By Laura Beigel
The fourth annual Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment, formerly known as the Secor Volvo Race, will be sailed July 12 and 13, 2018. This one-of-a-kind event is modeled after the Volvo Ocean Race, and participants between the ages of 12 and 18 race 420s on a 20-mile course in Fishers Island Sound in an experience normally reserved for older sailors.
As in “the other Volvo,” participants in The Dinghy Race by Volvo Construction Equipment sail distance legs and make stopovers. © Clay Burkhalther/burkhalterphotos.comRead 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
Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT has announced the launch of its new brand identity, with the introduction of the addition of Museum to its name and a redesigned logo, website, and large-scale ad campaign. The launch is a key element of the Museum’s strategic plan to expand the reach and relevance of the Museum by positioning itself as a more modern and relevant cultural center that strives to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.Read more
A re-envisioned Soundkeeper patrol season has officially begun. Save the Sound launched its patrol boat, the Terry Backer, on May 11 at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, CT and patrolled to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, the vessel’s homeport. This represents Soundkeeper’s 31st season since its beginning in 1987, although it’s Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucey’s first full season.
Soundkeeper Bill Lucey at the helm of his patrol boat last year with Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and CFE/Save the Sound board member Kiki Kennedy, MD ©savethesound.orgRead more
By David Dellenbaugh
Good boatspeed is perhaps the single most important ingredient for success in sailboat racing, no matter where you are on the racecourse. When you’re going fast you can sail around other boats, avoid bad air, point high, make up for mistakes and generally do a lot of things that make you look smart.
When you approach the first mark, it’s easy to get distracted by everything that’s happening. There are usually lots of boats around, for example, and it often seems like half your crew is getting the chute ready. However, when you are distracted, most likely you aren’t sailing your boat too quickly. Therefore, as you get closer to the mark, it’s very important to stay focused on maintaining speed, especially for the helmsperson and sail trimmers. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, RI will be the home base for Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) youth team, who are sailing the R/P 63 mini-maxi Gambler in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race.
Double Threat: The Young American Sailing Academy (pictured here aboard Young American in last year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race) has two boats entered in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
Hinckley is providing logistical support during the lead-up to the race, which starts Friday, June 15, 2018 and will continue through the Transatlantic Race 2019 that begins in Newport, RI next June. In addition to the Gambler team, Hinckley will provide support to YASA’s J/105 Young American out of their Hinckley Service Yard in Stamford, CT.Read more
The 51st Newport Bermuda Race starts Friday, June 15, 2018 and the event is again proud to join the race to restore ocean health with the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas program. The ocean is in crisis – every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean from land, and 40% of the oceans are heavily affected by human activity, including pollution, overfishing and destructive fishing practices, and the loss of coastal habitats.
Protecting Bermuda’s pristine waters for all is a top priority of the Newport Bermuda Race. Photo courtesy Bermuda Tourism AuthorityRead more
Rozalia Project, a Granville, VT-based non-profit organization with a mission to clean and protect our ocean, is seeking volunteer crew members for expeditions this summer aboard the greenest sailing research vessel in the world, the 60-foot American Promise.
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A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening
By Captain Liz Clark
Published by Patagonia 336 pages hardcover $35
A seven-month family cruise along the Pacific Coast of Mexico left a powerful imprint on 9-year-old Liz Clark. Upon returning home, Liz knew she wanted to devote her life to protecting the ocean…and to be the captain of her own sailboat. Liz fell in love with surfing while earning her BA in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and that’s where she met the mentor who would help make her dream a reality.Read more
A Biography of Victor Kovalenko
By Roger Vaughan
Published by Altamira-Verlag GmbH 282 pages
Sailors coached by Victor Kovalenko have won ten medals in eight Olympic Games, six of them gold. As John Bertrand (who skippered Australia II to victory in a certain regatta in the waters off Newport, RI in 1983) observes in the Foreword, Kovalenko is the most successful Olympic sailing coach the world has ever seen.
Cover photo © Daniel Forster/Altamira Creation AG
Born in Ukraine in 1950, Kovalenko was a national champion in the Flying Dutchman (1974) and 470 (1981), but in the wake of the USSR’s boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics he turned part-time coaching into a full-time career. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics (the inaugural year for Women’s Olympic Sailing), he coached the relatively inexperienced team of Larisa Moskalenko and Iryna Chunykhovska to a bronze medal in the Women’s 470.Read more