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Final Stages of MAYFLOWER II’s Homecoming Voyage Underway

By Chris Szepessy

Final Stages of MAYFLOWER II’s Homecoming Voyage Underway

Plimoth Plantation’s fully restored historic tall ship to make port stop at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy before homecoming to Plymouth on August 10; tickets to board ship on sale on August 8 On August 10, 2020, following a more than three-year, multi-million-dollar restoration, the 64-year-old Mayflower II will return home to Plymouth Harbor where it is a major exhibit of Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of 17th century Massachusetts. “Mayflower II is a unique educational resource…

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Races and Regattas

Tight Racing from the Trainees to the Top at Oakcliff Grade 4

By Chris Szepessy

Tight Racing from the Trainees to the Top at Oakcliff Grade 4

By Lexi Pline, Oakcliff Sailing MarComm Manager August 2, 2020 (OYSTER BAY, NEW YORK) – Hot off a win at last week’s Grade 3, Doug Shannon went undefeated at this week’s Grade 4, with Jim McNally taking second and Brendan Feeny taking third place. But the real story is the match racing prowess of the two boats crewed entirely by Oakcliff trainees, all of whom began match racing two weeks ago. Acorn Sam Rifkind-Brown, who gave Shannon…

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East Coast Boaters Need to Prepare for Isaias

By Chris Szepessy

East Coast Boaters Need to Prepare for Isaias

Free hurricane planning videos, guides from BoatUS SPRINGFIELD, Va., July 31, 2020 – Hurricane Isaias is forecast to run up the East Coast, likely bringing heavy rains, high winds and storm surge from South Florida to potentially as far north as New England through next week. With the storm having reached Category 1 status (sustained winds of 74 mph) Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters to be prepared. “It doesn’t take a…

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Races and Regattas

11th Hour Racing Team Adds America’s Cup Winner and Former Ocean Race Champion to Transatlantic Sail

By Chris Szepessy

11th Hour Racing Team Adds America’s Cup Winner and Former Ocean Race Champion to Transatlantic Sail

July 31, 2020 (Newport, Rhode Island) – 11th Hour Racing Team announced the addition of several high-profile sailors to its training crew this week with five-time Ocean Race veteran Simon Fisher (UK) joining the team in France, along with past America’s Cup and SailGP winner Kyle Langford (AUS) and 2017-18 Ocean Race participant Emily Nagel (Bermuda).  The trio has come together in Brittany with Skipper Charlie Enright, onboard reporter Amory Ross and Justin Shaffer, who oversees special projects, to prepare for the team’s upcoming transatlantic. The departure…

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Fundraising Events

Paddle for the Sound 2020 is August 14 – 31

By Chris Szepessy

Paddle for the Sound 2020 is August 14 – 31

Paddle, sail, run or walk to help Save the Sound! Our friends at Save the Sound have announced that due to COVID-19, this year’s edition of their popular Paddle for the Sound event will be virtual, and they’re opening it up with many more ways to participate. Enjoy our great outdoors while fighting for regional environmental protection. You can keep your Long Island Soundkeeper on the water tracking down pollution at its source, prevent trash from making its…

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Sound Environment

Local Knowledge Wanted! Fishers Island Seagrass Webinar is Monday, August 10

By Chris Szepessy

Local Knowledge Wanted! Fishers Island Seagrass Webinar is Monday, August 10

Fishers Island, New York is surrounded by almost a quarter of the seagrass that remains in Long Island Sound. Although the seagrass in this area is currently in good condition, this important habitat and resource is at risk. The Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition was formed in 2017 to protect the seagrass ecosystem around the island. The Coalition is beginning a planning stage to identify locations around the island that would be best suited for Seagrass…

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Races and Regattas

Ida Lewis Distance Race Offers Inshore (Non-Overnight) Course

By Barby MacGowan

Ida Lewis Distance Race Offers Inshore (Non-Overnight) Course

With COVID-19 effecting travel and gatherings this summer, the Ida Lewis Distance Race presented by Jeanneau America and scheduled for Saturday, August 15, is offering an option for teams to race within Narragansett Bay, thus making it unnecessary to go offshore on the race’s traditional overnight coastal courses. “Our course options this year have been designed to meet the requirements of Rhode Island regulations for Phase 2 or Phase 3,” said Race Director Bill O’Hanley. “The focus is getting families and…

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Upcoming Events

Plimoth Plantation’s Fully Restored MAYFLOWER II to Begin Homecoming Voyage to Plymouth, Massachusetts from Mystic, Connecticut on July 20, 2020

By Chris Szepessy

Plimoth Plantation’s Fully Restored MAYFLOWER II to Begin Homecoming Voyage to Plymouth, Massachusetts from Mystic, Connecticut on July 20, 2020

Historic square-rigger will depart Mystic Seaport Museum for two weeks of sail training and sea trials in New London before making journey to her home port Plymouth, Massachusetts (July 15, 2020) – Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of 17th century Massachusetts, is delighted to announce that MAYFLOWER II, its 64-year-old historic reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the shores of historic Patuxet in 1620, will begin the voyage home to Massachusetts on July…

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Sound Environment

Sailors for the Sea Launches Skippers Program to Protect Oceans

By Chris Szepessy

Sailors for the Sea Launches Skippers Program to Protect Oceans

Eight sailors volunteer to mobilize local sailing and boating communities to win policy victories that protect and restore world’s oceans On Thursday, July 9, Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana, the world’s leading ocean conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community toward restoring ocean health, launched its Skippers Program, a volunteer network of local conservation leaders in sailing communities across North America to protect the world’s marine environments. “It’s time for…

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Races and Regattas

4th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta Is On August 21-23

By Ron Weiss

4th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta Is On August 21-23

Marblehead, MA –  The 4th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta (named after famed Marblehead hero, America’s Cup winner, National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee, and STC member) Ted Hood, is scheduled for August 21 – 23.  While we are hopeful, as befitting an organization very much focused on safety, we will also be cautious, vigilant, and closely following the Massachusett’s COVID-19 guidelines. The NOR and race information can be found at tedhoodregatta.com.   The regatta’s roots go back to the…

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