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Newport Bermuda Race Preparation

Newport Bermuda RaceThe Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.  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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Fun, Friends and Family at the Lightning Women’s, Juniors’ & Masters’ North American Championships

By Ben Cesare

Lightning classFun! That is the way I always describe Lightning Class regattas. The North American Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ Championships, hosted by Metedeconk River Yacht Club and Lightning Fleet 34 in Brick, NJ August 2 - 4, 2017 was an exception in that it was super fun!

Laura Jeffers, Johanna Schon and Teresa Colantuono won the Women's North American Championship by a 3-point margin. Photo by Art Petrosemolo/nautical photography.us

Fantastic sailing was combined with a three-day family reunion, complete with a Mexican dinner, a pizza party, and a final great steak dinner conducted during a full on, four-lane corn hole tournament on the club’s beautiful front lawn. The only drawback was that, as is typical at Lightning events, it’s hard to get the boat rigged on day one because there is so much hugging, high-fiving and general banter that it’s hard to concentrate!

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13th Annual YRALIS Championships Regatta

By Andrea Watson

Lawrence McGrathThe 13th running of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s Championships Regatta nailed it on so many levels. A few days before the regatta, the weather forecast for Saturday, August 5, the first day of the two-day event, predicted heavy rain and lightning all day, but Saturday dawned with only some light rain. By the time of the first warning, skies were cloudy with no rain in sight. Sunday brought more of the same.

Laser winner Lawrence McGrath leads second place finisher Jean Fillion around a mark.   ©Mary Alice Fisher Photo/maryalicefisher.com

Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask), and she smiles on western Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riverside Yacht Club and Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT and American Yacht Club in nearby Rye, NY.

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Light Air for the Stone Horse Builder’s Cup

By Tom Kenney

Stone HorseThe 2017 Stone Horse Builder’s Cup, a one-design race limited to the 23-foot Stone Horse designed by S.S. Crocker and built by Edey & Duff, formerly of Aucoot Cove in Mattapoisett, MA, was held Saturday, August 12 in the waters off Padanaram, MA. The race, delayed by one hour due to the threat of thunderstorms, was beset by fluky winds out of the east-southeast and the course was ultimately shortened to two legs because of the light air. The wind went light just before the starting gun, leaving boats in irons on the starting line and resulting in a few slow motion near-collisions.

David Neumeyer’s Metaphor won this year’s Stone Horse Builder’s Cup.   Photo by Tom Kenney
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Forty Years of Fools!

Fool's Rules RegattaThe 40th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta was held, for only the second time ever, on the rain date, Sunday, August 13, in Jamestown, RI. This is the largest, most enjoyable event (free to participants and spectators) held in Jamestown each summer, and is sponsored by Jamestown Yacht Club. Several hundred spectators lined the beach this year to watch the construction of 31 “vessels,” then watched their crews attempt to complete a 500-yard downwind race.

We don’t know if the steering on this Homer Simpson-inspired entry actually worked, but we love the precision placement of the cooler on the “center line”…and the custom cup holders!   © Onne van der Wal/vanderwal.com
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13th Annual YRALIS PHRF & One Design Championships & Soverel 33 Nationals

The 13th running of the YRALIS annual regatta nailed it on so many levels.

YRA ChampionshipsThe weather forecast for Saturday, Aug. 5, the first day of the two-day regatta, predicted heavy rain and lightening all day, implying skippers should expect just about anything short of a monsoon.  That was mid-week before the regatta. And wouldn’t you just know it? Saturday dawned with some light rain early but by the time of the first warning, the skies were cloudy but no rain in sight. 

Michael Millard and Christine D'Amico won the Ideal 18 Class. ©Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com

Sunday was more of the same. Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask) and she smiles on Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riverside YC, Indian Harbor YC and American YC.

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Stonewall Sails Pride Regatta

By Maeve Gately

Stonewall RegattaHudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and the Knickerbocker Sailing Association (KSA) partnered for the 14th annual Stonewall Sails on June 24. Stonewall Sails, which was the first gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender sailing regatta when it debuted in 2003, remains the longest-running LGBT sailing regatta in the world.

With winds gusting over 20 knots, the Stonewall Sails race committee called for reefing on the seven competing J/24s.   © Tom Kluepfel

It is the sixth year that HRCS has partnered with KSA, who in turn raises funds to support HRCS youth programs. This year, KSA members raised over $9,000, and competed for a close first place out on the Hudson.

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The Long Way Around

The 47th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, 30th Annual Catamaran Race 7th Annual Laser Race, and 2nd Annual C420 Race Around Shelter Island, NY

By Beth Fleisher, Southold Yacht Club Race Committee Chair

World's Longest Sunfish RaceSouthold Yacht Club in Southold, NY hosted a unique day on the bay on Saturday, July 8, as a competitive fleet of 29 boats began the World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island. A fairly unusual event in the world of dinghy racing, this is a distance race of 18.9 miles in a line drawn around the island…much more when upwind tacking is taken into account.

Jim Koehler was late for the start of this year’s World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, but was smiling as he crossed the finish line first.   © Celeste Flick

This was the 47th year for this race, which is on many a sailor’s bucket list. Rob Eberle came all the way from North Carolina to the North Fork of Long Island to cross it off his list. He finished sixth after a hard-fought race in foreign waters, posting a time of 4 hours, 1 minute and 49 seconds.

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American YC High Performance Regatta is October 7 & 8

High Performance dinghyAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY will host the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously named the HPDO (High Performance Dinghy Open), the event has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats. 

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Sachem’s Head Yacht Club to Host Inaugural Coastal Classic

Sachem's HeadIn the yachting world there are many “classic” coastal races. However, there is only one Sachem’s Head Coastal Classic. While the Connecticut shoreline does not offer towering volcanic spires to navigate around or the glitz and glam of other world famous sailing venues, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to spend a warm afternoon on the water. After a long, long hiatus Sachem’s Head Yacht Club in Guilford, CT is excited to host an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association PHRF regatta.

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