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Class designed for experienced mariners

Offshore Sailing School is offering a new course for experienced sailors who have mastered basic cruising and navigation skills.

Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making combines two advanced US Sailing certified courses: the four-day Coastal Navigation all-classroom course, followed by the Coastal Passage Making course aboard a 50-foot Moorings yacht on a six-day Caribbean passage.

Course dates are set for March 22 - April 2. Participants stay at the Moorings’ Mariner Inn in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, for four days of in-depth coastal navigation classroom study, about six hours each day, culminating in a comprehensive exam for US Sailing certification.

On March 26 sailors move aboard the Moorings 50 and set sail from the BVI the next morning, en route to one of the leeward islands of Anguilla, St. Martin or St. Barts. This non-stop 80-mile journey across the Anegada Passage is repeated downwind back to Tortola, with the final night ashore at the Mariner Inn before heading home April 2.

The complete package price for both courses and accommodations for two is $4,095 per person. If traveling alone, the package is $4,385. These packages include five nights in the hotel, certification courses, most meals while on board, initial fuel, ice and certain fees.

For those not yet ready for Coastal Passagemaking, Coastal Navigation may be taken alone at $1,195 per person double occupancy, ($1,590 single) which includes the course, course materials and the hotel stay at Mariner Inn. There is no prerequisite for Coastal Navigation except basic navigation skills.

Call (800) 221-4326 or visit www.offshore-sailing.com

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Regatta raises money for hurricane relief

Spectacular weather on Narragansett Bay set the stage for the Museum of Yachting’s 26th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta held on Labor Day weekend. The Regatta featured more than 80 classic sailing yachts racing on Narragansett Bay, a parade through Newport Harbor and a race around Conanicut Island.

In light of the catastrophe facing residents of the Gulf states, a focus on fund-raising was adopted and more than $15,000 was raised for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by event organizers. The Museum of Yachting held a spontaneous live auction of items donated by sponsors and participants including Best Life magazine, Audi and The Carnegie Abbey Club, photographers Cory Silken and Billy Black, the charter yachts Adventuress and Rum Runner, and vintage prints donated by race official Ray Perry.