The frostbite season is over - well almost. There is one more event that will take place tomorrow evening, Friday, May 14. The Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony will be an especially festive occasion this year because Virginia Seymour will present the first annual Howard G. Seymour Perpetual Trophy, in memory of her husband who was an avid frostbiter. The Winter Sports Committee will present the trophy to a frostbite crew, skipper or Race Committee participant who best demonstrates dedication, desire and enthusiasm for the sport of winter racing.
There are not a lot of boats racing on the weekends yet, and from the looks of all the masts in local boatyards, it may still be awhile before we have a full fleet of competitors. On Saturday, May 8, there were two Sonars racing against each other, for a total of three races. Ralf Steitz on #682, Puff, won two of the three races, and Dan Simon and Bill Simon on #421, Weekend Warrior, won one race. On Sunday, May 9, four Sonars started, with one DNF (Did Not Finish). The order of finish for the other three teams: 1. #682, 2. #421, 3. #442, Dreadlox, Neil Bercow.
Last week this column mentioned the American YC Spring Series. More information is forthcoming from Sandy Lindenbaum, the skipper of Promise Kept, who participated in the two-weekend regatta. In addition to winning their division (1-1-2-1-1-1-2), the crew won the Rampant Perpetual Trophy, which is awarded to the PHRF boat with the Best Performance. Sailing with Leslie and Sandy Lindenbaum were their son David, and Chip Behal (KYC), Doug Greenfield (KYC), Jon Helfat (KYC), Todd Ilberg (PWYC), Tom Powers (KYC), Bob and Eli Schwartz (KYC), Michael Silverman (KYC), and Doug Stebbins (MBYC).
The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship is the premiere youth sailing event in the country for sailors under age 20. The event started in 1973 as an open championship and grew quickly in popularity and size. This required then-USYRU to limit the number of entries. Currently, applications are submitted and participants are selected based on their sailing resumes by the US Youth Championship Committee. Double- and single-handed fleets are sailed in Club 420s and Lasers. In 1997, the event was renamed the USA Junior Olympic National Sailing Championship, and became the pinnacle of the new Junior Olympic Sailing Program. The next year a developmental fleet of 10 Olympic class 470s were added for competitors up to age 21. The following year 10 Europe dinghies were invited. A boardsailing fleet was included from 1983 to 1996. The event was uncoupled from the Junior Olympic Program in 2002 when the name was changed back to US Youth Championship. This year the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship will be held June 18-24 at Carolina Yacht Club and College of Charleston, SC. After spending a month reading 265 sailing resumes, 148 sailors were selected to compete in this event. Participants are from 19 states plus Puerto Rico. The states with the most sailors are California (34), Florida (28) and New Jersey (16). Local sailors chosen to compete in this event include Teddy Himler, Manhasset Bay YC, Kaitlin Stork and Erik Stork, from Huntington, and Rebecca Dellenbaugh and Baker Potts from Connecticut.
The America's Cup Management Team has scheduled team racing around the world to keep interest in the Cup until the next challenge in 2007. The first of these regattas in our area will take place in Newport, RI between June 19-26 and is sponsored by UBS. Called the UBS Trophy Regatta, a new website has been launched that will showcase America's Cup style match racing between old rivals Team Alinghi and Oracle BMW Racing The site will also provide information on media accreditation for working press who plan to attend the regatta. The site will feature a photo gallery, daily race results, plus background information by John Rousmaniere, America's Cup writer and historian. A notice-board located prominently on the homepage will provide last minute updates on the racing and other activities. Check it out at www.ubstrophy.com.
Mark this date - July 10. The 75th Anniversary of the yacht design firm of Sparkman & Stephens, Inc. is being celebrated July 10 at Mystic Seaport. Extensive displays of many classic as well as new S&S designs will be present along with a series of activities of interest. Olin Stephens II will be present as well as prominent builders and yacht designers from all over the world. Stephens, the winner of US Sailing's W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Trophy, will be given his award during the celebration. While Stephens was nominated after a specific instance in which he demonstrated fine sportsmanship behavior, his true dedication to the sport is legendary throughout the sailing community. "He sets a great example for other sailors to follow," said Dean Cady, chairman of US Sailing's Sportsmanship Committee. Owners of yachts designed by S&S are encouraged to attend. For more information, go to www.sparkmanandstephensassociationusa.org
For those who are looking for sailing-related reading material, an old favorite magazine is re-launched and a new practical one is just been published. The May issue of Yachting World, designed for serious sailors, might have the same basic ingredients, but it looks very different, with busy news columns and glossy features ... and reads differently too. Additionally, this first issue, which was out on the newstands last week, celebrates 110 years of continuous publication. For more details: www.yachtingworld.com/yw/home.htm. A new magazine, BoatWorks, produced by the editors of SAIL, is written for the hands-on sailor, and it's packed with expert insight on everything from structural repairs to servicing winches to finding the right boat. - http://www.sailmag.com/boatworks/