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For Immediate Release: 12/13/2012
YRA of Long Island Sound - 2012 Annual Meeting
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2012 YRA Annual Meeting
Charles Powers, Lloyd Harbor YC, was elected President of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS) at their Annual Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Larchmont Yacht Club in their newly refurbished and beautiful Schaefer Room. Also voted into office: Vice President: Dana Schnipper, Sea Cliff YC, Vice President, Stephen Cain, Can One Evening Race Association, Treasurer: Edward Yocum, Larchmont YC, Secretary: Leonard Sitar, American YC. Directors include: Class of 2013: Charles Goodrich, Stamford YC and Ken Hall, Riverside YC, Class of 2014: Park Benjamin III, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC and Ronald Richman, American YC, and Class of 2015: John Silbersack, Manhasset Bay YC and Jay Rhame, Larchmont YC. Sue Miller, Chair of the Nominating Committee and Past Commodore of Manhasset Bay YC, presented the slate of officers to the membership forapproval, which was passed unanimously.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of “Sailing Today: The View of a Hopeless Romantic” by John Rousmaniere. John, who has sailed more than 40,000 miles in the ocean and near shore, has written extensively about sailing. His books include histories of New York YC, Shelter Island YC, Fishers Island YC, the Newport Bermuda Race, the yachts America and Bolero, and the America’s Cup. His two books, Fastnet, Force 10 and After the Storm, have been called “classics.” And his Annapolis Book of Seamanship is the country’s standard sailing manual, with the 14th edition being published in 2013. John was raised in Oyster Bay, NY and sailed out of Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club.
John’s presentation captured the romance and poetry of sailing within the framework of a lifetime on the water – he was able to remind us why we are so passionate about this sport, telling tales of his childhood sailing on Long Island Sound. What was especially wonderful to hear was his continual delight is sailing in a brisk breeze – after all his years on the water. His passion for the sport of sailing reminded all of those present of our first experience in falling in love with the sea, and how over the years, that romance has remained as strong as ever. Sailing is truly is a lifetime sport.
Bernie Armstrong, YRA President, awarded the 2012 season trophies first and then moved on to the Special Discretionary Awards. Riverside YC wont he YRA's oldest trophy, the Arthur P. Davis-Beach Point Yacht Club Award for hosting the YRA Championship Regatta since its inception. For 10 years RYC, its staff and volunteers helped to ensure the regatta's success. George Samalot, YRA PHRF Chair, won the YRA highest honor, the Ned Anderson Award for his foresight and dedicated service to taking the PHRF system online. Gino Bottino won the David Pryor Sportsmanship Award, which was established in 1991 to recognize a single act of exemplary conduct in a regatta. During a post race event at New York YC's Harbor Court, Gino managed to revive a racer choking on a piece of steak, thus saving his life. Dawn Riley, Executive Director of Oakcliff Sailing Center, won the Roger H. Shope Trophy, the YRA's newest award, for her outstanding achievement in race management. In addition to over 15 regattas held at Oakcliff, Dawn unselfishly managed regattas around Long Island Sound.
The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound has been serving local racing sailors for over 100 years. From organizing championships to rating boats using the latest handicap standards, YRALIS is dedicated to promoting safe, fair and challenging sailboat racing throughout Western Long Island Sound.
For more information: www.yralis.org