SYRF’s Up!

Nice job promoting SYRF [Sailing Yacht Research Foundation; Advancing the Science of Sailboat Racing, March 2013]. One point to bring out: the traditional source of technological advances has been the America’s Cup, but the recent shift in its focus to multihulls and winged sails has made its technology much less relevant to mainstream offshore sailing. Therefore SYRF’s mission to support the advance of science and technology in sailing is more important now than ever. Thanks again, nice piece.

Dobbs Davis, HPR Communications

Dobbs – Thank you for the kind words. We're sure you'll appreciate “Coop’s Corner” on page 67, with Joe Cooper’s thoughts on a wellspring of offshore sailing advancement.

Keep Our Working Waterfronts Working!

Not sure if you are aware of the various Sea Grant-based programs that are trying to maintain the notion of “working waterfronts.” I have written to my local representatives about this issue, but of course other lobbyists tend to be focused in different areas... The National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, held in Tacoma, WA in March, has been active for several years with a mission of saving our waterfronts from non- water based activities. Perhaps WindCheck can be a catalyst in working with programs like this.

Rick Perret, Fairfield, CT

Rick – Thank you for contacting us about this very important subject. WindCheck’s homeport of Bridgeport, CT, once a thriving waterfront, hasn’t worked as it should for longer than we can remember. We forwarded the symposium press release to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and the City’s Planning & Economic Development Director, David Kooris. The National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium website is The Sea Grant program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and funded through federal- state partnerships. Visit In the words of British songwriter Richard Thompson, it’s time to ring some changes!

Advertiser Endorsement

I had my 29’ Dyer soda blasted by Metro’s Ed Woolsey this week. The man is a pro. He did a fine job – a good eight hours. In my book, he’s highly recommended. Thanks,

Dick Kohn, Staten Island, NY

Dick – Great to hear! Ed Woolsey’s Metro Soda Blasting company is advertised on page 80.

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