Alex Whipple and Wilkie Jordan, two junior racers out of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, have been ripping up the competition. They won the 2008 JSA Champs at Stamford YC in the Club 420 division last month. But this dynamic duo didn't stop there. They went on to Chicago to compete in the US SAILING Nationals, where they came in seventh and are now ranked seventh in the USA in Club 420s. Their next regatta is up in Buzzards Bay, after which they will return home. According to mom, Cindy Jordan, they are very excited about their racing, but will be glad to return home. Once the two return home, more information will become available. Stay tuned...
Port Washington Yacht Club held the 7th Annual Optimist regatta to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation on July 19th. 47 sailors between the ages of 8 and 15 years not only competed on the race course but raised money for Make-A-Wish. "It was a pleasure to see 47 Optimist sailors get their wish for fair winds; and to be part of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York grant wishes for some very special children," said event coordinator Catherine Einhaus. Race Committee Chairperson Tom Egan was delighted to start four races with a steady 8 to 10 knots of wind. "Watching 8- to 15-year-old children navigate a race course is truly a remarkable sight," added Mr. Egan.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was inspired in 1980 by the love that a family and friends had for a 7-year-old Phoenix boy named Chris, who had leukemia. More than 163,000 wishes have been granted since. "What makes this event so special for us at the Make-A-Wish Foundation each year is the fact that it is children who lead all efforts to raise the majority of the funds raised," commented Kathie Lombardi, External Events and National Partnerships Coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. "We are truly grateful to these exceptional kids and everybody involved in making this regatta possible and supporting it so strongly," she added.
Results for the Make-A-Wish Regatta: Beginner Optimists Division: 1. TJ Danilek, 2. Ryan Feldman, and 3. Beth Berger. Intermediate/Advanced Optimists Division: 1. Matthew Harris, 2. Howie Curd, 3. Gregory Stebbins. Blue Jay Division: 1. Skipper: Patti Hoban, Crew: TJ Hoban, 2. Skipper: Kelsey Brown, Crew: Caroline and Elizabeth Cozzens, 3. Skipper: Ryan Miller, Crew: Robert Clarke. Pixel Division: 1. Skipper: Meredith Krim, Crew: Clare McIntee, 2. Skipper: Kade Kenlon, Crew: Tommy Kuehn, 3. Skipper: Allison Cogan, Crew: Margot Cyprus and Johanna Silbersack.
Manhasset Bay YC held the Blue Jay/Pixel Race Week as part of MBYC Race Week 2008: 30 Pixel racers and 18 Blue Jay teams were on the starting line. Results for the Blue Jay/ Pixel Race Week: Pixel Division: 1. Rosie Grinalds/Charolette Boyle (Pequot YC), 2. Thomas McHugh, Jake Donohue (BRYC), 3. Nick Philip/John LaBossiere (American YC) and 4. Meredith Krim/Clare McIntee (MBYC). Alex Heid/Travis Burger, Thomas Kuehn/Michael Scrobe, Allison Cogan/Margot Cyprus also races for MBYC. Top racers in the Blue Jay division (full crew name listed if available): 1. Lilyana Ohlensclaeg/Zagaja (Centerport YC), 2. Cameron Coneys/Kazerouni (Centerport YC), 3. Austin Coneys/Gardner (Centerport YC) and 4. Patricia Hoban/Hoban (MBYC). Skippers Erin Condon/Henne, and Alexandra Andromidas/Andromidas represented PWYC, while Kade Kenlon/Mack, Kelsey Brown/Cozzens, Chris Harragan/Sequino, Ryan Miller/Clarke Tortora and Colleen Stack/Silbersack rounded out the teams from Manhasset Bay YC. In addition, Gregory Stebbins, 12, won first place in the Optimist Class at MBYC Race Week and 3rd place in the LIAF Charity Regatta, Optimist Class.
On August 8-9, Manhasset Bay YC hosted the Opti Champs with 139 young racers from around Long Island Sound participating in the event. In order to race in this event, each skipper had to qualify and this year there was an increase in qualifying youngsters. That is good news for the future of sailing on Long Island Sound. Congratulations to Roger Dorr, from Port Washington YC, who came in second overall out of 139 boats!
Approximately 25 yacht clubs from the north and south of Long Island Sound were represented at the Champs. Ten skippers from PWYC participated: Roger Dorr, Colin Kennedy, Matthew Harris, Matthew Lyons, Alexandra Andromidas, Zach Berzolla, Shanna Rae Savignano, Elizabeth Einhaus, Kristen Henne, and Katherine Andromidas. Representing Manhasset Bay YC: Nick Lobley, Bryant Born, and Gregory Stebbins. Top boats: 1. Jack Cusick (Pequot YC), 2. Roger Dorr (Port Washington YC), 3. Mackenzie Cooper (Pequot YC), 4. Renier Eenkema van Dijk (Larchmont YC), and 5. Matthew Martens (Stamford YC).
Switching topics from junior racers: There is one special adult who has made his mark on the international racing scene and sails out of Knickerbocker YC. His name is Ted Weisberg, who is the nephew of the late Ed du Moulin. Mr. Weisberg has been voted an Honorary member of the Royal Gothenburg YC, better known in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia and Europe as GKSS, is the largest yacht club in Sweden and Scandinavia with a membership in the 4,000 member range. Most of Sweden's top sailors are all members of GKSS, including many members of the Swedish Olympic sailing team. Pelle Peterson, the famous Swedish navel architect and Paul Cayard's father-in-law are members as is the current president of ISAF, Joran Peterson. GKSS is also the club of record for most of Sweden's America's Cup challenges. GKSS is also the sponsor of the Swedish Match Cup, which is one of, if not, the best event on the World Match Racing Tour. Mr. Weisberg has been active in Swedish Match Racing for the past 15 years, working with the Croatians, French, Germans, Brazilians, Portuguese, Australians, New Zealanders, and Japanese, and his Honorary Membership in GKSS is most appropriate for all the work he has done to promote Swedish Match Racing over the years.
While attending this year's Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand over the July 4 weekend, Mr. Weisberg was presented with his "burgee" in a ceremony held on board a beautiful 50-foot Swan owned by Past Commodore, Per Settergren, with many Past Commodores, their wives and various sailing dignitaries on board. If you are out on the bay, you may notice a blue-hulled boat named Thora, flying a blue and white burgee with a crown and the letters GKSS. Give a wave to Ted Weisberg, the only American member of the Royal Gothenburg YC. And if readers are in town of Friday, August 22, Mr. Weisberg will be the speaker at the Knickerbocker Cup. The KCUP was started by Ed du Moulin and Arthur Knapp many years ago, and this event is recognized throughout the world. Over the years, Mr. Weisberg has been very involved with the KCUP. Quoting the Croatians, who have an expression that sums up the work that Ed and Arthur started and Ted continues: "You put your finger in the water and the ripples are felt around the world." For more information on Mr. Weisberg's presentation and the Knickerbocker Cup, please call KYC (516)-767-7655.