With all the rain we have been having lately, it is no surprise that the Thirsty Thursday group of sailors had a very wet sail on June 1. But the fleet was out in full force at the starting line. Top boats in each division: Division I (4 boats, 5.49 nm, Course UC): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul, and 3. Sans Culottes, Johnston (first name unavailable). Division II ( 6 boats - 4 WD, 5.49 nm, Course UC): 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 2. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III (6 boats, 2 WD): 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum, and 3. Tootsie, Ron Fink. Division IV: Two boats started but then withdrew. There was one entry in Division Cats: Renegade, Andy Ledins. Last Thursday the wind did not cooperate so the RC cancelled for the evening - then up comes the wind! Next week, the RC and all the boats will be ready for another great evening of sailing on Manhasset Bay.
CBCA Commodore Yalcin Tarhan, the commodore of the Thirsty Thursday group, whose real name is CBCA (Cow Bay Cruising Association), circulated a letter to Robert Hodson, Rear Commodore, Port Washington YC. In his communication, he thanks the club for their generous offer to provide launch service for the CBCA Race Committee from their dock to the Worry Wart each Thursday evening during the racing season. Kudos to the PWYC for supporting the popular activity, and contributing to sailing on our bay.
Results for weekend racing were unavailable at press time.
Remember that great kayak run last year? Well, it's happening again this year. The Port Washington Manhasset Bay Kayak Run will take place on Saturday, July 22 from 9-12:30 at the Port Washington Town Dock. This is not a race and everyone has a chance to win a prize. The early entry fee is $25; on the day of the event, the fee is $35. Organized by the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington Community Chest, Twin Pines Kayak Club, Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, Atlantic Outfitters and Kayaken Outfitters. All proceeds will go to support the Port Washington Community Chest. Registration is available to the Town Dock, West Marine, Twin Pines Food Co-op and Atlantic Outfitters. For more information, please call Twin Pines Kayak Club (516-883-9777), Atlantic Outfitters (516-767-2215) and Kayaken Outfitters (516-635-0997). Remember this is not a race, and everyone has a chance to win! So come out to the Town Dock for a morning of kayaking on Manhasset Bay. The event is looking for some sponsors. If interested, please contact Joel Ziev at 767-2813, or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you aren't into kayaking, you may want to go up to Mystic Seaport. They are having a Classic Boat Rendezvous on July 22-23, where Aphrodite, that gorgeous commuter boat built by the Purdy Boat Company for John Hay Whitney, will be the guest of honor. Alan Dinn, a direct descendent of the Purdy family, will be at the Classic Boat Rendezvous with his wife, Sue. If you get a chance to get up to the Seaport, make sure you stop by and say " hi" to them. And you may want to buy the current issue of Soundings. There is a great article in the July issue about the restored Aphrodite.
Mark your calendars for some events coming up in August. The Castine Yacht Club of Castine, Maine and Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) will host a gala 70th Birthday Celebration for the legendary New York 32 Class sailboats in Castine on August 2. In 1936 the New York Yacht Club commissioned the Nevins Yard in City Island, N.Y. to build twenty (20) NY 32s designed by S&S, with 45' length overall and 32'waterline. S&S was founded by the renowned yacht designer Olin Stephens, now 97, who, together with his late brother Rod and partner Drake Sparkman, headed the New York 32 project. The Celebration will include a symposium led by Olin Stephens focusing on Rod Stephens' successful NY 32 racer, Mustang, his crew and the early days of NY32 racing. Four (4) New York 32's sailed in the 1936 Newport to Bermuda race. Now, 70 years later, the NY 32 Siren, sailed by Peter and Kate Cassidy, is preparing to race to Bermuda this June in the 100th anniversary of that race. Siren was the Ames Cup overall winner in last summer's Castine Classic Yacht Race. Commenting on the upcoming events, Olin Stephens said: "The 70th Birthday Celebration in Castine will be a wonderful tribute to the enduring success of the New York 32 Class. In 1935 we set out to design and build a racer/cruiser with good all around form, guided by the lines of Dorade, Stormy Weather and Edlu, and emphasizing seaworthiness rather than around-the-mark agility. "I guess we accomplished our objective," Stephens added.
Another event worth mentioning is happening right in our own back yard - well, almost. Dennis Conner is inviting sailors from all over the world to come to New York City for the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge to be held August 22 to 26, 2006. "We are organizing a regatta to promote international goodwill through friendly competition," Conner said. The competition will take place on a fleet of identical J/24 sailboats provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. This event is designed for club sailors who would like to visit New York City with their friends and families. In addition to the competition, there will be a social schedule of dinners and parties. For more information, see, www.thenorthcove.com
USA sailors are bringing home two gold medals and two bronze medals from the 2006 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Sailing Games, which wrapped up over the weekend in Lake Neusiedl, Austria. Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) solidified her world #1 ranking in the Women's One-Person Dinghy event, sailed in Laser Radials, by winning another gold medal in a major international event. In addition, demonstrating that the USA is a worldwide leader in team racing, Danny Pletsch (New York, N.Y.), Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Caleb Silsby and Paige Hannon (Newport Beach, Calif.) won a gold medal in the Open Team Sailing event, followed by another USA team -- Tim Wadlow (Beverly, Mass.), Ery Largay (Beverly, Mass.), Tim Fallon (North Falmouth, Mass.) and Karen Renzulli (Somerville, Mass.) -- winning the bronze medal in the same event. Annie Nelson (San Diego, Calif.) and Susan Korzeniewski (Liverpool, N.Y.) also won a bronze medal in the Women's Multihull event. For more information, go to http://www.ussailing.org/pressreleases/2006/wsgresults.htm.