Does it get any better than a packed gym on a Friday night watching basketball teams play for a cause? Last Friday night the girls and boys varsity basketball teams played Plainview JFK in a Coaches vs. Cancer league game. With a raucous full house, the boys team defeated Plainview 40-37 holding off a last minute run. The girls used 40 points as their magic number to win 40-25. The teams raised well over $1,000 in the evening to donate to the American Cancer Society. Great job by the student body and the Port community for showing support of the teams and this worthy cause.
The wrestling team has been quietly racking up impressive matches. They hold a 6-2 record going into the toughest part of their season. Last week Port held a quad meet with Baldwin, Oceanside and Hempstead. Port came away 2-1 in this match and scored 80 points against Hempstead. The next big match is this Friday, Jan. 13 at home and it’s Alumni night. The meet starts at 5 p.m.
As the year draws to a close, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at some of the highlights of the sailing year here on Manhasset Bay with a sprinkling of activity across the country and around the world that have either had impact on our corner of the world or merit repeating just because….
January, that month of cold weather and freezing temperatures, does not stop a group of intrepid sailors who can’t seem to stay home each Sunday afternoon, no matter what the temperature. Some think it may be due to those “honey do” lists, but that, of course, would never be admitted. We are talking about our local frostbiters who sail in little boats in all kinds of weather, and sometimes capsize. The year starts with the Annual New Year’s Regatta and continues until the end of April. Last year’s season was especially harsh…remember all that snow? Past Commodore, Claude Chazotte, reminds us of what frostbiting is all about, “Yesterday, with ice inside the launching area and extending 25 feet out from the dock, with WNW breeze at 15-18 knots, and a temp of 33 degrees, two Interclubs and two Lasers still managed to have a great time sailing! It was a sight to see: dinghies and Whalers getting soaked while beating through waves, and IC dinghies skillfully avoiding death rolls. After some truly exhilarating racing, everyone was back in time for the game. Now THAT’s a great day!” One has to wonder about the sanity of this sport, but it really is fun.
Nearly 200 participants came together on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Port Indoor Rowing Center, to participate in the first annual Million Meter Row-A-Thon organized by the Friends of Port Rowing. Sixteen teams each rowed 62,500 meters to reach the goal of one million meters in 4 hours 46 minutes and 7 seconds.
The teams for the event were evenly matched with all the student teams containing boys and girls, experienced and novice rowers, middle and high schoolers. This kept the event competitive throughout the evening. More than 150 members of the rowing team came to support the organization. Ari Kramer, one Schreiber freshman, said: “My favorite part of the row-a-thon was that the whole team was there showing support. I participated because, like everyone else, I want this team to become the best rowing team we can be.” In the end, the parent team, with a great deal of help from the coaches, came in second by six seconds to the top teen boat.
The sun shined down, bathing the record crowd of over 260 runners and walkers gathered at Heckscher State Park for the Mary Newman “Can’t Means Won’t” (CMW) 5K Run/Walk in unseasonably warm temperatures this Thanksgiving Saturday. Now in its fourth year, the annual CMW Run/Walk was initiated by the Kinane-Newman family in tribute to mother and grandmother, Mary Newman, after her passing in 2008. This year, the family selected LIAF (The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation) as one of the beneficiaries of its fundraising efforts, in recognition of Newman’s inspirational dedication to her husband during his years living with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. PAWS Animal Rescue of Sayville was also an event beneficiary. Each charity is expected to receive over $1,000 from CMW event proceeds.
Every once in awhile a story comes across the wires that just makes you smile all day long and since this is the season for celebrations for many religions, it seems appropriate to share with readers.
Your columnist was in Newport during the summer of 2004 and happened to drive over to Sail Newport at Fort Adams State Park. Driving into the park, there appeared to be a bunch of people standing on the dock. My friend and I walked over to the water and saw about five or six Sonars lined up at the dock ready to be sailed in the wonderful wind you find up at Newport. Of course I had my camera with me and asked to take photos and was directed to Judy McLennan and her daughter, Stephanie and learned all about this regatta that was about to take place. As Judy explained to us, this was the second year of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta, started in memory of Judy’s father and Stephanie’s grandfather. Tom Clagett (1916-2001) was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay. As a youngster he suffered temporary paralysis as the result of a bout of meningitis, which left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities, especially athletes. “The Clagett” began as an event for a single class of boat with a stated mission of assisting sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them – through the one-day clinic that precedes racing – both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills, and the opportunity to test them in competition.
The boy’s varsity basketball team played before a full house in the first game last week. The team defeated East Meadow 51-48, outscoring the Jets 12-5 in the final quarter. The team soundly defeated Carle Place in the Manhasset Tournament 63-22. The boys JV basketball team won their first game over Manhasset 52-41. Boys JV2 had a huge win in overtime over Great Neck South. Boys’ hoops is very exciting.
The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) held its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Larchmont Yacht Club Junior Club House. In addition to celebrating sailor’s achievement on the water, new board members were voted into office for the upcoming year.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with the YRA, this nonprofit organization has been serving local racing sailors for over 100 years. From organizing championships to rating boats using the latest handicap standards, YRALIS is dedicated to promoting safe, fair and challenging sailboat racing throughout Western Long Island Sound. Today, the YRA has over 65 member clubs, and nearly a thousand individual members. Over 700 boats are registered in the PHRF fleet, racing in both spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes. In addition, there are several offshore one-designs: J-44, J-120, J-35, J-105, J-30, J-92, J-80, Mumm 30s and Express 37s. Our member clubs and class associations provide inshore one-design competition and support learn-to-sail programs for sailors new to the sport. Top inshore one-design classes include Vanguard 15s, Etchells, Sonars, Lightnings, Flying Scots, Shields, Lasers, IODs, Ideal 18s and Interclubs. Many of our member clubs also provide learn to sail and racing programs for young sailors, through our affiliate, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound.
The Girls Varsity All-Star dinner for field hockey was held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, and the Varsity Team was well represented. Congratulations to the Schreiber High School Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team for their accomplishments!
Boyd Carrington of Amityville outlegged Robis Degirmenci of Port Washington to the finish line of the 3rd annual “Blue Ribbon 5 Kilometer Run,” as 372 runners and walkers were on hand at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury on Nov. 13. This Integrated Medical Foundation event helps promote better men’s health and helps draw attention to the importance of early detection of prostate cancer.
The run was once again presented by Integrated Medical Foundation and its Executive Director Rhonda Samuel, with race management services provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club. Ms. Samuel was one of the participants in this year’s run, completing her first race ever in a very creditable time of 31:08.
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