McLaughlin Boat Works in Chattanooga, TN is celebrating a quarter century of Optimist dinghy production with its 25th Anniversary PRO Racer Giveaway.Read more
Team LISOT Optimist sailors share the love and make new friends in Argentina
By Pepe Bettini
As I sat down to write this article, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional about the fact that something as competitive and amazingly fun as sailboat racing can give you so much. At LISOT (Long Island Sound Optimist Team), we train hard and push our sailors to want to be the best. But most importantly, we do it in hopes they will come to love sailing, since it’s a sport that’s given many of us so much.
By Bailey Bellone
Although sailors call it an “auxiliary” engine, the fact is, there are times when you need it. If the winds are not in our favor, or for those close quarter docking maneuvers, with the turn of the key we may call upon our mechanical crewmember to rise to duty and perform flawlessly. We depend on its reliability and performance. But lately, our confidence in this reliability came into question. The rough starts and plumes of black smoke were signaling us for action. We could hear, see, and smell that something was wrong. After careful evaluation, we decided it was time for a rebuild for the 1987 Yanmar 3GM30F in our Tripp 37 Celebration II.
Samantha Cannella (left) and Roisin Burke scraped and cleaned the water pump and alternator in preparation for painting. © norwalkship6.orgRead more
By Steve Keen
Head Doublehanded Coach, LISOT Youth Sailing Team
Having coached many double-handed teams, mainly in the 470, I420 and C420, to podium finishes in World and Continental Championships, as well as literally hundreds of teams at regattas from Olympic training events to small local regattas, I’ve seen time and time again that the work of the crew is critical to ensuring a team’s success.
LISOT sailors Spencer McDonough (on the wire) and Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (helm) at the 420 Junior European Championships on Italy’s Lago di Garda © Lori Lewandoski KeenRead more
By Caroline Pierce
Carolyn Leuze and Katie Bradford, a mother-daughter duo who saw that the revitalized New London waterfront did not adequately cater to the city’s kids, founded New London Community Boating (NLCB) in the winter of 1999 with a $500 donation from the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association. Having successfully taught thousands of New London children to sail since then, Executive Director Carolyn Leuze is passing the torch and NLCB is joining forces with New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) in Stonington, CT.
NLCB President Katie Bradford is excited for the alignment and envisions that their “relatively small program can expand under the umbrella of NESS, giving New London kids access to a more comprehensive array of programs year round.”
Members of the New London High School Sailing Team practice on the Thames River. ©nessf.orgRead more
Stag Sailing, Fairfield University’s Sailing Team, is co-hosting the first major regatta with SAIL BLACK ROCK at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Black Rock, CT, which sponsors the competitive intercollegiate teams of Fairfield and Sacred Heart Universities. The Priddy Trophy will be raced Saturday, April 25 off St. Mary’s Point at the western side of the mouth of Black Rock Harbor on Long Island Sound. Fourteen four-person teams will be fleet racing in FJs.
Stag Sailing crew Hannah Lovejoy of Norwalk, CT and skipper Mateus Carvalho of Brazil –the Brazilian National Laser Champion ! – welcome collegiate racers from around New England to the inaugural Priddy Trophy regatta. © SAIL BLACK ROCKRead more
By Joe Sullivan, Director of Sailing, Fordham University Sailing Team
It was September 1998 and the notice in Fordham Magazine invited former varsity athletes, who had not received an invitation to the Arthur Daley Memorial Dinner at the New York Athletic Club, to contact the Alumni Office. The young man who answered my call was very polite and contrite that I had not received an invitation. “Which sport did you play?” he asked. “Sailing,” I said. The pause lasted three or four seconds but seemed longer. “I don’t think we have a Sailing team,” he
Fordham Sailing's homeport is the Morris Yacht & Beach Club in City Island, NY. © Elizabeth Foulston
responded. “I suspect not, but we did,” I replied. He took my name and number and asked if he might call me back.Read more
Teaching Life and Leadership Lessons Through Sailing: The Coast Guard Academy Coastal Sail Training Program
By Lieutenant Commander Zeke Lyons, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Hotel Company Officer and Sailor
I have the best job in the world. For the last three summers from my homeport in New London, Connecticut, I have sailed with U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets on a two-week sailing adventure where we cruise to some of the finest ports in New England on our fleet of 44-foot sailboats. On this trip, the cadets practice peer leadership, teamwork and of course, seamanship; but it’s so much more. It becomes an experience of life-changing self-discovery that leads to a liking for the sea and insights and life lessons that add meaning and purpose to their existence as future Coast Guard officers.Read more
The first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in America In over a century will begin sailing this spring, and teens from around the country and the world will board in July and August for thrilling one- and two-week Education at Sea camps. The 200-foot Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry, hailing from Newport, RI, has a 500-ton steel hull and a 130-foot tall rig with square sails on all three masts. She will have a captain, officers, a cook, an engineer and a dozen other professional crewmembers, but the balance of her crew will be the students themselves.
Olivia Lawrence of Kittery, ME participated in Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s camp for Seacoast Youth Services aboard the Tall Ship Mystic last August. © Ryan SchreckRead more
11th Hour Racing, a Newport, RI-based program established by The Schmidt Family Foundation that specializes in fostering strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote collaborative systemic change for the health of our marine environment, has provided an educational grant to US Sailing. The $100,000 grant will fund US Sailing’s efforts to grow sailing as an educational platform for youth through the Reach initiative and bring more awareness to environmental and ocean stewardship. © reach.ussailing.orgRead more