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Our frostbiters are finally getting in some sailing on Manhasset Bay. This past Sunday, April 2, was a warm sunny day with some wind that brought out six Ideal 18s and 5 IC dinghy teams. The temperatures were in the mid-50s range, the wind was 8-10 knots so the racers were a happy group. After racing, the teams gathered at the Manhasset Bay YC Junior Sailing Club rather than go inside as is the custom. On such a beautiful spring day, no one wanted to leave the waterfront.

While the results reflect the final scores for the day, there is always a story attached to racing. Sunday was no exception. From what your reporter could ascertain, the Ideal 18s were given a start out at Kraus' Kastle at just about the same time that the IC Dinghies were finishing. Ideal 18 boat #172 with the team of Chip Whipple/Lynne Whipple ducked Kraus' Kastle as they were jockeying for a good position at the start. Along came IC dinghy sailors #514 (Ted Toombs/George Tung), #603 (Matt Kelley/Mary Endsley) and #007 (John Silbersack/Catryn Silbersack) who were trying to finish their race. The Ideals wiped out #514, giving the Silbersacks the opportunity to sneak through for a second-place finish, relegating his arch rival Toombs, in his damaged #514, to limp to a third-place finish.

An especially sweet victory for the Silbersack team, who has now conferred some lofty title Lynne and Chip Whipple. There was much debate on who had rights on whom, which was lively and interesting as always, especially as two different fleets were involved. This one might be a good one for Dave Perry, that guru of sailing rules! Readers be assured, Ted Toombs, his crew are doing just fine, and his IC dinghy #514 will be back on the water next week, ready to take on all comers.

The results for the day: IC Dinghies: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson/ Eva Lung/Sabrina Lorson, 2. #603, Matt Kelley/Mary Endsley, and 3. #514, Ted Toombs/George Tung. Peter Varney, sailing with Claes Larsson won the crew race. Top of the leader board for the Ideal 18s: 1. #172, Chip Whipple/Lynne Whipple, 2. #176, Einar Haukeland/Ruth Haukeland, and 3. #175, Bill Simon/John North. Lynne Whipple, with her husband Chip as crew, won the Ideal 18 crew race.

A few weeks ago, Manhasset Bay frostbiters competed in the Interclub National Championship hosted by the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis. Competitors from our area included Pedro Lorson and Mimi Lorson Berry, Ted Toombs and Matt Cornachio, Fee Mitropoulos and his daughter Sophia, and John Silbersack and his daughter Johanna Silbersack. The conditions were described as "challenging with light air on Saturday and 15 knots on Sunday." Sixteen races were completed, and Jim Bowers came in first overall, out of a fleet of 35. Next year, the Interclub National Championships will be held at Manhasset Bay YC. If interested in seeing some great photos of the event, go to www.jdeutsch.com/Pictures/cat3. For more about the event, go to www.interclub.org/regattas/nationals2006/results.php.

Upcoming events for the frostbiters: Regular bay racing is scheduled for next Sunday, April 9, and is followed by a party sponsored by Ted and Cathy Toombs. Then on Saturday, April 15, the frostbiters will compete in the Long Distance Race. This race is traditionally followed by the annual picnic held at the MBJYC, and signifies the last day of frostbiting. The blue and white frostbite burgee will be lowered for the season, and stored until next fall, when frostbiting will begin in earnest again.

The daffodils and crocuses that are sprouting are a sure sign of spring. Sailors also have a few signs that appear year after year. One such event is the Thirsty Thursday Organizational Meeting. This year it will be held at North Shore YC on Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. 2005 awards will be given to deserving recipients. And all Thirsty Thursday participants are asked bring a check to cover the season's dues. Refreshments will be provided.

Our Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOs) have close ties to the International Yacht Restoration School up in Newport, RI. Several of the MBOs have been preserved through the efforts of the students attending their educational programs. Other sailors who don't skipper or crew on an MBO also will be interested to know that IYRS, as the organization is called, has received a Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission award.

The $100,000 State Preservation Grant will be used toward the restoration of the 1831 Aquidneck Mill Building, a 30,000-square-foot building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. IYRS was one of 21 sites from 13 towns and cities that received State Preservation Grants. The school was one of four organizations that received the top award of $100,000. The mill is being restored to help IYRS meet a growing demand for its educational programs. For more information, go to www.iyrs.org.

A story has emerged from the wires about a lone woman who has entered this season's cohort of Southern Ocean sailors. American sailor Donna Lange, a 42-year-old former nurse and mother of three, is sailing a diminutive 28 foot double-ender named Inspired Insanity and was about 450 miles NNW of the Kerguelen Islands on March 4. She left Bristol, RI in November and has not stopped, and her plan is to continue to New Zealand for the summer and a refit, and continue 'round Cape Horn to the east coast of the US next season. It would be fair to say that Donna's voyage is a journey of personal and spiritual enlightenment.

After surviving a hideous car accident in which a number of people died, she decided to learn to sail and later to sail alone 'round the world. By coincidence, within the next week she should pass north of the only other female solo circumnavigator out there. Until yesterday, neither she nor Dee Caffari knew about each other. As well as sharing the same tract of the Southern Indian Ocean, Dee and Donna may be about to share the dilemma of how to tackle a tropical storm brewing north of the Kerguelen Islands. For more info on Donna Lange, see www.donnalange.com.


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