The National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island, NY is hosting a series of tours aboard the 120-foot Majestic Princess this season. The first tour, “Circumnavigate the Island Of Staten” on Saturday, May 19, 2018 will cruise along the New York and New Jersey shorelines and pass under the Bayonne, Goethals, Outerbridge and Verrazano bridges.
The Midweek New York Harbor and Raritan Bay Lighthouse Boat Tour on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 will pass at least 10 lighthouses, most not visible from land. Next up is a Sunset Harbor and Bay Tour of New York Harbor and Raritan Bay on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The tours above depart from Pier 1, adjacent to the National Lighthouse Museum, while some other upcoming tours (which run through Saturday, October 20) depart from the World Financial Center Pier in Lower Manhattan.Read more
Excerpt from The Medal Maker: A Biography of Victor Kovalenko
By Roger Vaughan Special to WindCheck
Author’s note: Born in 1950 and raised in Ukraine under USSR rule, Victor Kovalenko became a national champion in the Flying Dutchman. He obtained a university degree in Sports, and became a coach, winning his first medal with a Ukrainian Women’s 470 team. After the 1996 Olympic Games, Victor was recruited by Australia. With political problems a deterrent in Ukraine, he accepted. Victor’s teams have won 10 medals (six gold) in eight Olympic Games, a coaching record. He is Australia’s head (and Men’s 470) coach. He is currently preparing his teams for the 2020 Games in Toyko.
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Victor speaks to everyone who competes in any endeavor, at any level.
Strength of character has been the foundation of Victor’s coaching philosophy from the beginning. That presumes the participant is well trained, technically and physically, to be among the very best. To bring sailors to that level, when he first started coaching sailing Victor brought what he’d learned from other sports to the table. “Tennis, badminton, volleyball,” he says, “They are the same as sailing. They require fast reactions, and you have to be smart with strategies and tactics. Tennis is more a head game. In tennis you have maybe two times more time to think about a shot than in badminton. In light wind, sailing is more like tennis. In stronger winds, it is more like badminton. It requires lightning reflexes. I learned a lot from badminton. I was playing myself, and watching the best people. They would take one element, one stroke or shot, and would do it many times, over and over. They divided the game into small elements, and practiced those elements. So I broke down sailing the same way.”Read more
An interview with Leon Sefton, Head of Television for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
With millions of people all around the world following on several media, the current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is perhaps the most viewed event in the history of yacht racing. We spoke with the man charged with delivering that content to legions of eager fans.
Onboard Reporter Martin Keruzoré films Vestas 11th Hour Racing bowman Nick Dana of Newport, RI in action during a practice race in Lisbon. © Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) in Stonington, CT is looking for young artists to participate in a drawing contest for a calendar entitled “Long Island Sound and Its Watershed: What It Means to Me.” The contest is designed to engage youth in environmental stewardship and watershed conservation and is open to all Connecticut students currently in grades K-6. A panel of judges will choose two first place and two honorable mention winners from each grade as this year’s award recipients. Their artwork will be featured in a calendar in 2019.Read more
The directors of the Classic Yacht Owners’ Association (CYOA) have welcomed Bill Lynn as the organization’s new Managing Director. The membership-driven, non-profit CYOA was formed in 2015 to encourage fellowship amongst those who are dedicated to owning, maintaining, and racing both classic yachts and newer yachts designed and built in the spirit of the classics. Lynn will oversee day-to-day operations of the association.
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The Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Riverport Wooden Boat School, which is located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM) at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston, NY.Read more
Andy Tyska, President of Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine, has acquired Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Located at the head of Boothbay Harbor, the yard joins Bristol Marine’s two other locations of working waterfront, including facilities in Bristol, RI and Somerset, MA.
Andy Tyska (left) and Eric Graves at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard © Robert MitchellRead more
Founded in 1844, New York Yacht Club is a mainstay of sailboat racing in the Northeast. Since the commissioning in 1988 of its first permanent waterfront facility, Harbor Court in Newport, RI, NYYC has the perfect location to run events on Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound, perhaps one of the most beautiful and reliable venues on the planet. We sat down with NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz to discuss the upcoming season.
This year mark the 164th running of the oldest annual regatta in the U.S., the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Pictured in last year’s event is Donald Santa’s J/105 Santas Reign, Dear (Edgewater, MD). © Rolex/Daniel Forster
We also checked in with Harry Melges III, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, WI, to learn more about the IC37, the exciting new one-design class that will carry the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup into its second decade and beyond.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
In a life too far past, I drove vessels under the acoustic licks of Def Leppard’s hymnal. I’d drive over-horsed hulls along night lit coastlines where a hypnotic mix of swell and sound messed with your situational clarity. In faraway lands of sand, I tamped down the pulse of long travel and bounce of promised ventures to cajole and convince safe passage from there to here. In those times, the acrid burn of Marlboro Reds kept me upright and on course. Save the Public Safety Announcement: I don’t dabble in nicotine anymore, but I would if I was sailing around the world.Read more