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RYC/RCS keelboat races shove off Aug. 14

By Staff | Aug 11, 2014

Rockland — The fourth annual Rockland Yacht Club/Rockland Community Sailing Youth Scholarship Keelboat Race is set for Thursday, Aug. 14, an event that not only brings new sailors to the area, but gives individuals the opportunity to donate money to raise scholarships.

The buoy races set for Thursday must have at least one youth sailor from RCS and other local youth programs on board to help steer and trim sails.

The skipper's meeting begins at 4 p.m. and the races at 5 p.m., with a barbecue and awards ceremony to follow at 7 p.m.

The registration fee is $50 per boat and goes toward youth sailing scholarships at RCS. Nine boats are registered thus far, while 10-15 are expected, said co-event organizer KC Heyniger.

Typically each boat has 3-5 sailors on board, but that can vary depending on boat size.

Heyniger and David Jones are the event's organizers. For more information, call Heyniger at 570-8184 or Jones at 542-7280.

The event has proven successful in recent years on many levels, particularly last year's event, which earned RCS the 2013 Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association (GMORA) Spirit Award in November, given to an up-and-coming sailing program.

“In collaboration with Rockland Yacht Club, RCS's event gives its youth sailing students the opportunity to apply their skills to keelboat racing while skippering and crewing the participating yachts alongside veteran racers,” states a Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association press release. “Ultimately this means new crew and more sailors for GMORA and ocean yacht racing in years to come. Each year the event has grown. RCS and its team of volunteers coordinate, promote, and produce an exciting regatta for these youth sailors. The goals of this event are to have fun, introduce kids to keelboat racing, and to raise money for the scholarship fund to continue to make sailing accessible to as many youth sailors as possible."

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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