Joan, who has been running the Blue Jay race week for as long as most people can remember, said that her committee has been with her for 10 -15 years. That kind of staying power pretty much guarantees a great regatta - and this year was no exception. Congratulations to all the junior sailors and to the PWYC for another great Race Week, a wonderful way to for the club to celebrate yet another time their centennial year. Local sailors in the Blue Fleet: Christian Gordon, Eddie Einhaus & Elizabeth Einhaus (PWYC) 2nd; Leah Feldman & Zoe Williams (KYC) 3rd; Luke Record & Hayes Brown (MBYC) 5th; Doug Horowitz & Sean McIntee (MBYC) 6th; Ryan Schmitz, Casey Condon & Patrick Molligo (PWYC) 7th; and Anastasia Williams & Aya Sheldon (KYC); Colleen Stack, Catryn Silbersack & Emily Browning (MBYC); and Alexandra Margherio, Jennifer Aiken & Virginia Brody (MBYC). The Red Fleet: Will MacIntosh & Alex Ferro (PWYC) 3rd; Anthony Marin & Matthew Veccione (KYC) 4th; and Brian Barr, Robert Wands & Will Wassmer (PWYC). The Yellow Fleet: Peter Warny & Merdeith Krim (MBYC) 2nd; Asher Feldman & Josh Dell (KYC) 4th; Adrienne Bourguet & Margaret Bellon (PWYC) 6th; Margaux Rand & Devyn Facini (KYC); Nick Fallibene, Joe Duarte & Mike Quinn (KYC). There were no local juniors sailing in the Green Fleet.
Older junior sailors had a successful regatta over at Cedar Point Yacht Club on July 26-28. Tedd Himler (MBYC) came in first in the Laser Class out of 32 boats. Local juniors in the Club 420 class, with 74 boats on the starting line, included: Elizabeth Whipple and Alexander Whipple (MBYC) 2nd; Danielle Powers and Carrie Morea (KYC) 15th; and Matt Cornachio and Wilkie Jordan (MBYC) 20th. The Laser Radial class had 89 entries, with local sailors: Louise Browning (MBYC); Will McIntosh (PWYC); John Keneally (PWYC); Chris Wands (PWYC); Robert Maisano (MBYC); Lianna Gordon (PWYC); Victoria Rainone (MBYC); and Myles Potters (PWYC).
Larchmont YC held their annual Race Week in mid-July and while no adult racers participated, a good number of our juniors represented our bay. Local Blue Jay racers: Asher Feldman and Leah Feldman (KYC); Katie Stack and Melissa Krim, Meredith Brown (MBYC); Adrienne Bourguet and Margaret Bellon (PWYC); Devon Kenger and Josh Dell (KYC); Anthony Marini and Vecchione Williams (KYC), Aya Sheldon and Anastasia Williams (KYC); Margaux Rand and Devyn Farina (KYC); and Nick Faccibeno and Quinn Duarte (KYC). In the Laser Radial class: Will McIntosh (PWYC); John Keneally (PWYC); Chris Wands (PWYC); Lianna Gordon (PWYC); and Myles Potters (PWYC). The Laser class: Tedd Himler (MBYC) 6th.
The Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation's Summer Sailing Program is in its second week and from the looks of the young skippers, the program is a great success. Forty youngsters from the AT LAST! program spend the afternoons from Monday through Thursday learning about sailing. The Knickerbocker YC generously offered a room (air conditioned, thankfully) to call home to this three week program. The program, run completely by volunteers offers children 8 - 13 a chance to sail. This past week, the Mariners (the older children) sailed with Gary Cohen on Winds of Change, while Arthur Donovan, Dick Farber, Burt Lowatsky taught children to sail on Dick Farber's Friendship. Bill Brakman, Dick Field and Dan Simon taught other Mariners in Ideal 18's loaned to the Foundation from the Manhasset Bay YC. While these older children were out sailing, the younger set, the First Mates, spent time with Matt Meyran in his Port Washington Water Taxi seeing land from an on-the-water perspective, which included watching local fisherman, Kat Wasserman, catch a huge blue fish, picking up a mooring in the bay, and docking the Taxi at a pier on the Great Neck side of the bay. On another day, Patti Wood, from Grassroots Environmental Education, gave an animated presentation on aquifers that kept the children thinking about clean water and what each could do to keep Manhasset Bay clean. Then it was off to find evidence of water pollution. Before returning home to Knickerbocker YC where the AT LAST! bus was waiting for them, the children had time to speak with the Town of North Hempstead Bay Constables, Mallory Nathan, who was ably assisted by Tom Rice and Mike Green. Next up for these First Mates was a sail on "big boats" provided by Ed du Moulin on Lady Del, with visiting yachtsman Harold Oldak, and with Bob and Betts Carpenter, with Steve Moore, on Euphrosyne. The upcoming events include more sailing for the Mariners, while the First Mates will take a trip to our Port Washington Library for a nautical afternoon program, learn knot tying and splicing from Dave James at the Rigging Locker, and will spend some more time on the water, this time in kayaks, provided by John Thomson over at Atlantic Outfitters.
While Long Islanders flock to the beaches, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) hosted the launch for the 5th annual Memory Paddle Challenge (MPC), the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation's annual awareness raising event. The MPC-a grueling 300-mile, seven-day circumnavigation of Long Island from Aug. 5-11, features two national champion kayakers, who will courageously paddle the surrounding waters with one purpose in mind - to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Erin Magee and Richard Steppe, both top-notch paddlers from Texas, shared LIAF's tandem kayak for a cause. Adding to the excitement, two Olympian kayakers, Kathy Colin and Tamara Jenkins, went head to head with Erin and Richard for the first-leg of the journey from Port Washington to Brooklyn. The ace paddlers launched from MBYC on Aug. 5 and returned to MBYC on Aug. 11.
The Port Washington - Manhasset Bay Kayak Run was held on Saturday, Aug. 6, and was a great success. This event was sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington Community Chest, Twin Pines Kayak Club, with all proceeds going to support the Port Washington Community Chest. Look for a complete coverage in next week's Port News.
Next week, the column will report on the activities of our adult sailors, including the results from the Round Long Island Race, weekend racing, Thirsty Thursday and the Women's Racing Clinic.