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An Interview with Brandon Linton, New York Yacht Club American Magic’s Boat Construction Manager

By Chris Szepessy

An Interview with Brandon Linton, New York Yacht Club American Magic’s Boat Construction Manager

A specialist in the construction of composite boats, structures and components since 1990, Brandon Linton has worked with many of the world’s foremost yacht designers and engineers. His CV includes the management and construction of two Volvo Open 70s (the Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed Mar Mostro and the Botin/Carkeek-designed Il Mostro for PUMA Ocean Racing); the Verdier/VPLP-designed Comanche, Jim Clarke’s record-smashing 100-footer; the AC50 Magic Blue for Artemis Racing in the 35th edition of the America’s Cup; eleven America’s…

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The Joys of Single-Handed Sailing: Report from the 2019 Bermuda 1-2

By Chris Szepessy

The Joys of Single-Handed Sailing: Report from the 2019 Bermuda 1-2

By Gust Stringos From Joshua Slocum to Jeanne Socrates to Jessica Watson, from the first Golden Globe Race to the last Vendée Globe, single-handed sailing is a long-established tradition among cruising and racing sailors. The Bermuda 1-2, organized by the Newport Yacht Club and the St. George’s Dinghy & Sports Club, is the premier East Coast race for single-handed sailors. It has been sailed biennially since 1977 and combines a single- handed leg with a double-handed return,…

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75th Block Island Race Postponed Until 2021

By Chris Szepessy

75th Block Island Race Postponed Until 2021

Our friends at the Storm Trysail Club have announced that the 75th running of their Block Island Race, which had been tentatively bumped from its original starting date of May 22 to June 19, is now postponed until May 28, 2021. “The timing of this decision is driven by a variety of health and safety, logistical, and practical factors,” said Ron Weiss, Chair of the Storm Trysail Club Sponsorship and Communications Committee. “Although nothing is certain in…

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Sailboat Racing and Social Distancing: Indian Harbor Yacht Club Introduces a New Form of Competition

By Chris Szepessy

Sailboat Racing and Social Distancing: Indian Harbor Yacht Club Introduces a New Form of Competition

    Sailboat racing in Greenwich, CT has been very popular for many years. Competition is typically casual, particularly mid-week evening racing. As important as the racing is, for many, the social aspect is equally essential. Yacht clubs in Greenwich organize post-race gatherings so competitors can share stories of triumph and defeat. Lately, however, sailboat races have been curtailed. With restrictions hopefully loosening, it’s appropriate to ask if competitive sailing can be done in a way that…

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Duck Island Yacht Club Shirley Hall Series

By Chris Szepessy

Duck Island Yacht Club Shirley Hall Series

By Joe Coyne During her life, Shirley Hall was an avid and competitive sailor for over 25 years, the first female Commodore of Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT, and a strong advocate for women’s sailing. Her success in and support for the sport created a strong tradition of women’s sailing at Duck Island Yacht Club. Today, the club remembers and honors that tradition by running the Shirley Hall Series, a weekly series that takes place…

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Twenty Hundred Club Bridge Fiasco

By Chris Szepessy

Twenty Hundred Club Bridge Fiasco

By Nick Bowen Every January, a group of sailboat racers in San Francisco Bay shake off their winter blues and participate in the “The Three Bridge Fiasco” race. “Three Bridge” refers to the only three marks of the course: Blackaller Buoy, near the Golden Gate Bridge, Red Rock, near the Richmond San Rafael Bridge, and Yerba Buena Island, between the western and eastern spans of the Oakland Bay Bridge. These marks may be rounded in any order…

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LaserPerformance is the Title Sponsor of The World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY

By Chris Szepessy

LaserPerformance is the Title Sponsor of The World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY

By Beth Fleisher and Celeste Flick, Regatta Co-Chairs Southold Yacht Club in Southold, NY will host the 50th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY on Saturday, July 18, 2020. This unique nautical marathon is open to single and doubles Sunfish sailors per the event Notice of Race.       As the crow flies, the nautical distance around Shelter Island, starting and finishing at Southold Yacht Club, is 21.3 miles. Since crows don’t tack,…

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The 75th Annual Ram Island Yacht Club Invitational Regatta – the Race ‘Round Fishers Island

By Chris Szepessy

The 75th Annual Ram Island Yacht Club Invitational Regatta – the Race ‘Round Fishers Island

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, The Ram Island Yacht Club (RIYC) in Noank, CT looks forward to holding its 75th Invitational Regatta, a race around Fishers Island. The most challenging elements of sailing are at work in The Race and the Watch Hill reefs, where currents hit four knots and the race day winds can blow zero to thirty-plus.   With few interruptions, Ram Island Yacht Club has held this race since 1945. Though the name implies…

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An Interview with Scott MacLeod, New York Yacht Club American Magic’s Commercial Director

By Benjamin Cesare

An Interview with Scott MacLeod, New York Yacht Club American Magic’s Commercial Director

Publisher’s note: I’ve known my good friend Scott MacLeod since I was ten. We grew up at Norwalk Yacht Club in Norwalk, CT. Scott is a three-time collegiate All-American, a former member of the U.S. National Sailing Team, and an excellent team racer. He’s a senior level marketing executive who has created event properties and sold over $100 million in sponsorships across a broad range of sports including golf, tennis, sailing and adventure sports. It was pretty…

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Charlie Enright Sets Sights on The Ocean Race

By Chris Szepessy

Charlie Enright Sets Sights on The Ocean Race

As Skipper of 11th Hour Racing Team, Charlie Enright’s goal to lift The Ocean Race Trophy comes with a mission to educate fans along the way on today’s environmental concerns and inspire them to do their part to benefit ocean health and our fragile planet. Born and raised in Bristol, RI, Charlie, 35, learned to sail at age 5 and was a member of the Brown University Sailing Team. Charlie had his first taste of offshore sailing in…

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