On a sunny, but very cold Sunday afternoon, six teams of frostbiters braved the elements to complete five races. Winds were from the north at about 10-12 knots, with higher puffs, changing in mid-afternoon to a southerly. One boat capsized during one of the puffs, but the two-person team was able to re-rig their boat and be back on the water in short order. Unfortunately, they just missed the start of the last race for the day. Winners for the day were: I. Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (#536), 2. Ted Toombs/David Cornachio (#514) and 3. Matt Kelly/Sue Kinsey (#769).
Start of one of five races on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001.
Many readers may remember Jim Flemings, who for approximately 25 years was the Bay Constable for our town. After serving so well in that capacity, Mr. Flemings has decided to retire. The Department of Public Safety of the Town of North Hempstead is now looking for a new Bay Constable to fill the position left vacant by Mr. Fleming. This official title is Bay Constable I and responsibilities include: patrolling Manhasset Bay, Hempstead Harbor, and portions of Little Neck Bay; and enforcing local laws governing vessel traffic, speed, wake, moorings, and water safety. To qualify for the position, applicants must be able to operate each vessel in the Division's fleet of four motorized boats, and have two years of similar paid experience. In addition, experience in boating mechanics is also desired, but not required. If interested, you can send your resume and salary requirement to Andrew M. Hyman, Commissioner of Public Safety, 285 Denton Avenue, New Hyde Park, New York, NY 11040. (Phone: 516-739-6693; fax: 516-739-6717).
Owen Torrey, Jr., past president of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) from 1992-94, died last week. Mr. Torrey resided in Rowayton, CT, and had strong ties to the sport of sailing. He was an accomplished sailor and race administrator who was an active contributor to many different aspects of sailing. Some of his accomplishments: Olympic bronze medal (Swallow class) in the 1948 games in London; two America's Cup campaigns; numerous Newport-Bermuda Races, including 2000. He was a member of the American YC, New York YC, Storm Trysail Club and active as a US Sailing judge, PHRF handicapper, and in race management. Mr. Torrey, born in 1925 in New York, graduated from Harvard University and Columbia University Law School. Mr. Torrey will be remembered by many as a "true gentleman who was respected and admired by all who met him."
Twenty-four-year-old Briton Ellen MacArthur, sailing Kingfisher, in the Vendee Globe has won the hearts and minds of supporters around the world. She came in second to the first place winner, Desjoyeaux on PRB, just 24 hours later, setting a time of 94 days, four hours and 25 minutes. She is the first woman to achieve solo circumnavigation in less than 100 days. MacArthur, who as a young girl from Derbyshire saved up school dinner to buy her first boat 10 years ago - an 8-foot dinghy - has captured the imagination of the world. As soon as she completed her solo sail, Prime Minister Tony Blair phoned his congratulation; his French counterpart, Lionel Jospin, sent MacArthur a fax citing her "courage, talent and jeunuesse," and the crowds screamed "Ellen, Ellen" upon seeing her. All well-deserved accolades for the Vendee Globe second place finisher, as her solo sail represents Darwinian yacht racing at its most selective. Twenty-four skippers set out on Nov. 9, and both Desjoyeaux, the winner, and MacArthur, have shattered records for racing alone around the world.
MacArthur has beaten skippers that are older and more experienced sailors, on new boats that were capable of taking the top honors at the Vendee Globe. This is a woman to watch - it will be exciting to follow her sailing career.