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Pauline Dowell Wins It All at The Robie

By Jan Hodnett

Robie Pierce Pauline DowellPauline Dowell, a blind sailor who lives on a boat in Boston Harbor, was victorious in both events at the 9th Annual Robie Pierce Regatta, winning the 2017 Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational and the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta.

Skipper Pauline Dowell (yellow shirt), Katherine Kern and Grace Olsen won the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational and the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta.  © Jim Reilly

Named after one of the founding fathers of adaptive sailing, this event for sailors with disabilities was held June 1 - 4 at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Run jointly by American Yacht Club and Larchmont Yacht Club in nearby Larchmont, the regatta alternates yearly between the two clubs. Over the years, “The Robie” has become one of the country’s foremost events for sailors with a broad array of disabilities including physical, neurological and visual impairments. Wheelchairs are left on the dock as competitors sail in specially adapted Ideal 18s.

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Sag Harbor Regatta to Award Antigua Sailing Week Trip!

Hamptons Antiqua RegattaSag Harbor, NY - The Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta will return to Long Island Saturday, July 22, 2017 and provide the biggest sailing prize in the Northeast to the winner. The winning Captain and Crew of 5 win an all-expense paid trip to Antigua to sail in Antigua Sailing Week 2018, regularly named in the top 5 regattas in the world.

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Block Island Race Week 2017

Friday - The Final Showdown at Race Week

BIRW 2017BIRW Event Media: Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team.

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Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion. The Houston, Texas-based boat won both races on Friday and took advantage of a rare stumble by Challenge IV to capture the venerable J/44 class at Block Island Race Week XXVII.

“It was a very tense day of racing. It was game on and we knew we had to win both races to have a chance,” Lewis said. “We liked the strong breeze and we liked the committee boat end of the line. We got both today and managed to pull out the victory.”

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Watch the America’s Cup this Weekend

The America’s Cup Match begins Saturday, June 17. 

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Saturday          6/17/2017        1:00-2:30P       NBC

'Courageous' to air Saturday, June 17 - NBC Sports Films will premiere Courageous, a one-hour documentary which chronicles media pioneer and sailing maverick Ted Turner’s quest to win the 1977 America’s Cup, on Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch the preview at http://www.nbcsports.com/video/general/americas-cup

Sunday            6/18/2017        1:00-3:00P       NBC

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‘Jambi’ takes Marion Bermuda Line Honors

Jambi Marion BermudaRHADC Bermuda- June 14, 2017:  Jambi, a new Hinckley Bermuda 50 skippered by John Levinson [Southport, CT] crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 12:47:00 ADT to take line honors in the 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race.  Jambi had an unofficial elapsed time of 4 days 23 hours 36 minutes 11 seconds. Based on her starting time of 12:55 EDT on June 9, that is 118 hours 52 minutes and 11 Seconds.

Jambi, [50015] a new Hinckley Bermuda 50 skippered by John Levinson crossed the finish line off St. David’s Lighthouse at 12:47:00 ADT to take line honors in the 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race.   © Talbot Wilson
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In It to Win It! Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s Charlie Enright & Mark Towill on the Volvo Ocean Race

June_17_web_page52_image1.jpgThe Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents.

Mark Towill (second from left), Charlie Enright (third from left) and their shipmates received a warm welcome in Newport after their transatlantic voyage from Portugal.   © Stephen Cloutier/PhotoGroup.us
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Cedar Point Yacht Club OneDesign Regatta

Cedar Point YC OneDesignMore than 400 sailors from throughout the United States and abroad competed in the 2017 OneDesign Regatta at Cedar Point Yacht Club on June 2-4.  Six classes (Atlantic, J109, J105, J88, Beneteau First 36.7 and J70) and 67 boats raced throughout the weekend in two circle courses.

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The Around Long Island Regatta has a New Start in New York Harbor

ALIRLast winter, Around Long Island Regatta Co-Chairmen Jim Aikman and Doug Wefer got to thinking about how to make the 40-year-old race even more spectacular, more accessible and dynamic. Their solution? To relocate the start to New York Harbor. For the first 40 years the Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) has started well south of the Verrazano Bridge, out of sight of those on land. In 2017, the ALIR will start very much within sight of the New York City shoreline.

John Kedzierski’s Maxi 82 Fazisi, representing the Polish Yachting Association in the 2015 Around Long Island Regatta, was built for the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race.   © ALIR.org
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VAruna Victorious in the St. Thomas International Regatta!

By Martin van Breems

ST Thomas Regatta Sound Sailing CenterWith a crew of 10, including six members or students and four instructors, Team Sound Sailing Center (SSC) managed a hard fought win in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta on our VAr 37 VAruna

Team Sound Sailing Center sailed VAruna to first place in the Non-Spinnaker class in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta.  © STIR/www.ingridabery.com

Yours truly, founder of SSC and Dutchman, was the Captain (that’s me with the pith helmet in the photo, as always!). Working forward on the rail is Sean Hussey of Norwalk, CT, Sound Sailing’s Operations Manager and Instructor, followed by Bill McGowan of Greenwich, CT and the Old Greenwich Yacht Club, who served as our Head Relationship Coach and was at the Mast with Sean. Next to Bill is Dr. Jim Boyle, a UConn Professor of Meteorology and longtime SSC Instructor and Navigator. SSC member Thomas Murphy of Eastchester, NY is fourth in the row, and was a Genoa Trimmer. In the middle, longtime SSC student, member, and brokerage customer Dr. Richard DeBenedetto of New York was on Mainsheet. Rick has done numerous St. Thomas Regattas, which SSC started doing back in 1999! Next is Geoff McCuskey of Cincinnati, OH, a former SSC Instructor, who covered Tactics and is hard at work keeping an eye on things. Looking at you is Colette Pervais van Breems, my wife and an HR professional at Unilever. Colette and I doublehanded VAruna back to Norwalk from Bermuda, so she’s pretty seaworthy! SSC Member and troop leader John Kupsch covered Foredeck with Sean and kept everyone on the ball, and is busy strategizing with John Roberts, also of the Old Greenwich YC and a SSC student.

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Family Takes On the Heineken Regatta in a Cat

St Maartin Regatta Tarjan familyEvery sailor has heard of the infamous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held every March in St. Maarten, FWI. Crystal clear waters, a truly international sailor base with over 2,500 participants, and the world’s elite of sailing yachts. What more can a crew eager to go racing ask for?

Philippe, Gregor and Victor Tarjan share a moment aboard FLO 2 during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.   © Flo Tarjan
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