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.   ©
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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/

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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Stonington Dinghy Club Celebrates 50 Years of Fun

By Helen A. Jankoski

Stonington Harbor Dinghy RacesWhen Debby and Ed Dear were looking to relocate up the coast from Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1995, it was a community sailing poster in a Stonington Borough shop window that helped make their decision. “Here was an invitation for everyone to show up on the starting line in Stonington Harbor, with dinner afterward,” said Ed. “I did small boat racing in Old Greenwich, but it was a little more complicated.”

A Montgomery 10, Lasers and an Ideal 18 wait for the start of a Stonington Dinghy Club Wednesday night race.   © Helen Jankoski
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“I’m Doing the Marion Bermuda Race”

By Ernie Messer

Hinckley Sou'wester 51 MomentumSo, two sailors are talking in a bar (of course)…

One says, “I’m doing the Marion Bermuda Race in June.”

Second sailor says, “Where does that go?”

First sailor: “It starts up in Marion, Mass, goes down Buzzards Bay, then offshore to Bermuda.”

Second sailor: “Ah, no thanks, I’ve heard about that Buzzards Bay!”

Some years it’s almost true!

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Tucker Thompson on the America’s Cup

The venue for this year’s match for the oldest trophy in sports is arguably the most beautiful in the event’s history, and the Public Host of the 35th America’s Cup says it’s not too late to plan an unforgettable trip!

America's CupThe 35th America’s Cup starts next month, and the regatta will be held in Bermuda for the very first time. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs run from May 26 to June 12, 2017 and the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton will be held June 17 & 18 and 24 - 27, 2017.

The 50-foot America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats are even faster than their 72-foot predecessors.   Photo: Sam Greenfield/© ORACLE TEAM USA
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Cruising with a Purpose: Performance Class Combines Competition with Fun at Block Island Race Week

By Bill Wagner

Block Island Race WeekTom Schubert of Annapolis, MD had no intention of competing in the 2015 edition of Block Island Race Week, but when he heard about the Performance Cruising division he decided to round up family and friends to race his Grand Soleil 46 in the 50th anniversary regatta. “It was an entirely family affair and we had an absolute blast,” said Schubert, who has served on the race committee at Race Week many times. “I thought the format was excellent – very casual and enjoyable. What I really liked is that it was one race per day, like 20 years ago.” ©

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The 7th Annual Connecticut River Dinghy Race is May 6, 2017

ct_dinghy_race_0086_web_red.jpgDinghy and catamaran sailors of all types are cordially invited to compete in the 7th Annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This popular event is open to any boat with a Portsmouth Yardstick rating and it’s estimated that at least 30 different one-design classes have participated since its inception.

Photos by Dan Rennie
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United States Announces Volvo Ocean Race Campaign

Vestas Teams Up with 11th Hour Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race

volvo ocean race Enright towhillVestas are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing at simultaneous events in Newport, Rhode Island and Aarhus – where it was also announced that the fleet will make a ‘fly by’ of the Danish city on the final leg.

Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright will lead Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.   © Stephen Cloutier/
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The Story of One-Design at Pequot Yacht Club

Ted Jennings’ legacy sails on Long Island Sound

By Terri Jennings

Ted JenningsThe concept of one-design sailing hinges on the idea of honing a sailor’s skills right next to his or her opponent’s. Is there a better way for a sailor to improve and stay motivated? This story of one-design sailing on Long Island Sound begins with a testimony to the dedication and contributions of Edward Austin “Ted” Jennings II (1929 - 2016) of Southport, Connecticut.

A young Ted Jennings at the helm of an Atlantic on Long Island Sound, just outside Southport Harbor.
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