By Betsy Sorensen
Sailing a Laser in the cool breeze on Long Island Sound is a thrill worthy of the respect of anyone who enjoys the sport. Laser sailing is one-design racing at its best and a true test of a sailor’s abilities. Lasers are fast, and given some big waves and crankin’ breeze you have the makings of an incredible ride. The competition is fierce, but supportive and encouraging at the same time. It is always a learning experience and whether you end up “DFL” or “Numero Uno,” there is always the feeling of accomplishment. If you have never tried Laser frostbiting, you should give it a try this year at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT, every Sunday starting October 4.Read more
SHU Sailing Wins Class in Vineyard Race
In Stamford Yacht Club’s 80th Vineyard Race over Labor Day Weekend, the Sacred Heart University Keelboat Team, based at SAIL BLACK ROCK in Black Rock, CT, sailed Dave Otterbein’s Tripp 37 Breakaway (Stony Point, NY; Nyack Boat Club) to first place in PHRF Class 5 and second in the Seaflower Course fleet.
In the second race they’ve ever entered, the Sacred Heart University Keelboat Team sailed Breakaway to a class victory in the Vineyard Race. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.comRead more
By Mike Acebo
John Bischoff purchased his 1976 Whitby Alberg 30 on the East End of Long Island and took a slip at Brewer Yacht Yard at Greenport for the summer of 2013. We got to know John and his boat while watching him sail in the evenings with his crew, always with a smile on his face. We talked often about deck repairs and hull paintwork but never finalized a plan, because in truth the project seemed a bit overwhelming in its scope. We needed to ease John into the amount of work the restoration entailed.
Several cracks needed to be repaired prior to fairing the hull.
John bit the bullet and gave us a go-ahead last winter and the boat was stored inside and the work began.Read more
I write often about the ‘been there – done that’ aspects of my sailing life. I’m lucky to have raced actively and cruised extensively for many years, but as we all know our sport continually offers new opportunities and experiences. This season I enjoyed a few firsts – truly enjoyed them – and was reminded yet again of how special sailing is.Read more
Based on the North Fork of Long Island’s East End, the East End Youth Sailing Foundation is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion of youth sailing. The Foundation’s mission is to facilitate the preparation, coaching and skill-building needed for high school students to participate and succeed in national and international sailing competition; and to do so in a way that promotes a lasting love of sailing and respect for all aspects of the
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sport, including seamanship, safety and sportsmanship.Read more
Hanse USA has appointed Sound Sailing Center (SSC) in Norwalk, CT as the US Agent for VAr Yachts, the latest line of sailboats from Hanse Group, builders of Hanse Yachts, Moody and Dehler. “Sound Sailing Center has a great reputation for customer service, having sold and delivered 16 new Hanse Yachts since 2006,” said Doug Brophy, President of Hanse USA. “As one of the largest sailing schools in New England, they are perfect to spearhead the introduction of the new VAr line into the U.S. Market.”
“The VAr 37 and 44 are based on the previous generation Hanse 375 and 430, some of the most successful Hanse models on the racecourse,” said SSC President Martin van Breems. “These proven Judel/Vrolijk-designed, solid laminate hulls have completely new, simpler and much lighter cabin houses and interiors. More than 150 sailors viewed the VAr at the Newport International Boat Show. Although many were initially interested in the low price of $152,400 for the 37 and $198,600 for the 44, most were even more impressed by the construction and performance potential.”
“Many sailors applaud the simple, no-frills formica over marine plywood interior,” said van Breems. “Experienced sailors love the quality gear like the Selden mast and Jefa steering system. But the most important feature, to me and many others, is the amazingly solid Hanse Group construction, with seven transverse bulkheads laminated to the hull in the traditional manner.”
SSC also offers a membership program. “For a low yearly fee, up to eight members can use the selected vessel and any smaller boats in our 14-sailboat fleet,” van Breems explained. “Our program offers 15-20 days of usage per year, and our VAr 37 will be available in South Carolina and Florida this winter.” For more information, visit soundsailingcenter.com and VArYachts.com.Read more
By Tom Daniels, Shipwright & Sailing Deckhand
First night on the boat
Every member of the Morgan’s crew has a daily station assignment. © Dennis Murphy/Mystic Seaport
I’ve been working on this ship for three years as a builder, but coming on board the night before our first transit is different. It feels like arriving at summer camp, and our group of sailing deckhands is stoked. We scope out berths in the fo’c’sle. The mattresses feel good, and we look for the longest one. No luck – they’re all about six feet long. The core crew has long since staked out their spots and we try not to crowd them. We wonder where the snorers are and set up our bedding.Read more
As the Communications Director at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY, Samantha Pilz is enthusiastically spreading the word about the innovative and successful programs at one of the world’s finest sailing centers.Read more
By Charlie Langalis
The 85th Atlantic Class Nationals hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT August 21-23, made clear that competition in this classic one-design keelboat class remains keen, if not feverish. With three days of steady breezes, adept race management and sumptuous evening meals, competitors could not have wanted for a better combination of elements contributing to a memorable championship series.
Twenty-six boats competed in the 2014 Atlantic National Championship at Cedar Point Yacht Club. © Ken LeglerRead more
It’s been a two-year journey, and we are finally here!
By Corinna Halloran, Team SCA’s On Board Reporter in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
I am miles in the air, flying over Sweden and the rest of Europe to Alicante, Spain where Team SCA and I will begin the final preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race. It is all happening and it still feels incredibly surreal. By the time the race begins, on October 11, it will have been a two-year journey for the sailors and I, a two-year period of applying, trialing, training, dedication, and education.Read more