This is the third week into the frostbiting season and it looks to be a really good one. We have the teams that come back year after year and are consistently high on the leader board. But this year we are having some young (or not so young) upstarts that are challenging the regulars. Some are from this area, but more and more we are seeing skippers coming from outlying bays, eager to keep their sailing skills in fine order for the spring season. And what is especially fun is to see a sailor on Race Committee one week and then out racing the next. That is the case with Bill Brakman, who has been a Race Committee stalwart and helped out last week, but decided to race with Vince Syracuse last Sunday. This week, we had the addition of a young team, Leah Gardner and Emily Browning in #511 - hopefully we will see them again. It's a lot of fun each Sunday afternoon, and there are still boats available. So if you are looking to get out of the house, get in a little exercise, and enjoy the camaraderie of a great bunch of people, come over to the Manhasset Bay dock and give it a try. You won't believe how good the fire in the fireplace feels after a brisk day on the water - and the refreshments are not so bad either. Winners for the day, followed by individual race scores: IC Dinghies: 1. Kevin Morgan/Donna Marie Cipollone, 2. Matt Kelley/Mary Endsey, and 3. Ted Toombs/Jenny McCarthy. The Ideal 18s had a three-way tie for first: Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers, Michael Silverman/Ryan Christie, and Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson. There were six races for each fleet: ID Dinghies: Race 1: 1. #625, Kevin Morgan/Donna Marie Cipollone, 2. #603, Matt Kelley/Mary Endsey, 3. #514, Ted Toombs/Jenny McCarthy. Race 2: 1. Kelley/Endsey, 2. Toombs/McCarthy, 3. Morgan/Cipollone. Race 3: 1. Morgan/Cipollone, 2. Kelley/Endsey, 3. Tombs/McCarthy. Race 4: 1. Morgan/Cipollone, 2. Toombs/McCarthy, 3. Kelly/Endsey. Race 5: 1. Morgan/Cipollone, 2. Kelley/Endsey, 3. John Silbersack/Catryn Silbersack. Race 6: 1.Kelley/Endsey, 2. Morgan/Cipollone, 3. Toombs/McCarthy. Ideal 18s: Race 1: 1. Rita Syracuse/Steve Moore, 2. Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers, and 3. Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson. Race 2: 1.Schwartz/Powers, 2. Silverman/Christie, 3. Kirtland/Thompson. Race 3: 1. Kirtland/Thompson, 2. Silverman/Christie, and 3. Syracuse/Moore. Race 4: Kirtland/Thompson, 2. Rita Syracuse/Steve Moore, 3. Silverman/Christie. Race 5: 1. Silverman/Christie, 2. Schwartz/Powers, 3. Kirtland/Thompson. Race 6: 1. Schwartz/Powers, 2. Silverman/Christie, 3. Kirtland/Thompson.
UK-Halsey Sailmakers have developed a rather good sailing library online that readers may want to check out. They are in the midst of posting a library of safety at sea videos with new segments added every month. Topics to be included, beyond the Quick Stop episodes already posted, are how to launch and right a life raft, how to set and use storm sails, first aid including how to use a skin stapler to close wounds, some basic damage control techniques and more. You will need to log-in to view the videos, but it's free, and you will then receive notifications of new videos as they are published, and also their occasional newsletters. To view the videos, go to the login page of their website: http://www.ukhalsey.com/login.asp?nid=38788.
Also at UK-Halsey Online Store, is the first edition of the UK-Halsey Sailmakers Real Time Racing Rules CD. It has special features to help you analyze each quiz situation and the applicable rules in detail. Along with all the animated quizzes, this CD is packed with tools to make learning the racing rules easier yet! For instance, all the Racing Rules of Sailing are included, all the definitions and most of the appendices along with hot links in the text of the answers for every rule or definition mentioned. The CD allows you to play the animations full screen with a button to pause or resume the action as many times as you'd like. To order the Real Time Racing Rules CD, go to the UK-Halsey Online Store. The cost is $45.
On Nov. 5, in Estoril, Portugal, the International Sailing Federation, the world governing body for the sport of sailing, in celebrating their centenary year, announced the first six inductees for the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame: Paul Elvström, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, Dame Ellen Macarthur, Olin Stephens, Barbara Kendall and Éric Tabarly.
Many of sailing's star names together with members of royalty were in Estoril to celebrate the achievements of the six inductees at a gala dinner and presentation, one of the centerpiece occasions of ISAF's Centenary celebrations. Over the past 100 years, sailing has seen many heroes and legends, and the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame has been created to recognize the achievements of those who have made the sport what it is today.
His Majesty King Constantine, ISAF President of Honor and Honorary Chairman of the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame, said: "The six inductees are all legends of the sailing world and are heroes to thousands of sailors around the world. They represent the very highest level of achievement across various aspects of sailing.
"One hundred years of sailing has created many worthy sailors, but tonight we are here to recognize a few that have made sailing their life. Their achievement has contributed to enhancing, promoting and evolving the sport of sailing, but overall they have amazed, influenced and inspired both on and off the water."
The inductees were presented with the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame trophy, - designed by renowned Portuguese artist, Cristina Leiria - by His Majesty King Constantine and ISAF President Göran Petersson. One of the sailing world's best loved commentators, PJ Montgomery, presided over the Awards ceremony.
The ISAF is made up of 123 Member National Authorities (MNAs) who are its principle members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world. There are currently 87 ISAF International, Recognized and Classic Yacht Classes, ranging from the smallest being the Optimist dinghy to the largest, the 60-foot multihull. For more information, see ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame website www.sailing.org/halloffame and International Sailing Federation (ISAF) www.sailing.org