New information has become available about last week's reporting of the Port Washington YC Day Race. These are volunteers who spent time and offered their boats to make the Day Race a success. Many thanks to Don and Janet Wefer who loaned Fidelity as the Committee Boat, and to the Race Committee: Principal Race Officer Dave DeBaun, Susan DeBaun, Peter and Kathy Christie, Bill and Laura Doyle, Arch Walker, Rosemary Redondo, Gene Brooks and Dan Ross. Without people like these who unselfishly give of their time, the rest of us would not be able to enjoy a summer of bay racing.
While on the subject of the Port Washington YC: the great folks over there celebrated their 100th anniversary this past weekend. Normally this column does not report on a yacht club commissioning, but exceptions can be made when it's the Centennial Anniversary. According to Commodore Michael Fried, the Centennial Committee started planning this gala event back in 2001, and their efforts certainly paid off. The entrance to the club, with its gorgeous spring flowers and plantings, was just a tease for what each participant was to experience throughout the evening. Visiting yacht clubs from around Long Island Sound and as far away as the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria lined up along a stately white fence that sported the burgees of each club in order of age, oldest being first. What an imposing sight! Past Commodores Walter S. Dayton, better known as "Duke" and Michael Adams introduced the distinguished guests. There was George R. Hinman, Jr. Commodore of New York Yacht Club (1844) who led the procession to his appointed spot. "Jory" grew up in Port Washington, learning to sail at Manhasset Bay YC, where his father was Commodore in 1945-46. Next was Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, James Shields (1853), North Shore Yacht Club, Yehuda Rosenstock (1871), Seawanhaka Corinthian YC , Bruce A. Cook (1871), Knickerbocker YC, Howard Hirschmann, Edward I. du Moulin (1874), Larchmont YC, David V. Smalley (1880), American YC, Stephen J. Furnary (1880), Harlem YC, Erwin Eibert (1883), Riverside YC, Robert Goodchild (1888), Manhasset Bay YC, John P. Barry (1891), Sea Cliff YC Jon Hendrickson (1891), Huguenot YC, P. Mark Schwab (1894), Northport YC, John Amante (1899), Douglaston Yacht Squadron, Charles E. Callahan (1927), Centerport YC, Wendy A. Meinsen (1947), and Beach Point YC, Joyce Greene (1950). During the Commissioning, each officer of the Club received their flags as is tradition: Commodore Michael L. Fried, Vice Commodore, William J. Downey, Rear Commodore Robert P. Hodson, Secretary, Suzanne G. Parker, Treasurer, Michael L. Contelmi. In an especially nice touch, Commodore Fried gave flags to the Officers of the Junior Yacht Club: Commodore Paige Wassmer, Vice Commodore Patrick Shea, Rear Commodore Lianna Gordon, Secretary Jessica Nees, and Treasurer William McIntosh. The Membership Secretary for the PWYC Junior YC is Myles Potters.
With the club in commission, the party began. The evening started around the pool with drinks and every imaginable (and delicious) hors d'oeurvre. Images of "The Great Gatsby" came to mind. Manhasset Bay sparkled for the occasion, at least until the 30-40 knot winds out of the west descended on the party. Everyone quickly retired indoors to be served an elegant dinner at tables with beautiful nautical floral arrangements, thoughtfully designed so table companions could see each other and talk across the table. A strolling trio played music at each table, and took requests for favorite songs, displaying a wide musical repertoire. A tent dedicated just to desserts concluded the dinner, and those who wished stayed for some dancing. A parting look at the dock is a lasting memory: sailboats dressed for the occasion, gently swaying in the breeze, highlighted by overhead lights to augment their beauty. Yes, it definitely was an East Egg kind of night.
The Cow Bay Cruising Association, known as Thirsty Thursday, has posted the results of the last two races. The scores for May 19 (unofficial): Division I (6.34 nm, Course BCM, 3 boats): 1. Free Fall, #777, Bill McFaul, 2. Avalanche, #39516, Al Albrecht, and 3. Rainmaker, #1777, Brian Cohen. Division II (5.31 nm, Course BIM, 3 boats): 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, #637, Marc Epstein, and 3. Irish Blessing, #466, Ed Gillen. Division III (5.31 nm, Course: BIM, 6 boats): 1. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev, 2. En Passant, #183, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Tootsie, #186 Ron Fink. Results for Thursday, May 26: Division I (6.10 nm, Course CDU, 4 boats): 1. Avalanche, 2. Promise Kept, #51676, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3. Free Fall. Division II (5.48 nm, Course CU, 4 boats): 1. Xcite, 2. Vision, and 3. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division III: (4.40 nm, Course IU, 5 boats): 1. Tootsie, 2. En Passant, and 3. Sundance. Division CATS (6.10 nm, Course CDU, 1 boat): Renegade, #248, Andy Ledins.
US SAILING is currently accepting bids from clubs around the country to host U.S. National Championships for 2006-2009. Available championships include youth, junior, women's, men's, and multihull events, as well as match and team racing events. In some instances, US SAILING is looking for clubs in specific geographic areas; in others, any area may apply. In most cases, submitted bids will be voted on in October at US SAILING's Annual General Meeting. Clubs interested in hosting a US SAILING Championship can download a host club bid packet. Visit http://www.ussailing.org/championships/PlanningCal.asp for more information.
For those sailors who like to single-hand their boat, the YRALIS Single Handed Championship "The Anderson Trophy" will be held at Centerport YC on June 18. For more information, please see the Notice of Race at: http://www.yralis.org/june-18-2005-anderson-trophy.htm