Celebrating Port's Rich Aviation History
Think fast. Where did the first Trans-Atlantic commercial flight take off? Where did the first US Trans-Atlantic Air Mail flight take off? What town was once known as "The Plymouth Rock" of American aviation? If you answered Port Washington and Manhasset Bay to all of these questions then you are right!
Port Washington Education Foundation to Kick Off
The Port Washington Education Foundation will make its introduction to the Port Washington community at a kick-off event on Sunday, June 2 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Hempstead House on the Sands Point Preserve. Free of charge and with the community invited to attend, the event will give members of the foundation's founding board of directors a chance to speak about the foundation's mission and goals and to share their vision of what this organization can offer to Port Washington. Light refreshments will be available.
On The Bay
The U.S. National Team Trials were recently held at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas. One hundred twenty-one of the nation's top junior sailors (ages 8-15) converged upon the gulf town to compete for a chance to make the 2002 U.S. Optimist National Team. In addition, the top five finishers would compete in the Optimist Worlds slated for July, also at Corpus Christi YC. All sailors had qualified to compete at the Team Trials through various USODA events during the previous year. One hundred twenty-one invited competitors came from as far away as Florida, Maine, New Jersey, and California. Over three days of sailing, with winds ranging between 15-36 knots and with huge waves as high as 4-ft, the competitors sailed nine races on a trapezoid course set a half-mile offshore. For many, it was an unforgettable experience -- especially for the sailors from the Long Island Sound, who rarely experienced such conditions. According to Kenneth Andreasen, Director of Sailing for USODA, "Once again we saw that sailing is a true sport, where the sailors need to know about tactics, technique and sail setup, but also be in great physical shape to be able to handle the conditions." Racing four races on the first day of the regatta, Parker Dwyer, from Bellport Bay Club in Long Island, NY, held a commanding lead. The wind was so strong the next day that the Race Committee decided to have only three races, to the applause of everyone on the water.
The Hurricanes (boys U12) played an intense game against the Farmingdale Fusion, a team they had never beaten before. The well-played first half was dominated by defense and played mostly outside the penalty boxes on both sides. The Hurricane defense, led by sweeper Alex Stern, stopper Zach Ross, and fullbacks Drew Regan and P.J. Wezenaar, threw back several Farmingdale scoring opportunities.
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