Bermuda: Getting a Ride Home

A rookie’s guide to getting your first passage

By Ernie Messer

Bermuda getting a ride homeHaving been involved in various Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda races over the years, the one question I get the most from sailors is, “How do I get a ride?

The best way, and the most likely to bring a lifelong memorable experience, is to find a boat that you think will be doing a Bermuda race in the next couple years. Offer to crew for them, demonstrate outstanding performance and dedication, and never miss a work party or practice. Regular crew almost always get the first invites to sail in the “big” races.

Prent Weathers drives Paul Kanev’s Hinckley 51 Momentum
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The Boating Barrister - Transatlantic Tantrum: Maritime Law’s Bits and Pieces

By John K. Fulweiler

You can’t always buy yourself peace and no matter the class or purchased privileged, there’s only so much privacy available. I was mulling this as I watched him pass his tumbler of Scotch from one hand to the other, angle a hip against the seating ahead of me and ask: “So I heard you earlier in the lounge. You’re a maritime lawyer, right?”

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Shoreline Sailing Club Welcomes New Members

By Pat Holinka, Commodore

“Hey, I think I just found the best kept secret on the shoreline,” I told my friend.  

“Really? Tell me,” she replied. 

“There’s a singles club that meets in Westbrook, CT twice a month, I explained. “They go boating, sailing, kayaking and socialize. The skippers that have boats take out those who want to sail. Simple as that.” 

Thirty-five years ago two women who were single and had boats needed crew. They recruited their friends to go boating and thus began the Shoreline Sailing Club.

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The Best Boat for Sailing the Northeast

By Gregor Tarjan

Lily catboatConsider yourself a lucky sailor if you live near the shores of the Northeast. The coastal areas from New York to Maine are considered by many to be among the most varied and beautiful. History, nature and superb anchorages are there for our enjoyment. The big question is: What is the ideal boat for us Northeasteners?

LILY, a 14-foot catboat
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Joe Harris to Attempt 40-foot Monohull Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record

Joe HarrisJoe Harris set sail from Newport, RI on November 15, 2015 aboard GryphonSolo2 attempting a solo, non-stop, unassisted, Round-The-World record attempt for a 40ft monohull sailboat.

Joe Harris departed Newport, RI in November on an attempt to set a new Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record for 40-foot monohulls.   © Billy Black 

On December 23, GryphonSolo2’s regulator for his hydro-generator system overheated and fried its circuit board and Joe diverted to Cape Town, South Africa. This stopover meant the end of his official record attempt in the eyes of the governing World Speed Sailing Records Council due to stopping to receive "outside assistance", but Joe continues his circumnavigation. Joe's updates follow below, most recent first....

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From the Log of Persevere: Atlantic Odyssey & Holidays in Tenerife

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the twelfth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Meriel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere.

PersevereThis will make our second Christmas aboard Persevere since we left in October 2014. It’s amazing how time flies by. We were in Cuba last Christmas and celebrated it with Oscar and his family, and now we are in Tenerife celebrating with new friends Henri from the Atlantic Odyssey. The Christmas holidays are a very family oriented celebration there.

The girls decorated Persevere for the holidays.  © persevere60545.com

The locals have huge dinner parties with 30-plus people all over the place, setting up tables anywhere they have space or commandeering an entire sidewalk café for themselves – a very festive and friendly island full of life. But they don’t celebrate Christmas in Tenerife as we do. They have Christmas of course, but the big celebration is on Three Kings day, January 5, when they exchange gifts and have a huge parade, fireworks and festival. The girls loved it, because they got a double celebration and fireworks.

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Learning to Sail--Reclaiming the Boat

By Molly Mulhern

Molly MulhernNot many folks were out and about cruising in Penobscot Bay over Memorial Day Weekend. With forecasts of air temperatures in the upper 40s and 40-knot gusts on Saturday, the impulse to stay home was certainly understandable. Still, the winter had been long and there Astraea sat on the mooring in Rockport on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, so off we went on Friday afternoon between the fog and the showers to get aboard her.

The author dusting off her piloting skills
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Springing the Rode

By Dr. Paul Jacobs

1990 C-34 #1068

Springing Dr. Paul JacobsMy partner Nancy and I have had the good fortune and great joy to sail our 1990 Catalina 34 Pleiades throughout the splendid and historic cruising grounds of New England. She is based out of Wickford, Rhode Island, only five miles from our regular home, but from early May through late November she effectively becomes our floating home. 

This photograph shows Nancy, myself, and our beloved C-34 on the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.   © Daniela Clark/PhotoBoat.com

Others spend millions for waterfront property in the Ocean State; each with a specific view. However, Pleiades affords us “water surround” property with spectacular views that change every time we set sail!

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From the Log of Persevere: One Word: Gaudí

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the eleventh installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Meriel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.

 

Antoni GaudiPam and I had been looking forward to Barcelona. Everyone who has visited our condo in New York City (TerrapinDesign.net) thought that we were inspired by Gaudí architecture. We had read about the work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and seen pictures, but they don’t do justice to what was actually built. The craftsmanship and design is amazing. I’ve never seen such detail in the woodwork, with complex curves on wood pieces 10 feet long and same wide. We rode our bikes from the Port Olímpic Marina to the old town. (It seems every city in Europe has an “old town” going as far back as the Romans.) 

The amazing architecture of Antoni Gaudí can be seen throughout Barcelona.   © persevere60545.com
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Bareboating Basics

By Captain Paul Sullivan

Bareboating BasicsWe all know and love the New England waters. From Massachusetts Bay to Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound, thousands of sailors spend their summers exploring new anchorages, swimming, barbecuing and enjoying their time on the water with family and friends.

Charterers (l - r) Doug Rigsbee, Cindy Rigsbee, Candice Haight, Becky Haight and Brian Haight aboard their CYOA catamaran   © Doug Rigsbee
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