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It’s now 2017. At this time of year, we look back at what we accomplished (or perhaps deferred) during the previous year, as well as set goals and prepare for what lies ahead. Looking back is easy. And it’s interesting to see different peoples’ takes on what 2016 brought – or took – as was the case in many instances. Social media and all of the colorful and dramatic flair that accompanies it depicted last year as worse than, say, 1350 and the height of the black plague. While we did not suffer a great pestilence, we certainly did lose many amazing musicians, actors and other notable figures. I’m sure we can all agree that last year’s political climate was not something we will look back on with warm fondness either, nor was our world a peaceful place.

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Rules and Tactics Seminars Start February 2017

NorthuYou can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules. North U Rules & Tactics seminars cover the rules (new and old) to make sure you know your rights and obligations in every situation. This case-based curriculum teaches the underlying principles behind the rules to provide a clearer understanding of how the rules apply.

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New Year of Education & Adventure Scheduled Aboard Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

Cuba and Arctic Among Upcoming Opportunities

Oliver Hazard PerryAfter a successful first season of programs in New England, the brand new 200-foot Tall Ship, Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry, plans to set sail for the open ocean in 2017, heading first to Bermuda, then to Florida where she will be based through March, when she will offer opportunities for explorers of all ages to participate in one of two round-trip voyages to Cuba (March 10-18 and March 18-26); a passage from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda (April 2-12); or a passage from Bermuda to Newport, RI (April 14-22). 

Trainees practice setting sail at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.  © Mark Russell
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Bringing an Olympic Gold Medal Back Home

By Dermot O’Flynn

Dermot O'FlynnIn January 2014 my father Dermot O’Flynn passed away suddenly at the wonderful age of 94. A father, a great surgeon, and a yachtsman who enjoyed any opportunity to be out and about near or on the sea, he left me many happy memories. He also left me an Olympic Sailing gold medal from the 1948 London Olympics. The medal was won by Jim Weekes, an American who crewed on a 6 Metre yacht called Llanoria.

The author sails Llanoria on Lake Lucerne before the 2016 6 Metre European Championships.

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, Llanoria was owned by Herman Whiton, a past member of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, a wonderful club that is steeped in yachting history.

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Letter: I Love It When We’re Cruisin’ Together

The story by Charlie Simon in your November/December 2016 issue is good. [“Top Ten Tips Being Together at Sea: Happy Wife, Happy First Mate!” ] In so many ways it is right on target. I am still waiting for the article, “Top Ten Ways to Get Your Husband to Abandon His Sailboat and Adopt Your House and Garden.” I probably don’t read the right magazines. I also liked “A Voyage to Maine and Back” by Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs. Based in Boston, we nipped up to Maine without much thought. Our big coastal cruise is going to be Cape Cod to the Chesapeake with a long linger in Long Island Sound. Same sort of story, but in reverse.

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On Watch - Bill MacGowan

Bill MacGowanA popular figure on the Newport, Rhode Island sailing scene since the early 1980s, Bill MacGowan’s influence and work is present all around town, both on the water and ashore. But you’re most likely to find Bill and his family on the water, whether racing, harbor touring, surfing or paddleboarding. “Newport is one of the greatest harbors and sailing venues in the world, and it has beautiful beaches with decent waves,” says Bill. “We start in the morning at the beach and end up at the harbor in the afternoon for one thing or another.”

© Meghan Sepe
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From the Log of Persevere: Looking for Civilization in Tahiti

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the seventeenth 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.

JanFeb_17_web_page31_image2.jpgWe arrived early in the morning at the bay by Hanavave at Fatu Hiva. It’s a wide bay that is only protected on two sides and there are gusty winds that come down the valley at 50 knots, so you have to make sure you have a good hook. Otherwise you can literally get blown out to sea, especially with the large tide changes, because there is nothing stopping you if your hook slips. The water goes from 100 feet deep to 700 right away, so your anchor would have nothing to rehook on.

The girls enjoyed dancing at the Tahiti-Moorea Rendezvous. © persevere60545.com
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Sailing around the world: A brief history

By Joe Cooper

vendeeMost of us probably get a variety of sailing info in our mailboxes on a daily, if not hourly, basis, from the America’s Cup on down the celebrity chain. Some of us get info on the Vendée Globe. Fewer, in the U.S., would know that at Christmas, Frenchman Thomas Colville blitzed the solo circumnavigation record by eight and a half days, finishing his solo circumnavigation aboard a 102-foot trimaran in 49 days.

© Jean-Marie Liot/DPPI/Vendee Globe

And as I write, (30 Dec), Francis Joyon and five of his mates are blasting across the southern Indian Ocean on their 102-foot trimaran, having a crack at the outright record of some 45 and a half days set in 2012. So at one point a couple of weeks ago there were the remaining, at the time, 25 (of 29 starters) or so Vendée boats, Colville and Joyon all in various parts of the Atlantic and Southern oceans and half a dozen of them travelling at speeds approaching those of the AC cats, viz. 30 knots.

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Thames YC Sailors Win Secor Volvo ‘Onboard Reporter’ Video Award

By Cate Sheahan

Thames YC junior sailing volvo videoWhen two of your favorite hobbies can be combined into one activity, that’s pretty great. But when you win an award for your efforts, too? Well, it just doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s exactly what happened to Samson Dorfman and Colin Madaus of the Thames Yacht Club (TYC) Youth Sailing program in New London, CT.

These are the TYC youth sailors who competed in the 2016 Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race in winds that topped 25 knots. Even after missing the first leg of the race due to treacherous towing conditions on the way to the starting line, the team finished third overall. From left to right are Will Robinson, Samson Race Dorfman, Colin Madaus, Caridad Muldro, Caroline Codner, Patrick Madaus, Mary Madaus and Allison Codner.
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America’s Cup News

By Hank Schmitt

America's CupThe America’s Cup Qualifiers and Finals in Bermuda are rapidly approaching. Qualifier action begins May 26, 2017 and the Finals run over two weekends, June 17 & 18 and 27& 28.

© ACEA 2015/Photo Ricardo Pinto
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