The Manhasset High School Varsity Sailing team took first place in the Mid Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) regatta held last Saturday, May 12 at the Setauket Yacht Club in Port Jefferson. In this debut regatta of the season, the Manhasset team sailed in against four other high school teams from the area. Sailing 420s on a modified triangle course in two divisions, Matt Himler ('04) skippered the "A" Division boat with Dan Furie ('04) and Alex Horowitz ('03) alternating as crew. Kelly Barry ('02) skippered in the "B" Division with Vaughn Read ('05) and Furie, alternating as crew. Sailing in 5-knot winds building to 15-plus knots in the afternoon, Himler had two firsts, two seconds, a third and fourth-place finish in six races. Barry was perfect with five first-place finishes in five races. The final results: 1. Manhasset High School, 2. Huntington High School, 3. The Stony Brook School, 4. Scarsdale High School, and 5. Port Jefferson High School. What a nice way to begin the season. Congratulations to all!
The Annual Frostbite Awards Dinner was held at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on Friday evening, May 11. Always an enjoyable way to end the winter sailing season, this year was no exception. About 50 people gathered together to share stories of the past sailing season, and as a beautiful sun set over Manhasset Bay, sailors commented on the number of boats already at their moorings, and the conversation left winter sailing behind, and began focusing on the upcoming season of warm-weather sailing. Not unexpected was the ever-present question, Would the wind gods be good to us this season? The awards for the season: 1st Place Division A, Fall, Winter, Spring and Championship Series 2001: Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry. 1st Place Division B, Spring and Championship Series, 2001, and 3rd Place Division A, Fall Series: Bob Kirtland/David Cornachio. 2nd Place Division A, Fall and Championship Series 2001: John Browning/Laura Browning. 2nd Place Division B, Championship Series 2001, 1st Place Division B, Fall Series, and 3rd Place Division A, Winter and Spring Series: Fee Mitropoulos/Amelia Amon. 3rd Place Division A, Championship Series 2001, and 2nd Place Division A, Winter and Spring Series: Ted Toombs/David Cornachio/Matt Cornachio. 3rd Place Division B Championship Series 2001, 2nd Place Division B, Winter and Spring Series, and Most Improved Fall to Spring: John Silbersack/Nichols Silbersack. 3rd Place Division B, Winter and Spring Series 2001: Stephanie Baas/Ellen McCulloh. 1st Place, Crew Series 2001: Mimi Berry. Additional awards included: Frostbite Woman of the Year 2001: Sue Miller; Frostbite Rookie of the Year 2001: Stephanie Baas; and 2nd Place, Frostbite Crew Series 2001: David Cornachio. Two race committee members, Herb Schmidt and Andrea Watson, received awards for their contribution to frostbiting during the past year.
America's Cup Update: A challenge from the Golden Gate Yacht Club which is partnered with the Oracle Racing Team has been formally accepted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. This third American syndicate brings the current number of challengers to 10: Yacht Club Punta Ala Prada Italy; Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoiaba Italy; Seattle Yacht Club, One World USA; New York Yacht Club, Stars and Stripes USA; Golden Gate Yacht Club, Oracle Racing USA; Societe Nautique de Geneve, Swiss Challenge Switzerland; Dusseldorf Yacht Club, Illbruck Challenge Germany; Union Nationale pour la Course au Large le Defi France; Royal Ocean Racing Club, Brittania United Kingdom; Gamla Stans Yacht Sallskap, Victory Challenge Sweden.
From time to time, this column announces sailing programs on ESPN, hosted by world-renowned sailor Gary Jobson. These are usually major events in the sailing world that Mr. Jobson covers for ESPN. But come June 13, Gary Jobson will be involved in one of the stories he is writing for ESPN, as he will be leading a team of adventurers on an expedition to the Arctic. Sailing aboard the 62-foot Oyster, Oystercatcher XXIV, Jobson and his crew will depart from New York City on June 13 en route to the expedition's departure point of Tromso, Norway. The voyage will be documented in a one-hour show that will air on ESPN later this year. This voyage, a two-week journey titled "80 Degrees North Under Sail," will be battling extreme weather, Arctic wind and ice, and traveling to an area in the world that is so remote, few sailboats ever attempt to visit it. "The crew will have to take precautions to minimize health risks that include everything from frostbite and hypothermia to seasickness," said Dr. Kenneth Dardick, a travel health expert. From Tromso, Oystercatcher XXIV will sail 800 miles north on the treacherous Barents Sea to Spitsbergen, the largest island of the glacial Svalbard Archipelago, which is protected by the Norwegian government. It lies north of Finland and east of the most northerly part of Greenland. On each day of the journey Jobson will post his daily log - complete with photos - on www.jobsonsailing.com. Information about arctic weather health hazards will be posted on www.transdermscop.com. While exploring the vast northern locale, the crew plans to hike, climb and ski the region's glaciers, explore the local history and kayak the pristine arctic waters.