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Welcome to the Mount Sinai Sailing Association!

HEY MSSA MEMBERS! Our first Introduction to Racing Series race will be Monday, June 21!!

The first race in the Introduction to Racing Series will be Monday, June 21. The Race Committee boat will be Smoke and Mirrors, skipped Ed Nielsen. Unfortunately, our intrepid Vice Commodore Lenoble will be at Block Island Race Week, so will be unable to attend this event. 

Nevertheless, he has created some simple courses that should be suitable for the Intro to Racing Series:

Wind Course
N  (A)  R Y A
 (Y) A O Y
 (A) Y O A
 (A) R Y A
SW  (Y) O A Y
NW  (Y) R T Y

Note that these courses are unique for the Introduction to Racing Series. Committee boat: Please select one of these courses based on forecast wind.

Members who are interested in participating in the series should contact Vice Commodore Lenoble via email, text, or phone. We'd like to know how many boats are participating before the first race.

Experienced racers: Please be willing to assist new racers! We'd like each boat in the series to have at least one experienced racer on board. The role of the experienced racer is not to be free labor! The role is to explain how to get your boat around the race marks as quickly as possible. It's to explain the racing rules of sailing and to help keep boats from getting into dangerous situations. If you're interested in being a "race mentor", please contact Vice Commodore Lenoble via email, text, or phone.

For any of you who have wanted to get into racing, or even just try it out, this is a great opportunity to discover the fun! Let's all work together to make this series a big success. 

 

HEY RACERS! It's time to sign up ONLINE to serve as Race Committee in 2021!

We're planning a full race schedule for 2021, so now's the time to go pick the race(s) for which you'd like to serve as Race Committee! Due to COVID considerations, this year we're doing the signups online. To sign up, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ca9af22a0ffc07-mssa and do the following:

  • Choose from the available races (those that don't already have an RC) and click the "sign up" button
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Submit and Sign Up" button
  • On the next screen, enter your info. The "Preferred Contact" allows you to specify how you'd prefer to receive a reminder of your RC service; if you'd prefer a phone call, please indicate "phone" and your number, if a text, "Text" and your number, if email, just enter your email address.
 

As usual, if you raced last year, you are required to serve as RC for at least one race this year. But for those of you who didn't race in 2020 but DID in 2019, we're asking you to step up as well. Signups are first come, first served, so go sign up NOW for the best chance of securing your preferred event. (Participants in the Feb 10 Racers Meeting got first choice, so you'll see some already taken. You snooze, you lose...)

That's it! If you have any questions, please contact the Vice Commodore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here's hoping for a successful 2021 racing season!


The 2021 Racers Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 10

 

Our 2021 Racers Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 PM. Due to COVID restrictions, we conducted this meeting via Zoom. Our stalwart Vice Commodore Lenoble walked us through the planned race schedule for 2021, spent some time discussing the "Introduction to Racing" series, and opened up the online signups for Race Committee (see above).

It was an informative and enjoyable session - it was good to see many of our racers, even if only virtually!

RACERS - PLEASE NOTE! A new edition of the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024 is now available on ussailing.org. If you'd like to read a good summary of the key changes, check out An Overview of the Significant Rule Changes in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024 by Dave Perry.

 


 

MSSA's 2021 Cruising Program is Ready to Rock & Roll!

 

We opened the 2021 Cruising season with a Zoom Meeting on January 25th. Participation was great with approximately 17 boats represented.

Our Fleet Captain, Carlyle John, reports that six Cruise Captain slots were quickly filled leaving only three vacant. If you're interested in serving as Cruise Captain for any of the open cruises noted below, please contact Carlyle at your earliest convenience!

The discussion then moved to the long cruise, and this year's long cruise will take us to Block Island and Bristol RI, home of the Herreshoff Marine Museum & the America's Cup Hall of Fame. The itinerary on getting there is being worked out, but it will include legs of moderate length allowing boats of all sizes to join the flotilla.

Here is the 2021 cruise schedule:

  • Cruise #1 - May 22nd - Milford 1, CT  -  ***Cruise captain needed ***
  • Cruise #2 - June 12th - Bridgeport, CT - Cruise Captains Norman & Judy Berhannan  S/V L'Esperance
  • Cruise #3 - June 26th - Branford, CT - ( 4th July fireworks celebration) - Cruise Captains Geoff & Jen Pendergrast  S/V Serendipity
  • Cruise #4 - July 10th - Port Jefferson, NY or Northport, NY - ***Cruise Captain needed ***
  • Cruise #5(Long Cruise) July 24th - August 1st - Block Island & Bristol R.I. - Cruise Captains John & Debra Baker  S/V Lively Up 
  • Cruise #6 - August 7th - Essex, CT - (Essex Lobster Bake) - ***Cruise Captain needed ***
  • Cruise #7 - August 21st - Stratford, CT -  Cruise Captains Kevin & Kim Ross S/V Lena 
  • Cruise #8 - August 28th - Milford 2, CT -  Cruise Captains Curtis Polly & Kelly Craig S/V Heaven Sent
  • Cruise #9 - September 4th - Labor Day Cruise - (Huntington Harbor Lighthouse Music Festival/Northport) - Cruise Captain Mike Sawka S/V Full Circle

Special thanks to all the Cruise Captains for volunteering and also all who attended! Points will be awarded. 


 

Awards Awards Awards!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is now in possession of the actual 2020 MSSA awards (as you see above), and he would very much like to get them into the hands of the members who earned them! If you're one of those so honored, please contact Barry to arrange a pick up plan.


MSSA's 2020 Awards Ceremony was Held November 21st - via Zoom!

It has certainly been an unusual year, to say the least. Even so, the unprecedented events we've all experienced in 2020 couldn't prevent us from honoring our MSSA members who excelled on the race course or in the cruising program, along with those select members who we recognized for superior sportsmanship and for distinguished service to MSSA.

Given the current restrictions on group gatherings, this year our intrepid Bridge elected to present the awards virtually, via an online Zoom meeting, the evening of November 21st. For all of you who were able to attend, thanks for joining!

If you'd like to peruse the Awards Program to review MSSA's superstars for 2020, just click here or on the cover page displayed above.

Especially notable awards are as follows:

  • Bob Zumft Memorial Distinguished Service Award: Bob and Jeanne Hall
  • Stewart Arnold Sportsmanship Award: Mike Sawka

Congratulations to all our 2020 award winners, and to every one of our members - you all made 2020 a memorable year! WELL DONE, MSSA!!

 


 About MSSA

Long Island SailingThe Mount Sinai Sailing Association is a non-profit sailing organization dedicated to affordable family cruising, racing, and social interaction among sailing enthusiasts in the area of Mount Sinai Harbor, Long Island, NY. The Association was founded in 1975 and now includes more than one hundred families. Most members own sailboats which are moored or docked in Mount Sinai Harbor or Port Jefferson, but membership is open to anyone interested in sailing on the Long Island Sound, regardless of boat ownership. Yearly activities include raft-ups, beach parties, cruises, and races during the sailing season. There are also monthly meetings and social activities in the off season. Come join us!

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