Prepare for Newport Bermuda with Landfall

VerissimoLandfall in Stamford, CT provides a full range of safety equipment, and the Landfall Marine Training Center offers a wide variety of educational courses for sailors and powerboaters alike. 

The crew of Connell Cannon’s Alden 63 Verissimo (pictured at the start of the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race) has completed several courses at the Landfall Marine Training Center.    © Allen Clark/

“Our educational effort focuses on making everyone’s time on the water enjoyable and safer,” said Captain Henry Marx, President of Landfall. “With the 51st edition of the Newport Bermuda Race coming up, we reached out to a good friend and Landfall customer, Connell Cannon of Jamestown, RI to get his thoughts on preparing for this year’s race. Connell has raced his Alden 63 Verissimo in several Newport Bermuda Races and the Marblehead to Halifax Race. In 2016, Verissimo won line honors in the Cruiser division and second in class in the Newport Bermuda Race.” 

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Winter: The Most Exciting Sailing Season

Get hooked on iceboating!

By James “T” Thieler

DN IceboatWe all love the summer sailing season, that’s for sure. Spring and fall aren’t bad, either. A nice leisurely sail is good, a fast reach is even better, and for some of us a blazing run in big breeze with the kite up and spray flying is the ultimate. But what to do when winter arrives and you crave yet more speed and more sailing? How to get the fix when the snow is on the ground and the boat is on the hard? Good news is you can fix both problems by going iceboating!

The 12-foot DN is the world’s most popular iceboat.   © Cathy Firmbach
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Sperry Charleston Race Week gets better every year

Charleston Race WeekThere’s a popular maxim that goes something like this: ‘Like a fine wine, some things get better with age.’ That notion could easily apply to sailing regattas – or at least those events whose organizers pay the same close attention to their product as the best vintners. Sperry Charleston Race Week, organized by the Charleston Ocean Racing Association and scheduled for April 12 -15 in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, is definitely one of those events.

These VX Ones are just a few of the 211 boats that competed at Sperry Charleston Race Week last year.  © Tim Wilkes/Sperry Charleston Race Week
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Dorade Takes Second in her Divisions at Rolex Sydney Hobart

DoradeThe 86-year-old Sparkman & Stephens yacht Dorade finished second in two divisions (IRC Division 4/ORCi Div 4) in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. The 628-mile race, which started December 26, 2017, is often described as one of the most challenging ocean races in the world. It was the pinnacle event in Team Dorade’s ambitious six-race “Dorade Down Under” series, which kicked off this past August in Australia.


Dorade off Tasman Island in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race © Rolex/Studio Borlenghi
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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 News Leg 3

Volvo Ocean Race 2018


December 11 Report: Cape Town provided another spectacular stopover to the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet raced off for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon...

Volvo Ocean Race fleet flying out of Cape Town ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

It was the eleventh time in the history of the event that the fleet had raced out of Cape Town, this time on a 6,500 nautical mile leg to Melbourne, Australia. The ETA is currently between the 24th and 26th of December.

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 News Leg 2

Next stop – Cape Town, as Dongfeng Race Team lead the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Lisbon

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. 05 November 2017: The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is charging into a challenging first night at sea with winds over 30-knots forecast...

Start of Leg 2. Day 1 from Lisbon to Cape Town. ©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the leg start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon.

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Big Boat Sailors Sail Small Boats, Too

By Jim Godsman

Radio Controlled SailingIf you are one of those who think intense starting lines, composite hulls, paneled high tech sails, and flotation and laminar flow tanks are just part of the big boat sailing world, you would be very wrong. Today’s remote control (RC) sailboats use the same technology as their larger counterparts.

There are perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 RC sailors in the United States.   ©
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Why Our Sport is So Unique

A conversation with Steve Benjamin, winner of US Sailing’s 2017 Championship of Champions

By Ben Cesare

Chris Larson, Steve Benjamin, Phil TrinterWe often proudly point out that sailing is different because there is no other sport where we can compete on an equal footing with the best in the world, both professional and amateur. As much as I would like to, and if he would spot me the 16 strokes due to my handicap, I have no opportunity for a golf match with 2017 PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas!

Shown with US Sailing’s Jack Brown Trophy are Championship of Champions winners (l – r) Chris Larson, Steve Benjamin and Phil Trinter© Matthew Cohen/

US Sailing’s Championship of Champions for the Jack Brown Trophy, honoring a man who was notable for service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing committees, is a great example of how “good” sailors get to sail against the best. Each skipper in this annual invitational event must qualify by winning a one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. First held in 1976, the C of C is sailed in a different class each year, from Snipes, Thistles, Flying Scots and Lightnings to Sunfish, Hobie Cats, Y-Flyers, C-Scows, J/24s, Etchells and VX Ones. In addition to the invited skippers (none of whom may be a champ in that year’s selected class), US Sailing invites a mystery “guest skipper.” This year it was Steve Benjamin of Miami, FL. As US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (and a strong contender for the honor in 2017), he is indeed one of the best.

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American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta

By Donovan McSorley

American High Performance RegattaAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY hosted the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously known as the High Performance Dinghy Open, the High Performance Regatta has consistently been one of the most unique fall regattas held annually on the Long Island Sound.

Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier’s Muse finished third in the J/70 class. © Donovan McSorley

This international event brought competitors from different parts of the United States, Canada, and Ireland. The mix of sailors along with the unique blend of boat classes created an exciting atmosphere both on and off the water.

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It’s On! Block Island Race Week 2018

Block Island Race Week June 17 – 22, 2018

By James Gallacher

BIRW_logo_revised_618jpg.jpgDuck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT and Block Island Yacht Club in Block Island, RI had been kicking around the idea of reviving the ‘off year’ version of Block Island Race Week since this past winter, when Todd Berman from Duck Island YC and Jim Fiorato from Block Island YC got together to compare notes. They decided it would be a fun project for both clubs to tackle.

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