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On the Bay: January 1, 2010

Email is a wonderful thing, when it works, which is most of the time. At the end of this past summer, though, an important email to your columnist did not arrive for whatever reason. A call to the Port Washington YC on another matter brought up the fact that these junior sailors’ accomplishments never were published. So to remedy this error, please see the list of winners from the Junior Sailing Program at Port Washington YC. Please keep in mind that this is a big program and all the children are not listed here. But each and every one of them is a winner for myriad reasons. It may be that one young child overcame his or her fear of even getting on a boat. Or a 420 racer moved up one notch on the leader board. Or it could be that a child just had one great time “messing around in boats.”

Winners in the Optimist class: Opti. I: Best Skipper: Elena Montgomery; Most Improved Skipper: Alexandra Tsalikis; Ship Shape: Nikko Falcone; Sportsmanship: Kendall Hall; Most Enthusiastic: Daisy Griffin. Opti. II: Best Skipper: Meghan Lyons; Most Improved Skipper: Spencer Bleifeld; Ship Shape: Jack Haberman; Sportsmanship: Hunter Savignano; Most Enthusiastic: James Dalimonte. Opti. II: Best Skipper: Sean Bentley; Most Improved Skipper: Christian Hill; Ship Shape: Buddy Vetrone; Sportsmanship: Stella Rae. Opti. IV: Best Skipper: Griffen Catallo; Most Improved Skipper: Kyle Bentley; Ship Shape: Ryan Feldmann; Sportsmanship: Fitzgerald Fortich. Racing: Best White Fleet Skipper: Katarina Catallo; Most Improved White Fleet: Corrine Hall; Best Blue Fleet Skipper: Steven Polis; Most Improved Blue Fleet Skipper: Meredith Gallo; Best Red Fleet Skipper: Roger Dorr; Most Improved Red Fleet Skipper: Nick Cataldo; Ship Shape: John Amorosana; Sportsmanship: Erin Condon. Optimist Seamanship Award: Elizabeth Einhaus. Blue Jay Winners: Best Skipper: Demetra Vlahos; Best Crew: Carter Paterson; Most Improved Skipper: Jack Ryan; Most Improved Crew: Haley Tesher; Sportsmanship: Kara Haberman. Laser Winners: Best Skipper: Ryan Schmitz; Most Improved Skipper: Colin Kennedy; Sportsmanship: Griffin Albrecht.

Perpetual Awards for 2009: Marshall Trophy: Erin Condon; Belden Award: Ryan Schmitz; Richard E. Gresio “Winning Attitude” Award: Elizabeth Einhaus; Max Berger Opti Bowl Award: Roger Dorr; Mel Berger Sportsmanship Award: Matt Harris.

Continuing the theme of winners –US Sailing has chosen eight US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members as the sport’s 2009 SportsWoman, SportsMan and Team of the Year, in both Olympic and Paralympic classes, for outstanding on-the-water performance, achievement and sportsmanship. US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has made the following awards: In the Olympic classes: SportsWoman of the Year: Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) SportsMan of the Year: Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Team of the Year: George Szabo (San Diego, CA)/ Rick Peters (Venice, CA) In the Paralympic classes: SportsWoman of the Year: Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.); Sportsman of the Year: John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) Team of the Year: Scott Whitman (Brick, NJ)/ Julia Dorsett (West Chester, PA) The OSC has nominated these exceptional sailors to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for consideration for the 2009 SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of the Year awards across all Olympic and Paralympic sports. Each sport’s national governing body selects their outstanding athletes for consideration for this prestigious national distinction. This year, the USOC has expanded its Paralympic category to include a Paralympic SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of the Year, rather than just one Paralympic winner. The overall winners will be announced in January 2009.

Additional news from US SAILING: It wouldn’t be December without the annual “year in review” and “best of” lists, and the release of US SAILING’s shortlist of nominees for the 2009 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards marks that traditional milestone for the sport of sailing in the United States. It was an outstanding year of achievement on-the-water during the 2009 calendar year: American men won nine world championships, while competitive excellence was achieved by American women in both fleet and match racing events.

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US SAILING’s 2009 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The ultimate winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on Feb. 26, during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when they will be presented with Rolex timepieces.

Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 37 men and 33 women, including these notable sailors who have claimed the honor multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Dennis Conner, JJ Isler, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Ken Read, Lynne Shore, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner. The 2008 winners were Terry Hutchinson and Anna Tunnicliffe.

Nominees shortlisted for US SAILING’s 2009 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award: Lightning World Champion Matt Fisher (Columbus, Ohio); CST Composites International Moth World Champion Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.); Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Melges 24 World Champion Chris Larson (Annapolis, Md.); Sunfish World Champion David Loring (Charleston, S.C.); SAP 505 World Champion Mike Martin (Newport Beach, Calif.); Finn Gold Cup Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Rolex Farr 40 World Champion Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I.); 2.4 mR World Champion John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wisc.); DN Iceboat World Champion Matt Struble (San Diego, Calif./Bay City, Mich.); and Star World Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.).

Nominees shortlisted for US SAILING’s 2009 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award: ICSA/Laser Performance Women’s Singlehanded National Champion Anne Haeger (Lake Forest, Ill.); Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.); Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Champion Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer (San Diego, Calif.); and Semaine Olympique Française Laser Radial Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.). For more information, see: www.ussailing.org.