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This monthly roundup includes sailing and marine industry news from around the Northeast.

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UK Sailmakers|NY is now UK Sailmakers|Northeast

By Chris Szepessy

UK Sailmakers|NY is now UK Sailmakers|Northeast

Since opening its doors on City Island, NY, in 1946 as Ulmer Sails, UK Sailmakers has been servicing sailors in the New York area and Long Island Sound with innovative new sail technology, tailored new sail purchasing advice, and a level of service that earned the company the highest customer ratings. UK Sailmakers has grown into one of the world’s most established sailmaking groups with nearly 50 lofts and service centers worldwide. That number got event bigger…

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Two Boat Shows With a Twist

By Chris Szepessy

Two Boat Shows With a Twist

Regattas aren’t the only things being cancelled these days; boat shows are being cancelled right and left. The reason is that the larger boat shows lack a way to present boats efficiently…and safely. McMichael Yacht Yards and Brokers have taken a fresh approach to their traditional Fall Boat Show by creating two weekends of by-appointment-only boat shows in their yards in Mamaroneck, NY. On September 19-20, McMichael will have its powerboat show featuring MJM Yachts. This event…

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Waterline Systems Expands into North Carolina

By Chris Szepessy

Waterline Systems Expands into North Carolina

Waterline Systems LLC, headquartered in North Kingstown, RI and a fixture of the boat building, boat repair, and grand-prix sailing scene for over 30 years, is expanding operations into a 70,000 square-foot facility in Hubert, NC. Located just off the Intracoastal Waterway southwest of Moorehead City, and two hours from I-95, Waterline Systems will be able to dramatically increase its boat building, service, storage, and refit capabilities for sail and power boats arriving by land and sea….

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DragonFlite 95 Debuts Model Boat Racing at Nantucket Race Week

By Tom Darling

DragonFlite 95 Debuts Model Boat Racing at Nantucket Race Week

By Tom Darling Planning for post-Covid racing has been a major challenge in the current period of mask-wearing and social distancing. One direction that sailors have taken is model boat racing, radio-controlled. One-design and offshore sailor Carolyn Grant Zarella’s brainstorm for Nantucket Race Week was to gather as many as a dozen new model racers from among the sponsors and supporters of Race Week, put them into a 950mm plastic model yacht, and see where it led….

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4th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta is On! August 21 – 23 in Marblehead, MA

By Ron Weiss

4th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta is On! August 21 – 23 in Marblehead, MA

By Ron Weiss, Chairman, Storm Trysail Club Communications and Sponsorship Committee The 4th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta (named after famed Marblehead, MA 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 Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines. The NOR and race information can be…

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The 2020 Vineyard Race is On!

By Chris Szepessy

The 2020 Vineyard Race is On!

Our friends at Stamford Yacht Club in Stamford, CT are pleased to announce that the 86th running of the Vineyard Race is scheduled to start on Friday, September 4. This Labor Day Weekend classic offers a choice of three courses. The Vineyard Course covers 238 nautical miles from Stamford around Buzzards Bay Light Tower and back. The Seaflower Reef Course logs 143 nm, and the Cornfield Point Course is 116 nm.   The Vineyard Race has divisions…

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Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Hall of Fame Join Forces in Newport!

By Chris Szepessy

Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Hall of Fame Join Forces in Newport!

The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame have announced at partnership to open an America’s Cup Hall of Fame location in Newport, RI. Every sport has its legends, comprised of people who provide inspiration to take on new challenges and achieve new heights. Sailing is no different, and the accomplishments of inductees to these halls of fame illustrate the breadth of talents and contributions that have shaped the…

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Eight Bells: Howard McMichael, Jr.

By Chris Szepessy

Eight Bells: Howard McMichael, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we report that our friend Howard McMichael, Jr. died at the age of 82 on Tuesday, June 2. Howie, as he was known to family and friends, suffered a stroke on Thursday, May 28, from which he never recovered. Howard McMichael, Jr. was the longtime leader of and inspiration for McMichael Yacht Yards & Brokers, having taken over the company from his father, Howard McMichael, Sr., upon Howie’s return from serving…

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Ode to a Buccaneer

By Chris Szepessy

Ode to a Buccaneer

The recent passing of world-class sailor and boatbuilder Harry Sindle (1929 – 2020) brought to mind the article below, written by Harry about the Buccaneer, an 18-foot daysailer/racer designed in 1966 by Rod Macalpine-Downie and Dick Gibbs. Buccaneers are currently built by Nickels Boat Works in Flint, MI, a company perhaps best known for their excellent Lightnings. Born in Little Falls, NJ, Harry Sindle won major titles in the Lightning, Thistle and Comet classes, and a gold…

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If Boats Could Talk…

By Chris Szepessy

If Boats Could Talk…

Monday, May 11 marked the date for the rollout of “Conversations with Classic Boats,” the website and podcast created by Tom Darling, a longtime WindCheck friend and contributor, featuring a unique look at what Tom calls “classic” boats. “A classic boat doesn’t have to be wood, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a yacht,” Darling explained. “It could be fiberglass – think of a Dyer Dhow – but everyone agrees that Bolero and Dorade are classics.”…

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