Refit of "Scaramouche"

Part 1

By Andrew Cooley

ScaramoucheWelcome to the first in a series of articles detailing one of our most current projects at Cooley Marine Management, the refit of s/y Scaramouche. We will follow along in real time as our team works to restore this iconic vessel.

There’s plenty of work to do on deck, but Phase 1 of Scaramouche’s refit began below the rubrail.    © cooleymarine.com
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Block Island Race Week 2017

Friday - The Final Showdown at Race Week

BIRW 2017BIRW Event Media: Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team.

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Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion. The Houston, Texas-based boat won both races on Friday and took advantage of a rare stumble by Challenge IV to capture the venerable J/44 class at Block Island Race Week XXVII.

“It was a very tense day of racing. It was game on and we knew we had to win both races to have a chance,” Lewis said. “We liked the strong breeze and we liked the committee boat end of the line. We got both today and managed to pull out the victory.”

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Watch the America’s Cup this Weekend

The America’s Cup Match begins Saturday, June 17. 


Photo: Sam Greenfield/© ORACLE TEAM USA

Saturday          6/17/2017        1:00-2:30P       NBC

'Courageous' to air Saturday, June 17 - NBC Sports Films will premiere Courageous, a one-hour documentary which chronicles media pioneer and sailing maverick Ted Turner’s quest to win the 1977 America’s Cup, on Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch the preview at http://www.nbcsports.com/video/general/americas-cup

Sunday            6/18/2017        1:00-3:00P       NBC

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‘Jambi’ takes Marion Bermuda Line Honors

Jambi Marion BermudaRHADC Bermuda- June 14, 2017:  Jambi, a new Hinckley Bermuda 50 skippered by John Levinson [Southport, CT] crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 12:47:00 ADT to take line honors in the 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race.  Jambi had an unofficial elapsed time of 4 days 23 hours 36 minutes 11 seconds. Based on her starting time of 12:55 EDT on June 9, that is 118 hours 52 minutes and 11 Seconds.

Jambi, [50015] a new Hinckley Bermuda 50 skippered by John Levinson crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 12:47:00 ADT to take line honors in the 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race.   © Talbot Wilson
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In It to Win It! Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s Charlie Enright & Mark Towill on the Volvo Ocean Race

June_17_web_page52_image1.jpgThe Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents.

Mark Towill (second from left), Charlie Enright (third from left) and their shipmates received a warm welcome in Newport after their transatlantic voyage from Portugal.   © Stephen Cloutier/PhotoGroup.us
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The Little Details That Add Up to Big Differences in Speed

By Clemmie Everett

Coaches CornerWhen coaching, I sometimes make suggestions that my sailors listen to but don’t seem to internalize. Often these are seemingly small adjustments on their rigging or boathandling, and I’m pretty sure that the thought running though their heads is something along the lines of, “Sure, Coach, but is that really going to make a difference?”

Paying attention to such details as making your sails are fully hoisted, keeping skipper and crew weight together, minimizing rudder movement – and bailing diligently! – will make your boat go faster.   © Cate Brown Photography

True, a single small adjustments may not make the difference between first place and tenth, but a lot of these adjustments together, especially over the course of a long series (like a high school regatta or a frostbite season), will add up to a noticeable difference.

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Sailboats for Sale

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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


14’ Force 5 – Good condition with a cradle for trailer or beach. Be ready for Force 5 Nationals at Thames YC, New London, CT, July 26-29. $700 Call Rich 860-798-3462.



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 $12,000. 860-227-6135



23’ Com-Pac 23/3 1988 - Good condition, lightly used, nicely rigged. 130% genoa, Harken roller furling. 2000 8hp Johnson w/ alternator, very low hours. $6,900. Trailer available separately. Galvanized frame in excellent condition, new keel rollers. Needs some additional work, can provide parts and labor as part of purchase. More info/photos contact: ctmellorbldr@aol.com


Beneteau 235 

23’ Beneteau First 235 - This is a fine example of a Liberty Edition well cared for. Cabin excellent condition. Doyle Mainsail and 150% Custom Racing Jib new 2014, bottom and keel taking down to gel coat and faired 2013, keel no rust por-15 coating $8,200  Call 516-996-1529


Pacific Seacraft

24’ Pacific Seacraft Dana 2003 - The Pacific Seacraft Dana sets a new standard in a small format cruiser. Superior construction and design, this vessel is equally at home sailing your local waters or crossing the oceans of the world. Professionally maintained. Asks 74.9K  Prestige Yacht Sales, Peter Thorsby 203-353-0373


25’ Merit 1982 – Race or daysail. Five roller furling headsails, two spinnakers with companionway launching turtle, pole, two mains. Harken windward sheeting traveler, adjustable backstay with flicker, professionally installed Harken 35 two speed self tailing winches, four other winches. KVH Sailcomp103AC electronic compass. Built in Standard VHF, AGM battery, solar panel, depth sounder and speedo. Anchor and chain-nylon rode, fenders and dock-lines, tiller extension, boarding ladder, cabin cushions and life jackets. City Island, NY. Possible Eastchester Bay mooring. Asking $6,900. Bob at 10464sailor@gmail.com or 973-214-0093


Pearson 25 

25’ Pearson 1985 - TimeOut is well loved and maintained. 2008 mainsail, 2008 Mercury 9.9 outboard, 2010 cabin cushions and upholstery. Also includes jib, 168% genoa, spare mainsail. Draft 4’8”  LWL 21’5”  Beam 8’. Asking $5,999, Mamaroneck, NY, email 1985timeout@gmail.com.  


noe 27

27’ Custom Noe - EnCharette is a legendary race winner that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded throughout her stellar career. Two time ECSA Overall Champion, wins at Off Soundings, BIRW, plus many other local regattas. Huge North Sails inventory, custom Triad Trailer, 5Hp Honda. Located in Branford. Call Paul at 203-214- 5696. Asking $20,000.


C&C 27 

27’ C&C Mark V 1984 - Strong racing and cruising credentials. Chosen by Sailing World as top 27 foot PHRF racer. Newly rebuilt Yanmar engine. New bottom paint (2017). Custom trailer. Large sail inventory. Sleeps 6. Located in Trumbull, CT. Quality boat for racing or family - $11,000. Contact: Larry Fullerton 203-400-2085 or Lfullerton@blackrock.org



27’ J/27 - Professional maintained, race ready, proven winner. 2016/2015 Doyle racing sails, 2012 club racing sails plus older sails. New standing rigging, Tacktick electronics, lights rewired. 3.3 HP Mercury Long Shaft OB. Asking $18,500. Located Warwick, RI. Details:  riracer@cox.net or 401-573-3020


27 oday 

27’ O’Day 1986Harmony is a pleasure to sail. 2011 Tohatsu 9.8hp long-shaft, 2007 Main & 130% Genoa, 2007 roller furler, Icom VHF radio (DCS functionality), tiller autohelm.  Located in Bridgeport, CT.  Contact Craig 203-505-9614 crgmeza@gmail.com.  Asking $10,500


Olson 30 sailboat

30’ Olson 911SE 1988 - Highly regarded cruiser / racer design. Well-maintained and upgraded, including recent carbon aramid sails - main (‘14) and two headsails (‘15). Competitive PHRF racer and comfortable family cruiser. $29,900. Lying Westbrook, CT. Mike 203-903-3957.

Pearson 30 

30’ Pearson 1976 - Bill Shaw Design cruiser racer great sailing boat Atomic 4 engine and hull professionally maintained asking $7,900. Contact Carmine 631 896-0983 or carmine811@aol.com



30’ PEARSON 1973 - This was one of Pearson’s best selling cruiser/racer models. Boat in clean, good condition, has an inboard 30hp Atomic4 gas engine, lots of loose gear incl. sails, a new KVH compass, lines, etc. $4800. Located in Warren, RI call 401-245-3300.



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


tashiba pilothouse 

31’ Tashiba Pilothouse Cutter 1987 - Beautiful all weather Bob Perry design. One-of-a-kind pilothouse model. Well-maintained. Full teak decks, spacious bright teak interior. Galley w/stove. Two piloting stations, sail outside or inside. Listed at $75,000. For more info pictures, contact john.salacain@gmail.com


O'Day 31

31’ O’Day 1986 - Very well maintained, inside and out. Comes with many upgrades that others just don’t have. Radar, chart plotter, wind & speed instruments, autopilot, dodger & bimini, Very stable pleasure to sail and cruise. $21,000 Contact Don: dromard@optonline.net


Pearson 31

31' Pearson 1978 - Fractional rig, fin keel, spade rudder, Bill Shaw design. North Sails, Universal diesel with 540 hours, barrier coat and VC Offshore bottom, consistent race winner, PHRF 174. Asking $12,500. Located in Westport, CT. Call Rich Engel 860-355-1906



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.



33’ Dehler Optima 101 1986 - German built open transom fractional racer cruiser. Recent Yanmar, North Sails, barrier coat, rigging , many upgrades. Light , fast and exceptionally well designed and built with cruising amenities. If you are looking at Sabre and J, check this out. Mystic, CT. $28,000 christones@aol.com  860-857-9987

Catalina 34

34’ Catalina 1989 tall rig wing keel- a modern design with low heeling angles and a PHRF rating of 150. Frank Butler designed a great boat with a spacious layout - queen size aft berth, wide modern main salon and roomy cockpit. Excellent mechanical condition with newer electronics. Asking $37K Owner 203-579-1500


Catalina 34 Prestige
34’ Catalina 34 MK II 2006 - Excellent condition.  Two private cabins, plus room for 3 more to sleep. Super-spacious, well-lit and airy interior makes this a great boat for family cruising. In-mast main furling makes her a breeze to sail short-handed. Asks 96.5K   Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373



34’ Tartan 3400 2006 - Oasis is extremely well equipped, has been treated to all necessary upgrades, and has been cared for meticulously! A turnkey cruiser that performs and you can feel comfortable and safe going anywhere. Barrington, RI $159,900. Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625 jim@thecruisingyachtbrokerage.com


34’ Catalina 1989 - Tall rig wing keel. A modern design with low heeling angles and a PHRF rating of 150. Frank Butler designed a great boat with a spacious layout - queen size aft berth, wide modern main salon and roomy cockpit. Excellent mechanical condition with newer electronics. Asking $37K Owner 203-579-1500


Sabre 34

34’ Sabre 34 MK II 1987 - White hull, freshly varnished brightwork. Westerbeke 27 HP -1,944 hours . Sails are in good shape, with lazy jacks on the main. New in 2016: fuel tank, halyards, jib sheets, cowls, new hatch over V-berth. Freshly painted bottom.  Asks 38K  Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373


Pearson 36

36’ Pearson 36-2 1985 - Balanced, well mannered, sturdy, safe and extremely comfortable. Her cockpit is large 7.5' in length, uncluttered and exceptionally comfortable. The interior offers two large private cabins, a full galley, a sizable head, a spacious salon. $54,500 (RI)  Call Tom Miller 401-835-7215


Catalina 36

36’ Catalina MKII 2000 - You will not find a Catalina 36 on the market today with the amount of new gear. Along with NEW electronics and autopilot, NEW standing rigging, halyards, life lines. NEW bimini, dodger, sailcover, helmcover and hatchcovers. $94,900 (RI) Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816


Hunter 37

37’ Hunter 37.5 1995 - She has had many upgrades. Refit in 2012 and new gear in 2013-2014 include: new Selden Mast, boom, standing and running rigging, radar, plotter, bimini, dodger, head, holding tank, dinghy davits and hot water heater. $62,750 (RI). Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816


Tartan 37

37’ Tartan 372 1990 - Two private cabins, efficient galley and spacious salon make for easy living. The boat is very well equipped and in excellent condition. Engine was rebuilt in 2012. Bottom has been stripped and barrier coated. Varnish is in top shape. Asks 99.5K  Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373


Baltic 37

37’ Baltic Racer/Cruiser - Built in Finland to Baltic’s renown standards. Unusually well-equipped, maintained and updated. Sleeps 7-8 in three teak cabins. She’s strong, light, fully equipped for racing, day sailing or to places more distant. Many pictures, low price and detailed specs at www.Baltic37.com  


Irwin 38

38’ Irwin 38 MKII 1990 - Sturdy yet swift, this modern classic offshore yacht is ready for coastal or blue water, having already completed a trans-Atlantic passage. Her owner has been diligent about her upkeep and maintenance. Much new and upgraded equipment.  Asks 79K, Prestige Yacht Sales, Jonathan Smith 860-514-3763


Saga 40

40’ Saga 409 2005 - The Saga 409 is the definition of a performance cruiser. Impressive 6'9" headroom in the main salon along with windows and hatches that let in lots of natural light. Recent Awlgrip "Stars & Stripes Blue". $185,000 (NC) - Call Tom Miller: 401-835- 7215


Sabre 40

40’ Sabre 402 1997 – “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


Beneteau 40

40’ Beneteau - The Beneteau 40 offers a great combination of performance, ease of handling and interior comfort that make her a perfect choice for cruising couples or families. Two available from  $168,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400


Gulfstar 41 

41' Gulfstar Center Cockpit 1974 - Sloop owned by a marine industry professional for over 40 years and lovingly maintained. Major upgrades including repower with Yanmar 51 HP Diesel - re-powered 1999 and electronics. Ready to sail over the horizon! $50,000. Call Michael Beers, McMichael Yacht Brokers. 718-764-7215.


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


Beneteau 41

41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2016 - Owner moved up! Great chance to get a nearly new Platinum Edition outfitted with B&G instruments, Harken electric winches, air conditioning and many more factory options. This boat needs absolutely nothing to hit the water! Asking $265,000. Call Willis Marine 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.  $260,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400



42’ Beneteau 423 2004 - This model nicely offers a blend of comfort, speed, and graceful lines. “Endless Summer” 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


beneteau 423

42’ Beneteau 423 2003 - The Beneteau 423 has been named "Boat of the Year" by Cruising World Magazine and also won SAIL Magazine's Top 10 Sailboats for 2003. The 423 is one of the most popular Beneteau models. $134,900 (MA) Call Ryan J. Miller CPYB: 401-835-0069


Catalina 42

42’ Catalina MKII 2004 - This three-stateroom model with centerline queen and private head in the owner’s stateroom and shared head off the salon provide comfortable accommodations for six adults. $154,000 (RI)  Call Tim Norton (401-575-8326) or Ryan Miller (401-835-0069) 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


Jeanneau Sun Magic 44

44’ Jeanneau Sun Magic 1989 - Dispensation is very well outfitted and is seriously for sale. She was updated in 2003 with NEW: canvas, sails, cushions and Yanmar Diesel Engine. She is a two cabin, two head layout. - $89,900 (MA)  Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816



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 47

47' Beneteau First 47.7 2001 - (2) cabin layout, extremely well equipped, One owner, set up for offshore short handed cruising. Many upgrades: in-boom furling, solar panels, wind generator, electric winches, additional refrigeration and the list goes on. Asking only $199,000 Call 401-683-9200 or jp@northstaryachtsales.com


Beneteau 473

47’ Beneteau 473 2005 -This is a Beneteau 473 two cabin layout. The solar panel and wind generator supply power for refrigeration. She also features a Westerbeke 8Kw diesel generator, SatTV, 2 Zone AC/Heat, davits and dodger and bimini.  $229,900 (MA) Call Matt Leduc 401-226-1816


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


Hanse 54

54’ Hanse 545 2011 – World cruiser/racer. Carbon mast, racing and cruising sails, full safety equipment (including 2 liferafts), extensive navigation equipment, many upgrades – Persevere has sailed the world. $525K. Click here to view full listing. Contact colin@waiparawinds.co.nz 

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New Zealand pitchpoles during race 4 of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup

America’s Cup Media: Emirates Team New Zealand pitch-poled at high-speed moments after the start, the bows digging in and boat tumbling forward, its sterns in the air, three crew pitched into the water, the rest hanging on in the cockpits.

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

By Dan Egan

Published by W. W. Norton & Company   364 pages   hardcover   $27.95

The Death and Life of the Great LakesThe Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie – have some of the clearest fresh water on Earth, but that’s actually indicative of ecological calamity. “This is not a sign of a healthy lake,” writes author Dan Egan. “It’s the sign of a lake having the life sucked out of it.”

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From the Log of Persevere: Finding Fiddler’s Green

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the twentieth – and final – installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and 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.

PersevereIt seems like a lifetime. Or more precisely, a lifestyle ago when we started this adventure, casting off from the docks from Yacht Haven West in Stamford, CT that Wednesday afternoon in October, 2014. Somehow we made it to New Zealand without too many major difficulties, a little wiser and our girls definitely a lot more seaworthy with over 25,000 miles at sea. Now the whole family is eager to start our new chapter on land.

Breana checks out a Hobbit House.   © persevere60545.com
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Sailors from Around Long Island Invited to Participate in Fast-Growing Alzheimer’s Regatta Fundraiser on June 17

Alzheimers RegattaA record turnout is expected at Sagamore Yacht Club’s 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta this summer. Cruisers and racers from Oyster Bay, NY and nearby ports are invited to sign up to participate in the race, which will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Oyster Bay. The Skippers Meeting is at noon at Sagamore YC, and the first gun is set for 1 pm. 

Proceeds from the Alzheimer’s Regatta (and concurrent events for rowers, kayakers and paddle boarders) support the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center.   photo © Kirk Larsen 2013
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Cedar Point Yacht Club OneDesign Regatta

Cedar Point YC OneDesignMore than 400 sailors from throughout the United States and abroad competed in the 2017 OneDesign Regatta at Cedar Point Yacht Club on June 2-4.  Six classes (Atlantic, J109, J105, J88, Beneteau First 36.7 and J70) and 67 boats raced throughout the weekend in two circle courses.

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Celebrate National Marina Day at Branford Yacht Club June 10

Eric StoneAs part of a nationwide observance, Branford Yacht Club in Branford, CT is celebrating National Marina Day on Saturday, June 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. Sponsored by The Real McCoy, this event is free and open to the public.

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Activities include seminars and in-water demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard Museum, Joy Ride Charters and Soul Paddle, tours of the Branford Police boat, Branford Fire boat and a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, a marine tag sale, marine vendors, motorcycle dealers, food trucks, kids’ activities, live music by tropical troubadour Eric Stone and more.

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Interesting Conversations

I love walking a boat show, especially a spring show. Everyone is excited for the coming season and all it will bring. Last month, WindCheck organized the  Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Brewer Essex Island Marina, in Essex, CT.  We’re proud to be part of this terrific event and partner with Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America and YachtWorld to make it happen.

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The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound

Fostering excellence for 93 years

JSALISFounded in 1924 to support its member junior sailing programs through leadership, training, communication and event scheduling, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) has produced legions of sailors who have excelled at the highest levels of the sport.

Jake Sal (helm) and Claire Glenn of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club round the leeward mark during a recent JSA Laser/C420 Championship. © jsablog.com

We spoke with JSA Co-Chairs Karen Quirke, a member of American Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, and Peter “Pedro” Lorson of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and Port Washington Yacht Club, who discussed their own experiences as junior sailors and the past, present and future of this venerable non-profit organization.

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On Watch - Bob Davis

Bob DavisAs the Founder and CEO of Sails Up 4 Cancer, Bob Davis is a two-time cancer survivor who’s using the sport he loves to help countless people in southeastern Connecticut.

“Compared to the guys I sail with I got started pretty late, sailing an old Sunfish around Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey,” says Bob, a longtime resident of Niantic.  “It was really cool to be out there sailing alone, especially at dusk. If I had to pick a sailing mentor, it would have to be Jeffery Lutz from Point Pleasant, NJ. I always admired his skills and the fun he had…not taking himself too seriously. Much later, I had the good fortune to race a Colgate 26 with Gary Jobson at the helm. I was starstruck! Gary was incredibly calm and focused, and it was a tremendous experience.”

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Download the latest issue December 2014

WindCheck 2017

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America’s Cup, for kids

By Joe Cooper

Gretel and WeatherlyThe America’s Cup is, as most sailors remember, about to happen in Bermuda. There are many opinions (hey, we’re sailors) on the current state of the AC, and they range across the spectrum from “Great!” to “Bring back the 12s!”

Listening to a shortwave radio broadcast of the 1962 America’s Cup at his home on the other side of the world from Newport, Rhode Island, little Joey Cooper was late for school the day Gretel (KA1) surfed past Weatherly to win Race 2.   © unikatoo.com

There is one thing about the America’s Cup that, even if held in bathtubs on an obscure body of water in Mongolia, would not change: the experience of the guys and, way too infrequently, the women, who sail in this most storied sailing event. Win, lose or…well, there are no draws, sailing in, and the larger America’s Cup experience is one of the most profound experiences in sailing, or at least it was for me.

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The Rules of the Road, Set to Poetry

By Vincent Pica

Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR)

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Over 130 years ago, Captain George Eldridge set to poetry the most essential aspect of the Rules of the Road (COLREGs.) From this, the renowned Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book, the most respected tide and current guide since 1874, was born. I’ve had one at the helm of my vessels since, well, I can’t remember that far back. Here is what the Captain penned, and the dissection…

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Port Sailing School Teams Up with Echo Bay Yacht Club

Echo Bay Yacht ClubJust off Hudson Park in New Rochelle, NY lies Echo Island. The island has been the home of the Echo Bay Yacht Club for over 100 years and with changing times and a decline in membership, the club reached out to Port Sailing School, based at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina, to provide additional services. These services will include a children’s sailing program, adult sailing lessons, a racing program and use of sailing school boats.

Echo Island is one of the beauty spots on Western Long Island Sound.   © Emmanuel Bastien
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Letter: Here’s to the next 50!

Editor’s note: Many of our readers enjoyed an article in our April issue by Helen A. Jankoski entitled “Stonington Dinghy Club Celebrates 50 Years of Fun.” Longtime SDC sailor Kathy Sinnett had this to say:

Proud to be part of the Wednesday night sailing. Great people, fun and food!

Kathy Sinnett, via email

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Eight Bells: Mike Cavanaugh

Mike CavanaughMichael Dean Cavanaugh (September 27, 1961 – April 26, 2017) touched many lives with his generosity, humor and courage. He was the kind of friend who was always excited to see you – whether he knew you from school, work, sailing, golf, cycling or his extensive involvement in the Mystic, CT community.

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Letter: Electronic navigation on a budget

I returned from a delivery and had time to read the April issue of WindCheck with Ernie Messer’s great article on the Marion Bermuda Race [“I’m Doing the Marion Bermuda Race” ]. I’d like to share a great option for weather and routing that is very new. FastSeas.com is a free site with weather models and a sophisticated departure and routing module. The exciting thing is that it works with an InReach device! You can get weather and routing on the high seas without needing a satellite dome or HF radio rig.  

I text a query to FastSeas from my little InReach, and FastSeas returns text messages with Wx and steering instructions! I pair my Delorme (now Garmin) InReach to my iPhone and it’s a great system for cheap. FastSeas also works with satellite and email queries. I have no financial interest in FastSeas or InReach, but I do love both.

Rick Gard, Milford, CT

Rick – Thank you for the tip. If you are using FastSeas in the Marion Bermuda Race, we’d love to hear about how well it works.

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The America’s Cup Opening Day Postponed ‘til Saturday, May 27

Due to Bermuda wind forecasts of gusts over 30 knots, Opening Day Ceremonies and the first day of the America's Cup Qualifiers is postponed until Saturday, May 27th. Saturday racing is due to take place between 2pm and 5pm and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday at 8.30pm.

America's Cup Bermuda

Although racing was cancelled today, a few teams practiced for the America’s Cup Qualifier Series postponed until tomorrow. Photo © SE Benton

How to watch:

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Key West Race Week Cancelled

LARCHMONT, N.Y., May 25, 2017 - After extensive discussion and deliberation the Storm Trysail Club has decided not to organize and hold Key West Race Week in January 2018. Many factors led to this difficult decision. The bottom line is that with declining participation, the event has become heavily dependent upon sponsorship making the event unsustainable in its current format. Our primary sponsors remain very supportive and the Storm Trysail Club is committed to exploring alternative formats for the future that address changing conditions in our sport. The club anticipates that this could lead to another edition as soon as 2019. For more information, visit Storm Trysail Club's website.

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