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A changing of the guard at Bone Yard Boats. Ginger Marshall Martus with the new owner David F. Irving, from Charleston, S.C. The two were up in Newport for the Wooden Boat Show.

The Sonar Long Island Championships were held at Manhasset Bay YC this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Sixteen boats from around Long Island Sound participated. The wind didn't cooperate much for the Sonar sailors, as Saturday morning dawned with little wind. By noon, Manhasset Bay was as smooth as glass, but by early afternoon, the Race Committee with PRO Commodore John Barry at the helm, found some wind and started the racing. By end of day on Sunday (another day with little wind in the morning), six races were completed. Top boats for the Sonar Long Island Sound Championship: 1. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz, 2. #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland.

Ginger Marshall Martus, who is known in these parts for saving old boats, and as the owner/editor of Bone Yard Boats, was up in Newport for the Wooden Boat Show. Some of the information she submitted, with a few edits: For those who appreciate fine craftsmanship and can see and feel the beauty of wood, the Wooden Boat Show was the place to be. Sponsored by Woodenboat magazine, the show was held at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, RI. Bone Yard Boats newsletter has a new owner, David F. Irving of Charleston, SC. Ginger and Mr. Irving took a booth at the boat show to promote the newsletter and introduce the new owner to those loyal customers who have enjoyed the newsletter over the years. Many of the displays that delighted those who stopped by the booth were depicting the "before" and "after" restorations on some of the boats sold through the newsletter. Some of the photos displayed included the 1930's 48- foot Avocette III, owned by Jerry Baas of New Jersey, a "basket case" of a boat that went on to win may awards. Another boat that many recognized was Aphrodite, who is now a complete rebuild at the Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine. A launch party took place last weekend for Aphrodite. More information will be forthcoming on Aphrodite's launch party when they become available.

Upcoming events: This coming weekend, Port Washington YC will host its Charity Cup Regatta on Saturday and it promises to be a lot of fun for everyone. It's not too late to register to sail, and junior sailors are encouraged to dust off their boats, grab crew and head down to PWYC. The Captains Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. All proceeds of the Charity Regatta go to the Ronald McDonald House. There are generous first and second prizes for raising money, and additional prizes: denim shirt with regatta logo ($250 raised); fleece vest with regatta logo ($500); fleece pullover with regatta logo ($750) and a sailing jacket with regatta logo ($1,000). The regatta will require all boats to race under PHRF rules. However, those who prefer to be scored under IRC rules, skippers can include your IRC certificate and the Race Committee, at their discretion, will score the boat under the IRC rules. There's a great BBQ planned for after the racing so don't miss out. What could be better than being out on Manhasset Bay on a lovely fall afternoon, raising money for a good cause, and being treated to a delicious dinner. Rumor has it that the WRC (Women's Racing Clinic) is sending over some boats to give the guys some competition - so come on down and be part of the action. If not interested in sailing, there will be a spectator boat, the Growler, a 65-foot tug, provided by the Merchant Marine Academy. And anyone who has been there in past years, knows for sure that that is one good party! For details of the day, and to obtain the Notice of Race and an entry form, log onto www.pwyc.org.

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island provides families a home-away-from home during their child's treatment for a serious illness at a local hospital. Since 1986, the House has served more than 8500 families, with more than half coming from Long Island and the boroughs of New York. The warm and supportive atmosphere at the House combined with the ability to be at their child's bedside within minutes is priceless to families during this very difficult time.

Another upcoming event is the Manhasset Bay Fall Series which will be held on two consecutive weekends: Oct. 15-16, and Oct. 22-23. This is a regatta full of history. Twenty-seven years ago, John G. Thomson, Jr. came up with the idea to have a regatta that would develop in our area big boat competition and offer racers a regatta that would offer Long Island Sound under the best weather conditions. Thus the Fall Series was born, and has been continuing ever since. Prizes include the John G. Thomson Sr. Trophy (for best overall performance as determined by the Race Committee), and the Ted Clark Trophy (PHRF boat having the best overall performance), plus 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies in each class. For more information, please contact Sue Miller, MBYC Fall Series Chair, Manhasset Bay YC (767-2150).


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