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Here you will find the latest Northeast sailing news and articles, some of which did not make it into the hard print edition.

Community

Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta Draws Stellar Fleet to Bristol, RI

By Chris Szepessy

Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta Draws Stellar Fleet to Bristol, RI

Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta Draws Stellar Fleet to Bristol, RI Herreshoff Marine Museum continues its Golden Jubilee celebration with marquee event 40th edition of the Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta, August 27-29. Bristol, RI – An impressive racing fleet arrived at the starting area south of Gould Island on Friday, August 27th, for the regularly scheduled feeder race from Newport to Bristol, but the wind had other plans. With thunderstorms lurking to the west, the race committee sent…

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Upcoming Events

Clean Ocean Access’ Paddle for Access Returns to Newport Harbor on August 21

By Chris Szepessy

Clean Ocean Access’ Paddle for Access Returns to Newport Harbor on August 21

Our friends at Clean Ocean Access have announced that their annual Paddle for Access is returning to Newport Harbor on Saturday, August 21. The 4th Annual Paddle for Access is a 3- or 6- mile paddle around Goat Island and Rose Island in Newport, RI to help Clean Ocean Access (COA) achieve its goal to preserve and protect public shoreline access. 2021 is our fourth year running this event and we can’t wait to get back in…

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Community

Eric Isselhardt, PhD named President of NESS

By Chris Szepessy

Eric Isselhardt, PhD named President of NESS

Eric Isselhardt, PhD, Executive Director of Education for the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) in Stonington, Connecticut, has been named President of NESS, effective immediately. Dr. Isselhardt, a veteran executive with deep experience in both nonprofit and for-profit educational organizations, has been selected to serve as the new President for the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), a nonprofit ocean adventure education organization. Isselhardt joined the NESS team as Executive Director of Education in January 2020,…

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Races and Regattas

Pacific Yankee Doubles Up at Melges IC37 National Championships; Vesper, Impetuous and Flying Jenny Win ORC East Coast Titles

By Stuart Streuli

Pacific Yankee Doubles Up at Melges IC37 National Championships; Vesper, Impetuous and Flying Jenny Win ORC East Coast Titles

Newport, R.I. — Over the first two days of the Melges IC37 National Championship, the defending champion Pacific Yankee team was dominant, winning three of four races and building a substantial lead. But, says skipper Drew Freides, the narrow margin for error in this competitive one-design class doesn’t allow for playing it safe.   “If you’re not right on [the starting line], you don’t get to control your own destiny,” says Freides. “That was our secret all week: getting…

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Races and Regattas

Marblehead NOOD Regatta Returns July 22 – 25

By Chris Szepessy

Marblehead NOOD Regatta Returns July 22 – 25

After a year hiatus, the 2021 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week returns to Marblehead, MA, July 22 to 25. Eastern Yacht Club will host more than 100 teams across 12 fleets.  Marblehead is one of the top ocean venues in the country and it is the fifth and final stop to determine the challenger for the NOOD Championship in the British Virgin Islands in October where one team from St….

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Cruising

NARC Rally to Sail Again in October

By Barby MacGowan

NARC Rally to Sail Again in October

Want to cruise south for the Winter? Do it with other like-minded sailors by joining the North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC), which brings together boats on their annual pilgrimage south to the Caribbean from the U.S. East Coast and organizes socials, discounts ashore and shared weather routing. The NARC’s 21st edition comes after a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is free for participants to join. Departure is scheduled for October 30 (or the best weather window…

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Races and Regattas

The Larry White Junior Olympic Regatta

By Chris Szepessy

The Larry White Junior Olympic Regatta

On July 15th, junior sailors from throughout southern New England came to Niantic, CT to compete in the annual Larry White Junior Olympic Regatta hosted by the Niantic Bay Yacht Club (NBYC). This regatta is one of several held throughout the country as part of US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Sailing Festival. An instrumental advocate and contributor to junior sailing, Larry White is responsible for the growth of high school sailing throughout the USA, including starting the local…

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Races and Regattas

The 50th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY

By Chris Szepessy

The 50th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY

Southold Yacht Club in Southold, New York hosted the 50th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, NY (the “Race”) on Saturday, July 10 in changing and challenging conditions. For the last 49 races, this nautical marathon was a test of sailing skills, patience, endurance and “magic.” This year was an exceptionally grueling test as the light breezes blowing at the start decreased to almost complete calm within the first two hours. The 50th Race drew…

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Sound Environment

Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana’s Clean Regattas Program Celebrates 15 Years of Success in Sustainability

By Chris Szepessy

Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana’s Clean Regattas Program Celebrates 15 Years of Success in Sustainability

Clean Regattas has prevented millions of single-use plastics from polluting our oceans and waterways Newport, RI: Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana celebrates a milestone this summer with the 15-year anniversary of the Clean Regattas program. Clean Regattas is the world’s leading sustainability certification for all water-based events. Since the program’s inception during the summer of 2006, more than 2,800 events and 750,000 sailors have helped protect our oceans and waterways by participating in Clean Regattas….

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What's New

Offshore Sailing School Poised for Growth with Management Promotions and Staff Additions

By Chris Szepessy

Offshore Sailing School Poised for Growth with Management Promotions and Staff Additions

Fort Myers, Fla – Offshore Sailing School President and CEO Doris Colgate announced the promotions of Director of Marketing Beth Oliver to Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Chief Operations Manager Bryce Jackson to Vice President, Director of Operations. Oliver and Jackson will manage company personnel and services on behalf of founder/owners Steve and Doris Colgate, who remain integrally involved in company and community affairs. “For more than 57 years, Steve and I have grown…

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