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Prepare to Win

The Season Begins

By Peter J. Coleman

Prepare to WinNow 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.

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Music Review. Stan Rogers Between the Breaks…Live!

Stan RogersLongtime 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. 

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SYC Lighthouse Regatta is August 4, 2018

By Diana Tyler

Shennecossett Yacht ClubShennecossett 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.
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Area Yacht Clubs Sponsor the 2018 Buzzards Bay Trophy

By Ed Sargent

Buzzards Bay TrophyThe 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
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Nate Williams Joins GMT Composites

gmt composites 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.

GMT Composites President and owner Jonathan Craig (left) and Nate Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing   © gmtcomposites.com
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Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge is August 18, 2018

By Rob Roden

Antigua Barbuda Hamptons ChallengeThe 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.com
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Up to Speed & Smarts: Pre-Start Warm-Ups

By David Dellenbaugh

Speed & Smarts David DellenbaughIf 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:

 

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In-Command Seamanship Training is a US Powerboating Training Center

In-Command Seamanship TrainingIn-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. 

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CPYC Hosts Largest-ever OneDesign Regatta

By William Adler

Cedar Point One-DesignCedar 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.

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Give a Sip! Campaign supports elimination of plastic straws in New York City

By John Delaney

plastic strawsThe 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.  

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