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Sail America in NYC for Sept 11
I just finished watching the ceremonies today. I was moved.
I plan on getting into NY harbor that day and I encourage other sailors to try and make it. This is a grassroots event, which will lend to its dignity. I know doing this is a deeply personal decision, but I wouldn''t want to be anywhere else. From a lot of the responses of the victims families they are very supportive of the "Sail For America". It should be quite a site when hundreds (or thousands ?) of Sailboats raise their sails and parade up the Hudson past ''Ground Zero'' at noon on Saturday. It should make us being sailors proud.
There will be Special Viewing Area at the American Mercantile Exchange for Families of September 11 Victims. Support has been overwhelming and real. They are also planning on flying a flag for each of the 3,026 victims. The flags will be flown in the harbor that day and then given to the families.
Also on Sunday, September 15, Around Alone, the round-the-world single-handed race, will start from off Ground Zero.
This highly symbolic event will be the final act of Sail for America. The start is expected to occur at 12 noon.
This will be the first round-the-world race ever to start from New York City.
The symbolism of starting Around Alone from off Ground Zero and sending these sailors around the world as ambassadors of our city and nation, is very special.
Hope to see our fellow sailors out there.