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Masthead Sept 06

Masthead Sept 06

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The MastheadThe Masthead
 Weekend Cruise
Story & Photos by Marilyn Gerber 
MCYC's July 4th
Celebrating America's independence - and, for most people, a nice long weekend - Masthead Cove YCenjoyed a wonderful cruise to Manhasset Bay.Beautifully organized (again) this year by Linda andDavid Strickler, the MCYC fleet was graciously host-ed by Knickerbocker Yacht Club in Port Washington. The sail over on Saturday morning brought warm sun-shine and wind - although not necessarily in the right direction. But, that was no problem for ambitiousMCYC sailors, many of whom took advantage of thelovely day - and took their time getting to their desti-nation - by tacking to make the most of the nice wind.On Saturday and Sunday some people spent timelounging on-board boats or at the pool, while others walked into town. The Saturday night dinner at KYC was delicious and fun and on Sunday we patronized
 And the rockets’ red glare . . .Fireworks over Oyster 
a variety of local eateries in town. All in all, it wasanother terrific weekend cruise. Sailor caps off to theStricklers - as well as to all those who participated!
Editor's Note: 
Be sure to read another interestingaccount related to the weekend in this issue -“The Travails of Tiki”.
The “Kids’ Table” L to R: Elliot Tuck, Justin Martinolich, Alexandra Martinolich, Luke Mazzotta, Jessica Martinolich, Anna Shmulak, Paul Mazzotta, Levi Tuck.The kids – plus one Big kid – have fun in the pool.
From the Helm
By Commodore Tom Mazzotta 
rience. Everyone had a great time visiting the many ports of call, including a side trip, via a rented mini- van, to watch Pipin (staring Mickey Dolenz of “TheMonkees” fame) at the historic Goodspeed opera house. There was little time to rest upon our returnp; finalarrangements still needed to be made for TheMasthead Race scheduled for the end of August. This year we were sponsoring the event to benefit theMarcincuk Fund for ovarian cancer research at ColdSpring Harbor Lab. In spite of the weather, a record23 boats participated in the race, more than 60 peo-ple enjoyed the party held at the Bay Club that day,and through the extreme generosity of our members,friends and local merchants, we raised $5,600 for CSHL in the process… not bad! Again, the weather was not cooperative over Labor Day weekend which required us to cancel our cruiseto Milford. However, while this was the last scheduledcruise for the year, there is still plenty of great sailingto be had on the “back nine” of the season. In fact,the Target Rock Fall series starts September 24. Not to mention the many land events we have planned for this fall. All in all, we still have a lot too look forwardto before the year is out! As I write this column (post-Labor Day), I'm happy to say that it has been quite an eventful sailing sea-son to date. We kicked off the “unof-ficial” start of summer with a very successful cruise to Knickerbocker Yacht Club over Independence Day weekend. As many of you know,KYC is a favorite venue for our club; their hospitality is always impeccable and Port Washington is only a leisurely day-sail away. Upon our return, we plannedto hold the annual raft-up and commissioning party,however, due to threatening weather, it was not to beuntil the “redo,” just over a week later. In addition toour traditional spectacle of flying the commodore(yours truly) as a “human burgee,” this year featureda reporter and photographer from Newsday as our guests for the event. Their visit would later produce a spectacular cover article dedicated to MCYC in the LILife section of the newspaper!By the end of July we were off on our summer cruis-es. The first week set sail for points east on LongIsland, with the second week featuring a trip up theConnecticut River. In spite of the heat wave, Ithought our cruise of the river was a wonderful expe-
@Sea, at sea – well, on the Sound.
Eileen & Tom Conneely
sail a Catalina 32named
Loose Foot
, a Westerly Cirrus, is
Mary Jane- “MJ” - Malone.
 Also new to the Club this year are
Myrna &Charles Pitman
, who sail
Cast Off 
, a Catalina 27. And rounding out this current group of new members is
 Wendy Radcliffe-Miller
, who has a 36-foot Mariner Sloop named
MCYC wishes them all a warm “Welcome Aboard!” 
by Bob Harrison 
I was in the company of past MCYC Commodore Dick Burton and his boat 
, heading south. As youmay know, Dick has purchased a condo inGeorgetown, SouthCarolina, and moved hishousehold there. All that remained in New York washis Pearson 323. At onepoint he considered sell-ing her, but I don't think that was ever a seriousconsideration. So aroundthe time of the Club's 4thof July cruise to Port  Washington, Dick askedme if I would join him in bringing the boat south.My first question was, "Do you have an Autopilot?"Having done a few thou-sand miles of deliveries, Ihave grown to value this piece of equipment as right up there with drinking water! Dick quickly acquireda Simrad wp32 and installed it and we were set. We were joined by Kathy, a third crew member. The boat  was provisioned and we departed City Island onSunday, July 30 at noon.I had plotted the tides for the best ride through thecity and we were whisked down the East River at 8 to9 kts, while the traffic on the FDR bathed in its own bumper-to-bumper exhaust fumes (Ha!) Sometimes,though rarely, sailing is faster than car travel. We cleared under the Verrazano Bridge around 3:00pm, an 8 to 10-kt. breeze came up, the sails were set and the New York City skyline merged with the haze of the day. We had decided to go through the night, con-ditions permitting, and we reached Cape May, New  Jersey approximately 20 hours after leaving New York. A word of advice for a trip like this: BRING THE BEST BUG REPELLANT YOU CAN FIND! As the day ren-dered itself nearly imperceptibly into night, the colorsturned from blue to blueish to red to purple to dark.Sailing is a wonderful opportunity to dissect thistransition sky-wide. Fabulous! But, you must shareall this glory with cockpit flies! Tiny sharks with wings that eat your legs with electric stings! So yes,do bring good bug repellant! We took on fuel, water, etc. in Cape May harbor thenanchored out until 4am, at which time we putteredout into the Atlantic Ocean for a six-hour trip toOcean City, Maryland. Though not a sailboat port - it's more for fishing,parasailing, high-speed gas-guzzling adventure rides,and toerail tearing dockage conditions - there wasavailable sustenance for both the boat and the crew. We docked overnight during the early August heat- wave and survived by placing a 5k btu air condition-ing unit in the companionway, which made it 79degrees inside, while it  was 90 degrees outside! The following day at noon we departed Ocean City like popping out of theseamy side of a modernDickens novel. We neededshowers! Again throughthe night we motor-sailed,tacking upwind to keep themain full and stabilize the boat. After dawn we were at the bottom of theChesapeake! A short hop tothe Naval AmphibiousBase at Little Creek, Virginia found us at a marina for 75 cents a foot,cheap food and dollar beers at the CPO club (Chief Burton is retired Navy).It was now Friday, August 4th and the party wasending. Kathy and I flew back to New York and Dick  was hanging out for a week awaiting new crew for thetrip down the Intercoastal Waterway to Beaufort,North Carolina.Being in MCYC has broadened and brightened my sailing life in many ways, not the least of which is thepeople I've come to be close with. One of these is our friend and past Commodore Dick Burton. I washappy and personally rewarded to join his crew and we all wish him well in his new life/adventure!
Farewell NY City: Under the Manhattan Bridge  Amenity in Ocean City, MD. Note the A.C. unit in the companionway to combat the 100 degree heat 

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