In light and variable NW wind on Manhasset Bay, Stephanie Roble, Epic Racing (USA) nailed all five of her matches. In her match against Stratis Andreadis, Atalanti Racing/Black Goat Offshore (GRE), Andreadis scored two penalties in the pre-start hitting the committee boat twice by getting hung up on the RC boat anchor line. The third penalty was assessed when the boat failed to the start within the 2 minute time limit, earning a black flag. The RC asked for redress on behalf of Andreadis – citing the anchor line not properly weighted down, a black. Umpires denied the redress citing that of the three penalties, two were preventable. Roble’s victory held.
After dispensing with Ashlen Rooklyn, Ballyhoo Racing (AUS), David Gilmour, Team Gilmore (AUS), Dustin Durant, Long Beach Match Racing (USA) and Stratis Andreadis Atalanti Racing/Black Goat Offshore (GRE), Roble’s next victim was Taylor Canfield, USone (ISV). Canfield tacked behind Roble, hit the boat, drawing a penalty right at the start. To make matters worse for Roble, the number one ranked match racer in the world, by the time Canfield made it to the windward mark, two matches converged on the mark simultaneously, forcing Canfield who was under spinnaker to make room for them, further expanding Roble’s lead.
As the summer comes to an end so does the season for the Port Washington “Lady Legends” 12U softball travel team.
Sponsored by the Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA), with its facilities located off of Glen Lane in Port Washington, the 12U team won the Little League District 28 Championship by defeating Albertson-Herricks. This was a great achievement for the “Lady Legends” who went on to represent PYA at the Long Island Championship and in the Glen Cove Mayor’s Trophy Tournament.
A crew of youngsters turned out for the 64th annual Town Dock Snapper Derby in Port Washington last weekend, sponsored by the Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club. Boys and girls under the age of 16 made their parents and grandparents proud as they pulled in loads of snappers, and received free soda and hot dogs for their efforts.
The 31st Knickerbocker Cup (KCup), an international match race event, will take place on Manhasset Bay from August 29 — September 1. Match racing is the format used in the America’s Cup, pitting one boat against another in a series of eliminations to determine a champion. The winner of the KCup will go on to race in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, a World Match Race Tour event.
The KCup brings a field of top-notch sailors and umpires from around the globe to Manhasset Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) in Port Washington. Ranked #2 in the world, Taylor Canfield, Team USOne, US Virgin Islands, is a veteran competitor in the KCup, but the championship has remained elusive for him — 2013 may be his year. Challenging Canfield will be #12 ranked Nicolai Sehested, Tre-For Match Racing, a young Dane who is also a veteran of this event; and #14 ranked Eric Monnin, Okalys-Corum Team, Switzerland, who is new to Manhasset Bay.
The 37th Annual Around Long Island Regatta’s (ALIR) 190-mile course combines ocean and coastal-water racing. Designed for all levels of sailors, the race usually lasts two or three days. It caters to friends who wish to compete as a team, to cruising sailors who race only occasionally, to owners of multi-hull and classic yachts and to serious racing yachtsman competing for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy and other IRC distance racing trophies. In short, this unique race is for everyone.
The race began at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th with a spectacular ocean start off Rockaway Point. Heading east in the Atlantic along Jones Beach, Fire Island and the Hamptons, skippers juggled between hugging the coast and heading out to sea in search of favorable winds. Rounding Montauk Point, the boats headed northwesterly through Block Island Sound toward Orient Point and then through Plum Gut. Once in Long Island Sound, racers had to deal with variable winds and current as they tacked to the west to Sea Cliff Yacht Club, where the weekend was capped with a beach barbeque and awards ceremony on Sunday, July 28th.
Plandome Ladies Golf Organization
In 1961, JFK delivered a 13-minute inaugural address, which to this day is still considered to be one of the most powerful in history. His most famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country,” stole the show. But, toward the end, he said, “the torch has been passed to a new generation,” and those words summarize the 2013 Plandome Ladies’ Club Championship to a tee!
On Tuesday, July 23, the PLGO crowned a new club champion for the first time. Brandy Miller defeated her mother, Georgette Schnitzer, a former club champion and respected competitor herself for many years at Plandome. The excitement continued as our NET champion, Lisbeth Shibley, defeated Maureen Paladino in a tough competition as well. At greenside on 18, flowers, champagne and congratulatory hugs were enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to Port Washington runners Oliver Melara and his mom Karen Melara, each of whom won an award in the 10th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on Sunday morning, July 22.
Ten year old Oliver took third place honors in the 12 and Under Age Group, with a finishing time of 27 minutes 22 seconds. Mom Karen earned the third place award in the women’s 35-39 age group, with a time of 21:22.
The Port Washington PAL D-Backs Softball teams each enjoyed incredibly successful spring seasons. Our “Rookies” got their first taste of real game action participating in a local inter-town league and learning the building blocks of future softball success under the tutelage of Jim Gabriel and his experienced staff. Our Veteran’s, almost all of whom also played for the undefeated Schreiber Varsity team, had a terrific season, finishing with the best winning percentage in the South Brooklyn Softball League, a league featuring travel teams from all over NYC and then capped their season with our first ever trouncing of the Lady Diamond Pro’s. The “Majors” were the repeat champions of the North Shore Softball League marking the third year in a row that our Majors program has won a Long Island Championship. Our “Minors” were among the finest teams in all Long Island compiling an overall 39 win and only six loss season, winning championships in the North Shore Softball League, RGMV Majors Division and the highly competitive NJBL. The girls also won the Ozone Park — Howard Beach Breast Cancer Fund-Raiser Tournament and placed 3rd in the Frozen Ropes Chester Tournament.
“The British are coming … the British are coming!” The cry rang out loud and clear on Manhasset Bay. Could that be why The Honey Fitz, the ex-official Presidential yacht, appeared in our bay last on Sunday, July 14? Was it to protect the waters in our special corner of the world, or just curiosity? Who would have thought that six teams from the Royal Burnham Yacht Club, from Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex, England, who arrived at Manhasset Bay YC’s doors for some “friendly competition amongst nations,” would be of any concern of the U.S. government!
Well, there are two stories actually. Yes, The Honey Fitz was in Manhasset Bay as a stopover on her journey up to Mystic Seaport and other northern ports on her 2013 goodwill tour mission to raise awareness for charitable organizations. The Presidential Yacht, which served five United States Presidents, has been meticulously restored to its original state. The classic 93 foot yacht, built in 1931 by the Defoe Ship Building Company in Bay City Michigan, has been returned to her former glory and is certified by The United States Coast Guard for up to 70 guests. Readers who are looking for a once in a lifetime experience can step aboard “The Yacht of Camelot” and enjoy the five star amenities designed for comfort and casual elegance. For those who would like to bring this beautiful yacht back to Manhasset Bay – or anywhere else, see www.myhoneyfitz.com. So, while it would be great fun to weave a story of intrigue, and spies and double agents surrounding the arrival of the Honey Fitz and the Brits……well, that is just not the case.
Block Island race week is over and what a week it was! Because it was the 25th anniversary of the event, Storm Trysail Club, the organizing authority, prepared for two years to make this edition the best one ever. And, after speaking to skippers and teams at the post-race party each night in the tent, everyone was in agreement that the week was spectacular. Over 1500 sailors, 182 teams, and everyone was a happy camper, even if they didn’t place in the money.
Nick Langone, Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club had this to say: “The 2013, 25th anniversary of Block Island Race Week was a huge success due to so many factors. This year the success was based on not only dedicated committee work, but also with the strength of the 180 registrations signed up to sail, and race in some of the best sailing conditions in the world.” There was not only a healthy quantity of sailors, but most definitely, a high quality of sailor that we haven’t seen in years. If you asked any sailor on the Island that week, they would agree.
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