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• February, 2006
Rolex winners. Nick Scandone of Fountain Valley, California, and Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wisconsin, were named US Sailing's Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the year last month. Scandone could be thought of as a 'double' winner — he was chosen primarily for winning the 2.4 Meter World Championships in Italy over 87 Rolex winners Nick Scandone and other competitors. But his Sally Barkow. Rolex win carries beyond sailing. Scandone, 39, was diagnosed almost four years ago with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. So he sailed that series 40 pounds lighter than his old 'fighting weight,' and off the boat, he walks with a cane and braces on both legs. "While he has become physically weaker, his tenacious determination and competitive drive have not diminished one bit," notes a release from US Sailing. As in the 2.4 Meter Worlds, Scandone competes regularly against able-bodied sailors. But he also participates in disabled-only regattas with equal success — in 2005, he defended his U.S. Independence Cup title, and won the America's Disabled Open Regatta. A California native, Scandone grew up in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. He learned to sail through the junior program at Balboa Yacht Club in Newport. In the 1980s and '90s, he won several collegiate events, a 470 North Americans and two Lido 14 National Championships. Off the water, he makes his career in advertising. Sally Barkow was recognized for her versatility both at home and abroad after winning a string of international events in different classes. These included the USAF Women's Match Racing World Championship (sailed in J/24s) in Bermuda — despite losing a crew overboard and having to go back and pick her up — and US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (J/22s), which she also won in 2003. Based on more wins in France, Italy and Austria, Barkow and her crew, Debbie Caposi and Carrie Howe, are also currently the top women's Yngling team in the world — and are top contender for an Olympic berth in this class. Barkow, 25, grew up on a small lake in Wisconsin in a family that has been producing sailors for five generations. (And it's still running in the family. The 2005 Vanguard 15 Season Champion here in the Bay Area is Jim Barkow, Sally's brother.) Congratulations to both Nick and Sally. Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch USA since 1980, the Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize outstanding on-the-water achievement in the calendar year just concluded. The winners are chosen by a panel of noted sailing journalists. Sectors, groups, offices, districts. . . The Coast Guard is reorganizing and renaming its command structure. All field units — meaning traditional Groups, Marine Safety Offices (MSO) and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operations, now fall under one Sector. The Sector Commander serves as the Captain of the Port (COTP), Federal Maritime Security Coordinator (FMSC), and unless otherwise delegated, the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections (OCMI), SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) and Federal On-Scene Coordinator
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