by CYNTHIA GOSS
When the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) received word of winning a grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board RI to launch a Marine Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program, it was cause for celebration. The $142,788 grant was good news for career-seekers who now have a clear pathway to training for entry-level jobs; it was also welcome news for employers who will now have a source for workers with basic skills who can grow into star employees.Read more
Learning to sail is easy, and you can have a lot of fun in the process. We asked Rich Jepsen, the owner of the Olympic Circle Sailing Club in Berkeley, CA and Chair of US Sailing’s Training Committee, for some tips on choosing a sailing school.Read more
As the 2013 season begins,we're visiting three destinations that are each hosting special events this summer. Whether you want to set a course for new cruising grounds on your own boat or explore them aboard a charter yacht,Mystic,CT,Solomons,MD and Casco Bay,ME are beckoning.Read more
Since Superstorm Sandy made landfall in late October 2012, many boaters have yet to see the full scope of destruction and disruption in the Northeast. A storm of this magnitude does much more damage than what is seen on your local news station, and Sandy’s effects are still an issue for boaters, because many of the lighthouses, buoys and other structures that were affected by Sandy have not been repaired or replaced. Even if your vessel made it through unscathed, she still may not be out of harm’s way if you are not diligent and vigilant.
Waterway Guide, AMI, BoatUS Team Up to Offer Boaters the Latest Information on NJ, NY Waterways Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to marine facilities, navigation aids and channels along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. The storm also choked northern New Jersey’s Intracoastal Waterway and other channels with sunken boats, sand, silt and debris from buildings and piers. How will boaters know what services are available or where the navigational hazards exist?Read more
By Nicole Jacques
Whether you own a boat or will be chartering one, it’s time to start planning your mid-season getaways. We have a selection of fun events at great places this month, including a festival for buccaneers of all ages in the Chesapeake, a wooden boat regatta and a rendezvous for sail- and powerboats in Downeast Maine, and an Independence Day celebration in the Bermuda of the North. We’ll visit more summer destinations and events in our may Issue.Read more
For most boaters in this region, the days leading up to launch day can be the busiest of the year, and it’s easy to overlook important commissioning chores when warm breezes beckon. Your boat may have more or less equipment than is listed here. The important thing to remember is that checking ALL of your boat’s systems will help ensure an easy launch and a trouble-free season.Read more
by J. RUSSELL JINISHIAN
If you’ve spent any time on the waters of Long Island Sound in the last 50 years, chances are you’ll have crossed paths, wakes or tacks with one of the more elegant and beautiful wooden sailing yachts afloat – the Schooner Yacht Brilliant. She was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by the Henry B. Nevins Shipyard in City Island, NY for Walter Barnum. Barnum specified the very finest materials for his yacht so she would be capable of a voyage around the world. Measuring 61’ 6” LOA with a 14’ 8” beam and a 9’ draft, her teak on oak frame construction was roomy and fast and, as it turns out, substantial. Her very first refit only took place in 2007, when her teak deck was replaced. Shortly after her launch in 1932 she set a record for vessels of her size, running from Nantucket Lightship to Bishop Rock Light, England in 15 days, 1 hour and 23 minutes. Although she entered several Bermuda Races and acquitted herself well, she never managed to win the race to the Onion Patch.Read more
by CYNTHIA GOSS
If you’re interested in learning what Rhode Island offers to boaters, mark your calendar for May 4 & 5 and plan to spend the weekend traveling the coastline of the Ocean State at a unique, state-wide boat show.
New Foundation is Taking Young Sailors to the Next Level
The first collegiate sailing regatta in this country was held in the waters off the Southport section of Fairfield, CT, but neither of the two schools in that shoreside town, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University, has ever been a strong presence on the college sailing scene. The SAIL BLACK ROCK Foundation, headquartered at Captain’s Cove Seaport in nearby Black Rock Harbor, aims to change that with high-level race training for collegiate and high school sailors.Read more