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Maxine port tacking at the start of the very competitive J44 start on the first day of racing at the Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series.

The Manhasset Bay Fall Series got off to a great start this past weekend, Oct. 14-15. Winds gusting up to 25 knots out of the southwest on Saturday and the west on Sunday kept the racers happy. With one man overboard each day, two near wipeouts, and one boat demolishing the pin mark right before the starting sequence, this year's event is shaping up to be one heck of a series. We don't have the extreme winds that greeted the sailors in last year's race, but that may be a good thing. As usual, the on-land conviviality of the group was high, as teams encountered their fellow competitors with comments like, "what could you possibly have been thinking at the leeward mark?" It was all great fun, and there are still two more days to go next weekend. At the conclusion of the regatta, there will be a full press release, but for now, preliminary results after two days of racing: Division IRC1: 1. Decision, Stephen Murray, Southern YC, 2. Nimbus, Siegel/USMMA, USMMA, 3. Solution, John Thomson,/USMMA, USMMA. Division IRC2: 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, PWYC, 2. Relentess, Al Minella, Huguenot/Cedar Point YC, 3. Soulmates, Adam Loory, Huguenot YC. Division J105: 1. Morning Glory, J. Brendel, Riverside/Larchmont YC, 2. Andiamo, Paul Strauch, MBYC, 3. Joysea, Nathan Boylan. Division J109: 1. Mad Dogs, Begley, Atlantic Highlands YC, 2. Rogue, Ed Dole, Lloyd Harbor YC, 3. Melodoy, Tannous, YRA of LIS. Division J44: 1. Challenge IV, J. Willis, Lloyd Harbor YC, 2. Gold Digger, Bishop, American YC, 3. Vamp, Sitar, American YC. Division PHRF 4A: 1. Hotspur, Sinclair, Indian Harbor YC, 2. Privateer, Doyle, New York Maritime, 3. AVRA, Petrides, American YC. Division PHRF 5: 1. Dreadlox, J. Hammer, Lloyd Harbor YC, 2. Borderline, Bishop/Asch, Old Greenwich YC, 3. Hustler, J. Esposito, City Island YC. Division PHRF 7: 1. Happy Daze II, Tom Egan, PWYC, 2. Happy Wanderer, Byers, Centerport YC, 3. Arcadia, Thomas, Douglaston Yacht Squadron.

Sailors like to promote their sport as a lifelong activity. There is no better way to demonstrate how true this is than to hear stories of sailing and racing by older gentlemen. Gary Jobson highlighted the masters who sail well into their 90s in an article for Sailing World Magazine last year. Our own, the late Edward du Moulin, sailed on his Lady Del until the age of 91. There is another story, coming out of San Francisco, that again proves the point that sailing is a lifelong endeavor. George R. Hinman, Commodore of the New York YC, who is nowhere near a nonagenarian, won the 28th Annual International Masters Regatta, hosted by St. Francis YC. "Jory" grew up sailing out of Manhasset Bay YC, and just kept right on sailing. This regatta is a series of five sailing events over three days featuring master sailors from all over the country. Ten seasoned skippers, aged 60 years and older, and their highly experienced crews, aged 45 years and older, battled on the San Francisco City Front in identical J105s. This internationally recognized event is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and each boat had six crew on board; one skipper, four sailors and the boat owner or representative. In order to reach the top of the leader board, Jory had to beat out the defending champion Malin Burnham (San Diego), an older gentleman who has been winning races ever since he won the Star Class World Championship as a young man, and Dick Tillman (Indiana), no slouch in the sailing world. The 500-pound, 5-foot-tall bronze trophy topped by a life-sized American eagle and considered one of the most coveted awards in sailboat racing world, was first awarded in 1976. Joy will have his name engraved on the trophy, which will remain at the St. Francis YC.

Continuing the thread on the New York YC, they have some noteworthy news which readers may want to note. The club recently celebrated the launching of the first NYYC 42, the ninth one-design class created by the club since 1900. Some 200 members and guests took part in the festivities at the NYYC's Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, RI, and many of them enjoyed a sail aboard the boat. The boat is designed by Frers and built by Nautor's Swan. Its introduction was unparalleled: 35 boats sold within the first six months - 25 to members.

The concept was for a Corinthian one-design multipurpose yacht that will be very competitive as a one-design racer but also under IRC. The yacht will be capable of racing and cruising locally as well as offshore. The NYYC 42 - known as the "Club Swan 42" outside the club has an LOA of 42.6 feet, the LWL is 37 feet, beam 12 feet, sail area 1,175 square feet and displacement is less than 13,986 lbs., of which 48 percent is ballast. The NYYC 42 features two steering wheels, providing a better steering ratio and better feel; two accommodation plans are offered: a two- or three-cabin version. Scuttlebutt, the online sailing newsletter, sent two volunteers to the NYYC 42 christening, Clarence Yoshikane and Chuck Simmons, who were in Newport for the Paralympic Pre-Trials. After their sail, they had this to say, "Very few things in life will surpass going sailing on a crisp fall day in Newport, RI. We were treated to this experience aboard the first Club Swan 42 in 16-18 knots of wind from the North. She is a delightful yacht to sail with an ample sail plan and asymmetrical kite, clean deck layout that is simple and functional, permanent backstay and no runners. The 42 will promote great one-design racing. Even though the yacht boasts the displacement typical of a Swan, she has a very lively feel with light balanced helm." For photos, see: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/06/Swan42/index2.asp.

It seems like there is a brouhaha brewing over in Switzerland. Alinghi, the Swiss holder of the America's Cup is a bit hot under the collar over a New Zealand plan to auction off some silver remnants of the original America's Cup trophy, first presented in 1851 and symbolizing supremacy in international yacht racing. To give readers a perspective on this, the Swiss captured the Cup from New Zealand in 2003, and are somewhat new to the Cup scene. But they feel that the New Zealanders, who took the Cup away from the United States in 1995, has no right to auction off these remnants because of their historic importance. After the Cup was severely damaged by an activist protesting the plight of the aboriginal people in New Zealand, the Cup was sent to Garrards Jewelers of London, the original designers of the cup, for reconstruction. Some of the panels bearing the names of winners and course description had to be reproduced. The damaged originals remained at Garrards, but have recently surfaced in New Zealand. All this begs the question, why should New Zealand get monetary gain for letting the Cup get damaged in the first place. So who should get the damaged goods? Not the Swiss, who are neophytes in cup history. Why not the New York YC who held the cup for so many years? It could be part of the trophy collection, a reminder that the NYYC and the United States were the home for the "auld mug" from 1851 until 1995.


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