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21st Annual Women’s Sailing Conference is May 20 & 21

By Chris Szepessy

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Our friends at the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) are holding their 21st Annual Women’s Sailing Conference at the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21 from 8 am – 5 pm. The event welcomes all women sailors of all levels and ages.      The program begins on Friday evening with a munch & mingle where attendees will have the opportunity…

On Watch

Madeline Gill

By Chris Szepessy

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One of the first graduates of Oakcliff Sailing’s Sapling program, Madeline Gill is a Sail Designer at North Sails in Charleston, South Carolina, an accomplished racer with success in multiple classes, and a fervent advocate for equality in sailing. “I grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and started sailing at Cedar Point Yacht Club when I was six, as crew for my dad on a Vanguard 15,” says Madeline. “I have so many fond memories of junior sailing…

Cruising

An Unexpected Maine Cruise

By Chris Szepessy

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By Jack Griswold, Cruising Club of America Boston Station, Gulf of Maine Post Photos by Zdenka Seiner Griswold, Boston Station, Gulf of Maine Post     In the spring of 2020, Portland shut down. Restaurants closed, theaters, museums, bars, and barber shops all shuttered. And no one was going anywhere by bus, train, or plane. But we had Kite, our cutter-rigged Valiant 42, and we had the coast of Maine, as good a cruising ground as any…

Book Review

Rebels at Sea

By Chris Szepessy

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Privateering in the American Revolution By Eric Jay Dolin Published by Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company The United States Navy was founded during the Revolutionary War, but the fledgling nation might not have emerged victorious – and independent – were it not for a ragtag fleet of privately owned vessels. The Continental navy, at that time comprising no more than about sixty ships, was engaged in combat with the most formidable naval…

Save the Sound Dispatch

A Living Shoreline for Big Rock

By Chris Szepessy

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By Katie Friedman, NY ecological restoration program manager, and Melissa Pappas, ecological communications specialist Coastal communities, home to almost a third of Americans1, are facing sea level rise and erosion. While we may think of these consequences as distant and future threats, they are already taking hold of local communities.   Artistic rendering provided by GEI and DMEA.   The residents of Douglas Manor, a community in Queens, New York, have not ignored these threats; rather, they…

Juniors

Sea of Dreams

By Chris Szepessy

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SoundWaters knows that if they build it, they will come By Rick Bannerot How do you get – and keep! – kids interested in sailing? You need at least three elements to plot a direction, (and a fourth and/or fifth point on a chart so that you have a true path.) There cannot be a pattern with only two elements; in game theory and storytelling, it is called “The Rule of Three.” The answer to the question…

Juniors

Local High School Sailing: Stronger Than Ever

By Chris Szepessy

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By David Ornstein Photos by Mary Alice Fisher High school sailing programs across the country have expanded as a whole, now numbering in the many hundreds across the seven districts that comprise the U.S. high school sailing circuit. But few programs have grown with the speed and success as those of the schools that sail out of Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich, CT, an area that now consistently churns out top finishers, college recruits and world champion sailors….

Racing

A Story of Hard Charging

By Chris Szepessy

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By Peter Becker Photos by Bill Shea Photography Last spring, I sailed an amazing race called the Bermuda 1-2. The first leg to Bermuda is sailed single-handed followed by a double-handed return to Newport. The solo offshore part was particularly rewarding and a great awakening to the joys of solo sailing. Short-handed sailing is so much fun that with the help of the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the Cruising Club of…

Racing

75th Block Island Race – Third Time’s a Charm

By Chris Szepessy

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Our friends at the Storm Trysail Club are pleased to be hosting (at last!) the 75th running of the Block Island Race. The 186nm spring classic starts Friday, May 27 off Stamford, Connecticut. “In 2020, the race was canceled due to the pandemic and in 2021, ‘N over A’ was hoisted to abandon racing the morning of the start due to a combination of extreme weather conditions that would have made racing unsafe for competitors,” said John…

Checking In

ECSA adds Doublehanded Non-Spinnaker Division

By Chris Szepessy

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Maybe you’ve wanted to try racing but were unsure of how to find crew. Or maybe your regular crew isn’t available to race. Or maybe you just want to try racing doublehanded. Well, our friends at the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) are now offering a Doublehanded Non-Spinnaker rating option for their Offshore Circuit in addition to the usual Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker ratings. Any boat registered in ECSA may compete in DH Non-Spin races. DH Non-Spin ratings…

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