Written by Michele Bernstein Siegel Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, six participants from the Great Neck Park District’s Optimist Sailing Program competed in the Green Fleet Optimist Regatta hosted by the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. The event took place in Manhasset Bay on a windward-leeward course that was approximately 1-mile long. The sailors had to race once around the entire course, which started at Manhasset Dock, also known as “Worry Wart” Dock. The participants, between the ages of 10 and 14, included Chloe Cristian, Arianne Greenstein, Ashtyn Greenstein, David Schisler, Rupert Stuart-Smith and Joseph Sassoon. Coaching them were Douglas Reynolds, assistant director of the Steppingstone Sailing Program, and Joseph Feinsilver, head coach. The Great Neck Park District team was 6 of 40 entries. The whole team crossed the finish line in the front section of the competitors. But, everyone was a winner in this regatta, receiving shirts and medals. After enjoying a nice lunch, the team each sailed their own Opti boat back to Steppingstone Marina. Join the Great Neck Park District Sailing Program next summer.