Larchmont Yacht Club hosted the Sonar Long Island Sound Championships on Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. Five races were sailed over the two days. Six Sonar teams from our area competed for the Championship, which was won by skippers Jeff Shane and Rick Jordan. Results for local teams competing in this year's Sonar Championship, skippers (crew): 1. #652, Sounder, Jeff Shane/Rick Jordan (Miller, Cornachio), 4. #421, Weekend Warrior, Bill Simon (Simon, Fishman, Albrecht), 5. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland (Thompson, Field, Jackle, Wiedersum), 6. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning (Baas, Browning), 7. #375, Housemartin, Beth Danilek/Greg Danilek (B. Moore, J. Lyman), and 8. #487, (boat name unavailable), Jonathan Siener (Siener, Toombs, Lopez).
The CBCA (Thirsty Thursday) Spring Series Race #5 was held on June 20. Results for the evening: Division I, five boats (Course BCZ, 6.04 nm): 1. #777, Free Fall, William/Carol McFaul, 2. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3. #39516, Avalanche, Al Albrecht. Division II, six boats (Course BCZ, 6.04 nm): 1. #52, Anticipation, Ed Veprovsky, 2. #466, Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen, and 3. #87922, Nemisis, Bruce Logan. Division III, five boats (Course BIZ, 5.04 nm): 1. #18, Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. #244, En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. #257, Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV, two boats (Course BIZ, 5.04 nm): 1. #63, Reality, Peggy D'Alessandro.
Knickerbocker YC was Race Committee for bay racing on the weekend of June 22 - 23. Fourteen Sonars and four MBO's were on the starting line for two races on Saturday. On Sunday, ten Sonars, six MBOs and seven KODs completed three races. The results for Sonars, Race #1 on Saturday. 1. #670, (name unavailable), 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan/Bill Simon, and 3. #487, Jonathan Siener. Race #2 on Saturday: 1. #487, 2. Weekend Warrior, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Sonar results for Sunday - Race One: 1. #652, Sounder, Jeff Shane/ Rick Jordan, 2. Ping, and 3. #487. Race #2 on Sunday: 1; #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. Ping, and 3. Sounder. Race #3 on Sunday: 1. Sounder, 2. Delight, and 3. Ping. MBO results for Saturday, Race #1: 1. #25, Black Jack, Adrian Alley, 2. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen, and 3. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore. Race #2 on Saturday: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin, and 3. Black Jack. Results for Sunday, Race #1: 1. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, 2. Miss B Haven, and 3. #11. Sunday Race #2 results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. #11, and 3. Black Jack. Race #3 results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. #11. KODs for Sunday, Race #1 results: 1. #11, Bon Chance, Matthew Temares, 2. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass, and 3. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton. Race #2: 1. Bon Chance, 2. Second Chance, and 3. Knick Knack. Race #3 results: 1. Bon Chance, 2. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, and 3. Knick Knack.
Four Hundred and five respondents to a poll conducted by Cupviews.com, taken between June 10-19 were asked to identify the most likely teams making it to the finals of the America's Cup in February, 2003. The results have some surprises, and shed light on what America's Cup fans from around the world are thinking. Cupviews.com ran the poll with some of their viewers from all nationalities, so results of this poll are seen to closely reflect the judgment of sailors and Cup followers globally. The results: 1. Prada Challenge (Italy) 43.5 percent; 2. Team Dennis Conner (USA) 30.9 percent; 3. Alinghi Challenge (Switzerland) 29.9 percent; 4. Oracle Racing (USA) 23.2 percent ; 5. OneWorld (USA) 22.7 percent ; 6. Le Defi Areva (France) 10.9 percent; 7. Victory Challenge (Sweden) 10.4 percent ; 8. GBR Challenge (Great Britain) 9.9 percent; and 9. Mascalzone Latino (Italy) 7.7 percent . It is not surprising that Prada and Alinghi are in the top three slots as they both have huge budgets that allow them long and extensive training programs. And Alinghi recruited Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth, key players from Team New Zealand's 2000 campaign, which won the Cup. Great news that Dennis Conner, who has one of the smallest budgets and is training on the west coast rather than in Auckland is considered one of the best of the challengers for 2003. Conner almost won the Louis Vuitton Cup last time around with only a one-boat challenge, and this time he has launched two boats, is backed by major sponsors, and has assembled a skilled and dedicated team, both on and off the water. About a month ago, Tom Meade of The Providence Journal asked Ken Read, skipper for Stars and Stripes, if the wealthier teams have a significant advantage, he replied, "In one way, yes. They have more sails, more masts, more money for research and development," said Read. "In another way, no. What we have is experience. Dennis and company have nine Cups under their belts. We have an awesome tech team, and among the crew there are hundreds of national, North American and world championships." It appears that Read's assessment was right on the mark.
Giles Kavanagh, from American Windsurfing Magazine, has approached the people from Sail for America for permission to join them on September 14th to commemorate the year anniversary of the World Trade Center. The mission of Windsurf for America is the same as Sail for America with the added dimension of demonstrating gratitude towards the international community for supporting New York. They believe that they will have at least 25 windsurfers on the water on Sept. 14 but that number could possibly grow to 100. The group is attempting to get permission to launch out of Liberty State Park and sail in a contained flat area southwest of Liberty Island. They have created an eye-catching advertisement to be placed in American Windsurfer Magazine and are hoping to have a link on the Sail for America website. The weekend activities will commence with a large social event for the windsurfers for Friday evening, Sept. 13. For more information , go to their website, www.americanwindsurfer.com, or e-mail Windsurf for America at email@example.com.
UK Sailmakers' animated rules quizzes are now available on a new CD that they have produced, which contains ten rules quizzes plus the entire verbiage of the Racing Rules of Sailing. The animated quizzes take you through ten situations that all sailors have encountered on the racecourse. There is also a written explanation of who was right and who was wrong in each of the situations, with links to the relevant rules. Click on that link and the language of the rule pops up on the screen. For more information, go to http://www.uksailmakers.com/RulesQuiz/index.html.