The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents.
Mark Towill (second from left), Charlie Enright (third from left) and their shipmates received a warm welcome in Newport after their transatlantic voyage from Portugal. © Stephen Cloutier/PhotoGroup.usRead more
You can’t play the game if you don’t know the rules. North U Rules & Tactics seminars cover the rules (new and old) to make sure you know your rights and obligations in every situation. This case-based curriculum teaches the underlying principles behind the rules to provide a clearer understanding of how the rules apply.Read more
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
Tales II beats previous course record by 6 hours and 7 minutes!
#123 – Tales II skippered by Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde, crossed the finish line first at 12:53:03 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with an elapsed time of 72:48:03, to complete the 648 nautical mile first off-shore leg of the Atlantic Cup from Charleston, S.C. to Brooklyn, N.Y.! Spain’s #123 Tales II finished 1 hour 33 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of #145 Eärendil (74:21:43), followed by the all female team of #118 Oakcliff Racing (74:52:05).
Quarter-Scale Lasers, Full-Size Fun!
By Roger Vaughan
Many sports offer electronic or mechanical toy or game versions that are lame compared to the real thing. That’s not the case with sailing. Ask anyone who has raced a radio-controlled model sailboat, and he (or she) will go on about what an exciting, ultimate vicarious thrill it is. Even better, ask any of the Mudheads who race radio controlled, quarter-scale Lasers off a 30-foot pontoon boat in Wickford, Rhode Island on Thursday evenings in season.
Learning to steer an RC Laser takes practice, especially when it’s coming at you bow-on. © Jim FlachRead more
By Barbara Thomas
Shoreline Sailing Club’s Roger Potkin of Uncasville, CT and his crew of Sandy Walsh, Mark Greenfield and Karen Mooney sailed his Catalina 34 Camelot to victory in the annual Sag Harbor Labor Day Weekend Race, known as the Bud Cook Memorial Race. Cook and his wife Vilma were very active members of the Shoreline Sailing Club, and he served as Commodore for three years in the 1980s. He passionately competed in the Sag Harbor Race each year, winning many trophies.
Jeff Bander and Sandy Nelson aboard WindchimeRead more
“Thanks AYC…for the best regatta around!” – a Viper 640 sailor on Facebook
By David Schwartz-Leeper
A little bit of everything – 25-knot gusts and 3-knot zephyrs; rain and sun; choppy waves and flat calm; crews from as far away as British Columbia, Bermuda and Ireland – characterized the 11th running of the American Yacht Club High Performance Dinghy Open in Rye, NY. Sponsored by Heineken, the event also offered a lot of certain key ingredients: “Great racing, great friends and great beer.” True to the regatta’s motto, eight races were completed in the two-day event, which saw just under 90 boats on two courses
© Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
and a parking lot packed with dinghies, trailers and sailors swapping parts, tools and advice. Indeed, the vibe all weekend long epitomized what small boat racing is all about: fierce but friendly competition on the water, and camaraderie ashore.Read more
By Andrew Shemella
I’ve written in these pages and elsewhere about my disdain for the waters around the MO-A buoy off Greenport, NY in Gardiner’s Bay. Now I have company. Bill Archer and his three crew found themselves suddenly in those waters as their Alerion Express 28 Optimistic sank while competing in the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s Whitebread XXI ‘Round the Whirl Regatta on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Bill Archer’s Optimistic before “The Incident” © RJ LaBella/RJLaBellaPhotos.com
A lot of cruising boat owners would love to race their boats, but find “crew wrangling” more trouble than it’s worth. Spending days on email or the phone to recruit a full crew is a drag…not to mention the food and bar bills that come with having eight to ten crew on the rail. Then there’s the grousing about being railmeat with not enough to do. Adam Loory, a member of Huguenot Yacht Club and General Manager of UK Sailmakers in City Island, NY, came up with a solution to this problem: Plus-One divisions.