Ten tips from someone with experience
By Nate Bayreuther
Planning a rendezvous can be a heck of a lot of fun, and it can be an extremely rewarding experience for all who attend. It can also be a headache if it’s not planned properly. Having organized a number of small boat rendezvous here in Connecticut for members of the Mariner Class Association, I have learned a number of valuable lessons that are may serve to help others plan get-togethers on the water.
O’Day Mariners docked at Mystic Seaport during the 2013 Mariner Rendezvous © Steve Hock
1. Make the destinations easy. Think back to when you were a first-time sailor, or the first time you took your family out on your boat. Chances are you didn’t sail very far, and you (and your family) were probably pretty glad for that. Keep the destination(s) fairly close, and select the locations for their scenery and availability. Make sure there is stuff to do once you’re there that will keep people entertained and happy.Read more
The latest model from Zim Sailing in Warren, RI, the Zim 15 was created to keep young sailors engaged in the sport after collegiate racing. Designed by Steve Clark, the Zim 15 has a rig by Southern Spars with mast bend characteristics that enable a large upwind sail plan (a 114-square foot main and 39-square foot jib by North Sails) that also provides good downwind performance without a spinnaker or gennaker.Read more
By Bess Ruff and Michael Gravitz, Marine Conservation Institute
Saildrone combines some of the oldest principles on the planet, those of a sailing boat, with some of the most advanced hardware and software available today. At the forefront of sailing technology, Saildrone is a “state-of-the-art carbon fiber composites and ultra-efficient aero- and hydrodynamics autonomous sailboat.”
Designed by Richard Jenkins, who holds the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle, Saildrone is a wind-powered autonomous surface vehicle for ocean science.Read more
US Sailing has launched a brand new Clever Pig, a website designed specifically for aspiring youth and young adults who want to take their competitive sailing careers to the next level. The revamped version has a new design and layout, updated content, and a revised structure of the best features from the original website, which was developed in 2007 by the Southport Sailing Foundation in Southport, CT.Read more
The City Island Nautical Museum in City Island, NY is currently hosting a photographic exhibition called “Morris Rosenfeld Photos of City Island Boats.” The Rosenfeld Collection is the largest single collection of maritime photography in the world, and although it is housed at Mystic Seaport, the photographers who created it, Morris Rosenfeld and his sons David, Stanley and William, lived and worked on City Island.Read more
By Joe Cooper
If you are going to start tossing “Who’s gonna win the Volvo Ocean Race?” darts now, you better have an idea of the background for criteria on how you decide.
The one-design Volvo Ocean 65s (pictured in the recent Round Britain & Ireland Race) are identical in every way, from hulls and rigs to cleats and sheet bags. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 will be won by the team with the best sailors, not the biggest budget. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
By Lauren E. Brajer & Bill Sabanski
When the term “A Perfect 10” is invoked, the implication is something of exquisite beauty, perfection, or extraordinary execution. For 2014, the Ms. Race, an event for all-women crews hosted by Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ on August 16, adopted the slogan to commemorate its 10th anniversary. When all was said and done, it proved a prophetic description.
Emily Smith’s J/29 Radiant won the 2014 Ms. Race and the Charles Francis Adams Trophy. © Jeff Smith/jeffsmithphoto.netRead more
And It’s Coming to Newport, RI in May 2015!
With seven hungry and ultra-competitive teams sailing a fleet of brand new one-design boats, the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is on track to be the most closely contested and exciting one yet, for racers and fans alike.
Team Alvimedica, Rhode Island’s “home team” in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, practices in the waters off Lisbon, Portugal. © Gilles Martin-Raget/Team Alvimedica
NEWPORT, R.I. (September 13, 2014) – For the final day of the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, the New York Yacht Club Race Committee brought the fleet back out to Rhode Island Sound where three races were run in 8-14 knots of breeze.
The J/70 fleet races on a sparkling Rhode Island Sound ©Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COMRead more
NEWPORT, R.I. (September 11, 2014) – After two days of qualifying, the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen today saw the first races of the Championship Series that will decide the winner of this inaugural world championship. Based on their performance during the first two days of the regatta, the 86 teams are now racing in either the gold or silver fleet, with the championship crown going to the eventual victor in the gold fleet.