Craig Albrecht, on Avalanche, a Farr 395 out of Port Washington YC, at the New York Yacht Club Race Week in Newport. Albrecht came in first in the PHRF division and went on to come in third place in the one-design class later in the week.
For the over 700 sailors who competed this past week at New York YC Race Week at Newport, the final races were an ideal ending to a perfect regatta - well an almost perfect regatta. Lack of wind forced the cancellation of the midweek Round the Island Race, a competition which separates the PHRF and IRC races from the second half of racing, which is devoted to one-design racing. Race Week's unique format allows sailors to compete in both handicap and one-design racing at a single event. In some cases, the sailors compete on two different boats, but in others, the same boat competes with the same crew in both sessions. Such was the case with Craig Albrecht, who hails from Sea Cliff, and represents Port Washington YC on Avalanche, a Farr 395. During the first half of the week, Albrecht and his team started out strong and held onto their lead. According to Principal Race Officer Robin Wallace, the last day of racing was "the quintessential Newport day: a smoky sou'wester with a little bit of swell - no wind-against-the-current chop." Those conditions put the only two non-winning scores in Craig Albrecht's 11-race scoreline. Albrecht was on a winning streak until the last day (his finishes were 2-3) but he still easily won his PHRF Class 3 after leading from day one. Albrecht then went on to come in third in the one-design class for the Farr 395 class. One could say that Craig et al had a very good week in Newport.
The Thirsty Thursday group is having a rough time of it this year. One Thursday, the wind is howling; on another night, the fleet started in a nice breeze and raced along a decent length course only to have the wind die half-way through the race. Then last week, July 20, the first race of the Summer Series, 16 boats were out again with high hopes of getting in a good race. But Mother Nature dealt them another blow, and only Ripple in Division I and all the boats in Division III were able to finish. Scores for Division III: 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Tootsie, Ron Fink and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum.
The 108th Larchmont Junior Race Week has come and gone. The Manhasset Bay area was well represented in all the classes. Results for the Blue Jay and Pixel course (finishes up to 10th place are noted): 2. Meredith Krim/M. Cyprus and M. Brown, MBYC; 3. Doug Horowitz and Hayes Brown, MBYC; 5. Katherine Stack and Johanna Silbersack, MBYC; and 10. Josh Dell and Linden Seid, KYC. Also participating were: Leah Feldman and Zoie Williams, KYC; Colleen Stack and Catryn Silbersack, MBYC; Robbie Jordan and M. Miller and E. Cyprus, MBYC; Margeaux Rand and Devon Farina, KYC; and Alex Marini and Mark Veccione, KYC. Competing in the Club 420 class: Winners in the Green Fleet: 3. Jessica Nees and Katherine McCarthy, PWYC; 10. Molly Hodson and Caroline Doyle, PWYC; Also sailing in the Green Fleet were Christian Gordon and Eddie Einhaus, PWYC; Anthony Marini and Matthew Veccione, KYC. In the Club 420 Red Fleet: 10. Margaret Bellon and Elizabeth Girgenti, PWYC. In the Laser Division: 9. Christopher Ward, PWYC. Cale Rubenstein, KYC, also participated in the Laser Division. And in the Laser Radial Division - Yellow Fleet: 8. Robert Maisano, MBYC; and participating Adrienne Bourget, PWYC. In the Green Fleet: Wilkie Jordan, MBYC. Red Fleet: Ascher Feldman, KYC; and Devon Kenger, KYC. In the Blue Fleet: 5. Will McIntosh, PWYC; 7. Louise Browning, MBYC; and Brandon Henne, PWYC.
Saturday, July 22 was a day that offered various weather patterns. It started out cloudy with a chance of rain and by about noon the heavens opened up, causing some flooding of local streets. Then the skies brightened again, only to have another downpour in the late afternoon. The wind on Saturday was just about as variable, with flat calm in the morning hours, building to 12 knots and above, only to die again. Racing was cancelled for Saturday. Sunday race results: Sonars, Race 1: 1. #442, Dreadlox, Neil Bercow, 2. #678, Whimsey, Ed Adler, Jeff Kovner and Bob Schmidt, 3. #487, Viento, Jonathan Siener. Race 2: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, Bill Simon and Einar Haukeland, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. Whimsey. Race 3; 1. Delight, 2. #573, Selhum, Bahar Gidwani, and 3. Weekend Warrior. The Knickerbocker One Designs (KODs) results: Race 1: #12 (name unavailable), 2. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, and 3. #3, (name unavailable). Race 2: 1. Dybbuk, 2. #12, and 3. #3. Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOs): Race 1: 1. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker and Dick Moore, 2. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley and George Graf, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Race 2: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen and Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Escapade, and 3. #26. Malachite, Lewis Lane, Nina Randall, and Gina Sigal.
On Saturday, July 15, a crowd of 550 people gathered at the International Yacht Restoration School's Annual Summer Gala to enjoy an elegant evening set to a Hollywood theme. The 1950s romantic comedy High Society based in Newport set the scene, but the main act of the evening was raising funds for IYRS' educational programs. After a sit-down dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions, gala attendees helped the school raise over $400,000. Monies raised at the gala will be used to support IYRS' educational programs, scholarships, and equipment needs for the school. IYRS' expertise in restoring wooden boats and training craftsmen has a strong synergy with the marine trades, a significant industry for the state of Rhode Island. The school provides valuable training for the industry and is currently expanding its program of short-term career training for employees of boat yards, boat builders, and other maritime businesses.
IYRS has transformed what was once an abandoned section of Newport's waterfront into a thriving center for maritime education and restoration. The school offers a two-year accredited program in yacht restoration and has become a valuable training resource for the marine industry. IYRS' waterfront campus on Thames Street includes the 1831 Aquidneck mill building, now slated for restoration to provide additional school space. A West Coast program at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito, CA, is also in the works. IYRS students have restored a fleet of classic watercraft, many of which are now sailing throughout New England. These students recently restored two Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBODs), which was the first design of Olin Stephens when he was a young apprentice for the Sparkman Company, known today as Sparkman and Stephens, Inc. For more information on IYRS, visit the school's website at www.iyrs.org.
Manhasset Bay YC will host the Opti Green Regatta on Wednesday, Aug. 2 to benefit Family and Children's Association. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the entrance fee is $65 per sailor. There will be giveaways for all competitors and awards for the winners. Come sail with your fellow Opti sailors for a good cause. See you out on the water!