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What’s New at Noroton Yacht Club?

By Jim Frayer

Noroton Yacht ClubWell…probably the most recognizable change in its ninety years. Founded in 1928, Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT is considered one of the premier yacht clubs on Long Island Sound and has a rich sailing tradition. The original clubhouse, first opened in 1929, was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and was demolished in 2016. This paved the way for the club’s symbolic rebirth with a spectacular new clubhouse, designed by Burgin Lambert Architects in Newport, RI.

Designed by Burgin Lambert Architects, Noroton Yacht Club’s new clubhouse is among the nicest on Long Island Sound.   Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot © 2018

If NYC members are walking a little taller and with a bit of swagger, it might have to do with the club’s new look! A feeling of rejuvenation pervades among the members.  Prior to its demolition, the old clubhouse was a dark, gothic style building reminiscent of the “Manor on the Moor” with an interior not conducive to collegial gatherings.

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New York Yacht Club American Magic and Oakcliff Sailing present Aerospace Technology & America’s Cup Sailing

American MagicOur friends at New York Yacht Club American Magic and Oakcliff Sailing are co-hosting a special presentation, “Aerospace Technology & America’s Cup Sailing,” at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

NYYC American Magic, the U.S Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, is combining leading marine technologies with cutting-edge aerospace engineering to gain an edge over their international competitors in the regatta in Auckland, New Zealand in March, 2021. Attendees will learn about NYYC American Magic’s mission to bring the Cup back to America, and how modern aircraft and racing sailboats are increasingly related.

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U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert on LED Lights

US Coast Guard LED lightsThe U.S. Coast Guard recently issued a Marine Safety Alert indicating that LED (light emitting diode) lights may be causing poor VHF radio and Automatic Identification System (AIS) reception. The alert, issued for informational purposes, outlines reports received from mariners concerning radio frequency interference caused by LED lamps that “were found to create potential safety hazards.” 

LED lights, popular with recreational boaters for their low battery draw, cooler operation and sturdy construction, may be causing poor VHF and AIS reception. © BoatUS.com

In some cases, the Coast Guard says, the interference may cause problems if mariners need to call for help. The interference can affect VHF voice communications as well as Digital Selective Calling (DSC) messages, and it may also affect AIS because they also use VHF radio. In particular, masthead LED navigation lights on sailboats may cause problems due to their close proximity to antennas. The Coast Guard advises boaters to test for the presence of LED interference by using the following procedures:

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Elco Launches New Electric Outboards

Elco new electric outboardIn celebration of their 125th anniversary, Elco Motor Yachts, headquartered in Athens, NY, is expanding their electric outboard motor range. The new models – the EP5, EP30 and EP50 – join the current EP9.9, EP14 and EP20 models to double the company’s range of electric outboard motor offerings.

“These outboards represent the next stage in Elco’s electric outboard development,” said Elco’s National Sales Director, Dean Heinemann. “With the trends we’re seeing in the industry, both in terms of more boaters going electric and more builders shifting toward outboard propulsion, our expanded outboard line will provide electric outboard options to more boaters and boat builders.”

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Peter Glass Joins US Sailing

Peter GlassUS Sailing has added a new member to its leadership team with the hiring of sports marketing and branding professional Peter Glass. As Chief Marketing Officer, the Chappaqua, NY native will lead US Sailing’s Marketing and Communications Department.

“There is really nothing I can think of that is more rewarding than working with an energized and passionate cross-section of sailors from around the country that ranges from recreational and community sailing to the elite level athletes representing the U.S. on the Olympic stage,” said Glass. “Our team has a driven and focused approach to further engage the sailing community and bring the excitement taking place on the water to new sailors and fans. I am grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to working closely with the sailing community.”

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Susan Maffei Plowden Receives RIMTA Anchor Award

Susan Maffei PlowdenSusan Maffei Plowden of Jamestown, RI was presented with the 2018 Anchor Award at the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association’s Industry Partnership Breakfast. The event was sponsored by Gowrie Group and held during the Newport International Boat Show last month. 

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Maffei Plowden was recognized for her role as Newport Stopover Director for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, an event that drew over 100,000 people to Newport and its surrounding waters and generated global media attention and economic impact for Rhode Island. Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read, who has worked closely with Maffei Plowden on the two VOR Newport stopovers to date, made the award presentation. He joked that when Sail Newport agreed to host the first visit of the Volvo Ocean Race to Newport in 2015, “We didn’t know what we didn't know.” 

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Donald Tofias Acquires Sparkman & Stephens

Donald TofiasSparkman & Stephens has announced that Donald Tofias, of Newport, RI, has purchased the iconic yacht design and brokerage firm. Tofias will assume the role of President of the firm, having purchased 100% of the assets. Tofias is a lifelong sailor and founder of the W-Class Yacht Company. His first boat was an Alcort Sailfish, purchased when he was 12 years old. Over the past 30 years, Tofias has owned and campaigned a Waldo Howland and Ray Hunt, Jr. Concordia yawl, a W. Starling Burgess cutter, and for the past 20 years, W-Class Racing Yachts, including the W.76 sloops, designed by Joel White, which will now be marketed by Sparkman & Stephens.

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Homeschool is Cool on Narragansett Bay

By Rachael Lewin

Save the BayHomeschooling began to grow in popularity in the 1970s when educational theorist John Holt asked parents to consider schools without walls, where kids can learn at their own pace in their own environment. This experiential-based approach has grown significantly, and today more than 2 million U.S. children are being taught from home.

Save the Bay Education Specialist Lauren Farnsworth and “Sealia” teach harbor seal anatomy on a recent seal watching expedition.   © Rachael Lewin/Save the Bay
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Noroton Yacht Club Open House is September 22, 2018

Noroton Yacht ClubThe most significant change in the Noroton Yacht Club’s last 90 years is their spectacular new clubhouse. To celebrate their new facility with the community, the club is hosting an Open House on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  

Founded in 1928 and located in Darien, CT, Noroton YC is one of the premier yacht clubs on Long Island Sound. Their original clubhouse, first opened in 1929, was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and was demolished in 2016. According to Commodore Tom Ross and General Manager Wim Jessup, the new clubhouse has invigorated the membership.

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Presentation 9/20/18, Stonington, CT: Steve Benjamin - A Lifetime Of Sailing Around the World

Steve BenjaminJoin New England Science & Sailing Foundation for an evening with 2015's Rolex US Yachtsman of the Year and Olympic Silver medalist, Steve "Benj" Benjamin. Benj has competed at the highest level in international sailing competitions and will share his experiences and life lessons from his journey.

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