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Puma skipper named R.I. Boater of the Year

Newport, R.I., resident Ken Read, skipper and CEO of Puma Ocean Racing, second overall finisher of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, was named Rhode Island Boater of the Year by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association at opening-day ceremonies of the Providence Boat Show.

Puma Ocean Racing's skipper is Rhode Island's top boater.

"His ongoing effort to bring the Volvo race here to Rhode Island is something we can all be proud of and something that even makes us more proud of Ken," says Tom Rich, president of New England Boatworks in Portsmouth and president of the trade association.

In addition to Read's Volvo Ocean Race credentials, he was also helmsman for both the 2000 and 2003 Stars and Stripes America's Cup Challenge as well as strategist for Young America in the 1995 America's Cup Defender Trials. He holds a combined total of 44 national, North American and world sailing championships, including six J/24 worlds, two Corel 45 world championships and the International Etchells Class world championship in 2003.

Win a 2010 Nantucket Skiff

You can win a 2010 Nantucket Skiff by Roth Boat Builders, with motor and trailer. The package is valued at $25,740. Proceeds will benefit the Plymouth North Athletic Booster Club and Plymouth (Mass.) High School lacrosse team.

The booster club supports all student athletes and the teams at Plymouth North High School. The Plymouth public school budget does not provide funding for girls or boys lacrosse at the high school level. All funding for the programs is provided by donors. Tickets are $100 each. To purchase online, visit www.plymouthnorthathletics.org.

The drawing will take place on or before June 15.

Schooner Roseway will sail to Great Lakes

For the first time, the World Ocean School's Summer Ambassador program will take place in the Great Lakes as part of the Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge. Students - ages 12 to 16 - from across the globe and various socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures will learn sail training, local history and navigation aboard the 1925 schooner Roseway. There is also a small-boat sailing program that uses Roseway's 17 foot dories.

The schooner Roseway is a registered National Historic Landmark. It was built as a private fishing yacht, served as a pilot boat during World War II and was later featured in a made-for-TV adaptation of Captains Courageous before being donated to the World Ocean School for educational use.

The Summer Ambassador Program will also feature a community service component. Each 16-day session costs $3,300, including all meals and activities.

For information, go to www.worldoceanschool.org.

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the March 2010 issue.