Sailing around the world: A brief history

By Joe Cooper

Most of us probably get a variety of sailing info in our mailboxes on a daily, if not hourly, basis, from the America’s Cup on down the celebrity chain. Some of us get info on the Vendée Globe. Fewer, in the U.S., would know that at Christmas, Frenchman Thomas Colville blitzed the solo circumnavigation record by eight and a half days, finishing his solo circumnavigation aboard a 102-foot trimaran in 49 days.

And as I write, (30 Dec), Francis Joyon and five of his mates are blasting across the southern Indian Ocean on their 102-foot trimaran, having a crack at the outright record of some 45 and a half days set in 2012. So at one point a couple of weeks ago there were the remaining, at the time, 25 (of 29 starters) or so Vendée boats, Colville and Joyon all in various parts of the Atlantic and Southern oceans and half a dozen of them travelling at speeds approaching those of the AC cats, viz. 30 knots.

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Thames YC Sailors Win Secor Volvo ‘Onboard Reporter’ Video Award

By Cate Sheahan

Thames YC junior sailing volvo videoWhen two of your favorite hobbies can be combined into one activity, that’s pretty great. But when you win an award for your efforts, too? Well, it just doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s exactly what happened to Samson Dorfman and Colin Madaus of the Thames Yacht Club (TYC) Youth Sailing program in New London, CT.

These are the TYC youth sailors who competed in the 2016 Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race in winds that topped 25 knots. Even after missing the first leg of the race due to treacherous towing conditions on the way to the starting line, the team finished third overall. From left to right are Will Robinson, Samson Race Dorfman, Colin Madaus, Caridad Muldro, Caroline Codner, Patrick Madaus, Mary Madaus and Allison Codner.
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America’s Cup News

By Hank Schmitt

America's CupThe America’s Cup Qualifiers and Finals in Bermuda are rapidly approaching. Qualifier action begins May 26, 2017 and the Finals run over two weekends, June 17 & 18 and 27& 28.

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What's New for 2017

Multihulls Coming to Block Island Race Week XXVII

Block Island Race WeekThe Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week is a New England summer tradition for hundreds of sailors, and several class championships are up for grabs.   

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With an invitation from the Storm Trysail Club to catamaran and trimaran owners to compete in Block Island Race Week, the 27th running of this biennial event, scheduled for June 18 - 23, 2017 in Block Island, RI, may be the most exciting one yet. “I’ve heard plenty of positive responses to the multihull division offering and have unofficially heard forecasts that we will have classes of multihulls,” said AJ Evans, Block Island Race Week Chairman and Storm Trysail Club Rear Commodore. “I’m looking forward to the yacht club bar chatter turning into entries. There’s still plenty of time for that to happen.” 

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ct boat showEssex, CT  (January 12, 2017)  The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7 at Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of Windcheck Magazine and is sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).

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Licensed Captain

United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain with Towing endorsement needed to work for TowBoatU.S. this summer. Knowledge of waters from Connecticut River to Branford helpful.

Please call (860) 227-1612 for details.  PT & FT available.

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An Interview with Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner

Mark TurnerOne of the most respected figures in professional sailing, Mark Turner was appointed CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2016. The 49-year-old Briton competed in the race aboard British Defender in 1989 when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and he led the Dongfeng Race Team campaign in the 2014-25 edition.

The Volvo Ocean Race is in Mark Turner’s very capable hands.  © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

A veteran of other premier offshore events including the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat, Turner managed Ellen MacArthur’s Vendée Globe in 2001, in which she finished second, and masterminded her record-breaking non-stop solo circumnavigation in 2005.

The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October in Alicante, Spain. At nearly 45,000 nautical miles, the route is the longest in the 44-year history of the event that was born as the Whitbread in 1973. And with many more miles in the Southern Ocean as the previous editions, this will likely be the toughest VOR yet. We spoke with Turner about what’s in store for the 2017-18 edition.

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Northeast 2017 Winter Boat Show Schedule

111th Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show

January 25 - 29, 2017, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 635 W. 34th Street, New York, NY

As the oldest boat show in the world and a New York tradition since 1905, the

Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show kicks off the winter show season in style. Produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, this family-oriented event is recognized as the place to see the latest and greatest in boating.

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Maritime Sailing to Host Winter Sailing College Forum on January 20, 2017

suny.jpgTHROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The Maritime sailing coaching staff; Zach Runci and Morgan Collins, will be taking part in the hosting a free college sailing forum on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y.

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Winter Sailing in the Caribbean: Dominica

By Captain Linda Perry Riera aboard S/V Argon

ArgonWow, we are really way down at 15° North latitude with our Tartan 4000 Argon, having sailed her from our homeport of Boston, Massachusetts just a few months ago. The offshore passages to Bermuda and then to Antigua were challenging, and served to further add to our sailing experience.

Morning in the cockpit of Argon anchored in Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica   ©ArgonSailing.com

When meeting people and talking about how sailing is so central in our lives, most people assume we are lifelong sailors; but we are what I like to call late-in-life sailors having taken our first classes only ten years ago in our early/mid 40s. And what do you know…here we are in the Caribbean after selling our home, cars and most possessions, moving onto our boat, initially in Boston, and now we are on a one-year exploration. Pinch me.

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Sailboats for Sale

To place a boat for sale in print and online, please send up to 45 words and a photo to contactus@windcheckmagazine.com by the 10th of the month for the next issue. (The monthly cost is $35.) Or, please call us at 203-332-7639.



12 1/2 Doughdish 16 Herreshoff gaff rigged sloop - Yard maintained, boom tent, Excellent condition. Asking $16,750 Call Bruce: 860-235-5035, or Dana: 860-912-0042



19' Rhodes Mariner 2005  - Centerboard model, 3.5 hp Tohatsu  4 stroke outboard, cabin and cockpit cushions, porta-potti- new-never used, roller furled jib-100%,  mainsail cover, cockpit bimini,  tiller extension and lock, custom sling,  trailer 2005 - very little use with new spare tire.  Located at Milford Yacht Club.  $10,000.  Contact Steve at 203 506-6825.



Schock Harbor 20, keel boat, hull #136.  In great shape - roller-furling foil, jib, internal halyards, cockpit cover, outboard (Mercury, 4-stroke, 3.5hp) all new over last 1-3 years.  Cushions, jib sock, solar panels, 2 coolers, depth finder, asymmetrical spinnaker (never used) included. $13,500 negotiable, 631-258-8028.



22’ Etchells 1998 - Pacesetter # 1086, 2 sets Doyle sails, open sail card, North full boat cover, 3 spin poles, forward ring frame, Tack Tick compass, double axle trailer w/ sail box, new axles 2005, new brakes, bearings 2014 $14,000. 860-227-6135


Soverel 30 

30’ Soverel 30 MH 1981 - "Scarecrow" is a versatile and easy to sail 30 foot racer/cruiser that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded. This Mark Soverel designed boat is ready to cruise or race (PHRF 126) and has all new gear. She is in Black Rock, CT. More details and photos @ www.sailscarecrow.weebly.com or call Jim @ 973-368-7342. Winter storage has already been paid for.   Asking $21,000.



31' Island Packet 1985 - New rigging, roller furling. Yanmar diesel, new Awlgrip paint. Freshly refurbished. Asking $46,500. Call Bruce 860-235-5035 or Dana 860-912-0042



33’ Cape Dory - This fine yacht was designed from the keel to provide the maximum combination of comfort and performance in a yacht of this size. “Spontaneity” has seen many notable recent improvements. $39,000 (RI) Call Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069, www.latitudeyacht.com



33’ Kalik - Beautiful sailing yacht with sleek long lines and unrivaled responsiveness.  Well-maintained, one owner.  Equipped for racing and cruising.  Full teak decks, welcoming and spacious teak interior, sleeps 7, large galley w/stove/oven, dedicated Nav station, large sail inventory.  Competitive race record when actively raced.  Listed at $24,500, Winter storage included.  For more, contact Fred: 347-927-3350.



35’ Ericson MKII - She features newer electronics, LED lighting, Seafrost Refrigeration, fresh water marine head, 2010 mainsail, Dutchman Flaking System 2012 jib, and much, much more. Call for an appointment to take a look at “Undine.” $44,900 Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816 www.latitudeyacht.com



35’ Beneteau 350 1989 - Midsized Beneteaus, no matter what year are known for ingenuity and comfort. This 350 has been well cared for with new electronic and all canvas. She has davits, dinghy and outboard are included.  Asks 42K  Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373


Sweden 36

36’ Sweden Yachts 1986 - Sweden Yachts, the renowned builder of beautiful quality yachts has been known in the sailing community as not only gorgeous boats, but good sailing boats also. Custom "Stars and Stripes" blue hull, teak decks, and stunning mahogany interior woodwork round out this offering.  Asks 65K Call Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373   www.prestigeyachtsales.net



36’ Catalina 36 MKII 2000 - New electronics and autopilot, new standing rigging, halyards and life lines. New bimini, dodger, sailcover, helmcover and hatchcovers. Bottom was soda blasted, barrier coated and bottom painted. Solar Panel, 90amp alternator and shore power. $94,900 (RI) Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816 www.latitudeyacht.com


Tartan 37

37’ Tartan 372 1990 - Performance and comfort !  A Scheel keel gives you moderate draft to explore coves. Two private cabins. The boat is very well equipped and in excellent condition. Engine was rebuilt in 2012. The Bottom has been stripped and barrier coated. The Varnish is in top shape.  Asks 99.5K – Call Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373  www.prestigeyachtsales.net


Vilm for sale

39’ Vilm-116 2004 - Fast, comfortable, and extremely seaworthy. Recent upgrades and specifications: Doyle Mainsail (2014), Air Conditioning w/Reverse Cycle Heat, 4 AGM Batteries (2014), Simrad AP22 hydraulic autopilot, Garmin GPS 128 Chart Plotter, $189,000 (MA). Call Ryan J. Miller CPYB: 401-835-0069 - www.latitudeyacht.com



40’ Beneteau Oceanis 2011 - A very rare find, one newer than 2010 and in such great condition. NEW (2014) salon cushions. Full electronics package, bow thruster, furling mainsail and genoa, dodger and bimini. $219,900 (RI) Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816 www.latitudeyacht.com



40’ Valiant 1977  - One of the most famous designs and highly regarded offshore performance yachts designed by Robert Perry. Many improvements have been made to this yacht in recent years... Engine replaced (2006), refinished galley (2009), Monitor Windvane (2010). $110,000 (CT) Tom Miller, 401-835-7215, www.latitudeyacht.com



40’ Sabre 402 1979 – “CALLIDORA” is a 1997 Sabre 402 that is stored indoors and lightly used. Notable features: Garmin touchscreen chartplotter, electric winches, mainsail with Doyle Stackpack (2007), genoa (2007), Awlgrip (2006), chartplotter, radar, autopilot & wind/speed/depth. $195,000 (MA) Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069, www.latitudeyacht.com


Class 40 

40’ Class 40 2007 - First Light is a 2007 Owen/Clarke design built by Jazz Marine. Complete refit in 2015, sparing no expense, including a complete repaint inside and out. Refitted with all new deck hardware including Harken winches, Spinlock rope clutches. All instruments replaced with B & G w/repeaters in the cockpit. New in 2014 is all the running rigging including the runners and spinnaker gear. All sails are 2014 or newer / lightly used. First light is a fine example of a class 40 - motivated seller as he has taken delivery of a new Class 40. For complete equipment list and photos, contact Jimmy Carolla jcarolla395@gmail.com 269-985- 8000



41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2016 – Flag blue awlgrip, extensive canvas package, full electronics, new sails, immaculate!! Asking $289,000. Willis Marine Center, 631-421-3400 www.willismarine.com


Sabre 42

42’ Sabre 426 2004 - Fresh Awlgripped in 2014 flag blue with a white boot top. New sails in 2012. She looks beautiful and is ready for a new owner.  $273,500. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400


Catalina 42

42’ Catalina MKII 2004 - This three-stateroom model with centerline queen and private head in the owner’s stateroom, shared head off the salon provide comfortable accommodations: In Mast Furling, Helm/Nav Station Chartplotters, Electric Windlass, 2015 Doyle Genoa, $154,000 (RI), Tim Norton (401-575-8326) or Ryan Miller (401-835-0069) www.latitudeyacht.com



42’ Beneteau 423 2004 - This model nicely offers a blend of comfort, speed, and graceful lines. “Summer Magic” has been owned and operated by a 5 star rated charter company and is fully equipped to go cruising! $99,950 (RI) Call Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069, www.latitudeyacht.com



43’ Jeanneau 2003 Deck Salon - Continually refitted by her current owners she has a 24v Bow Thruster (2015), Raymarine C120 Chartplotter/Radar (2013), Interior Decor (2012), Dinghy Davits (2012) and more! FOR THE GREAT FALL SAILING SEASON IN NEW ENGLAND!  Asks 175K   Prestige Yacht Sales  860-245-5886



44’ Jeanneau 44 1989 - Was updated in 2003 with NEW: canvas, sails, cushions and Yanmar diesel engine. She is a two cabin, two head layout. Perfect for a couple cruising the Northeast or going south for the winter. $89,900, Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816,  www.latitudeyacht.com 



44’ J/44 1989 - Impeccable condition, fresh Awlgrip & varnish, huge sail inventory, updated electronics, winning race record. Ready to race or cruise. Asking $180,000. Willis Marine Center, 631-421-3400 www.willismarine.com



44’ Tartan 4400 2005 – “Her raised salon provides for a comfortable and conveniently accessible main cabin” - Tim Jacket. She is in the water with less than 500 hours on the engine and includes a new dodger and bimini. $349,000 (NJ) Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069  www.latitudeyacht.com


Beneteau 46 

46’ Beneteau 46 2009 - Loaded & immaculate two cabin boat. Generator, A/C, Elec. Winches, Bow thruster. Full canvas & electronics.  Asking $218,750. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400



46’ Baltic 46 – MERRYTHOUGHT Finnish quality throughout in this well found and very able racer-cruiser. Close-winded, fast and comfortable with full teak interior, good electronics and large sail inventory. Single hand cruise or full crew race this exceptional design. Sell or trade. sailmyles@aol.com 860-823-7952


Beneteau Sense 50 

50’ Beneteau Sense 2012 – Grey metallic Awlgrip, bow Thruster, generator. Well equipped and clean. $419,000. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400


amel 53

53’ Amel Super Maramu 1998 – Quintessential offshore vessel ready for world cruising. Well equipped and clean. $229,000. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – New Yorker Competing for the First Time

sydney_hobart_course.jpgDecember 30, 2016 - The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race started December 26. A fleet of eighty-eight yachts from eleven countries, and comprising four 100-ft Maxi yachts, competed in the 72nd edition of this famous 628-nautical mile offshore race. All boats were in today.


Anthony Bell’s Perpetual LOYAL set a record time of 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds, some 4 hours, 51 minutes and 52 seconds faster than Wild Oats XI’s 2012 record. New Zealander Jim Delegat's Giacomo was the overall winner.



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Holiday Video from the 2016 Mystic Boat Parade

Video from the Mystic Holiday Boat Parade

To view full screen go to https://player.vimeo.com/video/193574699

Sponsored by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the holiday lighted boat parade is a Mystic View not to be missed. Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Video courtesy of MysticView.TV

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Industry Leaders Set Career Example for Next Generation

Rives PottsIf you are a young marine trades professional plotting your career path, there's no better way to do that than learning from someone who has successfully traveled that road.

That's the idea behind the RIMTA Future Speaker Series--a series of events with industry leaders targeted to Millennial-aged and younger industry professionals. The next event in the series takes place on the evening of January 11, 2017 at Newport Yacht Club with Brewer Yacht Yards President & COO Rives Potts.

Brewer Yacht Yards President & COO Rives Potts
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November 2016 Comic by Dave Foster

Dave Foster comic

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A Sperry Charleston Race Week Primer

By Dan Dickison

VXOne.jpgSperry Charleston Race Week is just over 20 years old, but its notoriety has grown precipitously and it is now a must-do regatta for sailors from across the U.S. That simple fact means that each year, some 20 to 30 percent of the participants are new to the event. Given that, a primer on how to get the most out of your trip to Charleston, South Carolina is in order.

Most of the racecourses are set within the harbor. © 2016 Tim Wilkes Photography


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Block Island Race Week set for June 18-23, 2017

Block Island Race WeekThe Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of a new event website at blockislandraceweek.com, where links to register and the Notice of Race are available.

The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week  is poised to be the best one yet.   © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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The Greenport Ocean Race & The Greenport Bay Race

By Jim Ryan, Event Chairman

Greenport Ocean RaceAt the awards party, one of the Greenport Ocean Race competitors, upon accepting his trophy said, “Victory by attrition is still victory,” and I agree. Coming into the first October weekend, the wind blew hard from the east all week. I hoped that it would let up somewhat for the race on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and it did, but everything is relative. When 35-knot winds dissipate to 30-knot winds, it’s still pretty breezy out there.

Sedgewick Ward’s J/111 Bravo crosses William Hubbard’s RP56 Siren just after the start of the Ocean Race. © RJ LaBella/rjlabellaphotos.com
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Whitebread 23: A Light Air Success

By Andrew “Bill” Shemella

Whitebread 2016What a difference a day makes. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 we sailed in the 23rd edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race (WB23) with barely enough wind to keep the boats moving. As I wrote this the next day, it was howling and raining in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Light breeze presented unique challenges for sailors in Whitebread 23. © Celia Withers

No one can say the light conditions were a surprise. All week anyone with a cell phone and any one of a dozen apps knew the forecast was for, at most, 5 knots of wind, cloud cover to make a seabreeze unlikely, and rain. OK, we all chose an outdoor sport but at least we’re not sleeping on the ground.

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Kiwis Win Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final

Red Bull Foiling World FinalIn a high-energy, high-emotion celebration, New Zealand sailors Olivia Mackay (age 20; helm) and Micah Wilkinson (20) were crowned the World Champions in the first-ever Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. Fifteen teams from around the world, each comprising two sailors ages 16 to 21, raced identical Flying Phantom foiling catamarans on Narragansett Bay in a spectacular regatta that was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI October 21 - 23, 2016.

New Zealanders Olivia Mackay & Micah Wilkinson are World Champions.   ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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Wings Over America

Competitors in the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier have lofty ambitions

By Joe Cooper

Red Bull Foiling GenerationThere were a couple of the usual scenes to be seen when I walked onto the North Green at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on the Sunday of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier series in mid-October. Most of it was the usual ‘stuff’ of big regattas: Red Bull branded tents and related chairs, tables, and so on. The 18-foot Flying Phantom foiling cats zooming around the harbor like so many Quidditch players, the announcer, the rock music, etc. The more nuanced scenes were off the water and inside the tent.

The winners of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier, Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs represented the United States in the World Final.  ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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Desperate Voyage

Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron

By Edward Renehan

Published by New Street Communications, LLC   112 pages   paperback   $9.95

Desparate VoyageIn 1968, no one had completed a solo non-stop ‘round-the-world voyage under sail via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean – the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Australia, and Cape Horn in Chile. That year, The London Sunday Times announced the sponsorship of a ‘round-the-world yacht race and a prize, the Golden Globe, to be awarded to the first sailor to accomplish the feat. The entrants included several accomplished yachtsmen including Robin Knox-Johnston (the eventual winner), Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth, as well as a weekend sailor and father of four named Donald Crowhurst.

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A Voyage to Maine and Back

By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs

The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.

Step 1: Obtaining a Proper Cruising Sailboat for Us

A voyage to maineIn 1998, after sailing and racing in California for more than 30 years, I went through a divorce at 59, took a position as VP of R&D at Laser Fare in Warwick, Rhode Island, bought a home in nearby Saunderstown, and purchased a 1982 Catalina 30. The good news was that Sea Ya only cost $17.9K. The bad news was that she needed a lot of work. Hundreds of hours of sanding, varnishing, painting, scrubbing, cleaning and a suitable invocation to Neptune later, her new name, Clair de Lune – after the haunting Debussy nocturne – was now shining on her transom.

Pleiades sailing on a beam reach in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with Newport, RI in the background. This lovely photograph was taken by Daniela Clark. We love sailing this boat, and one by one the various barriers to the idea of a voyage to Maine and back began to melt away. By November 2013 I was approaching 75, was fortunately still in generally good health, and was quickly running out of excuses why we should not sail “downeast.” © Daniela Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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From the Log of Persevere: That Pacific Paradise that is Marquesas

Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below. 

Persevere MarquesasWe arrived in the middle of the night in the harbor of Atuona, Hiva Oa, running on diesel fumes with a heavy breeze on the bow. It was dark, forbidding harbor with huge swells and cliffs on both sides as we anchored. (In last month’s installment, I gave the name of the wrong island in Marquesas at which we initially arrived. Sorry, it’s been a long journey.)

Spectacular anchorage in Hiva Oa   ©persevere60545.com

At daybreak, the dark shadows revealed a lush, green paradise of volcanic mountains rising out of the sea – like a scene of paradise you would see in the movies, but it was real. We pulled the inflatable out of the garage after breakfast, piled in with our diesel cans and headed towards shore to explore.

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Charleston Race Week