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Checking In... October 2013

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun Ms. Race 2013

Back in the day, Cyndi Lauper sang “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and this sentiment was particularly appropriate to describe the 2013 Ms. Race, hosted by Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ on Saturday, August 17. With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy to the Atlantic Highlands harbor just 10 months prior and reconstruction of facilities far from complete, the women sailors gathered with great enthusiasm. Presented with a perfect day, the “girls” were anticipating fun times in this year’s regatta to support 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse and violence.

With ideal conditions on Sandy Hook Bay and an armada of spectator boats cheering them on, the all-female crews made short work of the course. First place went to Donna Syers on Overlap (Beneteau 40.7). Eileen Campbell sailed Coda (C&C 33) to second, and Emily Smith on Radiant (J/30) was third. Several boats welcomed young ladies from the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program (AHSEP) in their crews.

After the race, crews, families and friends converged on the AHYC clubhouse for the awarding of trophies and prizes. Festivities went on well into the night with a dinner buffet, chance and live auctions, DJ and dancing. Though the expectations for this year’s event were modest, the Ms. Race raised over $15,000 for 180 through sponsorships and donations. For 2013, the Ms. Race was proud to welcome and partner with AT&T as the 2013 Premier Event Sponsor. Information about the Ms. Race and 180 Turning Lives Around is available on the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club website Racing link “Featured Events” at ahyc.net.

By Diane Kropfl & Bill Sabanski


Halcyon Sailing Teams Up with New City Kids


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Halcyon Sailing, New York, NY-based company that offers a wide range of sailing events from corporate team building to personal cruises, has teamed up with New City Kids, a Jersey City, NJ-based organization that provides guidance, structure, and opportunity to underprivileged youth through internships, camps, and college preparation programs.


Under the tutelage of Halcyon Sailing’s skippers, New City Kids have raced Halcyon’s fleet of Farr 30s around every corner of New York Harbor with high spirits and competitive grit. “Halcyon gave us a taste of racing at its best,” said Gabriel Stiritz, Director of Communications at New City Kids. “Our afternoons with Halcyon were a high point of the season!”

“This newly founded partnership between Halcyon Sailing and New City Kids is an immense success,” said Halcyon Sailing co-founder Craig Page. “It has given these optimistic urban youth the rare opportunity to experience the sport of sailing at the absolute highest level, and in doing so has broadened their horizons for future possibilities. Both Halcyon and New City are looking forward to this growing into a longstanding partnership.” Halcyon Sailing is based at Pier 25 in TriBeCa.

For more information, visit halcyonsailing.com and newcitykids.org.


RIMTA Acquires Providence Boat Show

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) is purchasing the Providence Boat Show, one of the largest winter boat shows in New England, from Newport Exhibition Group. As part of the agreement, Newport Exhibition Group will support RIMTA through management and marketing consultation, as well as onsite staffing for the next show. The 21st Annual Providence Boat Show will be held January 31 - February 2, 2014 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. For more information, visit rimta.org.


Third Annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous a Huge Success


Penobscot Bay Rendezvous participants board the 76-foot Goshawk, designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast, ME and built by Brooklin Boat Yard in collaboration with Rockport Marine. © Joseph Corrado Photography

Three days of fantastic sailing and powerboating under cloudless blue skies and three nights of parties under starry skies lit by a waxing moon made for maybe the best Penobscot Bay Rendezvous (PBR) yet. From August 15 - 18, fifty sail and powerboats participated in what is becoming, according to participants, New England’s best regatta for power and sail. The PBR is a unique celebration of boating and boatbuilding presented by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston, ME and Wayfarer Marine in Camden, ME.


The event kicked off Thursday evening at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, with food, music, and a spectacular fireworks display. Sailboat racing featured four classes, and was again artfully managed by PRO Ted Smith. The Powerboat Fleet Guide, Steve Bunnell, ran the popular Photo Pursuit, in which participants photograph each other’s yachts underway and framed by local scenery like Owls Head Light. After a day of sailing and powerboating off Rockland Harbor, Friday night’s party was held at Wayfarer Marine.

Saturday was again beautiful with plenty of breeze. The powerboaters headed to Castine for lunch at Dennett’s Wharf and did some exploring along the way. That afternoon the fleet returned to Wayfarer ready for a festive Saturday night. For the third year, Stephens Waring Yacht Design sponsored the cocktail party and this year displayed Goshawk, a stunningly beautiful 76-foot yacht. Competitors had admired her on the racecourse and loved seeing her up close and talking to the designers Bob Stephens and Paul Waring. The design firm also showcased ZOGO, a 29-foot diesel/electric hybrid launch. Cocktails were followed by a delicious meal, and the band Night Life rocked the house until curfew. The Fourth Annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous will be held August 14-17, 2014. Visit penobscotbayrendezvous.com for more information.

Penobscot Bay Rendezvous organizer Marnie Read contributed to this report.


Susan Ludwig Joins the Coast Guard Foundation


Susan Ludwig Joins the Coast Guard FoundationThe Coast Guard Foundation, a Stonington, CT-based non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced the addition of Susan Ludwig to its staff as Regional Director of Philanthropy. Based in Fairfield County, Ms. Ludwig will work in the northeastern United States, concentrating on New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to engage individual, corporation and foundation donors and prospects to broaden the reach of the Foundation in the region.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Susan Ludwig to the Coast Guard Foundation,” said Anne B. Brengle, President of the Coast Guard Foundation. “Her extensive business experience in the Northeast and the greater New York City area will allow her to gain immediate traction working with donors to help the Foundation bring quality programs to Coast Guard members and their families who live and work in this area. We are pleased to have her on our team.”

For over 40 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been committed to inspiring leadership, learning and a proud legacy of service to our nation by supporting the men of women of the United States Coast Guard. The Foundation provides higher education grants to enlisted personnel, reservists and their children, higher education financial support for families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, financial relief to Coast Guard families who have lost possessions in natural disasters, and support for morale programs, including funding recreation, exercise and family-oriented facilities.

Visit coastguardfoundation.org for more information.


Oakcliff Named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center

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On Thursday, August 22, Oakcliff Sailing was named an official training center of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. Over 100 guests attended the “rope cutting” at the center’s location in Oyster Bay, NY. The Yale Cordage rope was cut by Oakcliff Executive Director Dawn Riley, Betsy and Bryan Lawrence, board member Ralf Steitz, US Sailing Executive Director Jack Gierhart, and Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing Josh Adams. The ceremony concluded with a champagne christening of an Oakcliff 49er by 2012 Olympian Trevor Moore and was followed by a Brazilian-inspired barbecue.


Through the generous support of Oakcliff founders Betsy and Hunt Lawrence, Oakcliff has acquired 24 Olympic class boats – eight each of the Nacra 17 catamaran and 49er and 49er FX skiffs – that the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider has full access to for Team-level training and youth development throughout the year. Following the grand opening of the Oakcliff US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Center, Oakcliff hosted the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra US Nationals. For more information, visit oakcliffsailing.org.


UK Sailmakers Open Connecticut Loft

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Eastern Connecticut sailors have a new, convenient alternative for top quality sail service, sail repairs, and new sail purchase. Sue Reilly (left), an eastern Connecticut sailor, Certified US Sailing Race Officer, Judge and Umpire, has set up a UK Sailmakers repair loft in Westbrook, CT.


Reilly has been sailing competitively for over 25 years and has been in the marine industry since she started racing. Reilly started as an apprentice sailmaker with a 12 Metre America’s Cup campaign and has worked at lofts from Newport, RI to St Thomas, USVI. She has also worked as a rigger at Brewer Pilots Point Marina. With her vast knowledge of sailboats, she knows what it takes to make them fast.

With the waters of Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay as her backyard, Reilly has gotten to know a wide range of sailors and their boats. Her extensive knowledge of sail construction and repair has made its mark on boats of all sizes, from Windsurfers and Sunfish to repairs and re-cuts for 12-Metres and megayachts. Working locally, Reilly can easily handle the usual sail repairs from wear and tear. When jobs require a larger facility, she can have them done at the UK Sailmakers loft in City Island, NY.

Reilly will be a certified UK Sailmakers sales representative, helping sailors buy the right sails for their needs and installing them locally. UK Sailmakers Westbrook is located at 815 Essex Road in Westbrook. For more information, contact Reilly at 860-227-4729 or sue@uksailmakers.com.


New Online Learn to Sail Course


Start your learning at home before you head to the water with the new Online Learn to Sail course from Offshore Sailing School and the BoatUS Foundation. © offshoresailing.com

Offshore Sailing School and the BoatUS Foundation have teamed up to create an Online Learn to Sail course for anyone thinking about getting into sailing or renewing old skills. The narrated curriculum with easy to comprehend video, animations, and Offshore Sailing School instructors teaching aboard a Colgate 26 is designed to enhance and streamline the learning process and give sailors a leg up before they hit the water.


“Even if you don’t have immediate plans to take a multi-day sailing course, our new Online Learn to Sail course is convenient and easy for anyone to take from home, and will help new and returning sailors become more confident on the water,” said Offshore Sailing School Chairman and Founder Steve Colgate. The cost for the course is $75, although it’s available for a limited time at the introductory price of $55 at BoatUS.org/offshore-sailing. For more information about Offshore Sailing School, visit offshoresailing.com.


Annapolis Bay Charters Expands Fleet


Annapolis Bay Charters in Annapolis, MD, a member of Dream Yacht Charter and the North American offices for Dream Yacht Charter, have assumed management of a local fleet of 17 brand new and late model yachts. The new fleet includes Jeanneau monohulls from 37 to 53 feet, and catamarans by Fountaine Pajot from 40 to 44 feet. All boats are less than three years old and very luxuriously equipped. The boats have been integrated into Annapolis Bay Charter’s fleet, but will continue to operate from their downtown Annapolis location.

“The addition of these boats to our fleet will give our valued clients an even better selection of excellent boats from which to choose, whether it is a classic monohull or an incredibly spacious catamaran,” said Christopher Houpt, the Base Manager for Annapolis Bay Charters. For special offers and information about Annapolis Bay Charters’ new fleet in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and other locations worldwide, call 866-469-0912 or visit DreamYachtCharter.com. 


USWatercraft to Build C&C Yachts


USWatercraft of Warren, RI has acquired the exclusive rights to build, develop, distribute and market all new models of the famed C&C Yachts brand from Tartan Marine. Production of the new C&C models begins this fall. “We are extremely excited to carry on the traditions established by the legendary Canadian boat builders who introduced C&C Yachts some 50 years ago,” said Randy Borges, President of USWatercraft.

Barry Carroll will lead US Watercraft’s C&C Yachts division. As the founder of Carroll Marine, Carroll was involved in developing and building over 800 high performance sailboats and powerboats. The new C&C Yachts line, created by award-winning yacht designer Mark Mills, will be performance-oriented while remaining family-friendly for cruising and daysailing.

Production of two new racer/cruiser models begins this fall. First off the board will be the C&C Redline 41, which is optimized for serious racing, both in- and offshore under various handicap rules. One-design racing will hopefully develop for these dual-purpose C&C Yachts. For more information, call 401-247-3000 or visit uswatercraft.com.


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