Bay racing is in full swing. The results for the Memorial Day weekend of May26-28th, starting with Saturday, May 26: Only three Sonars sailed. The finishers: 1. Sounder, #652, Rick Jordan, 2. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, and 3. Elusive, #316, Ed King/Mary Lu Dempsey. On Sunday, May 27th, RC ran three races. Results for the first and second race were the same: 1. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2. Sounder, and 3. Housemartin, #375, Greg Danilek/Beth Danilek. The results for the final race of the days: 1. Housemartin, 2. Delight, and LaurieB, #356, Bob Baskind. On Memorial Day, May 28th, there was only one race. Finishers: 1. Delight, 2. Weekend Warrior, and 3. Elusive. Knickerbocker YC was the Race Committee for all three day.
The EDS Challenge visiting in the bay while crew learn the rudiments of sailing in anticipation of joining the BT Global Challenge next year.
The wind was fluky and shifting all over the Bay on the weekend of June 9-10. Two races were completed on Saturday in very little wind. Manhasset Bay YC was the Race Committee for the weekend. Seven Sonars were at the starting line for both races. The first race finishers: 1. Tzuris, #368, Stanley Rosenberg, 2. Dreadlox, #442, Neil Bercow, and 3. Sounder, #652, Rick Jordan. Sonar finishers for Race #2 on Saturday: 1. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, 2. Free Spirit, #96, Herb Schmidt, and 3.Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland. Four MBO's (Manhasset Bay One Designs) were are the starting line for Race #1, but did not compete in Race #2. Because of so little wind, only one boat managed to cross the finish line before the time limit expired, which was Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen. On Sunday, June 10, the wind was stronger, but still shifting. Three races were complete. All boats in both the Sonar Fleet and the MBO's received a TLE (Time Limit Expired), which means none of the boats reached the finish line in the hour given by the RC (Race Committee) to finish the race. The RC listed the finishers, which then left it up to the individual fleets as how they would like to score the results. Listed are the top three boats in each fleet, even though the race was recorded as TLE. The Sonars: 1. Sounder, 2. Delight, and 3.Tzuris. In the MBO Fleet: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blackjack, #25, Adrian Alley/George Graf, and 3. Catch 22, #22, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin. Race #2 results for Sunday: Sonars: 1. Delight, 2. Sounder, and 3. Lark, #436, Bill Brakman. MBO's: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Frolic, #17, Bill Martin, and 3. Catch 22. The third race on Sunday saw only three Sonars competing. Their finishes: 1. Sounder, 2. Water Music, #313, Jerry Morea, and 3. Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind. Results for the weekend of June 2-3 were unavailable at press time.
Seventeen boats in three divisions competed in the second Thirsty Thursday race on May 31st. All divisions sailed course J STB, which is 5.96 nm (nautical miles). Results in the first division: 1. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul, 2. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum. In Division II: 1.Happy Daze, #216, Tom Egan, 2. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, and 3. Anticipation, ##52, Ed Veprovsky. In Division III: 1. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev, 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink. Two weeks ago the column left out the owner of Reality, who came in first in Division II on May 24th. The owner of Reality is Peggy D'Alessandro.
When we think of sailors and sailing so many pictures comes to mind. What most people may not realize though, is that the sailing community reaches out in many ways to the larger communities that surround Manhasset Bay. One example of this was a very special event that took place on Sunday afternoon, June 3rd, when the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington honored local sailor and philanthropist Horace Hagedorn. Mr. Hagedorn and his wife, Amy, were the recipients of the highest honor that the Residents bestow for their work and financial support of the project that planted trees all along Port Washington Boulevard, from Northern Boulevard to Sands Point. When residents and visitors drive along our beautifully enhanced boulevard, we can be reminded of the good work of this family. How appropriate to have a sailing family's efforts welcome people to our community by the bay. Thanks to Amy and Horace and the whole Hagedorn family for their generosity.
In last week's column mention was made of the Swedish Match Racing Tour that just ended in Split, Croatia. An additional piece of information has been made available. After the completion of the Tour in Croatia, competitors continued on to Germany for the Swedish Match Tour's Match Race Lake Constance. With 18-20 knot winds, and intermittent rain throughout the day, heavy at times, hearty Rhinelanders refused to let the conditions get in the way of watching these world-class match racers. By the end of the day, the crowd watching the match racing from land had swelled in excess of 12,000 spectators. Pretty amazing.
On June 16, 2001 at 12:30pm, ESPN2 will air "Ultimate Sailing 2001 - The Congressional Cup". The Congressional Cup is one of two match racing events in the United States (the other being our very own Knickerbocker Cup) that draws the "best of the best" sailors. But don't expect to see massive crowds like the ones in Europe for the Swedish Match Racing Tour. For some inexplicable reason, Americans haven't caught the match racing bug. What a shame, because match racing is so interesting to watch, with its clever and at times furious maneuvering battle that takes place at the start, tacking duels when sailing to windward, and the strategy downwind to find clean air. In a heated match race, it is common to have 30 or 40 tacks to windward and 10 to 20 jibes sailing downwind. Now how could that not be exciting to watch?
During the two weeks of June 4-June 16, the 70 foot one design yacht, EDS Challenge, has been on a North Shore YC mooring in Manhasset Bay. The 44-ton steel hulled world girdling yacht was designed by Sir Chay Blyth, the first man to sail solo around the world, "the wrong way". Peter Mackie, group leader of a crew of novice sailors form the Information Technology section of Credit Suisse First Boston, are being instructed on the rudiments of sailing and management techniques. Each day as the crew sails in Manhasset Bay and on LI Sound, they are learning how to manage together as a team. After the 16th, the group will travel to Tokyo for more classes, and return to North Shore YC in the fall for more group training. Many of the crew on the EDS Challenge will participate in the BT Global Challenge next year, sailing around the world "the wrong way", with a crew of amateurs, led by a professional skipper. The EDS Challenge is beautiful - readers may want to try to get a peek at her while she is visiting in our bay.