Sparkman & 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.Read more
By Rachael Lewin
Homeschooling 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 BayRead more
The 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.Read more
Join 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.Read more
48th Annual Newport International Boat Show
September 13 - 16 in Newport, RI
The Newport International Boat Show kicks off the fall show season. ©NewportBoatShow.com
As always in the Northeast, fall boat show season kicks off in the City by the Sea. Spanning 13 waterfront acres in downtown Newport, the Newport International Boat Show is among the largest and most prestigious boat shows in the country. Hundreds of sailboats and powerboats will be on display, along with a wide variety of marine products and services to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Educational seminars and hands-on training courses for the whole family are offered throughout the show.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler, Esq.
This economic wave we’ve been riding high on ain’t going to last. Like a mean header, the market’s winds will shift and we’ll all be missing the fiscal layline shortly and here’s where the maritime law might make you some money. You see, a helping hand at sea can sometimes yield a handsome salvage award.Read more
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA), a Middletown, RI, based non-profit educational and charitable organization that hosts rallies, rendezvous and blue water sailing seminars, has expanded routes for its Fall Rally to the Caribbean. For the first time, a departure point in Essex, CT offers advantages for those not planning to cruise through the Chesapeake Bay to the primary starting venue in Hampton, VA.
The departure options include Essex on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 and Hampton on Saturday, November 3. Destination options are Falmouth Harbour, Antigua; Gorda Sound, BVI; and Green Turtle Key, Abacos.Read more
The crew of Offshore Passage Opportunities’ flagship, the Swan 48 Avocation, prepares to depart Newport on a recent NARC Rally. © OPO
The 19th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean departs Saturday, October 27, 2018 from Newport, RI (or the best weather window after that date.) Now a free rally, the NARC Rally is offering a new Mid-Atlantic departure point. “Boats are invited to depart from the Chesapeake Bay to join the NARC Rally in Bermuda and sail south to St. Maarten," said Hank Schmitt, President of Offshore Passage Opportunities (OPO). "They would leave about the same time as the Newport fleet, and meet up in Bermuda."Read more
The Fools’ Rules Regatta, a family-oriented event for fun-loving folks of all ages sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, is celebrating 41 foolish years on Saturday, August 18, 2018 on the Town Beach, East Ferry in Jamestown, RI.
© Onne van der Wal/vanderwal.com
“The cannon will be fired at 9:00 am to begin construction of the ‘vessels,” said Chief Fool Greg Hunter. “Entrants have two hours to construct a sailing craft 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, on a 500-yeard downwind course, begin at 11:00 am with the firing of the cannon for the start of the Class 1 race.Read more
Captain Henry E. Marx, Master Mariner and founder of Landfall in Stamford, CT, crossed the bar on June 28, 2018. A lifelong mariner, Capt. Marx saw service in the U.S. Navy and the Norwegian Merchant Marine, and delivered yachts along the East and West Coasts for over 20 years. He acquired Landfall Navigation, the marine navigation and safety equipment chandlery, in 1982.
He authored a navigation video titled Loran C: A Navigator’s Approach, was a well-respected navigation and marine safety instructor, served on the Marine Board Nautical Chart Committee, was a member of the Cruising club of America and the Storm Trysail Club, an advisor to US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee, and co-founder and Chairman of the Stamford Sailing Foundation.Read more