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It's not too late to join the festivities over at the Port Washington YC for their 9th Annual Charity Cup Regatta. It is this Saturday, Oct.7. This is a day race and family fun day for the benefit of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Attractions include racing for PHRF, IRC, one design, spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. In addition to racing on Manhasset Bay, there will be children's activities (Ronald McDonald will be present to entertain all the children), tennis tournaments, and the heated pool will be open. At the conclusion of racing, there will be an awards dinner with a DJ, exciting raffles and a live auction. So get yourself over to PWYC for a fun day of racing and family entertainment - and help raise money for a very good cause. There is no rain date for this event. For ticket information, contact 775-5683, ext. 140, or email Jellis@rmhlongisland.org.

The Mill Pond Model Yacht Club has been out on the Mill Pond each weekend racing their model boats. Your reporter caught up with them this past week on a beautiful sunny fall morning. Though the sun was shining and everyone was in good spirits due to the weather, the racers were frustrated with the lack of wind. But they forged on - it doesn't take a lot of wind to navigate these small boats. Their efforts paid off and they got in a morning of racing. As opposed to those who race weekends, their season continues for some time. So if you are out and about Port Washington and are looking for a destination, you may want to wander over to the Mill Pond to see the racing. The models are fascinating in that they have all the controls that bigger boats do. Just don't call them "little boats" to the racers, as this is serious racing! But there is always time for some fun - and these skippers have time for that, too.

Bay Racing was alive and well this past weekend. We got lucky with the weather - it was a beautiful fall day on Saturday with winds out of the south at 10-12 knots. Sunday didn't look too promising with the heavy downpour in the morning - not that a little rain would stop them. But by afternoon, the rain was gone and the wind came up. Port Washington YC was Race Committee for the weekend. Saturday results for the Sonars (7 boats): Congratulations to the father-and-son team of Dan and Bill Simon who came in first in all three races on Saturday. They sail on Sonar #421, Weekend Warrior. Other top boats in the Sonar division: Race 1 and 2: 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz. Race 3: 2. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind, and 3. Puff.

Results for the MBOs on Saturday (6 boats): 1. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley and George Graf, 2. #26, Malachite, Nina Randall and Gina Sigal, and 3. #11, Silver Foxes, Jay Davenport and Curt Champlin. Race 2: 1. Blackjack, 2. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker and Dick Moore, and 3. Malachite. Two Ideal 18s raced one race. Congratulations to Rita Syracuse, in #174, with crew Steve Moore, who won the start and the race, beating Bill Brakman with crew Vince Syracuse in Ideal #173. Yes, Rita beat her husband - score one for the ladies! And no one was more excited about Rita's first win than her husband Vince and Bill Brakman. That's what sailing is all about - bringing in new sailors and celebrating their development and eventual success! Way to go, Rita!

The Sonar Long Distance Race, which marks the end of their season, was held on Sunday, which meant these eight teams started out the race in the downpour that pelted our area on Sunday morning. The race course was 18 miles long, and took the racers to Motts Point, Hens and Chickens, then to E2 off Steppingstones and back to Manhasset Bay YC. In addition to the soaking rain, the wind died just about as the fleet was on the way to Hens and Chickens. Sonar #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning had a huge lead over the fleet most of the way, but on the race back to the club, they chose to race in the middle of the sound, while Ralf Steitz, on Sonar #682, Puff, stayed closer to the New Rochelle side. They picked up some breeze and were able to overtake, Ping, and Bob Kirtland on Delight, and crossed the finish line "way ahead of the other boats." On board Puff, was skipper Ralf Steitz, Jamie Gross Steitz, Ted Toombs and John Thomson. Second place went to Ed Adler and Jeff Kovner on Sonar #678, Whimsey, with Sue Miller and John Browning, #451, Ping, taking third. The rest of the fleet included (usually not mentioned but this was an 18 mile race in a downpour, with little to no wind - everyone deserves to be mentioned!): Weekend Warrior, Dan and Bill Simon, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani, Delight, Bob Kirtland, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind, and Dreadlox, Neil Bercow.

For those of you who have junior sailors in the house, or if you have a new crew you are bringing onboard, there is a short, eight-question quiz to use as a learning tool to get familiar with the many components of a sailboat. Go to: http://tinyurl.com/oamym

US SAILING has lined up a Basic Race Management Seminar as well as an Advanced Race Management to take place just before the Annual Meeting in Newport, RI, in mid-November. The Basic Race Management Seminar takes place November 15 at the Newport Hyatt on Goat Island, which is also where the Annual Meeting will kick off the next morning. The Advanced Race Management Seminar will be at the Seaman's Church Institute in downtown Newport Nov. 14 and 15. To find out more about these Seminars and register online at http://www.ussailing.org/racemgt/Seminars/index.asp

WindCheck Magazine (www.windchecklis.com), the Magazine for and about sailing on Long Island Sound, has an immediate opening for a Sales Rep for the western Long Island sound area from Huntington to Douglaston. The position includes delivery of the magazine to local businesses, yacht clubs, and nautical venues, plus additional responsibilities if desired. This is a great position for someone who is retired and likes to meet other sailors. The distribution area is negotiable, so if interested, contact Anne Hannan, WindCheck Magazine, 203-332-7639, or email her at anne@windchecklis.com, and talk to her about how much time you can devote to helping them.


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