September 2016 Comic by Dave Foster - Hudson River Tales

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Flawless Final Day Lifts Southern Yacht Club to 2016 Resolute Cup

Resolute cupNEWPORT, R.I. (September 17, 2016) — The competition for the 2016 Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, ended long before the final race. The team from Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.) was so dominant they would've won the regatta even if they didn't sail the final two races.

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Marcus and Andrew Eagan, along with Jackson Benvenutti, did sail those two races—which they won, just like every other Gold Fleet race today—and the final margin of victory was 28 points, against a total score of 13. The 2016 Resolute Cup is sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Helly Hansen and Melges Performance Sailboats.

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2016 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing News

caleb paine Below we'll follow the 15 sailors who will represent the United States at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August, and the six who will represent the United States at the Paralympic Games in September.

U.S. Olympic Team sailor Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) has won a bronze medal in the Finn class, the Men's Heavyweight Dinghy. Rio 2016 is the first career Olympic Games appearance for Paine, 25.



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Marion to Bermuda with the Mass Maritime Women’s Sailing Team

By Carole Heller

Marion BermudaI was about to dock my boat late in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2015 when I saw a message on my cell phone. When I retrieved it, I found that Chuck Fontaine, the Program Director at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne, MA, was asking if I could replace a departing coach on their Women’s Sailing Team for the Marion Bermuda Race…two days hence. I called back to get some details, and being the ocean junkie that I am the answer was “YES!” Chuck told me I would be picked up the next morning.

The team heads out of Buzzards Bay, unaware that Spirit’s mainsail would not last much longer.   © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon
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Resolute Cup Offers Grand Stage to Smaller Yacht Clubs

Resolute cupAmong the 29 teams participating in the 2016 Resolute Cup are a number of smaller yacht clubs eager to make a name for themselves on a national stage. “[Our members] are astounded that we qualified for our yacht club,” said Conor Hayes of Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (Gilford, NH). “We are a very small yacht club, and they are all very excited that we are able to compete on this level.”

The 2016 Resolute Cup will be sailed in Sonars and Melges 20s.   © Allen Clark/
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Aspen Becomes Title Sponsor for Viper 640 2016 International Championship

Viper 640 BermudaThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the design of the Viper 640 and the 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the Class Association. The Viper 640 is now a truly international class, with active fleets in seven nations across three continents.

The world’s best Viper 640 sailors will be competing in Bermuda for the The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG in November.   © Allen Clark/

The Class Association is celebrating these milestones by hosting the first Viper 640 International Championship - The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG, with sailors competing for a prestigious new trophy open to Viper teams from around the world.

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Here We Go Round Again

The Around Long Island Regatta celebrates a milestone

ALIR Golden EyeThe Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Sea Cliff, New York celebrated the 40th annual Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) this year, and this historic milestone was marked with many great successes. This year’s ALIR, held July 28 - 31, 2016 encompassed several firsts while remaining true to its longstanding traditions. The regatta attracted a large number of newcomers to experience their first circumnavigation of Long Island.

Mike Emmert’s classic Rhodes yawl Golden-Eye (Hempstead Harbour Club/Sea Cliff YC) was victorious in PHRF Non-Spinnaker Division 1.
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August 2016 Comic by Dave Foster - How He Quit Sailing

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Clemmie Everett and Crew Earn International Women’s Keelboat Championship

by Leif Skodnick

Clemmie EverettRYE, N.Y. (August 19, 2016 ) – Communal experience as a team and college sailing experience in shifty winds paid dividends for Clemmie Everett (Rye, N.Y.) and her crew, who took home the Bengt Julin Trophy for winning the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship at American Yacht Club on Friday.

Representing American Yacht Club (l – r) , Clemmie Everett, Erin Sprague, Alix Hahn and Carolyn Russell are the Champions!   © Matthew Cohen/

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Sailors Growing Sailors

By Molly Mulhern

Sailors Growing SailorsCan you remember how you learned to sail? Chances are you were taken aboard someone else’s boat  —  your family’s, the one at your local sailing club, your neighbor’s — where someone else was at the tiller, had commissioned the boat, had planned the outing. Sailing is unique in that it involves a host of things that have to be coordinated: the boat, a crew, access to water, etc.

The Discover Buffalo Sailing Program has proven to be a great way for skippers and eager crews to meet one another.   © Diana Augspurger

Of course, you can dive in and buy a boat and struggle on your own to learn the ropes, literally, and many do. But rewards come in spades for those of us who were lucky enough to have a mentor or teacher who took our sailing education as their responsibility. And it is just this realization that has prompted many yacht and sailing clubs to begin and foster mentoring programs. The organization and aims of these programs vary, as does their age, from long-term to brand new, but they all share the idea that sailors grow sailors. 

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