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Local yacht Christianne sailed a northerly the entire return trip from Bermuda. The arrival in NY Harbor was marked by a severe thunderstorm with hail and driving rain. Undaunted, her team, Jack and Elizabeth Loda, Michael and Maureen Yorke, all of Port Washington, and Charles Butts of Boston, brought her safely to home port Port Washington at 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 29. So wrote Elizabeth Loda.

On Thursday, they had called your reporter from "200 miles out at sea" with "weather fair" and expectancy of arrival "late Friday night."

* From Jerry Morea: On Saturday, May 16, high school sailors from Port Washington competed against seven other Long Island high school teams in their second regatta of the season. The skies over Port Jefferson were a beautiful blue with northerly winds of about 6-8 knots. After 12 races, Port Washington finished third with 33 points, behind West Islip, 19 points and Stony Brook, 32 points. Sailing in Collegiate 420s for Port Washington were Ben Benfield, Jason Hill and Doug Morea.

Looking ahead to next season (fall) of the school year, the team is hoping to attract more high school sailors. An "all call" goes out for donations of used equipment, particularly dry suits, boots and thermal underwear. Competiton in late fall and early spring requires that our youngsters be outfitted in watertight wardrobe to ensure safety in cold weather conditions. Please call Jerry Morea, 944-9790 with any leads. The governing body is the Mid-Atlantic High School Sailing Association. The range of the championship is New England to Annapolis.

* From Nan Barry: On May 23 and 24 the team of Kelly Barry and Emily Lovecchio, along with their teacher-advisor Mary Lou Spacie competed in the Young America 2000 America's Cup Challenge in Portland, Maine. The girls are students at Manhasset Middle School and were grateful for the opportunity to participate in this, the first National Competition. Through a series of seven regional competitions the field of 722 teams - 2,166 students - was whittled down to 32 teams for the nationals. The program involves oral and written reports, visual displays, as well as designing, constructing and racing 16 inch model boats. Hull design, rudder and keel design as well as designing and building sails, were essential elements of the boat building phase of competition. The students quickly learned when their boats were placed in the 15-foot test tank if their designs had the requisite stability, control and speed. Many had to go back to the drawing board.

1998 Fleet Weekend at City Island....The boats on display will be on the eastern end. Among them will be a 75' schooner (1902), a 58' cutter/motorsailor, two yawls (53' and 47'), NY 32s and a Six Meter. Also, Larchmont YC launches serving since 1925 and runabouts from the '40s. The guest of honor will be Olin J. Stephens.

Thirsty Thursday...two official races so far, number of starters and top boats:

5/21: Div III (2) 1 Tootsie, Div II (4) 1 Promise Kept, Div I (4) 1 Out of Reach

5/28: Div III (6) 1 Tootsie, 2 Sundance, Div II (5) 1 Happy Daze II, 2 Blackwatch. Div IA (2) 1 Vision, Div I (2) 1 Avalanche. Div IA is new this year and will be explained later.

Bay Racing on both May 30 and 31, but results not available at press time.

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