Editor’s note: The Boating Barrister column “Do the Rules of the Road Work?” by John K. Fulweiler, Esq. in our July issue raised some interesting questions.
Anent your article on Rules of the Road in WindCheck, we encountered the same question on a much smaller scale in the 1970s when I was a member of the International Regulations Committee of the International Yacht Racing Union.
The committee worked under the international organization in charge of the regs, but also on an Inland Rules promulgated by nations in Europe. An example involves sailboards, which had become a hazard in constricted passages and crowded lakes, similar to your observations about sailing vessels proceeding at 40 knots and making changes in course that other traffic has no way of predicting. Some of the Low Countries declassified sailboats as sailing craft, making it their responsibility to avoid collisions.Read more
One of the most difficult decisions for a captain and crew to make in the sport of sailing is when to call it quits. There are many reasons to pull out of a race: no wind, too much wind, illness, and damage to the boat among them. And yet in more than 35 years of racing I had never withdrawn from a distance race until the Chicago Yacht Club’s 109th Race to Mackinac in July.Read more
Scuttlebutt Sailing News recently published a write-up about WindCheck (issue 4860). Being recognized as a vital part of the sailing community by such a well respected publication and Editor as Scuttlebutt and Craig Leweck is humbling, to say the least. It makes me proud. The title of the piece is “The Ties That Bind.” It got me thinking of all the ties that I have with the great contributors, advertisers and sailors featured on the pages of this magazine, some of whom I have known for years; others as a result of the work we do at the magazine. Sailing has given me some of the closest and most valued friendships in my life and WindCheck has contributed greatly to that.Read more
I love walking a boat show, especially a spring show. Everyone is excited for the coming season and all it will bring. Last month, WindCheck organized the Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Brewer Essex Island Marina, in Essex, CT. We’re proud to be part of this terrific event and partner with Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America and YachtWorld to make it happen.Read more
Editor’s note: Many of our readers enjoyed an article in our April issue by Helen A. Jankoski entitled “Stonington Dinghy Club Celebrates 50 Years of Fun.” Longtime SDC sailor Kathy Sinnett had this to say:
Proud to be part of the Wednesday night sailing. Great people, fun and food!
Kathy Sinnett, via email
There are few moments so rewarding as completing a complex or difficult task. And when that task is completed to expectation or above, we are rewarded with a big exhale of relief and accomplishment…and maybe even a cold beer. I know it’s already May and the time for bellyaching about getting the boat ready should be well behind us, but as we often experience here in the Northeast, our weather this spring was less than predictable; Mother Nature despondently holding onto the cold and wet far too long. But, as soon as the needle on the seasonal barometer rises and the temp on the thermometer signals a green light, it’s time to exhale, pull the sails and summer clothes out of the closet and chuck the skis and sweaters to the back. I would normally be sharing these sentiments in our April issue, but this year we seemed to be mired down in winter well into commissioning season and go-time hurried in quickly. No time to exhale (or have that cold beer) yet!Read more
Dexter Alden Holaday, a lifelong resident of Noank, CT, crossed the bar on April 10. He was 72.
A nationally and internationally known yacht surveyor, Holaday was a U. S. Navy veteran who served aboard the submarines USS Tusk and the USS Angler during the Cold War. He attended the University of Connecticut, the University of Rhode Island, Mitchell College, Middlesex College, Suffolk University Law School, Three Rivers College and the Westlawn School of Yacht Design. He received a Masters Degree in Marine Surveying from the State of Connecticut and held a U. S. Coast Guard license for over 40 years. Additionally, he spent many years as a service/yard manager at several marinas in southeastern Connecticut.Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Derek Rupe’s article “Adventures in Docking” [April 2017].
It reminded of the words my father told us when we grew up sailing out of Norwalk, CT. He said there are two ways to dock a boat. The first is to come in like the summer blockbuster that everyone remembers, and the second is to come in like that B movie that everyone forgets. He’d say, “Let’s try to be that B movie! I’ve shared that story with my children and over the years I am very thankful they “make me look good” coming in.
Carleton Mitchell, an American yachtsman, is quoted in saying: “The trickiest part of a voyage or cruise may turn out to be the short leg between any harbor entrance and dock, both on the way in and the way out.”
Alan H. Liebnick, Fleet Captain, Milford Yacht Club, Milford, CT
Editor’s Note: Many readers enjoyed our interview with author and safety at sea advocate John Rousmaniere and we recently received this letter:
Dear Mr. Rousmaniere,
Wonderful interview and much appreciated emphasis on safety. I just finished reading Fastnet, Force 10. Thank you for the poignant and riveting story of the Fastnet Race of 1979. As a “landlubber,” your account gifted me a better understanding of the sport of sailing, while imparting to me a profound respect for those men and women who fully engage their love of sailing, providing us armchair sailors with a sense of something we’ve never experienced.Read more
One of the articles many readers anticipate seeing in every issue of WindCheck is Sound Environment. Since our very first issue in 2002, WindCheck has featured – at least once monthly – articles about environmentally relevant and important topics such as beach cleanups, clean regatta practices, water quality issues, protecting marine wildlife, and many other rallying calls for an ecological cause.Read more