By John K. Fulweiler, Jr.
The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown
Published by Flood Tide Press 72 pages paperback $12.95
By Diane Swintal, R. Steven Tsuchiya and Robert Kamins
ORACLE Team USA’s Incredible Comeback to Defend the America’s Cup
Published by International Marine/McGraw Hill Education 218 pages paperback $24
By Paul Jacobs Photos by Nancy Kaull
Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part article that began last month. If you missed our March issue, you can read Part 1 at windcheckmagazine.com.
Marion Bermuda Race Orientation Series
The organizers of the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race are presenting a series of information sessions this month. Created to help sailors prepare for an offshore race to Bermuda, the sessions will be held at West Marine stores throughout the Northeast.
© Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon
Topics include boat qualification, boat and crew preparation, communication and safety equipment, watch schedules, customs requirements, costs and logistics, when to begin preparations, nuances and strategies for navigating Buzzards Bay, the Gulf Stream and the approach to Bermuda, and the hands-on mentoring program provided by the Marion Bermuda Race support team. Presentation times are either 10 am or 2 pm. Contact your local West Marine for the specific time.
Saturday, April 5: Huntington, NY and Port Washington, NY
Sunday, April 6: Haverstraw, NY
Saturday, April 12: Stamford, CT and Old Saybrook, CT
Sunday, April 13: Mystic, CT
Saturday, April 19: Newport, RI and Fairhaven, MA
Sunday, April 20: Marblehead, MA
Saturday, April 26: Woburn, MA and Portsmouth, NH
Sunday, April 27: Portland, ME
The 20th running of the Marion Bermuda Race starts June 19, 2015. Since 1977, this biennial 645-mile ocean race event has been a Corinthian event for amateur sailors aboard cruising and racing/cruising monohull yachts. The race is organized and run entirely by hundreds of volunteer members of The Beverly Yacht Club, The Blue Water Sailing Club and The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. For more information, contact Bob Kostyla at email@example.com or visit marionbermuda.com.Read more
By Joe Citarella
It’s no secret to anyone who sails Long Island Sound that winds during July and August are usually on vacation. The average daylight wind speeds from June to August are the lowest of the year. Sailors know that most of the time you have to wait for the afternoon southwester to get sails filled. Sailing off the wind is particularly challenging (read frustrating) because even when you can get going to windward, when you turn the corner, you sit. Cruisers are typically shorthanded, so setting a symmetrical spinnaker with a pole usually is not practical.Read more
by VINCENT PICA - COMMODORE, FIRST DISTRICT, SOUTHERN REGION (D1SR) - UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Any school child knows, or at least believes, that a terrible storm or other natural phenomena that causes damage to your property, or causes your property (your boat) to damage someone else’s (another boat), is an Act of God. Behind this “fact” lies protection for the insurance company that may, or may not, have to pay (check the fine print and be sure of what you are paying for) or for you when your boat sets down on someone else’s during a storm and sinks it. Or does it? What are the facts?Read more
Many tall ships with homeports in the Northeast offer sail training programs for young people, ranging from marine science classes for elementary school kids to coastal voyages in New England and offshore passages to exotic locales for young adults. Here’s an overview of programs in our region (listed alphabetically), some of which also offer junior sailing instruction in small boats.
By Nathalie Ward, PhD, NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
An International Citizen Science Project for Boaters
By Hugh Lupo
New Devices Automatically Transmit Your Position to Rescuers
By Ed Brown
Last summer, the Fleet 5 Long Island Sound cruise committee decided it was time to revisit Narragansett Bay. To make it interesting, we coordinated the cruise around the WaterFire festival in Providence, RI. Eleven Fleet 5 LIS boats participated in this cruise, including Bob & Marilynn’s The Usual Suspects, Ken & Heather’s Raison D’Etre , Len & Charlotte’s Gone With The Wind, Ed & Kathy’s Celtic Voyager, Bob & Marilyn’s Snowflake II, David & Naomi’s Shalvah, Christian & Marie’s SPIRIT, John & Linda’s Shenanigans, Stanley & Julie’s Frog Prince, Cheryl & Elwin’s Enchante’, and Grif & Carol’s Paramour.Read more