Manhasset Bay was a busy place last weekend. The 70th Manhasset Bay YC Race Week, which was held from Thursday, August 8 - Sunday, August 11, filled the bay with sails from the Great Neck shore over to Port Washington. What a beautiful sight - a multitude of sails, in varying sizes, from the tiny Optimist, Blue Jays, Lasers, and 420s for the junior sailors, to the Sonars, MBOs (Manhasset Bay One Designs), KODs (Knickerbocker One Design), Ideal 18s, Snipes, Sunfish and the largest of all, the PHRF boats. At one point the Race Committee had three race courses set, one for the juniors, another one for the PHRF and MBOs and a third for the Sonar, KODs, and all other boats. While the weather was not the best, very hot and humid with little wind until a southerly filled in during the afternoon, it was still thrilling to see so many sails fill the bay. On Thursday, two races were held, one in the morning for the WRC (Women's Racing Clinic) and another competition in the evening for the Thirsty Thursday group. Seven teams of women, hailing from Manhasset Bay YC, Knickerbocker YC and Sea Cliff YC, sailed in Ideal 18s. This is the group of women who got together last year once a month to attend sailing seminars, and have progressed to racing once a week this season. The winners (skipper/crew): 1. Nan Barry/Lynn Whipple, 2. Stef Baas/Loreta Chiafolo, and 3. Cindy Jordan/Erin Kinney/Beth Hartigan. At 1900 hours (7 p.m.), RC was back on the water, setting courses for the PHRF Race in conjunction with the Thirsty Thursday group. The PHRF ("big boats") continued to sail and receive scores on Friday - Sunday, and those scores will be listed separately. Winners for Thursday evening, August 8 only for the CBCA Fall Series Race #4: Division I (Course ZDT, 7.44 nm): 1. #39516, Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. #128, Zero Gravity, Tony Dalia, and 3. #33877, Rising Star, Yehuda Rosenstock. Division II results (Course ZC, 5.07 nm): 1. #87922, Nemisis, Bruce Logan, 2. #40774, Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. #52, Anticipation, Ed Veprovsky. Division III results (Course ZC, 5.07 nm): 1. #18, Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. #257, Sundance, Joel Ziev, and 3. #152, Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Division IV (Course ZC, 5.07 nm) had only one entry: #183 Quaker, Stephan Lapham. Division V also had only one entry (a catamaran): #248, Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Racing continued on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday competition was cancelled due to lack of wind. A nice southerly filled in at the expected time, but it came too late to start any races. The winners in each of the divisions, starting with the juniors, which sailed in four divisions: Optimist, Blue Jay, Laser Radial, and 420: Optimist: 1. #12008, Evan Read, 2. #8510, Leah Feldman, and 3. #8, Asher Feldman. Blue Jay: 1. #7209. Carrie Morea, 2. #7050, S. Enscoe, and 3. #7224, Mike Zito. Laser Radial: 1. # 169350, Matt Himler, 2. # 169494, Tommy Matesich, and 3. #172101, Carrie Read. 420s: 1. #2146, Read/Horowitz, 2. #7, Cornachio/Lawrence, and 3. #21, Whipple/Capone. Results for the Sonar Class, with boat names and first names when available: 1. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, 2. #375, Housmartin, Beth/Greg Danilek, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Results for the MBO fleet: 1. #21, Blue Chip, Einar Haukeland/Chip Allen, 2. #11, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin, and 3. #9, Miss B Haven, Matt Walsh/Grace Allen. KOD results: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. # 14, Tom Powers, and 3. #11, Bon Chance, Matthew Temores. Ideal 18: 1. #4, Lawson, 2. # 176, Nan Barry, and 3. #174, Carl Schwarz. Sunfish: 1. #2615, Susan Foley, 2. #2641, Bartels Lavin, and 3. #2643, Finnerty (on Saturday) and Byrne (on Sunday). Snipe class: 1. #28044, Pedro Lorson, 2. # 28065, Mike Funsch, and 3. #29204, Lee Griffith. PHRF division: 1. #50998, Paul Strauch, 2. #39516, Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. #51676, Promise Kept, Leslie and Sandy Lindenbaum.
The winners of Perpetual Awards, name of trophy (description): Black Jack Trophy (keel type yacht making the best percentage performance) and the Edward P. Alker Trophy (MBYC yacht with waterline length of not less that 15'6" showing highest percentage performance): Einar Haukeland, MBO #21, Blue Chip. The Arthur E. Barnard Crew Trophy (crew of MBYC yacht with a waterline length of not less than 15'6" showing highest percentage performance): Chip Allen and Ruth Haukeland, MBO #21, Blue Chip. George H. Wicke Trophy (female skipper of yacht competing for the Class Championship making the best percentage performance): Beth Danilek, Sonar #375, Housemartin. Frank T. Cornell Trophy (boy or girl enrolled in MBYC Junior Sailing Program with the best percentage performance) and the Thomas M. Fraser Trophy (centerboard yacht competing for Class Championship making the best percentage performance, provided at least five yachts have started and at least 60 percent of races completed): Matt Himler, Laser Radial, #169350. Lure Trophy (keel type yacht winning the most competitive class): Rich Jordan, Sonar # 652, Sounder. David Craig Trophy (best performance in women's race week): Nan Barry. The Robert Harvey Wessmann, Jr. Trophy is awarded to a skipper whose age is 25 years old, and who, in the opinion of the Regatta Committee, has made the best showing throughout Annual Race Week, both in competitive standing and sportsmanship. This year the Wessmann Trophy was awarded to 13-year-old Carrie Morea (Knickerbocker YC), who was first in the Blue Jay Class even thought she received a DNF (Did Not Finish) because she dropped out of a race on Friday, August 9 to assist teammates in a capsized boat. Carrie, along with many juniors from our bay, had attended a Safety at Sea seminar at the Larchmont YC over the summer, given by her uncle Rich du Moulin, which stressed the importance of boat safety. Congratulations to Carrie Morea for demonstrating the kind of sportsmanship that every sailor who steps off a dock onto a boat should follow.
The 2nd Annual Louise T. Haney Memorial Regatta, held on Sunday, August 11 was hosted by the Mill Pond Model YC and held at the Mill Pond. Louise Haney, a very special friend to the members of the Mill Pond Model YC, and to all who knew her in our local sailing world, wrote this column for over 25 years. As the little model boats were sailing on Sunday in a regatta to honor a "grand lady of sailing," one cannot help but think of Louise sitting on the bank of the Mill Pond, dressed in something quite nautical, with her straw hat with its red, white and blue stripes, intently watching the skillful sailors maneuvering their boats around the marks. Her memory lives on for all who knew her, as her beloved yacht, the LewLou is still sailed in Manhasset Bay by its present owners, Ellen and Larry Shields. There were eight races with ten boats participating in the 2nd Annual Louise T. Haney Memorial Regatta. The results: 1. Neil Goodrich, Central Park Model YC, 2. Lech Arcizewski, Mill Pond Model YC, and 3. Kenny Keighron, Sr., Eisenhower Park Mill Pond Model YC. Howard Schultz, a member of the Mill Pond Model YC, embroidered white hats for each of the three winners, which read: 2002 Louise T. Haney Memorial Regatta, with each winner's respective finish. After sailing, all sailors, family and friends went back to the clubhouse for a picnic, and a chance to share some good stories about Louise and her remarkably long association with the Mill Pond Model YC.
Due to unavoidable conflicts and very difficult time issues beyond its control, the Knickerbocker Yacht Club and the Knickerbocker Cup Committee announce the cancellation of this year's Knickerbocker Cup (August 22-28). While this was an extremely difficult decision, the Committee regretfully came to the conclusion that it was in the best interests of the event to postpone it until summer 2003. The Knickerbocker Yacht Club and the Knickerbocker Cup Committee hope to see many of the top world-class skippers and crews back in 2003 to continue the long tradition of hosting this prestigious Grade 1 Match Racing Event.