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Arthur Donovan, maritime historian, author and professor, will speak at Manhasset Bay YC on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. on The Box That Changed the World: Containerization - A New Technology that Has Transformed Surface Freight Transportation, the Global Economy, and the Way We Live. The public is invited to attend.

It's that time of year again - time to get you and your boat over to Manhasset Bay YC for their Annual Fall Series, Oct. 14-15, and Oct. 21-22. This will be the 28th series which was started by John B. Thomson, Jr. who wanted to develop a high level big boat competition offering the joys of fall sailing on western Long Island Sound to its participants. As serious sailors all know, the best sailing is in the fall when the winds are up and the sailing is great. It's not too late to register for the event. The Fall Series is open to all owners and charterers of single-hull boats who are members of the YRA of LIS (Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound) or a US SAILING recognized club or association. There is an online entry form (www.manhassetbayyc.org) with a NOR (Notice of Race) online also. The scratch sheet as of Monday, Oct. 9 shows a great group of excellent competitors, so you won't want to miss this exciting event. For more information, contact Sue Miller, MBYC Fall Series Chair, by phone 767-2150, fax 767-2076, or email her at FallSeries@manhassetbayyc.org.

Maritime historian, author and professor Arthur Donovan, will present a very interesting lecture called "The Box That Changed the World: Containerization - A New Technology that Has Transformed Surface Freight Transportation, the Global Economy, and the Way We Live." The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. in the Bay Room (reservations: 767-2150). Donovan will talk about the history and growth of containerization, a way of packing and moving general cargo that is just 50 years old this year.

Arthur came to maritime history via the history of science and technology. After two years as a junior officer on a destroyer, he began graduate study in the history of science and technology. Arthur subsequently taught history in a series of state universities. During those years, he also wrote a number of academic books and articles. While at Kings Point he became interested in maritime history and co-authored, with Andrew Gibson, a former U.S. Maritime Administrator, a book titled The Abandoned Ocean - A History of United States Maritime Policy. Arthur and Joseph Bonney, the editor of The Journal of Commerce, brought this project to completion this year with the publication of The Box That Changed the World.

Donovan and his wife Carolyn moved to Port Washington from Kings Point sixteen years ago, at which time he was head of the Humanities Department at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. When Arthur retired from Kings Point in 2003, he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Maritime History. Arthur has sailed for many years and is a member of the Manhasset Bay Sailing Foundation.

Throughout the busy 2006 sailing season, many U.S. sailors have achieved impressive regatta results at home and abroad. US SAILING is accepting nominations for its Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, considered the highest individual sailing honors in the country. Through November 30, 2006, US SAILING members can nominate the male and female sailors who they think have turned in the most outstanding performances on the water in this calendar year and have earned their places in the history books. US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards are presented annually to the individual U.S. sailors who demonstrate excellence through outstanding on-the-water achievement at national and/or international events during the calendar year. Past winners include Nick Scandone and Sally Barkow (2005); Betsy Alison, Ed Baird, Paul Cayard, Dennis Conner, Paul Foerster, Steve Fossett, JJ Isler, John Kostecki, Dawn Riley, Cory Sertl, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner. In February 2007, the winners will be presented with a specially-engraved Rolex timepiece and the perpetual Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Trophy: a Steuben crystal interpretation of the yacht America. Help create American sailing history by making your nomination now by going to http://www.ussailing.org/awards/rolex

For all those sailors out there who are getting ready to store your boats for the winter, UK-Halsey has some advice for you. They suggest you check your sails' pulse by shooting shape shots before you put your boat away this fall. This is not to just have pretty photos of your sails to peruse during the long winter months when you start to miss your boat. UK-Halsey has a FREE download from their website called UK-Halsey AccuMeasure digital sail shape analysis program. You can use the program to determine if you sails have any life left in them or is you need to buy replacements. To access the program, go to "downloads" at the UK-Halsey website (http://www.ukhalsey.com). Their quick start menu will tell you how to take the needed photos. If you have any questions, you can call them at 800-253-2000.

The King Edward VII Gold Cup of the 2006-2007 World Match Racing Tour will take place in Hamilton, Bermuda on Oct. 11-15. This is the 58th annual Bermuda Gold Cup which is returning to the World Tour schedule after a one year absence. The event has a new format, where 16 skippers are split into two groups of eight. The top four from each group advances to the quarterfinals, with the semifinals and final on tap afterwards. The featured boat is the pre-World War II IOD, a 33-foot sloop from Norwegian designer Bjarne Aas. James Spithill will attempt to win his second consecutive championship. With a purse of $50,000 ($25,000 first place), the competitors are the elite of the match racing circuit. Of the 16 teams entered, two are the in the top eight in the World Championship standings, five in the top 16 in the ISAF Open Match Race Rankings, and two skippers represent America's Cup syndicates.

Sixteen teams, including the event's reigning champion, are entered this year, plus two of the top eight in the World Championship standings, five of the top 16 in the ISAF Open Match Race Rankings, and two skippers representing America's Cup syndicates. The list includes competitors who have competed in the Knickerbocker Cup right here in Manhasset Bay: Brian Angel, Scott Dickson, Jes-Gram-Hansen (DEN), Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Ian Williams (GBR), Jon Singsen (USA), and Matthieu Richard (FRA) - over half of entry list! The Knickerbocker Cup has always been know for launching many a sailing career - and this year's Bermuda Gold Cup is evidence of that. For more information, and to catch the action daily, go to http://www.WorldMatchRacingTour.com.


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