The Cow Bay Cruising Association (CBCA; aka The Thirsty Thursday crowd) welcomes sailors from around Long Island Sound to give racing a try. “Thirsty Thursday is a group of friendly sailors who have been doing casual racing in Manhasset Bay for decades, and now is the time if you’ve been hesitating because we’re offering an unprecedented trial membership,” said CBCA Commodore Anthony Viola, skipper of the Beneteau 36.7 Forte.

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“The season of fun and friendly competition runs from mid May until early September, every Thursday night,” Viola continued. “The first horn is at 7 pm and depending on the wind, the race lasts roughly about one hour to one and a half hours. There are three divisions based on PHRF ratings. The season is divided into two series (spring and summer) of eight races each, which means twice the opportunity to win a trophy! Awards are given in each division for each season.”

“For the very first time, this year we’re offering the first two weeks as a trial membership,” said Jen Nizzo, CBCA Public Relations Secretary and skipper of the C&C 30 Eclipse. “Once you are hooked, registration is simple on, and costs only $225 for the entire year (both seasons plus a practice race, and a Columbus Day race), or only $12.50 per race!”

“Maybe you own a sailboat and would like to get into racing. This is the perfect opportunity to give it a chance,” said Nizzo. “Or, if you would like to crew first on one of our regular entries to get the feel of it, there is a crew sign-up sheet on our YachtScoring page. So get off your couch on Thursdays, be ‘Thirsty’ and come out and have some fun and make some new friends!” For further info or any questions, contact CBCA
Commodore Anthony Viola at  ■