Cruising

In this section, our contributing writers share their adventures from the Northeast to exotic destinations around the globe.

Cruising

Elektra Weathers a Microburst

By Chris Szepessy

Elektra Weathers a Microburst

By AK   On Sunday, June 30, my friends Arlene Graffa and John Cravenho were helping deliver my Cal 27 Elektra from Shelton to Norwalk, Connecticut when we were overtaken by an unpredicted flash microburst with winds over 70 miles per hour. We started sailing down the Housatonic River from Shelton at 8 am, passing under the Merritt Parkway, I-95, the 110-year-old Metro North Devon bascule bridge, and the Washington Bridge (Route 1). We encountered a (much…

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Western Long Island Sound Turns Nasty

By Chris Szepessy

Western Long Island Sound Turns Nasty

By Rory Cumming   I’ve always thought of Western Long Island Sound as a relatively safe place to sail during the summer. The biggest worry is typically heavy boat traffic and skippers exhibiting poor judgment. The exception was on Sunday, June 30. The day began with sunny skies and a nice 15-knot westerly. The Sound was packed with sailboats of all sizes, and my wife Jaci and I were sailing our Dehler 38c Rascal under jib alone….

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Evolution of the Fast, Safe and Luxurious Sailing Yacht

By Chris Szepessy

Evolution of the Fast, Safe and Luxurious Sailing Yacht

By Kevin Dailey I have been in the boating business for 40 years, and I recently did an introspective look at what has changed since I started. In the 1980s, a 38- to 40-foot sailing yacht might have been considered toward the larger size for most people to own or be handled by a couple. Today, it is not uncommon to see a couple sailing a 55-foot yacht or even larger, and with less effort and stress than back in…

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Girls Gone Sailing in the BVI

By Chris Szepessy

Girls Gone Sailing in the BVI

By Sherry Pickett My friend Carolyn and I turned 50 earlier this year and decided that sailing lessons in the British Virgin Islands were the way to celebrate! It wasn’t difficult to find two more friends to join us and although we each had different levels of experience with sailing, we found the perfect course to meet all of our needs with Offshore Sailing School’s Fast Track to Cruising course. We were fortunate enough to have the…

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Fiona Finds (Mostly) Easy Sailing to Portugal and the Caribbean

By Chris Szepessy

Fiona Finds (Mostly) Easy Sailing to Portugal and the Caribbean

By Eric Forsyth The start of this year’s cruise was hardly auspicious; Fiona, my Westsail 42, began at the bottom, or, more literally, on the bottom. She was launched at Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue, New York, late on a Monday afternoon. A quick check of the bilge seemed normal, and we all went home. On Tuesday morning, she was resting on the bottom of the travel lift slip with water inside the boat about a foot…

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New Identity for the U.S. Power Squadron

By Chris Szepessy

New Identity for the U.S. Power Squadron

By Susan Ryan and Donald Peterson The United States Power Squadron (USPS) was founded in 1914 by Rear Commodore John Upton of the Boston Yacht Club, author Charles F. Chapman and others to formalize the education and training of civilian boaters, and it grew into the nation’s foremost recreational boating organization. How they chose the name is an interesting tale going back to 1912 when Upton organized a select group of “gasoliners” as the first power-driven sail…

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The Society for the Education of American Sailors (SEAS)

By Chris Szepessy

The Society for the Education of American Sailors (SEAS)

By Graham Blundell The Society for the Education of American Sailors (SEAS) has four chapters, in Monmouth, Bergen and Morris counties in New Jersey and Westchester County in New York. Each chapter operates autonomously, under the guidance of a “national” committee, but they all have the same Mission Statement: To promote and encourage small craft activity as recreation and sport by providing low cost learn-to-sail programs and to encourage relationships among all persons interested in sailing craft…

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Singles Under Sail Welcomes New (and Old!) Members

By Chris Szepessy

Singles Under Sail Welcomes New (and Old!) Members

By Ronnie Ross Ready to get out on the water? We’ve got Skippers looking for crew! Need crew? We’ve got Crew looking for a boat to sail and hoping to hone their sailing skills! If you are single and fit into either of these categories, you need to check out Singles Under Sail! Based in Western Connecticut, SUS is a great club for sailing opportunities, and it’s getting better every year. We are an active group of…

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Lightning, Sailboats and the Power of Points: Multihull masts need grounding, too!

By Chris Szepessy

Lightning, Sailboats and the Power of Points: Multihull masts need grounding, too!

By Bobby Jepson “Our president is a lightning rod for political criticism!” That might be something you’d read or hear most anywhere these days. What does that mean? Does it mean lightning rods attract lightning? Look that up: “Do lightning rods attract lightning?” You’ll find that’s not the case. The response might be so firm you’d think it a dumb question. But our vernacular betrays the disclaimer. Many years ago, the folks that made lightning rods were…

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A Look at Dock and Anchor Lines

By Chris Szepessy

A Look at Dock and Anchor Lines

Presented by Samson Ropes As boaters, we are often casual about the lines we use to secure our boats to docks, piers, moorings or anchorages. Often times, boaters will spend more to fuel their boat than to secure it. With that in mind, it is highly important to find and purchase a top quality dock and anchor lines that will protect your investment. Lines are made in a single braid or double braided construction, which means there…

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