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Ramrod wins inaugural Chesapeake Farr 40

Rod Jabin of Annapolis aboard Ramrod, top U.S. boat at the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, dominated the competition, winning all but one race in the seven-race series, and won the inaugural spring regatta of the newly formed Chesapeake Farr 40 Fleet.

Ramrod consistently led the fleet at the first Chesapeake Farr 40.

Kevin McNeil’s Nightshift — formerly Steve Phillips’ world champion Le Renard — was the only other boat to win a race. McNeil finished in second place over Prebin Ostberg and Bud Dailey’s Tsunami by one point.

The Storm Trysail Club’s Chesapeake Station hosted the event, while Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard hosted the awards party. By starting races each day at 1 p.m., the fleet enjoyed optimum Chesapeake Bay wind conditions. With unusually steady breeze direction each day, the race committee was able to get in a full schedule of seven races.

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Grant helps students set sail

This summer, 40 teens from Title I schools in Charleston County, S.C., will be put to the test in a six-week summer sailing program. They will be challenged mentally and physically, taken out of their comfort zone, and placed in situations where they must use problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills to complete unfamiliar tasks, according to organizers.

During the shore component of the program, students will spend five weeks with the foundation’s professional educators and mariners at the Charleston Maritime Center, with activities and day trips that place a strong emphasis on literacy and dropout prevention. Subjects will range from career exploration to technology, math, community service, social studies, teamwork and leadership.

Lessons in weather, navigation and various science topics will prepare the students for a trip to New York City, where they will set sail on a 140-foot-tall ship, the Spirit of South Carolina, for an eight-day voyage exploring Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound.

The South Carolina Maritime Foundation was selected as a recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Enrichment Grant, a federal program administered through the South Carolina Department of Education and a key component in the No Child Left Behind Act. More than 100 organizations applied for the grant, with a total of 27 selected.

Interested applicants should contact Sarah Piwinski at (843) 722-1030, ext. 11. To donate, call Jeanne Jamme at (843) 722-1030, ext. 15.

U.S. takes second, fourth at Santa Maria Cup

The winds refused to arrive in Annapolis, Md., and American Genny Tulloch had to forgo the semifinals for a last chance at winning the Santa Maria Cup. Claire Leroy of France took the gold in the 18th annual international race based on the final round-robin standings.

Genny Tulloch with crew Liz Hall, Jamie Haines and Elizabeth Kratzig, took second place.

Katie Spitell of Australia and American Liz Baylis rounded out the top four at the event, which took place at Eastport Yacht Club on the Severn River in Annapolis.

American Liz Baylis and crew Carol Cronin, Karina Shelton and Kim Couranz snagged the fourth spot at the Santa Maria Cup.

Four days of light winds produced challenging conditions for the racers and forced Eastport Yacht Club’s race committee to revise the regatta plan by eliminating a second set of round-robin races. This placed a premium on each of the nine races conducted over the event.

This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the August 2009 issue.