As the summer of 2009 is winding down, the end of a successful season for the Port Washington Lady Legends 12U (ages 12 and under) softball travel team also came to an end.
Port Washington Youth Activities (PYA) sponsored the team, which was comprised of the best local softball players in that age bracket. The “Lady Legends” began their summer season by representing Port Washington in the Williamsport Little League World Series tournament. It is here where they made their biggest splash by winning the District 28 title against a formidable foe from Manhasset. This was truly a great achievement for the young ladies and the first ever Girls Softball District 28 Championship for PYA.
You know it is August when Manhasset Bay looks like glass and there is not even the littlest bit of wind to be found. Last Thursday evening, the Thirsty Thursday group had a very difficult time. Racers don’t ask for much, just a little wind to propel their boats and let them enjoy their favorite sport. But on Aug. 13 only one boat out of a fleet of 18 boats actually finished – all the rest were DNF (did not finish). For those of you unfamiliar with racing, getting a DNF is one of the frustrating experiences because it means that the skipper and crew got to the starting line, began the race, and floated around looking for a speck of wind for the entire race, in this case about 2 hours. The one lucky (or very skilled) team that actually finished the race was Yalcin Tarhan, on Xcite, who finished in 2 hours 14 minutes and 29 seconds (corrected time 2:06:49).
On Monday, Sept. 21 Port Washington Youth Activities will hold its 12th annual golf outing. More formally known as the Marty Rybecky Memorial Golf Outing, for the eighth year in a row golfers will tee it up at the Village Club of Sands Point on Middle Neck Road. The event is once again sponsored by Finn Mac Cool’s restaurant.
It seems that match racing is making a big splash this season on the east coast and elsewhere. While most people are familiar with fleet racing, where all boats in a division gather at the starting line and wait for the starting signal, match racing is a bit different. The basic game of match racing consists of a race between only two boats, each trying to gain controlling position at the start, and maintaining that position around the course. The two dueling boats try to “steal wind” from their opponent, causing them to lose speed. The boat that outwits their opponent, wins the match. Protests are handled differently in match racing, too. Instead of protest hearing back on land, a jury boat follows each pair of racers throughout the match, with two umpires who make on-the-water decisions together. If there is an infraction of a racing rule, the perpetrator knows immediately and must do their “turns.” Match racing, while sometimes difficult to understand for the uninitiated, is a challenging game of skill and tactics on the water–and a ton of fun to race.
Plandome Soccer Club was created for soccer players looking for something in addition to their intramural team. “Our club will not replace that - we will not have an intramural league, nor will we expect you to not join one, the club states. “Rather, our players will play both with their intramural friends in one league, and against other clubs in ours. Our teams will be registered and insured through SAY soccer, www.saysoccer.com, a member of the United States Soccer Federation.
While northern New Jersey was having a tornado, Manhasset Bay was having a lot of severe weather also. From reports of those who were on the bay late afternoon on Monday, July 27, the winds were howling at 83 knots, moorings were dragged some 40 feet and there was general mayhem on the bay. One boat owner, Morty Bleetstein, MBYC, told of how his boat, a Hunter 36, was rescued from disaster when the high winds opened his roller furled mainsail. Due to the quick efforts of Captain Murray, from Grace, the Bleetstein boat remained safe. Many small craft on docks were tossed around like small toys. Thankfully no one was hurt. A few days later, one source said that the Quantum Sail Loft was doing quite a lot of business to repair damage to owners’ sails. The weather has been quite unusual this season, with lots of rain. Maybe August will provide a nice month for sailing on Manhasset Bay and LIS. We can only hope!
Runners from all over Long Island are invited to join in the fun at the “Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute” on Saturday morning, Aug. 15. This 5 Kilometer running race offers a unique combination of paved paths and runner friendly trails (and a surprise or two ) through the woodlands and Long Island Sound vistas of the Sands Point Preserve, at the north end of the Port Washington peninsula.
The 216-acre Sands Point Preserve is an unparalleled mixture of natural and landscaped areas. Forests, meadows, beach and cliffs, gardens, and freshwater pond provide habitats for a variety of plants and animals. The proximity of different habitats provided the club the opportunity to create a 5 Kilometer course that will enable local runners and walkers to experience the various aspects of the entire preserve.
In Port Washington, if it is the first Sunday in June, then it must be the Chamber of Commerce’s Harbor FEST. And a wonderful part of this annual event is the Model Boat Regatta. For sailors and landlubbers alike, it just doesn’t get better than this! Take all the third-grade children in our area, introduce them to sailing by teaching them how to build their own boat, add in some nautical terms and sailing theory, and end the “teachable moment” with a real regatta with a starting sequence, crowds of friends, families and classmates – and you get the idea of “the happening” over at Baxter Estates on the morning of June 7.
The Community Chest of Port Washington invites all to participate in the annual Manhasset Bay Kayak Run, to be held on Aug. 8, starting at 9 a.m. at the Town Dock. The event provides an opportunity to explore Manhasset Bay via kayak, with checkpoints along the way to qualify for prizes.
The Kayak Run is a family event open to kayakers of all skill levels, with checkpoints along the way to qualify for prizes. It’s not a race and all are welcome. This year’s course will be more than six miles but there is no requirement to complete it, you can kayak as much as you like.
All you romantics out there, listen up! Ditto for mystery buffs….and adventurers, too.
Something big is going on in our backyard that you won’t want to miss. Well, not actually our backyard, but close. Out in Long Island Sound northwest of Sands Point to be exact. It’s Execution Rocks Lighthouse, that beacon of light that is full of mystery, and myths going back centuries. Seagoing vessels, racers, day sailors and cruisers all know about Execution Rocks Lighthouse – for if you don’t, you may end up on the rocks. Even those who don’t sail the high seas of Long Island Sound know about Execution Rocks Lighthouse.
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