Teddy Himler and Elizabeth Whipple, juniors sailing out of Manhasset Bay YC, are in the news again. This time for their win down at the Naval Academy at the end of August. Eleven youth team race teams traveled from across the country to compete in the Youth Team Race Championship at the Naval Academy on Aug. 26-27. The competitors raced in Flying Juniors and 420 dinghies on the digital 'N' course - with each match/ race taking about nine minutes to complete. Teddy, the skipper, with his team of Elizabeth Whipple, Cameron Cullman, Evan Aras, Taylor Cole and Franny Kupersmith, were the clear winners with a final record of 14 wins and only one loss. Their win at Annapolis earned them the right to represent the United States in the Australia Youth Olympic Festival in January of 2007. For more information see: http://usna.edu/SailingTeam/ic/new/go.php?ID=8, or for the link to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF): http://www.olympics.com.au/index.cfm?p=267.
On Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 7-8, the Storm Trysail Club will host another Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, which provides an outstanding opportunity for collegiate sailors to develop a taste for big-boat racing. Usually college sailors compete in small, two-person dinghies, so this event is a very exciting one for the college teams. This annual event will be hosted by the Larchmont Yacht Club and will be sailed in borrowed offshore boats ranging in size from 34-44 feet. This event has been held for over 30 years, but since 2001, the Storm Trysail Club and LYC have partnered to breathe new life into it. Last year's event attracted nearly 250 sailors on 32 teams, and this year the event is expected to be even larger, with 35 teams coming to western Long Island Sound to sail in three one-design classes and one level-rated class.
According to Adam Loory, the Regatta chair and Storm Trysail Club member, "The Storm Trysail Club, which includes in its mission the education of junior sailors, runs the regatta to expose college dinghy sailors to the fun and teamwork of offshore racing, since many have had little experience with keels, spinnakers and winches. For them, this is college sailing taken to new heights -- and lengths!" At the same time, Loory explained, the event gives colleges that do have big-boat racing programs a venue at which to compete against each other. Winning two of the four classes last year was Georgetown University, which this spring became the 2006 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Team Race Champions. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and St. Mary's won the other classes.
Due to the hard work of the STC and the generosity of sponsors (presenting sponsor Toyota, plus Vineyard Vines, Safe Flight, Rolex Watch U.S.A., J/Boats, UK-Halsey Sailmakers and Gill) and owners lending their boats, this event will be free for college sailors, and includes a free dinner on Saturday night. Racing will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, with boat owners or their representatives on board acting as safety officers and helping with sailing. The fleet includes J/44s, J/105s, J/109s, Express 37s and J/35s.
Scheduled to compete this year are: American University, Boston College, Brown University, California Maritime, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Colgate, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Johnson and Wales, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Massachusetts Maritime, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, Middlebury, U.S. Naval Academy, New York Maritime, Northwestern, St. Marys, Tufts University and Western Michigan. For more information, contact Regatta Chairman Adam Loory, email@example.com, 718-885-2028, or visit www.stormtrysail.org. Junior sailors and their parents who may be thinking about college plans may want to sail over to LYC to catch some of the action. If the previous years are any indication, you will be in for a "really great show."
Results for bay racing have become available. Port Washington YC was the Race Committee for the weekend of Sept. 9-10. Saturday was a sunny day with winds from the west, shifting south at 5-10 knots. Top boats on Saturday (three races): Sonars, Race 1 (eight boats): 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. Puff, and 3. Ping. Race 3: 1. Delight, 2. Ping, and 3. Puff. Congratulations to Bob Kirtland for his hat-trick. Top Sonars on Sunday: Race 1. 1. Puff, 2. Ping, and 3. Delight. Race 2. Puff, 2. Delight, and 3. Ping. The MBO results for Saturday (3 races): 1. #11, Silver Foxes, Jay Davenport and Curt Champlin, 2. #14, Humdinger, John Silbersack and Jeffrey Rowland, and 3. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker and Dick Moore. Race 2: 1. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin, 2. Escapade, and 3. Silver Foxes. Race 3: 1. Frolic, 2. Escapade, and 3. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley and George Graf. Top MBOs on Sunday (1 race): 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen and Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Blackjack, and 3. Silver Foxes. The KODs sailed two races, both on Sunday. Results for both Race I and Race 2: 1. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, 2. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, and 3. #12, Sonic, Michael Aingorn.
Results for bay racing on Saturday, Sept 16: Sonars (8 boats, 2 races): Race 1: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, Bill Simon, and Einar Haukeland, 2. 682, Puff, Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. Race 2: 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning, 2. Delight, and 3. Weekend Warrior. Top boats in the MBO class on Saturday (6 boats, 1 race): 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen and Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #11, Silver Foxes, Jay Davenport and Curt Champlin, and 3. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley and George Graf.
The Thirsty Thursday group had its last evening race on Sept. 7. Its next race will be on Columbus Day weekend. All divisions were given racecourse UA, 1.53 nm. Results for Division I (4 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Ripple, John Towers, and 3. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul. Division II (5 boats): 1. Beowulf, David Deutsch, 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen, and 3. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III (6 boats): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV (2 boats): 1. Oy, Eric Weintraub, and 2. Aquila, Keith Dorman. Division Cats (1 boat): Renegade, Andy Ledins.
The overall rank for the Thirsty Thursday competitors for both the spring series and the fall series: Division I: 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Free Fall, Bill McFaul, and 3. Ripple, John Towers. Division II: 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. EnGarde, Charlie Cannam. Division III: 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV: 1. Aquila, Keith Dorman, and 2. Oy, Eric Weintraub. Division CATS: Renegade, Andy Ledins.