Club to honor American cruisers

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The Cruising Club of America selected Maurice and Sophie Conti to receive its 2009 Rod Stephens Trophy for their rescue of the crew of the 33-foot ketch Timella in 2008.

The trophy will be presented to the couple March 5 during the club's annual awards dinner at the New York Yacht Club in New York.

The Contis and their two small children were aboard their Catana 471 cruising catamaran Ocealys about 60 miles from Suva, Fiji, when near midnight they heard a mayday call on their VHF radio. Some 12 nautical miles away, the ketch Timella had struck a submerged reef and had begun taking on water. The yacht's three crew, New Zealander Ali Timms and Australians Cameron Slagle and Liz Schoch, needed urgent help.

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