Last week this column reported on the Annual Cannonball Sailing Regatta. Unfortunately, the e-mail that was received contained some inaccuracies. Your columnist asked William H. James, Ph.D. to correct them. The following is, in part, what he submitted:
The 20th Annual Cannonball Sailing Regatta will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 and is sponsored by Guy LaMotta, owner of Manhasset Bay Marina. The Cannonball Regatta is not your normal sailing race, but one designed for the less experienced in racing and for those who have an appreciation of the unusual. It its 19 previous years, the Cannonball has provided just that, with mid-course ring tosses, harbor mines, sailing backwards, dock starts, swim starts, water balloon skirmishes, and other inventive touches which sets it apart from any other race on Long Island. This year promises to be as much fun as in years past. For those who have participated in the past, boats filled with pirates and other "disreputable" types were seen in and about LaMotta's Restaurant at Manhasset Bay Marina. So if passers-by notice a different atmosphere over at the Manhasset Bay Marina come Oct. 1, don't think the managers have lost it - the day is devoted to fun and high jinx. So gather your favorite costume and come down to LaMotta's for a day of fun, time on the water, and the chance to win a prize. Boat registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a Skippers Meeting at noon (with refreshments). Boats typically leave the dock after the signaling of the harbor start, designated by two cannon firings, and the starting time for the race itself begins somewhere in mid-harbor at 2 p.m. The real fun begins after the boats return to the Marina when the food begins to be served at 6 p.m. with a continuous flow of rejuvenating refreshments and live music.
The registration fee for boats is $70. This includes two dinner tickets and two drink tickets. Additional dinner tickets for crew or anyone choosing to attend the evening's events are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Registration and racing fees may be paid at Manhasset Bay Marina between 11 a.m. and noon. For those landlubbers attending the 6 p.m. events, please contact anyone there who seems official. For additional information, call Widge James at 516-767-2997 or 516-695-7502.
Racing results for the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5: Saturday's top Sonars: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. #487, Viento, Jonathan Siener. Top MBOs: 1. #5, Escapade, Ned baker/Dick Moore, 2. #11, Silver Fox, Curt Champlin/Clay Davenport, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Results for Sunday, Sept. 4: Sonar - Race 1: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simor/Einar Haukeland, 2. #678, Whimsey, Ed Adler/Jeff Kovner, and 3 #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani. Race 2: 1. Weekend Warrior, 2. Delight, and 3. Whimsey. Race 3: 1. Delight, 2. Whimsey, and 3. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind. MBO results for Sept. 4 - Race 1: 1. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, 2. Escapade, and 3. Frolic. Race 2: Blue Chip, 2. Frolic, and 3. #23, 23 Skidoo, Tom Godfrey/Don Richardson. KOD results - Race 1: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass, and 3. #14, Phoenix, Donna and Tom Powers. Race 2: 1. Dybbuk, 2. Knick Knack. Labor Day Monday results: Sonars - Race 1: 1. Ping, 2. Delight, and 3. Weekend Warrior. Race 2: 1. Weekend Warrior, 2. Ping, and 3. Delight. Race 3: 1. Delight, 2. Ping, and 3. Weekend Warrior. MBO results for Labor Day for Race 1 and 2: 1. Silver Fox, 2. Escapade, and 3. Frolic. Race 3: 1. #25, Black Jack, George Graf/Adrian Alley, 2. Escapade, and 3. Frolic. Results for the Single-handed race on Labor Day: Sonars - Race 1: 1. Weekend Warrior, 2. Ping, and 3. #684, Cypher, Tony Dalia/Brian Dalia. Race 2: 1. Ping, 2. Cypher, and 3. #442, Dreadlox, Neil Bercow. Race 3: 1. Ping, 2. Cypher, and 3. Weekend Warrior. Overall winners for the Single-handed race: 1. Ping, 2. Cypher, and 3. Weekend Warrior. MBO Single-handed race: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Black Jack, and 3. Escapade.
Racing results for the weekend of Sept 10-11. Saturday races had to be cancelled for lack of wind. On Sunday, the wind was light (0-5 knots) but the Race Committee got one race off for the three one-design fleets. Top Sonars: 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, 2. #678, Whimsey, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz. Top KODs: 1. Dybbuk, 2. #12, name unavailable, and 3. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton. Top MBOs: 1. Frolic, 2. Silver Fox, and 3. Black Jack. Results from racing on Saturday, Sept 17: Sonars, Race 1: 1. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. Viento, and 3. Laurie B 2. Race 2: 1. Housemartin, 2. Puff, and 3. Weekend Warrior. Race 3: 1. Housemartin, 2. Delight, and 3. Weekend Warrior. KODs, Race 1: 1. Dybbuk, 2. Phoenix, and 3. Second Chance. Race 2: 1. Phoenix, 2. Dybbuk. Top MBOs for both Race 1 and Race 2: 1. Blue Chip, 2. Miss B Haven, and 3. Black Jack.
The Port Washington YC Eighth Annual Charity Cup Regatta and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8. This year all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Peter Christie, PRO Race Committee and the folks over at the PWYC invite all sailors to join in this fun-filled day. Each boat is asked to raise as many dollars as possible for this year's charity. The boat that raises the most money wins the Charity Cup, plus getting the skipper's name and boat name engraved on the cup, and prominent plaque recognition in Ronald McDonald House. There are even additional prizes for the winning boat. Second and third place boats will also receive prominent plaque recognition as well as terrific prizes. There will be windward/leeward races for the one design fleets after the start of the bigger boats. The race committee has designed each division to have fewer boats, so chances of winning an award this year - prizes for the top three boats in each division - are much higher. For those who aren't sailing, there fun to be had out on Growler, loaned by the U.S. Merchant Marine to watch the races. After racing, the club has planned a deluxe BBQ for all skippers and crew after the race, with wine, beer and soft drinks. Junior sailors are encouraged to dust off their boats, and join the fun, too. For more information, go to the Port Washington website, www.pwyc.org.
For those readers who have access to OLN: Jobson Sailing, Inc. has made a documentary of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, which will be aired on the Outdoor Life Network on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. PDT) and again at midnight (9 p.m. PDT on Sept. 28). The documentary is entitled "Chasing Charlie Barr's Record: the 2005 Transatlantic Challenge," and is sponsored by Rolex. Back in May, 20 boats gathered in New York harbor to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Great Ocean Race of 1905 by trying to beat the century-old record for the fastest passage to England in a race. On June 1, Mari-Cha IV, the 140-foot schooner, crushed the transatlantic race record set by the Atlantic. Jobson, who accomplishments include an Emmy for his coverage of yachting at the Olympic Games in South Korea, embedded film crews on several of the boats and made the passage himself as a crew on board Stad Amsterdam, the event's largest entrant. For more information on the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, go to www.Transatlanticchallenge.org.