The Commodore Law Trophy Regatta, hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club on July 2 and 3, is the YRA of LIS association quarter-finals for the US Sailing Bemis and Smythe National Championships. The winners of the Club 420 division and the first and second place finishers in the Standard Laser division will be eligible to represent the JSA at the Area B Semi-Finals of the Bemis and Smythe National Championships to be held at Indian Harbor Yacht Club on July 24 and 25. Port Washington Yacht Club is pleased to announce that 11 sailors from the Junior Sailing program qualified to participate in this regatta. Christopher Wands qualified in the Standard Lasers; Will McIntosh and Brandon Henne qualified in the Radial Lasers; and the teams of Margaret Bellon/Elizabeth Girgenti, Christian Gordon/Eddie Einhaus, Molly Hodson/ Caroline Doyle, and Jessica Nees/K.C. McCarthy qualified in the Club 420s.
There was some exciting racing this past weekend. Lots of wind and lots of happy sailors. On Saturday, Knickerbocker YC was Race Committee. And just so readers realize how much time and effort goes into running a weekend race, here's some information from an "inside source." It seems that there was a Bar Mitzvah at Knickerbocker YC to which the Race Committee Chair and her husband were invited. What to do about Race Committee duties? So the decision was made: Jeanne Rosenthal would attend the Bar Mitzvah while her husband, Perry Lengton, would do Race Committee. Sue Miller, Vice-Commodore of MBYC, sailing on the Sonar Ping, notices that Perry is alone and immediately calls her mom, Jeanne Miller, to assist Perry. While Perry managed to get the first race off alone, it is really difficult to score finishes, etc. with just one person. So Jeanne dropped whatever she was doing at home, and rushed out to help Perry. Thanks to both these veteran RC members, one from KYC and one from MBYC, who working together, ensured a safe, competitive, and fun day of racing on Saturday.
Results are available for Sunday, June 3. The Sonars had 13 boats on the starting line for each of two races. Race 1 results: 1. #753, Rick Dominique, 2. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz/Ted Toombs, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning. Race 2: 1. #753, 2. Puff, and 3. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon/Einar Haukeland. The Manhasset Bay One Design (MBOD) class had three boats out on Sunday, but one was a DNS (Did Not Start). The results for the two MBODs: Race 1: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #26, Malachite, Lewis Lane/Nina Randall/ Gina Sigal. Race 2: 1. Malachite, and 2. Miss B Haven. The Knickerbocker One Designs (KOD) also had two boats on the starting line. Results for both Race 1 and Race 2: 1. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel, and 2. #12, Sonic, Michael Aingorn/Peter Wermuth.
Thirsty Thursday's teams were out in force on Thursday, May 31, with 13 boats on the starting line. Top boat in Division I: 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul, and 3. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum. Division II winners: 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, 2. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. The top boats in Division III: 1. Escape, George McCarthy, 2. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum, and 3. Tootsie, Ron Fink. There was one boat in Division IV: Oy, Eric Weintraub.
Huguenot Yacht Club's premier regatta is going national. Sail magazine, the largest sailing magazine in the world (180,000 subscribers), has chosen to sponsor the regatta this year so that they can learn what we have been doing for the last six years and then start similar regattas around the country. "Sail sees this event as the perfect way to help nourish and build up the grass roots of sailing," said Regatta Committee Chairman Adam Loory. "They like our format, one that attracts families, husband and wife teams as well as more serious racers looking for something different."
Expressly for Fun got it start when two serious Express 37 racers looked at the shrinking fleets on the race course and decided to design an event that would attract boats that traditionally don't think about racing, "If we could get people to give informal racing a try, we had a chance to get them hooked," said Mort Weintraub, the owner of the Express 37 Troubador. Once Weintraub and Loory solidified their ideas for the event that featured a pursuit start, an emphasis on the social gatherings, a plethora of awards and give-always, along with a reason to spend a night aboard, past Regatta Committee Chairman Joe Colella got Huguenot YC's board to get behind the regatta.
The format has proved successful, and over the years the regatta has grown in size. If all goes well, they will run Expressly for Fun regattas across the country. Those who attend this year can look forward to some great new awards, a new perpetual trophy and a chance to show up in Sail's feature article about this year's regatta. Sail will be participating with a boat sailed by their publisher and an editor. This will be a truly exciting event. For more information, see the HYC website at www.huguenotyc.com.
And on the college scene St. Mary's College (St. Mary's City, Md.) has won their second Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national championship in less than a week. The Lady Seahawks dominated the racing to win the ICSA Women's National Championship at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.). Final standing of the Women's National Championship: 1. St. Mary's, 2. Charleston, 3. Stanford, 4. Navy, and 5. Harvard. Then the action relocated to Annapolis where the U.S. Naval Academy hosted the final two events in college sailing's spring tripleheader. In the first event, the ICSA/APS National Team Race championship, the Lady Seahawks again won top honors against an expert field. The event pits each college's three-boat team against another's in a round-robin series of matches. The final four championship standings: St. Mary's (12-5) followed by Yale (11-6), Hobart (11-5) and Harvard (9-7). This is the fourth ISCA Team Race National Championship (2004, 2000, and 1999) won by the Seahawks.
The final college championship, the 2007 ICSA/Gill Coed national championship was decided in a nail-biter of a finale. 18 colleges wrapped up three days of competition on the Severn River at the U.S. Naval Academy. Eight races - four each in A- and B-Divisions - were all that were left to be sailed before the winning team would be crowned. With 168 points, the College of Charleston Cougars were leading the standings after the first-two days of racing, and, as defending champions, were in position to repeat history, and when they did, they became the first school in 12 years (since Navy in 1993, 1994, 1995) to win this championship in back-to-back years. Dartmouth senior Erick Storck, from Huntington, sailing with Killarney Loufed, Costa Mesa, CA came in second place overall. Top boats: 1. Charleston, 2. Dartmouth, 3. Yale, 4. UC/Irvine. 5. Boston College, and 6. St. Mary's. For more information, go to www.collegesailing.org.