Start of a race at last year's New Year's Regatta. Notice the lead boat, #536, with Pedro Lorson, with his sister, Mimi Lorson Berry as crew. Last Sunday, Dec. 18, Lorson won the IC Dinghy division with Eva Lund as his crew.
During this busy holiday season, our frostbiters were out in force enjoying the good weather last Sunday, Dec.18. The wind wasn't great, in the six-eight knot range, but the Race Committee ran six races. Six IC Dinghies and 5 Ideal 18s were on the starting line on a sunny, 40 º day. Top sailors in the IC Dinghy Class: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson and Eva Lund, 2. #603, Matt Kelley/Alicia Martorella. Third place was a tie between boat #537, Ralf Steitz and Wilkie Jordan, and boat #514, Ted Toombs and Matt Cornacchio. In the Ideal 18s: 1. #175, Bob Kirtland and Alan Thompson, 2. #177, Bill Simon and Andy Bastone, and 3. #173, Steve Moore and Vince Syracuse.
There will be no frostbiting next Sunday as it is Christmas. The next day of racing will be the Annual Frostbite Regatta with the Past Commodore's Race starting in the morning. This two-day event is already fully subscribed in the Ideal 18 class, and Race Committee expects great competition and great fun.
For all sailors out on Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound, this may be of interest to you: Bryan Willis (GBR), vice chairman of the ISAF Review Board, vice chairman of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee, and member of the ISAF Race Officials Committee, has been asked by the ISAF Executive Committee to investigate whether there is a growing problem of cheating and bad behavior in the sport. In a message to all sailors, he says, "I would appreciate input from you. If requested, your responses will be kept confidential." 1. Have you had any experience in recent years of cheating or bad behavior? If so please give me some examples, including the action that was taken (if any). In providing examples, you may choose not to identify the names of any individuals involved. 2. Do you think there is a problem generally that needs addressing? If so, what action do you think ISAF should take? 3. Have you had experience of International Juries (or protest committees) being reluctant to proceed with a rule 69 hearing, and if so, why? Willis will use your response in compiling his report to the Executive Deadline for replies is the end of February 2006 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They say that the Knickerbocker Cup is a launching pad for sailors as they start their journey to sailing fame. Back in 2001, a young Andy Horton, who hails from Vermont, came to our area to compete in this annual match racing event. He came with his mother and father in tow, and was quite excited to be sailing against some match racing stars. That year the Knickerbocker line-up included Peter Gilmour, Ed Baird, James Spithill and Ken Read. Gilmour has just won the Swedish Match Tour Monsoon Cup over in Malaysia, Ed Baird is part of Team Alinghi American's Cup defense, and is seen as one of the best helmsmen in the world in match racing. James Spithill is the helmsman for the Luna Rossa syndicate challenging for the Cup in 2007 and he was the youngest helmsman to have ever participated in a Cup regatta (Young Australia, 2000). Ken Read was skipper of Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes America's Cup challenge in 2000. Exciting though it was that year to watch these skippers have a go against each other, it was even better to see a young skipper do so well against tough competition. By the end of the regatta, Gilmour had taken top honors, followed by Baird, Spithill, Read, in that order. Andy Horton came in 6th. So it is no surprise when your reporter received an email from Andy saying that he is sailing in Stars and going for the 2008 Olympics. He and his crew, Brad Nichol had put together a Newsletter to follow their progress toward the Olympics and the first edition is available online. They are naming their team Horton-Nichol 2008. In the Newsletter, Andy and Brad explain what they are up against in their run for the Gold in 2008: "The quest involves an enormous commitment of time, energy and money. A maximum of one boat from each qualifying country earns the opportunity to compete in each sailing class. We have chosen the Star boat, which is the men's Olympic Keelboat. The Star is the oldest class of boats in the Olympics and made its debut in 1932. The Star is a logical choice for us as it compliments our individual strengths: Brad's life long experience sailing the boats, and Andy's technical acumen for tuning. After sailing together for the first time in October of 2004, we quickly realized that we complimented each other well. At this point we totally committed ourselves to the goal of winning Olympic gold." So far their record of wins in the Star class is pretty impressive. In the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, the fourth together as a team, they bested eight Star Class World champions and five Olympic medalists over 10 races. For their winter achievements, they were voted Sailors of the Month by readers of Seahorse Magazine. Readers may remember that the Star class was built right here in Port Washington and a keel from one of the Stars has a new home at the Thomas Pellegrino Waterfront Park in the Village of Port Washington North, as part of the yet -to-be-completed Bay Walk. With such ties to our area, you may want to follow the action of these rising stars. To do so, go to HortonNichol2008@gmail.com.
Happy holidays to all.