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The BMW Oracle Racing team, winners of the recent America's Cup, will bring the trophy April 15 to the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show.

The America's Cup will be on display at the East Bay's Jack London Square from noon until 6 p.m., after which there will be a BMW Oracle Racing team presentation from 6-7 p.m.

The team presentation is free, open to the public and features sailing and design team members in an interactive question-and-answer session, as well as video highlights from the team during its winning campaign for the 33rd America's Cup.

"We have designated Thursday as 'America's Cup Day at Strictly Sail' in honor of the BMW Oracle Racing Team's victory," Sail America executive director Jonathan Banks said in a statement. "We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate the success of America's finest with the area's sailing community and the public, and look forward to a great opening day at the show with this special event and festivities."

The Strictly Sail Pacific Show is produced by Sail America and runs April 15-18 at Oakland's Jack London Square.

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The ninth annual Women's Sailing Conference returns June 5 to Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

The learning event, exclusively for women, is sponsored by BoatU.S. and organized by the National Women's Sailing Association. Conference topics include introduction to sailing and racing, diesel engine troubleshooting, boat systems, knots, charting, man overboard, night sailing, suddenly single-handed, spinnakers and more.

"This is a fun, relaxed training opportunity for women boaters at any level," said Elaine Dickinson, who heads the women's outreach effort for BoatU.S., in a statement. "Even seasoned sailors learn something new or work on a special skill and have a great time, too. The Corinthian Yacht Club has outstanding facilities and is the ideal setting for an enjoyable day on and off the water."

The cost is $115 for NWSA members and $150 for non-members.

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Those interested are invited to join DC Sail for a fundraiser featuring Rick Deppe, an America's Cup media crewmember who will present behind-the-scenes footage of Larry Eliison's successful campaign to bring the Cup back to the United States.

The fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. May 4 at The Laughing Man.

Deppe is a British native and professional yachtsman, and has been involved in some of the most memorable sailing campaigns of the last decade, including:

  • Crewmember aboard the local entry, Chessie Racing, in the 1998 Whitbread Round-the-World Race
  • Director of photography for the Disney feature film "Morning Light"
  • Production team on the hit Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch"
  • Media crewmember on Puma Ocean Racing's "Il Mostro" in the 2007-2008 Volvo Ocean Race
  • BMW Oracle Racing Team for the 33rd America's Cup

All proceeds from the event will support the youth programs of DC Sail, which is a program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation.

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