WATER WORLD

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In the waters off San Diego, there is some spirited competition going on these days for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the winner of which has a shot at the 29th America’s Cup. That’s why some of the world’s top sailors and sailing enthusiasts converged on the Miramar Naval Base in San Diego recently for a gala celebration in honor of the racers.
While the party was peppered with notables — including Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Teri Garr, Kim Alexis, and Willow Bay — it was the sailing teams from Spain, Australia, France, New Zealand and Japan, and three American entrants, including the first all women’s crew, that drew the spotlight.
“These guys are cute!” said Teri Garr. “What is this, a boat race or a beauty contest?”
While the men kept it simple in khakis and navy blazers, the women offered different interpretations of Nautical Chic — as was requested by the invitation.
Not all of the women were able to grasp the concept.
“Nautical chic, what is nautical chic?” asked Princess Michael of Kent, dressed in a sea-foam blue silk dress.
The races for the Vuitton Cup are scheduled to end April 22.
Back on the East Coast, New Yorkers put together their own version of nautical chic at the annual benefit dance for the Young Friends of the New York Public Library, where the dress code called for black tie with “aquatic headgear.”
After one or two laps through the crowd, most of the guests, who included Eliza Reed, Alexa Hampton and event co-chair Chi Chi Valenti, ditched their homemade hats, goggles and snorkels and hit the dance floor bareheaded.