Ed du Moulin's America's Cup and Me Galvanizes Colorful Memories of 63 years and 7 campaigns
Perfectly coordinated with this summer's America's Cup Jubilee, which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the America's Cup, is the arrival of Ed du Moulin's charmingly captivating book, The America's Cup and Me, published by the Herreshoff Marine Museum (Bristol, RI). Du Moulin's contribution to America's Cup literature is as important as it is timely, since he has been involved in the management of more America's Cup campaigns than anyone else in the history of the Cup, officially contributing his business acumen, leadership qualities and organizational skills to seven and serving in unofficial advisory roles to all since then. "Ed's insightful recollections cover 63 years," said Herreshoff Marine Museum President Halsey Herreshoff, whose grandfather designed many of the early America's Cup yachts, "from the time his interest was piqued by observation of the 1937 defense of Ranger over Endeavor II to his management of the 1977 Enterprise campaign with skipper Lowell North and six campaigns with Dennis Conner (1980 Freedom; 1983 Liberty; '87, '88, '92, and '95 Stars and Stripes). Throughout his memoirs, we get to meet and know some of the greatest contributors to the America's Cup, both from in front of and behind the curtains. We're even given a glimpse of Ed's somewhat smaller but significant hand in the New York Yacht Club's challenge for 2003." Many of du Moulin's anecdotes and opinions are derived from his close relationship with Dennis Conner, they create a rich tapestry of the intriguing developments that have made the America's Cup what it is today. The America's Cup and Me is an enjoyable read at 103 pages and is packed with information and eight pages' worth of "people" photos.
Administration of St. Stephen's Senior Center Changes Hands
As of July 1, the Education & Assistance Corp. (EAC) is the new sponsor for the Port Washington Senior Community Center located at St. Stephen's Church at 9 Carlton Avenue. For the past 24 years, the center was sponsored by the Port Washington School District. Funding is provided through the Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, the New York State Office for the Aging and the US Administration on Aging with support from the Community Chest of Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead.
Free Golf Show at Harbor Links, "Trick Shots"
On Sunday, Aug. 5, at noon, the Town of North Hempstead is proud to present the Dennis Walters Golf Show. "He beats his handicap every time he plays," is the theme for this remarkable man. Dennis Walters is the only person paralyzed below the waist who earns a living as a professional golfer. He performs his show in association with the Professional Golfers' Association of America - the only golf performer to enjoy this distinction.
On The Bay
IC dinghies sailed in the summer? Aren't they the boats that the frostbiters sail in only the harshest of weather conditions - rain, snow, sleet, and outside temperatures that keep most people indoors by a warm fire? But there they were, all lined up on the dock, being rigged for sailing. This time, though, it was not the rugged frostbiters who would be sailing these 11.5 ft dinghies, but junior sailors from the area's sailing programs. The idea came from frostbiter, John Silbersack, who with his son, Nichols, is an avid frostbiter during the winter months. The idea was to have an IC Dinghy Clinic for the juniors to introduce them to another type of boat, which handles differently than the typical junior training boats - Optimitsts, Blue Jays, Lasers and 420s. And why not introduce these young people to frostbiting, which, while some might question the sanity of being out on the bay during the cold-weather months, many believe that frostbiters enjoy some of the most competitive sailing on LI Sound. Let's just hope the wind gods do not get mixed up and send us snow or sleet. A little more wind for the month of August would be nice, though.
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