The third race in the CBCA Fall Series took place last Thursday evening, August 1. The Fall Series? With temperatures hitting almost 100 degrees and the humidity just about insufferable, one has to wonder about the sailors who named the series that is currently taking place each Thursday evening. Maybe they were hoping that if they named the series the Fall Series, the wind gods would become confused and send cool autumn breezes to Manhasset Bay.
It took a while for the wind to arrive on Manhasset Bay on Saturday, August 3rd, but the sailors on Lark didn't seem to mind. Left to right, Bill Brakman, Bill Siener, with James Macedonio on deck enjoying a little sunshine. Hidden from view is Dan Brown.
In any event, the wind was sufficient to propel 17 rather large cruising boats around the racecourse. The results for August 1; Division I, 5 boats, (Course BABA - 4.9nm): 1. #128, Zero Gravity, Tony Dalia, 2. #39516, Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. #777, Free Fall, William and Carol McFaul. Division II, 7 boats, (Course BABA - 4.9 nm): 1. #40774, Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. #53384, Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. #87922, Nemisis, Bruce Logan. Division III, 4 boats, (Course BABA - 4.9 nm), 1. #18, Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. #257, Sundance, Joel Ziev, and 3. #152, Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Division IV, 1 boat, (Course BA): #63, Reality, Peggy D'Alessandro.
Manhasset Bay YC was Race Committee for the weekend of August 3-4. The first race on Saturday was delayed as sailors and RC waited for the wind to fill in. It was worth waiting for as three races were completed on Saturday. On Sunday, the Sonar fleet, along with the MBOs and KODs enjoyed another day of competing in three races. Results for Saturday's racing: Race 1, Sonars: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #356, Laurie B, Bob Baskind/Steven Phillipson, and 3. #487, Jonathan Siener. Race 2, Sonars: 1. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeffrey Shane, 2. Delight, and 3. #487. Race 3, Sonars: 1. Delight, 2. #487, and 3. # 451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Sunday scores for the Sonar fleet: Race 1: Delight, 2. # 375, Housemartin, Greg Danilek/Beth Danilek, and 3. Sounder. Race 2: 1. Ping, 2. #487, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon. Race 3: 1. Housemartin, 2. #487, and 3. Ping. The MBO fleet was out on the starting line both Saturday and Sunday. The results for Saturday: Race 1: #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen (guest skipper Steve Moore), 2. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, and 3. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore. Race 2: 1. #11, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. Miss B Haven. Race 3: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. #11. The MBO fleet results for Sunday: Race 1: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. #11. Race 2 and Race 3: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. The KODs raced only on Sunday. Their results: 1. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, 2. #11, Bon Chance, Matthew Temares, and 3. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass. Race 2: 1. Bon Chance, 2. Knick Knack, and 3. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel. Race 3: 1. Bon Chance, 2. Dybbuk, and 3. Knick Knack.
Last week, this column reported on the 104th Larchmont YC Junior Race Week, which was held on July 22-24. Results were incomplete as several participants in the Laser Radial Green fleet from our area were inadvertently left out. Results for the Green fleet: 1. Matt Himler (MBYC), 2. Tommy Matesich (MBYC) and 23. Carrie Read (MBYC). Congratulations to these three fine sailors.
Sail for America, the mega-sailing event to commemorate the first anniversary of 9/11, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 in New York Harbor. Event organizers have been busy meeting with volunteers from local yacht clubs and the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will supply free anchorage in the Harbor, and readers may log onto Sail America's excellent website, www.sailforamerica.com to find their exact locations (plus, among other items of interest, a summary of flag etiquette submitted by Sparkman & Stephens). Boaters are encouraged to sail to one of three main Staging Areas outside the harbor on Friday, Sept. 13, in preparation for the parade into the harbor on Saturday morning. The three Staging Areas are: Staging Area A: North of the George Washington Bridge, Staging Area B: Western Long Island Sound (which is being organized by the Manhasset Bay YC), and Staging Area C: South of the Verrazano Bridge. The maximum number of boats is expected to gather in the vicinity of the World Trade Center site between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sailing will continue in the harbor throughout the afternoon. Sailboats are invited to stay in the harbor overnight, as there will be fireworks at the Battery, and a party for all sailors. On Sunday, "Around Alone," the single-handed round-the-world race will start from off Ground Zero at about 12 noon. If you own a powerboat, and would like to participate in Sail for America as an Official Safety Boat, log onto their website for a special registration form.
Newport, RI has been abuzz with so many sailing events over the past week or so that it reminds one of the "golden days" when the America's Cup skippers and crew populated the waters off these famous shores. UBS Challenge Week, headquartered on Goat Island in Newport, included the UBS Challenge U.S. Championship (July 27-29), the UBS Challenge Sponsor Pro-Am Event (July 30), the UBS Challenge Junior Sailing Program, with America's Cup Skippers (August 1) and the UBS Challenge Finals (August 1-4). The Challenge Finals mark the historic return of America's Cup contenders to Newport for the first time since 1983. Ted Weisberg, past commodore of the Knickerbocker YC, and the current president of the Match Racing Association, was instrumental in bringing this event to Newport, and was elated with spectator's enthusiastic response. Viewing stands built on Goat Island gave the crowds spectacular views of the competition, and they responded in a manner reminiscent of audiences watching match racing in Europe. Could this be a good omen for Newport, and Team DC (Dennis Conner)? And wouldn't it be fun to think of this event as a "dress rehearsal" for this quintessential sailing town in preparation for wrenching the Cup from New Zealand next February, and bringing her home where she belongs?