Calling all one-design fleets! US SAILING is asking for nominations for their One Design Award. Did your club run an outstanding multi-class regatta this year? Is there an exceptional person at your club who is responsible for making your fleet grow? Let US SAILING know about them. Nominations are due by Dec. 15. For more information, see http://www.ussailing.org/odcc/awards/index.htm.
The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), which has restored some of our bay's Manhasset Bay One Design (MBOs), has reached an agreement with Robert McNeil of Coronet Restoration Partners (CRP) that will result in the restoration of the historic schooner Coronet. The school acquired the 110-year old vessel in 1995 and has housed and stewarded the boat for the past 11 years, including developing plans and making initial investments for its restoration. In September 2005, IYRS' board determined that it would suspend its restoration efforts because of the need to focus on the school's educational programs, and would seek a partner to lead the Coronet restoration. In July 2006, the school announced it was entering into negotiations with Dr. McNeil to transfer ownership of the vessel to CRP in exchange for CRP restoring the vessel at IYRS using IYRS graduates and regularly making Coronet available for public benefit. "I have been looking forward to this day since Coronet arrived here in Newport over a decade ago," said John Mecray, IYRS co-founder and board member. "Thanks to the hard work of the IYRS team and the team at Coronet Restoration Partners, Coronet's future has been secured. This once glorious vessel is going to be restored to its full Gilded Age splendor for future generations to enjoy, and it is going to happen here in Newport at IYRS."
Some of the terms of the agreement include: Coronet will be restored to nearly its original 1885 condition, fully seaworthy with only sails for power, oil lighting, and wooden trunnel fasteners instead of metal nails or screws; visitors to Newport will be able to view the restoration in progress at the school's facility on Thames Street; once Coronet is restored, the yacht will be periodically open for public tours while docked at various museums, teaching institutions, and related maritime centers; and IYRS will be able to use the restored vessel to advance its educational mission.
For those sailors who want to sail and race during the winter months, there is always frostbiting. But for those who prefer warmer climes to hone their skills, one of the best regattas to do so is the 2007 Acura Key West, which takes place Jan. 15-19. Peter Craig, Premiere Racing, Inc., is the ultimate race management professional, and he is the man behind the extremely successful Key West Race Week. This event is considered one of the nation's top sailing events bringing together nearly 300 boats every January to sunny Florida. With a reputation of superb quality racing and great on-shore activities, Acura Key West is a haven for sailors racing keelboats, from PHRF and IRC to one design. With hundreds of volunteers, expert race management, several great sponsors, and countless sailors, the event promises to once again offer great racing and fun parties on-shore. Race organizers are currently busy processing all the applications. For information on the event and to register online, go to http://www.premiere-racing.com.
For those sailors who aren't interested in racing in Florida in the middle of January, there is a symposium in New Orleans that may spark your interest. US SAILING is hosting two Symposiums, the National Sailing Programs Symposium and the One-Design Sailing Symposium, which will be kicking off in New Orleans, LA. From Jan. 17 to 21, sailing program organizers and one-design sailors from around the country are invited to New Orleans to listen to keynote speakers such as Paul Cayard, John Rousmaniere, and William Pinkney as well as attend seminars to learn more about how to run a successful sailing program or one-design class. Early registration for both events runs through Dec. 15, with discounts offered for registrations received by that date. The 25th annual National Sailing Programs Symposium is presented by Vanguard Sailboats. For more information on the Symposiums and to register online, visit http://www.ussailing.org/news/2006/symposiums.htm
Even though the holidays are upon us, it is time to think about what we want to do to fill the long winter days until we are able to get back into the boatyards to ready our yachts for another season. Instead of dreaming of that long-awaited spring day when we can actually start working on our boats again, why not take advantage of free time and drive over to the Halloween YC in Stamford, CT, for a few free boating workshops? The subjects covered include: Jan 20: Sail Trim Tips From a Pro; Feb 10: How to Assess Your Risks As a Yacht Captain; March 3: Update -- What's Happening (And About to Happen) In Stamford Harbor? March 10: Recent Advances in Marine Diesel Engines and Fuels; March 31: Issues and Answers About Towing and Salvage Rights. All programs are on Saturday mornings starting at 10 a.m., and participation in each workshop is free. There is a $1 charge for coffee and donuts, with a ticket for door prizes. Please contact Bernie Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who are last minute shoppers - here are a few ideas for the holidays that are sailing-related. US SAILING has stocking stuffers and informational CD's that may just be the gift you need for your sailing friend. For example, you may want to get the scoop about spinnaker sailing from world-renowned racer, Tom Whidden. His 60-minute educational DVD, Spinnaker Sailing, provides on-the-water instruction on trimming, launching, gybing, dousing and packing, plus demonstrations on spinnaker handling for both cruising and racing chutes. Or if you are interested in celestial navigation, or worry that your GPS might malfunction just when you need it most, Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen that successfully teaches sailors who have been demoralized by bigger books. It remains "the famous little book" on celestial navigation. Go to http://store.ussailing.org for these and many other great nautical gifts. You may want to check out the book selection at the online sailing newsletter, Scuttlebutt, www.sailingscuttlebutt.com. Click on Club Library. This is a list of favorite books submitted to Scuttlebutt by sailors from around the country. While they don't sell the books online, you can obtain them from you favorite book vendor. While you are at the site, you may want to check out their online store.
Frostbiting results for the past few weeks were not available at deadline. More will follow next week. All our frostbiters - the IC dinghy sailors, the Ideal 18s and the Penguins are gearing up for the New Years Regatta. This year the racing begins on Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. On New Year's Day, the Past Commodore's Race is at 11:30, with fleet racing beginning immediately after. The traditional Wassail Bowl and the Frostbite Annual Meeting is at 4 p.m, and the Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. In the meantime, for all you armchair sailors who would like to catch the action of last week's frostbiting, go to the Manhasset Bay YC website, www.manhassetbayyc.org. On the login page, click on Sailing and Racing, then on Winter Frostbite Results and Photos. You will see Dec. 10 photos listed. Enjoy the action!