Jamie Boeckel, the young sailor who was swept off the deck of Blue Yankee during a huge storm and drowned off the Fairfield, CT coast right after the start of the Block Island Race, wrote a letter to Scuttlebutt, a sailing newsletter which comments on daily sailing events, and publishes letters to the editor on a myriad of topics of interest to sailors. The letter ran on September 17 of last year, and is included here to give readers insight into this fine young man, who lost his life prematurely. He wrote, "As an east coast sailor about to participate in the big boat series I would like to applaud the St. Francis YC and the Big Boat series committee on their decision to cancel the regatta in light of recent events. The atrocities committed in New York and Washington are an affront to our nation and although we are all affected to some extent it is comforting to know that people have put aside their own personal problems to remember those of the victims and their loved ones. We are now confronted with the unimaginable task of rebuilding what has been destroyed and helping those who have been hurt. I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that in lieu of sailing this week that the entry fees for cancelled regattas around the country be donated to some form of disaster or victim relief fund to further help those in their most dire hour of need. If we all participate in some small way the returns will be beyond belief." No wonder so many people thought so highly of this talented young sailor.
Welcome the newest family to Port Washington. This young family of eight, including mom and dad, and six cygnets, reside at the Mill Pond, and are enjoying an mid-morning snack of water plants.
Last week, on May 30, the final beam of the World Trade Center was removed from the site in a memorial service for rescue workers, and another memorial service on June 2 for the families of the victims. These services bring a close to the great effort of recovery which has been under way for the past eight months. Michael Fortenbaugh, chairman of the Sail for America Organizing Committee, reminds us that "Sail for America" will also play a part in the healing process, as it will give American sailors a chance to come together to show unity, compassion, strength and hope. Slowly, the focus will turn to rebirth as we attempt to help and to heal. In his occasional update on the progress of Sail America, Mr. Fortenbaugh lists additional yacht clubs that have joined the Organizing Committee: Huntington Yacht Club, Manasquan River Yacht Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Metedeconk River Yacht Club, Nyack Boat Club, Riverdale Yacht Club, Rumson Yacht Club, Tarrytown Boat Club. The following organizations have also joined the Organizing Committee: Beneteau USA, North Sails, Squan Tri-Sail Offshore Regatta Association, Suma Event Management If interested in the number of boats registered to participate in Sail America, go to http://www.nyharborsailing.com/OperationSailAmerica/Boats.htm.
Now to local racing news: On Saturday June 15, the North Shore YC will host their annual North Shore Day Races. A separate race for Sonars for the Rosenberg Trophy is scheduled to be part of the day. Race Committee promises a more challenging race course this year - a departure from the usual "round the buoy" course. Racing begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Worry Wart.
The Sonar Fleet had a busy three days of sailing over the Memorial Day weekend. Results for Saturday, May 25, four races were completed. Winners for Race #1: 1. #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, and 3. #316, Elusive, Al Helman/Ed King. For Race #2: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. Selhun, and 3. Elusive. Race #3: 1. Delight, 2. Elusive, and 3. #442, Dreadlox, Neil Bercow. Results for Race #4: 1. Delight, 2. Weekend Warrior, and 3. #436, Lark, Bill Brakman. On Sunday, May 26, 11 Sonars were on the starting line, but there was only one race. The results: 1. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, 2. Delight, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. All races on Monday, Memorial Day, three races were completed and they were all crew races which means that a crew member skippers the boat, rather than the regular skipper. Results for Race #1 on Monday: 1. #451, Ping, Stef Baas, 2. #652, Sounder, Dave Cornachio, and 3. #396, Delight, Alan Thompson. Race #2 results: 1. Sounder, 2. Ping, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior, Einar Haukeland. Race # 3 results: 1. #316, Elusive, Mary Lu Dempsey, 2. Weekend Warrior, and 3. Ping. Stef Baas was the overall winner for the day, who attributed their win to understanding the wind conditions and her "great crew."
On the weekend of June 1 and 2, racing was cancelled on Sunday, June 2 due to high winds. Race results for Saturday's races next week.
On Thursday, May 30, the Thirsty Thursday group had 17 boats on the starting line in five divisions. The results for the evening: DIV I (5 boats, Course UT, 7.37 nm): 1. Zero Gravity, Tony Dalia, 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. Free Fall, (no name available). DIV II.:(5 boats, Course BC, 5.97 nm): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Donna J, Jeff Wenger, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. DIV III (4 boats, Course BC, 5.97 nm): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. DIV IV (2 boats, Course BC, 5.97 nm): One boat withdrew and a second boat, N Joy Two, Israel Gerber, was scored as a TLE (Time Limit Expired). DIV - Catamaran: 1. Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Last week, your reporter met (actually spotted) a new arrival to Port Washington. This young family of eight includes mom and dad, and six cygnets, and resides at the Mill Pond. The 3-year-old mom sat on her eggs to keep them warm for five weeks, while dad kept them safe. Five of the baby cygnets have soft gray feathers, but one is white, and it will take about a year for the cygnets to grow new white feathers like their parents. Their long bendy necks have more bones than a giraffe's neck! It will take the cygnets about 14 weeks to learn to fly, so readers will have time to come to the Mill Pond to see this delightful new addition to Port Washington.