Checking In... August 2013

Jimmy Buffett and his band entertained over 600 guests at the IYRS Annual Summer Gala in Newport. © Scott Indermaur

IYRS Summer Gala Raises $885,000

On the evening of July 6, over 600 people attended the International Yacht Restoration School’s Annual Summer Gala sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Jaguar. The evening included cocktails inside the school’s Restoration Hall in Newport, RI, dinner and a live performance by Jimmy Buffett and his band. Together with sponsors, attendees raised $885,000, some of which will be used for technology and equipment purchases that keep students at the vanguard of technology in the fast-evolving fields of marine and composites manufacturing.

“IYRS continues to build support for the extraordinary student outcomes and the school’s education model,” said IYRS President Terry Nathan. “More than 85 percent of our graduates are employed on or about the time they complete their programs. At a time when the conversation in America is about training more people to make and build things, an IYRS education is preparing people for life-long careers of working and thinking through their hands. It is a compelling and important story.”

Earl and Elizabeth McMillen of McMillen Yachts, longtime supporters of IYRS, served as event co-chairs. “We have been delighted and honored to support IYRS over the past 17years,” said Earl McMillen. “IYRS has supported our yacht restoration business with capable, bright and motivated shipwrights.”

The evening included both a live auction and an expansive silent auction. The top-earning auction item was a painting by maritime artist John Mecray of the 1885 schooner yacht Coronet, which is now being restored at IYRS. Other items included a 7-day charter on the 105-foot ketch Whitehawk, a stay in an oceanside villa in St. Barths during the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, and a Lloyd McCaffrey miniature model of the Bounty. Gala guests were also enthusiastic bidders in a reverse auction for Equipment, Tools & Technology, ensuring that students continue to have access to the state-of-the art equipment. For more information, visit iyrs.edu.

Cynthia Goss contributed to this report.


SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is Dedicated

© OHPRI/Kim Fuller

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dedicated as Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel at a dockside ceremony at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on Saturday, July 6. Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts read the official declaration proclamation on behalf of Governor Lincoln Chafee.

“With my power and with these words,” said Roberts, “I dedicate the Oliver Hazard Perry as Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel and wish her fair winds and smooth seas as she spreads the wisdom of our forefathers and modern scholars to all who visit and study aboard her.”

Roberts then ordered the ship’s commander, Captain Richard Bailey, to “set the first watch,” which was represented by the hoisting of the American flag at the ship’s stern, followed by a gun salute from the Artillery Company of Newport and the manning of the rails by nine Navy sea cadets. A final flag, declaring “Don’t Give Up the Ship” – as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s did when he captured the British fleet and its flagship in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 – was raised to the highest point of the three lower masts.

Although the ship is unfinished (her masts will be three times as tall as pictured and her bowsprit half as long again), the topsides were freshly painted and a Great Cabin finished out as the “showpiece” for the work in progress. Before the public dedication ceremony, a private, and moving, dedication of this space took place with the family of Vice Admiral Weschler. It is after his brother, Navy Lieutenant Charles J. Weschler, a decorated World War II hero, that the Great Cabin is named.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 1,000 visitors inspected the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry before the ship returned to Senesco Marine in Quonset, RI to continue construction. When she’s launched in 2014, the 196-foot, three-masted ship will be the largest civilian training vessel in North America. For more information, visit OHPRI.org.

Kirsten Ferguson at Media Pro International contributed to this report.


The Ms. Race Sails On

© Jeff Smith/njphoto.netGet ready to “Sail On” with the 9th Annual Ms. Race, hosted by the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ on Saturday, August 17. A charity regatta created for women by women, the Ms. Race is the Sandy Hook/Raritan Bay region’s only all women’s event. The race has adopted the credo “The Ms. Race Sails On,” signifying the importance of rebuilding both the New Jersey coastline and the region’s decimated sailing fleets. All proceeds benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Jersey Shore residents are struggling to rebuild homes, businesses and lives. Flooding destroyed the waterfronts of the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, Keyport and Raritan Yacht Clubs, and Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island. Hundreds of boats were lost or substantially damaged and many marinas devastated. With the associated social upheaval Sandy created, demand for 180’s services to the communities it serves has increased dramatically. 

In last year’s Ms. Race, 80 women sailed on nine boats and raised more $12,000 donated to 180. “Jersey Strong” does not begin to sum up the high hopes from the all-female crews sailing in this year’s event, which kicks off Friday evening with a welcome party at AHYC. Saturday starts with a breakfast for captains and crews that includes a sailing and safety seminar, followed by practice time on Sandy Hook Bay before the start of the PHRF non-spinnaker race in the early afternoon. One-designs are accommodated in class, with a minimum of three boats. The afternoon awards ceremony is followed by a dinner party with auctions, drawings and DJ. 

The AHYC and Atlantic Highlands Harbor can accommodate visiting racers. Join the women of the Ms. Race to support a worthy cause and highlight the resolve of the region’s sailing community to show “We are Stronger than the Storm.”

For more information, visit ahyc.net/msrace.htm or email ahyc.ms.race@gmail.com.


Brewer to Host Newport-Bermuda Race Prep. Seminars

By John Rousmaniere

© Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has named the Brewer Yacht Yard Group as the Official Boat Preparation Resource of the Newport Bermuda Race. Said BROC Race Organizing Committee Chairman Fred Deichmann, “We are very happy to welcome the Brewer Group of 22 yards in New York and New England as a member of the sponsor family for the 49th Newport Bermuda Race. The BROC is especially pleased that Brewer will bring its expertise to sailors in a series of race-preparation seminars.” 

The first of Brewer’s Newport Bermuda Race Seminars will be held Saturday, September 7, at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina at Westbrook, CT. Speakers will include Rives Potts, owner-skipper of the 2010 and 2012 St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy winner Carina, and meteorologist and ocean racer Bill Biewenga. Among the topics are: entering the race, preparing for mandatory boat inspection, optimizing your boat for performance, winning strategies on the race course, and guidance on navigation, weather, and crew management. 

The day-long seminar is geared both to sailors who want to improve their performance, and to those considering entering their first Newport Bermuda Race or making their first offshore passage. Presenters and Brewer staff members will be available throughout the day to answer questions. The cost is $100 per boat and entitles all crew members to attend. The proceeds will be donated to the Bonnell Cove Foundation to further safety at sea research and education. For more information on the seminar and to register, please visit byy.com/NBR or contact Lynn Oliver at loliver@byy.com.

The 2014 Newport Bermuda Race will start on June 20, 2014, off Castle Hill, Newport RI. For more information about the race, visit BermudaRace.com.


John Lucy Joins Evolution Sails

   John Lucy Joins Evolution SailsEvolution Sails has welcomed John Lucy to the team at their loft in Old Mystic, CT. A figure in the Mystic sailing community since the early 1970s, Lucy worked for International Speed Shapes in 1979 and then helped start Farrar Sails in 1987, where he built sails through 2012. Lucy and his wife Betsy have been members of the Ram Island Yacht Club in Noank since 2007 and he is currently the club’s Rear Commodore.

“John fits in quite well at Evolution Sails,” said Loft Owner Peter Tilton. “Evolution Mystic is not a big-box loft – we are a custom shop with customer service and quality products as our first priority. We are one of a few sail lofts left in the country who can still say ‘Made in the USA.’ Come down, see your sail built, meet the team and say ‘Hi’ to John.”

“Evolution Sails utilizes new technology with traditional service,” Tilton continued. “From our durable cruising sails to our regatta-winning EM Membrane racing sails, we have found innovative ways to improve our product through advances in manufacturing, engineering and design.” For more information, visit evolutionsails.com

Gregg Weatherby Joins US Watercraft

Gregg Weatherby Joins US WatercraftGregg Weatherby has joined the executive team at US Watercraft, LLC in Portsmouth, RI as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “I am pleased to have someone who brings as much professionalism and expertise as Gregg to our organization,” said US Watercraft President Randy Borges. “Gregg’s knowledge of the True North product is incredible, and his enthusiasm for helping to develop TN and our other brands is contagious. We will all benefit from his organizational skills, knowledge and drive.”

“I look forward to working with the team at US Watercraft as we grow the True North, Alerion and North Rip brands, as well as increase distribution and production of US Watercraft’s licensed brands,” said Weatherby. “The diversity of these products offers real opportunities for growth. US Watercraft’s talented team of craftsmen excels in hand-finished wooden interiors, composite manufacturing and innovative product development.” In addition to the True North, Alerion and North Rip brands, US Watercraft is the licensed US builder of the J/22, J/24, J80, J/105, Farr 30 and Farr 40. 

For more information, visit waterlinesystems.com.

National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2013 InducteesThe National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) has announced its 2013 inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from around the U.S. nominated their choices, a selection committee comprising representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee, and the NSHOF Board reviewed the nominations.
Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media). Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., as were posthumous nominations.

The 2013 Inductees are 1984 Star Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time Star World Champion Bill Buchan (Medina, WA); Catalina Yachts founder Frank Butler (Woodland Hills, CA); seven-time International Penguin Champion Runnie Colie, Jr. (East Windsor, NJ); seven-time Etchells World Champion Dave Curtis (Marblehead, MA); three-time U.S. Women’s Sailing Champion Timmy Larr (Oyster Bay, NY); and 1968 Olympian and sailing author Stuart Walker (Annapolis, MD).

The 2013 Posthumous Inductees include naval architect John Gale Alden (Troy, NY/Marblehead, MA); Americas Cup icon and two-time Star World Champion Tom Blackaller, Jr. (Seattle, WA/San Francisco, CA); naval architect and aviation pioneer Starling Burgess (Marblehead, MA); and marine photographer Morris Rosenfeld (Budapest, Hungary/New York, NY).

The official Induction Ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the future site of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame on the Annapolis City Dock. For more information, visit halloffamers.nshof.org.

Win a Charter in the Caribbean with Sunsail

Team Sunsail has partnered with WindCheck to award one lucky winner a Sunsail charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands! 

Entering is easy – register online at windcheckmagazine.com, or stop by the WindCheck booth at the Newport International Boat Show (September 12-15) in Newport, RI. Our lucky winner will receive a 6-day/7-night bareboat sailing charter in the BVI aboard a Sunsail sailing yacht. Easy deep-water hops, line-of-sight navigation and consistent trade winds make for a relaxing and family-friendly sailing experience. Last year’s winner Leila Daw sketched and chronicled some of the sights that she encountered along the way (archived at windcheckmagazine.com, search Trip of a Lifetime). This year’s contest begins August 1 and one winner will be drawn November 30.

The charter will be aboard a Sunsail monohull up to 40 feet, subject to boat availability. Accommodations, provisioning, water-toys, skipper, transfers, airfare, skipper, insurance and taxes are not included, and the head charterer is subject to Sunsail’s sailing resumé requirements.

This prize offer excludes Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weeks. The prize certificate expires on November 30, 2014. This prize is non-transferable, has no cash value, non-combinable with other offers, cannot be extended beyond the expiration date, and is not redeemable through a broker or travel agent. For more information on Sunsail charter vacations, visit sunsail.com.

nv-charts Announces Region 3.1 Chart Set

nv-charts Announces Region 3.1 Chart SetThe region from Long Island, NY to Nantucket is now available in improved format and readability from nv-charts, a global leader in detailed maritime chart products. Region 3.1: Rhode Island to Nantucket Sound, including the waters from Watch Hill, RI to Chatham, MA, includes Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, Buzzards Bay, Block Island and Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay.

The chart sets retail at $69.95. For more information and to order online, visit nvcharts.com or visit the nv-charts store at 62 Thames Street in Newport, RI.

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