SLOOP ON VIEW: Check out Fazisi, a Soviet-built Maxi-boat, berthed at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club, 1225 Key Highway, through the winter and spring.

Designed and built by Vladislav Murnikov of Moscow, Fazisi won international recognition in the 1989 Whitbred Round the World Race when it finished 11th out of 23, competing against boats with multimillion-dollar budgets and more experienced crews.

Fazisi differs from other racing yachts in its color and design and its hundred-foot mast.

HarborView is sponsoring the boat in the 1994 Whitbred race, which begins in England and circumnavigates the globe.

The six-month race is considered one of the most taxing and dangerous in yacht racing, according to Ed Maynard, manager of the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club.

HarborView hopes to promote Whitbred this spring with free cruises on the yacht. To arrange a tour of the ship before then, call HarborView at 752-1122.

PICTURE THIS: See metal pictures, a Chinese art form that goes back more than 300 years, on display through Jan. 24 at the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center.

Known in China as indestructible paintings, these designs were first used as decorations for hanging screens and lanterns. The pictures -- crafted from thick and thin metal strips -- depict landscapes, animals, flowers, plants and insects.

The exhibition also includes a display of 25 watercolors.

Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for children 5 to 15 and senior citizens. Children under 5 are admitted free.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.


PLAN AHEAD: Meet "The Story Man" next Saturday, at the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center. An accomplished storyteller and author of children's books, Jamal Koram kicks off "Saturday Stories at the Top," spinning tales of African folklore and customs.

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