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On the Bay: June 12, 2009

Sail locally, celebrate globally. That is the motto for the Summer Sailstice, a celebration for the longest days of the summer that began in California nine years ago and is now celebrated almost globally, with all American states and 20 other countries participating worldwide. They are also expecting a greater than usual participation.

Summer Sailstice has announced June 20-21 for this year’s annual sailing holiday on the summer solstice weekend and the record participation they expect is for two reasons: People want to sail away their cares, and more sailors than ever are showing support for ocean conservation. “This year people want to unplug and get away from it all,” said Sailstice founder John Arndt. “We expect record participation in Sailstice 2009. The holiday’s parties, imaginative events, and environmental goals emphasize the relaxing and accessible nature of sailing. School’s out, and nothing’s better than grabbing cool drinks, a picnic lunch, and enjoying the water with friends and family on the longest day of the year. Sailstice helps everyone focus on simple, low-cost ways to enjoy sailing.”

This year’s event goes beyond good sailing, good parties, and good connections between sailors to doing good for the sailing environment. Arndt explains, Sailing is already an earth-friendly way to enjoy life on the water, so Summer Sailstice is working with the conservation group Sailors for the Sea to support their ‘Around the Americas’ adventure. Participating sailors can pledge funds for every mile sailed during the Summer Sailstice weekend. The goal is for Sailstice participants to sail a combined 25,000 miles, equivalent to a circumnavigation of North and South America, with all funds benefiting the on-going ocean preservation programs of Sailors for the Sea. The long range forecast is for a great summer of sailing. We ask everyone to grow sailing and benefit conservation by registering to participate and encouraging friends to do so.”

Summer Sailstice 2009 will be celebrated by over 12,000 sailors worldwide, with hundreds more potential sailors or friends and family participating in a related event. Sailors have registered to participate from all 50 states and 20 countries. With 70 percent of the world’s population less than 50 miles from a shoreline, potential future participation could reach millions.

Founded as a way to unite the diverse and dispersed community of sailors locally and globally, Summer Sailstice is structured so any sailor can participate regardless of what or where they sail. Sailors register on the Summer Sailstice website (www.SummerSailstice.com) to tell others about their weekend sailing plans, find or create events in their local areas, and become eligible to win one of over 300 sailing prizes including a one-week Moorings charter in the BVI. So mark your calendar for Summer Sailstice 2009: June 20/21. Over 400 prizes are being awarded to participants in Summer Sailstice 2009. For more information and to sign up visit www.SummerSailstice.com.

Adam Minoprio, BlackMatch Racing, New Zealand, just missed the quarter finals of the Korea Match Cup, the third of 10 events in the 2009 World Match Race Tour, a seasonlong points championship for the ISAF World Racing World Championship. He came in fifth place in that event, but still holds first place on the leader board on the World Tour. This young skipper and his team began their incredible rise in match racing right here on Manhasset Bay at the 2007 Knickerbocker Cup. As with many teams who have competed in Knickerbocker Cups of past, friendships are formed and communication kept over the years, as these young and upcoming teams advance their sailing careers. So it is with a lot of pleasure (and yes, some pride) to follow the fascinating career of the BlackMatch Race Team out of New Zealand. Adam Minoprio and his team are now ranked 5th in the ISAF World Rankings, which count results over the past two years. What is truly remarkable about this team is that last year was their first year they competed in the ISAF. The season is still young, and Minoprio and his team have a long challenge ahead of them to maintain top standings. To follow BlackMatch as they compete around the world, go to: www.blackmatchracing.com. This year’s Knickerbocker Cup will be held at Manhasset Bay YC on Aug. 26-30. Details to follow.

Manhasset Bay has been full of boats, some racing, and some cruising. Recent results for Thirsty Thursday: Top boats on May 21 (Warm-up race): All divisions had course BCZ, 6.06 nm. Division I: (3 boats): 1. Ripple, J/37, John Towers, 2. Nordlys, J/109. Bob Schwartz, and 3. Sound Wave, J/37, Jonathan Flamm. Division II: (5 boats): 1. Vision, J/105, Marc Epstein, 2. Rosie, J/29, Ron Fink, and 3. Xcite, X/102, Yalcin Tarhan. Division III: (4 boats): 1. Naked Dance, Colgate 26, Adam Bleifeld, 2. Second Wind, C&C 32, Anthony Viola, and 3. Eudaimonia, Catalina 36, Dan Catanzaro.

Thirsty Thursday, Race 1 Results from May 28: Division I: (Distance 6.60 nm, Course DCB, 3 boats): 1. Ripple, 2. Second Wave, and 3. Nordlys. Division II: (Distance 6.60 nm, Course DCB, 5 boats): 1. Rosie, 2. Vision, and 3. Andiamo, J/105, Paul Strauch. Division III: (Distance 4.69, Course MYB, 8 boats): 1. Naked Dance, 2. En Passant, Islander B30, Bob Ebenau, and 3. Escape, Catalina 320, Chuck McCarthy. Race 2 results from June 4: all racers given Course BZBZ, 3.34 nm. Division I (4 boats): 1. Sound Wave, 2. Nordlys, and 3. #60114, Elan, Stuart Israel. Division II (6 boats): 1. Xcite, 2. Rosie, and 3. Andiamo. Division III (11 boats): 1. Naked Dance, 2. En Passant, and 3. Sundance, Pearson 30, Joel Ziev.

Calling all wooden boat enthusiasts: The 18th Annual Wooden Boat show will be held on June 26-28 at Mystic Seaport and is expected to draw a huge crowd from both the United States and Europe. With 180 exhibitors and more than 50 boats in the water and another 50 on land, Mystic Seaport will once again make a contribution to preserving the history of wooden boats. For those who decide to go to Mystic Seaport, they will be able to participate in boatbuilding demonstrations, paddle, and row or sail the Mystic River, speak with the designers and builders, find everything you’ll need to build a wooden boat, and see the ongoing restoration of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

One of the best features of the show is the “I built it myself,” with a host of boats by amateur boat builders. There will be tents with sailmakers and wooden tool manufacturers, and many of the other skills that have largely fallen from the memories of most sailors – from bronze casting to the steam-bending of wood. The show also has an annual Concours D’Elegance of classic wooden boats. One of this year’s features is Elf, a 30-foot class wooden sailing yacht built by Lawley & Sons in Boston, MA in 1888. It is the oldest active American racing yacht, which was restored and re-launched in 2008. For more information, (207) 359-4651.