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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.” ©PhotoBoat.com

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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/PhotoGroup.us
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The Story of One-Design at Pequot Yacht Club

Ted Jennings’ legacy sails on Long Island Sound

By Terri Jennings

Ted JenningsThe concept of one-design sailing hinges on the idea of honing a sailor’s skills right next to his or her opponent’s. Is there a better way for a sailor to improve and stay motivated? This story of one-design sailing on Long Island Sound begins with a testimony to the dedication and contributions of Edward Austin “Ted” Jennings II (1929 - 2016) of Southport, Connecticut.

A young Ted Jennings at the helm of an Atlantic on Long Island Sound, just outside Southport Harbor.
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Sail Racing at Thames Yacht Club

By Cate Sheahan

Thames Yacht ClubRacing is one of the best parts of sailing for many boat owners, and the members who sail at Thames Yacht Club (TYC) of New London CT are no exception. TYC is a family boating club with a racing heart. TYC hosts a number of racing events and series throughout the sailing season and the annual Commodore’s Trophy Race, an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association event, is one of their biggest. Last year’s 69th Annual Commodore’s Trophy Race is a fine example of how TYC brings together a great day of racing, celebration and friendship!

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Sailing Life Starts at Shennecosset Yacht Club

Shennecosset Yacht ClubIf you are looking for a great place to learn how to sail, check out the program at Shennecosett Yacht Club (SYC) in Groton, CT. Located next to UConn’s Avery Point Campus in beautiful Pine Island Bay, students can enjoy an easier early sailing experience with calm waters in the protective cove.

SYC Sailing School classes are held on the sheltered waters of Pine Island Bay.  © Barbara Jean Walsh
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A Different Kind of Furniture Maker

By Maeve Ryan

AC GraylingThe person behind the furniture company AC Grayling is not your average woodworker. A 2005 graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, Rhode Island, Andrew Coughlin is a modest man in his early 40s who knows a thing or two about building durable furniture inspired by ships and the sea.

After helping to restore renowned yachts in New England for 10 years, master craftsman Andrew Coughlin launched his custom furniture company, AC Grayling, LLC, in 2014.   © Maria Burton Photography
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