The Newport Bermuda Race, which is arguably as prestigious at the Fastnet, the Sydney-Hobart and the Transpac, is over, and the awards ceremony took place on Saturday, June 22 in Bermuda. Michael Silverman, Knickerbocker YC, who was omitted from the crew list in last week's column, was aboard Spank Me BT, (Bob Limoggio, Port Washington YC) which was 3rd overall in their IMS fleet, 3rd overall in Class 8 and was the highest placing boat that did not have one "professional" on board. Most maxis have at least a few "rock stars" on the payroll, but this crew managed to win big through "total team effort," according to Steve Moore, navigator on Limoggio's boat. Results for other boats with local sailors as owners, skippers and/or crew: Tom Stark, Knickerbocker YC, on his new Swan 45, Rush, came in 2nd in IMS Class 7, and has taken a narrow lead in the 2002 Onion Patch Series for the IMS North American Championship. Sceptre'D'Isle, an Alden 64 with Paul Cuneo, Louis Nees and Tom Egan on board, came in 3rd in IMS Class 7. Doug Morea, Midshipman at the US Naval Academy, who learned to sail at Knickerbocker YC and the Port Washington YC, sailed on Flirt, a Navy 44, which came in 4th in IMS Class 2. Toscana, a Frers 50, with John Browning on board, came in 5th in IMS Class 6. Ira Futterman on R Wave 2, was 10th in IMS Class 9, and Jim Miller on Antipodes, was 16th in IMS Class 8. Andy Perni on Passion was 12th in IMS Class 5, and Krzysztof Kaminsky on Gryf II was 11th in Americap Class II. Rich du Moulin and Peter Rugg, both expert sailors who learned to sail in our bay, won the double handed spinnaker Americap 12 division on Lora An, an Express 37. Rumor has it that du Moulin and Rugg ate all their meals from a dog dish - this race must be even more difficult than most of us realize. Let's hope they don't come home barking!
36/600 Fleet National Championship Races, Mill Pond Model YC. L to R: Bob Lombard, Race Director, Herman Estevez, Commodore Central Park Model YC, and 1st place winner, Niel Goodrich, Brooklyn, NY.
Bob Towse, on Blue Yankee, won the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse trophy for race boats, ahead of all the top maxis. "Preparation has been the key," confirmed Towse who has made winning a habit. Last fall, Towse and his crew broke the record in the Long Island Sound Vinyard Race to win last year's Northern Ocean Racing championship. The year before, they took top honors in the Manhasset Bay Fall Series, scoring four 1sts and two 2nd places. Steve Benjamin, a familiar name to frostbiters in our bay, was the first helmsman and project manager on Blue Yankee explained his version of why their team came out ahead of the maxis: "We went further west of the rhumb line than anyone in our class and probably gained most from the meandering Gulf Stream. Towse will dedicate this victory to Jamie Boeckel, the young sailor who drowned last month when he was knocked from BlueYankee in rough weather during the Block Island Race.
Boat designers at the Reichel-Pugh yacht design office must be celebrating all week. Roy Disney's Reichel-Pugh-designed maxi Pyewacket shattered the Bermuda Race record, while Bob Towse's 66-foot IMS racer Blue Yankee won the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy and Skip Sheldon's 66-foot Reichel-Pugh cruiser/racer Zaraffa won the St David's Lighthouse Trophy.
Fourteen sailors from as far away as Washington State competed in the National Championships 36/300 Class at the Mill Pond on June 14-15th weekend. Winds were light to heavy, reaching 10-20 knots during the regatta. Twenty-one races were held over Saturday and Sunday to determine the champion. Neil Goodrich, from Brooklyn, NY came in first. Second place finisher was Charlie Ellis of Gilbert, Arizona, with the third place going to Scott Spacie of the Heckscher Park Model YC, in Huntington, NY. The fourth and fifth places respectively went to Craig Mackie of Seattle, WA, and Ryan Ellis, the 13-year-old son of Charlie Ellis, from Gilbert, Arizona. Robert Lombard of Stamford, CT, who is the regional director of the American Model Yacht Association, was the race director for the regatta, which was sponsored by the Central Park Model YC, Herman Estavez, commodore. Co-sponsors were the Mill Pond Model YC, Jim Wood, commodore, and the Heckscher Park Model YC, Huntington, Scott Spacie, commodore.
There were seven Sonars, four KODs and two MBOs racing on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, 2002. The Sonar results: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. #487, Jonathan Siener. Top finishers for KOD, 1. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, 2. #11, Bon Chance, Matthew Temares, and 3. #12 (name unavailable). Results for MBOs: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen, and 2. #11 (name unavailable).
For those of you who cannot get through the day without reading the on-line sailing newsletter, Scuttlebut: did you know that the original meaning of Scuttle Butt before it became slang for gossip or information was the sailor's well, or source of fresh drinking water?