This week the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda, BVI is hosting the Pro Am regatta. The reason this column is mentioning this event is not to make all of us jealous of the consistent trade winds between 10-15 knots, sunny skies and temps in the 80s both day and night, not to mention the cool drinks at this lush vacation spot – though that might be a by-product. It just so happens that a local racer from Port Washington YC is down in the BVI racing against the likes of Paul Cayard, Ken Read, Zach Riley (the kid who won medal at the Olympics), Anna Tunnicliffe (also a medal winner at the Olympics, to name a few. The lucky sailor is none other than Craig Albrecht. How did he come to be included in such illustrious company? Granted, we can all agree he is one fine racer, having won his division at the 2009 Block Island Race Week. Because of that feat, his name was entered with all the other division winners and he won the rights to duke it out with some of the best in the world of racing. This is the first time this invitation has been extended to a non-pro, so this should be very interesting. This goes a long way in making the event and the Bitter End Yacht Club is what sailing is all about … FUN. Good luck to Craig and his team.
The playoffs are upon us and Port Washington is well represented! While boys and girls cross country and girls swimming are still competing in the season, all the rest are in the post season….girls field hockey was the first to clinch a spot as they defeated Great Neck South last week 3-2 and had the biggest upset in the county defeating Massapequa 2-1 in double overtime…Massapequa is the top seed in the playoffs and will meet Port once again in the county semifinals on Nov. 2….girls volleyball will host a quarterfinal playoff game on Thursday the 29th…boys soccer will host a quarterfinal game on the turf against Great Neck South on Friday, the 30th at 2:30 p.m.…Coming in to last week, the girls soccer team lost two games and tied one…for them to make the playoffs they would have to change those losses and tie to win the second time around…that is exactly what they did and now girls soccer will play away in a quarterfinal game on Saturday, the 31st….even though varsity football will not be going to the playoffs, they have a chance to end their season on a high note when they play Hempstead on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.…girls tennis is in the conference championships…like so many of our teams that take on fundraising efforts, the girls volleyball team was part of an eight team Dig Pink effort at Hofstra University last week that raised over $5,000 for breast cancer…Great job by our teams…now we need the fans to come out and support the teams…if you haven’t seen a team play, this week would be the time to see them…see you around…
“Be careful what you wish for.” Mother Nature took pleas for good wind for the Manhasset Bay Fall Series quite seriously this year and gave all she could. She not only gave wind, she threw in some rain and gusts that kept the competitors duking it out in all kinds of weather. On Saturday, Oct. 17, the predicted winds of 30+ knot gusts did not appear and teams raced in a much more manageable NE to NNE 15-20 knots. Race Committee Chair and PRO, MBYC Commodore Sue Miller took advantage of the great weather and gave the IRC and J/44 classes three windward-leeward races, with the J/105s and the PHRF boats getting in two good races. By end of day, the teams gathered back at MBYC were a tired, but happy bunch. You can just imagine the stories they shared with each other – tales of a close mark roundings, broaches, men overboard, equipment damage… but this time, these weren’t fishermen’s tall tales, but very close to fact, with maybe a little enhancement. Rest assured, readers, that the men overboard were safely picked up by their teams. But there was a lot of laughter and discussion of the Racing Rules of Sailing that requires a team to complete the race with the same number of crew as they had on board when they crossed the starting line! Thus began the 31st Annual MBYC Fall Series.
What a weekend we had last week. After adults worked all week and children toiled in school, Mother Nature decided to reward all our efforts with a weekend filled with high winds, tons of rain and temperatures that were more normal for mid-December than for late October. Such are the vagaries of weather as those who spend a lot of time on the water know all too well.
Runners from all over Long Island are invited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Capital One Bank Blazing Trails 4 Autism Four-Mile Run on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Great Neck South High School Campus on Lakeville Road in Great Neck. The run will start at exactly 9:30 a.m.
The entire net proceeds of the run will be dedicated to the Eden II/Genesis Programs, which provide specialized community-based services and other opportunities to individuals with autism. Race management will be provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Robin Schneider serving as the race director. Timing and scoring will be handled by JMS Racing Services, utilizing the AMB Chip Timing System.
Two very special events happened this weekend on the water – one on our bay and the other over at Larchmont YC. The event here, the Port Washington YC Charity Regatta, will be reported on next week when information and results are available.
The 2009 Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, hosted by Larchmont YC, attracted 40 college teams from around the country, who competed in five divisions: IRC 40, IRC 35, J/44, J/109 and J/105. The overall winner, who also was division winner, was the University of Rhode Island team racing with Rich du Moulin on his Express 37, Lora Ann.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the varsity field hockey teams throughout the state are dedicating one game as a fundraising effort to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This Tuesday, Oct 13, the field hockey team will be hosting Baldwin on the turf.
There will be baked goods sold and a food concession and donations will be accepted at the game. Both teams will be warming up in pink T-shirts and play with pink hockey balls.
Come and support this worthwhile effort and see great field hockey!
A group of volunteers from the Twin Pines Kayak Club recently removed approximately 100 lbs of trash and litter from Manhasset Bay’s Leeds Pond Beach. Included among the garbage taken out were: insulin syringes; plastic bottle caps; fishing line bells; food wrappers; aluminum cans; cigarette butts; and lumber.
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