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Jul 11, 2019

The Ms. Race is Sailing Strong

By Lori Draz

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The crew of the Overlap is Sailing Strong.

This Aug. 17, women sailors everywhere are invited to the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (AHYC) to watch or participate in the 15th annual Ms. Race. Sponsored by Two River Community Bank and in partnership with the AHYC, the annual Ms. Race event is an all-skill level, all-women’s sailing race that raises funds and awareness for 180 Turning Lives Around, the private Monmouth County nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in the community.

This year’s theme is “Sailing Strong.” The race features all female skippers and crew, sailing a variety of cruising and racing vessels ranging from 24 to 45 feet in length.

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Ann Myer and her enthusiastic crew sailed the J105 Magic to win last year’s Ms. Race.

The race will once again be a pursuit race where slow and typically smaller boats start the race and are followed by faster, larger boats. Boats will start in a predetermined order based on PHRF ratings (a performance handicap rating for sailboats in racing fleets) and course length.

The day-long event will include a full schedule of racing activities which culminates in an awards celebration, charity auction and 50/50, DJ music and more. To encourage young women sailors to participate, the Ms. Race committee is partnering with AHSEP, the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program.

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Since its inception, the Ms. Race has raised more than $140,000 for 180 Turning Lives Around.

“We are so happy to help this worthy organization which has helped so many break free from cycles of abuse to lead happier, healthier lives,” Ms. Race Co-chair Eileen Campbell said.

Fellow Co-Chair Diane Kropfl said, “I’m so excited about this year’s 15th annual Ms. Race. Last year, we had 10 sailboats with over 80 participants and we expect even more boats this year. We have women from 5 to 75 years old participating in the race. It’s great to see the camaraderie and the support of this important charity.”

Participant Sharon Herbst added, “The Ms. Race is a day of pure fun, mixed in with fashion, fear and festivities. My daughter, granddaughter and I raced together for the first time last year, making it a three-generation endeavor. I can’t wait to do it again.”

If you would like to get a crew together and enter the race, the deadline is Aug. 15. Not able to race? Then you can support 180 by making a donation on behalf of the AHYC Ms. Race.

For more information, email ahyc.ms.race@gmail.com or call Ms. Race Co-Chairs Diane Kropfl at 732-872-9190 or Eileen Campbell 732-670-3056.

The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, located in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, was founded in 1953. The club holds racing events throughout the season, and membership inquiries are welcome. The annual Ms. Race is the largest fundraising sailing regatta hosted by the committee in partnership with the AHYC.