The Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series began last weekend on Oct. 13-14 and will conclude this weekend, with an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the end of weekend racing. The inspiration for the Fall Series came from John Thomson, Jr., who described its purpose as two-fold: to develop in our own area a high level big boat competition, and to enjoy Long Island Sound racing under the best weather conditions possible. The 100 boats that registered for this year's series certainly had great weather conditions, with a strong easterly giving competitors two races each day of the weekend. Results for the Fall Series will be reported next week.
The Thirsty Thursday sailors usually have their last sail on the Monday of Columbus Day weekend. This year, the group decided to join the Leukemia Cup Regatta, sponsored by the Port Washington YC. The combined race was sailed on Sunday, Oct. 7, and the fleet received as separate non-spinnaker start. Results of their last race of the season: Division I: 1. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul, 2. Promise Kept, #260, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3. Vision, #53384, Marc Epstein. Division II results: 1. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen, and 2. Bon Ton Roulez, #42794, Andre Bertolotti. Division II-A: 1. Quaker II, Stephan Lapham. Results for Division III: 1. Serenity, #152, Jacques Blinbaum.
American skipper Steve Fossett and his international crew aboard 125' maxi cat PlayStation have set a remarkable new W-E TransAtlantic world sailing speed record (subject to official ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council - WSSRC). They set the new time of 4 days 17 hours 28 minutes 6 seconds against the official WSSRC course distance of 2925 nm. This beats the previous record of 6d 13h 3m 32s set 11 years ago by Serge Madec on Jet Services 5 by the huge margin of almost 44 hours. Shortly after passing the finish line at The Lizard an elated Steve Fossett said, "This is enormously satisfying. We put it all together; an extremely fast boat in PlayStation, ideal weather and a crew who sailed brilliantly." Navigator Stan Honey added, "I'm absolutely delighted. It is an honor to sail with Steve and these guys." PlayStation crossed the start line at Ambrose Light, NY on Friday, Oct. 5 at 17.19.17 GMT and maintained an incredible 25.78 knots average speed all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, finishing at 10.47.23 GMT on Wednesday, Oct. 10. A new 24 Hour speed record of 687.17 nm was also set during the period 22.00 GMT Oct. 6 - 22.00 GMT October 7th. Cam Lewis, from Team Adventure, and who has given seminars on sailing for the Port Washington Public Library's Nautical Center, commented, " knowing firsthand how hard the record business is, I want to congratulate Steve Fossett, Stan Honey and the crew of PlayStation for their incredible record run. 4 3/4 days will by very hard to beat as will 687 miles in 24 hours. Their TransAtlantic record is one of the most outstanding records in the last decade as can be attested by the many attempts over 11 years and their own 24 hour record of 584 miles set a couple years ago is now 100 miles further and four knots faster. Steve, you have set the bar mighty high for the rest of us. Goodonya!"
Bermudian skipper Peter Bromby, and American skipper Ken Read from Newport, Rhode Island, each finished with six wins and no losses today after two intense days of match race sailing on Hamilton Harbor, Sunday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Oct. 15. They head the group of eight unseeded skippers going through to the championship round of the Colorcraft Gold Cup that starts on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Royal Bermuda YC on Hamilton Harbor, Bermuda. Today's group of eight will join seven seeded skippers already guaranteed places in the championship round of the annual match racing championship. The event is the third regatta on this year's Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour. America's Cup challengers among the seeded ranks include Dennis Conner, Sweden's Magnus Holmberg who sails for that country's Victory Challenge, Peter Holmberg who races with Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing Challenge from San Francisco, and Briton Andy Green, a former Colorcraft Gold Cup champion and starting helmsman for England's GBR Challenge. Other seeded skippers include Ed Baird, Morten Henriksen and Jes Gram-Hansen, who were in Port Washington in late August for the Knickerbocker Cup. Andy Horton, Lars Nordbjerg and Ken Read, unseeded competitors in Bermuda, were also sailing on Manhasset Bay as part of the Knickerbocker Cup. For latest updates on these top international sailors, go to the event site: http://www.bermudagoldcup.com
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing) has announced that, effective immediately, the US Sailing prescription to racing rule 64.1(a) has been deleted from the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2001-2004. This prescription was introduced in April 2001. At that time the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) introduced a rule (Regulation 21.2.1(h) in Appendix 2) that required all members of every crew in every race to be either a member of their national authority (US Sailing for sailors in the USA) or a member of a club or other organization affiliated to their national authority. The prescription to rule 64.1(a) is no longer needed because the ISAF has revised Regulation 21 and, in the revised version, Regulation 21.2.1(h) has been deleted. The revised regulation now requires such membership only for a limited number of major international championships. The revised regulation is part of the ISAF Eligibility Code and is now numbered Regulation 19.3. It can be found on the International Sailing Federation's web site (http://www.sailing.org)