A few weeks ago this column discussed a great non-profit called Reach the World, a group dedicated to bringing the wonders of travel into the school day. Their specific mission is to use the Internet to link at-risk students (and their teachers) with travelers who are on real journeys, in the real world. The resources streaming from Reach the World's "online journeys" enliven the curriculum, teach valuable skills and build students' global awareness. Reach the World currently serves 3,000 students in 125 classrooms. In 2006, the National Geographic Education Foundation named Reach the World one of only six "Model Programs" in the nation, and awarded them a major capacity-building grant.

On Monday, Feb. 11 from 6-9:45 p.m. at the Boathouse in Central Park, Reach the World is having a benefit dinner and entertainments. There will be a performance by cast members from the Broadway musical Wicked. Proceeds from the benefit will support the costs of Reach the World's online journey programs for students and teachers in under-funded New York City and Chicago public schools. The Boathouse shuttle service will be available during the benefit at approximately 15-minute intervals to take guests to and from Fifth Avenue. And if all of the above doesn't entice you to support this terrific organization, one of our own residents in Port Washington, Stuart Israel, will be named to the board of directors at the benefit. For more information, go to And for those reading about this who cannot attend the benefit, you may want to consider helping the group by sharing your stories of your travels and helping young people change their world view. What better way to enjoy your vacation knowing you have made a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Imagine leaving your warm comfortable home on a Sunday afternoon to go play on the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay?" Thus wrote a columnist for a paper in Harve de Grace, MD, reporting on the Frostbite Sailing Club in Harford County. The article continues about the rigors of sailing in the winter with comments such as, "They do it just for the sheer love of doing it. But they do it in all kinds of weather which makes them slightly off kilter," and another, "It's fun, even though people think we're crazy with the cold water and cold weather." These sailors to our south (where it has to be warmer than Manhasset Bay) are enjoying the sport that Port Washington put on the map many years ago. After sailing Sunday after Sunday, in good weather, challenging weather and even questionable weather, our frostbiters are one hardy bunch of sailors - but they really aren't that different from the rest of the population in our area. They just like to be out on the water so much, they don't seem to care if it is a bit chilly. Here are frostbiting scores from the past few weeks:

Frostbite scores for Sunday, Jan. 13. In the InterClubs: Race 1: 1. #536, Pedro Lorson/Johanna Silbersack, 2. #625, Kevin Morgan/Donna Marie Cipollone, and 3. #17, Paul-Jon Patin/Felicity Ryan. Race 2: 1. #625, 2. #17 and 3. #536. Race 3: 1. #625, 2. #536 and 3. #17. Race 4: 1. #17, 2. #625 and 3. #536. Race 5: 1. #625, 2. #17 and 3. #536. Overall winner for the day in IC dinghy class: #536, Pedro Lorson/Johanna Silbersack, with #625, Kevin Morgan/Donna Marie Cipollone in second place, followed by #17 Paul-Jon Patin/Felicity Ryan.. In the Ideal 18 division: Race 1: #177, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, 2. #176, Stephanie Baas/John Browning, and 3. #12. Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers. Race 2: 1. #12, 2. #177 and 3. #176. Race 3: 1. #176, 2. #44, Vince Syracuse/Steve Moore, and 3. #177. Race 4: 1. #177, 2. #44, and 3. #12. Race 5: #177, 2. 176 and 3. #12. Race 6: 1. #176, 2. #177 and 3. #44. Overall winner for the day in Ideal 18s: #177, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, with #176, Stephanie Baas/John Browning in 2nd place, followed by #12, Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers.

Frostbite scored for Sunday, Jan. 27 (no racing on Jan. 20): In the InterClubs: Race 1: #514, Ted Toombs/Amelia Amon, 2. #661, Jonathan Siener/Pam Morris, and 3. #603, Matt Kelley/Mary Endsey. Race 2: 1. #603, 2. #514 and 3. #661. Race 3. 1. #514, 2. #628, Dana Schnipper/Branden Roger, 3. #661. Race 4. 1. #514, 2. #628, and 3. #661. Race 5. 1. #661, 2. #603, and 3. #514. Race 6. 1. #661, 2. #603, and 3. #514. Overall winner for the day: #514, Ted Toombs/Amelia Amon, with #661, Jonathan Siener/Pam Morris in 2nd, and #603, Matt Kelley/Mary Endsey in 3rd. Amelia Amon won the Crew Race. Top boats in the Ideal 18 division: Race 1: #12, Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers, 2. #44, Vince Syracuse/Steve Moore, and 3. #177, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson. Race 2: 1. #177, 2. #44, and 3. #12. Race 3: 1. #47, Ryan Christie/Peter Christie, 2. #177 and 3. #44. Race 4: 1. #177, 2. #47, and 3. #44. Race 5: 1. #47, 2. #177, and 3. #44. Overall winners for the day in the Ideal 18s: 1. #177, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, followed by #37, Ryan Christie/Peter Christie and #44, Vince Syracuse/Steve Moore. Only one point separated the 2nd and 3rd place overall winners. Alan Thompson won the crew race in the Ideal 18 division.

Some readers may be following the brouhaha with the America's Cup. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court of the State of NY has made some rulings based on information supplied by the Defender, Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi/Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) and Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing/Golden Gate YC (GGYC). Letters are flying back and forth to Judge Cahn by lawyers on both sides. Amidst all this turmoil, a voice from past America's Cup competition has offered some common sense suggestions to stem the tide of accusations in the attempt to move the competition back to where it belongs - on the water and not in the courts. Malin Burnam, the mastermind behind the organization that conducted San Diego Yacht Club's three defenses from 1988 - 1995, worked closely with the late Ed du Moulin on many of Dennis Conner's successful challenges throughout the 1980 and 90's. And he doesn't like what he is seeing in the America's Cup. He has come up with a five-point plan to preserve the America's Cup traditions while at the same time put it on a more modern footing. He suggests: 1. Have the New York Yacht Club, the original defender of the America's Cup, go to the New York Supreme Court to change the Deed of Gift with the defender reserved only one right - entry into the next event. 2. Create America's Cup Management as a nonprofit organization. 3. The directors of the ACM would come from two groups - appointees from the past 10 defenders of the America's Cup and one director from each current entry. 4. The ACM would own all rights. 5. The ACM would determine the venue much the same way the International Olympic Committee picks the site for future Olympic Games. According to Burnham, "I do think the NYYC has a legal claim and a responsibility to be party to the America's Cup. Having an ongoing management team would give the America's Cup stability. It would also help address the economics of the event and address some of the outrageous prices we're presently seeing charged." Time will tell if a voice of reason will have any impact of the two organizations that seem determined to get the upper hand in the America's Cup, even if it means relegating the competition to the lawyers for SNG and GGYC while the racers sit on the sidelines. Logo
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