Match racing mania has hit Port Washington. First there was the Knickerbocker Cup Aug. 22-25, bringing international teams from around the world to our bay to vie for the very prestigious cup. Then just one week later, Knickerbocker YC hosted another match racing event. This time it was the Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) Clinic over the Labor Day weekend. According to Jeanne Rosenthal, the local organizer for the event, "It was awesome! We had 18 participants and it was a great learning experience and a lot of fun to boot." By all accounts, this second in the series of match racing clinics taking place around the globe was a great success. Using a fleet of Colgate 26s donated by the Offshore Sailing School, plus two Ideal 18s from Manhasset Bay YC, the three day clinic turned 14 women and four men from sailors into keen match racers. The clinic was conducted by Liz Baylis, WIMRA Executive Director, and Dave Perry, US National Match Racing Champion. Local sailors included Paula Davis, Jeanne Rosenthal, and Cecelia Garner from Knickerbocker YC; Sue Miller, Stephanie Baas and Lois Scaglione from MBYC; and Lorraine McIntosh from PWYC. Other women came from Northport, Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey and Wisconsin.
"They're not fleet racing anymore," exclaimed Dave Perry after watching the racers go at it on the third day of the clinic. "It is exciting to see how these sailors have applied the lessons of match racing. We can't thank the host Knickerbocker YC enough for their organization and hospitality. Also, the Colgate 26s are superb. They were used in the previous week's Knickerbocker Cup regatta, and they were great for the clinic as well."
The curriculum included two full days of training, drills, and races and concluded with a day long (grade 5) regatta. One enthusiastic participant said, "The team of instructors was exceptional. They took a very complex topic and made it understandable; I've attended many clinics and overall this ranks way over the top!" Another said, "It was a great mix of classroom sessions and on the water drills. I can't wait to do some more match racing!" According to Paula Davis, chair of the Knickerbocker Cup, "We learned rules of match racing, techniques and the penalty system. It was very exciting to be actually doing what the KCUP skippers were doing the previous week, and really gain an understanding of their tactics. We did not use spinnakers, but did more jibes and tacks than we knew were possible." Race Committee for the regatta included Brian Raskin and Perry Lengton on Whitecaps of KYC.
The WIMRC hopes to encourage women to do match racing and ultimately get the event onto the 2012 Olympics. Upcoming Clinics: St.Maarten YC, St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles Sept. 28 - 30; Royal BVI YC, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Oct. 4 - 7; Yacht Club Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct. 16 - 18; Point YC, Durban, South Africa (Dates To Be Announced); Korea (Location and Date To Be Announced). Full information, curriculum and registration details are available on the Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) web site: http://www.wimra.org/clinics.asp. This program was organized in conjunction with North U., the educational wing of North Sails. North U. runs a full range of on-the-water programs geared towards accelerating the education of sailors. http://www.northu.com/
Thirsty Thursday results have become available for Aug. 23 and Sept.7. First the August race results: Division 1 had only one boat, Avalanche, Al Albrecht. Division II had two boats (1.88 nm, Course PB): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan and 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III was abandoned. Division IV had two boats (2.01 nm, Course AB): 1. Oy, Eric Weintraub and 2. Aquila, Keith Dorman. Division CATS: Renegade, Andy Ledins. Results for Sept. 7: Division I (7.55 nm, Course UCT, 3 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht and 2. Free Fall, Bill McFall. The third boat was DSQ. Division II ( 6.72 nm, Course UCJ, 4 boats): 1. Vision, Marc Epstein, 2. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen, and 3. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III (6.16 nm, Course UDC, 7 boats):1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. Sundance, Joel Ziev, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Division IV and CATS each had one boat: Oy, Eric Weintraub and Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Race results for the weekend of Sept 8-9: Saturday for the Sonars (6 boats): 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning, and 3. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind. MBO fleet had two races with 4 boats on the starting line: Race #1: 1. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker and Dick Moore, 2. #14, Humdinger, John Silbersack and Jeffrey Rowland, and 3. #17, Frolic, Bill Martin. Race #2: 1. Escapade, 2. Humdinger and 3. Frolic. One Ideal 18 raced two races on Saturday. On Sunday, race results: Sonar fleet, Race 1: 1. Ping, 2. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs, and 3. Delight. Race 2: 1. Delight, 2. Laurie B 2, and 3. #479, Old Flame, Ed King, Andy Weissman and Mary Lu Dempsey. MBO fleet finishes: Race 1. #11, Silver Foxes, Jay Davenport and Curt Champlin, 2. #26, Malachite, Lew Lane, Nina Randall and Gina Sigal, and 3. Escapade. Race 2: 1. Silver Foxes, 2. #25, Blackjack, Adrian Alley and George Graf, and 3. Escapade. KOD fleet: Race !; #8, Second Chance, Perry Lengton, 2. #15, Dybbuk, Roy Israel and 3. #12, Sonic, Michael Aingorn and Peter Wermuth. Race 2: 1. Second Chance, 2. #14, Phoenix, Tom Powers, and 3. Dybbuk. There was one Ideal 18 racing on Sunday.
The Hinman Masters, more formally known as the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy, was sailed at the NYYC's Harbour Court in mid-August. The regatta is named after the late George R. Hinman Sr., commodore of the NYYC in 1959-60 and member of Manhasset Bay YC and commodore there from 1945-46. The team-racing event is kindly referred as a race "for those on the shady side of 40." After four complete round robins, or 48-total races, the team from the host New York Yacht Club, with team captain Phil Lotz and skippers Bill Tripp and former NYYC Commodore George R. Hinman Jr., won the event with 12 points. George grew up sailing on Manhasset Bay and is a product of MBYC's junior sailing program. In second place was Noroton Yacht Club, which was tied with Larchmont on points until the tie-breaking protocol worked its magic. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club was fourth; St. Francis, fifth and Southern Yacht Club, sixth.