Letters - September 2013

The Ms. Race Sails On

Great job with the On Watch column [July 2013]! Thanks for all you did with that. We have already been contacted by someone looking to help support the Ms. Race who found out about us through the article. I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the support and that we are humbled by the fact you chose to feature us for this honor. We will be distributing WindCheck in captain’s bags at the Ms. Race and will have an ad forWindCheck in the Ms. Race Event Program and Sponsor Guide again this year.

Thanks for your support!
Bill Sabanski & Diane Kropfl, Highlands, NJ

Bill & Diane – Thank you for the kind words. The 9th Annual Ms. Race, hosted by Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, was held on August 17. This unique regatta, sponsored by and for women, raises funds for 180 Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth County-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Visit ahyc.net/msrace.htm for more information.

Thank You, Herb!

Using routing information provided by Herb Hilgenberg, my friend Dr. Michael Milts, a former City Island Yacht Club member, and his spouse Vernetta sailed to the Caribbean, and were up and down from Long Island Sound numerous times. Michael and I, both independently and together, had occasions to consult Herb to significant benefit. My own trips to the Caribbean, from either the Northeast or Florida, were similarly facilitated by Herb.

Remember that for much of Herb’s time, there was NO Internet and communications were limited to shortwave radio. In the early 2000s there was modem support via shortwave for downloads of “grib” files, but successful interpretations were the stuff for meteorologists.  Until his recent retirement, Herb helped route countless cruising sailors from our area and from all over the East Coast. Many, many passagemakers owe him a great debt of thanks.

David Shulman, City Island Yacht Club Vice Commodore,
City Island, NY

Sharing on the South Shore

I brought copies of WindCheck to our last meeting and everyone at the Point Lookout Yacht Club enjoyed getting them. All of our members knew the magazine and said they enjoy reading it when they can get it. One of our members actually drives to the North Shore once a month to get a copy.

Ellen Kramer, our Commodore, asked me to thank you for getting us the magazine as well. Thanks to WindCheck, we were able to participate in the Summer Sailstice on June 22. We had a 7-boat raftup, a very enjoyable evening and a chance to participate a worldwide sailing event. I thank you and the members of the PLYC thank you.

Jayne Feihel, Merrick, NY

Jayne – Thank you for sharing WindCheck at Point Lookout Yacht Club. We are always looking for articles about sailing on the South Shore of Long Island, as well as upcoming events for our monthly calendar. Please let us know what’s happening at PLYC!

Mashnee Wins Again!


Mashnee, the winner of the 2013 Regatta for Lake Champlain, charges toward the finish line. Mashnee is a N.G. Herreshoff-designed 46-foot Buzzards Bay 30 originally built in 1902, and rebuilt between 2004 and ‘07 at Darling Boatworks of Charlotte, VT. This is the second time Mashnee has won the Regatta for Lake Champlain in the past four years, and this year she bested 37 other boats including many modern racing yachts. She is owned by Jan Rozendaal of South Burlington, VT and competed with a crew of kids from the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

The Regatta for Lake Champlain is a pursuit race to benefit organizations that promote the health, well-being, sustainable use and stewardship of Lake Champlain. For more information, visit RegattaForLakeChamplain.org.

Jamie Leopold
Regatta for Lake Champlain,
Burlington, VT

Jamie – Thank you for the information and great photo. Sailing on Lake Champlain (on either hard or soft water) is on our bucket list.

Correction: We misspelled Herb Hilgenberg’s name in our July issue. WindCheck publishes the Block Island Race Week News in odd-numbered years, and the deadline for the July issue of WindCheck coincided with an article about family crews at Race Week for that publication. In our haste, we confused Herb with Peter Hilgendorff of the Nyack Boat Club. The Race Week crew of Peter’s Evelyn 32.2 Night Fury included seven members of the Hilgendorff family!

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