| MBYC's 2017 Race Week
Manhasset Bay Race Week 2017 was one of the best ever. Originally a Labor Day event, Race Week is an 85 year old club tradition that started in the 1930s as the Manhasset Bay Fall Series and has evolved over the years. Always the highlight to the sailing season, it has been part of MBYC summer since 1962.
Race Week 2017 drew over 70+ sailors to MBYC who participated in some very exciting racing. There were eleven boats entered in the Sonar Fleet; after eleven races, Past Commodore Sue Miller took first place on Ping scoring 23 (with six bullets) followed by USMMA Midshipman Charlie Lomax with a second place score of 25 and Noroton Yacht Club’s Bahar Gidwani in third place with 45 points. Sue Miller’ s 0.833 finish earned her the Black Jack Trophy as the best skipper in the regatta, the Edward P. Alker Trophy as the best MBYC skipper in the regatta, the Lure Trophy as the winner if the most competitive class, and the George H. Wicke Trophy (her fifth time) as the best female skipper in the regatta. Ping’s crew Dana Schnipper, Doug Stebbins, George Huntington and Alan Thompson won the Arthur E. Bernard Crew Trophy. The Robert Harvey Wessmann, Jr. Trophy for the best “under age 25” skipper went to Midshipman Charlie Lomax. Four boats were entered in the MBOD fleet. After ten races, Commodore John Silbersack took first place with 15 points, followed by Claes Larson with 18 points and USMMA Midshipman Garrett Lawlor with 29 points. There were three entries in the Ideal 18 class. Ten races resulted in an 11 point win (with 9 bullets) on Ducky by Vince Syracuse and John Bainton, followed by Guy Crawford in second place with 23 points and Adam Hess in third place with 26 points. Ducky’s first place finish earned the Syracuse Family’s sixth Louise T. Haney Memorial Trophy as the best Ideal 18 sailors. We also had a PHRF boat, Nordlys which was skippered by Trustee Bob Schwartz. Finally, the result of the Women’s Race in Ideal 18s was a win by Aviva Pinto and Debbie Krim (who took the helm for the first time) with 7 points followed by PWYC’s Dawn Serignese’s with 8 points. Team Pinto/Krim also won the David Craig Trophy.
This was Rita and Vince Syracuse’s fifth year in a row as Race Week Co-chairs (another MBYC record). MBYC thanks all participants and especially the USMMA for its support of Race Week. Special kudos also go to all Race Committee volunteers (which included Team Syracuse’s five year old grandson Will Syracuse) and the entire MBYC staff and family for their dedication to Race Week. Their help made Race Week 2017 a huge success. Thanks also go to the many MBYC members who joined us for the Annual Race Week Clambake on Saturday evening that featured the music of Stuart Marcus and, as always, great food and camaraderie.
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