By Joe Cooper
Patient and regular readers will recall my observations on the Community that is sailing. The difference in arriving in a town by car or by boat is vast. Newport is fortunate in that all of the folks in the sailing game basically respond the same way. “Oh, that broke? Well, I have a size-three, double-flange, left-handed framus-dingus, with low hours in it, that will work if you want it…call me.” Happens all the time, right?
Kelsey Britton, an instructor at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades, steps aboard the lovingly restored Kate. © Joe Cooper/joecoopersailing.comRead more
Captain Henry E. Marx, Master Mariner and founder of Landfall in Stamford, CT, crossed the bar on June 28, 2018. A lifelong mariner, Capt. Marx saw service in the U.S. Navy and the Norwegian Merchant Marine, and delivered yachts along the East and West Coasts for over 20 years. He acquired Landfall Navigation, the marine navigation and safety equipment chandlery, in 1982.
He authored a navigation video titled Loran C: A Navigator’s Approach, was a well-respected navigation and marine safety instructor, served on the Marine Board Nautical Chart Committee, was a member of the Cruising club of America and the Storm Trysail Club, an advisor to US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee, and co-founder and Chairman of the Stamford Sailing Foundation.Read more
By James Gallacher
The inaugural reboot of the ‘off-year’ Block Island Race Week, co-hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club (Westbrook, CT) and Block Island Yacht Club June 17 - 22, is in the books.
Impetuous, a Swan 42 owned by longtime Race Week competitor Paul Zabetakis, claimed the overall win. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
We were able to get four good days of racing in, with only one shore day (too much wind). The race committee, run ably by PRO Sue Reilly, did a great job getting the races going and a great job knowing when it was time to go back to the barn. Mudslides taste better when you’re not too gassed to enjoy them.Read more
By Brian Hayes, Sr.
Sixteen teams from seven countries competed in the 2018 Lightning Youth World Championship. The Nautical Athletic Club of Voula, with support from the Yacht Club of Greece, hosted this International Lightning Class Association regatta in the waters off Athens, Greece from July 3 - 7, 2018.
The 2018 Lightning Youth World Champions are (l - r) Jeff Hayden, Brian Hayes, Jr. and Meredith Ryan. © Nigel Vick
Four teams representing the USA (including three-time Lightning Junior North American Champions Tanner Probst, Jenna Probst and Maya Weber) were in attendance, along with four teams from host country Greece, three from Canada, two from Finland, and one each from Brazil, Chile and Peru.Read more
One of the world’s finest marine artists, Russ Kramer creates paintings of great moments in yachting history that provide a remarkable sense of “being there.” From America vanquishing the Brits in 1851 to Finisterre in a stormy Gulf Stream over a century later, you can almost feel the spray on your face.
“I grew up on Long Island until my early teens, then Tampa Bay,” says Russ. “I remember sailing in summer camp on the Sound, but most of my experience came afterward. I had a 9-foot Catyak, which I would lash trampoline-down to the top of my Fiat X1/9 and head to the beach for a sail. One day, I got too tired (lazy) and left it overnight. Of course, it was gone the next day. I hope whoever stole it had as much fun as I did…that little boat could fly.”Read more
On Saturday, August 18, 2018 the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ will host the 14th Annual Ms. Race, a charity race created to benefit and raise awareness for 180 Turning Lives Around (180nj.org), a Monmouth County-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. All proceeds from the Ms. Race and other related events throughout the year are donated to 180.
Karen Harris’ J/120 Cygni crosses Lauren Pepsny’s Beneteau First 40.7 Overlap in last year’s Ms. Race. © Thomas GardnerRead more
The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society has announced that Lighthouse Music Festival will be held in Huntington Bay, NY on Saturday, September 1, 2018. This unique fundraising event, the only music festival in the world held on top of a working lighthouse in the middle of the water, supports the non-profit organization’s mission to restore and preserve the historic lighthouse.
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By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Hurricane season is in gear. This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows – which are what distant storms often leave us. Lest one of us comes to grief…
Courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant College Program
The Season Begins
By Peter J. Coleman
Now the season has begun, and it’s time to put the seven tips we discussed last month into practice. Let’s look at a few important ways to implement those in mid-season competition.
Keeping everything simple and straightforward on the racecourse – and avoiding mistakes! – is fundamental to achieving good results. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
The goal is to improve all summer long and if you do, the fun factor will be very high! But, be warned, missteps and thus lack of reward and the lack of the ability to improve can be caused by not following some simple steps.Read more
Longtime WindCheck readers may recall this reviewer’s admiration for the music of the late, great Stan Rogers (1949-1983). Stan, who lost his life in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 while returning home from the Kerrville Folk Festival, left a body of work that’s been called “one of the touchstones of modern Canadian history.” We’ll not see his like again.Read more