Spending a summer afternoon on the water is one of life's great pleasures. Add blue skies, soft breezes and a bunch of junior sailors from north and south of the Sound competing in regattas, and you have a parent's delight. Even for a non-relative, watching the fun and skill level of these young people is exciting. Your reporter had a chance to observe several classes of juniors this past week at the Sea Cliff YC on Tuesday, July 10 for the YRA Districts in 420, Laser, and Laser Radial classes, and at the Douglaston Club on Saturday, July 14 for an Optimist Open. First the Districts: 116 boats filled the horizon off Hempstead Harbor and three classes of boats completed three races in variable winds. The start was delayed mid-morning due to lack of wind. Local sailors participating at the Districts: 420 class: Vaughn Read and Alex Horowitz (MBYC), 9th place. Laser class: Kevin Clemency (MBYC) 7th place, James Cary (PWYC) 8th, and John Mcgovern (PWYC) 9th. In the Laser Radial class: Matt Himler (MBYC) 4th, Kelly Barry (MBYC) 6th, and Tom Matesich (PWYC) 8th. Also competing in the Laser Radials: Joseph Carucci (MBYC), Louis Nees (PWYC), Dan Furie (PWYC), Laura Browning (MBYC), Caitlin Abruzzo (PWYC), and Nick Connolly (PWYC). The Blue Jay class was divided into two divisions - Blue Jay Even and Blue Jay Odd. Local sailors in the Even Division: John Keneally and Jimmy Mulderigg (PWYC), 10th. Also sailing in this division were Sarah DiPietro and Paige Brown (MBYC). The results of the Blue Jay Odd Division: Nicholas Silbersack and Warny/Bushey (MBYC) 8th, and Marissa Diaz and Record/Isso (MBYC), 10th. Also sailing in this division: Tim Ondry and Caitlin Fitzpatrick (PWYC) and Patrick Shea and Matt Capoziello (PWYC). The Optimists are small, tub-like boats, designed for one sailor. They carry only one sail and are ideal for training the younger competitor. On Saturday, July 14, the day was windy with choppy seas for the 63 "Opti" sailors. Results for the three divisions: Blue Division: Teddy Himler (MBYC) 2nd. Also sailing in this division: Carrie Read (MBYC), James Macedonia (MBYC), Emmett O'Hanlon (MBYC), William McIntosh (PWYC), and Carrie Morea (KYC). Results for the White Division: Willy Himler (MBYC) 3rd. Local sailors in White Division: Warren Trunz (PWYC), Jessica Nees (PWYC), Kyle Ondry (PWYC), Chris Wands (PWYC), Patrick Cosgrove (PWYC), and Melissa Samma (PWYC). Winners in the Red Division: James O'Hanlon (MBYC) 4th, Danielle Powers (KYC) 5th, Matt Cornachio (MBYC) 6th, and James Cook (PWYC), 9th. There were no additional local sailors in the Red Division.
The start of the second race in the Blue fleet at the Optimist Open hosted by the Douglaston Club on Saturday, July 14. Sail #10596 is Teddy Himler, MBYC, who finished second overall.
The Starr class of boats could arguably be called one of the most successful classes of boats designed. They are raced worldwide, and were sailed in the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. Many America's Cup sailors, and other top international sailors have competed in a Star boat. The Star class was developed in Port Washington in 1911 by a group of sailors who wanted a boat that would provide keen racing for skippers of modest means. Little did this group of men know the success this class would have in the ensuing years. Magnus Liljedahl, who, along with Mark Reynolds, was the recipient of the 2000 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, and who won the Olympic Gold Medal in the Star class, has again come out on top sailing a Star boat. A few weeks ago, Lilhedahl teamed up with Sweden's Bronze Medalist in the Finn Class Freddy Loof to win the 2001 Star European Championships over 51 boats in Arhus, Denmark. Final results: 1. Lööf, Fredrik/ Liljedahl, Magnus, SWE; 2. Rasmussen, Christian /Oersted, Peter DEN; 3. Simoneschi, Riccardo /Colaninno, Ferdinando ITA; 4 Vessella, Peter /Fatih, Brian USA; and 5. Presti, Philippe /Salidu, FRA (45).
The 2001 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) Outreach Committee will select 25 junior women sailors to participate in the Rolex Next Step Program, September 21-23 in Annapolis, Md. The event will be held in conjunction with the Rolex IWKC, part of US SAILING's championship series, to be held September 22-28 at the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC). Junior women sailors, 13 to 19 years old, should write, in 100 words or less, what they enjoy about sailing, their sailing experiences, and what they think they will gain from spending a weekend at the opening of the Rolex IWKC. Entries should include a letter of recommendation from a sailing coach and be submitted to Sue Mikulski at SuMikulski@aol.com by August 1. Attach the essay and reference letter as Word documents and put "Rolex IWKC Outreach Committee" in the subject line. Entries also can be mailed to Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD 21404.
The Rolex Next Step Program was established in 1997 to expose juniors to international women's sailing in a mentoring atmosphere. This year's program begins on Friday, September 21with a welcome party and workshop at J Port Annapolis, featuring asymmetrical sailing with Rolex IWKC competitors aboard J/80s provided by J Port Sailing Club and J World Annapolis. Saturday, September 22 features a J/22 clinic with America's Cup campaign veteran Tucker Thompson and US SAILING Instructor Trainer Nan Leute Walker, director of J Port Sailing Club. A barbecue at AYC will follow.
On Sunday morning, September 23, Pease Glaser, Olympic 470 Silver Medalist and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, will talk about her Olympic experiences over breakfast at AYC. Sunday afternoon, former US SAILING president Jim Muldoon will host the juniors aboard his well-known offshore racer, Donnybrook, for lunch and to observe the Rolex IWKC practice race. Participants will be presented with certificates of achievement from Rolex. For more information: www.annapolisyc.com/rolexkeelboats is focusing on Annapolis details; ww.ussailing.org/riwkc has the official NOR and Entry Form in PDF format, event history and news releases.
Results for July 12 Thirsty Thursday, bay racing for the weekend of July14-15, and The Knickerbocker One Day Race next week.