US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has named Steve Keen of Stamford, CT as the Developmental Coach of the Year. As the C420 and I420 Head Coach at LISOT (Long Island Sound Youth Sailing Team) for the past five years, Keen has coached an unprecedented number of sailors to national and international podium finishes. In addition to coaching LISOT sailors, in 2012 Keen served as the double-handed coach for US Sailing’s Youth World Team at the ISAF Youth World Championship, and as a coach for the U.S. team at the I420 World and I420 Junior European championships.Read more
The 2013 Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ from February 6 - 10. Hundreds of new boats for all budgets and lifestyles will be on display, including luxury motor and sailing yachts, sport fishers, performance boats, and personal watercraft.
I always look forward to ringing in the New Year by distributing our January/ February edition of WindCheck. As we compile the content for this issue, I usually come up with some cockamamie list of resolutions. None of mine have anything to do with being nicer to my fellow man, eating fewer Twinkies, or getting in shape. Most of my designs for the year include more experiential treatments for the soul – and most have to do with boating. If I am lucky, I realize the completion or achievement of a few by year’s end. During a rather subdued New Year’s Eve (I was sick with the flu), I had the chance to reflect on 2012 and realized that my grand list of needs and wants for the year went undone – completely undone.Read more
by VINCENT PICA CHIEF OF STAFF, FIRST DISTRICT, SOUTHERN REGION (D1SR) UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
We’ve covered many seamanship topics here over the past several years. Topics such as what the COLREGs mean (see WindCheck from June 2010 through November 2011), how to handle heavy seas (WindCheck, “Skippering in Heavy Weather” January 2012) and what to do if the boat’s afire (WindCheck, “Boat’s Afire!” March 2012) have been among the literally hundreds of topics we’ve covered (archived at windcheckmagazine. com>monthly>Captain of the Port). One thing we haven’t covered is the general topic of capsizing. There is a tremendous amount of data on “righting moments,” centers of buoyancy and gravity, thanks to the US Navy and the US Coast Guard and many other institutions who literally live and die by these metrics. We’ve also seen a couple of columns here about wind and waves, which are the agents of capsizing (see Wind, “Wave Theory and Practice” October 2010, “Wave Theory and Practice, Part II,” November 2012 and “Waves Upon, and Within, Waves” December 2012). But there has been very little direct data on what that translates into in terms of your 25-foot boat and 8-foot seas at the Inlet. This column is about that.Read more
The following excerpt is from Chapter 7 of The Sinking of the Bounty: The True Story of a Tragic Shipwreck and its Aftermath, by Matthew Shaer. The Sinking of the Bounty was released in March by The Atavist, a Brooklyn, NY-based digital publisher. Multimedia versions of the e-book – along with Kindle, Kobo and Nook editions – are available at atavist.com/stories/the-sinking-of-the-bounty/Read more