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Padanaram Boatworks Opens in Portsmouth, RI

By Chris Szepessy

Padanaram Boatworks Opens in Portsmouth, RI

A new wooden boat restoration shop has opened in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and they’re already busy with projects even though they still haven’t finished unpacking. Padanaram Boatworks, owned by David Strecker and Keith Brown, is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of wooden boats. They offer services for boat owners from seasonal maintenance and repair to full restorations, and all aspects of marine carpentry. At the moment, Strecker and Brown are busy with a number of projects,…

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ECSA Encourages Cruisers to Go Racing

By Chris Szepessy

ECSA Encourages Cruisers to Go Racing

Our friends at the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) have introduced improvements to the handicap system that make cruising sailboats competitive with racing boats. “If you have ever thought about racing but never tried, there are few ECSA initiatives this year to bring more sailors to Eastern Connecticut events,” said Bob Bruno, PHRF of Eastern Connecticut Chief Handicapper. “Non-Spinnaker boats equipped with Dacron (or similar) cruising sails and furling systems for headsails and mainsails now get bonus…

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TRADER Sailing Highlights Opportunities Offshore with The Magenta Project

By Chris Szepessy

TRADER Sailing Highlights Opportunities Offshore with The Magenta Project

The Transpac 2021 campaign has been named TRADER: Racing with The Magenta Project Honolulu, Hawaii – TRADER Sailing, a military veteran outreach sailing program, is pairing with international sailing charity The Magenta Project for the 2021 Transpacific Yacht Race. For the 2021 campaign, TRADER Sailing has created a mixed-gender entry composed of core military veteran crew paired with four female offshore sailors from the east coast of the United States. To highlight the importance of developing women’s…

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The Marina at Brown & Howard Wharf Welcomes the International Yachting Community to Newport, RI for the 2021 Season

By Chris Szepessy

The Marina at Brown & Howard Wharf Welcomes the International Yachting Community to Newport, RI for the 2021 Season

Recent renovations, meticulous adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, and appealing amenities and services for yacht captains, owners and crew make The Marina the place to berth for the 2021 season  For yacht captains and owners seeking entry into the Sailing Capital of the World, The Marina at Brown & Howard Wharf is the place to berth. Located at the historic heart of the coastal city within walking distance of an impressive array of attractions from trendy restaurants to galleries and…

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Sparkman & Stephens Breathes New Life into Downeast Peapods

By Barby MacGowan

Sparkman & Stephens Breathes New Life into Downeast Peapods

Tradition of the Past Meets Innovation of Today Through a collaboration with Sparkman & Stephens (S&S), the Downeast Peapod company (a wholly owned subsidiary of W-Class™ Yacht Company in Newport, R.I.) has given its namesake double-ended rowboat a 21st Century makeover. To stay true to the design and thus the heritage of these historic wooden boats, S&S (also located in Newport) scanned the original lines of a Jimmy Steele Downeast Peapod, which was built with plank-on-frame construction over 20 years…

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TRADER Sailing Announces Mixed Military Veteran and Female Sailor Campaign for Transpac 2021

By Chris Szepessy

TRADER Sailing Announces Mixed Military Veteran and Female Sailor Campaign for Transpac 2021

The mixed crew will be racing aboard the Hawaii-based Andrews 70 Sailing Yacht TRADER Honolulu, Hawaii – TRADER Sailing, a military veteran outreach sailing program based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, has announced their campaign to race in the 51st edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac). Skipper and retired U.S. Marine Doug Pasnik has compiled a national team of military veterans and rising female offshore racers from all corners of the United States, including Hawaii, California, Utah,…

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Conversations with Classic Boats Season 2, Episode 01, “Dawn of the Sixes: Seawanhaka and the International Rule,” is Online

By Chris Szepessy

Conversations with Classic Boats Season 2, Episode 01, “Dawn of the Sixes: Seawanhaka and the International Rule,” is Online

Season 2, Episode 01 of Conversations with Classic Boats, a popular podcast created by our friend and longtime WindCheck contributor Tom Darling, is now online. “Dawn of the Sixes: Seawanhaka and the International Rule” isPart I of a three-episode series on the history of the first international development class. This first episode covers the design evolution and designers of the earliest Sixes up to 1920. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York was the epicenter of the Six Metre movement….

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Safe Harbor Race Weekend is August 13 – 15

By Chris Szepessy

Safe Harbor Race Weekend is August 13 – 15

Our friends at Safe Harbor Marinas are presenting the inaugural Safe Harbor Race Weekend, a three-day sailing regatta in and around Narragansett Bay, on the weekend of August 13-15. With shoreside activities hosted by Safe Harbor Marinas in Newport, Portsmouth, and Jamestown, Rhode Island, this event is geared toward the enjoyment of boat owners, families, and crew. “We hope you’ll join us this summer for some exciting racing, live entertainment, tasty food and plenty of laughs at…

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Research Reveals Secrets to Olympic Success: Oakcliff Helix

By Chris Szepessy

Research Reveals Secrets to Olympic Success: Oakcliff Helix

OYSTER BAY, NY (December 3, 2020) – For 10 years, Oakcliff has been raising the caliber of sailing in the United States. This has meant amassing the largest collection of Olympic class boats, awarding more than a million dollars in prize grants to Olympic campaigners and hopefuls through the Triple Crown series, training athletes who are now competing in The Ocean Race and the America’s Cup, and creating an academic program for aspiring champions with the USPA…

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The S&S Twins: Finisterre and Fidelio, Episode 05 of Conversations with Classic Boats, airs Friday, December 4

By Chris Szepessy

The S&S Twins: Finisterre and Fidelio, Episode 05 of Conversations with Classic Boats, airs Friday, December 4

Our friend and longtime WindCheck contributor Tom Darling is launching Episode 05 of his popular podcast Conversations with Classic Boats on Friday, December 4. “The S&S Twins: Finisterre and Fidelio is the story of the same Sparkman & Stephens design built two years apart, in 1954 and 1956,” Tom explains. “Finisterre (depicted here in a painting by our friend Russ Kramer, one of the world’s finest  marine artists) is well known by name, driven by the legendary blue…

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