What an amazing year. Building off last season’s undefeated dual meet record of 5-0, the coaching staff of Joe Lennon, Kelly Bergin, Katherine Byrns, Kristin Augenthaler, and Matt Carrozzo were optimistic about this summer. With lanes more crowded than ever before, we needed a new plan of attack for our practices. We spent our time teaching and training our younger swimmers.
Coach Kelly working tirelessly in Lane 1, teaching the future core of the team and teaching body position through the use of all four strokes. Her time and dedication paid off with some remarkable swimmers stepping up and contributing in our championship weekend. Kelly, along with her sister Michaela, is also taking time to see every guppy in the program and give swimming instruction. This is helping create a base of swimmers for years to come.
On August 30, the Port Washington Fire Department softball team won the 5th Battalion league championship. They played against the Sea Cliff Fire Department in a best of five series and won in three games. The team won under the direction of team Captain Rich Miglietta. The softball team members are pictured here: (back) CJ Gober, Peter Whitcomb Jr., Billy Davis, James Dello- Iacono, Rich Miglietta, Thomas McDonough Jr., Justin Ryan, Dan Buettner, Jordan Sichel, Brian Soh; (front) Donald Alexander, Matt Kerin, Sergio Sanchez, and Jordan Caruso. Not Pictured: Michael Valente, Bryan Vogeley, Phil Mazzetta, Liam Neville, Dan Park, and Angelo Ferrucci.
On a hot summer day in the middle of August, the PYA/Port Washington Legends 10-and-under travel team became the National Junior Baseball League Central Division Champions! The National Junior Baseball League is dedicated to developing and enhancing the skills of young ball players through competitive travel baseball while maintaining a high degree of good sportsmanship.
Noted outdoors enthusiast, Erik Baard will present “The Saline Skyline: Adventures on the New York City Water Trail,” at the next meeting of the North Shore Kayak Club. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Chest Building, located at 382 Main Street in Port Washington. It is open to all and there is free parking available directly across the street at the Town Dock.
The Port Washington Junior Yacht Club held its sixth annual Twilight Keel Boat Regatta recently and Chuck McCarthy had this to say about the event:
“Can 1, Execution Rocks, Long Island Sound – Some of the participants of the Port Wasington Junior YC Twilight Keel Boat Regatta were quite surprised to have sighted a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins just before the start off of Rye. The 7.7 mile race commenced at approximately 18:20 with four boats and 34 junior sailors between the ages of 14 and 17. Conditions were a three to six knot dying northwesterly breeze, calm seas and visibility approximately 25 miles. As the red amber hues appeared for the sunset, the almost full moon rose in the southern sky and lit up western Long Island Sound. The night was magic. The first windward leg was to the Red Flashing Buoy just south of Hens and Chickens, the second leg was a tight reach to the Green Gong off of the east side of Hart Island. The downwind leg was from Hart to the Green Gong off of Prospect Point. During the final upwind leg, the wind became very light and the racers crawled across the finish line at Can 1.”
It’s been two years since 23-year-old Jonathan Wetzel was winning events and shattering records for the Lehigh University track and cross country teams, but the Huntington Station speedster hasn’t lost a thing in the interim. Wetzel was the overall winner of the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute on August 14, turning in a time of 16 minutes, 46 seconds over the not-so-easy 5-Kilometer course, to beat runner-up, Thomas Slattery of Garden City by 1 minute, 20 seconds.
This being August, it’s just about time to welcome the international match racers from around the world to the 2011 Knickerbocker Cup, hosted by Manhasset Bay YC. The Knickerbocker Cup is a qualifier for the World Match Racing Tour, with the winner gaining an automatic entry to the Argo Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious match racing events on the Tour. Twelve teams from around the world have been invited to compete in this year’s event. From Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 24-28, the bay will be filled with match racing from mid-morning to late afternoon. And from matches leading up to the Cup, both internationally and in the United States, our bay is going to present some of the best match racing in recent years.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the 18-Holers played the Eliminate Par 3 Holes. The winners were:
1st Laurice Healy 59
2nd Camille DeAngelo 70
3rd Addie Peters 73
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the 9-Holers played “Low Putts.” The winners were:
1st Lisa Russell 16
2nd Stephanie Trieste 17
3rd Tricia Weber 20 MOC
Congratulations to Lisa Russell, the 2011 9-Hole Club Champion!
This past week, Manhasset Bay YC hosted the Green Fleet Regatta, which is sailboat race for the youngest sailors in a junior sailing program. This is their first regatta ever and they race in little prams called Optimists. Each year the Chair of the regatta, along with the junior sailing instructors, choose a charity they promote throughout the day. This year they chose the Nautical Council of the Port Washington Public Library. The Nautical Council is one of five advisory councils at the library – the others being Music, Art, Health and Children. More on the Council in a moment.
On Tuesday, August 2, the Plandome Ladies Golf Organization played the “Play for PINK” Golf Tournament. The winners were:
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