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A Sperry Charleston Race Week Primer

By Dan Dickison

VXOne.jpgSperry Charleston Race Week is just over 20 years old, but its notoriety has grown precipitously and it is now a must-do regatta for sailors from across the U.S. That simple fact means that each year, some 20 to 30 percent of the participants are new to the event. Given that, a primer on how to get the most out of your trip to Charleston, South Carolina is in order.

Most of the racecourses are set within the harbor. © 2016 Tim Wilkes Photography

 

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Block Island Race Week set for June 18-23, 2017

Block Island Race WeekThe Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of a new event website at blockislandraceweek.com, where links to register and the Notice of Race are available.

The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week  is poised to be the best one yet.   © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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The Greenport Ocean Race & The Greenport Bay Race

By Jim Ryan, Event Chairman

Greenport Ocean RaceAt the awards party, one of the Greenport Ocean Race competitors, upon accepting his trophy said, “Victory by attrition is still victory,” and I agree. Coming into the first October weekend, the wind blew hard from the east all week. I hoped that it would let up somewhat for the race on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and it did, but everything is relative. When 35-knot winds dissipate to 30-knot winds, it’s still pretty breezy out there.

Sedgewick Ward’s J/111 Bravo crosses William Hubbard’s RP56 Siren just after the start of the Ocean Race. © RJ LaBella/rjlabellaphotos.com
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Whitebread 23: A Light Air Success

By Andrew “Bill” Shemella

Whitebread 2016What a difference a day makes. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 we sailed in the 23rd edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race (WB23) with barely enough wind to keep the boats moving. As I wrote this the next day, it was howling and raining in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Light breeze presented unique challenges for sailors in Whitebread 23. © Celia Withers

No one can say the light conditions were a surprise. All week anyone with a cell phone and any one of a dozen apps knew the forecast was for, at most, 5 knots of wind, cloud cover to make a seabreeze unlikely, and rain. OK, we all chose an outdoor sport but at least we’re not sleeping on the ground.

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Kiwis Win Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final

Red Bull Foiling World FinalIn a high-energy, high-emotion celebration, New Zealand sailors Olivia Mackay (age 20; helm) and Micah Wilkinson (20) were crowned the World Champions in the first-ever Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. Fifteen teams from around the world, each comprising two sailors ages 16 to 21, raced identical Flying Phantom foiling catamarans on Narragansett Bay in a spectacular regatta that was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI October 21 - 23, 2016.

New Zealanders Olivia Mackay & Micah Wilkinson are World Champions.   ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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Wings Over America

Competitors in the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier have lofty ambitions

By Joe Cooper

Red Bull Foiling GenerationThere were a couple of the usual scenes to be seen when I walked onto the North Green at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on the Sunday of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier series in mid-October. Most of it was the usual ‘stuff’ of big regattas: Red Bull branded tents and related chairs, tables, and so on. The 18-foot Flying Phantom foiling cats zooming around the harbor like so many Quidditch players, the announcer, the rock music, etc. The more nuanced scenes were off the water and inside the tent.

The winners of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier, Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs represented the United States in the World Final.  ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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Desperate Voyage

Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron

By Edward Renehan

Published by New Street Communications, LLC   112 pages   paperback   $9.95

Desparate VoyageIn 1968, no one had completed a solo non-stop ‘round-the-world voyage under sail via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean – the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Australia, and Cape Horn in Chile. That year, The London Sunday Times announced the sponsorship of a ‘round-the-world yacht race and a prize, the Golden Globe, to be awarded to the first sailor to accomplish the feat. The entrants included several accomplished yachtsmen including Robin Knox-Johnston (the eventual winner), Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth, as well as a weekend sailor and father of four named Donald Crowhurst.

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A Voyage to Maine and Back

By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs

The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.

Step 1: Obtaining a Proper Cruising Sailboat for Us

A voyage to maineIn 1998, after sailing and racing in California for more than 30 years, I went through a divorce at 59, took a position as VP of R&D at Laser Fare in Warwick, Rhode Island, bought a home in nearby Saunderstown, and purchased a 1982 Catalina 30. The good news was that Sea Ya only cost $17.9K. The bad news was that she needed a lot of work. Hundreds of hours of sanding, varnishing, painting, scrubbing, cleaning and a suitable invocation to Neptune later, her new name, Clair de Lune – after the haunting Debussy nocturne – was now shining on her transom.

Pleiades sailing on a beam reach in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with Newport, RI in the background. This lovely photograph was taken by Daniela Clark. We love sailing this boat, and one by one the various barriers to the idea of a voyage to Maine and back began to melt away. By November 2013 I was approaching 75, was fortunately still in generally good health, and was quickly running out of excuses why we should not sail “downeast.” © Daniela Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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From the Log of Persevere: That Pacific Paradise that is Marquesas

Editor’s note: This is the sixteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below. 

Persevere MarquesasWe arrived in the middle of the night in the harbor of Atuona, Hiva Oa, running on diesel fumes with a heavy breeze on the bow. It was dark, forbidding harbor with huge swells and cliffs on both sides as we anchored. (In last month’s installment, I gave the name of the wrong island in Marquesas at which we initially arrived. Sorry, it’s been a long journey.)

Spectacular anchorage in Hiva Oa   ©persevere60545.com

At daybreak, the dark shadows revealed a lush, green paradise of volcanic mountains rising out of the sea – like a scene of paradise you would see in the movies, but it was real. We pulled the inflatable out of the garage after breakfast, piled in with our diesel cans and headed towards shore to explore.

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