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Community Sailing Thrives at Breakwater

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Sean Elliott, far right, is the new sailing director at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor

Sean Elliott, far right, is the new sailing director at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor.

By Gavin Menu

Jack Reiser was in his second year as club steward of the Breakwater Yacht Club when a young African-American girl from Selden showed up on the club’s footsteps, scholarship in hand, hoping to become a sailor.

“She wanted to learn how to sail, her parents had no clue, but through Head Start they learned about the scholarships, and the kid loved it,” said Reiser, who was one of the club’s first members 25 years ago. “The parents figured out they could turn their kid into a straight A student because they said they would ‘buy’ her the scholarship. The kid went from a C student to a straight A student.”

There are a great many traditions that revolve around the water on the East End, and in Sag Harbor, in particular, with sailing at or near the top of the list. Long considered a sport for the wealthy and elite, community clubs like Breakwater are breaking that mold as they commit to bringing sailing to the masses, children and adults alike.

And Breakwater’s commitment to that pursuit has moved to a higher level as the 2014 season begins. Sean Elliott, who grew up sailing the waters of Patchogue Bay in Bayport and worked as the sailing director at the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett for seven years, will head the sailing program at Breakwater this year and assist Reiser in running the program. In an interview at the club on Tuesday, Elliott said the club has added new sailboats to its fleet, implemented what he believes is a critical Counselor in Training  program and soon will be welcoming campers in record numbers.

Reiser and Elliott estimate that as many as 400 sailing students will pass through the program between now and Labor Day. Also new this year is the acceptance of children as young as 7 years old. In the past, a student had to be at least 9 to participate in the programs.

“We want the kids at the end of their week here to be able to handle a boat,” said Elliott, who talks a great deal about safety and curriculum, emphasizing that the camp is not simply about cruising the harbor but truly learning to sail. “We’re promoting sailing at a very reasonable rate. You don’t have to join a yacht club, you don’t have to join a waiting list. Here, for next to nothing, you can be sailing for the summer.”

A week of sailing camp at Breakwater costs $325, with discounts available for multiple weeks. A camper who attends Breakwater for six to 12 weeks pays only $165 per week. Adults can also join the club for $250 per season, with opportunities to use the club’s boats, take lessons and spend the summer sailing even without owning a boat.

Breakwater also promotes competitive sailing for both children and adults. The club’s Wednesday Night Sailing series attracts dozens of longtime sailors and a fleet of some of Sag Harbor’s most impressive boats. For kids, the club this year has joined the Peconic Gardiners Junior Sailing Association, which hosts regattas across the East End. A handful of high schools also field teams for competitions in the fall.

“Promoting sailing on the shoulder seasons, in the spring and fall, is going to be great for us here,” Elliott said. “We’re hiring more instructors. It’s growing. We have a lot of the bigger boats now that are looking for crew. There’s one boat, a J-100, where almost the whole crew is made up of instructors or kids from the high school sailing program. We’re trying to tie it all together.”

A crucial component to that progression from young student to experienced sailor is the  Counselors in Training program, or CIT, which is designed for students between the ages of 13 and 15. The program was created to ensure that Breakwater has high quality instructors for years to come.

“If we train 13, 14 and 15-year-olds, I have them from their freshman year in high school until they’re done with college,” Elliott said. “And we have the teachers we want to have. It’s a great way to spend your summer, teaching sailing lessons. We want people to come to Breakwater and spend their lives here.”

For more information on the club, which is located at 51 Bay Street, visit breakwateryc.org.

A Therapeutic Sail Through Sag Harbor

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Sailing through Sag Harbor on Friday. Photo by Nancy Greenberg.

By Mara Certic

There’s something about being out on a boat on a sunshiny day in June: it changes your perspective. The water seems different when it surrounds you. The familiar shoreline becomes, at times, unrecognizable when you look at it from a sailboat, a half a mile offshore. Day-to-day problems can be reevaluated and troubles seem to fade, at least momentarily, in the face of the vast blue bay.

This notion is one of the founding principles behind Sailing Heals, a non-profit organization that takes cancer patients and their caregivers on two-hour sailing trips to provide some respite and peace of mind during their times of difficulty.

Twin sisters Trisha and Michele Gallagher founded the organization in Marblehead, Massachusetts, three years ago this month.  Michele was working for Panerai—a quality watch company based in Manhattan—which sponsored classic regattas. She “thought it was great,” according to her sister, but wanted to add a community aspect to the sailing.

The rest is history. Panerai loved the idea, Trisha Gallagher said, and gave her and her sister seed money to get started, and Sailing Heals was born. The organization works in conjunction with private captains who donate their time and boats to give their “VIPs” two-hour healing getaways onto the water.

“We’ve taken over 700 cancer patients and caregivers out,” she said. In September, the organization also took out 37 runners who had survived the 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston marathon. “Everybody enjoyed it so much,” she said. “We expect to triple that this year.”

On Friday, June 20, Sailing Heals joined forces with Sag Harbor’s Fighting Chance to give some of that charity’s members a day out on the water.

Around 16 cancer survivors and their caregivers gathered at Breakwater Yacht Club for a buffet lunch catered by Cavaniola’s.

The captains, organizers and VIPS sat at circular tables; chatting softly amongst themselves as they ate their sandwiches and brownies and waited to be split into smaller groups and assigned to their vessels.

Captain Toby Stull hosted a couple along with their 11-year old daughter on his beautiful 52-foot sailing yacht, Starlight.  The mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma a few years ago. The 11-year-old was excited, chatting with her parents as the launch took them from the dock out to the 52-foot sailing yacht. Her infectious enthusiasm for the afternoon activity spread quickly to her parents as the anchor was lifted and the sails caught the early summer winds.

Starlight was the last of the five boats to set off, not that any of its passengers noticed or minded. The young girl explored the cabin below deck; its comfortable staterooms and “really cool” galley had her thinking that the sailor’s life might be for her.

There was a newfound levity in the air; a carefree feeling that seems only to come when away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, suggesting the truth in Kenneth Grahame’s words: “there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Conversation drifted from school and childhood to poetry and books, as smiles got wider and the sun warmer. The young girl, a voracious reader, proclaimed “A Fault in Our Stars,”—which she read for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth times last week—her new favorite book.  John Green’s 2012 novel tells the story of a 16-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her mother to join a support group, where she eventually falls in love.  “It’s so good,” she said. “I mean, it’s sad. It’s very sad. But it’s so good, you have to read it.”

As the boat tooled around along the shoreline, Captain Stull pointed out the familiar hamlets and neighborhoods the boat sailed past; places such as North Haven and Noyac looking small and almost unrecognizable from Starlight. As the vessel turned around near Cedar Point, talk shifted quickly as the girl’s mother excitedly pointed out a peninsula as “where we used to camp.”

The afternoon was tranquil and beautiful, and though thoughts of doctors’ appointments and future plans occasionally fogged the pleasure of the outing, these moments passed quickly. “We’re in a state of perpetual advent,” one of the women said somewhat despondently as the boat made its way back to shore, back to reality. But her face lit right up again when she saw her daughter joking around and sunbathing on the bow.

The boats returned to port at around 3 p.m., and as the VIPs and captains disembarked, it was with a lingering sense of wellbeing.

New friends shook hands, hugged, promised to stay in touch as the words of Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo came to mind: “The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.”

 

It’s Haze and Osprey-Breakwater Yacht Club

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Last Wednesday the Breakwater Yacht Club Summer Cup Series continued its season, with a clutch victory by Purple Haze, piloted by Lee Oldak and Dan Kalish. They took the Division I race with a corrected time of 1:53.43. Donald Filipelli’s “Caminos” took second with a time of 1:53:58, followed by Bruce Tait’s Buckaroo, which crossed with a time of 1:57:10. Bud Rogers’ “Big Boat” came in fourth. Jim Vos’ “Skoot” came in fifth, followed by Steve Kenny and Greg Ames’ “Gossip”, with Wayne & Carol Morse’s “Roxanne” in last.

In Division II, George Martin’s “Osprey” took first place, with a corrected time of 1:55:02, beating out second place Scott Gaeckle’s “Kingfisher” by a full minute. In third place were Jim Smyth and Derrick Galen’s “White Lightning” with a time of 1:56:41. David Betts and Charlene Kagel’s “Instant Karma” took fourth. Mark Webber and Matt Ivans’ “Loki” took fifth, followed by Chris DiSunno in “Swans’ Way”, Barry Browning in “Skidip!”, B. Dinsmore and J. Worthing in “Ridin’ Point” and Jody LoCascio in “Boogie Van”.



Sports Wrap 5/31/12

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Sag Harbor Softball

The Sag Harbor Mens Modified Fast Pitch Softball League had a rough opening day this  Tuesday, May 29. The early game, between Liquors and The Immaculates, was called off after the umpires were a no-show. The teams decided to play a scrimmage instead, during which the sprinklers on the field turned on, dousing the players in the third inning. The Immaculates won, 17-13. The late game was cancelled as well when The Hysterical Society dropped out of the league. A new team is expected to step in and take Hysterical’s place.


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Lee Oldak and Dan Kalish took the fourth race of the Breakwater Yacht Club’s May Cup on May 23, after their boat, Purple Haze, finished with a time of 1:27:52. Big Boat, skippered by Bud Rogers placed second. Steven Kenny, and his boat Gossip, placed third. The final May Cup race was held on May 30. The results were unknown when this paper was put to bed.


Collegiate Baseball

Opening day for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League is set for Sunday, June 3. The Sag Harbor Whalers kick off the season at Mashashimuet Park against the Riverhead Tomcats at 5 p.m.


Midway in May Cup

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Breakwater Yacht Club: Gossip leads the pack, but it ain’t over yet.

by Andrew Rudansky


For decades some of the most exciting sporting contests in Sag Harbor have not actually taken place in Sag Harbor, but instead just beyond the breakwater.

Each Wednesday, during the sailing season, members of the Breakwater Yacht Club test their piloting skills in the May Cup and Summer Cup spinnaker racing series.

The 13 skippers in the May Cup, along with their crews and boats each battle the elements to catch that little extra bit of wind.

“One of the most important things in any of these races is having a good, dependable crew,” said Chris DiSunno, the current chairman of the Breakwater Yacht Club racing committee, and former BYC commodore.

In addition to organizing the races this year, DiSunno competes with his boat Swan’s Way.

Each race is plotted out by DiSunno with the help of the racing committee and principal race officer Gordon Ryan. The tracks vary in size and location for each race due to the character of the wind.

Every race begins with the boats sailing into the wind, reaching a turning point and then finishing at the entrance of the breakwater.

“The start of the race really is the majority of the race,” said DiSunno, who described how each boat jockeys for position before the pistol fires, signaling the start of the race.

Midway through the Breakwater Yacht Club’s May Cup spinnaker series, and the race at the top of the leader board are tight.

Gossip, skippered by Steven Kenny and Greg Ames is currently leading the pack with 7 points. Kenny and Ames have consistently placed high, and won the May 16 race.

George Martin, and his boat Osprey, is right behind in second place with a total score of 10. Martin has finished in the top five in all three races so far, but has yet to capture a win.

Lee Oldak and Dan Kalish take the third spot with their boat Purple Haze. After winning the first race on May 2, the pair have faltered and now have 13 points.

The current leader board is by no means static, as the division still has one more race in the series. In addition after the series is over, all of the skippers throw out their two worst races and calculate only their top three performances.

DiSunno said that the May Cup is just a tune up for the real competition in the annual Summer Cup Series starting in June.

The Summer Cup, first run in 1987, is a 20 boat, 12 race series held throughout the months of June, July and August.

The first Summer Cup race will take place on Wednesday, June 6.

Sports Wrap 5/17/12

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High School Sailing

Canisius High School (near Rochester) was declared the winner of the State Championship High School Sailing Regatta held in Port Jefferson on Saturday May, 12. Canisius won with 27.4 total points. They beat out East Hampton, Ross, Stony Brook and 15 other high schools around the state.


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Skoot, piloted by Jim Vos, took first place in the BYC’s Spinnaker Division 1 Fleet race on Wednesday, May 9 with a corrected time of 59:20. Steven Kenny and Greg Ames placed second with their boat Gossip. Barry Browning, piloting Skidip!, placed third.


Montauk Rugby

The Montauk RFC were knocked out of the USA Rugby’s National Division II playoffs on May 13, after they lost to Rocky Gorge Rugby Club of Maryland, 27-17. That loss came just one day after MRFC beat Naples RFC of Florida, 26-21, in the first round. MRFC competes in the New Jersey Cup Tournament Saturday, May 19.


Ross Tennis

Ross challenged Mattituck in the first round of the Section XI boys varsity tennis tournament yesterday, May 16. The results were unknown when this paper was put to bed. If they win, the team will move on and travel to Harbor Fields today, May 17 at 4 p.m.


Shelter Island Running

The 33rd annual Shelter Island 10K Run and 5K Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 16. Proceeds go to East End Hospice, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and the Shelter Island 10K Community Fund.  For registration visit www.shelterislandrun.com.



Frostbiting Regatta

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Last Saturday, November 26th the Breakwater Yacht Club ran its annual frostbiting race.  Ten racers showed up on a warm almost perfect Fall day with bright sunshine and, well, very little wind. The Noyac Bay Informal But Competitive Laser Racing Association offered up great tee shirts to all contestants, and Phao restaurant awarded two gift certificates.  One to Derrick Galen,the top overall racer and the other to Katlyn Cummins, the top HIgh School sailor.  Second place went to Tavis Moonan and third place went to Mike Gershenson.

Breakwater Yacht Club offers community sailing all during the year.  This years frostbiting season runs on Sundays at 2pm as long as weather permits.


BYC Completes Fall Series

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The Breakwater Yacht Club completed its Fall Series of Wednesday night races on October 13 with Lee Oldak and Dan Kalish onboard Purple Haze taking first in the Spinnaker Division 1 that night, followed by Steve Kenny and Greg Ames on Gossip and Fred Stelle skippering Witchli. In Spinnaker Division 2, Osprey driven by George Martin, took first, followed by White Lightning (Jim Smyth) and Bellatrix (Camerino/Gaites/Frizell).

The BYC also announced the top boats in the entire fall series, with Gossip claiming top honors in the Spinnaker Division 1. Skoot, captained by Jim Voss, took second and Jibber Jabber with David Jannetti at the helm, took third. Witchli placed fourth and Purple Haze, fifth.

In the Spinnaker Division 2, top honors went to Osprey, followed by White Lightning, and Wave Equation with Bruce Dinsmore and Joan Worthing in charge. Swan’s Way (Chris DiSuno) and Impromptu (Sean Leary), took fourth and fifth respectively.

The club also announced a correction to its May Series results.

Taking first in the Spinnaker 1 Division was Gossip with Skoot taking second and Purple Haze taking third.


Breakwater Yacht Club Announces Winners of Summer Cup

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Purple Haze, Osprey and Plurabelle took first place honors in their respective Divisions in Breakwater’s 13 race Summer Series. Other awards went to Gossip (2nd place) and Ice-Nine (3rd place) in Division 1; White Lightning (2nd place) and Impromptu (3rd place) in Division 2; and Swans’ Way (2nd place) and Satori (3rd place) in Division 3.

The Fall “Rum” Series of six Wednesday night races got underway in Shelter Island Sound on September 9 with a 6:15 p.m. start. Winds were 15 – 25 knots with higher gusts; the tide was ebbing. In Division 1, Buckaroo (Captain Bruce Tait) took first place. Ice-Nine (Captain Tom Stewart) finished second and Witchli (Captain Fred Stelle) came in third. In Division 2, Osprey (Captain George Martin) finished first. Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) and Kingfisher (Captain Scott Gaeckle) finished in second and third place respectively. Bellatrix (Captains Camerino, Gaites and Frizell) finished first in Division 3; Plurabelle (Captain Andrea Bourel) finished second and Satori (Captain Peter Dyner) finished in third place.

Dowling Wins Sag Harbor Cup Singlehanded

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On August 15th, the Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 27th Annual Sag Harbor Cup.  The race was inaugurated in 1982 and has been hosted by the BYC since 1988.  The regatta mission has remained consistent over time – to support youth sailing and to inspire a love for the waters around Sag Harbor among young people.  The benefit raised funds for BYC’s Jr. Sailing Program scholarships for local area youth and for the Pierson HS Sailing Team.

The regatta was a pursuit race whereby yachts start based on their handicap with the faster classes starting later so that all boats should reach the finish line at approximately the same time.  The first yacht left the starting line at 10:05 AM against an ebbing current and with very light winds out of the Southwest.  By race end, the current was flooding and winds were out of the Southwest at 11 knots. The last yacht crossed the starting line at 10:42 AM.  The course was a circumnavigation of Shelter Island, counter clockwise.

Overall regatta winners for first, second and third place were:  Witchli with corrected time of 4 hours twenty five minutes and 6 seconds. Witchli was sailed single handed by Chris Dowling.  In second place, 47 seconds later, was Purple Haze (Captains Oldak and Kalish).  Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) took third place, three minutes and five seconds behind.

During the course of the race, Ice-Nine and WaveTrain did not correctly round the N8 mark.  Roxanne protested and WaveTrain returned to correct their error.  Loki ran aground and was helped off by a jet ski. Waypoint grounded at Conklin Point.  Buckaroo withdrew before completing the race.

Other trophies were awarded for Crew Uniforms to Wave Equation, Best Theme to Ridin’Port for their bikini attire, Bowditch Award (for navigation lessons) to Waypoint and Loki who both ran aground, Rocket Award for best time to WitchLi and the Hero’s Trophy to HCII for last to finish (five hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds).