Gary Jobson, the quintessential sailing journalist, will be at Manhasset Bay YC on Thursday, May 15, to present "Speed and Passion," a summary of the aspects of today's sport of sailing. This presentation is sponsored by US SAILING, Mount Gay Rum, YRA of LIS and MBYC. Photo courtesy of Dan Nerny.

The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) is at it again! After a very successful seminar last month with Pat Healy, they are sponsoring another terrific presentation that just can't be missed! Mark your calendars to be over at the Manhasset Bay YC on Thursday, May 15, for the Mount Gay Rum Speakers Series with Gary Jobson. Brought to you by US SAILING and Mount Gay Rum, and sponsored by the YRA of LIS, Jobson's topic is "Speed and Passion," a fast-paced summary of the key aspects of today's sport of sailing, including, among other topics, Ultimate Sailing, Racing to Bermuda, U.S. Team's Chinese Olympic Quest, Polar Sailing and the America's Cup. The talk is at 7:30 p.m., with a cocktail party starting at 6:30 p.m.

Most of the sailing community is very familiar with Gary Jobson, but for those who tend more toward land activities, Jobson is a hot ticket. He is a world class sailor, television commentator and author. He has won many championships in one design classes, the America's Cup with Ted Turner in 1977, the infamous Fastnet Race and many of the world's ocean races. In college he was twice named College Sailor of the Year (1972, 1973). He has been broadcasting for ESPN since 1985 and won a 1988 Emmy Award for his coverage of yachting at the South Korean Olympic Games.

In October 2003 Gary was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. In 1999 Gary won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing's most prestigious award. This trophy is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States.

In addition to all that has been written about Gary Jobson, he is one fine speaker and a terrific individual. All are invited to attend what will be guaranteed to be a spectacular evening. So wander over to MBYC, but you may want to arrive about 6:30 p.m. to attend the cocktail party. There are sure to be some stories to compare, even if "the season" hasn't started yet. Why not jump start your racing season, gather your crew and have a fun night out with one of the best speakers sailing has to offer.

Seating is limited at this presentation and tickets are required. For more information, please call the YRA office at 767-9240 or email at The cost for tickets is $25 for YRA members by May 7, $35 for non-YRA members. There is a $10 charge for all tickets on or after May 8, including tickets at the door, if they are still available. The YRA of LIS looks forward to welcoming you to Manhasset Bay YC for this very special event.

Birthday celebrations are such fun! But when the birthday person becomes "of a certain age," he or she might look at the celebration from a different perspective. Well, the sailing community is celebrating a very special person's 100th birthday this year and it is definitely a cause for celebration. Centenarian Olin Stephens has ties to our community as he designed the Manhasset Bay One Design (MBOD) and later, during his tenure with Sparkman and Stephens, the Knickerbocker One Design (KOD).

The New York Yacht Club, which has weighed so heavily in Stephens' success and that of Sparkman &Stephens, is hosting a classic yacht regatta in his honor in Newport, Rhode Island, July 19-20. The club is planning an elaborate birthday party celebration for him at its Harbour Court facility. In another tribute to Stephens, S&S in conjunction with Doyle Sailmakers and the Castine Yacht Club will host a birthday party for Stephens at Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Following the party, a number of S&S designs will join the fleet racing from Marblehead to Castine, Maine. The race will lead into Down East Race Week in August. Last year, the S&S-designed Anna (an updated version of Stephens' famous Stormy Weather) won her class and placed first in elapsed time in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, which is part of the Down East event. Given Olin's centennial celebration, more S&S yachts are expected to participate in the Down East Race Week this year than ever before.

In a related news story, Sparkman and Stephens recently opened an office in Newport, RI. As part of its ongoing relationship with International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), the firm is making plans to move into new quarters next year in the Mill Building, which IYRS acquired adjacent to its facility and is renovating. IYRS serves as the permanent home to the famous Olin Stephens designs Dorade and Sunny. The school also has recently restored two of Stephens' early Manhasset Bay One Designs - Stephens' first design.

Considering our ties to Olin Stephens, wouldn't it be great if we could get some members of both fleets to contribute to Olin's birthday; a sort of thank you from the Port Washington sailing community? Any ideas are most welcome.

The frostbiting season is now over. For most of us, that signals the start of the "real sailing season." But you can't say that to a frostbiter. Last weekend brought the traditional long distance race and picnic. Next week's column will have a report on that. But in the meantime, some scores for the last few weeks: On Sunday, April 13, only the Ideal 18s raced. Top boats: 1. #177, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, 2. #12, Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers, and 3. #171, Vince Syracuse/Steve Moore. Scores for Sunday, April 20: IC Dinghy fleet: (5 races): Top boats: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson/ Johanna Silbersack, 2. #514, Ted Toombs/Jenny McCarthy and 3. #661, Jonathan Seiner/Pam Morris. The Ideal 18 fleet: 1. #177, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, 2. #47, Michael Silverman/Ryan Christie, and 3. #171, Vince Syracuse/Steve Moore. Steve Moore won the Crew Race.

The Chamber of Commerce HarborFEST is scheduled for Sunday, June 1 and it promises to be the best ever! Included in the festivities is the Model Boat Regatta, a real regatta for third-grade children in the public schools. This year St. Peter's third grade students will join in on the fun, adding just that much more excitement to the event. Volunteers across Port Washington, from the sailing community to Chamber members, will join forces to train over 400 children to build a small catamaran out of recycled and natural materials. The third grade was chosen to participate in this event because their science curriculum includes buoyancy - and what better way to understand a science concept than with a "hands-on" activity? Many thanks go to all the teachers at the third-grade level who have been most cooperative in planning the training schedules. The volunteers look forward to spending a few hours with these young sailors, both in the classroom and on the water. This year the regatta will take place over at Baxter Pond, due to the renovations at Mill Pond. Logo
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