Gary Jobson, the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the United States, is coming to Port Washington. Yes, that Gary Jobson, the one who has given over 2,000 lectures around the world. He will be at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club tonight at 7:30 p.m. to present "Speed and Passion," a fast-paced summary of the key aspects of today's sport of sailing. Some of the topics he's covering include Ultimate Sailing, Racing to Bermuda, U.S. Team's Chinese Olympic Quest, Polar Sailing and the America's Cup. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m., with a cocktail party starting at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is brought to you by US SAILING and Mount Gay Rum, and sponsored by the YRA of LIS. Call the YRA (767-9240), fax (767-9204) or email (

This is not to be missed! Even if you are not a racing sailor, or even a sailor, it is well worth your time to get over to MBYC tonight just to see Gary Jobson in person. A few facts might whet your appetite to meet this icon in sailing, plus for all those who attend, there will be a cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. with free drinks, compliments of Mount Gay Rum!

The facts abut Gary: he is a three-time All-American collegiate sailor, who was named College Sailor of the Year in 1972-3, won the America's Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner, the broadcaster/producer, EPSN Sailing Analyst, lecturer and writer (he is as Editor at Large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines). And that is just the beginning of his story. At age 57, Gary has authored 15 sailing books, will be producing sailing at the 2008 Olympic Games, and has brought home winning trophies in such varied venues as one design classes, the infamous Fastnet Race and many of the world's ocean races. He was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in October 2003, won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, which is US SAILING's most prestigious award - an award that is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States. Gary is also the National Regatta Chairman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's sailing program. Some other awards include the Award for Cable Excellence (A.C.E.) for his presentation on the 1987 America's Cup; an Emmy for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea (1988) and another Emmy for the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS; four Southam Awards and one Telly Award (recognizes distinction in creative work in broadcast and non-broadcast video productions). His website,, lists about 40 more awards. Gary is on the board of directors of 15 organizations including Fales Committee, International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), Leukemia Cup Regatta Series, National Sailing Hall of Fame, New York Yacht Club, Olympic Sailing Committee, US SAILING. His most recent books are "Championship Sailing" and "A Cats: A Century of Tradition."

Gary Jobson could be considered a local boy as he graduated from SUNY Maritime and in 2005 received SUNY Maritime College degree of doctorate of letters. He started his career as a sailing coach at USMMA and at the US Naval Academy. So why not grab the chance to meet Jobson and see what all this fuss is about? You won't be disappointed.

Many people don't know about the good work being done by the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee (MBPC). The following is an attempt to change that.

In 1998, the Town of North Hempstead and 14 Bay coastal communities voluntarily entered into an inter-municipal agreement for water quality planning purposes. The 11 municipalities include: Baxter Estates, Kings Point, Kensington, Great Neck, Manorhaven, Plandome, Port Washington North, Plandome Heights, Munsey Park, Plandome Manor, Thomaston, Sands Point, Nassau County, and the Town of North Hempstead. Each municipality pays modest annual dues and appoints a representative to the committee. The job of each representative is to: represent the needs of its municipality, present ideas for committee activities, serve as an advisor to the director of the committee, and, most importantly, bring tools and information back to its municipality so that it can become in effect part of the effort to restore and protect Manhasset Bay and its watershed.

The MBPC works to improve water quality in Manhasset Bay by encouraging communication among member municipalities and government agencies, educating the public about the efforts member municipalities make to improve water quality, supporting scientific study of Manhasset Bay and the implementation of the Manhasset Bay Water Quality Improvement Plan, and ensuring that Manhasset Bay is included in key state and federal programs.

The MBPC has developed a website to educate residents that live within the watershed of the 14 municipalities about the water quality of Manhasset Bay, the effect of storm water and failing septic systems on our bay, plus provide education articles, pamphlets, posters and fact sheets for your review. And, they have great aerial views of the peninsula, courtesy of Joel Ziev and John Meehan, Town of North Hempstead photographer. They are very interesting and worth taking the time to check them out. For more information, go to

Most of the top sailors from around the world have competed for the Congressional Cup. Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker, Ted Turner, Terry Hutchinson, Chris Law, Peter Gilmour, Peter Holmberg and Chris Dickson are past winners. Not coincidentally, many past winners of the "Crimson Blazer," emblematic of Congressional Cup victory, have often gone on to high levels in the World Match Racing rankings. Several have won the world's top sailing prize, the America's Cup. This year's Congressional Cup was held April 28-May 3, and Gavin Brady had the distinction of winning the regatta and adding yet another Crimson Blazer to his wardrobe.

When thinking about the Congressional Cup, those of us who reside on the east coast can't help but think of the Knickerbocker Cup, for it was the late Ed du Moulin, and the late Arthur Knapp, who thought a "Congressional-type" regatta should be held on the east coast. Thus was born the Knickerbocker Cup, an international match racing regatta, patterned after the Cup out west. Since its inception, the KCUP has attracted some of the top match racers who go on to make their name and become part of the elite circle of match racers who have reached the pinnacle of their sailing careers. In fact, several of the top teams in the 2008 Congressional Cup will be here to compete in the Knickerbocker Cup: Chris VanTol (last year's winner), Scott Dickson, and Dave Perry. So mark your calendars for Aug. 20-24 for another terrific match racing regatta right here on Manhasset Bay. Logo
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