Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017

Presentation Series this fall…and front row seats for the Cup!

Marion BermudaSo, You Want to Race to Bermuda? That’s the title of the Marion Bermuda Race Presentation series happening this fall in locations around New England. Many sailors, racers and cruisers alike, want to make the offshore passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go.

The 21st edition of the Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017.   ©
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Newport International Boat Show Reports Increased Attendance and Strong Sales

Newport Boat ShowNewport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that its 2016 Show was a tremendous success. Attendance was up over last year, and as in the past, Thursday and Friday brought in a significant number of serious buyers.

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Frostbiters - Full Documentary

Blizzards, ice-storms, wind chills, and freezing waters...sailing?! FROSTBITING!

"Frostbiters" is a short documentary, which explores the extreme winter sailing sport of Frostbiting -- where it is done, who does it, and why.

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Report from the 2016 J/105 North American Championship

J105 North American ChampionshipThirty-seven teams representing Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain and the USA are racing on Long Island Sound October 20-23, 2016 for the 2016 J105 North American Championship.

Follow the daily reports below…





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Vessel Afire!

By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

fire aboardIt would seem to me that one of the most frightening circumstances to be caught in is a boat afire. It is loaded with high-octane fuel creating toxic smoke; using water to fight the fire can sink the boat; leaving the boat may entail going into another hostile environment – cold and unforgiving water.

Safety at Sea seminars, such as those offered by the Storm Trysail Foundation, the Cruising Club of America and Landfall, provide hands-on opportunities to use fire extinguishers in a non-emergency situation.   ©

It doesn’t sound like there are many – if any – good alternatives. Also, fire prevention professionals quote that on average a fire will double in area every 5 minutes.  At that rate, it wouldn’t take long to engulf an entire boat. So, time is of the essence and it’s highly unlikely that anyone can get to you in time to assist in the fire suppression. You and your crew, most likely, are it.

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The Tide

The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth

The TideBy Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Published by W.W. Norton & Company   368 pages   hardcover   $27.95

Half of the world’s population lives along ocean coastlines where the tides ebb and flow every day, yet most of us do not fully understand the natural mechanisms that keep an incomprehensible volume of water in constant motion. Essential for millennia for timekeeping, navigation and commerce, the tide has determined the course of history from the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea and the conquests of Julius Caesar to the Battle of Maldon, the Boston Tea Party and the Allied invasion of Normandy. Similarly, the quest to understand what moves the tide has preoccupied great minds including Plato, Aristotle, Galileo and Newton.

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The Illustrated Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914 – 1917

SouthBy Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Published by Zenith Press   384 pages   hardcover   $40

Written nearly a century ago, the story polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition – the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole – is a classic tale of survival in brutal conditions.

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America’s Cup 2017 Schedule Released

May 26 – about June 27

America's Cup New York World SeriesThe opening race of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda will be race one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers between the Defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, with two time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill and his crew looking to start their defense of the cup against Groupama Team France, led by Franck Cammas.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, 2016 © Stephen Cloutier/
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Heidi Benjamin Drives Spookie to Historic Queen’s Cup Win

By Stuart Streuli, New York Yacht Club Communications Director

Heidi BenjaminIn becoming the first female skipper to win the Queen’s Cup, one of the New York Yacht Club’s most prestigious yachting trophies, Heidi Benjamin of South Norwalk, CT relied on her yacht, her crew and two distinct sources of inspiration.

Benj & Heidi share a quiet moment at Harbour Court after the day’s competition.
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Challenging Legs & Cape Breton Hospitality

Race the Cape Delivers in 2016!

By Monica Matheson

Race the capeParticipants in Race the Cape 2016 experienced the excitement of a challenging point-to-point race on Canada’s inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lake.  With adventure at every wave and fun activities each evening, July 18 - 24, 2016 was definitely a week of serious fun in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 

There was plenty of breeze on Bras d’Or for Race the Cape 2016. ©
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Winter Laser Racing in New Rochelle, NY

By Jason Viseltear, HYC Laser Frostbiting Fleet Captain

Laser frostbiting New RochelleHuguenot Yacht Club in New Rochelle, NY would like to invite you to join us on the beautiful winter waters of Western Long Island Sound for our 2016-17 Laser Frostbiting Season. We get underway Sunday, November 6 and will be running races as the rest of the world hibernates, through April 2, 2017.

Laser racers of all ages and abilities are invited to compete in Huguenot YC’s 2016-17 Laser Frostbiting Season.
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Seeing Red…well, Magenta anyway

By Joe Cooper

Magenta ProjectRegular loiterers in this corner will be aware of my interest in the idea that sailing teaches much more than merely sailing. In the case of a number of young women of my acquaintance, sailing, or more accurately being around all the things that sailing requires, builds confidence.


Team Magenta 32 (shown here at the World Match Racing Tour Newport) enjoyed a successful season in the M32 Series.   © Stephen Cloutier/
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The Sailing Women in my Life

I’ve had the pleasure of sailing with some great people, many of whom are women. In this month’s ‘Corner’, Coop writes about The Magenta Project’s mission of exposing more women to top-level sailing and increasing the number of women sailing professionally. There are several females sailing out of my homeport of Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, Connecticut – none of them professional, but all of them great. I’m certain that Coop also knows many outstanding female sailors, and he and I concur that the most talented and ambitious – particularly here in the USA – deserve more abundant opportunities to become pros. Many of the sailing women I know could, given the chance, compete at the highest levels of the sport.

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2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

After Initial Scare, Weather Gods Cooperate

IOR Larchmont STCLARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 11, 2016) – Over 420 college sailors from the United States, Canada and France raced on 45 owner-coached keelboats over Columbus Day Weekend in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) sailed on western Long Island Sound.

The J/44 MAXINE, sailed by the U.S. Naval Academy, was the overall winner at the 2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. ©

A team from the United States Naval Academy (Navy) sailing the J/44 MAXINE was the overall winner after winning four races and finishing second in one race in the competitive six-boat J/44 class comprised of all service academies.

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A Year Long Sailing Journey Begins (with video)

Follow Linda and Bob as they sail from Boston to the Caribbean on their Tartan 4000, Argon, for a one year sailing excursion.

What's a jib? port tack? gybing? rhumb line? TVMDC? snubber?... Only ten years ago we knew nothing about sailing except that we wanted to try it out. After our first class, we were both hooked. After the first few years, Matt Leduc of Latitude Yacht Brokerage helped us tremendously as we ventured in to boat ownership. Now we have upgraded our boat, sold our home, cars, and most possessions and are one month in to a year long sailing trip aiming for the Caribbean.

Check out our blog at and the first of our video blog series posted here.

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October 2016 Comic - Hudson River Tales

october 2016 comic dave foster

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Catamaran Ownership for Less

A critical look at the charter-business end of yacht ownership

By Gregor Tarjan

Charter CatamaranLately catamarans are all the rage. A keen sailor might have noticed – even in our historically conservative New England sailing grounds – the once exotic catamaran is encountered on a more frequent basis than ever. It is not unusual to find a dozen sailing cats in popular harbors such as our homeport of Port Jefferson on Long Island’s North Shore.

The author’s Bavaria-Nautitech 40 Open catamaran moored at the Port Jefferson Yacht Club ©
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Marine Canvas Fabricator

Sail loft seeking an experienced fabricator for our canvas division.

Knowledge in all aspects of pattern making, cutting and sewing of final product.

Ability to replicate dodgers, biminis, sail covers and various boat covers.

Full time position. Call 718 885 2295.


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From the Log of Persevere: 21 days at Sea to Marquesas

By Colin RathPersevere

Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth 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 at linked below.

A Pacific sunset   ©

We left Galapagos with as much food and supplies as possible on May 7, but we were not able to top off our fuel as much as I wanted. We had 90% on the tanks and two 20-liter jerry cans of diesel. Good enough for government work, right? So off we went. The girls hit every DVD shop in the islands before leaving and picked up enough movies for the journey. I think we got 75 movies at 50 cents a pop. Some were good, some were not so good.

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On Watch - Lois Glazer

Lois GlazerAn enthusiastic member of the Shoreline Sailing Club and Duck Island Yacht Club, Lois Glazer is an avid racer and cruiser who is passionate about giving back to the sport she loves.

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Offshore Sailing School BVI Racing Clinic

WindCheck_October_2016_web_page11_image12.jpgOffshore Sailing School is adding a new venue for its popular racing programs, at the Marriott Autograph Collection® Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands. Scheduled for December 4-9, 2016, this new four-day clinic is hosted by National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Colgate, with instruction by veteran Offshore Performance Race Week coaches led by Mumm Worlds Champion Rob (Bobby) Brooks.

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The Moorings Announces New Charter Destination in Puerto Rico’s Spanish Virgin Islands

The Moorings, Puerto RicoThe Moorings has announced its newest charter destination in Puerto Rico, available to book now for vacations beginning in January 2017.

© Sean McGee

The cruising grounds of Puerto Rico and the surrounding Spanish Virgin Islands will offer vacationers a pristine, Caribbean charter experience with convenient access, including direct flights from many cities and no passport required for U.S citizens. Options include all-inclusive crewed sail and power yacht charters complete with captain and chef, as well as bareboat power yacht charters aboard the Moorings 514 Power Catamaran.

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Letter: The persona of the Finn

Coop’s Corner in the September issue made my day. It was about one of my favorite boats. I picked up an old Vanguard Finn some years back. Over the years I made most of the worthwhile upgrades to it, all increasing the pleasure of sailing it. The Finn is just an awesome little boat that gets a lot of ‘bad’ press.

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Letter: Steering the right course

Steering the right course

Thank you so much for the very nice article on Paul and the new award [“New Sportsmanship Award Honors Paul Risseeuw”]. I think the award will go a long way to steer junior sailors in the right direction for all sports and life in general.

Mary Risseeuw, Ivoryton, CT

Mary – We are honored to have known Paul, and have fond memories of the stories he shared during the interview for our ‘On Watch’ article about him.

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Letter: A guiding hand

A guiding hand

Rick Bannerot photo essayWhile I was glancing through the September issue, I happened upon the article “A Skipper is Born.” I was really struck by the photos. They were so sharp and colorful, but most importantly they really captured great expressions.

Good job to Rick Bannerot.

Bill Wagner, Huntington, NY

© Rick Bannerot

Bill – We at WindCheck are fortunate to have many superb photographers among our regular contributors, and Rick is certainly one of the best. Likewise, the young sailors at Stamford Yacht Club are lucky to have excellent instructors like Julia Wilson.

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