Thomas L. Stark could be called one of our "own" for he grew up in Port Washington, learned to sail at the Knickcerbocker YC, and is still a member there although he lives in Riverside, CT. Stark distinguished himself in the international sailing scene recently when he came in third in the inaugural Swan 45 Gold Cup in Capri, Italy. It must have been very exciting over in Capri last week, for the racing was competitive and the ultimate title up for grabs until the very last race. In a final day that brought torrential rain and light, shifty winds that delayed the start of the final windward-leeward race, the race finally was finished in a light 9 knots of breeze. It was Stark's Rush who got off to the best start, taking the strong breeze on the right side of the course and leading the fleet to the first mark ahead of the eventual World Champion, but was overtaken in subsequent legs, finally coming in third on the last day, just one minute behind competitor Vittorio Codecasa, on Jeroboam, who ended up 5th overall. Stefano Polti, Mintaka, was crowned the one-design class' first World Champion, with 42 points, followed by Marco Salvi/Alberto Signorini, Vertigo, who collected 45 points. Stark ended up with 51 points after five days of racing in Capri. International Star sailor, Mark Reyolds, the tactician on second-place Vertigo, commented on the competition during a mid-week interview, "We still had to play the shifts today. It gets a little scary because you're trying to beat one guy and protect the other. Sometimes it's better not to worry about the best boats and just concentrate on what you're doing." Paul Cayard, tactician on board Leonardo Ferragamo's Cuordileone, gave his overview of the regatta: "It has been a good week for the Swan 45s and a great turn out. In two and a half years Nautor has sold 45 boats and to have 20 of them here at the world championships is incredible. We were lucky to get all the races in - we had nine races with difficult conditions but we did manage to sail every day. It's also nice that Mintaka won - I think Vertigo is a very strong team and the fact that Mintaka beat them is a good result for the whole owner-driver concept." Many will recall that Cayard, skipper and Phil Trinter, from Port Washington as crew represented the United States in the last Olympics and came in 4th overall. The next Swan 45 World Championship will be held in Key West in January 2006. Congratulations to Tom Stark, who placed third on a leaderboard filled with some of the top sailors in the world. Isn't it wonderful so much sailing on the international scene can be traced back home to Manhasset Bay? Top six boats (out of 20): 1. Mintaka, Stefano Polti, 4-2-11-4-4-10-2-13-5, 42 points; 2. Vertigo, Marco Salvi / Alberto Signorini, 2-1-9-1-3-18-4-7-20, 45; 3. Rush, Thomas L. Stark, 7-8-16-3-7-2-6-16-2, 51; 4. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato, 8-4-14-2-8-5-11-4-14 57; 5. Jeroboam, Vittorio Codecasa, 3-12-3-6-1-20-16-19-1, 61; 6. Talj, Vittorio Ruggiero, 12-rdg-1-10-19-12-3-2-8, 62 More information, http://www.nautorswan.com
The Storm Trysail Club has a good thing going, well, probably a lot of good things. But their most recent "good thing," was the Intercollegiate Regatta, which is designed to give college dinghy sailors a taste of the teamwork needed to be successful in big boat racing, Considering the success of the one-person Optimist boat that trains our youngest sailors, and for whom many stay in this class up to adolescence, there is concern that our upcoming sailors do not have the experience and knowledge of interacting with crew. The Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Regatta gives them just this experience. And the college kids have a great time on the "big boats' which handle so differently from the boats they normally sail. This year's regatta was one of the biggest-ever collegiate regattas when 28 teams totaling 200 sailors raced big boats at Larchmont Yacht Club. STC's race committee ran six windward-leeward races in two days. The first five races were sailed in 8-10 knots of breeze and the last race saw winds between 14-18. To ensure close racing, STC put together a fleet of two level-rated classes and an 11-boat J/105 one-design class. Georgetown University defended their title from last year by winning Class 2 on Lora Ann, an Express 37, skippered by Ed du Moulin - the grandson, not the du Moulin we see out on Manhasset Bay on his Lady Del. The winners of the other classes: Class One: Navy sailing the J/109 Patriot and in Class 3, US Merchant Marine Academy sailing the J/105 Andiamo. Class One was made up of five J/120s and three J/109s, while class two consisted of five Express 37s and four J/35s. The 2005 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is scheduled for Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 8-9, 2005. Lora Ann was skippered by Ed du Moulin - the grandson, not the du Moulin we see out on Manhasset Bay in his Lady Del.
It's that time of year, again. The YRA Executive Committee is asking for nominations from individuals and clubs for its four annual discretionary awards. These special awards are presented at the annual meeting and awards ceremony, usually held at the Larchmont Yacht Club in December. The awards are: The Ned Anderson Achievement Award is the YRA's highest honor, recognizing outstanding service by an individual to yacht racing on Long Island Sound. The Arthur P. Davis - Beach Point Yacht Club Trophy is to recognize both an outstanding single achievement in running an event or championship, or to recognize the long-term contributions of a particular member club or organization. The David Pryor Sportsmanship Trophy is to recognize either a single act of exemplary conduct in a regatta, or to honor an individual's selfless dedication to sportsmanship and fair sailing. The Roger H. Shope Trophy was established to honor outstanding achievement in race management. Deadline is October 30. For more information, call 767-9240 or email@example.com
There will be a Frostbite Introductory Clinic at Manhasset Bay YC on Sunday, October 31st to introduce newcomers to the great winter pastime. Veteran frostbiters will be available to answer questions, introduce participants to the IC dinghy boat, and take interested parties for a sail on Manhasset Bay. For those of us who are committed to spending our cold winter Sundays on Manhasset Bay, this is the best part of the winter. So come to Manhasset Bay YC and find out for yourself that we are not a bunch of "crazies who sail in frigid weather" but great sailors who are onto something really good. For more information, call Manhasset Bay YC, 767-2150.
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club just finished their first week on the MBYC Fall Series and Sunday was a wild and windy day. The Series continues next weekend, October 23-24. Sailors who still have their boats in the water may want to come and watch - it's great sailing and a lot of fun. Full Results next week.