A Foray in “Slimology”

Hull biofouling: a boater’s dreaded bane that requires periodic elbow grease

By Lucie Maranda, PhD, Associate Marine Research Scientist, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Hull BiofoulingThese outdrives were probably not delivering optimum performance! © harsonic.com

Especially in marine water, the unwanted accumulation of microorganisms, algae and animals on wetted surfaces can be costly if not attended to regularly. For recreational or commercial boaters, the danger of transferring non-native species is added to the increase in fuel consumption and maintenance cost. The navies of the world are not immune to this plague either. One study roughly calculated the cost of coating, cleaning and fouling on the United States Navy’s destroyers (class DDG-51) to reach $1 billion over 15 years! Whether one considers boat hulls, sensors, aquaculture facilities, pipes, offshore platforms, pilings – any unprotected solid surface will develop some form of marine growth when immersed in seawater.

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Sailing with Grandchildren on the Bras d’Or Lakes

By Wilson Fitt


Olivia at the helm

Many years ago, when our three children were small, we spent an idyllic week on Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lakes on our Herreshoff 28 ketch, putting the bow up on the shore at Marble Mountain and pitching the tent on the beach. The kids swam, learned to row the dinghy, and messed around in boats to their hearts’ content.

They say you can’t go back, but this summer we did just that, this time with two of our grandchildren — Olivia, aged 10, and her first cousin Parker, aged 12 — aboard our 38-foot traditional cutter Christina Grant. It was one of the best weeks we have had in years, sailing, swimming, fishing, rowing and still messing about in boats.

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Sailing into Oblivion

The Solo Non-stop Circumnavigation of the Mighty Sparrow

By Jerome Rand

Sailing into OblivionI had thought for years about what sailing in the Southern Ocean would really be like.  Reading about the “Great Singlehanders” that sailed there, south of the Capes and around Antarctica. These were the first seeds planted in my head while I crewed on boats crossing the North and South Atlantic on delivery trips during my mid-20s.  The more I read, the more the thought of my own trip kept coming back to me.

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Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales

By Monica Pepe

Whale and Dolphin ConservationConservation 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 Conservation
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O’Day Mariner Rendezvous

By Nate Bayreuther

WindCheck_August_2018_web_page20_image1.jpgLet’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.

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Big Summer Plans for Shoreline Sailing Club!

By Captain Joy Sherman

Shoreline Sailing ClubWho 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.

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SailAhead Expanding its Mission

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 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 Images
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The Sea that Never Sleeps

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

New York Ocean PlanningMore 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.
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Kaye Williams to Serve Seafood on Mars

Captain’s Cove Creator has Interplanetary Plans

By Bob Fredericks

Kaye WilliamsThe 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 Fredericks
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Destination: Watch Hill, Rhode Island

By Grace M. Vincens

Watch Hill, RI

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.

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