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TEN THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., SEPTEMBER 8, 1977 Between The Lines Steve Bromley Jr. Introductions are always in order for beginnings, so let me introduce myself: I’m Steve Bromley Jr., not to be confused with Steve Bromley Sr., lovable father, doubles partner, Star advertising manager, and former sportswriter for this paper. A little more than a year ago, the Star expanded its sports coverage. I began to write about local sports, and at least once a week, my father would corner me in the office to offer another story about someone who had stopped him on the street to ask, “How do you do it, Steve, all the advertising, taking photographs, writing sports?” With each weekly repetition, my father’s head would shake more pro­ foundly, amazed that apparently some readers failed to observe and different­ iate the Sr.s and Jr.s that identified our efforts. We plotted: Cal Norris took a photograph of us together at Herrick Playground during a Montauk Rugby Club game. We planned to write a clever caption, submit it to the editor, and clear the confusion. But I didn’t like the picture, I was overweight and almost simian-looking; my father’s head shook even more profoundly when I finally admitted my vanity. So now you know: Steve Bromley Jr. writes the sports, takes photographs, and does all the advertising, while Steve Bromley Sr. sits around the office and shakes his head. My father’s efforts and mine have crossed paths before. In the ’60s, I was the assistant sports editor for the daily in Rockland County, where, some 20 years earlier, my father had been the sports editor. When I was at that paper, several oldtimers remembered my father, including one editor who hadn’t changed a whit between generations of Bromleys. During my final months at that paper, I had a political beat. One night, while working late, the police radio split the relative silence of the after- midnight city room with the report of a murder, a just-breaking story. A photographer and I sped off to the scene, leaving the city room empty except for a note to the night editor, who would wake up in time to give it to the morning crew. My father and I had a breakfast date at eight, and when 8:30 a.m. rolled past, he called my home, got no answer, and came down to the newspaper offices, perplexed and shaking his head. This veteran editor, the one who hadn’t changed a whit, was there, his shift about three hours old. My father asked him of my whereabouts, and old Norm walked right past him with a perfunctory greeting, glasses sliding off his nose, deeply absorbed in fresh teletype copy. As he shuffled into his office, he waved his hand, saying, “Oh, he’s involved in that murder.” What that's got to do with the price of eggs, I’m not sure, but I would like to give you some idea of what this column will try to do, week after week. I’ve always thought that sports, energetic activity in the outdoors, or, if necessary, indoors, is a pretty special part of daily life. I’m one of those people who usually turns to the sports pages first in the morning; it seems to make my coffee taste better, and it certainly makes the rest of the paper a bit easier to ponder. Like most of you, I’ve noticed that sports have grown out of that special, timeless world when sweat and per­ formance existed as a modern fairytale. New situations, like Title Nine, have made the world of sports more real; not all the sports news is restricted anymore to the sports pages. People are re-evaluating what’s good in athletics, and taking harder looks at the destructive elements of compe­ tition. Still, the world goes on, and some things stay the same. A brilliant effort, the sting of losing, nostalgic excavations into the past, statistics, anticipating the big game, the personalities on the local scene in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton, with occasional forays beyond, into the issues and topics that concern the local sports fan when he or she is grabbed by regional or national events—all of these possibilities, and more, with luck, will have their time in this space in future weeks. This column invites your letters, your comments, your ideas, your point of view. Just make sure you address all correspondence to Steve Bromley Jr., care of the Star. Steve Sr. will appreciate it. Girls’ Tennis John Goodman says he’s “not in a position to list positions.” Westhamp- ton High School has an unbeaten string of “27 or 28” fall girls’ tennis matches While Goodman may not be able to present his “million-dollar lineup” just yet, he can probably predict with accuracy when Westhampton’s streak will end: the first time East Hampton High School encounters the defending champs, if another team doesn't do it first. Last year, Bonac was third in League Six with a 7-5 record, behind un­ defeated Westhampton and runner-up Miller Place. Three players are no long­ er with the team, having moved on to other schools. The missing trio includes Rebecca Thayer and Dawn Williams, former first-doubles, and Heidi Johanson, one-half of the regular Bonac second-doubles team of last fall. Laurie Gurney is back, last year’s number one, now a junior; she finished in the top eight of last season's County tournament. Number three, Beth Myer, returns, carrying memories of her 10-2 record last year, and Dian Brugnoni, 1976’s number four for Bonac, also has her own recollections, a 9-2 mark. Karen Kalbacher, Jill Scheerer, Mary Myers, Alicia Osborne, and Mimi Petrie complete the list of returning veterans. Depth Two new players add substantial depth to Goodman’s already impressive list: Sandy Fleischman and Wendy Scheerer. Their presence establishes East Hampton as the pre-season favor­ ite, no questions asked. Fleischman is a nationally ranked player in the United States Tennis Association girls’ 18-and-under divi­ sion, and is almost assured of a 1977 top-50 ranking after a successful summer on the Eastern tournament circuit as well as in national and intersectional tournaments. Until this new scholastic season, she had spent the winter in Florida, returning in the spring, switching schools, to play first singles for the East Hampton boys’ spring team. Her decision to remain on the East End for the fall girls’ season has both its good and bad aspects. The competition will not be as intense for Fleischman until she encounters other players this fall on the State wide level, during the annual New York public high school tourna­ ment. Fleischman is a guaranteed point at every stop during the regular season. Her practice techniques and sched­ ule will have to contend with an easy opponents' list, and adjust for the tougher competition on the State plateau. A successful season will prob­ ably give more weight to Fleischman’s summer accomplishments, although the format of the girls' fall tennis season seems slightly out of whack with the enlightened guidelines of Title Nine. One Set Girls, during the fall female season, play just one eight-game set, while those that play during the boys’ season in the spring, as Fleischman did, competed for two out of three sets. Coach Goodman observed: “The girls can play two out of three, no sweat. The eight-game, one set, limit has got to go, with all this Title Nine equality stuff. It’s silly, it’ll change.” How soon is the question. Limiting the amount of playing time, as a single eight-game set does, robs the athlete of the full competitive experience tennis should provide, Goodman believes—a contest of skill and repetition, speed and endurance, strategy and concentration. “You start off slow, lose your serve once or twice,” he explained, “and you could easily lose the match right there with no chance of a comeback if you get it all together a bit later on.” Wendy Scheerer, a freshman, is the other new player and may make Bonac a real threat to run away and hide with a perfect season. Competition “Wendy is a fine player, and she’ll probably play three or four, behind Fleischman and Gurney, who should be real tough at two this year. It’s incredible how much competition there is this year for spots; we had 35 or 40 out for the team, almost as many as football. I’ll have 13 or 14 on the varsity, Claude Beudert (Bonac’s new junior varsity tennis coach) will have maybe 12 on the jayvees, and the rest of the kids, mostly freshmen and sophomores, will get as much instruct­ ion and playing time from us as is possible. Two years in a row now, we’ve had people not make the varsity one year, work hard on jayvee and during the summer, and come back and go ahead of players on the varsity who were on the previous year’s team,” he explained. Ten of the varsity’s 13 or 14 players will compete in each League match; four in singles and six in three doubles The Universal Joint Makes the Difference Steve Bromley Jr. Sailing At Its Purest? It was 1971, and something few people had ever heard of, a windsurfer, had Bob Schwenk of Southampton absolutely enchanted. The windsurfing rig, basically a surfboard, a sail, and a mast with a universal joint, had arrived earlier that June day at Schwenk’s Motion East Volkswagen shop in Bridgehampton. His enthusiasm had to wait until after closing time. “It was dark by the time I got on the board,” he explained, “and I was transfixed, reading the manual before I went out the first time. It wasn’t a manual really, just a page of instruct­ ions.” Information absorbed, Schwenk pushed off for his maiden voyage, failed to raise the sail and lost his glasses over the side in the bargain. He says he can hardly see without glasses, so he returned the next day for a search. No luck, and he went off to buy a new pair, returning for attempt number two the day he received the fresh glasses. “I read the instructions again, on shore,\ he described the next effort, “went out, had the same trouble, but didn’t lose my glasses. It took me three or four hours of try and fail before I was finally able to tack and head off in a direction under sail.” One can draw a straight line from Schwenk’s first success to windsurfing’s presence on the East End, both commercially and as an organized group participat­ ing in both the national Windsurfing Association and the International Windsurfer Class Association. A Brainstorm Windsurfing was not possible, al­ though countless surfers and sailors dreamed of the combination, until a Californian had a brainstorm in 1968. Until that year, those who tried the combination found that the mass of the surfboard was not enough to counter contests. Play in between matches, lineup changes from that practice, and some probable experimentation with his doubles combinations will keep Goodman’s crew ready for competition. Only Fleischman seems assured of staying where she’ll start, at number one. “Sixteen or 17 are fighting for ten spots,\ Goodman said. A Call The jayvee schedule is catch-as- catch-can; only Westhampton fields an entire junior varsity team. For the other schools, a call is made the day of the match so that Goodman and Beudare can determine “how many extras the other schools will have or bring along to play, against our jayvee team; we don't consider our jayvees ‘extras',” the Coach explained. Southampton, which has its entire team back, save two who are being replaced by top-flight freshmen, appears to pose the biggest threat to Bonac’s hopes. Westhampton is be­ ginning a rebuilding cycle. Only one of the eight players from last year’s champions has not been lost to grad­ uation. East Hampton’s season opener is Monday, at Port Jefferson, followed by next Thursday’s first League encounter, with visiting Shoreham- Wading River. Goodman calls the High School courts “probably the best in the League, the best surface, the best physical condition . . . except when the wind blows. It’s not windy anywhere else in East Hampton, it’s windy at the courts; the wind blows all the time there.” Bonac’s first difficult match of the year will be its sixth League contest, against visiting Southampton, Goodman feels. The date is Tuesday, Oct. 4, and it just might be the day East Hampton shows its heels to the rest of League Six. Steve Bromley, Jr. the force of the wind which often filled the sail. The fixed mast produced windsurfing’s first sound, “plop,” when a gust of wind blew any new design over, repeating itself to the point of boredom. Hoyle Schweitzer and a fellow surfer, James Drake, had made several Stone-Age attempts before solving the problem with the universal joint, which permitted, for the first time, a wind­ surfer to use the wind rather than remain its hostage. “That universal joint, and the one- class production all over the world,” Schwenk explained, “means that wind­ surfing is one-on-one, not equipment against equipment,” in an ever- increasing spiral of technological advance. The Windsurfer comes to about $630 plus tax, and includes complete assembly of the maintenance- free, according to Schwenk, poly­ urethane surfboard-like hull, fiberglass mast, dacron sail, teak wishbone boom, skeg, mahogany dagger board, teak fittings, and the stainless steel and nylon universal Joint block. A world-class windsurfer, operating under peak wind-speed conditions, might eventually wear out the all- important pivot point. “But it would take an awfully long time for the strain to wear it out,\ Schwenk advised, Regatta Last Sunday, a dozen or so windsurfers gathered on West- hampton's Quantuck Bay for Fleet 32’s “Long Island Regatta,” racing five times over a two-mile triangular course in 15-knots dying-to-five winds over calm waters. The first six finishers received hand-made patches, the work of Fleet member Pat Hutt of New York. Scott Rhodes of Babylon was the over-all winner with two firsts and three seconds, followed by Hutt, Harry Beutler of Basel, Switzer­ land, and Jim Mack, a Westhampton resident. Bob Schwenk of Bridge­ hampton missed the competition due to a sore throat and head cold, although he did show up for the dinner, given by the Mack family, afterward. Marla, his wife, served as race committee chairperson. She has windsurfed just once, prefering to sail a Sunfish and watch “our three kids” until they become windsurfers, at which time she will probably return to the passion that has her husband so enthralled. S.B. Jr. 100 pounds sopping wet after a full meal. It was his sailing knowledge, not his surfing ability, that won him his title. Schwenk has been pursuing his passion ever since his 1971 baptism, and in that year, he became a windsurfing dealer, purchasing six boards from the manufacturer, the minimum amount for a dealership. He and his partner, Fred Mathieu, worked together, and by June of ’72, they needed a new supply of boards. He helped to organize, with the help of the California-based manufacturer, the first race on the East End, eight competitors strong, and a schedule of races that has grown each year, developed. Schwenk and his cronies from Westhampton and other points west of the Shinnecock Canal are now the Long Island Windsurfing Club, Fleet 32 of District Eight (New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Philadel­ phia), all a part of the aforementioned national and international groups. Schwenk, Mark Guran, and Adrian Phinney, two East Hampton seasonal residents, started the Motion East Windsurfing School in Sag Harbor this summer, instructing 32 students, up to four in a group, with six windsurfer boards. Schwenk estimated that after two three-hour sessions, most people are able to operate with some success in steady, moderate winds. ‘Then it’s just a question of practice; the more you do the better you get,” he said. Like most schools for the new sport, Schwenk offers rentals and a card after six hours of instruction that permits an enthusiast to rent a complete unit anywhere in the world, without hassle. You Are The Gear Schwenk attempted to put into words the magic of windsurfing: “A good windsurfer has all the precision and attributes of the finest sailor, except the windsurfer has no block and tackle, no winches, no wires, no stays—you become the shrouds, the wire, the sheets, the winches. Every aspect of the sailing, all the move­ ments, belong to you, you are the instrument.” He described the East End winds as \delightful” and fine for beginners as well as experts. Although the American competitive events are limited to standard, one- class production models, Europeans are experimenting wildly. The sport has gained incredible popularity there because of the windsurfer’s portability; docking space in most countries is difficult to find. Germans are testing Windsurfing Is One-On-One Club Activity “because the block is self-lubricating, and pressure just won’t bind it up.” Before windsurfing, Schwenk was a sailor, “an Optimist pram all the way up to a Hobie Cat 14,” but had done almost no surfing. ‘‘Windsurfing involves much more sailing skill than surfing skills,” he explained, “You have to be able to identify the wind direction, keep your balance, and know what moves to make. Basically, you have to trust yourself.” Sailing Skills Especially, he added, when the windsurfer leans into the wind. “You just don’t realize that that invisible force of wind will support you the first time you lean wayyyy back, out over the water, holding on to the wishbone boom. It’s a strange, almost-gonna-fall feeling the first time, and every wind­ surfer never forgets it,” he said. Few surfing board-control skills are needed, although top-notch windsurf­ ers need not be agile recruits from a weight-lifting program. The current world champion is a 13-year-old Hawaiian boy who might weigh in at The Sag Harbor Golf Club has closed out its summer activity with its annual “Silver Bowl Tournament,” a member- member affair. Bud Butts and Herb Miller were the low gross winners with 71, winning the trophy on the 19th hole over Sandy Garbowski and Dick Ward, who had a bogey five on the extra hole while the winners came in with a par four. Low net winners were John Novatka and Gil Dickerson with a 59. Rose Lester defeated Rose Onisko, one up, for the South Fork Country Club women’s title in the 36-hole final last week. The pair began play on the 35th hole even before Lester captured the lead. The competitors had identical scores on the last hole. The champion shot a two-round total of 169 to Onisko’s 171. Thirty women entered the event, which began the second week in August. For the second year in a row, William Dreher Jr. has won the 14-and under golf championship at the Maid­ stone Club, covering the nine-hole event in 47 strokes, which was also his total last year. He defeated Valinda Miller for the current title. Woodhouse Tournament In adult golf, the Maidstone ended its season with the Woodhouse member- member tournament, which had a field of 32 two-somes. Stuyvesant Wain- wright H and Carl Menges won handily in the match-play with handicap con­ test, over A.H. and A.W. Peterson, father and son. Richie Smith won the 18-and under Maidstone championship over Charlie Thompson in the medal play tourna­ ment. boards with complicated sail systems, mobile dagger boards, special masts and booms. A new Star Surfer hull offers new frontiers of speed and lift for new records in special-class European events. Tandems are being produced, with two sail assemblies that require split-second teamwork during com­ petition, and windsurfers are dabbling in marathon trips, whether across Peconic Bay, San Francisco Bay, the Delaware or Chesapeake Bays, knap­ sacks laden with food. Distance Sailing A special harness makes sailing long distances more practical, enabling the windsurfer to use weight more econ­ omically. In a reasonable wind, a windsurfer can maintain a 20 -knot pace with little trouble, and speeds above 30 knots are just around the corner, Schwenk believes. Schwenk told one of windsurfing’s legends, about an enthusiast who fled from an unnamed oppressive govern­ ment and its patrols and curfews via windsurf board: “The only way out was by boat, and he slipped past the shoreline guard ships in the dead of night. The windsurfer was quiet enough to get away, and he could hug the shore or go out to deeper water whenever he had to,” he described, adding that if the political refugee had been properly trained, he was probably wearing a small life belt, although even an in-pieces windsurf board will not sink. New designs for windsurfers on ice, on skis over snow, and on wheels over the desert, are being developed, while the Russians, who have yet to discover their discovery of the modern wind­ surfer, are still using the fixed mast, ‘‘and it’s the government’s own program, too,” Schwenk noted. Unless the Russians are very good, the predominant windsurfing sound in the USSR is still “plop” when the wind overpowers a comrade who failed to sheet out quickly enough. Steve Bromley Jr. The Maidstone defeated visiting Meadow Club of Southampton, 10-5, in doubles tennis play. Mixed doubles winners for the local club were: Dale Burch and A1 Devendorf, and Patsy Tregellis and Harvey Mell. Winners in women’s doubles for Maidstone included: Vin Lemon and Sally West; Marie Minnick and Lisa Eyre; Evan Donaldson and Connie Lind; Emme Heppenheimer and Bobby Scheerer, and Susie Cartier and Bonnie Deven­ dorf. The teams of Larry Flinn and Bob Burch; Bob Dewey and Fred Alger, and the Slades, Jarvis Sr. and Jr„ were men’s doubles victors for Maidstone. Rum bo ugh Memorial One hundred and fifty tennis players joined in Maidstone’s fourth annual David P. Rumbough Memorial mixed doubles tournament, the largest Labor Day tennis event in the club’s history. Entrants were divided into nine differ­ ent divisions for round-robin play. Dale Burch and Dick Boothby won the championship division. Other division titlists included: Larry Flinn and Nancy McDowell; Alice Connick and Victor Earle; Jarvis Slade Sr. and Bonnie Devendorf; Bill Scheerer and Mary VanDeventer; Pam Dana and Bill Bush; Diana Mell and Alfred Morgan; Gary Lind and Judy Douglas, and Flo Thiele and Steve Gilbert. At the Devon Yacht Club, the summer-long Commodore’s Series has ended after ten weeks of sailing competition. In the Laser group, Rudy Ratsep won the Commodore’s Cup, and Scott Delany captured the Vice Commodore’s Cup. Delany and Jack Dempsey were the runners-up. Steve Bromley Jr. In Flying Juniors, Kevin Fallon won both the Rear Commodore’s Cup and the Fleet Captain’s Cup, both times edging out his brother, John. Season-ending honors for swimming at Devon went to John French, winner of the G. Whiting Hollister award for best all-around teenaged swimmer who exemplifies good sportsmanship; Bart Quillen, boy beginner honors; Stuyve­ sant Wainwright III, top advanced boy; Amy Sibeud, girls’ beginner award, and Jill LeSaivre, winner of the girls’ advanced honor. LeSaivre also captured the advanced girls’ tennis award. Other Devon tennis honorees included: Parker Quillen, boys’ advanced; Tres Bloch, boys’ beginner; Cathy French, most im­ proved beginner; Annie Whalen, girls’ beginner, and Julie Lilien, most improved advanced. Steve Bromley Jr. t

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