Could it be the drinking water over at the Himler home in Manhasset, or their diet, or just really good sailing genes? One has to wonder how one family can produce, not one, but two Clinton M. Bell Trophy winners. It has just been learned that Tedd Himler, 15, a second-year student at The Hotchkiss School, was awarded the very prestigious 2004 Clinton M. Bell Trophy by the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. The Bell Trophy is awarded to a member of the JSA (Junior Sailing Association) who sails in the Club 420 or Laser or Laser Radial class who has achieve the highest percentage of perfection. Tedd, representing Manhasset Bay YC, completed the season with a winning percentage of .983. Tedd's older brother, Matt won the same trophy in 2001 and 2002. These two accomplished sailors join other local sailing luminaries who have won the Bell Trophy: John Bollinger, PWYC (1951), Jim Sykes, MBYC (1957), Steve Moore, MBYC (1960, 1963, 1964), Elliot Oldak, KYC (1961), Chuck Karo, KYC (1970), and Scott Linthicum, PWYC (1998). Congratulations to Tedd and the Himlers for their outstanding achievements in junior sailing.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 14. That's when the YRA of Long Island Sound will sponsor Dave Perry's "The New Rules and How To Apply Them with Winning Tactics." Dave, a YRA Seminar favorite, will speak on the racing rules for 2005-2008. In his humorous, easygoing style, and with his tremendous understanding of the subject, Dave brings clarity to the rules in a way that will help all racing sailors feel more confident in their own understanding and use of them, and how that knowledge sharpens racing tactics. There will be ample time for questions from the audience, assuring that the rules most intriguing to you will be covered. Dave is the author of three books, Winning in One Designs, Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing (now in its sixth edition) and Dave Perry's 100 Best Rules Quizzes. He has given thousands of "rules talks" to yacht clubs, sailing associations, community sailing programs, sailing teams and other sailing organizations and is a member of the US Sailing Appeals Committee. The evening will begin with a cash bar at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation and Q & A from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., with the cash bar reopening after the presentation. The seminar fee is $20 for YRA members and $25.00 for non-members. To make reservations call the YRA of LIS at 767-9240. Those wishing to dine before the event may call the Manhasset Bay YC at 767-2150. Please go to the YRA website link for a PDF file with more details: http://www.yralis.org/2005/YRAofLongIslandSoundSeminarsfor2005.pdf. To read a recent interview with Dave Perry, see the December issue of Wind Check magazine, which is distributed free at nautical venues, such as West Marine, and at local yacht clubs. For more information, see www.windchecklis.com.
Women sailors - juniors and the not so juniors: take note. Though September seems very far away, it is not too soon to start planning for the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, a unique prestigious regatta for all levels of women competitors. Where else does a newer competitor have folks such as Betsy Alison or Carol Croning jump on your boat and offer advice? Where else do novice women sailors get to compete against the best in the world? The networking is amazing and the competition steep. A competitor needs to be realistic about their anticipated place to finish, among the top ten elite sailors, the middle of the road sailors, or the relatively new competitors just starting out, but happy to be there and compete with steep learning curves. For details on this first class regatta, check out the Annapolis YC website at: www.race.annapolisyc.com for a link to Rolex for the details.
And for the juniors - there is Rolex Junior Next Step Program, which has been attended by several young women from our area. Stephanie Baas, who was one of the founders of the Women's Racing Clinic, and is an avid sailor, both in the summer and with the winter Frostbite Fleet, encouraged her daughters, Laura and Louise to attend this "superlative program." Marissa Diaz is another local junior who attended, and all three have had great things to say about their weekend at the Annapolis YC. It's a fun program, and exciting to sail with other women from England, Australia, California, Colorado, and South America. "It's an experience not to miss." Thirty-eight junior women sailors completed this unusual dinghy to keelboat clinic in 2003, and it is anticipated that more young women will attend this year. To gain acceptance to this two - day clinic, juniors need to write an essay about why they think they will benefit from this program, and what it is they love about competitive sailing. Don't miss out on the great opportunity to sail on different types of keelboats and sail with and against Rolex IWKC competitors. The networking is a lifelong experience for all who attend, to say nothing of the inspiration that the program gives to boost a junior's self-esteem and confidence in sailing, and as a young woman.
In conjunction with the IWKC 2005, there is an opportunity for a Rolex Clinic in our area. If local ladies can get three or more boats from our bay (hopefully J/22s or a boat that can be adapted to sail with three or four women), Sue Mikulski, chair of the Rolex Outreach Committee, will help a local coordinator set it up. Each clinic is individualized to the needs of the participants, and on local resources. If interested in a Rolex Clinic, or to submit an essay for the Rolex Junior Next Step Program, please email Sue Mikulski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-212-0495 Mikulski,