The Nautical Advisory Council of the Port Washington Public Library is excited to invite the public to a special program on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Midshipmen from the United States Merchant Marine Academy will present a program called Offshore and Intercollegiate Racing. Included in their presentation will be information on the TRANSPAC race, one of the most revered of open-racing sailing competitions, is a dramatic 2,300-mile showdown against top professionals. Morning Light , a True-Life documentary, tells the inspiring story of a group of intrepid young men and women as they embark on life's first great adventure. Join the midshipmen as they tell you about their adventures on the TRANSPAC, with clips from the movie, Morning Light , the Farr 40 championship in Key West and the Newport-Bermuda Race. Admission is free. With the season winding down, this is a perfect time to share in the adventures of a summer of exciting racing by the young midshipmen at the USMMA.

A poster promoting the upcoming sailing movie, Morning Light . Chris Branning, a midshipman from the USMMA (United States Merchant Marine Academy) is in the movie, which opens locally on Friday, Oct. 17.

On a related note, the Morning Light show on ESPN2 HD is a compelling 60-minute program on the tryouts and selection of the team leading up to the movie. It will air on the following times: Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 9, at noon. The movie is scheduled to open on Friday, Oct. 17 at the theater in Roslyn.

The United States Match Racing Championship, hosted by Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, was held over a four-day span last week. It seemed impossible that the fourth day of the championship could end in early afternoon because there was not a breath of air over the entire LI Sound, north to Connecticut and south to Cold Spring Harbor. The first three days had seen heavy to moderate wind staging the racing field in West Harbor, Oyster Bay. Today's venue was moved to Lloyd Point, at the mouth of the harbor into the Long Island Sound. Continuing the semi-final round, which got off one flight yesterday afternoon, were four boats: Brian Angel (King Harbor Yacht Club), Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas Yacht Club), Dave Perry (Pequot Yacht Club) and Jon Singsen (New York YC/Larchmont Yacht Club).

Racing started at 1000 and into the fourth flight, the Race Committee hoisted a postponement as the breeze died. Hauling up anchor, they made way further out into the Sound, looking for whatever breeze that was never going to come. Constant radio contact with other L.I. Sound race committees trying to start their races and weather bands provided no positive news. At this juncture, the standings were: Brian Angel at 3-0 against Jon Singsen, winning his place in the finals. Circumstances were different with the second team as Dave Perry was two races to Taylor Canfield's one race. Races were called at 1435, and all competitors were towed into Seawanhaka for the final ceremonies of an amazing four-day drama. Final Results: 1. Dave Perry, David Moffet, Chris Museler, 2. Brian Angel, Payson Infelise, Michael Delanty, 4. Jon Singsen, Ben Jarashow, Robert Bardwell, and 4. Taylor Canfield, Nathan Rosenberg, Cy Thompson.

Dave Perry, fourth time title winner, and recipient of the Prince of Wales Bowl, now qualifies for the Nations Cup regional qualifier in Charleston, SC next month. If he wins that, he will move on to the Nations Cup World Event in Malaysia in December. Also by winning the USMRC, Perry receives an invite to the Ficker and Knickerbocker match races. Both of these events award their winner an entry into a Grade 1 (Congressional Cup) and WC (Bermuda Gold Cup) events.

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 (RRS) has been made available to download online ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on Jan. 1, 2009. The new edition of the RRS is available to view on the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing page at Marginal markings indicate important changes to the rules in Parts 1-7 and the Definitions.

The publication of the new edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing is the culmination of four years of thorough analysis and evaluation of proposals for change. The ISAF Racing Rules Committee is tasked with formulating, revising and publishing the RRS, with any changes ultimately subject to the approval of the ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of the International Sailing Federation.

The formulation of the RRS follows the same democratic process upon which all ISAF decision making is based. Proposed changes to the RRS are suggested in Submissions (which can be made by ISAF Member National Authorities, International Class Associations, the ISAF Executive Committee, ISAF Committee Chairmen and the ISAF President) to the ISAF Annual Conference. These are then evaluated carefully by the ISAF Racing Rules Working Party and during the meeting of the ISAF Racing Rules Committee at the Conference. That committee passes its recommendations on to the ISAF Council. Approved changes then come into force in the next edition of the RRS. So the 2009-2012 RRS reflect rule changes approved by the ISAF Council over the past three years.

The Southport Sailing Foundation, based in Southport, Conn., today announced the launch of a new website designed to help young American sailors plan more successful racing campaigns. The new site, called, is designed for any sailor who wants to take the next step in their sailing career, whether he or she is a veteran racer aiming toward the Olympics or a young sailor preparing for their first national regatta.

According to Dave Perry, a Foundation director, "When sailors want to organize a campaign or simply raise the level of their game, there is so much to do beyond just racing their boat fast. The idea behind is to provide a resource for 'one-stop shopping.' Hopefully it will give sailors most of the information they need to be successful off the water as well as on the race course."

The website brings together a wide range of resources and tools for everything from fundraising to coaching. Sailors will be able to create their own campaign web page, calendar, resumé and budget. They can apply for grants, search for coaches and get local knowledge about regatta venues. They'll find resources on one-design classes and regattas, sample materials from previous campaigns, plus extensive lists of campaign FAQs and links. " is a unique and powerful resource," said David Dellenbaugh, a founding member of the Southport Sailing Foundation. "There is nothing like it on the web, so we hope this will help American sailors become even more competitive internationally." The tools and resources on are provided free for any sailor through the support of the Southport Sailing Foundation. Logo
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