This week the column highlights the third and last junior sailing program on Manhasset Bay - the Manhasset Bay Junior Yacht Club. On the spectacular evening last Thursday, Aug. 18, with the sun setting over Manhasset Bay, the junior sailors arrived at the club looking quite lovely and handsome in their sundresses and jackets and ties. According to Junior Activities co-Chairs John Silbersack and Tom Hoban, the season was quite successful under the direction Head Instructor Stephanie Rounds, with sailing instructors Juliet White, Andrew Lemonda, Kate Lawson, Patrick Morris, Johanna Taurell, Colin Morse, Paige Wassmer, Cathryn Schmidt and Danielle Bourquet. In addition to the regular staff, juniors were fortunate to learn the ropes from Junior Instructors Peter Warny, Matt Cornachio, Louise Browning, Victoria Rainone, Eugenie Lehembre-Shiah and Peter Aiken. After a dinner elegantly served to a packed ballroom, the recipients received their 2005 MBJYC Sailing Awards: Most Improved Beginner Optimist: Claudia Steck and Gregory Stebbins; Most Improved Intermediate Optimist: Elizabeth Cozzens and Kade Kenlon; Most Improved Racing Optimist: Ben Lobley and Clare McIntee; Most Improved Novice Blue Jay: Michael Boudova and Virginia Brodie; Most Improved Racing Blue Jay: Meredith Krim and Hayes Brown; and Most Improved Laser: Rob Maisano. The Perpetual Awards: Thomas Haire Trophy (demonstrated qualities as a leader, sportsman and yachtsman that best typify the ideas of MBYC): Charlie Morris; Charles F. Chapman Trophy (most distinguished achievement in events outside JSA competition): Louise Browning; Helme Trophy for Boys (displays the best seamanship): Luke Record; Helme Trophy for Girls (displays the best seamanship): Patti Hoban; Commodore's Cup (most outstanding sailor in the MBJYC sailing program): Matt Cornachio; Cow Bay Trophy (most outstanding sailor, enrolled in the MBJYC sailing program, at the JSA of LIS Optimist Regatta): Charlie Morris; Nicky Graf Trophy (best display of "sportsmanship, desire and enthusiasm for yachting"): Rob Maisano; Robert W. King III Memorial Trophy (achieved best percentage performance in JSA Open Events): Matt Cornachio; Junior Shipshape Award (best demonstrates seamanship through his or her care of either their own or club-owned boats and equipment): Colleen Stack; Kings Point Trophy (awarded annually to the best crews): Wilkie Jordan and Katie Stack; Louise Haney Memorial Junior Sailing Trophy (to a junior sailor 13 years or older who has demonstrated the qualities of perseverance, consistent effort, sportsmanship, dedication to the sport of sailing and who exemplifies the mission of MBYC): Victoria Rainone; Instructor's Award: Optimist: Aiden Owens; Blue Jay: Sean McIntee; Laser: Louise Browning; 420: Wilkie Jordan.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Lois McClure and the tugboat C.L. Churchill will arrive at Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington Town Dock on Thursday, Sept. 22 and remain there until Sunday, Sept. 25. Throughout the summer, the schooner has been visiting ports along the Hudson River, from Burlington, VT to the New York City area and ports in between. The Lois McClure will be open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Lois McClure began her grand journey to commemorate over 100 years of trade along the northeast in June. This ship is an accurate reproduction of the vessels that sailed the northern waterway during the 19th century and is coming to educate and entertain at all the ports of its original route. Lois McClure, the first canal schooner to be built in a Lake Champlain boatyard for more than a century, was created by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum based in Burlington, VT. It will make its grand journey from the "Green Mountains to Manhattan" from mid-June to mid-October with free admission for all. Visitors to the ship will be given a tour by the ship's captain and educated about trade during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Lois McClure is based on Lake Champlain shipwrecks and was made using the same materials from Vermont, New York, and Maine that were used in creating the original canal schooners. "It's a faithful replica," said the McClure's Captain Roger Taylor. "Whatever we do, it's the same as they did 150 years ago. It handles the way it would have." The captain and crew of the Lois McClure and Town of North Hempstead city officials invite you to join them in sharing this historic moment as the 88 foot replica of an 1862 canal schooner docks at Port Washington Town Dock. This event promises to be educational and fun for the whole family. For more information on the history and production of the Lois McClure, visit www.lcmm.org.
While the "official" junior programs on our bay are over, and another school year has begun, that does not mean that our juniors have to turn into landlubbers. In fact, the fall is known to have some very good sailing days, as the winds are stronger, and the humidity is gone, and Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound are great places to spend some time in September and October. On Sept. 17, there will be a Junior Fall Regatta at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club to benefit the Family and Children's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the entry fee is $50. This regatta is for 420s, Lasers, Laser Radials, Blue Jay and Optimist classes. There will be awards for division winners. So juniors, don't pack away your sailing gear just yet!
Sail For Hope regatta organizers today announced that the annual charitable sailing event on Narragansett Bay on Oct. 1 will raise funds for the millions of victims ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Sail for Hope is a continuation of the 2001 "Sail for Pride" regatta which gathered Rhode Island sailors and raised $110,000 for September 11 relief charities. After the first "Sail for Pride," local skippers and crews have joined together in what is now a yearly fund-raising and sailing tradition. All sailboats, powerboats and individuals and organizations wishing to help the people of Gulf Coast States in the wake of the brutal hurricane are encouraged to participate. Sail Newport will organize the event and collect financial donations. Boaters may participate by racing, cruising or watching the event scheduled to start outside of Newport Harbor at 10 a.m. American Red Cross of R.I. Chief Executive Officer Daniel Samborn says, "This is the single worst natural disaster in U.S. history. More than $138 million dollars will be needed to help these fellow citizens just survive." Samborn reports that thousands of trained disaster relief workers and tons of supplies have already been mobilized to the stricken areas. Sail for Hope donations will pay for food, clothing, shelter and medicine for the victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The R.I. Red Cross Chapter will retain 10 percent of the event's total financial gift in a local fund for future Ocean State relief services as the organizers have requested. Boats may register and individuals may donate through the Sail Newport website at http://www.sailnewport.org.