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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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The 2nd Annual Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race

Secor VolvoNow in its second year, the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race is giving sailors between the ages of 12 and 18 an experience normally reserved for world-class racers. Sponsored by Secor Volvo in New London, CT, this unique event for 420 sailors is a challenging, club-to-club race around Fishers Island Sound.

Team MudRatz sailors Zach Champney (helm) and Peter Cronin won the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race for the second consecutive year. © Clay Burkhalter/burkhalterphotos.com
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The Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound 420 Race Returns

Secor volvo ocean raceSTONINGTON, CT –– A youth sailing race that started last year with a handful of eager young skippers is on course to become a can’t-miss event for serious sailors age 12-18 across New England.

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Fast Times at “The Law”

By Cooper Nefsky

The Law TrophyThe Commodore Law Trophy, one of junior sailing’s oldest regattas, was hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT on June 27 & 28, 2016 and saw a variety of conditions from champagne to drifting. Throughout the regatta the atmosphere was buzzing, as the Law Trophy signals the start of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound’s regatta season.

Julia Reynolds and Hobi Lew scored a decisive victory in the C420 class.   © Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com

The Law Trophy is a quarterfinal for US Sailing’s 2016 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, which will be sailed in August in San Diego. The top two finishers in the 420 and Radial class receive sponsorship from JSA of LIS to compete in the Area B semi-final. Sailors arriving at Indian Harbor YC on Monday, June 27 were greeted with words from PRO Jonathan Nye, and quickly got to racing.

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The Newport Bermuda Race Aboard High Noon

By Carina Becker

Editor’s note: On June 21, 2016 seven members of the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team were among the very first finishers of the 50th running of the Newport Bermuda Race. Sailing High Noon, a Tripp 41 on loan from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation, these remarkable sailors (ages 15 to 18) won their class in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division and were the first recipients of the new Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy.

High Noon Newport BermudaIn my first year in the American Yacht Club Junior Big Boat program, I could remember my dad, Peter Becker, and the older team members daydreaming about sailing in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, which was happening the following year. At that point I was still figuring out my way around our newly named J/105, Young American, and beginning to learn the basics and some tricks here and there. For most of us, the Bermuda Race was just a dream.

Next stop: Bermuda!   © John Rousmaniere
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Upcoming Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars

Junior safety at sea seminarsStorm Trysail Foundation’s highest priority is to introduce junior sailors to big boat sailing in a fun and safe manner. "As much as they need to understand the basics of sailboat racing in order to be successful, junior sailors also must know safety at sea to be responsible stewards of our sport," said STC Past Commodore and Larchmont Yacht Club member Richard du Moulin.  This is the fundamental premise behind the club's Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars, which have been praised as "uniquely resourceful and extremely educational."

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A Memorable Moment in Sailing Time

By Mikaela Kimpton & Payton Canavan

Prout girlsEditor’s note: Two enthusiastic members of the Prout School Sailing Team (Wakefield, RI) had an exceptional opportunity to share their love of sailing. A meeting with two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow, whose Team Magenta 32 was competing in the World Match Racing Tour Newport, led to an invitation to sail with Barkow’s team on the Pro-Am day. Mikaela Kimpton (first essay) and Payton Canavan recount their experiences.

Geared up and ready to go: Payton (left) and Mikaela receive pre-race instructions from World Match Racing Tour officials.  © Jan Harley/Media Pro International
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A Sailing Phoenix From the Proverbial Ashes

By Bill Peterson

Sagamore Junior sailingAbout five years ago, over a couple of beverages at Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, NY, I asked a very naïve question to some of the senior members about where to go to get my children into a program to teach them how to sail.

Sagamore Junior Sailing is open to kids ages 8 to 16, and parents’ membership in Sagamore Yacht Club is not required.   © Sagamore Junior Sailing
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5 More Reasons Your Kids Should Sail

By Daniela Clark

Five years ago, in the inaugural year of the WaterViews blog, I wrote a post called 5 Reasons Your Kids Should Sail. That article was shared internationally by yacht clubs and featured by regional and national sailing media. Evidently, this is a topic of interest. But I just hit the tip of the iceberg. In my travels, I’ve accumulated several more reasons. Here are five qualities that true sailor kids develop that are just as significant as the original 5 Reasons:

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