The Xp 44 is the latest performance racer/cruiser from X-Yachts of Denmark. X-Yachts have utilized the latest techniques in design and construction to create Sailing World’s “2014 Boat of the Year” and one of SAIL’s “Best Boats 2014.”
The latest vacuum-infused epoxy E-glass process and a carbon keel grill reduce displacement significantly while improving the strength-to-weight ratio and ballast-to-displacement ratio, resulting in a faster, stiffer, more stable yacht. Owners can choose a racing or cruising package, with options including a taller carbon rig accompanied by a deeper keel, a removable carbon bowsprit, a “popup” cockpit table, and a folding bathing platform.
A sliding navigation seat gives the option of having a forward-facing nav station or a full-length settee/berth with an entertainment center. The Xp 44 is available at Rodgers Yacht Sales in Noank, CT. Visit rodgersyachtsales.com or call 860-536-7776 to learn more.
By Rachael Z. Miller
The majority of marine debris originates by being blown, washed or discarded into our waters, where the land meets the sea in our urban areas. Using an underwater robot, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean discovered that a large percentage of that trash sinks right where it enters the water.
This "beer can reef" lies on the bottom of the harbor in Newport, RI.
Step into summer this January at the 22nd Annual Providence Boat Show. Held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, this three-day family-friendly event features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, and other watercraft; free seminars on boat handling, navigation and equipment; and plenty of inspiration with special appearances of the sport’s leading personalities and experts.Read more
Around 400 Battery Park City residents, and members and friends of the Manhattan Sailing Club came to rally to support the North Cove Marina and the current manager of the North Cove, Michael Fortenbaugh.
For more information, visit www.savenorthcove.com
The Board of Directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association approved new renderings of the museum to be built in New London, CT. The 54,000 square foot, four-floor museum will take full advantage of its location in New London’s Waterfront Park by incorporating a pier for the U. S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, and Coast Guard aircraft will be displayed on the rooftop. Architects from Payette and exhibit designers from Gallagher & Associates are in place to personify the United States Coast Guard of the past, the present and the future.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
Thanksgiving this year had me driving westward. The slick rip sound of tire on highway was our terranüm wake chasing us through West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and then down toward the Gulf and family. What struck me was the emptiness of the space. Early morning hours passed without sight of another headlight. There was an ocean voyage quality to our venture and an underscoring of the vastness of this space we call our homeland.Read more
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week celebrating its 20th anniversary with world-class competition and family vacation opportunities
By Dan Dickison
It’s never been a secret – good regattas succeed with a simple formula. They combine fair yet heightened competition with fun and engaging social activity. And great regattas augment that combination by adding two essential elements – topnotch race management and a superb venue. So when does a great regatta become even better? When it takes place in the nation’s Number 1 tourist destination – Charleston, SC.
In addition to the action at Race Week, Charleston has several recreational and educational sites for a family vacation. The first shots in the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, seen here behind these Audi Melges 20s. © Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week/Meredith BlockRead more
© Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind
(December 8, 2014) - Team Vestas Wind commercial and sailing teams, together with Vestas CMO Morten Albæk and CEO of Volvo Ocean Race, Knut Frostad, hosted a joint press conference in Abu Dhabi to discuss the implications of the grounding of the Vestas Wind on a reef in the Indian Ocean on November 29.Read more
By Ron Wisner
In the spirit of a true Corinthian event for ocean sailors, the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is the only race that has a celestial navigation class. If you have ever thought about one challenge that you have not engaged as a sailor, one skill above all others that makes you a real salt, you know in your heart what it is. Celestial navigation is a skill that gets to the very meaning of the term “sailor.” It is like knowing how to drive a stick shift.