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CGF Trustee Airs Three Sailing Programs on ESPN Classic

Coast Guard Foundation Trustee and President of US Sailing, Gary Jobson, has three television shows airing on ESPN Classic tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4.

 Championship Sailing: The Best of One Design Racing, is a one-hour program that airs Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern. The show includes each of the 10 Olympic Classes and interviews with many members of the US Sailing Team, AlphaGraphics, and several world champions. The program includes a feature on the history of one design racing in the early 1900s. All the equipment is identical in one design sailing. It is the skill of the sailor that makes the difference.

2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup features nearly two dozen 10- person teams from 16 countries in the second running of this competition. The racing took place in identically matched Swan Club 42s. All competitors are amateur sailors, who must be members of the yacht club they represent. Eleven highly contested races were sailed over a five day period, off Newport, RI. This program was shot in Hi-Definition aboard the race boats, from a helicopter and from the water. The show airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN Classic on Friday.

Racing long distances on the ocean is challenging because the weather ranges from powerful storms to dead calms. Racing for an Ocean Record tells the story of 70 boats that raced 473 miles from Annapolis, MD to Newport, RI, during the summer of 2011. ESPN had cameras aboard four of the competing yachts including the overall race winner, Beau Geste plus Aurora, Flying Jenny VII and Dragon. One month later, 90 boats competed in a 363-mile race from Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three of the boats set course records. ESPN had camera crews aboard three boats including the overall winner Valkyrie, plus Aurora and Oakcliff Racing. The program airs at 9 p.m. Friday.


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