Race Was Held in Sandy Hook Bay, in Southeast Winds of 11-16 Kts

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ, August 23: On August 21, the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (AHYC) hosted its annual Ms. Race, a charity regatta for women sailors only. It was 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. There were seven yachts in the race, all skippered and crewed by females, from teenagers to grandmothers.

photo Jeff Smith Photography

Winners were: First place, LuAnn Rathemacher on Lithium, Second place, Donna Syers on Overlap, and third place, Eileen Campbell on Coda. Race co-chair Aleen Colitz said. “Actually all of the sailors were winners, just by taking on the challenge and being out there.” Race co-chair Diane Kropfl agreed, adding that  “The boats looked really good out there, and the level of sailing this year jumped up along with the confidence of the sailors.”  After the race the sailors, family, friends and AHYC club members celebrated with a buffet dinner and a DJ for dancing.


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.

So far, Ms. Race organizers have raised approximately $7,000.00 for 180 through events held throughout the year to promote the race.  Many local businesses provided event sponsorship assistance, including Pettit, Zager Fuchs, P.C., All Lace Processing, Lockwood Boat Works, Corporate Training Group, SeaScape Manor, Marks & Klein, LLP, Construction Risk Partners, Blue Bay Inn, Super Foodtown, Grand Lady by the Sea, Miller and Gaudio, P.C., and Top Notch Audio.