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New educational series

kicks off in January

Meet an Olympic sailor or learn about racing rules at the Mount Gay Rum Speaker series.

The new grassroots educational series organized by US Sailing and sponsored by Mount Gay Rum, is comprised of seminars held throughout the country, hosted by select sailing organizations and featuring prominent experts.

The 2005 season of the Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series kicks off in January and will run through April. The program is slated to be held in Pascagoula, Miss., Blue Point, N.Y., Seattle, Houston, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Westport, Conn.

The Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series are part of a unique partnership between US Sailing and Mount Gay Rum. Mount Gay Rum became the Official Rum of US Sailing in early 2004 and the partnership centers around US Sailing’s adult sailing programs and events.

For information about the speakers series, visit

Colgate cruising courses

available in book form

With over 40 years of experience as sailing instructors, Steve and Doris Colgate have helped more than 100,000 adults take the helm of a midsize cruising boat. The couple, who have written several books about sailing, has collaborated on another book which teaches sailing and cruising together. “The Fast Track to Cruising: How to Go from Novice to Cruise-Ready in Seven Days,” (McGraw Hill, Dec. 2004, $22.95) compiles the core points covered in Offshore Sailing School’s Learn to Sail and Live Aboard cruising courses. The book includes dozens of photographs and illustrations, and a quiz at the end of each chapter helps readers test what they have learned.


receive trophy in Paris

Thirty-five years after his first solo nonstop circumnavigation, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston received an award from the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Knox-Johnston, along with contemporary circumnavigators Jean-Luch van den Heede and Francis Joyonwere the first recipients of the Amundsen Trophy, an official award for solo non-stop round-the-world records. The trophies, along with wristwatches from the watchmakere Amundsen Oslo, were presented in December at the Les Sable d’Olonnes at the Paris Boat Show.