race: Team Adventure, skippered by Cam Lewis was damaged in rough seas last weekend and is en route to Cape Town for boat repair and medical checkups for two crew who were injured during the mishap. Team Adventure was struck by a large wave about 1,100 miles southwest of Cape Town on Friday, Jan. 19, and suffered structural damage and two of her crew were thrown off their feet by the force of the impact. Larry Rosenfeld, co-navigator of Team Adventure, said, "Hitting that wave was like standing in a bus going 35 mph and having it hit a car doing 20 mph the other way." Under the rules of The Race, the boat must remain in port for 48 hours, after which the team will try to make up for down time.

The SoundWaters Community Center for Environmental Education is open and has surpassed everyone's greatest expectations. The center houses a wall of aquariums filled with plants and animals from local fresh and saltwater habitats. The developers of the center deliberately used environmentally sensitive building materials and system, including floors from recycled tires, cabinets from recycled milk jugs and a geo-thermal heating and cooling system. With the opening of the center, SoundWaters will be able to expand its reach to many, sharing the wonders of Long Island Sound with thousands of additional children and adults. Previously, SoundWaters provided hands-on programs aboard the schooner SoundWaters at field sites in the western Long Island Sound region, and at schools and community centers. Now that the center is open, it is a meeting place for lectures and music, a resource for eco-friendly consumers and naturalists, and a roundtable for discussing issues relating to the Sound and the environment as a whole. It is also a classroom for field trips and a fun and educational weekend outing for families. For more information on SoundWaters Community Center, call 203-323-1978 or visit their website at www.soundwaters.org. SoundWaters is located at Cove Island Park 1281 Cove Road, Stamford, CT 06902.


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