Generous donations by two friends of Pine Island made the construction of two more Monte Ball Bezumarangs sailboats last winter possible, thus bringing the Bezumarang fleet to four. MGB II and Artimisia joined U.S.S. Rankin and U.S.S. Springfield on Great Pond last June. The Bezumarangs were designed by David Stimson to be easily handled by sailors with intermediate sailing skills and to bridge the gap between being a novice passenger in one of the two Sloan 12 1⁄2 catboats and handling one of our two high-performance JY-15s. The Bezumarangs have been a great success and have allowed more boys to take the helm of a sailboat safely in a variety of weather conditions.
With four identical boats, Pine Island now has its own one-design racing class, and last season saw the start of what promises to be an annual season-long series of races during activities, after dinner, and as part of the Welder Superior-Far Leaguer games on Sunday afternoons. Racing, first practiced by pirates and naval vessels with life or death consequences to the loser, has long been the best way for sailors to learn how to sail a boat efficiently and safely, and the benefits to the Pine Island sailing program have already become evident. The PIYC is already planning a full slate of races for the 2014 season and is having all four Bezumarangs made ship-shape in the off season. Our thanks especially to Barry Lindquist and family for their enthusiastic and generous participation in this successful project, which has made Pine Island’s fleet complete and hard to beat.