The US Team Race Championships for the Hinman Trophy and the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy, sponsored by Rolex Watch USA and Vanguard Sailboats, took place last weekend in Narragansett Bay at the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court. While there were no entrants from our area for the U. S. Team Race Championship, there were several team members who live in our area or who grew up on Manhasset Bay who participated in the competition for the Masters Trophy. The competition is named after George Hinman, the 39th Commodore of the New York YC and the 23rd Commodore of Manhasset Bay YC (1945-56). His son, George R. "Jory" Hinman, Jr, who grew up sailing on Manhasset Bay, and is now the Rear Commodore of the NYYC, skippered one of the three boats in the team representing the Club. They came in second-place to the Yale Corinthian team. The team members included Rich du Moulin, skipper, John Browning, Bill Tripp, skipper on the third boat, and Chip Whipple. All five sailors grew up in the Port-Manhasset areas and were trained in local junior sailing programs. John Browning is the only one of the five who still lives locally, and is active in the Sonar fleet during the spring-summer-fall sailing season, and then races a frostbite dinghy during the winter months.
It took 50 races to determine the winner for the Masters Trophy. The winner was Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, which beat the host New York Yacht Club. Yale Corinthian won the finals 3-1. Third was Noroton, and fourth was St. Francis. Eight teams sailed. Our "local men" faced a star-studded cast representing the Yale Corinthian team. The skippers for Yale Corinthian were Dave Perry, Yale's All American and a two-time Congressional-Cup winner; Sam Altrueter, Tufts' All American and College Sailor of the Year; and Ken Legler, University of Rhode Island's All American. Most extraordinary - inspiring, in fact -- was that Legler sailed with two blind crewmembers: Matt Chao and Duane Farrar. Chao has been sailing for 20 years, winning five U.S. Blind championships and one Worlds. Farrar has been sailing for five years, "all the time." These two crewmembers concentrated on mechanics - "the feel of the boat" - as they couldn't help with tactics. According to John Browning, when asked about the weekend of intense sailing, said, "The real story is about the two guys who were blind. When their team received the Masters Trophy at the Awards ceremony, everyone gave them a standing ovation." This is competitive sailing at its very best. When asked what his late father might think of the combined Hinmans, which included 154 competitors, 30 racing boats and 42 support boats, Hinman said, "My Dad is probably looking down today and smiling from ear to ear..." He wouldn't have been the only one smiling from ear to ear late Sunday afternoon at the Awards Ceremony on the beautiful grounds of the NYYC's Harbour Court.
Local junior sailing programs are still producing quality sailors like du Moulin, Browning, Hinman, Whipple and Tripp. Last week at the Cedar Point YC, two Manhasset Bay junior sailors Matt Himler (MBYC) and Tom Matesich (PWYC) each won first place in their Laser Radial divisions, during the Cedar Point YC (Westport, CT) Junior Race Week. With some 80 Radials sailing in eight races over two days of 10-15 knot winds, Himler had 12 points and Matesich, 13. Other area sailors competing included Kelly Barry, Beau Carrucci, and Dan Furie in laser Radials, Kevin Clemency sailing full-rig Laser, and the teams of Alex Horowitz/Vaughn Read and Mark Cornachio/John Lawrence sailing 420s.
The Cablevision Around Long Island Race (ALIR), hosted by the Sea Cliff YC, was held on July 26-28, with the first division starting at 1 p.m. at Rockaway Point, NY. The first racers started arriving at the Glen Cove breakwater finish line Friday afternoon with 5 to 10 boats finishing per hour for the next 24 hours. Several local boats participated. Bob Limoggio, on this new 80-foot CTM named Spank Me BT, came in first in Division 13. Limoggio's previous boat was a 40-foot C & C named Spank Me, thus the addition BT (big time) added to the name of the new boat. Bill McFaul, on Rainmaker, a 40 foot Swan, came in 3rd in Division 8. Cam Lewis, Team Adventure, sustained a fair amount of damage when she ran aground at the start of the race. The problem appeared to be water depth at the starting line, which at one spot was only 14 feet. Spank Me BT, who draws 15 feet, brushed the bottom during their starting maneuvers, but Team Adventure wasn't so lucky and stopped dead in her tracks when her daggerboard touched bottom. Cam Lewis and crew had just tacked around the committee boat and were accelerating through 20 knots right at the starting line when the board scraped a sandbank. There was no damage to the boat's hull or to the daggerboard trunk, as the board is designed to fracture in situations like this to protect the hull. No one on board TeamAdventure was hurt or fell overboard, and while the team was unable to complete the ALIR, she was due in Bristol, RI on Saturday, Aug. 4, so she must have been fitted with a new daggerboard for the trip north. Local sailors who received awards: Sweepstakes Award: Peggy D'Allesandro (Reality); Division III, Third Place: Bill and Carol McFaul (Rainmaker); Division XIII, First Place: Bob Limoggio (Spank Me BT); and First to Finish Trophy-Monohull: Bob Limoggio (Spank Me BT). The John B. Thomson Trophy - IMS Fleet winner award was given to Scott Dinhofer, Tim Mahoney (Brown Eyed Girl). Readers may want to take a look at the terrific article titled "Around the Island, Heaving Seas and Lunch" by Laurie Nadel, in the Long Island Section of The New York Times, Sunday, Aug. 5. Our very own Peggy D'Allessandro, who was the Captain on Reality for the ALIR, is covered extensively. She is quite an accomplished sailor and readers will enjoy reading this "bird's eye view" of the race. Congratulations to Peggy and her family. If you are unable to get obtain last week's Sunday Times, Cablevision taped the race. It can be viewed on Tuesday, August 7 and 14, or on Thursday, August 9 or 16 at 8:30 p.m., Cablevision channel 70.
The Aug. 2 results of Thirsty Thursdays: Division I (10 boats): 1. Avalanche, #39516, Al Albrecht, 2. Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia, and 3. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul. Division II (4 boats): 1. Nemisis, #87922, Bruce Logan, and 2. Happy Daze II, # 216, Tom Egan. Division II-A (3 boats): 1. Reality, #63, Peggy D'Allessandro. Division III (5 boats): 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, and 2. Serenity, #152, Jacques Blinbaum. The number of boats in each division determines the number of finishers listed above. Final results of the CBCA Spring-Summer Series, which ended on July 12: Division I: 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul, and 3. Zero Gravity. Division II: 1. Happy Daze II, 2. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, and 3. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division III results: 1. Tootsie, 2. Ilbehavior, # USA3, Peter/Todd Ilberg, and 3. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau.
Bay racing finals for the weekend of July 28-29 and August 4-5 next week.