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.Read more
Sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club
The 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.Read more
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.Read more
Linda 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.Read more
When 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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
America’s Cup Media: Emirates Team New Zealand pitch-poled at high-speed moments after the start, the bows digging in and boat tumbling forward, its sterns in the air, three crew pitched into the water, the rest hanging on in the cockpits.Read more
Sailors from Around Long Island Invited to Participate in Fast-Growing Alzheimer’s Regatta Fundraiser on June 17
A record turnout is expected at Sagamore Yacht Club’s 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta this summer. Cruisers and racers from Oyster Bay, NY and nearby ports are invited to sign up to participate in the race, which will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Oyster Bay. The Skippers Meeting is at noon at Sagamore YC, and the first gun is set for 1 pm.
Proceeds from the Alzheimer’s Regatta (and concurrent events for rowers, kayakers and paddle boarders) support the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center. photo © Kirk Larsen 2013Read more
As part of a nationwide observance, Branford Yacht Club in Branford, CT is celebrating National Marina Day on Saturday, June 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. Sponsored by The Real McCoy, this event is free and open to the public.
Activities include seminars and in-water demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard Museum, Joy Ride Charters and Soul Paddle, tours of the Branford Police boat, Branford Fire boat and a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, a marine tag sale, marine vendors, motorcycle dealers, food trucks, kids’ activities, live music by tropical troubadour Eric Stone and more.Read more
Just off Hudson Park in New Rochelle, NY lies Echo Island. The island has been the home of the Echo Bay Yacht Club for over 100 years and with changing times and a decline in membership, the club reached out to Port Sailing School, based at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina, to provide additional services. These services will include a children’s sailing program, adult sailing lessons, a racing program and use of sailing school boats.