News Flash - The Cow Bay Committee, of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) will hold their annual Race Committee Seminar tonight, Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the lounge of the Manhasset Bay YC. This seminar is free and intended for all persons involved with race committee activities on Manhasset Bay. Anyone who will be part of RC, or would like to participate in Race Committee activities is urged to attend this meeting. All questions concerning procedures and duties of Race Committees on Cow Bay will be answered. Gene Bowler, chairman of the Cow Bay Committee, always makes this seminar an informative and fun night. And there is a rumor going around that cheat sheets will be available for committee members to take home. So if you are thinking of being on RC this summer, which is really a fun way to spend the afternoon on the water, come to the meeting and meet fellow race committee members.
The US Navy team has won The Admiral's Cup, which was held at the US Merchant Marine Academy on April 13-14. Midshipman Doug Morea, ('04), son of Jerry and the late Cathy Morea, was part of team of seven sailors who beat out 20 of the top sailing schools in the nation to win the Admiral's Cup. Navy dominated the regatta, with a total score of 223, beating second-place Old Dominion (232 points), and Stanford (248) placing third. Saturday conditions were out of the S-SW all day 5-10 in the morning and 10-15 in the afternoon. All courses were trapezoids with separate start/ finish lines. Six races were sailed in the morning and six more in the afternoon. There was no wind on Sunday, and racing was finally cancelled at 1 p.m. One of the members of the jury for the Admiral's Cup was Paul-Jon Patin, a past commodore of the Frostbite Yacht Club, and a familiar name to all frostbiters. Final standings: 1. Navy (223), 2. Old Dominion (232), 3. Stanford (248), 4. Harvard (249), 5. Tufts (266), 6. Hobart/WmSmith (272), 7. Dartmouth (290), 8. Georgetown (314), 9. Charleston (322), 10. USMMA- Kings Point (334). 11. Brown (347), 12. Boston College (349), 13. St. Mary's (364), 14. Yale (397), 15. Texas (469), 16. Roger Williams (507), 17. Cornell (539), 18. UC/Santa Barbara (556), 19. Wisconsin (604), and 20. New Hampshire (659).
Michael W. Fortenbaugh, chairman of Sail for America, is well on his way to filling New York Harbor on Saturday, September 14, 2002, with sails one year after the tragic events of September 11 and making this event the greatest gathering of sailboats ever in the history of New York Harbor. US Sailing, the national governing body of our sport, has joined the effort to make "Sail for America" a great day for our nation, and a symbolic rebirth for the City of New York and a tribute to the soaring spirit of America.
The homepage for US Sailing (www.ussailing.org) currently lists Sail for America as the main item. In his letter of support, US Sailing President David Rosekrans says, "I encourage all US sailors, yacht clubs and sailing organizations to make this gathering of sailboats a monumental experience for all." And Around Alone, the single-handed round-the-world race, which usually starts in Newport, RI, will divert from Newport and will arrive in New York City on Friday, Sept. 13, after a huge sendoff on Sept. 12, the preview day of the Newport International Boat Show, for a 160 mile crewed prologue race down to New York. Once in New York, the race will be hosted at the Intrepid Museum, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked on the SW side of Manhattan. The final act of Sail for America will be the restart of the round-the-world race from Ground Zero, sending these sailing ambassadors around the world with the message of "I Love New York!" This will be the first round-the-world race ever to start from New York City. Dr. Robin Wallace, chairman of the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee, who was, among others, responsible for bringing Around Alone back to Newport, found only positive reasons to support this move: "We have a special relationship with New York, and so this is also a unique opportunity for Rhode Islanders to show their support, and it is hoped that many sailboats will accompany the fleet from Newport to New York in order to join 'Sail For America'."
Michael Fortenbaugh has another goal - to get 100 percent of all clubs in the area on the organizing committee. He feels this is symbolically important, and as there is no obligation or requirement for the clubs once they have joined, he feels there should be no obstacle to joining. Member clubs are welcome to attend meetings, but attendance is not mandatory. The Mantoloking Yacht Club and the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club have recently joined the Organizing Committee, and American YC, who was one of the first clubs to join, has included information about this event and a link to Sail for America on their website. If you would like to check if your club is on the list, check the Sail for America website, http://www.nyharborsailing.com/OperationSailAmerica/default.htm. If your club is not on the list, Fortenbaugh encourages people to contact their commodore or other club representative to inform them about Sail for America. And for all sailors who have sailed out of Manhasset Bay into Long Island Sound and remember the beauty of the New York City skyline with the Twin Towers anchoring lower Manhattan, why not plan to be in New York Harbor next September to tell the relatives of the victims and the world that we stand (and sail) together against terrorism.
Last Sunday, April 21, was the last day of sailing for the frostbite fleet. With winds ranging from 0 - 1 knot, the RC delayed the first of both the first and second race for 20 minutes, and after completing them, gave up and cancelled the rest of racing for the day. Competitors enjoyed a nice barbeque lunch while waiting for the wind to arrive, so all was not lost. Winners for the day: 1. #514, Ted Toombs/Matt Cornachio, 2. #707, Bob Kirtland/David Cornachio, and a tie for third place: #007, John Silbersack/Johanna Silbersack, and #121, Philip "Fee" Mitropoulos/Amelia Amon.