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The CIGNA Knickerbocker Cup event described as North America's largest and most prestigious match race sailing competition takes place Sept. 23-27 with 12 world-class skippers, six of whom represent syndicates that will challenge for the America's Cup next year. Skippers include such names as Ed Baird, Peter Holberg, Peter Gilmore, Francesco de Angelis of Italy, Luc Pilot of France and Matt Hayes of Australia.

Atlantic waves between Bermuda and Azores, as seen from the 45-foot sloop, Peregrene.

The match races will take place off North Cove at Manhattan's World Financial Center which can be reached through a bridge from One World Trade Center which is reached by subway (#1) to Cortlandt Street. There will also be a PHRF Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 26. Festivities and facilities for watching the races will be at Moran's restaurant overlooking North Cove and its spectacular views.

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For people who wish to watch racing nearer home, there will be the Annual Class Championship for the Marbleheads. It is open to people from other countries. The event was awarded to Mill Pond in recognition of its centennial. As many as 30 boats are expected; among them are five from Canada, four from Marblehead (Mass.), two each from Canada and Florida, and one each from Barbados and England. Ten boats will sail at a time.

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Over Sept. 18-19, Greg Danilek with Sue Miller, Mike McAllister and Graham Siene (all MBYC) won the Manhasset Bay Challenge Cup established in 1903. On Friday the wind was described as east, 12-15 knots and on Saturday northeast, 4/6 knots. Sonars were sailed. Last year's winner, Seawanhaka defended the cup. There were also a challenger from Larchmont and a "Para" (a disabled person) whose affiliation was not known.

In 1995, first Georgette Bruenner and then this reporter wrote about the voyages of Seth Morrison and Richard Sonnenfeldt (both long-time residents of Port Washington) aboard their 45-foot sloop named Peregiene. These were long voyages, e.g. to Portugal, Las Palmas (off Africa), and west to St. Lucia. Crews were subject to change. Finally the boat was left in Tortola. On June 9, they departed for the Aazores via Bermuda. Others aboard (besides Richard and Seth) were Dick Johns, Bob Cohen, Jim St. Clair and Doug Vivian. Bob and Jim did not go beyond Bermuda. The boat arrived in Horta, Faial in the Azores on June 29. An excellent account by Dick Johns describes the responsibilities and skills involved in taking care not only of the boat but of themselves. Alongside are related photos. Continuation next time.




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