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SailQuest Boat Show is May 17 - 19

The SailQuest Boat Show returns to Milford Lisman Landing Marina in Milford, CT the weekend of May 17 - 19. This unique, family-oriented show will feature new sailboats, trawlers and downeast-style powerboats, and select brokerage yachts from 20 to over 50 feet.

The docks at Milford Landing will showcase a wide range of models from quality manufacturers, including Catalina, Hanse, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Hunter, Lagoon, Beneteau, J Boats, Minor Offshore, Nordic Tug, Hunt, Blue Jacket and more. Additionally, a variety of companies will be on-site, offering small boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, gear and other products and services. Attendees will also be able to take advantage of daily introduction-to-sailing opportunities.

“SailQuest Boat Show in Milford was the best Boat Show that we went to in all of 2012,” said Ben Wilde, President of Wilde Yacht Sales in Essex, CT. “In addition to meeting a variety of boaters, we had many new prospects from all over New England. This boutique show format worked extremely well for us and enabled us to spend more time with potential owners. We are thrilled to be participating again and will be bringing new and pre-owned boats to this year’s show in May.”

Milford Lisman Landing is located at 37 Helwig Street in beautiful historic downtown Milford, which is filled with restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. The marina is minutes from I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, steps from Metro North Railroad and directly on Long Island Sound. Show hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit WindCheckMagazine.com and Facebook.com/SailQuest.

SAILS UP 4 CANCER Annual Regatta is June 22

SAILS UP 4 CANCER Annual Regatta Mystic River Yacht Club in Mystic, CT will once again host the SAILS UP 4 CANCER 2013 Annual Regatta on Saturday, June 22. This ECSA-sanctioned points event is open to all sailors and all classes with a $50 registration fee, which includes five tickets to the Post Regatta Shore Party. The Skipper’s meeting will be held on Friday, June 21 at 1800 hours, at the Mystic River Yacht Club, located at 14 Holmes Street in the heart of downtown Mystic, CT at Schooner Wharf. Scratch sheets and sailing instructions will be distributed and all sailors are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. The first gun is set for 1130 hours in Fishers Island Sound. The party will be held under a tent at the Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex Street in Mystic, beginning at 1700 hours.

SAILS UP 4 CANCER and Mystic River Yacht Club will host a barbecue, with entertainment by a surprise group comprising some of the area’s most talented musicians. There will be a silent auction, an open bar with wine and beer, and Dark ‘n Stormy stations provided by new sponsor Gosling’s Rum. Awards will be presented to the top three boats in each class. Tickets may be purchased online at su4c.org, or at the door for $20. The weekend’s activities will also include the Annual Complementary Alternative Medicine Expo, featuring an array of vendors and practitioners who will highlight means and methods for healthier lifestyles.

Once again SAILS UP 4 CANCER will be hosting their special guests of honor “The Sunshine Kids,” who will sail aboard the Schooner Argia to watch the start of the race. Proceeds from this and other SU4C events support the new Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute partnership and cancer research.

Visit su4c.org for the Notice of Race, entry forms and sponsorship opportunities. SAILS UP 4 CANCER is seeking items for the silent auction and volunteers both on and off the water. To submit an auction item, volunteer, or become a sponsor with all the benefits, contact Bob Davis at rdavis@su4c.org or 860-383-5405.

West Marine Seeks Applicants for Marine Conservation Grants

In support of its ongoing efforts to improve and conserve the marine environment, West Marine is seeking applications for Marine Conservation Grants. There will be five to ten grants awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 per recipient.

The 2013 grants are focused on projects that enhance fish populations, including engaging anglers in data collection, enhancing marine habitats, and educating anglers about barotrauma. Interested organizations must submit their proposal directly to West Marine. All applications will be reviewed by the Marine Conservation Action Team (MCAT).

Preference will be given to organizations that have neighboring West Marine stores and engage associates and customers in conservation and data collection efforts. Applicants must show sound financial policies and management and scientific substantiation.

Since 1994, West Marine has donated nearly $5,000,000 to non-profit organizations that support youth boating, boating safety and the marine environment. The closing date for entries is May 1, 2013 and the winners will be announced on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2013. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit westmarine.com/bluefuture.

Brewer Yacht Sales Hosting Spring Boat Shows

Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina in Warwick, RI and Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT will host two in-water boat shows this month. The shows, held concurrently on April 27 & 28, are designed for used boat sellers and buyers, and both are free to the public and to all participants.

“Boat shows have become expensive and are dominated by new boat dealers,” said David Pugsley, Vice President and General Manager of Brewer Yacht Sales. “As part of Brewer Yacht Yards we are uniquely positioned to offer our customers the ability to display their boats in Brewer’s premier locations. The Brewer Spring Boat Show has become the largest in-water used boat show in New England. Last spring, we had 110 boats on display in the water at Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina and Brewer Pilots Point. The response to and success of the shows has been phenomenal. Over 25 boats were sold at our shows, or as a result of our shows.”

If you’re interested in listing or displaying your boat in the Brewer Spring Boat Show, call 860-399-6213 (for the CT show) or 401-884-1690 (RI show), or email breweryacht@byy.com. Space is limited, so talk with a Brewer Yacht Sales broker today. Trailer boats are welcome at both shows, as land space will be available. For more information, visit breweryacht.com, and facebook.com/BrewerSpringBoatShow for a list of boats. F Wilde Yacht Sales In-Water Open House April 12 - 14 Wilde Yacht Sales is hosting an in-water open house in Essex, CT from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. New models that will be on display include a 2012 Ranger Tugs 27, 2013 Minor Offshore 28, 2013 Nordic Tug 34 and 2013 Nordic Tug 39. Pre-owned models include a 2002 Nordic Tug 32 Pilothouse, 2004 Nordic Tug 37 Pilothouse, 2005 Nordic Tug 37 Flybridge, 2008 Nordic Tug 42 Flybridge, 1998 Kady Krogen 30 and 1996 Rosborough 246. Wilde Yachts is offering savings up to $40,000 on select models, with low interest rates plus free documentation. Owners of the pre-owned boats will be on hand, along with insurance and finance experts. Marine service provider S&S Marine will also be at the open house with big pre-season discounts, and there will be a raffle for a $1,000 West Marine shopping spree. Open House hours are 9 am - 4 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. Wilde Yachts is located at 39 Pratt Street in Essex – look for the lighthouse. For more information, call 888-447-6944 or visit wildeyachts.com.

New Faces at McMichael Newport

New Faces at McMichael Newport

McMichael Yacht Brokers has added two brokers to their office at Newport Shipyard, who will focus on the boating needs of the Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut communities. Myles Cunningham grew up boating off Long Island on his family’s 45’ Hatteras, and has worked on sportfishing boats in New York, Florida and the Caribbean. He lives in Barrington and enjoys racing and cruising his Catalina 34.

Rick Fleig has an extensive background in the marine and sporting goods industry. Rick participated in the 1987 America’s Cup with both the Courageous and USA syndicates. He resides in Portsmouth and is the director of the Portsmouth High School Sailing team. Myles and Rick can be reached at 401-619-5813 or at mcmichaelyachtbrokers.com.

Kimo Worthington Joins North Sails

Kimo Worthington, former general manager of PUMA Ocean Racing for the past two Volvo Ocean Race events, is the new Sales Manager of North Sails in North America. An experienced sailor and marine industry opinion leader, Worthington will work at the new North Sails corporate office in downtown Newport, RI.


© Ian Roman“It is a very exciting time for North Sails as we make some management changes and reassign roles and responsibilities within our sales force,” said Ken Read, who was named President of North Sails Group in December. “As the general manager of PUMA Ocean Racing, Kimo was privy to the sales and design process for our sail program and developed many strong relationships with key leaders within North Sails. He brings a fresh look and fresh approach to help motivate and inspire our sales force, which makes him a natural fit at North Sails where client services are a top priority.”

A competitive sailor since 1974, Worthington started his career in sailboat project management in 1982 with the Davidson 46 Pendragon. He has worked with six America’s Cup teams and four Volvo Ocean Race teams, and is one of very few marine industry leaders who has worked on both a winning America’s Cup team (America3 in 1992) and sailed on a winning Volvo Ocean Race team (EF Language in 1997-98).

“I am very excited about joining North Sails and I look forward to working with many talented sailors

who are experts in the sailmaking industry,” said Worthington. “My goal is to help introduce new sales strategies and initiatives to enhance our relationships with our clients and increase our market share. It’s not often you get an opportunity to work side-by-side with industry leaders and professionals, so I am proud and honored to be part of the North Sails team.” Worthington can be reached at 978-335-7816 or kimo@sales.northsails.com

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Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change

Manuka Sports Event Management, organizers of the 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, are hosting a special evening celebrating the race and its environmental commitment. “Living on the Edge: Coastal Communities and Climate Change” will take place Thursday, May 16 from 6 -9pm at View of the World at the World Center Hotel in New York, NY

David Rockefeller, Jr., Founder of Sailors for the Sea, will provide opening remarks. Global Green USA’s President Matt Petersen will moderate a panel discussion about climate change at the convergence of land and water. Panelists include Dr. Ben Strauss, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Sea Level Rise for Climate Central, Hannah Jenner, skipper for 40 Degrees Racing, and Chip Giller, Founder and President of Grist.org.

“The Atlantic Cup represents the model for sailing events to come: focusing on the adventure and skill of the sailors and their interaction with the waters they sail in,” said Jeremy Pochman, Director of 11th Hour Racing. “The Living on the Edge event further connects land and water which represents the lifeblood of who and what we are, as humans: literally and figuratively.” Tickets are available at atcuplivingontheedge.eventbrite.com.


Mystic Blues Festival is June 28 - 30

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The First Annual Mystic Blues Festival is coming to Mystic, CT the last weekend in June.With performances scheduled for a variety of different-sized venues throughout the Mystic area, blues fans can attend anything from an acoustic duo performance in a local bistro to a theater concert, major club event with dancing, or an outdoor performance by a national act. Venues include Mystic Shipyard, Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinema, La Luna Ristorante, Voodoo Grill, Mystic Marriot Hotel & Spa, and the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly, RI.

The Mystic Blues Festival’s very impressive lineup includes Christine “Beehive Queen” Ohlman (pictured), James “Superharp” Cotton (the Festival’s Grand Marshall), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, James Montgomery, Ricky “King” Russell and the Cadillac Horns with special guest Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Jim Weider’s ProJECT PERCoLAToR, Rhode Island’s own Roomful of Blues and many more.

In addition to the main stage at Mystic Shipyard, the downtown Mystic area will have activities for fans and families with performances by local bands. Venues on both sides of town will host live blues acts, a Sunday Blues Brunch and the MBF Pub Crawl. For the complete list of performers and sponsorship opportunities, visit mysticbluesfestival. com and facebook.com/ MysticBluesFestival.


US Sailing Leadership Forum

US Sailing will host the inaugural Sailing Leadership Forum on February 6 - 8, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Resort in San Diego, CA. The forum will connect leaders from all aspects of our sport, including sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, racing associations, one-design and handicap classes, race officials and industry professionals, while addressing subjects relevant to all.

“For years, US Sailing has hosted successful events for all types of sailors,” said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. “There are common issues and shared goals associated with these events, such as the National Sailing Program Symposium, One-Design Sailing Symposium and Yacht Club Summit. We want to create a unique setting that enables leaders from all areas of our sport to interact, discover and learn from one another.”

The forum will comprise three days of keynote speakers, presentations, seminars, panel discussions and break-out sessions, with topics including how we can grow the sport, make it safer, and improve educational programs and regatta management. There will also be social events, exhibitor displays and demonstrations, pre- and post-forum clinics and seminars for instructor certification, race management seminars, safety-atsea seminars, and much more.

A preliminary list of presenters includes Chuck Hawley, Vice President of West Marine and Chair of the Safety-atSea Committee; Stan Honey, Co-founder of Sportvision and Volvo Ocean Race and Jules Verne Trophy Navigator; Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing; John Craig, Principal Race Officer for the 2013 America’s Cup; Sally Honey, Chair of the 2012 Low Speed Chase Safety Report; Greg Fisher, Director of Sailing at the College of Charleston; Tom Duggan, ISAF International Race Officer; John Rousmaniere, noted sailing author and safety expert; and Bill Lee, Chair of the Offshore/Big Boat Sailing Disciplines Division. For more information and to register, visit leadership2014.ussailing.org.


J/22 Class Celebrating 30th Anniversary with Worlds in Newport

The J/22 Class will honor its 30th anniversary this year with a World Championship in the birthplace of the J/22 – Newport, RI. From October 1-5, J/22 competitors from around the globe will convene for five days of racing on Narragansett Bay. Sail Newport will serve as the Organizing Authority and host site for the World Championship.

“We’re really excited about the J/22 Worlds coming to Newport this year,” said Jeff Johnstone of J Boats. “2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the J/22, and hull #1 was launched and sea-trialed in the same waters we’ll be racing. It will be a reunion of J/22 sailors spanning three decades, and is not to be missed!” The Notice of Race has been issued, and registration is open at j22worlds.com. For more information on the International J/22 Class Association, visit j22.org.


Summer Sailstice is June 22

Sailors around the world are invited to participate in the 13th Annual Summer Sailstice on June 22. Traditionally held the weekend closest to the summer solstice, this global celebration of sailing welcomes everyone to sail ‘together’ regardless of where they are or what they sail.

Registration at the newly designed event website is free, and you can invite others to participate. Entrants have a chance to win prizes, including a sailing vacation in the BVI donated by Footloose Sailing Charters and more than 400 prizes from Hobie, Offshore Sailing School, West Marine, Boat U.S., Bluewater Sailing, WoodenBoat and others. The website also has improved tools for participants to promote their local events.

Every year, Summer Sailstice connects more than 19,000 sailors all over the world – cruisers, racers and recreational – to celebrate life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, the Americas and Europe. In 2013, Summer Sailstice continues its partnership with Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, RI-based organization that helps connect sailors to ocean conservation and raise funds to support environmental programs.

“Whether you haven’t pulled out your old Sunfish from under its tarp in years, or you’re racing in the America’s Cup, 2013 is the year to pledge to sail,” said event founder John Arndt. “It’s the perfect time of year for everyone to get on the water.” To register, create a Sailstice event, post stories and see what’s planned around the planet, visit SummerSailstice.com. For more information, contact Arndt at john@summersailstice.com.

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