Friends of Port Rowing is a nonprofit organization providing student athlete rowers at Schreiber High School an opportunity to be part of a crew team and club, the first ever in Port Washington. Although the idea of a youth rowing club has been talked about for a while, it wasn’t until recently that a determined group of rowers found the resources to make it possible.
Every once in awhile it is fun to spend a little time with champagne wishes and caviar dreams. That is what a recent press release about the St. Barths Bucket Regatta in the French West Indies was called. The Bucket Regatta is an invitational event; open to sailing yachts over 100 feet unless otherwise invited. Forty yachts competed in this year’s regatta, and your columnist was invited to race on one of them. But, sadly, due to work obligations, was unable to attend. Thus, the “nice to dream” part!
The St. Peter’s CYO senior boys basketball team played their final game on Saturday, March 26 in the Nassau Championship against St. Mary’s Manhasset.
The Port North 8th grade basketball team advanced to the finals with last possession defensive stops in the first two rounds. They then went on to defeat FE Hoops 54-44 for the championship. Riding Noah Linder and his 34 ppg playoff average, the team of Linder, Aiden Lee, Drew Hamroff, Greg Petrossian, Kyle Cohen, Mano Beys, Conor Jenkinson, Luke Cummings and Eric Beil proved that chemistry, defense and a hot hand equal championship.
During the winter months, many racers are not sitting idly home. Nor are they completing their list of cold weather chores. They are out on the water each week, racing against some of the best in the sport. This winter though has brought severe weather many of the Sunday afternoons when racing was scheduled. As you can see from the scores below, there were not a whole lot of days when racing took place. Scores by fleet are as follows.
The athletes of Port Rowing had their first competition at OLMA Sprints in Syosset and left their mark on Long Island Rowing. Not even a week into their inaugural season, the athletes competed in a two thousand meter on-land rowing competition against ten other schools from Long Island.
Senior Jason Moss set the pace for the day by claiming not only Port Rowing’s first medal ever but first GOLD medal by winning the lightweight novice event with a time of 7:12.4.
You know that spring has begun when press releases about the Storm Trysail Club’s 24th biennial Block Island Race Week start appearing. The regatta, scheduled from Monday through Saturday, June 20-24, serves as both the 2011 IRC East Coast Championship (held for the previous six years in Annapolis, Md.) and the J/122 National Championship. The event also will feature the debut of a new J/111 class and has eliminated former PHRF restrictions that will open up the event to more sailors.
Port North just completed its most successful season. The 8th grade team, fueled by Noah Linders buzzer beating three-pointer, defeated GCAA 51-48 to close the season with eight wins and head into the playoffs with a ton of confidence.The 7th graders capped an undefeated 12-0 regular season with a 53-38 win over Syosset. The 5th grade team will be making their first playoff appearance after winning eight out of their last nine games led by big man Seif Ashmawy. The newly formed 6th grade team finished their mini season with blowout wins over GCAA 51-30 and Syosset 45-30 behind a blistering fast break led by Jagger Alagna. This team showed potential for next season finishing with a 3-1 record.
Some sailing news coming out of the west coast has connections to our corner of the world. And it is all about match racing, which is fast becoming a favorite among young racers.
Simone Ferrarese, a name that readers don’t recognize (yet) is an up and coming Italian match racer who has just won the Ficker Cup out on the west coast, giving him entry into the prestigious Grade 1 Congressional Cup. He went head to head with William Tiller (NZL) in the finals in what can only be described as an incredibly exciting match, with penalty flags flying throughout the final. Readers should recall Tiller as he was here last August at the Knickerbocker Cup, providing one of the most exciting matches of the regatta, when he beat three-time Yachtswoman of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe, at the finish line by about two seconds.
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