Now that Memorial Day has behind us, and the "unofficial" start of the summer has begun, it's just about the right time to wrap up communication on the frostbite fleet on Manhasset Bay. On May 13, the frostbiters enjoyed a delightful cocktail hour and dinner at Manhasset Bay YC, followed by their annual awards ceremony. This year there were two fleets racing throughout the winter months: the IC dinghies and the newcomers, the Ideal 18s. The Interclub fleet completed 49 races and sailed on 11 days, with 13 boats competing for prizes. Boat #007, John Silbersack completed the most races, finishing 44 races out of 49. The winners in the IC Dinghy class: A Fleet: Pedro Lorson, Eva Lund, Sabrina Lorson and Johanna Silbersack: 1. Fall, Winter and Spring Series and first place in the Championship Series. Ted Toombs and Matt Cornachio: 2. Fall Series, 3. Spring and 3. Championship Series. Matt Kelley and Alicia (last name not available): 3. Fall Series, 2. Winter and Spring Series, and 2. Championship series. Results for the B Fleet for the IC Dinghy Class: John Silbersack and Catryn Silbersack: 1. Winter Series, 1. Spring Series (a tie) and 3. Championship Series. Claes Larsson and Peter Warney: 3. Fall Series, 3. Winter Series and 2. Championship Series. Fee Mitropolous and his daughter, Sophia: 2. Fall Series, 1. Spring Series (a tie) and 1. Championship Series. Claude Chazotte and Flo Paterno: 3.Winter Series. The winners in the Crew Race Series; 1. Catryn Silbersack, 2. Sophia Mitropolous and 3. Flo Paterno. Rookie of the Year went to Sophia Mitropolous.
The Ideal 18 frostbite fleet sailed 63 races on 14 days, and 32 skippers took the helm over the course of the season. Bill Simon sailed 50 races out of the 63 races, the most of any skipper in the fleet. Winners in the Ideal 18 Fleet: Bob Kirtland and Alan Thompson: 1. Fall Series and 1. Championship Series. Ralf Steitz and Jamie Steitz: 2. Fall Series, 2. Championship Series. Steve Moore and Vincent Syracuse: 3. Fall Series and 3. Championship Series. Chip Whipple: 1. Spring Series. Bill Simon and Einar Haukeland: 2. Spring Series (a tie). The Howard Seymour Award for contribution to frostbiting went to the Cornachio family: April and Bill Cornachio and their three children, David, Mark and Matt.
The Port Washington Yacht Club held their 58th Annual Day Race on May 21. There were seven boats in Division I; four boats in Division II; and six boats in Division III (non-spinnaker). The results for the day: In Division I: 1. Quintesssence, Farr 395, Widman (NSYC), 2. Avalanche, Farr 395, Albrecht (PWYC), and 3. Deviation, Soverel 33, Vogel (Huguenot YC). Winners in Division II: 1. Vision, J105, Epstein (NSYC), 2. Happy Daze II, PSN 10 M, Egan (PWYC), and 3. Engarde, J105, Cannam (NSYC). Division III (non-spinnaker): 1. Free-Fall, Swan 44 II, McFaul (PWYC), 2. Escape, Cat 32, McCarthy (PWYC), and 3. Irish Blessing, J-30, Gillen (NSYC).
On May 25, 16 boats competed in Thirsty Thursday racing. The results for the evening; Division I (5 boats, 5.49 nm, Course UC): 1. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul, 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, and 3. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum. Division II (6 boats, 5.49 nm, Course UC): 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, 2. EnGarde, Charlie Cannam, and 3. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III: 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum.
The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) has invited the public to their Annual Launch Day Celebration on Saturday, June 3. Students at IYRS work all year toward their "final exam", the day they launch and sail the historic watercraft they spent the year restoring. Eleven wooden boats will be put into the water and sea-trialed by students. Two of the 11 boats being launched are Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBODs) and were restored by second-year students. Other boats being launched the same day are eight Beetle Cats and one Herreshoff S-Boat. The launch ceremony caps a weekend of festivities at IYRS. Graduation ceremonies take place on Saturday morning, beginning at 10:30 a.m. inside Restoration Hall. The featured speaker will be naval architect Bill Langan of Langan Design Associates (Newport, R.I.). Langan was formerly chief designer at Sparkman & Stephens (S&S). The Manhasset Bay One-Designs being launched this year were the first design on the S&S books when the firm opened its doors in 1929. The school's Annual Meeting will be held on Friday evening, June 2, and is also open to the public. Michael McMahon, former executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), will be the meeting's guest speaker. McMahon's talk will focus on the state of the Rhode Island economy and its impact on education, workforce development, and the marine trades. The meeting starts with a reception at 6 p.m.
Founded in 1993, IYRS transformed an abandoned section of Newport's historic waterfront into a thriving center for maritime restoration. The school attracts students from around the globe and offers a two-year, full-time program in yacht restoration and Continuing Education courses for marine-industry professionals. The student body has restored a fleet of classic watercraft of all sizes, from small rowing skiffs to the first Concordia yawl ever built. Many of these craft are now sailing throughout New England. Once boats are restored by students, they are available for sale. Funds raised from the sale of the boats are used to support the school's general operating budget. For more information, visit www.iyrs.org or call 401-848-5777.
This coming Sunday is HarborFest, Port Washington's annual celebration of our nautical heritage and environmental awareness. There will be lots of fun things to do for all ages, including cruises aboard the Phoenix, a children's fun park, a Dino Park from the Sands Point Preserve and a Fun Stage. Two truly nautical activities that you won't want to miss: the Nautical Museum at the town dock, which is disguised as a big red tug boat, will present a Boats by Purdy exhibit. Purdy Boats have a long and storied history on Manhasset Bay. The Purdy brothers, Ned and Gil, set up shop here in 1925 and went on to build boats for many people, including those in "high society", including the Doubledays, Mellons, Pratts, Chryslers and Vanderbilts. One of their most famous boats was Aphrodite, the commuter boat for John Jay Whitney. Port Washington resident, Alan Dinn, a grandson of Ned Purdy, is the author of the book, Boats by Purdy, which details an historical account the family boat company. You won't want to miss this exhibit which opens at HarborFest.
Another fun part of HarborFest is the 10th Annual Model Boat Regatta. All five elementary school third grade classes have constructed catamarans out of recycled materials and will sail their boats in a "real" regatta on Mill Pond. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the first school's start is at 10:45 a.m. Last year was a ton of fun, so why not come over to the Mill Pond to cheer your friends on as their homemade boats sail to the finish line? You may even learn a thing or two about sailing!
Last week this column highlighted the Volvo Ocean Race. There is a video put out by ABN Amro that is not to be missed. It shows events of the last week, and of their arrival in Portsmouth after their tragedy at sea. To watch the short video, go to http://team.abnamro.com/web/show/id=182644.