There's lots to report this week as our sailors, young and "a little older," have been very busy sailing not just on Manhasset Bay but in other harbors as well. Larchmont Race Week, that annual event that always attracts tons of sailors, outdid themselves this year. 547 boats registered for Junior Race week (this is not a typo, folks) with 500 actually finishing the regatta. Racing was held last week from Monday - Thursday, July 19-22 and the breakdown of number of boats in each division: 117 Laser Radials, 44 Laser Standards, 107 Club 420's, 61 Blue Jays and 171 Optimists. The first two days of racing were marred by a total lack of wind. Long Island Sound was just about as flat and wind-less as it has every been. Approaching Larchmont YC from the west, white sails filled the horizon as far as the eye could see, but the sails, upon close scrutiny, were hoisted but unable to accomplish what they do best. Race Committee (for the Lasers and 420s) used good judgment in not starting any races on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon, when some wind could be detected on the water, they gave the fleet a start.. The Lasers and 420s completed six races over the three-day regatta, the Blue Jays finished two races, and the Optimists, who sailed only on Thursday, July 22, completed 4 races. Surprisingly, there were no competitors in either the Blue Jay fleet or the Optimist fleet from any of the three clubs on our bay. Local juniors who sailed in the other three fleets: Laser Radial Division (117) Tedd Himler, MBYC (3rd- Green Fleet); Marissa Diaz, MBYC; Chris Wands, PWYC; Katherine Rainone, MBYC; Christina Ferro, PWYC; and John Keneally, PWYC. Carrie Read, MBYC, and Nichols Silbersack, MBYC competed in the Laser Standard Division (44 boats). Competing in the Club 420 Division (107 boats) were: Danielle Powers/Carrie Morea, KYC; Paige Wassmer, PWYC/Louise Browning, MBYC; Eugene Lehembre-Shiah/Gareth Field, MBYC; and Will McIntosh/Lianna Gordon, PWYC.
Manhasset Bay YC hosted the First Annual Manhasset Bay YC Junior Regatta for the benefit of the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. Held on a windy Sunday, July 25, the regatta was open to all junior sailors in the 420, Laser Radial, Blue Jay and Optimists classes who comply with the eligibility rules of the JSA of LIS. Under the able leadership of Sue Miller, Regatta Chair and John Barry, Principal Race Officer (PRO) and Commodore of MBYC, 24 young sailors competed in seven races throughout the day. Below are all the juniors who came out on a Sunday to support a very worthwhile cause. In the Optimist Class: Club affiliation is MBYC unless noted: 1. Charlie Morris, 2. Michael Miller and 3. Catryn Silbersack. Completing the division of Opti sailors: Daniel Panaro (Douglaston YC), Maddy French (Douglaston YC), Claire McIntee, Alex Heid, Ashley Scaglione, Sasha Lehembre-Shiah, Kelsey Brown, Patricia Hoban, Elizabeth Cozzens, and Julian Thomas. The Blue Jay team: 1. Annick Thomas (Douglaston YC), 2 Johanna Silbersach, MBYC, and 3. Doug Horowitz, MBYC. Rounding out the team for the Blue Jay class: John Wachowicz (Douglaston YC), Cameron Mackey (Douglaston YC), Meredith Krim, MBYC and Marlena McGill, MBYC. There were two entries of Laser Radials, both from MBYC: 1. Katherine Rainone and Marielle Barbuti. Completing the list of entries: Nichols Silbersack, MBYC sailing his Laser Standard, and Danielle Powers/Carrie Mores (KYC) sailing their Club 420.
LIAF is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families and caregivers, as well as raising public awareness about the disease and lending expertise to healthcare professionals. The mission of the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation is to help lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for those suffering with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, their caregivers and their families. According to LIAF's new Executive Director, Pattie Gallatin, "Our presence throughout Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn has allowed many individuals and families to access the extensive resources and social services this Foundation offers. Also, our community connection to numerous facilities and services has enabled us to provide referrals to all with a need. It is LIAF's sincere hope that we can serve you with professionalism and compassion." Ms. Gallatin's message "you are not alone" resonates with many of the thousands of families who have been affected by this treacherous disease, and offers comfort and support to those in need. LIAF depends on individual, business and corporate contributions, foundation monies and government grants. Located on Channel Drive in Port Washington, with additional resources offered at facilities across the region, the foundation serves the New York metropolitan areas of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn. LIAF depends on individual, business and corporate contributions, foundation monies and government grants. For more information, log onto www.liaf.org.
Thanks are due to Jason Sutherland, of Allison Electric Boats, who came to the rescue of several spectators, and took them out to watch/photograph the regatta on Sunday. If you are not familiar with Jason, you may recognize his lobster boat, as she is a familiar sight on Manhasset Bay. Madeline is named after Jason's great aunt, has blue topsides and a white cabin, and can be seen helping boats in need of repair. When asked how Jason, who is from out west, happened upon Manhasset Bay to make his home, he let on that he used to be the Captain on Jerry Lee Lewis' boat, who sailed frequently into Manhasset Bay. It just never ends, does it, these entertaining nautical stories that surround our little peninsula?
Port Washington YC was race committee for the weekend of July 24-25 with Sonars and MBOs out on the starting line. Results for Sunday, July 25th, with variable winds out of the east, 6-8 knots. Top finishers for the Sonars (Course SLE): 1. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, 2. #677, Serendipity, Allyn Salomon, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Top MBOs (Course SYM): 1. #3, Olin Express, Jack Antinori/Bob Prokop, 2. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinserling, and 3. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore. To celebrate his first win in the MBO, skipper Jack Antinori bought rounds of champagne back at the Club. Congratulations, Jack!
Thirsty Thursday had 14 boats on the starting line, from four divisions. The results: Division I (6.72 nm, Course BJ, 4 boats): 1. Free Fall, Bill McFaul, 2. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3.Grace, Gene Gold. Division II results (6.60 nm, Course BCD, 6 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Donna J, Jeff Wenger, and 3. Happy Daze II, Tom Egan. Division III (6.34 nm, Course BCM, 3 boats): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. Second Wind, Anthony Viola, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Division CATS 6.73 nm, Course BJ, one boat): 1. Renegade, Andy Ledins.