By Dan Dickison
Sperry Charleston Race Week is just over 20 years old, but its notoriety has grown precipitously and it is now a must-do regatta for sailors from across the U.S. That simple fact means that each year, some 20 to 30 percent of the participants are new to the event. Given that, a primer on how to get the most out of your trip to Charleston, South Carolina is in order.
Most of the racecourses are set within the harbor. © 2016 Tim Wilkes Photography
The Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, the granddaddy of the club's broad regatta portfolio, is scheduled for June 18-23, 2017. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of a new event website at blockislandraceweek.com, where links to register and the Notice of Race are available.
The 27th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week is poised to be the best one yet. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
By Jim Ryan, Event Chairman
At the awards party, one of the Greenport Ocean Race competitors, upon accepting his trophy said, “Victory by attrition is still victory,” and I agree. Coming into the first October weekend, the wind blew hard from the east all week. I hoped that it would let up somewhat for the race on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and it did, but everything is relative. When 35-knot winds dissipate to 30-knot winds, it’s still pretty breezy out there.
Sedgewick Ward’s J/111 Bravo crosses William Hubbard’s RP56 Siren just after the start of the Ocean Race. © RJ LaBella/rjlabellaphotos.com
By Andrew “Bill” Shemella
What a difference a day makes. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 we sailed in the 23rd edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race (WB23) with barely enough wind to keep the boats moving. As I wrote this the next day, it was howling and raining in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Light breeze presented unique challenges for sailors in Whitebread 23. © Celia Withers
No one can say the light conditions were a surprise. All week anyone with a cell phone and any one of a dozen apps knew the forecast was for, at most, 5 knots of wind, cloud cover to make a seabreeze unlikely, and rain. OK, we all chose an outdoor sport but at least we’re not sleeping on the ground.Read more
In a high-energy, high-emotion celebration, New Zealand sailors Olivia Mackay (age 20; helm) and Micah Wilkinson (20) were crowned the World Champions in the first-ever Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. Fifteen teams from around the world, each comprising two sailors ages 16 to 21, raced identical Flying Phantom foiling catamarans on Narragansett Bay in a spectacular regatta that was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI October 21 - 23, 2016.
New Zealanders Olivia Mackay & Micah Wilkinson are World Champions. ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
Competitors in the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier have lofty ambitions
By Joe Cooper
There were a couple of the usual scenes to be seen when I walked onto the North Green at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on the Sunday of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier series in mid-October. Most of it was the usual ‘stuff’ of big regattas: Red Bull branded tents and related chairs, tables, and so on. The 18-foot Flying Phantom foiling cats zooming around the harbor like so many Quidditch players, the announcer, the rock music, etc. The more nuanced scenes were off the water and inside the tent.
The winners of the Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier, Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs represented the United States in the World Final. ©Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
Thirty-seven teams representing the USA, Canada, Bermuda and Great Britain faced a variety of conditions during the 2016 Stella Artois J/105 North American Championship, which was hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY October 20 - 23, 2016.Read more
KEY WEST, Fla. – The Storm Trysail Club has flip flops on the ground in Key West, the southernmost point of the continental U.S., and advance preparations are underway for the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, scheduled Jan. 15-20, 2017.
The entry list for the must-attend regatta of the winter has surpassed 80, the nightly parties are being planned and the sponsor list is well-tuned with six companies – Quantum Sails, City of Key West/Key West Tourism, Lewmar, B&G, Marlow and Mount Gay Rum – returning from last year as Platinum Level sponsors. They’re joined on the list by first-time sponsor Gill North America.Read more
Presentation Series this fall…and front row seats for the Cup!
So, You Want to Race to Bermuda? That’s the title of the Marion Bermuda Race Presentation series happening this fall in locations around New England. Many sailors, racers and cruisers alike, want to make the offshore passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go.
The 21st edition of the Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017. © marionbermuda.comRead more
Blizzards, ice-storms, wind chills, and freezing waters...sailing?! FROSTBITING!
"Frostbiters" is a short documentary, which explores the extreme winter sailing sport of Frostbiting -- where it is done, who does it, and why.