By Peter Linderoth, Water Quality Program Manager for Save the Sound
Scientists are taking a new look at the way they collect data in local harbors. Under the leadership of Save the Sound, the new Unified Water Study brings together citizen groups to consistently measure the ecological health of bays and harbors around Long Island Sound. Together, we expect to monitor 36 bays and harbors in New York and Connecticut this summer. These groups run the gamut from local environmental groups to municipal and federal organizations. There’s a camaraderie among the participants that contributes to the success of the sampling season.
The author and Save the Sound Environmental Analyst Elena Colón testing water quality in Mamaroneck Harbor. Water testing demonstrations by “Sound Sleuths” in Long Island Sound are ongoing. TV crews and reporters are welcome to film dockside or on board the test boats. Contact Burns Patterson at 917-575-9155 to schedule. © Save the Sound
On March 23, President Trump signed a budget that includes historic funding for Long Island Sound programs. The Fiscal Year 2018 package includes $12 million for the Sound under the National Estuary Program, a 50 percent increase over last year’s $8 million. Fishing, shipping, tourism, and other Long Island Sound industries generate over $9 billion in economic benefits for the region every year.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 6:00pm Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is excited to host a multimedia presentation from Tucker Thompson about the Volvo Ocean Race.
© Amory Ross
Tucker Thompson was the official Host of the 35th America’s Cup. He is an award-winning TV commentator, producer, and public speaker and has hosted over 1,500 sailing shows including three America’s Cups, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the World Match Racing Tour. A former champion sailor, Tucker sailed with America True during the 2000 America’s Cup in New Zealand.Read more
World-class sailor and television commentator Gary Jobson has participated in all types of sailing events – Don’t miss this opportunity – Gary’s an excellent storyteller. Topics include tactics, strategy, boat handling, Rio Olympics, America’s Cup, making it fun and more….
Beer, wine, rum drinks, and pizza. $10 per person / advance, $15 per person / door
At Shennecossett Yacht Club, 1010 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT, 5:55pm, May 3
Sponsored by the Mudheads, Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, Real McCoy Rum and Quantum Sails. Register at http://mudhead.org/dev/wp1/events/spring-sailing-seminar/
Connecticut Spring In-Water Boat Show Features Innovations in Boating, Gear and Fundraising for Sails Up 4 Cancer May 4-6, 2018
Three-Day Show Will Inspire Boaters for the 2018 Season While Supporting a Great Cause
Essex, CT (April 23, 2018) -The 3rd Annual Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place May 4-6, 2018 at Brewer Essex Island Marina located in Essex, CT. The in-water boat show has announced Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research, will benefit from the $5 entrance donation to attend the show.
Photographers who want to shoot the In-Port Race during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18’s stopover in Newport, RI on Saturday, May 19, 2018 have a unique opportunity to do so with guidance from one of the finest photographers on the water. Onne van der Wal is chartering the 50-foot Northeastern, a downeast-style converted lobster boat to shoot the seven Volvo Ocean 65s in action on Narragansett Bay and is inviting keen amateur shooters to join him. The Northeastern will be flying a press flag that will give workshop participants excellent access to the racecourse, and enrollment is limited to only 12 photographers for plenty of “one on one” instruction time with van der Wal.
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Morris Yachts, headquartered in Northeast Harbor, ME, have announced an update to the flagship M-Series lineup. Both M-Series and M-Series X-Type yachts will now be built in epoxy-infused carbon from bow to stern. The move to epoxy will increase resin strength by 40%, improving upon the lively performance, stiffness and rigidity of these iconic Sparkman & Stephens-designed yachts.
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By John K. Fulweiler, Jr., Esq.
My birthday is in March. Spring’s promise and the ever-brightening arc of the morning sun makes March an optimistic month to mark passing time. On the other hand, March is a sketchy son-of-a-gun, tempting buds and blooms with warming temperatures and then pulling any promise of prematurity with plunging mercury and cutting winds. Many a childhood birthday was spent holding the handlebars of a new bike in ankle deep snow! Still, statistics favor the sailor this time of season and we’re all about to encounter a contract or two, whether it’s for a new engine installation, dockage, or a yacht policy.Read more
By Amanda Yanchury and Megan Herzog, Conservation Law Foundation
Momentum in clean, renewable energy
Last year, the first offshore wind farm in the United States began producing power in the waters just off of Rhode Island in a historic moment for New England and for the country. Deepwater Wind’s 30-megawatt, five-turbine farm now powers more than 17,000 Rhode Island homes.
Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm is generating electricity for more than 17,000 homes in the Ocean State. ©seagrant.gso.uri.edu
Many years in the making, the success of this project is the start of a new chapter for the health of our environment, economy, and for all of us. As rising seas, intensifying storms, and climbing temperatures threaten our coasts, marine life, and communities, cutting fossil fuel emissions and investing in renewable energy sources is critical and urgent in the fight against climate changeRead more
Dwyer Aluminum Mast Company, a manufacturer of high-quality sailboat spars, rigging, blocks, extrusions, and hardware out of Branford, CT, has sold their assets to the owner of Zim Sailing. The new company is Dwyer Mast and Rigging and will be relocated to Bristol, RI.Read more