Following are presentations and meetings happening at this year’s event, April 29 – May 1 at Safe Harbor Essex Island in Essex, CT. A single $20 ticket (available at gets you in for all three days. As always, 50% of ticket proceeds benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer.


Friday, April 29, 2:00 – 3:00

Fast Women: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River Amy Trout, Curator of the Connecticut River Museum, will discuss speed racing on the Connecticut River from 1900 to 1940, highlighting technological innovation, hydroplane design and manufacture, women racers in a male-dominated sport, and more. And don’t miss the Speed exhibit at the museum.

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 – 4:00

Bucket List: Newport Bermuda Race Rives Potts, President of Safe Harbor Marinas and two-time winner of the Newport Bermuda Race, will give a presentation on what you need to do to make the starting line (and have a shot at doing well). Frank Bohlen, UConn Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus, will discuss Race weather and the Gulf Stream. They will be joined by Paul Jennings, who has crewed seven Newport Bermuda Races and is preparing to skipper his own boat this year. These sessions are made possible by the Cruising Club of America, which has run the ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’ with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club since 1926.

Sunday, May 1, 1:00 – 4:00

Fishing the CT River, Long Island Sound and Beyond…the Striper’s Secrets Captain Mike Roy, founder and operator of Reel Cast Charters out of Old Saybrook, CT, will share tips for tight lines. Mike’s angling pursuits have taken him across the country and internationally, fishing in both fresh and saltwater from largemouth bass to giant bluefin tuna. Joining Mike is Frank Bohlen, UConn Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus, who will talk about weather, currents and fishing in both Long Island and Block Island Sounds. Also presenting is SoundKeeper Bill Lucey from Save The Sound, who will discuss the huge improvements to water quality in the CT River and eastern Long Island Sound and how we can maintain that progress. ■

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