Top honors in the MBO class at the MBYC Race Week went to (l to r) Pedro Lorson, Claes Larsson, Flo Paterno and Paul Cuneo. They also captured the Black Jack Trophy and Edward P. Alker Trophy; the crew won the Arthur E. Barnard Crew Trophy. Not seen: Greg Corkett and Steve Kinny.
Manhasset Bay Race Week took place on August 12-14 in what could be considered one of the most trying sailing conditions in a very long time. The first two days of the event, and especially Saturday, the weather was "just awful" according to one Race Committee member, with temperatures reaching almost 100º, high humidity and very little wind. And even though the Race Committee got off enough races for the regatta to be official by end of racing on Saturday, it was Sunday that saved the day. Thanks to Beth Danilek, Regatta Chair, John P. Barry, PRO and Commodore, and Bill Brakman and Eugene R. Bowler, PROs. Winners in the various divisions (Last names only): Sonar: (16 boats) 1. Housemartin, Danilek, 2. Delight, Kirtland, and 3. Puff, Steitz. Knickerbocker One Design: (four boats) 1. Phoenix, Powers, 2. Knick Knack, Kass, 3. Sonic, Aingorn. Manhasset Bay One Design: (nine boats) 1. Miss B Haven, Pedro Larson/Claes Larsson, 2. Olin Express, Prokop, and 3. 23 Skidoo, Richardson/Godfrey. PHRF: (eight boats) 1. Engarde, Cannam, 2. Xcite, Tarhan, and 3. Sundance, Ziev. Club 420: (two boats) 1. #835, Morea, 2. #48055, Faccibene. Blue Jay: (four boats) 1. #7247, Record, 2. Mongoose II, Silbersack, and 3. Hobgoblin, Silbersack. Optimist: (18 boats): 1. #12671, Morris, 2. Magoogler, Lobley. Ideal 18: (four boats) 1. #175, Alexander, 2. #174, Branning, and 3. #177, Wagoner. Laser (two boats) 1. #0, Rubenstien, 2. #31, Joseph. Laser Radial: (three boats) 1. #180494, Jordan, 2. #39-173650, Maisano, 3. #120663, Ledins. Winners of the Perpetual Trophies: Black Jack Trophy (keel type boat, member club YRALIS, best percentage with five yachts in 60 percent of races), and the Edward P. Alker Trophy (member MBYC, LWL greater than 15ft, 6 in, with highest percentage with five yachts in 60 percent of races): Miss B Haven, Pedro Lorson/Claes Larsson. Lure Trophy (Keel boat in the most competitive class, smallest margin over the next three boats, 10 boats each race, three races): Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek. Arthur E. Barnard Crew Trophy (Crew of Alker Winner): Paul Cuneo, Greg Corkett, Flo Paterno, and Steve Kinny. Louise T. Haney Memorial Trophy (Ideal 18 winner): Christopher Alexander (USMMA). George H. Wicke Trophy (Female skipper, member club YRALIS, best percentage with five yachts in 60 percent of races): Olin Express, Pam Prokop. Robert Harvey Wessmann, Jr. Trophy (Age under 25, member club YRALIS, best showing, competitive standing, sportsmanship): Mike Marini (KYC). Frank T. Cornell Trophy (Junior Sailing Program, best percentage, minimum of five boats in 60 percent of races): Charlie Morris. The David Craig Trophy (Women's Day winner during Race Week): TBD as the race was postponed due to lack of wind.
American YC held the 2005 JSA Laser, Laser Radial and Club 420 Championships on Aug. 8 and 9. This event is open to only those boats that have qualified in their class. Top boats from our area in the Club 420 (49 boats): Matt Cornachio/Wilkie Jordan (MBYC), 3rd, Danielle Powers/Carrie Morea (KYC), 15th, and Jessica Nees/K.C. McCarthy (PWYC). There were no entries in the Laser division. In the Laser Radial division (45 boats): Chris Wands (PWYC), John Keneally (PWYC), Will McIntosh (PWYC), and Louise Browning (MBYC).
Back in 1992, Dennis Conner and Ed du Moulin spoke before a packed audience at the Manhasset Bay YC and announced the establishment of the Dennis Conner- Ed du Moulin Cow Bay Junior Match Racing Trophy. Conner and du Moulin wanted to encourage match racing in Manhasset Bay and thought that a junior competition might be just the answer to increase interest in match racing events. The idea was to have junior sailors compete for the trophy as part of the junior sailing program on the bay, and then invite them to a special awards ceremony during the Knickerbocker Cup, with top international match racing skippers and crew in attendance. This year the trophy was won by Jessica Nees and K.C. McCarthy from Port Washington YC. Matt Cornachio and Wilkie Jordan (MBYC) came in second, with last years' winners, Danielle Powers and Carrie Morea (KYC) in third place. These talented young people will receive their awards during the 2005 Knickerbocker Cup Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 28.
And news about this year's cup: The Knickerbocker Cup, a major international match racing event, will take place on Manhasset Bay from Aug. 24-28. First held in 1982, KYC will host 12 teams from around the world who will compete in J/105's in one-on-one matches similar to the America's Cup format. Skippers from around the world include: Brian Angel (USA), Martin Angsell (SWE), Mark Campbell-James (GBR), Scott Dickson (USA), Christian Hamilton (GBR), Laurie Jury (NZL), Terry McLaughlin (CAN), Simon Minopiro (NZL), Matteo Simoncelli (ITA), Jon Singsen (USA), Peter Wibroe (DEN), and Ian Williams (GBR). This year, noted sailing author Dave Perry will bring his humor and insight on sailing to the Knickerbocker Cup. Author of Understanding Yacht Racing Rules, a collegiate All-American and two-time Congressional Cup champion, Dave will speak on Friday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. This is one presentation that any sailor will not want to miss and is open to the public. So come over and watch the races on Manhasset Bay - qualifying rounds are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-27, with Finals on Sunday, Aug. 28 - and reserve Friday evening for an informative and entertaining evening at the Knickerbocker YC. For more information, log onto www.kyc.org or contact the event chair, Paula Davis at 516-883-7655.
After spending the evening with Dave Perry at KYC, racers may want to take their new-found insights to the race course on Saturday and Sunday with our neighbors to the north. The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LS) is pleased to announce the 2005 YRALIS Championship Regatta will take place on Aug. 27-28. This is the second year for this regatta and after a very successful inauguration last year, the YRA is expecting over 200 boats and 1,000 sailors. New this year will be windward-leeward racing for the PHRF fleet, which requested the change from the navigator-style racing. Also new this year is a team trophy. Teams must have a minimum of three boats each competing at one of the four venues (American YC, Riverside YC, Stamford YC and Cedar Point YC). A team of four boats competing at all four venues may discard their worst score. The major post-race party will take place at Riverside on Saturday evening with great food and live music. Sunday will feature the prize giving, light snacks, and a cash grill. For additional information, visit www.yralis.org or contact Jonathan Nye, event chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 203-637-7923.
Gerry Oaks, director of Swim Across America (SAA), Inc., and chair of the SAA - Nassau Suffolk Committee has asked for help with the 2005 Sound to the Cove-Swim to Fight Cancer, to be held this Saturday, Aug. 20, in Morgan Park in Glen Cove. The swim count is likely to reach over 140 swimmers and would like to have 60 or more kayakers to help with the 10-10K swimmers, the 30 - 5K swimmers and the 100 plus one mile swimmers. There will be brunch in the park after the swim. If you are interested, contact Oakes to indicate the distance you would like to kayak - the 10K, 5K or one mile, and they will do their best to accommodate your request. Oakes can be reached at 866-705-SWIM or e-mail at email@example.com. For more information about Swim Across America, go to their website at www.swimacrossamerica.org.