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Guest reporter for this week's column is Andrea Watson.

No frostbite race results this week as the sailors encountered very light wind on Sunday, Dec. 6. Only one race was completed before the fleet returned to land. For interested dinghy sailors there is a national interclub web page, with a link to regatta schedules. Access it at http://sailingsource.com/interclub. In conjunction with this site, the sailing source has created a web-based discussion forum for the IC class. The URL for this site is: http://sailingsource.com/discuss/.

The BOC Challenge, this year renamed the AroundAlone, is the longest race on earth for an individual in any sport - 27,000 miles. It is held every four years and this year marks the 5th running of this classic single-handed race. It is described as "one person, on a sailboat, around the world, alone." Leg One was completed on Sept. 26. Fifteen sailors began Leg Two from Cape Town on Dec. 5. Updates will be reported, as news becomes available.

Colin Schneider, a Port resident and successful junior sailor on Long Island Sound (his boat was Blue Jay White Knight), is now 20 years old, a Cadet 2nd Class at the New York Maritime College in Fort Schuyler, and the captain of the sailing team. He and three teammates, including the sailing coach traveled to Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend, to compete in the Timme Angsten Regatta held at the Chicago YC, on Nov. 27, 28, and 29. They came in 3rd out of 18 teams. On the trip to Chicago, the team stopped in Indianapolis where they were guests for Thanksgiving dinner at the home of one of the team members.

The Port Washington High School Sailing Team, led by Jerry Morea, parent-coach, competed in two regattas this past fall. The team came in mid-fleet out of nine boats in their first regatta at the Sailing Center in Fort Schuyler. At their second regatta, held in Port Jefferson, the team came in 3rd out of ten boats. The team is looking forward to competing in up to five regattas in the spring.

With the beginning of the holiday season starting on Dec. 13, this reporter would like to wish everyone a safe, joyous and fun-filled holiday.

A note from LTH: On Wednesday (Dec. 2), a beautiful day, a meeting on short notice was arranged between LTH and her neighbor of many years, Marianne Vescey. Said meeting was halfway between their houses. After a chat with a pleasant neighbor driving by, Marianne suggested a ride to the Manhasset Bay Estate beach. We got there in good time to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Also a pleasant chat about memories of other times enjoyed at that idyllic spot.

Words cannot express the gratitude for the visits of many people and the cards, flowers, fruit and other food that have been brought to her. And, yes she has enjoyed the help of companions meticulously trained by a local entrepreneur. All this of course on the solid foundation of a loving family.

Writing the column is fun - now I am enjoying it vicariously, at least as much as in my active role.




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