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Frostbiting results have become available for Sunday, March 24. According to Herb Schmidt, Race Committee chair, the wind was blowing 14-16 knots, with gusts reaching the low 20's. By 2:15 p.m., the Race Committee decided to move the racing closer to shore, as it was "too gusty to be on the bay." RC retired to the end of the Manhasset Bay dock, and ran three "no jibe" courses. By the end of the third race, winds were gusting to 26, so racing was canceled for the day. No boats overturned. Results for the day: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry, 2. #531, John Browning/Louise Browning, 3. #511, Dana Schnipper/Stephanie Baas. As usual, the competition was tight, with only a one-point difference between first and second place.

John Kostecki is out of a job. The illbruck America's Cup challenge from Germany announced that the syndicate's search for a corporate sponsor for the campaign has failed, and the decision has been made to drop out of the race. Originally, CEO of illbruck, Michael Illbruck planned to finance the entire cup challenge himself, but that was when the economy was stronger, and his 50-year-old company more financially stable. It is unfortunate that no corporate sponsor has stepped in to back this syndicate, as their second boat is just about finished and ready to sail. This leaves nine syndicates challenging this year for the Cup.

OneWorld Challenge, out of Seattle, WA, announced a second campaign during the America's Cup race. No, this is not another syndicate challenging for the "auld mug," but a campaign to focus people attention on the health of the world's oceans. Sean Brealey, OneWorld's Environmental Education Programs director, has been out in the Auckland and Seattle area schools presenting kids with a multi-media education program on the history of the Cup, the physics involved in the development of Cup boats, and the health of the world's oceans. So far, Brealey has given presentations to over 7,000 school children and plans to reach over 20,000 children by the time of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Other environmental efforts by the OneWorld challenge merit attention. Their Auckland shorebase team members recycle eight different materials including aluminum, steel, titanium, plastic, office paper, shredded paper, cardboard boxes and glass; and rain water collected from the OneWorld buildings in Auckland is collected in a large holding tank, and used for the daily washing of the syndicate's two boats and their sails. Wouldn't it be nice if the other syndicates followed suit, and helped our environment with a plan of their own?

The Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, or NORT, is the Stamford Yacht Club's blue water sailing award, conceived in 1961 by SYC Commodore Fred Lorenzen to induce participation in offshore yacht racing. The NORT is awarded to the combined point winner in both the IMS Racing and IMS Cruiser/Racer divisions for races like the Storm Trysail Block Island Race, the Marblehead-Halifax Ocean Race, the Annapolis-Newport Race, the Newport-Bermuda Race, and SYC's own Vineyard Race. Competitors must sail and score in the CCA Newport-Bermuda Race and the Stamford Vineyard Race, and the yacht must have won an IMS Offshore Divisional trophy. Qualifying races include the Miami to Baltimore (April 14), Storm Trysail Block Island Race (May 24), CCA Newport to Bermuda (June 14), Around Long Island Race (July 25), Marblehead to Halifax Race (August 10), and the Stamford Vineyard Race (August 30). For more information, call the Stamford YC 203-323-3161, or go to their website at www.stamfordyc.com/sailing/nort.htm.

As the sailing season gets closer, it is a good time to begin thinking about safety on and near the water. West Marine has introduced a new PFD identification system that categorizes life jackets by application rather than performance. According to Soundings staff writer, JoAnn Goddard, (May 2002 issue) "each PFD the marine retailer markets this year will have a tag with icons identifying the on-water activities appropriate for that particular vest." West Marine has identified PFD's suitable for recreational use, water sports, day sailing, fishing, offshore sailing, offshore power and paddle sports. For additional information on the icons, readers can visit the store in Port Washington or visit their website, www.westmarine.com. "There are few decisions which affect the safety of boaters like the purchase of a life jacket," says Chuck Hawley, vice president of product development at West Marine. "Our goal was to create a simple selection system for life jackets which matched the item to the type of boating that the customer enjoys."

Save the Sound, a nonprofit environmental group, is looking for volunteers for its Water Quality Monitoring Research Team. Each year from May through October, staff and volunteers collect water quality data from harbors around Long Island Sound. Volunteers help identify sources of pollution, and archive data for future comparison. If interested, call (888) 728-3547.


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