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Italia Yachts U.S.A. Opening an Office in Milford, CT

Italia YachtsItalia Yachts, headquartered in Venice, Italy, has expanded its international footprint with the opening of Italia Yachts U.S.A. in Milford, CT. Building on its existing European and Australian customer bases, Italia Yachts’ presence in the U.S. will enable it to better serve a growing client base in this region and meet rapidly expanding demand for sailing yachts in the 34 to 54-foot range that deliver optimum levels of speed without sacrificing comfort and luxury. 

Italia Yachts 9.98 Fuoriserie  ©italiayachtsusa.com. 
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Champions Crowned at the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta

By Sam Crichton

Clagett Match Race ClinicTwenty-four sailors with adaptive needs gathered in Oyster Bay, NY for the third annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta, which was hosted by Sagamore Yacht September 28 - 30, 2018. The WaterFront Center donated their Sonars for use in the event, and Warrior Sailing Program rigged them with the adaptive equipment.

Holmberg, Barrengos and Long won every match in this year’s event.   © Francis George
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Sailing Hall of Fame Coming to Newport!

Sailing Hall of FameThe National Sailing Hall of Fame, currently located in Annapolis, MD, is relocating to Newport, RI. Executive Director Gary Jobson said the Sailing Hall of Fame hopes to welcome visitors at its new location in the Armory building, located at 365 Thames Street, in May 2020. Jobson said the Sailing Hall of Fame would enter into a contract with the City of Newport to purchase the Armory on or before November 8, before the actual closing takes place. “It’s a positive move,” said City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. “It’s good news.”

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Speed & Smarts: Sail Fast Up the First Beat in Persistent Shifts

By David Dellenbaugh

Speed & SmartsWhen the breeze is shifting steadily in one direction, you need a different strategic approach than when it’s oscillating. Instead of playing the middle, head toward one side. Of course, your game plan will depend a lot on how much confidence you have in your wind predictions. If you’re only 50% sure that the wind will veer right, for example, you probably wouldn’t want to sail too far into the corner.

When the wind is shifting persistently you’ll notice it first at one edge of the fleet, so keep your eyes on the boats that are farthest to each side. What you’ll see is a fanning effect as the shift spreads across the fleet. That is, the boats closest to the direction of the new shift will be sailing the highest angles, while the boats farthest from it are still sailing lower angles. © Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com

Here are some strategy ideas:

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Long Island Sound Report Card Reveals Substantial Improvement

By Tracy Brown, Director of Save the Sound

The non-profit organization Save the Sound released results of the 2018 “Long Island Sound Report Card.” The biennial report contained remarkable evidence of improvement in Long Island Sound water quality. The report marked a welcome stamp of approval for more than a decade’s worth of federal and state investment in improvements to sewage treatment facilities in Connecticut and New York.

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Norman Rockwell Goes Sailing

By Joe Cooper

The Prout School had its fall Open Day last month. As the Sailing Team has done for the past few years, we brought a 420 into the gym and rigged her up, mast, sails and all. There were multiple tables set up around the perimeter of the basketball court for all manner of activities, classes and groups. We were between two other sports tables that had generic sign-up sheets for the dozen or so sports the school participates in. Only one other table had a video display and that was on a small desktop computer screen. We, Sailing, on the other hand had The Coopers Watch TV large screen on a table and plugged into my laptop, from which we played a video on the Prout Sailing Team. At the end of last season one of the fathers had assembled a slide show, 17-some minutes long, that encompassed the team’s adventures over the season and we played this on a loop for the duration.

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25 Years of Whitebread

By Andrew Shemella, Photos by Rich LaBella, RJLaBellaPhotos.com

Whitebread 2018The 25th edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s Twin Forks classic on Saturday, September 29, 2018 proved to be another memorable experience for the 70+ boats that crossed the starting line.

Jennifer & Greg Ames’ Hunter Legend 37 Seventh Heaven (left) and Rich Spitzenberger’s C&C 35 RJMS negotiate the shoal-filled waters near the Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse between Orient Harbor and Gardiner’s Bay.RJLaBellaPhotos.com

Hundreds of East End sailors were looking forward to a beautiful day of sailing in 10- to 12-knot winds. That’s what the forecast said. It was to be what I call a PHRF day. In other words, sailboats sailing in conditions for which they were optimized so you could really see how they perform in comparison to their ratings. Not! What the forecast didn’t include was that the wind would be light and variable. The racecourse was filled with “Black Holes.” If you sailed into one, you might not ever come out.

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Time and Tide Wait for No (Wo)Man

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

Before reading the weekly tide tables as gospel, let’s take a moment to review a few essentials. First, don’t mistake precision with accuracy. What???

Just because we can predict the tides to the second as far into the future as you could imagine (after all, we certainly know the rotations of the Earth, Sun and Moon to exquisite precision), it doesn’t mean that the times are accurate! Why aren’t they? “We can put a man on the moon…”

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Finding Pax

One Woman’s Journey for the Love of Her Wooden Boat

BFinding Paxy Kaci Cronkhite, Published by Adlard Coles, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 211 pages   paperback   $17.95

Growing up on her family’s ranch in Oklahoma, Kaci Cronkhite never saw the ocean until she was 20. By the time she was 40, she’d sailed around the world. A voyage in 2001 brought her to Port Townsend, WA, and she remained in town for the Wooden Boat Festival. Finding herself temporarily grounded after the events of September 11, she decided to stay in the “City of Dreams” and was eventually offered a job as director of the aforementioned festival.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We had a really good time doing our staff picks for this year's Gift Guide. Some are recommendations from our advertisers and some are simply things we really want! Enjoy and have fun this holiday season!

 

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