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Crews from Ports Far and Near Race in the "Cablevision Around Long Island Regatta"

Teams of sailing crews are readying their boats for the 26th Annual "Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), sponsored by Cablevision Systems Corporation for a sixth consecutive year. The event, hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, will begin approximately one mile off shore of Rockaway Point on Thursday, July 25, at 1 p.m. and will finish off the Glen Cove Breakwater near the Yacht Club. Over 100 sailing crews will compete for the coveted Cablevision Championship Trophy.

"Thanks to Cablevision, we are anticipating another great turnout for the regatta this year," said Fred Bauerschmidt, co-chairman of the Around Long Island Regatta. "We are pleased the number of registrants is running ahead of last year. We look forward to tracking a field of competitive crews during the 190 mile race." The "Around Long Island Regatta" is open to monohull and multihull boats of at least 24 feet in overall length. Trophies for the competition will be awarded to participants in several different categories. There will be a first place trophy for teams in each sailboat division, fleet trophies, first to finish, an e-GAD Trophy, the Jack Sussey Academy Trophy, Our Lady Trophy, the Wesley L. Bailey Trophy, Jack Tar Trophy, John B. Thompson Jr. Trophy and the Cablevision Championship Trophy.

All entries are due by Friday, July 19, and must be submitted on an official entry form. Interested crews can still register for the "Around Long Island Regatta" by visiting the official web site at www.alir.org or by e-mailing a request to info@alir.org. To have a registration form mailed to you, please call 671-7348, fax 212-504-3076 or write to Around Long Island Regatta PO Box 249, Sea Cliff, NY 11579. Applications are also available at most local yacht clubs and marinas.

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve three million households located in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its Lightpath integrated business communications services; its Optimum-branded high-speed Internet service and iO: Interactive Optimum, the company's newly introduced digital television offering. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. operates programming businesses including American Movie Classics, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel and other national and regional services. In addition, Rainbow is a 50 percent partner in Fox Sports Net. Cablevision also owns a controlling interest and operates Madison Square Garden and its sports teams including the Knicks and Rangers. The company operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall and owns and operates The Wiz consumer electronics stores and Clearview Cinemas in the New York metropolitan area. Additional information about Cablevision Systems Corporation is available on the web at www.cablevision.com.


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