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Eighth Annual Port Jefferson Village Cup Regatta Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Friendly Competition Benefits Mather Hospital’s Palliative Medicine Program andThe Lustgarten Foundation’s Pancreatic Research

View Memorial Parade of Boats at Harborfront Park Prior to Regatta Port Jefferson, NY 

village cupActor and local resident Ralph Macchio will again act as a community ambassador for the eighth annual Village Cup Regatta on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Presented by the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, the friendly competition between John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and the Village of Port Jefferson raises funds for Mather’s Palliative Medicine Program and The Lustgarten Foundation, which funds pancreatic cancer research. The event has raised more than $377,000 for the two organizations.

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Brewer Takes Stand for Clean Water

Sponsors Historic Swim for the ocean

By Lynn Oliver

Christopher Swain and Jack BrewerOn June 15, swimmer and clean water advocate Christopher Swain became the first person in history to swim the entire 133-mile length of Long Island Sound and the East River. The purpose of Swain’s swim, from Montauk, NY to New York City, was to call for a permanent end to the dumping of raw sewage into coastal waterways.

Swimmer and clean water advocate Christopher Swain shares a moment with Brewer Yacht Yards & Marinas founder Jack Brewer at Brewer Post Road Boat Yard in Mamaroneck, NY. ©byy.com
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Performance Yacht Sales Now Open in Stratford, CT

Performance Yacht Sales, headquartered in Coconut Grove, FL, has opened its newest office at Brewer Stratford Marina in Stratford, CT. Offering a large selection of new sail- and powerboats from Bavaria, Performance Yacht Sales North East will also have select brokerage boats. “With the opening of our new boat sales and select brokerage office,” said Performance Yacht Sales President Alex Sastre, “We will be offering sailors and powerboaters from Maine to Maryland the extensive range of Bavaria boats, known for designs of the highest quality, with excellent attention to detail and value.”

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Quantum Sails Acquires HOOD Sailmakers

Quantum Sails, headquartered in Traverse City, MI, has completed an agreement with Hood Sailmakers in Newport, RI to acquire the company’s sailmaking rights and manufacturing assets. The acquisition, which includes occupancy of Hood’s world headquarters in RI, will increase Quantum’s global sailmaking capacity and provide a new home base for Quantum’s sales and service operations in the northeastern U.S.

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US Secretary of Interior Zinke Speaks on Boating Access, Infrastructure on Federal Lands

Just as outdoor enthusiasts enjoy federal lands, recreational boaters need access to federal waters. Access, however, can be threatened due to aging marina infrastructure, lack of funds for ramp and dock maintenance, or government will. The Department of Interior oversees about one-fifth of the nation’s land, including the national parks. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) was eager to sit down with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke yesterday at an event in Washington to discuss his agency’s support for maintaining boating infrastructure and growing access to federal waters.

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40th ANNUAL FOOLS’ RULES REGATTA

Sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club

Jamestown FoolsThe 40th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 on the Town Beach, East Ferry in Jamestown, R.I. with the rain date the following day.  The cannon will be fired at 9:00 AM to begin construction of the “vessels.”  Entrants are allowed two hours to construct a sailing craft (course is down-wind) on the beach, which must be made of non-marine items only.  The craft may be pre-constructed, but must be disassembled and built again on the beach.  Races begin at 11:00 AM with the firing of a cannon marking the start of the Class 1 race.

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Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

Program channels boater taxes into user facility improvements

YORKTOWN, Va., July 7, 2017 – In a ceremony held today in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke shared a $14.7 million check with Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Vice President Heather Lougheed, who accepted on behalf of America’s recreational boaters. The amount represents 2017-18 funding for the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (B.I.G.) program, which funnels user taxes paid by boaters to develop transient boating projects.

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Linda Lindquist-Bishop Receives BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award

National Women's Sailing AssociationLinda Lindquist-Bishop, a trailblazer in women’s sailing, was awarded the BoatUS/National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) 2017 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award at the NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference in Marblehead, MA on June 3. The award, which recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing, was presented by NWSA President Linda Newland. 

(l  - r) Women’s Sailing Conference Committee Chair Joan Thayer, Leadership in Women’s Sailing Association Award honoree Linda Lindquist-Bishop, and National Women’s Sailing Association President Linda Newland   © BoatUS.com

BoatUS is a strong partner of NWSA, a program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.

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Norwalk Cove Marina Acquires Hathaway Rigging

Norwalk Cove Rigging HathawayWhen the crew at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT heard of the retirement of the principals at sailmaker and rigging company Hathaway, Reiser & Raymond in nearby Stamford, the initial reaction was sadness that another iconic stalwart of the industry was gone. The second reaction was of opportunity, and the third was a question: How can we help preserve the legacy of Hathaway?

Hathaway Rigging at Norwalk Cove is continuing the proud tradition of the company that built sails and rigging for such legendary yachts as Reliance, pictured here in the 1903 America’s Cup.
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Emirates Team New Zealand win the 35th America's Cup

Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013.

VIDEO: Emirates Team New Zealand, winners of the 35th America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand's path to winning the 35th America's Cup was paved with adversity, and scars of the past, but in the end there was no doubt that they were the better team. Through incredible innovation and a single minded determination they have earned their place in history and will bring the oldest trophy in international sport home to New Zealand.
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