Mystic Seaport Steps the First Mast of the Charles W. Morgan
The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan took an important step on her journey back to sea on Thursday, October 17, when shipwrights at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, stepped the first of the ship’s three masts. The Morgan was de-rigged and had her masts and spars removed at the outset of the ongoing five-year, multi-million dollar restoration at the Museum’s shipyard. Re-installing the masts, known as “stepping,” is an important occasion during a ship’s construction.
Cape Breton Island’s premier sailing event, the first of its kind, Race the Cape is set to launch on July 17, 2013. International sailors and racing enthusiasts are buzzing about the 120 nautical mile point-to-point sail race through Cape Breton’s spectacular inland sea, where yachts explore the most picturesque locations in Atlantic Canada. Experience firsthand an elite race, made to challenge and thrill crews. Cape Breton Island is famous for hospitality, and crews will be treated to a “roaring good time” at the end of each leg.
by CAPTAIN BERNIE WEISS
We can all agree on this: The magnetic steering compass, although an ancient “technology,” is a simple, failsafe tool that will help you get home when gremlins defeat your modern-age GPS chartplotter, radar, and other more sophisticated navigational devices. We can also agree that although there are dozens of manufacturers and countless models, every magnetic compass shares the same wonderful features:Read more
Providence Boat Show
January 18 - 20
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
New England’s winter boat show season kicks off in Providence. With more than 300 boats on display, you can check out what’s new in powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes and inflatables, along with the latest in engines, electronics and accessories.
by CABOT AND HEIDI LYMAN
Since 2007, Chewink has been in the Caribbean slowly circling the basin. She has been left in Grenada for a season, Panama for a couple of years, and now up the Rio Dulce in Guatemala. It has been an interesting few years with some definite high spots. Although we think the Pacific is where all cruisers should set their sights, the Caribbean/Central America offers a lot. Here are some updates on the area:Read more
by FRANK VIRGINTINO
In this first installment of a multi-issue look at winter cruising destinations, we’re dropping anchor in three off-the-beaten-path spots in the Greater Antilles that are overlooked by most cruisers.Read more
by CYNTHIA GOSS
For Rhode Islanders, boating season is over — unless you’re a frostbiter who braves the cold to get your racing fix. But for a few days this January, New England boaters can indulge in their passion for being on the water by heading to the Providence Boat Show. The 20th running of the show will be held January 18-20 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.
by CHRISTOPHER GILL
I had breakfast with WindCheck columnist Joe Cooper during the Newport International Boat Show last month. I arrived, after a night of what I’ll call ‘aggressive client interaction and boat show revelry,’ eyes bloodshot and stomach in a ruckus. Coop arrived in much better shape. Chipper. Abundant with sailing fervor. Our server arrived, and the look on Coop’s face as I ordered was priceless. Hey, at the time, I thought my choice of bacon-infused pancakes topped with bacon strips and bacon-flavored syrup was a strong order. Coop ordered a veggie omelet, egg whites only. Coop’s a healthy guy. I have a forgiving metabolism.Read more
My wife and I will be moving to Maryland at the end of August, so this will be my second to last column. More to follow in the September issue. Being my final commentary, I’m going to discuss my favorite punching bag — the America’s Cup.Read more
Tiverton, Rhode Island is a quiet village on the east bank of the Sakonnet River, opposite Portsmouth. If you cross the Sakonnet River Bridge, you’re driving over and through Tiverton. It has some nice old Victorian houses, a convenience store and a few boatyards south of the bridge. On the north side, there are mixed businesses and houses en route to Fall River the back way.Read more