One would think that with all the boats tucked quietly away in boatyards and with the holidays just around the corner, that sailing would have ended here on Manhasset Bay. Quite the contrary. The last few weeks our waterfront has been rather active. Over at the Mill Pond, the model boat owners were out in full force on both Saturday and Sunday for just about a month. The same for the frostbiters, and the starting line has had almost 20 boats, both Ideal 18s and IC dinghies. So winter in our area does not mean that sailors give up their sport. Some of them may retreat to the indoors, or to skiing, or head to southern climes. But there are those of us who are determined to make sailing an all year-round activity. And those that do find that Manhasset Bay has great sailing in the off-season. There are less boats to crowd the area, and the wind is usually good. So for those intrepid sailors, the payoff for braving the cold is an afternoon out in the elements, enjoying a day on the water. Except this year, up until now, at least, the weather could be described as balmy, with temperatures in the 50s.
Frostbite results have been made available for the Sunday, Nov. 19. Top boats in the IC dinghy class: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson, Johanna Silbersack and Sabrina Lorson, 2. #17, Paul Jon Patin and Anne Patin, and 3. #537, Matt Allen and Greer Ferguson. Top boats in the Ideal 18 fleet: 1. #172, Chip Whipple and Lynn Whipple, and a tie for second place: #171, Bob Kirtland and Alan Thompson and #177, Chris Shields and Ed McLaughlin.
The Sonar Fleet #11 had their Awards Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Manhasset Bay YC. As usual, it was a fun affair, with the added entertainment of a PowerPoint presentation of Sonar sailing over the past year. After a great dinner served in the ballroom of the club, Herb Schmidt, ably assisted by Bill Simon, handed out this season's awards. The awards: Stanley Rosenberg, #368, Tzuris, 2nd Handicap Series; Bob Kirtland, #396, Delight, 4th Championship Series, 3rd Saturday Series, 3rd Sunday Series; Bill Simon, #421, Weekend Warrior, 2nd Championship Series, 2nd Saturday Series, 5th Sunday Series, 2nd Single-handed Race, 4th Long Distance Race; Dan Simon, #421, Weekend Warrior, 2nd Championship Series, 2nd Saturday Series, 5th Sunday Series, 4th Long Distance Race; Einar Haukeland, #421, Weekend Warrior, 2nd Championship Series, 2nd Saturday Series, 5th Sunday Series, 4th Long Distance Race; Neil Bercow, #442, Dreadlox, 5th Single-handed Race; Sue Miller, #451, Ping, 3rd Championship Series, 4th Saturday Series, 2nd Sunday Series; John Browning, #451, Ping, 3rd Championship Series, 4th Saturday Series, 2nd Sunday Series, 1st Single-handed Race; Bill McCollum, #470, 3rd Handicap Series; Bill Siener, #470, 3rd Handicap Series; Tom Smyth, #470, 3rd Handicap Series; Reed Whittemore, #470, 3rd Handicap Series; Ed King, #479, Old Flame, 1st Handicap Series; Andy Weissman, #479, Old Flame, Mary Lu Dempsey, #479, Old Flame, 1st Handicap Series; Bill Palafox, #479, Old Flame, 1st handicap Series; 1st Handicap Series; Jonathan Siener, #487, Viento, 4th Sunday Series; Bob Baskind, #568, Laurie B, 5th Saturday Series, 4th Handicap Series; Bahar Gidwani, #573, Selhun,5th Championship Series, 3rd Single-handed Race, 5th Long Distance Race; Ed Adler, #678, Whimsey, 2nd Long Distance Race; Jeff Kovner, #678, Whimsey, 2nd Long Distance Race; Ralf Steitz, #682, Puff, 1st Championship Series, 1st Saturday Series, 1st Sunday Series, 1st Long Distance Race; Ted Toombs, #682, Puff, 1st Championship Series, 1st Saturday Series, 1st Sunday Series, 1st Long Distance Race.
Winners in the crew division: Jamie Gross, #682, Puff, 1st Crew Race #1; Allen Thompson, #396, Delight, 1st Crew Race #3, 2nd Crew Races #1 and #2; Jon North, #421, Weekend Warrior, 1st Crew Race #2; Karen Boyd, #573, Selhun, 2nd Crew Race #3, 3rd Crew Race #2; Stephanie Baas, #451, Ping, 3rd Crew Race #3; Dana Schnipper, #451, Ping, 3rd Crew Race #1. Additional Sonar Awards: Manhasset Bay Race Week was won by Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs in Puff, Bill Simon, Dan Simon in Weekend Warrior were second, followed by Sue Miller and John Browning in Ping, and Bob Kirtland in Delight. The Cable & Anchor award for the Long Distance Race went to Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs. Bahar Gidwani won his division in the Port Washington YC Charity Cup. Several "Ha Ha" Awards were presented again this year: The Kinked Cable Award went to Allyn Salomon, the Main Sheet Award to Einar Haukeland and John Browning, and the Coconut Award to Ralf Steitz. This column will not reveal the reasoning behind bestowing these prestigious (read dubious) awards on these specific individuals. Readers will have to use their imaginations or speak directly to the recipients.
For sailors thinking of sailing to Bermuda next season, you may want to attend the seminar, "So You Want to Race to Bermuda, " which will be presented at the Seawanhaka Corinthian YC this evening (Thursday, Dec. 7) from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. by representatives from the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Committee. Many sailors want to make the passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go. IRC classes have been added this year. This presentation will address some of the common questions: Do I need a life raft? What communication equipment do I need? How long a trip is it? What are the customs requirements when you come in by boat? How much is it all going to cost? There is no charge to attend and the presentation is open to all interested sailors. The Seawanhaka Corinthian YC is located at 314 Yacht Club Road, Oyster Bay. If interested, call Tom Foley, 922-6200, ext. 108 or email him at tfoley@Seawanhaka.org. For information on the Marion to Bermuda Race, and to get the Notice of Race for the June 15, 2007 start, go to www.marionbermuda.com.
Many in our area know Susie Trotman, Syosset, NY, for her devotion to the junior sailors of Long Island Sound. It seems over the years, Susie has been busy doing a lot more for the sport of sailing. At its annual meeting, US SAILING recognized her accomplishments by awarding her its Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for her outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the U.S. Ms. Trotman has played a major role in the development of the national certification program for sailing instructors when the small boat program was first created in the early 1980s; she was instrumental in the cultivation of US SAILING's Training Department and Training's Small Boat Instructor Training and Certification Program; and she has been a pillar of one of the most the most successful junior sail training programs, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. "Without Susie Trotman, there might not be a Small Boat Instructor training and evaluation program, or a Windsurfing Training program, or a Keelboat program," said the US SAILING committee that nominated Trotman for the award. "Susie has had an unparalleled impact on participation and excellence in sailing for at least the last 20 years."