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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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Fall Boat Show Preview

47th Annual Newport International Boat Show    

September 14 - 17, 2017 in Newport, RI

Newport Boat Show

The Newport International Boat Show kicks off the 2017 fall boat show season.   ©NewportBoatShow.com

One of the largest and most prestigious boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show spans 13 acres of the City by the Sea’s downtown waterfront. Hundreds of domestic and international companies participate and offer a full range of powerboats and sailboats, plus an extensive array of marine products and services to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Special events, educational seminars and hands-on training courses for the whole family are offered throughout the show.

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New Soundkeeper for Long Island Sound

Bill LuceySave the Sound has announced that William G. Lucey is Long Island Sound’s new Soundkeeper. Long Island Sound had been without its iconic on-the-water watchdog since Soundkeeper, Inc. co-founder Terry Backer passed away in late 2015. In anticipation of its upcoming merger with Soundkeeper, Inc., Save the Sound is putting the new Soundkeeper on the water.

Bill Lucey   © Save the Sound
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Sound Sailing to the Rescue!

Sound Sailing CenterOn Wednesday, July 26, 2017 a group of students and two instructors from Sound Sailing Center in Norwalk, CT were en route to Portland, ME on the Hanse 400 Disco Volante when co-captain Wim Jessup, one of the instructors, spotted an overturned powerboat and a large group of people in the water off Wareham, MA. Jessup sent out a Mayday call while the second instructor, Sound Sailing Center President Martin van Breems, and the four adult students started a rescue operation. 

The crew of the Disco Volante rescued nine boaters whose boat had overturned near the Cape Cod Canal.   © Sound Sailing Center
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Governor Gina Raimondo Led Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Open Sail Newport's New Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center

Center provides more facilities for classrooms, regattas and marine education activities at the non-profit Sailing Center

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NEWPORT, RI  (August 30, 2017) - Sail Newport, along with a slate of dignitaries, officials and supporters, celebrated the opening of its new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center today.  Over 200 people joined Executive Director Brad Read for a ribbon cutting ceremony, including Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) Director Janet Coit, former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, Representative Marvin Abney and Rob MacMillan, co-founder  of 11th Hour Racing among other city and state leaders. 

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Essex Boat Works to Showcase San Juan Yachts at the Newport Boat Show

San Juan Yachts Downeast styling heads back to the East Coast through new dealer relationship with Essex Boat Works  

san_juan_boats.jpgEssex, CT:  Essex Boat Works, recently named as San Juan Yachts exclusive Northeast dealer, will show the newly built, luxury San Juan 40 at 2017 Newport Boat Show.   On display will be the latest SJ40 Sedan, featuring Volvo IPS propulsion with Joystick Control and a Dynamic Positioning System.  The powertrain features exceptional handling, speed and economy for boats of this type cruising in excess of 30 knots.  Boat show attendees will be introduced to the elegant style, sophistication and cutting edge technology San Juan Yachts is known for which includes the refinement their one hundred percent composite hull.  The light weight construction of the hull consists of E-glass, Kevlar® and Corecell® foam core structure resin infused with vinlyester resin for superior strength and ease of response. San Juan boats are available with conventional Inboard, POD or Water Jet propulsion.

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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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