Manhasset Bay has taken on a new look lately. In addition to the beautiful boats that grace our waterscape, an observer will detect a rather small vessel winding its way through the mooring field. This is happening more and more frequently, and the occupants range in age from young kids up to adults. We are talking about the kayakers who come out for a spin on a sunny day and get a great view of land from another perspective. And while they are out there enjoying the scenery, they are also getting a rather nice workout. So for all of you who have never been on the water, or are a sailor or motor sailor at heart, you may want to try out kayaking. In fact, there will be a chance to do just that and help out the Port Washington community at the same time. Atlantic Outfitters and Kayaken-Outfitters are co-sponsoring a Kayak Regatta on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25.00 and all proceeds will go to the Port Washington Community Chest. A course is planned that will provide about six stops along the way and prizes will be awarded in various categories. The day promises to be a lot of fun. Interested parties can gather at the Town Dock just before 9 a.m. So why not spend a great morning on the water and at the same time support our local Community Chest? For more information: John Thomson at Atlantic Outfitters (www.atlanticoutfitters.us, 516-767-2215) and Ken Fink of Kayaken-Outfitters (www.kayakken-outfitters.com, 516-635-0997.
Sailors in Seattle, WA may be onto something. Called the "Downtown Sailing Series," this dozen or so "sort of" races are held for two classes - cruise and race - over a 5 mile course along the Seattle waterfront once a week. There are no corrected times, only elapsed times, and if there happens to be no wind, participants are encouraged to motor to the finish to keep within the time limit, as long as they keep up one sail. No protests are allowed and if boats crash, they are disqualified. The prizes are awarded by a random drawing of finishers, and are donated by various corporate sponsors, who also provide beer, wine, munchies, etc. What is surprising everyone is that there are 50-65 boats turning out for these events, and over the past two summers, has turned into a true social evening for the Seattle waterfront. Wouldn't it be fun to copy this event here on Manhasset Bay? Thoughts from readers, email OTB@sailingpress.com.
The Women's Racing Clinic (WRC) has been busy the past few weeks. On Wednesday, July 29, about 20 ladies took to the water. The breeze was perfect, and with Steve Moore running the races, the ladies were treated to three good races. It was noted that the top three boats for the evening (the ladies sail in Ideal 18s) all had clean boat bottoms - so sailors take note, a clean bottom does make a difference. The top boats for all three races on July 29: 1. #171, Jan Richardson, Sarah Richardson, Stephanie Baas, 2. #172, Aviva Pinto, Vivien Shiah and Nora Silbersack, and 3. #173, Kathy McGill, Pan Prokop and Maria Troisi Mohan. Other participants included: Nancy Morris, Carol Allen, Nan Berry, Rita Syracuse, Flo Paterno, Betsy Jordan, Tricia Hodson, Chris Dorr and Ms. Gorton (first name unavailable). On Saturday, July 2, the WRC worked on spinnakers and on July 5 "survival skills" in 10-12 knots of breeze with gusts to 14. The group learned how to "de-power" in breeze, and as one member mentioned, "I could actually see the puffs on the water - now I know what you are talking about!" Those ladies who participated on July 2 and July 5: Jean Andersen, Kirby Veevers, Cecilia Gardner, Rox Lehmann, Becky Friefeld, Debbie Brown, Lisa Scaglione, Ann Marie D'Angelo, Sue Miller, Cindy Jordan, Carol Allen, Kathy McGill, April Cornachio, Flo Paterno, Aviva Pinto, Jamie Gross. There was another great turnout on Wednesday, July 13 - eight boats on the starting line! It seems the high winds from the previous week did not scare off the newcomers as they were back in force. And the wind, which was gusting to 12-14 knots at the beginning of the evening, decided to cooperate nicely and give the ladies a good time trying to figure out the wind shifts and strong current. The starting line this evening was a little interesting with some close encounters, and overheard were comments like "and who has rights?" Top boat for July 13; Race 1: 1. #175, Jean Andersen, Pat Aitken, Maria-Troisi Mohan, 2. #174, Lisa Scaglione, Nancy Morris, Betsy Gahagan, and 3. #173, Nora Silbersack, April Cornachio, Stephanie Baas. Race 2: 1. #174, 2. #175, and 3. #173. Race 3: #173, #177, Cindy Jordan, Jan Richardson, Flo Paterno, and 3. #174. To round out the fleet: Paula Kaminski-Davis, Becky Freifeld, Kathy McGill, Debbie Lisa Brown, Jenny Aitken, Lorraine McIntosh, Trisha Hodson, Vicky Gordon, Kirby Veveers, Cecilia Gardner.
Thirsty Thursday results are for June 30, July 7 and July 14. Top boats on June 30: Division I (6.53 nm, Course BDC, 5 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3. Kamikaze, Mario Fichera. Division II (5.71 nm, Course BDI, 5 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Happy Daze II, Tom Egan, and 3. Vision, Marc Epstein. Division III (5.23 nm, Course BMI, 4 boats): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Division CATS (6.53 nm, Course BDC, 1 boat): Renegade, Andy Ledins. July 7 results: Division I (5.19 nm, Course ZC, 6 boats: 1. Free Fall, Bill McFaul, 2. Promise Kept, and 3. Avalanche. Division II (4.11 nm, Course ZI, 6 boats): 1. Xcite, 2. Anticipation, Ed Veprovsky, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III: (3.31 nm, Course ZY, 6 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Sundance, Joel Ziev, and 3. Second Wind, Anthony Viola. Division CATS: (5.19 nm, Course ZC, 1 boat): Renegade. Results for July 14: Division I: 1. Avalanche, 2. Free Fall, and 3. Promise Kept. Division II - there were no finishers in this division. Division III (8.50 nm, Course BN, 5 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Tootsie, and 3. Serenity. Division CATS (10.5 nm, Course BJN, 1 boat): Renegade.
Manhasset Bay YC was Race Committee for the weekend of July 9-10. The results for the Sonars on both days. July 9: There were nine Sonars on the starting line: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, Bill Simon, Einar Haukeland. On Sunday July 10, there were 11 Sonars. The top boats: 1. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. Ping, and 3. Delight. The MBOs were out both days also. Top boats on Saturday out of six who started: 1. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker, Dick Moore, 2. #23, 23 Skidoo, Tom Godfrey, Don Richardson, and 3. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen, Ralph Heinzerling. On Sunday, there were 8 MBOs out. Top boats: 1. Miss B Haven, 2. Escapade, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Three Knickerbockers One Designs (KODs) were out on Sunday. They were: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. #14, Phoenix, Donna and Tom Powers, and 3. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass.
Results for the weekend of July 16-17 were unavailable at press time.