I will be working at this event next week. If you cannot participate, but live nearby, come and see the action.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN DIEGO HOSTS INTERNATIONAL REGATTA
FOR SAILORS WITH DISABILITIES

February 8, 2002, San Diego, California -- San Diego's warm and sunny weather is the backdrop for this year's "AIMS Turbo Regatta," hosted by the American Institute of Marine Studies (AIMS), February 8-10, 2002, at the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Sailors with disabilities from as far away as Japan will be competing in this mid-winter event.

"Our plan was to gradually expand the weekly races by the AIMS Racing Team by inviting others in Southern California to join us every couple of months. But word got out and we've received registration for this Regatta from sailors with disabilities from as far away as Canada and Japan, " said Josh Ross, AIMS Program Director. "It must be real cold elsewhere...everyone wants to come to San Diego to sail in the winter."

The "AIMS Turbo Regatta" is an open invitation to members of the Martin 16, Sonar, N3, and Access Dinghy class associations. Sailors will be arriving at Mission Bay Yacht Club on Thursday, February 7th to launch their sailboats and perform tune-up. Friday, February 8th will be devoted to registration, skippers' meeting, educational program in the use of the new "Turbo" spinnaker in the Martin 16 sailboat, and practice racing on Mission Bay. Racing begins on Saturday, February 9th, 10:30 a.m., with two racing fleets: Turbo (double-handed sailboats with spinnaker) and Gold (non-spinnaker). Races will be in the morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, with the awards and banquet ceremony scheduled for Sunday evening.

"This is a great opportunity for the community, those with and without disabilities, to meet some of the top sailors with disabilities in the country, and see the latest in sailboat design for individuals with significant disabilities," said Ross. "The Martin 16, especially with its new Turbo spinnaker addition doubling the boat's sail area, allows competitive sailors with disabilities to reach a new level of ability and performance on the water."

The American Institute of Marine Studies (AIMS), in collaboration with the Disabled Businesspersons Association (at San Diego State University, Interwork Institute), both charitable nonprofit organizations, provide free recreational rehabilitation sailing programs and advanced sailing and racing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Since 1992, funding for the program has been through boat donations, bequests, and corporate sponsorship.

For additional information on the "AIMS Turbo Regatta" or to learn more about the American Institute of Marine Studies, and how you can support this free recreational rehabilitation program, contact Josh Ross, AIMS Program Director, 2240 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106, call (619) 523-9318, or
e-mail Josh at mycaptainsd@hotmail.com.