Singles Under Sail is Gearing Up for a New Season on the Sound!
We’ve got Skippers looking for crew!
We’ve got Crew looking for a boat to sail!
We’ve got people hoping to get out on the water and learn how to sail!
If you are single and fit into any of these categories, you need to check us out!Read more
An interview with Leon Sefton, Head of Television for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
With millions of people all around the world following on several media, the current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is perhaps the most viewed event in the history of yacht racing. We spoke with the man charged with delivering that content to legions of eager fans.
Onboard Reporter Martin Keruzoré films Vestas 11th Hour Racing bowman Nick Dana of Newport, RI in action during a practice race in Lisbon. © Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) in Stonington, CT is looking for young artists to participate in a drawing contest for a calendar entitled “Long Island Sound and Its Watershed: What It Means to Me.” The contest is designed to engage youth in environmental stewardship and watershed conservation and is open to all Connecticut students currently in grades K-6. A panel of judges will choose two first place and two honorable mention winners from each grade as this year’s award recipients. Their artwork will be featured in a calendar in 2019.Read more
The directors of the Classic Yacht Owners’ Association (CYOA) have welcomed Bill Lynn as the organization’s new Managing Director. The membership-driven, non-profit CYOA was formed in 2015 to encourage fellowship amongst those who are dedicated to owning, maintaining, and racing both classic yachts and newer yachts designed and built in the spirit of the classics. Lynn will oversee day-to-day operations of the association.
Photo by Joe BerkeleyRead more
The Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Riverport Wooden Boat School, which is located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM) at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston, NY.Read more
Andy Tyska, President of Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine, has acquired Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Located at the head of Boothbay Harbor, the yard joins Bristol Marine’s two other locations of working waterfront, including facilities in Bristol, RI and Somerset, MA.
Andy Tyska (left) and Eric Graves at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard © Robert MitchellRead more
Founded in 1844, New York Yacht Club is a mainstay of sailboat racing in the Northeast. Since the commissioning in 1988 of its first permanent waterfront facility, Harbor Court in Newport, RI, NYYC has the perfect location to run events on Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound, perhaps one of the most beautiful and reliable venues on the planet. We sat down with NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz to discuss the upcoming season.
This year mark the 164th running of the oldest annual regatta in the U.S., the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Pictured in last year’s event is Donald Santa’s J/105 Santas Reign, Dear (Edgewater, MD). © Rolex/Daniel Forster
We also checked in with Harry Melges III, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, WI, to learn more about the IC37, the exciting new one-design class that will carry the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup into its second decade and beyond.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
In a life too far past, I drove vessels under the acoustic licks of Def Leppard’s hymnal. I’d drive over-horsed hulls along night lit coastlines where a hypnotic mix of swell and sound messed with your situational clarity. In faraway lands of sand, I tamped down the pulse of long travel and bounce of promised ventures to cajole and convince safe passage from there to here. In those times, the acrid burn of Marlboro Reds kept me upright and on course. Save the Public Safety Announcement: I don’t dabble in nicotine anymore, but I would if I was sailing around the world.Read more
By Monica Pepe, Policy Manager, Conservation and Education, Whale and Dolphin Conservation
A North Atlantic right whale breaches. © nmfs.noaa.gov
When he was just one year old, a North Atlantic right whale named Kingfisher became entangled in fishing gear. In a span of six weeks, he went from swimming freely off the coast of Georgia up to Maine, then back down to Georgia all while towing several feet of rope and attached buoys that had wrapped around his right flipper and over his body. A disentanglement effort was attempted with the assistance of the United States Coast Guard cutter Kingfisher (the whale’s namesake) where many of the lines around the body were removed, but in the end was unsuccessful in retrieving the rope wrapped tightly around his flipper. Today, 13 years later, Kingfisher still lives with his right flipper entangled, where the rope continues to tighten, cutting into flesh and bone, causing chronic injury and pain.Read more
By Peter Cronin
In the weeks leading up to the Melges 24 Canadian National Championship, I did my research and it did not look promising. As a 17-year-old adrenaline-seeking sailor, I always looked forward to the windy days. The forecast for Lake Ontario during our regatta, hosted by National Yacht Club in Toronto September 21-25, 2017 was not exactly what a kid like me was looking for. With breezes forecasted at under 10 knots, it was time to test our hand at light wind sailing.
From left to right (and sporting the coolest pinnies in the regatta) are skipper Lily Flack, Cara Samson, Caelen Desmond, Lucy Rath and Braedon Hanson. (Not visible in this photo is author Peter Cronin.) © Julia Cronin/Outrageous Photography
I was going to be on a boat with a group of sailors with an average age of 15 ½, we were all itching to show the adults in the Melges 24 class what us kids could do. Despite the weather forecast, or perhaps because of it, that is exactly what we did. We even surprised ourselves in the process.Read more
Darien, CT (March 6, 2018) WindCheck Magazine, published by Maritime Publications, LLC of Stratford, CT for the past sixteen years, has been purchased by Cat’s Paw, LLC with offices in Darien, CT.
WindCheck publishes 30,000 issues ten times per year and is distributed to over one thousand locations in coastal communities from Barnegat Bay, NJ, through Manhattan, up both sides of Long Island Sound and east to Narragansett Bay, RI and Buzzards Bay, MA. Maritime Publications, owned by Publisher Anne Hannan and Editor-and-Chief Christopher Gill, of Stratford, and Milford CT, respectively, produced their final issue, #171 in February, before starting the transition process to Ben Cesare, resident of Norwalk, CT and co-owner of Cat’s Paw, LLC.Read more
As of this issue, the helm at WindCheck is in the sure hands of Ben Cesare, an affable and accomplished sailor who acquired the magazine last month from co-founders Anne Hannan and Christopher Gill, who launched ‘The Magazine by and for Long Island Sound Sailors’ in 2002. “I grew up on Southfield Point, on the west side of Stamford Harbor in Connecticut, until I was eight,” says Ben, who resides in nearby Norwalk. “There was a tiny community beach where Dad kept the dinghy leaning against the seawall and a Rhodes 19 moored off the beach. That is when I started sailing, and though the memories are fuzzy, I do remember overnights on the Rhodes with the family. Later in childhood, my parents got a Menemsha 24, which seemed like superyacht in comparison.”Read more
I’ve had a difficult time putting this month’s Editor’s Log together. Ironically, I am often forced to leave this space blank until the myriad other items on my monthly list have been checked off. Yet I’ve not been struggling with time management, but instead how best to explain all of the emotions that are going through my head at this time.Read more
By Joe Cooper
At the conclusion of the last edition’s column we were hanging by our fingernails off the edge of the cliff, with small stones, dirt and dust blowing by us on their way to the bottom of the canyon below, and our hero was just about to embark on a Kaper. Well, it turns out the Hero is a Heroine.
Key players in Coop’s latest Kaper include (l – r) John Bixby, Kelsey Britton and Barry Ripley. © Joe Cooper/JoeCooperSailing.com
But first, let me give you the “previously on The West Wing” basso voiceover. Newport Yacht Club had taken the donation of a J/22. It needed some work. I had made contact with ‘our heroine,’ one of the instructors at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades, who, when asked if she and her students would be interested in fixing said J/22, said “Yup.” And now yer up to speed.Read more
Team AkzoNobel has won Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, racing 6,344 miles from Hong Kong to Auckland in 20 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes and 26 seconds.
Leg 6 had everything from wet, high-speed dashes to drifting in soaring temperatures of the Doldrums in the 6100 nautical miles to Auckland.
Photo courtesy Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Any school child knows, or at least believes, if you see a person or boat in distress on the water, the “law of the sea” demands that you render assistance. Simple human decency would require no less and, from time immemorial, this has been law of the sea. But we live in a modern and litigious world… Having just come upon a number this patrol season where USCGAux 251384 provided assistance to a disabled vessel, it occurred to me that we ought to refresh this information. So, what are the facts?Read more
McConaghy Boats has appointed Aeroyacht Ltd., a multihull specialist and international catamaran dealership in East Setauket, NY, to represent McConaghy Multihulls as an importer in North America and South America.
Jason Ker of Ker Yacht Design drew the McConaghy MC50’s stunning lines. © mcconaghyboats.com
“The sector of high performance luxury catamarans is on a growth path, and the exciting new range of McConaghy Multihulls starting from the MC50 all the way to the MC90 are an excellent addition to our current range of Bavaria and Sunreef catamarans,” said Gregor Tarjan, CEO and Founder of Aeroyacht. “They offer innovations such as safe, retracting centerboards, a very sporty flybridge and an amazing open-floorplan luxury interior. The McConaghy brand really set themselves apart from other builders in this sector. McConaghy multihulls are all about lifestyle defining features and provide a unique experience to the owner. We feel privileged and excited that we can represent this beautiful brand in the U.S.”Read more
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8’ Portland Pudgy - FULLY LOADED with every option offered, PLUS Honda 2.3 hp, Navigation lights, solar charger, side bumpers/ladders, canopy and cover, davit points, orange sail kit, etc. Seitech trailer. http://www.portlandpudgy.com Why is the Pudgy superior to an inflatable? Read "Survive the Savage Sea". $6,000. Call Dave 603-667-6861
10' Dyer Dink 2008 - Sailing version, original owner, light summer use only, teak trim and seats, tilt-up rudder, SEITECH dolly w/puncture-proof wheels, boat cover. Same boat used by Riverside Frostbiting Association in CT. Asking $2,000 - Newport, RI 401 849-8471.
14’ Laser 1992 - Hull in very good condition. All accessories included: Spars (standard rig upper and lower, boom), sail in great shape, all running rigging, blades, tiller and tiller extension. New, unused extra centerboard included. $1,100. Located in Milford, CT. Call Chris: 203-895-0083.
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 $11,000. 860-227-6135
28’ O'Day 1980 - Great boat. Fantastic weekender. Re-powered 7 years ago with a new 13 hp Beta Marine Engine, low hours. Sleeps 5. Auto helm. Well maintained by NVBY. Two sets of sails + Spinnaker. Will include the balance of the season on mooring at Noank Village Boat Yard, Noank, CT. Asking $12,500. Call Bob @ 860-383-5405
28’ Alerion 2000 - A beautiful example of this modern classic. From her perfectly varnished teak trim to the matching Moondust-colored spars, this dark red-hulled performance daysailer will delight from any angle. She comes with a self-tacking jib, but also has the easy to install Hoyt jib boom as an option, cockpit cushions. She is in excellent condition. $49,900 Contact Rick Fleg at McMichael Yacht Brokers 401-743-6318.
30' Oday 1980 - Well maintaned. 16hp Universal diesel, new injectors, new fuel tank, Hood main and 150 genoa, roller furl, bottom soda blasted 2014, S/T winches, VHF, autopilot, dodger, bimini, cockpit cushions, table and stereo. Sleeps 6. Great coastal cruiser. Branford Ct. Larry 203 430 7746 $14,000.
30’ Nimble 1989 - A Tom Norton design, cold molded, natural finish mahogany hull with Hall Spars aluminum mast and boom. She spent her first 20 years as a little used daysailer until 2012, when she was upgraded to a modern Spirit of Tradition and PHRF racer/cruiser. Now in "better than new" condition. $49,900 Contact Rick Fleg at McMichael Yacht Brokers 401-743-6318.
30' Beneteau First 305 1987 (LOA 30.5ft.) - Great boat, loaded for racing/cruising. Sleeps 6, enclosed aft cabin and large aft head. All lines running aft. 13 sails, autopilot, upgraded wind/depth/speed, JRC radar, Harken furler, self-tailing winches, inverter, bemini, macerator. A nice, ready to go, dual-purpose boat. $15,000. Contact Arseni email@example.com 513-827-0654
31 ‘ Island Packet 1988 - Well maintained with recent barrier coat and brightwork. Cutter rigged with 130 % Genoa and full battened main. Yanma diesel. Full instruments plus radio and GPS. Dinghy davits for Achilles dinghy (included). Located Milford CT. Asking $55,000. Call 203 261 8553
33’ Dehler Optima 101 1986 - German built racer- cruiser. Light, fast, Eurostyle race boat pedigree with quality cruising amenities. Recent Yanmar diesel, North sails, bottom job, rigging make this an incredible package at this price. Christones@aol.com $25,000
33’ Beneteau 331 2003 – Competition version of popular 33, a true performance cruiser. She has a classic main with full roach and two reefs, full length battens, main, jib and asymmetrical spinnaker, feathering Max Prop. Always yard maintained. Used only as a daysailer by the current owner. Very clean boat. Asks 68K Prestige Yacht Sales, George 203-353-0373
33’ Hunter 33 2008 - One of Hunter Marine's most successful models. Capable Coastal Cruiser with comfortable, full accommodations. One owner model, fully equipped - including air conditioning & heat plus inflatable & outboard. Although a 2008 model, she was first commissioned in the spring of 2009. Asks 79.9K Prestige Yacht Sales, Fletcher 860-625-2456
34’ Hunter 1983 - Early version with beautiful hull, and deck. Built with a rare metal plate under the mast-step for strength. Comes with the full electronics package; GPS chart-plotter, Windex and wind instruments. Price negotiable for quick sale. Asking $16,000 Contact Fred: 347-927-3350.
34’ Catalina 34 MKII 2000 - Owned and pampered buy the same owner since new. She has been maintained with an eye for detail that is not seen often. She has been thoughtfully equipped for cruising and even has a custom fitted winter cover. Asks 62K Prestige Yacht Sales, Peter 203-353-0373
36' Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 1990 sloop - Updated electrical system, new GPS and RADAR, shore power, new batteries, replaced Harding mainsail, all roller furling. 27 HP Perkins. 20" flat screen digital TV/DVD. New SEADEK on Swim deck. $52K. Ready to cruise. 508 264 3167
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. Asks 55K Prestige Yacht Sales Tom 203-353-0373
37’ Baltic Racer/Cruiser - Built in Finland to Baltic’s renown standards. Unusually well-equipped, maintained and updated. Sleeps 7-8 in three teak cabins. She’s strong, light and fast, fully equipped for racing, day sailing or to places more distant. Twelve sails. Many pictures, low price($29,990) and detailed specs at www.Baltic37.com 917-473-0606
38’ Hinckley 1969 - The Hinckley 38 is a very handsome and finely fitted yacht that turns heads in any harbor. Sparkman & Stephens designed, she combines excellent sailing characteristics with robust Hinckley quality construction. $68,500 Contact Tom Bobbin at McMichael Yacht Brokers 203-554-8309.
39’ Bavaria 2006 - Clean example of the Bavaria 39 Cruiser. Updated Raymarine electronics. Interior, exterior and bottom in excellent condition. Contact us to see this phenomenal family cruiser! $110,000. Contact McMichael Yacht Brokers’ Cameron Campbell at CameronC@mcmyacht.com or 631-974-3099
40’ Beneteau - The Beneteau 40 offers a great combination of performance, ease of handling and interior comfort that make her a perfect choice for cruising couples or families. Three available from $139,900. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400
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. $249,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400
42’ Catalina MKII 2006 - Sleeps 6 adults comfortably with option for sleeping two more in main cabin! Two heads, three burner stove with oven, refrigerator, microwave, inverter. Furling main, radar, chart plotter, autopilot, electric windless, electric winch and much more. Cruise, club race, or enjoy the sunset. Asks 169K Prestige Yacht Sales, Tom 203-353-0373
44’ X-Yachts 442 1994 - This fast, luxurious cruiser has also been known to be a solid performer on the race course and was very successful competing in the 2011 Bermuda 1-2. Her luxurious layout, with two large aft staterooms and forward owner's stateroom, provides lots of privacy. She is a great boat for cruising, entertaining and going fast in all conditions. $189,000 Contact Todd Williams at McMichael Yacht Brokers at 203-610-1215.
45’ Beneteau Oceanis 2017 - Change in plans has this brand new boat on the market. Extensive factory options including electric winches, furling main, air conditioning, generator, B&G instruments and performance sail package. $399,000. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400 willismarine.com
45’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 2003 - Immaculate 1 owner vessel here in our harbor! Well equipped with roller furling main and genoa, oversized winches, beautiful rich wood interior and teak decks. $199,000. Willis Marine Center, Huntington, NY 631-421-3400
45' Hirsh Gulfstar Center Cockpit Sloop - Second owner. Getting out of boating. On the hard since 2010. Needs new electronics. Sails are fine for coastal cruising. Slight cabin leak in the salon needs repair. Enjoyable boat that shouldn't take much in the way of repairs/refurbs to cast off. Selling "As Is" $50,000. No donations, trades, leases, financing, etc. Located Branford. Gulfstar45sloop@gmail.com
45’ Fuji 45 1975 - A true classic blue water boat. Awlgripped hull, generator, lots of room for a long passage. Asking $65,000 Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400
47’ Beneteau 473 2003 – 3-cabin/2-head – 2012 sails & full canvas, cutter rigged, genset, AC/heat, watermaker, full electronics, dinghy & engine, davits, dual helm, full offshore safety gear. Portsmouth, RI. $195,000. Call 401-683-9200 http://www.northstaryachtsales.com/boat/2003/beneteau/473/1031/
48’ Beneteau Oceanis 2015 - Just arrived at our moorings! This boat is fully equipped including A/C, generator, electric winches and many more factory options. Owner has moved up. $379,000 Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400 www.willismarine.com
48’ Beneteau Oceanis 2014 – Loaded with gear including Dock & Go. Many extras. Must be seen to be appreciated. Asking $435,000. Contact David Willis at Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400.
49' Beneteau 2008 - (3) cabin layout, Full electronics package, A/C Heat, 7.6 KW gen-set, Bow thruster, Electric winches, Custom canvas, Ready to go! Portsmouth, RI. Asking only $259,000 Call 401-683-9200 or http://www.northstaryachtsales.com/boat/2008/beneteau/49/1623/
51’ Dufour 512GL 2017 – Cruising World’s “Boat of the Year-Best Full Size Cruiser” – 3-cabin/3-head – genset, AC/heat, full electronics, electric winches, teak cockpit and fold down swim platform, dual helm, cockpit fridge and grill, full canvas. Portsmouth, RI. $474,900. 401-683-9200. http://www.northstaryachtsales.com/boat/2017/dufour/512gl/1621/
57’ Hanse 575 2015 Modified - Owner supervised construction. Yacht modified for single handed sailing GMT Carbon Mast, In-boom electric furler, rod rigging, B&G H5000 System, 3 MFP’s, Forward looking sonar, digital radar. Many factory options, Custom woodwork. Teak. North Sails 3DI. Lightly used, 850k 516-250-2456
By Gregor Tarjan
Published by McGraw-Hill 278 pages hardcover
We’ve never met anyone with more enthusiasm for cruising catamarans (or more knowledge of them) than Gregor Tarjan, the founder and president of Aeroyacht Ltd. in Setauket Harbor, NY. You’ll find those attributes in abundance in the revised edition of Catamarans, originally published in 2006 by Aeroyacht Ltd. and Chiodi Publishing Inc., the latter owned by Tarjan’s longtime friend and Publisher of MULTIHULLS Magazine, the late Charles K. Chiodi.Read more
KINGSTON, R.I. – February 26, 2018 – The University of Rhode Island will bring the world’s premiere off-shore sailing race, the Volvo Ocean Race, to campus on March 20, 2018 through a live video broadcast with sailors as they race across the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and South America. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston campus.Read more
Over the past few years, two-time America’s Cup winning navigator Peter Isler and North U have produced a series of highly acclaimed webinars on the use of Expedition software for Navigation and Yacht Racing all over the world. Now, North U, Landfall and Isler Sailing International have teamed up to present Expedition 201, the first ever Expedition seminar specifically for sailors who want to win races on Long Island Sound and Block island Sound. This full-day, hands-on event will be held at SUNY Maritime College’s MAC Maritime Academic Center in the Bronx, NY on Saturday, April 7 from 9 am to 4 pm.
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Dear Sailing Community,
The overwhelming response and generosity to Jim Hahn’s GoFundMe page (gofundme.com/JimHahn) has been a powerful cog in Jim’s recovery. Watching the fund jump to over $100,000 in under 48 hours and reading the thoughtful comments put Jim and his family into full-send mode.
Jim’s catastrophic skiing accident on February 3 left him paralyzed from the waist down, and a GoFundMe page was quickly established to ensure that he can one day return to his life as the well-known energetic Ronstan traveling salesman, a sailor with a wealth of nautical knowledge and jokes, and the consummate cheerleader for his family (his wife Alix is the two-time International Women’s Keelboat champion and his son Nick is an American Yacht Club Optimist sailor).
Jim is already making great progress in physical therapy and while the Hahn’s course has been changed forever, the wave of support from the sailing community – well beyond what we originally hoped – is helping them navigate their new reality. Please know your good vibes and well wishes are fueling Jim’s recovery and giving them all the strength to get through today and look towards future days on the water.
With great appreciation and of course, Send it!
Carolyn Russell, Meghan Hopkins, and Jennifer Leary
Editor’s note: The On Watch article in our January/February issue, about Abby Smith of New England Boatworks, highlighted a remarkable person who’s dedicated to the future of Rhode Island’s marine industry, as well as a company that’s built of some of the fastest, most beautiful custom boats on the water while leading the way in ocean stewardship.
What a wonderful article. You are a true asset to our industry and sport. Keep thinking and rethinking ideas for moving forward environmentally.
Martha Parker, Newport, RI