How can any sane person call sailing last Sunday frostbiting? It was in the low- to-mid 60s and the water temperature was just about 45 degrees? There was even one man sailing in shorts! While all of us may be worried about global warming, it is kind of nice to have a few "warmish" days of sailing. There are sure to be some really cold days ahead for the competitors - days that will help all these rugged individuals save face. So after two Sundays of almost balmy weather, we may just have a true frostbite New Year's Regatta, full of all the elements of that first regatta so long ago that gave the moniker to this fleet of sailors.
Scores for Sunday, Dec. 10: IC Dinghy (11 boats): 1. #17, Paul-Jon Patin/Anne Patin, 2. Eduardo Cordero/ Marguerite Koehler, and 3. Pedro Lorson/Johanna Silbersack/Sabrina Silbersack. Ideal 18: 1. #12, Stu Saffer/Bob Schwartz, 2. Chip Whipple/Lynne Whipple, and 3. Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson. Congratulations to the team of Saffer and Schwartz who not only won for the day, they did it in style. With six races completed for the day, they had six bullets!
Frostbiting scores for Sunday, Dec. 17: IC Dinghy (11 boats): 1. #76, Eduardo Cordero/Marguerite Koehler, 2. #17, Paul Jon Patin/Felicity Ryan, and 3. #536, Pedro Lorson/Eva Lund. Ideal 18: 1. #44, Teddy Himler/Peter Himler, 2. #174, Chip Whipple/Lynne Whipple/Elizabeth Whipple, and 3. #171, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson.
The fleet is looking forward to the Frostbite New Year's Regatta. Racing starts on Sunday, Dec. 31 with the Past Commodores Race, and concludes after racing on Monday, Jan. 1 with the traditional Wassail Bowl which is part of the annual meeting, followed by awards.
The highlights for the recently completed Stages 5 and 6 of the World Match Racing Tour are set to be broadcast in the coming weeks. This is match racing at its best and is raced in when the America's Cup is not competing. Both the Allianz Cup and the Monsoon Cup will be broadcast here in the United States on Versus (formerly OLN). So readers may want to catch the action. England's Ben Ainslie of Emirates Team New Zealand captured his first World Tour victory when he defeated Alinghi helmsman Ed Baird (USA) to win the Allianz Cup at the end of October. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the event was sailed in J/105s on San Francisco Bay. Peter Holmberg, also of Alinghi, fought back from near elimination nearly two weeks ago to win the Monsoon Cup over Mathieu Richard's Saba Sailing Team. The win placed Holmberg fourth on the World Tour's career victories list. The event was sailed in Foundation 36s on Pulau Duyong Basin in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. The youngest skipper to compete in the Monsoon Cup was Adam Minoprio, who came in second at the 2006 Knickerbocker Cup here on Manhasset Bay in August. This young team has been winning match racing competition around the globe and they are a team to watch.
The events of the World Tour serve to determine the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Next year the Monsoon Cup will be the final event of the 2006-07 season, and will crown the 2007 World Champion. The Monsoon Cup will be broadcast on Dec. 24, 2:30 p.m. and again on Dec. 25, 4:30 p.m. For more information on the World Match Racing Tour, its competitors and events, please visit the official World Tour Web site, www.WorldMatchRacingTour.com. World Match Racing Tour television programs may be viewed on demand by clicking on the television icon on the home page of the website.
In recognition of their outstanding on-the-water achievements in the calendar year that is just coming to a close, US SAILING has announced the U.S. sailors who have been short listed for its 2006 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are widely regarded as the sport's ultimate recognition for U.S. sailors as evidenced by the notable sailors who have won the coveted awards multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Dave Curtis, Dennis Conner, Courtenay Dey, JJ Isler, John Kostecki, Ken Read, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner.
Nominees for US SAILING's 2006 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award: Bacardi Cup Champion John Dane (Gulfport, Miss.); Thistle National Champion Greg Fisher (Annapolis, Md./Columbus, Ohio); International-14 World Champion Howard Hamlin (Long Beach, Calif.); Volvo Ocean Race winning navigator aboard ABN Amro One Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.); Star Kiel Week Champion Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.); and Audi Etchells World Champion Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.).Nominees for US SAILING's 2006 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award: Semaine Olympique Francaise Yngling champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.); Laser Radial Youth World Champion Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.); U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Champion Sarah Lihan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); ISAF World Sailing Games Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); and US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR Laser Radial Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio/Plantation, Fla.).
The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote by secret ballot to determine US SAILING's 2006 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be announced in January and honored at a later date during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in New York City, where they will be presented with Rolex timepieces. For additional information on the accomplishments of each nominee this year, please visit www.ussailing.org/awards/rolex. Your columnist and the entire sailing community wishes everyone a wonderful holiday and the best of New Years. For those readers who sail or compete, in nearby waters or far away harbors, enjoy your time on the water, be safe, sail fast, and return home to our lovely Manhasset Bay. For all of us, whether sailor or landlubbers, we can be thankful that we have such a beautiful natural resource that we can call our own - a waterfront that offers us vistas in the quiet of the early morning, spectacular sunsets, and in-between all the vagaries that Mother Nature provides.