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A celebration of sail

Another successful sailing season

As yacht clubs and racers around Long Island Sound celebrate another successful season, the international circuit sails on. BMW Oracle has a new Italian competitor as the Americans head to Nice, France, in November to try and claim the new Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta; and Barcelona and NYC team up for a new event called the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record.

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Closer to home, we offer coverage as the 12 Meters take to the water once more, up-and-coming Olympians train at the Rochester (N.Y.) Yacht Club and area competitors make their mark on the circuit, including a Mamaroneck, N.Y., sailor who claimed the Audi Melges 32 world championship. See our related sailing coverage (see below).

Pictured above: Photographer Gary Miller offers a skipper’s-eye view from his 1969 Pearson 35 centerboard sloop Viridian. Miller’s vessel was one of 26 wooden boats to take part in the 2009 Heritage Cup in Glen Cove, N.Y., hosted by the Hempstead Harbor club. The race includes a “Good Old Boat” category for fiberglass boats more than 25 years old.

See related stories:

- Sailing - Connecticut & New York

- Conn. club hosts Sonar world championships

- NCYC anniversary brings record participation

- Sailing notes

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters Section of the December 2009 issue.