The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society has announced that Lighthouse Music Festival will be held in Huntington Bay, NY on Saturday, September 1, 2018. This unique fundraising event, the only music festival in the world held on top of a working lighthouse in the middle of the water, supports the non-profit organization’s mission to restore and preserve the historic lighthouse.
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By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Hurricane season is in gear. This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows – which are what distant storms often leave us. Lest one of us comes to grief…
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The Season Begins
By Peter J. Coleman
Now the season has begun, and it’s time to put the seven tips we discussed last month into practice. Let’s look at a few important ways to implement those in mid-season competition.
Keeping everything simple and straightforward on the racecourse – and avoiding mistakes! – is fundamental to achieving good results. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
The goal is to improve all summer long and if you do, the fun factor will be very high! But, be warned, missteps and thus lack of reward and the lack of the ability to improve can be caused by not following some simple steps.Read more
Longtime WindCheck readers may recall this reviewer’s admiration for the music of the late, great Stan Rogers (1949-1983). Stan, who lost his life in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 while returning home from the Kerrville Folk Festival, left a body of work that’s been called “one of the touchstones of modern Canadian history.” We’ll not see his like again.Read more
By Diana Tyler
Shennecossett Yacht Club of Groton, CT will again be sponsoring their annual unique regatta on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The SYC Lighthouse Regatta is an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) sanctioned race. With enough interest, the addition of a “fun” class on a separate course is planned, with PHRF numbers assigned by the race committee.
Weather permitting, the plan is to have yachts sent on a 15-mile race up and down Fishers Island Sound. This course encircles three lighthouses with views of several more, making for an exciting navigator’s race. SYC will donate any profits to the New London Maritime Society’s Lighthouse Fund. The society is a group dedicated to the education and preservation of local lighthouses. An illustrated brochure with information about all nine Fishers Island Sound lighthouses will be given to all entrants.
George Bates’ Ensign Bonanza approaches Latimer Reef Light in a recent SYC Lighthouse Regatta.Read more
By Ed Sargent
The Buzzards Bay Trophy was established in 2017 to increase and sustain PHRF yacht racing on Buzzards Bay.
Jim Masiero’s J/122 Ursus Maritimus (Beverly Yacht Club) chases Matt Schmitt’s J/105 Hardtack (Buzzards Yacht Club) in the Beverly YC-sponsored Hurricane Cup. © Paul Hyde
Five clubs in Massachusetts, Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Buzzards Yacht Club in Pocasset, Mattapoisett Yacht Club in Mattapoisett, New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, and Quissett Yacht Club in Falmouth, came together to collectively award the Buzzards Bay Trophy to the Racing and Cruising Class yachts with the best combined score in four of six races:
- Mattapoisett Yacht Club Spring Round-the-Bay Race, June 9
- New Bedford Yacht Club Whaler’s Race, June 23
- Beverly Yacht Club Parker Converse Tower Race, July 14
- Buzzards Yacht Club PHRF Race, August 18
- Quissett Yacht Club Round-the-Bay Race, September 8
- Beverly Yacht Club Hurricane Cup, September 22
In its first full year under new ownership, GMT Composites, Inc. in Bristol, RI has seen continued success in both marine and industrial segments. Jonathan Craig, who started at GMT as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2011 after more than a decade with Fiberspar, took over as President and owner 18 months ago. The company enjoyed strong sales through the year, and has made its first full time hire with Nate Williams as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.
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By Rob Roden
The largest amateur sailing prize on the East Coast is up for grabs at the 2018 Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge, organized by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association (PBSA) and scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2018. The winning skipper and crew will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2019.
The crew of the winning boat in the Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2019! © sailingweek.comRead more
By David Dellenbaugh
If you want to be at your optimum performance when the starting signal goes off, you need to warm up beforehand so you are ready, both physically and mentally. Here are some things you can do to prepare for any race:
In-Command Seamanship Training, located at Wickford Boat Rentals in Wickford, RI, has been certified as a US Powerboating Training Center, one of only 34 in the continental United States. In-Command Seamanship Training Center supports the mission of US Powerboating by providing recreational boaters of all skill levels with access to hands-on, on-the-water training and educational courses.Read more
By William Adler
Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT hosted its largest-ever OneDesign Regatta the weekend of June 1 - 3, 2018 with a record 106 boats and 560 sailors competing in eight classes, including four that raced for national or regional championships.
From left to right are the Atlantics of Scott Reichhelm (second place finisher), Rodrigo Meireles (first) and Jim Doyle (third). © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
Fickle breezes and constantly changing seas created challenges on Saturday, as sailors worked through periods of dead calm followed by a thunderstorm that roared across Long Island Sound from the north. On Sunday, brisk winds across the circle courses southeast of Compo Beach made for more favorable conditions, and more races were completed.Read more
By John Delaney
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) kicked off its Give a Sip campaign in May to support a bill introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinal that will eliminate the use of most single-use plastic straws in New York, NY. Give a Sip asks New York City consumers, restaurants and businesses to support the legislation to stop using single-use plastic straws, which contribute to plastic pollution that harms a wide array of marine wildlife from whales to sea turtles.Read more
Proudly serving our country in the United States Army for 13 years, Captain Francis J Racioppi, Jr. was a Ranger-qualified Infantry Officer and a Green Beret in the Army Special Forces. Fran deployed to Iraq three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, first as an Infantry Platoon Leader and twice as a mountaineering Special Forces Detachment Commander.
He coordinated Special Operations to combat Al-Shahab throughout East Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, planned and coordinated the Special Forces response to Boko Haram in West Africa, and oversaw the operations of the Special Forces teams countering the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa and ISIS in North Africa. Another mission, however, as Race Director with SailAhead, might be Fran’s most important yet.Read more
By Joe Cooper & Colin Shearley
There are a number of disconnected and independent Kapers afoot around the waterfront, all aimed at getting young people, teenagers and college kids interested in, and more time on, ‘big boats.’ On Long Island Sound, MudRatz and the Young American Sailing Academy are the two most obvious. On Narragansett Bay, Newport, Conanicut and Ida Lewis Yacht Clubs have programs of various densities aimed at getting this cohort sailing time without the stress of dinghy sailing, and Sail Newport is developing a similar program. The Storm Trysail Foundation and their Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars spread the word up and down the East Coast, and efforts are underway in the Great Lakes and West Coast to grow this program. In a number of clubs, there are individual members who will take young sailors out in ones and twos on an infrequent basis with no really planned and executed instruction nor really any captured, measurable results. Outside these efforts, all is desert.
While he’s keen to race big boats and perhaps one day have a job like Vestas 11th Hour Racing bowman Nick Dana (pictured here at the start of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18), 11-year-old Colin Shearley hopes the sport takes steps to improve safety. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
By Captain Joy Sherman
Who knew back in 1981 when two single women decided to start the Shoreline Sailing Club (SSC), that it would continue to flourish and be responsible for many marriages, lifelong friendships and a social life that’s unstoppable, 37 years later?
“One of the greatest perks of the Shoreline Sailing Club is the bond that is formed between our members,” says Commodore Betty Kovel, pictured here enjoying a day on Long Island Sound. © ShorelineSailingClub.com
With more than 40 terrific skippers with sail- and powerboats from 25 to 42 feet, the club is gearing up with our summer sailing and boating calendar. Sails to many locations around Long Island Sound, Block Island, Sag Harbor, a weeklong cruise, and many other activities are planned. In addition to a full sailing calendar, there are land-based parties for the 170-plus members called “Docksides” where a member hosts a party at their home or other venue. During the winter there are movie nights, music and stage performances, Halloween and holiday events that keep members busy all winter long.Read more
By Julianna Barbieri
The French/Italian team #145 Eärendil (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany), co-skippered by Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani, captured the 2018 Atlantic Cup, the United States’ premier and only dedicated Class40 sailing race.
Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani sailed Eärendil to victory in the 2018 Atlantic Cup. © Billy Black
Eärendil dominated the two offshore legs and held on to a narrow advantage as #128 Toothface II (Boston, MA), co-skippered by Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné, closed the gap with exceptional racing in the Inshore Series. The Portland, ME-based #127 Amhas, co-skippered by Micah Davis and Rob Windsor, placed third after a consistent performance throughout the two-week event.Read more
By Sean Duclay
Editor’s note: Co-founded by brothers Kilian and Sean Duclay of Huntington Station, NY, SailAhead is a non-profit organization that uses sailing and the ocean as a therapeutic platform to help heal U.S. Armed Forces veterans suffering from PTSD. Kilian and Sean were in high school when they launched SailAhead in 2013, and WindCheck is proud to chronicle the amazing work this growing organization is doing. You’ll find archived articles by typing “SailAhead” in the search bar at windcheckmagazine.com.
SailAhead kicked off our 2018 sailing season with the Fifth Annual Gotham Multihull Series in New York City on June 2 & 3, 2018. This regatta is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association rating, and Laurent Apollon, co-founder of the event and a member of the SailAhead Race Team, generously offered his Dragonfly 800 SW Windsinger (renamed SailAhead Tri for the race) to us!
SailAhead raced a Dragonfly 800 in the Firth Annual Gotham Multihull Series. © Laurent Apollon ImagesRead more
By Joan Thayer
More than 100 women sailors, from amateur day sailors to experienced offshore cruisers, arrived at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA on Saturday, June 2, 2018 to share their expertise and learn new skills at the 17th NWSA (National Women’s Sailing Association) Women’s Sailing Conference. Participants, who came from 12 states, chose from 20 different classroom and on-water workshops.
The Flares and Fire Extinguishers Demo was another popular workshop. © Pam FoleyRead more
Essex Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex, CT, in cooperation with Pettipaug Yacht Club (also in Essex), is hosting the 2018 Connecticut River One-Design Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
“Following in the footsteps of past Leukemia Cup events on Long Island Sound, the new Connecticut River One-Design Leukemia Cup Regatta is bringing together sailors and their friends from all over the lower Connecticut River and Eastern Connecticut shoreline,” said Event Chair and ECYC Commodore Ruth Emblin. “This re-designed charity event was created to advance the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
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In choosing this month’s cover photograph, as usual, the WindCheck team had a lot of very good options. When presented with Kerstin’s (Kerstin Fairbend, WindCheck’s Graphic Designer) first choice, part of me groaned. Again?! “Seriously, how many times has that boat been on the cover of WindCheck?”(WindCheck hat for the first one who provides the correct answer). “It seems like every month there is a fantastic photo of her submitted for a cover or a story!” Zep (Chris Szepessy, Editor of WindCheck) said in an almost begrudging way, “But she is beautiful...and what a shot!”Read more
By Ron Weiss
Eighty boats crossed the starting line in big breeze to begin the 73rd edition of the 186 nautical mile Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. The good times lasted until most of the boats had rounded Block, but on the return leg conditions became increasingly variable.
PHRF Class 5 competitors Brian Spears’ J/120 Madison (Fairfield, CT) and Justin Bonar’s Jeanneau 53 YYZ (Stamford, CT) on the way out to Block Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot, copyright 2018
Massive holes appeared at seemingly random times and places; a veritable mine field that the fleet had to pick their way through carefully. The winners attributed their victories to skill, and the non-winners cursed their bad luck. Such is human nature.Read more
Hinckley Yachts celebrated the grand opening of its seventh yacht service location in the U.S., at Harbor Landing in Stamford, CT, last month. Harbor Landing is a mixed-use waterfront development owned and operated by Stamford-based Building and Land Technology (BLT).Read more
Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend, a Martha’s Vineyard tradition anchored by its ’Round-the-Island Race (’RTI) of eight decades, is adding a new ’Round-the-Sound Race (‘RTS) option for teams wanting to sail a shorter course of approximately 20 nautical miles around government marks on Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.
The EYC Race Weekend fleet enjoys last year’s ’Round-the-Island Race. This year’s event will include a shorter ’Round-the-Sound option. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
The ’RTS adds yet another dimension to Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend and is an attractive alternative for those wanting to go a bit easier on Saturday or just even try short-distance racing for the first time.Read more
For more than a quarter-century, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced to raise funds and awareness for Center for Hospice Care, and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go to Regatta” on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association circuit.