On Sunday, March 11, as the Frostbite YC Race Committee headed down to the dock, the wind was 10-12 knots out of the NW, and appeared to be steady, with no gusts. Two "no jibe" courses were set due to wind conditions. Wind for the first race stayed in the 10-12 knot range, but during the second race, the wind started picking up to 14-16 knots, and by the end of the race, winds were at 18-20 knots, with higher gusts. Race Committee abandoned further racing for the day, and all boats sailed back to land with no capsizes. Once on shore, the RC noticed that the winds built to 25-30 knots, confirming the correct choice to cancel racing for the rest of the day. Winners: 1. Matt Kelly/Sue Kinsey and 2) John Browning/Laura Browning.
Many in the sailing community are familiar with the Star Class, which was designed in New York City and built by Issac E. Smith in Port Washington in 1911. Star boats have a long history with our community. The first boat was owned by George "Pop" Corry, the "Father of the Star Class", who was a member of the Manhasset Bay YC. "Pop" Corry set out to develop a class which would provide keen racing for skippers of moderate means. Initially, 22 boats were built, half of which were sold to members of the American YC in Rye, NY, with the rest staying in the Manhasset Bay and Little Neck Bay areas. According to the June 1987 issue of The Library News, in an article titled "Sailing Into Summer," the Nautical Center of the Port Washington Public Library held a special program in April of the same year on the "Star Class" boat, which included a presentation to the Nautical Center of a half-model Star Boat by Bill Corey from Plandome, NY. The article is accompanied by a photo of Duke Dayton, past Commodore of the Port Washington YC, presenting a Star Class trophy to the Nautical Center, with Ginger Marshall Martus looking on. Mention is made of Stan Ogilvy, the historian of the Star Class at the time, Mario Tribuno, Jim Moore, and Ralph Curd.
The Star Class became extremely popular and is sailed the world over today. Many of the world's top sailors can boast of silver won in a Star boat regatta. Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedaghl won the Olympic Gold Medal sailing in a Star, and the recently concluded Bacardi Cup was sailed in Star Class boats. The Star Class in one of the most competitive classes sailed today, as is substantiated by the final standings of the Bacardi Cup, which concluded on Friday, March 9 in Miami, FL. The top 10 finishers in the Bacardi Cup included Olympic medallists like Mark Reynolds, Magnus Liljedahl, Troben Grael, Marcello Ferreira, Rod Davis, Hal Haenel, Colin Besheal and David Giles, and Paul Cayard. In fact, the team of Reynolds and Liljedahl ended up 9th overall for their efforts. Six of the top 10 finishers hailed from the United States. The winner of the prestigious 2001 Trodeo Bacardi was Peter Bromby/Martin Siese from Bermuda, who finally won the cup after 10 attempts.
More Star Class news In reporting the 2000 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards in the column dated Feb. 15, mention was made of the commitment experienced sailors make to younger sailing hopefuls. Twenty-four hours after Mark Reynolds received his Yachtsman of the Year Rolex watch, he was standing in the rain on the deck of a Starr boat at the California YC showing three dozen new Starr sailors how to tune their rigs. Another example of the wonderful people who are drawn to the great sport of sailing.
Follow-up on the SORC (Southern Ocean Racing Conference), which conluded on March 4: "It was a squeaker," said John Kilroy, skipper of Samba Pa Ti after his boat wrapped up first place for the Farr 40 class at the 60th anniversary regatta of the Acura Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) by one quarter of a point. Kilroy, from Malibu, CA, led the class on points for three days of the four-day regatta but came under increasing pressure from the steadily improving Barking Mad, skippered by Jim Richardson, from Boston, MA. Kilroy was the 1999 World Champion of the class while Richardson was the 1998. Both Samba Pa Ti and Barking Mad have competed in the Fall Series on Manhasset Bay. This is one of the most competitive fleets - at one mark rounding there were 18 protest flags out of a 28-boat fleet. Local Farr 40 skipper, John Thompson, on Solution, finished the OSRC with a 10th place overall. Spank Me, skippered by Bob Limoggio in the IMS division, came in 6th overall, with three DNC's (did not compete) due to boat damage. Ken Read, helmsman for Team Dennis Conner on the Stars and Stripes challenge for the 2003 America's Cup, racing on a Farr 50, Esmeralda, with owner Makoto Uematsu, had seven victories in three days of racing in the 17 boat IMS class, but elected not to sail the final day.