By Monica Pepe
Conservation efforts to protect marine mammals, especially large whales, continue to face great difficulties and, in some cases, have managed only marginal improvements. Most notably, only around 450 North Atlantic right whales survive today. Those that remain face serious human-induced threats such as vessel strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and habitat degradation.
Whale encounters are one of the greatest thrills of sailing the Northeast, and a few common sense practices will help ensure the safety of both cetaceans and humans. © Whale and Dolphin ConservationRead more
By Nate Bayreuther
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m an O’Day Mariner fanatic. I have owned my 1970, 19-foot Mariner Orion, hull #1922, since 2007 and have held three different positions on the Mariner Class Association Executive Board including President (twice). I have a website for my own boat and have organized fleet and national rendezvous since 2009.
On a family-fun-per-dollar basis the Mariner can’t be beat, as the Schaeffer family, enjoying a sail on Long Island Sound, will attest. © Nate Bayreuther
In 2013, a whopping eighteen O’Day Mariners and 58 sailors took part in a big rendezvous at Mystic Seaport Museum, celebrating fifty years since the “birth” of the Mariner. Since that time, we’ve had great turnouts for subsequent annual rendezvous. Clearly, there is a desire among Mariner sailors to get together and enjoy this fantastic sailboat.Read more
By Captain Joy Sherman
Who knew back in 1981 when two single women decided to start the Shoreline Sailing Club (SSC), that it would continue to flourish and be responsible for many marriages, lifelong friendships and a social life that’s unstoppable, 37 years later?
“One of the greatest perks of the Shoreline Sailing Club is the bond that is formed between our members,” says Commodore Betty Kovel, pictured here enjoying a day on Long Island Sound. © ShorelineSailingClub.com
With more than 40 terrific skippers with sail- and powerboats from 25 to 42 feet, the club is gearing up with our summer sailing and boating calendar. Sails to many locations around Long Island Sound, Block Island, Sag Harbor, a weeklong cruise, and many other activities are planned. In addition to a full sailing calendar, there are land-based parties for the 170-plus members called “Docksides” where a member hosts a party at their home or other venue. During the winter there are movie nights, music and stage performances, Halloween and holiday events that keep members busy all winter long.Read more
By Sean Duclay
Editor’s note: Co-founded by brothers Kilian and Sean Duclay of Huntington Station, NY, SailAhead is a non-profit organization that uses sailing and the ocean as a therapeutic platform to help heal U.S. Armed Forces veterans suffering from PTSD. Kilian and Sean were in high school when they launched SailAhead in 2013, and WindCheck is proud to chronicle the amazing work this growing organization is doing. You’ll find archived articles by typing “SailAhead” in the search bar at windcheckmagazine.com.
SailAhead kicked off our 2018 sailing season with the Fifth Annual Gotham Multihull Series in New York City on June 2 & 3, 2018. This regatta is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association rating, and Laurent Apollon, co-founder of the event and a member of the SailAhead Race Team, generously offered his Dragonfly 800 SW Windsinger (renamed SailAhead Tri for the race) to us!
SailAhead raced a Dragonfly 800 in the Firth Annual Gotham Multihull Series. © Laurent Apollon ImagesRead more
Ocean Planning in New York and the Mid-Atlantic
By Noah Chesnin, Policy Program Manager, New York Seascape Program, and Rebecca Kusa, Coordinator for Onsite Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium
More than 20 million people live in New York City’s metropolitan area and help make the city a cultural and economic hub. But this city’s frenetic energy doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. In many ways, New York’s seascape is as teeming as its streets with human activity that is both diverse and economically important. From boating and fishing (for recreation and income), to shipping and mining, to new uses such as offshore wind development, there’s no end to how we have found ways to utilize our coastal waters.
With the waters of New York Harbor cleaner than at any time in the last 100 years, marine mammals and sharks – including Great Whites – are making a resurgence.Read more
Captain’s Cove Creator has Interplanetary Plans
By Bob Fredericks
The visionary who turned a run-down, city-owned dock in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT into the sprawling marina, restaurant and entertainment complex known as Captain’s Cove Seaport wants to launch a new location — a fish & chips shack on Mars.
Kaye Williams displays the deed to five acres of prime Martian real estate on which he plans to open the planet’s first fish & chips shack. © Bob FredericksRead more
By Grace M. Vincens
When it comes to the perfect summer destination, the quaint town of Watch Hill on Rhode Island’s Little Narragansett Bay is second to none. Upon arrival by boat, you are met with a view of oceanfront stores and restaurants with the historic Ocean House in the background.
The Ocean House one of only eight Forbes Triple Five-Star Hotels in the world. © oceanhouseri.com
Watch Hill sits at the most southwestern point of Rhode Island and benefits from the protection of Long Island. Compared to the glam and glitter of Newport, Watch Hill offers a welcoming, family-oriented community. If you are looking for a place to have a relaxing few days with your family, Watch Hill is the place; there is something for everyone. Whether you enjoy lounging on the beach, shopping, surfing, or entertaining your kids, Watch Hill is the place to do it. As you walk around town, there are dozens of stores and boutiques to shop in and several restaurants for casual or formal dining.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler, Esq.
This time of year, opposing counsel like to start rumors about me. They see my paint-spackled hands, nails hemmed in caulking, hollow eyes and facial spray of blue and red tones and figure I’ve gotten myself into something hinky. Finally, they mumble in hushed tones during a deposition break: “Dude’s gone and run himself off the rails this time.”Read more
By John K. Fulweiler, Jr., Esq.
I’m an admitted consumer of “boat porn.” It’s not the salacious viewing you’re conjuring. Boat listings (both print and online), boat ‘fail’ videos (including the grainy, but always amusing trailer launch mishaps) and YouTube’s offerings of those living aboard their sailboats are the images I steal away to view. If you watch enough of this stuff, you’re left with the impression that a lot of folks do stupid things and get away unscathed, that luck favors the novice, and that nobody seems much to care about the elements of good seamanship. I’m hoping not to see you, the prudent mariner, in any of this boat porn and here’s a few thoughts for avoiding such a fate.Read more
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association™ (SDSA), a non-profit organization based in Middletown, RI, invites all sailors to join a cruising rally from the Chesapeake to Maine and then, for the first time, a second rally from Maine to Nova Scotia. The Salty Dawg Rally to Maine will leave the Chesapeake Bay on July 8, 2018.
The Rally to Nova Scotia departs Rockland, ME August 8. Stops along the way to enjoy quaint villages, local cuisine and maritime lore are part of each rallyRead more