North Sails will be the Official Regatta Support Partner for the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, which starts September 8-13 in Newport, RI.Read more
The winner of the Best Innovation category in Sailing World’s 2014 Boat of the Year awards, the Tiwal 3.2 is the world’s first high performance sailing dinghy. Designed for sailors who want a fun-to-sail boat without the hassles of trailering, cartopping, maintenance and storage, the 10.5-foot (3.2 meters), 111-pound boat can be inflated, rigged and launched in under 20 minutes, and stores neatly in two bags.
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Dream Yacht Charter and Yachting Education in Annapolis, MD have launched the only catamaran sailing school in the U.S. with international chartering accreditation. Aboard a 41-foot Lipari catamaran with the guidance of experienced, certified instructors, students will master essential skills including maneuvering in tight quarters, docking a large sailing vessel, dropping and picking up anchors and mooring balls, setting sails and navigating a large vessel with complete control, communicating with a crew like a professional and more. Graduates will obtain certification to bareboat charter and sail a yacht anywhere in the world.Read more
The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race has added a new class for sailors between the ages of 16 and 22. “The Marion Bermuda Race recognizes that there is an age gap in participants of offshore racing, and understandably so,” said Ray Cullum, Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA, a co-supporter of the event along with the Blue Water Sailing Club in Boston, MA and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in Paget, Bermuda. “It takes time to have the means to invest in a solid cruising boat and the
Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Andrews 70 Shindig claimed line honors in the 2013 Marion Bermuda Race. © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon
resources to put it together to do an offshore event. For years, the Naval Academy and Mass Maritime have fielded boats with a select group of 18- to 22-year-old sailors and have done very well.
By Ben Carey
There are critical decisions being made this fall about the future of New England’s marine protected areas. In May, I signed on for my second hitch as first officer aboard American Promise, a 60-footer made famous by Dodge Morgan, who broke the solo non-stop circumnavigation record in 1986. Now owned by Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, she is their platform for coastal marine debris cleanup, pollution research, public outreach and a host vessel for visiting scientists.
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The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
By James W. Graham
Published by ForeEdge/University Press of New England 272 pages hardcover $29.95 (ebook $22.95)
American businessman Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. was an avid sailor, and in 1932 he purchased a 25-foot gaff-rigged sloop to enjoy on the waters of Nantucket Sound with his wife Rose and their nine children. Although the family owned many sailboats, this one, a Wianno Senior named Victura, was the favorite. The Kennedys owned and cherished Victura for nearly half a century, and Joe Jr., Jack, Bobby and Ted spent countless hours racing her. Joe Jr. and Jack ranked among the top collegiate sailors in the Northeast, perhaps due in part to the fact their father was known to become incensed if he observed a lack of effort by any of them in a race. Eunice was also an excellent sailor, easily the equal of any of her brothers.Read more
A Century on Nantucket Sound
By Stan Grayson, Foreword by Llewellyn Howland III
Published by Tilbury House and the Wianno Senior Class
Association, 264 pages hardcover $49.95
One of the most enduring one-designs in the United States, the Wianno Senior was commissioned by a group of sailors at the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, MA. Designed by Horace Manly Crosby, a member of the family that built the famous Crosby catboats, the first Wianno Senior was launched in 1914.With its shallow draft and centerboard, the 25-foot gaff-rigged sloop was well suited for the shallow waters and swift-flowing currents of Nantucket Sound, where it is raced enthusiastically to this day.Read more
Fourteen years ago Express 37 sailors Mort Weintraub and Adam Loory came up with a regatta idea to spur big boat racing by bringing back port-to-port racing with well attended parties. Both sailors fondly remember doing distance races on Lake Michigan where races finished across the lake in small towns where everyone went to the post race party and then slept on their boats before racing home. Too many races end with competitors scattering to their home clubs on the opposite side of Long Island Sound. Huguenot Yacht Club in New Rochelle, NY, adopted the idea and has made Expressly For Fun a standout event on the club’s yachting calendar.Read more
By Vincent Pica
District Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Hurricane season is in gear. Arthur piled up water along the eastern seaboard last month before heading out into the Atlantic. This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows, which are what distant storms leave us. Lest one of us comes to grief…Read more
The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (AHYC) Ms. Race, a race for women by women in the deep blue shadow of the New York City skyline, celebrates its tenth anniversary as a successful charity regatta. Founded in 2005 by a group of female sailors at AHYC in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, the AHYC Ms. Race takes place on Sandy Hook Bay, with proceeds donated directly to 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc., a private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Monmouth County.