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The Interclub Frostbite Dinghy Fleet's Annual Long Distance Race and Picnic scheduled for April 25 or 26 were carried out but in reverse order. On Saturday, no sailing because of too much wind but the Picnic took place in MBYC's Bay Room. On Sunday, despite unpleasant weather and only a four-knot easterly, a shortened course (out only as far as the flashing marker off Plum Point) was set. Five good-sport teams competed and finished in this order: 1) John Browning/daughter Laura; 2) Bob Kirtland/David Cornachio; 3) Jim Miller/daughter Caitlin; 4) Ted Toombs/Cindy Jordan; 0 Doug Morea/Matt Hill. It's the Wheeler Trophy for John Browning in first place. Photos will appear next week. Race Committee included more than eight people, representing both longtime and new members.

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An 11-month exhibit (May 22-April 30) of likely much interest has been announced by The Seamen's Church Institute, an advocate for the personal and professional well-being of merchant mariners from around the world. It is the largest seafarers' service organizationin North America.

The exhibit, named "Aubrey's World," will feature the art, culture and history explored in the maritime historic novels of Patrick O'Brian. It follows the exploits of British naval officer Jack Aubrey and his companion Steven Maturin, intelligence agent and ship surgeon.

The venue is 241 Water Street, NYC 10036 (South Street Seaport Historic District). More info: 212-349-9090.

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A spread in the current Heinz Quarterly is headed "Petit Navire Is Off to the Races." A well-known French song is about the "petit navire" that had never, never sailed. "The Heinz Petit Navire is a "60-foot solo mono-hull racing boat." The colors and logo of Heinz's popular French canned fish brand on the mainsail now grace sailing races and challenges, such as New York-San Francisco, LeHavre-Cartagen; also Atlantic Ocean Record, Europea Race and Round the World Record. Major victories are mentioned. Hull and 27-foot mast are of latest in racing materials to produce greater speed and strength while reducing weight.

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Re: last week's column, the complete paragraph about Norman Geller should have read: Another local motor-boat owner, Norman Geller, with his son, some local sailors and one from Hampton Bays, will bring home his new boat from south of the Jupiter Inlet on the Intercoastal. The boat is a Viking, 44 feet. Some planned stops are St. Augustine and Cape May.

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