Letter: Gone Sailing

Editor’s note: The Coop’s Corner article from our October issue, “Shop Closed, Gone Sailing” (posted at windcheckmagazine.com), discussed the freedom that sailing affords for beginners and ‘round-the-world racers alike.

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Letter: The 2016 Newport Bermuda Race

Dear Sailors,

Newport Bermuda Race 2016The 2016 Newport Bermuda Race will include new opportunities for high-performance yachts to compete in celebration of the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch.

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Letter: Used Sails/Lines Wanted for Haiti Donation

Sail Donations to HaitiPalmer Johnson sailboat is headed to Haiti to help promote a tourism market on Haiti's north coast. The crew has experience in Haiti and is hoping to add as cargo used sails, lines,etc. to help support the local fisherman.

We are seeking donated equipment that we will distribute upon arrival. Vessel departing Brewers Marina, Branford, CT on November 7, 2015. Call 203 645 9745 or 203 488 5552 for pickup or additional information.   Tim Mangs

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Letter: Take a Vet Sailing!

Sail Ahead’s first annual event, “Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing,” was by far a great success! Generously hosted by Centerport Yacht Club in Centerport, NY and with the participation of 80 veterans and over 200 skippers/crews/guests, we had 31 sailboats, two RIBS, and one helicopter.

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Editor's Log: Absolutely Brilliant

As I think back on sailing as a youth, it occurs to me that many of my most memorable experiences were not had in the heat of close fleet racing or heavy weather offshore battles, but rather during much more gentle times while cruising – and even at anchor. Much of why I still love boats and being on the water is because I developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of it all at an early age. I love the lines of boats, the way a boat moves, the sights and sounds provided when one is well away from the grip of land or in the solitude of a great anchorage. OK, I also love all that close fleet racing and those heavy weather offshore battles, too! I appreciate all of it. And nearly everyone I know that shares a similar passion for sailing feels the same way.

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Editor's Log: The Room

I have seen the stress and adrenalin of sailboat racing, protests, arbitration and the prospect of going to “the room” sometimes brings out the worst in people. Most often, however, I think it brings out the best. In just about every form of involvement I’ve had with junior sailors, I see that the latter is the case. Following a protest, I often witness greater understanding of the rules and a deeper respect for the process amongst the competitors.

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Letter: Searching for Ensign #158

I am trying to locate the sailboat I grew up with as a boy on the Connecticut coast – a 1962 Ensign then known as Socrates.  It was later known as Second Wind and sailed out of Manhasset, NY, until it was sold (circa 2000) to a buyer in Lloyd Harbor, NY.  After that, the trail has gone cold for me in this nostalgic search (but it’s also a practical search:  I’m interested in buying the boat back if I can find it). 

It is hull # 158 and (at least long ago) had 158 on its mainsail underneath the Ensign class logo.  Would you be able to publish this as a letter-to-the-editor, in hopes that one of your readers may have seen this boat in their local marina, club or boatyard…

Thank you, 

Mark Teitell, Pleasanton, CA

Please email contactus@windcheckmagazine and we'll forward all correspondence to Mark. Thank you.

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Letter: Don’t Forget the Star!

Comments from "A Tale of Two Sixes"

As much as I appreciate the beauty of the Atlantic and IOD classes, everyone seems to have forgotten the Star. While not an offshore class, they do go back to 1911 and are, as far as I know still actively raced. 

Eric Russell, Basking Ridge, NJ

Eric – Stars are indeed still actively raced. Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT is home to Star Fleet #2, the oldest active Star fleet in the world. CPYC’s Star Bedford Pitcher Regatta is the second weekend of this month.

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Letter: Healing Through Heeling

Editor’s note: An article in our August issue, “Sail Ahead: Healing Wounded Veterans Through Sailing,” has generated a very positive response.

I was pleased to skipper a J/105 on the July 22 Veterans’ Sail in Oyster Bay. The veterans on our boat were excited about the experience. [Sail Ahead Co-Founder] Kilian Duclay acted as first mate for the trip. Kilian spent time instructing the veterans on handling a sailboat (in this case a racing/cruising sloop). As a result of the experience, I’ve decided to offer my services to the Sail Ahead team moving forward.

Andre (Capt. Tony) DeLoia, via email

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Letter: Always Wear Your PFD!

On July 30, the following incident occurred aboard a sailboat in Northport, NY.

I was aboard Captain Ken Graf’s boat, which was on its mooring. Also aboard were Graf, Steve Denniston and three inexperienced adult sailors. The mainsail was up and luffing violently, and the boom was moving. Steve went forward to release lines. Because the boat was sailing back and forth on the mooring, Steve, who was not wearing a PFD, had much difficulty releasing the lines. Ken engaged the engine to move the boat forward to release lines, although the boat was moving about violently. Steve finally released the lines. While he was returning to the cockpit, the boat jibed and the boom came across, striking Steve in the head and throwing him into water.

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