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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Sail Racing at Thames Yacht Club

By Cate Sheahan

Thames Yacht ClubRacing is one of the best parts of sailing for many boat owners, and the members who sail at Thames Yacht Club (TYC) of New London CT are no exception. TYC is a family boating club with a racing heart. TYC hosts a number of racing events and series throughout the sailing season and the annual Commodore’s Trophy Race, an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association event, is one of their biggest. Last year’s 69th Annual Commodore’s Trophy Race is a fine example of how TYC brings together a great day of racing, celebration and friendship!

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March 2017 Comic - Have You Checked Your Boat?

March 2017 Comic Dave Foster

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Classic Yacht Owners Association forms Technical Committee to examine various handicapping alternatives

Classic Yacht Owners AssociationNewport, Rhode Island- February 23, 2017 – The Classic Yacht Owners Association (CYOA), was formed in 2015 to advance the common interests of classic yacht owners, to improve communication between them, and to foster increased participation in classic yachting events throughout New England and beyond. The CYOA formed a Technical Committee consisting of yacht designers and naval architects, classic regatta and race organizers, and prominent classic yacht owner/racers. Over the past eight months the committee has examined various handicapping alternatives, including PHRF, Europe’s CIM, a VPP-based system, and the Classic Rating Formula (CRF) used predominately in New England.

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The 2017 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race

From the exciting – if damp – front row seats

By Chad Corning aboard Elvis

Fort Lauderdale Key West aboard ElvisTwenty-seventeen was a record setting year for the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race (January 11 - 13). Fresh easterly winds allowed David and Peter Askew’s R/P 74 Wizard (Baltimore, MD) to shave a few minutes off the impressive mark set by Joe Dockery’s R/P 81Carrera in 2005 and propelled nearly all the fleet home before the sun rose in Key West.

Push the throttle and burn the track: Although conditions thwarted a record-breaking run, Elvis logged speeds in the 20s throughout the Fort Lauderdale to Key West  Race.   © Chad Corning
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2017 Sperry Charleston Race Week Just Around the Corner

Charleston Race WeekIf it’s late winter, that means it’s nearly time for America’s mega-regatta. Sperry Charleston Race Week runs from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23 in Charleston, SC, and sailors in the Northeast are getting pumped to head south.

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Rich Wilson Completes Vendée Globe race

Marblehead Sailor Now Fastest American to Race Solo and Non-Stop Around the World

rich_wilson_vendee_finish.jpgLES SABLES D’OLONNE, FRANCE (February 22, 2017) – The Cruising Club of America (CCA) is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race.

CCA member Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV after finishing the grueling Vendée Globe. Photo courtesy Vendée Globe

Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016. He finished 13th out of 29 boats and thus became the fastest American to race solo non-stop around the world.

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