Checking In

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

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New President at NESS

By Chris Szepessy

New President at NESS

Our friends at the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), a nonprofit ocean adventure education organization in Stonington, CT, have announced the appointment of Eric Isselhardt, PhD to the position of President. Isselhardt joined the NESS team as Executive Director of Education in January 2020. Spike Lobdell, who founded NESS in 2002, will continue to lead NESS in his role as Chief Executive Officer. “The title of President reflects Eric’s leadership role at NESS,” Lobdell said.  “We are excited…

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New Director of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard

By Chris Szepessy

New Director of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard

Our friends at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT have appointed Chris Sanders as the new director of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Sanders succeeds longtime director Quentin Snediker, who will stay on at the Museum in his role as the Clark Senior Curator for Watercraft. “Chris brings a wealth of ship and boatbuilding experience to the leadership of the duPont Preservation Shipyard,” said Peter Armstrong, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “He has proven his knowledge…

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Promotions at Offshore Sailing School

By Chris Szepessy

Promotions at Offshore Sailing School

Our friends at Offshore Sailing School have announced the promotions of Director of Marketing Beth Oliver to Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Chief Operations Manager Bryce Jackson to Vice President, Director of Operations. Oliver and Jackson will manage company personnel and services on behalf of founder/owners Steve and Doris Colgate, who remain integrally involved in company and community affairs. “For more than 57 years, Steve and I have grown the company, added courses and…

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Chip Johns acquires Edson International

By Chris Szepessy

Chip Johns acquires Edson International

Edson International, a manufacturer of pumps, marine steering systems and marine accessories in New Bedford, MA, has been acquired by marine industry veteran Chip Johns, who previously owned Vanguard Sailboats. Jacob Edson launched the company in 1859 with the invention of the diaphragm pump. The Keene family, with brothers Will and Hank along with father Henry, contributed to the company’s growth. “The Keene family has been at the helm of Edson for over sixty years, and we…

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Mystic Seaport Museum Announces New Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories

By Chris Szepessy

Mystic Seaport Museum Announces New Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories

Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT has appointed Akeia de Barros Gomes, Ph.D., as the Museum’s new senior curator for social maritime histories. De Barros Gomes, a multi-dimensional museum professional and educator, comes to Mystic Seaport Museum from the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “We look forward to welcoming Akeia back to Connecticut and to our Museum,” said Peter Armstrong, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “She is a key part of an institution-wide reframing of the traditional narratives…

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PBSA Sailors Doing Good Things

By Chris Szepessy

PBSA Sailors Doing Good Things

On May 20, 2021 at the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s annual meeting held at McCall’s Winery in Cutchogue, NY, PBSA donated $4,000 in profits from their Whitebread 27 Regatta to local youth sailing organizations. Pictured from left to right at the awards presentation are PBSA Commodore Dave Kilbride, Kathy Zappola and Jane Babcook representing Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor, Dan Kuehn representing East End Youth Sailing (high school sailing team), Dana Lehnert representing Old Cove Yacht…

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Mayflower II Receives Paul & Niki Tsongas Award

By Chris Szepessy

Mayflower II Receives Paul & Niki Tsongas Award

Our friends at Plimoth Patuxet Museums in Plymouth, MA have announced its historic tall ship Mayflower II as a recipient of the 2021 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award by Preservation Massachusetts, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage. Since 1988, the Tsongas Award has recognized the people and projects that have displayed the highest level of commitment to historic preservation in the Commonwealth. The accolade highlights Plimoth Patuxet’s successful four-year, multi-million-dollar restoration…

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The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is On!

By Chris Szepessy

The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta is On!

Our friends at the Storm Trysail Club and Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY are pleased to announce that the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta Presented by ShopRite of Carteret is on for Columbus Day Weekend 2021. The eagerly anticipated return after so many pandemic cancellations is welcomed by the teams, clubs, and volunteers. “There is great interest on the schools’ behalf as much of the college sailing season was canceled last year – including our event,” says IOR…

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11th Hour Racing Awards 23 Grants Totaling $1.92 Million

By Chris Szepessy

11th Hour Racing Awards 23 Grants Totaling $1.92 Million

Building on ten years of philanthropic work in ocean restoration, our friends at 11th Hour Racing have announced $1.92 million in grants, funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation, to support 23 projects in Argentina, Dominican Republic, the U.K., and the U.S.   This round of grantees includes three organizations that are new to 11th Hour Racing: Azul (CA, U.S.), working with the Latinx community and leadership to protect our ocean and coastal communities; Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i (HI, U.S.), inspiring…

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Hands-On Safety at Sea Seminar is October 11

By Chris Szepessy

Hands-On Safety at Sea Seminar is October 11

With a pent-up demand for Safety-at-Sea certification for 2022 offshore events, our friends at the Storm Trysail Club are holding a Hands-On Safety-at-Sea Seminar at the New York State Maritime College in the Bronx, NY on October 11, 2021 – Columbus Day. Building on the success of past seminars, this event will follow an interactive curriculum where attendees learn in the water survival, board life rafts, fire distress flares, put out fires, learn damage control, set storm…

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