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Dave James who won the 5th Annual Millennium Cup, seen here with his Odom model. This race marks the end of the racing season for the members of the Mill Pond Model YC.

The Mill Pond Model Yacht Club held its 5th Annual Millennium Cup on Saturday, Nov.19. The idea for this regatta was developed in the fall of 1999, in anticipation of the club's millennium in 2000. David Raw and Michael Mazzioto, both from Copiague Harbor and club members, donated the award to the Club. The top three winners have their names permanently recorded on the cup's base. The regatta is sailed in Odoms, a name which describes the boat - One Design/One Meter. The one meter refers to the hull of the model, which is equal to 39.375 inches. The little yacht carries 600 sq. inches of sail area. Approximately 25 members of the Mill Pond Model YC have Odoms. The other type of model sailed by members is the Marblehead class, called "M" boats, which are 50 inches long and carry 800 sq. inches of sail. Bob Lumbard, Regional 2 Director of the AMYRA (American Model Yacht Association) traveled from New London, CT to join the rest of the fleet for the regatta. This year, there were ten races completed after a delayed start due to a thin layer of ice on the pond and leaves that had to be removed from the race course. According to Dave James, of the Rigging Locker, the racing was pretty competitive, with five or six people taking line honors. Results of this year's race: 1. #308, Dave James, 2. #375, Greg Danilek, and 3. #791, Jamie Ebenau. Second and third place was a tie, with the tie-breaker going to Danilek. Judy James was the scorer for the event.

A most incredible story has surfaced about a women sailor, who happens to be a quadriplegic. Hillary Lister, 33, from Faversham, England, learned to sail just two years ago. Lister, who is only able to move her head, eyes and mouth, overcame severe physical pain to navigate her boat unaided through one of the busiest and most treacherous shipping lanes in the world. Using a sip-puff mechanism to control her boat, sipping and puffing down two straws to adjust the sails and to steer her boat, Malin, she crossed from Dover to Calais in just over six hours. The remarkable feat also saw Lister enter the record books for completing the world's longest solo sail by a quadriplegic.

Judy James, the Official Scorer for the Mill Pond Model YC, is seen here carefully recording the finishes in the 5th Annual Millennium Cup.

Other news from around the world, this time somewhat disturbing: It seems that The San Francisco based, Larry Ellison-backed, BMW Oracle Racing, the America's Cup syndicate that is doing quite well in the "Acts" leading up to the America's Cup in 2007, no longer flies the American Flag from its backstay when it heads out to the race course. And there is talk that if they happen to win the America's Cup, the auld mug may stay in Europe with one of the dozen or so sponsors rather than come home to the Golden Gate Yacht Club. There are rumors afloat that Larry Ellison and the other sponsors may put the next Cup venue out to bid. According to Chris Dickson, CEO of BMW Oracle, when asked where the next Cup would be sailed if BMW Oracle wins, "One of the reasons for this format (the Acts) is a desire by Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli to take this to more places. It will be in the same vein, more events, and more countries. We will take it to more people and continue the growth of this sport. We want to continue the America's Cup on a global platform." While all sailors want our sport to grow and reach a wider audience, one has to wonder if the lack of national pride is a good thing.

During every race, there are sailors demonstrating good sportsmanship behavior and US Sailing would like to hear about it. They are now accepting nominations for their national sportsmanship award, the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Trophy. In the sport of sailing, sportsmanship is especially crucial. This award recognizes that individual who best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship in sailing. The nomination may be for the individual for a single outstanding example of sportsmanship during the year 2005 or it can be based on years of continuous sportsmanship conduct. To nominate a candidate, please contact George Fisher, (Gfisher@Fisherskrobot.com), www.ussailing.org/sportsmanship.

On Dec. 10, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) will be making a presentation at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, on the new NYYC Swan 42. The event is open to anyone interested in the Swan 42. The yacht was born from a strong desire by a group of experienced sailors to create a truly Corinthian class that promotes high level/high performance competition within an owner-driver and amateur-sailing framework and is also focused on containing costs. Since announced in July, 26 yachts have already been sold to NYYC members, with six others sold to individuals. Other yacht clubs are committed or interested.

Some of the details of the Swan 42: It will be a Corinthian, one-design cruiser/racer; it will be competitive as a one-design but also under IRC; the 42 footer -- designed by Frers and built by Nautor's Swan -- will be capable of cruising and racing locally as well as offshore; the Swan 42 will have strict limitations on sail inventory, sail replacement, crew numbers and professionals to keep the cost of racing down and re-sale value high; it will be a powerful, state-of-the-art yacht, showing a high-aspect-ratio rig and T-keel; the LOA is 42.6', the LWL is 37.07', beam 11.97', sail area 1,175 sq. ft. and displacement is under 13,986 lbs., of which 48 percent is ballast; it will feature two steering wheels, providing a better steering ration and better feel; two accommodation plans are offered: a two- or three-cabin version. The New York Yacht Club and class officials, along with representatives of Nautor's Swan will be on hand to discuss the origin of the class and the principles behind it, the class rules, details on the design and construction, information on plans for expanding the class, and the projected event schedule. Sailors interested in learning more about this exciting class are invited to attend the event at the American Yacht Club at 1430 on Saturday December 10th. Please RSVP to Jack Gierhart jack.gierhart@nautorswan-usa.com or phone (401) 846-1090.


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