The Cannonball Race, known previously as the Louie's Race, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a rain date the following day. This year the venue will be moved to Manhasset Bay Marina, and will be hosted by Guy Lamotta. The competition is open to all who sail and would like to have a little fun on the racecourse. For example, the competitors may be asked to retrieve a bottle from the water with a note inside with the instructions to "sail by the race committee and laud the committee for their wisdom." (truly a difficult task for some racers). For those interested in joining this fun-loving group of sailors, registration is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the Skippers' meeting at noon. After racing, there will be a buffet, raffles and an award ceremony at 5 p.m. Sailors can pre-register in person at Lamotta's Restaurant, or by e-mail: email@example.com, or call Karen (516-816-0737) or Widge (877-635-9148) with the make, model, and length of boat, plus the name of the skipper. The Louie's Cup, which has been a tradition on the bay for 17 years, was the brainchild of, among others, Dick Zwerlein, past owner of Louie's Shore Restaurant, who felt there was too much seriousness in sailboat racing. So come out to Manhasset Bay Marina on the last Saturday in September for a very fun race - and keep Dick Zwerlein's memory alive.
Tom Meade, sports writer for the Providence (RI) Journal interviewed Gary Jobson about which team would be the most likely winner of the 2003 America's Cup. His replies are interesting. "New Zealand is going to lose for a number of reasons. They don't have the resources. I just read that they were still $9 million short in their funding." Plus the "loss of Peter Blake, a visionary and a leader and a sailor, affects the team, and when you lose 12 of your 16 starters whether you're the Patriots or the Red Sox you can't have that kind of attrition and still expect to perform." So according to Jobson, forget about New Zealand. Then who will be victorious come spring of 2003 and take home the auld mug? Jobson likes Alenghi from Switzerland, Stars & Stripes "because I think they have a great crew and great designers. And Oracle because they've put so much money into it." But he does not think the Italian team Prada, with its multinational crew, will be in contention. "I think the Italians are going to go up in a cloud of dust," Jobson said. "Putting a Brazilian, a New Zealander, an Italian and an American in the cockpit together with an owner who's trying to squash everybody doesn't make sense."
The OneWorld Challenge America's Cup team and Team New Zealand met in late August and came to resolution on the current outstanding issues between the teams. The meeting resulted in a further filing today before the America's Cup Arbitration Panel (ACAP) by OneWorld that withdraws the application filed on Aug. 11, against Team New Zealand. The filing, signed by both parties, will also request that the panel return the three canisters of OneWorld's confidential plans, currently being held by the ACAP Registrar, to OneWorld's Seattle legal counsel. These canisters are required in the proceedings by OneWorld Challenge against Sean Reeves in the United States Federal Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle. For their actions, the OneWorld Challenge has been penalized one point by the America's Cup arbitration panel for possession of design drawings from three other teams, including defenders Team New Zealand. The deductions will be made at the end of the pair of round robins on Nov. 1, when the field of nine is reduced to eight. It will affect OneWorld's ratings and may prove a problem if they are then paired with a strong rival. Those interested in America's Cup competition will have to wait until then to see if this penalty will actually make a difference for OneWorld in their quest to be on the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and be given the opportunity to challenge New Zealand for the 2003 America's Cup.
J World, America's top ranked sailing school is seeking coaches for their Key West, FL branch. Applicants must be motivated, fun loving and upbeat. In addition, excellent keelboat boat handling and spinnaker skills are necessary along with a strong racing background and good communication skills. Employment will begin January 1, 2003 and housing assistance in Key West is provided. Long-term employment at J World is possible. Previous teaching experience and US Sailing Keelboat Instructor status is a plus. All applicants must call John or Denise at 800-343-2255 for information and to apply. No e-mail resumes please.
Now that the summer has come to an end, and we, as sailors, have been inevitably exposed to too much sun this sailing season, some advice for those who have found a troubling spot on their skin. According to Sally Welsh (www.melanomaletter.com), it is important to ask the right questions of your dermatologist so correct treatment can be administered. 1. Will you be doing a punch biopsy to determine if I have a melanoma? 2. If I have anything other than a shallow melanoma, will you plan to do the Sentinel Node (Blue Dye) test on me? If the answer to either of these questions is "No," you need to research the matter and become better informed before you do anything.
Ms. Welsh says the Punch test is what you want. It is the best way to determine the very important depth level. A quick removal of the spot prevents the depth from being measured later, if the biopsy turns out to be serious. The punch test is like taking a core sample with a hollow needle - removal is done after finding out if the spot is serious. The Sentinel Node test could save your life. If your melanoma has spread, this test could lead your doctor to the exact lymph node to which it has spread. This test is most effective before the entire melanoma has been removed. And remember for next season (or if you are traveling to warmer climates over the winter months): put your hat on (not a visor), wear sunscreen, protective clothing (a T-shirt is only about 6 or 7 SPF, less if wet). And make sure your children understand the harmful effects of the sun.
If readers would like to participate in Sail for America, but don't have a ride on a boat, Circle Line is offering a special cruise on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to watch the start of the Around Alone race. Boarding is at 10 a.m. at the Circle Line, Pier 83, West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue. Rates: Adults $30, Children $20. Call Circle Line directly at 212-563-3200 for reservations & information. For those planning to sail on down to New York harbor, check the Sail for America website (www.sailforamerica.com) for last minute information.