Duke Dayton, the Past Commodore of Port Washington YC and his wife, Marion, drove from their home in the east end of Long Island to attend the Junior Yacht Club's commissioning ceremony on Sunday June 30 for a very special reason. The Daytons, who have always been big supporters of the junior sailing program and firmly believe that young sailors are "the future of the club - and of sailing," took the opportunity this year to donate a beautiful new gaff-rigged flagpole to the Junior Yacht Club, which is located north of the clubhouse on land purchased from the old Sigsbees boat yard. It was actually Marion's idea for the flagpole and she found the perfect one out on eastern Long Island and was able to negotiate delivery by Commissioning. Those who are close to the Daytons know how strongly they feel about sailing traditions, so donating the flagpole was just another reminder to the sailing community that it is our young sailors who will carry forth to the next generation all the wonderful traditions that surround those of us who love the sea, and all that sailing represents. The Flag Officers for the PWJYC are: Caitlin Abruzzo, Commodore, who was absent from the ceremony as she was representing her school at the National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, a commitment she had made many months previously, Erin Mulderig, Vice Commodore, Morgan Cotter, Rear Commodore, Paige Wassmer, Treasurer, Susan Cosgrove, Secretary, and Patrick Shea, Membership Secretary.
The Seamen's Church Institute's 25th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner, attended by over 950 people who came to the Chelsea Piers to honor the men and women of the Port Authority of NY and NJ, was held on a beautiful summer evening on Tuesday, June 11. The evening began with a parade of boats passing in front of Pier Sixty with Seamen's Church Institute's Executive Director, Rev. Canon Peter Larom, microphone in hand, introducing each boat and providing a short description or history to capture the audience's interest. After the Blessing of the Fleet, tugboats lined up facing the crowd and tooted their horns in salute, while several fire boats passed directly in front of the crowded balcony with water hoses displaying a spectacular water show. During dinner, Richard du Moulin, President of Intrepid Shipping Company, dinner chairman, and Rev. Larom, shared hosting duties at the podium, and introduced honorees, after which a touching and beautiful video was shown depicting the Institutes' involvement in rescue efforts on 9/11 and during the weeks immediately after the attack. The Silver Bell Award, this year awarded to the men and women of the Port Authority, is presented annually to outstanding individuals, companies or organizations to recognize their commitment to merchant mariners and the issues facing the maritime industry. Other awardees: The Distinguished Service Award was given to RADM Richard E. Bennis USCG (RET), Associate Under Secretary of Transportation for Maritime and Land Security at the Transportation Security Administration. Lifesaving Awards were given to the M/V Tampa, Wilh.Wilhelmsen ASA and the NYPD Harbor and Aviation Unit. The Seamen's Church Institute, which has provided nearly 170 years of service to the maritime industry, is an advocate for the personal, professional, and spiritual wellbeing of merchant mariners worldwide. Their mission is to promote safety and improve living and working conditions for men and women in the maritime workplace. Local people involved with the SCI are: the Rev. Kurt von Roeschlaub, Grace Allen, Richard Cook, Adelaide Perry Farah, and Gale Rundquist. A wonderful evening indeed, both joyous and sad, but an evening that offered some healing for those close to 9/11, for it gave a sense that "all is well with the world."
Manhasset Bay was busy over the holiday weekend. There was bay racing on Saturday and Sunday, and the Knickerbocker YC held its annual KYC Day Race. The results for bay racing on Saturday, July 6 (two races): Sonars, Race 1: 1. #678, Ed Adler/Jeff Kovner, 2. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, and 3. #356, Laurie B, Bob Baskind/Steve Phillipson. Sonars, Race 2 results: 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, 2. #487, Jonathan Siener, and 3. #652, Sounder. MBO results for Race 1 on Saturday: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen, 2. #3, Olin Express, Jack Antinori/Bob Prokop, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Race 2 results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. #11, and 3. Olin Express. Bay racing on Sunday, July 7, included Sonars with two races, while KODs and MBOs completed three races each. Results for the Sonar's first race: 1. Sounder, 2. #487, and 3. Ping. Race 2 for Sonars: 1. Sounder, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 2. Ping. Sonar results for the day, based on total point (pending protests): 1. Sounder (2 pts), 2. Delight (6 pts), and 3. #487 (6 pts) and 4. Ping (6 pts). Race 1 results for KODs: 1. #11, Bon Chance, Matthew Temares, 2. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, and 3. #14. KOD Race 2: 1. Second Chance, 2. Bon Chance, and 3. #14. Race #3: 1. #14, 2. Bon Chance, and 3. Second Chance. Based on total points for the day, the KOD results: 1. Bon Chance (5 pts) 2. Second Chance (6 pts), and 3. #14 (7 pts). The MBO fleet also completed three races. Results for their first race on Sunday: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Olin Express, and 3. Frolic. Race 2 results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Frolic, and 3. Olin Express. Race 3 results: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Olin Express, and 3. Frolic. Based on total points for the day, the results are: 1. Miss B Haven (3 pts), 2. Olin Express (7 pts), and 3. Frolic (8 pts).
The Knickerbocker Day Race also took place on Sunday, July 7, but was sailed on Long Island Sound about one mile east of Execution Rock. Results for each division: Division 1A ( 2 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht; Division 1B (3 boats): 1. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum; Division 1C (2 boats): Amethyst. Results for Division 2 (6 boats): 1. Regina K, and 2. Arcadia.
Five boats were on the starting line on July 4th to race in CBCA's (Thirsty Thursday) last race of the Spring Series. All boats started together, the course was to I and back. The results: 1. the catamaran Renegade, Andy Ledins; 2. Zero Gravity, Tony Dalia, and 3. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum.
Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 will be aired on Sunday, on ESPN2 Sunday, July 14 at 5 pm on ESPN2. This was an exciting leg for the women's team as they finished in fourth place by defeating Grant Dalton on Amer Sports One by just three boat lengths. The 30-minute program features comments by each skipper following the race, and Gary Jobson takes viewers for a tour below deck on one of the boats.