2008 Manhasset Bay Fall Series
Port Washington, NY – Manhasset Bay Fall Series ended the major WLIS fall regatta
season with 3 days of big breezes, followed by a day of sun and shifty north-westerlies.
The big breeze and warm water make this a favorite event for serious racers.
Kincsem, Joerg Esdorn’s J105, with Duncan Henn, took home the John B. Thomson Sr.
Memorial Trophy for the best overall performance in IRC or one design, finishing with a 2-
1-1-(4)-2-1, total 7 pts.
Hustler’s straight bullets won John Esposito’s J29 the Ted Clark Trophy for Best
performance in PHRF classes, finishing 1-1-1-1-(2)-1, total 5 pts. (photo)
The most exciting racing came on the second Saturday with winds from the SSE at 18-29
knots with gusts into the low-30’s by the end of race one. The race course was tucked
into Hempstead Harbor for the lesser wave heights, but none the less, there were 2
MOBs, both recovered safely. Kudos to our KP friends for assistance and to Snow Lion for
standing by to assist. (Redress requested and granted to Snow Lion for the stand-by.) A
broken boom (Andiamo J105), a few ripped mains and a few blown out chutes were also
seen around the race course. After starting the sequence for a second race, the RC
pulled the plug and sent the sailors ashore for refreshment, a move that drew many
complements. The broken boom was proudly displayed on the lawn of MBYC that
The first weekend’s weather was classic for MB Fall Series – ENE at 15 – 20 knots. Two
races the first Saturday were followed by a long distance race on Sunday. The final
Sunday’s weather drew some sighs of relief from competitors, and two shorter races in
the shifty/streaky NW breeze were completed.
Event founder, John Thomson, Jr., in Infinity (photo) took honors in IRC class 1, and
recalled the first Fall Series at the awards presentation. The biggest smiles at the awards
ceremony came from Rick Royce’s crew of Webb Institute students. Their pre-race tunes
on Sunday morning were enjoyed by the RC.
The Huguenot Trophy, awarded to the club with the best 3 finishes, was Lloyd Harbor
YC, a repeat winner from 2006. The Lloyd Harbor winning team: Dreadlocks (1st in Class
7), Vex (2nd in Class 4) and Rift (3rd in Class 6).
1 –IRC Infinity John Thomson, Jr. Farr 40 MBYC 11 pts
3 – IRC Screaming John Chapman J/122 Peconic Bay 10 pts
Eagle Sailing Assoc.
4 – PHRF Patience Rick Royce Tripp 33 Glen Cove YC 9 pts
5 – J/105 Kincsem Joerg Esdorn/ J/105 American YC 7 pts
6 – PHRF Hustler John Esposito J/29 City Island YC 5 pts.
7 – PHRF Dreadlocks Jeff Hammer Tartan Ten Lloyd Harbor 7 pts
IRC Class 1 winner: Infinity, John Thomson, Jr., MBYC (photo courtesy of Greg Danilek)
Ted Clark Trophy winner and Class 6 winner: Hustler, John Esposito J/29, City
Island YC (photo courtesy of Greg Danilek)