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The sailing season is officially open. All the area yacht clubs are in commission and the 2001 Cow Bay YRA Sailing season began the weekend of May 12-13. Many boats are yet to be launched so the full contingent of racers has not appeared on the Race Committee's starting line. Results for the first weekend of racing: May 12: Sonar Fleet only: On May 12: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland; and 2. #316, Elusive, Ed King/Alan Helman. May 13 results: 1. #395 and 2. #375, Housemartin, Beth/Greg Danilek. On Saturday, May 19, there was very little wind and only one boat, Elusive, was prepared to race. So Race Committee Chair, Gene Bowler, made use of "found" time to practice running races with his committee members. The results for Sunday, May 20: Sonar Fleet: 1. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland, 2. #421, Weekend Warrior, Dan Simon, and 3. #615, Holiday, Ming Wang. Ideal 18s: 1. John Browning/Emily Browning; and 2. Pam Prokop/Laura Browning.

2001 Knickerbocker Cup Committee: (Left to right) P/C Joel Sterling, P/C Jonathan Helfat, P/C Ed du Moulin, and P/C Ted Weisberg. Past Commodore Helfat is the Chairman of the Knickerbocker Cup Committee

On Sunday, May 20, The Port Washington YC held the 54th Annual Port Washington YC YRALIS (Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound) Day Race. The length of the course was 20.3 nautical miles. Readers will recognize some of the boat names from the 2000 Thirsty Thursday Series. Results, by Division, with sail number and boat name (skippers' names unavailable at press time): Division I: 1. #42130, Mutiny; 2. #42844, Charlie V; 3. #42991, Gunsmoke; 4. #777, Rainmaker; 5. #14284, Diogenes. Division II Results: 1. #40774, X-Cite; 2. #118, Wild Things; 3. #21122, The Real Macaw; 4. #117, Neptune; 5. #42717, Out of Reach II. In Division III: 1. #167, Frolic; 2. #216, Happy Daze II; 3. #31855, Chinook. The results for Division IV (non-spinnaker): 1. #41223, Mirror Image; 2. #51272, Regina K; 3. #42794, Bon Ton Roulez.

On Sunday, May 20, the Knickerbocker YC held a kick-off cocktail party in preparation for the 20th Knickerbocker Cup, which will be held this year on August 28-September 3. Videotapes of previous Knickerbocker Cup events as broadcast by ESPN were shown throughout the afternoon. The Knickerbocker Cup is only one of two grade 1 match racing events in the United States, the other being the recently completed Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA. Top sailors who will be racing for the Cup on Manhasset Bay come late August (as of press time): Peter Gilmour, Ken Read, James Spithill, Morton Hendriksen, Jesse Gram-Hansler, and Gavin Brady.

For those readers who have junior sailors in the family and are looking at colleges in the near, or not so near, future, the following information about top sailing schools may be of interest to you. As the college sailing year, spanning both the fall and spring seasons, draws to a close, the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) North American Championships will be held in New England later this month. Twenty-seven colleges representing seven ICSA districts have qualified to compete for the ICSA North American titles in three disciplines: Women's, Team Race and Dinghy (coed). Of the 27 colleges qualified for these championships, only five schools qualified to send competitors to all three events: College of Charleston, Dartmouth College, Old Dominion University, University of Hawaii and the University of Michigan. Qualifying teams are as follows: May 29-31 ICSA/Women's North Americans at Harvard/MIT: Boston College; Boston University; College of Charleston; Connecticut College; Dartmouth College; Eckerd College; Hobart/William Smith Colleges; Miami University/Ohio; Old Dominion University; St. Mary's College; Stanford University; Tufts University; University of Calif./Berkeley; University of Hawaii; University of Michigan; University of Texas; University of Washington; U.S. Naval Academy. June 3-5 ICSA/Ronstan Team Race North Americans at Harvard/MIT: College of Charleston; Dartmouth College; Eckerd College; Georgetown University; Harvard University; Old Dominion University; University of Calif./Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.); University of Hawaii; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; University of Texas. June 6-8 ICSA/North American Championship: Boston College; College of Charleston; Dartmouth College; Harvard University; Old Dominion University; St. Mary's College; Texas A & M Galveston; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; University of Calif./Santa Barbara; University of Florida; University of Hawaii; University of Michigan; University of Texas; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin; Yale University. At Large: Georgetown University; Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) To learn more about ICSA, visit Logo
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