WoodenBoat Show 2018

Young American Sailing Academy

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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Are You Ready to Hit the Water?

New Safe Powerboating Classes at New England Science & Sailing

By Caroline Knowles

Safe Powerboating ClassesWho taught you to drive a car? I have both fond and frightening memories of learning to drive my parents’ car: merging onto I-95 for the first time, taking an extra lap around the two-lane rotary as I tried to get out of the inside lane to exit, and white-knuckling the wheel as I parallel parked uphill during the practical portion of my driver’s license test. Now think about getting your recreational boating certificate (the boating version of a driver’s license).

As a US Safe Powerboating certified Powerboat Training Center, NESS offers group classes for all abilities, ages 12 and older, as well as private lessons.  © Caroline Knowles/nessf.org

If you are not familiar with the process, you take an 8-hour classroom-based course, pass a written exam, then get your safe boating certificate.

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MudRatz Take Toronto!

By Peter Cronin

MudratzIn the weeks leading up to the Melges 24 Canadian National Championship, I did my research and it did not look promising. As a 17-year-old adrenaline-seeking sailor, I always looked forward to the windy days. The forecast for Lake Ontario during our regatta, hosted by National Yacht Club in Toronto September 21-25, 2017 was not exactly what a kid like me was looking for. With breezes forecasted at under 10 knots, it was time to test our hand at light wind sailing.

From left to right (and sporting the coolest pinnies in the regatta) are skipper Lily Flack, Cara Samson, Caelen Desmond, Lucy Rath and Braedon Hanson.   (Not visible in this photo is author Peter Cronin.)   © Julia Cronin/Outrageous Photography

I was going to be on a boat with a group of sailors with an average age of 15 ½, we were all itching to show the adults in the Melges 24 class what us kids could do. Despite the weather forecast, or perhaps because of it, that is exactly what we did. We even surprised ourselves in the process.

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Cowles Win Gold at Youth Worlds

CI_Youth_Worlds_image.jpgTwin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles of Larchmont, NY scored a decisive victory in the Girls 420 division at the 2017 Youth World Sailing Championship, which was held in Sanya, China December 11 - 16, 2017. “It’s still sinking in,” said the sisters in unison. “We’re going to tell our mother and sister; they’ve been following it from afar, even though it’s midnight there. They’re probably really excited right now.”

Carmen and Emma Cowles are World Champions!  © Sailing Energy/World Sailing
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MudRatz Set Sights on Blue Water Sailing

MudRatz DreamcatcherWith the surprise donation of a proven 48-footer, MudRatz, an organization based in Southeastern Connecticut with a mission to complement local youth sailing programs by enabling enthusiastic sailors to practice together as a team and travel to regattas around the country, is taking a leap into the world of offshore racing.

With the donation of this Swan 48, the MudRatz have set their sights on the Newport Bermuda Race and beyond.    © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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Boston U Wins Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

By Ron Weiss

Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta 2017Over 360 college students from the United States, as well as international teams from Canada and France, participated in the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR), hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY October 7 & 8, 2017.

Overall winners BU show off their winning form on the foredeck of Young American.  © Howie McMichael
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Stony Brook Sailing Team Qualifies for Conference Championship

By Jason Rose

Stony Brook Sailing TeamThe Stony Brook University Sailing Team in Stony Brook, NY qualified for their Conference Championship, the War Memorial Regatta, during the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Racing Association’s (MAISA) Central Fall Qualifier, hosted by Ocean County College at the Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ the weekend of September 23 & 24.

A-Division skipper Vidar Minkovsky and crew Jeremy McCauley made SBU Seawolves history…   © James Gilmore - SBU Sailing Team
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Warrior Spirit

Warrior SailingEditor’s note: In August, WindCheck Contributing Editor Joe Cooper led the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar at Sail Newport in Newport, RI. Those who know this affable Aussie know his passion for creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for young sailors aboard big, fast boats. As luck would have it, Coop’s mate Ralf Steitz, President of the USSMA Sailing Foundation, was in town with the Warrior Sailing Program’s flagship, a Volvo Ocean 70. Two eager sailors who’d just completed the seminar tell the tale of yet another amazing Coop’s Kaper.

The flagship racing project for Warrior Sailing and the USMMA Sailing Foundation, Warrior (pictured here in the 2017 Vineyard Race) competed in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  as CAMPER.    ©Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com


My Warrior Sailing Experience

By Connor Macken, age 15

The Warrior Sailing Program provides maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. One of the boats that is used for this program is a retired Volvo 70 named Warrior. I was fortunate to join the Warrior Sailing Team for a few days in Newport this past August. After a summer of sailing Lasers, 29ers and C420s, I was looking forward to learning the ropes of a larger, faster boat.

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Preventing Propeller Accidents: The Prop Guard Proposition

By Seth Cirker,  1st/Lt, N-IN, United States Power Squadrons

Prop guardUnfortunately, these days it seems we more and more often hear of tragic accidents caused by boat propellers, which if not bad enough, frequently involve young children.

While we continually find ourselves preaching proper training and safe boat operation, we must recognize that accidents do happen, and a fail-safe means to prevent propeller accidents is needed. With three children of my own, spending their summers in a yacht club junior sailing program, I, like fellow parents, find myself greatly disappointed that such a solution is not in use.

Tests have proven that propeller guards do not reduce a boat’s acceleration, turning radius, or ability to hold a course.
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