Twelve of the finest match racing sailing teams from around the world will compete at the Knickerbocker Cup starting Aug. 30 - Sept. 3. Among the competitiors this year are Pierre-Antoine Marvan from France, Martin Angsell from Sweden returning for his fourth year, Gavin Brady representing Hong Kong and Brian Angel, US, the winner of the Ficker Cup and U.S. Match Racing Championship.
The Knickerbocker Cup this year will be sailed in the Colgate 26, provided by Offshore Sailing School, owned by Steve and Doris Colgate. Look for them to provide exciting racing on Manhasset Bay from Aug. 30 - Sept. 3.
This year the Knickerbocker Cup Foundation has selected the Colgate 26 for the International Match Race Regatta. "We feel that the Colgate 26 will be very exciting for the quick responses needed for the four man crews in match racing and will provide spectators the opportunity to view some great races," said Paula Davis, Knickerbocker Club committee chair. Boats will be provided by Offshore Sailing School; Colgate 26 owners who provided their boats for use during the regatta will be invited to mix and mingle with world-class sailors from around the world.
The late Ed du Moulin, along with his friend the late Arthur Knapp, dreamed of having an East Coast match racing event after watching the Congressional Cup in California, and decided to bring a version of match racing to the east coast. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that their regatta would grow to the prestigious event that it is today. Past winners have included top names in match racing: Dave Dellenbaugh, USA; Paul Cayard, USA; Ed Baird, USA; Roy Heiner, Netherlands; Russell Coutts, New Zealand; Peter Gilmour, USA; and Tomislav Basic, Croatia. Last year, Ian Williams, from England came in third. He subsequently has been doing a great job on the World Match Racing circuit, so the Knickerbocker Cup appears to be turning into a regatta that helps launch many a sailing career.
This year the Knickerbocker Cup Journal is dedicated to Ed du Moulin, the founder and longtime supporter of the Cup. This will be the first year without du Moulin and his Lady Del, who spends the week out on Manhasset Bay each year as a spectator boat. But granddaughter, Carrie Morea, a sailing instructor at Manhasset Bay YC, will be on deck, helping out and volunteering during the week-long event.
As in past years, proceeds from the auction will go to Abilities!, a nonprofit agency based in Alberston dedicated to empowering those with disabilities to be active, independent and self-sufficient participants in our society. For more information about Abilities!, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.abilitiesonline.org" www.abilitiesonline.org. For more information about the Knickerbocker Cup, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.kyc.net" www.kyc.net
Manhasset Bay YC was well representated at the Morgan Cup held at Seawanhaka Corinthian YC recently. The teams from our area included Beth Danilek, skipper, with Laura Browning, Lynne Whipple and Jamie Gross; and Stephanie Bass, skipper, with Sue Miller, Cindy Jordan and Lois Scaglione. The Danilek team had two firsts and a third, and the Baas team got two seconds and a seventh. One young lady, Laura Browning, commented that MBYC is quite lucky to have both Beth Danilek and Sue Miller as mentors to the women for the past six years. She said, "it was clear from the results that we have come a long way." These two mentors, who really enjoy teaching the skills needed to become competitive sailors and have encouraged women to take a risk - just jump into the boats, get out there and give it a try. It was past Morgan Cups that got Stephanie Bass interested in starting the Women's Racing Clinic (WRC) here in Manhasset Bay. She was racing against the women from Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club and Seawanhaka Corinthian YC at a Morgan Cup and noticed the gals wearing shirts with their respective burgees on them. That is how she found out about their weekly trysts, which was the motivation for starting the WRC. The result: the WRC is in the midst of their sixth season of fun and antics on the water. Watch for them this Friday, Aug. 11, as they compete in the first day of Manhasset Bay Race Week.
The Thirsty Thursday teams were out on July 27 and Aug. 4. They managed to miss the downpour last week, and got some good racing in. Results for July 27: Division I (7.42 nm, Course UTC, 3 boats)1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Grace, Gene Gold, and 3. Towers, Towers (first name unavailable).Division II: (6.60 nm, Course UJC, 6 boats): 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, 2. Happy Daze II, Tom Egan, and 3. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III (5.28 nm, Course UDI, 6 boats): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. Sundance, Joel Ziev, and 3. En Passant, Bob Ebenau. Division IV (5.28 nm, Course UDI, 2 boats): 1. Aquila, Keith Dorman, and 2. Oy, Eric Weintraub. Results for August 4: Division I (5.94 nm, Course AJ, 3 boats, 2 WD): 1. Avalanche. Division II (5.15 nm, Course AC, 6 boats): 1. Xcite, 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen, and 3. Out of Reach II, Louis Nees. Division III: (4.08 nm, Course AI, 5 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Tootsie, and 3. Second Wind, Anthony Viola. Division IV: (4.08 nm, Course AI, 2 boats): 1. Aquila, and 2. Oy. Division CATS: 5.94 nm, Course AJ , 1 boat): 1. Renegade, Andy Ledins. __Upcoming events: The Memory Paddle Challenge Launch will be held Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. Join MBYC and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation to bid bon voyage to the 2006 Kayak team of Olympians Kathy Colin and Dru Van Hegel as they begin their courageous 300 mile circumnavigation of Long Island. Drew Scott, from News 12 LI will be on deck to emcee the event.
Manhasset Bay Race Week is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Early the following week, there are several events for our junior sailors. The Dorade will take place at Stamford YC on Monday, Aug. 14, followed by the Beach Point Overnight on the next day. All three junior programs will come to a close by the end of that week, with each club hosting an Award Dinner.
Don't forget the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge at New York Harbor, Aug. 22-26. This is an invitational amateur regatta sailed in J/24s provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. The objective is to bring together yacht clubs from around the world for good racing, coupled with socializing at nightly dinners and parties. See HYPERLINK "http://www.thenorthcove.com" www.thenorthcove.com for more information.