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LI Wild Card Rubin Out

Noah Rubin of the United States

Noah Rubin of the United States

In what could only be called a fight to the end, Long Island hopeful Noah Rubin was unable to move to the next round at the U.S. Open Qualifying rounds today. [Read more…]

PWYC Charity Cup

CharityCup_081915BThis year the 18th Port Washington Yacht Club Annual Charity Cup Regatta has chosen AVON39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer benefiting the Avon Foundation for Women as their charity of choice. [Read more…]

Team Hope Makes Waves To Fight Cancer

SWAA_072215CSwim Across America (SAA) is a national organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. [Read more…]

Toby Harris At Yes, We Can

basektballThe Town of North Hempstead, in partnership with NBA star Toby Harris and the Harris Organization, will be offering summer basketball clinics that also include instruction in “life skills” to North Hempstead residents at the Yes We Can Community Center in New Cassel. The clinics will run Aug. 17 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $50.
“I am very excited to be offering this wonderful program to our town’s youngsters this summer because it gives participants the opportunity to hone their interpersonal skills, as well as their physical ones,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “I really love the message of encouraging young people to stay on the right path in life. When that message comes from a role model like Tobias Harris, it means so much.” [Read more…]

Tyler Dunn Ready to Lead Manhasset to the Top

Tyler%20Dunn%202015From an individual standpoint, it will be hard for Manhasset’s star lacrosse player Tyler Dunn to top last season. He scored 22 goals, added three assists—and was named All-American. His focus now will be on getting his team at least one game further.

The Indians were defeated by Lynbrook in last year’s county championship with a score of 8–4. Lynbrook was 18–1 during the season, but Dunn isn’t intimidated by any means. [Read more…]

Girl Scout Troops Soar

GirlScout_051315BTogether at I.FLY Trapeze

Junior Girl Scout Troops 506 and 539 had a fantastic experience at I.FLY Trapeze in Eisenhower Park. The sister troops came together, supported and cheered each other on as they climbed up a 30-foot ladder and jumped off a ledge holding onto a trapeze swing and flew high in the sky. Many of the girls courageously hung from their knees and did backflips off the bar falling onto the net below.

Thank you to the I.FLY Trapeze instructors Anthony, D.J. and Shane who were extremely patient and professional. They guided and encouraged the girls throughout the entire exhilarating experience. The exercise was a wonderful way to build confidence and to get the Girl Scout troops together and enjoy a beautiful afternoon.

Local Yacht Clubs Host Regattas on Manhasset Bay

Lawrence Chrapwily,  artist-in-residence, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society,  doing what he does best at the 2014 Port Washington YC Charity Cup. He is generously donating a 12 x 16-inch framed  and signed by the artist oil painting of the boat of the overall winner of the 2015 Port Washington Day Race.

Lawrence Chrapwily,
artist-in-residence, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, doing what he does best at the 2014 Port Washington YC Charity Cup. He is generously donating a 12 x 16-inch framed and signed by the artist oil painting of the boat of the overall winner of the 2015 Port Washington Day Race.

Spring has finally arrived and local boaters are busily getting their boats ready for the season. Soon, Manhasset Bay will be filled with boats at their moorings or slips, waiting to take the passengers out to enjoy the beauty of our bay, Long Island Sound and beyond. People are smiling again.

The 2015 Cow Bay Racing One-design committee has issued their sailing instructions for the upcoming season, which starts on May 9 and continues until Oct. 4. All three yacht clubs: Manhasset Bay, North Shore and Port Washington take turns with Race Committee duty. Without the cooperation of these clubs working together, there would be no weekend racing. So, kudos to all involved that organized the season.

One of the starts at the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race

One of the starts at the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race

While weekend racing started last weekend, there are two Day Race regattas during the weekend of May 30 and 31. On Saturday, May 30, North Shore Yacht Club will host their day race. According to the club, “racers can mark their calendars for the always popular North Shore Yacht Club’s 27th Annual Day Race on Saturday, May 30.” With the club celebrating its 145th anniversary and with proper breeze, the race starts just before noon. Racers can expect a start on Long Island Sound, Northeast of Execution Light, and depending on the breeze, a race of 15 miles. The finish will be in Manhasset Bay. Participants can expect multiple PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker divisions plus a PHRF “2-handed” Non-Spinnaker division and a new J-105 One Design Spinnaker Division. Always a racers’ favorite…the NSYC complimentary post-race party. Entry forms are available at nsyc.net/dayrace.htm. For additional information, call the Regatta Chairman, Charlie Cannam at 516-639-9470 or NSYC at 516-883-9823.

Avalanche, Al Albrecht, Port Washington YC, won the 2014 Port Washington Day Race.

Avalanche, Al Albrecht, Port Washington YC, won the 2014 Port Washington Day Race.

On Sunday, May 31, Port Washington Yacht Club is hosting their Day Race. There will be several new features to the regatta this year.

The overall winner of the PWYC Day Race will receive an oil painting by local en plein air artist, Lawrence Chrapliwy, artist-in-residence, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. Chrapliwy is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists. An early interest in art and nature and his natural talent eventually led him a career as an illustrator and graphic designer. Since arriving in Port Washington in 2007, he and his wife, also an artist, have developed a strong following of admirers and collectors, both locally and nationally. “Plein air” paintings are works created while painting from life in the open air: the paintings require enormous discipline and skill to complete with ever changing light and weather conditions. He will be at PWYC on the day of the regatta, doing what he does best, painting scenes from the yacht club dock. Race participants will have a chance to chat with the artist and see him in action on the front lawn of the club. The public is invited to stop by to chat with Chrapliwy, but should call the club at 516-767-1614 to confirm his availability. For more about the artist, see lawrencemaritimeart.com. For more information about the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, go to cowneck.org.

The second new development with the PWYC Day Race involves the YRALIS. The club is very excited to be chosen as one of eight venues that qualify for the new YRALIS Youth Challenge Trophy. This is a series of races over the 2015 season (PWYC Day Race, City Island Distance Race, Lloyd Harbor Stratford Shoal Race, Huguenot YC Expressly for Fun Regatta, Sea Cliff Around Long Island Regatta, YRALIS Championship Regatta, Stamford YC Vineyard Race and Indian Harbor Stratford Shoal Race). To qualify, 33 percent of the crew must be between ages 14 to 24 at the start of the race and race in at least three of the events.

Charlie Cannam, Engarde, North Shore YC Race Committee Chair, right before the start of the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race.

Charlie Cannam, Engarde, North Shore YC Race Committee Chair, right before the start of the 2014 North Shore YC Day Race.

And last, but certainly not least, the Port Washington Day Race is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program. One part education, two parts activation, the Clean Regattas program unites and mobilizes sailors by offering support and resources to help heal the ocean.

“The PWYC Day Race is committed to serving as a model for responsible sailing,” said Tyson Bottenus, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea. “We are thrilled to support the PWYC Day Race in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection. Working with the regatta, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalize their conservation efforts and help foster ocean friendly behavior.”
Port Washington YC is dedicated to protecting the waters upon which we sail.

For more information on the regatta, go to pwyc.com or email racecommittee@pwyc.com. For the Notice of Race and to register, go to www.yachtscoring.com.

Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club Flounder Derby

Flounder derby renamed in honor of Skip Campbell, pictured.

Flounder derby renamed in honor of Skip Campbell, pictured.

Photos By Maura Vernice

The Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club held its annual flounder derby on the Port Washington town dock on Saturday, May 2. This year, they renamed the derby the Robert “Skip” Campbell Flounder Derby in honor of Skip Campbell, the event organizer. About 25 children turned out to fish at the flounder derby.

Though none of the kids caught a fish this year, many prizes were raffled off, including rods and reels, tackle boxes, fishing nets and T-shirts. The sportsmen’s club also gave out free hot dogs, drinks and snacks, water bottles and a certificate to all participants. This was the 52nd annual spring fishing derby. This year, the Manhasset Bay Sportsmen’s Club celebrates its 70th anniversary. The sportsmen’s club also holds a snapper derby in August.

Bone Marrow Donor Saves A Life

Kinsley as catcher for Furman University

Kinsley as catcher for Furman University

Jake Kinsley became a bone marrow donor to help save the life of a stranger. Kinsley put his name on a donor list three years ago to help a relative. He wasn’t a match in that case. Then he forgot about it until he received a call this year about being a donor for a stranger. After some initial tests, he was told he was a perfect match and he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The recipient was a 55-year old mother with leukemia. When given a chance to save someone’s life, Kinsley took that chance. “I hope that the impact that I made on her was as big as the impact she made on me,” said Kinsley. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

He was able to go to classes the day after the procedure. For about a month after the procedure, Kinsley had to be careful as his body built up platelets. He was susceptible to bruising and bleeding easily. He was also easily fatigued during the month following the procedure. He had to miss a portion of his senior baseball season, including a game against Clemson, a big rival, though he was able to accompany the team in the dugout. It’s worth it to give someone else a chance, said Kinsley. “It’s a great opportunity to help someone else and I would never pass it up. You would hope someone else would do the same for you if you needed it.”

Kinsley’s procedure was done at Greenville Health Systems Cancer Institute in March. The procedure removed half of his platelets. According to Kinsley, the procedure took about four to six hours. “They put a needle in one arm, took what they needed, spun it around, and put another needle in my other arm and put it back. Then it was given to the recipient the next day,” said Kinsley. “It was pretty simple. The success rate is very good.”

Kinsley received nationwide recognition for his donation. He was interviewed on NBC and Good Morning America.

Kinsley

Jake Kinsley

Kinsley grew up in Manhasset and attended Manhasset elementary and middle school as well as Regis High School in New York City. He graduated cum laude from Furman University in Greenville, SC, on May 9 with a degree in both Chinese Culture and Language and Business Administration. He was a lector at the Church of St. Mary in Manhasset throughout high school. Kinsley was a catcher on the Furman baseball team.

Kinsley will be residing in Atlanta, GA, and starting a job as an investment banking analyst at Croft & Bender.

If you are interested in being a bone marrow donor, you can find out more information and register through www.bethematch.org.

Fleet Feet For Don Scott Memorial Run

DonScott052015DThe fifth annual Don Scott Memorial 5K Run took place on May 17 and more than 300 runners turned out to participate. “This is our biggest run so far,” said Don Scott’s son, named after his father. “We do this run to support colon cancer research and to help support Manhasset High School track and field and cross country.” The run is in memory of Don Scott, who was a teacher and coach at Manhasset High School for more than forty years. He died in 2010 after a battle with colon cancer. [Read more…]