Race To Be Held in Sandy Hook Bay

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ: On Saturday, August 20, the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (AHYC) will be hosting its annual Ms. Race, a charity regatta for women sailors only. It is a benefit for 180, Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth county private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. The race is open to yachts with a valid 2011 PHRF-MA rating certificate, and must be skippered and crewed by females.

The goal of the Ms. Race is to increase women’s participation in sailing and racing, and to help build their confidence on the water. 180, Turning Lives Around, is for women (and men) who have the strength and courage to rebuild their lives through its programs. ”We want to increase participation in this year’s Ms. Race regatta and increase the fundraising for 180 Turning Lives Around,” says race co-chair Aleen Colitz. “Going forward this is to be more than just a race,” says Aleen, who co-chairs this year’s Ms. Race committee with Diane Kropfl. “This is going to be an Event.” Race organizers plan a full schedule of events for August 20, culminating in a celebration that evening with a buffet dinner and a DJ for dancing.

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Winner of the 2010 Ms. Race, Lithium.  Photo by Jeff Smith.

The race will begin at 2 PM, and the course, in the AHYC Olympic Circle in Sandy Hook Bay, will be determined by conditions at the time. It will be a non-spinnaker race. The entry fee is $50.00, $25.00 of which is a minimum donation for 180. Extra donations are encouraged for 180.

So far, Ms. Race organizers are on the way to increase donations over last year for 180 through events held throughout the year to promote the race, and other AHYC committees have joined the Ms. Race organizers in holding benefit events. In addition to the fund raising, many of the Ms. Race sailors have found themselves much more confident in their sailing skills and in themselves as a result of participating in the Ms. Race. The 2009 Ms. Race had an unexpected turn when one of the skippers, Eileen Campbell, as she was heading to the starting line, rescued a young man who had been tubing with his family and had fallen off without initial notice. Eileen’s crew made sure the young man was safely returned to his family, and her boat, Coda, made it to the starting line on time. US Sailing named Eileen the ‘Sailor of the Week’ in October 2009.

More information about the race, and registration forms, can be found at: http://ahyc.net/msrace.htm

About AHYC
The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (http://ahyc.net) was founded in 1953, and is located in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. The club holds racing events throughout the season, and inquiries about membership are welcome.