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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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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