When Whales Meet Sails: How the sailing community can help stop collisions with whales

By Tyson Bottenus, At-Large Ambassador for Sailors for the Sea

When Whales Meet Sails“Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes, and help fellow boaters know where they are likely to come across marine mammals. This is the best thing we can do in our sport to protect these brilliant creatures.” – Damian Foxall

This humpback whale calf was spotted by researchers in the leeward waters off Maui. The ship-struck animal was a case in which researchers didn’t know the type of vessel involved.   © Ed Lyman/NOAA MMHSRP (permit #932-1489)
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Cruising with a Purpose: Performance Class Combines Competition with Fun at Block Island Race Week

By Bill Wagner

Block Island Race WeekTom Schubert of Annapolis, MD had no intention of competing in the 2015 edition of Block Island Race Week, but when he heard about the Performance Cruising division he decided to round up family and friends to race his Grand Soleil 46 in the 50th anniversary regatta. “It was an entirely family affair and we had an absolute blast,” said Schubert, who has served on the race committee at Race Week many times. “I thought the format was excellent – very casual and enjoyable. What I really liked is that it was one race per day, like 20 years ago.” ©

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The 7th Annual Connecticut River Dinghy Race is May 6, 2017

ct_dinghy_race_0086_web_red.jpgDinghy and catamaran sailors of all types are cordially invited to compete in the 7th Annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This popular event is open to any boat with a Portsmouth Yardstick rating and it’s estimated that at least 30 different one-design classes have participated since its inception.

Photos by Dan Rennie


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United States Announces Volvo Ocean Race Campaign

Vestas Teams Up with 11th Hour Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race

volvo ocean race Enright towhillVestas are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing at simultaneous events in Newport, Rhode Island and Aarhus – where it was also announced that the fleet will make a ‘fly by’ of the Danish city on the final leg.

Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright will lead Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.   © Stephen Cloutier/
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The Story of One-Design at Pequot Yacht Club

Ted Jennings’ legacy sails on Long Island Sound

By Terri Jennings

Ted JenningsThe concept of one-design sailing hinges on the idea of honing a sailor’s skills right next to his or her opponent’s. Is there a better way for a sailor to improve and stay motivated? This story of one-design sailing on Long Island Sound begins with a testimony to the dedication and contributions of Edward Austin “Ted” Jennings II (1929 - 2016) of Southport, Connecticut.

A young Ted Jennings at the helm of an Atlantic on Long Island Sound, just outside Southport Harbor.
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Sail Racing at Thames Yacht Club

By Cate Sheahan

Thames Yacht ClubRacing is one of the best parts of sailing for many boat owners, and the members who sail at Thames Yacht Club (TYC) of New London CT are no exception. TYC is a family boating club with a racing heart. TYC hosts a number of racing events and series throughout the sailing season and the annual Commodore’s Trophy Race, an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association event, is one of their biggest. Last year’s 69th Annual Commodore’s Trophy Race is a fine example of how TYC brings together a great day of racing, celebration and friendship!

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Sailing Life Starts at Shennecosset Yacht Club

Shennecosset Yacht ClubIf you are looking for a great place to learn how to sail, check out the program at Shennecosett Yacht Club (SYC) in Groton, CT. Located next to UConn’s Avery Point Campus in beautiful Pine Island Bay, students can enjoy an easier early sailing experience with calm waters in the protective cove.

SYC Sailing School classes are held on the sheltered waters of Pine Island Bay.  © Barbara Jean Walsh
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A Different Kind of Furniture Maker

By Maeve Ryan

AC GraylingThe person behind the furniture company AC Grayling is not your average woodworker. A 2005 graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, Rhode Island, Andrew Coughlin is a modest man in his early 40s who knows a thing or two about building durable furniture inspired by ships and the sea.

After helping to restore renowned yachts in New England for 10 years, master craftsman Andrew Coughlin launched his custom furniture company, AC Grayling, LLC, in 2014.   © Maria Burton Photography
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Going Down to the Sea, But Not with the Ship

By John K. Fulweiler

The lore of a captain going down with the ship is well known, but what’s the legal consequence? Are civil, criminal or professional penalties meted out to the ship’s master who scoots clear leaving passengers and crew fending for themselves? 

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Launch Operator, Sea Cliff, NY

Launch Operators FT/PT Sea Cliff Yacht Club- Sea Cliff NY

The Sea Cliff Yacht Club is located on the North Shore of Long Island on the Long Island Sound. We are looking for FT/PT seasonal Launch Operators. May – October employment. The Launch Operator is responsible for the safe passage of members and guests to and from the floating dock. Responsible for updating the log book, recording member purchases, and keeping the dock house, dock area clean and organized. The Launch Operator will report directly to the Dockmaster. Requirements: • A valid and current U.S.C.G. License • Have a positive attitude and be a team member • Must be able to work weekends and holidays • Perform other related duties, tasks and responsibilities as required • Assist members as needed • Open or Close depending on shift Qualifications and Experience: • Valid and current U.S.C.G. License • Valid NYS License • General boat maintenance knowledge Job Type: Full-time and Part-time- (May-October) § Pay rate based on experience § MUST be 18 or older Please contact Frank at: 516-462-0947 or the Club office 516-671-7374.

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Launch Operator - Sea Cliff,, NY

Launch Operators FT/PT Sea Cliff Yacht Club- Sea Cliff NY -  


The Sea Cliff Yacht Club is located on the North Shore of Long Island on the Long Island Sound. We are looking for FT/PT seasonal Launch Operators. May – October employment. The Launch Operator is responsible for the safe passage of members and guests to and from the floating dock. Responsible for updating the log book, recording member purchases, and keeping the dock house, dock area clean and organized. The Launch Operator will report directly to the Dockmaster. Requirements: • A valid and current U.S.C.G. License • Have a positive attitude and be a team member • Must be able to work weekends and holidays • Perform other related duties, tasks and responsibilities as required • Assist members as needed • Open or Close depending on shift Qualifications and Experience: • Valid and current U.S.C.G. License • Valid NYS License • General boat maintenance knowledge Job Type: Full-time and Part-time- (May-October) § Pay rate based on experience § MUST be 18 or older Please contact Frank at: 516-462-0947 or the Club office 516-671-7374. ”

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Sailboats for Sale

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Dyer 10 

10’ Dyer Dink 2008 - Sailing version, original owner, mint, light summer use only, teak trim & seats, tilt-up rudder, spar envelope, SEITECH dolly, boat cover. Same boat used by Riverside Frostbiting Association in CT. Asking $4,600-Warren, RI 401-245-3300.



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



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.



2001 Schock Harbor 20, keel boat, great single-hander, great condition - 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. $12,500 negotiable, 631-258-8028.



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



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: Cell 203-856-6034



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



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 $6500. Call Peter 203 410-7065 


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.


Capital City 28

28’ Capital City Yachts Newport 1982 - Inboard Yanmar,teak interior, hot water heater,Bimini,Edson wheel,many extras…a Steal at $6,000 631-751-1957.


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 @ or call Jim @ 973-368-7342. Winter storage has already been paid for.   Asking $21,000.



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



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



34’ Hunter 1983 - Well equipped for cruise or race. Professionally maintained Yanmar engine. Recent upgrades to standard rigging, jib furler, radar, GPS, microwave, auto helm, refrigerator. Beautiful boat.  $10,500. - Mike 516-623-6256



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



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


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



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  -


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



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


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  -



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



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


Beneteau 39

39’ Beneteau Oceanis 393 [2003/2004] – Branford, CT. Two cabin version professionally maintained. 508hrs - 57 HP Yanmar. Furling main & genoa, Fairclough winter canvas, Hatch A/C. Recent upgrades: Garmin 10” Chartplotter with radar; feathering MAXPROP; new Sunbrella interior upholstery. Visit or oceanis-103005085  Asking $110k. or 203-226- 8100


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 -



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



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,



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,


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



41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2012 – Flag blue awlgrip, extensive canvas package, full electronics, new sails, immaculate!! Asking $259,000. Willis Marine Center, 631-421-3400


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)



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,



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


44 jeanneau lat

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, 



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



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


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



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 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 $209,000 Call 401-683-9200 or


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. $611,745. Click here to view full listing. Contact 

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The Odyssey of Arethusa: The Making of a Mega Cat

By Tom Darling

ArethusaWhen one dreams of a dream boat, what might that be? In 1900, it would have been a Herreshoff-designed colossus intended for the America’s Cup. In 1936, Mike Vanderbilt had Starling Burgess design him the last of the great J Boats of that decade – Ranger. In the 2010s, ultimate yachts have a new look: multiple hulls. When Phil Lotz and Wendy Darling Lotz (full disclosure: they are my brother-in-law and younger sister) thought “new boat,” they saw what I call a “mega cat” – a fully-featured, carbon constructed, high performance offshore cruising speedster called Arethusa.

Ample charms: At speed with the asymmetrical, Arethusa shows off her generous deck space and array of solar panels. © Gary Jobson Productions



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Women’s Sailing Conference Slated for June 3 in Marblehead

Women sailing conferenceThe National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) is excited to announce the 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference, slated for Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. The event, which features hands-on land- and water-based workshops and seminars, offers women a fantastic opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills, network with other women sailors; and gain the confidence necessary to become better sailors.

The 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference is a full day of workshops, seminars and demonstrations, with activities on and off the water.   ©
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March 2017 Comic - Have You Checked Your Boat?

March 2017 Comic Dave Foster

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From the Log of Argon: Winter Sailing in the Caribbean - Saba

argon linda bobPublished March 1, 2017 - Captains Linda and Bob are half way through their one year sailing trip aboard s/v Argon having left Boston last September. Here is a recap of the last few months as they transited through the Leeward Caribbean Islands from the West Indies to the British, US and Spanish Virgin Islands. They are currently in Turks and Caicos as Argon slowly, and somewhat reluctantly, weaves her way northward over the coming months.

You can also follow their adventures on their blog at



Winter Sailing in the Caribbean - Saba

By Captain Linda Perry Riera

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of dispatches from Linda and her husband, Captain Bob Damiano, who are nearly six months into their one-year sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 Argon.

argon saba approachWhat or where the heck is Saba?? This lesser known Leeward Island is about 30 miles west of St. Maarten. And what a gem it is! When approaching Saba, one is deceived by scale. It looks like a small, round island but then you realize that you are still five miles (not 200 yards) out and as you get closer, the sheer cliffs around the perimeter of the island tower above. And on top of those jagged cliffs are some tall and steep mountains…a dormant volcano, actually.

Approaching Saba from the northeast. That cloud was over Saba the whole time we crossed from St. Maarten. This is common with mountainous islands in the trade winds. The trades run up the windward side of these mountains, cool and condense.   ©
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Classic Yacht Owners Association forms Technical Committee to examine various handicapping alternatives

Classic Yacht Owners AssociationNewport, Rhode Island- February 23, 2017 – The Classic Yacht Owners Association (CYOA), was formed in 2015 to advance the common interests of classic yacht owners, to improve communication between them, and to foster increased participation in classic yachting events throughout New England and beyond. The CYOA formed a Technical Committee consisting of yacht designers and naval architects, classic regatta and race organizers, and prominent classic yacht owner/racers. Over the past eight months the committee has examined various handicapping alternatives, including PHRF, Europe’s CIM, a VPP-based system, and the Classic Rating Formula (CRF) used predominately in New England.

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Trains, Boats and Automobiles

By Joe Cooper

Volvo Ocean RaceI was reminded recently that four of the five boroughs of New York City are on islands. This came about as I rode Amtrak into Manhattan to attend a Volvo Ocean Race press round table in midtown. The event’s save-the-date email was rather neutral in tone, but nonetheless I persuaded myself something was afoot.

Teamwork is everything in the Volvo Ocean Race, all the time. © Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race
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The 2017 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race

From the exciting – if damp – front row seats

By Chad Corning aboard Elvis

Fort Lauderdale Key West aboard ElvisTwenty-seventeen was a record setting year for the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race (January 11 - 13). Fresh easterly winds allowed David and Peter Askew’s R/P 74 Wizard (Baltimore, MD) to shave a few minutes off the impressive mark set by Joe Dockery’s R/P 81Carrera in 2005 and propelled nearly all the fleet home before the sun rose in Key West.

Push the throttle and burn the track: Although conditions thwarted a record-breaking run, Elvis logged speeds in the 20s throughout the Fort Lauderdale to Key West  Race.   © Chad Corning
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US Sailing Recognizes Outstanding Contributors to the Sport

Herreshoff Trophy Oakcliff SailingIndividuals and organizations in the Northeast are among the recipients of US Sailing’s annual awards, which were presented at the National Sailing Programs Symposium in Austin, TX.

A quartet of Herreshoff Trophy winners gathered at Oakcliff Sailing in February From left to right are Hunt Lawrence, Mary Savage, Timmy Larr and Betsy Lawrence.   © Ethan Johnson/Oakcliff Sailing


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QuickStart Circumnavigation Guide

Proven Route and Sailing Itinerary Timed for Weather

By Captain Charlie & Cathy Simon

Published by World Sailing Guru   166 pages   paperback   $39.95

QuickStart Circumnavigation GuideWhen Captain Charlie and Cathy Simon left St. Lucia in 2014 to sail around the world, they did so with a goal of compiling information to create the ultimate overview guide to circumnavigating the globe under sail. That book, in which the Simons enthusiastically share their wisdom on the life-changing aspects of circumnavigation, is now available.

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Deb Marlor Joins Offshore Sailing School

Deb MarlorDeborah (Deb) Marlor, an Offshore Sailing School graduate from 38 years ago, has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Marlor has served as a sales and process consultant with the company since August 2016.

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Jane Leipold Joins NESS

Jane LeipoldNew England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), a non-profit ocean adventure education organization in Stonington, CT, has appointed Jane Leipold to its Board of Directors. Leipold is an accomplished global executive with well over 30 years of business experience in engineering, operations, and human resources. Over the past ten years, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for TE Connectivity, a $13 billion global technology leader.

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Charleston Race Week