By Joe Cooper & Colin Shearley
There are a number of disconnected and independent Kapers afoot around the waterfront, all aimed at getting young people, teenagers and college kids interested in, and more time on, ‘big boats.’ On Long Island Sound, MudRatz and the Young American Sailing Academy are the two most obvious. On Narragansett Bay, Newport, Conanicut and Ida Lewis Yacht Clubs have programs of various densities aimed at getting this cohort sailing time without the stress of dinghy sailing, and Sail Newport is developing a similar program. The Storm Trysail Foundation and their Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminars spread the word up and down the East Coast, and efforts are underway in the Great Lakes and West Coast to grow this program. In a number of clubs, there are individual members who will take young sailors out in ones and twos on an infrequent basis with no really planned and executed instruction nor really any captured, measurable results. Outside these efforts, all is desert.
While he’s keen to race big boats and perhaps one day have a job like Vestas 11th Hour Racing bowman Nick Dana (pictured here at the start of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18), 11-year-old Colin Shearley hopes the sport takes steps to improve safety. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
By Captain Joy Sherman
Who knew back in 1981 when two single women decided to start the Shoreline Sailing Club (SSC), that it would continue to flourish and be responsible for many marriages, lifelong friendships and a social life that’s unstoppable, 37 years later?
“One of the greatest perks of the Shoreline Sailing Club is the bond that is formed between our members,” says Commodore Betty Kovel, pictured here enjoying a day on Long Island Sound. © ShorelineSailingClub.com
With more than 40 terrific skippers with sail- and powerboats from 25 to 42 feet, the club is gearing up with our summer sailing and boating calendar. Sails to many locations around Long Island Sound, Block Island, Sag Harbor, a weeklong cruise, and many other activities are planned. In addition to a full sailing calendar, there are land-based parties for the 170-plus members called “Docksides” where a member hosts a party at their home or other venue. During the winter there are movie nights, music and stage performances, Halloween and holiday events that keep members busy all winter long.Read more
By Julianna Barbieri
The French/Italian team #145 Eärendil (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany), co-skippered by Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani, captured the 2018 Atlantic Cup, the United States’ premier and only dedicated Class40 sailing race.
Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani sailed Eärendil to victory in the 2018 Atlantic Cup. © Billy Black
Eärendil dominated the two offshore legs and held on to a narrow advantage as #128 Toothface II (Boston, MA), co-skippered by Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné, closed the gap with exceptional racing in the Inshore Series. The Portland, ME-based #127 Amhas, co-skippered by Micah Davis and Rob Windsor, placed third after a consistent performance throughout the two-week event.Read more
By Sean Duclay
Editor’s note: Co-founded by brothers Kilian and Sean Duclay of Huntington Station, NY, SailAhead is a non-profit organization that uses sailing and the ocean as a therapeutic platform to help heal U.S. Armed Forces veterans suffering from PTSD. Kilian and Sean were in high school when they launched SailAhead in 2013, and WindCheck is proud to chronicle the amazing work this growing organization is doing. You’ll find archived articles by typing “SailAhead” in the search bar at windcheckmagazine.com.
SailAhead kicked off our 2018 sailing season with the Fifth Annual Gotham Multihull Series in New York City on June 2 & 3, 2018. This regatta is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association rating, and Laurent Apollon, co-founder of the event and a member of the SailAhead Race Team, generously offered his Dragonfly 800 SW Windsinger (renamed SailAhead Tri for the race) to us!
SailAhead raced a Dragonfly 800 in the Firth Annual Gotham Multihull Series. © Laurent Apollon ImagesRead more
By Joan Thayer
More than 100 women sailors, from amateur day sailors to experienced offshore cruisers, arrived at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA on Saturday, June 2, 2018 to share their expertise and learn new skills at the 17th NWSA (National Women’s Sailing Association) Women’s Sailing Conference. Participants, who came from 12 states, chose from 20 different classroom and on-water workshops.
The Flares and Fire Extinguishers Demo was another popular workshop. © Pam FoleyRead more
Essex Corinthian Yacht Club in Essex, CT, in cooperation with Pettipaug Yacht Club (also in Essex), is hosting the 2018 Connecticut River One-Design Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
“Following in the footsteps of past Leukemia Cup events on Long Island Sound, the new Connecticut River One-Design Leukemia Cup Regatta is bringing together sailors and their friends from all over the lower Connecticut River and Eastern Connecticut shoreline,” said Event Chair and ECYC Commodore Ruth Emblin. “This re-designed charity event was created to advance the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
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In choosing this month’s cover photograph, as usual, the WindCheck team had a lot of very good options. When presented with Kerstin’s (Kerstin Fairbend, WindCheck’s Graphic Designer) first choice, part of me groaned. Again?! “Seriously, how many times has that boat been on the cover of WindCheck?”(WindCheck hat for the first one who provides the correct answer). “It seems like every month there is a fantastic photo of her submitted for a cover or a story!” Zep (Chris Szepessy, Editor of WindCheck) said in an almost begrudging way, “But she is beautiful...and what a shot!”Read more
By Ron Weiss
Eighty boats crossed the starting line in big breeze to begin the 73rd edition of the 186 nautical mile Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. The good times lasted until most of the boats had rounded Block, but on the return leg conditions became increasingly variable.
PHRF Class 5 competitors Brian Spears’ J/120 Madison (Fairfield, CT) and Justin Bonar’s Jeanneau 53 YYZ (Stamford, CT) on the way out to Block Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot, copyright 2018
Massive holes appeared at seemingly random times and places; a veritable mine field that the fleet had to pick their way through carefully. The winners attributed their victories to skill, and the non-winners cursed their bad luck. Such is human nature.Read more
Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend, a Martha’s Vineyard tradition anchored by its ’Round-the-Island Race (’RTI) of eight decades, is adding a new ’Round-the-Sound Race (‘RTS) option for teams wanting to sail a shorter course of approximately 20 nautical miles around government marks on Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.
The EYC Race Weekend fleet enjoys last year’s ’Round-the-Island Race. This year’s event will include a shorter ’Round-the-Sound option. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
The ’RTS adds yet another dimension to Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend and is an attractive alternative for those wanting to go a bit easier on Saturday or just even try short-distance racing for the first time.Read more
For more than a quarter-century, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced to raise funds and awareness for Center for Hospice Care, and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go to Regatta” on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association circuit.