You've just got to give it to our frostbiters. Last Sunday was a frigid day to be out and about, but the sun was shining and the wind was up, so four teams of frostbiters prepared their Ideal 18s and out they went to enjoy a day of racing on Manhasset Bay. It didn't appear that they were out very long, as your reporter was down at water's edge watching them put their boats to bed around 3 p.m. And while the day didn't offer up the classic frostbite fare of rain, sleet and snow, it did hover in temperatures befitting a frostbiter. Three races were completed and because of the nature of the day, and the enthusiasm of the competitors, all four teams will be mentioned this week. 1. Matthew Kelly and Johanna Silbersack, 2. Sue Miller and Ralf Steitz, 3. Vince Syracuse and Ted Toombs, and 4. John Silbersack and Catryn Silbersack.
The 2006 IC mid-winters were at Larchmont YC Feb. 18-19 and that must have been why there were two IC dinghies out on Manhasset Bay this past weekend. A glance at the Larchmont YC website did not have race results posted so results will be reported next week. On March 25-26, the IC nationals are being held at the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, MD and the Notice of Race and Entry Form are available online at http://www.sailingsource.com/interclub. If you venture onto this website, you will be greeted with the following, which is a good description of why people enjoy the IC dinghy and why it is so much fun to sail. "The Interclub Dinghy Frostbite class, originally envisioned as a class for inter-club racing on Long Island Sound, attracts some of the best sailors from a variety of other 'summer' classes and provides great short course sailing on Sunday afternoons in the Northeast. Frostbiting an InterClub is a funny sport. People often ask 'why should I get into a small dinghy in the winter when I can sail a PHRF boat or sit home and watch football?' Then they try it and find out that IC sailing is a blast! The boats are fun to sail, tack and jibe on a dime, and require real skill to drive. Crews soon discover the importance of team work and instinctive reaction."
The Long Island Sound Safety at Sea Seminar, co-hosted by the YRA, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the Storm Trysail Club, will be held on April 8 at the Academy, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The cost per person is $150 and includes coffee, lunch, seminar notes and prizes. The first 150 adults and 30 juniors will receive confirmation, and then a waiting list will be compiled. Cancellations after March 24 are not refundable. This course is US SAILING certified and fulfills Newport - Bermuda Race requirement, paragraph 3.2.4 of the Notice of Race which reads as follows: "A minimum of 30 percent of all crew members including at least two of the following (captain, navigator, port and starboard watch captains) shall have attended a sanctioned Safety-at-Sea Seminar within three years prior to the start of the race. For Double-Handed Division yachts, both crew shall meet this requirement." The seminar features a new "hands on" format that will provide valuable practical experience. Everyone gets on board for COB maneuvers and in the pool for life raft and PDF use, and everyone will fire flare signals. Elective topics include medical emergencies, damage control, communications, engines and systems and more. For more information and registration instructions, and to see who has already signed up for the seminar, go to
Dave Perry is coming to Manhasset Bay YC on Wednesday, March 8 to give a seminar on "Downwind Tactics and How to Apply Them to Win Races." The first of two seminars sponsored by the YRA of Long Island Sound, this is an evening all sailors won't want to miss. Dave, a YRA favorite, will speak on downwind tactics, spinnaker trim, boat steering angle, and communication between trimmer and driver and tactician. In his humorous, easygoing style, and with his tremendous understanding of the subject, Dave brings clarity to downwind tactics that will help all racing sailors feel more confident and provide you with the knowledge to sharpen your racing skills. There will be ample time for questions from the audience, thereby assuring that downwind tactics and any other downwind subject that is most intriguing to you will be covered. Dave is the author of three books, Winning in One Designs. Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing. And Dave Perry's 100 Best Rules Quizzes. He has given thousands of "rules talks" to yacht clubs, sailing associations, community sailing programs, sailing teams and other sailing organizations and is a member of the US SAILING Appeals Committee. Last August he spoke at the Knickerbocker Cup and by all accounts, was terrific. The evening will begin with a cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., with a cash bar available after the presentation. Those who wish to have dinner at the club may call the club in advance.
The second seminar sponsored by the YRA of Long Island Sound features Pat Healy on "Winning Races with the Help of Weather!" This will be presented at Indian Harbor YC on Tuesday, March 21 and again at the Huntington YC on Wednesday, March 22. Both seminars have the same format as that at Manhasset Bay YC: cash bar at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation from 7:30 - 9:30, with a cash bar available after the presentation. Those who wish to have dinner before the seminar, call the individual clubs: Indian Harbor (203-869-2484) or Huntington YC (631-427-4949). The seminar will include Techniques (know your combinations of sails and weather), Tactics (how to capitalize on opportunities, Strategy (knowing the big picture) and Winning Tips (guarantee success!) Pat Healy served as head dinghy team coach at the Naval Academy from 1976 until 1981 and again from 1998 until 2002. In between he was the Canadian National Sailing Coach leading the Canadians to win five Olympic medals in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 and 22 Pan American medals in 1981, 1983 and 1987. After leaving Canada, Pat ran the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 1995 America's Cup. He has been the marketing director for the Commanders' Weather Corporation, a private weather forecasting company supporting racing and cruising boats worldwide. Pat has a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin.
The cost of each of these seminars is $20 for YRA members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call the YRA of LIS office at 767-9240. Or you can mail your check to YRALIS, 455 Main Street, Port Washington 11050 and include your name, address, home and work phone number, and don't forget to indicate the seminar and date on your reservation.