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Racing Tue Jun 24 2008

Chicago Rules the Waves

Maybe this is the answer to our highest-in-the-nation gas prices and CTA woes.

Chicago sailors claimed two of the top three spots, including first place, in Monday's first leg of the Echolls World Championships currently being held here at Belmont Harbor. Local sailors Justin Palm, Erik Garr and Hans Pusch. New York claimed the title of "Second City" with the local team of Aaron Housten, Daniel Somers, and John Harford coming in third.

I'm not going to pretend to understand all of the sailing jargon, something involving tacking out, riding port tack and establishing "significant lateral spread" which to me sounds a little dirty. But if it all adds up to a Chicago win, I'm all for it.

The event, which features more than 80 Etchells (a type of sailboat, I'm assuming) from around the world, runs until June 28. It's presented by World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Yacht Club with the hopes that it will enhance the city's bid for the 2016 Olympics.

If my ham-fisted description of the event leaves you with more questinos, you can find out the details at the official race website.

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nitalife / June 25, 2008 9:14 AM

I'm very interested in water sports and would like to find some more in depth info about seamen?
Can you help?
Keep "up" the good work.

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