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Mystic Seaport Museum Reopening to the Public May 23

By Chris Szepessy

Mystic Seaport Museum Reopening to the Public May 23

Free Admission May 23-29 Our friends at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut have announced that the Museum of America and the Sea will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 23. To celebrate the occasion and to thank the community for its support of the Museum during its closure, admission will be free May 23-29. Visitors will be welcome to explore the grounds, including the historic village and gardens, the shipyard, and the Mystic River waterfront….

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Sailboat Racing and Social Distancing: Indian Harbor Yacht Club Introduces a New Form of Competition

By Chris Szepessy

Sailboat Racing and Social Distancing: Indian Harbor Yacht Club Introduces a New Form of Competition

Over the years, sailboat racing in Greenwich, Connecticut has been very popular. The competition is typically casual, particularly mid-week evening racing. And as important as the racing is, for many, the social aspect is equally critical. Following the racing, the Greenwich yacht clubs organize post-race gatherings so competitors can share stories of triumph and defeat. Yet in the age of Covid-19, activities such as sailing have had to be curtailed. With restrictions hopefully starting to loosen, it’s…

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Meet Griff Spinney, America’s Newest Mini Transat 6.50 Sailor

By Joe Cooper

Meet Griff Spinney, America’s Newest Mini Transat 6.50 Sailor

It’s been said that when one door closes, another opens. For Griffin Spinney, a Newport, Rhode Island resident who’s been sailing for most of his 18 years, the “prize behind door #2” turned out to be more fantastic than he could have imagined. A senior at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire, Griff is an accomplished offshore sailor.  After his plans to build a wooden paddleboard for his senior project were waylaid by COVID-19, our friends at…

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Robie Pierce Regattas paying it back…not forward.

By Chris Szepessy

Robie Pierce Regattas paying it back…not forward.

We like to think that volunteers who organize and run regattas for sailors with disabilities are “paying it forward,” meaning that if it were you in the boat, you’d want someone to be looking out for you, too. But paying forward isn’t always the only option. For the past twelve years, the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the Robie Pierce Regattas for sailors with disabilities a success have had their contributions matched by financial underwriting…

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If Boats Could Talk…Introducing Conversations with Classic Boats

By Chris Szepessy

If Boats Could Talk…Introducing Conversations with Classic Boats

Monday, May 11 is the rollout date for “Conversations with Classic Boats,” the website and podcast created by Tom Darling, a longtime WindCheck friend and contributor, featuring a unique look at what he calls “classic” boats. “A classic boat doesn’t have to be wood, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a yacht,” Darling explained. “It could be fiberglass – think of a Dyer Dhow – but everyone agrees that Bolero and Dorade are classics.” The website,…

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Turning Donated Sails into Something More: An Auction to Support Veteran Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

Turning Donated Sails into Something More: An Auction to Support Veteran Sailing

Over the years, our friends at the Warrior Sailing and the USMMA Sailing Foundation have received a number of sail donations for vessels large and small. Many of these get put to use on program boats, while others are sold for fundraising purposes. “We started passing along sails to our friends at Sea Bags a while back to help supply them with plenty of raw material for their beautiful bags,” said Warrior Sailing Program Director Ben Poucher….

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Online coaching for Clagett sailors

By Sam Crichton

Online coaching for Clagett sailors

NEWPORT, R.I. (April 27, 2020) – While sailors are all facing challenges and uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the best coaches in the sport, Dave Perry and Dave Dellenbaugh, have stepped up to offer an alternative to in-person coaching with an online coaching program. “One of our board members saw on Scuttlebutt that Dave Perry and Dave Dellenbaugh have come up with coaching sessions available online, and given the coaching relationship the Clagett…

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CT Spring Boat Show Cancelled

By Ben

CT Spring Boat Show Cancelled

Essex, CT  (April 10, 2020)  The Connecticut Spring Boat Show, which was scheduled to be held Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, Essex, CT has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CT Spring Boat Show annually raises money for Sails Up 4 Cancer and is sponsored by Safe Harbor Essex Island, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld. The cancelation of…

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Safety at Sea Cancelation

By Ben

Safety at Sea Cancelation

Storm Trysail Club – Coronavirus Statement  MAY 16th HANDS-ON SAFETY-AT-SEA AT SUNY MARITIME CANCELLED. Health and safety are a top priority of the Storm Trysail Club and in the face of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel the May 16th SUNY Safety-At-Sea Seminar. The refund policy for the Safety-At-Sea Seminar is: Those who signed up for “US Offshore Certification” for $295 will get a full refund. Those who signed up for “International (World Sailing)…

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UK Sailmakers Continuing the Fight…one stitch at a time.

By Chris Szepessy

UK Sailmakers Continuing the Fight…one stitch at a time.

Editor’s note: Here is an important message from our friends at UK Sailmakers. As shortages of healthcare supplies continue to hamper the fight against Covid-19, UK Sailmakers continues to do what we can to make personal protective equipment available for doctors and nurses across North America and Europe. Sailmaking has been designated a “non-critical” industry (we can debate that down the road!), so UK Sailmakers has “retooled” from producing racing and cruising sails to stitching together protective…

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