This year marks the 20th anniversary of the design of the Viper 640 and the 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the Class Association. The Viper 640 is now a truly international class, with active fleets in seven nations across three continents.
The world’s best Viper 640 sailors will be competing in Bermuda for the The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG in November. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
The Class Association is celebrating these milestones by hosting the first Viper 640 International Championship - The Aspen Viper 640 International Championship presented by EFG, with sailors competing for a prestigious new trophy open to Viper teams from around the world.Read more
PassageMaker Magazine is presenting a series of Cruiserport University seminars during the Newport International Boat Show in Newport, RI. The seminars will be held directly across Thames Street from the show at the Newport Blues Cafe, and the “headliner” is author and researcher Nigel Calder, who is returning to Rhode Island for the first time in a decade to deliver two technical seminars in his inimitable style.
Nigel CalderRead more
Newport Exhibition Group has announced that its 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show will take place September 15 - 18, 2016 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the premier show in New England, the Newport International Boat Show encompasses over 13 acres and will host hundreds of exhibitors from around the world with new powerboats and sailboats from 16 to 100 feet, plus a variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.To accommodate the growing number of exhibitors this year, Newport Exhibition Group is adding more docks to the North and South side of the marina.Read more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Imagine that you are walking along the sidewalk, trying to get to the coffee shop on the corner. But the person next to you is leaning against your shoulder, keeping pace with you and pushing you away from it. There is only one way you are going to make it to the coffee shop (short of belting the guy!). You have to lean into him to such a degree that you overcome the force of his push and the speed at which he is applying it. This is the essence of “Set and Drift” when navigating as well.Read more
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By George Hoffman
Local sailors know Setauket Harbor as a small, protected harbor on the western shore of Port Jefferson Harbor, situated roughly at the midpoint of the northern coast of Long Island. Legend has it that during the Revolutionary War, Setauket Harbor was Caleb Brewster’s favorite hiding spot to evade British soldiers when rendezvousing with other members of the Culper Spy Ring who had gleaned important information about enemy troop movements that needed to get to General Washington in West Point, New York via Connecticut.
The Riverhead Aquarium's Touch Tank exhibit fascinated both kids and adults alike.Read more
I’ve always identified with a quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Great mentors involve their students. In my academic studies, as well as instructing, coaching and now parenting, I often think of these words. Involve me and I learn. Hands-on training, immersion in a project, even inclusion in brainstorming all help a person to become a better learner, a better crewperson, captain and future mentor.Read more
By Joe Cooper
Congratulations on their remarkable success in the Newport Bermuda Race to the High Noon crew from American Yacht Club’s Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team. There, I said it. By now I reckon every else has said it, but I could not let the chance pass. Good going, ladies and gentlemen.Read more
A practical guide to repairs, installations and maintenance
By Andy Johnson
Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc
192 pages hardcover $45
Electrical systems are a notoriously tricky aspect of boat ownership and maintenance, especially when you consider the damp, salty and bouncy environment in which marine electrical components have to operate. If you want to build confidence and boost your self-sufficiency by learning how to find, prevent and resolve onboard electrical problems, The Boat Electrics Bible is an indispensable, comprehensive guide.Read more
By Dan McFadden
For anyone who has stopped by the shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut over the last six months, it has been a beehive of activity with multiple vessels being worked on at the same time. Officially named the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, the facility was created to enable the museum to maintain and restore its collection of historic watercraft, a task that would be prohibitively expensive to carry out at commercial yard rates. However, the shipyard also has the mission to preserve and teach traditional skills and techniques, and to be a leader in the development and practice of maritime preservation. The shipyard has been doing all of these things in the last year as it comes off an intense period of work on a variety of interesting projects.