Last Sunday was another of those wonderfully warm, sunny days that arrive in April to the delight of just about everyone - the kind of day to find any and every excuse to be out doors enjoying the mild weather. Our frostbiting group didn't seem too disappointed with the summer - like conditions, except that there was very little wind and the Race Committee had to cancel the last day of regular racing after only three races. April 17 was notable for another reason. Sabrina Lorson, who is in kindergarten, sailed with her father, Pedro, on IC dinghy #536 and may just be the youngest ever crew to race during the regular frostbite season. While this is unconfirmed information - there may be another youngster of the same age who sailed in the past - the group yesterday could not remember any one. When asked if she helped to skipper the boat, proud daddy said, "Yes, she grabbed the tiller when needed." And it appeared that young Sabrina certainly enjoyed not only sailing, but helping her father dismantle the boat for storage until next week, which will be the final sail of the frostbite season. The Long Distance Race will take place on Saturday, April 23, followed by the annual picnic at the Manhasset Bay Junior YC after the end of the race. Top skippers and crew for Sunday, April 17: 1. #514, Ted Toombs, Matt Cornachio, 2. #536, Pedro Lorson/Sabrina Lorson, and 3. #707, Bob Kirtland/Flo Paterno.
Pedro is certainly a family man, especially when it comes to sailing. He asked his young daughter to sail locally, and two weeks ago Pedro and his sister, Mimi Lorson Berry, were up in Winthrop, MA at the 2005 Quantum One Design Interclub National Championships. The final Interclub frostbite regatta of the 2004-2005 season was hosted by the Winthrop Frostbite Sailing Club and Cottage Park YC over the weekend of April 9-10. Jim Bowers, from the host fleet, with crew Bridgid Murphy, won an impressive fourth IC National title over a fleet which included Collegiate All-Americans, former Olympians, Olympic hopefuls, coaches, and past IC national champions. The Race Committee got off 12 races in two days in the ideal but challenging frostbiting conditions on Boston Harbor. Saturday brought cool 12-15 knots of breeze, while Sunday was much calmer with winds ranging from 5-10 knots. Top on the leader board, out of 40 teams: 1. Jim Bowers/Bridgid Murphy, Winthrop, MA, 2. Chad Atkins/Bryon Eichorn, Newport, 3. Ed Adams/Luke Adams, Newport, 4. Steve Benjamin/James Whitcomb, Larchmont, 5. Ben Cesare/Kim Cesare, Larchmont. Other names familiar to frostbiters: Neal Fowler/John Gleason, Hyannis, 6th, Paul-Jon Patin/Anne Patin, Larchmont, 9th, Jamie Anderson/Lilly Beck, Larchmont, 20And our favorite, Pedro Lorson/Mimi Lorson Berry, Manhasset Bay YC, came in 15th overall. They obviously figured out the tricky current that was a factor both days. Congratulations to Pedro and Mimi, and also to our youngest frostbiter, Sabrina Lorson, who is a great representative of the future of our sport. For more information on the Nationals, go to www.cpyc.org/wfsc/wfsc-sy2005/nationals/2005/index.shtml.
Say good-bye to the winter. We know it's officially springtime when that group called Thirsty Thursday is gearing up for another season. Their official title is Cow Bay Cruising Association (CBCA), but they are better known by their alias. It seems to fit them better, too, for they race competitively, and then gather for some libation and "debate" of the just completed race. This can get lively at times, but the overall aim of the group is to have some fun sailing each Thursday evening during the season. Ron Fink has announced that the first tune up race is scheduled for May 5, and the first race is May 19 (you have to be registered to win). The CBCA awards and organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. at the North Shore YC. Applications will be available at the meeting, and there will be free gifts for all participants. Ron promised a lively discussion on the possible use of spinnakers, or the development of a spinnaker division. So mark your calendars now so you don't miss this meeting.
US SAILING recently announced the members of the 2005 US Sailing Team. The team annually recognizes the top-five ranked sailors in each of the boat-classes selected for the next Olympic competition. Rankings on the US Sailing Team are based on attendance and performance at qualifying events. Athletes who have qualified for the US Sailing Team are identified as strong contenders for an Olympic berth and, as members of the Team, they will be assisted with coaching, training, and other benefits. Local resident Phil Trinter, will team up with Mark Reynolds again in the Star class. Amanda Clark, from Shelter Island, along with her crew, Sarah Mergenthaler, from Harvey Cedars, NJ, who have been in our bay to give sailing seminars to our junior sailors and also to adults, made the team in the 470 class. For more complete information on the team, to www.ussailing.org.
The past weekend was a very busy one for many Port Washington residents. The Port Washington Shared Vision Design Weekend was the grand finale of a month of open forums to address issues on three topics: environment and recreation (open space, waterfront, drinking, and recreation) support services (special districts/roadways/utilities, traffic/parking, community services, public safety/code enforcement), and the development (housing, redevelopment/land use, and commercial corridors). The goals were to summarize a community vision of the future, highlight community goals, and outline next steps. Residents were given ample time to voice their concerns and offer solutions to the myriad problems that are unique to our peninsula. The Design Weekend took many of the suggestions offered by residents and planned a weekend of walking tours and guided discussions on how to implement change to increase the quality of life for all who call Port Washington home. Of special interest to readers of this column are the efforts of the Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation, a nonprofit organization made up of sailors representing the local yacht clubs and the community who presented a proposal for a Community Sailing Center. This column will keep readers informed of developments as they become available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.