Manhasset Bay is certainly full of activity these days. And not just on the weekend when the one-design sailing is in full force. We have visitors from other harbors enjoying the beauty of our bay, either mooring at one of the yacht clubs, the town dock, or pulling into a dock at local restaurants. And it is not just big boats that are making their way around our shores. We have smaller vessels for those that prefer to be closer to the water. Kayakers were out and about, checking out the small creeks and exploring the shoreline. We see them on the weekends, and we definitely see them during the week. Take for instance yesterday, a Monday in late July. There were tons of kayakers out, some headed over to the sandy beaches of Manorhaven Park, while others headed through the mooring field to check out the big boats - or maybe to use them as a marker to sail around. In any case, there were lots of kayakers - and they were manned by kids. Many of these kayakers were from the AT LAST! program who signed up for an afternoon of kayaking at Atlantic Outfitters. Because of the heat of the day, the kayakers returned from their explorations a little early to spend some time swimming around the dock. The young people who have been hired by Atlantic Outfitters had a great time with the kids. The dock was filled with kids clad in bathing suits and life jackets who had a ball jumping off the dock and swimming around the various sized kayaks. Sounds of laughter and high-pitched voices - "did you see that" could be heard across the water. It was a beautiful sight to see Manhasset Bay and our young children doing just what kids should be doing on a summer afternoon - having fun. One had to wonder who was having more fun, the kids or those hired to make sure they were safe!
The AT LAST! kids weren't the only ones out on the water last Monday. In addition to all the activity at Atlantic Outfitters, the docks at Manhasset Bay YC, Knickerbocker YC and Port Washington YC were also abuzz with activity. The docks were hidden by the many Optimist sailboats, plus the other training boats for kids that are used in the junior sailing programs offered by the respective yacht clubs. Sonars, those one-design boats usually seen only on the weekend, were also out on the bay. Port Sailing School has a fleet of Sonars that they use to teach sailing to a whole bunch of kids. So while the bay may be for the adults come the weekend (except for some younger sailors who crew), the weekdays pretty much belong to the kids. One must admit that Manhasset Bay never looks as beautiful as when she is doing what she does best - offering the community the opportunity to spend some time on the water. Last Monday, she was in her glory, if one can judge success by the sounds of the bay: happy voices, laughter, kids calling out to friends, squeals of delight. Truly a wonderful sight to see.
Thursday evenings are turning out to be quite popular for the bigger boats. This year we are having more and more boats coming out for Thirsty Thursday racing. On July 26, there were 17 boats competing in five divisions. Results for Division I (6.76 nm, Course BJ, 3 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Freedom, Mario Fichera. Third place was a DNF (Did Not Finish). Division II top boats (5.92 nm, Course BC, 4 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III (5.44nm, Course BDY, 8 boats): 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum, and 3. Tootsie, Ron Fink. Division IV (2.01 nm, Course BA, 1 boat): Oy, Eric Weintraub. Division: Cats (6.79 nm, Course BJ, I boat): Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Results are available for weekend racing for July 21-22. On Saturday, top Sonar boats, Race 1: 1. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. #753, (no boat name available), Rich Dominique, and 3. Puff. Race 3: 1. Puff, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, Bill Simon, and Einar Haukeland, and 3. Delight.. There was one Ideal 18, #171 (name unavailable) racing on Saturday. Sunday's top boats: Race 1: 1. Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. Delight, and 3. Weekend Warrior. Race 2: 1. Housemartin, 2. #573, Selhun, Bihar Gidwani, and 3. Puff. Four Manhasset Bay One Designs (MBOs) were on the starting line on Sunday. Race 1: 1. #11, Silver Foxes, Jay Davenport and Curt Champlin, 2. #26, Malachite, Lew Lane, Nina Randall and Gina Sigal, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Race 2: 1. Frolic, 2. Silver Foxes, and 3. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley, George Graf. There were five Knickerbocker One Designs (KODS) racing on Sunday: 1. #7, Knick Knack, Arthur Kass, 2. #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, and 3. #14, Phoenix, Tom Powers. Race 2: 1. #12, Sonic, Michael Aingorn/Peter Wermuth, 2. Phoenix, and 3. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel. Three Ideal 18s raced on Sunday but no names are available.
The weekend racing last weekend, July 28-29, was cut short because of Sunday's thunderstorms, but Saturday there were two races for each class of one-designs. First the Sonars: Race 1 (6 boats): 1. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, Bill Simon, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/ John Browning. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. Weekend Warrior, and 3. Ping. The MBO fleet (3 boats): Top boats for Race one and Race two: 1. #9, Miss B Haven, Grace Allen/Ralph Heinzerling, 2. #14, Humdinger, John Silbersack/Jeffrey Rowland, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. There were two Ideal 18s racing on Saturday.
The Herreshoff Marine Museum, in recognition of this year's 32nd contest for the America's Cup, yachting's oldest international prize, will present a series of lectures celebrating the people, technology and excitement of this seminal yachting event. On Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. historian and genealogist Nathanael G. Herreshoff III, grandson of Capt. Nat Herreshoff, will present the amazing story of two great yachts - Resolute and Vanitie - whose great rivalry included the closest race in America's Cup history. This event also features a book signing by well-known local author Richard V. Simpson, who will sign his newly released book, Herreshoff Yachts, the latest work on local history. Remaining lectures in the Museum's Lecture Series include: "The Twelve Meter Years" by David Pedrick, president, Pedrick Yacht Designs and principal designer in eight America's Cup campaigns (Sept. 11), and John Rousmaniere on "Always New: How the America's Cup Never Stops Reinventing Itself (And Why We Should Approve)" (Oct. 18). For more information, contact Teri Souto at (401) 253-5000, or visit the museum website www.herreshoff.org.