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Mudhead Racer’s Jam is July 15 at Mystic Shipyard

By chris.szepessy

Mudhead Racer’s Jam is July 15 at Mystic Shipyard

How Many Sailors Can The Mudheads Get on Stage? The Mystic River Mudheads are already known for their ability to run a rockin’ race, but how many of these sailors can actually rock on guitar… or drums… or at the mic? Get ready to find out! July 15 and 16 mark the weekend of the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Always Home. As with any regatta, skippers need Sailing Instructions, so for the Skipper’s ‘meeting’ – come get…

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As Record Numbers of Paddlers Take to The Water, Accidents Surge

By Chris Szepessy

As Record Numbers of Paddlers Take to The Water, Accidents Surge

As Record Numbers of Paddlers Take to The Water, Accidents Surge More than one-third of victims had less than 10 hours experience in paddlesports; experts cited lack of safety training as an important contributing factor  ORLANDO, Fla. – April 12, 2022 – A record 37.9 million participants engaged in paddlesports like kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding during the pandemic according to the latest data (2020) from the Outdoor Foundation. This pandemic surge brought an estimated 2.5 million new paddlers to…

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High Performance sailing scholarships awarded for 2022

By Chris Szepessy

High Performance sailing scholarships awarded for 2022

Two teams of young sailors have received an F18 Scholarship boat with NAASA for Summer 2022. The Narragansett Adult Athletic Sailing Association (NAASA) awarded two teams with scholarships for the 2022 F18 League season.  In its second season of operation, NAASA saw a jump in interest with over 30 strong applications.  Scholarship teams are provided with an F18 Catamaran and a stipend to cover boat storage and entry fees for all F18 League events. One F18 Catamaran was awarded…

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Registration Now Open for the 2022 Salty Dawg Rallies

By Chris Szepessy

Registration Now Open for the 2022 Salty Dawg Rallies

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association will be hosting four rallies this year. Each rally is an opportunity for sailors to cruise-in-company, with the safety, camaraderie, and passage-preparation assistance that only a rally can provide, with minimal requirements and minimal costs. Meet new friends and re-unite with old ones.  Kids and pets are always welcome.  The Homeward Bound Rally (formerly East Coast Rally) will be leaving from the USVIs in early May for various ports on the US East Coast….

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Last call for NAASA F18 League’s 2022 Scholarship Boat Applications

By Chris Szepessy

Last call for NAASA F18 League’s 2022 Scholarship Boat Applications

Applications are due by January 31st via sailnaasa.org With a number of applications already submitted, the Narragansett Bay Adult Athletic Sailing Association (NAASA) wants to remind sailors that the week is the last chance to apply for a scholarship boat for its 2022 season.  There are two boats for two crew each available in Newport, RI starting in June 2022. NAASA Scholarships provide fully funded F18 Catamarans for the NAASA F18 League including summer storage at Sail Newport, entry…

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11th Hour Racing Awards Five New Grants to Advance Composting and Experiential Ocean Education

By Chris Szepessy

11th Hour Racing Awards Five New Grants to Advance Composting and Experiential Ocean Education

NEWPORT, R.I., U.S. — As 11th Hour Racing enters its 11th year of philanthropic work, the organization announced today five new grants, funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation, to support environmental projects in Connecticut, Maryland, Hawai’i, and Rhode Island. 11th Hour Racing’s grantmaking strategy focuses on pilot programs that model sustainability best practices, advance ocean stewardship and create systemic change to restore ocean health. These five grantees – Baltimore Compost Collective, Gather New Haven, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community…

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Sailing Scholarship for Teenage Girls

By Chris Szepessy

Sailing Scholarship for Teenage Girls

The Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF) is offering the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship in 2022 to young women 14-19 years old who want to broaden their sailing experiences and need financial assistance to do so. The scholarship was established in 2015 in memory of Sue Corl of Marblehead, MA, a board member and a tireless advocate for WSF programs. The young women identify the opportunity of their choosing. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, an…

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Own a Piece of the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree

By Chris Szepessy

Own a Piece of the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree

Our friends at the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce in Stonington, Connecticut have opened up bidding on 113 of the buoys that adorn the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree, located at the Stonington Town Docks. The internationally recognized tree, featured by BBC News as “One of the 18 Most Amazing Christmas Trees in the World,” has drawn over 20,000 visitors since it was erected in late November. This amazing tree is lit every night from 4:30pm to 10pm…

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Time to Sail a Boat of His Own

By Chris Szepessy

Time to Sail a Boat of His Own

Paul Jennings has crewed in seven Bermuda Races over the years and is gearing up to put his own boat on the starting line for the first time in June 2022. We talked about preparation recently with Paul and his Bermuda Race Ambassador, Hiro Nakajima. By Barbara Mack As a child, Paul started sailing with his father on the family’s s Cape Cod Marlin 23-footer. One of the first fiberglass boats in production in the late 1950s,Altair was…

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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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