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Sail Scene Mid Atlantic November 2006

Penn. boat wins Bermuda Cup

It was a fair-weather sail all the way to St. Georges for the 13 boats competing in the 13th annual Bermuda Cup from Hampton to Bermuda held this summer.

Crescendo, Harry Weber’s Beneteau 47.7 from Lyndora, Pa., was the handicap winner in the Rally Class while Eventually, John Parker’s Island Packet 420 from Skillman, N.J., received line honors and third place on handicap for the 640-mile event. Second in class went to Valiant, Wes Jones’ ultra light Fast 40 from Gloucester, Va.

The rally started from a point off Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads with sunny skies, following winds and spinnakers flying. Fair southwesterly winds and clear skies sent the fleet out the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at noon June 20. Weather conditions were favorable for most of the way with 8 to 14 knots from the south and southwest. Towards the end of the trip the winds locked into the southeast leaving lumpy upwind conditions for the entire fleet.

Eventually, participating in her fifth Bermuda Cup, was the first to finish in 4 days, 5 hours. Nine boats competed in the Rally Class and four boats sailed in the non-racing Cruising Class.

NARC Rally returns this fall

The fleet participating in the seventh annual North American Rally to the Caribbean will depart Newport (R.I.) Yachting Center Oct. 30 (depending on the weather window), bound for St. Martin in the Caribbean. An end of the rally party is planned for Nov. 17 on the island.

The rally averages about 20 boats and offers a chance to sail to the Caribbean in company. For information call (800) 472-7724.

Sailing symposiums on tap for New Orleans

US Sailing announced that the National Sailing Programs Symposium and the One-Design Sailing Symposium would be held together over a five-day period in New Orleans, Jan. 17 to 21, 2007.

The National Sailing Programs Symposium will run all five days while the One-Design Symposium will take place Jan. 20 and 21 at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center.

The joint location for the two symposiums enables participants to attend seminars from both symposiums at a discounted rate. Registration for the NSPS includes entry into the ODSS. Registration for the NSPS is $150 through Dec. 15, and then $175. Participants of the ODSS who arrive in New Orleans Jan. 19 or 20 can attend any Saturday seminars of the NSPS at the ODSS rate. Registration for the ODSS is $105 through December, $130 after that date. US Sailing members receive $25 off.