The US SAILING Harman Hawkins Trophy for excellence in race management recognizes outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of Race Administration (Judging, Race Management, Appeals and Racing Rules).
This award, which was first presented in 2005, is named after a local sailor well known by the sailing community, not only in our area, but throughout the country.Harman, who died in 2002, was a past president of the United States Yacht Racing Union (now United States Sailing Association), a commodore of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, a president of the YRA of Long Island Sound, and a commodore of the Storm Trysail Club. His extraordinary involvement in sailing and his numerous chairmanships of the Appeals, Judges and Legal Committees brought him many honors and awards including the Nathanael H. Herreshoff Trophy, US SAILING's highest award.
This year the award went to Robin Wallace, Newport, RI. Robin Wallace has a record of service in race management that is truly extraordinary. He is an indefatigable race officer, having served at all levels of the sport of sailing from the America's Cup Challenger Series to far less formal Wednesday night races. He has received well-deserved praise for his work as Principal Race Officer for fleet races, match races and team races. He currently represents US SAILING at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as an International Race Officer and as a member of the Race Management Sub-Committee, the Medical Commission and the World Youth Sailing Trust. In addition, Wallace has served Rhode Island sailors as Chair of the Rhode Island State Yachting Commission.
US SAILING also awarded its National Sportsmanship award, the W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Trophy, to Greg Storer, Branford, CT, for his outstanding display of sportsmanship behavior at the U.S. Offshore Championship last fall. A midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy and captain of the Academy's Offshore Sailing Team, Storer had led his team to the top of the scoreboard on day one of the U.S. Offshore Championship, held in Annapolis, Md. On the second day of the three-day event, the competitors sailed a 24-mile point-to-point race and the midshipmen crossed the finish line in second place. Upon getting back ashore, a competitor pointed out to the Navy crew that it appeared Navy had passed this mark on the incorrect side. Although no protest was filed, Storer admitted that he was uncertain if he had honored the mark and voluntarily decided to withdraw from the race, converting his team's second-place finish to a 12th. The Navy team still managed to win the entire regatta after two races were held on the final day.
For the complete report: http://www.ussailing.org
Our frostbiters are having a hard time getting some sailing in this season. While the weather has not been cold enough to freeze the bay, the high winds have knocked out sailing several times. Let's hope that they encounter some good breeze this coming Sunday. In the meantime, those frostbiters who like to travel to other clubs for great competition, there is a regatta that you may want to consider. On Saturday, April 29, Cedar Point Yacht Club will be hosting the YRALIS Frostbite Championship and The Women's Trophy regatta in conjunction with the Cedar Point Laser Spring Regatta. The event is sponsored by the Central Long Island Sound Star Fleet. The competition looks to be great, and there will be an after race party and regatta shirts. What better way to strut your finely honed winter sailing stuff and ease into the summer season? Use the link below to find out more.
Now that it is officially spring, one's thoughts turn to warm weather sailing. For those adventurous blue water sailors, it's time again to apply for the Bermuda Race. Online application for entry is now available for the Centennial Bermuda Race: Newport Bermuda 2006. Go to http://www.bermudarace.com and click the Registration to Race link button at the top left and you will be taken to the registration area. Instructions for registration are available at http://www.bermudarace.com/entryland/instructions.php and may be downloaded for easy reference. This Bermuda Race appears to be the race not to miss, with many activities both on and off the water to celebrate it's Centennial.
Staying with the planning theme for the summer season for a moment: The Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge will be held Aug. 22 to 26. This is an amateur event for club sailors who would like to visit New York City with their friends and family. It is supported by the NY Harbor Sailing Foundation which is helping to promote amateur sailing of national and international importance in NY Harbor. The competition will take place on a fleet of identical J/24 sailboats
provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. Even though club sailors from our area have easy access to New York City, there are many club sailors who have not competed in New York harbor. If interested, see http://www.TheNorthCove.com for more information.
A very interesting and motivating story has emerged from Antigua. On Monday, March 13, Roz Savage triumphantly crossed the finish line of longitude in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2005, due south of Cape Shirley in Antigua. After 2,550 nautical miles and 103 days of complete solitude in her tiny 23 ft. carbon fiber boat, Sedna Solo, Savage was the only single handed female ocean rower to compete in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2005. At the age of 40, 5 ft. 4 in. tall, Savage overcame the lows of ocean rowing including a boat capsize, faulty equipment, broken oars, and too many low pressure systems to count. She has proven that she is equally as capable as the 6 ft. 6 in. tall professional rowers that also took part in the event. After four months, Sedna Solo became the 20th and last boat to finish.
If you missed our Dave Perry seminar on Downwind Tactics at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which had a great turnout, then you have a second chance at Larchmont on April 6. To register, use this link: http://www.yralis.org/060311DavePerrySeminarsforLYC2006.pdf