The Mill Pond Model Yacht Club was host to 18 sailors from across the United States who came to Port Washington to compete in the 2002 ODOM Class National Championship Regatta, held at the Mill Pond on Oct. 5 and 6. Competitors, who came from as far away as Seattle, WA, Watsonville, CA, Marblehead, MA, and St. Croix, VI, enjoyed good breezes for at least one of the days of the regatta. On Saturday the wind was from the southwest at about 15-20 knots, but Sunday brought more challenging racing, as the NW wind was light and fluky. The sailors were not disappointed, though, as 18 races were completed over the two days of competition. The ODOM class name comes from the description of the boat - One Design/One Meter. The one meter refers to the hull of the model, which is equal to 39.375 inches. With so many races completed over the two-day period, one competitor figured that the sailors walked approximately 8 miles per day as they navigated their boats around the marks set on the Mill Pond. The final results: 18 boats started the regatta, 11 completed all 18 races. Top finishers: 1. Craig Mackey, Seattle, WA. 2. Greg Danilek, Mill Pond Model YC, 3. Gary Kassl, Mill Pond Model YC, 4. Scott Spacie, Heckscher Park Model YC, and 5. George Huntington, Mill Pond Model YC. Each of the winners received engraved glass trophies. Special thanks are due to David James, the fleet captain of the ODOM Class at the Mill Pond Model YC, who along with Jim Wood, Commodore, and Charlie Blume, the vice commodore, organized the event that was enjoyed by so many sailors, family and friends.
Charlie Cannam, skipper of Charlie's Boat, out of the North Shore YC, won the Guy La Motta's Cannonball Regatta in his division, and was the overall winner. The Cannonball Regatta which took place on Saturday, Sept. 28, continued the tradition of the original Louie's Cup, which began 17 years ago, when Dick Zwerlein, the former owner of Louie's Shore Restaurant, felt there was too much seriousness in sailboat racing and set out to sponsor a fun-filled race. Participants in this year's race, if asked, would verify the "fun" part of the race, and might even entertain you with some of the adventures they encountered on the racecourse.
Louis Vuitton Challenger Series update: Seattle-based syndicate OneWorld has convincingly overcome a one-point penalty assessed before the start of the Louis Vuitton series to complete the first round as the only undefeated team. Standings as of Monday, Oct. 14: One World Challenge* (8-0), Alinghi (7-1), Oracle BMW Racing (5-3).
Team Dennis Conner (4-4), GBR Challenge (4-4), Prada (3-4), Victory Challenge (3-5), Mascalzone Latino (1-6) and Le Defi Areva (0-8)
Dennis Conner, of the Stars & Stripes syndicate, summed up the results of racing in the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series: "The results on the leader board showing OneWorld and Alinghi ahead is a true reflection of the racing. Oracle has five points, Stars & Stripes and GBR have four points and Sweden and Prada have three points. Technically, we are in fourth place right now, but I think we are all about even in performance. The French are very quick and deserve better results based on their boat speed. All the teams are sailing at the highest level I have seen at this point in the nine America's Cup events I have been involved in. All nine teams are well-prepared with few breakdowns even in strong winds." People who are veteran "Cup watchers" caution that there are many, many races yet to be sailed, and that it is just too early to wager who will come out on top to compete against the defenders of the Cup, Team New Zealand in early 2003.
Some websites for readers who are interested in staying current with news from Auckland: www.nzherald.co.nz/americascup, www.louisvuittoncup.yahoo.com, www.stars-stipes.com and www.nyyc.org.
The Selection Committee of the America's Cup Hall of Fame will announce the 2002 Inductees on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the New York YC. The Induction Ceremony will be held during the America's Cup races at The Auckland Museum, Auckland, NZ. on Feb. 17, 2003. Commencing with its first induction ceremony in 1993, 50 legends of the Cup have been invested with membership. Candidates eligible for consideration include skippers, afterguard, crew, designers, builders, organizers, syndicate leaders, managers, supporters, chroniclers, race managers, and other individuals of merit.
High winds and bad weather forced the cancelation of this year's Volvo Leukemia Cup sponsored by the Port Washington YC.