Port Washington Yacht Club continues their tradition of supporting a charity with their regattas. On Saturday, July 16, the junior sailors at PWYC followed the great example of their parents and participated in the 10th Annual Junior Regatta to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The following is an account of this very successful event, written by Erik Brandvold:
“Seventy-nine junior sailors from around Long Island Sound came to Port Washington to participate in the Annual Junior Regatta. It was a typical warm summer day on Manhasset Bay… no wind. However, the fresh breeze from the south filled in nicely to allow for a great day of racing. Trophies were awarded to Erin Condon (PWYC) for 1st place in the Laser 4.7 Class. TJ Danilek (MBYC) finished 1st in the Blue Fleet and Jack Haberman (PWYC) brought home silver in the White Fleet.
If it is summer, it means that Matt Meyran, Port Washington Water Taxi, is out and about on the bay. And it also means that the Port Washington Library’s Nautical Council sponsors bay tours for the community. These started over the weekend and were quite successful. For the past three or so years, the Nautical Council has partnered with the Water Taxi to take people on a tour of the bay. Because of the heat this past weekend, the tour went out into the Sound to catch some breeze to cool down those intrepid souls who ventured out on such a hot day. With temperatures in the triple digits, it was difficult to keep everyone comfortable, but, as usual, Matt Meyran had tons on cool drinks on board.
Special to the boat tours this year is the addition of Jennifer Wilson-Pines, who is the director of the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee. She came on board to speak about the bay and its ecological history. She was full of information and could have talked twice as long – maybe even longer, for her knowledge is quite extensive.
When seven boys who have been playing Lacrosse together since they were in elementary school found themselves this summer without having a travel team to play on, they didn’t know what to do. At the same time, the Manhasset Maveriks Junior Varsity team was just about to fold because they didn’t have enough boys for their own town team. When word got out that the Maveriks team was short players, the Port group contacted Manhasset varsity coach Bill Cherry and a deal to combine players from both towns was made.
Longest Drive #1 (Member): Barbara Fishman
Longest Drive #1 (Guest): Lorraine Alexander
Longest Drive #10 (Member): Micki Michelman
Longest Drive #10 (Guest): Angela Frolich
Closest to the Pin #5 (Member): Harriet Werner 20’6”
Closest to the Pin #5 (Guest): Marie Gibbons 8’6”
Closest to the Pin #11 (Member): None
Closest to the Pin #11 (Guest): Randie Galler 4’10”, Kee Baek 10’
Last week, Manhasset Bay YC (MBYC) hosted the Blue Jay-Pixel Race Week. Twenty-seven Pixel skippers and nine teams of Blue Jay skippers from around Long Island Sound arrived in Port Washington on Wednesday evening for a full two days of racing on Manhasset Bay. Thursday brought very nice wind for the regatta but Friday not so. The young teams found out what it was like on a windless day in the summer on local waters. It wasn’t just our regatta though. Out east at another yacht club, a junior regatta had to cancel racing on Friday also. That is one of the hazards of racing in the middle of the summer – we hope for wind but Mother Nature doesn’t always deliver. But leave it to the kids – they had a terrific time both when there was wind and on Friday too.
For readers familiar with this column, mention has been made during the summer months of a group of racers called Thirsty Thursdays. One can only speculate why they are called that, but a good guess might involve a lively discussion at a bar – preferably overlooking the bay. In any case, this group is comprised of larger PHRF boats from all three yacht clubs on the bay and boats that join that are not affiliated with a club. They have been racing on Thursday evenings for as long as your columnist can remember. For those who might have an inclination to take a stroll down by the bay on Thursday evenings in the summer, you will be treated to a magnificent view of beautiful boats cutting through the waves on Manhasset Bay. That is when there is breeze, of course.
In a must win game at long time rival Cambria Height’s home field, the BU17 Port Washington Predators prevailed 2 to 1 to become the Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Division One Champion with a 7-2-0 record.
The Predator story is an inspiring one. Formed eight years ago, the team entered Long Island Junior Soccer’s BU10 age group placed at the bottom, in Division Eight. The early days were difficult. The team lost their first seven games by an average score of 5 to 0, until they finally tied a game.
The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) held its 18th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 13, at the Sands Point Golf Club. The event, honoring Thomas A. Rogers of Signature Bank, is one of four major fundraisers supporting the Port Washington-based organization. Locally and across Long Island, LIAF offers hands-on programs and services aimed at helping to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers.
Congratulations to the fourth-grade Port Powerhouse Superleague basketball team! The Powerhouse triumphed over the FE Hoops Amitrano in a 16-14 victory on June 19 at Island Garden in Garden City. The win was a tremendous team effort with each and every player contributing their skills on the court leading to their victory. The win follows a successful 6-2 regular season coached by Barry Millhaven. The Powerhouses pictured below starting top left are: Matthew Mongelli, Mason Braider, Harris Sonnenklar, Dougie Rothman, Ben Spier, Adam Margolin, Aidan Wrynn, Brian Kenyon, Jacob Israel, Brian Cohen, Aidan (Bubba) Marsigliano and Coach Barry Millhaven. Missing from picture: Daniel Garcia.
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