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On The Bay: May 3, 2013

Dawn Riley, executive director of Oakcliff Sailing Center, was at the Port Washington Public Library last week to discuss the behind-the-scenes news for this year’s America’s Cup. NAC’s very popular boat trips will return this season and will start in June and run through August. Registration for the boat trips is required.  

The Cow Bay Cruising Association held its annual organizational meeting and awards at Manhasset Bay YC last week. Commodore Anthony Viola opened the meeting and a discussion was held on the upcoming racing schedule, Race Committee information, and other items of interest to those who race big boats each Thursday evening though the warm summer months.  Last year the group connected with YachtScoring, an online scoring system that is used for major regattas throughout the United States. In addition to going online to see the final scores each week, YachtScoring has a “crew/boat board,” where interested sailors (and non-sailors) can add their name for a spot on a Thirsty Thursday boat.  So if anyone out there reading this is interested in hopping on board a boat, the link to sign up is:

After a great season of racing, the top boats in each division were recognized with beautiful trophies.  Last year, CBCA had a Spring Series (8 races) and a Summer Series (8 races) and trophies are awarded for each series. Top boats in Division I: Al Albrecht, Avalanche, Spring and Summer, 2. Robert Chuda, Chieftan, Spring and Arthur Buhr, Leverage, Summer, and 3. Paul Strauch, Andiamo, Spring and Robert Schwartz, Nordlys, Summer. Division II: 1. Charles Cannam, Engarde, Spring and Marc Epstein, Vision, Summer,  and 2. Marc Epstein, Vision, Spring and Eric Weintraub/David Deutsch, Scarlet, Summer. Division III: 1. Robert Ebenau, En Passant, Spring and Summer, 2. Joel Ziev, Sundance, Spring and Paula Davis, Her C Gem, Summer, and 3. Bruce Joseph, On The Beam, Spring and Summer. Cruising Division: 1. Dan Catanzaro Eudaimonia, Spring and Jacques Blinbaum, Serenity, Summer, 2. George McCarthy, Escape, Spring and Virginia Nizzo, Eclipse, Summer, and 3. Anthony and Jane Viola, Second Wind, Spring and Dan Catanzaro, Eudaimonia, Summer.

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) has expanded its scholarship opportunities for students applying to the school’s three full-time programs. This larger field of scholarship options is expected to draw a competitive pool of applicants for Fall 2013 admission. These scholarships are the direct result of the strong emphasis the school has placed on raising scholarship funding.Final Deadline for applying is July 1. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and merit. More information: