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The weather report for Sunday, April 4 was for overcast skies and very high winds. Fortunately for the frostbiters, the rain and high winds held off until evening, when all the skippers and crews were back on land, and the boats safely put away. Eight boats were on the starting line and seven races plus a crew race were completed in winds out of the NNE at about 8 -1 3 knots. At one point, the Race Committee set a no-jibe course because of the winds, but quickly returned to a windward-leeward course for the rest of the day. One of the eight boats was sailing without a crew, so his score did not count in the finals for the day as he was disqualified. The racing was tight, with final point for the top three finishes at 42, 42,and 40 points. The tie-breaker between Ted Toombs and Matt Kelley went to Ted Toombs because he had beaten Matt Kelley four times while Matt had beaten Ted only three times. Finals for the day: 1. #514, Ted Toombs/Matt Cornachio, 2. #603, Matt Kelley/Lynn Kochendorfer, and 3. #121, Philip "Fee" Mitropoulos/Amelia Amon. Racing will be suspended on Sunday, April 11 due to the holiday, but will be held on April 18. The last race of the season, the Long Distance Race, will be on Saturday April 24th, followed by the Annual Picnic. Rain date is set for Sunday, April 25th.

For all you sailors out there who are planning to sail in the Newport-Bermuda Race but have not submitted your application, you are in luck. The deadline for submitting an Application for Entry in the 2004 Newport Bermuda Race has been extended from April 1st to April 30th because of delays in getting the on-line entry system up and running. The full entry process must still be completed by May 15th. "We have over 135 boats in the system now. With all the new boats and the regulars who tend to enter late, we hope to break the record of 182 entries this time out," said Race

Chairman John Winder. - www.bermudarace.com

Many readers have asked about the Local Notice to Mariners that used to be available in printed form. The US Coast Guard has announced that it is changing the way in which the Local Notices to Mariners is made available to the public. They will continue to publish electronic versions of these notices and make them available free of charge via the Internet, but we will no longer print and mail copies of each notice. This change became effective on April 1, 2004. - http://tinyurl.com/24o3w

Twenty-five years ago, most sailing yachts were built of fiberglass or aluminum, Ted Turner was at the top of the sport of sailing, and a fledgling cable television network named ESPN was just beginning. A quarter century later ESPN Classic will premiere 25 Years of Sailing, presented by Rolex on May 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour program celebrates 25 years of history in the sport of sailing and ESPN's coverage of it. Gary Jobson, the face of sailing on ESPN since 1986 and himself a member of the 1977 America's Cup-winning team, produced the program and serves as host.

25 Years of Sailing will examine how the sport of sailing has seen dramatic technological advances, a host of larger-than-life personalities, historic races and shifts in power. The America's Cup has seen the likes of Ted Turner, Dennis Connor and others; America, Australia, New Zealand, and most recently, Switzerland have traded power over 25 years -- each having periods of dominance; sailing boats are faster as new materials such as carbon fiber propel craft to unprecedented speeds. 25 Years of Sailing will look at these and other developments in the sport, while looking back at races and historic moments such as:

The powerful frontal system over the Irish Sea during the 1979 Fastnet Race, preventing all but 87 of the 303 boats involved from finishing, and tragically taking 15 lives; 1983 America's Cup Race 7, when Australia II defeated Liberty; The San Diego Yacht Club's successful defense of the cup in 1992 and its loss to New Zealand in 1995; The victory in 2003 by Switzerland's Alinghi, piloted by the same core crew that led New Zealand to victory in 2000. More progress has been made in the last 25 years in the development of sailing than the previous 200," said Jobson. "Is it the sailor, the equipment, or both? This look back on 25 year's of sailing history will try and answer that big question." In addition, the program will examine other aspects in the past 25 years of sailing, including: Around-the-world racing; Sailing records; The disasters that have affected competitive sailing; Grand Prix racing Polar sailing

25 Years of Sailing, presented by Rolex will be re-aired at 9 p.m. PT.

The first three Acts in the four-year story of the 32nd America's Cup will take place during September and October, 2004, with three regattas to be sailed at two different venues. The first three Acts of the 32nd America's Cup will take place in 2004, several more in 2005 and 2006. The climax of any play comes with the final Act, and in 2007, that will be the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Match. The 2004 Sports Program for the 32nd America's Cup: Marseille Louis Vuitton, 5th - 11th September,

Fleet and Match Racing. Valencia Louis Vuitton, 5th - 12th October, Match Racing.

Valencia Louis Vuitton, 14th 17th October, Fleet Racing. http://www.americascup.com

The Optimist, a small pram of a boat that is used to teach sailing to young sailors, is making its mark around the world. The beginning of March saw the first launch of the new Optimist fleet in the Central American country of El Salvador. The new venture is a partnership between the Salvador Sailing Association and the International Optimist Association (IODA) whereby the Sailing Association commissions a fleet of ten boats, built locally to the wood/epoxy pattern, and IODA supplies sails, rigs and accessories. The strategy is to expand Optimist sailing in the region, working outwards from the successful fleet formed by Juan Maegli in Guatemala. Last year a similar wood/epoxy project was sponsored by IODA in Nicaragua and it is hoped to follow with Costa Rica and other neighboring countries. El Salvador is the tenth country to create a new Optimist fleet with the help of IODA funding in the last three years, and a further five received help with major upgrades. With help also available for instructor training several of these fleets have already reached the stage where they can send sailors to regional and continental regattas. Description of the Nicaraguan project: www.optiworld.org/optiworld53.pdf Details of help available for developing new fleets: www.optiworld.org/ioda-develop.html


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