Last Sunday, April 22, was a spectacular day on the water. The temperature was in the high 70s and there was enough wind to give our frostbiters some starts. Just when it looked like the wind might die, a nice southerly came up to encourage the RC to continue racing for the better part of the afternoon. Since this was the last day of racing for the season, except for the Long Distance race next Saturday, the RC, thanks to the generosity of RC member Rita Syracuse, brought bundles of hot dogs and sausages to feed not only the RC (which is the custom) but all the competitors, too. So in between starts, competitors had time to pass by Kraus' Kastle and grab a bite to eat. They also got to taste Barbara Schmidt's cookies. Barbara is the wife of RC Chair Herb Schmidt and has been providing cookies for the RC for as long as anyone can remember - and they are just the best! RC jokes that if Barbara stopped supplying cookies, frostbiting would come to a halt as no one would show up to run the races.
Sunday really was a celebration of the beginning of spring on the bay. There were eight races (one crew race), good food, and warm sunshine and bright skies. Throw in a little wind and everyone was in a festive mood. To make the racers even happier, Matt Meyron was busy setting moorings on Manhasset Bay. That is always a welcome sight, and even though this happens year in and year out, the excitement of another summer of sailing never diminishes. Like children waiting for a birthday, sailing-related thoughts start taking over our daydreams. With the yacht clubs going into commissioning in a few weeks, and boat yards coming to life, it won't be long now until the season will be in full swing, and the long winter season a distant memory.
Results of the racing for Sunday, April 22 (eight races): IC Dinghy fleet: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson/Sabrina Lorson, 2. #661, Jonathan Siener/Amelia Amon, and 3. #514, Ted Toombs/Jenny McCarthy. Both the Siener and Toombs teams were tied with 20 points each, but the tie was broken in favor of Siener. Sabrina Lorson won the crew race. Ideal 18 fleet: 1. #171, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, 2. #176, Chip Whipple/Einar Haukeland/Lynne Whipple, and 3. #47, Mike Silverman/Peter Christie. Alan Thompson won the crew race in the Ideal 18 fleet.
For those readers who are interested in boat building, or a career change, the following information coming from SUNY Maritime may be of interest to you. The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and SUNY Maritime College announced in a statement that they will offer a new joint continuing-education (CE) program. The courses will be offered through Westlawn, SUNY Maritime and ABYC, and will cover subjects from the fundamentals of boat design, maintenance and repair, to marine surveying, through metal corrosion, to training for captain's licenses, and radar recertification. All Westlawn courses are done through distance learning. SUNY Maritime's marine-surveying courses are also distance learning but the institution also has campus CE courses. ABYC courses and certifications are offered at various locations throughout the country, as well as on-site at facilities.
Certificates are recorded in the student's permanent academic record at both Westlawn and SUNY Maritime. "Advanced Certificates" in Marine Surveying and Boat Management are also awarded by SUNY Maritime to students who complete recommended combinations of courses. "Because Westlawn and ABYC courses are oriented toward the recreational boating industry and SUNY Maritime is more shipping oriented, offering co-recognition for all these courses gives different audiences a broader selection of courses that support one another, while providing students with triple the recognition for their work," said Dave Gerr, Westlawn director, in the statement. "This kind of tiered education is great for new employees entering the marine industry, as well as experienced workers seeking continuing education and training."
"By collaborating with Westlawn and ABYC, SUNY Maritime has significantly enhanced our ability to service the educational needs of surveyors, marine professionals and boating enthusiasts everywhere," said John McInerney, program director of SUNY Maritime College's Continuing Education department, in the statement. "Maritime has a commitment to serve the entire industry with quality and comprehensive training opportunities and our online programs are an effective way of reaching students from every corner of the world. This partnership will strengthen our curriculum exponentially." A detailed course list can be found at www.westlawn.edu.
And this from Scuttlebutt and Scuttlebutt Europe, the online daily sailing newsletter: Scuttlebutt and her sister title Scuttlebutt Europe have been given exclusive access to 20,000 free digital preview copies of 'There Is No Second' - the Seahorse Guide to the America's Cup. Among the writers are Paul Cayard, Russell Coutts, Dennis Conner, Chris Dickson, Tim Jeffery, and Tom Schnackenberg. Move fast if you want to get a free copy to download, as access will be cut off when the meter hits 20K. Go to:
http://www.seahorse.co.uk/americas/us for the free copy. It is in PDF form and is 68 pages of great photos and information about the America's Cup. If you miss this chance, you can still obtain a free copy if you start a subscription to Seahorse Magazine.
An interesting fact: On this day in 1898, the luxury passenger liner New York of the American Line, converted for combat in the Spanish - American War, was commissioned in the U.S. Navy as the USS Harvard.