Larchmont Yacht Club’s 89th Junior Race Week

Larchmont Race Week JuniorsThe first part of Larchmont Yacht Club’s 89thth Junior Race Week, with 400 sailors from around the East Coast participating, is now in the books. For the first two days of sailing in light to moderate winds, sailors competed on three circles consisting of Lasers, 420s, and Pixels.

Photo courtesy of Howard McMichael

All sailing on day three was cancelled due to strong storm cells in the area.  Kudos to the Race Committees, Safety Patrols, and Instructors who were able to get the participants off the course and back on land in less than half an hour!  Regatta Chairman John May commented, It was a shame they couldn’t get more racing in, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.”

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Brooklyn Boatworks Launch Day

Brooklyn BoatworksOn Wednesday, June 10, Brooklyn Boatworks students launched their hand-built Optimist prams from New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park. Launch day was a celebration of accomplishment for these students who built the boats during the 2014/’15 school year. 

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Participants came from three New York City middle schools: Launch (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn), Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (Forest Hills, Queens), and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn). 

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MudRatz Do the Volvo!

By Megan Gimple

Editor’s note: The MudRatz ECSA Opti Race Team was created with the support of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association to help enthusiastic Optimist sailors in eastern Connecticut develop and improve their sailing and racing skills. In May, the team traveled to Newport, RI for the stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. MudRatz Megan Gimple, Lily Flack, Kristen Healy and Stewart Gurnell fleet raced and team raced in the VOR Academy, met the race teams and toured their Volvo Ocean 65s, and went for a ride on a high performance Marstrom 32 catamaran.

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The Volvo Race is coming back to New England!

Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race

 

July 8 Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race

Some kids from New England could just not wait 3 more years for the return of the race.  So with inspiration from the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover a master plan was hatched.   The idea… 50 youth sailing teams racing beyond the dizzying buoys of the normal club 420 scene.  Starting in Stonington, Connecticut, and sponsored by our premium local car dealer, the “Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race” features a picturesque racetrack around Fishers Island Sound.   The ten mile course covers three states (RI, CT & NY) with the “stopovers” at the historic yacht clubs of the sound.

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Northbound Kite Mission

Adventure Kitesurfers Team Up with Rozalia Project for Cleanup & Education

By Brock Callen & Rozalia Project

Northbound Kite Mission Brock CallenLast September, as part of a trip that was half ocean sprint and half environmental mission, adventurers Jeff Brock and Brock Callen kiteboarded 67 miles from Martha’s Vineyard to Block Island and back. The trip was the first in a series of kiteboarding missions and environmental presentations launched with Rachael Z. Miller, Founder & Executive Director of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, designed to inspire children to protect our fragile ocean waters. 

In addition to marathon kitesurfing, Northbound Kite Mission includes environmental education and action, such as this beach cleanup.   © rozaliaproject.org
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Friends Academy and LuHi Participate in STEAM at The WaterFront Center

By Margaret Reddington

The WaterFront Center STEAMFolding a paper airplane during class is frowned upon. Taking that paper airplane and using the teacher as a target to measure its precision is grounds for a trip to the principal’s office…well, except during a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) lesson at The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY.

Students from Friends Academy and LuHi enjoyed an early spring breeze on Oyster Bay’s West Harbor.   © The WaterFront Center

Sixth through eighth grade students from Friends Academy in Locust Valley and LuHi (Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School) in Brookville were challenged to use the knowledge they acquired about airfoils, lift, and Bernoulli’s Principle to construct a paper airplane that could accurately fly a distance and hit The WaterFront Center’s STEAM Coordinator, Michael Donato. Through creative, hands-on lessons like this one and sailing in West Harbor, students from each school had a weeklong meaningful experience teaching them about the wind, from how it’s measured to how it’s used to its impact on daily life.

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America’s Cup Community Sailing Project

America's Cup Community Sailing ProjectThe America’s Cup is teaming up with some of the biggest names in the marine industry to launch an ambitious Community Sailing Project with a focus on leaving a sporting legacy in Bermuda, the venue for the 35th America’s Cup. “This is an exciting project that builds on something we started during the last America’s Cup,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).

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Yale University Wins Gill Coed National Championship

6-3-15D4-666.jpgNEWPORT, R.I. (June 4, 2015) – Today was the last day of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, co-hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University and New York Yacht Club. This is the last of three high caliber spring college sailing national championships that were run out of the Sail Newport Waterfront Center at Fort Adams. After four days of intense competition Yale University has won the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy.

© 2015 Rob Migliaccio
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Youth Powerboat Camps

Confident Captain Youth Powerboat CampsAfter a successful launch of the US Powerboating-certified Youth Powerboat camps in Rhode Island last year, Confident Captain/Ocean Pros has announced expanded course offerings and locations for 2015. Confident Captain has again partnered with Safe/Sea to offer the powerboat camp. 

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Use Race Committee Days to Improve Your Own Sailing

By Clemmie Everett

Use Race Committee Days to Improve Your Own PerformanceSailing is tough. The tasks of trimming sails, steering, shifting weight and tweaking sail controls to maximize boat speed is a great challenge unto itself - and once you feel at least mildly competent with boathandling, you need to get your head out of the boat and learn tactics and strategy. To add to the confusion, the race committee can sometimes catch you off guard with flags and signals that seem to come out of nowhere.

Don’t be shy about asking questions aboard the committee boat. A top-notch race committee, like this one from Stamford Yacht Club, will happily share their wealth of knowledge.   © Alison Brett/jsablog.com
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