Young sailor from Sea Cliff recalls her time at sea

Of the world class sailors that participated in the Around Long Island Regatta, a three-day race that ended in Sea Cliff on July 28, among them was 12-year-old resident Samantha Maynard, a five-year member of Sea Cliff Yacht Club’s junior sailing program. She was the youngest sailor from Sea Cliff Yacht Club that competed in this year’s regatta.

The race is designed for sailors of all skill levels running in as many as 10 divisions, and includes crews of weekend cruisers, blue-water competitors, Academy sailing teams, and even junior sailors like Samantha, sailing along a 205 nautical mile course.

“It’s a big deal to have to sail around Long Island without stopping,” said event co-chair Doug Wefer, of Glen Head.

For Samantha, who’s more accustomed to chartering single-person boats like optis (basic training boats) and lasers (more sophisticated trainers), the regatta was “not that hard.”

“It was easier than I thought it would be, but it was still challenging,” Samantha said, as she adjusted the white sailor’s knot bracelet that was unmistakably present against her tanned skin. “It was an adventure and something new that I enjoyed.”

For this year’s regatta Samantha joined Harvey Bass, a former commodore and member of the yacht club, aboard his ship the No No Nanette, rounding out his six-person crew. In 2007, he assembled the first junior boat of Sea Cliff sailors to compete in ALIR.

“That year all the juniors ran the boat and they wound up with a second place finish,” said Bass, of Sea Cliff. Over the years Bass has selected junior sailors to help man his 37-foot Hunter boat during the regatta in an effort to promote the love of the sport at a young age.

“What few people realize is that sailing is more than just sailing itself, because with young people it really teaches them a lot of other things,” he said. “You teach them how to get along with others because, especially on a larger boat, there’s a lot of cooperation involved.”

The regatta begins in New York Harbor and heads due east past Brooklyn and Long Island’s South Shore, before winding around Montauk, across Gardiner’s Bay, and then into the Long Island Sound before ending in Sea Cliff.

While aboard, Samantha was responsible for tacking, putting the bow through the eye of the wind, jibbing, putting the stern of the boat through the eye of the wind, and trimming, or adjusting the sails. Once the boat reared into the Sound she took charge of the some of the steering. She said the last leg of the course, a 30-mile stretch to the yacht club, was the most challenging, taking 17 and a half hours.

Samantha first learned that there might be a delay on Saturday morning. Emerging from below deck she was told that the Nanette had been stuck in the same spot since 2 a.m. “The wind was just dead the entire day,” she recalled. “It was so frustrating just not moving anywhere.” After sitting in no wind for 24 hours, the anticipation of crossing the finish line in Hempstead Harbor was something Samantha would never forget.

“Since I’ve never done the regatta, I never had this feeling,” she said. “The accomplishment was just great.”

Although this was her first year competing in ALIR, Samantha has raced in events sponsored by the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, which supports its member sailing programs through leadership, training, and programming. She admitted she finds greater difficulty sailing in the shorter races, which take place over the course of a few hours rather than a few days.

“With the races I do on my laser, I’m thinking every single second, like ‘where are the puffs of wind?,’ ‘where exactly can I go?,’ ‘how am I going to get around this mark?’” she said. “I’m constantly thinking about what I’m going to do on the course. The ALIR was shocking to me because you’re still always thinking, but it’s a slower process.”

Fostering an appreciation for the sport is part of Bass’s mission, and getting young sailors like Samantha out on the water “delivers on that mission all the way around,” he said.

For Samantha, sailing is her first love, and the yacht club is her “second home.” “Every single summer since I was seven I’ve been waking up, going to swim practice and then sailing all day long,” she said. “It’s been so nice. They teach us very well here.”

“It makes me a little more confident about what I can do in the future,” she added. Samantha hopes to pursue a dual career as a naval engineer and a patent lawyer so she can create unique inventions for boats and help the sailing community.,105994

This week at the Club

The pool is open for the season, weather permitting, noon to eight, daily. Sundays from 11am to noon is adult lap swim. Saturdays 11am-noon for adult water aerobics.

Ladies Sailing is ongoing every Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Club. No experience necessary.  There is always room to jump onboard and enjoy a peaceful night on the water.

Grill Night now every Tuesday and Thursday— Grab your favorite recipes and head to the club. Grill nights will take place every Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of the summer. Enjoy a nice meal on the deck or the beach, and watch the terrific sunset.

Friday Dinner in the Club Dining Room — Enjoy our beautiful dinner menu and some great seasonal specials. The Tiki bar will be open serving beer, wine and specialty cocktails from 5 on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. The Sunday Buffet has returned for the summer. Enjoy a lovely menu changing each week.

  Announcing The 5th Annual Sea Cliff Volleyball Classic


As much as we don’t want to rush the end of summer, it’s time for teams to be formed for the 5th Annual Sea Cliff Volleyball Classic!  Yes, soon Labor Day will be upon us and that means only one thing, a chance to compete for the glorious “Golden Classic Cup.”


So start putting your team together  for “The Classic.”  See if you can dethrone the current champs, The Ancient Mariners.


The games begin at 2:00 PM. The rules are as follows.

Looking for 8 teams to vie for the beautiful Golden Classic Cup!

This year’s rules.


All points count.

Games to 21 points, must win by two points

Must have 6 players, two women on the court at all times, two people over 45 at all times.

Team gets two points for members 60 and over, 1 point for members between 50 and 59.

Kids, 11 years old and under get 1 point.

Total age points are capped at 6.


Teams can sign up by e-mailing the office at


See you at the Club


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Wednesday, August 8th

Pool 12pm-8pm

Snack Bar 12pm-8pm

Bar 3pm



Thursday, August 9th

Pool 12pm-8pm

Snack Bar 12pm-8pm

Bar 3pm

Grill Night 6-9pm

Swim Team Awards Dinner 7pm (Reservations are a MUST)


Friday, August 10th

Last Day of Children’s Summer Program

Pool 12pm-8pm

Snack Bar 12pm

Bar 3pm-11pm

Dinner 6pm-9pm (Reservations are a must)


Saturday, August 11th

Pool Aerobics Class 11am-12pm

Bar 12pm

Snack Bar 12pm-9pm

Pool 12pm-8pm


Sunday, August 12th

Pool 11am-12pm (adult lap swim)

Pool 12pm-8pm

Snack Bar 12pm (may close early for dinner service)

Bar 12pm

Ideal 18 Racing 1:45pm

Buffet Dinner 5pm-8pm (Reservations are a MUST)


Monday, August 13th

Pool 12pm-8pm

Snack Bar 12pm-8pm

Bar 3pm-9pm


Tuesday, August 14th

Pool 12pm-8pm

Snack Bar 12pm-8pm

Bar 3pm-9pm

Grill Night 6pm-9pm

Ladies Sailing 6:00pm






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As holiday time approaches please remember that the club is available to host your events. From intimate Cocktail Receptions, Showers, Birthdays, Luncheons, Weddings, Sweet 16, Communions, Bat/Bah Mitzvahs. The staff at the club would be happy to serve you and your organizations at holiday time. Please call the office to arrange your event. Member and Non-Member pricing available

Swim Team & Children’s Program Finish up the Season in Style

The weather may have postponed the swim champs meet last weekend but our swimmers made a great showing on Sunday. Although the smallest swim team in the league they have the biggest spirit. They swam hard and finished very respectfully in the meet. We will celebrate our team’s accomplishments this Thursday at 7pm with the Annual Swim Team Awards Dinner. Please call the office to make reservations.


Anyone see a shark?? We did last Friday with our own Shark Night. Thanks Doug Oko for leaving the big screens up and setting us up to watch some Shark Week Specials and of course Jaws. Governor Jim Aikman even brought down an authentic piece of the ORKA he rescued from the beach on the Cape.


August is still a busy month at your club. Our programs are coming to an end and we have had a load of fun all summer. At the time of the penning of this email the kids in the Children’s Summer Program are having a cool time on a hot day on a huge water slide on the beach. We will celebrate later with popcorn and cotton candy. Thanks to the parents that contributed to the rental and the Schneider’s and Elite Rentals for the cotton candy and popcorn machines.

126th Commissioning Ceremony

We had a great time at our Commissioning Celebration last weekend. A brief ceremony was held expertly coordinated by Fleet Captain Claude Turner. Commodore Brad Dickson’s remarks left us all ready to leave the cold winter behind us and look forward to a great season at the Club. Once again we returned to the dining room and gathered at the bar to watch the Kentucky Derby and cheer on our picks. The remainder f the evening was filled with great food, good music and some rather wild moves on the dance floor. Thanks to all that made the evening so enjoyable.