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31st Knickerbocker Cup

The 31st Knickerbocker Cup (KCup), an international match race event, will take place on Manhasset Bay from August 29 — September 1. Match racing is the format used in the America’s Cup, pitting one boat against another in a series of eliminations to determine a champion. The winner of the KCup will go on to race in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, a World Match Race Tour event.

The KCup brings a field of top-notch sailors and umpires from around the globe to Manhasset Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) in Port Washington. Ranked #2 in the world, Taylor Canfield, Team USOne, US Virgin Islands, is a veteran competitor in the KCup, but the championship has remained elusive for him — 2013 may be his year. Challenging Canfield will be #12 ranked Nicolai Sehested, Tre-For Match Racing, a young Dane who is also a veteran of this event; and #14 ranked Eric Monnin, Okalys-Corum Team, Switzerland, who is new to Manhasset Bay.

Rounding out the international contingent are David Gilmour, Team Gilmour, Australia, ranked #24; Mark Lees, Team Echo Sail Racing, Great Britain, ranked #33; Stratis Andreadis, Atalanti Racing, Greece, ranked #43; and Ashlen Rooklyn, Ballyhoo Racing, Australia, ranked #46.

The U.S. is represented by three teams: Dustin Durant, Long Beach Match Racing, from California, ranked #26; Chris Poole, Riptide Racing, from Maine, ranked #40, and Stephanie Roble, from Chicago, ranked #7, in the Women’s Rankings and #86 in the Open Rankings.

The teams will be introduced at the Opening Ceremony at MBYC on Wednesday, August 28. There will be social events and spectator boats to view the racing. For reservations, contact Bonnie Doran at 729-5663.

Each team has five or six crew members, sailing Swedish Match 40 sailboats on loan from Oakcliff Sailing, in Oyster Bay. Racing begins Thursday morning and continues through Sunday afternoon.

Fundraising for the KCup and St. Francis Hospital began in April, with the Heart & Sail Gala, honoring Norman Schefer, 30 year supporter of the Knickerbocker Cup; Dr. William S. Knight & Dr. Emia Chan, affiliated with St. Francis Hospital; and Patricia J. Petersen, President & CEO of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

All proceeds from the event will be shared jointly by the Knickerbocker Cup Foundation and St. Francis Hospital. Official Sponsors of the 2013 Knickerbocker Cup include Investors Bank, West Marine, Wells Fargo, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

For more information, visit www.knickerbockercup.org and www.manhassetbayyc.org.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com