Well, folks, it’s that time of year that many of us dread. Store catalogues pile into our mailboxes and/or email inboxes with all sorts of ads for summer clothing, especially beachwear and bathing suits. After the extremely harsh winter, where many of us dined out to just get out of the house, or stayed at home watching a great movie, with bowls of popcorn and favorite beverage, these indulgences have taken their toll. So these ads are a harsh reminder of what we have done to ourselves. And to make matters worse, the models sporting the swim gear are all of 20 something and must have starved themselves for the last 15 years of their life. So while we all are thinking of tuning our boats for the upcoming season – the boatyards are abuzz with activity – it is high time to think about tuning our bodies for a winning season!
The North Shore Kayak Club (formerly the Twin Pines Kayak Club), will run a kayaking clinic specifically targeted to beginning and novice recreational kayakers. It will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Town Dock in Port Washington. If the town’s floating kayak docks are installed by that date, then the clinic will take place at the kayak docks (to the left of the fishing pier when facing the water). If the docks have not yet been installed, the clinic will be held at Crescent Beach, which is located between the Town Dock parking lot and Louie’s Restaurant (access via the stairwell adjacent to Louie’s).
May is the season for beautiful weather, wonderful gardens awakening from the long winter months, and friends and neighbors enjoying each other’s company in back yard BBQs or a quick chat over the fence. For sailors, it is time spent at the boat yard preparing for the upcoming sailing season. It is also that time of year when yacht clubs go into commissioning and programs for the warm weather months start in earnest.
Some news from our neighbors in Oyster Bay, where the Oakcliff Sailing Center is busy planning a season chock full of fun and challenging races, seminars, clinegattas, and social events. Dawn Riley, executive director, along with Port Washington’s Bill Simon, race program director, have been spending hours to offer fantastic events throughout the season. You definitely want to check out what is going on at Oakcliff… you won’t be disappointed. Below are just a few events for early May.
On Saturday, April 30, the Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club held their annual Spring Fishing Derby at the Town Dock. The weather was cloudy and cold but it didn’t stop 50 kids from showing up and trying their luck. Unfortunately, no fish were caught. The kids did enjoy the hot dogs, soda and raffle prizes.
On September 10, the club will be hosting the 61st Annual Snapper Derby. All families are welcome to attend.
Those familiar with this column know that Scuttlebutt, the online sailing newsletter, is often quoted on this page. Another gem has appeared from Craig Leweck, the editor of this daily log of sailing news. This time, Mr. Leweck talks about Positive Sports Parenting and shares with his readers what he learned from attending a college recruiting seminar. This is such good advice, not only for sailing but for any youth sports, that it is included here in its entirety. Thanks to Craig Leweck for reminding all of us what is really important!
Port Rowing Crew competed for the first time at the Big Duck Regatta in Riverhead on Saturday, April 30 and won five Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal, a tremendously successful day for Port Rowing. Ninety-five boys and girls competed, and many of them raced twice. The outcome was the best overall team performance of the day at the regatta.
Congratulations to Port Washington speedsters Robis DeGirmenci, Noni Accetturi, and Vera Allen each of whom won awards at the 34th annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, held on the roads of Plainview-Old Bethpage on Sunday, April 3.
The 41-year-old DeGirmenci crossed the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in 36 minutes, 33 minutes, good for 13th place overall and first in the 40-44 age group. Accetturi, age 37, scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group with a time of 39:26. The 81-year-old Vera Allen finished in 1:34:13 to earn the second-place award in the women’s 80 and over age group.
The Twin Pines Kayak Club has scheduled its first meeting of the year for Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the first floor conference room of the Community Chest Building, located at 382 Main Street in Port Washington. There is free parking available across the street at the Town Dock.
Among the agenda items to be discussed will be renaming the club to reflect the fact that it is no longer an exclusively Port Washington organization. Members of the club also reside in the neighboring communities of Manhasset, Great Neck, Roslyn and Sea Cliff. It has evolved into more of a North Shore paddling group.
The final shot went through the hoop and the last puck was fired into the net; with this comes the end of another fantastic Winter Season of Portledge School (Locust Valley) athletics. The emergence of Portledge Basketball continued this winter as the Varsity Girls won the IPPSAL Championship for the second consecutive year. Led by the trio of sophomore center Ceci Mulry (Locust Valley), junior forward Lisa Dourmashkin (Locust Valley) and sophomore point guard Kristie Kelly (Oyster Bay) the Lady Panthers were 17-4 overall, while going an unbeaten 12-0 in IPPSAL regular season and playoff competition. After securing the league championship the girls moved on to the state independent school tournament where they were beaten in a close game by the Trinity School of NYC. The team will be losing only one player to graduation, so watch out for these Lady Panthers again next winter.
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