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The happy sailors gathered in the ballroom of Manhasset Bay YC for the Awards Ceremony, Sunday, Oct. 23.

John Thomson, Jr., was onto something really good when he founded the Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series in 1979. His intent was to offer big boat sailing during the fall when the winds would provide good and exciting racing on western Long Island Sound. Over the years the regatta has been successful, but this year was especially good because the wind gods gave competitors a run for their money. If the group gathered for the awards ceremony at the club last Sunday, Oct. 23 was any indication, this year's Fall Series was one of the best - and that is with one whole day cancelled because of winds in the 50-60 knot range. Sailors don't take kindly to being sidelined for an entire day, but you'd never know from the group's conviviality in the ballroom of MBYC late Sunday afternoon. Sue Miller, the PRO and Event Chair, said. "This was a great Fall Series, with classic Fall Series weather - which everyone loves to come out for. The wind was in the teens, the 20's, and gusting to 30 knots, which is good hard fall racing that is so much fun for everyone." And John Barry, Commodore of MBYC, and PRO for the event had this to say: "This was the best series we've had under very difficult conditions. All the competitors were safe and happy. A special thanks to Mary and Bill Foster who brought Resolute to Manhasset Bay from Stamford YC to be the Race Committee boat. Also thanks to Dan Brown on his new Regulator 26, Jon Shields on Freedom, a Mako 26-footer, and Greg Danilek Salad Days for providing mark boats on the race course." Readers may be familiar with Resolute, as she was previously owned by the late Roger Shope and Jean Shope, who is a longtime member of MBYC's Race Committee. Ralf Steitz, the Offshore Sailing Coach at the US Merchant Marine Academy was on Nimbus with about 10 midshipmen aboard Nimbus which "laid down only once, and beat High Noon on Saturday. It was nice to tell these kids who have just started sailing that they beat an Olympic medalist. Everyone had a great time." Steitz' role on the boat was one of coach, a position that he obviously enjoys very much.

Founder John B. Thomson, Jr. presented the John B. Thomson Sr. Memorial Trophy for best overall performance in the combined IOR, IMS and one-design divisions to Al Minella, Relentess, Huguenot YC. Commenting on the series, Thomson said, "Thanks to Manhasset Bay YC for this great event. I am proud to have an affiliation with them for all these years. They have done a wonderful, wonderful job. It's nice to see some of the same faces competing over the years. Though it's a lot of work for the club, it lets everyone know that MBYC is into big boat sailing now. That's terrific. Thanks to everyone for doing a great job." The other perpetual award, the Ted Clark Trophy, went to Jeffrey Hammer, Dreadlocks, Lloyd Harbor YC, for best overall performance in the Invitational Fall Series PHRF Division. Hammer has won this award three previous times, in 1992, 1994, and 1999. The division winners: Division 1A - IRC: 1. Rush, Thomas Stark, NYYC, and 2. Trader, Fred Detweiler, Bayview YC. Division 1B - IRC: 1. High Noon, D. Collins and S. Benjamin, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, 2. Solution, John B. Thomson, Jr., MBYC, and 3. Nimbus, Mark Levis, USMMA. Division 2-IRC: 1. Christopher Dragon, Andrew Weiss, Indian Harbor YC, 2. Hell Hound, Brendan Brownyard, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, and 3. Wanderer, Bill Cushman, NYYC. Division 3 - IRC: 1. Soulmates, Adam Loory, Huguenot YC/Storm Trysail Club, 2. Troubador, Mort Weintraub, NYYC, and 3. Lora Ann, Rich du Moulin, Larchmont YC/Storm Trysail Club. Division 4 - J44: 1. Challenge IV, Jeffrey Willis, Lloyd Harbor YC/Storm Trysail Club, 2. Vamp, Leonard, Sitar, American YC, and 3. Gold Digger, James D. Bishop, American YC. Division 5 - J/109: 1. Relentess, Al Minella, Cedar Point YC/Huguenot YC, 2. Sundari, P. Carpenter and B. Gold, and 3. Storm, Rick Lyall, Raritan YC. Division 6 - PHRF: 1. Deviation, Iris Vogel, Huguenot YC, 2. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, North Shore YC, and 3. Hotspur, Rick and Skip Sinclair, Indian Harbor YC. Division 7: - J/105: 1. Kincsem, Joerg Esdorn, American YC, 2. Gumption, Kevin Granger, NYYC, and 3. Andiamo, Paul Strauch, MBYC. Division 8 - PHRF: 1. Borderline, J. Asch and S. Bishop, Old Greenwich YC, 2. Exhilaration, Chris Hubbard, City Island YC, and 3. Amethyst, Doug Davies, Glen Cove YC. Division 9 - J/80: 1. Rumor, John Storck, Jr. Storm Trysail Club, 2. Angry Chameleon, Kristen Robinson, Eastport YC, and 3. Lifted, Kerry Klinger, Larchmont YC. Division 9A - PHRF: 1. Dreadlocks, Jeff Hammer, Lloyd Harbor YC, 2. Arcadia, Quentin Thomas, Douglaston YC, and 3. Mistress, Bryan Coon, Lloyd Harbor YC/Knickerbocker YC.

Left to right: Sue Miller, Al Minella, Relentless, and John B. Thomson, Jr. Minella has just won the John B. Thomson, Sr. Trophy for best overall performance in the combined IOR, IMS and one-design divisions - he won the J109 class with four first place finishes.

Junior sailors (and their parents) will be interested to know that the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) has chosen the 14-foot Pixel as its new doublehanded training and racing sailboat. The decision was made after a three-year process that included extensive research, boat testing and feedback from JSA of LIS members. The Pixel is a new one-design by Bruce Kirby, who also designed the Laser, Sonar and Ideal 18. It will be used within the JSA of LIS as a transition boat between Optimists and Lasers or 420s, primarily by sailors who are 11 to 14 years old. For more information, see www.brucekirbymarine.com.

And this from Scuttlebutt, the online sailing newsletter: Larry White (Niantic, Conn.) has been awarded US Sailing's most prestigious award -- the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy -- for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. For 15 years, White was the president of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), a responsibility from which he stepped down earlier this fall. As ISSA's tenth President, the growth of school sailing went to full bore, from a handful of schools in New England to seven organized and active national districts nationwide. The nation was modeled after the collegiate version and booklets were produced to provide information on creating school sailing programs. "The remarkable expansion nationally, to the current membership of over 400 schools and 5,000 members in seven districts including schools in Hawaii and St. Thomas, is completely due to Larry's vision and leadership," said the US Sailing committee that nominated White for the award.

White's influence on the development of high school sailing in the U.S. is not the only reason why he was nominated for the Herreshoff Trophy. He has fulfilled numerous other roles in the sport, including, but certainly not limited to, various roles as a US Sailing volunteer (Vice President from 1989-1990; Board of Directors 1978-1988, 1999-2000; Yacht Racing Council Chair 1987-1988; Race Management Committee 1985-1990, chairman 1989-1990; Race Administration Committee 1989-1990; Training Committee 1991; Inshore Committee 1994 to present, chair 1999-2000; and he is currently an International Judge); as well as numerous roles at other sailing organizations such as the Severn Sailing Association (Annapolis, Md.), Snipe Class International Racing Association, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Kingston, N.Y.), U.S. International 420 Association, and much more. - www.ussailing.org


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