Lora Ann, an Express 37 at the start of the Newport Bermuda Race. Rich du Moulin and Chris Reyling are in the double-handed division. Rich learned to sail in Manhasset Bay as a junior out of Knickerbocker YC.
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA) has announced the members of its 2005/2006 ICSA All-America Sailing Team. Also named were the College Sailor of the Year, Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy for the all-around best college team. The ICSA All-American honors are awarded to competitors who demonstrated outstanding performance in competition during the college sailing year (fall and spring seasons) just concluded. A panel of representatives from each of the seven ICSA conferences reviews each sailor's individual results and sailors are named to the team as All-Americans, Women's All-Americans and/or All-American Crews. Their names will be added to the permanent ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD).
While not from our area, it is worth mentioning Andrew Campbell who won the Everett B. Morris Trophy for his selection as the 2006 College Sailor of the Year. Campbell is from San Diego, and is a graduating senior from Georgetown University. He also was named an ICSA All-American for the third year running, capping a remarkable four years of college sailing. "I haven't sailed my Laser since last fall ... I would have been cheating my team if I had focused too much on my Olympic campaign," said Campbell who is the USA's top-ranked sailor in the Laser class, the boat designated as the equipment for the Olympic men's singlehanded event. Winning a spot on the USA's 2008 Olympic Sailing Team will now consume all his energy as he immediately starts traveling the globe to train and compete in pursuit of that dream. "My team has been my priority for the last six months and to do well with them has been my goal. For that to pay off is really exciting ... it is the payoff for a long year of hard work. My hope is that this recognition can build esteem for my team and the sport's reputation at my school. Sailing at Georgetown has taught me a lot and when the Laser thing ends in 2008 I'm set up to step into something else because I'm comfortable with a wide range of things I've learned through college sailing." Normally this column doesn't give much space to out-of-area junior sailors, but this remarkable young adult is a great leader and role model for our own local juniors who will be starting their summer of sailing once school lets out.
There were some Long Island sailors who received honors from the ICSA. Erick Storck, Dartmouth College '07, who hails from Huntington, NY, was named to the ICSA/Ronstan-American Sailing Team. His younger sister, Kaitlin Storck, Tufts University '08, was given Honorable Mention in the ICSA Women's All-American division. Alyson Whitehead, Boston College '07, also from Huntington, NY, was named Women's All-American Crew. For those readers who are looking for colleges that have a good track record in sailing, a full listing of the 2005/2006 ICSA All-America Sailing Team can be found at www.collegesailing.org.
It's that time of year to start packing your sailing bag. Most sailors will remember to bring their PDF, foul weather gear, sunglasses, hat, rulebook, drinking water and a snack. But US SAILING would like to remind everyone to bring along another item: sunscreen. According to information on the US SAILING's website, Dr. Gino Bottino estimates that more than 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2006. And since water reflects the damaging rays of the sun, sailors are more likely to get a sunburn. So don't forget to take along your sunscreen and use it. One of the competitors in the Newport to Bermuda race is US SAILING-member John Van Slyke Jr., who will skipper his 34-foot sloop Bugaboo. One of his goals will be to complete the race quickly, but he has another goal this year. His son was diagnosed with a severe form of skin cancer at the age of 27 just two years ago and John is on a mission to create more skin cancer awareness. Fortunately, his son survived emergency surgery, but John says that he has lost many friends to skin cancer. His objective is to encourage all sailors to improve their awareness of the urgent need to be proactive and diligent in reducing risk factors related to sun exposure. Readers can read about John's adventures in the Bermuda Race at http://www.preventskincancer.org/bugaboo_mission.html.
Speaking of the Bermuda Race - this Centennial Race will not be breaking any records. Starting in Newport last Friday, June 16, the race is turning out to be one of the most frustrating light-air races in the 100 year history of the Bermuda classic. According to one of the crew on the super maxi Maximus, "This is not exciting sailing by anyone's standards, with any chance of this year's race setting new speed records now all but gone. During the past eight hours we have covered just 42 miles. It is a huge frustration for a team that knows they have a record-setting boat beneath them." After three days and nights at sea, not everyone is so disheartened, especially those on the 66-foot Bella Mente, John Thomson's Alchemy, and Dr. Richard Shulman's 45-foot Tempress, who find themselves in prime positions to challenge for the coveted Gibbs Hill Lighthouse trophy. And this from Gary Jobson, who is navigator on Kodiak II, said, "While there is a fair share of luck involved in winning, it is difficult to control your destiny. We have an incredible afterguard whose average age is 63. We also calculate that between us, we have completed a combined total of 170 Newport Bermuda races!" As of Tuesday morning, June 20, the lead boats were expected to reach Bermuda, followed by more than 100 others that are within close proximity to each other.
The Women's Racing Clinic (WRC) is back on the water after a winter respite. They had seven boats out on the starting line last Wednesday, June 14. Steve Moore ran three races in conditions that were light and somewhat fluky. No spinnakers were set that evening but plans for spinnakers is planned for upcoming races. During dinner at Manhasset Bay YC, the ladies discussed what they would like to accomplish over the summer months. Next week the ladies will work on boat handling and extend the information that Amanda Clark gave the WRC at their clinic a few weeks ago.
Next week look for the results of bay racing and Thirsty Thursday, plus the adventures of those who competed in the Newport Bermuda Race.