Joe Harris set sail from Newport, RI on November 15, 2015 aboard GryphonSolo2 attempting a solo, non-stop, unassisted, Round-The-World record attempt for a 40ft monohull sailboat.
Joe Harris departed Newport, RI in November on an attempt to set a new Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record for 40-foot monohulls. © Billy Black
On December 23, GryphonSolo2’s regulator for his hydro-generator system overheated and fried its circuit board and Joe diverted to Cape Town, South Africa. This stopover meant the end of his official record attempt in the eyes of the governing World Speed Sailing Records Council due to stopping to receive "outside assistance", but Joe continues his circumnavigation. Joe's updates follow below, most recent first....Read more
Located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 4 and 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, the first marina to be built in New York City in 20 years, is currently under construction with new docks being anchored and a state-of-the-art wave attenuation system now in place. A grand opening is anticipated for spring 2016. A joint venture between majority owner SUTL Group, a Singapore-based marina operator, and Edgewater Resources, a marine design and engineering firm, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina offers unparalleled water access to the local community and boating enthusiasts from around the globe.Read more
By Roger C. Taylor
Published by Mystic Seaport, 2015 450 pages hardcover $65
Reviewed by Larry Kelly
L. Francis Herreshoff (1890-1972) was a naval architect, author, and editor who had a profound impact on yacht design in the mid-twentieth century. Francis, as he was known, was the son of the famous “Wizard of Bristol,” Nathanael G. Herreshoff, probably the most recognized naval architect of his time. As one might expect from a son who grows up in the shadow of a legend and then enters the same profession, Herreshoff labored under the mantel of great expectations.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
Maybe you’re a stalwart. “Let ‘em chase football scores and fall foliage,” you mumble. “Right here, best sailing there is.” And your spouse, lips pursed in blue, no doubt agrees. The wind blows harder and there’s a white capped loneliness to autumn waters. This is sailing as you imagine. You and your boat etching a path across an empty sea. Of course, the romance disappears when your season-worn chain plate fails or your rudder post concedes defeat. Then and there, you just want a tow home and a swig of something amber colored. All of which makes it worthwhile to know a little about the maritime law of tug and tow.Read more
By John Rousmaniere
Over nearly 110 years, Bermuda Races have started at several American ports. But they all finished at the archipelago that nature and God agreed should be located 635 miles off the U.S. coast, just enough to the east of south so that the typical race isn’t a long slog, dead to windward.
Foulies dry in the morning sun after the finish in 2012. © John RousmaniereRead more
By Nancy Kaull & Paul Jacobs
On Monday, January 13, we drove to the home of our good friends Lauren & Tom Rankin in East Greenwich, RI, then on to JFK for a 5:40 am flight to Miami. After 2.5 hours in Miami, we arrived at Hewanorra-Vieux Fort airport at the southern end of St. Lucia at 3:35 pm. It was a long day but we were all in a lovely, warm place. We arrived at the Sunsail/Moorings base in Rodney Bay at the northwest corner of the island at 7 pm, and were met by the base manager and shown to our boat, Skoolzout.
Twin reefs and many shades of blue, Tobago Cays © Nancy KaullRead more
By Shelia Plaisance
Wind, water and waves were key ingredients on September 19, 2015 as Indian Harbor Yacht Club provided a picturesque backdrop for a race of classic yachts visiting Greenwich, CT from across the East Coast. The race was their 6th Classic Yacht Regatta. The event is the second regatta in Western Long Island Sound for classics that is part of the Long Island Sound Classic Yacht Regatta series.
Jared Abrams’ Friendship Sloop Natanya chases Jim Fogarty’s Rozinante Cadenza. © Emily Ferguson
This year, a record 39 boats participated ranging in size from 18-foot Marshall catboats to the 90-foot Spirit of Tradition designed yawl Bequia. They also ranged in age, with most of the fleet being built in the 1920s through 1950s.Read more
The other night, after a round of proofreading the magazine that you’re reading, I watched one of my favorite movies. In a scene from The Freshman, Matthew Broderick’s character Clark Kellogg is a college student thrust into a daunting situation after being robbed the minute he arrives in New York City to begin film school. Accepting a shady job from a would-be mafia boss in hopes of recouping some of his loss and the web of issues it creates, Clark is clearly overwhelmed.Read more
Young participants in the America’s Cup community sailing initiative, Endeavour, will learn to harness the power of wind wherever they are with the addition of Blokart International ltd. as an Official Supplier. The high performance wheeled land sailing karts will be used for training and racing.