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Offshore Sailing School BVI Racing Clinic

WindCheck_October_2016_web_page11_image12.jpgOffshore Sailing School is adding a new venue for its popular racing programs, at the Marriott Autograph Collection® Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands. Scheduled for December 4-9, 2016, this new four-day clinic is hosted by National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Colgate, with instruction by veteran Offshore Performance Race Week coaches led by Mumm Worlds Champion Rob (Bobby) Brooks.

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The Moorings Announces New Charter Destination in Puerto Rico’s Spanish Virgin Islands

The Moorings, Puerto RicoThe Moorings has announced its newest charter destination in Puerto Rico, available to book now for vacations beginning in January 2017.

© Sean McGee

The cruising grounds of Puerto Rico and the surrounding Spanish Virgin Islands will offer vacationers a pristine, Caribbean charter experience with convenient access, including direct flights from many cities and no passport required for U.S citizens. Options include all-inclusive crewed sail and power yacht charters complete with captain and chef, as well as bareboat power yacht charters aboard the Moorings 514 Power Catamaran.

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Letter: The persona of the Finn

Coop’s Corner in the September issue made my day. It was about one of my favorite boats. I picked up an old Vanguard Finn some years back. Over the years I made most of the worthwhile upgrades to it, all increasing the pleasure of sailing it. The Finn is just an awesome little boat that gets a lot of ‘bad’ press.

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Letter: Steering the right course

Steering the right course

Thank you so much for the very nice article on Paul and the new award [“New Sportsmanship Award Honors Paul Risseeuw”]. I think the award will go a long way to steer junior sailors in the right direction for all sports and life in general.

Mary Risseeuw, Ivoryton, CT

Mary – We are honored to have known Paul, and have fond memories of the stories he shared during the interview for our ‘On Watch’ article about him.

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Letter: A guiding hand

A guiding hand

Rick Bannerot photo essayWhile I was glancing through the September issue, I happened upon the article “A Skipper is Born.” I was really struck by the photos. They were so sharp and colorful, but most importantly they really captured great expressions.

Good job to Rick Bannerot.

Bill Wagner, Huntington, NY

© Rick Bannerot

Bill – We at WindCheck are fortunate to have many superb photographers among our regular contributors, and Rick is certainly one of the best. Likewise, the young sailors at Stamford Yacht Club are lucky to have excellent instructors like Julia Wilson.

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Boojee Boating: The Vessel Owner’s Rights In Seeking Refuge from a Storm

By John K. Fulweiler

If you’re an old barnacle with a massive motor vessel measured in tens of meters, platoon of polo wearing plebes and the luck of a society currently rewarding masters of the market, I’ve got something to remind you. There’s like 19,000 kids in Massachusetts that don’t have a home. I say sell your ship! Come on, with those sales proceeds you could do some good for those kids that’d really mark-up history. Plus, your squared off tin can isn’t even good looking – empirically.

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New Search Engine for Used Boat Parts

used boat parts searchBudget-minded boat owners looking for hard-to-find parts for a refit or restoration project have a new online resource. Created by Doug McQuilken, who is restoring a vintage wooden catboat, boatusedpartsearch.com (aka BUPS) has helped thousands of boat owners locate parts.

This catboat restoration project inspired Doug McQuilken to launch boatusedpartsearch.com.

BUPS maintains active inventory from hundreds of websites, and sends daily email (text in the future) alerts for “fresh” listings meeting user-defined criteria.

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Letter: Adopt a Crew!

I like the idea of mentoring [“Sailors Growing Sailors” by Molly Mulhern;], and have a suggestion with a slightly different twist. As we age and tasks aboard our boat become more taxing, I would like to start a program called “Adopt a Crew.” We, as boat owners, would share our knowledge and our boat with someone younger in exchange for crew duties. It would be a win-win arrangement. Is anyone aware of such a program in the Long Island Sound area?

Eileen Hawe, via email

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Letter: Joy of the Open Sea

letter high noon bermudaThe 2016 Newport to Bermuda Race has been a summer highlight, and I had the pleasure of following the race with special interest for all the participating junior sailors, especially the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team from American Yacht Club. [“The Newport Bermuda Race Aboard High Noon” by Carina Becker appeared in our August issue]

© Barry Pickthall/PPL
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New Executives at Landfall

FredLorthioirLandfall, a marine outfitter and safety expert in Stamford, CT, has announced two new executive appointments. Frederick (Fred) Lorthioir will assume the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and John Stanton is the new Digital Marketing Director.

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