Written by Andrea Watson Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
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). That means that all the other boats were out there for a very long time. For their efforts, they all should be listed for their dedication to racing and the love of the sport. The boats in Division I: boat name, (owner): Leverage (Arthur Buhr), Ripple (John Towers), Nordlys (Bob Schwartz), Avalanche (Al Albrecht), Grace (Gene Gold), and Roy Israel – no boat name. Division II: Vision (Marc Epstein), Motion (Bruce Logan), Rosie (Ron Fink). Division III: Her C Gem (Paula Davis), Avanti (Tomer Levin), Oy (Eric Weintraub), En Passant (Bob Ebenau), On The Beam (Bruce Joseph), Escape (Chuck McCarthy), Eudaimonia (Dan Catanzaro), and Aquila (Keith Dorman). Let’s hope the dog days of summer will give those who enjoy our beautiful Manhasset Bay a break, after all it rained most of June.
A few weeks ago, Saturday, Aug. 8 to be specific, a group of “mature” junior sailors gathered at American YC for a reunion to celebrate the good times they had sailing and racing as juniors on Long Island Sound some 40 years ago. This was the brainchild of Bill Sandberg, who thought it would be great fun to get together, reminisce and share sailing stories. While fishermen have the corner on “tall tales,” one could assume that if you were a fly on the wall during this event, that our ardent sailors would give any fishermen a run for their money. One can just imagine how the tales of sailing class, regattas, Larchmont Junior Race Week, and yes, romances, were embellished. What fun, for this group is definitely not your typical AARP kind of group. They are all active, most of them still sailing and racing. There must be a lesson to be learned here – start sailing as a youngster and you will have a lifelong love of the water, sailboats, - and have an active life as an adult. That might be somewhat a stretch of the imagination, but this group had a great time over at American YC. Not only were stories told and retold, the group played Wale4s Tales for old-time sake. A good time was had by all and many thanks go to Bill Sandberg for organizing the event.
The U.S. Match Tour has begun. This week 11 teams from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Denmark, the US Virgin Islands and the USA will start three days of competition for the inaugural edition of the Chicago Match Cup, held over August 21-23. Organized by the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC), this International Sailing Federation Grade 2 event will be the most international sailing event held this year in Lake Michigan. “This is regarded as a peak event for us,” says CMRC Director Bill Hardesty, “because we’ll have some very high caliber international match race talent
here to do battle. For spectators and sponsors alike this is a unique opportunity to see some truly world-class match race sailing being put on right here in Chicago.” The Chicago Match Race is the first of three events, the next one being the Knickerbocker Cup, right here on Manhasset Bay. Hosted by the Manhasset Bay YC, with major sponsorship by Thomas Reuters, The Knickerbocker Cup will have six of the international teams from Chicago competing here and then going on to the Detroit Cup, Bayview YC for their race on Sept. 2-6. For more information, go to: www.manhassetbayyc.org and select Knickerbocker Cup.
Last week’s column mentioned the winners of the John Barry Match Race but left out the crew members’ names. These have become available and await recognition. In addition to skipper Greg Danilek, the others on Housemartin, the winning boat, included Cindy Jordan, Alan Thompson and Jamie Losee. Congratulations again!
The Nautical Council of the Port Washington Public Library has been very busy over the summer. Last year, the group sponsored a bay tour with Matt Meyran’s Water Taxi, for members of the community who would like to spend a few hours out on Manhasset Bay. The response was so overwhelming that the Nautical Council added a third tour on the same day to accommodate all requests. This year, the group decided to expand their efforts from the year before and planned three days of bay tours, again with Matt Meyran. The first one, held on Saturday, July 18 was hosted by Joan Kent, local historian and Dr. John Loret, executive director of the Long Island Science Museum, both members of the Nautical Council. The second tour on Aug. 8 was hosted by Sue Miller, Commodore of Manhasset Bay YC, and also a council member. Both tours, which were free, were “sold out.” And according to Commodore Miller, many on her tour had never been out on the water! The last tour is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 29. at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will be hosted by Lee Fertitta, director of Adult Services at the library and the liaison to the Nautical Center. For more information, please contact the Port Washington Public Library at 883-4400.