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US Secretary of Interior Zinke Speaks on Boating Access, Infrastructure on Federal Lands

Just as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy federal lands, recreational boaters need access to federal waters. Access, however, can be threatened due to aging marina infrastructure, lack of funds for ramp and dock maintenance, or government will. The Department of Interior oversees about one-fifth of the nation’s land, including the national parks. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) was eager to sit down with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke yesterday at an event in Washington to discuss his agency’s support for maintaining boating infrastructure and growing access to federal waters.

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The 3rd Annual Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race

Secor Volvo Ocean RaceOn July 7 & 8, 2017, 100 sailors between the ages of 12 to 18 and representing 15 yacht clubs competed in what has become one of the most eagerly anticipated  races in the Northeast. Sponsored by Secor Volvo in New London, CT and sailed in 420s, the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race is a challenging, two-day, club-to-club race along the shorelines of three states.

Eli Gleason and Kristen Healy of Niantic Bay YC are this year’s winners.  
© Julia Parker Cronin/Outrageous Photography

Modeled after the ‘round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race by founder and chairman Brandon Flack, this one-of-a-kind event includes “stopovers” at yacht clubs along the route.

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America’s Cup Endeavour O’Pen BIC: The Experience of a Lifetime!

By Nevin Sayre

AC Endeavor With the backdrop of the 35th America’s Cup, 32 O’Pen BIC sailors, ages ten to fifteen, participated in the America’s Cup Endeavour O’Pen on Bermuda’s Great Sound June 15 -18, 2017. The kids and parents represented ten different nations from around the world, and all hailed the event as the “experience of a lifetime.”

The enthusiastic crowd at the America’s Cup Village loved the O’Pen BIC Freestyle Exhibition.   ©photoMagiFoster
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Yacht Broker

McMichael Yacht Brokers is adding to our team of yacht sales professionals. Join an industry leader, representing the most established brands: J/Boats, MJM, Hanse, Dehler, Amel and Release. Our ideal candidate is based in the Westchester/Greenwich area or on Long Island. Contact Michael Beers, michaelb@mcmyacht.com or (914)381-5900.

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Sailing Your Own Race: Lessons from Junior Sailing

By Robert N. Rossier

Sail your own raceAll of us who are parents want to do a good job at it, but parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Sometimes we make bad choices; other times we do better. Along the way we’re bound to worry which is which, and we ask ourselves, “Am I being a good parent?”

Ethan Rossier prepares for competition at the 2010 WestMex regatta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.   © Robert N. Rossier

Getting my son into junior sailing seemed like a good idea – an opportunity for him to learn responsibility, gain independence, make a network of friends and have real fun. We had recently moved to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and it would be a great way for him to integrate into the local community. Okay, so maybe I was projecting my own interests, but really, what was the down side?

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Take Care of Your Gear!

By Clemmie Everett

Take care of your gear junior sailingAn important part of success on the racecourse is to be properly prepared with the right gear. Once you have the right gear, of course, you need to know how to properly care for equipment and to be disciplined in doing such.

Keeping your boat and gear in top condition will pay dividends on the racecourse.  ©Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon

Sun and salt are the worst things for most sailing equipment, which, frustratingly, are also elements constantly present on most racecourses. At the end of each sailing day, try to hose off your boat with fresh water, paying close attention to lines and metal fittings. If you’re sailing a Laser, Sunfish or other boat with a small cockpit, you can partially fill that cockpit with fresh water to give each line a good dousing. Store lines in a bag or inside when not using them, since UV rays will degrade lines over time. When storing for a long time, be sure the lines are dry to prevent mold and mildew.

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Hurricanes May Miss Us - HOWEVER They Leave Deadly Rip Tides

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

Rip tidesWe read often about hurricanes, great and small. Of note, forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher) for this season. An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant College Program

The 2016 season was the most active since 2012, with 15 named storms, including seven hurricanes and four major hurricanes. This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows – which are what distant storms often leave us. Lest one of us comes to grief…

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Sail Black Rock Takes the Silver!

Sail Black RockNo, not that kind of silver. The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Freshman Championship – The Priddy Trophy – hosted by Sail Black Rock (SBR) at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT on April 22, 2017 has earned silver certification as a Clean Regatta from Sailors for the Sea.

Jenna Hannafin (right) University of New Hampshire Class of 2020, raffle winner of ORACLE TEAM USA cap autographed by skipper Jimmy Spithill with her crew Kailee Bodoh, UNH ’20  ©Dave White
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40th ANNUAL FOOLS’ RULES REGATTA

Sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club

Jamestown FoolsThe 40th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 on the Town Beach, East Ferry in Jamestown, R.I. with the rain date the following day.  The cannon will be fired at 9:00 AM to begin construction of the “vessels.”  Entrants are allowed two hours to construct a sailing craft (course is down-wind) on the beach, which must be made of non-marine items only.  The craft may be pre-constructed, but must be disassembled and built again on the beach.  Races begin at 11:00 AM with the firing of a cannon marking the start of the Class 1 race.

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An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing

By Eric B. Forsyth

Published by Green Ocean Race Productions   392 pages   paperback   $34.95

Inexplicable AttractionSailing out of Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue, NY, Captain Eric Forsyth has logged approximately 300,000 nautical miles, many of them aboard his Westsail 42 Fiona. (An amusing story about how Forsyth’s late wife Edith named this sturdy cutter can be found at yachtfiona.com.)

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