Race Week


MBYC Race Week continued with racing on Friday and the weekend. Vince Syracuse, MBYC Race Committee Chair, submitted this report about the racing,


Manhasset Bay Race Week is a club tradition dating back to the 1930s as the Manhasset Bay Fall Series. It was originally a Labor Day event that has evolved over the years and has been a part of MBYC summer since 1962.

Race Week 2015 drew over 75 sailors to MBYC who participated in some very exciting racing. MBYC would like to acknowledge the support of the U.S Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), which entered four boats in the Sonar Fleet and one boat in the MBOD Fleet.


After getting off to a slow start on Friday, August 29th, which forced a “no wind” cancellation, the wind gods were kind to us on Saturday August 29th and Sunday, August 30th. An A-Team Race Committee, headed by PR0s Bill Seiner and Ideal 18 Program Director Tom Powers, was able to run a total of 22 competitive multi-fleet one-design races. There were 12 boats entered in the Sonar Fleet; after eight races, Cindy Jordan and Ted Toombs with 22 points took first place squeezing out John Browning and Former Commodore Sue Miller who had 23 points. USMMA midshipman James Gardner came in third with 25 points. Cindy and Ted’s first place win in a 12-boat fleet earned them the Black Jack Trophy, the Edward P. Alker Trophy, the Lure Trophy and the Arthur E. Barnard Crew Trophy. Midshipman Gardner won The Robert Harvey Wessmann, Jr. Trophy as the best “under age 25” skipper.


5 boats were entered in the MBOD fleet. Seven races resulted in a win by Vice-Commodore John Silbersack at 13 points followed by Claes Larsson with 20 points and Adrian Alley, George Graff, Ned Baker and Dick Moore placing third. 2 boats battled it out in the Ideal 18 Fleet, which had seven races. Team Syracuse, a/k/a Vince and Dana Syracuse, won first place honors (and the Syracuse Family’s fifth Louise T. Haney Memorial Trophy) with 10 points followed by Guy Crawford with 11 points. There was also a separate women’s race in Ideal 18s a few days earlier, which got in four races and included two boats from PWYC.   Cindy Jordon took first place and the David Craig Trophy. She also won the George H. Wicke Trophy as the best female skipper in the regatta.


Rita and Vince Syracuse, Race Week co-chairs for the third year in a row, thank all participants, our Race Committee volunteers and the entire MBYC family for their support and help that made Race Week 2015 a huge success. Thanks also go to the many MBYC members who joined us for the Annual Race Week Clambake on Saturday evening that as always featured great food and the music of Stuart Marcus.


The 83nd Annual Manhasset Bay Race Week results were: Sonar (12 boats): 1. Cindy Jordan, YRALIS and Ted Toombs, MBYC. 2. John Browning/Sue Miller, MBYC, 3. James Gardner, USMMA. MBOD (5 boats): 1.John Silbersack, MBYC. 2. Claes Larsson, MBYC, and 3. Adrian Alley, George Graff, Ned Baker and Dick Moore, MBYC. Ideal 18 (2 boats): 1. Vince and Dana Syracuse, MBYC, 2. Guy Crawford, MBYC.


It’s not too late to join the fun over at Port Washington YC this weekend. The 18th Port Washington Charity Cup Regatta, benefiting Avon39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer, starts off the weekend of parties and racing with our Grand Cocktail Gala of Hope on Saturday night, Sept. 12. This exciting evening features an 8-piece J. Morelli Band and great food – it has been a huge hit over the past few years, selling out the entire Club. Wine tasting from various Long Island vineyards will be offered for those who stroll down the dock overlooking Manhasset Bay. Want to preserve this special evening? No problem, there will be a photo booth on hand to take that special photo of you and your date – remember your prom night photo?   Add in the live and silent auction items, plus the terrific baskets by PWYC’s own Sharon Abruzzo, and the Gala is an evening not to be missed


The following day is the regatta and all-day BBQ. This regatta is a Clean Regatta and is registered with Sailors for the Sea. The overall winning boat receives a framed oil painting of his or her boat by Lawrence Chrapliwy, Artist-in-Residence, Cow Neck Historical Society and a member of the American Society of Marine Artists. To enter the regatta, go to: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1513.

For reservations, donations and gifts, simply call the PWYC at 516-7671614, or email the Club at info@pwyc.com.




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Andrea Watson is a Port Washington-based maritime photographer and journalist. She writes Manhasset Press' column On The Bay and is currently the Executive Secretary of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS).


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