Alpha 42 #1 is Launched
The first Aeroyacht Alpha 42 was launched at South Shore Boat Yard in Patchogue, NY on Monday, July 19. Two hundred spectators watched the boat settled on her designed lines. This high performance cruising catamaran was built at Alpha Yachts in Patchogue and engineered by Marc Anassis, President of Alpha Yachts.Read more
The stunning new Hunter 33 is Cruising World’s 2012 Best Compact Cruiser 30-35 feet. Hunter’s signature window line gives this yacht the sleek feel of the latest Hunters, and the flush-mount deck hatches complement the new profile. The hull has a wider beam further aft and more profound bow hollow, resulting in a longer dynamic waterline for more speed. A fold-down swim platform extends the cockpit at the dock or at anchor.
by BETH LEONARD
With many areas still recovering from Sandy, hurricane season is upon us once again. Here are the resources you need to be prepared.
On board the Oceanis 45, harmony reigns supreme: everything in its place on this beautiful yacht, which can aspire to meet a varied profile of life aboard. This can be recognized in a great number of intelligent details, including a chart table that is also a living room table, a continuous bilge that increases overall comfort, and an open bathing platform that makes access to the sea easier. With several layouts, this is a yacht that adapts to all requirements. The new Oceanis 45 is available at Cape Yachts, an authorized Beneteau dealer with locations in South Dartmouth, MA, Essex, CT and Mamaroneck, NY. For more information, visit cape-yachts.com.
The Ms. Race Sails On
Great job with the On Watch column [July 2013]! Thanks for all you did with that. We have already been contacted by someone looking to help support the Ms. Race who found out about us through the article. I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the support and that we are humbled by the fact you chose to feature us for this honor. We will be distributing WindCheck in captain’s bags at the Ms. Race and will have an ad forWindCheck in the Ms. Race Event Program and Sponsor Guide again this year.
Thanks for your support!
Bill Sabanski & Diane Kropfl, Highlands, NJ
Bill & Diane – Thank you for the kind words. The 9th Annual Ms. Race, hosted by Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, was held on August 17. This unique regatta, sponsored by and for women, raises funds for 180 Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth County-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Visit ahyc.net/msrace.htm for more information.
World-class sailors Rob Windsor of Centerport, NY and Hannah Jenner of Shropshire, England have teamed as Team 11th Hour Racing in the 20th Transat Jacques Vabre, considered the “Super Bowl of offshore sailing. Hannah and Rob, one of 25 doublehanded teams in the TJV, are setting eco-firsts by implementing 11 innovative eco-friendly solutions to race more efficiently and minimize environmental impact in the month-long, 5,600-mile sailing race that starts November 3 in Le Havre, France and finishes in Itajai, Brazil.Read more
The popularity of fiberglass boats that began in the middle of the last century brought wooden boats – and the art of building them – to the brink of extinction. Kept alive through the passion of a small but fiercely dedicated band of owners, builders and restorers, boats crafted from trees are enjoying a remarkable renaissance.Read more
The informative and entertaining “From the Captain of the Port” columns in WindCheck are written by Vincent T. Pica, II, the District Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s First District Southern Region.Read more
Keeping Up a Charge, Part II - Battery Types, Their Operation and How Best to Have Them Live a Long Life
by BRAD WILLIAMS
Editor’s note: In the August issue of WindCheck (available online at windcheckmagazine.com), Brad wrote about the operation and upkeep of alternators. No matter how good your boat’s alternator is, however, improperly sized batteries or inadequate charging can reduce the life of your batteries and the dependability of your boat’s electrical system.
Editor’s note: I often ruminate about my sailing memories and how they’ve shaped my life. The Editor’s Log is where I introduce articles on the pages of the magazine, discuss ongoing or upcoming events, or reminisce about sailing adventures past, present and future. Sometimes an event resonates with us in a special way, and the exciting developments during the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals struck a chord with WindCheck’s Senior Editor Chris Szepessy. As a multihull enthusiast, Zep’s ongoing analysis of the ups and downs of the modern Cup are interesting and informative, but it’s his recollection of two special moments shared with his father a quarter century apart that deserves this space.Read more