By John K. Fulweiler
If you’re an old barnacle with a massive motor vessel measured in tens of meters, platoon of polo wearing plebes and the luck of a society currently rewarding masters of the market, I’ve got something to remind you. There’s like 19,000 kids in Massachusetts that don’t have a home. I say sell your ship! Come on, with those sales proceeds you could do some good for those kids that’d really mark-up history. Plus, your squared off tin can isn’t even good looking – empirically.Read more
Budget-minded boat owners looking for hard-to-find parts for a refit or restoration project have a new online resource. Created by Doug McQuilken, who is restoring a vintage wooden catboat, boatusedpartsearch.com (aka BUPS) has helped thousands of boat owners locate parts.
This catboat restoration project inspired Doug McQuilken to launch boatusedpartsearch.com.
BUPS maintains active inventory from hundreds of websites, and sends daily email (text in the future) alerts for “fresh” listings meeting user-defined criteria.Read more
Landfall, a marine outfitter and safety expert in Stamford, CT, has announced two new executive appointments. Frederick (Fred) Lorthioir will assume the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and John Stanton is the new Digital Marketing Director.
Fred LorthioirRead more
By Carole Heller
I was about to dock my boat late in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2015 when I saw a message on my cell phone. When I retrieved it, I found that Chuck Fontaine, the Program Director at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne, MA, was asking if I could replace a departing coach on their Women’s Sailing Team for the Marion Bermuda Race…two days hence. I called back to get some details, and being the ocean junkie that I am the answer was “YES!” Chuck told me I would be picked up the next morning.
The team heads out of Buzzards Bay, unaware that Spirit’s mainsail would not last much longer. © Spectrum Photo/Fran GrenonRead more
I am continually amazed at the number of ‘We must grow the sport of sailing’ articles and letters out there. Yet, each and every month the pages of this magazine are filled with articles detailing that very thing. I suppose I would understand if the letters and articles read ‘Let’s continue growing the sport of sailing’ instead because collectively, I think we’re doing a spectacular job of increasing accessibility to the sport as well as decelerating the decline in participation in the ‘aged-out’ and ‘bored-out’ categories of junior sailors. Certainly there will always be attrition in the high school and college years, but with the multitude of truly exciting opportunities available to young sailors today, boredom can scarcely get a toehold.Read more
By Peter Bruce
Foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
7th Edition published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 310 pages hardcover $50
More than half a century ago since it was originally published, Heavy Weather Sailing remains the definitive tome on the subject. We’d wager that WindCheck Contributing Editor Joe Cooper had this book when he was a lad in Australia… and that he still owns that same well-worn copy!Read more
September 7, 2016 - Forespar Performance Products of California, for 50 years a leading international sailing and powerboat hardware and plumbing systems manufacturer, is pleased to announce the debut of the PureWater+ system at next week's Newport International Boat Show.Read more
By Colin Rath
Editor’s note: This is the fourteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles linked below.
I have sailed my whole life on the East Coast of the USA and the Atlantic Ocean…up to now. We found out immediately that the Pacific Ocean is a completely different animal as we set sail from Panama City. In fact, Pam and Nerina, who had been using Scopoderm daily since we left New England, stopped taking them and only used them in rough weather after our first day of sailing in the Pacific. Which is a big huge with the crew aboard Persevere. A happy crew makes life so much easier.
The sea lions in Galapagos are friendly, but soon wear out their welcome. © persevere60545.comRead more
By Hannah Alexander
The 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry is America’s newest Tall Ship. She’s also Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, and I can’t wait to get aboard her!
The 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry shows her stature next to the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, jet skis and the 12 Metre American Eagle in Narragansett Bay. © George Bekris
I have sailed on Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island’s voyages for two years in a row now. These were weeklong education-at-sea programs that took place aboard the Tall Ship Mystic, because the Perry was still under construction. This summer will be my third time to go, and it will be aboard the Tall Ship that everyone has waited for eight years to see completed and sailing.Read more