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Grants offered for women in regatta

To foster growth in women’s sailing, Rolex Watch U.S.A. will sponsor several 2005 “Road to Rolex” clinics across the U.S. and abroad in preparation for U.S. Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, scheduled for Sept.17-23 at Annapolis Yacht Club.

Organizers are seeking yacht clubs and sailing centers to host the clinics. Since 1997 the clinics have provided women sailors with additional opportunities to hone the keelboat racing skills needed for competition in the Rolex IWKC.

The clinic program is designed for one- or two-day formats and features an instruction manual developed by five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison. Alison, an internationally recognized sailing educator and coach, has won the biennial Rolex IWKC five times.

“The Road to Rolex clinics are designed to be adaptable to a group’s ability level, knowledge of the equipment and skills requiring attention,” says coordinator Nicole Christie of Annapolis.

At clinics with more than five boats participating, the host organizer will run a series of short races at the conclusion of the clinic. The winner will have her clinic fee deducted from her entry fee for the Rolex IWKC. Organizations interested in hosting a clinic should contact Nicole Christie at nicolechristie@aol.com

New US Sailing apparel for 2005

US Sailing has introduced new apparel products for 2005.

Among the products are: limited edition 2005 US Sailing Team hats; US SAILING Championship Gloves by Gill (a US Sailing Team sponsor); US Sailing Team Dry-T (also made by Gill); new “Sail Fast” T-shirt.

Nearly all items can be custom embroidered with boat name and sail numbers on them. Purchases support US Sailing and the US Sailing Team. www.ussailinggear.com