By Andrea Watson
Bay racing is over for the season, but that did not slow down the activity on our beautiful bay this past weekend. The wind gods seems to save a little of the wind that we didn't get during some of our no-wind summer days for Saturday; she saved a great deal of wind for Sunday, Sept. 30, which caused the cancellation of the annual Around Hart Island Race, and the second day of the Snipe Atlantic Championships.
The Sonar Long Distance Race, the Orient Trophy Race and the Classic Boat race were scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, but only the Sonars raced, along with one Knickerbocker One Design (KOD) joined the fleet. The racecourse covered 18.25 miles, sending the boats east on Long Island Sound, then west toward the bridges and back into Manhasset Bay. All participants' order of finish are listed: 1. Sounder, #652, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, 2. Ping, #451, John Browning/Sue Miller, 3. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 4. Weekend Warrior, #421, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, and 5. Dybbuk, #15, Roy Israel (KOD).
The Snipe Atlantic Championships were held on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 at the Manhasset Bay YC. Saturday the wind was a northerly ranging between 9-16 knots and five races were completed. Sunday's racing was cancelled due to high wind conditions. This regatta attracted top contenders in the Snipe class as the first and third place finishers are headed to the Snipe Worlds in Uruguay at the end of November. Originally 20 boats were to sail, but due to the world events, nine boats attended. The results: 1. Henry Filter/Lori Staut (Annapolis), 2. John/Maggie Manderson (New Jersey), and 3. Augie Diaz/Lisa Griffith (Miami).
The Mill Pond Model YC held its annual Thomson Industries Regatta on Sunday, October this past weekend. With wind gusting to 15 knots, 8 boats began the regatta but only 4 boats managed to compete in the nine races that were held during the day. Good boat handling and skills were the order for the day, and competition was close as there was only one or two point difference between the first and second place finishers. The races were sailed in "M" boats, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 sq. inches of sail. The boats raced in the regatta are built locally by owner/racers or by a friend. At the conclusion of the day's racing, family and friends gathered at the Mill Pond Model clubhouse for a barbeque lunch. Results of the Thomson Industries regatta: 1. Roy Langbord, Mill Pond Model YC and Central Park Model YC, 2. David Good, who is from England here in the US on business, and 3. Lech Arciszewski, Mill Pond Model YC. Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-7, the Mill Pond Model YC will co-sponsor the International One Meter Class Regatta with the Central Park Model YC. The One Meter name refers to the sail area that is the same as the Odoms, which are another class of model boats, but there is a different design regulation for the boat hulls. The One Meters are the same size overall as the Odoms, and both the One Meters and the Odoms are smaller than the "M" boats raced in the Thomson Industries Regatta. Friday, Oct. 5 is reserved for a tune -up race, with competition starting on Saturday and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 7.
The last race of the season for the Thirsty Thursday sailors will be on Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, which is Oct. 7. The group will be part of the Port Washington YC Leukemia Cup event. The race will be non-spinnaker and all boats participating as part of Thirsty Thursday will be given a start within the sequence for the Leukemia Cup. The first start will be at 11:50 a.m. near the Worry Wart, but may be moved outside Plum Point depending on weather conditions. Donations/Entry fees from CBCA/Thirsty Thursday boats are not required, but will be gratefully accepted. Contact PWYC for Circulars.
The United States Sailing Association will present the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to Ellen Parry Schmidt on October 18, 2001 at San Diego Yacht Club. Ellen Parry Schmidt will be honored for her "superior boat handling' in recovering the other two members of her Santana 20 crew who both had fallen overboard in 10-12 knots of wind during jibing practice before a race.
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport will hold their 22nd Annual Marine Art Exhibition from Sept. 22 - Nov. 4. This annual event is a benchmark for marine artists worldwide. Every year, the Gallery receives many entries from all over the globe, resulting in a show that represents emerging artists as well as those well established in their own countries. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT. For information call the Maritime Gallery at 860-572-5388. Their website is: www.mysticseaport.org.