The heat wave that plagued coastal areas along Long Island Sound last week hit a high note on Thursday during the Waldo Cup Opti race at Head of the Bay Club in Huntington, NY.
The Waldo Cup, awarded to the overall winner of the regatta, is named in honor of Lewis Waldo, former Head of the Bay Club Junior Sailing Chair for seven years, who spearheaded the mast restoration of America’s Cup Winner Resolute (which is now used as the club’s flag pole), and was involved in running the regatta in numerous capacities for fourteen years. According to his son David, who is the Executive Director of the WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY, “Lew embodied the true spirit of sailing, not only in competition but as a personal passion.”
Many of the regatta’s competitors competed in hopes of qualifying for the JSA Championships. Others at the regatta, on the other hand, were simply looking forward to spending some time on the water with their friends.
“I’m excited to race with my friend Thomas Rice from Sail Strong,” shared Nick Chisari, a red fleet sailor from Sea Cliff Yacht Club. “This is my first JSA regatta with him.”
“A bunch of my friends sail Optis and I’m excited about sailing with them here,” Bryce Winter, a red fleet sailor from Northport Yacht Club, commented as he reviewed the sailing instructions.
Comparatively speaking, Head of the Bay Club is a small club in a rather secluded location. There are a handful of powerboats in its mooring field, and a couple of sailboats. For members, who have grown accustomed to a more tranquil atmosphere at the club, the regatta’s size was a bit surprising.
“I’ve never seen so many boats at my club before,” explained Brady Anna, a volunteer boat safety checker at the regatta. “It’s pretty cool.”
Still, a solid group of parents, volunteers, and instructors at the club helped the regatta run smoothly.
“I loved seeing all my instructors come together and make this regatta happen,” explained Anna with a grin. “They’re very organized; they do a good job.”
After an initial weather-related on-shore postponement, the breeze picked up and the Race Committee was able to run three races.
Coming in first place in the red fleet was Nick Chisari of Sea Cliff Yacht Club. In blue fleet, Thomas Rice of Seawanhaka Yacht Club took home first place. Meanwhile, Zachary Klusky of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club won in the white fleet. Full results are available here on the JSA website.