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On the Bay: August 7, 2009

Stormy Weather Hits Manhasset Bay

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!

Thirsty Thursday’s group of racers has been out on the bay racing every week, in rain or shine, except for very high winds and/or lightning. Some of the results for this group: Results for June 4: All divisions had Course BZBZ, Distance 3.34 nm. Division I (4 boats): 1. Ripple, John Towers, 2. Sound Wave, Jonathan Flamm, and 3. Nordlys, Bob Schwartz. Division II (6 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Rosie, Ron Fink, and 3. Andiamo, Paul Strauch. Division II (11 boats): 1. Naked Dance, Adam Bleifeld, 2. En Passant, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Sundance, Joel Ziev. June 25 results: Division I (Course UDC, 6.10 nm, 4 boats): 1. Ripple, 2. Grace, Gene Gold, and 3. Sound Wave. Division II (Course UDC, 6.10 nm, 3 boats): 1. Rosie, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Irish Blessing, Roy Israel. Division III (Course UMI, Distance 4.80 nm, 11 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Naked Dance, and 3. Sundance. July 2 results: All divisions given Course BC, 5.97 nm). Division I (4 boats, one DNF – Did Not Finish): 1. Avalanche, Craig Albrecht, 2. Nordlys, and 3. Roy Israel (no boat name). Division II (5 boats): 1. Rosie, 2. Andiamo, 3. Vision. Division III (12 boats, 3 DNF): 1. En Passant, 2. Sundance, and 3. Second Win, Anthony Viola. July 23 results: Division I (Course DC, 5.73 nm, 3 boats): 1. Avalance, 2. Roy Israel (no boat name), and 3. Ripple. Division II ( course Dc, 5.73 nm, 2 boats); 1. Rosie, and 2. Vision. Division III (Course MY, 3.82 nm, 6 boats): 1. En Passant, 2. Her C Gem, Paula Davis, and 3. Second Wind, Anthony Viola.

Manhasset Bay YC held their Annual Race Week a few weeks ago. The WRC (Women’s Racing Clinic) raced on Friday, July 24. Top boats, racing in Ideal 18s: 1. Cindy Jordan/Jayme Fagas, 2. Lynne Stebbins/Paula Davis, and 3. Bonnie Doran/ Gillian Prokop. Overall results for the Ideal 18s: 1. Vivian Shiah, 2. Nicholas Steinbach, and 3. Rita Syracuse. Overall results for the MBO division: 1. Ralph Heinzerling, 2. Adrian Alley, and 3. Lew Lane. In the Sonar Division: 1. Ralf Steitz, 2. Greg Danilek, and 3. John Browning/Sue Miller.

For those who like to travel north to Newport, RI, there are some exciting events taking place in the next month or so. The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) has announced their Labor Day Weekend regatta. It is the 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai. The regatta will be the convergence of three events: the New England Huckins rendezvous, the 30th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, as well as hosting the 6mR North Americans as they tune up for their big event. The schedule: Friday September 4th: Welcome Reception; Saturday September 5th: Classic Yacht Regatta and Awards Dinner; and Sunday September 6th: Classic Yacht Parade, Racing and Awards. If interested, registration is online at www.iyrs.org.

When the inaugural New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup begins on September 15, among its 19 teams from 14 nations will be two representing America’s oldest and most revered yacht clubs: the event’s host, the New York Yacht Club (New York, N.Y./Newport, R.I.), and St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, Calif.). As recently as this summer, the two clubs matched up in Newport to continue a long, friendly rivalry at the biennial “MadCap Cup,” which was created some 130 years ago as a fleet race in 6 Metre yachts and has evolved into a team racing event, sailed in dinghies, between the two clubs. And while that event is similar to the America’s Cup in that the winner (defender) chooses the venue of the next race and the trophy is a magnificent silver pitcher, it is the Invitational Cup that will capture the hearts and minds of the sailing world when it turns a new spotlight on the Corinthian spirit of sailing.

With four days of racing scheduled, the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be contested in NYYC Swan 42s with crews of up to11 people, all but two of whom must belong to the representing yacht club and hold passports for its home country. “Each club has gone to great lengths to put together a team that represents the essence of its historical significance and pride in contributing to the sport of sailing,” said Event Chair John Mendez. “The event is also a fresh take on sailing proudly for your country.”

Phil and Wendy Lotz’s (New Canaan, Conn./Newport, R.I.) Arethusa snagged the NYYC’s berth at the Invitational Cup after emerging as top boat in an elimination series comprised of two regattas: the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, held June 12-14, and the Swan 42 National Championship, held July 16-19. In testimony to its hard-fought accomplishment, Arethusa won the Nationals on the final day in the final two races. “We are very pleased and proud to be representing NYYC,” said Phil Lotz, who will enlist wife Wendy and son Doug on the boat’s 10-person team.

Racing in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will take place September 15-19 on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. The following clubs will be competing: Japan Sailing Federation (Tokyo, Japan); New York Yacht Club (New York, N.Y., USA); Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Hamburg, Germany); Nyländska Jaktklubben (Helsinki, Finland); Real Club Nautico Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain); Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (Hamilton, Bermuda); Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Royal Cork Yacht Club (County Cork, Ireland); Royal Danish Yacht Club (Hellerup, Denmark); Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Hong Kong, China); Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (Auckland, New Zealand); Royal Ocean Racing Club (London, England); Royal St. George Yacht Club (County Dublin, Ireland); Royal Thames Yacht Club (London, England); Royal Yacht Squadron (London, England); St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, Calif., USA); Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy); Yacht Club de France (Paris, France); Yacht Club Italiano (Genoa, Italy).

For more information, visit the NYYC Invitational Cup website or contact Event Chair John Mendez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (401) 862-5202. More to follow on this exciting event that brings Corinthian racing and country representation back to the international racing scene.