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January 2, 2018 Report by Peter Rusch: Close racing marked the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong. Overall Volvo Ocean Race leader MAPFRE was at the head of the fleet off the starting line.
Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 01 on board MAPFRE, Leg start, batle with Vestas to lead the fleet. Photo by Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race.
Scheduled for Super Bowl Weekend, the three-day Providence Boat Show presented by Washington Trust plans on joining in the spirit of the “Big Event” with an appearance by former New England Patriots Defensive Lineman and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green.
Photo courtesy Media Pro International
Green will be cooking up his Oceans 97 Shrimp at the show’s “Sea to Table” demonstrations on Friday and Saturday (February 2 and 3) and signing autographs. The show, operated by Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), starts Friday (February 2) and offers one-stop shopping at the Rhode Island Convention Center for every kind of boating enthusiast.Read more
The Connecticut River Museum (CRM) located in the historic Steamboat Dock building in Essex, CT, has once again partnered with Connecticut River Expeditions to offer Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises in February and March. These popular trips are a chance to get out on the River in winter to see bald eagles, as well as other winter species that visit the estuary such as harbor seals.
A harbor seal lounges on the Connecticut River ice. © Bill YuleRead more
Les Iles Sous le Vent
By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs
Editor’s note: This article is an abridged excerpt from the authors’ excellent book, Voyages: Stories of ten Sunsail owner cruises.
Authors’ note: 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.
When Nancy and I were initially contemplating becoming members of the Sunsail ownership program back in 2009, we carefully scanned the long list of bases scattered around the world. Both of us quickly spied “French Polynesia” on the list and exclaimed, “Wouldn’t that be incredibly special?” Well, it was now late in 2012, and Nancy had carefully hoarded all available PPL time at her job with the American Mathematical Society in Providence. Thus, it was now possible for us to sail “Les Iles Sous le Vent” (the islands under the wind), not for two weeks, but three!
The very lovely Sunsail base, located on the northwest corner of Raiatea © Nancy G. KaullRead more
By Joe Cooper
As sailors we know, at some level, that we are part of a remarkable community. If you drive into a new town and drive down to the docks, you will look at the boats more or less by yourself, generally as a stranger, an outsider, a landsman. If on the other hand you arrive by boat, within about 20 minutes of turning off the engine or putting the sail cover on you will know half the other sailors on the dock. You will be exchanging comments about the varnish, how you like the sun panel or the wind turbine on the stern, the boat’s performance, the Bimini, the GPS TV on the binnacle, who you know who has the same (fill in the blank)…and so on. I was reminded of this very communal aspect of sailors last Halloween.Read more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Here’s how the story goes. In the dead of winter, two duck hunters and their trusty hunting dog drive their brand-new Range Rover out on to the ice of (choose: _______ [a] Long Island Sound, [b] Moriches Bay, [c] Shinnecock Bay, [d] Great South Bay, [e] body of water of your choice) and, seeing that there are no open leads to entice migratory birds to land, take out a stick of dynamite, light it and throw it as far out on the ice as they can. The plan is simple. The dynamite blows a substantial hole in the ice; they get back in the car and run the heater until the migratory birds arrive. They step out with their shotguns full of birdshot and bag much of the flock.Read more
Captain Henry Marx of Stamford, CT is the recipient of the Storm Trysail Club’s 2018 Owen C. Torrey Memorial Trophy. The presentation was made at the club’s Long Island Sound Station Holiday Party in Larchmont, NY. The trophy is awarded annually to the person who, in the opinion of the Flag Officers and Board of Governors, has rendered “Outstanding Service” to the Storm Trysail Club.
Leggie Torrey, Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lenny Sitar, and Captain Henry Marx with the 2018 Owen C. Torrey Memorial Trophy © Howard McMichaelRead more
Landfall in Stamford, CT provides a full range of safety equipment, and the Landfall Marine Training Center offers a wide variety of educational courses for sailors and powerboaters alike.
The crew of Connell Cannon’s Alden 63 Verissimo (pictured at the start of the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race) has completed several courses at the Landfall Marine Training Center. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
“Our educational effort focuses on making everyone’s time on the water enjoyable and safer,” said Captain Henry Marx, President of Landfall. “With the 51st edition of the Newport Bermuda Race coming up, we reached out to a good friend and Landfall customer, Connell Cannon of Jamestown, RI to get his thoughts on preparing for this year’s race. Connell has raced his Alden 63 Verissimo in several Newport Bermuda Races and the Marblehead to Halifax Race. In 2016, Verissimo won line honors in the Cruiser division and second in class in the Newport Bermuda Race.”Read more
I dislike the use of the term ‘Bucket List’ to order those events or experiences we wish to do before it’s ‘too late.’ We all have things we’d love to see and accomplish, and regardless, everything we do is on our so-called bucket list because, well, you ain’t gonna summit Everest after you’ve kicked it unless someone carries you up there in a tin can. I have my, call it, ‘to-do list’ and Everest is nowhere on it. But there is some adventure and challenge, most of which involves sailing in some form or fashion. Go figure.
On the cover: James “T” Thieler’s DN iceboat at the completion of a high speed spinout during the 2016 DN North American Championships. © John StantonRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
When you read this, the holiday wrapping and New Year’s happenings will be lost in a frothy wake of tinsel and eggnog. Memories of your overstuffed cousin and cloying father-in-law (“Call me ‘Pop’”) are harder to shake. Sometimes, you get marked up most by things you have to tolerate with a grin and a nod, which observation brings me neatly around the windward mark and headed downwind. Staggering upright, let me list the annoyances flooding past my legs during last year and, yeah, you legal wonks, I worked a few maritime legal bytes into the mix, so go grab a can of bulkhead remover and relax.Read more
The Blue Water Sailing Club is hosting three off-water seminars designed to enhance the enjoyment and safety of cruisers and offshore sailors. The first is DIY Solar Panel and Refrigeration: Planning and Installation. BWSC member Bernie Coyne will discuss his recent project of adding solar panels and new refrigeration to his J/46 Mystic Rose. The seminar is January 13 from 9:15am - 12pm at the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, MA. Coyne will be joined by BWSC member Steve Lee, who will discuss a simpler, out-of-the-box approach to solar. The cost is $10 per person. Participants are required to register by January 10 at bluewatersc.org.Read more
Get hooked on iceboating!
By James “T” Thieler
We all love the summer sailing season, that’s for sure. Spring and fall aren’t bad, either. A nice leisurely sail is good, a fast reach is even better, and for some of us a blazing run in big breeze with the kite up and spray flying is the ultimate. But what to do when winter arrives and you crave yet more speed and more sailing? How to get the fix when the snow is on the ground and the boat is on the hard? Good news is you can fix both problems by going iceboating!
The 12-foot DN is the world’s most popular iceboat. © Cathy FirmbachRead more
From exciting educational opportunities and the builder of some of the loveliest boats on the water being acquired by a marine industry veteran to the return of a favorite biennial race week, new partners for the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic and the announcement of a campaign to bring the America’s Cup back where it belongs, there are plenty of great stories for the new year.....Read more
There’s a popular maxim that goes something like this: ‘Like a fine wine, some things get better with age.’ That notion could easily apply to sailing regattas – or at least those events whose organizers pay the same close attention to their product as the best vintners. Sperry Charleston Race Week, organized by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association and scheduled for April 12 -15 in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, is definitely one of those events.
These VX Ones are just a few of the 211 boats that competed at Sperry Charleston Race Week last year. © Tim Wilkes/Sperry Charleston Race WeekRead more
From the Backyard Pool to the Open Ocean
How to Avoid and Survive Water Emergencies
By Ben Rayner
Published by iUniverse 112 pages paperback
Every year, approximately 3,500 people drown in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under age 14, and it’s also one of the top causes of death for young men in their teens and twenties. This reviewer came very close to drowning during an ill-conceived adventure nearly 40 years ago, and counts three acquaintances (each a very experienced boater) among those who did not survive an unexpected immersion.Read more
On behalf of Riverside Yacht Club, I would like to thank you for the donation of WindCheck magazines to our “Women Offshore” event, as well as advertising it and posting on Facebook. The event was a great success. We had 60 attendees (mostly women, three guys), and they came from as far as Nyack, Kingston and Long Island, NY and Newport, RI. We had women sailors who were club affiliated as well as non-club affiliate, and ages from 17 to 77. I think your advertising had a lot to do with that! It is the donations from sponsors like yourself that really helps to round out an event, and we thank you for them.
Cynny Smith, Chairperson, Women’s Sailing, Riverside Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT
Cynny – Thank you for the kind words, and congratulations on a successful event! We’re always happy to promote events such as Women Offshore, and if you’re hosting it again this year we’d love to publish a report and photos
Editor’s note: In our October 2017 issue, 10-year-old Colin Shearley wrote about his experience aboard Warrior, a Volvo Ocean 70 that serves as the flagship of the Warrior Sailing Program. Contributing Editor Joe Cooper, who made Colin’s amazing experience possible, posted the story to WindCheck’s Facebook page.
Awesome to see such young ones out there learning early! I’m sure those two are going to be quite the sailors later in life. Very cool that they are learning the ins and outs of being on a boat at such an early age. Thanks for the great post! It has inspired my 12-year-old to want to learn more about sailing.
Julie Tootser, via emailRead more
When she started racing on her family’s Peterson 42 Settler at age 5, Abby Smith was known as the “GLC”(Good Luck Charm), and she hasn’t stopped fulfilling and building upon that role. “The first boat I went sailing on and drove – with someone else pretending not to have their hand on the wheel while I was ‘steering’ – was Settler,” says Abby.Read more
The 86-year-old Sparkman & Stephens yacht Dorade finished second in two divisions (IRC Division 4/ORCi Div 4) in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. The 628-mile race, which started December 26, 2017, is often described as one of the most challenging ocean races in the world. It was the pinnacle event in Team Dorade’s ambitious six-race “Dorade Down Under” series, which kicked off this past August in Australia.
Dorade off Tasman Island in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race © Rolex/Studio BorlenghiRead more
Twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles of Larchmont, NY scored a decisive victory in the Girls 420 division at the 2017 Youth World Sailing Championship, which was held in Sanya, China December 11 - 16, 2017. “It’s still sinking in,” said the sisters in unison. “We’re going to tell our mother and sister; they’ve been following it from afar, even though it’s midnight there. They’re probably really excited right now.”
Carmen and Emma Cowles are World Champions! © Sailing Energy/World SailingRead more
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December 11 Report: Cape Town provided another spectacular stopover to the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet raced off for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon...
Volvo Ocean Race fleet flying out of Cape Town ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6,500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne, Australia. The ETA is currently between the 24th and 26th of December.Read more
With the surprise donation of a proven 48-footer, MudRatz, an organization based in Southeastern Connecticut with a mission to complement local youth sailing programs by enabling enthusiastic sailors to practice together as a team and travel to regattas around the country, is taking a leap into the world of offshore racing.
With the donation of this Swan 48, the MudRatz have set their sights on the Newport Bermuda Race and beyond. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
The Storm Trysail Foundation announces it will host its annual US Sailing sanctioned Hands-on Safety-at- Sea Seminar on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx, NY. As in past years, the 2018 SASS will be a combination of classroom instruction and practical, hands-on application of the subjects taught.Read more
Clearwater, FL — (December 11, 2017) The Moorings and Sunsail, two of the most trusted names in yacht chartering, are pleased to announce the grand reopening of their British Virgin Islands charter base on December 9th, 2017, just three months after the Caribbean’s record-breaking hurricane activity.Read more