Ocean Planning in New York and the Mid-Atlantic
By Noah Chesnin, Policy Program Manager, New York Seascape Program, and Rebecca Kusa, Coordinator for Onsite Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium
More than 20 million people live in New York City’s metropolitan area and help make the city a cultural and economic hub. But this city’s frenetic energy doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. In many ways, New York’s seascape is as teeming as its streets with human activity that is both diverse and economically important. From boating and fishing (for recreation and income), to shipping and mining, to new uses such as offshore wind development, there’s no end to how we have found ways to utilize our coastal waters.
With the waters of New York Harbor cleaner than at any time in the last 100 years, marine mammals and sharks – including Great Whites – are making a resurgence.Read more
Captain’s Cove Creator has Interplanetary Plans
By Bob Fredericks
The visionary who turned a run-down, city-owned dock in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT into the sprawling marina, restaurant and entertainment complex known as Captain’s Cove Seaport wants to launch a new location — a fish & chips shack on Mars.
Kaye Williams displays the deed to five acres of prime Martian real estate on which he plans to open the planet’s first fish & chips shack. © Bob FredericksRead more
By Grace M. Vincens
When it comes to the perfect summer destination, the quaint town of Watch Hill on Rhode Island’s Little Narragansett Bay is second to none. Upon arrival by boat, you are met with a view of oceanfront stores and restaurants with the historic Ocean House in the background.
The Ocean House one of only eight Forbes Triple Five-Star Hotels in the world. © oceanhouseri.com
Watch Hill sits at the most southwestern point of Rhode Island and benefits from the protection of Long Island. Compared to the glam and glitter of Newport, Watch Hill offers a welcoming, family-oriented community. If you are looking for a place to have a relaxing few days with your family, Watch Hill is the place; there is something for everyone. Whether you enjoy lounging on the beach, shopping, surfing, or entertaining your kids, Watch Hill is the place to do it. As you walk around town, there are dozens of stores and boutiques to shop in and several restaurants for casual or formal dining.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler, Jr., Esq.
I’m an admitted consumer of “boat porn.” It’s not the salacious viewing you’re conjuring. Boat listings (both print and online), boat ‘fail’ videos (including the grainy, but always amusing trailer launch mishaps) and YouTube’s offerings of those living aboard their sailboats are the images I steal away to view. If you watch enough of this stuff, you’re left with the impression that a lot of folks do stupid things and get away unscathed, that luck favors the novice, and that nobody seems much to care about the elements of good seamanship. I’m hoping not to see you, the prudent mariner, in any of this boat porn and here’s a few thoughts for avoiding such a fate.Read more
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association™ (SDSA), a non-profit organization based in Middletown, RI, invites all sailors to join a cruising rally from the Chesapeake to Maine and then, for the first time, a second rally from Maine to Nova Scotia. The Salty Dawg Rally to Maine will leave the Chesapeake Bay on July 8, 2018.
The Rally to Nova Scotia departs Rockland, ME August 8. Stops along the way to enjoy quaint villages, local cuisine and maritime lore are part of each rallyRead more
The Moorings, a yacht charter company based in Clearwater, FL, has partnered with Tropic Ocean Airways, the leading seaplane operator in the eastern United States, to offer a one-of-a-kind travel experience in the Bahamas.
The “Fly & Sail” service allows yacht charterer to reserve a private flight directly to their desired Bahamas destination out of Tropic Ocean Airways’ lounge at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s private FBO, Sheltair, or the Miami Seaplane Base – centrally located between downtown Miami and South Beach on Watson Island. Upon arrival, the private Sail, Power, or all-inclusive Crewed Moorings yacht of choice will be prepped and ready for exploring the Abacos or Exumas.Read more
The Blue Water Sailing Club (BWSC) has announced its cruising schedule for the 2018 sailing season. A limited number of guest boats are invited to join for all or part of any BWSC cruise, provided the guests have a boat greater than 20 feet LWL, preregister, and sign a waiver of liability. Cruising with BWSC provides an opportunity to connect with other sailors and perhaps expand one’s cruising options. It also gives sailors a chance to check out BWSC and consider membership.Read more
By Joan de Regt
My husband John and I were making the run from Isles of Shoals to Provincetown, heading back to our homeport of Rowayton, Connecticut after spending a month in Maine. Both of us were a bit wistful that our cruise was coming to an end, but we were enjoying a lovely day in August, about 10 miles offshore, with no other boats in sight. There was no wind, so we were motoring along at about 7 knots on our Cambria 46 Starlight. (Fun fact, her first owner was Christopher Reeve, who had her built in 1989 and named her Sea Angel.)
The author shares a moment with “Goldie.” © John De RegtRead more
Sailors from the Northeast, including Rich Wilson of Boston, MA, Scott and Kitty Kuhner of Rowayton, CT and Robert E. Drew of Guilford, CT, are among the Cruising Club of America’s (CCA) 2017 award recipients. The awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and the history of yachting, were presented at the organization’s annual Awards Dinner in New York, NY on March 2, 2018.
Rich WilsonRead more
Tips for an Unforgettable Annual Cruise
By Brad Read
To paraphrase Lt. Jonathan Kendrick from A Few Good Men, “I have two books on my bedside table: the Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book and The 12 Volt Bible. The only proper cruising authorities I’m aware of are George W. Eldridge, Donald J. Street, and Robert W. Read.” With that in mind, here are a few things my wife Cara and I have learned over many years of family cruising.