The Third Annual Mystic Blues Festival will be held June 26 -28 at Mystic Shipyard, located at 100 Essex Street in Mystic, CT. The festival showcases an array of Blues legends including Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Blues Artist of the Year award winners.
The Weight will be playing songs of The Band. © theweightband.comRead more
Bill Mortensen of Pawcatuck, CT, is leading a Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association team in the Hospice Regattas National Championship, which will be hosted by Rochester Yacht Club and sailed in the waters of Lake Ontario June 12-14, 2015. A Mudhead Past Commodore, Mortensen has won multiple times in the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care. His crew for the Nationals, a round-robin series that will be sailed in Sonars, includes Mark Cika, John Sicuranza and Ty Whitman.Read more
This year the American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs will be hosting the seventh Robie Pierce Regattas for sailors with disabilities. This amazing event keeps getting better year after year. Since the two clubs began the “Robie,” over two hundred sailors have raced on Long Island Sound in the clubs’ especially adapted Ideal 18s. This could not have been possible without the assistance of scores of club and area volunteers.
“The Robie” is sailed at American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs in alternating years. © Maureen Koeppel Photography
This year’s Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational, still the world’s only all-women’s adaptive regatta, will be sailed from American Yacht Club on Thursday, May 28. The Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta will run from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.Read more
By Dave McLaughlin
I can still feel the emotions on a cold January evening in 2006 as we walked into the police station in Newport, Rhode Island, to share our concern about a parking issue along the Cliff Walk. People who care about shoreline access and water quality came together in the months that followed. It was hard to imagine that the concern would last more than one cycle of outrage and calls for action.
Patrick Doyle and his daughter Holly removed some debris while monitoring shoreline access at Easton’s Point in Middletown, RI. “Volunteering gives me the ability to further this cause, maintain my connection to the ocean year-round, and share this wonderful connection with my daughter,” said Doyle. © Dave McLaughlin
The outrage was genuine: beaches were closed because of raw sewage spills, access to surf spots was in dispute, and we routinely stepped over garbage on our way to the water. The action was effective: we began testing the water, negotiating access, and organizing cleanups.Read more
Benefits of a professional surveyor’s advice in potentially saving a boat, protecting the owner’s assets, and ensuring safety of friends and family while on board
By John B. Wenz, AMS®
Experienced boat owners are savvy to the many reasons that a pre-purchase survey is considered a necessity. But there’s another scenario where the findings of a marine surveyor can be tremendously useful, and even life-saving, and that’s when an insurance company requests an updated marine survey.Read more
Fans of the Volvo Ocean Race can see the worldwide racecourse in one viewing thanks to the 3-dimensional wooden map of the world produced by Uniquely Nautical, a purveyor of distinctive nautical décor and gifts located in Redington Beach, FL.Read more
By Amy Villalba
The ice on the Hudson River has finally melted so it’s time to dust off the cobwebs, roll back the boat covers, grab your foulies, and get your feet wet at the 2015 Tappan Zee Challenge Regatta. For the 16th consecutive year, Sonar Fleet 23 of Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, New York starts the spring racing season with the Tappan Zee Challenge. This year’s regatta will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015.
Hosted by Nyack Boat Club, the Tappan Zee Challenge is Sonar Fleet 23’s signature event. © George Mattei
McLaughlin Boat Works in Chattanooga, TN is celebrating a quarter century of Optimist dinghy production with its 25th Anniversary PRO Racer Giveaway.Read more
Team LISOT Optimist sailors share the love and make new friends in Argentina
By Pepe Bettini
As I sat down to write this article, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional about the fact that something as competitive and amazingly fun as sailboat racing can give you so much. At LISOT (Long Island Sound Optimist Team), we train hard and push our sailors to want to be the best. But most importantly, we do it in hopes they will come to love sailing, since it’s a sport that’s given many of us so much.