Transatlantic Race 2015 starts Sunday, June 28
Forty-one boats have assembled in Newport, RI for the Transatlantic Race 2015, which has three separate starts on June 28, July 1 and July 5, 2015. The diverse fleet includes a pair of super-maxis, a MOD 70 trimaran and six Class40s – the smallest boats in the fleet – and the legendary Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is skippering an Open 60 named Grey Power.
Ed Cesare and Kyle Hubley are sailing Pleiad Racing doublehanded. © Billy Black
Classic entries include Matt Brooks’ 53-foot S&S yawl Dorade, built by Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, NY in 1930, and the oldest and largest yacht in the race, Charlie Wroe’s 125-foot Mariette of 1915, built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in Bristol, RI in 1915. A handicapping system affords each yacht, regardless of speed potential, the opportunity to compete for overall honors.Read more
Adventure Kitesurfers Team Up with Rozalia Project for Cleanup & Education
By Brock Callen & Rozalia Project
Last September, as part of a trip that was half ocean sprint and half environmental mission, adventurers Jeff Brock and Brock Callen kiteboarded 67 miles from Martha’s Vineyard to Block Island and back. The trip was the first in a series of kiteboarding missions and environmental presentations launched with Rachael Z. Miller, Founder & Executive Director of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, designed to inspire children to protect our fragile ocean waters.
In addition to marathon kitesurfing, Northbound Kite Mission includes environmental education and action, such as this beach cleanup. © rozaliaproject.orgRead more
By Margaret Reddington
Folding a paper airplane during class is frowned upon. Taking that paper airplane and using the teacher as a target to measure its precision is grounds for a trip to the principal’s office…well, except during a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) lesson at The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY.
Students from Friends Academy and LuHi enjoyed an early spring breeze on Oyster Bay’s West Harbor. © The WaterFront Center
Sixth through eighth grade students from Friends Academy in Locust Valley and LuHi (Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School) in Brookville were challenged to use the knowledge they acquired about airfoils, lift, and Bernoulli’s Principle to construct a paper airplane that could accurately fly a distance and hit The WaterFront Center’s STEAM Coordinator, Michael Donato. Through creative, hands-on lessons like this one and sailing in West Harbor, students from each school had a weeklong meaningful experience teaching them about the wind, from how it’s measured to how it’s used to its impact on daily life.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
Habits are a funny thing. You’ve got good habits like making a float plan that keeps a fuel reserve, and bad habits like running in open water without a float plan. You’ve got joggers and smokers, the prepared and the unprepared. Sometimes a mariner's innocent habits can lead to shallow water. Yup, your nautical patterns might chart a course straight onto the legal shoals, making it worthwhile to survey the whip and whirl of your boating practices. And like most surveys, while we can’t speak to every habit, we can start you thinking about how your conduct might contribute to a future legal shipwreck.Read more
The America’s Cup is teaming up with some of the biggest names in the marine industry to launch an ambitious Community Sailing Project with a focus on leaving a sporting legacy in Bermuda, the venue for the 35th America’s Cup. “This is an exciting project that builds on something we started during the last America’s Cup,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).
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By Tom Pilkington
Early on in my brokerage career after closing a sale of a boat, the listing broker said, “Yes, it was a very nice boat. You could hardly tell it was a charter boat.” After the shock, I asked why he did not tell me this important information about the boat during the previous weeks prior to the closing. He replied, “You never asked!” Ethically I knew I should have been told about this, but is there also a legal responsibility?Read more
Tradition of Competition and Camaraderie
By Barby MacGowan
The organizers of New York Yacht Club’s first Annual Regatta in 1846 would have been hard-pressed to envision that it would become an annual event about to be run for the 161st time. The New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex is now a cornerstone of the summer sailing season.
Spartan took second place in the Classics Class 3 at last year’s event. © Rolex/Daniel Forster
From that first race which featured 14 entries (sloops and schooners) to the mix of vintage and modern craft that will cross the starting line in Newport, RI for three days of racing from June 12-14, 2015 the constant thread has been upholding the tradition of competition and camaraderie which is fundamental to the sport of sailing.Read more
By Kevin de Regt
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a dark, unfamiliar hotel room, and really had to go to the bathroom? You know what general direction the bathroom is in, but the trip seems daunting. You’ll almost definitely stub your toe on the way and you might even walk into a wall or two, but you’re 99% sure you’ll make it eventually and 100% sure you’ll be glad you made the trip.Read more
By John C. Smiley and Colleen Perry
There’s the spectacularly pretty area and town of Bolinas, just north of San Francisco, California. It sits high, prominent and overlooking the blue Pacific and Bolinas Bay. Regularly, someone from town will remove the road sign that would otherwise direct travelers on Highway 1 toward Bolinas and its beautiful vistas. The residents simply don’t want anyone else to enjoy their pretty area and town.
Built in 1764, Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. © Colleen Perry
If you’re a little put off by all that disappearing sign nonsense, go nearly due east some 3,000 miles and you’ll find, and be graciously welcomed to, beautiful Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The town of Atlantic Highlands sits at the base of Mount Mitchill, which is higher than any other East Coast seaside point from Florida to the southern part of Maine, and overlooks the green water of Sandy Hook Bay, next door to our own Atlantic Ocean. It’s only a short sail through Ambrose Channel across the Bay and into a quaint “Jersey” seaport with benefits and amenities, about a million miles distant.Read more