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Ask any sailor to explain one of the reasons they love to sail, and the reply will usually have to do with the challenge of nature, the feel of salt and wind on their face, or the exhilaration of being out on the water on a beautiful sunny day. There are probably as many answers as there are sailors. But many would agree that one thing that makes sailing so very special is that it is a family sport. Unlike some other leisure-time activities, a sailor can take his or her family along for the ride. Last Sunday, March 28 was a great example of families out on the water together. John Silbersack and his daughter, Catryn, were out with the frostbiters in IC Dinghy #007, and they posted a third place for the day. John's other daughter, Johanna, 12 years old, was on Kraus' Kastle, recoding the scores as each boat crossed the finish line. Not only did she do a fantastic job, she embellished her scorekeeping with artistic flourishes that turned a rather mundane score sheet into a rather attractive record. Thanks to Johanna for her excellent help. With whitecaps on Manhasset Bay, the RC set a "no jibe" course, and did not run a crew race. The partially sunny day brought temperatures in the low 50s with the water temperature registering a cold 40(. The Race Committee completed seven races. Results for the day: 1. #514, Ted Toombs/Mark Cornachio, 2. #121, Philip "Fee" Mitropolous/ Amelia Amon, and 3. #007, John Silbersack/Catryn Silbersack.

Manhasset resident Teddy Himler, a ninth grader at The Hotchkiss School, ventured out to San Diego last week to compete in the Laser Midwinters West at Mission Bay YC. Sailing a Radial rig for Manhasset Bay YC, Teddy finished 13th out of 50 after nine races on an ocean course in moderate, but shifty winds of 12-15 knots over three days. He was one of the youngest sailors in the regatta. A link to the results can be found at: www.mbyc.org/regatta/2004mww/Radial_Results.htm

Last week this column mentioned the race between Paul Cayard and Magnus Liljedahl for the rights to represent the United States in the upcoming Olympics. Last Sunday, the team of Cayard and Trinter only had to finish within 12 places of the second-place boat to clinch the berth in the Star class. The team of Andy Lovell and crew Magnus Liljedahl came in second. Liljedahl won the gold medal in the Star class in 2000 with Mark Reynolds in Sydney. After their unfortunate first day of racing where they had a double DN and a DNS disaster when their mast broke, they managed to fight back to second place behind Cayard and Trinter, behind by 25 points. So it will be Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter in Athens this fall. While many great sailors' careers have progressed from Star boats to America's Cup or Whitbread/Volvo races, Cayard has gone back to his roots. "That's a pretty cool thing at my age," he said. "It's not the norm." One reason may be, he suggested, is that "kids in the U.S. can't afford to do a [serious] Star campaign. I've spent at least a hundred grand, as have some others here." But getting there is only half the fight. "This was a necessary step," Cayard said. "I'd like to win the gold medal."

It seems like the newest way to raise money for struggling sailors needing sponsorship is to post their dilemma on EBay and see what happens. Team Kan-Do, the Chesapeake Bay syndicate hoping to enter the next Volvo Ocean Race will put their title sponsorship package on the on-line auction, starting April 1st. The minimum bid is $10 million (US), with a "buy it now" offer, set at $15 million (US), will allow the bidder the sole Team Kan-Do sponsorship. The Kan-Do auction will be listed on EBay motors (Keyword: sailboats) The Volvo Ocean Race starts November 12, 2005 in Vigo, Galicia, Spain and ends in June 2006 in Northern Europe. They are not the only syndicate that is taking advantage of EBay's wide circulation. The Sausalito America's Cup Challenge exclusive sponsorship will go live on EBay Motors on Friday, April 2. This is the largest EBay auction in history. The online audience is expected to top that of Virtual Spectator during the 2003 America's Cup races. When the auction goes live, more than 1500 companies will have downloaded the sponsorship package worldwide and the Challenge Series web site hit by more than 500,000 people in less than one month. According to syndicate co-chairpersons Tina Kleinjan and John Sweeny who lead the Sausalito Challenge, "Our team was designed specifically from the sponsor's point of view," said Kleinjan. "We just think differently. Our team philosophy is to look at the entire America's Cup from a different perspective. From marketing to sailing we will be the team to watch from day one." And Sweeney had this to say, "The bidding will be eagerly watched by the sailing world and Madison Avenue. This is the fastest way to reach CEOs and decision makers." The auction will run from April 2-9, with the keyword: sailboats. Any takers?

Steve Fossett and his crew of 12 on board the maxi-catamaran Cheyenne, crossed the Equator on Sunday March 28 after 50 days on their Round the World Sailing record attempt. They have a lead of more than three days over the current global record (set at 64 days 8 hours 37 minutes in 2002 by French Skipper Bruno Peyron on the catamaran Orange). Fossett hopes to reach the official start-finish line between France and the UK in ten days.

It's really turning into spring when organizational meetings start taking place to discuss the spring-summer-fall sailing season. Coming up soon will be the CBCA meeting. Those are the folks better known as Thirsty Thursday, who have so much fun each Thursday evening racing their "bog boats". CBCA, which stands for The Cow Bay Cruising Association, will hold their 2004 Spring meeting and 2003 Awards presentation on Thursday April 22, 2004 at North Shore Yacht Club at 7:30PM. There will also be participation gifts for all yachts that registered in 2003. The program will included discussion on any proposed changes for the 2004 season at that time. And if that is not enough incentive to attend, beer, soda and snacks will be provided.

Now that the sailing season is right around the corner, the following information about boat owners insurance may be of interest. US SAILING, the national governing body of our sport, has teamed up with Gownie, Barden & Brett to offer a new comprehensive insurance program designed specifically for owners of one-design sailboats. This cost-effective program covers one-design classes that are designed for inshore racing and have no auxiliary power. Currently, all 11 Olympic-class boats and 22 additional classes are covered in the program, with more classes to be added. The program offers: racing coverage; worldwide coverage or in the U.S. only; coverage for overland transportation (trailering); charter coverage (if the owner charters the boat included in the policy, as well as if the owner charters a different boat of the same class). For more information, go to www.ussailing.org/membership/Insurance/index.htm, call Gowrie, Barden & Brett at 1-800-BOAT-911, or e-mail one-design@gowrie.com.


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