“It’s for very cool trophies,” says event MC Tommy “The Horn” Hering, “in fact the coolest ever in the history of the event.
The ECWF Org committee commissioned the legendary ‘Jerry the Carver’ to whip up some unique and collectible windsurf trophies. True keepsakes!”
Those sound like some pretty cool trophies to me. But when I think of unique and collectible Long Island windsurfing trophies, my mind recalls the hand-painted pumpkins from the 2009 Fall Regatta. They were the handiwork of Festival scorekeeper Jill Marr, who passed on creating this year’s prizes because the organizers wanted…you know…trophies…instead of gourds.
"Keepsake shmeepsake, I am an artiste and I only work in pumpkin,” Jill told The Peconic Puffin. “If my pumpkins are no longer good enough for you I spit seeds in your general direction. But hey what do I need to do to win one of the hot new trophies?"
You need to compete well, Jill! For the Jerry the Carver trophies, as well as some mysterious objets du shred that are rumoured to be in play. The relay races will apparently involve some unusual batons, and there is talk of uber-prizes, prizes within prizes…all kinds of stuff. It boggles the mind (mine is easily boggled).
“Don’t be boggled,” MC Thom told me. “The competition is for trophies, sure, but the event is for maximum fun.” I nodded in agreement, but secretly I was thinking about pumpkins. And the third annual East Coast Windsurfing Festival.
(Top: Jimi Sobeck pastes the racing competition in the 2009 ECWF. Bottom: Pumpkins make nice trophies. Race photo by Bill Doutney, pumpkin photo by the editor.)