My father was an artisan. He loved craft and beauty. So much so that as a kid, if I wanted to fashion a new Laser tiller in his shop, I had to be sure to cut and drill the Montreal hockey stick and attach the PVC tube for a tiller extension when he was not around. Otherwise, while he might appreciate my logic for the weight-to-strength ratio of those laminated Montreal shafts, he would be far more concerned with why I had not chosen mahogany. And which plane was I going to use to round the edges before sanding them? And wasn’t I going to varnish it (four coats minimum, seven coats recommended)? And when did I need it by? And no, today was definitely not going to happen.Read more
The Vineyard Race will be celebrating a special anniversary this year. The 80th running of the Labor Day weekend classic, hosted by Stamford Yacht Club, starts Friday, August 29. The race offers competitors a choice of options to fit every racing style and need. There will be IRC, HPR and PHRF Spinnaker, Multihull and IRC Double-handed divisions for the classic 238-nautical mile Vineyard Race course out to Buzzards Bay and back. If there are sufficient entries, a PHRF Double-handed division may be formed as well. There will be PHRF Spinnaker and Nonspinnaker divisions for the shorter Cornfield Point (116 NM) and Seaflower Reef (143 NM) courses inside Long Island Sound and may include PHRF Double-handed if there is a demand. There will also be special PHRF classic boat scoring on the Vineyard Race course for the Bounding Home Trophy.Read more
A guide for all sailors and conditions
By Campbell Woods @ Landfall
Sailing clothing and equipment uses some of the most advanced fabric and technology of any apparel in the world. Driven by extreme conditions and demands placed on this gear by sailing athletes, sailing gear must work in highly variable, and sometimes extremely harsh, environments.
© Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
An enormous range of temperatures and the constant presence of water from both spray and weather make building clothing for this sport extremely challenging. Many of the world’s most popular brands in outerwear use the sport of sailing to cut their teeth on the newest and best products. Indeed, a climb to the top of Mount Everest will not present you with the same diversity of challenges as sailing around the world. This article will help you to understand the latest in marine fabric technology and what it does for you. We will also examine some of the labeling systems used by popular brands such as Gill, Musto, Zhik, etc.Read more
Malabar VII, 1926 Bermuda Race
Malabar VII, skippered by her designer John G. Alden, won the 1926 Bermuda Race, sailed in that year from New London, CT. She took the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Bermuda Race Trophy as her prize. This was the first year that the Cruising Club of America teamed up with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club as co-organizers of the race. In 1936, the starting line was moved to Newport, RI and the race became known as the Newport BermudaRace. The 49th edition of the 635-mile race starts Friday, June 20, 2014.
Photo courtesy of Alden Yachts
By John Rousmaniere
New Awards Offered, Safety Seminar Scheduled & Tips for Watching the Start
The Newport Bermuda Race entry list held strong as of the first week of May, with 176 boats signed up for the 49th “Thrash to the Onion Patch” that starts on Friday, June 20. Entries in several of the six divisions are running ahead of recent levels. Among the 38 boats entered in the Cruiser Division as of early May were 2012 runner-up True , a J/160 sailed by Howard Hodgson, Jr. of Ipswich, MA. The 24 Double-Handed entries included the top four boats in the division in 2012: Hewitt Gaynor’s J/120 Mireille (Southport, CT), Joe Harris’ Class40 GryphonSolo2 (Newport, RI),
Spectators on the lawn at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI were treated to a rare downwind start in 2012. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
Gardner Grant’s J/120 Alibi (Westport, CT), and Jason Richter’s J/35 Paladin (Mt. Sinai, NY) as well as Richard du Moulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann (Larchmont, NY).Read more
By Buttons Padin, Larchmont Yacht Club
“Stop trying to be politically correct,” Boston resident and sailor Matt Chao said to me. “I’m not visually impaired...I’m blind, flat out blind.” A startling statement when taken out of context, but Matt is a fun-loving yet competitive sailor who I’ve gotten to know and, yes, he’s blind...flat out blind.
Sense the Wind filmmaker Christine Knowlton shooting Matt Chao at the 2010 Robie Pierce RegattaRead more
The Peter Milnes Memorial Regatta, hosted by Laser Fleet 413 and Sail Newport in Newport, RI, is not just another Laser event on the calendar. It is both a kick-off and a grand finale. For many hardcore frostbiters, this event signals the end of a season comprising well over a 100 races in 20 days of sailing. For othersit is the first of many warmer weather regattas to come.
The 2014 Peter Milnes Memorial Regatta drew 77 Laser sailors, from weekend warriors to world champions. © Matthew Cohen PhotographyRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
Sailing and flying have a lot in common. Still, I’d venture the sea is more forgiving than the wide and empty reaches of the sky. An aviator doesn’t worry much how they’ll get their flying machine off a shoal, stop the flooding seawater or deal with a marine salvor. For boaters, though, these scenarios give us agita likely because they’re grist for the uninformed who preach the horrors of salvage law to the novice and nervous. “You’ll lose your pretty boat to them is what happens,” they say, shaking their heads at your naïvete.
Don’t fear though, these mongers of misplaced maritime legalisms have it all wrong.Read more
Classes and sailors from across the country and around the world already have Quantum Key West 2015 on their winter calendars. Boats from 23 to 72 feet will compete in the waters off in Key West, FL during the 28th edition of Key West Race Week, scheduled for January 18-23, 2015.