Photos: Sea Cliff
Boats in winter storage at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club.
Doug Wefer launches his sunfish off the beach from the Sea Cliff Yacht Club to head out into Hempstead Harbor to race in Frostbite Regatta. Wefer, a former Commodore of the Club sails with his son, Paul and daughter and other club members in the weekly regatta.
On Wednesday nights throughout the summer, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club and neighboring Hempstead Harbor Club run races in Long Island Sound. Jon Darling and his wife, Donna (center, background) own Reverie and are avid sailors. Pictured are (l-r) Sarah Darling (Jon and Donna's daughter), Keith Clark (seated, black shirt and jeans), Karen Doherty at the rail and her husband, Matt at the helm. ]
Many Sea Cliff residents believe their village is known for some of the best sunsets on Long Island.
Many Sea Cliff residents believe their village is known for some of the best sunsets on Long Island. It overlooks Hempstead Harbor and faces the western sky. On summer evenings, sailboats create picturesque scenes as they sail beneath a setting sun. This sailboat was taking part in Wednesday night racing, an activity between the Sea Cliff Yacht Club and neighboring Hempstead Harbor Club.
Veteran sailor and long time Sea Cliff resident, George Christman polishes the hull of his pleasure tug.
Christman had to give up sailing due to his health, but he and his wife, Peggy (now deceased) purchased the 26-foot tug boat to use for race committees, to assist junior sailors and cruise the Long Island Sound and area waters.
Veteran sailor and Sea Cliff resident George Christman polishes the hull of his pleasure tug boat, Tug, at Brewer Yacht Yards in Glen Cove. Christman, 81, who has been on boats since the age of seven, has a proud nautical history that includes service in the United States Coast Guard, Senior Race Officer with US Sailing and numerous years of sailing all types of sailboats.
On Wednesday nights throughout the summer, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club and neighboring Hempstead Harbor Club run sailing races in Long Island Sound. Donna Darling and her husband, Jon (behind Donna) own Reverie and are avid sailors. With a crew of family and friends on board, Donna trims the main sheet in pursuit of the fastest route to the next mark.
As spring arrives Brewers Yacht Yards in Glen Cove is full of boats waiting to be prepared for the beginning of a new sailing season. Vinny Bissoondial applies a fresh coat of bottom paint to the keel of a sailboat.
Panacea, a 38-foot Sabre sailboat owned by Philip Basse of Sea Cliff, launched from Brewer Yacht Yards in Glen Cove into Hempstead Harbor for the beginning of a new sailing season.
Panacea, is cradled on a travel lift operated by Keith Ritchie.
Rows of sailboats stacked neatly side by side for winter storage at the Hempstead Harbor Club in Glen Cove.
At Brewer Yacht Yards in Glen Cove, Keith Ritchie, a travel lift operator, applies some paint to the keel on Panacea, a 38-foot Sabre sailboat owned by Philip Basse of Sea Cliff.
At Brewers Yacht Yards in Glen Cove Pete Lukens sands the keel of a sailboat to remove old paint before applying a fresh coat in preparation for the sailing season.
In preparation for the upcoming sailing season, Rob deRoy, a past Commodore of the Musceta Cove Yacht Club, polishes his boat at Brewers Yacht Yards in Glen Cove.
The Sea Cliff Yacht Club dock is frosted in frozen surf. Two sailboats, a Blue Jay and Sunfish, remain on the dock for the winter season.
Laura Wefer, 13, ducks under the mast of her sunfish while tacking during the Frostbite Regatta in Hempstead Harbor. Wefer was frostbite sailing with her father and other sailors from the Sea Cliff Yacht Club.
Paul Wefer puts on his dry suit to protect him from the elements while sailing with his father and other sailors from the Sea Cliff Yacht Club.
Jerry Tate stands in the cockpit of his Sunfish in attempt to catch some wind and steer his sunfish towards a mark moored in a virtually boatless Hempstead Harbor on the first day of frostbite sailing. Frostbite sailing, one of the many activities of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, is a mult-generational sport for avid sailors who like to sail throughout the winter season.