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7 October 2005, 09:17 am
A Race Chance For Dinghy Sailors
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US Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta 2005
Larchmont, NY, USA

This Columbus Day weekend (October 8-9) will find the STC's 2005 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta presented by Prestige Toyota in full swing at Larchmont Yacht Club on western Long Island Sound.
Inaugurated three decades ago and made to flourish after STC took it over in 2001, the regatta will host its largest fleet everover 250 sailors on 35 boats, divided into four classes, of which two will be strict one-design and two will be level-rated.

'The purpose of the regatta is to expose college dinghy sailors to big boat racing, since many have had little experience with keels, spinnakers and winches,' said STC member and Regatta Chair Adam LOORY. 'In some cases, however, it gives college big boat sailors a venue to compete against each other.' Schools that have big boat programs, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies, do most of their offshore racing in regional open regattas.

'I think we can safely claim to be the largest collegiate regatta ever in terms of number of participants,' added LOORY. 'There is a 20 percent increase in participation over last year. A lot of that has to do with Larchmont Yacht Club, which also was our partner last year in hosting the event. We could not run this regatta anywhere else; no other club could handle so many boats and people.'

LOORY stressed that because of the generosity of sponsors and owners lending their boats, this is a free event for college sailors and there will be a free dinner on Saturday night, with racing taking place from 11:30 to 4:00 on Saturday and 9:30 to 1:00 on Sunday. The borrowed boats will have the owners or their representatives on board acting as safety officers and helping with the sailing. The fleet includes J/44s, J/105s, J/120s, J/109s, and PHRF 72-raters (Express 37s, J/35s and a Tripp 36).

Schools Competing:
The following schools are competing: American, Army, Bowdoin, Brown, Coast Guard (2 teams), Columbia, Connecticut College, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown (2), Johnson and Wales (4), Kings Point, Mass Maritime (2), Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Middlebury, Navy, New York Maritime (2), Northwestern, St. Mary's, Tufts, Webb Institute, and Western Michigan.
Barby MacGowan (As Amended by ISAF)
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