Defender Industries has announced the launch of the electric powered Zodiac ECO-Cruiser. An 11’ 6” inflatable boat package designed for use on inland waters where gasoline outboard motors are prohibited, the package is also suitable for use in coastal salt water or as a harbor cruiser.Read more
by J. RUSSELL JINISHIAN
If you’ve spent any time on the waters of Long Island Sound in the last 50 years, chances are you’ll have crossed paths, wakes or tacks with one of the more elegant and beautiful wooden sailing yachts afloat – the Schooner Yacht Brilliant. She was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by the Henry B. Nevins Shipyard in City Island, NY for Walter Barnum. Barnum specified the very finest materials for his yacht so she would be capable of a voyage around the world. Measuring 61’ 6” LOA with a 14’ 8” beam and a 9’ draft, her teak on oak frame construction was roomy and fast and, as it turns out, substantial. Her very first refit only took place in 2007, when her teak deck was replaced. Shortly after her launch in 1932 she set a record for vessels of her size, running from Nantucket Lightship to Bishop Rock Light, England in 15 days, 1 hour and 23 minutes. Although she entered several Bermuda Races and acquitted herself well, she never managed to win the race to the Onion Patch.Read more
by CYNTHIA GOSS
If you’re interested in learning what Rhode Island offers to boaters, mark your calendar for May 4 & 5 and plan to spend the weekend traveling the coastline of the Ocean State at a unique, state-wide boat show.
I went to high school at Fairfield Prep, in Fairfield, CT. When I attended, it was a small campus with two four-story buildings on either side of a ‘quad.’ (The school has since added an addition linking the two buildings). Prep sits on Fairfield University’s campus, about a mile and a half from Long Island Sound.Read more
By Jim Kilroy
Published by Seapoint Books, 447 pages, hardcover, $50Read more
The Third Annual Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, the only dedicated Class40 race in the United States, kicks off in Charleston, SC on Saturday, May 11. From Charleston, competitors will race double-handed to New York City. There will be a four or five-day stopover in New York before the race restarts and competitors sprint to Newport, RI. In Newport, teams will race a twoday Inshore Series.
New Foundation is Taking Young Sailors to the Next Level
The first collegiate sailing regatta in this country was held in the waters off the Southport section of Fairfield, CT, but neither of the two schools in that shoreside town, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University, has ever been a strong presence on the college sailing scene. The SAIL BLACK ROCK Foundation, headquartered at Captain’s Cove Seaport in nearby Black Rock Harbor, aims to change that with high-level race training for collegiate and high school sailors.Read more
You won’t meet a person more strongly connected to Black Rock Harbor than Kaye Williams, nor anyone as passionate about the history – and future – of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The founder and owner of Captain’s Cove Seaport, a popular tourist attraction and full-service marina in Black Rock, Kaye grew up in a cottage on Fayerweather Island at the mouth of the harbor.Read more
New England Ropes is proud to introduce its Vintage Series, which consists of three unique lines: Vintage Sta-Set, Vintage 3-Strand, and Endura Braid Classic. All of these lines are the perfect compliment for the traditional vessel, are low stretch, high strength, and extremely durable. The Vintage Series lines are natural in color, and come in a variety of sizes to meet the needs and refined tastes of the traditional sailor. So give your boat a classic look and feel with New England Ropes’ new line of traditional rigging products.Read more
Sailors on 202 yachts reveled in great breeze at the 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held February 28 - March 3 in St. Maarten, NA. Recognized by sailors everywhere as one of the world’s best regattas, each year this event lives up to its motto: Serious Fun. World-class musical entertainment is an integral component of “The Heineken,” and this year’s prize-giving ceremony was followed by a concert on Kim Sha Beach headlined by motown legends The Commodores.