If you happen to be a sailor from Port Washington or Manhasset, you tend to think that our little corner of the world invented sailing. While that would be a stretch, Manhasset Bay has launched many a sailor who made his or her mark on the world. We can think of several names from years past that are well-known throughout the national and international sailing community: Ed du Moulin, Harman Hawkins, and Victor Romagna, to name just a few of those who truly represented Manhasset Bay to the outside world. This tradition continues today. Two local racers, one from Port Washington and one from Manhasset have been in the news in the past week. And what is nice about this story, in addition to being proud of "two of our own" is that one is an adult female and the other is a young man. Sue Miller, the vice commodore of Manhasset Bay YC just returned from Block Island Race Week where she spent the week as PRO for the event. With years of experience of the Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series under her belt, plus numerous other regattas too numerous to mention, she went to Block Island with lots of knowledge and a great team to help her pull off one of the best-run Block Island Race Weeks ever. Jeanne Miller, her mother, went along to add her knowledge to the committee, and it was this mother-daughter partnership, with the help of the rest of the committee that made it all happen. Eleven races over five days were completed, including the classic Round the Island Race midweek. Rumor has it that racers were approaching the RC to compliment them on a job well done. And how often does that happen! Congrats to Sue Miller (and her mom) for representing Manhasset Bay and the MBYC to the larger sailing community. For information on race results, including the final two days with very interesting races, please see http://www.blockislandraceweek.org/results.php.
The other local racer to make the news this past week is Teddy Himler from Manhasset. From June 26 to July 1, the country's top youth sailors are slated to compete in the U. S. Youth Sailing Championship hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club. National event organizer US SAILING selected a field of 150 sailors from 16 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands based on their sailing resumes and performance at regional, national and international competitions. These competitors range in age from 13 to 19 and will sail in Lasers, Laser Radials, 29ers and Club 420s in the challenging conditions of San Francisco Bay. And Teddy will be right in the midst of "the most talented young athletes in the sport." He will compete in the single-handed racing, sailing on a Laser, as he moved up from the Laser Radials after winning that class in 2006. Teddy will be racing against Luke Lawrence, Palm City, FL, who has an impressive record of wins at the national and international level including first place in both the US Youth Worlds Qualifier and the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta and 11th place at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in 2007. Charlie Buckingham, Newport Beach CA, Georgetown University freshman, will be another competitor, who is fresh from hi win at the ICSA College National Championship. Looks like Teddy has his work cut out for him, but for those who know Teddy, he will give it his all. Good luck, Teddy!
One of the highlights of the championship will be advanced racing clinics taught by world-class sailors, including US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member Molly Carapiet; Brett Davis; Bern Noack; John Vandemoer; and John Pearce.
At the conclusion of the regatta, a number of significant awards will be presented to the winners. The winner of the Laser class will receive the Robert L. Johnstone Trophy, which honors Johnstone's pioneering work in popularizing one-design sailing and serving as the Youth Championship's creator and first committee chairman. The Manton D. Scott Memorial Trophy, honors the life of an aspiring Olympic sailor whose life was cut short prematurely when he was electrocuted in 1973 when the mast of his boat made contact with an overhead power line, will be awarded to the winning boat in the Club 420 class. The Robert and Ann Conner Trophy, to honor the Conners' lifelong effort to promote junior sailing, will be awarded the winner of the Laser Radial class. For more information about the U.S. Youth Championship, including a complete list of competitors and latest updates as the event is happening, please visit www.ussailing.org/championships/youth/youthchamp.
There are two interesting proposals for waterfront development that readers may be interested in. BoatU.S. Foundation's Environmental Leadership Award recognizes a group, organization, company, marina or individual who has made a significant contribution towards advancing clean boating and educating boaters on minimizing their environmental impact. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2008 and the award includes $1,000 for the continued support of the winner's environmental efforts. - Details at http://www.boatus.com/news/releases/2008/june/award.asp. The other is a national competition called the Waterfront Challenge. The Waterfront Challenge was developed to encourage people who care about their local waterfront, to improve their local waterfront. The challenge is designed for any group of three or more people who want to spend a minimum of two days of their lives improving their local waterfront and encouraging others to do the same. Projects should be new, and make some part of your waterfront an environmentally better place. Seven regional awards of $5,000 each will be presented, along with a separate grand prize of $25,000. See http://www.wfchallenge.com.
And now for some local scores. First from Thirsty Thursday. Race 1, May 29: Division I (4 boats, Course DC, 5.73 nm): 1. Ripple, John Towers, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III (11 boats, Course KM, 3.06 nm): 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Sundance, Joel Ziev, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Race 2, June 5: Division I (4 boats, Course J, 5.88 nm): 1. Vision, 2. Ripple, and 3. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul. Division III: (11 boats, Course MC, 5.47 nm): 1. Sundance, 2. Irish Blessing, and 3. En Passant. Race 3, June 12: Division I (7 boats, Course DC, 5.73 nm): 1. Avalanche, Craig Albrecht, 2. Ripple, and 3. Free-Fall. Division III (14 boats, Course MY, 3.82 nm): 1. En Passant, 2. Irish Blessing, and 3. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum. Race 4, June 19: Division I (5 boats, Course UA3, 4.5 nm): 1. Avalanche, 2. Free-Fall, and 3. Vision. Division III (14 boats, Course UM, 3.37 nm): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. Sundance, and 3. En Passant.
Weekend racing scores for June 14-15. North Shore YC served as Race Committee, with Bob Ebenau Race Committee Chair. On Saturday, the Sonars had two races. Race 1: #375, Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, and 3. #568, Laurie B 2, Bob Baskind. Race 2: 1. Housemartin, 2. Delight, and 3. #479, Old Flame, Ed King/Andy Weissman/Mary Lu Dempsey. There were no races on Sunday, June 15 due to lack of wind. Weekend racing results for the weekend of June 21-22 will be reported next week.