The last day of racing for the frostbite fleet was last Saturday, April 28. It was an interesting day as the wind was from the north at 10-12 knots as the boats crossed the starting line, but by the end of the race, the Dock Master at Manhasset Bay YC dock said the winds were up to 30 mph. There was one capsize and one boat retired before the end of the race. The course started off the Worry Wart, with a windward mark near the North Shore YC fleet, continued to the Port Washington fleet for the leeward mark, with a beam reach to the finish at the Manhasset Bay YC dock. According to Herb Schmidt, Winter Frostbite Race Committee chair, the three remaining boats "surfed to the finish line. I have never seen an IC Dinghy surfing before." Once all boats were back on land, approximately 25-30 skippers, crew, family and friends enjoyed a picnic lunch. The results: 1. Pedro Lorson/Laura Browning, 2. Ted Toombs/Matthew Cornachio and 3. Bob Kirtland/David Cornachio. The winner of the Wheeler Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Annual Long Distance Race, was Pedro Lorson/Laura Browning.
The Interclub Frostbite Dinghy Fleet's Annual Long Distance Race was held on Saturday, April 28. Herb Schmidt, RC chairman, awards the Wheeler Trophy to Laura Browning (left) and Pedro Lorson, skipper (right), Photo by Betts Lee Carpenter.
More Frostbite news: Two-time Collegiate All American Jim Bowers sailing with his regular IC crew Myrna Chan MacRae won an unprecedented third in a row IC Nationals at the Indian Harbor YC in Greenwich, CT, held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. The fleet of 49 boats also included IC stalwarts Steve Benjamin, Neal Fowler and Ben Cesare. The two-day regatta had light conditions on Saturday and a great 10-15 knot spring Long Island southerly on Sunday. Bowers/MacRae were the only consistent team with no finishes out of the top five to win by seven points. Top 10 finishers, including boat numbers and home club: 1. (#717) Jim Bowers/Myrna Chan MacRae, Winthrop; 2. (#755) Neal Fowler/Mike Collins, Hyannis; 3. (#21) Ben Cesare/Kim Cesare, Larchmont; 4. (#75) Andrew Kaplan/Storm Snaith, Larchmont; 5. (#24) Chad Demarest/Chick Fagan, Scituate; 6. (#34) Steve Benjamin/Todd Breeden, Larchmont; 7. (#536) Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry, Manhasset Bay; 8. (#10) Bob Monro/Francesca Monro, Larchmont; 9. (#693) Andrew Pimental/Carol Cronin, Portsmouth, RI; and 10. (#17) Paul-Jon Patin/Anne Patin, Larchmont.
The Thirsty Thursday sailors had their organizational meeting last Thursday, April 26. In addition to discussion the upcoming season, awards were given for accomplishments from last season. Two series made up the championship series for each division and there was a separate Columbus Day race. Winners in the Spring Series; Spring, Div. 1: (1) Xcite (Yalcin Tarhan), (2) Promise Kept (Sandy Lindenbaum), (3), Zero Gravity (Tony Dalia), and (4) Avalanche (Al Albrecht); Div. II: (1) Happy Daze II (Tom Egan), (2) Beowulf (Dave Deutsch), and (3) Irish Blessing (Ed Gillen); Div. III: (1) Tootsie (Ron Fink), (2) Sundance (Joel Ziev), (3) Eden (Klaus Marreck), (4) Charlies Boat (Charlie Cannam). The Fall Series winners: Div. I: (1) Xcite, (2) Zero Gravity, (3) Avalanche, and (4) Promise Kept; Div. II: (1) Happy Daze II, (2) Quicker (Bruce Logan), (3) Beowulf, and (4) Rascal (Graham/Stovall; Div. III, (1) Toostie, (2) Illbehavior (Noel Ilberg), (3) Charlies Boat, (4) Serenity (Jacques Blinbaum). The Championship: Div. I; (1) Xcite, (2) Zero Gravity, (3) Promise Kept, and (4) Avalanche; Div. II: (1) Happy Daze II, (2) Beowulf, (3) Irish Blessing; Div. III: (1) Tootsie, (2) Sundance, (3) Charlies Boat, and (4) Eden. Winners of the Columbus Day Regatta: Div. I: (1) Promise Kept, (2) Xcite, (3) Vision (Marc Epstein); Div. II: (1) Chaparral IV (Uwe Kordts), and Div. III: (1) Serenity and (2) Eden. The Finese Trophy (best overall record): Tootsie (Ron Fink). Many thanks to Bill McFaul, the outgoing commodore for all his hard work and leadership of the CBCA (Cow Bay Cruising Association).
There will be an Advanced Racing Clinic over Memorial Day weekend at the USMMA in Kings Point. Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation, this clinic was started 13 years ago to offer the same wonderful learning opportunity on the East Coast as the CISA clinic provides to sailors on the West Coast. The boats used are Lasers, Radials, Club 420s and Flying Juniors, and the clinic accepts both young and adult sailors based on their racing experience. Dave Perry will be speaking one evening this year on the changes in the new 2001 - 2004 rules, and some of the coaches are: Skip Whyte, US Olympic Sailing Team Coach, Meg Gaillard, Bronz Medalist at 2,000 Europe Dinghy World Champs, Nancy Haberland, winner of 20 National Sailing titles, Bernard Luttmer, 2nd place finisher at ICSA Singlehanded Champs, and Doug Clark, winner himself and/or coach of many national sailing championship teams. Last year there were 85 sailors from 16 states (chosen from a group of 130 applicants) who enjoyed 12-hour days with Betsy Alison, Skip Whyte, Doug Clark, Scott Ikle, Jay Kohoe, James Appel, Dave Van Cleef, Rick Dominique and Tim Herzog. For information about the 2001 clinic, contact SusanCTrotman@as.com.
Peter Holmberg has won his third Crimson Blazer in four years, by winning the 37th Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA. Holmberg led the crew from Larry Ellison's Oracle America's Cup syndicate. With this win, Holmberg becomes only the second sailor to win the Congressional more than twice, following victories in 1998 and 1999. Rod Davis, a potential helmsman for Italy's America's Cup Prada Challenge, has won it four times but lost two straight to Pace in the semifinals, as Holmberg swept Stars & Stripes Ken Read to set up the final. Read won two from Davis for third place. Final results: 1. Holmberg, 2. Pace, 3. Read, 4. Davis, 5. Morgan Larson, Seattle YC, 6. James Spithill, Seattle YC, 7. Luc Pillot, APCC Loire Atlantiques, 8. Andy Green, Royal Ocean Racing Club, 9. Jesper Radich, Royal Danish YC, and 10. Sebastien Destremau, Fremantle Sailing Club.