The start of the Sonar fleet on Sunday, June 12. L to r: #356, Laurie B, Bob Basking, #677, Serendipity, Allyn Salomon, #96, Free Spirit, Herb Schmidt, and #368, Tzuris, Stanley Rosenberg. Herb Schmidt is the "father" of the class, as it was he who brought the first Sonar to our bay 25 years ago.
Lake Travis in Austin, Texas was a busy place last week. That is where the 2005 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) North American Championships were held, an event that brings together sailors from 25 schools, representing seven North American districts, to compete in three distinctive events. The Southeastern Intercollegiate Sailing Association and the Austin Yacht Club hosted the week-long event, which included the Women's and Dinghy events, plus the Team Race Championships.
Sailors from Hobart/William Smith Colleges (HWS) won both the Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship and the Layline Team Race Championship - their first ever win for either of those titles. Under the leadership of Head Sailing Coach, Scott Ikle, who grew up in Manhasset and learned to sail on Manhasset Bay, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have turned into a premier collegiate sailing team. It must have been a very sweet victory for HWS to win two out of the three championships this year. It seems that their workout schedule, which included sailing on Lake Seneca in 20-30 degree weather throughout the winter months, with blinding lake effect snow and winds in the 20 knot range paid off. Said Ikle, "Everybody's real excited about it. The win is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the years, and the title belongs to the entire program - including past members of the team. We felt we were pretty fast now," he continued "and with seasoned veterans who were patient enough to let things evolve, and good boat speed on a longer course, it all just worked into our style of sailing." Long Island sailor John Storck (Huntington, NY), a graduating senior at HWS, was skipper in A-Division along with junior Zach Goldman, also from Huntington and Amanda Markee (Rancho Santa Fe, CA). Storck's younger brother, Erick, a sophomore at Dartmouth, led the A-Division for Dartmouth to a third place finish behind the University of Hawaii, and beating out Georgetown University by one point. The University of California rounded out the top list, placing fifth. Both John and Erick Storck have been named members of ICSA Coed All American Team by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. Complete results and photos can be found at: http://collegesailing.org/nas/spring05/index.htm
Other local sailors in the news.... Emily Whipple, Connecticut College '06, daughter of Chip and Lynne Whipple, a well-know local sailing family, came in third in the Women's Dinghy Championship, sailing with Amanda Clark, of Team Go Sail 2008. Though Harvard College won the 2005 ICSA North American Women's Dinghy Championship, Amanda and Emily led their team in Division I to a third place victory, behind Old Dominion and Harvard. Clark, who has just graduated from Connecticut College and who is now in Poland getting ready for the 470 European Championships, wrote in an email about racing on Lake Travis, "It was a good regatta, but a tricky lake to sail on." Complete results are available at: http://collegesailing.org/nas/spring05/index.htm) To learn more about ICSA, visit www.collegesailing.org
Rich du Moulin has been eating up the competition in recent racing events. In the 185-mile Storm Trysail Block Island Race, Commodore du Moulin performed the best overall in fleet and won the IRC class 4 aboard his Express 37 Lora Ann, completing the course in 33 hours. He also won the new "Tuna Trophy" named after Arthur Wullschleger for the best IRC combined scores in the Block Island Race (weighted 60 percent) and Larchmont Yacht Club's EDLU Race (weighted 40 percent), at which he finished third in class and fourth overall in fleet. Speaking of the mental and physical challenges of the race, du Moulin said, "It was tough, pushing the boat for so long and changing gears all the time. It was hard work from the standpoint of tactics and for the crew with all the sail changes." Not too tiring, though, for him to sail his Lora Ann up to Newport to race in the New York YC's 151st Annual Regatta the following week, where he was undefeated in all six races in the IRC class. With him on board Lora Ann was Einar Haukeland, who has done well racing in MBOs and Sonars on Manhasset Bay.
Race results for Thirsty Thursday racing for June 2: Division I (6.35 nm, Course UCB, 6 boats): 1. Promise Kept, #51676, Sandy Lindenbaum, 2. Grace, #41775, Gene Gold, and 3. EnGarde, #50872, Charlie Cannam. Division II (6.35 nm, Course UCB, 5 boats): 1. Xcite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Donna J, #42222, Jeff Wenger, and 3. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division III (5.26 nm, Course UIB, 3 boats) 1. En Passant, #244, Bob Ebenau, 2. Sundance, #257, Joel Ziev, and 3. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fink. Division CATS (6.35 nm, Course UCB, one boat): Renegade, #248, Andy Ledins. Top boats on June 9: Division I (7.48 nm, Course UCTC, 6 boats): 1. Promise Kept, 2. Free Fall, #777, Bill McFaul, and 3. Avalanche, #39516, Al Albrecht. Division II (5.49 nm, Course UC, 5 boats): 1. Vision, #637, Marc Epstein, 2. Xcite, and 3. Anticipation. Division III (5.49 nm, Course UC, 5 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Tootsie, and 3. Sundance.
Last weekend was a racing sailor's delight. Both Saturday and Sunday had good wind and beautiful sunny skies, although the weather was hitting mid 90s, making it rather uncomfortable for those who stayed on shore. Top boats in the Sonar class on Saturday (10 boats): Race 1: 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon. Race 2: 1. #374, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. Ping, and 3. #487, Viento, Jonathan Siener. On Sunday, the top Sonars in three races (9 boats): Race 1: Ping, 2. Delight, and 3. #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani/Tao Dao. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. Ping, and 3. #677, Serendipity, Allyn Salomon. Race 3: 1. Delight, 2. Serendipity, and 3. Ping. Two Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOs) were racing on Saturday. First both days was #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, followed by #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. On Sunday, the top MBOs were (7 boats): Race 1: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #23, 23 Skiddoo, Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes, and 3. #3, Olin Express, Jack Antinori/Bob Prokop. Race 2: 1. Olin Express, 2. 23 Skiddoo, and 3. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen. Top Knickerbocker One Designs (KODs) on Sunday (5 boats): Race 1: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass, and 3. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton. Race 2: 1. Dybbuk, 2. #12 (boat name and owner not available), and 3. Second Chance. Race 3: 1. #14, Phoenix, Tom and Donna Powers, 2. Dybbuk, and 3. Second Chance.