Maritime Hosts High School Regatta By Sean Engel

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Sailing for Scholars Gala & Regatta Raises $120,000

Hudson River Community Sailing GalaHudson River Community Sailing’s (HRCS) sixth annual Sailing for Scholars fundraising gala and regatta, held in New York, NY in October, was the largest and most successful yet. Headquartered at the Pier 66 Boathouse in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park, the non-profit organization develops leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth through sailing education, and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large.

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Rocking Manhattan Raises $269,000

By Jaye Pockriss

Rocking Manhattan Rocking the Boat’s acclaimed Rocking Manhattan fundraising event was held for the seventh straight year on Saturday, October 17. More than 100 people rowed 29 miles around Manhattan Island over nine and a half hours, raising $269,000 to support the Bronx, NY-based non-profit organization’s innovative youth development programs.

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A Brilliant Adventure

By Emily Bullard

Brilliant Mystic SeaportHave you ever sailed on a schooner on the ocean? In July 2015, only a couple months before my sixteenth birthday, I had the opportunity to do that. Even though the prospect scared me, the trip helped me realize some new things about myself and opened up my interest in sailing. On July 19, I stepped on the 61-foot classic wooden schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.

Donated to Mystic Seaport by Briggs Cunningham in 1953, Brilliant is described by WoodenBoat Magazine as one of the 100 most beautiful classic boats in existence and "one of the best maintained and sailed classic yachts in the country - if not the world." © Andy Price/Mystic Seaport
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SAIL BLACK ROCK Hosts First High School Regatta

SAIL BLACK ROCKSAIL BLACK ROCK, which sponsors the intercollegiate sailing teams of Fairfield and Sacred Heart Universities at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Black Rock, CT, hosted its first NESSA high school regatta, known as the Great Oaks Qualifier, on Saturday, September 12. Nine teams competed, including Xavier and Litchfield from upstate Connecticut, local teams Fairfield Prep and Fairfield Ludlowe, Massachusetts teams Marblehead and Martha’s Vineyard (via ferry!), Moses Brown from Rhode Island, and Falmouth and Portland High Schools from Maine.

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Demystifying Sailing Protests Through Open Protest Hearings

By Tim Clark, Co-Chair, Pequot Yacht Club Junior Sailing Committee

Protest HearingsFor racing sailors young and old, inexperienced or experienced, a protest hearing can mean fear, anxiety apprehension, anger and humiliation. And that’s assuming the decision went your way! For the “losers,” the feelings are even worse. For these reasons and more, most of us avoid protest situations at all costs.

Many protests are filed as a result of infractions at mark roundings, and an open protest hearing is an opportunity for all involved to increase their knowledge of the rules. © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon
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2015 Fishers Island Junior Overnight Race

Fishers Island Junior Overnight 2015The 2015 Junior Overnight Race, hosted by Fishers Island Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, started at 1735 on Friday, August 7 in 8-10 knots from the east and foul current in Fishers Island Sound off Sea Flower Reef. 

The Pettipaug YC/MudRatz team sailed Quantum Leap to victory in the 2015 Fishers Island Junior Overnight Race.
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Junior Sailing 201: Having A Blast!

By Abby Buckley

Junior Sailing 201Four years have gone by since I started to sail, and wrote the article “First-Time Sailor” for WindCheck. Since then I have learned so much about sailing, and I love it more and more each time I get on the water.

Abby (right) and Grace are all smiles as they get ready to head out for a sail. “The racing aspect is fun, too, but for me sailing is about making new friends and having  a blast.”
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Coaches' Corner: Symmetrical Spinnaker Basics

By Taylor Martin, Adult Sailing Director, New England Science and Sailing Foundation

Coaches Corner Symmetrical Spinnaker BasicsWhen it comes to racing, so much work is put into figuring out upwind sailing: when to sail through a header, the mythical ‘lee-bow’ effect in current, etc., and the downwind leg is often left to its own devices. Even worse, once many of us round the windward mark, the beer comes out. The downwind has so much potential for gains and losses that even the best of us should spend time working on downwind trim and tactics.

New England Science and Sailing Foundation Sailing Program Director Mark Zagol (helm) and Drew Buttner, winners of the 2015 5O5 Midwinter Championship, demonstrate perfect spinnaker technique.   © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

Unless you are sailing in a scholastic program, chances are that you are using a spinnaker on the downwind, either asymmetric or symmetric. Both have their advantages, and each can be tricky in its own way. Even with the increasing prevalence of asymmetricals, most sailors will spend more time on the traditional symmetrical spinnaker, from PHRF cruisers to high-intensity dinghies like 420s or 5O5s.

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Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race

By Brandon Flack

Some kids from New England just could not wait three more years for the return of the Volvo Ocean Race. So, with inspiration from the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in May [See “MudRatz Do the Volvo”, the idea of doublehanded dinghy racing beyond the dizzying buoys of the normal Club 420 scene was born. 

Mudratz Volvo Ocean Race

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