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Crossing paths — Rick Wesslund's 'El Ocaso' and Jim Swartz's 'Moneypenny', both with strong connections to the Bay Area, fared well at the Heinie last month. The St. Maarten stop on the Caribbean circuit is always a favorite with sailors and their non-racing support crews.

for the Mo Bay Race, although they didn't quite make it to the land of Marley. "We won the Guantanamo Bay race," he jokes. Captivity dismasted about 30 miles off Cuba and pulled into the U.S. Naval base there to get things sorted

out. During their several-day stay, they were treated to a tour of the base. "It was actually a fairly nice area — palm trees and grassy green hills. And a few prison cells." Making the team: To the surprise of

no one, really, Capitola's Morgan Larson retained his top spot on the US Sailing Team's 2007 rankings, which were announced last month. Larson and crew Pete Spaulding absolutely demolished their competition at qualifying events for the 49er team in Miami this winter. Another Bay Area-based sailor, Molly Carapiet, was named to the team for the first time. Carapiet and her crew, Molly O'Bryan, are campaigning for the American spot in the women's 470 class in Qingdao next summer. Carapiet received a second honor in March when she was awarded The Belvedere Cove Foundation's Scott Harris Perpetual Memorial Trophy for "outstanding skill and good sportsmanship" by a young adult between the ages of 18 and 24. Rising star Claire Dennis of Saratoga was also recognized by the foundation, receiving its Winton Award. The 15-year-old reigning Laser Radial youth female world champion and 2006 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year nominee was commended for her "outstanding performance as a young sailor." From the inside out: Stop by Corin-

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The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.