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Old 03-26-2002
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Stupid Sailor Tricks!

One more, Manhasset Bay had (and probably still does) a plethora of yacht clubs of all kinds and persuasions. In the 1960''s there were three very traditional sailing clubs in Manhasset Bay; Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Port Washington Yacht Club and Knickerbocker Yacht Club to which my family belonged. These three clubs maintained an engineless race committee boat named ''Worry Wart'' that remained on station and was used for round the buoy races for the weeknight beercans, the Friday Jr. ''Triclubs'' and the weekend one design races.

In those days, Long Island Sound Yacht Racing Association offered what they called the ''Moosehead'' Trophy for the race committee that did the silliest thing. One year that went to the Tri-Club race committee that towed the Worry Wart out just a little further and anchored her to square up the line and then immediately began the starting sequence. As it turned out, Worry Wart had been anchored just a short distance from a shoal and as the bigger boats went across the line and started up the beat they came to a sudden halt on the sandbar that gave Sands Point its name. Of course, a number of the smaller, and shallower boats, not expecting the deeper boats to stop so quickly, came to a sudden halt when their bows rammed into the transoms of the boats ahead. The way I heard it, the Committee actually managed to get off two starts before they realized that they were not starting a sailboat racem but a demolition derby, and in doing so had become the top seated candidate to win the "Moosehead" for that year.

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