Checking In... July 2013

IYRS Students Launch Careers and Boats on Graduation Day

On Saturday, June 1, graduates of the International Yacht Restoration School’s (IYRS) Boatbuilding & Restoration Program – along with family, friends and IYRS fans – launched the plank-on-frame boats they restored this year in Newport, RI.

© Jack Renner


The boats launched included a stunning twin-cockpit, double-planked, 25-foot motor launch restored to Herreshoff lines (pictured); a 20-foot Fish-Class sloop designed in 1916 when Nathanael Herreshoff expanded the lines from his 12 ½ sailboat; an 11-foot Class B One-Design frostbite dinghy originally built in the 1930s at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company; and a fleet of 12-foot Beetle Cats.

North Sails President Ken Read, the Graduation Day featured speaker, spoke to students about his career and theirs and how one can build a profession from a passion. Commending the graduates for their fine hands-on skills – the type of skills he did not have when he was drafted by Shore Sails as a young college sailor, Read offered sage advice that has always served him well: “Seek all opportunities with your eyes wide open, and take advantage of every lucky break you earn.”

IYRS students are unlike many who are matriculating into the workforce with expensive educations but dim job prospects. The week before graduation, the majority of students in the Boatbuilding & Restoration class already had jobs lined up at boat builders and marine companies from Maine to Florida. For more information about the Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems, Composites Technology, Continuing Education, Associate and Bachelor Degree programs, visit iyrs.org. 

Cynthia Goss contributed to this report.

Penobscot Bay Rendezvous is August 15 - 18

The Third Annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, a three-day, four-night event for sailors and powerboaters co-hosted by Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, kicks off on August 15 in Thomaston, ME.

© Billy Black/billyblack.com

This family-oriented event is geared to highlight the best of all that mid-coast Maine and Penobscot Bay have to offer – picturesque towns, spectacular coastline, great food and world-class hospitality and facilities. Hard-core racing sailors and recreational sailors who would like to join in a new activity on the water are welcome, and everything from daysailers to superyachts are encouraged to participate. Last year’s fleet featured a cruising class, two PHRF classes, double-handed and singled-handed classes, plus the unofficial J/160 Worlds.

Powerboaters will participate in a poker run and a photo pursuit, which is a challenge to take memorable digital photographs from your boat. Other activities include an aerobatics demonstration by the Texas Flying Legends, a Friday night crew party with fireworks, and a Saturday night dinner dance hosted by Wayfarer Marine in Camden. For more information and to register, log onto penobscotbayrendezvous.com.


New Rental Shop in Milford, CT

Scoot & Paddle, a locally owned shop in Milford, CT specializing in kayak, stand-up paddleboard, motor scooter and bike rentals, recently celebrated its grand opening. The seasonal shop, which will be open from May through January, is located at 28 Naugatuck Avenue near Walnut Beach.

“Scoot & Paddle is focused on an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle associated with being outdoors and being physically fit and active,” said owner Christina Pritchard. “With self propelled boats and bikes, you can be active and explore Milford by land or sea. Milford offers the most coastline of any town in Connecticut, with unspoiled marshlands where you will find rare and endangered nesting birds. We also boast the second longest green in New England with boutique shopping, restaurants, fine arts galleries, theaters, marinas and more!”

© John Powers

“Scoot & Paddle participated in the Connecticut Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day celebration at Walnut Beach in June, and we’ll be at the Connecticut State Parks Centennial Celebration Sojourn at Silver Sands State Park on August 23. We’ll offer group kayaking demos throughout the day to introduce new paddlers to the sport and to encourage appreciation of our beautiful coastline.”

In addition to paddleboards by Boardworks, Perception kayaks (single and tandem sit-on-top models including fishing kayaks and sea kayaks), scooters, beach cruiser bikes (single and tandem), Scoot & Paddle rents boogie/body boards and wakeboards, beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and beach sports equipment. The shop also sells recycled sailcloth bags, candles, drybags, shoes and more. For more information, call 203-713-8282, email tina@scootandpaddle.com, visit scootandpaddle.com or “Like” them on Facebook.

Online Safety Seminar

The US Power Squadrons and the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety have teamed up to offer a fully interactive online seminar for first mates who may need to take command of the family boat in an emergency. Partner in Command, which aims to acquaint first mates with basic emergency skills, is now available. Topics covered include anchoring, docking, signaling, First Aid, and coping with bad weather and emergencies. The cost is $70 (or $55.30 for members of USPS, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and, for a limited time, BoatUS members).

Partner in Command is the first USPS seminar to be put online. US Power Squadrons have over 30 advanced courses and seminars taught by local squadrons that will be made available online in the next two to three years. The next offerings will include seminars on Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes, and the Using VHF and VHF/DSC Marine Radio, as well as the USPS Seamanship course. To sign up, visit usps.org/edonline.

NESS Receives 11th Hour Racing Grant

This summer the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) in Stonington, CT will be advancing environmental stewardship of the sea thanks to a recent grant from 11th Hour Racing of Newport, RI. The grant recognizes NESS’s national leadership as a sanctioned US Sailing Community Sailing Center, and its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum taught through regional school partnerships.

“NESS’s hands-on experiential education means that our students see the impact of marine debris on the environment every day they’re out on the water,” said NESS President Spike Lobdell. “This grant helps NESS raise awareness of protecting our waters specifically through the lens of sailing, at regional regattas, and through our partnership with the US Sailing REACH Program.”

With more than 1,300 students slated to enjoy a NESS experience in 2013, the grant will help increase the use of reusable water bottles at NESS and at local regattas, as well as establish a new web page and publications to enhance knowledge of marine debris on water quality in regional waters. NESS will publish “Six Things You Can Do as a Sailor to Help Our Local Waters,” install a new water bottle fountain to reduce waste at their facility, and purchase a Zip2Water system to be employed annually during the sailing season. NESS will also reduce waste at its annual Opti and 420 regattas, as well as offer adult and teen sailing instruction on a J/105, which will model environmental stewardship in races in which it participates.

NESS is believed to be the first sailing organization within the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) to install dedicated reusable water bottle filling stations both inside and outdoors. This leadership is intended to encourage additional ECSA organizations to follow suit. For more information, visit nessf.org.

C&C Rendezvous is September 6 - 8


C&C designer Rob Ball checks out Edd Schillay’s C&C 37R Starship Enterprise at a recent Rendezvous. © Edd Schillay

All owners of C&C yachts are invited to attend the 2nd Annual NorthEast C&C Rendezvous, which will be held on the weekend of September 6 - 8 at the Block Island Boat Basin on Great Salt Pond in Block Island, RI.

“Sixteen C&C yachts and over 60 people attended last year’s NorthEast C&C Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport, and this September we hope to be bigger and better,” said organizer Rob Gallagher of Pawcatuck, CT, who owns Hanuman, a 1988 C&C 30 MkII. “We are generating revenue for the Block Island Historical Museum as well as raising funds for the cncphotoalbum.com and the Maritime Museum in Ontario that houses all of the original C&C plans…rumor has it that a new C&C 101 might be attending, but that is not firm yet.”

Activities include an informal shoreside gathering (BYOB) on Friday at 5 pm, “Sailing Tomfoolery” beginning at noon Saturday (with a contest and prizes to be announced), a guided tour of the Block Island Historical Museum (5 - 6 pm Saturday), a discussion led by Rob Ball, N.A., the designer of several C&C models (6 pm Saturday), an informal gathering at The Oar (8 pm Saturday), and a kayak tour of Great Salt Pond and connected tidal pools led by Pond and Beyond Kayak Tours (11 am - 1:30 pm Sunday). For more information and to register, visit cncrendezvous.myevent.com.


Fundraising Underway for National Coast Guard Museum

The National Coast Guard Museum Association, a private non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the U.S. Coast Guard history and tradition, has launched a local fundraising campaign called “First 100” to generate initial funds for the programming, development and marketing of the new National Coast Guard Museum, which is intended to be built in downtown New London, CT. The campaign seeks to raise $100,000 in the 100 days that began June 1, through minimum donations of $1,000. Contributors will become members of the National Coast Guard Museum’s “First 100” Society, and honored with a bronze plaque inscribed with their name that will be placed at the entrance to the new museum. 

“People are very excited about the National Coast Guard Museum coming to New London, and they’re eager to help and get involved,” said John Johnson, Treasurer of the National Coast Guard Museum Association. “It’s our hope to have the museum open by 2017, and we’re working hard to raise the necessary funds so that we can start on the museum’s programming and marketing as soon as the engineering, architectural and permitting work is complete.” 

Plans for the four-story, 54,300-square-foot building, intended to be built in New London’s Waterfront District, include interactive exhibits, event space, lecture rooms, and a reception area with a gift shop and café. Additional plans anticipate docking the Coast Guard barque Eagle at an adjacent pier, and pedestrian overpass across the railroad tracks to connect the museum with the local ferry terminal and train station. To make a donation, contact the National Coast Guard Museum Association at 860-443-4200.

Free Dixieland Concerts in New London

The City of New London, CT is hosting free Dixieland jazz concerts along the waterfront this summer to celebrate its rich historical maritime traditions. Held at City Pier, the concerts will feature the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band performing its signature southern-style music. The remaining concerts in the series will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 3:00 pm, Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 pm, and Saturday, August 31 at 3:00 pm. 

The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a New Orleans flavor, and has entertained audiences at venues across America, in the former Soviet Union and in England. For the band’s full schedule, visit uscg.mil/band/event_calendar.asp

New Zip Line at Fort Adams

Thrill-seeking sailors have yet another reason to visit Newport, RI this summer, because Fort Adams State Park now has a zip line. Visitors to North America’s largest coastal fortress can strap in and dive from the ramparts (which stand nearly 50 feet high), and sail across the fort’s complex land defenses to the ground below on the 430-foot zip line. Riders can zip along solo or with a friend on the tandem zip line. 

Upcoming events at Fort Adams include the 15th Annual Newport Storm Luau presented by Coastal Extreme Brewing Company on August 17, the 12th Annual Fort Adams in the Fall Car Festival on September 29, and the Fortress of Nightmares in October. Guided and self-guided tours of the fort are offered daily. For more information, call 401-619-1511 or visit fortadams.org.

Morris Yachts Launches Custom PaddleboardMorris Yachts Launches Custom Paddleboard

Custom Paddleboard Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor, ME has announced that their new M46 sailing yacht is now offered with a custom inflatable stand-up paddleboard (iSUP). Morris Yachts partnered with Hawaii-based C4Waterman to develop the 10’6” iSUP. The board’s 34”width provides generous volume and stability, making it suitable for novice to expert paddlers.

The iSUP and storage bag will slip neatly into its allocated place in the M46’s bow locker, where it is held in place by a security strap,” said Peter Smith, Chief Engineer for Morris Yachts. “When ready for use, all the owner has to is release the strap and lay the board flat on the nearby foredeck to inflate it.” A pump with pressure gauge, carry bag, paddle, deck pad and hand hold are all included. 

“Morris Yachts prides itself on creating exceptional yachting and yacht ownership experiences,” said CEO Doug Metchick. “Offering a custom paddleboard is just another way we can enhance our customers’ time on the water and help them get the most out of their sailing lifestyle and, ultimately, their Morris.” For more information on the M46 and the iSUP, visit morrisyachts.com

Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge

The 3rd Annual Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge was held on June 1 on the Saugatuck River in Westport, CT. Hosted once again by Downunder, this year’s Waterman’s Challenge featured five stand up paddleboard races including a 10-mile elite race, a 3-mile open and recreational race, and two kids’ races (ages 9-12 and 13-17). One hundred and five racers from around the country competed, and enjoyed live music, food, beverages and beautiful weather.

The Soundsurfer Foundation was started in 2011 by Kim and Eric Pasquale of Fairfield with a goal of raising money in support of children’s charities and environmental causes. The 2013 Waterman’s Challenge beneficiaries included the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Fairfield County chapter, Harborwatch, and F.O.C.U.S. (For Our Children’s Unlimited Success).


The winners of the Girls 9-12 division are (l - r) Gabriella Pasquale, Alyson Wertheim, Shaeleigh Crombie and Shaina Wertheim. Not pictured is Corin Riahi. © Tess Johnson


Stand Up Paddling is becoming more and more popular every year. For that reason, the Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge, a World Paddle Association (WPA) sanctioned event, always includes instruction for adults and kids, both during and in the days leading up to and following the event. The event takes place each June and is one of the first major stand up paddle events each year in the Northeast. For more information, visit soundsurfer.org.


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