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Spank Me, with skipper Bob Limoggia at the helm.

Spank Me, a 44-foot C & C owned and skippered by Bob Limaggio, is a fairly new boat to our area, but in the short time she has been in our bay, she has won some major sailing honors. In the Around Long Island race, Spank Me took all the top honors out of a fleet of 101 starters in the race. She was first in her division, and was the fastest boat in both time on distance and time on time results. PHRF boats are rated two different ways and Spank Me came in first in both ratings. Her time on distance win (seconds per mile rating) won Limaggio and his crew the Cablevision Trophy. Time on time, the second PHRF rating, is calculated to take into account wind conditions, such as a light air race that is particularly slow. Again, Spank Me took top honors and won the John B. Thomson trophy for her efforts. This year's Around Long Island race was especially challenging to finish, and of the 101 boats that crossed the starting line, less than half of them finished the course. Limaggio credits his "hat trick" to a great crew who found the wind and who were determined to finish "no matter what." Limaggio finds crew from all over the country and brings them either to our area for the summer racing season, or flies them down to Key West, where Spank Me competes during the winter months. Local crew include: Dustin Burrell, Peter Christie, William Doyle, Beth Hartigan, Scott McFarland, Ryan Christie, Scott Brananer, Chris Crowley, Hy Livingston, Bill Simon, Homer Esguia, and the skipper's sons, Bobby and Daniel Limaggio.

The Thirsty Thursday Summer Series is now over for the season. This fun-loving group of people will have one more race on Columbus Day, which is scored separately from the spring-summer series. Then they must rely on great memories to tide them over the long winter months until late spring bring them fair winds and late sunlight to begin another season of competition. Race results include the last two races. On Aug. 31, 20 boats competed. Division I winners: 1. Excite, #40774, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, #53384, Marc Epstein, and 3. Avalanche, #34810, Al Albrecht. Division II: 1. Quicker, #42064, Bruce Logan, 2. Happy Daze II, #216, Tom Egan, and 3. Beowulf, #41736, David Deutsch. Division III: 1. Tootsie, #18, Ron Fin, 2. Illbehavior, #3, Todd Illberg, and 3. Serenity. #152, Jacques Blinbaum. Results for Aug. 7: Division I: 1. Excite, 2. Zero Gravity, #128, Tony Dalia, and 3. Rainmaker, #777, Bill McFaul. Division II: 1. Quicker. 2. Chaparral IV, #40816, Uwe Kordts, and 3. Anticipation, #52, Ed Veprovsky. Division III results: 1. Tootsie, 2. Illbehavior, and 3. Serenity. Thanks are due to Benet McMillan, scorer for the series, for making results available to your reporter throughout the season.

Bay Racing results for the Labor Day weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 2, two races were held. Results for both race 1 and 2 in the Sonar class: 1. Delight, #396, Bob Kirtland, 2. Laurie B, #356, Bob Baskind and 3. Lark, #436, Bill Brakman. Results for Race 1, MBOs: 1. Escapade, 5 Ned Baker/Dick Moore, 2. Friday, #13, Gerhard Weber, and 3. 23 Skiddoo, #23, Bob Dahl/Claude Mapes. Race 2 results: 1. Friday, 2. Escapade, and 3. 23 Skiddoo. Only one race was held on Labor Day. Results for the Sonars: 1. Barnstormer, #157, Bob Schmidt, 2. Laurie B, and 3. Delight. Results for the Mbo class: 1. Catch 22, #22, Bob Adams/Curt Champlin, 2. Friday, and 3. 23 Skiddoo.

Starting last Sunday, Sept. 11, more than 200 amateur sailors will embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The BT Global Challenge is a 30,000 mile westerly circumnavigation of the globe the "wrong way." Each of the 12 BT Global Challenge boats are equipped with the most advanced communications equipment afloat, which will enable reader to follow all the race action live. To experience the "world's toughest yacht race," and truly share in all the fun and fear as the race unfolds, go to www.quokka.com.

In Sydney, a total of 400 sailors representing 69 nations will compete in the 2000 Olympic Regatta, utilizing a staggered schedule for the 11 events, which begin with practice races on Sept. 16 and conclude with awards on Sept. 30. The first of two medal ceremonies will be held on Sept. 25 for the 49er, mistral Men and Women, and Tornado classes. The final medal ceremony takes place Sept. 30 for the Europe, Finn, 470 Men and Women, Laser, Soling and Star classes. Both ceremonies will take place on the steps of Sydney's world-famous Open House. For more information, go to www.Ussailing.org/Olympics/2000. Television coverage of the sailing events will be hosted by Gary Jobson (Annapolis, MD), with race reports scheduled to air every scheduled race day on CNBC during the 7 p.m. show starting Sunday, Sept. 17.


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