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The start of Division IRC2 shows how close the racing was at the MBYC Fall Series! Relentless, Al Minella, Huguenot YC, won his division and also won the John B. Thomson Sr. Memorial Trophy, a perpetual for the best overall performance in the Fall Series.

In March of this year, the Morris Yacht & Beach Club on City Island, NY was destroyed by fire. Virtually everything was lost. For several years, Morris has been the host club of the Fordham University Sailing Team. To assist the club in its rebuilding efforts, the Fordham team is soliciting burgee donations from yacht clubs around the world. To date, 74 such burgees have been received. Most have come from the USA but the club has received burgees from as far away as France, Ireland and Bermuda. If you would be willing to donate a burgee from your club, a size 12" x 18" is best. If you don't know if your burgee has been donated already, email joesunfish@aol.com. Please put MORRIS BURGEES in the Subject so your message won't be deleted by accident. If you know the burgee has not been donated, mail it to Coach Joe Sullivan, Fordham University Sailing Team, c/o Mike Roberts, Director of Club Sports, Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Center, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458.

Now that the boat yards are starting to fill up, sailors may have some time on their hands, that is before the "to do" list has been compiled. But sailors never really take a break from the waterfront, even though the weather is getting colder. If they don't frostbite, there is always the Internet to keep one's juices flowing. If you have questions about racing (and who of us don't), there is now a place where you can send your questions. Sailing Anarchy (www.sailinganarchy.com), an online sailing newsletter, will launch a new feature in their newsletter, called The Tactician. They have struck a deal with Star sailor Andy Horton to share his insights into various aspects of the tactics that go into a race. So if you have some questions for Andy, send them to www.sailinganarchy.com and get some insight on how you can improve your skills.

Following the above thread, and considering how much time you have on your hands without Thirsty Thursdays and weekend racing - why not learn more about the rules of racing? If you would like to feel more confident about racing near other boats, you should think about getting Learn The Racing Rules - a new two-part DVD, written and narrated by David Dellenbaugh. The DVD uses live sailing action and computerized animation to explain all the important right-of-way rules in the 2005-2008 rulebook. Part 1 covers the essential rules that apply whenever boats meet. Part two explains the often-confusing rules about marks and obstructions. Each is an hour long and includes the text of all rules discussed. Produced by SEA-TV, and they make a great gift! To learn more or place an order, go to http://www.SpeedandSmarts.com

Another thought for those looking for "sailing-related activities." Why not check out the Allianz Cup that is Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour? For those unfamiliar with the tour, skippers earn points toward the world championship at nine events around the world, and the highest scoring skipper at the end of the season is the ISAF Match Racing World Champion. The World Champion wins a BMW and a cash bonus. The World Tour is sanctioned by ISAF, sailing's world governing body. And the good news - World Match Racing Tour television programs may be viewed on demand by clicking on the television icon on the home page of the website, www.WorldMatchRacingTour.com.

The Allianz Cup is being held in San Francisco from Oct. 25-29 for a purse of $100,000. This is the first time that the World Tour is competing in the United States. Sailing in J/105s, 16 teams including the reigning World match race champion, seven skippers in the top eight of the World Championship, eight crews from America's Cup syndicates, and eight of the top 10 in the ISAF Open Match Race rankings will compete on San Francisco Bay. Competitors are Ben Ainslie (GBR), Brian Angel (USA), Ed Baird (USA), Jesper Ban (DEN), Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Paolo Cian (ITA), Cameron Dunn (NZL), Larry Ellison (USA), Peter Gilmour (AUS), Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Peter Holmberg (ISV), Staffan Lindberg (FIN), Chris Perkins (USA), Mathiew Richard (FRA), and Ian Williams, (GBR). It is interesting to note that five of the 15 have raced here in Manhasset Bay at the Knickerbocker Cup over the years. This year Brian Angel, the winner of the Harbor Match Race at the Nations Cup North American Final, was 7th overall at the cup. And Ian Williams came in third last year. Ian, who became the leader of the World Championship standings when he won Stage 4 of the World Tour, the King Edward VII Gold Cup, is now ranked 1st in World Championship standings. This is just another example of how our beautiful bay has humbled many a great sailor with her capricious wind shifts, and her full range of wind speed. By the end of the day (or week) tacticians leave here with renewed respect for our local waters.

Thanks to www.tinyurl.com for the following Winterizing Guide. With winter approaching, Boat Owners Association of The United States has reviewed its insurance claim files and reports the following six most common mistakes made when winterizing a boat: 1. Failure to drain the engine block, 2. Failure to drain water from sea strainer, 3. Failure to close seacocks, 4. Clogged petcocks, 5. Leaving open boats in the water over winter, and 6. Using bimini covers as winter storage covers. For complete information, go to http://tinyurl.com/ylrn7h.

For the first time in the 109-year history of US SAILING, US SAILING members are invited to elect the members of US SAILING's Board of Directors. As a member, you now have the power to directly elect nine board members, thereby building ownership in the organization by selecting the best people to lead the sport we all love in the U.S.

Online votes are now accepted online through Wednesday, Nov. 8 (midnight Eastern) at http://www.ussailing.org/BOD/election. During the summer, US SAILING mailed information on each candidate - a short biography and position statement - to all members and you can also access that information on the website mentioned above. If you miss the online voting deadline, come to US SAILING's Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-19 in Newport, RI), and vote in person on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Goat Island, Newport , RI . Any questions, email US SAILING at communications@ussailing.org.

Watch for the results of the Manhasset Bay Fall Series, and relive the excitement of close racing in winds clocked to 25 knots and higher, men overboard, gear damage, boat collisions, great food. A terrific series - with results and highlights. Until the print version is available, check out the photos at www.manhassetbayyc.org. Go to Sailing and Racing, click on Regatta Results and Photos, and then to 2006 MBYC Fall Series. See how close the racing really was!


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