The 69th Annual Manhasset Bay Race Week was held last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 9-12. A total of 83 boats registered. In the past, MBYC Race Week was a three-day event for one design and PHRF racing, but an additional day was added on Thursday for the Women's Racing Clinic (WRC), a group who have been racing all summer, and the Thirsty Thursday group. The rest of Race Week- Friday, Saturday and Sunday - was for one-design sailors and the juniors. Unfortunately the weather was not completely cooperative for skippers and crew, as Friday brought severe thunderstorms and torrential rainfall, and the rain and overcast skies continued into Saturday. Sunday's racing had to be cancelled for lack of wind. Even with the less-than-ideal weather, there was a lot of racing. The Sonar Fleet, racing for the Sonar Long Island Sound Championships sailed in the outer Bay with a separate race committee headed by John Barry. Gene Bowler and his RC were stationed in the inner bay for rest of the competitors. This year's Race Week attracted 83 boats, of which 28 were juniors. This is especially good to see, and is a complement to the junior instructors who encouraged the juniors to take advantage of the three-day event. Your reporter was on RC in the inner bay and was delighted to observe the young sailors show such skill, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. At one point, when a skipper was bailing his boat, several boats offered assistance. Another skipper, crossing the finish line in the back of the pack, asked about his friend's finish place. And every one of competitors, when crossing the line, thanked the RC. Very Impressive!
The Launching of the newly-restored Knickerbocker One Design (KOD). Left to right: Mike Hogan, Bill Mavrogiannis, and Tom Powers.
The results of Race Week, beginning with the PHRF class: Division I (3 boats): 1. Andiamo, #50988, Paul Strauch. Division II (2 boats): 1. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev.
Results for the Sonars' three-day competition (15 boats): 1. Housemartin, #374, Beth/Greg Danilek (MBYC), 2. Sounder, #652, Jeff Shane/ Rick Jordan (MBYC) , and 3. Gumby, #515, Mike McAllister (MBYC). The finals for the Sonar Long Island Championship, sailed on Saturday and Sunday (12 boats): 1. Gumby, 2. Sounder, and 3. Sidewinder, #466, Erik Brandvold (PWYC). MBO results (10 boats): 1. Blue Chip, #21, Einar Haukeland, 2. Blackjack, #25, Adrian Alley/George Graf, and 3. Southerly, #20, Tom Godfrey/Don Richardson. The Knickerbocker One Designs (7 boats): 1. Bon Chance, #11, Matthew Temares/Michael Aingorn, and 2. Second Chance, #8, Perry Lengton. Ideal 18s (6 boats): 1. #173, Pedro Lorson (MBYC) and 2. #177, Carl Schwarz (MBYC). Sunfish finishes (8 boats): 1. #26102, Susan Foley (PFM), and 2. #2641, Iliza/Andy Bartels (PFM). Now for the juniors. Results for the Opti class: 1. #10120, Danielle Powers (KYC), 2. #9594, Emmett O'Hanlon (MBYC), and 3. #6148, Louise Browning (MBYC). Blue Jays (10 boats): 1. #7204, David Lindenbaum (KYC), 2. #4854, Sarah DePietro (MBYC), and #6261, Michael Zito (MBYC). Laser results (3 boats): 1. #170071, Joseph Carucci (MBYC). 402s (2 boats): 1. Vaughan Read/Alex Horowitz (MBYC).
The Perpetual Trophies were awarded to the following: Black Jack Trophy: Einar Haukeland; Edward P. Alker Trophy: Einar Haukeland; Arthur E. Barnard Crew Trophy: Chip Allen, Ruth Haukeland; Lure Trophy: Beth/Greg Danilek; Thomas M. Fraser Trophy: David Lindenbaum; Robert Harvey Wessmann, Jr. Trophy: Laura Browning; Frank T. Cornell Trophy: Joseph Carucci; George H. Wicke Trophy: Beth Danilek; David Craig Trophy: Nan Barry, and the Louise Haney Memorial Trophy: Pedro Lorson.
The wind was good and the mood "in party mode" for the Thirsty Thursday competitors on Thursday, August 9. This was their annual Hawaiian night, which means that after a great evening of racing, all skippers and crew retire to Port Washington YC for a party full of fun and good conversation. The evening didn't disappoint. Final results for the evening: Division I: 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Andiamo, #50988, Paul Strauch, and 3. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul. Division II results: 1. Irish Blessing, #486, Ed Gillen, and 2. Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan. Division II-A: 1. Reality, #63, Peggy D'Alessandro. Division III results: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev.
On Saturday evening, August 11, the Knickerbocker One Design Fleet invited family and friends to the dock of the Knickerbocker YC to celebrate the launching of Phoenix, a newly renovated Knickerbocker One Design. Owners Mike Hogan and Tom Powers, who with the help of Perry Lengton, David James and Carlos E. Palma, restored Phoenix to better-than-new condition. On hand to join in the celebration was Bill Mavrogiannis, a designer with Sparkman and Stephens, who did the line drawings for the KOD in 1961. The dock was full of sailors and non-sailors, and parents with children in tow, who came together to congratulate the owners of this newest edition to the fleet. Phoenix is a beautiful boat, not only because of her graceful lines, but of what she represents. How wonderful that local sailors realize the importance of restoring these wonderful boats with such a rich history.
Congratulations to Laura Browning, who after reading about the Rolex Next Step Program in this column (7/26/01), submitted an application to The 2001 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) Outreach Committee, and was one of 25 junior women sailors, 13 to 9 years old, selected to participate in the program on September 21-23 in Annapolis, MD. She will spend a weekend at the opening of the Rolex IWKC.