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The Golden Pillow Award

By Joe Cooper

How did it get to be Autumn already? Seems like just last week I was drifting around in the Block Island Race. Then there was the NYYC Annual Regatta or Race Week, I forget which, wherein I sailed on a mate’s boat with symmetrical spinnakers. Boy, THAT tested the memory. In mid-July, the Marblehead to Halifax was ALL downwind. We had the kite up at the start and the same kite came down at the finish. Breeze SW, 6-17 for 50-odd hours. At the end of July there was the Candy Store Cup, during which, thanks to the hospitality of the captain, Matt Hearsum, I was able to rotate through some of the Prout Sailing Team. Over to the CJ Buckley Regatta a day or so later, only to discover the remarkable story of CJ Buckley that led to meeting his parents and an article (A Pebble in a Pond) in September's edition.

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Offshore Boat Preparation Seminar Saturday, October 21, Westbrook, CT

Offshore Seminar BrewerThe Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.  

Photo courtesy of Brewer Yacht Yards

Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race.  BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”

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Newport Bermuda Race Preparation

Newport Bermuda RaceThe Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.  Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race.  BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”

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Fun, Friends and Family at the Lightning Women’s, Juniors’ & Masters’ North American Championships

By Ben Cesare

Lightning classFun! That is the way I always describe Lightning Class regattas. The North American Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ Championships, hosted by Metedeconk River Yacht Club and Lightning Fleet 34 in Brick, NJ August 2 - 4, 2017 was an exception in that it was super fun!

Laura Jeffers, Johanna Schon and Teresa Colantuono won the Women's North American Championship by a 3-point margin. Photo by Art Petrosemolo/nautical photography.us

Fantastic sailing was combined with a three-day family reunion, complete with a Mexican dinner, a pizza party, and a final great steak dinner conducted during a full on, four-lane corn hole tournament on the club’s beautiful front lawn. The only drawback was that, as is typical at Lightning events, it’s hard to get the boat rigged on day one because there is so much hugging, high-fiving and general banter that it’s hard to concentrate!

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May-Day, May-Day, May-Day!! We Are Lost and Sinking!

By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Search & Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially the United States Coast Guard. “You have to go out but you don’t have to come back” is a wizened catchphrase long gone from the guidance offered by senior officers to eager-to-prove-themselves-worthy boat crews. Now, it is risk management, technology and technique. Having saved well over 1,000,000 lives since its founding in 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard can safely claim that they know how to do it. But just what happens in the Command Centers and on the search vessels when a May-Day cry comes in? This column is about that.

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Spectra Watermakers expands Headsync’s Distributorship to New Jersey

HeadsyncKatadyn Desalination LLC has selected Headsync, LLC, a Newport, RI-based marine service company that specializes in marine plumbing systems, as the sole distributor for Spectra Watermakers in New Jersey. This expands Headsync’s distributorship of the systems from Rhode Island southward and into New Jersey. Boaters favor Spectra Watermakers for their ease of use and energy efficiency. Headsync has extensive experience with these systems, following a decade of service, and installations for customers throughout the Northeast.

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Sail Black Rock Crows About Rooster

By Dave White, Sail Black Rock Program Director

Rooster gearUK-based Rooster Sailing is the latest clothing sponsor for Sail Black Rock (SBR), which hosts the intercollegiate sailing teams of Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT. Following vineyard vines as the last SBR clothing sponsor and joining soft beverage sponsor Regatta Ginger Beer, Rooster will take an active role in helping promote high school and college sailing in the U.S. by assisting in the hosting of over 400 visiting sailors at SBR in 2017. 

Rooster Sailing is the newest clothing sponsor for Sail Black Rock, and SBR athletes are rocking the Aquafleece spray top this fall.   ©roostersailing.com
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An Open Letter to the Sailing Community about Safety

From: Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing

As many of you are aware, the sailing community experienced several tragic incidents on the water over the past several months that have impacted the broader boating community around the county and the entire marine industry. All of us at US Sailing – our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers – are deeply saddened be these tragedies. Our thoughts go out to affected families and communities as they navigate through these very difficult times. We will look to assist these sailing communities as they assess the accidents, and work together to prevent incidents like this in the future.

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13th Annual YRALIS Championships Regatta

By Andrea Watson

Lawrence McGrathThe 13th running of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s Championships Regatta nailed it on so many levels. A few days before the regatta, the weather forecast for Saturday, August 5, the first day of the two-day event, predicted heavy rain and lightning all day, but Saturday dawned with only some light rain. By the time of the first warning, skies were cloudy with no rain in sight. Sunday brought more of the same.

Laser winner Lawrence McGrath leads second place finisher Jean Fillion around a mark.   ©Mary Alice Fisher Photo/maryalicefisher.com

Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask), and she smiles on western Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riverside Yacht Club and Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT and American Yacht Club in nearby Rye, NY.

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From the Log of Argon: A Recap of Our Caribbean Cruise

Finances, Fuel, Feuds and Fishing

By Captain Linda Perry Riera

Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a series of dispatches from Linda and Captain Bob Damiano, who recently completed the island portion of a 10-month sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 and are now back in New England waters.

ArgonTen months, 5,000 nautical miles, 15 countries, 80 harbors. One broken collarbone, one clogged head, and one seized up water pump. Hundreds of cruising friends met. This trip has been an unbelievable adventure in so many ways. Below are some more data and figures of our extended cruise.

Although $68,000 sounds like a lot, this was our total expenditure for 10 months of living…Intense living filled with unique adventure, travel, challenge and beauty. It was worth every penny.   © ArgonSailing.com
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