By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs
The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.
Step 1: Obtaining a Proper Cruising Sailboat for Us
In 1998, after sailing and racing in California for more than 30 years, I went through a divorce at 59, took a position as VP of R&D at Laser Fare in Warwick, Rhode Island, bought a home in nearby Saunderstown, and purchased a 1982 Catalina 30. The good news was that Sea Ya only cost $17.9K. The bad news was that she needed a lot of work. Hundreds of hours of sanding, varnishing, painting, scrubbing, cleaning and a suitable invocation to Neptune later, her new name, Clair de Lune – after the haunting Debussy nocturne – was now shining on her transom.
Pleiades sailing on a beam reach in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay with Newport, RI in the background. This lovely photograph was taken by Daniela Clark. We love sailing this boat, and one by one the various barriers to the idea of a voyage to Maine and back began to melt away. By November 2013 I was approaching 75, was fortunately still in generally good health, and was quickly running out of excuses why we should not sail “downeast.” © Daniela Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
By Rick Perret, Regatta Chair
We all know someone that has been impacted by cancer and the effects of battling this terrible disease. Although much fundraising focuses on research to find a cure, it’s equally important to help cancer patients live better lives. What we take for granted every day can be challenging, especially for those uninsured or under-insured.
The Sail Park City Regatta™ supports SWIM Across the Sound, Connecticut’s largest cancer charity.Read more
Captain William Kidd and his crew will sail into Milford Harbor and “take over” downtown Milford, CT on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This popular family event is presented by the Downtown Milford Business Association and sponsored in part by 7 Seas Restaurant.
Come dressed as a pirate and be a part of the state’s best and largest scavenger hunt! Participants will pick up a downtown treasure map and a booty bag at noon at Lisman Landing, then follow the clues to Treasure Stop Shops and fill up booty bags. Those who gather stamps at all stops can enter a drawing to win a Pirate’s Chest of Treasures (one for adults; one for children).Read more
The inaugural New England J/Fest Regatta is being hosted by the Bristol Yacht Club in Bristol, RI on August 13 &14, 2016. East Coast Yacht Sales and North Sails are the Partner sponsors in this regatta, which is limited to J Boat owners and crew with racing taking place on upper Narragansett Bay. This event capitalizes on similar successful J/Fest Regattas held in other U.S. regions where participation has exceeded over 70 boats. The event coordinators are anticipating 75 boats on the starting line, with one-design starts for classes with five or more boats.Read more
The 5th Annual Port Jefferson Boater’s Festival has expanded to take place throughout the Village of Port Jefferson, NY and on its harborfront.Read more
A rookie’s guide to getting your first passage
By Ernie Messer
Having been involved in various Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda races over the years, the one question I get the most from sailors is, “How do I get a ride?
The best way, and the most likely to bring a lifelong memorable experience, is to find a boat that you think will be doing a Bermuda race in the next couple years. Offer to crew for them, demonstrate outstanding performance and dedication, and never miss a work party or practice. Regular crew almost always get the first invites to sail in the “big” races.
Prent Weathers drives Paul Kanev’s Hinckley 51 MomentumRead more
By John K. Fulweiler
You can’t always buy yourself peace and no matter the class or purchased privileged, there’s only so much privacy available. I was mulling this as I watched him pass his tumbler of Scotch from one hand to the other, angle a hip against the seating ahead of me and ask: “So I heard you earlier in the lounge. You’re a maritime lawyer, right?”Read more
New England Science & Sailing (NESS) in Stonington, CT welcomes Nick Ewenson as their new Assistant Sailing Director. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Ewenson competed on the college’s sailing team and won the ICSA Team Racing National Championship in 2004.Read more
The New England Multihull Association is sponsoring the third annual Gotham Multihulls Series, open to all NEMA-rated multihulls on the weekend of June 4 & 5, 2016. The Gotham has consistently attracted more multihulls than the six competing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, and with a dozen or more boats competing the organizers are claiming this as the largest multihull regatta in New York.
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By Daniela Clark
Five years ago, in the inaugural year of the WaterViews blog, I wrote a post called 5 Reasons Your Kids Should Sail. That article was shared internationally by yacht clubs and featured by regional and national sailing media. Evidently, this is a topic of interest. But I just hit the tip of the iceberg. In my travels, I’ve accumulated several more reasons. Here are five qualities that true sailor kids develop that are just as significant as the original 5 Reasons:Read more