By Steve Keen
Head Doublehanded Coach, LISOT Youth Sailing Team
Having coached many double-handed teams, mainly in the 470, I420 and C420, to podium finishes in World and Continental Championships, as well as literally hundreds of teams at regattas from Olympic training events to small local regattas, I’ve seen time and time again that the work of the crew is critical to ensuring a team’s success.
LISOT sailors Spencer McDonough (on the wire) and Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (helm) at the 420 Junior European Championships on Italy’s Lago di Garda © Lori Lewandoski KeenRead more
Lewmar, a leading sailboat and powerboat hardware supplier headquartered in Hampshire, UK and Guilford, CT, has opened a new sales office at Newport Shipyard in Newport, RI. A manufacturer of anchor windlasses, bow thrusters, hatches and portlights, sailboat hardware, winches, and steering, systems, Lewmar is committed to growing the U.S. market and widening its footprint on the power and sailing yacht markets by offering greater access to its services and products for current and future clients.Read more
How global warming changes our favorite places
By Hilary Kotoun, Social Impact Director, Sailors for the Sea
“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist: the threat is rather to life itself. – Rachel Carson
The boating community exists in the boundary where land meets water, and today that boundary’s location is changing due to the impacts of global warming. Whether you hope to cruise San Francisco Bay where the backup of seawater into the sewage systems is a reoccurring problem, or race in Miami, FL where the ocean blankets the streets at high tide, global warming is currently impacting boaters all around the United States.Read more
The mass migration of sailors and boats is drawing near. From June 21-26, 2015 the 50th anniversary of Block Island Race Week will take place. Racers can look forward to the type of action that they have been accustomed to throughout the years, with tight competition, a hard-working race committee, great organization on shore and off, excellent tent parties, and other shoreside events and amenities.
But the Storm Trysail Club has even more in store for 2015. This year competitor’s can join feeder races leaving from Rye, NY, Fishers Island, NY and Newport, RI, all beginning on June 20, with a finish line just outside the Great Salt Pond.Read more
With financing now in place, construction of the Deepwater Wind Block Island project is underway. Foundations for the five offshore wind turbines are scheduled to be installed at a location approximately three miles southeast of Block Island this summer. Deepwater Wind Block Island, which will be America’s first offshore wind farm, will be in-service in the fourth quarter of 2016.Read more
Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, RI-based conservation organization, will partner with the Cruising Club of America (CCA), an international organization of over 1,300 sailors, to further both organizations’ commitment to protect the ocean.
The Newport Bermuda Race, co-sponsored by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, is a Sailors for the Sea Gold Level Clean Regatta. © Stephen CloutierRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
When I was scanning the docket entries from a recent lawsuit involving a crew member’s claim for unpaid wages in connection with a racing syndicate preparing for the America’s Cup, it reminded me of that line from Dr. Seuss about how business has got to grow, “regardless of crummies in tummies, you know!” Somehow those rhymes neatly capture how clinically businesses can operate and I get the impression America’s Cup racing syndicates aren’t much different. Anyway, the lawsuit raises some interesting issues about crew members and unpaid wage claims worthy of luffing up and considering.Read more
By Andy Baker
Buying or investing in a boat is a multiple step process, and there are many things that will affect the end result. I will be discussing two of the very important steps that you will be undergoing while in your search for the perfect boat for you and possibly your family.Read more
By Deirdre Frost
Early this year I finally obtained confirmation to go to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta after many years of seeing stunning photos of previous challenges on this lively Caribbean island. Coming to this regatta is like going to a fraternity party, especially meeting all kinds of people who are there for the party atmosphere.
Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 trimaran phaedo3 (GB) recorded the fastest time in the Around the Island Race. © Jouany Christophe
In early March, people from all over descend on this island paradise to take part in this gathering of racing yachts, competing separately in 18 different classes.
This three-day extravaganza is full of action from daybreak to sundown, with fellow yachtsmen coming not only to sail, but to revel in music and experience the nightly festivities. While the competition is intense on the water, the party atmosphere takes over at twilight with plenty of food, drink and live music.Read more