Story and photos by Dave Coughlin
For certain sailors, racing never stops. In winter they turn to frostbiting, braving cold winds and even colder water. Frostbiting draws hardy sailors, race committee volunteers and barroom spectators alike.
Bill Cook designed the Cook 11 specifically for frostbiting. Note the placement of telltales near both luff and leach. © Dave CoughlinRead more
The 2016 Newport Bermuda Race will include new opportunities for high-performance yachts to compete in celebration of the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch.Read more
By John Rousmaniere
With the approach of the 50th Bermuda Race next year, we’ve been looking back at the long history of the 635-mile “Thrash to the Onion Patch” since its founding in 1906. One highlight has long been the very enthusiastic, and sometimes very successful, participation of young crews from service academies.
The US Naval Academy’s Constellation won the 1992 Newport Bermuda Race with a crew of mids, with coaches on hand in case of emergencies. © Talbot WilsonRead more
By the turn of the 20th century, City Island, New York had become a major center for wooden boat building with a worldwide reputation for the highest quality. To celebrate this remarkable achievement, the City Island Nautical Museum has mounted an exhibition of photographs and commentary on the extraordinary period in City Island’s history when yacht and shipbuilding were at their peak.
Commissioned by tobacco heir R. J. Reynolds, the Sparkman & Stephens sloop Blitzen was built by Henry B. Nevins Incorporated in City Island, NY in 1937.Read more
By John K. Fulweiler
As a lawyer, my stage is crowded with both victories and losses. That’s the nature of the beast and the best I can hope is my victories continue to outnumber my losses. Most claims in the maritime sector that aren’t settled are resolved in litigation or arbitration. However, and like the occasional court decision, not every arbitration award will be an example of prosaic reasoning, but unlike a court decision, there’s rarely a meaningful appeal process by which to seek relief from being caught behind a shipwreck of an arbitration award. This circumstance, along with others, makes it important a party understand the pros and cons of agreeing to arbitration.Read more
By Steve Schwartz
On Saturday, August 22, three Western Long Island Sound yacht clubs joined forces and created a brand new Long Island Sound sailing event. City Island Yacht Club, Huguenot Yacht Club and Manhasset Bay Yacht Club ran the first annual Western Long Island Sound Governor’s Cup Charity Regatta. Sails For Sustenance, a Florida-based charity that collects and ships used but still useful sails to Haitian fishermen, benefited from sail donations by participants. At the end of the day, two pallets of sails were sent on their way to Florida.
Adam Loory from Huguenot YC, Paul Strauch from Manhasset Bay YC , Ernie Bivona from City Island YC and Nancy Cronkite, daughter of Walter CronkiteRead more
Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT will host an Offshore Boat Preparation Seminar for racers and cruisers on Saturday, November 7, 2015. This is the third in the series for the Brewer Yacht Yard Group, who has hosted two previous events that were well attended by offshore sailors and crews planning to participate in the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race or make an offshore voyage.
Racers and Brewer staff demonstrated some common methods of meeting the NBR race’s stringent inspection requirements. © Brewer Yacht Yard GroupRead more
The options for an unforgettable sailing vacation are greater than ever. To learn about what’s new in chartering, we spoke with Ian Pedersen, Marketing Manager at The Moorings - North America in Clearwater, FL.
WindCheck: What changes are you seeing in the charter industry?
Ian Pedersen: The power catamaran and crewed yacht products are where I see the future of the charter industry. Historically, yacht chartering has been reserved for avid sailors; those adventurers looking to try their hand at sailing in new, exotic destinations on a traditional monohull sailboat. The lure of bareboat sailing certainly has its place and will continue to prosper for years to come. However, increasingly we are seeing the non-sailor market discovering and falling in love with vacationing on the water, and power catamarans and all-inclusive crewed yachts open this world to those who cannot sail themselves but want to experience the lifestyle just the same.Read more
By Jennifer R. Nolan
What is more precious than gold?
The correct answer just might be seawater. Our oceans are rich in biodiversity, provide 50% percent of the oxygen we breathe and sustain billions of people with fish as their primary source of protein – it’s virtually priceless. The noble Dr. Sylvia Earle points out, “The ocean is our life support system.” And while it may be hard for anyone to comprehend that this exceptionally vast body of water, and its marine ecosystem, are in jeopardy, it is.