The 20th Annual Thomson Regatta took place on Sept. 10, at the Mill Pond Model YC. The winds were light, but were enough for the sailors to complete eight races during the morning. The competition sailed Marblehead Class Models, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 square inches of sails. After the completion of racing, a picnic lunch was served at the club for friends and family. David Coode, fleet captain in the "M" class and the race director for this regatta, left for Italy for the World Championship Marblehead Class races, which was held Sept. 14-22 in Ravenna, Italy. Eighty contestants from around the world have entered the World's and Mr. Coode is the only U.S. entrant, representing the U.S. and the Mill Pond Model YC. The results of the day's racing: 1. Alan Hoffman, 2. Charlie Wanker, and 3. Bob Seiden. Port Washington's Thomson Industries, Inc. sponsored the regatta.
The WRC (Women's Racing Clinic) has joined Bay Racing in Ideal 18s, and Race Committee has given them their own start about 15 minutes after the 1:50 start for the Sonar class. Last weekend, Sept. 21-22, the group had six boats on the starting line: Cindy Jordan/Nan Barry, Joan MacInnes/Louie Nees, Stef Baas/John Browning, Laura Browning/Emily Browning/Matt Schoemann, Carolyn/Greg Corkett, and Cecilia Gardner/Paula Kaminski Davis. From the names, readers can see that this was a co-ed event, but it was the ladies who skippered the boats. This group of talented sailors has been attending seminars and sailing together for two years, and their hard work has paid off. Kudos to the women! The results of by racing last weekend: Sonars, Saturday - Race One: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon. Saturday, Race Two: 1. Weekend Warrior, 2. #487 (boat unnamed), Jonathan Siener, and # 3. Sounder. Sonar results for Sunday, Race One: 1. Delight, 2. Sounder, and 3. #487. Sunday, Race Two: 1. #487, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. Delight. Sunday Race Three: 1. Sounder, 1. Delight, and 3. Weekend Warrior. Results for the Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOs) on Saturday, Race One: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen, 2. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, and 3. #11, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin. Saturday, Race Two: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. #3, Olin Express, Jack Antinori/Bob Prokop. Sunday, Race One: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. #23, 23 Skiddoo, Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes. Sunday, Race Two: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Blue Chip, and 3. 23 Skiddoo. The Knickerbocker One Design (KODs) raced on Sunday only. Sunday, Race One: 1. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, 2. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, and 3. #14. Sunday, Race Two: 1. Second Chance, 2. Dybbuk, and 3. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass. Results for the Ideal 18s, on Saturday, Race One and Race Two: 1. #171, 2. #46, and 3. #172. Sunday, Race One: 1. #177, 2. #115 and 3. #175. Sunday, Race Two: 1. #115.
The CBCA (Cow Bay Cruising Association), more commonly known as the Thirsty Thursday group have ended their season's sailing on Thursday evenings because of the shorter daylight hours. But they will be back in force next spring, ready to begin another season competition mixed with a lot of fun.
The Fall Optimist Series on Long Island Sound, sponsored by the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association, is having a very successful inaugural series of clinics and racing. The first of these clinics, which are for advanced and up-and-coming Optimist sailors, took place on Sept. 8 at Noroton YC, then moved to the American YC, then to Larchmont YC. A clinic will be held in our bay at Manhasset Bay YC on Sunday, Sept. 29, with the final clinic at the Great South Bay on Oct. 6. So far, some 30 very competitive sailors have turned out for the Sunday clinics and racing. For more information on the clinics and racing results, go to the USODA Web site at: http://usoda.org/html/02usodafallseriesOverallSept15.htm
With the start of the Louis Vuitton Series just a week away, some interesting developments have occurred stateside and in New Zealand. It seems that the defender for the America's Cup, Team New Zealand, with Dean Barker at the helm, was towed out to the race course in a full-length skirt for her first sail a few weeks ago, and returned after dark. The black shrouded NZL81 has caused quite a buzz in the Viaduct Harbour, where all the contenders for the Cup are docked. What, if anything, is Team New Zealand, trying to hide by covering her hull shape and undersides? Speculation is that NZL81 may have a double rudder, which has been tried in previous Cup competition as recently as 1992 and 2000 when the Swiss yacht, Fast2000 had two keels, one acting as a rudder. If NZL81 does, in fact, have a double rudder, international designers indicate that this configuration could be a huge asset in match-racing, particularly during the critical pre-start maneuvering, because a yacht with two rudders, one aft and another near the bow, supposedly could turn on a dime. But until now, no one has harnessed the technology with much success. Team New Zealand designers have hinted that the most interesting feature of their new cup yacht might be below the waterline, but they aren't saying much more, except that they will keep both of their boats covered each time they are towed past the challengers. Other syndicates skirt their boats as they are lifted in and out of the water, but none tow their boat out to the Hauraki Gulf for the day's racing. Could this be just a PR move to distract the contenders? Remember, it was Team New Zealand who lost so many of its crew to competing challengers.
Stateside another interesting development is taking place, right here in New York. According to the on-line sailing newsletter, Scuttlebutt, The New York Times has decided to cancel sailing columnist Herb McCormick's trip to Auckland to cover the cup races. Back in 1851 when the schooner, America, was first to the finish in Cowes, England, the nation's leading daily newspaper covered the event, and has continued prominent coverage since, whether the America's Cup was held in the United States, Australia or New Zealand. This year, just a week before the beginning of the Louis Vuitton Series, and with three syndicates hailing from the US, one of which is the New York YC headed by Dennis Conner, The Times has canceled McCormick's trip. McCormick had planned to cover the initial Louise Vuitton racing from the States and then head to New Zealand to cover the rest of the event in person. It appears that The Times has decided that regular sports news staff can cover the Louis Vuitton Series and the America's Cup. What this means is that a staffer at The Times, with no sailing credentials, will be covering the most prestigious sailing event in the world. As writers to Scuttlebutt (Jane Eagleson, Barby MacGowan, Keith Taylor and Bruno Trouble) so aptly said, "Of course it's not for us to dictate policy to The Times' editors. But it is our privilege as paying customers and dedicated readers to demand that The Times live up to the promise it makes in headlines in its annual Fact Book: "News and Editorial - The New York Times is committed to providing readers with content of the highest quality and integrity. The depth and range of reporting in The Times is unsurpassed." If you feel that The New York Times decision to cancel coverage of the America's Cup by a seasoned and credible sailor, please let The Times know your thoughts in a letter, on your company or yacht club letterhead, to the publisher, editor and sports editor of The Times. They are: Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher; Howell Raines, executive editor; and Neil Amdur, sports editor. The address is: The New York Times, 229 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.