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Yngling sailors (left to right) Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) and crew Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) celebrate a gold-medal finish at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, where 885 sailors from 49 nations competed. The event prepares sailors for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photo Credit: Dan Nerney/Rolex

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Dave Perry will present "Postcards from Valencia" at the Manhasset Bay YC. Sponsored by the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS), this will be an exciting insiders update on the America's Cup Action. Perry will provide live footage, insights into who's hot and who's not, and an explanation of all the action which begins this April. There will be a Q and A session, in which Dave will answer questions on any aspect of the America's Cup or sailboat racing in general. Dave is currently the Rules Advisor and Afterguard Coach for Victory Challenge, the Swedish America's Cup team. Dave is also the current U.S. Match Racing Champion. Back in August of last year, Dave was in Port Washington, competing at the Knickerbocker Cup, where he tuned up for subsequent wins in match races around the U.S. and the world. There will be a cash bar from 6-7:30 p.m., then the presentation, Q and A. Space is limited to call the YRALIS office at 767-9240 for a reservation. Or mail reservations and check to: YRALIS, 455 Main Street, Port. Cost of the seminar is $20 for YRA members and $25 for non-members. In the just-finished US SAILING's 2007 Rolex Miami OCR, the USA won three gold medals, one silver and two bronze. From Jan. 21 - 27, 855 competitors from 49 countries, campaigned for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Grade 1 ISAF (International Sailing Federation) event featured 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes and were raced in 49er, 470 (men and women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Neil Pryde RS:X (men and women), Star, Tornado and Yngling, plus the 2.4mR, SKUD 18 and Sonar for the Paralympic class. This 18th rendition is the mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors with Olympic hopes. The final day of the regatta, Saturday, Jan. 27, brought brilliant sun and winds of 8-10 knots on Biscayne Bay. After five days of fleet racing, medalists were determined in three Paralympic classes, and the top ten overall finishers in the Olympic classes advanced to Saturday's single medal race, replicating the new Olympic format that will debut in Qingdao, China in 2008.

In a big win for the U.S. team in Yngling class, Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis), with Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, MI) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, NY) edged out their nearest competitor, the team from Great Britain. "We had to play with the points, play with the competition and try to control everybody," said Sally Berkow. She continued, "When we started, we had two boats to deal with: Great Britain and Finland." Going into attack mode, the team overcame their vulnerable position at the start and ended up with "one of the best medal races we've had in a while." "It was really tough here this week - the whole fleet has increased its skills in the Ynglings. There are new team players and new ways to sail the boat; we have to make sure we stay one step ahead." So far this talented team is doing just that. Another local team pulled a medal win for the U.S. In the 470 women's event, Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Mergenthaler (Aberdeen, N.J.) finished ninth in the medal race to win the bronze medal. They had been in fourth place going into today.

While not exactly from our area, readers may be interested in following the winners in the metro NY area. The SKUD-18 will make its debut at the 2008 Paralympic Games, where Rolex Miami OCR winners Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Boca Raton, Fla.) hope to be. The duo is as new to Paralympic sailing as the SKUD-18 is to the Paralympic sailors. And in the Sonar class, the USA's Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Tim Angle (Marblehead, Mass.) and Bill Donohue (Brick, N.J.) won the silver medal. "We're proud to represent the U.S. Team," said Doerr. "It was a good year here; everyone's ramping up for the games and starting to take their campaigns seriously, so this regatta was a good benchmark." The Sonar class was won by teams from Sweden, New Zealand, and Portugal. Additional information, with a complete list of winners is available at http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/rolexmiamiocr/

On Saturday, March 17, Manhasset Bay YC will host a Race Officer Training and Certification Program called Basic Race Management Seminar and Test. MBYC is sponsoring this seminar along with YRALLIS (Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound) and US SAILING, the governing body for the sport of sailing in the US. It is designed for people who have some race committee experience. However, newcomers are also welcome. The seminar begins at 0800 and ends by 1730.

Topics of the seminar include: RC objectives, competition formats, notice of race, sailing instructions, RC jobs, RC equipment, race day preparations, setting the course, starts, during the race, finishing, post-race RC responsibilities and scoring. Bill Kirkpatrick, a US Sailing Regional Race Officer and the US Sailing Area B Race Officer, will be the principal instructor, assisted by Tinker Myles, US Sailing Regional Race Officer4 and Race Committee Chair of NYYC (New York YC).

If interested in this seminar, please bring your own copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing ("RSS"). You will receive the latest version of the Join the Race Committee Team.

At the seminar you will need your own copy of The Racing Rules of Sailing ("RRS"), and you will be supplied a copy of the latest version of the Join the Race Committee Team. Costs are $45 before March 1, on or after March 1, $55. For non-US SAILING members, the fee is $60. Checks payable to MBYC and advance registration is required. Attendance is limited to 40, so don't delay. The deadline for advance registration is Thursday, March 15. Contact Sue Miller at suemiller555@optonline.net or call MBYC at 516-767-2150. For the registration form, go to www.manhassetbayyc.org , click on Sailing and Racing, then click on Race Management Course. The seminar study questions are on the US SAILING website at: (http://www.ussailing.org/racemgt/Race_Officer_Prog/course_materials.asp). Participants are asked to bring their study questions to the seminar. The Club Race Office Certification Test will be given at the end of the seminar, but it is not required.


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