The start of a Sonar race on Saturday, July 8. On far right, Bob Baskind is getting a good start on Laurie B 2, #568. Other boats include (left to right): Stan Rosenberg on Tzuris,#368, and Beth and Greg Danilek on Housemartin, # 375.
Craig Albrecht, Port Washington YC, has really been tearing up the fleet - he won all six of his races at the fifth biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport. The regatta, which started on Saturday, July 15, has about 161 boats competing and will be filling nine straight days with a variety of competitive sailing choices. The event's unique split-racing format makes it a popular draw, allowing sailors to customize their competition experience with handicap racing in the first half of the week (July 15-18) and/or one-design racing in the second half (July 20-23). An Around-the-Island Race, open to all entrants, takes place mid-week (July 19) and is scored separately. In addition to Albrecht, there are local sailors competing this year: Mario Fichera, Freedom, Port Washington YC; John Thomson, Infinity, Manhasset Bay YC; Ralf Steitz, Nimbus, US Merchant Marine Academy and Manhasset Bay YC; Louis Nees, Out of Reach II, Port Washington YC; and Sandy Lindenbaum, Promise Kept, North Shore YC. Steve Benjamin, who frostbites on our bay during the winter months, will take the helm of Bob Towse's Blue Yankee, and with Towse as navigator, will go head - to - head with four boats in his class. Time will tell if Albrecht can maintain his lead - there's still a lot more racing so stay tuned ... For those of you wanting to vicariously experience the race, T2P TV will produce video clips at 9 p.m. each night at www.t2p.tv.
US SAILING, the national governing body of the sport, together with Vanguard Sailboats, an official sponsor of the US Sailing Team, are sending a team of top youth sailors to represent the United States at the 2006 Laser Radial World Championship in Los Angeles, California, which will be held July 23 - Aug. 12. Local junior sailor, Tedd Himler, who recently won the National Youth Sailing Championship (see On The Bay 7/6/2006), was chosen to be part of the team competing at the California YC in Marina Del Rey, just outside Los Angeles. The Laser Radial World Championship consists of three world championships: Men, Women and Youth. The Youth Championship begins Aug. 5. The other members that made up the US Laser Radial Youth World Team, in addition to Tedd are: Cam Cullman (Rye, NY), Randy Hartranft (Bayville, NJ), Kyle Rogachenko (Collegeville, PA) and Jerry Tullo (Staten Island, NY).
As part of a nationwide program to support youth development for sailing, the US Radial Youth World Team was created by Vanguard and US SAILING to encourage young sailors to get more experience on the international race course. The five sailors will receive a grant to help off-set the expenses incurred while attending the World Championship. The sailors, who must be between the ages of 15 and 18, were selected based on their individual rankings on the Laser Radial Grand Prix in 2005. The program also provides funding for a coach to accompany the team. Brett Davis (Naples, FL), who is currently coaching the US Youth World Team at the 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Weymouth, Great Britain, will accompany the sailors to California. For more information about the Championship, go to www.calyachtclub.com, or the International Laser Class Association website at www.laserinternational.org.
Calling all Optimist sailors! The Port Washington YC will sponsor the Junior Yacht Club's 5th Optimist Regatta to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York this Saturday, July 22. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $55. "Over the past five years, this regatta has raised more than $45,000 for the foundation. That's a lot of special wishes that have been made possible by the participation of many families at PWYC, MBYC and other clubs who participate in this wonderful fun-filled family event," said Pat Clemency, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York is the largest wish-granting organization in the New York metropolitan area, granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Serving the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County, the foundation has granted more than 6,000 wishes (and counting) since its founding in 1983. This year alone, the foundation will grant approximately 500 wishes for local area children and host nearly 200 other children from Make-A-Wish chapters around the world whose wishes involve travel to New York City. Recent wishes include Charlie's wish to be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Alexander's wish to visit Japan to experience the life of a Samurai, and Kerry's wish for her very own computer. So, juniors, grab your PDF and head over to the Port Washington YC for a fun day of sailing. Not only will you be rewarded with a day of racing against your fellow Opti sailors from other yacht clubs, you will be part of a group that is helping give hope to so many children who need a bit of sunshine in their lives.
Race 8 for the Thirsty Thursday races came on July 13, an evening with clear skies and 8-10 knots of wind. Considering that Race Committee had to cancel the previous week's racing, skippers were even happy with a northerly! Shortened courses were the norm for the evening, due to the light winds. Results for the evening: All boats were given the same course ZUZU. 2.32 nm. Division I: (four boats): 1. Free Fall, Bill McFaul, 2. Grace, Gene Gold, and 3. Freedom, (tentative, waiting confirmation). Division II: (five boats): 1. En Garde, Charlie Cannam, 2. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III (six boats) : 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV (two boats): 1. Oy, Eric Weintraub and 2. Aquila, Keith Dorman. Division Cats: Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Race 8 was the final race for Thirsty Thursday Spring Series. Following are the winners of the Spring Series: Division I: 1. Free Fall, Bill McFaul, and 2. Avalanche, Al Albrecht. Division II: 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 2. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III: 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink and 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau.
North Shore YC was Race Committee for the weekend of July 15-16. Results are available for Sunday, July 16. Sonars, Race 1: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind, and 3. #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani. Sonars, Race 2: 1. Selhun, 2. #442, Dreadlox, Neil Bercow, and 3. Laurie B 2. Results for the KODs, Race 1 and Race 2: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, 2. #12, (name and boat unavailable), and 3. #3, (name and boat unavailable). Results for MBOs: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen and Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin, and 3. #11, Old Gray Foxes, Bob Adams and Curt Champlin.