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Guest reporter for this week's column its Andrea Watson

On Sunday, Nov. 29, 13 frostbite dinghy sailors and their crew enjoyed a full day of racing in brilliant sunshine and shifting, light wind. Five races and one crew race were completed. Top sailors: 1. Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (536). 2. Ralf Steitz/Felicity Ryan (537), and 3. Steve Moore/Jerry Morea (510). Amelia Amon won the crew race.

Also on Sunday: the Knickerbocker YC entertained sailors and friends with Gary Jobson's video of the Knickerbocker Cup that was held this fall in New York Harbor. This is one of 16 match racing events in the world and the only one held in the United States. The same video was aired on ESPN Saturday, Nov. 28. Peter Gilmour, winner of this year's Knickerbocker Cup, has won the Nippon Cup '98/ISAF World Championship of Match Race Sailing, held in Hayama, Japan, on Nov. 9-15, defining him as the world's best match-racing helmsman.

Additional information from the annual meeting of the YRA of LIS: the first recipient of the Roger Shope Award for excellence in race management was given to Laurence Ehrhardt from American YC, in Rye, NY. Larry is the outgoing race committee chairman at American who organized successful two-day regattas in both the spring and fall, and held an Olympic regatta for juniors during the summer. The award was established by the YRA of LIS in memory of Roger Shope, who is fondly remembered for his many contributions to sailing. Roger was regatta committee chairman during the summer months, race chairman of MBYC's Fall Series, captain of Icebreaker, the principal rescue boat of Frostbite racing and spend many days on his boat, Resolute, directing races as far east as Northport.

Graham Siener, a graduate of Manhasset High School, who grew up sailing on our bay, is a freshman at Brown University and a member of the university's sailing team. This past fall, the team, sailing Flying Juniors, a two-man boat similar to the 420, placed second out of 12 boats in the Salve Regina Regatta in Newport, RI. The freshman team qualified for the Freshman Atlantic Coast Championships, and the varsity team is ranked 11th by the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA).

On Monday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. the Nautical Center will hold a holiday gathering at the Port Washington Public Library. Meetings are held quarterly to discuss sailing-related topics such as waterfront preservation and to provide the public with interesting programs of sailing events in western Long Island Sound. Past programs have included an America's Cup report, Kevin Daily's Fall Series slide show and safety seminars. The public is invited to attend and bring ideas to share for the upcoming year's programs. If planning to attend, please call Lee Frertitta at the library, 883-4400.

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