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RIMTA Launches Superyacht Crew Training Program

Free Four-Week Program Gives Participants Entry-Level Skill for Luxury Yacht Jobs

Newport (RI) May 11, 2017 – Individuals who would love to work on the luxury superyachts that visit Newport each summer before taking off for warm-water ports come fall now have a free training program to give them the skills needed for entry-level jobs in the charter-yacht industry.

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Block’s Onrust Coming to the Connecticut River Museum

Onrust CT RiverThe Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT has announced that the Onrust, a replica of the first European vessel to explore and chart the Connecticut River, will rediscover the river this summer. “We cannot be more thrilled to host this remarkable vessel that has such historic relevance to our region,” said Connecticut River Museum Executive Director Christopher Dobbs.

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New Offerings at Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron

The Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron in Greenwich, CT is presenting a variety of boating courses and recreational opportunities this season. They’re offering a one-day safe boating class called America’s Boating Course on Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, June 10 at Greenwich Police Headquarters. Passing a test at the end of the 8-hour course qualifies for a Connecticut or New York Safe Boating Certificate (including Personal Watercraft). The $80 fee includes coffee and a sandwich lunch.

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Sail Newport Tops Off New Education Center

Sail Newport Education CenterWhen thousands of sailors arrive at Sail Newport in Newport, RI over the spring and summer months, they will see the new 8,500 square foot building near completion after five years in the making. On March 5, Sail Newport celebrated the milestone of placing the highest point on the new Marine Education and Recreation Center in Fort Adams State Park.

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New York to Build Nation’s Second and Largest Offshore Wind Power Project

By Catherine Bowes, National Wildlife Federation Senior Manager for Climate & Energy

Deepwater windOn January 25, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees voted to approve a contract for the South Fork Wind Farm, a 90-megawatt (MW) project that will produce enough clean, local energy to power 50,000 homes. The project’s 15 turbines will be built 30 miles east of Montauk, New York, in an area of federal waters already leased for wind energy development.

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm (pictured) is now fully operational. The company is moving ahead with plans to build a 15-turbine project in the waters east of Montauk, NY that will provide clean, locally produced electricity for 50,000 homes.  © dwind.com

Most importantly to National Wildlife Federation, developer Deepwater Wind has a strong record of positive stakeholder engagement and environmental protection in the development of their projects – including working closely with us and our partners to take additional steps to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales at their historic Block Island Wind Farm completed last year.

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Hamilton Marine Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Wayne HamiltonWayne Hamilton started Hamilton Marine out of his Searsport, Maine garage in 1977.  As a commercial fisherman, he saw a need on the working waterfront of his harbor hometown for a real marine supply store. His instincts proved correct, and Hamilton Marine soon outgrew the garage. The store moved to a larger location in town, and continued to grow. It expanded beyond those walls, then moved to an even bigger building in Searsport. There, it became a Maine marine destination for local lobstermen and boaters of all kinds.

From a marine supply business that Wayne Hamilton started in his garage 40 years ago, Hamilton Marine now has five stores in Maine and satisfied customers all over the world.  © Jamie Bloomquist
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Regional Boat Dealers Gear Up for the 2nd Annual In-Water Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex, CT May 5-7, 2017

CT Spring Boat ShowEssex, CT (March 29, 2017) – The Connecticut Spring Boat Show has announced the 2nd Annual 2017 in-water show dates of May 5-7, 2017 at Brewer Essex Island Marina located in Essex, CT.    The Boating Industry has come together to unveil some of the latest innovations in boating, offer purchase incentives and give consumers an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one convenient location. Interested boat buyers will enjoy select opportunities for sea trials throughout the weekend; thus giving prospective buyers a unique ‘try-before-you-buy’ experience.  We expect more than 3000 people to attend the free show, rain or shine.

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Skip a Straw – Save a Sea Turtle

Skip a StrawDid you know that Americans use 500 million plastic drinking straws every day? Think about that…500 million a day. That many straws end-to-end could circle the Earth 2.5 times. To reverse this trend, our friends at Sailors for the Sea in Newport, RI have launched a campaign called Skip a Straw – Save a Sea Turtle.

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Women’s Sailing Conference Slated for June 3 in Marblehead

Women sailing conferenceThe National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) is excited to announce the 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference, slated for Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. The event, which features hands-on land- and water-based workshops and seminars, offers women a fantastic opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills, network with other women sailors; and gain the confidence necessary to become better sailors.

The 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference is a full day of workshops, seminars and demonstrations, with activities on and off the water.   © BoatUS.com
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US Sailing Recognizes Outstanding Contributors to the Sport

Herreshoff Trophy Oakcliff SailingIndividuals and organizations in the Northeast are among the recipients of US Sailing’s annual awards, which were presented at the National Sailing Programs Symposium in Austin, TX.

A quartet of Herreshoff Trophy winners gathered at Oakcliff Sailing in February From left to right are Hunt Lawrence, Mary Savage, Timmy Larr and Betsy Lawrence.   © Ethan Johnson/Oakcliff Sailing

 

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