The Model Room of the New York Yacht Club is the perfect location for the annual US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. This is a room that talks to you. Really! It tells you of the years of America’s Cup contests, the intrigue, the politics, the graceful boats of yesteryear, plus the more modern, up-to-date technology driven boats that are the rockets of today. And the half-models lining the walls tell a good story too, just maybe not the kind that crosses a magazine editor’s desk or are read on an Internet sailing website. These are the stories of families and friends who form the core of the sailing community. Racers and day sailors who enjoy being out on Long Island Sound and environs just for the sheer pleasure of racing or taking a lazy afternoon break from hectic life styles. No matter how many times you are fortunate enough to be in the Model Room, it never loses it magic. It must be all those stories hidden behind each model that captures ones imagination year after year about the lives of the owners and their adventures on boats big and small.
Port Washington’s 5th Grade Girls Lacrosse Team defeated Manhasset 12-10 in the Indoor Lacrosse Championship this past Sunday at the Sportime Sports Complex in Bethpage. Port Washington was down 5-0 early in the game and with an explosive offense and a tenacious defense the team rallied to victory.
Port Washington residents Maxwell Rutman and Idell Rutman were on the Catamount Interclub ski race team this season. The race team started practicing on Dec. 14 and the season just ended.
The kids practiced all day Saturday and Sunday and every day during holiday break in December. After a few weeks of practice the races began. They then practiced on Saturday for the race on Sunday. If they had a race on a steep course, they would try to duplicate the race conditions.
Special Olympics New York will be hosting its 7th Annual North Hempstead Beach Park Polar Plunge fundraiser on March 5, sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead. Polar Plunge is the premier pledge based fundraising event statewide for Special Olympics New York, and allows them to provide year round sports training and competition for over 48,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
While the mountains of snow are slowly shrinking down at Lions Field, and there have been sightings of grass on the baseball and lacrosse fields, the days are beginning to get longer, which means registration for Port Washington Youth Activities’ spring sports season has begun as well. On that note, PYA has announced that the final registration date for its spring sports is Mar. 13, so please don’t hesitate to sign up now and be part of the best boys and girls youth sports program in Port Washington.
Kickin Kiddies Soccer held on Saturdays, April 2 to June 11 from 10-11 a.m. All sessions held at PAL Fields. The fee is $175.
Co-Ed T-Ball held on Saturdays, April 2 to June 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. All sessions held at PAL Fields. The fee is $175, which includes a shirt and hat.
US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport, is sponsoring a Yacht Club Summit on April 2-3 in Chicago at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. It is geared for flag officers, general managers, directors and volunteer leaders of yacht clubs, community sailing centers and other sailing organizations of all sizes from around the country. What attendees can learn at the summit include best practices, new innovative programs, how to improve the services at your organization and how clubs are prospering in today’s environment. Why attend such an event? For starters, Ted Turner, America’s Cup skipper, will have lots to say in his opening remarks, the chance to network with innovative leaders in the world of organized sailing, learn about long-range planning and financing capital projects, get tips from the most successful regatta event management personnel in the country, find out how to keep young sailors at your club engaged, and hear from Stan Honey what it is like to sail around the world faster than anyone… ever.
The Schreiber High School girls softball and boys baseball coaches will be hosting three Saturday preseason clinics for students in grades three through eight in conjunction with the PYA. Instruction will include fielding, hitting, pitching and game situations. All equipment will be provided except for gloves. Feel free to bring your own bat and helmet.
There is a yacht club in Cranston RI that burned down to the water in January, and Brad Read, the executive director of Sail Newport is helping the club get back on its feet. The fire demolished all of the Optimist sails, blades, spars, airbags and lines at the Edgewood Yacht club in Cranston, a not-for-profit sailing association that runs a youth sailing school. Sail Newport donated 14 Club Optimists sails, and to finish rebuilding their fleet, the club needs the following: 42 airbags, 14 mainsheets, 14 masts, 14 sprits, 14 booms, 14 daggerboards, 14 rudder/tiller/extensions and 14 paddles. All of the above items will be donated to the Edgewood Sailing Foundation and are tax deductible within IRS Guidelines. ESF will send all donation correspondence. Items will be collected at the Sail Newport Sailing Center through June 10 or can be mailed directly to: Edgewood Youth Sailing Relief Effort, c/o Sail Newport, 60 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, RI 02840. All of us with junior sailors may have one or more of the above items that junior sailors no longer need. Why not help out a great sailing program continue to get kids out on the water? In anticipation of all of our help, Read said, “On behalf of all of us in the Rhode Island sailing community, thank you for any help you can be to accomplish the goal of getting the children of Cranston, Edgewood and greater Providence back on the water.”
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and for all those romantics out there, you may be interested in some sailing related gifts for your special person. While not as romantic as a quiet, candle-lit dinner for two, it may be just the ticket that will bring the response you want – you know, that look that says, “This is just perfect!” Some suggestions follow – all of which your columnist has read or owns.
Speed & Smarts is a bi-monthly newsletter packed with tips to improve your racing performance. It’s written by winning AC tactician David Dellenbaugh, and each issue has 16 pages full of instructional advice on tactics, strategy, speed, boat handling and rules (plus there’s no advertising!) Whether you race a one-design or big boat, at the top or bottom of your fleet, you’ll find lots of valuable ideas in Speed & Smarts. In fact, when you consider the cost of other go-fast items you can buy, this newsletter gives you extremely good “bang for your buck.” View a sample issue at www.speedandsmarts.com/BackIssues/SampleIssue.
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