Every once in awhile a story comes across the wires that just makes you smile all day long and since this is the season for celebrations for many religions, it seems appropriate to share with readers.
Your columnist was in Newport during the summer of 2004 and happened to drive over to Sail Newport at Fort Adams State Park. Driving into the park, there appeared to be a bunch of people standing on the dock. My friend and I walked over to the water and saw about five or six Sonars lined up at the dock ready to be sailed in the wonderful wind you find up at Newport. Of course I had my camera with me and asked to take photos and was directed to Judy McLennan and her daughter, Stephanie and learned all about this regatta that was about to take place. As Judy explained to us, this was the second year of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta, started in memory of Judy’s father and Stephanie’s grandfather. Tom Clagett (1916-2001) was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay. As a youngster he suffered temporary paralysis as the result of a bout of meningitis, which left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities, especially athletes. “The Clagett” began as an event for a single class of boat with a stated mission of assisting sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them – through the one-day clinic that precedes racing – both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills, and the opportunity to test them in competition.
The boy’s varsity basketball team played before a full house in the first game last week. The team defeated East Meadow 51-48, outscoring the Jets 12-5 in the final quarter. The team soundly defeated Carle Place in the Manhasset Tournament 63-22. The boys JV basketball team won their first game over Manhasset 52-41. Boys JV2 had a huge win in overtime over Great Neck South. Boys’ hoops is very exciting.
The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) held its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Larchmont Yacht Club Junior Club House. In addition to celebrating sailor’s achievement on the water, new board members were voted into office for the upcoming year.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with the YRA, this nonprofit organization has been serving local racing sailors for over 100 years. From organizing championships to rating boats using the latest handicap standards, YRALIS is dedicated to promoting safe, fair and challenging sailboat racing throughout Western Long Island Sound. Today, the YRA has over 65 member clubs, and nearly a thousand individual members. Over 700 boats are registered in the PHRF fleet, racing in both spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes. In addition, there are several offshore one-designs: J-44, J-120, J-35, J-105, J-30, J-92, J-80, Mumm 30s and Express 37s. Our member clubs and class associations provide inshore one-design competition and support learn-to-sail programs for sailors new to the sport. Top inshore one-design classes include Vanguard 15s, Etchells, Sonars, Lightnings, Flying Scots, Shields, Lasers, IODs, Ideal 18s and Interclubs. Many of our member clubs also provide learn to sail and racing programs for young sailors, through our affiliate, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound.
The Girls Varsity All-Star dinner for field hockey was held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, and the Varsity Team was well represented. Congratulations to the Schreiber High School Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team for their accomplishments!
Boyd Carrington of Amityville outlegged Robis Degirmenci of Port Washington to the finish line of the 3rd annual “Blue Ribbon 5 Kilometer Run,” as 372 runners and walkers were on hand at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury on Nov. 13. This Integrated Medical Foundation event helps promote better men’s health and helps draw attention to the importance of early detection of prostate cancer.
The run was once again presented by Integrated Medical Foundation and its Executive Director Rhonda Samuel, with race management services provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club. Ms. Samuel was one of the participants in this year’s run, completing her first race ever in a very creditable time of 31:08.
Coming off two Super League championships last year, Port North came flying out of the gate this season. The sixth grade team opened up with three straight wins over St. Bernards, Roslyn and FE Hoops. The up tempo seventh graders started with a blowout 46-22 win over Jericho. The defending Div. 3 eighth grade championship team defeated Commack and Jericho to run their winning streak to 17 games at this level. The eighth graders announced their presence in Div. 2 with a 63-23 win over the L.I. Cougars before falling in a close game to the L.I. Lightning. Port North fourth graders made a spectacular debut last weekend with a 38-5 win over St. Bernards.
The Sonar Fleet is a group of racers who have fun out on the race course and even more fun back on shore, where they spend a good bit of time going over what “actually” happened out on the water. It is amazing how many different stories come out of the exact same start, or mark rounding, or near collision. But all is done in the Corinthian spirit, in a gentlemanly (gentlelady?) manner. It is all part of belonging to a group of sailors who happen to like racing on the same boat, and are presented with the same challenges.
A few weeks ago, the Sonar Fleet had their annual awards dinner, which is always a lot of fun. This year, as in the past, Greg Danilek spent a lot of time on a slide show that entertained throughout the evening. And Bill Simon, race program director at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, was the host for the evening, ably assisted by Mary Lu Palafox.
The US Tennis Association Eastern Long Island and United Way of Long Island are teaming up to support members of our military, and local businesses and corporations are urged to help. On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m., the region will be hosting a Corporate Tennis Challenge Fundraiser, with all proceeds to provide rehabilitative and recreational tennis programs to returning military veterans and their families.
Runners from Port Washington and all over Long Island and beyond are cordially invited to be part of the 19th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run, a 5-Kilometer cross-country run, which will be held on Sunday morning, Nov. 27 at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset.
The run will start promptly at 9:15 on the morning of Nov. 27. Registration and number/shirt pickup will be at the Center for Developmental Disabilities, on South Woods Road directly adjacent to Stillwell Woods, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
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