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The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, Inc. (YRALIS) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy will co-host the 2002 LIS Safety At Sea Seminar on Saturday. April 13 from 9 - 5 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Ralph Naranjo, chair, US SAILING Safety-At-Sea Committee will be the moderator. The goal of the seminar is to make skipper, crew and boat better prepared for the challenges of sailing offshore. Whether you are sailing on the LI Sound or off to Bermuda, valuable information can be obtained from attending this seminar. Topics include: Hypothermia and Medical Emergencies, Weather Routing Through Storms, Boat and Crew Preparation and USCG Rescue. The USMMA Varsity Offshore Sailing Team and rescue teams from USCG Activities New York and Air Station Cape May will provide on-the-water demonstrations. This US SAILING sanctioned seminar will fulfill the requirements of the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for the Newport Bermuda Race. Attendees may also qualify for insurance discounts. For more information, call the YRALIS office at 516-767-9240.

Last Sunday at the Rhode Island Country Club, The Herrshoff Marine Museum held their 31st Annual Meeting of the Membership. The museum, housed along the waterfront in Bristol, RI, has had a very productive year, according to Halsey Herreshoff, president of the HMM. In highlighting some of the plans for the upcoming year, Mr. Herreshoff spoke about the planned expansion, which includes several projects. The America's Cup Hall of Fame, presently housed in a temporary building, will have a new home that includes an America's Cup Gallery, a chronological display incorporating artifacts and interactive displays tracing 150 years of Cup competition. The Yacht Restoration Fund is earmarked for the more than 60 yachts owned by the museum, representing one of the finest collections of wooden yachts in the world, many of which are irreplaceable. A very exciting project is called the Young Mariners Discovery Center, an exhibit designed for youth, with interactive displays. Hands on application will gave an appreciation for the engineering and design decisions that went into the original boats. Offering a sense of fun, adventure and invention, this project seeks to fulfill the board of trustees goal of developing the HMM into "a dynamic, full-day experience for visitors of all ages and varying interests." At the conclusion of the annual meeting, Ed du Moulin and Ralf Steitz shared their America's Cup experiences with the audiences. The presentation was based on Mr. du Moulin's recent book, The America's Cup and Me, in which he spoke of some the highlights and difficult times as the manager of more Cup campaigns than anyone else in the history of the Cup. Mr. Steitz entertained the audience with his "behind the scenes" experiences sailing on Stars and Stripes, and more recently America One. Local readers interested in this topic are invited to a repeat presentation at the Knickerbocker YC on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Call the club at 883-7655 for more information and reservations. For more information on the Herreshoff Marine Museum, see their website at http://www.herrshoff.org.

On April 7 at 9 p.m., and again on Monday, April 9 at the same time, the Arts and Entertainment Network will air a four-hour original mini-series, Shackleton starring Emmy Award-winner Kenneth Branagh. Readers may recall reading in a previous On The Bay about the British explorer, the late Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led his crew of 21 men to safety after a 20-month odyssey attempting to reach the South Pole. In 1914, when his ship, Endurance, was trapped by ice, Shackleton, his 27-man crew and their 69 sleigh dogs found themselves adrift on glacial floats, only 85 miles from their destination. The ice-flow pulled them north, but after 10 months, they had to abandon ship when the Endurance was crushed and sank. Shackleton and his men had to row and sail the lifeboats 100 miles across storm-tossed water to reach Elephant Island. As hopes of a rescue evaporated, Shackleton and five others took a 22-foot long lifeboat on a 650-mile journey across one of the most hazardous parts of the freezing ocean. Then, Shackleton and two of his crew embarked on an unmapped journey across the glacier of South Georgia, reaching the same whaling station they had set sail from nearly two years earlier. Three months later, Shackleton returned to Elephant Island and rescued the men left behind. Incredibly, all 21 survived, despite the sub-zero temperatures. This mini-series sound like a "must see" for those who love adventure and the sea.

On April 6-7 from 10 - 5 pm, The Dinghy Shop will sponsor a Kayak Fest. Jim Koelher, the owner of the shop, encourages novice and skilled kayakers to meet the experts and try out the terrific sport of kayaking. The Dinghy Shop is located at 334 South Bayview Avenue in Amityville. More information, 631-264-0005, or http://www.dinghyshop.com.


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