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The Little Details That Add Up to Big Differences in Speed

By Clemmie Everett

Coaches CornerWhen coaching, I sometimes make suggestions that my sailors listen to but don’t seem to internalize. Often these are seemingly small adjustments on their rigging or boathandling, and I’m pretty sure that the thought running though their heads is something along the lines of, “Sure, Coach, but is that really going to make a difference?”

Paying attention to such details as making your sails are fully hoisted, keeping skipper and crew weight together, minimizing rudder movement – and bailing diligently! – will make your boat go faster.   © Cate Brown Photography

True, a single small adjustments may not make the difference between first place and tenth, but a lot of these adjustments together, especially over the course of a long series (like a high school regatta or a frostbite season), will add up to a noticeable difference.

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The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound

Fostering excellence for 93 years

JSALISFounded in 1924 to support its member junior sailing programs through leadership, training, communication and event scheduling, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) has produced legions of sailors who have excelled at the highest levels of the sport.

Jake Sal (helm) and Claire Glenn of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club round the leeward mark during a recent JSA Laser/C420 Championship. © jsablog.com

We spoke with JSA Co-Chairs Karen Quirke, a member of American Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, and Peter “Pedro” Lorson of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and Port Washington Yacht Club, who discussed their own experiences as junior sailors and the past, present and future of this venerable non-profit organization.

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Preparation and Success in High School Sailing

By Clemmie Everett

Preparation and Success in High School SailingThere are many factors that affect your performance in a race: boatspeed, strategy, tactics, and of course, a little bit of luck. But don’t overlook the importance of preparation: making sure you have everything you need to help you perform at your best and sail with maximum speed. In high school sailing, the work done to prepare before you even get to the starting line is often the difference between the top of the fleet and the middle (or worse).

Well prepared, well rested racers always perform better than those that left an important piece of gear at home or stayed up late the night before a regatta.  © Clemmie Everett
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Sailing Life Starts at Shennecosset Yacht Club

Shennecosset Yacht ClubIf you are looking for a great place to learn how to sail, check out the program at Shennecosett Yacht Club (SYC) in Groton, CT. Located next to UConn’s Avery Point Campus in beautiful Pine Island Bay, students can enjoy an easier early sailing experience with calm waters in the protective cove.

SYC Sailing School classes are held on the sheltered waters of Pine Island Bay.  © Barbara Jean Walsh
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New Year of Education & Adventure Scheduled Aboard Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

Cuba and Arctic Among Upcoming Opportunities

Oliver Hazard PerryAfter a successful first season of programs in New England, the brand new 200-foot Tall Ship, Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry, plans to set sail for the open ocean in 2017, heading first to Bermuda, then to Florida where she will be based through March, when she will offer opportunities for explorers of all ages to participate in one of two round-trip voyages to Cuba (March 10-18 and March 18-26); a passage from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda (April 2-12); or a passage from Bermuda to Newport, RI (April 14-22). 

Trainees practice setting sail at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.  © Mark Russell
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Thames YC Sailors Win Secor Volvo ‘Onboard Reporter’ Video Award

By Cate Sheahan

Thames YC junior sailing volvo videoWhen two of your favorite hobbies can be combined into one activity, that’s pretty great. But when you win an award for your efforts, too? Well, it just doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s exactly what happened to Samson Dorfman and Colin Madaus of the Thames Yacht Club (TYC) Youth Sailing program in New London, CT.

These are the TYC youth sailors who competed in the 2016 Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race in winds that topped 25 knots. Even after missing the first leg of the race due to treacherous towing conditions on the way to the starting line, the team finished third overall. From left to right are Will Robinson, Samson Race Dorfman, Colin Madaus, Caridad Muldro, Caroline Codner, Patrick Madaus, Mary Madaus and Allison Codner.
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Maritime Sailing to Host Winter Sailing College Forum on January 20, 2017

suny.jpgTHROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The Maritime sailing coaching staff; Zach Runci and Morgan Collins, will be taking part in the hosting a free college sailing forum on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, N.Y.

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2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

After Initial Scare, Weather Gods Cooperate

IOR Larchmont STCLARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 11, 2016) – Over 420 college sailors from the United States, Canada and France raced on 45 owner-coached keelboats over Columbus Day Weekend in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) sailed on western Long Island Sound.

The J/44 MAXINE, sailed by the U.S. Naval Academy, was the overall winner at the 2016 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. ©McMichaelYachts.com

A team from the United States Naval Academy (Navy) sailing the J/44 MAXINE was the overall winner after winning four races and finishing second in one race in the competitive six-boat J/44 class comprised of all service academies.

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My Gift from the Sea

By Hannah Alexander

Oliver Hazard PerryThe 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry is America’s newest Tall Ship. She’s also Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, and I can’t wait to get aboard her!

The 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry shows her stature next to the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, jet skis and the 12 Metre American Eagle in Narragansett Bay.   © George Bekris

I have sailed on Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s voyages for two years in a row now. These were weeklong education-at-sea programs that took place aboard the Tall Ship Mystic, because the Perry was still under construction. This summer will be my third time to go, and it will be aboard the Tall Ship that everyone has waited for eight years to see completed and sailing.

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New Sportsmanship Award Honors Paul Risseeuw

Ian HurleyThe Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) has created a new perpetual trophy as a memorial to a man who did more to make junior sailing better – and safer – than anyone we know. Paul  W Risseeuw (1943 - 2015) served as the ECSA’s Junior Chairman for 23 years. A resident of Ivoryton, CT, he was a Past Commodore of Pettipaug YC in Essex, where he pioneered one of the first hands-on powerboat instruction programs in the country.    

Ian Hurley was presented the inaugural Paul W Risseeuw Sportsmanship Award © Julia Cronin
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