Manhasset Bay was a busy place last weekend - there were the spectator boats for the Knickerbocker Cup, and the one-design boats, which race every weekend, plus boats competing in the Manhasset Bay Challenge Cup. Our harbor was absolutely stunning with so many yachts enjoying her beauty, just the perfect way to spend a Labor Day weekend.
The Dennis Conner- Ed du Moulin Cow Bay Match Racing Trophy. Left to right: Ken Read, skipper for Team Dennis Conner, Ed du Moulin, and Matt Himler (MBYC) winner of the trophy. Nichols Silbersack, crew for Matt was unavailable for the photo.
The 20th Knickerbocker Cup drew to a close on Monday afternoon, Sept. 3. Peter Gilmour, USA, from OneWorld Challenge for the America's Cup took top honors, with Ed Baird, USA, second. James Spithill, USA, also from OneWorld Challenge was third, and Ken Read, with Team Dennis Conner, was forth. Full story next week.
As part of the Knickerbocker Cup, Ed du Moulin, the founder of the Knickerbocker Cup and Dennis Conner, thought it would be a good idea to set up a match race for the junior sailors on Manhasset Bay and offer the winner a trophy. Called the Dennis Conner - Ed du Moulin Cow Bay Match Racing Trophy, the purpose is to promote match racing to young sailors, and to identify skilled young people who may continue match racing as an adult. This year, Matt Himler, skipper, with Nichols Silbersack as crew, won the trophy. In a short ceremony at the Knickerbocker YC, filled to capacity with skippers and crew from around the world, plus members and friends, Matt Himler (Nichols was away on vacation), was awarded the trophy by Ken Read, helmsman for Team Dennis Conner, and Mr. du Moulin. Matt was then introduced to many of the teams that hailed from around the world: Denmark, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Russia, Germany and the United States. Congratulations to both these terrific young sailors.
On Sunday, Aug. 26, the Mill Pond Model YC held their annual Bersuch Picnic Race, which is named after George Bersuch, a longtime member of the Model YC who is now deceased. The regatta was sailed in M boats, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 square inches of sail. Many of the sailors build their own boats, and some have become successful builders. Results for the Bersuch Picnic Regatta: 1. Lech Arciszewski, Mill Pond Model YC, 2. Charlie Blume, vice-commodore of the Mill Pond YC, and 3. Roy Langbord, Mill Pond Model YC and Central Park Model YC.
Thirsty Thursday teams were out in full force on Aug. 30. Next week, Sept. 6 will be their last day of racing for the season. Results from last week: Division I (Course BT, 12 boats: 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Avalanche, #34810, Al Albrecht, and 3. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul. Division II (Course BT), three boats: 1. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division II-A, Course BC, one boat: 1. Tschuess, Ewe Kordts. Division II, Course BC, 5 boats: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink, and 2. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau.