WoodenBoat Show 2018

It’s Volvo Time in Newport!

Race Village Opens May 8

Volvo Ocean Race NewportThe world’s most exciting ocean race is on its way to Newport, Rhode Island. This is the only North American Stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, and the 7-boat fleet is expected to arrive around May 10 and 11, 2018.

Orange you glad we’re here?  These smiling sailors did the Newport in-Port Race with Team Alvimedica in 2015.   ©Amory Ross/Volvo Ocean Race

As in 2015, Fort Adams State Park will be the site of the Race Village, and the Port Co-Hosts for the 13-day public celebration include Sail Newport, the State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Discover Newport, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. More than 130,000 fans visited the Newport Race Village in 2015, and this year’s Stopover is on track to be bigger and better.

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Registration Open for 10th Annual Robie Pierce Regattas

Robie Pierce RegattaThe 2018 Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, with the largest fleet of single design boats racing in an adaptive regatta in the country, is open for registration. Registration is also open for the Eighth Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational, the first and still the only regatta for women with disabilities. Both will be held at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY, with the Women’s Invitational on Thursday, May 31, 2018 and the One-Design Regatta June 1-3, 2018. For more information and to sign up, go to robiepierceonedesignregatta.com.

Many participants in the Robie Pierce Regattas are returning sailors who left the sport after sustaining a serious injury.   © Jim Reilly
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“Big City, Bright Lights”

The 42nd Around Long Island Regatta starts July 26, 2018

ALIRThe Sea Cliff Yacht in Sea Cliff, NY is happy to announce that the 2018 Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), scheduled for July 26 through July 29, 2018 will once again start in New York Harbor. After decades of starting the race off The Rockaways, event co-chairs Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman decided last year to shake things up and moved the start to the epicenter of marine activity, New York Harbor.

Pre-start smiles from the rail on Mark DiSanti and Craig Albrecht’s Farr 395 Avalanche. Photo courtesy ALIR.
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Larchmont Yacht Club – A Living Legacy

By Buttons Padin

Larchmont Race WeekLarchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, New York is the oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound, and one of the oldest in the country. Located in picturesque Larchmont Harbor towards the western end of the Sound, Larchmont’s historic Victorian clubhouse has been the home of yachting history, legendary sailors, and world-class regattas since the Club was first organized 138 years ago in 1880.

Organized in 1880, Larchmont Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound.  

Over the century-plus of its operation, much has changed at LYC, yet as much has purposefully stayed the same.

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Mount Gay Rum Corporate Championship

Mount Gay Rum Corporate ChampionshipManhattan Yacht Club in New York, NY is hosting the Mount Gay Rum Corporate Championship in New York Harbor this season. This will be a ladder event beginning with a series of eight Industry Regattas sailed in J/24s. The top two teams in each Industry Regatta will advance to the Corporate Finals, then the top two teams in the Finals will meet on America’s Cup 12 Metres to match race for the Championship. 

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All sailors in the New York/New Jersey and Connecticut region are invited to enter their companies. The Notice of Race is now available. To request one, send an email detailing your name, company and industry to office@myc.org.

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Pre Off Soundings Cup

Niantic Bay YC Early Bird & Thames YC Commodore’s Trophy Race

By Judy Gibbs

Newport 29 RogueThe Pre Off Soundings Cup is the newest premiere trophy you’ll want to win on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Offshore Circuit. This new adventure is a collaborative effort of Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, CT and Thames Yacht Club in New London, CT, who will each host a race the weekend before the Off Soundings Club’s Spring and Fall Series, respectively.

Seville Simonds’ Herreshoff Newport 29 Rogue (Guilford, CT) is an Off Soundings class winner.   © David Fasulo
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Storm Trysail Club Celebrates 80 Years of Racing and Revelry

By Ron Weiss

Block Island Race WeekTwenty-eighteen marks the 80th Anniversary of the Storm Trysail Club. The founding of the club began during the 1936 Bermuda Race, when a group of sailors set off on the schooner Salee. The ’36 race was bad, one of the worst in the history of the event. Many boats withdrew, but others elected to challenge themselves and tough it out.

A crew celebrates a successful day at Block Island Race Week XXVII with a product of Barbados that was largely introduced to the U.S. by members of the Storm Trysail Club in the early 1950s.   ©MountGayRum.com

During that horribly rough storm, one sailor on another boat was ejected from his windward bunk, smashed face-first into the leeward bunk, spat out his freshly dislodged teeth, got his foulies on, and at 4 am, took his trick at the helm. As the storm built in intensity, Salee’s mainsail blew out, and the crew was forced to set the storm trysail – a small, triangular and heavily constructed sail generally used in only the direst of conditions.

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Racing to Save The Oceans

Racing to Save the Oceans

The Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Programme

Plastic pollution in worlds oceansWith a goal of creating awareness and discussion of the problem of ocean plastic pollution, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is sending out a call to action to businesses, governments and individuals to play their part in turning the tide on plastic.

To learn how this ‘round-the world race is leading the charge for a cleaner future for our oceans, we spoke with Robin Clegg, Manager of Sustainability Communications.

Solving the worldwide problem of ocean plastic pollution is indeed a daunting task.   © UNEP


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Comic by Dave Foster: Hudson River Pals

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The Magic Box

Excerpt from The Medal Maker: A Biography of Victor Kovalenko

By Roger Vaughan   Special to WindCheck

The Medal MakerAuthor’s note: Born in 1950 and raised in Ukraine under USSR rule, Victor Kovalenko became a national champion in the Flying Dutchman. He obtained a university degree in Sports, and became a coach, winning his first medal with a Ukrainian Women’s 470 team. After the 1996 Olympic Games, Victor was recruited by Australia. With political problems a deterrent in Ukraine, he accepted. Victor’s teams have won 10 medals (six gold) in eight Olympic Games, a coaching record. He is Australia’s head (and Men’s 470) coach. He is currently preparing his teams for the 2020 Games in Toyko.

© Daniel Forster/Altamira Creation AG


Victor speaks to everyone who competes in any endeavor, at any level.

Strength of character has been the foundation of Victor’s coaching philosophy from the beginning. That presumes the participant is well trained, technically and physically, to be among the very best. To bring sailors to that level, when he first started coaching sailing Victor brought what he’d learned from other sports to the table. “Tennis, badminton, volleyball,” he says, “They are the same as sailing. They require fast reactions, and you have to be smart with strategies and tactics. Tennis is more a head game. In tennis you have maybe two times more time to think about a shot than in badminton. In light wind, sailing is more like tennis. In stronger winds, it is more like badminton. It requires lightning reflexes. I learned a lot from badminton. I was playing myself, and watching the best people. They would take one element, one stroke or shot, and would do it many times, over and over. They divided the game into small elements, and practiced those elements. So I broke down sailing the same way.”

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May 2018 WindCheck

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