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New boat covers made for small sailboats

Taylor Made Products has designed a line of boat covers to accommodate small sailboats.

The new covers come in a range of choices with options for when the mast is off the boat or when the mast is laid down on the boat. When the mast is in the upright position, a selection is available with a fabric boot that attaches around the base. Also available is a cover that protects the bottom of the hull while on a trailer.

Constructed from Taylor Made’s patented Hot Shot fabric, the 6-ounce acrylic-coated polyester is water-, mildew- and UV-resistant and is durable enough to stand up to the hottest temperatures.

“Until now, sailboat owners have not had many choices in boat covers to help protect their investments,” said Dave Karpinski, vice president of marketing, Taylor Made Products. “We now offer a range of options for a variety of sailboats, in one of our most durable fabrics.”

For information, contact Taylor Made Products at (518) 773-9400 or at .

Perpetual Trophy to recognize Paul Hoffman

The Storm Trysail Club (STC) has announced the establishment of a new perpetual trophy, the Paul Hoffman Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the organization’s annual fall intercollegiate regatta.

The trophy will be presented for the first time at the STC’s 2008 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta presented by Prestige Toyota, which is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 11-12) and hosted at Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club.

Donated by Hoffman’s family, the trophy memorializes the man who was not only a prominent member (1958 to 1996) and a Commodore of Larchmont Yacht Club, but also a longtime member of the Storm Trysail Club.

During a sailing career that spanned more than 40 years, Hoffman was a dominant force in cruising-boat racing on Long Island Sound. He twice won the Stamford-Vineyard Race (1957, 1958) and was awarded the DeCoursey Fales Trophy — presented to the cruising boat with the best cumulative performance on the Sound — three times.

“Paul Hoffman had a huge presence in the Long Island racing community,” said STC Commodore John Fisher. “As both a promoter of the sport and a great competitor who always had a mix of crew ages on his boats, it is apropos for the STC Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta to present a perpetual award in his honor.”