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

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New Home for Block Island Race Week Village

By Chris Szepessy

New Home for Block Island Race Week Village

After a successful trip to Block Island in May, the Organizing Committee for the Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville is excited to announce a new location for Race Headquarters and Village at the Narragansett Inn, just 100 yards away from the former site adjacent to The Oar. “The view is amazing from up here. There isn’t a bad seat in the house,” said STC Vice Commodore and Event Chairman Ed Cesare, looking out on the Great Salt Pond and right up the…

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US Sailing to Launch Siebel Sailors Program for Youth

By Chris Szepessy

US Sailing to Launch Siebel Sailors Program for Youth

US Sailing is set to launch the Siebel Sailors Program, a landmark community sailing program made possible by a ground-breaking donation from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, led by tech industry businessman, sailor and philanthropist Tom Siebel. The Program’s purpose is to increase opportunity and diversity in the sport by providing resources and support to youth sailors at public access sailing centers across the country. US Sailing, through the Siebel Sailors Program, will provide fleets of sailboats, equipment, and expert coaching…

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ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina Opens at Full Capacity

By Chris Szepessy

ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina Opens at Full Capacity

New York City’s first new marina in over 50 years is opening at full capacity in Brooklyn Bridge Park. ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, set on eight acres between Piers 4 and 5 at the mouth of the East River, came with a price tag of over $28 million and involved massive infrastructure work. “ONE°15 is proud to bring to fruition the first new marina in New York Harbor in a generation and to welcome boaters to the calmest waters…

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CT Spring Boat Show a Success!

By Ben

CT Spring Boat Show a Success!

The first weekend in May is becoming a fixture for the WindCheck readership area. For the fourth year in a row, the CT Spring Boat Show was hosted by Safe Harbor Marinas’ Essex Island Marina in Essex, CT. And for the third year in a row, the weather was not great! But also, for the third year in a row, a couple thousand people braved the iffy weather and enjoyed a growing show where a lot of…

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Sound Sailing Center Crew Awarded Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal

By Chris Szepessy

Sound Sailing Center Crew Awarded Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal

The newest recipients of US Sailing’s Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal are Captain Martinus van Breems (founder and President of Sound Sailing Center in Norwalk, CT), Captain Wim Jessup (a Sound Sailing instructor who is also the Executive Director of the Landfall Marine Training Center in Stamford, CT), and crew/students Fred Moy, Brad Freeman, Michael McCormick and Peter Kelly. The medals were presented on behalf of US Sailing by Storm Trysail Foundation Chairman Rich du Moulin at the…

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A “New” Loft on Long Island

By Chris Szepessy

A “New” Loft on Long Island

After 41 years serving racing and cruising sailors throughout the Northeast, the largest sail loft on Long Island is changing from Doyle Sails Huntington to OneSails North Atlantic. Over these years, Mark Washeim, President of the loft, has become a fixture on the East Coast sailmaking scene and established a very large base of loyal customers. “Combining technology with craft and customer service has always been a primary goal of our loft,” said Washeim. “This partnership with OneSails opens a new chapter…

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Sail Black Rock Hopes to Expand Waterfront Classroom

By Chris Szepessy

Sail Black Rock Hopes to Expand Waterfront Classroom

Sail Black Rock, which hosts the intercollegiate sailing teams of Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University, needs to expand their waterfront classroom, known as The Pilot House, at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT. “The two teams often fill The Pilot House to capacity (20) and if it’s not expanded it will restrict program growth,” said SBR Executive Director Dave White. “The plan is to enclose the building’s waterside deck to increase the indoor area from 200…

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Essex Yacht Club Ocean Racing Forum Begins May 1

By Chris Szepessy

Essex Yacht Club Ocean Racing Forum Begins May 1

The Regatta Committee of the Essex Yacht Club (EYC) in Essex, CT, is pleased to announce the first meeting of the EYC Ocean Racing Forum on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:15 pm. The forum will be hosted by EYC three times per year, featuring speakers and discussion sessions of interest to ocean racers and those sailors who may be interested in becoming ocean racers. Admission is free, and all are welcome. The first forum topic, “Marine Weather…

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Newport Bermuda Night at the Gaelic-American Club is May 8

By Chris Szepessy

Newport Bermuda Night at the Gaelic-American Club is May 8

Presented by the Cruising Club of America with support from the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound and hosted by the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, CT on Wednesday, May 8, this evening includes a presentation that invites you aboard, dispels myths, and offers robust discussion of past Newport Bermuda Races.   Guest Speaker W. Frank Bohlen, Professor Emeritus of Marine Sciences at UConn and a veteran of 18 Newport Bermuda Races, will give a presentation authored…

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Mudheads Present an Evening with Vlad Murnikov

By Chris Szepessy

Mudheads Present an Evening with Vlad Murnikov

This year’s Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association Spring Seminar, on Wednesday, May 8 at Shennecossett Yacht Club in Groton, CT, features a special presentation by Russian yacht designer Vlad Murnikov. Murnikov, an architect with a penchant for yacht design, began talking to friends about the upcoming 1989 -’90 Whitbread Round the World Race. The Soviet Union had never participated, but change was in the air. In two short years, Murnikov was able to put together a design team, build…

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