Many in the sailing world are familiar with Ginger Marshall Martus, who grew up in Port Washington and writes a newsletter called Bone Yard Boats. This terrific publication seeks to find new owners for boats that are abandoned and various degrees of deterioration, but if renovated, can provide years of wonderful service to its owner. It takes dogged determination to find these boats, and Martus travels all over in search of them. She didn't have to travel too far recently to find a boat needing adoption - she found it right in our area. Martus comes frequently from her home in NJ to spend time with her friends on the Island, and it was during one of these visits that she encountered a 1940's 38 ft. Wheeler, an original model that is a complete mess over at the Manhasset Bay Shipyard. Martus went aboard on September 9, and she found a wood wheel and instrument panel in poor condition, with a main salon with an very unusual mahogany built-in radio, mahogany cabinets in the salon, a dinette and galley and two V bunks forward, and a master cabin aft with access to the aft deck. She has a single 671 Diesel that works. This boat is free to anyone who could lovingly restore her to her original beauty. If interested, call George Martin, manager of the Manhasset Bay Shipyard (767-7447) or Martus (609-859-2370). The Manhasset Bay Shipyard is at 451 Main Street, between the Manhasset Bay YC and the Knickerbocker YC.
At the end of August, several of our Sonar sailors went to the Sonar Nationals in Newport, RI. Each team trailed their Sonars up to Newport for the event, which takes some time and planning. But its worth it to have great sailing conditions, lots of competitors, and a fun town to visit once the racing is over for the day. Greg Danilek, Beth Danilek, Ted Toombs, Brian Clemency on Housemartin, Rick Jordan, Jeff Shane, Dan Miller, Jeremiah Lyons on Sounder, Jon Siener, Graham Siener, Rick Dominique and Peter Feroe on Viento, and Bill Simon, Einar Haukeland, Sue Miller and Jennifer Simon on Weekend Warrior, spent three days racing in Rhode Island Sound, SW of Breton Reef. Winds clocked in from the SW at 6-18 knots all three days racing, with seas from 2-3.5 feet - conditions that are very different from sailing in Manhasset Bay! With 40 boats on the starting line, it was difficult to negotiate an opening, keep it, and lots of bad air combined with the seas made acceleration slow. The New York YC was RC for the event and set good square courses, with four legs with a downwind finish. According to Sue Miller, commenting on racing on Friday, August 27th, "Coming in from racing in 12-15 knots on a flood tide, we were surfing down waves under spinnaker at nearly 12 knots SOG (speed over the ground) according to our GPS." Now that's exciting, and not something that happens here on the bay very often, if ever. Miller added, "Newport is a great place to sail, and we all enjoyed the town after racing." All four boats are back in town and are sailing again with the local Sonar fleet on the weekends.
Jeff Shane is a traveling man. After the Sonar North Americans, he and his crew were up in Marblehead, MA for the Manhasset Bay Challenge Cup, hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club. Sailed in Sonars, this is the oldest annual sailing event in the United States, with only the America's Cup and the Brooklyn Cup predating it. The Cup takes place only once every few years, and since 1902, has been won by 26 different clubs from across the country and Bermuda. This year the event was won by Robert McCann, from Booth Bay Harbor, with Dave Curtis, a world champions J/24 sailor, on board. Shane and his crew (Rick Jordan, Dan Miller, Jeremiah Lyons) on Sounder came in third overall, just missing the second place slot by one point to Lee Morrison from Noroton YC.
Several local sailors represented our bay in the Sailing World Nood Race, hosted by Larchmont YC on September 10-12. Steve Moore and George Huntington (MBYC) were on board Lora Ann, Rich du Moulin's Express 27 out of Larchmont YC and placed second in their class, while Sandy Lindenbaum (KYC), on Promise Kept, came in 4th in the Beneteau 36.7 class. Paul Strauch (MBYC), on Andiamo, J/105, and Ed Veprovsky, on Anticipation, J/30, also participated in this annual event that attracts sailors with excellent racing skills.
Knickerbocker YC was Race Committee for the weekend of September 18 -19. Saturday's racing was cancelled due to high winds, and on Sunday the winds were still high, but a few Sonars raced as well as two KODs, who had a great time match racing each other. Results for the Sonars: Race One: 1. #375, Housemartin, Greg/Beth Danilek, 2. #487, Viento, Jon Siener, and 3. #387 (no name available). Race #2: 1. Viento, 2. Housemartin, and 3. #387. The results of the KOD "match race" on Sunday was won by #3, Circe, Michael Silverman, beating #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, in both races.
Even though the summer sailing season is winding down, there are many sailors who venture out to Long Island Sound well past the Labor Day weekend. Some say the best sailing is right now, in September and October, when there are better winds, and less chance of those pesky "no wind" days. According to the ISAF website on September 14th, there have been two recent cases reported on deteriorating lifelines that have dumped crew members into the water, and the ISAF is urging all yachtsmen to check the condition of rope lanyards used to take up the slack at the end of wire lifelines (guardrails) rigged around the deck, as they come apart suddenly under strain if they have been allowed to degenerate over time. Fortunately, these two cases ended with no serious consequences, but they are a good reminder to all of us to pay close attention to the importance of regular inspections and maintenance of safety equipment. Now might be a good time to check this equipment, especially if you are planning to sail in the windier days of fall. The rougher waters and the heeling of the boat may cause crew to rely on lifelines to navigate around the boat. According to ISAF, " a cursory glance at rope lanyards may not be sufficient to verify their condition. Although not a guarantee against failure, a wise and inexpensive precaution is annual renewal." For more information, see ISAF website: www.sailing.org.