Presentation Series this fall…and front row seats for the Cup!
So, You Want to Race to Bermuda? That’s the title of the Marion Bermuda Race Presentation series happening this fall in locations around New England. Many sailors, racers and cruisers alike, want to make the offshore passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go.
The 21st edition of the Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017. © marionbermuda.comRead more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
It would seem to me that one of the most frightening circumstances to be caught in is a boat afire. It is loaded with high-octane fuel creating toxic smoke; using water to fight the fire can sink the boat; leaving the boat may entail going into another hostile environment – cold and unforgiving water.
Safety at Sea seminars, such as those offered by the Storm Trysail Foundation, the Cruising Club of America and Landfall, provide hands-on opportunities to use fire extinguishers in a non-emergency situation. ©stormtrysailfoundation.org
It doesn’t sound like there are many – if any – good alternatives. Also, fire prevention professionals quote that on average a fire will double in area every 5 minutes. At that rate, it wouldn’t take long to engulf an entire boat. So, time is of the essence and it’s highly unlikely that anyone can get to you in time to assist in the fire suppression. You and your crew, most likely, are it.Read more
The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth
By Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Published by W.W. Norton & Company 368 pages hardcover $27.95
Half of the world’s population lives along ocean coastlines where the tides ebb and flow every day, yet most of us do not fully understand the natural mechanisms that keep an incomprehensible volume of water in constant motion. Essential for millennia for timekeeping, navigation and commerce, the tide has determined the course of history from the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea and the conquests of Julius Caesar to the Battle of Maldon, the Boston Tea Party and the Allied invasion of Normandy. Similarly, the quest to understand what moves the tide has preoccupied great minds including Plato, Aristotle, Galileo and Newton.Read more
The Illustrated Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914 – 1917
By Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Published by Zenith Press 384 pages hardcover $40
Written nearly a century ago, the story polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition – the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole – is a classic tale of survival in brutal conditions.Read more
By Stuart Streuli, New York Yacht Club Communications Director
In becoming the first female skipper to win the Queen’s Cup, one of the New York Yacht Club’s most prestigious yachting trophies, Heidi Benjamin of South Norwalk, CT relied on her yacht, her crew and two distinct sources of inspiration.
Benj & Heidi share a quiet moment at Harbour Court after the day’s competition.Read more
Race the Cape Delivers in 2016!
By Monica Matheson
Participants in Race the Cape 2016 experienced the excitement of a challenging point-to-point race on Canada’s inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lake. With adventure at every wave and fun activities each evening, July 18 - 24, 2016 was definitely a week of serious fun in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
There was plenty of breeze on Bras d’Or for Race the Cape 2016. © racethecape.caRead more
By Jason Viseltear, HYC Laser Frostbiting Fleet Captain
Huguenot Yacht Club in New Rochelle, NY would like to invite you to join us on the beautiful winter waters of Western Long Island Sound for our 2016-17 Laser Frostbiting Season. We get underway Sunday, November 6 and will be running races as the rest of the world hibernates, through April 2, 2017.
Laser racers of all ages and abilities are invited to compete in Huguenot YC’s 2016-17 Laser Frostbiting Season.Read more
By Joe Cooper
Regular loiterers in this corner will be aware of my interest in the idea that sailing teaches much more than merely sailing. In the case of a number of young women of my acquaintance, sailing, or more accurately being around all the things that sailing requires, builds confidence.
Team Magenta 32 (shown here at the World Match Racing Tour Newport) enjoyed a successful season in the M32 Series. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.usRead more
I’ve had the pleasure of sailing with some great people, many of whom are women. In this month’s ‘Corner’, Coop writes about The Magenta Project’s mission of exposing more women to top-level sailing and increasing the number of women sailing professionally. There are several females sailing out of my homeport of Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, Connecticut – none of them professional, but all of them great. I’m certain that Coop also knows many outstanding female sailors, and he and I concur that the most talented and ambitious – particularly here in the USA – deserve more abundant opportunities to become pros. Many of the sailing women I know could, given the chance, compete at the highest levels of the sport.Read more