Mother Nature was very kind to us this past weekend. The weather was glorious and Manhasset Bay sparkled in the sunshine. Lots of sailing activity in and around our peninsula and elsewhere. With the start of the sailing season, so much is going on that activities will be reported over time in each weekly column as there is just not enough space to cover all that happens in one weekend.
The CBCA (Thirsty Thursday) group was out last Thursday June 24. Thirteen boats in four divisions were on the starting line. Results as follows: Division I: (8.67 nm, Course BJT: 1. Avalanche, AL Albrecht, 2. En Garde, Cannam, 3.Grace, Gene Gold. In Division II only two boats competed (6.73 nm, Course BJ): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan and 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. In Division II, (6.73 nm, Course BJ): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. There were no competitors in Division IV. In the Catamaran Division (8.67 nm, Course BJT) 1. Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Results for the weekend of June 26 and 27th: On Saturday only the Sonars were out. Manhasset Bay YC was RC on both days. The results for Saturday: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/ Bill Simon/Einar Haukeland, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz. On Sunday, June 27th, 12 Sonars sailed in four races and the KODs in two. Winners in Race 1 for the Sonars: 1. Ping, 2. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. Race #2 results: 1. Housemartin, 2. Puff, and 3. Delight. Race #3: 1. Ping, 2. Delight, and 3. Housemartin. Winners in the last race: 1. Delight, 2. Housemartin, and 3. Puff. Only three KODs were out racing on Sunday. The order of finishing was the same for both races: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, and 3. #14, Phoenix, Donna and Tom Powers.
Readers may notice that there are no race results for the MBO fleet. And it is not because the owners are still in the shipyard working on these lovely wooden boats. This past weekend this fleet celebrated their 75th anniversary and to join in the festivities, they invited their friends from across the pond to come and sail with them. The MBODs (Manhasset Bay One Design) and the RBOD (Royal Burnham One Design) members have been competing every other year for a total of eight regattas. The weekend was packed with activities both on the water and off. Look for a complete update next week.
Many of our local sailors completed the Newport-Bermuda race last week. It seems that they had every kind of weather imaginable. Race Committee gave the boats a downwind spinnaker start which was spectacular, but the wind was very light. Those conditions changed drastically in the next 24-48 hours as a severe storm during the night caused enough damage to retire several boats. And there are stories that teams hit completely no wind as they approached Bermuda. One skipper was heard to say that they were actually sailing backwards because of the current. Hard to imagine what goes on in a sailor's mind after spending 3-4 days at sea, sailing hard to go for a win, only to have the wind die. Many of the sailors are still not back home at press time, so a full report will be in next week's column.
A really fun regatta for the whole family, called Expressly For Fun, will be held July 11 -12. This is a great party with two fun races. The race format is designed to make the sailing part easy for short handed crews. The course is a 12-mile straight shot from Can 1, northeast of Execution Rock, to G15 off Lloyd Neck. To make starting and scoring simple, a pursuit start will be used, where the slowest boat starts first and then the progressively fast boats start later based on how much time they owe the slowest boat. With this format, there were only multiple boats starting at the same time only when boats have the same PHRF rating. Crews are limited to the number of bunks on your boat to keep boats from loading up the rail -- after all this is a race for cruising boats. The party on Saturday night is at Northport Yacht Club, which has wonderful facilities including a huge pool. To ensure everyone gets to the party, we have a provision to shorten the course to 7.5 miles or 4.3 miles. This is a perfect chance to race and wake up on your boat -- without a ton of crew members. In fact, more than half the boats that sailed last year had crews that included husbands and wives. The race has a spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. Readers who are interested in participating in this regatta can obtain an entry form by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just fill out the entry then fax it to the Huguenot YC office. You will need to make reservations for mooring - call the dockmaster at Northport YC to make a mooring reservation. Their number is 631-261-7633.
The US Youth Championship was held in Charleston, SC last week. Local participants were: Teddy Himler, Manhasset, sailing a Laser Radial and Sue Miller, Port Washington, on the Race Committee. Others from the Long Island Sound area were: Erick Storck, Huntington, Robb Crane, Darien, CT. The sailors are chosen by resume and must have extensive high level racing experience to be chosen. (The Charlestonians were disappointed that no local sailors were chosen to compete.)
A two-day racing clinic was held over the weekend preceding the regatta, and was followed by 3 1/2 days of racing, leaving the sailors no time for sightseeing in Charleston unless they came early or left late. They were treated to daily views for Ft. Sumter, several miles east of the race course, but no time to visit this historic site. Quite a few competitors were reported to be too tired to do much more than sleep after a quick dinner with the good breeze and 3 or 4 races each day. The final race of the 11-race series was sailed in a shifty westerly breeze combined with a one-knot current and chop. The challenging conditions were enough to upset the 420 standings but not the Laser and Radials leaders. Cy Thompson (St. Thomas, VI) won in Radials, Michael Scott (Kaneohe, HI) in the Laser fleet and Erick Storck (Huntington, NY) and Killarney Loufek (Costa Mesa, CA) took the 420 title. The David M. Perry Perpetual Sportsmanship Trophies were awarded to the sailors voted by their peers as most sportsmanlike in each fleet. The awards went to Sean Kelly (San Francisco, CA) in the Laser fleet, Allie Blecher (Fullerton, CA) in the Radial fleet, Club 420 skipper Evan Aras (Annapolis, MD) and Club 420 crew Jimmy Attridge (Hanover, NH). At the awards ceremony, a big thanks went out to all the sponsors, hosts, volunteers and especially the Regatta Chair George Wood. Next year's event will be held at the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT on June 24-30, 2005.