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Sailing New England - January

Ramrod dominates Farr 40 North Americans

It didn't take long for local sailor Rod Jabin and his Ramrod team to show who was boss at the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship, which was held Oct. 15-17 off Annapolis, Md.

The crew of Rod Jabin's Ramrod (seen here passing Sundance) celebrated a clear-cut victory for the Farr 40 North American title.

During the first of three days of racing, Ramrod won two races right off the bat, in each case leaving second place to defending champion Helmut Jahn of Chicago, on Flash Gordon. When the two teams traded finish positions in the third race, it left some hope that the next day could see Flash Gordon or one of seven other teams rebounding for a lead change. But it was not to be.

Ramrod, with Jabin at the helm and fellow Annapolis native Chris Larson calling tactics, was unstoppable, winning not only all three races on Day 2, but also the final two races on Day 3. In the end, Ramrod posted a mere nine points to Flash Gordon's 20. Kevin McNeil's Nightshift from Annapolis finished third with 28 points.

"We had a solid crew; the rig was good, the sails were just right," says Jabin.

US Sailing elects three to board

US Sailing recently elected three new members to the board of directors.

Maureen McKinnon-Tucker of Marblehead, Mass.; and Ed Adams of Middletown, R.I.; were the top two vote getters. Susan Epstein of Sharon, Mass., was nominated and ran unopposed for a three-year term.

McKinnon-Tucker won the gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games with Nick Scandone in the SKUD-18 class. She has been the adaptive sailing coordinator for the Piers Park Sailing Center since 2007. In 2009, the two received the Outstanding Disabled Sailing Program Award. She has served on U.S. Sailing's National Councils of Women's Sailing and Sailors with Disabilities.

Adams is a two-time winner of U.S. Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award, a two-time U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year for sailing, and a two-time collegiate All-American. He is on the editorial staff of several sailing magazines. He is also a professional and amateur sailing coach.

Epstein is a founding member of Sail Nantucket, a sailing foundation that has developed composite high school teams and a learn-to-sail community program. She is a former board member for US Sailing and the National Women's Sailing Association. Epstein has served as the grading secretary for the U.S. Match Race Committee. She is a certified judge and a member of the U.S. Sailing Windsurfing Task Force. Epstein is a former chair of the Council of Sailing Associations, Women's Sailing Committee and the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship Committee. She is also a past commodore of the Hull Yacht Club and a past president of the 210 Class Association.

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters section of the January 2011 issue.