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

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Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship Opportunity

By Chris Szepessy

Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship Opportunity

Our friends at the Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF) are offering the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship for young women ages 14 -19. “This scholarship is for applicants who have identified a program that may include but not be limited to an advanced sailing program, a tall ship or live-aboard experience, a marine or marine-related program, such as environmental studies as an example, or a sail racing program,” said WSF board member Linda Newland. “Scholarship funding is up…

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Alicia Martorella Poole named Club Manager at Cedar Point Yacht Club

By Chris Szepessy

Alicia Martorella Poole named Club Manager at Cedar Point Yacht Club

Our friends at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT have appointed Alicia Martorella Poole as the new Club Manager. “Alicia, a lifelong sailor and racer, has leadership experience both in yacht clubs and community sailing programs, and has been recognized for promoting sailing,” said CPYC Commodore Charlie Kreitler. “She comes to us from SUNY Maritime College, where she is the Assistant Waterfront Director and Director of Waterfront Programs. She has held roles at The WaterFront Center,…

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An Educated Boater is a Safer Boater

By Chris Szepessy

An Educated Boater is a Safer Boater

Submitted by U.S. Power Squadron Past District Commander Susan Ryan JN of Old Greenwich, CT   Every week or so in summer there seems to be a boating accident of some kind – many of which can be avoided if safe boating tenets were adhered to. Each year the statistics on boating accidents and fatalities tell the same story about the thousands of accidents nationwide. The four most striking similarities are: ° Most accidents involve open boats…

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Shields Class Foundation Launched

By Chris Szepessy

Shields Class Foundation Launched

One of the oldest continually active one-design fleets in the country, the Shields Class organization positions itself as a sustainable racing class with a thoughtful and realistic look at its future and the future of one-design racing. Since its inception in the early 1960s by Cornelius Shields, it has always been guided by an enthusiastic group of sailors serious about racing and their boats. It is not an accident that they are still active, with nine fleets…

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Oakcliff 2021 Match Racing Schedule Released

By Chris Szepessy

Oakcliff 2021 Match Racing Schedule Released

Our friends at Oakcliff in Oyster Bay, NY have announced their 2021 match racing schedule. The season includes something for racers of all levels as Oakcliff continues to support the pathway from sailor to seasoned match racer in a COVID-safe sailing environment. When it comes to training the next generation of match racers, Oakcliff has been at the forefront, making this discipline available to all. Oakcliff is expanding and turning their series of one-day Grade 5 regattas…

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Will Keep In Bay Race as Option Along with Traditional Offshore Races

By Barby MacGowan

Ida Lewis Distance Race Will Keep In Bay Race as Option Along with Traditional Offshore Races

  The 17th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race starts Thursday, August 19, 2021 and will keep its expanded format from last year to give competitors more options. The schedule consists of: • Registration and Skippers Meeting conducted by host Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI on Thursday, August 19. • Offshore Distance Race (Between 112 and 169 nm) for ORC, PHRF (Aloha and Coronet divisions), ORC DoubleHanded and PHRF Cruising Spinnaker classes starting Friday, August 20….

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Safe Harbor Race Weekend is August 13 – 15

By Chris Szepessy

Safe Harbor Race Weekend is August 13 – 15

Our friends at Safe Harbor Marinas are presenting the inaugural Safe Harbor Race Weekend, a three-day sailing regatta in and around Narragansett Bay, on the weekend of August 13-15. With shoreside activities hosted by Safe Harbor Marinas in Newport, Portsmouth, and Jamestown, Rhode Island, this event is geared toward the enjoyment of boat owners, families, and crew.     “We hope you’ll join us this summer for some exciting racing, live entertainment, tasty food and plenty of…

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Sharing the Magic

By Chris Szepessy

Sharing the Magic

This drawing of New York Yacht Club American Magic’s AC75 Patriot, by 13-year-old Colin Shearley of Centerville, MA, graces the lunchroom at the team’s base in Aukland, NZ. “Colin, one of the Padawans I know and with whom I have sailed and done some other mentoring type activities, sent me this handmade drawing of American Magic for Christmas,” explained Joe Cooper, WindCheck’s Contributing Editor and the Sailing Coach at The Prout School. “He is a great young…

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Ryan Finn Attempts First World Record for a Solo Non-Stop Sail from NY to San Francisco

By Chris Szepessy

Ryan Finn Attempts First World Record for a Solo Non-Stop Sail from NY to San Francisco

On January 1, 2021, 42-year-old Ryan Finn departed New York City to set sail for San Francisco as he attempts to establish the first world record for a non-stop singlehanded sail. Finn’s 60-day journey will cover 14,000 nautical miles heading south through Bermuda, onto Brazil, and around Cape Horn, some of the most treacherous waters in the world, before passing the Galapagos Islands on his way up to San Francisco. Montreal-based Sailor Productions is capturing footage of Ryan’s incredible…

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Grain de Sail Wines

By Chris Szepessy

Grain de Sail Wines

By Matthieu Riou, Grain de Sail US Wines & Spirits Director The world’s only commercial exporter of fine wines by modern cargo sailboat, Grain de Sail, delivered its first load of wines on December 16 to the New York Market after crossing the Atlantic from France for 28 days. After a three-week resting period, the wines are officially available in selected wine bars, wine shops and restaurants that you will be able to find on graindesailwines.com.  …

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