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…
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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
By Diana Tyler
Shennecossett Yacht Club of Groton, CT will again be sponsoring their annual unique regatta on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The SYC Lighthouse Regatta is an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) sanctioned race. With enough interest, the addition of a “fun” class on a separate course is planned, with PHRF numbers assigned by the race committee.
Weather permitting, the plan is to have yachts sent on a 15-mile race up and down Fishers Island Sound. This course encircles three lighthouses with views of several more, making for an exciting navigator’s race. SYC will donate any profits to the New London Maritime Society’s Lighthouse Fund. The society is a group dedicated to the education and preservation of local lighthouses. An illustrated brochure with information about all nine Fishers Island Sound lighthouses will be given to all entrants.
George Bates’ Ensign Bonanza approaches Latimer Reef Light in a recent SYC Lighthouse Regatta.Read more
By Ed Sargent
The Buzzards Bay Trophy was established in 2017 to increase and sustain PHRF yacht racing on Buzzards Bay.
Jim Masiero’s J/122 Ursus Maritimus (Beverly Yacht Club) chases Matt Schmitt’s J/105 Hardtack (Buzzards Yacht Club) in the Beverly YC-sponsored Hurricane Cup. © Paul Hyde
Five clubs in Massachusetts, Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Buzzards Yacht Club in Pocasset, Mattapoisett Yacht Club in Mattapoisett, New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, and Quissett Yacht Club in Falmouth, came together to collectively award the Buzzards Bay Trophy to the Racing and Cruising Class yachts with the best combined score in four of six races:
- Mattapoisett Yacht Club Spring Round-the-Bay Race, June 9
- New Bedford Yacht Club Whaler’s Race, June 23
- Beverly Yacht Club Parker Converse Tower Race, July 14
- Buzzards Yacht Club PHRF Race, August 18
- Quissett Yacht Club Round-the-Bay Race, September 8
- Beverly Yacht Club Hurricane Cup, September 22
In its first full year under new ownership, GMT Composites, Inc. in Bristol, RI has seen continued success in both marine and industrial segments. Jonathan Craig, who started at GMT as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2011 after more than a decade with Fiberspar, took over as President and owner 18 months ago. The company enjoyed strong sales through the year, and has made its first full time hire with Nate Williams as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.
GMT Composites President and owner Jonathan Craig (left) and Nate Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing © gmtcomposites.comRead more
By Rob Roden
The largest amateur sailing prize on the East Coast is up for grabs at the 2018 Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge, organized by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association (PBSA) and scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2018. The winning skipper and crew will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2019.
The crew of the winning boat in the Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2019! © sailingweek.comRead more
By David Dellenbaugh
If you want to be at your optimum performance when the starting signal goes off, you need to warm up beforehand so you are ready, both physically and mentally. Here are some things you can do to prepare for any race:
In-Command Seamanship Training, located at Wickford Boat Rentals in Wickford, RI, has been certified as a US Powerboating Training Center, one of only 34 in the continental United States. In-Command Seamanship Training Center supports the mission of US Powerboating by providing recreational boaters of all skill levels with access to hands-on, on-the-water training and educational courses.Read more