Next stop – Cape Town, as Dongfeng Race Team lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Lisbon
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Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. 05 November 2017: The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is charging into a challenging first night at sea with winds over 30-knots forecast...
Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the leg start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon.Read more
A non-profit organization called Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE) has developed a robot that will hopefully be the solution to what many experts have described as the worst man-made ecological disaster ever witnessed. The problem is a massive invasion by the lionfish, a voracious predator that threatens to destroy coral reef ecosystems, native fish stock and fisheries in the Caribbean Sea, Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Lionfish are ravenous omnivores that will eat any fish or invertebrate that fits into their gaping mouths. ©FGBNMS/A. SterneRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
Around the boatyard this time of year, there’s an obvious loss of optimism. Scrubbing the summer’s growth off the dinghy, lugging lines and stuffing sails into the car’s boot somehow can’t beat a spring day of boat chores. I can’t do much about this truism, but I can offer several random maritime legal issues to mull as you malinger over whether or not to pay to soda blast the hull.
By Jim Godsman
If you are one of those who think intense starting lines, composite hulls, paneled high tech sails, and flotation and laminar flow tanks are just part of the big boat sailing world, you would be very wrong. Today’s remote control (RC) sailboats use the same technology as their larger counterparts.
There are perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 RC sailors in the United States. © theamya.orgRead more
(NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI) November 20, 2017 - Alerion Yachts, the luxury daysailing brand renowned for its combination of stunning, traditional lines and modern sailing performance, is now owned by a marine industry veteran who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the brand.Read more
Making a first overnight passage together
By Ernie Messer
As more and more women are taking up sailing as a sport, the incidence of cruising couples naturally follows. Sailing couples enjoy many benefits over fully crewed boats, including more space, privacy, and much easier scheduling and logistics.
There’s not much traffic when you make early departures. © Ernie Messer
Not having to entertain and train a constant flow of guests can add greatly to the experience of each member of the team. Teaching someone how to use a marine sanitation device has to be one of the most tedious chores on the boat! My wife Jan and I have also found that we are more likely to invite other cruising couples aboard – and be invited more often – when there are just two of us.Read more
by VINCENT PICA - COMMODORE, FIRST DISTRICT, SOUTHERN REGION (D1SR) - UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
The arrival of November is a reminder that many months of kindly weather are behind us and many months of dark, cold and dreary weather are ahead of us. Even if you hand off your boat to your dockmaster and say, “See you in the spring,” there are some tips in here that you will want to be aware of. This column is about that.
Clearwater, FL — (November 7, 2017) The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company, is pleased to introduce Antigua as their newest sailing destination. Bareboat and skippered sailing charters in this stunning cruising destination are now available to book for departures beginning November 4th.
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As of August, Brewer Yacht Sales (BYS) is now a preferred partner of Safe Harbor Marinas. Recently acquired by longtime BYS broker Hal Slater (pictured), BYS will continue to operate at key Safe Harbor locations and will maintain its close relationship with Safe Harbor’s Brewer brand.Read more
The Hinckley Company has announced that Hinckley Yacht Services Stamford is now open for business and hauling yachts for winter storage. Peter Manion (pictured), who has joined Hinckley as the General Manager of the Stamford, CT yard, will report into Chief Operating Officer Mike Arieta in Portsmouth, RI. The facility has lifting capacity up to 80 tons, indoor heated rack storage for 46 boats, 25 fully equipped slips, a fuel dock and pump out station, and offers a variety of repair services.Read more
Danish sailmaker Elvstrøm Sails A/S has announced the appointment of Harding Sails in Marion, MA as their exclusive New England representative.
“We are proud to become part of this traditional and strong brand, which I am confident our market and customers will welcome onboard,” said Graham Quinn, President of Harding Sails. ”A renowned sailmaker for more than 60 years, Elvstrøm Sails is one of the largest sailmakers in Europe with a strategic focus on superior sail design and construction complemented by excellent customer service. I think that sounds quite like our philosophy at Harding Sails.”Read more
I’ve found that when one is laid up for a period of time, the first thing one tends to do is catch up on what feels like years of missed sleep. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Whether the demands of publishing deadlines, up-too-early active children, ever-present racing watch changes, or countless other reasons, many of us both rise early and burn the midnight oil. To be able to sleep for more than four hours at a clip is a luxury I’d been longing to enjoy for quite some time. The second thing one does, once rested, is to begin to stir. When you’re forced into what feels like latency, you really start to ask yourself to be careful what you wish for.
On the cover: Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Rhode Island’s home team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, was victorious in Leg 1 between Alicante, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. © James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race
If you’ve raced in Western Long Island Sound or at Block Island Race Week in the past 15 years or so, you’ve heard Ray Redniss on the VHF. A lifelong Stamford, CT resident, he’s among the finest race officers on the water. A fortuitous incident that brought Ray to race management also inspired what may be the most lovingly crafted guitars in the world.
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A conversation with Steve Benjamin, winner of US Sailing’s 2017 Championship of Champions
By Ben Cesare
We often proudly point out that sailing is different because there is no other sport where we can compete on an equal footing with the best in the world, both professional and amateur. As much as I would like to, and if he would spot me the 16 strokes due to my handicap, I have no opportunity for a golf match with 2017 PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas!
Shown with US Sailing’s Jack Brown Trophy are Championship of Champions winners (l – r) Chris Larson, Steve Benjamin and Phil Trinter. © Matthew Cohen/CohenPhotography.com
US Sailing’s Championship of Champions for the Jack Brown Trophy, honoring a man who was notable for service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing committees, is a great example of how “good” sailors get to sail against the best. Each skipper in this annual invitational event must qualify by winning a one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. First held in 1976, the C of C is sailed in a different class each year, from Snipes, Thistles, Flying Scots and Lightnings to Sunfish, Hobie Cats, Y-Flyers, C-Scows, J/24s, Etchells and VX Ones. In addition to the invited skippers (none of whom may be a champ in that year’s selected class), US Sailing invites a mystery “guest skipper.” This year it was Steve Benjamin of Miami, FL. As US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (and a strong contender for the honor in 2017), he is indeed one of the best.Read more
“It could have been much worse”
ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 7, 2017 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million (boats only). These numbers are strikingly close to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which remains the single-largest industry loss with more than 65,000 boats damaged and more than $650 million in estimated losses.Read more
By Donovan McSorley
American Yacht Club in Rye, NY hosted the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously known as the High Performance Dinghy Open, the High Performance Regatta has consistently been one of the most unique fall regattas held annually on the Long Island Sound.
Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier’s Muse finished third in the J/70 class. © Donovan McSorley
This international event brought competitors from different parts of the United States, Canada, and Ireland. The mix of sailors along with the unique blend of boat classes created an exciting atmosphere both on and off the water.Read more
The Riverside Yacht Club Theatre presents “Women Offshore” a video produced by the Storm Trysail Foundation narrated by Gary Jobson November 19, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Screening to be followed by a casual buffet supper.
- Ticket price $35.00 (includes one drink)
- Student Ticket price $25.00 (includes one drink) (college, high school and middle school students)
Cash Bar will be available.
RSVP to the Front Desk at RYC (203) 637-1706. 102 Club Road•Riverside, CT
Give your club afﬁliation, if you have one. Those without may pay by check or cash at the door. Any questions, contact Cynny Smith: email@example.com
By Zvi Richard Dor-Ner & Zvi Frank
Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 148 pages spiral bound $50
Based on a concept used to train Israeli Air Force pilots, the SeaWise Emergency Action Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts has a tab-based flip book design that makes it easy to use for emergencies at sea that demand fast and effective responses. The two-sided guide is printed on waterproof paper, with the Emergency Action side providing step-by-step instructions for dealing with everything from fire and flooding to collision, man overboard, rig failure and extreme weather. On the flip side, the Safety Checklist comprises tabbed sections on offshore voyage preparation, sail plan, deck plan and stow plan, critical immediate-access equipment, and much more. The 6” X 9” book is packaged in a sturdy clear plastic case with hook & loop strips so that it can be mounted at a nav station or on a bulkhead.Read more
New England Boatworks Inc. (NEB) a full-service marina and builder of custom sailing and power yachts in Portsmouth, RI has promoted longtime paint foreman Craig Mello to Head of the Paint Department. “As the-floor leader of the paint department at NEB for many years, Craig’s proven ability as a skilled yacht painter and team leader makes him the perfect candidate to take on this larger role,” said Abby Smith, NEB’s Marketing/Projects Manager.Read more
With more than 45 destinations and a fleet of more than 900 yachts, Dream Yacht Charter has grown hugely since its six-yacht fleet in 2001. The Annapolis, MD-based company has announced further expansion for next year with the addition of three new bases, three new cabin cruising routes and 100 new boats.
© dreamyachtcharter.comRead more
As hurricane relief efforts from Irma and Maria continue in the Caribbean, Offshore Passages Opportunities (OPO), the largest crew networking service in North America, is using the power of its membership to make a difference in St. Maarten and Dominica. Through its Friends of St. Maarten Relief Fund and Caribbean Mooring Field Development Foundation, OPO has raised almost $30,000 in funds that will be used 100% toward recovery on the islands, and organized the Irma Relief Crew for St. Maarten Recovery program to provide “boots on the ground” assistance.Read more
By Joe Cooper
I am sitting in an armchair, a nice, thick, plush comfy one, looking out through the glass doors of the Clan Cottage in Michigan on Lake Huron. It is blowing hard, 30 plus, from the northeast, for close to 24 hours. The lake is that particular color of pewter slate grey that big water gets on days like this. It is all grey but with slight variation, in shade, only a few Pantone numbers different, yet the differences are visible to the eye. All the way to the near razor sharp horizon, this greyness is flecked with white. Farthest out there are little drops of white scattered here and there. In the middle distance, the dots manifest into obvious breaking whitecaps. Closer inshore the waves, something around four feet at the biggest, are breaking on the outside sandbars and the white gashes are long and thickish. The whole scene looks like Jackson Pollock warming up.Read more
By Ron Weiss
Over 360 college students from the United States, as well as international teams from Canada and France, participated in the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR), hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY October 7 & 8, 2017.
Overall winners BU show off their winning form on the foredeck of Young American. © Howie McMichaelRead more
By Jason Rose
The Stony Brook University Sailing Team in Stony Brook, NY qualified for their Conference Championship, the War Memorial Regatta, during the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Racing Association’s (MAISA) Central Fall Qualifier, hosted by Ocean County College at the Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ the weekend of September 23 & 24.
A-Division skipper Vidar Minkovsky and crew Jeremy McCauley made SBU Seawolves history… © James Gilmore - SBU Sailing TeamRead more
Editor’s note: Cliff Crowley’s ‘On Watch’ article about Chris O’Brien in our August issue is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve ever published.
It is indeed very inspiring to see patients progress and hit their functional goals. As a group of Filipino American physical therapists who have made the USA our home and practice site, we continually meet challenging cases like Chris O’Brien’s. It is a struggle to meet their demands for skilled PT while at the same time addressing the multitude of medical comorbidities of each patient. We were inspired to form a group and bond together to share best practices in our profession.
Continue being an inspiration to the world, Chris! We are rooting for your win in your next regatta adventures!
Lovelia Horn, via email
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