An entire section of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, running October 10 -14, is dedicated to chartering, travel and vacations in exotic island locations. “Vacation Basin” is designed to look and feel like paradise, and comprises dozens of charter companies, island tourism boards and options for adventure travel and exotic destination resorts.
Getting dressed for frostbiting can be tricky. Especially in the early season when the air can still be warm but the water cools off. As the big chill sets in here are a few gear choices that keep me warm and toasty while on the water.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Ms. Race 2013
Back in the day, Cyndi Lauper sang “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and this sentiment was particularly appropriate to describe the 2013 Ms. Race, hosted by Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ on Saturday, August 17. With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy to the Atlantic Highlands harbor just 10 months prior and reconstruction of facilities far from complete, the women sailors gathered with great enthusiasm. Presented with a perfect day, the “girls” were anticipating fun times in this year’s regatta to support 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse and violence.
Each fall, with the change in temperature, hundreds of boats complete long offshore passages to get to warmer climates for the Caribbean season. The ARC Rally, crossing from Europe since 1986, used to be the only game in town. This is no longer true, as recently announced trans-Atlantic rallies by Jimmy Cornell, Stokey Woodhall and Sailing Rallies Ltd. have added alternatives. Even the World Cruising Club has added the ARC+ for the overflow from their wildly popular ARC Rally.Read more
Much has been written recently about the tragic loss of life in two offshore races in California. As with the losses in the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart races, much will be learned and implemented from these tragedies.Read more
I’ve come full circle. I started out as a small kid, a “tot” as my Dad often referred to me, on a sandy beach with small boats. Now I am instructing small kids in small boats on a sandy beach.Read more
by VINCENT PICA - COMMODORE, FIRST DISTRICT, SOUTHERN REGION (D1SR) - UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
One of the “great mysteries” of boating is “Good Lord, what side of this buoy do I go on?” While conducting a safety patrol last summer for USCG Forces, our crew came upon a skipper bringing a new boat down from Rhode Island, in Moriches Bay near the new buoy system south of Seatuck Cove. The skipper was concerned with his 4-foot draft and being able to make it to Massapequa in the Great South Bay from there. We advised him that, “Tide is near flood now, so stay in the channel and be careful near Nun-18. It has been moved to the north due to shoaling in the original channel. Forget what your GPS says. Use your eyes.” Naturally, he took the buoy on the wrong side and was grounded for a number of hours. So, let’s re-address this now and forever! Here we go…
by JESSICA WURZBACHER, MSC
A boater’s least favorite time of year is approaching…the weekend when you give up your aquatic existence and haul your boat out of the water, resigning to several land-locked months ahead.Read more
No sailor on the Stamford Yacht Club lawn after this year’s Vineyard Race was prouder than Peter Becker, the chairman of the Junior Big Boat program at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Peter was the navigator on the winning boat, and among the eight young sailors aboard the J/122 Patriot were his 15-year-old son Key and daughter Carina, 14.Read more
While many boat owners made the difficult decision to consider their boat totaled by the damage sustained in last fall’s Superstorm Sandy, one owner moved quickly to repair his 52-foot racer. Resting on stands in a boatyard in Mamaroneck, NY when Sandy’s winds reached 100 mph broadside and the tidal surge rose nearly six feet under the boat, she floated off and eventually laid over. Her hull structure failed at the keel bolts, the rudder was damaged beyond repair and water filled the interior to deck level on the port side.Read more