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.
The IC Dinghy Clinic on Friday, July 27. Juniors have rigged the boats and are getting ready to begin their afternoon sail.
Thirsty Thursday results for July 19th in Division I have changed due to a protest. The results for Division I: 1. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul, 2. Vision, #53384, Marc Epstein, and 3. Rising Star, #33877, Yehuda Rosenstock. Results for Thirsty Thursday racing last Thursday, July 26th: Division I: 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, and 3. Donna J, #42222, Jeff Wenger. Division II results: 1. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen. Division II-A: 1. N Joy Two, #50124, Israel Gerber, and 2. Quaker II, Stephan Lapham. Results for Division III: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, 2. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev, and 3. Serenity, #152, Jacques Blinbaum.
Larchmont YC held their annual Race Week on July 14-22. The two weekends, July 14-15 and July 21-22 are reserved for adult competition, while the middle of the week is devoted to junior sailing regattas. First the cruising boats for our bay that competed. Kamakaze, #104, Bob Fichera (PWYC) came in 9th in PHRF Class 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, came in 5th in PHRF Class 3. Xcite is a familiar boat on Thursday evenings for the Thirsty Thursday races. On July 16, 17 and 18th, the juniors competed in various classes. Sailing in the 420 Black division were Mark Cornachio and Mark Lawrence (MBYC); Read Vaughan and Alex Horowitz (MBYC) came in 9th in the 420 - no streamers division. In the Laser Blue division were Kevin Clemency (MBYC) Cary James (PWYC), Sam Eichner (KYC) and John McGovern (PWYC). Caitlin Abruzzo (PWYC) and Laura Browning (MBYC) competed in the Laser Radial - Green division. In the Laser Radial - Red Division, Kelly Barry (MBYC), came in 5th overall; also participating in this division were Dan Furie (PWYC), and Nick Connolly (PWYC). In the Laser Radial - Yellow Division Matt Himler (MBYC) came in 2nd overall, Tom Matesich (PWYC) came in 4th, and Louis Nees (PWYC) came in 10th. In the Blue Jay - Black Division, David Lindenbaum and Julie Lengton (KYC) came in 6th overall. Also participating in this division were Patrick Shea and Matt Capoziello (PWYC) and Sarah DiPietro and Paige Brown (MBYC). In the Blue Jay - Green Division were Tim Ondre and Jimmy Mulderig (PWYC) and Marissa Diaz and Phyllis Record/Ariana Izzo (MBYC); Nichols Silbersack and Peter Warny (MBYC) competed in the Blue Jay - Red division; and John Kenneally and Chris Algeri (PWYC) competed in the Blue Jay - Yellow division.
Port Washington YC was Race Committee for the weekend of July 14-15. The results for the Sonars: Saturday, July 14: 1. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, 2. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, and 3. Lark, #436, Bill Brakman. Sunday Sonar finishes: 1. Gumby, #515, Mike McAllister, 2. Housemartin, #375, Greg/Beth Danilek, and 3. Ping, #451, Sue Miller/John Browning. Results for the MBOs on Saturday: 1. Miss B Haven, #9, Grace Allen, 2. Blue Chip, #21, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, and 3. Frolic, #17, Bill Martin. MBO Sunday results: 1.Miss B Haven, 2. Blackjack, #25, Adrian Alley/George Graf, and 3. Escapade, #5, Ned Baker/Dick Moore. The Knickerbocker One Design (KOD) fleet sailed on Sunday, July 15th. Results: 1. Bon Chance, #11, Matthew Temares, 2. Second Chance, #8, Perry Lengton, and 3. Knick Knack, #7, Arthur Kass.
Pat Healy, the head coach of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Intercollegiate Team returned to our Bay on Thursday, July 19th, to present another seminar for sailors. The last time he was here, he spoke about the 2001 changes to the racing rules. This time Mr. Healy's topic was Sports Psychology and Racing. He comes very qualified to speak on this particular topic. His teams have won five Olympic medals and 22 Pan American medals; he ran the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 1995 America's Cup and is a Senior US Sailing and ISAF international judge. Mr. Healy began his seminar with the introduction of Ed du Moulin's new book, The America's Cup and Me: Recollections of 63 years and 7 Campaigns, and called the author the "original sports psychologist." (See book review elsewhere in the paper). Mr. Healy continued by telling the audience that there is a direct correlation between winning races and the amount of time spent on the water. What was surprising was that he felt that the "on the water" time did not have to be racing, or even quality sailing; but it would be a good idea to spend more time on what needs improvement and follow with a de-briefing afterwards. His advice: don't focus on results but worry about the skills it takes to win a race. He also touched on the planning side and the thinking side of racing, and the importance of team building. By the end of the evening, the audience had a lot of information to absorb and take with them to their next race.
Harold and Jill Oldak, visiting our bay this past week from their home in Naples, Florida, and your reporter had a chance to talk about their new boat ladder for inflatables, called "Harold's Ladder." This ladder was designed to help those who find it difficult to climb into an inflatable boat, which is most of us. With only three steps to negotiate, the telescoping ladder's dimensions are 6.5" wide, 15" stowed and 34 " extended, and can be permanently mounted on the transom between the motor and the pontoon. The ladder can be installed in under an hour and does not drag in the water, or interfere with the operation of the motor. For more information contact: Anesco Marine Ltd., Naples, Fl, (941) 774-3929, fax (941)-744-0048.