From the Log of Persevere: Swimming with Whales in Tonga

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the nineteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and 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 enjoyed Niue for multiple reasons. It has some of the best diving in the Pacific, with caves and deep chasms to explore. The water is crystal clear except where the cold springs from the island spill into the ocean and make the water look icy. It’s real cool underwater, like a frost spreading slowly within the water.

Swimming with whales was among the most memorable experiences of the Rath’s two-year voyage.   ©
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Adventures in Docking

By Derek Rupe

Adventures in DockingCaptains learn to recognize fear in eyes of the crew. I’ve seen fear, deep fear, white eyes and long stares. I wish these moments were always on hard crossings, rough groundings, or the occasional dismasting. But alas, terror is most likely experienced during the mundane task of leaving or returning to the slip. This is especially prevalent in people who grew up boating and have developed a Pavlovian fear response to being in the vicinity of a docking boat.

Too many boats are seldom used, the author reckons, because a lot of sailing couples haven’t mastered the nuances of incident-free docking.
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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 by the 10th of the month for the next issue. (The monthly cost is $35.) Or, please call us at 203-332-7639.


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.


20 Schock Harbor 

20’ Schock Harbor 2006 - Yes it even comes with the trailer! Beautiful pocket cruiser the Harbor 20 is the perfect day boat. Turn on the electric motor or sail off the mooring, the huge cockpit is perfect for a sail with friends. Asks 26K   Prestige Yacht Sales, Peter Thorsby 203-353-0373



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’ Cal - Located in Milford CT.  Great family or couples daysailer with Triad trailer for convenient dry sailing/storage.  Roller furling jib for easy sailing.  Large, sit in cockpit.   Nice condition.  Johnson outboard engine. $1700 Priced to sell!  Located in Milford, CT Contact John at (203) 530-2550.



22.5’ Pearson Electra Alberg 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


Beneteau 235 

23’ Beneteau First 235 - This is a fine example of a Liberty Edition well cared for. Cabin excellent condition. Doyle Mainsail and 150% Custom Racing Jib new 2014, bottom and keel taking down to gel coat and faired 2013, keel no rust por-15 coating $8200.00  Call 516-996-1529


Pacific Seacraft

24’ Pacific Seacraft Dana 2003 - The Pacific Seacraft Dana sets a new standard in a small format cruiser. Superior construction and design, this vessel is equally at home sailing your local waters or crossing the oceans of the world. Professionally maintained. Asks 74.9K  Prestige Yacht Sales, Peter Thorsby 203-353-0373


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.


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 - $12,500. Contact: Larry Fullerton 203-400-2085 or


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.

Pearson 30 

30’ Pearson 1976 - Bill Shaw Design cruiser racer great sailing boat Atomic 4 engine and hull professionally maintained asking $7900. 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



32’ J Boats J/32 2001 - Great J-Boat performance and comfortable overnight accommodations. She is clean, shows well and has lots of gear. She features a new mainsail and Stack Pack, dodger, refrigeration, new batteries, MaxProp, custom teak toerail, cockpit cushions, AC/heat. $89,900 (MA) Call Matt Leduc 401-226-1816



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


Catalina 35

35’ Catalina 350 MKII 2006 - She is loaded with gear, clean, comfortable and easy to sail. She features: diesel generator, AC/heat, canvas winter cover with frame, radar, plotter, autopilot, bimini and dodger. With Catalina's famous innerspring mattresses and AC. $129,900 (RI) Call Matt Leduc 401-226-1816


Catalina 35

35’ Catalina 350 2003 -PRICED TO SELL NOW. 2013 replaced radar, chart-plotter, added battery capacity, inverter/charger, propane heater, cabin fans and much more in preparation for cruising. In-mast furling mainsail, dodger/bimini, and mostly new running rigging. Barrington, RI $99,900 Jim Spiro at 401-258-2625


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 $259,900 Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625


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  -



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


Irwin 38

38’ Irwin 38 MKII 1990 - Sturdy yet swift, this modern classic offshore yacht is ready for coastal or blue water, having already completed a trans-Atlantic passage. Her owner has been diligent about her upkeep and maintenance. Much new and upgraded equipment.  Asks 79K, Prestige Yacht Sales, David Fales  203-353-0373


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


ODay 39

39’ O’Day 1982 - Rare three private double birth layout - two aft and one forward. She features a large roomy cockpit, newer Doyle Mainsail and Genoa (2011), standing and running rigging replaced (2013), solid glass hard dodger. $49,900 (RI) Call Matt Leduc 401-226-1816


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.



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



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,


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. ALLEGRO is a very clean and well maintained boat with many upgrades and improvements. Currently stored indoors for the winter and easily available for inspection. $139,000 (MA) Call Ryan J. 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 $179,500.  Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625


Slocum 43

43’ Slocum 43 1984 - Dockside or underway, comfortable live-aboard & a seaworthy offshore cruiser. Beautiful in tradition, above & below. Considering the extensive upgrades by caring, knowledgeable owners, she's an excellent value & a true yacht capable of ocean sailing.  Asks 119.9K,  Prestige Yacht Sales, Fletcher Ryan  860-767-0528.



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


Beneteau 473

47’ Beneteau 473 2005 -This is a Beneteau 473 two cabin layout. The solar panel and wind generator supply power for refrigeration. She also features a Westerbeke 8Kw diesel generator, SatTV, 2 Zone AC/Heat, davits and dodger and bimini.  $229,900 (MA) Call Matt Leduc 401-226-1816


Beneteau 47

47’ Beneteau 473 2001 - The Beneteau 473 combines extraordinary interior comfort, volume and light with Blue water strength. New Dodger Bimini and interior. New equipment, rebuilt Windlass, new galley stove, new HMC mattress in forward stateroom, new winter cover.  $182,500 (NY) Tim Norton 401-575-8326


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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Stonington Dinghy Club Celebrates 50 Years of Fun

By Helen A. Jankoski

Stonington Harbor Dinghy RacesWhen Debby and Ed Dear were looking to relocate up the coast from Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1995, it was a community sailing poster in a Stonington Borough shop window that helped make their decision. “Here was an invitation for everyone to show up on the starting line in Stonington Harbor, with dinner afterward,” said Ed. “I did small boat racing in Old Greenwich, but it was a little more complicated.”

A Montgomery 10, Lasers and an Ideal 18 wait for the start of a Stonington Dinghy Club Wednesday night race.   © Helen Jankoski
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Learning to Sail: Dealing with Wind

By Molly Mulhern

Dealing with WindNot many people go sailing in our neck of the coast early in the season when the wind is blowing over 20 knots. I can understand why. Small Craft Warnings are issued, and well, it is windy! I would not want to go out either, except…

A happy helmsman – the sun is out and the wind is blowing! The J/34C is very well balanced when sailed well, requiring a very light touch on the helm when the sails are trimmed properly.  © Molly Mulhern
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Sail Newport Tops Off New Education Center

Sail Newport Education CenterWhen thousands of sailors arrive at Sail Newport in Newport, RI over the spring and summer months, they will see the new 8,500 square foot building near completion after five years in the making. On March 5, Sail Newport celebrated the milestone of placing the highest point on the new Marine Education and Recreation Center in Fort Adams State Park.

© Matthew Cohen Photography
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Powerboats for Sale

To place a boat for sale in print and online, please send up to 45 words and a photo to by the 10th of the month for the next issue. (The monthly cost is $35.) Or, please call us at 203-332-7639.



23' Albemarle - V-8 Volvo, inboard outdrive, Center console, Sharp, fast. Great sea boat. Asking $35,750. Call Bruce 860-235-5035


Willard Trawler 

30’ Custom Willard Trawler - Abenaki is a custom 30ft down east style Willard trawler. 62hp Perkins diesel, heavy displacement. Bronze opening ports and cowl vents provide light and air below. Modern electronics, dinghy. Andrew Galasso: 631-325-1138.


32 Nordic Tug pilothouse 

32’ Nordic Tug 32 Pilothouse 2008 - Pristine, 2 A/C's, Volvo 280, 400 hrs, Onan 5kw Genset, 2 Solar Panels, LED bulbs, Raymarine Electronics, Bow Thruster, Inverter, Fresh water head, Propane oven/stove, Seagull water purifier, Pedestal bed, Cockpit shower, Dinghy/o/b. $249,900. 860-550-3408.

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April 2017 WindCheck CoverOne of the articles many readers anticipate seeing in every issue of WindCheck is Sound Environment. Since our very first issue in 2002, WindCheck has featured – at least once monthly – articles about environmentally relevant and important topics such as beach cleanups, clean regatta practices, water quality issues, protecting marine wildlife, and many other rallying calls for an ecological cause.

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Gentlemen (and Ladies), Start Your Engines!

By Vincent Pica

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

Back in the fall, we talked about how to get the boat ready for a long, cold and dank winter. Time and tide are now on our side. Here on Long Island’s East End, most bay constables allow moorings back in the water as of April 1 – and the weather will turn our way, too. So, before you start your engines, ready the boat!

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“I’m Doing the Marion Bermuda Race”

By Ernie Messer

Hinckley Sou'wester 51 MomentumSo, two sailors are talking in a bar (of course)…

One says, “I’m doing the Marion Bermuda Race in June.”

Second sailor says, “Where does that go?”

First sailor: “It starts up in Marion, Mass, goes down Buzzards Bay, then offshore to Bermuda.”

Second sailor: “Ah, no thanks, I’ve heard about that Buzzards Bay!”

Some years it’s almost true!

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New York to Build Nation’s Second and Largest Offshore Wind Power Project

By Catherine Bowes, National Wildlife Federation Senior Manager for Climate & Energy

Deepwater windOn January 25, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees voted to approve a contract for the South Fork Wind Farm, a 90-megawatt (MW) project that will produce enough clean, local energy to power 50,000 homes. The project’s 15 turbines will be built 30 miles east of Montauk, New York, in an area of federal waters already leased for wind energy development.

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm (pictured) is now fully operational. The company is moving ahead with plans to build a 15-turbine project in the waters east of Montauk, NY that will provide clean, locally produced electricity for 50,000 homes.  ©

Most importantly to National Wildlife Federation, developer Deepwater Wind has a strong record of positive stakeholder engagement and environmental protection in the development of their projects – including working closely with us and our partners to take additional steps to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales at their historic Block Island Wind Farm completed last year.

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Hamilton Marine Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Wayne HamiltonWayne Hamilton started Hamilton Marine out of his Searsport, Maine garage in 1977.  As a commercial fisherman, he saw a need on the working waterfront of his harbor hometown for a real marine supply store. His instincts proved correct, and Hamilton Marine soon outgrew the garage. The store moved to a larger location in town, and continued to grow. It expanded beyond those walls, then moved to an even bigger building in Searsport. There, it became a Maine marine destination for local lobstermen and boaters of all kinds.

From a marine supply business that Wayne Hamilton started in his garage 40 years ago, Hamilton Marine now has five stores in Maine and satisfied customers all over the world.  © Jamie Bloomquist
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Letter: Attention Force 5 Racers!

Thames Yacht Club in New London, CT is pleased to announce that we are hosting the 2017 Force 5 North American Championship on July 26 - 29, 2017. TYC is offering low- and no-cost housing, charter boats, guest moorings, and ‘Challenger’ and ‘Junior’ racing. This important event is a tremendous opportunity for Force 5 sailors of different age and skill levels to compete in an international race in their own backyard.

Full details including Notice of Race (NOR) and registration are available at and For more information, please contact TYC Publicity Chair Cate Sheahan at or Race Organizer Grant Ehrlich at

Thank you,

Cate Sheahan, Thames Yacht Club

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Letter: An Evening with Gary Jobson

Dear Anne,

Thanks again for all your efforts to arrange An Evening with Gary Jobson for American Yacht Club and member yacht clubs of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound. It was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Gary is truly a great speaker and storyteller!

We appreciate North Sails, Regatta Ginger Beer and WindCheck for making this happen. After all the hard work, I hope you were able to enjoy the evening and interaction with so many fans.

All the best,

John Hunt

Chair, Speakers Series

American Yacht Club, Rye, NY

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Letter: Don’t Forget the Fun!

Editor’s note: The subject of the ‘On Watch’ article in our March issue, Kate Wilson was recently honored by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association for (among other achievements) her efforts to help revitalize the junior sailing program at Newport Yacht Club in Newport, RI.

Hi Kate,

I read with great interest in the March issue of WindCheck about you being honored by RIMTA as the Rhode Island Boater of the Year – congratulations!

I completely agree with you that junior sailing needs to be more fun and offer this short story in support. When my son was 9 years old, we sent him to a great local summer sailing camp at a local yacht club. He repeated the camp a year later, but for the third summer I asked him if he would like to go again and he said no. I asked why and he said, “Because all they want to do is race and make you try to beat the pants off somebody. I like to sail, Dad, but it’s not fun when all you do is race.” For him, there was no fun, no “Marine Adventure Camp,” and it was all about competition…trying to be better than the next kid. I was greatly saddened, but understood. I love sailing too and learned it as a young teen – but not in a competitive sailing camp. He was burnt out at the tender young age of 12.

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Clancy, of the paperwork

By Joe Cooper

safety at sea marion bermudaLate February found me flying west to visit my mates in the Marin Marine Mafia in San Francisco, the nominal reason being to share the celebrations of one of our number in his 85th year. I also saw some of the other blokes and girls, went for a sail on SF Bay, introduced one of the former Prout sailors, now at university out there, to said mafia, and generally kicked back in the warm sun pouring in through the south windows of the hillside aerie in Mill Valley owned by my host, the birthday boy.

Every sailor contemplating an offshore passage should attend a safety at sea seminar…and make sure your electronic rescue beacons are properly registered. © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon
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Regional Boat Dealers Gear Up for the 2nd Annual In-Water Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex, CT May 5-7, 2017

CT Spring Boat ShowEssex, CT (March 29, 2017) – The Connecticut Spring Boat Show has announced the 2nd Annual 2017 in-water show dates of May 5-7, 2017 at Brewer Essex Island Marina located in Essex, CT.    The Boating Industry has come together to unveil some of the latest innovations in boating, offer purchase incentives and give consumers an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one convenient location. Interested boat buyers will enjoy select opportunities for sea trials throughout the weekend; thus giving prospective buyers a unique ‘try-before-you-buy’ experience.  We expect more than 3000 people to attend the free show, rain or shine.

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Tucker Thompson on the America’s Cup

The venue for this year’s match for the oldest trophy in sports is arguably the most beautiful in the event’s history, and the Public Host of the 35th America’s Cup says it’s not too late to plan an unforgettable trip!

America's CupThe 35th America’s Cup starts next month, and the regatta will be held in Bermuda for the very first time. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs run from May 26 to June 12, 2017 and the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton will be held June 17 & 18 and 24 - 27, 2017.

The 50-foot America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats are even faster than their 72-foot predecessors.   Photo: Sam Greenfield/© ORACLE TEAM USA
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Skip a Straw – Save a Sea Turtle

Skip a StrawDid you know that Americans use 500 million plastic drinking straws every day? Think about that…500 million a day. That many straws end-to-end could circle the Earth 2.5 times. To reverse this trend, our friends at Sailors for the Sea in Newport, RI have launched a campaign called Skip a Straw – Save a Sea Turtle.

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On Watch - Lee Reichart

Lee ReichartAn accomplished offshore racer and an active member of several sailing clubs, Lee Reichart is engaged in ensuring a bright future for the sport.

© Peter Fackler 

“I grew up in Larchmont, NY, Montreal, Toronto, and back to Larchmont,” says Lee, who lives on Mason’s Island in Mystic, Connecticut. “I started sailing on my father’s best friend Palmer Langdon’s 39-foot Rhodes 27 Tiny Teal when I was really young. My first offshore experience was in 1955 when we did a cruise from Nantucket to Halifax and back. My primary job was crawling out to read the taff-rail log. Another distinct memory was on the New York Yacht Club cruise, sailing Tiny Teal’s dinghy around Commodore John Nicholas Brown’s NYYC flagship Bolero in Nantucket Harbor and being invited aboard for a tour. My father, Palmer Langdon and Ed du Moulin were all important in my development as a sailor and a person, as was a peer of mine, Steve Moore, unfortunately taken too soon.”

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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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