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.
AHOY, NEW MEMBERS!
•Eileen & Tom Conneely
sail a Catalina 32named
, a Westerly Cirrus, is
Mary Jane- “MJ” - Malone.
• Also new to the Club this year are
Myrna &Charles Pitman
, who sail
, a Catalina 27.• And rounding out this current group of new members is
, who has a 36-foot Mariner Sloop named
MCYC wishes them all a warm “Welcome Aboard!”