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On The Bay: August 15, 2013

Regatta Rounds Long Island

The 37th Annual Around Long Island Regatta’s (ALIR) 190-mile course combines ocean and coastal-water racing. Designed for all levels of sailors, the race usually lasts two or three days. It caters to friends who wish to compete as a team, to cruising sailors who race only occasionally, to owners of multi-hull and classic yachts and to serious racing yachtsman competing for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy and other IRC distance racing trophies. In short, this unique race is for everyone.

The race began at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th with a spectacular ocean start off Rockaway Point. Heading east in the Atlantic along Jones Beach, Fire Island and the Hamptons, skippers juggled between hugging the coast and heading out to sea in search of favorable winds. Rounding Montauk Point, the boats headed northwesterly through Block Island Sound toward Orient Point and then through Plum Gut. Once in Long Island Sound, racers had to deal with variable winds and current as they tacked to the west to Sea Cliff Yacht Club, where the weekend was capped with a beach barbeque and awards ceremony on Sunday, July 28th.

This year the ALIR Committee used Kattack (www.kattack.com) sail tracking systems (thanks to the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound). This program provides near real-time tracing of participants as they race around Long Island. So if you couldn’t be racing on one of the boats, or standing on shore looking out over the ocean or the Long Island Sound, those interested could go to the ALIR website (www.alir.og) and watch the action on their computer screen. Pretty cool!

The Race Committee awarded trophies to the top three finishers in each division, which included IRC, PHRF spinnaker and PHRF non-spinnaker divisions, multi-hull double-handed, collegiate, junior sailing, team racing and one-design for five or more boats.

This regatta draws boats from all over our area: up the Hudson River, New Jersey shore, inland NJ, CT, upstate NY, Long Island, Annapolis. Local sailors that readers might recognize include: Arthur H. Buhr, Leverage, from Port Washington YC, Norman Schulman, Charlie V, from Glen Cover sailing out of Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, Storm Trysail Club and New York YC. Harvey Bass, No NO Nanette, Sea Cliff YC. Michael Emmert, Golden-Eye, Hempstead Harbor Club and Bruce Walter, Nirvana, Hempstead Harbour Club. Dan Schnipper, Port Washington, was the PRO for the event and Effie Marie Smith was the Event Chair. Congratulations to all the winners and kudos to everyone over at Sea Cliff YC for another terrific edition of the ALIR. For more information about this year’s event go to: www.alir.org.

The America’s Cup is returning to network television in the United States for the first time in over 20 years with NBC. Coverage began with Semifinal races 3 and 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, on August 9 and 10, which can be found on tape delay on the NBC Sports Network. All races covered by NBC/NBC Sports Network will be replayed on YouTube immediately following the television broadcast. Veteran announcer Todd Harris will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the NBC Sports Network telecasts. Harris will be joined by former America’s Cup helmsman and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Ken Read, as well as America’s Cup winner and author Gary Jobson.