On Thursday, June 28, twenty boats competed in three divisions in Race #5 of Thirsty Thursday racing. The wind was light and Division II and III did not complete the racecourse by 9:30 pm; therefore the finishes that are reported here for those divisions are not official. Division I finishes, which are official: 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul, and 3. Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia. Division II results (unofficial): 1. Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan, 2. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, and 3. Nemesis, #87922, Bruce Logan. Division III (unofficial): 1. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, 2. Tootsie, #18, Ton Fink, and 3. Serenity, #152, Jacques Blinbaum. Race results for Thursday, July 5: Division I: 1. Rainmaker, 2. Xcite, and 3. Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum. Division II: 1. Happy Daze II, 2. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky and 3. Nemesis. Division III: 1. Tootsie, 2. Illbehavior, #USA3, Peter/Todd Illberg, and Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev. Official results from June 21, indicate a change in scoring for Division III only. The results for Division III, June 21: 1. Charlies Boat, #43754, Charlie Cannam, 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Illbehavior.
William Sandberg (left), Corporate Advertising Manager of Rolex Watch U.S.A., presenting Olin Stephens with a Rolex Submariner watch, during a dinner honoring Olin on Saturday, June 16 at the Mystic Seaport Designers Recognition Rendezvous.
On Saturday, July 7, two divisions of racers - Sonars and MBOs- completed three races. The results for Division One - Sonars, Race One: 1. Sounder, #652, Rick Jordan, 2. Ping, #451, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind. Race #2: 1. Sounder, 2. Gumby, #515, Mike McAllister, and 3. Ping. Race #3: 1. Sounder, 2. Gumby, and 3. Ping. In Division II, MBOs: Race #1: 1. Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen, 2. Frolic, #17, Bill Martin, and 3. 23 Skiddoo, #23, Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes. Race #2: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Escapade, #5, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, and 3. 23 Skiddoo. Race #3 results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Escapade, and 3. Frolic. Results for bay racing on Sunday, July 8 and the Knickerbocker Day Race next week.
All-American Amanda Clark held a racing clinic on Sunday, July 8 for eight teams of racers in Ideal 18s. In spite of bad weather that delayed the start of the clinic, group practiced starts, windward -leewards, spinnaker work, and maneuvering in tight conditions from 11:00 - 3:00 p.m. It has been reported from a reliable source that there were some exciting moments during the day.
In the June 21 issue of the Port Washington News, your reporter wrote a story about Olin J. Stephens II's visit to Manhasset Bay. In that article, mention was made of the Mystic Seaport's Designer Recognition Rendezvous held on the weekend of June 16-17. Celebrating the success of Sparkman & Stephens, one of America's most prominent yacht design firms, the event showcased 70 S & S -designed boats and drew a crowd of 700 to hear the firm's founding partner, Olin Stephens, speak about his career in boat design. Many of those in attendance were S & S boat owners who had traveled from all over the globe to participate. Familiar faces from our bay, including several owners of S & S boats, plus a former designer for the firm, were seen throughout the day. On Saturday evening, a dinner was held to honor Mr. Stephens, during which Olin was presented a Rolex Submariner timepiece by Bill Sandberg, Corporate Advertising Manager of Rolex Watch U.S.A. Recognition was also given to boat designers who started at S & S and went on to start design firms of their own. Several people from our bay were recognized: Bob Prokop and Jack Antinori, owners of MBO #3, the longest continually sailed, S & S-designed boat, and Manny Green, who owns a Knickerbocker One Design, and sailed her as far as Clinton, CT, when he was forced to abandon his plans on joining the Recognition Rendezvous due to fog and no wind. The MBOD was Olin's first design when he joined the firm in 1929; Bill Mavrogiannis, who worked for many years at S & S and lives in Port Washington, designed the KOD.
Information has become available on sailors competing in waters other than Manhasset Bay: On June 23-24, in winds ranging from 0 - 25 knots, the 2001 Sunfish US Masters Championship was held on the Great Sound in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. The host club was the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor. Dick Heinl, from Manhasset won the Supreme Grand Masters (70+). Other Age Group Winners were: Apprentice Masters (40-49): Chris Houston (Ambler, PA); Masters (50-59): Dave Kaighin (Nokomis, FL); Grand Masters (60-69): Courtney Young, Jr. (Monroe, NY). Congratulation to Mr. Heinl.
For over 35 years, the Biennial Storm Trysail Race Week, which is the host for Block Island Race Week, has provided first class race management to world class sailors be they novice or veteran. This club provided racing for IMS Racing, IMS Cruiser/Racer, PHRF, AMERICAP, One Design and PHRF Cruising Canvas. Many One Design classes competed for local, regional and national championships. Due to the popularity of Race Week, the Club expanded the racecourse to three race circles and up to eighteen classes. This year there was very little wind for Race Week, held June 24-29. The Round the Island Race was finally held on the last day of racing, Friday, June 29. John Thomson, sailing Solution, came in 3rd overall in the Farr 40 class. Other sailors from our bay who were seen include: Jim Miller, Sue Miller, Steve Moore, Jeff Shane, Beth and Greg Danilek, and Peter and Sally Lorson, who now reside in Florida, but came north to participate in Race Week.