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An indication of the seriousness of the Cannonball Race. Photo by Jon Pikow

Saturday morning, Oct. 1 dawned with such bright and clear skies that it begged for outdoor activity. The one thing lacking - at least for the sailing community - was wind. With multiple water activities planned for Manhasset Bay, sailors and event organizers were dismayed to see the glass-like condition throughout the morning. But true to form, the afternoon picked up a southwesterly that brought in five knots of breeze, and by mid-afternoon, the winds was a decent 10 or so knots, enough to get the Sonar Long Island Championships out to the Sound (results posted in last week's column) and to start that annual fun event, the Cannonball Regatta. Not surprisingly, the regatta participants had a great time and several were overheard to say it was a "great success." First overall winner was Roy Israel on Dybbuk (Knickerbocker One Design) with a winning time of 74 minutes and 22 seconds on corrected time. The weather was cooperative blowing five knots from the south-southwest early in the race, shifting towards the west and increasing to about 10 knots later in the day. The day ended with an awards ceremony, great food and continuous dancing to the music of "The Culture Vibes." This year a perpetual trophy of cut crystal, aptly name the "LaMotta Cup", was given to Mr. Guy LaMotta for his generosity in sponsoring the Cannonball Regatta for the last several years. The names of the four overall winners from the years that the regatta was held at Manhasset Bay Marina (for 16 years the race was held at Louie's restaurant) will be engraved on the base of the trophy. Results of the Cannonball Regatta: Division I: 1. Six Pack, 2. Daydream, and 3. Majesti Novis. Division II: 1. Dybbuk, 2. Dry Martini, and 3. Romp. Division III 1. Aquila, 2. Emotional Rescue, and 3. Yellow Jacket.

American YC held its Annual Fall Regatta on Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2. Several boats from our area competed. Avalanche, Al Albrecht (Port Washington YC) came in first in the Farr 395 division, as did Sandy Lindenbaum on Promise Kept (North Shore YC). Mario Fichera (Port Washington YC) came in 4th in the J/109 division, and Charlie Cannam (North Shore YC) came in 14th in the J/105 division. The Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series will take place Oct. 15-16 and 22-23.

The Storm Trysail Club (STC) has done it again. Since they took over the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta the event has grown in size and this year 35 colleges participated in this "big boat" competition, which was a two-day event held at Larchmont YC over the Columbus Day weekend. Started over three decades ago, the purpose of the regatta is to "expose college dinghy sailors to big boat racing, since many have had little experience with keels, spinnakers and winches," according to Adam Loory, a STC member and Regatta Chair. "In some cases, however, it gives college big boat sailors a venue to compete against each other." Probably the largest collegiate regatta in terms of number of participations, the event is a free event with a free dinner on Saturday night for over 250 sailors. Racing was scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, but after trying to get a race started in the 30-40 knots of wind on Long Island Sound, the race committee canceled racing. Wind was strong again on Sunday, but three races were completed for the four divisions. On board each borrowed boat were boat owners or their representatives who acted as safety officers and helped with the sailing. The fleet of boats included J/44s, J/105s, J/120s, J/109s, and PHRF 72-raters (Express 37s, J/35s and a Tripp 36. Schools that participated include: American, Army, Bowdoin, Brown, Coast Guard (2 teams), Columbia, Connecticut College, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown (2), Johnson and Wales (4), Kings Point (3), Mass Maritime (2), Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Middlebury, Navy (2), New York Maritime (2), Northwestern, St. Mary's, SUNY Maritime, Tufts, Webb Institute, and Western Michigan. Top boats in the four divisions: Class 1 (J/44s, 5 boats): 1. Vamp, St. Marys, 2. Gold Digger, Mass Maritime, and 3. Diogenes, Kings Point. Class 2 (J/109s and J/120s, 8 boats): 1. Sundari, Kings Point, 2. Patriot, Mass Maritime, and 3. Jia, Northwestern. Class 3 (Express 37s, J/35s, and Trip 36, 9 boats): 1. Lora Ann, Georgetown, 2. Troubador, Navy, and 3. Privateer, NY Maritime. Class 4 (J/105s, 10 boats): 1. Kincsem, Georgetown, 2. Cyan, Coast Guard, and 3. 5 Cent, Tufts. The overall winner for the third year in a row was Georgetown University, with Navy second. For those who would have liked to watch the racing, but were unable to attend, go to to see actual footage of the race. You won't be disappointed. For complete coverage, visit

It is hard to believe that the summer sailing season is over - could just be wishful thinking - and that the fall racing is coming to a conclusion. But for those intrepid sailors who cannot separate from their boats, there is always frostbiting. The organizational meeting for this group will be held at Manhasset Bay YC on Oct. 20 at 7:30. Anyone interested in sailing are invited to come, including any junior sailors who might like to try the "off season" sailing. So why not consider attending this meeting to see what frostbiting is all about. Many say the winter offers the best competitive sailing of the entire year! Logo
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