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Movie features LI man’s boat race

When Rob Forman of Bay Shore raced his 42-foot sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean last summer, the Jacqueline IV crew took more than 100 gigabytes of digital video and pictures. The movie they made from those images will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the West Islip library.

“We had a great race, which was a lifetime experience,” Forman said.

Three sailboats with Long Islanders aboard competed in the 3,423-mile Transatlantic Race 2011 from Newport, R.I., to southwest England.

Forman began racing on the Great South Bay in 1969, moved on to the Around Long Island races and then took on 11 Newport-to-Bermuda races. Before crossing the Atlantic, he had completed more than 50,000 miles of ocean racing.

In his account of the race, Forman writes, “After a year of planning we had completed the race in 19 days, 21 hours and 29 minutes ... We finished as a closely knit team who had shared a life time experience ... We became one of a small number of sailors who had completed a transatlantic race. This was the 29th such race dating back to the first one in 1866.”

Forman said they saw a “staggering” amount of marine life. “We almost always had sea birds with us. We saw a number of whales of different types. We had dolphins with us every day except two.”

As they sailed, he said, “There were many periods of light winds ... There were other times when we surfed down the front of waves ...”

There were 26 boats in the race. Forman’s finished third in its class. Princess Anne awarded the prizes. “It was the first time that I have received a sterling silver trophy in all of my years of sailboat racing,” he said. “Following the awards ceremony, we had a black-tie owners dinner, which Princess Anne and her husband attended.”

Forman said plans for a 2015 Transatlantic Race have just been announced, and he plans to compete in that, too.

 

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