Checking In... May 2013

Race Rock by Yves Parent is available for $420.

Yves Parent Paintings at Lyme Art Association

The Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT will have paintings by the late Yves Parent on display and available for sale in their downstairs gallery starting June 21. “While many maritime art enthusiasts have been transported by Yves’ maritime paintings, they may not know of his considerable experience in offshore sailboat racing,” said Executive Director Susan Ballek. “He crewed aboard Kriter IX, the French entry in the 1981-1982 Whitbread ‘Round the World Race, as well as many offshore races between 1962 and 1980. He sailed in eight Fastnet Races and Single-handed Transatlantic Races which took him from France to the Caribbean in 1978 and 1982.”


Race Rock by Yves Parent is available for $420.


“Yves sailed extensively in coastal New England, and often painted local scenes from the unique perspective of the sailor that he was: quiet anchorages from the vantage point of his own boat, views from the water of maritime landmarks that are familiar to boaters in our area, and sailboats and motorboats painted in the wind and water with an accuracy and authenticity that bespeak his years of ‘messing about in boats.’” Ballek continued. The Lyme Art Association, located at 90 Lyme Street, is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am - 5 pm, and Sundays from 1 - 5 pm. For more information, call 860-434-7802 or visit


Lightning North American Championships in August

Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT and Nyack Boat Club in Nyack NY are co-hosting the 75th Lightning North American Championships this summer. This “two-stage” event begins at Nyack Boat Club, where Lightning Fleet 75 will host the 2013 Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ North American Championships from August 14 -17, with racing on the Hudson River.

“The International Lightning Class Association turns 75 this year, so it is only fitting that Lightning Fleet 75 at NBC will host the Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ North Americans,” said Event Chair Bob Sengstacken. This event is a qualifying regatta for the 2014 Junior Lightning World Championships, which will be held in Buffalo, NY.

The action shifts to Long Island Sound the following week, with Lightning Fleet 126 at Cedar Point Yacht Club hosting the 2013 North American Championships from August 17 - 23. “We are proud to be hosting and excited to bring the NAs back to the Northeast,” said Event Chair Dave Lutian. Crewing opportunities are available with both Fleet 75 and Fleet 126, and CPYC also has club boats for experienced skippers looking to give the Lightning a try. Contact Bob Sengstacken at for opportunities at NBC, and Eric Heller at for CPYC.

Sponsors of the 2013 Lightning North American Championships include JCD Custom Race Parts, The Boat Locker, The Small Boat Shop, David Dellenbaugh’s Speed&Smarts, Sperry Top-Sider, North Sails One-Design North America, Allen Boat Company, Nickels Boat Works, APS, Harken and West Marine. Visit for more information. To learn more about Lightning racing, and the International Lightning Class Association’s Boat Grant Program for young sailors, visit


Eric Donch Receives Unsung Hero Award

Eric Donch of Pawcatuck, CT was honored at the 2013 Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame Dinner. The annual dinner honors extraordinary athletes, volunteers and supporters who demonstrate leadership, spirit and selflessness, inspire joy through sport, and promote inclusion and respect for individuals of all abilities. The Unsung Hero Award is given to volunteers who work behind the scenes for Special Olympics Connecticut with no expectation of recognition or reward. Donch, the Harbormaster for the Town of Stonington, CT and a volunteer committee member with the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), has helped plan and run the Sailing Regatta (hosted by NESS in Stonington) that is part of Special Olympics’ Fall Sports Festival since the event’s inception in 2007. Known as the regatta’s “go-to guy,” he organizes a festive parade of athletes for the opening ceremonies, serves as the liaison with the local police and ambulance service, and helps to ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable time throughout the event. Visit for more information.


Eric Donch (center) receives an Unsung Hero Award from Beau Doherty, President of Special Olympics Connecticut (left) and Ryan Paggioli, Special Olympics Athlete at the 2013 Special Olympics Connecticut Hall of Fame Dinner. ©


Alzheimer’s Regatta is June 15

The First Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta, sponsored by the Sagamore Yacht Club, Oakcliff Sailing Center and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, will be held in the waters off Oyster Bay, NY on Saturday, June 15. The regatta, which starts at 1 pm, will comprise a pursuit race of approximately 10 to 15 nautical miles, a cruising rally for non-racers, and a “paddling for poker” event for kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders. There is no entry fee for any of these events, although all participants are encouraged to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support. Sailors and paddlers can register, either individually or as a team, at All proceeds from this event are fully tax deductible. The Notice of Race and entry forms are available at the Sagamore YC website, and completed entry forms must be returned by June 12 for the pursuit race (along with current PHRF certificates). Boats without certificates will be handicapped by the Race Committee. Visit for more information.


Don’t Miss SailQuest!

On the weekend of May 17 - 19, exciting new boats including the Blue Jacket 40, Bavaria Vision 42 and Minor Offshore 28 Explorer Edition are making their debuts at the SailQuest Boat Show in Milford, CT. Hosted for the second consecutive year by Milford Lisman Landing Marina, SailQuest is a unique, family-oriented in-water show featuring new and select brokerage sailboats, trawlers and downeast-style powerboats. Shown by Springline Yacht Sales, the Blue Jacket 40 is the first brand new American-built performance cruiser to hit the market in more than 30 years. The Farr-designed Vision 42, shown by Bavaria Yachts USA’s Factory-Direct location in Mystic, CT, was created to fulfill the cruising sailor’s wish list. Presented by Skarne Marine, the Minor Offshore 28 Explorer Edition is the latest offering from the Finnish builder of rugged “All-Season Boats.” Models from Catalina, Hanse, Jeanneau, Island Packet, Hunter, Lagoon, Beneteau, J Boats, Nordic Tug, Hunt, Carolina Cat and Glacier Bay will also be on display, along with small boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, gear, products and services. Introduction-to sailing opportunities will be available on each day. Located at 37 Helwig Street, Milford Lisman Landing is minutes from I-95, the Merritt Parkway and Metro North Railroad. Show hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and admission and parking are free. For more information, visit and


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SFNY Renews Olympic Pledge

The Sailing Foundation of New York (SFNY) has announced a $50,000 commitment to the pathway development plans of the US Olympic Sailing Program. This pledge continues SFNY’s longtime support of Olympic and Paralympic sailing, making the organization the first 2016 Silver Medal Partner Club of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.

“The Foundation has helped raise more than $750,000 of direct support for the last three Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams,” and we are honored to have the Foundation on board for 2016, said Josh Adams (Essex, MA), Managing Director, U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.

“Thanks to the vision of Dooie Isdale and Tom Stark, the Foundation has a great reputation for providing incredible support for our sport, and specifically for young athletes who compete at the highest level,” said SFNY President Dean Brenner (Wallingford, CT). “Our current board and I want to continue and enhance that reputation. We’re very conscious of the history and legacy of the SFNY. We are looking forward to working hard to support the sailors and the organizations that make our sport great.”

The Sailing Foundation of New York was founded in 2003 by New York Yacht Club Commodore George Isdale Jr., and has been led for the last 10 years by Tom Stark. Since its founding, SFNY has raised more than $4 million to support the sport of sailing. Visit for more information.


West Marine Recognized by Forbes

For the second consecutive year, West Marine has been named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.” According to Forbes reporter Jacquelyn Smith, the most “transparent and trustworthy businesses that trade on American exchanges” were selected by partnering with GMI Ratings, a global research firm that examines environmental, social, and accounting risks affecting public companies.

To qualify for “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies,” corporations had to have market caps of $250 million or more. Over 60 governance and accounting measures were examined, and West Marine was featured in the small-cap sector based upon accounting transparency, solid management practices and appropriate board supervision.

West Marine has nearly 300 company-operated stores in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and five franchised stores in Turkey. The Direct-to-Consumer division includes a call center, direct mail and, offering customers over 75,000 products, plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and e-commerce purchases at store locations.

For more information, visit


National Marina Day is June 8

US Sailing and the National Marine Manufacturing Association (NMMA) have teamed up to introduce new people to boating and build interest for casual boaters. The first initiative of this new partnership is National Marina Day, which will be held nationwide on Saturday, June 8. National Marina Day is the first national event dedicated to growing boating by helping sailing organizations across the United States expand their customer base.

The goal is to provide a minimum of 10,000 on-water experiences through events that introduce the benefits and fun of boating to new audiences with little or no boating experience, as well as current boaters and those whose interest has lapsed. Recreational boating businesses including marinas, boat dealers and boating clubs will be hosting a variety of activities including on-water, hands-on training, open houses, showcases of boats and related marine products, free demo rides, safety demonstrations and free vessel safety inspections. For more information and a state-by-state list of participating businesses, visit


CMTA Urges Tax Bill Amendment

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) is asking its members to ask State legislators to support a 60-day cruising provision in the recently approved House Bill 6576: “An Act Concerning the Applicability of the Sales and Use Tax to Boats.” The bill extends the winter window in which boats registered in Connecticut and out-of-state boats can, depending on the circumstance, be exempt from the sales or use tax on storage, repair and overhaul work. “Those are good changes,” said CMTA President Grant Westerson. “We still need the bill to be amended in one very important respect, however. A provision allowing an out-of-state boat to be berthed in Connecticut for up to 60 days a year without being considered an in-state boat requiring payment of the use tax was dropped from the bill by the committee. Right now, due to a specific court case, an out-of-state boat can stay one night in Connecticut and be deemed to owe the use tax on its value. One day – even one minute – in our state can trigger this rule! The effect of this has been to chase boaters away from Connecticut. Restoring this provision will encourage more boaters to ‘summer’ in Connecticut.”

“Sales taxes, admission taxes, gasoline taxes, alcoholic beverage taxes, excise taxes and business taxes are all generated when boating visitors are encouraged to come to Connecticut,” Westerson continued. “We like and need their business. Restoring the 60-day window will help significantly in this regard.”

To find your Connecticut State Senator or State Representative online, visit, click “Legislative” then “House” or “Senate,” and then “Find Your Legislator.” To reach their office by phone, call:

Senate Democrats 1-800-842-1420

Senate Republicans 1-800-842-1421

House Democrats 1-800-842-1902

House Republicans 1-800-842-1423 


West Marine Supports Special Olympians

On Thursday, May 23, the West Marine store in Stamford, CT is hosting Fundraising event for the Connecticut Special Olympics Sailing Team. “West Marine will donate 5% of the day’s receipts to the Special Olympics Sailing Team,” said Store Manager Jan Costelloe. “Some of the athletes will be here to represent the team, as well as the coaches. We plan to have a hot dog BBQ at lunchtime and we’ll have a prize raffle for all of our customers who stop by to participate.” The Stamford West Marine store is located at 401 Shippan Avenue, and the phone number is 203-969-7727.


Red Brook Harbor Boat Show is May 18

The first-ever Red Brook Harbor Boat Show will take over Cape Cod’s largest marina, Kingman Yacht Center in Bourne, MA, on Saturday, May 18. This inaugural event is a true industry open house, with more than 50 exhibitors bringing products and services directly to boaters. A variety of new and brokerage boats will be on display, and demo rides will be available. There will also be educational seminars, product demonstrations, and plenty to do and see for the whole family.

“This really is a cooperative effort by everyone involved to kick off the season in a big way,” said David Foynes, whose Fatty Knees Boat Company was one of the first exhibitors to sign on. “Everyone I’ve talked to – from boat builders to non-profits and potential visitors – is looking forward to getting out of winter and into this show!” Show hours are 9am - 5pm and admission is free. For information and directions, visit


Huntington Safe Boating Week is May 18 - 24

The Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs (GHCYBC) will be conducting Huntington (New York) Safe Boating Week from May 18 - 24. Coinciding with National Safe Boating Week, this event was created to promote safe recreational boating through education and awareness.

“During the week GHCYBC will coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Neptune Sail & Power Squadron and the Town of Huntington to offer Safe Boating courses, coordinate courtesy vessel safety inspections, and promote the life jacket ‘wear it’ campaign in our local schools,” said GHCYBC Commodore Jackie Martin.

The free vessel safety check will be on Saturday, May 18, and the Nautical Flea Market is Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm at Mill Dam Park.

Other activities include a free New York State Safe Boating course (May 13, 15 & 17), a “Paddle Sports America” class presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday, May 18, and classes presented by the Neptune Sail & Power Squadron including “Using VHF/DSC Marine Radio” (Monday, May 20), “Emergencies on Board” (Tuesday, May 21), and “Sailing” (Wednesday, May 22). For more information including an event schedule, visit


New England Marine Electronics Opens New Facility

New England Marine Electronics, LLC (NEME) has moved, and is now located at Norwest Marine, 130 B Water Street in South Norwalk, CT. “NEME is not only a full-service marine electronics dealer,” said President Hugh Lupo, an ABYC Certified Marine Electrician, Master Electrician, NMEA Advance Marine Installer and an NMEA instructor. “We also have qualified electricians who work on vessels from 16 to 416 feet, sail and power, pleasure and commercial.”

“Simrad, B&G, Raymarine, Furuno, KVH, Si-Tex, Garmin, ICOM, Standard Horizon and Thrane & Thrane are just a few of the industry’s top manufacturers we are trained and certified to sell, install and troubleshoot,” Lupo continued. “We are the experts when it comes to satellite communications including TV systems, Isat phones and Internet. We are a Directv dealer, and we do all your paperwork and activations.” NEME also offers classes on radar, AIS and SSB, from the basics to advanced. For more information, stop by the shop, call 203-857-0801 or visit

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