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There follow several news items about people who are or have been part of our waterfront activities.

After celebrity sailors have raced in our waters and been seen in person, our interest in them tends to increase. Such is the case of Paul Cayard, the American who had won the Knickerbocker Cup in 1991. Skippering E.F. Language, a Swedish boat, he won the recent Whitebread Round the World Race. (Merit Cup was second and Swedish Match third.)

Soundings (July 1998) coverage is outstanding. For example, when Cayard was a boy of eight his father built for him an eight-foot El Toro dinghy. He won the El Toro North Americans at 13. The next year he was offered a spot on the St. Francis YC's racing team. The club went on to provide him with boats - a 470-foot Fireball and Laser at different stages of his junior career.

* The name of Scott Ikle is well known to many of us. He grew up in Manhasset. For four years, he has been team coach at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York). That team was recently named No. 1in the country and about to start competing in the Intercollegiate Coed Dinghy Championships in New Orleans. The June 1998 issue of Sailing World contains an article by Scott headed "use the wind's clues to stay in phase around the corners."

* Bill Hardesty, currently a senior at the USMMA at Kings Point, was recently named the Ronstan College sailor of the year. The honor is conferred by the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America. The name was recognized because he has raced Interclubs here in season.

This year, the board of the Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation honored Valerie and Bill Siener of Manhasset and Joan and Duncan MacInnee of Port Washington at a dinner held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian YC. They were commended for their 10 years of outstanding support and dedication to the Advanced Racing Clinic and its participants. This was the 10th Annual Advanced Racing Clinic. The dates were May 23-25.

The Clinic is held in Lasers and 420s. The sailors come from over 24 states as well as Panama, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. "Familiar" coaches: Brad Dellenbaugh, Gary Knupp, Julia Trotman and Susie Trotman.

Thirsty Thursday - 6/11: Number of starters and top boats: Div. I (5) 1 Vision; IA (5) 1 Vision; II (4) 1 Happy Daze II; III (9) 1 Tootsie, 2 Beowolf, 3 Vang.

Bay Racing - 6/10 no racing; 6/11 number of racers and top skippers: Sonar (7) 1 Bob Kirtland, 2 Ed Adler, 3 Stanley Rosenberg; KOD (4) 1 Rand Milton.

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