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Thirty nine young Manhasset Bay YC sailors, ages 7 and up, held a regatta recently to benefit the children served by Family and Children's Association, one of the largest nonprofit human service agencies on Long Island. Sailing in their individual 8-foot Optimist sailboats, the youngsters were cheered on by MBYC members and Family and Children's supporters Tom and Ilene Hoban, Commodore John Barry, and parents and friends. A check in the amount of $1,500 was presented to Richard P. Dina, president and CEO of Family and Children's Association. "The hard-work of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club kids will help to make Long Island a nicer place for less fortunate kids." Said one of the young sailors, "I was so excited last night about helping kids I couldn't sleep!"

Family and Children's Association staff member Craig Fligstein (left), agency CEO and president Dr. Richard P. Dina (second from left), and MBYC Member Tom Hoban (right) together with sailors and staff following recent benefit regatta.

Family and Children's Association, accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA), provides a full range of not-for-profit human services throughout Nassau and Suffolk helping nearly 25,000 people each year. It is a member agency of the United Way of Long Island, Garden City and Manhasset Community Funds and the Port Washington Community Chest. More information about its programs and services is available at www.familyandchildrens.org, or by calling (516) 746-0350.

Information about the Port Washington Junior YC club sailing awards has become available. The Awards Dinner was held on Friday, Aug. 13 with co-chairs of the program Louis Nees and Bob Hodson hosting, along with Rear Commodore Bill Downey. Chrissy Marshall, head instructor of the Junior Sailing Program gave participation awards to all the sailors and special awards to the Optimists in the Beginners, Green and White Fleets. The following instructors gave participation and specials awards to their respective fleets: Sonya Swibourne and Kevin Barrows, Optimist Racing coaches, Brian McMenimum, Head Blue Jay instructor, and Gabe Saunders, Laser and 420 instructor. Awards for the Optimists: Beginners: Best Skipper: Brian Aronow; Most Improved Skipper: Emily Stearns; Ship Shape: Kyle Cascio; Sportsmanship: Jack Egan; and Most Enthusiastic: Jack Ruggiero. Awards in the Optimist Green Fleet: Best Skipper: Colin Kennedy; Most Improved Skipper: Casey Condon; Ship Shape: Dylan Neville; Sportsmanship: Declan Kennedy; and Most Enthusiastic: Colin Kennedy. In the Optimist White Fleet: Best Skipper: Patrick Reardon; Most Improved Skipper: Elizabeth Einhaus; Ship Shape: Elizabeth Einhaus, and Sportsmanship: Patrick Ferro. The Optimist Blue Fleet Awards: Best Skipper: Christian Gordon; Most Improved Skipper: Molly Hodson; Ship Shape: Margaret Bellon; and Sportsmanship: Patrick Molligo. Awards in the Optimist Red Fleet: Best Skipper: Caroline Doyle; Most Improved Skipper: Eddie Einhaus. Colin Kennedy won the Optimist Seamanship Award. Awards in the Blue Jay Fleet: Best Midget Skipper: Jessica Nees; Best Midget Crew: Jimmy Reardon; Best Novice Skipper: Patrick Cosgrove; Best Novice Crew: Alex Ferro; Most Improved Skipper: Adrienne Bourget; Most Improved Crew: Caterina Anastasio; Ship Shape: Olivia Pietrantonia; Sportsmanship: Brian Barr; and Seamanship: Alex Ferro. The Best Skipper in the laser class was John Keneally, and the Most Improved Skipper was Chris Wands. In the 420s: Best Skipper: Will McIntosh; Best Crew: Lukasz Mosakowski; Most Improved Skipper: Paige Wassmer; and Most Improved Crew: Christina Ferro. Best Junior Instructor was Caitlin Fitzpatrick. Perpetual Awards: Johnston Award and Marshall Trophy: Jessica Nees; Belden Award: John Keneally; Richard E. Gresio Award: Brandon Henne; Max Berger Opti Bowl Award: Liam Neville; and the Mel Berger Sportsmanship Trophy: Katherine McCarthy.

Manhasset Bay YC was Race Committee for the weekend of September 25-26. Three races were completed for the Sonars and the MBOs on Saturday, with one race on Sunday. Top teams in the Sonars on Saturday (9 boats): Race #1: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon, and 3. #375, Housemartin, Greg and Beth Danilek. Race #2 on Saturday: 1. Housemartin, 2. #487, Viento, Jonathan Siener, and 3. Delight. Race #3 on Saturday: 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, 2. Housemartin, and 3. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane. The results for the one race held on Sunday (10 boats): 1. Weekend Warrior, 2. Delight, and 3. Ping. Race results for the MBOs on Saturday (4 boats): Race #1: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, and 3. #23, 23 Skiddoo, Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes. Race #2: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Silver Foxes, Curt Champlin/Jay Davenport, and 3. Escapade. Race #3: Miss B Haven, 2. Silver Foxes, and 3. 23 Skiddoo. Seven MBOs were on the starting line on Sunday, with top boats: 1. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, 2. Silver Foxes, and 3. #26, Malachite, Lew Lane/Nina Randall/Gina Sigal. Correction from last week: Saturday race: 3. #677, Serendipity, Allyn Salomon. Results for the one race on Sunday, September 19 have become available. 1. #487, Viento, Jonathan Siener, 2. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, and 3. #677, Serendipity, Allyn Salomon.

The Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup match race will be held October 7-10, 2004 at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (SCYC), Oyster Bay. The Seawanhaka Cup, sometimes referred to as "the Junior America's Cup" is the oldest yachting trophy originating in America that is still in active competition. Dating to 1895, the trophy was offered for the purpose of promoting yacht racing in small boats and developing the Corinthian spirit. In this ungraded event a maximum of 12 clubs will compete in Sonars. For more information, contact the Sailing Office at sailingoffice@nyyc.org.

The Storm Trysail Club Long Island Sound Fall Rendezvous and Intercollegiate Regatta will be held at Larchmont YC on October 9-10. Twenty-one colleges will participate: Bowdoin, St. Mary's, Brown, SUNY Maritime, Coast Guard, US Merchant Marine Academy, Colgate, Wheaton, Cornell, Webb, Duke, Western Michigan, Fordham, Williams, Georgetown, Johnson and Wales, Mass Maritime, Michigan, US Naval Academy, Tufts and Princeton. Spectator boats will be available on Saturday afternoon from 10a.m. - 4 p.m., followed by cocktails and dinner at LYC. For more information, call 914-834-6484 or email Stormtry@aol.com

Don't forget the Volvo Leukemia Cup on Saturday, October 9 at the Port Washington YC. This year the regatta is dedicated to our good friend, Norm Geller, who passed away last August.


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