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Oakcliff sailors to be on racing boats

Sailors from Oyster Bay-based Oakcliff Sailing Center will be on board some of the craft next week when The Atlantic Cup, considered one of the premier yacht races in the world, comes to New York.

The race features an international field with 13 top racing yachts vying for a $30,000 prize.

The organizers have partnered with the nonprofit Oak-cliff training facility to put four of its staff and trainees on boats racing to New York Harbor from Charleston, S.C., starting Friday, and from New York to Newport, R.I., beginning May 19, to provide video and social media coverage. Four others will do the same in the final stage: an inshore series at Newport.

Oakcliff executive director Dawn Riley said the deal would make a "huge difference" in creating opportunities for students and staff to train for races.

The Oakcliff participants will include program director Jacon Mayer, staffer Vlad Shablinsky and trainees Brock Kraebel and Andrew O'Donnell.

Their work can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/TheAtlanticCup, at www.atlanticcup.org or via twitter at @TheAtlanticCup.

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