Normally this column reports on local events with a sprinkling of national and international sailing events that relate to our area or are so interesting they need to be included. Last month, there was an event over at American Yacht Club that just begs to be shared for several reasons: the energetic folks at American YC raised a ton of money for the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program and they collaborated with four other regional yacht clubs. Now many readers may wonder why it is such a big deal that yacht clubs would work together for a common cause, but it is a rare event to say the least. In recent years, some clubs on the north side of the Sound have banned together to host a regatta or event and this is becoming more frequent. But it is not the norm at all. So when information came out about American YC, people took notice. According to the press release, American Yacht Club raised an impressive $125,000 for the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program at an event held October 22 in collaboration with four regional yacht clubs: Larchmont, Centerport, Noroton and Stamford. Co-chairs of the evening were Siobhan Reilly and Bill Sandberg. As a result of the efforts of American Yacht Club and their generous support, US SAILING has recognized American Yacht Club as a Gold Medal Partner Club, joining the ranks of St. Francis Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club.
The 2011 Weber Boys’ Cross Country team, coached by Dr. David O’Connor, finished the season with an 8-0 record. The 30 seventh and eighth grade boys competed against 11 schools including Clarke, Friends Academy, Garden City, Great Neck, Herricks, Hicksville, Jericho, Locust Valley, Manhasset, North Shore, Roslyn, and Syosset.
Once summer sailing draws to a close and those so inclined are getting their boats ready for the frostbiting season, the season isn’t really over – not quite yet! Every year about this time, a band (a.k.a., committee of about eight) gather together over drinks to plan the current year’s Moosehead Awards. For those who are scratching their heads and asking, what in the world… well, it is quite simple. Race Committees, from up and down Long Island Sound, from every yacht club from New York City to out east on both the north and south side of the Sound, have spent the entire summer, not sailing - like their friends - but out on the water, setting courses and taking times and finishes, to provide a good experience and race results for all participating skippers and crew. They are the true volunteers of the sport, and think giving back to the sailing community is a good and noble thing to do. And what do they get for all the time they spend out on the water, in rain, or really high wind, or hot, sticky no-wind, humid days, or on days trying to reset courses for what seems like forever because of shifting winds? A chance to be roasted every year by the above-mentioned group, who finds fault with them and has no problem explaining to the other race committees attending the luncheon exactly what went wrong in some regatta or event the previous summer. Of course, there is probably some poetic license taken in the reports, but trust me, the results are absolutely hilarious. As we say every year, “You just can’t make this stuff up.” No truer words….
The Schreiber High School Boys Cross Country team won its fourth Class AA County Title in five years, and won the overall Nassau County Title on Nov. 5 at Bethpage State Park. The win capped off an incredible undefeated season.
Last weekend in San Diego, the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) celebrated the induction of 15 sailors into the National Sailing Hall of Fame during ceremonies that were dedicated to the memory of Walter Cronkite (1916-2009). The familiar broadcast journalist was an avid sailor and served as Honorary Chair on the NSHOF Board of Advisors for close to three years.
Recognizing both Cronkite’s contributions to American sailing and this historic occasion, the NSHOF website is currently featuring the mobile-compatible, two-part series America’s Cup: Cronkite Reports, which chronicles, race by race, the 1987 America’s Cup campaign, a watershed event in American sailing. A two-minute clip can be seen on the NSHOF home page (www.nshof.org), click on Film Library.
While standing in front of the results board at the Head of the Passaic Regatta, a Greenwich, Connecticut parent turned to one of our parents and asked, “Where are you guys from? I don’t remember seeing you before.”
On Saturday, Oct. 15, it was hard to miss Port Rowing. Port Rowing, the Port Washington Crew Team, established less than one year ago, took second place in the “overall points” category at the Regatta.
Once the fall season begins in earnest, many people think that sailing is over and done with. But one quick look at the bay (which can be viewed at the newly dedicated Nautical Museum Bay Walk in Port Washington North), there are still many boats at their moorings. There is a good reason for this. The Manhasset Bay Fall Series is a prestigious event that many boat owners like to watch. Usually this event takes place out on Long Island Sound, which was the main venue this year again. But a new racing circle was added right here in the bay. The Melges 24, all six of them, came over to race from the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay. It was great to see this support from our friends at Oakcliff, and even better was that not only those who owned boats could watch the racing out on the Sound, but strollers along our beautiful waterfront, could watch the racing on the bay. Thanks for this additional racing circle go to the great people at Oakcliff and Manhasset Bay YC for improving on an event that has long been a tradition in our area.
The temperatures have dropped but the heat is still on for the boys’ cross-country team. They finished the season undefeated for the third time in schools history and hope to be making more history as they compete for a spot in the state championships later this week. Congrats to the guys.
The boys’ volleyball team has locked up the second seed in the playoffs. They finish out their season this week before the playoffs begin next week.
It’s that time of year when the cool, crisp fall air beckons us to take long walks in the fresh air…. To grab a jacket and head down to the bay for a nice stroll down by the water, maybe stopping mid – day for lunch or a snack while watching the last of the sailboats as they head out to the Sound for an afternoon sail. Port Washington has always been a special place to live, especially because of our wonderful waterfront. But is has gotten even better! Last week, Port Washington North dedicated the Bay Walk Nautical Art Museum and if you haven’t seen it yet, you are really missing something special. A group of dedicated volunteers, under the leadership of Mayor Bob Weitzner, Port Washington North, and in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead, have been working on this walk for many years. And the fruits of their labors were evident in the beautiful plantings, the nautical art and the descriptions of not only our nautical history but the fish and birds that are found in our area. So not only is the bay walk a perfect way to get some exercise, but you will be treated to the bay in all her glory, with a chance to sit in shaded areas to just enjoy the view, after walking back and forth among the artwork.
For the first time in girls varsity tennis history, five Port Washington players were named All-County and competed in the Nassau County Individual Championships at Eisenhower Park last weekend.
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