By Dan Dickison
Sperry Charleston Race Week is just over 20 years old, but its notoriety has grown precipitously and it is now a must-do regatta for sailors from across the U.S. That simple fact means that each year, some 20 to 30 percent of the participants are new to the event. Given that, a primer on how to get the most out of your trip to Charleston, South Carolina is in order.
Most of the racecourses are set within the harbor. © 2016 Tim Wilkes Photography
The Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of a new event website at blockislandraceweek.com, where links to register and the Notice of Race are available.
The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week is poised to be the best one yet. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
By Jim Ryan, Event Chairman
At the awards party, one of the Greenport Ocean Race competitors, upon accepting his trophy said, “Victory by attrition is still victory,” and I agree. Coming into the first October weekend, the wind blew hard from the east all week. I hoped that it would let up somewhat for the race on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and it did, but everything is relative. When 35-knot winds dissipate to 30-knot winds, it’s still pretty breezy out there.
Sedgewick Ward’s J/111 Bravo crosses William Hubbard’s RP56 Siren just after the start of the Ocean Race. © RJ LaBella/rjlabellaphotos.com
By Andrew “Bill” Shemella
What a difference a day makes. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 we sailed in the 23rd edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race (WB23) with barely enough wind to keep the boats moving. As I wrote this the next day, it was howling and raining in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Light breeze presented unique challenges for sailors in Whitebread 23. © Celia Withers
No one can say the light conditions were a surprise. All week anyone with a cell phone and any one of a dozen apps knew the forecast was for, at most, 5 knots of wind, cloud cover to make a seabreeze unlikely, and rain. OK, we all chose an outdoor sport but at least we’re not sleeping on the ground.Read more
In a high-energy, high-emotion celebration, New Zealand sailors Olivia Mackay (age 20; helm) and Micah Wilkinson (20) were crowned the World Champions in the first-ever Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. Fifteen teams from around the world, each comprising two sailors ages 16 to 21, raced identical Flying Phantom foiling catamarans on Narragansett Bay in a spectacular regatta that was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI October 21 - 23, 2016.
New Zealanders Olivia Mackay & Micah Wilkinson are World Champions. ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
Competitors in the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier have lofty ambitions
By Joe Cooper
There were a couple of the usual scenes to be seen when I walked onto the North Green at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on the Sunday of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier series in mid-October. Most of it was the usual ‘stuff’ of big regattas: Red Bull branded tents and related chairs, tables, and so on. The 18-foot Flying Phantom foiling cats zooming around the harbor like so many Quidditch players, the announcer, the rock music, etc. The more nuanced scenes were off the water and inside the tent.
The winners of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier, Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs represented the United States in the World Final. ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron
By Edward Renehan
Published by New Street Communications, LLC 112 pages paperback $9.95
In 1968, no one had completed a solo non-stop ‘round-the-world voyage under sail via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean – the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Australia, and Cape Horn in Chile. That year, The London Sunday Times announced the sponsorship of a ‘round-the-world yacht race and a prize, the Golden Globe, to be awarded to the first sailor to accomplish the feat. The entrants included several accomplished yachtsmen including Robin Knox-Johnston (the eventual winner), Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth, as well as a weekend sailor and father of four named Donald Crowhurst.Read more
By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs
The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.
Step 1: Obtaining a Proper Cruising Sailboat for Us
In 1998, after sailing and racing in California for more than 30 years, I went through a divorce at 59, took a position as VP of R&D at Laser Fare in Warwick, Rhode Island, bought a home in nearby Saunderstown, and purchased a 1982 Catalina 30. The good news was that Sea Ya only cost $17.9K. The bad news was that she needed a lot of work. Hundreds of hours of sanding, varnishing, painting, scrubbing, cleaning and a suitable invocation to Neptune later, her new name, Clair de Lune – after the haunting Debussy nocturne – was now shining on her transom.
Pleiades sailing on a beam reach in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with Newport, RI in the background. This lovely photograph was taken by Daniela Clark. We love sailing this boat, and one by one the various barriers to the idea of a voyage to Maine and back began to melt away. By November 2013 I was approaching 75, was fortunately still in generally good health, and was quickly running out of excuses why we should not sail “downeast.” © Daniela Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.
We arrived in the middle of the night in the harbor of Atuona, Hiva Oa, running on diesel fumes with a heavy breeze on the bow. It was dark, forbidding harbor with huge swells and cliffs on both sides as we anchored. (In last month’s installment, I gave the name of the wrong island in Marquesas at which we initially arrived. Sorry, it’s been a long journey.)
Spectacular anchorage in Hiva Oa ©persevere60545.com
At daybreak, the dark shadows revealed a lush, green paradise of volcanic mountains rising out of the sea – like a scene of paradise you would see in the movies, but it was real. We pulled the inflatable out of the garage after breakfast, piled in with our diesel cans and headed towards shore to explore.Read more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Even though the boating season is drawing to a close, we are well advised to be sure that we have insurance in place, even over the winter. This column is about that.
To File or Not to File
Most of us are familiar with insurance from owning a car. I don’t know about you, but the fear of “assigned risk” and massive spikes in the cost of annual insurance premiums keeps me from putting in for anything on my car unless an asteroid landed on it and totaled the car. How does that translate into boat insurance and, unlike your car, where it is mandated by state law that you must have it? Do I need it?Read more
By Ben Carey
Sailing is a fantastic way to explore the world. I’ve heard many people say the sailing lifestyle is “living the dream.” But for my wife Teresa and I, sailing with a purpose felt more dreamy. We needed a way to give back, which is why we started Hello Ocean, an organization that expands ocean conservation and research through citizen science and educational media.
This Leopard catamaran, generously loaned by The Moorings, was an ideal platform for Hello Ocean’s Expedition Underway. © helloocean.orgRead more
As Executive Director of Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS), based at Pier 66 in New York City, Robert Burke has the helm of an innovative and very successful organization.Read more
By Captain Charlie Simon
A lot of guys ask me, “How did you get your wife to sail around the world with you?” From our nearly 40 years of sailing together, here are my top 10 tips:
Captain Charlie & Cathy Simon completed a 26,000-mile circumnavigation aboard their Taswell 58 Celebrate in 2015. ©spokesman.com
1. Take Small Bites. We’d started with chartering small daysailers on the San Francisco Bay and graduated to staying overnight at anchor. Then we purchased our first boat, a Ranger 33, and we’d drive to the marina on Friday afternoon, putt out to an anchorage, sail on Saturday, and drive back Sunday. When we moved to Seattle, I suggested sailing up the inside passage to Alaska and she exclaimed, “Absolutely NOT!” So we spent a week’s charter in the gorgeous San Juan Islands and another the following year, venturing an additional 20 miles north to Canada’s Gulf Islands. Our next boat, a Beneteau 461 (with hydronic heat), got a trip up to Desolation Sound. The following season, our trip was a bit further and continued on when I pointed out we were already more than halfway to Ketchikan, AK. She then agreed to Glacier Bay on the condition she could fly home any time she wanted.Read more
Prestige Yacht Sales has announced that career broker Fletcher Ryan has joined the sales team at the company’s Essex, CT office. Working on behalf of buyers and sellers for over 25 years, Ryan has represented many wonderful clients in hundreds of transactions. A past recipient of Beneteau’s Top Gun Award, he has been acknowledged by other boat manufacturers for his performance and commitment to customer service.Read more
WindCheck is great – it’s important! It helps create the community of sailors. We wouldn’t get all of this timely and relevant information pulled together anywhere else.
Alan Sugarman, New York, NY
Alan, Thank you for your kind words. We are proud to serve such an active, vibrant community.
Editor’s note: Molly Mulhern’s article ‘Sailors Growing Sailors,’ about mentoring programs at yacht clubs and community sailing programs around the country, appeared in our August 2016 issue.
I am one of the women sailors who race at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA. I started out sailing in my grandfather’s H 12 ½ as a young girl, with my aunt as a coach. In the mid1990s, I started crewing with the ladies at the yacht club. It was a wonderful experience, as I was able to crew for one of the best sailors in the club.
In 2004, I bought an H 12 ½ and have sailed it ever since in the Ladies Day Race. It has been great fun and I have improved tremendously, although I’ve had friends who have surpassed me. It is a wonderful group of women and we are all supportive of one another offering advice, mistakes made during the race, and figuring out how we can improve our sailing in the next race. We have a very civilized lunch beforehand, then we go out and race my gutsy broads, then come back and have a libation and discuss our racing accomplishments, or possibly not.Read more
‘Tis the season for celebration, and there are lots of family-oriented, boating-related festivities throughout the coastal Northeast.
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