Checking In... December 2013


Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT has named Richard “Kip” Files of Rockland, ME as the new captain of the 19th Century whaleship Charles W. Morgan. At the conclusion of a five-year, multi-million dollar restoration at the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, Files will take the Morgan on a three-month voyage in Southern New England waters beginning in May 2014.

© Dennis Murphy/Mystic SeaportThe 113-foot Morgan was launched in New Bedford, MA in 1841 and had a whaling career of 80 years and 37 voyages that spanned the far reaches of the globe. While her original cargo was whale oil and bone, now her cargo is knowledge. “There are very few people in the world with the knowledge and experience of traditional square-rigged sailing necessary to do this job,” said Steve White, President of Mystic Seaport. “Kip is one of those people and we are confident we have found the right person to lead the ship on her 38th Voyage.” 

“This is an extraordinary undertaking, and it will be exciting to take this ship back to sea to discover and share what it was like to operate a wooden whaleship as they did throughout the 19th Century,” said Files, who is the 22nd captain of the last wooden whaling ship in the world. “The 38th Voyage will be one of the most significant maritime events in my lifetime, and I feel privileged and humbled to be part of this historic voyage.” 

A master of traditional sailing vessels since 1978, Files is the owner and captain of the 132-foot, three-masted schooner Victory Chimes out of Rockland, and the primary captain of the 207-foot barque Elissa, owned and operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation and Texas Seaport Museum. He also served on the boards of Tall Ships America and the Ocean Classroom Foundation. For more information, visit mysticseaport.com.

Local Sailors Protest Imprisonment of Arctic 30 

Local Sailors Protest Imprisonment of Arctic 30 Thirty people hailing from 18 nations aboard the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise were arrested September 19, 2013 after staging a high seas protest against a Russian oil exploration platform in the Arctic. Russian security agents descended onto the ship from a helicopter, seizing the Arctic Sunrise. All 30 detainees (28 Greenpeace activists including the ship’s captain and crew and two freelance journalists) are charged with piracy and hooliganism, crimes punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

Governments from around the world called for the “Arctic 30” to be released, claiming the ship was illegally seized in international waters violating the Law of the Sea and that the charges are “absurd” and “disproportionate.” In support, there were many international demonstrations for the release of the Arctic 30. In late November, most were given bond and await trial. 

Peter Willcox, the captain of the Arctic Sunrise, is from Norwalk, CT and is a sailing instructor at Sound Sailing Center in Norwalk. On November 2, the school’s President, Martin van Breems, led a flotilla of sailboats with painted sails and banners from Norwalk Cove Marina down the East River to the United Nations Building and on to North Cove Marina in New York City to protest the imprisonment of the Greenpeace Arctic 30. Photos of all the prisoners were displayed while speakers, including Greenpeace officials, informed spectators and media about their cause. Their goal was to both raise awareness of the imprisoned activists and the dangers of Arctic offshore drilling to the global environment. 

“As a sailor who raced across the Atlantic singlehanded, I have some understanding of what it takes to run and repair a vessel offshore in cold temperatures,” said van Breems. “To say such work is brutally difficult is an understatement. Working on oil rig machinery in one of the numerous winter storms, with subzero temperatures in the darkness, accidents leading to major spills are inevitable.” For updates and more information, check greenpeace.org/international/en/. 

Randy Altemus Joins Prestige Yacht Sales

Randy Altemus Joins Prestige Yacht SalesYacht sales professional Randy Altemus has joined the team at Prestige Yacht Sales in Norwalk, CT. Altemus started his yacht sales career in Connecticut some 40 years ago, after a tour of duty as a naval aviator and then solo sailing up and down the East Coast and to the Caribbean. Altemus is pleased to continue to offer his clients the accumulated experience garnered from a lifetime of boating as well as performing as a yacht broker, agent, dealer and importer since 1973.

To date, Altemus has completed over 900 new and brokerage yacht sales transactions on behalf of his clients! For new yacht sales, he has represented many of the finest yacht manufacturers including Nautor’s Swan, Baltic Yachts, Contest Yachts, Grand Banks, Bertram, Hatteras, C&C, Pearson, Bristol Yachts and J/Boats. With his extensive product knowledge, highly successful track record, fine reputation and extensive industry contacts, he will get the job done for his buyers and sellers alike.

You can contact him via his cell at 203-512-0847 or atRandy@PrestigeYachtSales.net. With offices in Norwalk, Essex and Mystic, CT, Prestige Yacht Sales is a dealer for Beneteau and Hunt Yachts and a broker for sail and powerboats. Visit PrestigeYachtSales.net for more information. 

New Boat Rental Marketplace

Launched earlier this year, GetMyBoat is the world’s largest and fastest growing peer-to-peer boat rental and charter marketplace. GetMyBoat allows owners to make residual income by listing their boat on the company’s website. Owners can post their boat’s specifications, photos, video and rental price by the hour, day, week or per person, and iPhone and Android apps allow users to quickly find a boat to rent or charter.

“GetMyBoat lets boat owners – who generally only use their boats 8% of the time – defray the cost of ownership by renting out their boats to potential users around the world,” said Kira Maixner, the company’s Social Media Director. “Similarly, it enables people who could never own a boat to have the experience of being on the water in any type of craft, from kayaks to 100-foot yachts.”

GetMyBoat has over 10,500 listings, and has partnered with XINSURANCE to offer boat owner and renter liability insurance. For more information and to view the available boats, visit getmyboat.com.

Jobson Receives America and the Sea Award

Gary Jobson (second from left) receives the America and the Sea Award from fellow America’s Cup Hall of Fame member Tom Whidden (left), Mystic Seaport Chairman Barclay Collins and Mystic Seaport President Steve White. © Dennis Murphy/Mystic Seaport

Gary Jobson (second from left) receives the America and the Sea Award from fellow America’s Cup Hall of Fame member Tom Whidden (left), Mystic Seaport Chairman Barclay Collins and Mystic Seaport President Steve White. © Dennis Murphy/Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT has named Gary Jobson of Annapolis, MD as the 2013 recipient of the Museum’s America and the Sea Award. Presented annually by Mystic Seaport, the award recognizes individuals and organizations whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.

“Few people have had such an extraordinary impact on the sport of sailing as has Gary Jobson,” said Steve White, President of Mystic Seaport. “His contribution goes far beyond the awards and accolades on the racecourse. Gary is a gifted teacher and storyteller whose generosity and commitment has been an inspiration for many people inside and outside of the sailing community.”

Jobson is a decorated sailor, television sailing commentator, Emmy winner, sailing lecturer, sailing coach and author. He was the winning tactician on Courageous in the 1977 America’s Cup. In 1999, he won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, U.S. Sailing’s most prestigious award. He has served as President of U.S. Sailing and is currently the Vice President of the International Sailing Federation. In 2003, he was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and in 2011 into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. He was elected President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in January 2013.

Jobson has written 18 books on sailing, and he is also Editor-at-Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. He has been ESPN’s sailing commentator since 1985 and most recently covered the 34th America’s Cup for the NBC Sports Network. As a lymphoma survivor, Jobson has been the National Chairman of The Leukemia Cup Regatta program since 1994 and actively works to raise funds and awareness for the organization. To date, these events have raised more than $44 million.

Foil Production Underway at LaserPerformance in Portsmouth, RI

Foil Production Underway at LaserPerformance LaserPerformance has moved all of their foil production from China to the United States. The first foil was completed on November 1, and the company’s entire line of foils is now exclusively built in the LaserPerformance facility in Portsmouth, RI. “We started a factory in China and realized how valuable this operation was to our business, so we moved it to Portsmouth,” explained LaserPerformance Chairman Bill Crane.

LaserPerformance has hired 15 full-time employees in Portsmouth for foil production, and plans to have 22 full-time employees by the end of the year. Manufacturing in Portsmouth has also improved production technology. The new foils incorporate closed-molding ‘infused’ technology that is currently being implemented throughout LaserPerformance for its entire GRP product line, beginning with the Z420. This technique produces a number of tangible advantages including repeatability, better structural integrity, and a lower amount of released volatile organic compounds.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in supporting the local economy and bringing jobs back to the USA,” said Crane. “LaserPerformance also looks forward to additional initiatives in the near future that will bring even more manufacturing jobs to the Portsmouth area.” For more information, visit laserperformance.com.

Hinckley Wins Innovation Award

Hinckley T38R Convertible © hinckleyyachts.com

My-Villages, a Hobe Sound, FL-based leader in marine mobile technology, has selected The Hinckley Company of Portsmouth, RI as the winner of the first-ever My-Villages Innovation Award. The award, which will be presented annually, was accepted by Hinckley CEO Jim McManus at the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s annual meeting in November.
“My-Villages’ Innovation Award is meant to honor organizations that have demonstrated a passion for continuous improvement, and I can’t think of a better example than Hinckley,” said Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO of My-Villages. “It’s a bold move to change processes or adapt new technology, but the Hinckley team has done this again and again. They know the commitment level needed to make it work.”

The My-Villages Innovation Award honors companies that demonstrate leadership in reinventing the way the marine industry cares for customers by helping boat owners better operate and maintain their vessels using new technologies. Hinckley has been innovating since its start in 1928, introducing advances in sail handling, carbon fiber hull construction, joystick helm control and jet propulsion. Today, they are using technology that creates fluid communication between owners and supporting services. “For decades, we have tried to marry fine craftsmanship with the latest in technological innovation, and we believe that is another very significant step in making the boating experience easier, more convenient and safer for our owners,” said McManus.

Through The Boat Village, My-Villages’ consumer-friendly platform for communicating, coordinating service and sharing information, and the DockMaster suite of marine business software modules, My-Villages is dedicated to helping marine businesses dramatically improve how they engage and service customers, in ways similar to those seen in the banking, healthcare and retail industries. For more information, visit my-villages.com and hinckleyyachts.com.

BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grants

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grants Program is looking to fund projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating. Organizations with the best grant applications will be awarded individual grants of up to $10,000 to implement their plan.

“While the program is still for small local groups, organizations and non-profits, we’re getting away from awarding funds for traditional signs, brochures, or boat show giveaway items,” said BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating. “Now, we’re looking to tap into the many exciting interactive and innovative ways to encourage behavior changes, including social media, the web or unique hands-on activities.”

The Grassroots Grants Program has funded over $1.3 million in local boating safety and clean water projects over the past 25 years. Groups wishing to apply for one or more Grassroots Grants may go to BoatUS.com/Grants to view the guidelines and begin their application. Grant application submissions may include videos, photos or graphics or anything to potentially help increase the chances of funding. Groups with the most votes will have one year to complete the grant project. Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2014, and public online voting on the applications will take place in early spring. To learn when voting for grant projects begins, “like” the BoatUS Foundation at Facebook.com/BoatUSFoundation.

Custom Marine Canvas Wins Award of Excellence

Custom Marine Canvas of Noank, CT received an Award of Excellence in the Sailboat Exterior Category at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013, held in Orlando, FL in October. Nick Olsen and Aaron Norris of Custom Marine Canvas won the award for their work building new deck awnings for the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, the 295-foot training vessel for U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates.

Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

Founded by Katie Bradford in 1985, Custom Marine Canvas serves clients throughout New England by custom designing and handcrafting canvas-based products for boats and waterfront properties. Visit their shop at 71 Marsh Road in Noank, call 860-572-9547 or 800-528-9262 for an onsite appointment, or log onto custommarinecanvas.com.

Inaugural Sailing Leadership Forum Set for 2014

US Sailing’s first-ever Sailing Leadership Forum will be held February 6-8, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Resort in San Diego, CA. The event will connect leaders from all aspects of our sport such as sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, racing associations and organizations including one-design and handicap classes, race officials and industry professionals. The primary objective is to bring the sport together by assembling leaders and innovators from these areas of sailing for an all-inclusive learning and networking experience.

“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 Leadership Forum will consist of three fun and captivating days of keynote speakers, presentations, seminars, panel discussions, and break-out sessions that will provide attendees with a fresh perspective and new ideas on how to strengthen and build our sport for the 21st Century sailor. Topics will be themed around how we can grow the sport, make it safer, and improve our educational programs and regatta management. Instructors, coaches, race officers, program directors, class/fleet leaders, yacht club management, organization leaders, and volunteers will find key takeaways from this pioneering event.

A preliminary list of industry speakers and presenters includes Chuck Hawley, Vice President of West Marine and Chair of the Safety-at-Sea 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.

The forum will also feature social events, exhibitor displays and demonstrations, clinics and seminars for instructor certification, race management seminars, Safety-at-Sea Seminars, and much more. The event is supported by Platinum sponsors Rolex and Gowrie Group, Gold sponsors Sunsail, The Moorings and Gill, and Silver sponsor Zim Sailing. For sponsorship or exhibitor inquiries, contact Amy Larkin atamylarkin@ussailing.org. For more information, visit the event website at leadership2014.ussailing.org/. F

Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record Broken ...Again!


© manukasem.comElapsed times have been falling in the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record faster than we’ve been able to publish stories. Four boats made record attempts on a breezy October 24 (while our November issue was at the printer), and new records were set in all categories as boats concurrently broke the Under 32’ and Monohull records and the Multihull and Outright records.

The first record of the day fell to Billy MacGowan’s custom 28-footer MacX, who lowered the Under 32’ record from 2 hours, 17minutes, 36 seconds to 2:10:42. Just 21 minutes later, Alex Wadson’s Shaw 6.50 Manic crossed the finish line with a time of 2:00:29 to stake a claim on the Under 32’ and Monohull records.

Taking advantage of a strengthening afternoon breeze, Jerry Kirby (pictured) and his crew of Ken Read, Kimo Worthington, Mark Kroening and Chris Fortin aboard their Marstrom 32 catamaran Ultimate Pressure set a new Outright record of 1:07:59. Kirby was awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to his weight at the awards party at IYAC in Newport, RI.

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The crew of the Marstrom 32 Ultimate Pressure are the new holders of the Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record. 

The Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record, presented in association with Café Zelda and IYAC, is a perpetual all-out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay. A portion of each entry fee supports Sail Newport. For more information, visit aroundjamestownrecord.com. 

Reggio and Rousmaniere Receive US Sailing Awards

Peter Reggio (left) accepts the Harman Hawkins Award from US Sailing Race Administration Chair Hank Stuart. © US Sailing

Peter Reggio of Essex, CT and John Rousmaniere of New York, NY are among several contributors to the sport of sailing who were honored at US Sailing’s Annual Meeting Awards Dinner, presented by Rolex, at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, FL in October. US Sailing recognized these esteemed award winners for their extraordinary achievements in the areas of sailing education, race administration and operations, disabled sailing, safety and overall contributions to the sport.

Peter Reggio received the Harman Hawkins Award for the major role he has played in the advancement of race administration. As a certified International Race Officer, Reggio has been involved in the various aspects of race management for 35 years, including international regattas for a wide range of boats from Finns to maxi yachts. He is the only individual who has served as a race officer for both the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games.

Reggio has been at the forefront of creating competitor-friendly race management features, many of which have been adopted worldwide. It has been his goal to improve sailors’ overall experiences on the water. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all the sailors I’ve had the privilege of running races for,” said Reggio.

US Sailing President Thomas Hubbell (left) and Rich Jepsen, US Sailing’s Training Committee Chair (right) present the Timothea Larr Award to John Rousmaniere. © US Sailing

John Rousmaniere received the Timothea Larr Award for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of sailor education in the U.S. After sailing in the deadly 1979 Fastnet Race storm and writing a book about it, Rousmaniere spoke at Safety at Sea Seminars and has participated in more than 100 safety events across North America. He is a member of US Sailing’s Safety-at-Sea Committee and coordinates the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal program honoring mariners who make rescues.

In 2011, at the request of US Sailing, Rousmaniere reviewed fatal accidents involving a 420 dinghy in Annapolis and an entry in the Chicago-Mackinac Race. These reports inspired widespread discussion and on-water tests in which he participated. His report of an incident in the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race stimulated new thinking about communications and on-board medicine. In 2013, he developed a pilot safety clinic for yacht clubs that was held with US Sailing’s assistance in Nyack, NY. “I have hope for this sport and organization when I see ocean sailors racing alongside dinghy sailors, sharing the same spirit,” said Rousmaniere.
Other honorees include David Irish (Harbor Springs, MI), who received the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing; Magnus Liljedahl (Miami, FL), awarded the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy for his outstanding contributions to disabled sailors and the sport of disabled sailing; the Sandusky Sailing Club (Ohio), the recipient of the St. Petersburg Trophy for excellence in race management; and Cory Sertl (Rochester, NY) and Gary Bodie (Hampton, VA), who received President’s Awards for their service as U.S. delegates to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). 

Regional Sailors Inducted Into Hall of Fame

The 2013 NSHOF Inductees (from bottom, left to right): Stuart Walker, Runnie Colie, Timmy Larr, Richard Rosenfeld (accepting for grandfather Morris Rosenfeld) Steve Taylor (accepting for grandfather Starling Burgess) Julia Clough (accepting for grandfather John Alden), Frank Butler, Brooke Blackaller*, Dave Curtis, Lisa Blackaller*, Bill Buchan (*accepting for their father Tom Blackaller) © NSHOF/Jack Hardway

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) inducted 10 of the sport’s significant contributors into the National Sailing Hall of Fame on October 27 at a ceremony on the site of its future facility at City Dock in the historic waterfront district of Annapolis, MD. The 2013 inductees include six living sailing legends and four who were inducted posthumously.

Three-time U.S. Women’s Sailing Champion Timothea “Timmy” Larr of Oyster Bay, NY is only the second woman, to date, to be inducted into the NSHOF. A naval architect, Larr’s competitive accomplishments in the 1960s put her at the forefront of the sport at a time when it was rare to see a woman at the top of the podium. More recently, her pioneering contributions in standardizing the sail training program in the U.S. was the catalyst for similar programs for judges and race committee officials.

Larr established the National Junior Sailing Symposium, and assisted in the formulation of US Sailing’s Small Boat and Keelboat Certification Systems as well as the new Powerboat Program. She also co-authored or contributed to the textbooks and instructor manuals used in the Certification Systems. Her efforts in maintaining high quality standards for sail training have earned the programs the respect of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Power Squadron and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. She was awarded the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy for outstanding contribution to the sport in 1992.

“I stand here to accept this honor not for me, but for all the teams I’ve worked with,” said Larr, a two-time Yachtswoman of the Year (1961 and ‘65). “I couldn’t have done anything without my crews; we were always a team. I may have been recognized for the honor, but it was they who actually made it all happen.”

The sailing resumé of Dave Curtis of Marblehead, MA, a two-time ICSA All-American (1967 and ’68) at Tufts University, is replete with titles in a number of one-design classes, significant among them the Soling World Championship in 1981, two Soling North American Championships (’97, ’99), and the J/24 World Championship in 1984, as well as gold medals at the Pan Am Games in two different classes: J/24 (’83) and Soling (’79). The seven-time Etchells World Champion and two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (’81, ’83) is a sailmaker known for building fast sails. “I’m truly honored to be included in the greats of this sport of sailing going back to Joshua Slocum,” said Curtis, who noted that his father taught him everything about boats and how to sail. “I took to it right away. I just loved it.”

Runnie Colie, Jr. of East Windsor, NJ is one of the nation’s foremost dinghy sailors. He is a seven-time International Penguin Champion and eight-time E-Scow Champion. A fierce competitor, Colie started sailing at age nine, and, through the decades also left his mark in the Sunfish, Moth and 5.5‐Metre classes.

“I want to tell you how much I enjoy sailing,” said the 97-year old Colie, adding that he also liked to instruct people. Colie’s impact is evident on sailors who have sailed with or against him, as many of those sailors quote him when teaching others to sail. His never quit attitude, dedication, and attention to detail had a profound effect on many sailing careers. Colie established the Carl Van Duyne Memorial Advanced Racing Clinic to honor the life of his good friend who passed away at age 36 in 1986.

Also inducted were Bill Buchan (Medina, WA), a three-time Star World Champion and 1984 Star Olympic Gold Medalist; Frank Butler (Woodland Hills, CA), the founder of Catalina Yachts; and Stuart Hodge Walker, M.D. (Annapolis, MD), the author numerous books on the sport, a regular contributor to Sailing World magazine and a primary founder of the Severn Sailing Association. The posthumous inductees are Tom Blackaller (1940-1989; San Francisco, CA), who won two Star World Championships and the Six Metre Gold Cup; naval architect John Gale Alden (1884-1962; Marblehead, MA); naval architect and aviation pioneer W. Starling Burgess (1878-1947; Marblehead, MA); and yachting photographer Morris Rosenfeld (1885-1968 Budapest, Hungary/New York, NY).

The NSHOF has partnered with US Sailing and the U.S. Naval Academy, and is associated with yacht clubs throughout the country, in its efforts to recognize role models of outstanding achievement. For more information, visit nshof.org.

For detailed information on the 2013 inductees, visit halloffamers.nshof.org.

Jan Harley at Media Pro International contributed to this report.


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