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The New York YC was filled to capacity on Tuesday evening, May 18 when the Sailing Foundation of New York joined with the Olympic Sailing Committee of US SAILING to present the 2004 Golden Spinnaker Gala, a fund raiser for the sailors representing the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, Greece. Almost 300 guests met in the spectacular Model Room for the black-tie event, which included dinner with the athletes and live and silent auctions. The event could not have been in a better place. Recently renovated, the Model Room was resplendent with the new display cases proudly presenting past America's Cup yachts, and provided the perfect background for this stellar group of athletes. "It was simply an outstanding evening, blending the enthusiasm and charisma of the Olympic and Paralympic sailors with the charm and generosity of the people who make the sport of sailing so dynamic," said Golden Spinnaker Gala Event Chairman Bill Sandberg (Riverside, CT). He continued, "With the event just concluded, we have much accounting still to do, but we anticipate that we have raised many times more than has been raised before through an event like this." Gary Jobson, who has been battling Leukemia for the past year and was looking rather well, was the commentator for the evening and entertained the audience with his usual witty and informative presentation. Seen in the group were friends and familiar faces. Phil Trinter, crew on the Star boat with Paul Cayard, attended with his wife, Chrissy, who are living in Port Washington. Other New Yorkers who are part of the US Sailing Team include Meg Gaillard (Pelham, NY/Jamestown, RI), sailing in the Europe class, and Katie McDowell (Rochester, NY) and Isabelle Kingsolving (New York City), the women's team in the 470s. "With the addition of funds raised at this gala, the Sailing Foundation of New York will have raised in excess of three quarters of a million dollars to help sailors around the world," said the organization's founder George M. Isdale, Jr. (Greenwich, CT), who noted that all proceeds from the gala will go directly to support the athletes of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. "It fit beautifully with our mission." Olympic sailors will compete in the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad from August 13-29, and Paralympic sailors will compete in the Games of the XII Paralympiad from September 17-28.

Now that the spring is finally here, Manhasset Bay is showing signs of coming alive - with boats, that is. The Thursday Thirsty group were out during the week, and the Sonars raced both Saturday and Sunday, and the Port Washington YC hosted their annual Day Race. Starting with weekend racing: Manhasset Bay YC was Race Committee for the weekend of May 22-23. Two races were completed for the Sonars on each day. Results for Saturday: Race 1. (Course UAUZ): #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan and Jeff Shane, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz. Race 2 (Course UZ): 1. Delight, 2. Sounder, and 3. #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani and Tao Dao. There was one protest by boat #573, Selhun against #677, Serendipity, Alan Salomon. On Sunday, nine Sonars were on the starting line. Results of the first race of the day (Course UPUP): 1. a tie between #387, (name unavailable) and #677, Serendipity, Alan Salomon, 2. #396, and 3. #421, Week-end Warrior, Dan Simon and Bill Simon. There were two protests in this race: #398 (name unavailable) protested first place #387 and #652 (Sounder); #356 (Laurie B) protested #368 (Tzuris). Race 2 (Course UP): 1. Sounder, 2. Puff, and 3. Week-end Warrior. Results of protests were unavailable at press time.

The 57th Annual Port Washington YC Day race took place on Sunday, May 23rd. The course was 14.8 NM starting at Execution Rock and proceeding east to Matinicock Point, north to Scotch Caps, west to Hart Island and finishing at the mouth of Manhasset Bay. Brian Cohen's Rainmaker, served as the Committee boat, with Race Committee members Dave and Susan DeBaun, Peter Christie, Commodore Ed Wassmer, Ed Condon, Tom Steele, Tom Sullivan and Jeff Robinson. The scratch list included 17 boats, three of which were DNS (Did Not Start). Results for Division I (Non-spinnaker), with three DNF's (Did Not Finish): 1. This Is It, Robert Scancarelli, Cresthaven YC, 2. Eagle, Ernest Bivona, City Island YC. Division II: 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, Port Washington YC, 2. Andiamo, Paul Strauch, Manhasset Bay YC, and 3. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, Knickerbocker YC. Division III: Wallbanger, Brian Robinson, North Shore YC, 2. Exuberance, Jeffrey Ohstrom, City Island YC, and 3. Arcadia, Quentin Thomas, Douglaston YC.

The Thursday Thursday's boats were out racing on May 20th, but the fleet is not in full force yet. For whatever reason, and it may be the rainy spring we had, many boats are not ready to race, or are still in the boatyard. This is affecting the starting line on Thursdays and during weekend racing. Now with the good weather upon us, we'll see more and more boats out enjoying out beautiful bay and LI Sound. Results for Thursday, May 20th: Division I, 6.08 NM, (5 boats): 1. #777, Free-Fall, Bill McFaul, 2. #39516, Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. #51676, Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum. Division II, 6.08 NM, (2 boats): 1. # 40774, Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan and 2. ##18, Tootsie, Ron Fink. Division III, 6.08 NM, (4 boats): 1. #50, Second Wind, Anthony Viola, 2. #244, En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. #257, Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division: Catamaran: 1. #248, Renegade, Andy Ledins. No boats raced in Division IV.

On August 28 and 29, the YRALIS will sponsor a Championship Regatta open to all members and guests. The weekend will be highlighted by the participation of four Clubs conducting races from Rye, NY to Westport, CT. Cedar Point YC and American YC will host one-design sailing in as many as 14 classes. Stamford YC will be the host Club for the IMS boats and Riverside YC will conduct racing for Level Class and PHRF boats. Riverside YC will host parties after the conclusion of racing on both days, Saturday and Sunday. This is the inaugural year of what will become an annual event on Long Island Sound. Put the regatta on your calendar so you won't miss out on this fun weekend of highly competitive racing while enjoying the company of your sailing friends from all over the Sound. Go to YRALIS.org for more information about the event. If you have questions, please call the YRA office (516-767-9240), fax (6\516-767-9204) or e-mail the YRA office at office@yralis.org.


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