The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th annual HarborFest Dock Day and Craft Festival on Saturday, May 18th at the town dock and lower Main Street. The celebration is meant to enhance the public's awareness of the need to preserve and protect Manhasset Bay's nautical heritage. The festival will have over 100 booths with crafts and demonstrations, cruises on Manhasset Bay, a concert series and nautical singers. A very special part of HarborFest will take place away from the main activities and will involve third graders in the Port Washington School District. For the last four or five years, Mike Block and Ed Lawrence, the force behind the Model Sailboat Regatta, have been going to the School Districts third grade classes and holding seminars on boat building. Working with two third grade teachers, Mrs. Pennisi and Mrs. Zeh, with the full support of their Principal, Dr. Wells, Block and Lawrence timed their visits to coincide with the third grade unit on buoyancy. The students, using recycled materials, make boats out of soda bottle and orange juice cartons, wooden sticks and rubber bands. Many of the boats were monohulls, while a few ended up as catamarans. New terms are introduced to the students: buoyancy, thwarts (that hold the boat together), masts, sails, dagger boards (that make the boat go straight). After decorations and naming, the boats are ready for the competition that will take place at the Mill Pond on Saturday morning of HarborFest. Both children and parents eagerly await the regatta, which is a lot of fun, and we must add, the third grade teachers from throughout the district. So don't forget to leave a little time during HarborFest to wander over to the Mill Pond and watch these industrious children enjoying the culmination of their "hand-on" science lesson. TV3 has recently ranked the nine challengers for the America's Cup, who will face off in the LouisVuitton Challenge in late autumn. Based on consultations with sailing experts, the rankings are: 1. Alinghi, Switzerland; 2. Prada, Italy; 3. Stars & Stripes, USA;4. Oracle Racing, USA; 5. OneWorld, USA; 6. Victory Challenge, Sweden; 7. GBR Challenge, Great Britain; 8. Le Defi Areva, France; and 9. Mascalzone Latino, Italy. And it's official: The America's Cup website in now on-line: http://www.americascup.com/defaultframes.htm.
ISAF Sailor is a new interactive web-based service. Launched back in March, ISAF Sailor is a completely new initiative by ISAF, providing a range of web and email based services. Once registered as an ISAF Sailor you will be able to subscribe to receive Newsletters and World Rankings, create an online Biography, access the Sailors' Forum to discuss and respond to issues affecting sailing, and apply for a Classification Status for those events requiring professional/amateur classification. The service is free. Registered Sailors can search for other sailors, view their biography, including general information, results, campaign website and images. To become an ISAF Sailor you will be required to complete a very straightforward registration system, on submission of which you will be given a unique ISAF Sailor User ID, to be used together with your password to access ISAF Sailor and manage your profile. Once registration is complete, you can then start to access the services. See http://www.sailing.org/isafsailor
For those who enjoy perusing and possibly purchasing marine art, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport has a great variety of new work from today's leading marine artists, which will be on display until June 2. Founded in 1979 as Mystic Maritime Gallery, it has become the recognized leader in the field of marine art. Through its parent organization, Mystic Seaport, the Gallery is able to offer access to the world's leading experts in the marine field. The entire exhibition can be seen at the Museum or viewed online at www.mysticseaport.org/gallery. An exceptional painting, done in soft tones of a mother watching her daughter play in the gentle surf of an ocean coastline, with several sailboats sailing past rocks jutting out into the ocean, is painted in a Monet style with soft brushstrokes picking up the many colors of water, sky and beach. Called "A Place That Lingers", the artist, Shirley Cean Youngs, captures the quiet mood of nature that entices the mother and daughter to the shore, and seems to reflect the gentle and loving relationship between mother and child. Happy Mother's Day to all of our readers.