As part of the Library Re-opening Ceremony, the Nautical Advisory Council hosted an evening with Ed du Moulin on Nov. 7 , held in the newly refurbished Lapham Meeting Room. Mr. du Moulin, who is an America's Cup Hall of Famer, and a former Commodore of the Knickerbocker YC, has recently written a book titled The America's Cup and Me: Recollections of 63 years and 7 campaigns. The evening began with two music videos from past America's Cups, which set the tone for the evening by inviting the audience to join Dennis Conner and the Stars and Stripes team on their adventures of past challenges and defenses of the Cup. It was an interesting journey, as Stretch Ryder and Ralf Steitz, both America's Cup sailors, moderated a slide show, entertaining the audience with some of their first-hand, "insider" experience with Cup competition. The audience was taken to Newport, San Diego, and Auckland, as Dennis Conner and his Stars and Stripes team both won and lost the Cup for us. Ed du Moulin, who was prevented from joining the group due to illness (he is doing just fine now), spoke via videotape from his home in Sands Point, surrounded by America's Cup memorabilia. He began "the book is a personal story - one which deals with people - winning and losing - big and small problems we all face. Our town and local yacht clubs have contributed greatly to the history of the Cup. On display in your library (second floor of the library just outside the Learning Center) is a plaque listing over 25 names - to name but a few - John and Don Browning, Duke Dayton, Eric Goetz, Harman Hawkins, Bus Mosbacher, Bruce and Annie Nelson, Vic Romagna, Stretch Ryder, Ralf Steitz. Mr. du Moulin's recollections reveal what it really takes to manage a Cup campaign. Most people when they think of the America's Cup, see the end result of several years work - beautiful boats competing in exciting waters, manned by expert sailors. But behind the scenes, it is the manager and his support team that sets the stage for the Cup competition. According to du Moulin an America's Cup campaign "is a challenge for an entrepreneur - it calls for the organizing, financing, managing and liquidating of an enterprise at a profit after a 3 to 4 year life. Since 1974 most of the American syndicates operated through foundations such as Kings Point Fund and the Maritime College Foundation. A substantial profit had to accrue to such foundations to justify the tax exemption". Most of Mr. du Moulin's talk was a historical review of Cup challenges from, and centered on Dennis Conner, the most successful skipper in the history of the Cup. Mr. du Moulin's close and personal relationship over twenty years helped shed some light on the complex personality of "Mr. America's Cup," which proved to be very interesting. A terrific video on the America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, ended the formal presentation, after which Ralf Steitz and Stretch Ryder fielded questions from the audience. The America's Cup and Me is available for purchase at the Dolphin Book Store.
Due to the events of Sept. 11, several sailing venues have either postponed or cancelled events. The Swedish Match Tour's Nippon Cup 2001 has been cancelled by the event's organizer, the Hayama Marina Yacht Club (HMYC). The fourth event of Swedish
Match Tour Year 3, the Nippon Cup 2001 had been scheduled for November 19-25, 2001. "We have made this decision due to heightened security worldwide since the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States," said Kenichi Mitsui, Commodore, HMYC. "We feel the risks in arranging transportation for skippers to travel from US and Europe to Japan are too great at this time." As a result, Swedish Match Tour Year 3 will now be comprised of eight events. The next event on the Swedish Match Tour is the Sun Microsystem's Australia Cup, March 12-17, in Perth, Australia. -www.swedishmatchgp.com And Charles A Dana III, commodore of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), announced the postponement of the Transatlantic Challenge, presented by Rolex. The transatlantic race, from New York to England, will be sailed in May 2005. The recessionary economy and the tragic events of Sept. 11 and their aftermath have raised concerns about security and have led to the possibility of some competitors being reluctant to compete in May 2002.
At the United States Sailing Association's Annual General Meeting awards dinner on Saturday, Oct. 20, US Sailing Past Presidents Bill Martin and Lynn Steadman presented Andrew (Andy) Kostanecki with the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy. Since 1957, US Sailing has annually recognized a sailor for exemplary life-long service to sailing. "Andy's service to sailing spans four decades and includes service in the trenches of our committees," said the committee that nominated Kostanecki. The committee noted that he previously served as a US Sailing officer (treasurer and vice president), and provided "leadership of our successful Olympic team in Korea." Kostanecki also served national and international leadership roles as an officer of the United States Olympic Committee, and as representative to and committee chair of the International Sailing Association Federation. He was awarded the ISAF's gold medal in 1996 for outstanding service. "In each and every job, Andy was a leader and served us with distinction," the nomination continued. "He is the only sailor to have ever been elected by all 44 Olympic sports as an officer of the United States Olympic Committee. On the international level, Andy served as Chief de Mission for the recent Sydney Paralympic Games. Sailing's positive reputation among the leadership of America's Olympic family can be traced to Andy's outstanding twelve years of leadership on our behalf." The Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy was donated in 1957 by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in this country in any associated activity.
There was no frostbiting this weekend due to high wind conditions. Let's hope the wind gods prevail and give our anxious sailors a good day with moderate winds next week.