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Flash Report: Greetings from Margaritaville

By Chris Szepessy

Flash Report: Greetings from Margaritaville

Photos by Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com As this issue went to press, the 29th edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville (June 21-25) was underway with 158 teams competing in the waters off Block Island, RI.     Looking at the weather forecast for the week, the STC Race Committee chose Monday, June 21 for the Regatta Craft Mixers Round the Island Race. Although heavy fog prevented the ORC, One-Design, and PHRF fleets…

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Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta is August 20 – 23

By Chris Szepessy

Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta is August 20 – 23

The 5th Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta (named after famed Marblehead sailor, America’s Cup winner, National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee, and STC member Ted Hood) is scheduled for August 20 – 23. The event will be hosted by Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA, in association with The Boston Yacht Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club. While Storm Trysail Club are optimistic, as befitting an organization very much focused on safety, we will also be cautious,…

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11th Hour Racing Team Finishes Second in The Ocean Race Europe

By Chris Szepessy

11th Hour Racing Team Finishes Second in The Ocean Race Europe

By Amory Ross, 11th Hour Racing Media Crew Member Editor’s note: Our friends at 11th Hour Racing Team, Rhode Island’s “home team” for the next edition of The Ocean Race, earned the runner-up position in the five-boat IMOCA 60 class at the Inaugural Ocean Race Europe. Led by Skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, the team won the Genoa Coastal Race on Friday, June 19. Victory in this final contest of the three-week-long, multi-stage Ocean Race Europe saw…

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Gone Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

Gone Sailing

A doublehanded offshore racing newcomer takes on the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race   By Ken Read Editor’s note: In our June edition, Contributing Editor did an interview with Suzy Leech (windcheckmagazine.com/article/women-on-the-water-suzy-leech/), in which she discussed her doublehanded campaign with Ken Read. In this article, Ken recounts the 2020 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race in which he and Suzy raced Jeanneau’s new 33-footer. In January 2020, I broke a cardinal rule that I was told…

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The Bridge Fiasco

By Chris Szepessy

The Bridge Fiasco

By Nick Bowen   The Twenty Hundred Club opened their season on Saturday, May 22 with the second annual “Bridge Fiasco” Race on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The rules are simple: start the race just south of Prudence Island and sail under each of the three bay bridges in any order: the Newport Bridge, the Jamestown Bridge, and the Mt. Hope bridge. The course is 27.8 nautical miles on the rhumbline. The format of the race is…

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NBYA Unveils an Exciting New Regatta!

By Chris Szepessy

NBYA Unveils an Exciting New Regatta!

By Dave Easterbrooks, NBYA Communications Director     The inaugural Narragansett Bay Yachting Association ‘Round the Bay Regatta – with an innovative and exciting new format – will debut Saturday, July 24. This is the first regatta that starts and finishes in every Narragansett Bay sailor’s backyard! Why travel hours to get to and from the starting area for a race? You won’t have to if you come out for this one. There will be four different starting areas, so…

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What If We Did the Race Doublehanded?

By Chris Szepessy

What If We Did the Race Doublehanded?

A remarkable victory for Roust in the 2013 Marion to Bermuda Race By Ian N.H. Gumprecht In February 2013, I had been doing my best for the previous couple of months to pull together a crew for the 2013 Marion to Bermuda Race. Of the four individuals I was hounding, only one, Mark Swanson, had thus far committed. Mark and I had done five Newport Bermuda Races together as crew on a J/44. For this race however,…

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The Edlu Race is May 8

By Chris Szepessy

The Edlu Race is May 8

Courtesy of the Larchmont Yacht Club Mainsheet After a pandemic-impacted season in 2020, the 2021 summer racing season will kick off with Larchmont Yacht Club’s traditional season opener, The Edlu Race, on Saturday, May 8. Following the off-cycle running of last year’s race in September, The Edlu returns to its early May schedule, where it has traditionally served as a classic tune-up race for the summer racing season. The Edlu Race was named after LYC Commodore Rudolph…

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Statue of Liberty 12 Meter Cup is June 3 – 6

By Chris Szepessy

Statue of Liberty 12 Meter Cup is June 3 – 6

Our friends at the Manhattan Yacht Club in Jersey City, NJ are hosting the Statue of Liberty 12 Meter Cup, the first 12 Metre regatta ever held in New York Harbor, on June 3 – 6, 2021. There will be three days of racing with two races each day. Racing will take place in the Upper Bay between Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the West Side of Manhattan. Four boats have currently entered, and the…

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Tiedemann Classics Regatta Kicks Off the 2021 CYOA Challenge Series

By Chris Szepessy

Tiedemann Classics Regatta Kicks Off the 2021 CYOA Challenge Series

Our friends at the New York Yacht Club have announced dates for this year’s Robert H. Tiedemann Classics Regatta, which will be held in Newport, RI the weekend of June 26 & 27. For the first time in its history, the regatta—traditionally held in July—will be the first event in the 2021 Classic Yacht Owners Association’s Challenge Series.   “We are excited to activate the classic sailing community earlier in the summer,” said NYYC event chair Jesse Terry, “and…

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