Ideal 18 North Americans are September 29 & 30, 2018

Ideal 18The best Ideal 18 sailors from fleets up and down Long Island Sound, Rochester, NY and the Chesapeake will be converging on Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY the last weekend of September for two days of racing to determine the 2018 North American Champion.

A limited number of boats are available for charter on a first-come basis. When possible, competitors who are members of clubs providing boats for the charter pool will be assigned boats from their respective clubs.

© Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com
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NYYC American Magic Announces Roster for 36th America’s Cup

New York Yacht Club American MagicNew York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, has announced an initial roster of 17 sailors who will train and compete with the team. The accomplished group includes nine Americans and sailors from four other nations. The 36th America’s Cup will take place in March 2021 off Auckland, New Zealand. The regatta will be sailed in the AC75 class, a new 75-foot foiling boat designed specifically for the next edition of the Cup that is expected to race with a crew of 11 sailors.

If things go NYYC American Magic's way in Auckland, the New York Yacht Club’s Harbor Court clubhouse in Newport might host subsequent America’s Cup regattas for years to come.   Photo © Dan Nerney 
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Champions Crowned at The Clagett and U.S. Para Sailing Championships

By Sam Crichton 

Clagett and US Para SailingForty-six sailors from across North America competed in the 16th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta and the 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships, which were hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI June 20 - 24, 2018.

With 22 sailors, the singlehanded 2.4mR class was the largest fleet in the 16th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta and the 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships.   © Ro Fernandez 

“We’ve just concluded the 16th Clagett Regatta and we couldn’t do it without the support of the volunteers, sponsors, supporters and especially the sailors,” said Clagett President and Co-Founder Judy Clagett McLennan (Portsmouth, RI). “We’re so thrilled that we’ve been able to join forces with US Sailing to host the U.S. Para Sailing Championships this year. We are working together to demonstrate the interest in sailing and to get it reinstated to the Paralympics.”

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Stonewall Sails Regatta

By Julia Miller

NEW_Stonewall_image_for_web.jpgHudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and the Knickerbocker Sailing Association (KSA) came together on June 23, 2018 to celebrate the 15th Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta. What began as a gray and cloudy day brightened when a wave of 30 racers donning rainbow flags appeared in the HRCS boathouse on Pier 66 in Manhattan.

Gloomy skies and light air failed to diminish the enthusiasm of participants in the 15th Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta.   © Tom Kluepfel
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Up to Speed & Smarts: Make Your Jibes Efficient

By David Dellenbaugh

Speed & SmartsJibing is one of the most complex maneuvers you ever make on the race course. To get good at it, you must be skilled and practiced in your boathandling and sailhandling skills. These almost always make the difference between a mediocre rounding and a fast one where everything clicks.The key is adjusting the trim of your boat and sails as you jibe amidst a fleet of boats. It’s not easy because you have to focus on your own crew work and keep your head out of the boat at the same time. Here are some suggestions for smoother, more efficient jibes.

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The Newport Bermuda Race Aboard Elvis

By Chad Corning

ElvisTwenty-eighteen marked the first year multihulls were invited to compete in the Newport Bermuda Race, and we were thrilled to take part with Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis. Elvis has been much modified from original, and now sports a 28-meter rotating mast, external tillers and deep asymmetric daggerboards, all of which puts a bit of spring in her step, especially in lighter air. This would prove a decisive asset in this year’s race.

Still The King: Elvis is the first multihull winner of the Newport Bermuda Race.   © Daniel Forster

We were in good company with Greg Gigliotti’s Gunboat 62 Tribe (also with a taller rig), and NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz with his Gunboat 60 Arethusa – both very well sailed and well organized campaigns.

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A Very Strategic Newport Bermuda Race

Kawil Newport BermudaThe 51st running of the Newport Bermuda Race was a slow but strategically challenging race. Of the 169 boats that started in Newport, RI on Friday, June 15, 2018, 166 completed the 635-mile race in two to six days’ time (there were three retirements). After making very slow progress in the middle of the racecourse in light to non-existent winds, most of the fleet finished quickly on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The first Super Yacht to win the Newport Bermuda Race is the 112-foot Kawil.   © Daniel Forster
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A Race Week Revitalized

Block Island Race Week

BIRW 2018

By James Gallacher

The inaugural reboot of the ‘off-year’ Block Island Race Week, co-hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club (Westbrook, CT) and Block Island Yacht Club June 17 - 22, is in the books.

Impetuous, a Swan 42 owned by longtime Race Week competitor Paul Zabetakis, claimed the overall win.   © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us

We were able to get four good days of racing in, with only one shore day (too much wind). The race committee, run ably by PRO Sue Reilly, did a great job getting the races going and a great job knowing when it was time to go back to the barn. Mudslides taste better when you’re not too gassed to enjoy them.

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The Ms. Race is August 18, 2018

Ms. RaceOn Saturday, August 18, 2018 the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ will host the 14th Annual Ms. Race, a charity race created to benefit and raise awareness for 180 Turning Lives Around (180nj.org), a Monmouth County-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. All proceeds from the Ms. Race and other related events throughout the year are donated to 180.

Karen Harris’ J/120 Cygni crosses Lauren Pepsny’s Beneteau First 40.7 Overlap in last year’s Ms. Race.   © Thomas Gardner
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Prepare to Win

The Season Begins

By Peter J. Coleman

Prepare to WinNow the season has begun, and it’s time to put the seven tips we discussed last month into practice. Let’s look at a few important ways to implement those in mid-season competition.

Keeping everything simple and straightforward on the racecourse  – and avoiding mistakes! – is fundamental to achieving good results.  © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

The goal is to improve all summer long and if you do, the fun factor will be very high! But, be warned, missteps and thus lack of reward and the lack of the ability to improve can be caused by not following some simple steps.

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