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

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Northeast Contributors to the Sport Honored by US Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

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An especially large number of individuals and organizations from the Northeast were recognized this year by US Sailing for their contributions to the sport of sailing in the United States. The organization’s 2018 Association Awards, Community Sailing Awards and One-Design Awards were presented during the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) in Jacksonville, FL in January….

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SHYC Ranked in Top 3% of Marinas Nationwide

By Chris Szepessy

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Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) in Stonington, CT has been named a Boaters’ Choice Award Winner by Marinas.com, the world’s most extensive online marine directory. This recognition places the club in the top 3% highest-rated marinas. “We are delighted to accept this award,” said Joseph Williams, incoming SHYC Commodore. “The credit goes to the beautiful…

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PBSA Supports Youth Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

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At the annual Peconic Bay Sailing Association (PBSA) winter holiday party last December, East End Youth Sailing and the Old Cove Youth Sailing Foundation, both based in Cutchogue, NY, each received checks for $1,500 to support their respective programs on Long Island’s North Fork. The funds were donated by the membership of PBSA with proceeds…

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Andrew Burton’s Adventure Sailing is Back!

By Chris Szepessy

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For a decade in the 1990s, Andrew Burton’s Adventure Sailing was one of the best ways for a coastal sailor to get offshore under somewhat controlled circumstances. The fleet of charter boats from Nautor’s Swan was sold off and Adventure Sailing went on hiatus, but Burton never stopped helping sailors on their own boats gain the confidence…

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TowBoat U.S. Captain Honored

By Chris Szepessy

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Captain Alex Aalberg of TowBoatU.S. Mystic in Groton, CT received a Meritorious Service Award for a rescue in Fishers Island Sound last summer. Aalberg and five other captains of the on-water recreational boat-towing service were honored by their peers at a ceremony held at the annual BoatU.S. Towing Conference in Arlington, VA in January.  …

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CT Spring Boat Show is May 3 – 5

By Chris Szepessy

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The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina, located at 11 Ferry Street in Essex, CT. This in-water “boutique” show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Marina, the Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex…

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Newport Bermuda Race Wins Gold Level Clean Regatta Certification

By Chris Szepessy

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The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee is proud to announce the race has earned gold-level certification from Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program, a race of its own aimed at restoring ocean health. Administered by Newport, RI-based Sailors for the Sea, Clean Regattas is a certification system with five levels – Participant, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum – enabling sailors to protect their local waters with as many of 25 best practices as possible, making sustainability approachable and easy. The race earned Clean Regattas certification previously, in 2014 and ‘16, but 2018 was the first year the race reached the Gold level.

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CYOA Announces 2019 Classic Yachts Challenge Series

By Chris Szepessy

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The Classic Yacht Owners Association (CYOA) has announced a plan to continue and expand the series formerly known as the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge into 2019. With Panerai’s recently announced intention to discontinue their support of classic yachting events in both Europe and the U.S., the series was left without an Organizing Authority. This is one…

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Nick Ewenson Joins Sail Newport

By Chris Szepessy

Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, has appointed Nick Ewenson (Newport, RI) as Race Programs Manager. Ewenson will be responsible for developing youth racing programs and racing sailors on all age levels, managing the coaching staff and overseeing youth regatta participation at Sail Newport and for travel events. Sail Newport’s high-performance Brooke E. Gonzalez…

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