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2017 Sperry Charleston Race Week Just Around the Corner

Charleston Race WeekIf it’s late winter, that means it’s nearly time for America’s mega-regatta. Sperry Charleston Race Week runs from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23 in Charleston, SC, and sailors in the Northeast are getting pumped to head south.

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Rich Wilson Completes Vendée Globe race

Marblehead Sailor Now Fastest American to Race Solo and Non-Stop Around the World

rich_wilson_vendee_finish.jpgLES SABLES D’OLONNE, FRANCE (February 22, 2017) – The Cruising Club of America (CCA) is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race.

CCA member Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV after finishing the grueling Vendée Globe. Photo courtesy Vendée Globe

Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016. He finished 13th out of 29 boats and thus became the fastest American to race solo non-stop around the world.

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Sailing Instructors

Sailing Instructors – Mystic Seaport is looking for three instructors to teach beginning and intermediate sailing classes to youth, adults, and families. For an application or information visit our www.mysticseaport.org/employment or call Human Resources at 860-572-5346. 

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Sailing Instructor

Sailing Instructor - We offer recreational and competitive sailing in 420’s, Cape Cod Mercurys, and JY15’s for sailors of all skill levels, ages 8-15 years old. Instructor will be responsible for lesson planning and implementation, assisting with rigging and maintaining sailboats, working with Instructor team to develop activities on and off the water for Junior Sailors. CPR, First Aid, CT Safe Boating Certificate and US Sailing Level 1 needed before start of program (note: US Level 1 class fills quickly, don’t wait to sign up). Position dates: June 19 - Aug 11. Housatonic Boat Club, located in Stratford, CT.  Please email Jessica Kirchoff HBCJuniorSailing@gmail.com. www.housatonicboatclub.com/jr-sailing

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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22.5’ Pearson Electra Arlberg Design 1969 – Overnighter, day sailor, one owner since 1969. Very good condition, fully outfitted, spinnaker, newer main, jibs (2 roller furling), 4HP, 4strok Mercury Outboard. Two axle trailer, many extras. $6K. In Southern Connecticut. Full brochure: danw@webquill.com Cell 203-856-6034

 

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23’ O'Day 23-2 1978 - Keel-centerboard completely re-conditioned with all new sails, 3 jibs, 2 spinnakers. Sleeps 4. Full galley. New bulkheads, electric, water system, head. Race finish bottom. Harken roller furling, adjustable backstay, Antal winches. 7 HP Mercury outboard. An ideal pocket cruiser. Tabernacle Mast. Trailer included. $7000 Stonington, CT  860-705-1500

 

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25' Dufour 1800 1983 - In great shape, sails in good shape, new Sunbrella interior cushions, very reliable 3hp Johnson outboard, versatile, fast, and easy to sail, winter storage paid, ready to go
asking $3500. Call Peter 203 410-7065 

 

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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

tartan 3500

35’ Tartan 3500 2001 - The 3500 is one of Tartans most successful models. Designed for performance with a great interior for family cruising. Shoal draft version. Several upgrades including a new coach roof, giving greater headroom and more interior space. Solid Cherry interior.  Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373 Asks 109.9K

 

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36’ Endeavour Sail Catamaran 2001 - Ideal for cruising anywhere with a long list of options for safety and comfort including 16,000 BTU Air Conditioning, autopilot, two multifunction displays with chartplotter, radar, fishfinder, AIS, and inverter. Barrington, RI $149,900 Contact Jim Spiro at 401-2582625  -  jim@thecruisingyachtbrokerage.com

 

36 sweden

36’ Sweden Yachts 1986 - Custom “Stars and Stripes” blue hull, teak decks, and stunning mahogany interior woodwork. China Blue has been lovingly cared for by the original owner and it shows. Dry stored every winter, New England sailed, she is worth an inspection. Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373 Asks 65K

 

Fountaine 36

36’ Fountaine Pajot Mahe Evolution 2010 - FUN! SPACIOUS COMFORTABLE EXCITING! Add immaculate, well equipped, well cared for but you must take a look.THREE CABINS and more! Barrington, RI $272,000 Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625 jim@thecruisingyachtbrokerage.com

 

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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

 

Beneteau 367

36’ Beneteau First 36.7 2007 - Impeccably maintained. Beneteau One Design with added amenities: integrated Raymarine radar, Autohelm E-80; Second generation “pyramid” pedestal larger wheel; 25 gal holding tank Y-valve; Aramid Backstay with masthead crane; Harken roller-furling removable drum; dodger, cockpit cushions, Fairclough cover.  Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373 Asks 99K

 

Hunter Cherubini 37

37’ Hunter Cherubini 37 1984 - Recent Survey available, 2004 Yanmar, new bottom paint, zincs.  Cherubini design is an amazing performer in all conditions. Solid construction, comfortable interior, separate shower stall, large quarter berth cabin. Barrington, RI $29,900  Jim Spiro at 401-2582625  -  jim@thecruisingyachtbrokerage.com

 

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37’ Beneteau 2009 - One of the most successful models produced by Beneteau. This example has been very well maintained with an owner that has been diligent in up keep and maintenance. Equipped with autopilot, GPS, power windlass, swim platform, dodger, Bimini, and cockpit cushions.  Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373 Asks135K

 

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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

 

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2012 – Flag blue awlgrip, extensive canvas package, full electronics, new sails, immaculate!! Asking $259,000. 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 private head in the owner’s stateroom and shared head off salon: 3 cabin configuration, centerline queen, in mast furling, helm/nav station chartplotters, electric windlass, 2015 Doyle 135% Genoa, $154,000 (RI) Tim Norton (401-575- 8326) or Ryan Miller (401-835- 0069)  www.latitudeyacht.com

 

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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

 

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42’ J/42 L 2001 - Single owner boat. Starlight is extremely well equipped for blue-water sailing, is setup for single person watches, and is cared for meticulously with many system upgrades! It will be worth your while to examine this treasure. Barrington, RI $199,900.  Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625 jim@thecruisingyachtbrokerage.com

 

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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 

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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. $611,745. Click here to view full listing. Contact colin@waiparawinds.co.nz 

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

Register by March 1, 2017 for Early Discount on Block Island Race Week

The only five-day race week in New England features great racing, 6 parties in the Storm Trysail Club’s Tent at The Oar - all framed by Block Island’s special ambiance.

Major championships will be decided: IRC, J/44, J/109 and C&C30 North Americans, PHRF and J/88 East Coasts and the J/105 New England Championship.

Racing also offered in Performance Cruising classes, both spinnaker and non-spinnaker (PHRF), double handed (PHRF), classics (CRF) and multihulls (NEMA).

Entries are coming in ahead of past years - see who is signed up to date (2/8).

Enter Now! $2 per foot LOA early pay discount if entry fee paid on or before March 1, 2017.  Details, NOR and entry at blockislandraceweek.com

 

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.

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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Providence Boat Show Presented by Washington Trust Sees Strong Sales, Increased Attendance

Show Organizers Successfully Capitalized on Easy, Affordable Pathways into Boating

KMouligne_Striper_Marina_DSC_low_res.JPGFebruary 7, 2017 – The Providence Boat Show presented by Washington Trust, which was held over the February 3-5 weekend, saw strong sales and increased attendance. Compressed this year from four to three days, the show drew a crowd that was 10 percent larger than last year’s attendance. Among the show-goers were boat buyers who used this Rhode Island expo to explore new pathways into boating and get a jump on the season by purchasing boats. 

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2017 Northeast Spring Safety at Sea Seminars/Training

March 11-12 - Safety at Sea Symposium - Boston

safety at sea marion bermudaThis event is the result of the collaboration of efforts by a number of organizations interested in promoting safety at sea. It is sponsored by the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Association and organized by the Blue Water Sailing Club, one of the three sponsors of the Marion Bermuda Race along with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club and the Beverly Yacht Club. The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race also has participated in the planning of the event and has encouraged their members to attend.

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Northeast 2017 Winter Boat Show Schedule

Hartford Boat Show 17 Powered by Evinrude  

February 9 - 12, 2017, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association presents this popular show, where you’ll find hundreds of new powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, inflatables, engines, electronics and fishing equipment.

In addition to a full schedule of boating and fishing seminars, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Shelby Ebert, the Fastest Woman on the Water. This 21-year-old is the only professional female driver to run the entire Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, and the youngest ever. The amazing SeaBreacher Killer Whale boat, which jumps out of the water and dives under by nearly ten feet, will be on display. Talk with the owner about how it was built and what it’s like to go for a ride!

Show hours are Thursday from 3 to 8 pm, Friday from noon to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hartfordboatshow.com.

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The Survival Food Handbook

Provisioning at the Supermarket for Your Boat, Camper, Vacation Cabin, and Home Emergencies.

By Janet Groene

The Survival HandbookThere are many excellent cookbooks for sailors, with recipes for preparing such delicacies as freshly caught mahi mahi or spiny lobsters. Those books do not cover emergency provisions, however, while The Survival Food Handbook is the essential guide to eating well when the refrigerator has broken down or you’ve run out of propane.

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Safe Harbor Marinas Announces Acquisition of Brewer Yacht Yard Group

Combined company will be the largest owner and operator of marinas with 63 properties across 17 states

DALLAS, Jan. 23, 2017 -- Safe Harbor Marinas ("Safe Harbor") today announced that it has acquired Brewer Yacht Yard Group ("Brewer"), the iconic marina company led by industry veteran Jack Brewer. The transaction makes Safe Harbor the largest owner and operator of marinas in the world with 63 properties housing over 30,000 members' boats. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Launch Operator

Chelsea Yacht Club seeks part time launch drivers to plug  scheduling gaps and for emergencies during the sailing season. Qualified applicants will have a USCG Limited Masters, requisite safety training and a Transportation Workers Identification Certificate.  Applicants should contact CYC  at 845 831 SAIL (7245) , www.chelseayacht.org

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Clean Ocean Access Trimming the Sails for Environmental Wins in 2017

By Dave McLaughlin

Clean Ocean AccessAfter encountering problems with parking along the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island after a great day of surfing on a cold winter day in 2006, and growing concerns about water quality in the aftermath of frequent sewage spills and beach closures in Easton’s Bay later that year, a group of surfers founded Clean Ocean Access (COA).

 

Thanks to the efforts of Clean Ocean Access volunteers and partners, surfers along the Newport Cliff Walk enjoy good access and clean waters along Aquidneck Island’s shoreline.   © Dave McLaughlin

COA now comprises folks from all ocean activities who share a common thread of living coastally inspired lives, cultivating friendships with a unified desire of working together, taking good care of the environment, and living healthy lives.

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#PositiveFeeds

It’s now 2017. At this time of year, we look back at what we accomplished (or perhaps deferred) during the previous year, as well as set goals and prepare for what lies ahead. Looking back is easy. And it’s interesting to see different peoples’ takes on what 2016 brought – or took – as was the case in many instances. Social media and all of the colorful and dramatic flair that accompanies it depicted last year as worse than, say, 1350 and the height of the black plague. While we did not suffer a great pestilence, we certainly did lose many amazing musicians, actors and other notable figures. I’m sure we can all agree that last year’s political climate was not something we will look back on with warm fondness either, nor was our world a peaceful place.

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Rules and Tactics Seminars Start February 2017

NorthuYou can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules. North U Rules & Tactics seminars cover the rules (new and old) to make sure you know your rights and obligations in every situation. This case-based curriculum teaches the underlying principles behind the rules to provide a clearer understanding of how the rules apply.

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New Year of Education & Adventure Scheduled Aboard Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

Cuba and Arctic Among Upcoming Opportunities

Oliver Hazard PerryAfter a successful first season of programs in New England, the brand new 200-foot Tall Ship, Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry, plans to set sail for the open ocean in 2017, heading first to Bermuda, then to Florida where she will be based through March, when she will offer opportunities for explorers of all ages to participate in one of two round-trip voyages to Cuba (March 10-18 and March 18-26); a passage from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda (April 2-12); or a passage from Bermuda to Newport, RI (April 14-22). 

Trainees practice setting sail at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.  © Mark Russell
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Bringing an Olympic Gold Medal Back Home

By Dermot O’Flynn

Dermot O'FlynnIn January 2014 my father Dermot O’Flynn passed away suddenly at the wonderful age of 94. A father, a great surgeon, and a yachtsman who enjoyed any opportunity to be out and about near or on the sea, he left me many happy memories. He also left me an Olympic Sailing gold medal from the 1948 London Olympics. The medal was won by Jim Weekes, an American who crewed on a 6 Metre yacht called Llanoria.

The author sails Llanoria on Lake Lucerne before the 2016 6 Metre European Championships.

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Llanoria was owned by Herman Whiton, a past member of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, a wonderful club that is steeped in yachting history.

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Letter: I Love It When We’re Cruisin’ Together

The story by Charlie Simon in your November/December 2016 issue is good. [“Top Ten Tips Being Together at Sea: Happy Wife, Happy First Mate!” ] In so many ways it is right on target. I am still waiting for the article, “Top Ten Ways to Get Your Husband to Abandon His Sailboat and Adopt Your House and Garden.” I probably don’t read the right magazines. I also liked “A Voyage to Maine and Back” by Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs. Based in Boston, we nipped up to Maine without much thought. Our big coastal cruise is going to be Cape Cod to the Chesapeake with a long linger in Long Island Sound. Same sort of story, but in reverse.

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On Watch - Bill MacGowan

Bill MacGowanA popular figure on the Newport, Rhode Island sailing scene since the early 1980s, Bill MacGowan’s influence and work is present all around town, both on the water and ashore. But you’re most likely to find Bill and his family on the water, whether racing, harbor touring, surfing or paddleboarding. “Newport is one of the greatest harbors and sailing venues in the world, and it has beautiful beaches with decent waves,” says Bill. “We start in the morning at the beach and end up at the harbor in the afternoon for one thing or another.”

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From the Log of Persevere: Looking for Civilization in Tahiti

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the seventeenth 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.

JanFeb_17_web_page31_image2.jpgWe arrived early in the morning at the bay by Hanavave at Fatu Hiva. It’s a wide bay that is only protected on two sides and there are gusty winds that come down the valley at 50 knots, so you have to make sure you have a good hook. Otherwise you can literally get blown out to sea, especially with the large tide changes, because there is nothing stopping you if your hook slips. The water goes from 100 feet deep to 700 right away, so your anchor would have nothing to rehook on.

The girls enjoyed dancing at the Tahiti-Moorea Rendezvous. © persevere60545.com
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Sailing around the world: A brief history

By Joe Cooper

vendeeMost 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.

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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.

© ACEA 2015/Photo Ricardo Pinto
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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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CONNECTICUT SPRING IN-WATER BOAT SHOW ANNOUNCES 2017 SHOW DATES

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, YachtWorld and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).

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