The sailing community lost a very dear friend last month. Norman Geller, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last April, succumbed to this dreaded disease in August. Norm, who was known throughout our sailing world here on Manhasset Bay, was a member of the Port Washington YC and active in the Port Washington Library's Nautical Center. If you had the good luck to encounter Norm, usually on or near the water, he could change whatever kind of day you were having into a great day. After spending a moment with Norm, with him capturing your attention with either a good joke, or just a regular story that somehow he managed to make funny, the day would brighten and you would find yourself smiling for the rest of the day. Norm had that effect on people - his happy outlook was contagious. This year, the Leukemia Cup Regatta is dedicated to our friend who was a member of the Port Washington YC and an active with the Leukemia Cup Regatta for years as a member of the Race and Marketing Committee. The Regatta Committee wanted to recognize Norm's love for the sport of sailing and honor his spirit and dedication to the Leukemia Cup Regatta and is naming the event and trophy in his honor.
This year the Leukemia Cup Regatta will be held on Saturday, October 9 at the Port Washington YC. Let's make this regatta the best one yet. October sailing is a great time to sail as the winds are better, so get your crew together, and raise funds to battle cancer, honor Norm, and have a great time out on our beautiful Manhasset Bay. A full day is planned, with racing beginning at 11:50 a.m., followed by a regatta dinner and BBQ party and awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. The community, sailors and landlubbers alike, are invited to join for an evening of dancing, food and lots of friends. Those interested in supporting a boat, contact your sailing friend and help their team reach their funding goals. For those who would like to donate directly to this event, all checks can be made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and sent to the Port Washington YC, One Yacht Club Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050. To make reservations for the regatta dinner and/or to sail on the spectator boat, Growler, call the Club at 767-1614. If you have never participated in the Leukemia Cup Regatta, this is the year to do it! Help turn something that we all love doing (or enjoy watching from land) into something that will make a difference in the lives of those people we love by fighting leukemia and lymphoma.
Port Washington YC was Race Committee for the weekend of September 11-12. All races on Sunday were cancelled for lack of wind. Results from Saturday, September 11th: RC gave the Sonars, MBOs two races each, with one lone Ideal 18 raced once. The winds were out of the east at 10 knots. Results for the Sonars: Race #1: 1., #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. The results for Sonar race #2: 1. Weekend Warrior, 2. Delight, and 3. Ping. Four MBOs finished two races: Race #1: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #23, 23 Skiddoo, Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes, and 3. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore. Ideal 18, #174 sailed alone, skipper and crew names unavailable.
Thirsty Thursday racing was cancelled last Thursday, September 9th. CBCA will be racing on Columbus Day weekend, but have changed the original date from Saturday, October 9th to the next day, Sunday, October 10 so members can support the Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta. Last week, August 28 results were reported. Two weekends in August have become available. Results for Thursday, August 12: All divisions were given Course CD, 5.73 nm. Division I (3 boats): 1. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. EnGarde, Charlie Cannam. Division II (6 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Donna J, Donna Wenger. Division III (5 boats): 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Tootsie, Ron Fink, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. There were no boats racing in Division IV and Cats. There was some excitement on Thursday August 19 as one of the smaller boats ran aground, and notified the RC to change course in the middle of the leg to prevent larger boats from getting damaged. Unfortunately two Division II boats ran aground. Since some competitors complained that RC shouldn't change a course in mid-race (which is true), Division III was given a new course with plenty of warning, and a new changed course, and Divisions I and II started a new race. Results for Thursday, August 19: Division I (3.82 nm, Course YM, 4 boats): 1. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. Grace, Gene Gold. Division II (3.82 nm, Course YM, 4 boats): 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen, and 3. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III (4.96 nm, Course POUPWU, 4 boats): 1. Sundance, Joel Ziev, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Tootsie, Ron Fink. There were no finishes in Division IV and Andy Ledins, on Renegade, was first in CATS Division (3.82 nm, Course YM).
There is fun in store for everyone coming to LaMotta's on September 25. That is the date of this year's Cannonball Regatta. Registration is at 11 a.m., with the skippers meeting at 12:00 noon. Single starts for all classes begins at 2 p.m. with races finishing around 4:30 or 5 p.m. There will be live music by the "Beat Nics," great food, followed by an awards ceremony at 8:45 p.m., after which the party - which is known to be a really good one - will continue for an undetermined time. This year's theme is Mardi Gras, and a body artist will be available to paint wild Mardi Gras designs on all comers. The Ballad of the Cannonball will once again be sung; this time selected verses will be sung by the world renowned J. Pickow. Sounds like the folks planning this event are going to make this one great day - so start designing your costume (there will be prizes for the best male, female and crew costumes), get your boat ready, and get over to LaMotta's for one of the most fun regattas on the bay.