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An Amazing Row Shelter Island Rowers Break Records Rowing across the Atlantic By T.J. Clemente After successfully rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 36 days and 55 minutes, thereby setting two world records for a crew of four, skipper Roy Finlay is safely back at home on Shelter Island. In a challenge race for the Blue Riband Trophy that started on December 15, 2007 in the Canary Islands and ended around 10 a.m. January 20, 2008 on the island of Barbados, Roy Finlay’s quest for adventure was satisfied. Aboard the 30’ Orca, he realized two dreams — being the first multi-hull rowboat to cross any of the world’s oceans, and achieving this goal while setting a world record time for a rowing crew of four. The 43’ La Mondiale won the race and the

trophy, also setting a world record at 33 days 7 hours and 30 minutes. But La Mondiale had a crew of 14, with eight men rowing at all times. Thus, both crews set world records. Battling stormy dark nights, with thirty foot waves, 45 mph winds and rain, plus losing their electronic communications due to water that at one time measured six inches in the bilge, the crew of the Orca overcame forces of nature to enjoy the sweet smell of success. In addition to Finlay, 46, the crew included first mate Denis Richardson, 32, tech guy Chris Cuddihy, 53, and master of the menu, Ronnie Desiderio. Finley credits co-designer Jim Antrim for helping him create the first multi-hull rowboat to cross any

ocean. “The Orca performed way beyond my expectations,” he said, smiling, after a safe crossing. The Orca celebrated two other accomplishments. First, it was “world’s fastest four,” meaning it was fastest crew to cross the Atlantic, and reaching the fastest speed of a rowboat crew of four — achieving 17.3 mph riding down a 20-30 ft. wave. According to Finley, “On that run we were moving so fast we could have pulled a water skier.” The second accomplishment was that the crew actually averaged 24-hour runs of 116 to 123 miles per day. Subtracting the three days they had to use an ocean anchor because of a (continued on the next page)

NEW CULINARY ARTS SCHOOL DEBUTS IN RIVERHEAD By Silvia Lehrer A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead was held on January 17, amid much hoopla. Referring to the many contributors to the effort, SCCC President Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins eloquently stated, “Success has 1,000 parents.” Following the Pledge of Allegiance, master of ceremonies George Gatta, Executive VicePresident of the College, introduced the many dignitaries, including Pippins, Board of

Trustees Chairman William D. Moore, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, State Assemblyman Marc S. Alessi, Suffolk County Legislator William J. Lindsay, Chairman of the Suffolk County Legislature for Economic Development, Energy and Higher Education Wayne Horsley, and Riverhead Supervisor Phillip J. Cardinale. To those who put their hearts and souls into the project, Pippins added, “This is a great day. Great things just don’t happen. They require collaboration, planning, leadership and expertise. This is a great moment for the SCCC, a tipping point after many small steps, truly validating an opportu-

nity to glimpse into the future.” The future is seen as the College’s investment in downtown Riverhead. SCCC will serve as a vital workforce in the region’s development for tourism and hospitality industries — a mainstay of the area’s economy — and a key component in the revitalization of downtown Riverhead. The official opening of the Center coincides with SCCC’s spring semester, which began on January 24. Programs include one-year certificates and two-year AAS (Associate in Applied Science) degrees in the Culinary Arts, Baking (continued on page 22)

Dan's Papers Feb. 8, 2008  
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