It’s time to roll out the “red sand” and welcome 26 Naval Cadets and 4 coaches to the Sea Cliff Yacht Club for the 41st ALIR. The United States Naval Academy is sending two boats, the Apollo and the Wahoo, with a full crew to sail in this year’s race. The teams will arrive Monday, July 24th and depart for the start of the race on Wednesday, July 26th. The teams will return on Friday night/Saturday morning and stay overnight Saturday night before departing on Sunday, July 30th. We are asking members to volunteer and “house” the Middies while they are here. Accommodations are needed for Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Please sign up by emailing ALIR@seacliffyc.org or signing the list at the bar at the Club. Let us know if you can house 2 to 4 Middies for these nights.
Here is the list of full activities with the Midshipmen:
Monday, July 24th– Arrive in Sea Cliff
Tuesday, July 25– Morning- The Midshipmen will give a tour of the Naval boats to the Kiddie Program participants
Afternoon- Junior Sailors get to sail with the Midshipmen on the Apollo and Wahoo
Evening- Barbecue for all the Academies, their Sea Cliff hosts, and the ALIR Race Committee. All members are welcome to come down for the usual grill night and meet the teams, experience Colors performed by the Naval Academy, and perhaps watch a friendly volleyball game between the Merchant Marine Academy and the Navy.
Wednesday, July 26– Navy Boats will leave for Liberty Landing in pre-race preparation
Thursday, July 27 –The Start of the ALIR! 2:00 PM at the base of the Statute of Liberty.
Friday night/Saturday AM – The Navy boats finish the ALIR at Sea Cliff – staying from when they finish until Sunday afternoon
Sunday, July 30th – Annual Around Long Island Awards Presentation and Party. The Navy will leave Sunday after the party.
We ask that you show your outstanding Sea Cliff Hospitality and open your homes to these fine men and women. It’s a great opportunity for your family to meet some great young role models and future leaders in our armed forces.