The 2018 Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, with the largest fleet of single design boats racing in an adaptive regatta in the country, is open for registration. Registration is also open for the Eighth Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational, the first and still the only regatta for women with disabilities. Both will be held at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY, with the Women’s Invitational on Thursday, May 31, 2018 and the One-Design Regatta June 1-3, 2018. For more information and to sign up, go to robiepierceonedesignregatta.com.
Many participants in the Robie Pierce Regattas are returning sailors who left the sport after sustaining a serious injury. © Jim ReillyRead more
The 42nd Around Long Island Regatta starts July 26, 2018
The Sea Cliff Yacht in Sea Cliff, NY is happy to announce that the 2018 Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), scheduled for July 26 through July 29, 2018 will once again start in New York Harbor. After decades of starting the race off The Rockaways, event co-chairs Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman decided last year to shake things up and moved the start to the epicenter of marine activity, New York Harbor.
Pre-start smiles from the rail on Mark DiSanti and Craig Albrecht’s Farr 395 Avalanche. Photo courtesy ALIR.Read more
By Buttons Padin
Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, New York is the oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound, and one of the oldest in the country. Located in picturesque Larchmont Harbor towards the western end of the Sound, Larchmont’s historic Victorian clubhouse has been the home of yachting history, legendary sailors, and world-class regattas since the Club was first organized 138 years ago in 1880.
Organized in 1880, Larchmont Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound.
Over the century-plus of its operation, much has changed at LYC, yet as much has purposefully stayed the same.Read more
Niantic Bay YC Early Bird & Thames YC Commodore’s Trophy Race
By Judy Gibbs
The Pre Off Soundings Cup is the newest premiere trophy you’ll want to win on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Offshore Circuit. This new adventure is a collaborative effort of Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, CT and Thames Yacht Club in New London, CT, who will each host a race the weekend before the Off Soundings Club’s Spring and Fall Series, respectively.
Seville Simonds’ Herreshoff Newport 29 Rogue (Guilford, CT) is an Off Soundings class winner. © David FasuloRead more
By Ron Weiss
Twenty-eighteen marks the 80th Anniversary of the Storm Trysail Club. The founding of the club began during the 1936 Bermuda Race, when a group of sailors set off on the schooner Salee. The ’36 race was bad, one of the worst in the history of the event. Many boats withdrew, but others elected to challenge themselves and tough it out.
A crew celebrates a successful day at Block Island Race Week XXVII with a product of Barbados that was largely introduced to the U.S. by members of the Storm Trysail Club in the early 1950s. ©MountGayRum.com
During that horribly rough storm, one sailor on another boat was ejected from his windward bunk, smashed face-first into the leeward bunk, spat out his freshly dislodged teeth, got his foulies on, and at 4 am, took his trick at the helm. As the storm built in intensity, Salee’s mainsail blew out, and the crew was forced to set the storm trysail – a small, triangular and heavily constructed sail generally used in only the direst of conditions.Read more
Racing to Save the Oceans
The Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Programme
With a goal of creating awareness and discussion of the problem of ocean plastic pollution, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is sending out a call to action to businesses, governments and individuals to play their part in turning the tide on plastic.
To learn how this ‘round-the world race is leading the charge for a cleaner future for our oceans, we spoke with Robin Clegg, Manager of Sustainability Communications.
Solving the worldwide problem of ocean plastic pollution is indeed a daunting task. © UNEP
Excerpt from The Medal Maker: A Biography of Victor Kovalenko
By Roger Vaughan Special to WindCheck
Author’s note: Born in 1950 and raised in Ukraine under USSR rule, Victor Kovalenko became a national champion in the Flying Dutchman. He obtained a university degree in Sports, and became a coach, winning his first medal with a Ukrainian Women’s 470 team. After the 1996 Olympic Games, Victor was recruited by Australia. With political problems a deterrent in Ukraine, he accepted. Victor’s teams have won 10 medals (six gold) in eight Olympic Games, a coaching record. He is Australia’s head (and Men’s 470) coach. He is currently preparing his teams for the 2020 Games in Toyko.
© Daniel Forster/Altamira Creation AG
Victor speaks to everyone who competes in any endeavor, at any level.
Strength of character has been the foundation of Victor’s coaching philosophy from the beginning. That presumes the participant is well trained, technically and physically, to be among the very best. To bring sailors to that level, when he first started coaching sailing Victor brought what he’d learned from other sports to the table. “Tennis, badminton, volleyball,” he says, “They are the same as sailing. They require fast reactions, and you have to be smart with strategies and tactics. Tennis is more a head game. In tennis you have maybe two times more time to think about a shot than in badminton. In light wind, sailing is more like tennis. In stronger winds, it is more like badminton. It requires lightning reflexes. I learned a lot from badminton. I was playing myself, and watching the best people. They would take one element, one stroke or shot, and would do it many times, over and over. They divided the game into small elements, and practiced those elements. So I broke down sailing the same way.”Read more
An interview with Leon Sefton, Head of Television for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
With millions of people all around the world following on several media, the current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is perhaps the most viewed event in the history of yacht racing. We spoke with the man charged with delivering that content to legions of eager fans.
Onboard Reporter Martin Keruzoré films Vestas 11th Hour Racing bowman Nick Dana of Newport, RI in action during a practice race in Lisbon. © Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
Founded in 1844, New York Yacht Club is a mainstay of sailboat racing in the Northeast. Since the commissioning in 1988 of its first permanent waterfront facility, Harbor Court in Newport, RI, NYYC has the perfect location to run events on Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound, perhaps one of the most beautiful and reliable venues on the planet. We sat down with NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz to discuss the upcoming season.
This year mark the 164th running of the oldest annual regatta in the U.S., the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Pictured in last year’s event is Donald Santa’s J/105 Santas Reign, Dear (Edgewater, MD). © Rolex/Daniel Forster
We also checked in with Harry Melges III, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, WI, to learn more about the IC37, the exciting new one-design class that will carry the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup into its second decade and beyond.Read more