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Elena T. Kissel Joins Clean Ocean Access

Elena KisselClean Ocean Access (COA), a Middletown, RI-based environmental organization, has announced the selection of its new Director of Development, Elena T. Kissel. Kissel, who officially started on July 21, is guiding all of COA’s fundraising initiatives and developing new relationships to build the organization’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.

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New York Yacht Club Will Challenge for the 36th America’s Cup

Released by NYYC 10/5/17 - After a decade and a half away from sailing's flagship competition, the New York Yacht Club, represented by Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association, will challenge for the 36th America's Cup. The New York Yacht Club held the ornate silver trophy from 1851, when it was won by the yacht America (above), through 1983—a run often known as the longest winning streak in sports. The Club regularly challenged for the trophy in the years that followed the historic loss to Australia II off the coast of Newport 34 years ago, but had remained on the sidelines since its last challenge with Team Dennis Conner for the 2002-'03 America's Cup.

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McMichael Adds New Brokers in Mamaroneck and Long Island

McMichael Yacht Brokers of Mamaroneck, NY, announced today that it has added Cameron Campbell and Bill Biebel to their team of yacht sales professionals. “I am pleased to welcome Cameron and Bill to McMichael as they bring a wealth of sail and power boat experience to our sales team, expanding the depth and breadth of the services we can provide our customers,” said Howard McMichael, President.

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Lime Charters Teams Up with Aeroyacht

Catamaran sailing charters coming to New York and Long Island Sound

Lime Yacht ChartersA newly formed partnership between Lime Charters, a Port Jefferson, NY-based charter company, and Aeroyacht Ltd., a veteran yacht dealer specializing in luxury sailing catamarans, will be offering both bareboat and captained yacht charters in waters from New York through Long Island Sound and Cape Cod starting in the spring of 2018. Business operations for Long Island’s very first catamaran charter base are centrally located in Port Jefferson.

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Newport Exhibition Group Receives Anchor Award

Newport Exhibition GroupThe Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) has honored Newport Exhibition Group as the 2017 recipient of the RIMTA Anchor Award. The award was presented at the RIMTA’s annual Industry Partnership Breakfast sponsored by Gowrie Group Saturday, September 16 at the Newport International Boat Show in Newport, RI.

Accepting the RIMTA Anchor Award are Newport Exhibition Group employees (l – r) Nancy Piffard (Newport International Boat Show Manager), Lisa Knowles, Caroline Flynn, Jocelyn Emory, Gail Alofsin, Luke Peckham, Liz Nittmann and Chuck Moffitt.   © rimta.org
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SoundWaters Honors Ray Redniss

Ray RednessSoundWaters, a Stamford, CT-based non-profit environmental organization with a mission to protect Long Island Sound through education and action, recently launched a new tradition of honoring great friends and advocates for Stamford Harbor and Long Island Sound by naming Stamford native and businessman Raymond L. Redniss as its first HarborFest Commodore. Redniss was honored at the official HarborFest 17 Launch Reception on Friday, August 25 at Stamford Yacht Club.

(l – r) SoundWaters board member Scott Mitchell, HarborFest Commodore Ray Redniss, SoundWaters President Leigh Shemitz, and Stamford Mayor David Martin. © Rick Bannerot
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Stamford Harbor Parade of Lights October 7, 2017

Stamford Boat ParadeSaturday, October 7, 2017

6:30 pm start in the East Branch of Stamford Harbor. Finish at the Crab Shell at Stamford Landing. Docks available and water taxi operating.

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Offshore Boat Preparation Seminar Saturday, October 21, Westbrook, CT

Offshore Seminar BrewerThe Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.  

Photo courtesy of Brewer Yacht Yards

Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race.  BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”

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Spectra Watermakers expands Headsync’s Distributorship to New Jersey

HeadsyncKatadyn Desalination LLC has selected Headsync, LLC, a Newport, RI-based marine service company that specializes in marine plumbing systems, as the sole distributor for Spectra Watermakers in New Jersey. This expands Headsync’s distributorship of the systems from Rhode Island southward and into New Jersey. Boaters favor Spectra Watermakers for their ease of use and energy efficiency. Headsync has extensive experience with these systems, following a decade of service, and installations for customers throughout the Northeast.

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An Open Letter to the Sailing Community about Safety

From: Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing

As many of you are aware, the sailing community experienced several tragic incidents on the water over the past several months that have impacted the broader boating community around the county and the entire marine industry. All of us at US Sailing – our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers – are deeply saddened be these tragedies. Our thoughts go out to affected families and communities as they navigate through these very difficult times. We will look to assist these sailing communities as they assess the accidents, and work together to prevent incidents like this in the future.

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