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There's a lot going on to report this week, as our sailors have been quite active. It's as if they are trying to sail as much as possible before the summer is over. For our junior sailors, the summer is almost over, as they are going on the Dorade Race and the Beach Point Overnight, two races that signal the end of the season. While it seems like these young people just got out on the water, all the programs on the bay are planning their award dinner, their last event of the season.

The Club 402 on a downwind leg at the Pequot YC Laser/420 Championships. Photo courtesy of Jerry Morea.

Pequot YC hosted the 420 and Laser Champs on August 2 - 3. A great regatta for the juniors, it is known to be very tough competition. Tedd Himler, from Manhasset Bay YC came in second in the Laser Radial Class. Also sailing in the Laser Radial division were: Francesca Capone (MBYC), Katherine Rainone (MBYC), Marissa Diaz (MBYC) and John Keneally (PWYC). In the Club 420 division, there was only one boat from our bay: Danielle Powers and Carrie Morea (KYC) sailing on #835. No one represented our bay in the Laser Standard division. Congratulations to all who participated in this fun, yet very competitive regatta.

Lots of boats were out on both Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8. Knickerbocker YC was RC for the weekend. Top boats in the Sonar fleet. Saturday had four races and 12 boats on the starting line: Race #1: 1. #487, Viento, Jonathan Siener, 2. # 652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, and 3. #316, Elusive, Al Helman/Ed King. Race #2: 1. Sounder, 2. Viento, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz. Race #3: 1. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Race #4: 1. Housemartin, 2. Puff, and 3. Sounder. Sunday winners in the Sonar Fleet, three races and 11 boats starting: Race #1: 1. Puff, 2. Viento, and 3. Sounder. Race #2: 1. Puff, 2. #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani/Tao Dao, and 3. Delight. Race #3: 1. Puff, 2. Delight, and 3. Housemartin. The MBO's had three races on Saturday and two on Sunday. Top boats: Race #1: 1. #11, Old Gray Foxes, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin, 2. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, and 3. #3, Olin Express, Jack Antinori/Bob Prokop. Race #2 on Saturday: 1. Old Gray Foxes, 2. #20, Southerly, Tom Godfrey/Don Richardson, and 3. Olin Express. Race #3: 1. Southerly, 2. Escapade, and 3. Old Gray Foxes. Race results for the MBOs on Sunday: Race #1: 1. Olin Express, 2. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley/George Graf, and 3. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling. Race #2: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Escapade, and 3. Olin Express. The KODs were out on Sunday only, and completed two races: Race #1: #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. #3, Circe, Michael Silverman, and 3. #14, Phoenix, Donna and Tom Powers. Race #2: 1. Dybbuk, 2. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, and 3. Circe.

Thirsty Thursday's had 15 boats out on Aug. 6. All boats were given Course CD, which is 5.73 nautical miles. Top boats: Division I (4 boats): 1. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. Grace, Gene Gold. Division II (6 boats): 1.Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Donna J, Jeff Wenger, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III (4 boats) : 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Division Cats (1 boat): 1. Renegade, Andy Ledins.

Sea Cliff YC hosted the Around Long Island Race 2004. Several local sailors were crew for this regatta. Matt Hill and Gene D'Alessandro were on Charlie V, owned by Norman Schulman out of Sea Cliff YC, which came in second in Division 9, and 5th place overall. Bob Limoggio, PWYC, skippered his boat, Cabaret to a second place finish in Division 10 and 8th overall. Steve Moore was on Caberet as the tactician and shared navigator duties with skipper Bob Limoggio. Brian Cohen on his Rainmaker, PWYC, came in 3rd in Division 7.

The US Optimist National Championships were held at Patchogue, Long Island recently and 428 sailors gathered in a five-day competition in breezes ranging from 3 to 20 knots. Austen Anderson from Centerport YC, NY bested the 367 boat championship fleet to win on a tiebreaker over Sean Moynahan from Coral Reef YC, FL. Austen was also the winner of the US National Team Trials in early May and was the top US finisher (20th) at the World Championships in Ecuador last month. Austen was in Port Washington at Knickerbocker YC for their Opti Regatta, which, not surprisingly, he won. Rumor has it that this year's Optimist Nationals sets the record for the largest number of boats at a one-design regatta in the United States.

The Olympics are just about to start and those interested in watching the sailing competition can log onto to get TV schedules. Most of the sailing times are from midnight until 2 am so you may want to get your TIVO or VCR ready. It looks like Phil Trinter (MBYC) who lives in Port Washington and is crewing for Paul Cayard in the Star Class, will have some tough competition in trying to bring home a medal for this class that was designed and built in Port Washington. The team has been in Athens for the last month or so training hard. But current World Champions Freddie Loof and Andres Elkstom from Sweden are in top form and many believe they might capture the gold medal. Another terrific sailor who may give our team some trouble is England's Iain Percy, who finished first in the Finn Class in Sydney and then decided to compete in the Star class. He and his crew, Steve Mitchell, won the Star World Championship in 2002 after only sailing in the class for 12 months. Another team to watch in the Star class is Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI). So tune in and watch the action, but don't forget to root for our own Phil Trinter!

The Club 402 on a downwind leg at the Pequot YC Laser/420 Championships. Photo courtesy of Jerry Morea. Logo
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