Expressly For Fun

The winners of the youngest crew members award: The crew of Starbreaker: Front row: Aaron and Simon Anidjar, Behind: Max and Jacob Landis

The Tradition Evolves

Photos courtesy Patrice Scherer

When Mort Weintraub and Adam Loory came up with the idea for Expressly For Fun, they were looking for a way to rekindle interest in the sport of big boat racing. They figured the best way to get more people involved was to take some of the intenseness out of the racing and put more of an emphasis on the party and social interaction. Huguenot Yacht Club, which always likes a good party, picked up the ball and has run with the event since 2001.

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Developing Youth Sailors What Parents Can Do to Build a Strong Foundation

by JESSICA M. MOHLER

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I am a sailor. I started at sailing camp at the age of 10. I competed in Lasers during high school and as a varsity sailor in college. I went on to teach and coach the sport to children and adults. My current sailing endeavors include crewing on a J/22. Along the way I became a clinical and sport psychologist. I have now taken on my most challenging role, being a parent of a child who is interested in sport, including sailing. 

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Junior sailors: Don’t miss the Good Luck USA Olympic and Paralympic Send-Off presented by Maclaren!

US Sailing recently launched a nationwide effort called “Good Luck USA,” an opportunity for fans to cheer on the teams that culminates with the Good Luck USA Olympic and Paralympic Send-Off presented by Maclaren, a special event for junior sailors hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY on Saturday, July 14.

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Green Fleet: Always leave them wanting more!

What makes a great Green fleet regatta? That’s a great question and a very important one to the future of our sport. The simple answer is that a great event should inspire a passion for sailboat racing for all competitors. This, of course, is a lot harder to do than it sounds!

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The WaterFront Center’s Bay Day

by DAVID WALDO

Over 5,000 people joined us for fun on and off the water during our annual Bay Day event held on Sunday, June 3. Vendors lined up at Beekman Beach to share their organizational missions with the public and were treated to some good music from The Buzzards, who were on stage all day. The public was able to grab a bite to eat from Sweet Tomato and grab a seat at one of our picnic tables or on the beach as they enjoyed the beautiful weather and experienced the many activities provided by The WaterFront Center.

 

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Optimist Buying Guide

by TOM COLEMAN

The Optimist; at first glance a simple little kids boat…right? The more you get to know this “simple” little kids’ boat, the more you realize it’s not so simple. But little Jimmy starts sailing class in a month and you’re told to provide a fully rigged Optimist for his use. Where do you start? What do you really need and what’s it all gonna cost? Tom “Optiguytom” Coleman, long associated with junior sailing, is considered internationally as an Optimist guru, especially when it comes to getting kids started in racing. In this article he helps parents get started into the world of the Optimist, unraveling the mysteries of understanding, choosing and purchasing an Optimist sailboat.

 

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Ship 6 Tackles Race Week

Ship 6 CelebrationEditor’s note: The crew of Sea Scout Ship 6 from Norwalk, CT had a strong visual presence at the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week XXV. Most of the eight teenage sailors showed their Ship 6 pride with bright red “racing stripes” dyed into their hair to match the hull of their Tripp 37 Celebration II. The Sea Scouts also had the best crew shirts at the regatta, featuring a ‘No Whining Babies ’ logo and the Ship 6 motto: Sail Tough or Stay Home !

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Junior Sailing Opportunities 2012

Here is our annual roundup of sailing programs for kids. Each of these classes – at yacht clubs and community sailing programs and on boats big and small – is open to the public.

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New Junior Overnight Race

by PETER RUGG

Safety at Sea Chairman Rich du Moulin works with junior sailors during one of many Junior Safety at Sea Seminars held by the Storm Trysail Foundation

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Fishers Island Yacht Club in Fishers Island, NY has teamed up with the Storm Trysail Foundation to start a new junior overnight race. The inaugural event will start Friday, August 10, 2012. Each boat (27 to 45 feet) will be crewed by at least five junior sailors ages 13 to 18 and have one or two adult safety advisors aboard. The course will be 80 to 100 miles, touring either Block Island Sound via Point Judith, RI and Montauk, NY or Long Island Sound from Seaflower Reef to Stratford Shoal and back, depending on wind and conditions.

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Program Spotlight: New London Community Boating

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A community sailing program in New London, CT that began with eight students now introduces hundreds of kids to the sport every season. “My Mom, Carolyn Leuze, and I started New London Community Boating 14 years ago,” said Katie Bradford, the organization’s President. “At an ECSA [Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association] meeting, Bill Squier [a Past ECSA Offshore Chairman] asked, ‘How can we get more kids – and therefore crew – into sailing?’ So, Judy Gibbs [an ECSA Director], Mom and I had lunch and the rest is success. The first year was in boats borrowed from Thames Yacht Club. We got the kids through a variety of charitable agencies in New London, from the public schools and the Recreation Department.” 

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