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Last weekend, October 6-7 was a very busy weekend for sailors competing in events on local waters. Port Washington YC held their annual Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 7. The Thirsty Thursday group joined with the Leukemia Cup for their last race of the season. The Leukemia Cup will be reported elsewhere in the paper, and this column will post results from the Thirsty Thursday competition when they become available from the Race Committee.

The Central Park Model YC sponsored and held the United States International One Design National Championships, with the cooperation of the Mill Pond Model YC and the regatta was held on the Mill Pond on Friday to Sunday, Oct. 5-7. Twenty-two boats were registered, which is the largest group of racers in recent years competing on the Mill Pond. Four boats were from Canada, two from California, one from Seattle, one from Texas, two from Maryland, and the rest were New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York. Ray Langbord was the Race Director, of the Central Park and Mill Pond Model YC. Practice racing took place on Friday, Oct. 5, with actual racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Fifteen races were completed on Saturday in winds of 25-30 knots, and 12 races on Sunday, with the wind somewhat lighter. Final results of the 27 races over both days: 1. Steve Landeau, Orange, CA. 2. Peter Van Rossen, Casten, Ontario, Canada; 3. Danny Thomas, Columbia, MD; 4. John Emaleh, Mill Pond Model YC and Central Park Model YC and 5. Charles Rutan, Chester, CT.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point was the host of the first ever Storm Trysail Club's Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, held over Columbus Day weekend. Eight teams raced six races in stiff 20-25 knots breezes in the shadow of the Throgs Neck Bridge at the extreme western end of Long Island Sound. Racing was close in a fleet of borrowed boats that included six Express 37s and a J/35 which all rate even at 72 PHRF and a J/120. The short windward/leeward courses and evenly matched fleet of boats made the racing exceedingly close. In fact, five different boats won races. Graham Siener, a member of the Brown University sailing team, competed with his teammates on an Express 37, Soulmates, owned by Jenny and Adam Loory. First and second place winners were the two teams from the US Merchant Marine Academy. Final results: (School, Boat, Total Points): 1. US Merchant Marine Academy (Gunsmoke), 13; 2. US Merchant Marine Academy (Walrus), 15; 3. US Naval Academy (Troubador), 16; 4. SUNY Maritime College (Draco), 17; 5. Boston College (Lora An), 19; 6. Brown University (Soulmates), 19; 7. Maine Maritime Academy (M-Squared), 21; and 8. Web Institute (Lea), 38.

Laura Browning, from Plandome, the daughter of Stephanie Baas and John Browning, both excellent sailors, is a young woman who has a great sailing future ahead of her. After reading about the "Next Step" program in conjunction with the Rolex Women's Keelboat Championship in this column, Laura submitted an essay and was invited to join 25 junior women sailors in Annapolis, MD, for a weekend of sailing. The young sailors participating in the "Next Step" program, a part of the Women's Keelboat Championship regatta's unique mentoring program were aged from 13-19 years old, and spent two days before the beginning of the regatta in a fast-paced program to learn new things about racing and rub elbows with the heroines in their sport. Jim Muldoon, the former president of US Sailing, provided his boat, Donnybrook, a 72-foot racing boat as a platform for the juniors to watch the opening day's races of the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship. Laura said the weekend was "really fun...great to meet other girls from across the country. The best part was talking to other girls who understood sailing. It was a real bonding experience." The sailing was very "hands-on," which Laura thought was very beneficial. Her only regret was she "would have liked to have had a full day of sailing on Saturday." And her recommendation to other women juniors, "every girl should do this, be surrounded by all women. It is an experience that you can't get in regular sailing class." Laura and her three housemates who met for the first time in Annapolis, are hoping to compete in the week-long Rolex Women's Keelboat Championship in two years. What a wonderful impact the "Next Step" program made on, not only these four young ladies, but on the 18 of the original 25 participants that had criss-crossed the nation to get to Annapolis.


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