Fourth Annual Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment: One of a Kind

The Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction EquipmentOn July 12 & 13, 2018, 51 teams of sailors between the ages of 12 and 18 raced their Club 420s in the Fourth Annual Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment. Modeled after the Volvo Ocean Race, The Dinghy Race is unlike any other youth sailing event. Instead of the typical windward-leeward format of most regattas, this event is an offshore adventure on the waters of Long Island Sound and Fishers Island Sound that presents young sailors with new challenges and experiences.

One hundred and two sailors from as far away as Florida competed in the Fourth Annual Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment.   © J. Cronin - OutrageousPhotography.net
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Sailing the Navy Blue Seas

By Rick Bannerot

Brave Navy 44Ex Scientia Tridens, “Through Knowledge, Sea Power” is the motto of the United States Naval Academy, and in mid-June 2018, five Navy 44s (44-foot navy blue sloops) took station near the lighthouse just off the Stamford, CT breakwater before dousing sails and entering Stamford Harbor as part of their ten-day sail training exercise “at sea” from Annapolis, MD. 

Brave is one of five Navy 44s that visited Long Island Sound on a recent U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron cruise.   Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot, copyright 2018 

Wait! What? Yes it is true, in today’s high tech world of naval operations with billion dollar ships, the U.S. Naval Academy still has sailing in its heart and teaches many Midshipmen the finer points of handling sailboats and the decision-making and leadership skills that entails. The program is called the Offshore Sail Training Squadron (“OSTS”) and is part of a series of summer training electives designed to give Midshipmen experience in leadership, decision-making, teamwork and self-discovery; all vital elements for future commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.

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Aquidneck Island Students Complete Voyage Aboard Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International

Oliver Hazard PerryWith 21 students aboard from Rogers High School, Portsmouth High School and the MET School, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry returned to Newport, RI on June 11, 2018 after ten days at sea. The 200-foot, three-masted Class A Tall Ship and its student trainees, plus two teacher chaperones and 18 professional crew, started the voyage in Philadelphia, PA on June 2, 2018 and traveled approximately 566 nautical miles to Newport, according to the ship’s Captain Kevin Wells.

Sail trainees (l - r) Bobby Zeller (Rogers HS), Harrison Russell (Portsmouth HS), Collin Clair (Portsmouth), Carsen Prater (Portsmouth), Landon Dosouto (MET School), and Rebecca Downs-Honey (Portsmouth) enjoy a new friendship bond.   Photo courtesy OHPRI 
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Connecticut-Based Team Wins U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship

US Youth Match Racing ChampionshipRepresenting Riverside Yacht Club, the team of Jack Parkin (Greenwich, CT), Ashton Borcherding (Greenwich), Bram Brakman (Darien, CT) and Wiley Rogers (Kemah, TX) won the 2018 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup. The event was co-hosted by Oakcliff Sailing and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, NY June 27 to July 1, 2018 and sailed in Sonars. Parkin’s team finished nine races with eight points, and only one loss in the Round Robin.

Ten teams of four, each with at least one female crew, competed in the 2018 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup.©  Francis George/Oakcliff Sailing
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MudRatz Do Bermuda!

By Peter Cronin

Editor’s note: In 2016, the Newport Bermuda Race Organizing Committee initiated a new division for young sailors. To qualify for the Stephens Brothers Youth Division, 50% of a yacht’s crew must be between the ages of 14 and 23 (inclusive). An enticing prize donated by the Cruising Club of America’s New York Station and honoring legendary sailors Olin and Rod Stephens, the Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy is awarded to the yacht with the best performance in that division. Hailing from Southeastern Connecticut, the MudRatz Offshore Team claimed the Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy (and the Alfred E. Loomis Trophy as the winners of the 14-boat Class 5 of the St. David’s Lighthouse Division) in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race. To learn more, log onto MudRatz.org.

MudratzThe idea of the MudRatz participating in the Newport Bermuda Race was conceived about a year ago. MudRatz founder Brandon Flack had seen us grow in the Melges 24s and was ready for us to take on the challenge of offshore racing. The only thing stopping us from doing these events was the availability of a boat. Brandon put the word out that we were actively looking for a boat that we could use for the Newport Bermuda Race, but as the cold, dark days of December 2017 rolled through there were no real prospects in sight.  

Celebrating aboard Dreamcatcher in Hamilton Harbor are (front row, left to right) Taylor Walker, Peter Cronin, Steve Kylander, Megan Gimple, John Winder, OJ O’Connell (kneeling) and (back row, l - r) Lindsay Gimple, Annie Longo, Sarah Wilkinson, Morgan Buffum and Fritz Finkenauer. © Julia Cronin/OutrageousPhotography.net
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Team Gen5 are Lightning Youth World Champions!

By Brian Hayes, Sr.

Lightning Youth World ChampionshipSixteen teams from seven countries competed in the 2018 Lightning Youth World Championship. The Nautical Athletic Club of Voula, with support from the Yacht Club of Greece, hosted this International Lightning Class Association regatta in the waters off Athens, Greece from July 3 - 7, 2018.

The 2018 Lightning Youth World Champions are (l - r) Jeff Hayden, Brian Hayes, Jr. and Meredith Ryan.   © Nigel Vick

Four teams representing the USA (including three-time Lightning Junior North American Champions Tanner Probst, Jenna Probst and Maya Weber) were in attendance, along with four teams from host country Greece, three from Canada, two from Finland, and one each from Brazil, Chile and Peru.

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Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment is July 12 & 13

By Laura Beigel

The Dinghy RaceThe fourth annual Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment, formerly known as the Secor Volvo Race, will be sailed July 12 and 13, 2018. This one-of-a-kind event is modeled after the Volvo Ocean Race, and participants between the ages of 12 and 18 race 420s on a 20-mile course in Fishers Island Sound in an experience normally reserved for older sailors.

As in “the other Volvo,” participants in The Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment sail distance legs and make stopovers. © Clay Burkhalther/burkhalterphotos.com
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Hinckley Sponsoring Bermuda-Bound Young Americans

Young American Sailing AcademyHinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, RI will be the home base for Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) youth team, who are sailing the R/P 63 mini-maxi Gambler in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race.

Double Threat: The Young American Sailing Academy (pictured here aboard Young American in last year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race) has two boats entered in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race.   © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us

Hinckley is providing logistical support during the lead-up to the race, which starts Friday, June 15, 2018 and will continue through the Transatlantic Race 2019 that begins in Newport, RI next June. In addition to the Gambler team, Hinckley will provide support to YASA’s J/105 Young American out of their Hinckley Service Yard in Stamford, CT.

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Next generation of offshore sailors preparing for Newport Bermuda

Young American Sailing AcademyA new non-profit organization with a mission to provide opportunities for high school and college sailors in competitive offshore sailing, the Young American Sailing Academy, Inc. (YASA) has announced two entries for the 51st Newport Bermuda Race, which starts Friday, June 15, 2018. Twenty-two young sailors on two boats will improve their offshore skills in the iconic, 635-mile offshore race.

The Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team made yacht racing history in the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race.   © John Rousmaniere
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Introducing the Tri-State Youth Offshore Challenge

Tri-State Youth Offshore ChallengeAs part of the Storm Trysail Club’s efforts to engage younger sailors in the offshore component of yacht racing, the Tri-State Youth Offshore Challenge has been created which includes a series of regattas in eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island and Shelter Island, New York.

Sailing in the Youth Challenge division with members of the Grimes and Moffet families comprising her crew, Paul Grimes’ J/35 Breakaway took third in PHRF Spinnaker 2 in the 2016 Ida Lewis Distance Race. © Cate Brown/ catebrownphoto.com
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