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Instructors for the Midwest Women's Sailing Conference classes and seminars
Instructors
Pat Antoni Sally Ballinger Amy Cermak Holly Davenport
Jan Guthrie Kaisa Herrmann Whitney Kent Cindy Kraus
Alice Martin Phyllis McDonald Cate Muller Mickey Nielson
  Dawn Riley Amy Seeley Kelly Tebbs
  Prati Wojtal Jean Wolfram

 

MWSC Instructor Information and Associated Class Descriptions

Alphabetical Order by Last Name

Instructor
  and their Classes

Pat Antoni

Pat is a Senior Navigator with the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and Commander of Skokie Valley Sail & Power Squadron. She has been in a leadership position with USPS for over 10 years and an avid boater since she was a teenager. Antoni teaches classes for USPS in Piloting and Celestial Navigation as well as numerous seminars focused on specific topics. 

The United States Power Squadrons is a non-profit, educational organization with over 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons. They are dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members .

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Pat Antoni

Mastering the Rules of the Road

 

This seminar provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road; both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS).

It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater. It is a starting point fo r study preparation for the USCG License examination.

 
Sally Ballinger

Sally learned to sail later in life starting with lessons from George Williams College on Lake Geneva. Even when she moved her boat to Lake Michigan she did not plan to go beyond the break water. Then the cruising bug bit her. She has ended up cruising all over the world, owning several different boats in the process. She has sailed and cruised all of the Great Lakes, The North Channel, Georgian Bay and all the waters reachable from Chicago.

She has taken the opportunity to crew and sail through the Polynesian, Cook and Samoan Islands as well as the East Coast of Australia. She made her Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands on the Coast of Africa to Antigua. Sally left Chicago using the long passage out the St. Lawrence Seaway seven years ago and now lives aboard permanently in Florida. Her current cruising ground is the Islands of the Bahamas with her husband Ed and their cats.

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Sally Ballinger cruising on her boat
Logistics of Cruising
Join Sally and hear about her cruising adventures all over the world. In this workshop Sally will discuss how to prepare yourself and your boat for cruising. She will share tips on planning ahead to enhance your comfort, time for sailing and so that you will always have time for the sunsets. Sally will provide you with resources and tips on safety, navigation, provisioning and health. All the necessary considerations for cruising will be discussed. She will even share tips on cruising with your pets and how to pack garbage! A must attend session for anyone planning to cruise from a week to a lifetime.
 
Amy Cermak

Amy was first certified in 1973 as a water safety instructor and ever since then, water safety has been Amy’s primary focus as she actively continues to promote water safety. Amy loves being on the water and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of sailing with others, especially youth groups. She coordinates the annual and day-long “AdventureSail” program for girls sponsored by the National Women’s Sailing Association as well as a similar event sponsored by the Racine Yacht Club in Racine, Wisconsin.

Since 1994, Amy has participated in the Milwaukee Bay Women’s Sailing Association as skipper of an all-women’s sailboat racing team. Additionally, she skippers her own boat along with her husband and enjoys sailing with junior sailors and close friends. Amy has extensively cruised the waters and ports of Lake Michigan and has chartered in the British Virgin Islands. Off the water, Amy is employed by the Kenosha Unified School District where she coordinates transition services for high school students with disabilities.

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Amy Cermak
Safety on the Water (w/Kaisa Hermann)
In this interactive, hands-on workshop you will gain the knowledge, and learn how to use the safety equipment required on your boat. Many aspects of boating safety will be covered; including, life jackets, marine radios, flares, man over board equipment, and other safety tips.
 
Holly Davenport

AHolly began sailing at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center in 1985. In 1999 Holly accepted a position at the Sailing Center as a Director.  She coordinates many of the educational and special activities provided by the Sailing Center to members and the community at large. Holly is a licensed Captain for 100-ton vessels and frequently works on many of Milwaukee’s excursion and work vessels.

Holly holds many significant US Sailing certifications as an instructor including Level I and Level II Instructor Trainer, Powerboat Instructor and Instructor Trainer, Safety and Rescue Instructor and Instructor Trainer, and Keelboat Instructor. Holly is also certified to teach Red Cross First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic Electrocardiogram Defibrillator (AED).she coordinates transition services for high school students with disabilities.

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Holly Davenport
Introduction to Sailing
This course is designed to address the needs of women who are beginners or wish to learn the fundamentals of sailing. Holly will introduce you to the basics of sailing, boat equipment, points of sail, tacking, jibing and much more. Even if you already know some basics of sailing, Holly’s knowledge and experience are sure to enhance your skills.  
 
Jan Guthrie

Jan has been involved in almost every aspect of Sailing and the Marine industry for more than 40 years. She has been a USCG Licensed Charter Captain on boats from 35 – 70 feet and a Licensed Captain on private yachts.

She also worked as a delivery captain, including taking sail and power boats from Chicago to PR, up and down the East Coast, the Gulf, down to St. Martin, and all around the Great Lakes. She has managed and run Marine Stores, and worked in both Boatyards and Marine stores.

Jan has also been involved in a leadership position with the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron for the past 8 years. As well, she has taught their Sailing classes and seminars for the Squadron.

She was a Marine wholesale Rep for the largest Marine Distributor in the US. She also taught sailing both professionally, and as a volunteer, and managed a sailing school and a windsurfing school. She has cruised and raced the Great Lakes with approx. 16 Chicago-Mac races, several Port Huron Macs, done the Queen’s Cup, the Hook and many, many buoy and long distance races around the area, many as skipper or watch captain. Her experience includes both Doublehanded and Singlehanded sailing.

Jan has skipped an all woman crew racing out of Northpoint Marina for the last 15 years. It is the only all women crew in that fleet.

She is now selling boats of all types and sizes as a Yachtbroker, since 1989 with some of the largest powerboat and sailboat dealers in the area. She has had her own company, Jan Guthrie Yacht Brokerage, since 1995.

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Jan at the helm

Using Boat Electronics

From turning on the VHF radio, calling for help, using the new DSC, GPS tricks, how to use a Chartplotter and understanding radar. This class will show you how to make the most of the electronics on the boats that you use. 

 Line and Rope Handling

Tired of knots in your halyards, the mess of tangled lines in the bottom of your cocpit locker? Can you actually get the end of the line to the person on the dock? Is your anchor line a tangled mess that you hope to never use? Does it take a LONG time to uncoil a line that you need NOW. It is easy, you just need to know the secrets that Jan learned from the manufacturers of the lines themselves and 40+ years of experience.

So You Want to buy a boat?

Let a long time professional help you figure out how to truly assess your needs, your budget, your desires and your plans for the boat. Jan can help you with analyzing your use, your family and what you REALLY need.

Whether this is your first boat, or your "next" boat .... Jan can help.
She can help you understand all of those "little" variables (like hull shape, rig, interior, etc) that make each choice so different. Bring your list of desires and questions.  Jan can help you find the right balance for you.

Docking Techniques With and Without Springlines


Each approach to a dock requires evaluation of a different combination of wind speed, direction, type of dock and available crew and talent.

Using land-based theory, and on the dock landing, you will learn some of the fundamental techniques of boat handling in the marina. This workshop will also include the proper use of fenders and cleats, as well as basic and alternate dock line rigging. Phyllis and Jan will also demonstrate line throwing techniques in order to lasso those elusive pilingsThis class will be outside rain or shine so bring your gear.

 
Kaisa Herrmann

Kaisa loves the thrill of sailing and is comfortable at the helm of her laser or racing a T-10. She volunteers her time to teach youth sailing and bakes for the local charity food program. When Kaisa is not on the water she can be found acting in a local play or performing opera. Kaisa performs with the Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts, www.sewpa.org. Kaisa also takes advanced coursework and has been recognized and offered an exclusive invitation by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to participate in the Discovery Project

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Safety on the Water (w/Amy Cermak
In this interactive, hands-on workshop you will gain the knowledge, and learn how to use the safety equipment required on your boat. Many aspects of boating safety will be covered; including, life jackets, marine radios, flares, man over board equipment, and other safety tips.
 
Whitney Kent

Whitney began sailing on prams at the age of 6 and was destined to be an avid and skilled sailor. At only 18 years of age, Whitney already has made significant accomplishments in sailing. She skippers a J-30 she named Rafiki and in 2010 took home an armload of trophies for wins against a seasoned PHRF fleet. Her accomplishment was recognized by the Milwaukee Bay PHRF competitors who named her the Corinthian Yachtsman of the Year.

That same year she received the Sportsmanship award from the Milwaukee Bay Women’s Sailing Organization (MBWSO). Whitney has served as Commodore of the South Shore Yacht Club’s Junior Fleet and has twice been named their Sailor of the Year. Whitney is well respected by her competitors on the race course and off. Learn how Whitney has combined competition and courtesy by knowing and using the Racing Rules of Sailing. 

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Whitney Kent
Basic Rules of Racing
You’re on Starboard tack and have the right of way. Not Every Where, not all of the time. Utilizing the Right of Way Rules RSS 2008-2012, winning skipper Whitney Kent and Lifelong Sailor Susie Rieck will take you through many of the different race course situations you could encounter. You will learn the rules of racing and how to use them competitively and with courtesy.
 Cindy Kraus

Cindy began sailing on Lake Geneva while she was in her early teens, sailing Class X and scow boats. She became an active member of the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee Sailing Club serving as Fleet Captain and Instructor. She also became a member of the Port Washington and Milwaukee Yacht Clubs.

Cindy and her husband Bob, who introduced her to big-boat sailing, cruised extensively on their 32 foot Pearson 323. Passages included: down the Mississippi River, across the Gulf of Mexico, and over to the Bahamas. Continuing inshore they traversed the Intracoastal Waterway and eventually through the Erie Barge Canal and Canada’s Trent Severn Waterway. She recorded and navigated their journey before the advent of GPS!

Cindy is a US Sailing Certified Race Officer and has been extensively involved in the sailing community serving on many race committees. She is a Board member and Director of Milwaukee Yacht Club, currently serving as Fleet and Regatta Chair. Previously she was Race Committee chair. Cindy and her husband have raised three daughters who have also been racers on high school and collegiate teams.

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Cindy Kraus
From the Dock to the Start Line
Have you ever wondered just what it is that the Race Committee is doing? Get an inside look at the RRS Rule 26 Start Sequence. Cindy will define and explain the signal flags used during racing. You will also get some background on the decision process of setting the line and course. The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions of typical races will be reviewed.

 

 Alice Martin

When one looks at Alice Martin’s accomplishments, PhD, Law Partner, international author and presenter on Biotechnology issues both scientific and legal, you wonder when does she have time to go sailing? Alice’s sailing and racing accomplishments are formidable.

Alice has owned and skippered several boats through the years from a 16 foot Hobie Cat to the Sydney 38 named “Painkiller 4”. .She has chartered  and skippered boats for competition in multiple Key West and Antigua Race Weeks. She has been a skipper and helmsman through many of Lake Michigan’s great annual races including the Chicago/Mac, Tri-State and Bayview/Mac. Her skills as helmsman have led to podium positions in section and fleet overall. Recently, Alice skippered in the 2010 Newport to Bermuda race finishing 3rd in IRC Section A. Alice’s qualifications include US Sailing SAS 2002, 2007 and 2010. She is also certified in Seamanship and Advanced Piloting by the US Power Squadron.

Alice has a doctorate in Biology from Case Western University, was a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School and Director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is currently an attorney and partner in the Chicago Office of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.

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Alice Martin
Being Good Crew (what it takes) and how to Find and Keep Good Crew

Experienced and successful offshore skipper Alice Martin, will share with you her experience with finding and keeping good crew.

She can tell what qualities are important in being a good crew person. What you need to know to be the best that you can be on someone else's boat. How to make yourself an invaluable part of the team.

And choosing and managing crew for different races can be as important as sail selection. This skipper has found a winning formula in freshwater buoy and distance races, as well as saltwater regattas. Find out from her about the most recent effort, entering and campaigning an IMX 45 Excelsior in the Newport Bermuda Race 2010.

Aspiring crew can learn from Alice just what it means to be a good and sought-after crew member.

Phyllis McDonald

Phyllis’ first experience sailing was as a kid and it was not good. She stepped off into deep water. She never set foot on a boat again until her college years when she took a class “Learning to sail”. That Class introduced her to Land’s End when it was just a boat parts store. There were field trips to a sail loft, boatyard and brokerage office.

When they finally got on board the boats, Phyllis went sailing, and never looked back. You could say she ran away to sea. In the first two years she made 9300 miles of passages. Those trips included going down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico, up and down the Atlantic coast, Key West to Newport, Rhode Island and then traversing the Great Lakes. The logged miles and experience as crew, then as skipper on the race course and deliveries, gave her the knowledge and experience to earn a USGC Captain’s license. That was the 1970’s. Ever since then Phyllis has worked somewhere in the marine industry.

She has spent time in bilges, under boards and cubbies generally not suitable for a human being. But, Phyllis has been there and she would like to share some of what she has learned through all those miles and all those boat compartments.

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Phyllis McDonald at the mast

Basic Engine Troubleshooting - Diesel
Using a small Westerbeke engine, Phyllis will trace out the basic systems of a sailboat’s inboard auxiliary diesel engine. She will help you learn the logical steps to take so you can diagnose your engine’s problem the next time something goes wrong. You will learn the usual culprits and the different symptoms that might point you to the source of the problem. And then there is the best diagnosis of all: PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE.

 Basic Engine Troubleshooting - Gasoline

Basic Engine Troubleshooting - Gasoline
Using an Atomic 4 engine, the “Iron Jenny” of many sailboats as well as a small outboard engine used on many sailboats 25 feet or less, Phyllis will trace out the basic systems of these engines. She will help you learn the logical steps to take so you can diagnose your engine’s problem the next time something goes wrong. You will learn the usual culprits and the different symptoms that might point you to the source of the problem. And then there is the best diagnosis of all: PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE.

 Boat Maintenance: Keep the water out and get the water out!

Designers work their magic numbers to make a beautiful, strong and seaworthy hull. And what do we do? We put holes in it! Those holes have to be filled with fittings, valves and hoses that are as strong and seaworthy as the hull. In this workshop, Phyllis will take you up-close and personal into the seemingly mundane but necessary thru-hull fittings and you will learn about drive shaft stuffing boxes both dripping and drip-less. And for all your best efforts, the water still gets in. So, Phyllis will teach you how to get the water out from bucket to electric pumps with float switches and other bilge pump options. If you skipper your own boat or want to someday, don’t miss the important and valuable information you’ll learn from Phyllis.

  Docking Techniques With and Without Springlines

Each approach to a dock requires evaluation of the different combination of wind speed, direction, type of dock and available crew. Using land-based theory and on the dock landing, potential boat operators will learn some of the fundamental techniques of boat handling in the marina. This workshop will also include the proper use of fenders as well as basic and alternate dock line rigging. Phyllis and Jan will also demonstrate throwing techniques in order to lasso elusive pilings. This class will be outside rain or shine so bring your gear.

Cate Muller

Cate has been sailing for over 17 years and grew up sailing on lasers. For the past 14 years she has been racing on the local, national and international level on boats small and large. Cate has been coaching sailing since 2003 working with teams ranging from 3 to 18 persons with her specialty in lasers.

She works with a variety of experience levels from beginners to well seasoned veterans of the junior sailing circuit. Events include small local events to National Youth Championships such as the Bemis Trophy. Currently, Cate spends Tuesday evenings laser sailing on Milwaukee Bay, is learning how to sail her Melges 24, and calls tactics on the Beneteau 40.7, Das Boot out of Chicago.

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Cate Muller
Advanced Sail Trim
Fine tuning your sails with all of the little (and not so little) secrets of the trade. Big boats, little boats, the concepts are the same .. so let her show you how to make any boat sail better and faster.
Mickey Nielson

I’ve sailed numerous U.S. Sailing Championships, J24 Worlds, 24 Chicago and Pt. Huron to Mac Races, 15 Queen’s Cup Regattas, 6 Key West Race Weeks, Various NOOD Regattas across the country, and various levels of J22 Regattas. Great Lakes 36, 50, and 70 class boats, J105, and J109’s are just a smattering of the boats I have sailed. 

The list of boats and classes is long and varies in size from 14 feet to 70 feet, and the regatta list goes on for miles. 

I volunteer at Nielson Sailmakers in Racine, Wisconsin. My husband and I own an Olympic Class Star Boat, and sail this boat from local to World Level competition. 

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Mickey Nielson
Advanced Spinnaker Handling
Pole or sprit or not, asymetrical or symetrical, let Mickey show you how to get it up, make the most of it and get it down fast and safe. Fast is fun.

Dawn Riley

Dawn Riley, currently leading the Oakcliff Sailing Center is one of the best-known sailors in the world. As CEO and captain of America True, Riley was the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team. She raced on four America’s Cup and two Whitbread (now Volvo Ocean Race) teams. The former president of the Woman’s Sports Foundation, she also serves on the board of US Sailing.

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Dawn Riley
Advance Racing Tactics

Tactics begin before the sails are even raised.  In the 90 minutes Dawn will cover everything from putting your crew together to making sure you get a good start, general strategy and boat on boat tactics. The information will be delivered in a straight forward way so that everyone from the beginning tactician to the champion skipper will learn. 

 
Amy Seeley

Amy Seeley is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chicago, and has been there for the past 20 years. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1992 with a B.S. in Meteorology, and has worked in the Chicago, Rockford, and Peoria, Illinois offices during her career. From 1994-2009 she was the Port Meteorological Officer (PMO) for the National Weather Service. 

As PMO, Amy went aboard the freighters and tugs that ply the Great Lakes and trained them on how to take weather observations so that that the forecasters would have real time observations from the water. She also calibrated their weather equipment and taught them how to correctly use the National Weather Service products available online. 

Amy enjoys doing outreach to the marine community, educating the boating public about the National Weather Service marine products available and how to use them, and talking about weather hazards on the water. Amy is also involved in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron, and the International Shipmasters Association.

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Amy Seeley - NWS
Weather Wisdom
Learn how to use the available weather information to make the right decisions for your boat, and your crew. Knowing what the day will bring, will make you a safer cruiser, and a faster and safer racer. Know how to find and interpret the available info can make all the difference in the world.
 
Kelly Tebbs USCG Auxiliary

Kelly was born and raised in Milwaukee, but moved to Las Vegas at the age of 20, where she spent many weekends exploring Lake Mead on an 18 foot jet boat.

In 2003 Kelly moved back to Wisconsin to finish her degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.

Kelly is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. As an Auxiliary member, Kelly’s focus is teaching boater safety to children. Kelly enjoys sailing and power boating on Lake Michigan.

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Suddenly in Command
This course is designed for those not generally at the helm of a boat. Kelly will teach you the basics of skippering a boat and you will learn what to do in case you are suddenly faced with an emergency and must get the boat and crew back to the dock. You will learn about basic operation principles including starting the engine and use of electronics. This workshop runs the entire afternoon.
 
Prati Wojtal

Prati is a Registered Pharmacist and Manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services with Aurora Healthcare. Prati began her sailing career in 1990 after taking lessons at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. Prati is a day-sailor and racer and has crewed for 6 years aboard a Tartan-10 out of South Shore Yacht Club. Currently, Prati and her husband enjoy sailing and relaxing on their Cape Dory 25-D and have chartered in the British Virgin Islands. Prati’s other interests include golfing, hiking and traveling.

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Prati Wojtal
First Aid and Medical Emergencies Afloat (w/ Jean Wolfrum)
Being prepared for handling injuries or illness afloat is paramount to the safety of the captain and crew. In this workshop, Jean and Prati will provide valuable information to prepare for and deal with many types of medical emergencies while racing, day-sailing and cruising. You will learn what you can do if help is far away. Jean will focus on the basics of first-aid, treating cuts and lacerations, sprains and fractures, head and eye injuries as well as some of the more serious life-threatening problems that can occur unexpectedly. As a Pharmacist, Prati will focus on the available over-the-counter medications and will discuss their uses, side effects and availability. A must-attend course even if you just want to learn the basics of treating exposure and tips on preventing and treating seasickness.
 
Jean Wolfrum

Jean is a Registered Nurse with a diverse clinical and administrative background. She currently works as an instructor to students attending a medical assistant program at a local technical school and is a CPR instructor to healthcare professionals.

Jean began sailing over 25 years ago with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sailing Club. Since learning to sail she has owned and skippered two sailboats before meeting her husband Tom. Together they have lived aboard their sailboat year-round including the years they lived in Milwaukee and have cruised and explored beyond Lake Michigan. In 1994 they traversed the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and down the Hudson River into the Atlantic and docked for a few years in Charleston, South Carolina.

From there, Jean and Tom cruised the Bahamas before their Trans-Atlantic Passage from Bermuda to Portugal and then down to the Canary Islands. Utilizing her knowledge and experience as a nurse and with the help of a physician, Jean prepared for their long-distance cruise with an extensive medical kit that became her emergency room afloat. Jean’s other interests include photography, oil painting, gourmet cooking and playing with her two young grandchildren.

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Jean Wolfrum
First Aid and Medical Emergencies Afloat (w/ Prati Wojtal)
Being prepared for handling injuries or illness afloat is paramount to the safety of the captain and crew. In this workshop, Jean and Prati will provide valuable information to prepare for and deal with many types of medical emergencies while racing, day-sailing and cruising. You will learn what you can do if help is far away. Jean will focus on the basics of first-aid, treating cuts and lacerations, sprains and fractures, head and eye injuries as well as some of the more serious life-threatening problems that can occur unexpectedly. As a Pharmacist, Prati will focus on the available over-the-counter medications and will discuss their uses, side effects and availability. A must-attend course even if you just want to learn the basics of treating exposure and tips on preventing and treating seasickness.
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