Duke Dayton, Past Commodore of the Port Washington YC, and who is writing a book on the club's history for their 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2005, knows what he is talking about. Duke, who now lives out east with his wife, Marion, was asked to speak to the Junior Sailors at PWYC on Friday, Aug. 17th at the Juniors' Awards Ceremony and started his short speech in front of a capacity crowd of youngsters by saying "You are the future of sailing." He couldn't be more correct. Especially thrilling was how Duke captured the attention of his young audience as he spoke about the history of sailing and what this sport has meant to him. Anyone who has taken the podium in front of children know that their reaction will be swift and to the point - they will wiggle, talk to each other or leave. That did not happen at the PWYC. One child, about 7 years old, who so taken with what Duke had to say, approached Duke later in the evening and asked very good questions about sailing, and confided, "I want to be Commodore of this club one day." Children like this child are truly the future of sailing.
All three Junior Sailing Programs ended their regular season this week, with a combined total of approximately 140 juniors. Following are the awards given to this stellar group of young people. The Port Washington YC Junior Program Awards, Optimist Awards: Best Opti Girl: Jessy Nees; Best Opti Boy: Will McIntosh; Most Improved Opti Girl: Taryn Wassmer, Katherine McCarthy, Melissa Sama, Beryl Bevilaque, Maria Marinolich; Most Improved Opti Boy: Michael Cavanagh, Mark Catanzaro; Most Enthusiastic Opti Sailor: Christian Gordon; Opti Sportsmanship: Michael Cavanagh; Opti Seamanship: Warren Trunz; Opti Shipshape: Jimmy Cook; Tri-Club Regatta: 1st: Jessica Nees (PM), Myles Potters (AM), 2nd: Will McIntosh (PM), Marco Bertolotti(AM) and 3rd: Warren Trunz (PM), Brian Kellenberg (AM). Blue Jay Awards: Best BJ Novice Skipper: Patrick Shea; Best BJ Novice Crew: Drew Plominshi; Most Improved BJ Novice Skipper: Danielle Bourget, Elain Conte; Most Improved BJ Novice Crew: Paige Wassmer, Alex Bennisatto; Best BJ Midget Skipper: John Keneally; Best BJ Midget Crew: John McGovern; Most Improved BJ Midget Skipper: Tom Ondrey, Matt Capoziello; Most Improved BJ Midget Crew: Chris Algeri, Jimmy Mulderig; BJ Sportsmanship: Tim Ondrey; BJ Seamanship: Drew Plominshi; BJ Shipshape: Danielle Bourget; BJ Most Enthusiastic: Alex Ferro; Tri Club: 1st: Pat Shea/Crew Plominski, 2nd: John Keneally/John McGovern, and 3rd: Tim Ondrey/Chris Plominski. Laser Awards: Best Laser Radial Sailor: Tom Matesich; Most Improved Laser Radial Sailor: Nick Connolly; Best Laser Sailor: Cary James; Most Improved Laser Sailor: John McGovern; Laser Sportsmanship: Nick Connolly; Laser Radial Sportsmanship: Jimmy Mudlerig; Laser Radial Tri Club: 1st: Tom Matesich, 2nd: Louis Nees, and 3rd: Dan Furie; Tri Club: 1st: Cary James, 2nd: John McGovern. 420 Awards: Best 420 Skipper: Morgan Cotter; Best 420 Crew: Alex Kassi. All Class Awards: Best Junior Instructor: Erin Mulderig & Alex Kassl; Seamanship Award: Cary James; Sportsmanship Award: Will McIntosh; Shipshape Award: Danielle Bourget. Perpetuals: Max Berger Opti Bowl Award: Jessica Nees; Marshall Trophy: John Keneally; Belden Award: Louis Nees; Richard E. Gresio "Winning Attitude" Award: Will McIntosh; Johnston Award: Patrick Shea; Mel Berger Award: Danielle Bourget.
Valerie Siener, Chairman of the Junior Sailing Program at Manhasset Bay YC, began her comments at the Awards Ceremony by quoting Louise Haney in a 1977 interview for Land's End Water's Edge by Joe Cooper. Asked why sailing was so appealing, Louise, who wrote the On The Bay columnist for over 25 years, said: "Sailing becomes a way of life. It develops long lasting friendships, and it influences the clothes we buy, the time of year we take vacations, and where we go... Sailing also has a way of breeding, or at least encouraging continuity. Some young people currently winning trophies are the children or grandchildren of people who were racing back in 1945. It's a sport or activity that families can enjoy together." Awards for the juniors at MBYC: Instructor's Awards: Opti: Tyler Adams; Blue Jay: Danny Vogel; Laser: Kevin Clemency; C420: Mark Cornachio. Most Improved: Opti: Rob Maisano and Julia Vogel; Blue Jay: Sarah Colligan; Laser: Beau Carucci, C420: Vaughan Read. Perpetuals: Helmle Trophy: Joe Vogel and Laura Browning; Commodore's Cup: Matt Himler; Cow Bay Trophy: Teddy Himler; Nicky Graf Memorial Trophy: Matt Cornachio; Robert W. King III Memorial Trophy: Teddy Himler; Louise Haney Memorial Trophy: Marissa Diaz; Junior Shipshape: Alex Horowitz; Kings Point Trophy: Alex Horowitz and Ariana Izzo; Thomas Haire: Nichols Silbersack; Commodore Charles F. Chapman Trophy: Matt Himler.
The Knickerbocker YC held their Awards Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 16, followed by a Talent Show by the junior sailors. Following are the awards; Most Improved Opti: Leah Feldman; Best Opti Girl: Danielle Powers; Best Opti Boy: Asher Feldman; Most Improved Blue Jay: Brian Kutner; Best Blue Jay Crew: Matt Weitzman; Best Blue Jay: Dave Lindenbaum; Best Laser: Sam Eichner. Perpetuals: Lemlein Trohpy: Danielle Powers; Gus Boorstein Trophy: Dave Lindenbaum; Skippers Award: Asher Feldman; Board of Govenors Cup: Brian Kutner
Thirsty Thursday results for August 16: Division I, Course BJ (10 boats): 1. Avalanche, #39516, Al Albrecht, 2. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia. Division II, Course BJ (4 boats): 1. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, and 2. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division II-A, Course BC (2 boats): 1. N Joy Two, #50124, Israel Gerber. Divisions III results, Course BC (5 boats): 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, and 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau.
Bay racing for the weekend of August 18-19: Results are unconfirmed for Saturday, Aug. 18, and will not be reported until finalized. Results for the Sonar class on Sunday, Aug. 19: 1. Housemartin, #375, Beth/Greg Danilek, 2. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, and 3. Sounder, # 652, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane. The results for the Knickerbocker One Designs (KODs): 1. Second Chance, #8, Perry Lengton, 2. Bon Chance, #11, Matthew Temares, and 3. Dybbuk, #15, Roy Israel. The MBOD's were not started due to lack of wind.
Readers may enjoy an article written by Marion Maneker for the Aug. 20 issue of New York Magazine. The article is about the 2000 J/44 North American Championships, a boat that is thrilling to watch during the MBYC Fall Series. She also quotes two of our local sailors: John Thomson and Ed du Moulin.
The Fastnet Race, which began in 1925, is the prestige event in the international calendar of offshore racing. It is the grandfather of ocean classics, known throughout the world, and respected as a major test of yacht racing skill. Staged every two years, its 608-mile course takes the yachts from Cowes around the Fastnet Rock and its lighthouse off the south-west coast of Ireland and back to the finish in Plymouth. First to finish early Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, was the 92-foot all-carbon-fiber German Frers-designed Stealth, owned by Fiat Chairman, Giovanni Agnelli. It had taken six hours to complete the last 12 miles, according to watch leader Paul Standbridge, a veteran of five Whitbread Races. Principal helmsman, Ken Read, nominated for Stars & Stripes Challenge for the America's Cup, and who will be in Port Washington August 28-September 3 for the Knickerbocker Cup, commented, "If we had kept any semblance of a breeze, we would have broken the record. This is my third Fastnet and I'll tell you what, at times it was really fun. There was hardly any time to sleep, there was always another tactical decision." Stealth is primarily designed as a light weather Mediterranean flier. As one observer commented pithily: "It's not built to go upwind, it's built to go to lunch!" Not bad for a boat with line honors. Also competing in the Fastnet was Richard du Moulin, of Larchmont, who grew up in Port Washington, Chris Reyling, who lives in Sea Cliff, and Couper Duerr, who, as the nephew to Jean Shope, has ties to our bay. The three were crew on Eva, a Swan 65, which was second in class around Fasnet Rock on August 14th, and finished fourth in class on Aug. 16, crossing the finish line at 08:35:03 (England time).