Letters - July 2013

Brewer Alive and Well in Stamford

The Stamford Harbor Update in the June edition of WindCheck did a good job of providing information to interested boaters and we thank you for the coverage.

We would, however, like to point out that Brewer Yacht Haven did not leave Stamford. Although the Brewer Yacht Haven West Yard was forced to close in 2011, our East Marina is still alive and well. We continue to operate our 350-slip marina on the East Branch that still bears the name Brewer Yacht Haven. We offer slips, service and in-water storage at that location and have partnered with other local providers to do any work that a boater requires. We are proud of our marina and the service our staff provides and would greatly appreciate your help to clarify this misperception. With so much discussion about the future of the BLT site, the fact that Brewer is still present has oftentimes been lost.

One of the tenets of our company philosophy is to deal with problems head-on, do what is fair for all concerned, resolve, and move on. We have done so with the property that was our West Yard, but are still very much active and open for business on the East Branch. We invite folks to come visit us by water or land, or on the web at byy.com/CTMarinas/Stamford.

Thank you kindly,
Rives Potts, President Brewer Yacht Yard Group

Rives – Thanks for the clarification. We should have mentioned that it was the West Yard that closed, and that Brewer still holds a prominent place on Stamford’s waterfront. We encourage boaters to check out all of the Brewer yards in the Northeast. 

Legendary Weather Router Signs Off

Our friend Devin Santa informed us that weather guru Herb Hilgendorf is shutting down his fixed HF marine land station “South Bound II Coastal,” and kindly shared his correspondence with Herb.


I recently heard that you are “signing off” from your weather briefings, and wanted to thank you for your incredible dedication and efforts over the past 26 years. You provided excellent weather routing and guidance for me on multiple deliveries to and from the Caribbean on s/v Galadriel and s/v Forza in the early 2000s. I truly appreciate your dedication to the mariners, and hope you “have a good watch.”

Capt. Devin Santa


Thank you for your very kind note. I’m glad I was able to help, especially in earlier years when there was little weather information readily accessible to ocean-going yachts. There have been great meteorological advancements over the years, and with HF email and Sat phones skippers are much more informed and in a position to make their own interpretations. While I am closing the daily NET, I’ll keep my station in operating condition so I can assist in emergency or distress situations.

Take care and all the best,
Herb, Fixed HF Marine Land Station
VAX498, www3.sympatico.ca/hehilgen/vax498.htm

Nyack Boat Club Sailors Finish 2nd in Lightning Worlds!

A team from Lightning Fleet #75 at the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack, NY captured second place in the Lightning World Championship, held in Castiglione del Lago, Italy in June. Justin Coplan, a Nyack resident, skippered Walrus, with his regular crew of Danielle Prior and Mike Carney. With 46 boats from 10 countries, competitors included several past world champions and many professionals. Walrus was the second oldest boat in the regatta, proving that it was the skill of our local sailors that placed them on the podium. The local boating community, Lightning Fleet #75, and the Nyack Boat Club are extraordinarily proud of the achievement of these young athletes against the best Lightning sailors in the world.
Bill Medrano, Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY

Photo courtesy of Bill Medrano

Photo courtesy of Bill Medrano

Bill – Thank you for sending this great news. Congratulations
Justin, Danielle and Mike!


Cool for Cats

June 2013 WindCheck Magazine CoverGreat cover on your June issue! There aren’t enough multihulls on the covers of sailing magazines, and the crew looks like they’re having a blast. Keep up the great work!
Jay Larsen, via email

Jay – Thank you for the kind words. Cate Brown’s photo of skipper Chris Titcomb and crew Lindsay Smith racing his Nacra F-18 Infusion Li’l Evil at Wickford Yacht Club’s Wickford Regatta is one of the best cover shots we’ve had in the 123 issues that we’ve published.

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