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Guest reporter for this week's column is Andrea Watson

Twelve teams tuning-up for the IC Nationals. Not seen #531 (John Browning/Laura Browning).

Twelve boats completed seven races and a crew race on Sunday, April 2. The skies were overcast with threats of thunderstorms that never materialized. A southerly wind of 8-10 knots provided the sailors a nice tune-up for the upcoming IC Nationals (April 15-16). Competition was excellent, as the second, third and fourth place finishers were only one point apart. Teams were jockeying for a place at the start line, and many, eager to get the perfect start, were over early and had to round to end buoy before receiving an all clear from the RC. Just a taste of what to expect when approximately 50 sailors and their crew descend on Port Washington in the next few weeks. Top winners and crew: 1 Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (#536), 2. Ted Toombs/Monique Gaylor (#514), 3. Matt Kelley/Susan Kinsey (#769), and 4. Steve Moore/Jerry Morea (#510). Monique Gaylor won the crew race.

Race committee was also getting ready for the nationals. Extra crash boats carried committee members out to the course site to begin planning for the regatta. Overhead were discussions on registrations, mark settings, finishes, food and entertainment, and publicity. Because of the volume of boats in the regatta, the RC is planning to set a gate at the leeward mark. This will allow sailors, when nearing the mark, to decide to round either the port or starboard buoy. The purpose of the gate is to open up water space around the mark, and cut down on traffic that would normally round just one buoy.

The competition that this regatta is attracting is remarkable. The scratch sheet of pre-registered competitors lists some very accomplished sailors. Ed Adams was the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in '87 and '91, has won the IC Nationals twice and most recently was the navigator on Young America. Jim Bowers was a two-time All-American at Harvard, won the US Team Racing Championships in 420s and won the District 1 Snipe Championships, the New England Snipe Championships, and the Atlantic Coast Snipe Championships. He also won last year's IC Nationals. Paul-Jon Patin has won the Sunfish Worlds, was district champion in Lasers, Vanguard 15 and Flying Scotts. He has consistently been one of the top five winners at the nationals. Steve Benjamin has won the nationals several times, and is an Olympic silver medallist in the 470 class. Pedro Lorson, from our bay, represented the US in the 1999 Snipe Worlds in Chile, was third in the 1998 Snipe North Americans, and was third in the 1994 IC Nationals. Logo
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