Now that the sailing season has really begun, there is a lot of activity on the racing scene. Our Thirsty Thursday group has been out on the water a few times, and each weekend more and more boats are appearing at the starting line.
The start of Division III Thirsty Thursday, May 24, with Second Wind, Anthony Viola at the starting line. Sound Wave, Jonathan Flamm and Avalanche, Al Albrecht (partially blocked) are waiting for their start in Division I. Photo taken on board Free Fall, Bill and Carol McFaul's Swan 44 II.
Thirsty Thursday racing began with a tune-up race on May 17, and started their season on May 24. There were nine boats in four divisions on the starting line for the Tune-up Race. All were given a 5.52 nm course UC. Division I (3 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul, and 3. Ripple, John Towers. Division II (2 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, and 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III (3 boats): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. Naked Dance, Adam Bleifeld, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV (1 boat): 1. Aquila, Keith Dorman. Last Thursday, May 24 was a light air windward-leeward (Course ZD, 4.42 nm) race out to mid-Sound and back. Top boats: Division I 7 boats): 1. Avalanche, 2. Out of Reach III, Louis Nees, and 3. Freedom, Mario Fichera. Division II (3 boats): 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, 2. Xcite, and 3. Irish Blessing. Division III (5 boats): 1. Naked Dance, 2. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum, and 3. Tootsie, Ron Fink. Division IV (1 boat): 1. Aquila.
Results for Bay Racing have become available. Knickerbocker YC was Race Committee for May 5-6. Results for Saturday, May 5: Sonars: Race 1: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon,/Einar Haukeland, 2. #753, Rich Dominique (no boat name), and 3. #573, Selhun, Bahar Gidwani. Race 2: 1. #753, Selhun, and 2. #421, Weekend Warrior. Manhasset Bay YC was RC on May 12, 13. The results for Saturday: Race 1: 1. #573, Sellhun, 2. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind/Steven Phillipson, and 3. #368, Tzuris, Stanley Rosenberg. Race 2: 1. #573, 2. #568, Laurie B 2, and 3. #368, Tzuris. Race 3: 1. #573, and 2. #568, Laurie B 2. There was no racing on Sunday, May 13 as it was Mother's Day.
Knickerbocker YC was Race Committee for May 19-20. Results for May 19: Race 1: #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz/Ted Toombs, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon/Einar Haukeland, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. Race 2. 1. #682, Puff, 2. #396, Delight, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior. Race 3: 1. #682, Puff, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, and 3. #396. Delight.. Results for Sunday, May 20: Race 1: 1. #682, Puff, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, and 3. #396, Delight. Race 2: 1. #396, Delight, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, and 3. #682, Puff. Race #; #682, Puff, 2. #396, Delight, and 3. #421 Weekend Warrior. Race 4: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, 2. #396, Delight, 3. #682, Puff. Results for the Knickerbocker One Design Class (KODs): Race 1: 1. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass, and 2. #12, Sonic, Michael Aingorn/Peter Wermuth.. Race 2: 1. #7, Knick Knack, and 2. #12, Sonic.. Race 3: 1. #12, Sonic, and 2. #7, Knick Knack..
The Memorial Day weekend brought three days of racing. Knickerbocker YC was the Race Committee for all three days. Saturday, May 26 results: Sonars (six boats): Race 1: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon/Einar Haukeland, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3.#451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Race 2: 1. #451, Ping, 2. #396, Delight, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior. Race 3: 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, 2. #396, Delight, and 3. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind/Steven Phillipson. Two Ideal 18s raced one race on Saturday. No names are available. 1. #171, and 2. #173. Race results for Sonars on Sunday, May 28 (8 boats): 1. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz/Ted Toombs, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #375, Housemartin, Beth Danilek/Greg Danilek. Sonars, Race 2; 1. #753, Rick Dominique (no boat name), 2. #375, Housemartin, and 3. #396, Delight. Top boats in the Knickerbocker One Design (4 boats): 1. #14, Phoenix, Tom Powers/Donna Powers, 2. # 15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, and 3. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass. Race 2: 1. #15, Dybbuk, 2. #14, Phoenix, and 3. #7, Knick Knack. The Manhasset Bay One Design (MBOD) had two boats on the starting line on Sunday and raced one time: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, and 2. #11, Silver Foxes, Curt Champlin/Clay Davenport. On Monday, the Sonars sailed one race as did the MBO Class. Top boats in the Sonar Fleet for Memorial Day: 1. #682, Puff, 2. #753, Rick Dominique, and 3. #451, Ping. The MBO results: 1. #11, Silver Foxes, and 2. #9, Miss B Haven.
"Nobody could touch him," said Block Island Race Chairman Ray Redniss about George David after David's 90-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed Rambler took line honors at the Storm Trysail Club's 62nd Block Island Race. By wide margins, Rambler also secured both IRC fleet and Super Zero class victories on best corrected and elapsed times. The 186 nautical mile race, which began late Friday afternoon, May 25, sent Rambler and 61 other IRC- and PHRF-rated boats off on a course from Stamford, Conn., down Long Island Sound, around Block Island, R.I., and back. The conditions, which included 8-14 knot breezes at the start, favored the larger boats, which exited the Sound before adverse current kicked in and returned to their starting point before the wind lightened enough to turn the last mile of the race into a one-hour slog for some smaller boats. Rambler finished the race in 18 hours, 57 minutes and 41 seconds, a marked improvement over last year's best time by Running Tide of over 38 hours, yet short of Boomerang's record in 2002 of just over16 hours. Teri and Pete Binkley's (Branford, Conn.) Quest 33 Wildeyes turned in best corrected and elapsed times for the PHRF fleet, finishing nearly 23 hours behind Rambler. Best performance by a doublehanded boat went to Kevin Grainger's (Rye, N.Y.) J/105 Gumption 3.
Winning the Harvey Conover Memorial Trophy for the best overall performance among all entrants at the regatta was Ron O'Hanley's (Ipswich, Mass.) Farr 50 Privateer. The Flag Officers and Race Committee awarded the prize after Privateer won its IRC Zero class and posted the greatest margin of time over the second- and third-place yachts to win the Commodore's Trophy.
While the Block Island Race is a qualifier for the Gulf Stream Series (IRC), the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF) and the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), many of its competitors used the 2007 event as a shakedown for the Storm Trysail Club's quickly approaching Block Island Race Week XXII presented by Rolex, a popular biennial event that takes place June 17-22 and will serve as the first-ever Rolex US-IRC National Championship.
Specifically for Long Island Sound sailors, the Block Island Race is a qualifier for the Caper, Sagola and Windigo trophies awarded by the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound and the "Tuna Trophy" for the best IRC combined scores in the Block Island Race (weighted 60 percent) and Larchmont Yacht Club's EDLU Race (weighted 40 percent).