The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is well underway, and this race around the world will make its only North American Stopover in Newport, Rhode Island in May. A Race Village is created in each of the 11 Host Cities (in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, South America and North America) so that fans can watch the world’s best sailors in action, and to spread the event’s message of the importance of saving our oceans.
Race fans will get an up-close look at the Volvo Ocean 65s when the fleet docks at Fort Adams in May. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
With its global reach and elite level competition, the Volvo Ocean Race is akin to Formula 1, although Race Village visitors have much, much better opportunities to actually meet the competitors. To learn more about the Race Villages (particularly the one in Newport, Rhode Island), we spoke with Peter Ansell, the Volvo Ocean Race Operations Director, and Kim Cooper, the Marketing Director at Sail Newport and Volvo Ocean Race Newport.
The Connecticut River Museum (CRM) located in the historic Steamboat Dock building in Essex, CT, has once again partnered with Connecticut River Expeditions to offer Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises in February and March. These popular trips are a chance to get out on the River in winter to see bald eagles, as well as other winter species that visit the estuary such as harbor seals.
A harbor seal lounges on the Connecticut River ice. © Bill YuleRead more
Les Iles Sous le Vent
By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs
Editor’s note: This article is an abridged excerpt from the authors’ excellent book, Voyages: Stories of ten Sunsail owner cruises.
Authors’ note: The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.
When Nancy and I were initially contemplating becoming members of the Sunsail ownership program back in 2009, we carefully scanned the long list of bases scattered around the world. Both of us quickly spied “French Polynesia” on the list and exclaimed, “Wouldn’t that be incredibly special?” Well, it was now late in 2012, and Nancy had carefully hoarded all available PPL time at her job with the American Mathematical Society in Providence. Thus, it was now possible for us to sail “Les Iles Sous le Vent” (the islands under the wind), not for two weeks, but three!
The very lovely Sunsail base, located on the northwest corner of Raiatea © Nancy G. KaullRead more
By Joe Cooper
As sailors we know, at some level, that we are part of a remarkable community. If you drive into a new town and drive down to the docks, you will look at the boats more or less by yourself, generally as a stranger, an outsider, a landsman. If on the other hand you arrive by boat, within about 20 minutes of turning off the engine or putting the sail cover on you will know half the other sailors on the dock. You will be exchanging comments about the varnish, how you like the sun panel or the wind turbine on the stern, the boat’s performance, the Bimini, the GPS TV on the binnacle, who you know who has the same (fill in the blank)…and so on. I was reminded of this very communal aspect of sailors last Halloween.Read more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Here’s how the story goes. In the dead of winter, two duck hunters and their trusty hunting dog drive their brand-new Range Rover out on to the ice of (choose: _______ [a] Long Island Sound, [b] Moriches Bay, [c] Shinnecock Bay, [d] Great South Bay, [e] body of water of your choice) and, seeing that there are no open leads to entice migratory birds to land, take out a stick of dynamite, light it and throw it as far out on the ice as they can. The plan is simple. The dynamite blows a substantial hole in the ice; they get back in the car and run the heater until the migratory birds arrive. They step out with their shotguns full of birdshot and bag much of the flock.Read more
Captain Henry Marx of Stamford, CT is the recipient of the Storm Trysail Club’s 2018 Owen C. Torrey Memorial Trophy. The presentation was made at the club’s Long Island Sound Station Holiday Party in Larchmont, NY. The trophy is awarded annually to the person who, in the opinion of the Flag Officers and Board of Governors, has rendered “Outstanding Service” to the Storm Trysail Club.
Leggie Torrey, Storm Trysail Club Commodore Lenny Sitar, and Captain Henry Marx with the 2018 Owen C. Torrey Memorial Trophy © Howard McMichaelRead more
Landfall in Stamford, CT provides a full range of safety equipment, and the Landfall Marine Training Center offers a wide variety of educational courses for sailors and powerboaters alike.
The crew of Connell Cannon’s Alden 63 Verissimo (pictured at the start of the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race) has completed several courses at the Landfall Marine Training Center. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
“Our educational effort focuses on making everyone’s time on the water enjoyable and safer,” said Captain Henry Marx, President of Landfall. “With the 51st edition of the Newport Bermuda Race coming up, we reached out to a good friend and Landfall customer, Connell Cannon of Jamestown, RI to get his thoughts on preparing for this year’s race. Connell has raced his Alden 63 Verissimo in several Newport Bermuda Races and the Marblehead to Halifax Race. In 2016, Verissimo won line honors in the Cruiser division and second in class in the Newport Bermuda Race.”Read more
I dislike the use of the term ‘Bucket List’ to order those events or experiences we wish to do before it’s ‘too late.’ We all have things we’d love to see and accomplish, and regardless, everything we do is on our so-called bucket list because, well, you ain’t gonna summit Everest after you’ve kicked it unless someone carries you up there in a tin can. I have my, call it, ‘to-do list’ and Everest is nowhere on it. But there is some adventure and challenge, most of which involves sailing in some form or fashion. Go figure.
On the cover: James “T” Thieler’s DN iceboat at the completion of a high speed spinout during the 2016 DN North American Championships. © John StantonRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
When you read this, the holiday wrapping and New Year’s happenings will be lost in a frothy wake of tinsel and eggnog. Memories of your overstuffed cousin and cloying father-in-law (“Call me ‘Pop’”) are harder to shake. Sometimes, you get marked up most by things you have to tolerate with a grin and a nod, which observation brings me neatly around the windward mark and headed downwind. Staggering upright, let me list the annoyances flooding past my legs during last year and, yeah, you legal wonks, I worked a few maritime legal bytes into the mix, so go grab a can of bulkhead remover and relax.Read more
The Blue Water Sailing Club is hosting three off-water seminars designed to enhance the enjoyment and safety of cruisers and offshore sailors. The first is DIY Solar Panel and Refrigeration: Planning and Installation. BWSC member Bernie Coyne will discuss his recent project of adding solar panels and new refrigeration to his J/46 Mystic Rose. The seminar is January 13 from 9:15am - 12pm at the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, MA. Coyne will be joined by BWSC member Steve Lee, who will discuss a simpler, out-of-the-box approach to solar. The cost is $10 per person. Participants are required to register by January 10 at bluewatersc.org.Read more