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The photo expected to be available this week goes with the New York YC event reported in both papers on 2/26 (Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards).

What has become available since then is The Centennial History of the United States Sailing Association. Copies are available from USSailing in Portsmouth, RI, 02871.

The first page says: formed in 1897 - Reformed in 1925 - Transformed in 1975 into USYRU - Renamed in 1991 to USSailing.

A letter by David Irish (past president) and one from Roland Puton, CEO of Rolex, are on the following pages. On the flaps of the cover are the credentials of the authors, Henry H. Anderson Jr. and Robert C. MacArthur. Some parts of the book are of general interest. Others will be of special interest to race officers and committees.

Lots of history, e.g.: At the beginning of the book, early records (to 1700s) of day racing and sailing. Definition of yacht: Vessel built for recreational rather than commercial purposes.

All inclusive: All kinds of sailboats, sailing associations, yacht clubs, classes and one-designs across the country and beyond.

Good place to look up names: Congressional Cup, CCA and Transpac.

Quote from History of the Monmouth Boat Club: "Racing of sailboats seems to have originated as the invention of waterfront hotel-keepers who put up prizes, usually in the form of gold coin, to provide entertainment and sport for their guests." Excellent illustrations.

- Frostbiting at MBYC, 3/1 - Five Interclubs sailed four races. The weather was cloudy and showery. The wind never really came up. The bit there was ranged from southeast to west. The top three teams were 12st Pedro Lorson/Suzy Graf, 2nd Bill/Christine Kelly and 3rd Ted Toombs/Monique Gaylord.

- George R. Knight Jr., Port Washington resident and MBYC member, won the David W. Taylor Medal (1997) of the Society of Naval Architects. It represents recognition for notable achievement in naval architecture and/or marine engineering. The 1959 winner was the well-known Olin J. Stephens II who in 1988 won MBYC's George Linman award.

- The cartoon that may be described as "saying it with boats" (Port News 2/26 and Manhasset Press 2/19) was called to attention by Jack Huke of Port. He and his wife Gloria enjoy sailing. She is a dedicated sculler.

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