Checking In... June 2013

Rozalia Project Launches Mission Atlantic


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Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean launched their Mission Atlantic 2013 initiative at North Cove Marina in New York, NY in May, during the New York stopover of The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. Rozalia Project, a Granville, VT-based non-profit organization with a mission “to find and remove marine debris, from the surface to the sea floor, through action, technology, outreach and research,” invites everyone – particularly educators – to sign on as “virtual crew” aboard their 60-foot research vessel American Promise


“Mission Atlantic is Rozalia Project’s summer expedition to clean up our waters, conduct urban and coastal waters research, and gather people from all over to come together and make a difference,” said Rachael Z. Miller, Rozalia’s Executive Director. “As a virtual crewmember, you will receive our Mission Atlantic emails every day (Monday-Friday), featuring expedition reports, photos, video, data of the day, discussions, challenges, contests and activities. You will have access to Rozalia Project’s educators, crew, interns and guest scientists, and you’ll be an important part of Rozalia’s mission, helping us with everything from marine debris data collection to expedition routing to identifying targets, creatures and more.”

“The daily emails link to Rozalia’s Mission Reports that contain a flexible, easy-to-use and fun STEM education program,” Miller continued. “Bring it to your class or program every morning, a few days a week, or only when the weather is bad. Each day’s Mission Report and activities stand alone, so you can incorporate them into your curriculum as needed. Thanks to Rozalia Project’s generous partners, the program is free!” To sign up for Mission Atlantic, visit rozaliaproject.org/mission_atlantic.


Celebrate the Sailstice!

Celebrate the Sailstice!The 13th Annual Summer Sailstice, a global celebration of sailing, is Saturday, June 22. Traditionally held the weekend closest to the summer solstice, Summer Sailstice is an invitation to sailors around the world to sail ‘together’ regardless of where they are or what they sail. The redesigned Summer Sailstice website makes it easy to get involved, and registration is free

“The ‘Organize An Event’ and or ‘Find Event’ buttons give you the tools and ability to easily put your club, class or sailing plans for the weekend of June 22 on the global sailing map,” said event founder John Arndt. “It will give your event publicity and put sailing on the global map.”

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.

“To inspire you and your fleet or club to get together and sail, we have more great prizes than ever giving you a chance to win just for signing up and starting your summer of sailing,” Arndt continued. “We’ve got America’s Cup swag, kayaks, winch handles and lots more. They’re yours for the winning just by going sailing. How hard is that?”

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.


Final Plank Installed on the Charles W. Morgan

Shipwright Sean Patrick Kelly pounds in the last spike, which was specially gold-plated for the occasion. © Andy Price/Mystic Seaport

Shipwrights at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT installed the final plank on the hull of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morganon Friday, May 10. Known as the shutter plank because it “shuts in” and completes the hull, the achievement is traditionally a moment of celebration in the shipbuilding process. The 20-foot long plank of yellow pine was placed on the port side quarter of the hull near the waterline. It was steamed for several hours prior to installation to make it flexible, lifted into position, and spiked in place. Each member of the Shipyard crew working on the restoration signed the plank. The last spike used to fasten the plank was gold-plated to mark the occasion. F. M. Callahan & Son of Malden, MA donated the plating.

“This moment is a milestone in the continuing voyage of theCharles W. Morgan,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White. “The shutter plank is just one small part of the ship’s fabric, but it is emblematic of all the parts, and of all the people, that are coming together to take the ship back to sea for her 38th Voyage in 2014.” The Morgan has been undergoing a comprehensive restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard since November 2008. While the shutter plank marks the end of principle hull restoration, Museum shipwrights must finish caulking, fairing, and painting the hull prior to launch, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at 2 pm in a public ceremony in the Shipyard.

Once the restoration is complete in late May 2014, the Morgan will embark on a ceremonial 38th Voyage to historic ports in New England to celebrate America’s maritime heritage. After a period of refitting and sea trials based in New London, CT, the ship will sail to Newport, Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, Provincetown, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Boston. She will also participate in the centennial celebration of the Cape Cod Canal. For more information, visit mysticseaport.org. 


Mariner 50th Anniversary Rendezvous

© Read Howarth

The Mariner Class Association is marking the half-century that has elapsed since the first O’Day Mariner was built with a 50th Anniversary Rendezvous on the weekend of August 9 - 11 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.

“The Rendezvous is a fun get-together for Mariner owners,” said Nathan Bayreuther of Niantic, CT, president of the Mariner Class Association. “The main event will be Saturday, although registration will include museum admission for Saturday and Sunday. Those who can trailer their Mariners to Niantic for a group sail to Mystic will receive free dockage for Friday and Saturday nights. This free dockage is open to the first 20 people with boats who register. Those who register after the cut-off and who want to sail their boats are still invited to participate with their Mariners by using the adjacent anchorage. There will be a dock party on Friday night, with food from the famous Mystic Pizza.”

© Nathan Bayreuther

“While participating with boats is encouraged, it’s not required,” Bayreuther continued. “There will be plenty to do and see during the weekend, including featured speakers, a Saturday night buffet dinner, ‘open boat’ time for people to check out the Mariners, behind-the-scenes tours of Seaport exhibits and more.” Interested Mariner owners (and prospective owners) may join the Mariner Class Association and register for the Rendezvous at usmariner.org.


New Faces at Brewer

Brewer Yacht Sales has announced the addition of Fred Brown to the company’s brokerage team at their Westbrook, CT office, and the transfer of veteran broker John Uljens to the Deep River office. Fred Brown has over 31 years of experience in the yacht sales industry. He has received industry honors including #1 Silverton Salesman Nationwide and Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) certification, as well as respect from customers for integrity and professionalism. Fred prides himself on many repeat customers and looks forward to joining the Brewer team. For more information about Fred Brown and his listings, visit breweryacht.com/team or contact him personally at 203-209-6385.

With over 35 years in the marine industry, John Uljens brings his seasoned perspective to the Connecticut River area. A member the Yacht Brokers Association of America, he has received several sales achievement and customer satisfaction (CSI) awards from Boston Whaler, Donzi Marine and Mercury Marine. As a representative of the Nordstar line, he hopes to expand the market for Nordstar throughout the region. For more about John Uljens and his listings, visit breweryacht.com/johnuljens or contact him personally at 860-395-8181. For up-to-the minute updates on new listings and brokerage events, visit Brewer Yacht Sales’ Facebook page at facebook.com/breweryacht or follow Brewer Yacht Sales on twitter @breweryacht.


New Race Around Narragansett Bay

West Bay Yacht Club in East Greenwich, RI is hosting a new major yacht racing event, the Narragansett Bay-Around The Bay Race, on Saturday, July 20. “Narragansett Bay is home to racing throughout the summer and fall months, but there are no races that bring together the fleets from the harbors of the Bay that also includes all parts of the Bay as its race course,” said David Lodge, WBYC Race Committee Chairman. “The Around The Bay Race does just this. The race will start in the West Bay north of Hope Island, proceed southward down the West Passage, northward up the East Passage rounding Conanicut, Prudence and Patience Islands and finish in Greenwich Bay. A shorter West Bay course, from Pine Hill Point to Conanicut Point to Goddard Park Beach, is also being offered for smaller boats.”

The Narragansett Bay-Around The Bay Race is open to all monohulls with PHRF-NB rating certificates and multihulls with NEMA rating certificates. “Racers are invited to bring their boats to Norton’s Marina in East Greenwich (at reduced slip and mooring rates) on the Friday night before the race for an evening of pre-race festivities, and Saturday evening after the race for a post-race party and awards,” Lodge continued.

For more information, email Lodge at  racechairman@westbayyachtclub.org, or visit westbayyachtclub.org/wbyc-around-the-bay-race.html.


Beneteau Rendezvous 2013

Prestige Yacht Sales is planning a Rendezvous for Connecticut Beneteau Owners. The rendezvous will be held at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT on the weekend of August 2 - 4. The Beneteau Oceanis 55 will be on display at the Rendezvous. The new Oceanis 55 made its North American debut at Strictly Sail Miami.

The Boat Shed at Lighthouse Point will be the venue for the Friday evening Welcome Cocktail Party and Saturday evening dinner. The Boat Shed offers spectacular views of Mystic Seaport and the Mystic River. On Sunday morning there will be farewell breakfast on the dock.

On Saturday morning, the attendees and their guests will have a private tour of the newly restored and launched whaleship Charles W. Morgan. The Morgan is the oldest American commercial vessel still afloat and a National Historic Landmark. Beneteau owners who are interested in attending the Rendezvous should contact Maureen at Prestige Yacht Sales at 203-353-0373 or Beneteau2013@gmail.com.


Zurn 50 Launched

© Billy Black

New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI recently launched Zurn 50 #01. On the first day of sea trials on Narragansett Bay, this “high speed commuter” achieved speeds in excess of 50 knots. The Zurn 50 is powered by twin MAN 1550 HP engines coupled with Rolls Royce/Kamewa water jets.

“She is born from a partnership of classic New England style, modern marine design and enginerring, and features epoxy resin-infused high-tech construction for superior strength-to-weight ratios,” said the 50-footer’s designer, Doug Zurn of Zurn Yacht Design in Marblehead, MA. “Her hull is designed to provide economy at lower speeds and unprecedented performance at the top end; all the while, encompassing her guests in the comfort of Ultra Leather fabrics and rich woods crafted by the finest joiners New England has to offer.”

Zurn 50 #02 will be launched soon, and hull #03 is available. For more information, visit neboatworks.com and zurnyachts.com.


Start Sailing

US Sailing has joined forces with the America’s Cup to introduce, inform and educate a new generation of sailors. A new website, Start Sailing, offers visitors an exciting and easy-to-follow introductory view of sailing, including information on the various types of sailboats, the basics of sailing, tips on how to get started and find access to boats and lessons, as well as other ways to get involved.

Looking for a place to learn? You’ll find information about sailing programs and courses for beginners, and ideas on how to get involved in the sport by being a volunteer. US Sailing’s revised “Where to Sail” database will allow visitors to research community sailing centers, sailing schools, yacht clubs and other marine and water sport organizations in their area. For more information, visit startsailing.org.


ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent

ThermaCELL Mosquito RepellentThe ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Lantern is designed to repel mosquitoes and other flying bugs while providing ambient lighting for boats, campsites, patios and other outdoor settings. Rather than a harmful toxin, the portable ThermaCELL utilizes allethrin, an odorless artificial version of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers.

The butane cartridge that powers the mosquito repellent provides 12 hours of power, and four AA batteries power the eight LEDs in the lantern, which has two illumination settings. The repellent and lantern functions can be used separately or together. The ThermaCELL silently provides a 15 X 15 foot area of protection and is said to be 98% effective…a claim we’re testing this summer at a riverfront site rumored to have the heaviest mosquito population at 41 degrees latitude. The suggested retail price is $31.99. Visit mosquitorepellent.com for more information.


The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point Now Open in Stamford

Stamford, CT’s first ever waterfront beer garden, The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point, is now open in the city’s South End. The newly constructed 6,000 square foot beer garden has more than 300 seats on two levels both inside and out, featuring a private bar room with its own outdoor terrace on the second floor with views of Long Island Sound. Boaters are welcome and dockage is available.

The Beer Garden has 24 craft beers on draft, including hard-to-find ales from Dogfish Head, Captain Lawrence, Curious Traveler and local Connecticut brewers Thomas Hooker, Half Full and Two Roads. Bottled craft brews and a collection of hand crafted American-centric cocktails are also available.

Food is available from a rotating collection of gourmet food trucks in The Beer Garden’s driveway, including lobster rolls and crab cakes from Lobstercraft, wood-fired, farm-to-table pizzas from Skinny Pines, sandwiches from Hot Off The Grill, authentic Caribbean fare from Maddy’s, and gourmet grilled cheese from Melt Mobile.


B&G Academy

B&G, a manufacturer of marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions, has launched a new online sailing academy. Designed to help all sailors, whether expert or novice, brush up on sailing theory and improve technique, B&G Academy consists of innovative e-learning tutorials designed by experienced sailing instructors.

B&G Academy is offered at no charge. Providing practical examples of key sailing techniques and topics, the tutorials use animated video to cover a variety of subjects including wind triangle, start lines, instruments, safety, race strategy and more. Each tutorial includes an interactive quiz to ensure that users have understood the information they have learned. Rewards for the completion of an entire tutorial level include exclusive B&G merchandise. For more information and to sign up, visit bandg.com/academy.


Huntington Lighthouse Tours

The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society in Huntington, NY is hosting guided tours of the 100-year-old lighthouse again this summer. Since the tours began, visitors from across the country have had an opportunity to take a boat ride to the middle of Huntington Bay to explore the history of the lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper.

The tours, which depart from Gold Star Battalion Beach in Huntington, will take place on the following Sundays: June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 15 and September 22 (all dates are subject to change). The tours, which last approximately one hour, take place from 11 am until 3 pm, weather permitting, and are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Depending on the time of day and people on line, there may be a wait for the next boat to return from the lighthouse. The boat trip is approximately 15 minutes each way and runs continuously.

Suggested donations are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children over 5 and under 12, and $30 for a family of four. Children must be over 5 years old, and all kids under 13 are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard certified life preserver (provided by the staff) on the ride to the lighthouse. All participants must wear flat, rubber-soled shoes – NO flip-flops! The lighthouse suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy, and proceeds from the tours will help with needed repairs and the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society’s ongoing efforts. For more information, directions and to confirm dates, visit huntingtonlighthouse.org or call 631-421-1985.


Onboard Inventory App

What’s On My Boat?™ is a new app from Intelligent Maintenance LLC for iPhone, iPad and iPod that lets you make an inventory of everything on your boat, see where it’s stowed and what it looks like, and assign it to a list. This app, designed by a sailor for sailors, is simple to use. Just enter an item. Then, whenever you want, you can add a photo, a location, a category, a list and a note.

“What’s On My Boat?™ puts your boat in your pocket so you can take it with you wherever you are,” said Adrian Stanway, President of Intelligent Maintenance. “You can see at a glance what needs replacing or servicing, and have the part numbers with you when you are standing in the chandler wondering what you wanted.”

What’s On My Boat?™ can be downloaded from Apple iTunes (in the “Navigation” category) for $1.99. Visit intelligentmaintenance.com to find other boat management software from Intelligent Maintenance LLC, including ‘Man Over-Board’ App, ‘A Shipshape Sailboat™’, ‘A Shipshape Motorboat™’, and ‘Intelligent Logbook™’.

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