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TURKEY DAY REGATTA ON THE SLATE

Nov. 21, 2003 – The twenty-second annual Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta sets sail Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29, in Coral Bay Harbor.
This year the regatta is dedicated to Gary Wright and Lori Dawes, both long-time members who died during the past year.
"And the PHRF trophy is now the Gary Wright trophy," said his wife, Denise, who handles publicity for the event.
Wright said that the club expects about 50 boats to sail.
She said that Luis Ojeda will again motor over from Puerto Rico aboard his power boat "Casi Casi" to serve as master of ceremonies. His vessel, as usual, will be used as the committee boat.
On Nov. 28, single-handed sailors, gaff-rigged boats and multihulls take to the course. Classes for the single-handed boats include Under 30 Feet, Over 30 Feet (but under 40 feet), and Over 40 Feet.
For the Nov. 29 events, all boats will have crews. Classes include Traditional, Multihulls, Cruising I, II, and III and PHRF I and II.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 28, with the skippers' meeting at 9:30 a.m. Both will be held at Skinny Legs Bar and Restaurant in Coral Bay. The race will follow.
The skippers' meeting on Nov. 29 begins at 9 a.m. at Skinny Legs.
Parties conclude both days' events at Skinny Legs. The awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29, there.
"We have fun parties," Wright pointed out.
This regatta differs from most others across the region. While a few die-hard racers do turn out, it attracts mainly weekend sailors and even some "liveaboards," who are less serious about the sport than the more traditional sailors.

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