With the interest in match racing increasing on Manhasset Bay, the Sonar fleet has held several match race events over the past few years. This year's race took place on Sunday, Aug. 24, with eight boats competing in very light wind trying to fill in out of the south. Thanks to the hard work from the Henrik Pedersen, Umpire, and PRO John Barry, with assistance from Yalcin Tarhan and Merchant Marine Midshipmen, five flights of a seven-flight rotation (20 races) were completed.
By the time the racing had to be called for lack of wind, there was a tie between Jonathan Siener, Viento, and John Browning, Ping, at 4-1 each. All the teams were disappointed that the full round robin could not be completed, giving all the boats a chance to sail against each other. But Mother Nature was quite ornery on Sunday morning, so the teams that did not race against one another will have to wait until the next match race. The final result was a tie between Siener and Browning, co-victors for the 2008 Sonar Match Race.
Bahar Gidwani, Selhun, tied with Rick Dominique for third and fourth, with 3-2 scores, with the tiebreaker going to Gidwani. According to Gidwani, who organized the event, "It was also good to see that every boat lost at least one race-so we all must admit we still have something to learn about match racing. No boats were injured and everyone seemed to have a good time. I hope that the fleet will support additional match racing events next year and perhaps make match racing a formal part of our season."
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, in Oyster Bay, NY, won the 2008 New York Yacht Club's Invitational Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy -- better known as the Hinman Masters. The three-day team-racing event was sailed at the NYYC's Harbour Court in Newport, Aug. 15-17. In second place was the New York Yacht Club, and third was Noroton, of Noroton, CT. Two points each separated the top three teams. Rounding out the standings were Southern, in New Orleans; Larchmont, in New York, Royal Thames, London, England, and Ida Lewis, Newport.
For the Masters, skippers must be at least 45 years old and crews 40. The competition was 3-3 in Sonars with spinnakers - a rare sail in team racing.
Sailing for the winning Seawanhaka Corinthian were Al Constants, team captain, Priscilla Constants, Dave Constants, Gerry Eastman, Hugh Jones, Tom Kinney, Alison Kinney, Gary Van Dis, Robert Capital, Reg Willcocks, Eric Johnson and Dave Kellegg.
The regatta was named for NYYC Commodore George R. Hinman Sr. (commodore 1959-60), the late father of Commodore George R. Hinman Jr. (commodore 2005-06). Hinman was also Commodore of Manhasset Bay YC from 1945-46. For more information, see www.nyyc.org
Those who are traveling north this weekend may want to take a detour to Newport to see the 29th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, a two-day regatta that always provides a showcase of majestic classic yachts and traditional one-designs that grace Newport Harbor for two days each summer.
Hosted by the Museum of Yachting, the regatta's first race begins Saturday morning, Aug. 30. Racing concludes on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31. The regatta's traditional Classic Yacht Parade takes place Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m, and will trace a course along the Newport harbor front. Race management will be handled by Sail Newport, with assistance from the Conanicut Yacht Club on Sunday.
The fleet will mix restored classics with "spirit of tradition" yachts that are of contemporary build but classic design. Among the current entries is a pair of rare and beautiful Q-Boats-Tom Hill's Falcon (San Juan, PR) and Ted and Sheila Graves' Nor'Easter (Stamford, Conn.). The Q-Boat racing class was first developed in the early 1900s and only eight of these original classics still exist. Gary Jobson (Annapolis, MD), who was winning tactician for Ted Turner in the 1977 America's Cup, will step back aboard a classic 12-Meter when he sails the 1958-built Weatherly to the starting line. Newport's Donald Tofias has entered his W-Class sloops White Wings and Wild Horses; launched in the late 1990s, these 76-foot sloops meld the best of classic styling with modern construction. Michael Dominguez (Barrington, RI) returns to the starting line with his 39-foot custom-designed sloop Halcyon after capturing a class win earlier this summer at the Robert H. Tiedemann Regatta, hosted by the museum in July. A fleet of some 40 boats is expected to compete. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the museum's website at www.moy.org or call 401-847-1018.
Let's catch up on the racing results for our friends who race on Thursday evening. When the fleet had more than 10 boats on the starting line, the first 5 places are listed. Results for Thirsty Thursday on Aug. 21. Division I (6 boats, Course UAx2, 3.0 nm): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Motion, Bruce Logan, and 3. Vision, Marc Epstein. Division III (12 boats, Course: UM, 3.37 nm): 1. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, 2. Sundance, Joel Ziev, 3. Happy Daze II, Tom Egan, 4. Naked Dance, Adam Bleifeld, and 5. Cary-Benet, Benet McMillan. There was no racing on Aug 14 due to severe weather. Results for Aug. 7: Division I (9 boats, Course: BC, 5.97 nm): 1. Avalanche, 2. Out of Reach III, Louis Nees, and 3. Ripple, John Towers. Division III (15 boats, Course BC, 5.97 nm): 1. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen, 2. Happy Daze II, 3. En Passant, 4. Escape, McCarthy (first name not available), and 5. Tootsie, Ron Fink. Results for July 31: Division I: (8 boats, Course AMx2 and AMAM, 6.26 and 5.29 nm): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Avalanche, and 3. Vision. Division III (14 boats, Course: AMAM, 5.29 nm): 1. Irish Blessing, 2. Tootsie, 3. En Passant, 4. Sundance, and 5. Cary-Benet. Results for July 24: Division I (6 boats, Course: UJ, 6.27 nm): 1. Xcite, 2. Grace, Gene Gold, and 3. Vision. Division III (13 boats, Course: UMI, 4.80 nm): 1. En Passant, 2. Irish Blessing, 3. Escape, 4. Tootsie, and 5. Naked Dance. Results for July 17: Division I (12 boats, Course UAx2, 3.0 nm): 1. Out of Reach, 2. Tootsie, 3. Ripple, 4. Nordlys, Schwartz (first name unavailable), and 5. Motion. Division III (11 boats, Course UM, 3.37 nm): 1. En Passant, 2. Tootsie, 3. Irish Blessing, 4. Naked Dance, and 5. Zinga, Gamell (first name unavailable).