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On a beautiful Sunday morning, with the sun so brilliant that it made the water look as if diamonds were sprinkled over the bay, The Mill Pond Model YC held their annual George Bersuch "Picnic" Regatta, to remember their longtime member who is now deceased. This regatta was first sailed in 1978. Eight model sailboats raced in "M" Marblehead class boats, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 square inches of sail. The winner of the George Bersuch memorial Trophy was Roy Langbord, who has won this regatta for four consecutive years. The second and third place winners were, respectively: Lech Arciszewski and Ralph Pappas. The Mill Pond Model YC holds races every Saturday and Sunday, and all are welcome to come and enjoy watching the sailors as they navigate their sailboats around the racecourse with their hand-held remote controls.

The 2000 Olympic Sailing regatta began on Sunday, Sept. 17, and will end on Saturday, Sept. 30. Eleven sets of medals will be awarded in a variety of classes. All fleets with the exception of the 49ers and Solings will sail 11 races, sailing two each day. The 49ers will sail a total of 16 races at a rate of three per day. The Solings will sail six fleet races of the offshore course and then end their competition with match racing sailed inshore. The 49ers, Mistral Sailboards, Tornados will conclude sailing by the 25th of September. The Europe, Finn, Laser, Soling, Star and 470 classes will conclude their sailing by Sept. 30. The Torresen Sailing Site News Service did a comprehensive look at the field and came up with their predictions. (The following is excerpted from their analysis.) LASER: 1. Scheidt (Brazil) 2. One of the Scandinavians will be second, 3. Blackgurn (Australia). Europe: 1. Matthijsse 2. Robertson (Great Britain) 3. Roug (Denmark). FINN: 1. Kusznierwwicz (Poland) 2. Rohart (France) 3. Percy (Great Britain.) 49er: 1. Australia 2. New Zealand 3. Germany. 470 Men: USA Reps Paul Foerester and Bob Merrick have waged a consistent campaign as their #1 status shows. Prediction: 1. USA 2. Australia 3. New Zealand. 470 Women: 1. Ukraine 2. Spain 3. Italy. Mistral Men's Sailboard: 1. Australia 2. New Zealand 3. Great Britain. Mistral Women's Sailboard: USA Rep Lanee Butler is a several time Olympian - no medals yet: 1. New Zealand 2. Australia 3. USA Tornado: 1. Australia 2. Spain 3. Germany. Soiling: USA Star: USA Team: Mark Reynolds is the skipper with a gold medal from the Barcelona Games. Crew Magnus Liljerdahl was recently elected captain of the Olympic team. 1. USA 2. Brazil 3. New Zealand. To read the Torresen Sailing Site's complete Olympic class-by-class analysis: http://bsd.terresen.com/sd/september00/0913text.htm. Probably the best place to check out the racing schedule in Sydney is on the US Sailing website: http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/2000/schedule.htm. To watch the Olympic sailing on television, you'll need cable TV or a satellite dish - all of the coverage will be on CNBC. For the complete sailing TV schedule: http://www.nbcolympics.com/?/ stacks/sa/index_stacks_sa.html.

Ernesto Bertarelli officially announced the launch of a Swiss Challenge for the next America's Cup, which will be under the banner of the "Societe Nautique" of Geneva, which was founded in 1872. The Challenge was registered with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Aug. 18 and is the first after the Challenger of Record. The sailing team will be led by Russell Coutts, winner of the last two America's Cup competitions and one of the world's leading sailors. Currently, the team is composed of 14 of the best international yachtsmen. In total, its members have participated in the America's Cup 47 times with 18 Cup victories between them. They have also won 67 world championship titles. The budget for the syndicate is US$56 million over a three year period. On a similar note, Paul Cayard was heard commenting: "I would say that last time a good crew member with a Cup or two of experience made 80 to 100,000 US dollars a year and this next time may double that." According to sources, Oracle is offering annual salaries of about $160,000 compared to $200,000 and up from the other "bees," who include McCaw, Ernesto Bertarelli, the Benettons and Prada's Patrizio Bertelli.

The Viking ship Islendingur, an exact replica of the original ship that dates back to 870 AD and that Lief Ericksson sailed from Iceland to America, will be at the Mystic Seaport between Sept. 20-24. She departed from Reykjavik, Iceland in June and will sail across the North Atlantic to various ports along the coast, arriving at Mystic Seaport by the 20th. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut.


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