Place yams in an 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish. Drain the apricots, reserving the syrup. Arrange the apricots over the yams.
Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to the reserved apricot syrup to equal 1 cup. Add the syrup/water mixture and raisins to the cornstarch mixture, stirring well. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stir in sherry and orange rind.
Pour the syrup mixture over the yams and apricots. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, basting occasionally.