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Last Sunday (April 5) was held "A Celebration of Life...Roger H. Shope."

The program covers includes also a burgee and two flags and (in small) a sunset and Resolute moving ahead. The program is a most perfect souvenir of a memorable event. Immediately one realized that Roger's influence extended way beyond our bay and that he lived his life until the end. A report about details will appear next week. At least 370 people attended.

* On 3/29 at SUNY Maritime Academy at Fort Schuyler, Port Washington High School students participated in an Interscholastic Sailing Association regatta. It was the first of the season for them. The Association goes back to 1930.

Some of the other areas from which competitors came are New Jersey, Annapolis, Port Jeff and Darien. Our sailors: Ben Benfield, Jason Hill, Doug Morea and Jason Volges. Boats sailed: Intercollegiate 420s. PW sail #:13. Teams in all: 14.

Our team did not finish within the upper half. But they were competing against teams from the Annapolis area who have been sailing for the last month. Port made a responsible showing among the teams from around here also just getting under way. The next Interscholastic Sailing Association regatta is scheduled for May 16 and 17. The event is being arranged by Setauket YC. On Saturday the racing will be held at Port Jefferson YC and on Sunday at Stonybrook YC.

* On page 2A of The Annual Guide to Manhasset-Anton Community Newspapers - April 2, 1998, in an article entitled "What happened in Manhasset 75 years ago in 1923," these sentences are highlighted: "The first national race of Star Design boats was held in Manhasset Bay. This was the first National race of one-design boats ever held in the history of yachting."

The Star has been much in the news recently. For the Olympics, in 1996 the International Sailing Federation dropped the Star (one of the 10 classes) and added the 49er. This surprised many sailors.

In early 1998, the Star was reinstated. The 49er was left in and an 11th medal added for it. Sonar luminaries have included Dennis Conner, Lowell North, Skip Etchells, Buddy Nelges and Paul Cayard. (Soundings March 1998 issue contains a good article about all this.)

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