Sailors always have good stories to tell, be it their adventures in long distance blue water racing, a crowded starting line in fleet racing or disputes settled by protest committee. Whether or not the story accurately reflects what really happened is often subject to question, depending on the story teller's imagination and liberal use of exaggeration. A good story has emerged from the Annual Frostbite Awards Dinner, but this story stands on its own, not needing any embellishments. The story goes like this: Ginny Seymour, the widow of Howard Seymour, came up north from her home in Florida, to see friends and attend the Frostbite dinner. Over the past few months she has been busy creating the Howard Seymour Memorial Trophy to recognize a skipper, crew or Race Committee member who has contributed to the sport of winter sailing. She chose the frostbite group because Howard competed in his IC Dinghy, Sneezy, for over 40 years. He also sailed in Atlantics, International One Designs, Resolutes, and Etchells, but these fleets are no longer in active in our bay. The trophy that was presented at the dinner was beautiful, and carries a bit of sailing history on Manhasset Bay. Placed on top of a beautiful mahogany base is Howard's first place silver trophy from his 1954 achievements in the Resolute class. It was quite an emotional moment when Ginny opened the envelop and presented the first Howard Seymour Memorial Trophy to Bob Kirtland, for the Seymours and the Kirtlands have been friends for years. In fact, Ginny met her future husband as she was walking into the reception after Bob Kirtland's daughter's wedding. Howard, being the gentleman he was, would not let an unescorted woman enter the building alone, and the rest, as they say, is history. Congratulations to Bob Kirtland for his most deserved honor.
Other awards given out at the Frostbite Dinner on Friday, May 15 (skipper, crew): Pedro Lorson and Yasu Kawahara (#516): A Fleet Fall, 1st. Championship Series A Fleet. Ted Toombs and Matt Cornachio (#514): A Fleet Fall, 2nd, A Fleet Spring, 2nd, Championship Series A Fleet, 3rd. Matt Kelley and Lynn Korchendorfer (#603): A Fleet Fall, 3rd, A Fleet Spring, 1st and Championship Series A Fleet, 2nd. Stephanie Baas and Dana Schnipper (#511): B Fleet Fall, 1st. Robert A. Kirtland and Mark Cornachio (#707): B Fleet Fall, 2nd, A Fleet Spring, 3rd, Championship Series B Fleet, 1st. Philip Mitropoulos and Amelia Amon (#121): B Fleet Spring, 1st, Championship Series B Fleet, 2nd. Peter Kallman and Shane Deppe: B Fleet Spring, 2nd. John Silbersack and Catryn Silbersack (#007): B Fleet Spring, 3rd, Championship Series B Fleet, 3rd. Crew awards, A Fleet: 1. Mark Cornachio, 2., Dana Schnipper, and 3. Matt Cornachio. B Fleet: 1. Amelia Amon, 2. Eva Lund, and 3. Catryn Silbersack.
They say sailing is a life-time sport. Howard Seymour certainly helped perpetuate that concept. At the other end of the spectrum are our youngest sailors, the future of our sport. Four lovely young ladies attended the Frostbite dinner, and all of them have had their turn being crew on an IC dinghy for family or friends. When asked what they liked best about sailing, their answers? Johanna Silbersack, aged 12, likes "hiking out, being over the water." Emily Browning, 11 years old, likes "the wind blowing in my face, and sails out perfectly, not luffing." Catryn Silbersack, 10, "I like jumping from one side of the boat to the other when the wind shifts. And you have to be on guard so you don't get hit in the head with the boom." And our youngest sailor, Sabrina Lorson, aged 5, had this to say, "My favorite part is when the boat is on top of waves and they make the boat go up and down."
Port Washington YC was Race Committee for the weekend of May 15-16. There were two races on Saturday, and none of Sunday. In fact, there was so little wind on Sunday that the Sonars needed a tow to get back to land. Seems a little early to have that kind of August weather on the bay - let's hope Mother Nature has gotten over her fit, and delivers only good winds for this year's summer sailing. Results for Sonars on Saturday, May 15, Race 1, (Course B, P, B, P): 1. #316, Elusive, Alan Helman, Ed King, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, Bill Simon, and 3. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek. Race 2: 1. #375, 2. #421, and 3. #316.
The United States has now qualified for the Athens Olympics in the 470 Women's event. Katie McDowell (Barrington, R.I.) and Isabelle Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.) placed eighth overall in the 470 World Championships, held in Zadar, Croatia. Held in Zadar, Croatia, the Championships allowed five previously unqualified nations to earn their Olympic berth in the 470 Women's division. Argentina, Canada, Brazil and Italy joined the USA in qualifying through this event. The result by McDowell/Kinsolving also means that the USA will send a full sailing team of 18 athletes in 11 events to the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Only six other nations - Australia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany and Italy - have qualified to send an entry for all of the sailing events. Greece, as host country, receives an automatic entry in every event. Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) with Sarah Mergenthaler (Colt's Neck, N.J.) finished 22nd overall in the women's fleet. In the 470 Men's division, Olympic medalists Paul Foerster (Rockwall, Texas) and Kevin Burnham (Miami, Fla.) finished 14th in their 101 boat fleet. Stu McNay (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Arthur Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.) placed 66th overall.
"Our Bay," an outgrowth of an exhibit that was at the Port Washington Public Library last September-October, is a tribute to the people, businesses, and events, past and present, that contributed to the nautical heritage of Manhasset Bay and its waterfront. Divided into three parts, "Our Bay" covers the history of our waterfront, highlighting Purdy Boats, Star Boats and those soaring seaplanes, the Flying Boats. The exhibit was funded by the Nautical Center of the Port Washington Public Library and was developed by the Nautical Center Exhibit Committee: Duke Dayton, Alan Dinn, Arthur Donovan, Ed du Moulin, Fay Fraser, Joan Kent, Ginger Marshall Martus, and Jim Wood. The Library coordinators for the exhibit were Lee Fertitta and Elly Shodell. Available at the library for only $10, "our Bay" packs a lot of history in an attractive layout of photos and text. Those interested in sailing won't want to miss this little treasure.