The J/105 start on the Long Distance Race at the 2008 Manhasset Bay Fall Series. The second weekend of the Fall Series takes place on Oct. 25-26.
Tonight's the night! Amanda Clark, 2008 Olympian, will be at the Port Washington Public Library at 7:30 to talk about her experiences in China. This is part of a series of presentations by the Nautical Council of the library. According to Amanda, "Olympic Games...an experience of a lifetime. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics. The Olympic ideal has had a profound effect on our lives. Competing in the Games has made us better sailors, better sportswomen and better people. We hope to use our momentum to give back to sailing as it has given so much to us." Come hear Amanda talk about her successes and challenges in Qingdao. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series is a two-weekend race that was started by club member John Thomson Jr. who thought it would make sense to have a big boat race in October when wind conditions on Long Island Sound were the best possible. Well, Mr. Thomson must have had some inside information about weather conditions, at least for the first half of this year's regatta. The winds out on Long Island Sound were "rippin'" on both Saturday and Sunday, with rolling seas in the six foot range. On one downwind leg on Saturday, with spinnaker flying, one crew member (who will remain anonymous) did a back-flip off his boat and took a swim in the Sound. The expert crew did a magnificent job on executing their "man overboard" drill, and picked up the wet and chilled sailor. This was not an easy task to do - with winds gusting, the chute up, strong current and rolling seas. Kudos to the crew who pulled it off! Sunday brought more of the same weather for the second day of the Fall Series, which was earmarked for the Long Distance Race. One sailor, in an email from work the following day, remarked that he "could hardly hold a pen because his hands were so beaten up from working the lines on the mainsheet and traveler." Yes, John Thomson knows what he is talking about. The sailors, exhausted but happy, arrived back at MBYC to tell their tales of racing on the high seas of Long Island Sound. One can bet with some certainty that some of the stories took a bit of literary license in the telling - but that is all part of the fun of the Fall Series.
The Sonar North American Championship took place at Seawanhaka Corinthian YC in Oyster Bay on Oct. 10-13. The conditions for this fall event were more like those on Manhasset Bay in July or August, with winds under 11 knots, mostly in the 5-7 knot range. At times the wind died altogether, and when there was wind, the shifts were huge. The regatta was sailed off the entrance to Oyster Bay in confusing currents and chop caused "by the east-west tides in the Sound meeting the north-south flows of the bay," according to Bruce Kirby, who wrote a press release that appeared in Scuttlebutt, the daily online sailing newsletter. One might say that sailing conditions were less than ideal, and rather challenging.
To add to the challenging conditions, Kirby continues "at one point the contest was abandoned minutes before the time limit expired when the weather mark got loose from its moorings and headed east on the tide with half the fleet, going upwind in scarcely a breath of air, just able to hold pace with the wayward mark but unable to catch it."
With all the difficulties of this regatta, Peter Galloway of Noroton YC came out on top for an unprecedented fourth time, with 15 points (4,4,5,3,2) beating Tyler Moore of Boston YC. Third place went to Andrew Crocker from PPYC, Craig Sinclair, NYC, and Jim Crane, NYC, taking 4th and 5th finishes. Bill Lynn, the reigning World Champion, finished 6th. Individual race winners included Rick Dominique of Manhasset Bay YC.
The Long Distance Race is the traditional end of racing for the summer. Though it took place on Oct. 5, the winds were light and fluky - more like mid-August than what we hope and expect in October. Eight Sonars and three KODs on the starting line, and with the light winds, one boat gave up and was scored DNF (Did Not Finish). The top boats: 1. #451, Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning, 2. #678, Whimsey, Ed Adler, and 3. #682, Puff, Ralf Steitz.
Columbus Day found the Thirsty Thursday group racing for the last time this season. Six boats total raced. In Division I ( 6.09 nm, Course ADJ, 5 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Fast Lane, Ken Fink, and 3. Vision, Marc Epstein. Zenga, Gamell (no first name available) was the lone racer in Division III.
Calling all Race Committees from the Manhasset Bay area! The International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen, also known as The Moosehead Committee is up to their antics again and requests the pleasure of your committee's company at it 67th Annual Meeting and Luncheon. This year the event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1200 hours at the Stamford Yacht Club, 97 Ocean Drive West, Stamford, CT. (LAT. 41°01.77N, LON.74°31.80W). Each yacht club is requested to take individual reservations from their members and then make one group reservation at Stamford YC (203-323-3161) - deadline for reservations is Monday, Oct. 27. Why not get representation from all the Race Committees on our bay? This has never happened, and this year just might be a good time to get everyone over to SYC. Who knows, your club may just come home with a prestigious (?) award of some animal part. It's a lot of fun and you can't believe the mishaps that Race Committees make over the season. It's a not to be missed luncheon, and can easily rival Saturday Night Live - well, that may be a bit of a stretch!
US SAILING has awarded its prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy to Roy E. Disney (Burbank, Calif) for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the U.S. over many years. Disney was unable to attend Friday night's awards ceremony at US SAILING's Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., for a good reason: Disney's feature film Morning Light - about sailing - was released nationwide at the same time as the Awards Ceremony. For more information, go to the US SAILING website at www.ussailing.org/pressreleases.
On Oct. 16, the latest college sailing rankings came out. Leading the top of the co-ed list (# is previous ranking) is Boston College (1), followed in order by: 2. St. Mary's, (3) 3. Roger Williams (4), 4. Brown (5), 5. Tufts (6), 6. Yale (2), 7. Georgetown (7), 8. Connecticut College (11), 9. Navy (8), 10. MIT (13), 11. Harvard (12), 12. Vermont (15), 13. Stanford (16), 14 Charleston (9), 15. Hobart/Wm. Smith (10), 16. Old Dominion (18), 17. Rhode Island (--), 18. Coast Guard (--), 18. South Florida (14), and 20. UC/Santa Barbara (--). Ranking for women's teams: 1. Yale (5), 2. St. Mary's (3), 3. Charleston (1), 4. Brown (6), 5. Boston College (2), 6. Harvard (4), 7. Stanford (9), 8. Georgetown (8), 9. Old Dominion (7), 10. Hobart/Wm. Smith (11), 11. Rhode Island (10), 12. Coast Guard (12), 13. Eckerd (--), 14. Boston University (--), 15. Dartmouth (15).