We have been on quite a roll with our “classics” content in 2021. Beyond working with our friends at the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame as a partner for their Golden Jubilee Celebration, we have continued with our relationship with Conversations with Classic Boats. The content from these contributors has been just fantastic, and we hope you have enjoyed digging into a very uniquely Northeast/New England topic, one we can all be both connected to and proud of.

Not so classic but very successful has been everyone’s dealing with the new realities of the pandemic. We take pride in the fact that we “kicked off” the ‘21 season with our Safe Harbor Marinas partners for the CT Spring Boat Show in Essex back in April when things were literally just opening up…as in our first day rules were different than Day 2! Seems like ages ago now. All summer long, people have figured out ways to safely have a great time on the water.

The old events coming back on line plus the new ones have had a lot of new and creative solutions. Typically, the Twenty Hundred Club led the way with their “choose your own course” Fiasco racecourse around Narragansett Bay. And the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association one upped them with their ‘Round the Bay Regatta,” where this year, you could start in one of four locations and choose one of two 18-mile CRAZY EIGHT courses around Prudence or Conanicut Islands. Love it.

And of course, the fall schedule looks “back to packed” with boat shows Newport and Norwalk happening, and seminars and regattas large and small. One of our absolute favorites is the “IOR” and no, we are not referring to a return to all but forgotten rating rule. The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, put on by the Storm Trysail Foundation and hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club down on western Long Island Sound is a fantastic event..right off the website: “Initially established the early 1970s by The Corinthians. This invitational regatta for college sailors is held annually out of Larchmont Yacht Club and brings together keel boat owners and young sailors for an opportunity to go head to head each Fall. In the 2019 Regatta 42 schools, 48 teams and 355 college sailors participated!”

Forty-eight teams!? 355 college sailors?!?

FORTY-EIGHT boats offered up for use! I know it has received many accolades before but it is just an outstanding event…again, another that anyone in the WindCheck reading area should be proud of. And by the way…it’s not until Columbus Day weekend in October so if you want to volunteer to help out in some way, go to stormtrysailfoundation.org and contact them.

See you on the water!

Benjamin V. Cesare

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