Coming to Manhasset Bay at the end of August is an event just for the ladies. The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) has joined forces with North U to offer a series of introductory clinics worldwide. To encourage interest in women's match racing, WIMRA will bring some of the sport's best champions, including Liz Baylis, Dave Perry and Katie Spithill, to share their expertise with the growing group of women sailors looking to win in match racing. They will be right here on Manhasset Bay Aug. 31- Sept. 2. Just prior to this clinic, Knickerbocker YC will host their 25th Anniversary Knickerbocker Cup. So for all you ladies out there who would like to be part of the action, you can join one of KYC's spectator boats to get a good understanding of match racing, and then join the clinic to have some fun match racing. Many readers may be already familiar with Dave Perry, who has been racing here on Manhasset Bay several times recently and in years past. He is a terrific sailor and a great teacher. Just ask anyone who has ever heard him speak. With Liz Baylis and Katie Spithill rounding out the team, this clinic has success written all over it.
In an email, WIMRA Executive Director Liz Baylis, explained, "We've seen a ground swell of interest in match racing and we are working to ride that wave. Our intent is to attract sailors and racers who are curious to learn about this exciting facet of our sport. At the conclusion of each clinic, we predict that they will be converted from 'sailors' to 'match racers' and be excited about joining the ranks of match racers competing around the world." The curriculum will include two full days of training, drills, and races and conclude with a day long (grade 5) regatta. Full information, curriculum and registration details will be available on the Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) web site: http://www.wimra.org. Email addresses for information: Liz Baylis, ExecDir@wimra.org, or Jeanne Rosenthal, Knickerbocker YC, JLRosenthalMD@pol.net.
This event is sponsored by North U. which runs a full range of on-the-water programs geared towards accelerating the education of sailors. For more information about North U., go to http://www.northu.com/. Some of the other venues for this clinic include, Izola, Slovenia, Auckland, New Zealand, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, St Maaten, Netherlands Antilles, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Buenos Aires, Argentina and also South Africa and Korea at a location and date to be determined.
Last Thursday, July 12, with light and variable wind, there were 19 boats in four divisions racing until dark. An unconfirmed rumor floating around is that last Thursday had the most number of boats ever on the starting line. And more may be coming to join in on the fun. It's nice to see the bay filling up with boats on a lovely summer's eve. Results for Race 8, Division I (6.33 nm, Course WAU x3, 5 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Ripple, John Towers, and 3. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum. Division II: (6.33 nm, WAY x3, 4 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Other three boats were DNF (did not finish). Division III (4.22 nm, Course WAU x2, 9 boats): 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Tootsie, Ron Fink, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV (4.22 nm, Course WAU x2, one boat): Oy, Eric Weintraub.
Results from Thirsty Thursday for July 5 did not make it into the paper last week. Top boats for Race 7 in the Spring Series in Division I (3.45 nm, course UZ x3, 5 boats): 1. Promise Kept, 2. Ripple, and 3. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul. Division II (4.38 nm, UP x3, 2 boats): 1. Xcite, and 2. Vision, Marc Epstein. Division III (2.92 nm, course UP x2, 5 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Tootsie, and 3. Sundance.
Results for the Thirsty Thursday Spring Series have become available. Winners in Division I: 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Promise Kept, Sandy Lindenbaum, and 3. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul. Series winners in Division II: 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III top boats: 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. Division IV: 1. Aquila, Keith Dorman, and 2. Oy, Eric Weintraub. Division CAT: Renegade, Andy Ledins.
North Shore YC was Race Committee for the weekend of July 14-15. Both days the wind was up, especially on Sunday when the wind gusted to 28 knots. One sailor fell overboard on Sunday due to equipment failure, but was quickly plucked from the waters of Manhasset Bay, safe (she was wearing her life jacket) and very wet. Results for Saturday, July 14. The Sonar Fleet, Race 1 (9 boats): 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon/Bill Simon/Einar Haukeland, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. Saturday, Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. Weekend Warrior, and 3. Ping. MBO finishes on Saturday: Race 1: 1. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore, 2. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin, and 3. #14, Humdinger, John Silbersack/Jeffrey Rowland. MBOs, Race 2: 1. Escapade, 2. Humdinger, and 3. #11, Silver Foxes, Jay Davenport/Curt Champlin. Results for Sunday, July 15: Sonars, Race 1: 1. #375, Housemartin, Beth Danilek/Greg Danilek, 2. Ping, and 3. Delight. Race 2 for Sonars: 1. Ping, 2. Delight, and 3. Housemartin. MOB finishes on Sunday, Race 1: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Escapade, and 3. Silver Foxes. Top boats in the KOD fleet, Race 1: 1. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, 2. #14, Phoenix, Tom Powers, and 3. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel. Race 2: 1. Second Chance, 2. Dybbuk, and 3. Phoenix. Three Ideal 18s were out on the water, but no names were available at press time.
There is a new service being offered down by the Port Washington waterfront. Go to the very end of Inspiration Wharf right by the kayaks, and you will see the Bait Shack. The Bait Shack is part of Atlantic Outfitters, owned by John Thomson. When R & G moved, Atlantic Outfitters kept getting calls asking for bait, so it just made sense for John to expand his business to fill the void. According to John, "You can't have a waterfront community without a bait shack." For those who fish, the Bait Shack has the whole nine yard, including fresh bunker, a variety of frozen bait, clams, frozen bunker, sand eels, live sand worms and more. He also has soft drinks and water available, plus ice. So boaters can tie up at the kayak dock, grab some bait, a bottle of water, and some bait, and be back on the water quickly. The Bait Shack is also accessible by car, and for the busy fisherman, just call ahead, and a staff person will bring your order to your car. For more information, go to www.atlanticoutfitters.us or give them a call at 767-2215. And enjoy your day fishing on beautiful Manhasset Bay!