The 2008 Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) Annual Meeting took place at the Larchmont Junior Yacht Club on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. After a discussion of highlights of the Racing Rules changes for 2009-2012 led by William Kirkpatrick, and a slideshow by Mark Washeim of Doyle Sails, Long Island titled "An Introduction to the New Breed of Ocean Racing Monohulls," president Robert Kendrick welcomed all to this year's meeting. Walton Alder presented the new slate of officers which was unanimously approved: Officers: Robert Kendrick, president, Lloyd Harbor YC; Kevin Dailey, New York YC and Bernard Armstrong, Riverside YC, vice presidents; Leigh Sterflinger, Lloyd Harbor YC, treasurer; Brenda Lewis, YRALIS, secretary. Executive Committee: Thomas Boyle, American YC and Mark Parry, New York YC, Class of 2009; Jeff Ohstrom, City Island YC and Quentin Thomas, Douglaston Yacht Squadron, Class of 2010; Jamie Ewing, Cedar Point YC and Peter Gould, Stamford YC, Class of 2011.
At the conclusion of the annual meeting, president Robert Kendrick, with the help of past president James Farrell, awarded the 2008 one design and handicap trophies. Four Special Discretionary trophies were awarded this year. Adam Loory, Huguenot YC, won the David Pryor Sportsmanship Trophy for his involvement with the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, hosted by Storm Trysail and Larchmont YC and Expressly for Fun regatta at Huguenot YC. The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta started in 2004 with five boats and grew to include 36 boats and 318 collegians in 2008. The Expressly for Fun regatta is a port-to-port racing weekend emphasizing family and friends participation. Raymond Redniss, Stamford YC, won the Roger H. Shope Trophy for excellence in race management. He has managed some of the most prestigious regattas in yachting, including the Vineyard Race, Block Island Race Week, Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, and Dorade Race for JSA. American YC and Larchmont YC were jointly awarded the Arthur P. Davis - Beach Point Yacht Club Trophy for outstanding achievement in running the U.S. Sailing's Independence Cup, the national championship for disabled sailors and considered the most significant special event of the year. Special mention was made to the event co-chairs: Bill Sandberg (American YC), Siobhan Reilly (American YC), and B. Padin (Larchmont YC). The Ned Anderson Achievement Award, the YRA's highest honor, was awarded to Capt. Eric York Wallischeck, USMMA, for this involvement with the YRA spanning 25 years, serving as secretary, vice president and president of the YRA. During his tenure he assisted in shaping the role of the YRA by providing guidance on issues including high-speed ferries, mandatory PFD use, changing in use of rating rules, and the overall evolution of the sport on Long Island Sound.
Seasonal winners included some local sailors that are well-known to the sailing community on Manhasset Bay. In the Sonar Fleet #11 class, the top winners were: 1. Housemartin, Beth and Greg Danilek, 2. Ping, Sue Miller and John Browning, and 3. Weekend Warrior, Bill Simon and Einar Haukland. In the MBOD fleet (Manhasset Bay One Design), the top awards were given to: 1. Miss B Haven, Grace Allen and Ralph Heinzerling, and 2. Escapade, Ned Baker and Dick Moore. There was no third-place trophy for the MBOD fleet because the trophies are awarded based on qualifying days. It was a tough racing season - lots of rain and very high winds - and many of the one-design fleets on both the north and south side of the Sound had trouble reaching that magical number of racing days to qualify for a trophy. In fact, our local Sonar Fleet and the Shields Fleet #1 out of Larchmont YC were the only fleets that had enough boats to qualify for a third-place trophy.
Local winners in the handicapped seasonal racing include Andiamo, Paul Strauch, Manhasset Bay YC, 3rd in both the Spring Sappho and the Overall Sappho (PHRF 93-117) and Avalanche, Craig Albrecht, 1st, Fall Caper (IRC), Port Washington YC. PHRF and IRC are two rating systems that level the playing field. For example, if 10 boats are on the starting line, and they vary in size, the performance rating will give or take away seconds on the boat's finish line. So while boat A might have crossed the finish line first, she may end up in third place because boat B's corrected time beat her. One could compare the PHRF and IRC ratings to a golfer's handicap.
For complete list of 2008 trophy winners and photos from the annual meeting, go to www.yralis.org.
There is an absolutely incredible video on YouTube about the America's Cup. Throughout history, this "Gentlemen's Sport" has involved billionaires, intrigue, spying - all the stuff of a great novel. Last Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning reported on the Cup and the interesting twists and turns in the latest chapter of the America's Cup. More than 8 minutes in length, the piece includes interviews with Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts, novelist Joseph Wambaugh and America's Cup historian, John Rousmaniere. It also has terrific footage of BMW ORACLE Racing Trimaran. Talk about fast - a chase boat with 600 horsepower couldn't keep up with her in light wind! This is really a must see video, which can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-ITwzCb_6E.
The above-mentioned John Rousmaniere will be in our area on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Port Washington Library to present an illustrated talk on many topics, including the legendary Bermuda Cup. Mr. Rousmaniere will have signed copies of A Berth to Bermuda: 100 Years of the World's Classic Ocean Race, available for purchase. So mark your calendars now, as you won't want to miss this exciting presentation. The evening is free, open to the public, and starts at 7:30 p.m. The presentation is part of the lecture series of the Nautical Council of the Port Washington Library.