Vineyard Race

13th Annual YRALIS PHRF & One Design Championships & Soverel 33 Nationals

The 13th running of the YRALIS annual regatta nailed it on so many levels.

YRA ChampionshipsThe weather forecast for Saturday, Aug. 5, the first day of the two-day regatta, predicted heavy rain and lightening all day, implying skippers should expect just about anything short of a monsoon.  That was mid-week before the regatta. And wouldn’t you just know it? Saturday dawned with some light rain early but by the time of the first warning, the skies were cloudy but no rain in sight. 

Michael Millard and Christine D'Amico won the Ideal 18 Class. ©Mary Alice Fisher/

Sunday was more of the same. Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask) and she smiles on Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riverside YC, Indian Harbor YC and American YC.

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Eighth Annual Port Jefferson Village Cup Regatta Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Friendly Competition Benefits Mather Hospital’s Palliative Medicine Program andThe Lustgarten Foundation’s Pancreatic Research

View Memorial Parade of Boats at Harborfront Park Prior to Regatta Port Jefferson, NY 

village cupActor and local resident Ralph Macchio will again act as a community ambassador for the eighth annual Village Cup Regatta on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Presented by the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, the friendly competition between John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and the Village of Port Jefferson raises funds for Mather’s Palliative Medicine Program and The Lustgarten Foundation, which funds pancreatic cancer research. The event has raised more than $377,000 for the two organizations.

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Stonewall Sails Pride Regatta

By Maeve Gately

Stonewall RegattaHudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and the Knickerbocker Sailing Association (KSA) partnered for the 14th annual Stonewall Sails on June 24. Stonewall Sails, which was the first gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender sailing regatta when it debuted in 2003, remains the longest-running LGBT sailing regatta in the world.

With winds gusting over 20 knots, the Stonewall Sails race committee called for reefing on the seven competing J/24s.   © Tom Kluepfel

It is the sixth year that HRCS has partnered with KSA, who in turn raises funds to support HRCS youth programs. This year, KSA members raised over $9,000, and competed for a close first place out on the Hudson.

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18th Annual NARC Rally to the Caribbean

Rally to the CaribbeanThe 18th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) will depart from Newport, RI on Saturday, October 28, or the best weather window after that date. “The NARC is the only rally that officially stops in Bermuda on the way to the Caribbean,” said NARC founder Hank Schmitt, President of Offshore Passage Opportunities in Halesite, NY. “We stay at the St. Georges Dinghy & Sports Club. Our host in St. Maarten is IGY Marina which gives us two free days dockage and 10% discount on slip fees for as long as you stay, up to and including the entire winter season.”

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Sailboats for Sale

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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.


14’ Laser 1992 - Hull in very good condition. All accessories included: Spars (standard rig upper and lower, boom), sail in great shape, all running rigging, blades, tiller and tiller extension. New, unused extra centerboard included. $1,100. Located in Milford, CT. Call Chris: 203-895-0083.



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


O'Day 22

22’ ODay 1973 - Good condition. Johnston 9.9 hp outboard, main and self furling jib. Great family sailing boat .Located in Mamaroneck Harbor. $ 2,500.  914-329-4132..



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:


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  


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.



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  Asking $9,500


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


Catalina 27 

27’ Catalina 1985 -  In water, New Rochelle. Wheel steering, roller furling, good main, 150 genoa. Depth/speed indicators, VHF, GPS, stereo, dodger, bimini, autopilot, PFD’s, all safety requirements. Universal diesel, alcohol stove, Groco head, Danforth anchors. Cushions, brightwork-interior like new. Asking $6,500. Call John, 914-472- 5520.


ODay 28

28’ O'Day 1980 - Great boat. Fantastic weekender. Re-powered 7 years ago with a new 13 hp Beta Marine Engine, low hours. Sleeps 5. Auto helm. Well maintained by NVBY. Two sets of sails + Spinnaker. Will include the balance of the season on mooring at Noank Village Boat Yard, Noank, CT. Asking $12,500.  Call Bob @ 860-383-5405


Olson 30 sailboat

30’ Olson 911SE 1988 - Highly regarded cruiser / racer design. BADGER is 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.



30’ Alberg 1967 - Well maintained fresh water cooled Atomic Four engine, new exhaust, mast step and aluminum mast bulkhead support upgrade. Self tailing winches, 3 head sails, all sails in excellent condition. Barrier coated hull. 6'3" cabin head room with memory foam cushions and comes with cradle. Holds several regatta trophies (Long Island, NY). Asking $11,000 Contact Gary (516) 443-1878 or

Pearson 30 

30’ Pearson 1976 - Bill Shaw Design cruiser racer great sailing boat Atomic 4 engine and hull professionally maintained asking $7,200. Contact Carmine 631 896-0983 or



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 31

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 $69,000. For more info pictures, contact


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:


Catalina 32 320 

32 Catalina C-320 1996 - For Sale By Owner. Excellent Condition 32’ with Newer Raymarine Electronics and Radar.  Wing Keel, New Dinghy, Kato Davits, Doyle Stack Pack, Bimini & Dodger, Magma Grill, Edson Cockpit Table, Full Cushions and Many Upgraded Additions. Located in Glen Cove, NY. $49,900  619-895-3406



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 $19,500 OBO.  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  860-857-9987



33’ Ranger 1975 - Good condition,1998 Yanmar 3GM,FWC. Decent sails, Matrix VHF with AIS, Garmin gpsmap 740s plotter with depth, speed, and wind. All halyards led aft to clutches, 6 winches, 2self tailing. Towable genoa cars, boomkicker vang. Orig. non-pressure alcohol stove. $8,650 203-224-0448

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


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. $49,900 (RI)  Call Tom Miller 401-835-7215


Catalina 36

36’ Catalina 2000 - Meltemi is one of the best equipped Catalina 36's on the market today. Full enclosure, davits, dinghy, solar panels, SSB. Owner is very motivated. Maintenance records available. $74,000 (RI) Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Tim Norton CPYB, 401-575-8326,


Bayfield 36

36’ Bayfield - (41 foot overall) Classic clipper bow, high-gloss bright work. Air-conditioned 2 cycled. Radar, autopilot, VHS/AIS with remote mic. AM/FM/CD w/remote. Leather covered wheel, Windvane steering. Hot and cold water, shower with tub. Electric flush toilet. Large refrigerator with freezer. 6’3” headroom, YANMAR diesel. New battened mainsail with lazy jacks. Roller furling jib. New windless, 2 anchors, 6 self tailing wenches. Gas stove/oven. Pots, pans, silverware and dishes included. Ready to sail away. Two boat owner. Just reduced $59,900. 516-984-7337


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      917-473-0606



38’ Cabo Rico 1990 Cutter Rig - Three anchors with rodes. Windlass. 150 gallons of water. Watermaker. Cabin heater. Dodger. Bimini. Head, shower, cockpit shower and double galley sink. Regrigerator/freezer. VHF, GPS, autopilot, radar, solar panels, wind generator. $109,000. Call Bob Kleid 203-394-1838



38’ Hunter 386 2003 - Located in East Greenwich, RI. Well-lit and airy interior. Great family boat for week or more well equipped with HVAC, dodger, bimni, auto pilot, radar. All top brand equip from Pro furl, Raytheon, Lewmar, Yanmar. Many improvements over the winter, Ready to sail away. Asking $115,000. Contact Anthony at 401-954-1172.


Hunter 38

38’ Hunter 2006 – NEW AGGRESSIVE PRICING. Full suite of electronics for navigation & entertainment, bimini and dodger to shade and protect the cockpit, dinghy davits, NEW (2016) North 3DL full vertical batten mainsail & jib, solar panel and many more options that make her a comfortable and easy boat to sail and relax. $119,900 (RI). Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Matthew Leduc, 401-226-1816


Ericson 38

38' Ericson 1995 -Must see Ericson 38-200, top quality Pacific Seacraft build. Re-powered in 2012 with 38 HP Yanmar, up-dated sails and canvas, bimini, self-feathering prop. Very clean and well maintained at excellent yard. Yacht quality teak interior with two stateroom layout and stall shower. A rare opportunity to get a great sailing yacht with many up-grades, price reduced $15,000 by her two boat owner. Asking $99,000. Jim Munro, New Wave Yachts, 508-972-2044.



38’ C&C 115 2006 - New Listing! A carbon fiber rig, stiff epoxy hull, furling 110% headsail, aft-led control lines and a spacious cockpit make her a joy to sail. She has been gently raced and mostly cruised by her original owner. NEW (2016): Saildrive, Barrier Coat on Keel and Bottom Paint. New Windlass Installed (2017). She is clean and ready for inspection. $149,900 (MA) Please call to make an appointment to see this great boat. Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Matthew Leduc CPYB, 401-226-1816


Vilm 39

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. $189,900 (MA) -  Call Ryan J. Miller CPYB: 401-835-0069


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


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 269-985- 8000


42 Beneteau First

42’ Beneteau First 42s7 1995 - Bruce Farr Design.  Owners’ model, 6’5” headroom, A/C.  Extensively outfitted for coastal and offshore cruising. 6 man liferaft.  2015 upgrades include: Raymarine radar and instruments, new lenses for ports and hatches, 135% genoa. Very Good Condition. $85,000. Contact: Don at 203-247-1695


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


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


Bristol 43 

43’ Bristol 43.3 1987- Altair is a Ted Hood designed yacht with desirable classic teak interior, two staterooms and ample space. The Bristol 43.3 is well known to have great sailing characteristics, featuring a centerboard and aft cockpit. Currently stored indoors and available for inspection this 43.3 has seen major improvements over the past few years totaling over $65,000! Some of the key improvements include: new Westerbeke 55D Diesel Engine (2013), new fuel tank (2016), mast rewired (2016). $159,000 (RI)  Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Ryan Miller CPYB, 401-835-0069,


Jeanneau Sun Magic 44

44 Jeanneau 1989 –Big Boat, Low Price! She 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. $74,900 (MA) - - Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816


Tartan 4400 

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 –



45’ Beneteau Oceanis 2017 - Change in plans has this brand new boat on the market. Extensive factory options including electric winches, furling main, air conditioning, generator, B&G instruments and performance sail package.  Asking $425,000. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400


Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45 

45’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 2003 - Immaculate 1 owner vessel here in our harbor! Well equipped with roller furling main and genoa, oversized winches, beautiful rich wood interior and teak decks. Asking $215,000. Willis Marine Center, Huntington, NY 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. 860-823-7952


Beneteau 473 

47’ Beneteau 473 2005 - New Aggressive Pricing! Well outfitted/maintained. Solar Panels, Westerbeke 8Kw diesel generator, full suite of navigation electronics, SatTV, entertainment, 2 Zone AC/Heat, davits and beautiful dodger & bimini. $199,900 (MA)   Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Matthew Leduc CPYB, 401-226-1816



48’ Beneteau Oceanis 2015 - Just arrived at our moorings! This boat is fully equipped including A/C, generator, electric winches and many more factory options. Owner has moved up. Asking $399,000 Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400


 Beneteau 49

49’ Beneteau 2007 - “L ESPRIT DE LA MER” is a beautiful example of this award winning model. Building on top of the design that won Best Full-Size Production Cruiser by Cruising World Magazine, this yacht is equipped to cruise with generator, air conditioning, teak deck, bow thruster, dinghy davits, watermaker and much more!  Currently dockside in the Hamptons and is available for inspection. - $279,000 (NY) Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Ryan Miller CPYB, 401-835-0069


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 




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The Long Way Around

The 47th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, 30th Annual Catamaran Race 7th Annual Laser Race, and 2nd Annual C420 Race Around Shelter Island, NY

By Beth Fleisher, Southold Yacht Club Race Committee Chair

World's Longest Sunfish RaceSouthold Yacht Club in Southold, NY hosted a unique day on the bay on Saturday, July 8, as a competitive fleet of 29 boats began the World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island. A fairly unusual event in the world of dinghy racing, this is a distance race of 18.9 miles in a line drawn around the island…much more when upwind tacking is taken into account.

Jim Koehler was late for the start of this year’s World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, but was smiling as he crossed the finish line first.   © Celeste Flick

This was the 47th year for this race, which is on many a sailor’s bucket list. Rob Eberle came all the way from North Carolina to the North Fork of Long Island to cross it off his list. He finished sixth after a hard-fought race in foreign waters, posting a time of 4 hours, 1 minute and 49 seconds.

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Lukens, Danilek & Ornstein Win the CT/RI Lightning Junior District and Chubb Area B Triplehanded Championship

By Grant Ehrlich

Lightning classThe stars aligned over Niantic Bay June 30 and July 1, 2017 for the Connecticut/Rhode Island Lightning Junior District and US Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Area B Triplehanded Championship, a two-day event hosted by Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, CT. 

Six teams representing American Yacht Club, MudRatz, Riverside Yacht Club, Sail Newport and Westhampton Yacht Squadron competed in the the CT/RI Lightning Junior District and Chubb Area B Triplehanded Championship. Many of these young sailors were new to the Lightning, and all agreed that this venerable 19-footer rocks!   © Julia Cronin
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Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Connecticut, Rhode Island and the Long Island Sound

By David Fasulo

Published by Falcon Guides, an imprint of Globe Pequot   237 pages   paperback   $24.95

Sea Kayaking and Stand Up PaddlingLong Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound, Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay have some of the very best waters in the country for kayak touring, stand up paddling and kayak fishing, and our friend David Fasulo has written the definitive guide to exploring the many islands and coastal preserves of this scenic area.

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An Admiralty Lawyer’s Moveable Feast: From the Galley to the Wheelhouse

By John K. Fulweiler

It’s hard to sauce up the law like you might a galley full of dry chicken. Problem is, there’s just never enough sauce to make reading the law anything but dry and that’s why it falls on these shoulders to work my culinary magic. Tuck into our main course featuring a Texas decision highlighting an interesting Jones Act wrinkle with a side of maritime lawyer troubles. Go on, give it a taste. 

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American YC High Performance Regatta is October 7 & 8

High Performance dinghyAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY will host the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously named the HPDO (High Performance Dinghy Open), the event has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats. 

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Bermuda, AC Endeavour and the O’Pen BIC

By Karina Zaleski

Editor’s note: Thirteen-year-old Karina Zaleski lives in Stamford, CT and sails out of Stamford Yacht Club. Coming from a family of sailors, Karina represented the Northeast U.S. at the America’s Cup Endeavour O’Pen, an international event for junior sailors held in Bermuda during the 35th America’s Cup.

Bermuda  AC EndeavorI first started sailing the O’Pen BIC last fall, when my friend from Optis introduced me to the boat. My friend urged me to go to the Junior Olympic Regatta in Florida. I had so much fun at this regatta and with the idea of an “un-regatta.” BIC sailing was fun for me and I wanted to sail in another BIC regatta. Nevin Sayre [BIC Sport North America’s Junior Sailing Programs Director] encouraged me to do O’Pen BIC North Americans in Sarasota, Florida. I’m really glad that he did.

Karina Zaleski (yellow helmet) and new friend Jesie DeBraga ham it up during Sunday’s freestyle event.   © Suzanne & Waldek Zaleski
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Brewer Takes Stand for Clean Water

Sponsors Historic Swim for the ocean

By Lynn Oliver

Christopher Swain and Jack BrewerOn June 15, swimmer and clean water advocate Christopher Swain became the first person in history to swim the entire 133-mile length of Long Island Sound and the East River. The purpose of Swain’s swim, from Montauk, NY to New York City, was to call for a permanent end to the dumping of raw sewage into coastal waterways.

Swimmer and clean water advocate Christopher Swain shares a moment with Brewer Yacht Yards & Marinas founder Jack Brewer at Brewer Post Road Boat Yard in Mamaroneck, NY. ©
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Key Lime Sailing Club Turns Key Largo into a Sailing Destination

By Azia Keever

Key Lime Sailing ClubThe Florida Keys have always been a sailor’s getaway and Key Largo is becoming a sailor’s dream destination. Key Largo is the uppermost key in the long chain of islands off the southern tip of Florida. With one of the best coral reefs, Molasses Reef, just three miles offshore of its south end, this key is one you don’t want to just merely drive through on your way down to the tourist trap at the end of the rainbow. Any local will tell you Key Largo is a must-experience staple of the Florida Keys.

Guests have the exclusive use of a Catalina 22 for the duration of their visit.  © Jason Hines/
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Sailing Capital of the World

By Joe Cooper

Congratulations to the entire team of lads and ladies from The Land of the Long White Cloud, aka Kiwis. Much has been said about Kiwi innovation with respect to bikes (although Pelle Petterson must be laughing his stern post off), X-box controls, the new generation of young’uns and all the other stuff. What I have not seen remarked on anywhere is the social and historical context behind this success, the almost inbuilt ability to innovate. New Zealand is a tiny nation of a few islands and a lot of sheep at what was, before the internet afforded ‘easy’ access to the outside world, pretty close to the end of the world, on the very edge of the windswept wastes of the Southern Ocean. Consequently, Kiwis have a long history of making things and fixing their own stuff. “DIY” could be the Kiwi national motto and nowhere is this cultural vein more obvious than in their recent win. Bloody good job, you lot.

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Performance Yacht Sales Now Open in Stratford, CT

Performance Yacht Sales, headquartered in Coconut Grove, FL, has opened its newest office at Brewer Stratford Marina in Stratford, CT. Offering a large selection of new sail- and powerboats from Bavaria, Performance Yacht Sales North East will also have select brokerage boats. “With the opening of our new boat sales and select brokerage office,” said Performance Yacht Sales President Alex Sastre, “We will be offering sailors and powerboaters from Maine to Maryland the extensive range of Bavaria boats, known for designs of the highest quality, with excellent attention to detail and value.”

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Why I Attended America’s Cup?

By Lisa duBusc Miller                                                                 

Why I Attended the America's CupSure, there are plenty of cool colorful racecourse graphics and insightful commentary when you watch the world’s greatest sailing race on TV. But when those hydrofoiling winged AC50 catamarans are soaring right at you, across the Great Sound of Bermuda in the 35th America’s Cup, as you sway to and fro astride a luxurious spectator boat, with a Goslings rum swizzle in hand, and a warm salty breeze is blowing, nothing beats it.

The author (right) and her mother share a moment with ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill.   ©
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Calling Dr. Skipper, Calling Dr. Skipper – The Onboard Medical Kit

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

About 35 years ago, while trying to sail out of Hurricane Alberto’s way in the North Atlantic, a rogue wave hit us and I went airborne. Catching the side of my head on a brass runner, I managed not to be thrown below at a high rate of speed. Of course, it didn’t do wonders for the side of my head. I was crewing with a new captain for the first time and, when the Chief Medical Officer Marty Boorstein grabbed the scotch because there was no alcohol in the medical kit, I started to worry that more was at work here than Alberto. This column is about the advances since…

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On Watch - Chris O’Brien

By Cliff Crowley

Chris O'BrienAs a teenage member of Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport, CT, Chris O’Brien was a superb athlete and junior sailor with a natural and immense attraction to both salt and fresh water. Chris would become a sailing instructor, and an NCAA Division One swimmer at the College of Charleston. He would often join me as bowman on my Swan 44 Moondance for the Vineyard Race, or on John Esposito’s infamous J/29 Hustler.

 © Cliff Crowley

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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.    ©
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Sachem’s Head Yacht Club to Host Inaugural Coastal Classic

Sachem's HeadIn the yachting world there are many “classic” coastal races. However, there is only one Sachem’s Head Coastal Classic. While the Connecticut shoreline does not offer towering volcanic spires to navigate around or the glitz and glam of other world famous sailing venues, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to spend a warm afternoon on the water. After a long, long hiatus Sachem’s Head Yacht Club in Guilford, CT is excited to host an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association PHRF regatta.


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Quantum Sails Acquires HOOD Sailmakers

Quantum Sails, headquartered in Traverse City, MI, has completed an agreement with Hood Sailmakers in Newport, RI to acquire the company’s sailmaking rights and manufacturing assets. The acquisition, which includes occupancy of Hood’s world headquarters in RI, will increase Quantum’s global sailmaking capacity and provide a new home base for Quantum’s sales and service operations in the northeastern U.S.

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41st Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) Breaks With Tradition

ALIRSea Cliff, NY – July 31, 2017 - This past Thursday, for the first time in the ALIR’s history, the race started in the shadows of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. It was spectacular - complete with a FDNY fireboat showering the fleet with a water cannons sendoff and the Manhattan Yacht Club’s Honorable William Wall providing the opportunity for spectators to view the start – close up.

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Letter: Eight Bells: Robie Pierce

Robie PierceThe world of sailing, especially adaptive sailing, lost a great friend when Robie Pierce of Newport, RI passed away peacefully on July 12 at 76 years, surrounded by his family. Known by many names – The Mayor of the Waterfront, Swamp Yankee, Borisll Logical Bob, Mr. Magoo, or just Bob, Robie came into the world quietly on January 3, 1941 in New Bedford, MA…the last time he was ever quiet.

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Letter: Swallows, Amazons, and Memories

Mr. Cooper,

I’m 87, and grew up sailing in Long Island’s Little Neck Bay. My heart skipped a beat when I read your mention of Swallows and Amazons [“Summer Reading,” July 2017]. As an 11-year-old girl, I fell in love with the book. I introduced a grandson to it when he was little; he followed in my love of sailing and crewed in the 2015 Transatlantic Race!

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Letter: Whither the Rules?

Editor’s note: The Boating Barrister column Do the Rules of the Road Work?by John K. Fulweiler, Esq. in our July issue raised some interesting questions. 

Dear John,

Anent your article on Rules of the Road in WindCheck, we encountered the same question on a much smaller scale in the 1970s when I was a member of the International Regulations Committee of the International Yacht Racing Union.

The committee worked under the international organization in charge of the regs, but also on an Inland Rules promulgated by nations in Europe. An example involves sailboards, which had become a hazard in constricted passages and crowded lakes, similar to your observations about sailing vessels proceeding at 40 knots and making changes in course that other traffic has no way of predicting. Some of the Low Countries declassified sailboats as sailing craft, making it their responsibility to avoid collisions.

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