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and having produced six Olympic medals for the United States in sailing, West End is already host to major annual sailing regattas and OD Class championships. It was selected as the site for the second annual induction ceremony for the National Sailing Hall of Fame last fall. With the addition of these new—or rebuilt—facilities and infrastructure, the compact nature of the area, mild winters and central geography to both the Great Lakes and the East and West Coasts—as well as an easy $20 cab ride to the French Quarter—West End is poised to become an even larger draw for national class championships. Located on the 633-square mile Lake Pontchartrain, with a near universal 12-foot depth and easy access to the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, West End is already luring liveaboards, transients and even cruisers from the Midwest looking for very reasonable slip fees, even before much of the reconstruction. With quaint towns, all within a day-sail’s reach, and central Gulf of Mexico geography, it is understandable that many are looking to New Orleans as a home port. New Orleans’ tight-knit boating community has rallied behind this long-awaited resurgence in West End. The community is also financially supporting the rebuilding of the historic New Basin Canal Lighthouse, which was lost in the hurricane, and the non-profit Friends of West End, which seeks to make major enhancements to West End’s 100 acres of green spaces. Eight years after Katrina struck, a perfect storm of funding, energy and foresight are finally coalescing on New Orleans’ West End and will restore this historic district to its rightful place as a recreational boating jewel on the northern Gulf Coast. Marina amenities will include a marina store, floating concrete docks, two bar/restaurants, fuel/service dock, water and electric. The marina is being built by a North Carolina-based developer, USA InvestCo. www.portcitymarina.com.

US SAILING’s 2013 Youth World Team—Five Southern Sailors Qualify From US SAILING Twelve youth sailors have qualified for US SAILING’s 2013 Youth World Team and will receive invitations to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus, from July 11-20. Team members were selected based on firstplace finishes in their respective classes at US SAILING’s 2013 ISAF Youth World Qualifier Regatta, hosted by Clearwater Yacht Club, Jan. 19-21. The sailors named to the team: Laser Radial (boys one-person dinghy): Addison Hackstaff (St. Petersburg, FL) Laser Radial (girls one-person dinghy): Haddon Hughes (Houston, TX) International 420 (boys two-person dinghy): Wade Waddell (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and Henry Fernberger (New York, NY) International 420 (girls two-person dinghy): Casey Klingler (Larchmont, NY) and Fiona Walsh (Rye, NY) 29er (open high performance dinghy): Quinn Wilson (Ojai, CA) and Dane Wilson (Ojai, CA) RS:X Boys: Maximo Nores (Miami, FL) RS:X Girls: Marion Lepert (Belmont, CA) Multihull: Ravi Parent (Bradenton, FL) and Sam Armington (Sarasota, FL)

The Youth Worlds Team members also will be named to the 2013 US SAILING Development Team. The team, which is annually named by US SAILING, comprises the country’s top sailors in the classes selected for the 2013 Youth Worlds and the 10 events selected for the Olympic Games. US SAILING supports the U.S. Youth World Team, which represents the United States at the ISAF Youth World Championship. The team members must qualify for the team each year, based on their on-the-water results at a pre-determined qualifying event. The team is managed, coached and supported by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program and the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC).

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