Conanicut Marina

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Call to a Greater Energy

By Chris Gill

One of the most difficult decisions for a captain and crew to make in the sport of sailing is when to call it quits. There are many reasons to pull out of a race: no wind, too much wind, illness, and damage to the boat among them. And yet in more than 35 years of…


Letter: Whither the Rules?

By Benjamin Cesare

I was pleased to learn someone with your yachting pedigree gives credence to my earlier observations regarding the inadequacy of the Rules of the Road with respect to certain craft in certain situations. I hope we’re not excreting to windward and that the powers that be hear our canary. It is, indeed, an issue that needs prompt treatment.


Letter: Swallows, Amazons, and Memories

By Benjamin Cesare

I’m 87, and grew up sailing in Long Island’s Little Neck Bay. My heart skipped a beat when I read your mention of Swallows and Amazons [“Summer Reading,” July 2017]. As an 11-year-old girl, I fell in love with the book. I introduced a grandson to it when he was little; he followed in my love of sailing and crewed in the 2015 Transatlantic Race!


Letter: Eight Bells: Robie Pierce

By Bill Sandberg

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The world of sailing, especially adaptive sailing, lost a great friend when Robie Pierce of Newport, RI passed away peacefully on July 12 at 76 years, surrounded by his family. Known by many names – The Mayor of the Waterfront, Swamp Yankee, Borisll Logical Bob, Mr. Magoo, or just Bob,

On Watch

On Watch – Chris O’Brien

By Benjamin Cesare

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As a teenage member of Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport, CT, Chris O’Brien was a superb athlete and junior sailor with a natural and immense attraction to both salt and fresh water. Chris would become a sailing instructor, and an NCAA Division One swimmer at the College of Charleston.

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