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    Nyack club to have key role in Sail for America

    Nyack club to have key role in Sail for America

    By NANCY CACIOPPO
    THE JOURNAL NEWS
    (Original publication: September 13, 2002)

    The Nyack Boat Club will lead one of three Sail for America parades for the Sept. 11 victims tomorrow in New York, in what is billed as the greatest gathering of sailboats in the history of New York Harbor.

    Organizers see the event as a symbolic rebirth for New York City and a tribute to the spirit of America.

    "It is to honor the victims and show a city quietly starting again," said Nyack Boat Club Commodore Elaine Hinsch of Montvale, N.J. "I think the nicest way we can show there is a rebirth is to fill the harbor with sails, just as it was years ago."

    Hinsch will be one of seven Nyack Boat Club officers and past commodores in full dress uniform on board the club's 30-foot race committee boat, which will lead a flotilla of 14 cruising and racing sailboats from the Nyack Boat Club, along with countless others from the Hudson Valley.

    Robert Sinnigen of Carmel, another of the participants, said the event was expected to draw more than 1,000 sailboats to New York Harbor.

    "We decided to go when we found out that Sail for America was putting sailboats together to show sympathy for people who lost their lives on 9/11," Sinnigen said. "You have to live your life. The purpose of the event is to show the terrorists that Americans were not scared into submission and that they get together in times of crisis and show their support."

    Richard du Moulin of Larchmont agreed. "It will be a nice way to pay tribute to the families of the victims at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania," he said.

    More than 80 yacht clubs and sailing organizations in the metropolitan area, under the umbrella of the nonprofit New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, organized the Sail for America event. It will include a memorial to the victims of Sept. 11 and a tribute to more than 130 rescue boats that took part in last year's recovery effort.

    More than 3,000 pennants, each bearing the name of a person who died in the attacks, will be flown from the boats and they will be given to victims' families after the event.

    Michael Fortenbaugh, chairman of the Sail for America Organizing Committee, said his group has been working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, which will provide security in New York Harbor.

    The John J. Harvey fireboat will mark the 9 a.m. start of the parades of sail by spraying plumes of water. The Hudson River parade of sail will proceed south from the George Washington Bridge; a second parade will proceed from the western Long Island Sound, down the East River and around Manhattan; and a third will begin south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. All will converge at noon in New York Harbor off Ground Zero.

    Hinsch said the sail also would honor the U.S. Coast Guard "and all those rescue boats that just helped get people out of the city and did what had to be done."

    A parade of the Sept. 11 rescue boats will ring bells and head north from New York Harbor to the George Washington Bridge.

    The harbor also will be the site of a number of sailboat races tomorrow.

    The final event of Sail for America will be Around Alone, starting at noon Sunday from the harbor off Ground Zero. The start of the round-the-world single-handed race, which usually is at Newport, R.I., was moved to New York this year to show support for the city.

    The Around Alone sailboats will be berthed from this afternoon through Sunday morning at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in Manhattan.

    For more information about the Memorial Flag project, call 212-945-6363 or e-mail Michael Fortenbaugh at mike@myc.org. For further information about Sail for America, visit the Web site www.sailforamerica.com.


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    Armada pays tribute to Sept. 11 victims

    Armada pays tribute to Sept. 11 victims

    By KARI NEERING
    THE JOURNAL NEWS
    (Original publication: September 15, 2002)

    ABOARD THE CARPATHIA

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