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2021 NACR Update August 23-28 at Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis

Regarding the North American Championship Regatta, the First Plan is looking more and more assured. The reasons the dates would not occur would be if the Annapolis NOOD (April 30 to May 2) is postponed or if Anne Arundel County goes into some type of COVID-19 lockdown. At this time, it is looking as if the NOOD will occur as scheduled. If it does not, we would have to shift the NACRs by a week (later) – August 30th afternoon – Sept 4th .

SSA Fleet 1 will send the NOR out within the next month.

First Plan: Mon = August 23: Registration open noon to 5 pm; Measurement open. Tue = August 24: Registration open 8 am to 4 pm. 1 pm - First Race Jr NACRs. [COVID Guidance dependent] Welcome Dinner at SSA. Wed = August 25: 10 am - Jr NACRs; 2 pm - Practice Race for NACRs. [COVID Guidance dependent] Happy Hour / Jr Trophies at SSA. Thu = August 26: First Race of NACRs; [COVID Guidance dependent] DS AGM / BBQ (potential off-site) Fri-Sat = August 27 and 28: NACRs. No start on Saturday after 230 pm. Saturday – [COVID Guidance dependent] Awards dinner (off-site) Tom and Michele Shaw are the NACR Regatta Co-Chairs. Mark Hasslinger is the PRO, and was our most excellent PRO for the 2018 NACRs. Matt White is developing a website specific to the NACRs and 60th anniversary. Claudia Minicozzi and Ken and Jackie Seamon are creating the Trophies...which means we are in for some one of a kind artwork!  (from Robin Richards, Fleet #1)

Rita Colwell, PhD, Champion Sailer and Former Director of the National Science Foundation, publishes Lab of One's Own

A riveting memoir-manifesto from the first female director of the National Science Foundation about the entrenched sexism in science, the elaborate detours women have taken to bypass the problem, and how to fix the system. If you think sexism thrives only on Wall Street or in Hollywood, you haven’t visited a lab, a science department, a research foundation, or a biotech firm. A Lab of One’s Own documents all Colwell has seen and heard over her six decades in science, from sexual harassment in the lab to obscure systems blocking women from leading professional organizations or publishing their work. Along the way, she encounters other women pushing back against the status quo, including a group at MIT who revolt when they discover their labs are a fraction of the size of their male colleagues’. Resistance gave female scientists special gifts: forced to change specialties so many times, they came to see things in a more interdisciplinary way, which turned out to be key to making new discoveries in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Colwell would also witness the advances that could be made when men and women worked together—often under her direction, such as when she headed a team that helped to uncover the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 letter attacks.A Lab of One’s Own shares the sheer joy a scientist feels when moving toward a breakthrough, and the thrill of uncovering a whole new generation of female pioneers. But it is also the science book for the #MeToo era, offering an astute diagnosis of how to fix the problem of sexism in science—and a celebration of the women pushing back. Rita Colwell is one of the top scientists in America: the groundbreaking microbiologist who discovered how cholera survives between epidemics and the former head of the National Science Foundation. But when she first applied for a graduate fellowship in bacteriology, she was told, “We don’t waste fellowships on women.” A lack of support from some male superiors would lead her to change her area of study six times before completing her PhD.

Atlantic Coast Championship Regatta CANCELLED

With heavy heart, Massachusetts' Quannapowitt Yacht Club has cancelled the Atlantic Coast Championship Regatta. Here's to a better 2021 season! 


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Orleans Yacht Club has announced is has cancelled its annual Invitational Regatta on July 18. The state is in the process of a phased reopening. For  OYC updates, visit

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2020 NACR Canceled Due to Covid Pandemic

By now you have probably hear this year's North American Championship Regatta has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. But the organizers had to do the right thing. These same great people from Eugene have graciously offered to host in 2022, so make plans! Moreover, the board just announced that next year's NACR will be hosted by our friends at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis. More info will be coming. In the meantime, stay safe, and try to get out on the water. Sailing is one sport that we can still enjoy on our home waters.

Longtime DS Member Bill Moore Passes Orleans Yacht Club

The family of Bill Moore is sad to share with you that he passed away in February at age 91. 

Bill and his first wife Sally joined Orleans Yacht Club on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1958 and were founding members of Fleet 15. They raced Toodle-oo – hull number 734 – for many years locally, regionally and nationally and won the 1967 DS North Americans held in Cowan Lake, Ohio. They competed and finished in the top 5 for several years following – in Waukegan, Illinois; Arlington, Texas; Santa Cruz, California; Lake Lanier, Georgia and Rochester, New York. As Bill and Sally’s three daughters grew, they too crewed for their father and then gradually skippered and crewed in various pairs over the years while Bill chaired the Race Committee at OYC.

When racing in the North Americans in Rochester, New York, Carol – Bill’s youngest daughter – crewed for him in Old Gray, hull number 870. She was 14 years old. In one race, as both were hiking out and looking ahead while preparing to round the windward mark, Carol heard a “whoops” and a splash and turned around to find Bill overboard with a broken tiller extension in one hand and the main sheet in the other. She quickly stepped aft, grabbed the tiller, rounded the boat into the wind, and helped Bill climb back on. Cool as a cucumber. With Bill back in place, they rounded the mark and carried on. She won the Bob Smith Memorial Award that year for her quick thinking.

In 1979 Bill chaired the committee running the DS North Americans co-hosted by the Orleans and Chatham Yacht Clubs and chaired the race committee as well.

Bill treasured the many friends and memories made over the years while racing Day Sailers. His obituary and online condolences can be found at:

Bill Moore presents the trophies to the winners of the 1979 DS North Americans – Len and Steve Fiock from Santa Cruz, California.

Bill and Sally Moore cross the finish line in first place at the DS NACs at Cowan Lake, Ohio, 1967.

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