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Editor’s Log Make a Difference Do a charity regatta – and if you can’t, then try to support one in some way. Unfortunately, because of other commitments in late July, my crew was unable to participate in our favorite regatta of the year. This left us bummed out, but nonetheless cheering from shore. My family has always participated in the Sail Park City Regatta, a fundraiser for St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound run each July by Fayerweather and Black Rock Yacht Clubs and Housatonic Boat Club. This event is one of the highlights of our sailing season for a number of reasons. Aside from the excitement of competition and great race management led by Lee Henchman from Housatonic Boat Club, we value our time together on the water very much. First and foremost is that this day of sailing is one of only a few where my entire family takes part in making the boat go ‘round. These days when we race, our objective is to blow off some mid-week steam and enjoy spectacular sunsets on Long Island Sound. Bringing home a trophy at the end of the season is, we hope, an added bonus to time well spent with friends and family, so a race day like the Sail Park City Regatta is extra special because we know that everyone else out there has the same mindset. Another reason that this particular regatta is so special for us is that on more than one occasion we have been the top fundraising boat. Anyone that has participated in an event of this nature understands that topping the race day score sheet is secondary to winning on the fundraising chart. A lot of work goes into fundraising and every penny brought into the many worthy charities is important. We have garnered much pride from being top fundraiser in the past and look forward to achieving that mark again in the future – and stiff competition in this arena is much more intense than on the water. Third, we usually do very well in our division. We enjoy pulling out the go-fast sails…it’s one of a handful of days each year that we feel is worth the effort. Normally, we race with our cruising sails and accept the fact that we are not going to be up to full potential. And this may seem trivial to some readers, but there is an added sense of purpose when there’s a little more at stake than a weeknight race finish…everyone tries a little harder to ensure the boat scores well. Fourth, this regatta is a day-long party. My family and friends love a good bash (who doesn’t?), and a memorable post-race party is as important as a square course and top-notch race management. Enjoying good music and dancing, delicious food, the ever-present racecourse revelry and a few frosty beverages are key elements of any regatta, especially a charity event – and at the Sail Park City Regatta this is very much the case. This event boasts a fine awards ceremony, spectacular food and live music to help celebrate all the people who come out to raise their sails for a worthy cause. Finally and most importantly, the Sail Park City Regatta is close to me and my family because it raises money to support free mammography screenings and other cancer-related efforts of the SWIM Across the Sound programs at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. Cancer has touched just about every family, as it has mine. No doubt there is a regatta out there that not only piques your interest from a competitive standpoint, but one that touches your heart as well. Check out the WindCheck calendar of events. I am sure you’ll find a regatta that you will connect with in some way, be it close proximity, racing potential or charitable partner. Incidentally, WindCheck has been a proud supporter of this event since its inception. I guarantee that the thrill of victory, if you are so lucky, will fall short of the accomplishment of making a difference. Getting out on the water with family and friends is rewarding enough – why not have a day’s sail mean a bit more? In the meantime, I will take the opportunity to begin fundraising for next year’s event! See you on the water…and at the party!

Sailing the Northeast Issue 135 Publisher Anne Hannan anne@windcheckmagazine.com Editor in Chief Christopher Gill chris@windcheckmagazine.com Senior Editor Chris Szepessy zep@windcheckmagazine.com Contributing Editor Joe Cooper joe@windcheckmagazine.com Graphic Design Kerstin Fairbend kerstin@windcheckmagazine.com Contributors Michael Barnaba, Jack Belisle, SE Benton, Billy Black, Ben Carey, Stephen Cloutier, Yana Copek, Chad Corning, Captain Ed Cubanski, USCG, Bob Davis, Jesse Deupree, Cynthia Dow, Jamie Fales, Mary Alice Fisher, Daniel Forster, Dave Foster, John K. Fulweiler, Kirsten Ferguson, Fran Grenon, David F. Guertin, Kai Horan, Josie Kapral, Barby MacGowen, Dan McFadden, Ernie Messer, Jessica Meyer, Courtney Moore, Dan Orchard, Patricia Pardini, PhotoBoat.com, Vin Pica, Barry Pickthall, John Rousmaniere, Hank Schmitt, Meghan Sepe, Pamela Setchell, Jeff Smith, Pete Tagliani, Amy Villalba, Cathy Yuhas, Hank Waxman Ad Sales Colleen Perry colleen@windcheckmagazine.com WindCheck is a monthly magazine. Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the members. WindCheck encourages reader feedback and welcomes editorial contributions in the form of stories, anecdotes, photographs, and technical expertise. Copies are available for free at 1,000+ locations (yacht clubs, marinas, marine retailers, restaurants, sailing events & transportation centers) in the Northeast. Businesses or organizations wishing to distribute WindCheck should contact us at (203) 332-7639. While WindCheck is available free of charge, we will mail your copy each month for an annual mailing fee of $27. Mail payment to: WindCheck Magazine P.O. Box 195, Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 332-7639 Fax: (203) 332-7668 E-mail: contactus@windcheckmagazine.com On the web: windcheckmagazine.com WindCheck is printed on recycled paper. Member of Find us on Facebook


Contents

Editor’s Log

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Letters

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Checking In 10

The Night the Scorpion Chased 18 the Twins into the Sea

Fall Cruising Rallies 22

Music Festivals 24

Book Review: The Wianno 26 Senior Story

Book Review: Victura 27

Boating Barrister 28

Captain of the Port 30

Sound Environment 31

Calendar of Events 32

Comic 43

Tide Tables 44

NYYC Race Week at Newport 50 presented by Rolex

Expressly for Fun 51

Sail Up 4 Cancer 57

Sail to Prevail 60

Broker’s Tips 61

Brokerage 62

Classifieds 64

Advertisers Index 69

On Watch: Don Dexter 70

Features 20 Sailing Casco Bay on Three Hulls You don’t need to go all the way to mid-coast Maine to find beautiful cruising grounds Downeast. Jesse Deupree, the New England Multihull Association’s (NEMA) Gulf of Maine Fleet Captain, says Casco Bay has plenty to offer, including an island for every day of the year. 46 Sea Scout Squadron GAM 2014 It takes lots of time, planning and hard work to host a gathering of Sea Scouts from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey – especially when it’s being held on an island! – and Ship 6 from Norwalk, CT was more than up to the task. Event co-chair Michael Barnaba reports that Squadron Gam 2014 was a huge success. 48 Junior Racing Photo Feature The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound’s racing season is running at full throttle. Jack Belisle, a talented young photographer and videographer from Larchmont, NY, is out there capturing the action, and we’re proud to present some of his best images. 52 Light Air for the Bermuda Race John Rousmaniere reports on one of the slowest “slogs to the Onion Patch” in history. Chad Corning, who co-skippered Pleaid Racing with Ed Cesare in the Double-Handed division, recounts a five-day match race with another Class40. Cynthia Dow, crewing on an Andrews 70, describes Terrapin Racing’s mission to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. 58 STOKED!!! Roll tack drills and practice starts are essential components of a young sailor’s education, but there’s nothing like meeting and learning from stars of the sport for generating sheer unbridled enthusiasm, says Joe “Coop” Cooper. On the cover: Yana Copek shot this beautiful photo of Oakcliff Sailing’s Herreshoff NY30 Nautilus on Oyster Bay. On August 7, Nautilus will be racing in the 4th Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta, a classic yacht event co-hosted by Oakcliff and The WaterFront Center to support the mission of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations. Yana Frangiskos Copek Photographer ©yanafotos.com

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Letters Hats Off to Michael Tougias Let me congratulate you for publishing a magazine that I look forward to reading. You have put together interesting, informative stories for a number of years, and I can’t wait to get my copy of WindCheck every month. I really enjoy your interesting book reviews. WindCheck introduced me to Michael Tougias. A few years back you did a review of Overboard, a tragic story of a trip to Bermuda starting from Black Rock Harbor that went bad. As part of the review you indicated the author would be presenting the book at the Milford Library. I went and have been hooked on Michael Tougias and his books ever since. Tougias writes about true stories in a way that make it difficult to put the book down. He is able to develop the characters in a way that makes them very real, and the stories are fascinating. I have read Overboard, Ten Hours Until Dawn, Fatal Forecast, and The Finest Hours. These are great books that I continue to recommend to friends as a source of knowledge about the sea. I have been sailing for a long time, but I always learn something new when I read a Michael Tougias book. I can’t wait to start Rescue of the Bounty. Charlie Gulotta, Black Rock, CT Charlie – Mike’s books are indeed superb, and his lectures are equally captivating. To order autographed copies and check his speaking schedule, visit michaeltougias.com.

One for the Cooper Joe, you got it (“And Not To Yield” – Coop’s Corner, July 2014). The exposure to that type of sailing is one of the things we are trying to do with the American Yacht Club Junior Big Boat Team. The juniors have been introduced to Alex Thompson, Charlie Enright, Boris Hermann and many other young and fast ocean sailors. Some of the juniors have sailed on a Class40, IMOCA 60 and VO70. Three members of the team just made the return delivery from Bermuda to start logging their sea-miles. Lots of small steps… Peter Becker, Rye, NY Peter – Keep up the great work at AYC! On page 58, Coop continues his crusade to keep juniors sailing – and doing so safely. We value his insight and enthusiasm, and look forward to future “Coop’s Corners” in which he encourages people to experience the accomplishments of shorthanded sailing…and perhaps even shares a few as-yet unpublished stories from the 1980 America’s Cup! Living the Dream Editor’s note: The wonderful article by twin brothers Chris and Waldek Zaleski (“On Watch” – June 2014) struck a chord with many readers. Thank you guys for sharing this story with us. I have similar experience immigrating here in 1985 with one child, pregnant wife and $1,500 in savings. God bless America! Marek Antkowiak, via email Marek – Many a success story has been published on the pages of WindCheck. Chris and Waldek have made an impact on the sport and their successes are well deserved. F

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Tall Ship Mystic Serving as Platform for OHPRI’s Summer Sessions The Board of Directors for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) has selected an alternative platform for its 2014 Education at Sea programs while construction of Rhode Island’s official Sailing Education Vessel, the 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, is completed. The SV Mystic, a 180-foot USCG certified and inspected three-masted square topsail schooner, will carry out OHPRI’s schedule of teen summer camps and voyages for adults. More than 250 trainees will be hosted aboard the Mystic for OHPRI programs this summer. Built in 2007, Mystic is steel-hulled, has 45 berths, and will have as its master the captain of Oliver Hazard Perry, Richard Bailey.

Charles W. Morgan Homecoming is August 6 Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT is planning to hold an event to welcome the whaleship Charles W. Morgan home to the museum on Wednesday, August 6 at 5:30 pm. The ship will be towed from New London after the crew has downrigged the vessel and removed a portion of her ballast to reduce her draft so she can navigate the Mystic River. The Morgan will be greeted at her berth at Chubb’s Wharf by bagpipers and a brief ceremony to commemorate the conclusion of the ship’s historic 38th Voyage.

The Charles W. Morgan encountered whales on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary last month. © Mystic Seaport The 180-foot Mystic is carrying out OHPRI’s summer programs this season. © Hank Waxman

“Our most recently published construction schedule had us completing SSV Oliver Hazard Perry this spring,” said OHPRI Chair Bart Dunbar. “However, a harsh winter, the inherent complexity of construction for this kind of a vessel, and the opportunities we’ve had for integrating improvement and upgrades in the ship’s design have put us behind schedule, enough that our most recent delays were looking to eat into the summer we had planned for our onboard education programs.” 
 The Perry’s six miles of rigging are currently being assembled in Portsmouth, RI by a team of 20 riggers. Its three masts, with the tallest more than 13 stories high, will carry 20 sails with 14,000 square feet of sail area. For more information on OHPRI’s 2014 summer sessions, visit ohpri.org or contact Jess Wurzbacher or Elise Huebner at 401-841-0080 or info@ohpri.org. F Kirsten Ferguson at Media Pro International contributed to this report.

The dockside exhibition that accompanied the ship at her port visits on the voyage will be set up and open to visitors on the wharf. Activities include maritime skills demonstrations, music and dramatic performances, and historic interpretation of the Morgan and whaling. Shaefer’s Spouter Tavern will be open for food and beverages. In the event of a weather delay, the backup dates are Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 pm. and Friday, August 8 at 7:30 pm. For the latest information on the status of the Morgan, check the 38th Voyage homepage at mysticseaport. org/38thvoyage. Mystic Seaport is holding a Morgan fundraiser on Saturday, August 9 at 6 pm. The evening’s festivities include sumptuous food and delicious drinks representing the Morgan’s historic ports of call, and live music by West End Blend. Festive, boating attire is requested. Tickets are $175 per person. To RSVP by phone, please call 860-572-5308. For additional information, email membership@mysticseaport.org. F Dan McFadden at Mystic Seaport contributed to this report.

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Team Alvimedica Names VOR Crew Rhode Island’s “home team” in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), Team Alvimedica, has confirmed seven of the eight sailors on their roster for the ‘round-the-world race, as well as the On-Board Reporter (OBR). Joining Skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, RI (age 29) and General Manager Mark Towill, 25, of Kaneohe, HI are Nick Dana, 28, of Newport, RI; Alberto Bolzan, 32, of Trieste, Italy; Ryan Houston, 31, of Auckland, NZL; Will Oxley, 49, of North Queensland, Australia; and Dave Swete, 30, of Auckland, NZL. Amory Ross, 30, of Newport, RI is the team’s OBR.

38,000 miles around the world. To achieve great results on the water we need a collaborative group who will look after each other’s safety and well-being throughout a range of challenging conditions.” Fans can follow the team at facebook.com/ TeamAlvimedica and teamalvimedica.tumblr.com. F

Marion Bermuda Race Adds Youth Class

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Andrews 70 Shindig claimed line honors in the 2013 Marion Bermuda Race. © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon

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This is Nick Dana’s third VOR, but his first as a member of the race crew. Dana was with the PUMA Ocean Racing 2008-09 shore team and was the OBR for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in 2011-12. His ocean racing accomplishments include four Newport Bermuda Races, three Fastnet Races, a Middle Sea Race, a Transatlantic Race, and a recent defense of the King’s Hundred Guinea Cup with the J Boat Hanuman. Having worked for many years at his family’s business, Newport Shipyard, Nick can maintain and repair boats as well as he can race them. Amory Ross was PUMA Ocean Racing’s OBR in 201112 and was part of the video team for ORACLE TEAM USA’s successful defense of the 34th America’s Cup. The OBR has the unique role of sailing on board for the entire race but not contributing in any way to the performance of the boat. In addition to transmitting words, images and video of life aboard the team’s Volvo Ocean 65 Alvimedica, Amo’s duties include provisioning and food preparation. Team Alvimedica will select one more crewmember before the first event of the 12th edition of the VOR, the In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain on October 4. “With only eight race crew positions each role on board is vital,” said Enright. “Sailing skill is the main requirement but equally important is the team chemistry and ability to work together in a confined space for

The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race has added a new class for sailors between the ages of 16 and 22. “The Marion Bermuda Race recognizes that there is an age gap in participants of offshore racing, and understandably so,” said Ray Cullum, Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA, a cosupporter of the event along with the Blue Water Sailing Club in Boston, MA and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in Paget, Bermuda. “It takes time to have the means to invest in a solid cruising boat and the resources to put it together to do an offshore event. For years, the Naval Academy and Mass Maritime have fielded boats with a select group of 18- to 22-year-old sailors and have done very well. “If you belong to a yacht club or boating organization, you most likely have a pool of young sailors that would be extremely excited about sailing in an offshore race like the Marion Bermuda,” Cullum continued. “But you don’t have to belong to a sailing organization. You can put an excellent crew of young adults together from friends and family you sail with. The requirements are simple. Crewmembers must be between the ages and 16 and 22 and each boat must have a 3:1 ratio crew to adults. We have already received an excellent response to the addition of the Youth Class, and a number of boats are ready to participate.” The 645-nautical mile Marion Bermuda Race is a biennial Corinthian event that starts in Buzzards Bay off Marion, MA and finishes at St. David’s Head, Bermuda. The next one starts Friday, June 19, 2015. Visit marionbermuda.com for more information. F

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Sound Sailing Center Teams Up with Harlem Yacht Club Harlem Yacht Club in City Island, NY and Sound Sailing Center have announced a new partnership to get more people out sailing. Sound Sailing will base a solar/electric powered 23-foot Ensign and one larger boat at the club, offering Intro to Sailing and Basic Keelboat lessons. Sound Sailing students and members will be able to use the Ensigns at Harlem Yacht Club or the company’s Norwalk or Mystic locations. “I started Sound Sailing Center to get more people involved in the sport I love and was fortunate enough to grow up with,” said Martin van Breems, President of Sound Sailing Center. “I applaud Harlem Yacht Club for this partnership to help make sailing affordable and get more people involved in the sport. I know our students and members will love Harlem Yacht Club’s welcoming and low-pressure approach to sailing along with the beautiful facility, and I’m sure many will look into membership at this fine club.” Harlem Yacht Club and Sound Sailing Center are hosting an Open House at HYC on August 8 from 2-5 pm. SSC will have the new fleet boat, the VAr 37, and their Ensign on display, with free mini lessons offered. The VAr 37 is a new racer/cruiser built by the Hanse Group in Germany. For more information on Sound Sailing Center or VAr Yachts, visit SoundSailingCenter.com or VArYachts.com or contact Martin van Breems or Teddie Salko at SSCsailing@gmail. com or 203-838-1110. To learn more about Harlem Yacht Club, visit hyc.org. F

Beneteau First 36.7 NAs are September 18 - 21 Black Rock Yacht Club in Black Rock, CT is hosting the 2014 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship September 18 - 21. At press time, 13 boats were officially registered and organizers are anticipating another five to eight boats. The regatta is supported by the First 36.7 Northeast Fleet Owners Association and the Beneteau 36.7 National Class Organization, and sponsored by North Sails and Prestige Yacht Sales. North Sails will have a coaching boat on the racecourse to observe trim and rig tuning, and experts will debrief individual teams after each day’s racing. Prestige Yacht Sales, with locations in Norwalk, Essex and Mystic, CT, is the exclusive Beneteau dealer for the New York/New England region. “I recognize that putting on these events is not easy, and Black Rock Yacht Club windcheckmagazine.com

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is a true gem of a club,” said Tom Pilkington, a partner at Prestige. “I’m more than happy to support the Beneteau owners and sailors in their National Championship.” The Notice of Race and other documents are posted at yachtscoring.com. For more information, contact Northeast Fleet Captain Junius Brown at Junius4@comcast.net or Black Rock Yacht Club Sailing Chair Michael Cooleen at mcooleen@sbcglobal.net. Black Rock Yacht Club is online at blackrockyc.org. F

The Hope Regatta Helps Families be Together On June 28, the family of Dennis Peterlin hosted The Hope Regatta at the Housatonic Boat Club in Stratford, CT. While Dennis was being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for cancer last year, he empathized for patients away from their families while he was able to go home each night to his wife Anne and daughters Megan and Halle. To honor Dennis’ memory, his family organized a regatta and dinner to benefit The Suites at Yale-New Haven Patient and Family Support Fund. Within a couple of The Peterlin family organized The Hope Regatta blocks of Yale, to benefit people in need of The Suites at Yale-New the suites are Haven. Photo SE Benton hotel rooms where patients and/or their families can stay. “My Dad would have loved to be having an event like this in his honor...at one of his favorite places, doing one of his favorite things — sailing. Tonight’s event is such a great way to honor my Dad’s memory and to help others at the same time,” said Halle. If you are interested in contributing to this ongoing cause, contact Dennis Peterlin Memorial Fund, 45 Margherita Lawn, Stratford, CT 06615 F

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North Sails is Gold Sponsor of
the J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen The J/70 Class Association has announced that North Sails will be the Official Regatta Support Partner for the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, which will be contested September 8-13 in Newport, RI, and hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court.

A Perfect 10! 10th Annual Ms. Race is August 16 The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club (AHYC) Ms. Race, a race for women by women in the deep blue shadow of the New York City skyline, celebrates its tenth anniversary as a successful charity regatta. Founded in 2005 by a group of female sailors at AHYC in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, the AHYC Ms. Race takes place on Sandy Hook Bay, with proceeds donated directly to 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc., a private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Monmouth County. “180 has been so fortunate over the years to participate with the wonderful women involved in the race,” said Connie Heath, Director of Development for 180 Turning Lives Around. “The funds raised at this event help clients begin their journey of healing.”

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North Sails’ North U Regatta Services team will be onsite all week working with sailors to improve their boat setup, rig tune and sail trim. Available to all competitors, expert sailing performance analysts Andreas Josenhans and Chuck Allen will offer on-the-water performance analysis followed by daily photo and video debriefs. Additionally, North Sails’ J/70 class experts will host dock talks immediately after sailing throughout the regatta; North’s sail care van will be available to pick up and drop off sails needing overnight repair; and North Sails has partnered with Sailing Weather Service to provide free detailed daily weather forecasts for all competitors. “The J/70 Class is exploding right now,” said North Sails President Ken Read, who will kick off the week at Sail Newport on Sunday, September 7 with a local knowledge presentation followed by the North Sails-hosted J/70 Worlds Welcome Party featuring beverages from local brewery Newport Storm. “North Sails has been a supporter of the boat since its inception, and we’re proud to sign on for J/70 Worlds. Newport is the perfect venue and the New York Yacht Club will ensure the regatta is well run. We look forward to welcoming all J/70 sailors, especially the international competitors, to Newport in September.”
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Last year, 45 women on five boats raised their sails for 180 Turning Lives Around, and this year’s race promises to be much bigger. “My daughters and I are looking forward to being part of this great race and fundraiser again this year,” enthused Donna Syers, a two-time winner of the Ms. Race and mother of four girls who are also ardent sailboat racers. The 10th Annual AHYC Ms. Race is Saturday, August 16. Individuals and organizations that would like to participate should contact the Ms. Race Committee at ahyc.ms.race@gmail. com, or Diane Kropfl at dkropfl@att.com or 732-872-9190. F

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Fourth Annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous is August 14 - 17 The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, a regatta and gathering for sailboats and powerboats, is one of the fastest growing events on the East Coast. The “PBR,” which began as a joint venture between boatbuilder Lyman-Morse and Wayfarer Marine, has formed new partnerships including LifeFlight of Maine as its charitable partner and Bangor Savings Bank. Thursday’s Opening Night festivities, hosted by LymanMorse in Thomaston, ME, features cuisine catered by Chef Scott Yakovenko, owner and chef of the The Slipway in Thomaston, Maine wines and beers, great music and a fireworks display. Friday night’s Post Race Party, hosted by Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine, features more culinary delights. The highlight of evening social activities takes place Saturday night at The Ports of Call Party, hosted by Wayfarer Marine on Camden Harbor. Sailboat races take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Powerboat activities include a photo pursuit competition and a poker run. Registration closes August 7. Visit penobscotbayrendezvous.com for registration and additional information. F

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Tim Healy Named President of North Sails One Design North Sails has appointed World Champion sailor Tim Healy President of North Sails One Design. Healy, who rejoined North Sails as One Design Coordinator in January 2013, succeeds Vince Brun, who was hired in 1977 by North Sails founder Lowell North to build Star sails in the original North loft in San Diego, CA. “North Sails One Design currently produces sails for over 180 classes,” said Brun. “Our group’s success is made possible by the dedicated team of incredibly talented people with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with. By turning the leadership role over to Tim, I believe North Sails One Design is pushing ahead into its next era of growth.” “Vince laid the foundation and built a successful business for North Sails One Design, which provides our customers with the fastest sails and best customer support available,” said Healy. “I am honored to succeed Vince as President, and I know there is a high expectation to build on his legacy. Vince’s dedication to excellence has created a culture of professionalism at North Sails that is unmatched, and I look forward to working with our team to continue building on the principles he has established. North Sails has the most knowledgeable group of professionals in the industry who are dedicated to providing the fastest sails in the world and I am excited to be part of this team.” Healy can be reached at tim.healy@northsails.com. F

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New Name for Finnish All-Season Boats Family-run boatbuilding company Sarins Båtar Oy Ab, headquartered in Kokkola, Finland, has changed the name of their rugged boats from Minor Offshore to SARGO. “The core of our brand has always stood for an all-season boat made in Finland for serious boaters, whether professional or pleasure – a sport utility boat that is made to last, to provide excellent performance characteristics even in demanding conditions, and to give true value for the money,” said CEO Thomas Sarin, the son of legendary boatbuilder Edy Sarin who started the company in 1967. “With our new brand we are even windcheckmagazine.com

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The Night the Scorpion Chased the Twins Into the Sea By Ernie Messer A slow Newport Bermuda Race is a frustrating and tiring event. After doing circles in light air Tuesday night the crew of Momentum, a Hinckley Sou’wester 51, were all glad to finally get a decent breeze for the last 40 miles and had a fun romp to the finish. We were psyched as we chased down a larger Hinckley in our class, finishing just 14 seconds behind her! We were ready for the customary Dark ‘n Stormy after the race. When all was said and done, we finished fifth in class on corrected! The owner, Dr. Paul Kanev, was thrilled; a great performance in his first Newport Bermuda Race with Momentum. After the parties and awards ceremony were over it was time to head home…cruising mode! My wife Jan was to join us for the return. Paul, with a penchant for solo sailing, would take one watch, Jan and I the other. The protocol for this trip would be full-on cruising mode; if the winds were light we would motor, and unlike racing the autopilot was fair game. After all, jobs were waiting and there was some unsettled weather off Florida. We had received a great forecast from Seth Saslo, a Branford, CT resident who has recently received a Masters from UCLA and is now working on a PhD in meteorology from Penn State. He had frankly told us we had better be in Newport by Thursday night as the likelihood of heavy weather was a real possibility Friday or Friday night. Being as Seth is an experienced offshore sailor having done this trip several times himself…we listened.

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We soon fell into the watch schedule; we used the so-called “Swedish Watch,” being 6pm to noon, noon to 6pm, 6 to 10pm, 10pm to 2 am and 2 to 6 am. It’s a popular system, with a nice chunk of time during the day to sleep. Alternating nights you get either two four-hour watches: 6 to 10 then 2 to 6, or one night watch from 10 pm to 2 am. The 6-10 and 2-6 am give you beautiful sunsets and then nice sunrises. The 10pm- 2 am is a bit tougher but with little or no moon, as we had, provides the ultimate opportunity for seeing stars as nowhere else on earth. The weather held clear and mid-way back we had one of the most spectacular ‘star shows’ ever! It’s hard to find words to describe the beauty and grandeur of the Milky Way. On this night it crossed the sky from the constellation Scorpio in the south, ran almost directly overhead, split into a two-lane highway of stars and ended in Cassiopeia to the north. Every time you looked a little closer at apparent gaps between stars you realized they were filled with even more stars of a slightly lesser brilliance. The constellations were dramatic and easy to find, making it understandable how the imagined shapes could be conceived by the ancients. Keeping watch in good weather is fairly easy. With all the electronic niceties like a multi-function display at the helm, AIS, radar if needed, sea temp readout on the Ockam, and the autopilot faithfully holding our course, all we had to do was keep a good visual lookout…lots of time to gaze at the stars and make up stories. There behind us was the evil Scorpio spreading across the southwest sky, complete with curled tail sporting a

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wicked barbed point! Ahead of the advancing Scorpio were the twins Castor and Pollux who also advanced as they seemed to be trying to get away. After a few hours, the twins had no chance of escape and slipped silently into the sea. And so it went, and soon the watch was up and it was time for a few hours of delicious sleep. Coming up the rhumbline, the water had been gradually warming as we approached the area of highest Gulf Stream activity. Seldom is the Gulf Stream relegated to a single 50-mile river of current as it is often described. Rather it is often a vast area ranging between two hundred miles or more and containing a mixed bag of meanders, eddies and filaments of various temperatures and current speeds. We suddenly found ourselves in water that was over 80 degrees and slowing our progress by more than two knots! Looking at the latest Gulf Stream charts downloaded in Bermuda, we took a course of action that would make a coastal sailor cringe; we altered course 60 degrees to take us out of the foul current. We watched the sea temp carefully, and within the four-hour watch the temp had dropped to 76.5 and as we turned back toward Newport we actually had a half-knot boost. A less aggressive course change would probably have left us in the foul current longer, a lesson we learned ‘the hard way’ on the 2008 return trip.

One day blended into the next with the stars, the dolphins putting on fabulous ‘air shows,’ and various birds keeping us entertained. All part of the fabric we call “cruising.” Like racing, it gets better the more you do it. Little lessons learned are stored in the satchel we call “experience” and when a situation rolls around again, hopefully we apply the experience to make our trip less stressful and more fun. Thursday sunrise found us 30 miles off Newport, on schedule, slightly slower as we used all the electronics to deal with a pea-soup fog welcoming us back to New England. The VHF, after long periods of silence, crackled with activity; we were home. Did we take some photos? A few, but the real beauty comes from the motion of the birds, the clouds, and the dolphins, on a sea and sky so vast no lens can capture the complete picture. Shared with friends, new and old, even better. So gear up your little boat, or crew on another, but get out there and experience the wonder we call cruising. It can’t be captured on film or in words – you must be there! F A sailor since the 1970s, Ernie Messer is a member of the Cruising Club of America, Off Soundings Club and Shennecossett Yacht Club. He and his wife Jan have sailed New England for many years and have also raced to Bermuda frequently, including three times doublehanded! They sailed for 15 years on their Tartan 41 and now sail on a restored Peterson OneTon, Valour, out of Westbrook, CT. windcheckmagazine.com

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Sailing Casco Bay on Three Hulls By Jesse Deupree After Cape Ann on the north shore above Boston, the Atlantic coast is essentially one long beach broken by harbors at the mouths of rivers big and small. There are a few rocky points until you reach Cape Elizabeth in Maine, but it is at Cape Elizabeth that the geology of the coast completely changes to the rocky island-filled bays that characterize the Maine coast all the way to Canada. Casco Bay, then, is the first of Maine’s major bays. By reputation it is filled with the Calendar Islands, meaning one for each day of the year. Indeed, there are dozens of major islands, at least 200 smaller ones and numerous deep bays to explore. Portland is located on the back side of Cape Elizabeth and is a great base for sailing in Southern Maine. It is a major commercial port and a yacht friendly harbor, and is Maine’s largest city. It has easy access to highway, bus and rail networks and a wealth of restaurants, hotels and sights. For cruisers, there are a number of marinas directly adjacent to the Old Port area of the city. Dimillo’s Marina is right in the heart of the Old Port, but their docks are not particularly multi-hull friendly. Portland Yacht Service (PYS) is just a fiveminute walk to the Old Port area and offers both dock space and moorings. Call them at 207-774-1067 or VHF channel 9. When you enter Portland Harbor and approach Ft. Gorges on your starboard side, PYS will be directly in front of you on the north shore, just to starboard of the large marine terminal. Be aware that the steady marine traffic and urban lighting can make this a less than calm spot. One option is to tie up at the marina and enjoy the facilities, have a great meal at one of Portland’s gourmet restaurants, and then motor across to Cushing’s Island, where there is a nice quiet mooring area where you can anchor. In fact, the whole passage between Peaks Island and the Diamond Islands has plenty of places to anchor among moored boats and spend a quiet night. Anchoring on the edge or in a large gap in a mooring field can be done judiciously anywhere in Casco Bay, based on my experience. Stay out of obvious channels or harbor passages (usually marked by small channel buoys) and you should be fine. You could also motor around what is marked as Fish Point and Pomroy Rock to East End Beach, a large mooring field with places where you can anchor. Heading further up the channel towards Back Cove will bring you to the Maine Yacht Center, where participants in the Downeast 180 tie up and rest after the race. If the weather is calm you can tie up on the outside face of their docks, and they are planning an expansion that will offer more room. Contact them for space availability (207-842-9000 or channel 9). From here it is a short taxi ride into town or a

The author’s Corsair 31 Sorn at rest in the harbor on Damariscove Island. © Jesse Deupree

20-minute walk. If you are trailer-sailing, East End Beach has a public ramp with limited parking for a fee. PYS and MYC both have ramps they can make available, and parking by prior arrangement. Both will charge a fee. Much of the season I’m based in Portland, generally at MYC, and love this area for daysailing and short cruises. Often when it is foggy outside, the inner bay will be clear, and the water is quite flat among the islands. I can sail up the inner bay on a beam reach all the way to South Freeport and return which makes for an effortless trip. South Freeport and the Harraseeket River is another fine anchorage. Contact South Freeport Marine (207-865-3181 or channel 9) for mooring availability if you don’t wish to anchor. Also on this route is Falmouth Foreside, home to the Portland Yacht Club and Handy Boat Service, both of which provide moorings and launch service. Immediately after leaving Portland Harbor the commercial feel slips away and you will be among quiet homes or natural shoreline. There are endless variations to sail among the islands. Jewell Island, on the outer band, has a wonderful harbor, but it fills quickly on weekends. The island itself is a park and has lovely paths to the large World War II watchtowers that you can climb and explore. Eagle Island, further up the bay at the mouth of Broad Sound, is where Admiral Perry made his home after his polar explorations. There is a nice small museum on the island devoted to him. You can anchor and row to the dock. The Goslings anchorage off Lower Goose Island is particularly beautiful. And, Luckse Sound is one of my favorite sails. You can pick your way among the mostly empty islands, and never sail the same route twice. Taft’s Cruising Guide To Maine has a wealth of information about this area. I also use the Active Captain website (activecaptain.com), but of course this is only available if you can get online. This is just a taste of the western portion of Casco Bay. All the way to Cape Small, which is the eastern end of the bay, are

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numerous other deep sounds cut by the glaciers that formed this area. You can sail up each one, be it Middle Bay, Harpswell Sound, Quohog Bay or the New Meadows River and find more small harbors and pleasures. Often people think you have to travel to Penobscot Bay to enjoy real Maine cruising, but the delights of my state are available right near Portland. F Jesse Deupree sails Sorn, his Corsair 31, out of Portland, ME and serves as the New England Multihull Association’s (NEMA) Gulf of Maine Fleet Captain. This article was originally published in the spring 2013 edition of the NEMA newsletter and is reprinted with permission. Special thanks to editor Andy Houlding. NEMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the art, science and enjoyment of multihull yachts. For more information including the NEMA racing schedule, visit nemasail.org.

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Southbound Rallies this Fall By Hank Schmitt There are a number of cruising rally options if you are planning to head south as the weather turns…not a bad option after last winter. All four of these rallies start the same weekend, as everyone wants to depart after November 1 and before the winter gales start. Only the NARC Rally (North American Rally to the Caribbean) departs from Newport, RI, with the other three departing from near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The Caribbean 1500 and NARC Rally have been around for many years. The Salty Dawg Rally is a free rally that started three years ago, and has grown to be the largest. New this year is the Snowbird Rally, starting on the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) and going “inside the ditch” all the way to Miami, FL. This event is being organized by Wally Moran, a contributing editor at SAIL Magazine. NARC Rally The 15th Annual NARC Rally departs from Newport on Saturday, November 1 or the best weather window after that date. The fleet will begin to gather at the Newport Yachting Center, with a special discount dockage rate for the week leading up to departure. The skippers meeting, weather briefing by Ken McKinley of Locus Weather, and opening party at Benjamin’s are all part of the pre-departure program in Newport. Boats will be ready for sea by Saturday, but most years the fleet has been delayed from one to five days waiting on weather. The NARC Rally stops in Bermuda and docks at the Bermuda Dinghy & Sports Club to wait for the next weather window for the second leg. Bermuda is God’s gift to sailors heading south in the fall, and it is a sin not to stop and have a Dark’n Stormy and Fish Fry. The government also waives the $35 per head tax for the fleet. From Bermuda, the fleet sets sail for IGY Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten for the final party and reception, on November 18. All boats in the rally get two free days dockage at the IGY Simpson Bay Marina, plus 10% dockage discounts ranging from one week to the entire season, depending on your plans. If your final destination is the Virgin Islands or other Caribbean destination, you can stop in St. Maarten for the party, crew change, re-provisioning and repairs on the best island in the Caribbean for all three services. Or you can skip the party and go right to your winter destination. Sailopo.com Caribbean 1500 The longest running event, the Caribbean 1500, has its roots in a Newport departure, but was taken south to Hampton Roads, VA by founder Steve Black. The rally was sold three years ago to the World Cruising Club and has diminished in size since another rally, albeit a free one, set up shop departing from the

same place and going to the same marina in the BVIs. After the initial clashing of logistics, the Caribbean 1500 has moved its departure point from Hampton up the river to Portsmouth, VA. This will be the Caribbean 1500’s second year departing from Ocean Marine Yacht Center. Worldcruising.com Salty Dawg Rally Organized by Bill and Linda Knowles of Bristol, RI, the Salty Dawg Rally still departs from the Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton, VA, but now finishes at the Bitter End Resort in Virgin Gorda, BVI, conceding the finish in Nanny Cay BVI to the Caribbean 1500. Although the two fleets have the same departure dates this year, there is plenty of ocean for both

These “Salty Pups” sailed with the “Big Dawgs” on the Salty Dawg Rally. © yachtshotsbvi.com

fleets if they happen to depart on the same day. Last year, the Caribbean 1500 left a day early. The Salty Dawg fleet spread their departure over several days. Saltydawgrally.com Snowbird Rally The new rally this year is the Snowbird Rally, also departing from Hampton, VA November 1 but heading down the ICW with many stops along the way. Nights are short this time of year so boats running inside will take their time, mostly underway only during daylight hours. If you have never made this inside passage and have plenty of time, a shallow draft and less than 65-foot mast height, this may be a fun way to go. However, this option is not recommended if you are planning to go much further than the Bahamas this winter. If you’re going to the Caribbean, the further east you stay the better. Sailmagazine.com The NARC Rally has been helping organize the challenging passage from New England to the Caribbean since 2000. The rally is free to any seaworthy boat heading south, with an

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emphasis on larger and professional to semi-pro crewed boats along with a mixture of privately owned boats that have made the passage before. Participants get free weather routing, an offshore radio net and socials in Newport, Bermuda and St. Maarten, plus discount dockage, a Bermuda tax waiver, duty free fuel in Bermuda, and more. Owners needing crew receive free crew networking service through Offshore Passage Opportunities (OPO). We have been organizing the NARC Rally since its inception. If this is your first time sailing south, I invite you to call me for advice on whether you should depart from Newport or heading further south to join one of the other rallies. OPO can also assist with hiring a skipper or finding experienced crew to help ensure a safe passage. If you do not have a boat and want to crew on OPO’s Swan for the 1,500 miles passage, for a fee, you can sail aboard a Swan. The NARC Rally offers an open invitation to any boats in the other rallies that end up making a detour to Bermuda. Some boats may simply want to stop there to break up their passage south, while others might have to detour for fuel or repairs. Any boats wanting or needing to stop in Bermuda are welcome to meet up with the NARC fleet. Just head over to the Dinghy Club after you clear customs. You can still depart when you are ready and catch up to your rallies in the BVI from Bermuda. The classic route from the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean is to head east for three or four days (which brings you near Bermuda anyway), before heading south to catch the tradewinds and reach

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down to the Caribbean. More recently as boats depart from the Chesapeake for a 7- to 10-day non-stop passage, they will carry a lot of extra fuel to motorsail most of the way to the Caribbean if necessary. The Caribbean 1500 (visit worldcruisingclub.com for pricing) has a dedicated shore staff, very capably supervised by Andy & Mia Schell. There is a formal safety inspection and survival gear checklist as well as weather forecasts, socials and seminars. The Snowbird Rally charges $750. The Salty Dawg Rally is still free, but the organizers are asking for a $250 donation to get discounts in the BVI for the entire winter season. If you are planning on spending all, or most of your time in the BVI, this is a good deal. The Salty Dawg Rally is a much looser federation of boats that allows boats to depart from almost anywhere and go almost anywhere on the other end, while using Chris Parker as their common weather router. The Caribbean 1500 also offers a “Plan B” with a handful of boats departing with the fleet from Virginia, but making landfall in the Bahamas. The NARC Rally is still 100% free, with boats paying their own dockage and some socials. OPO is also the crew network for the Salty Dawg Rally, and will also help any boat in the Caribbean 1500 find crew for their passage south. This service is free to all boat owners in the rallies. If you want to sign up for the NARC Rally, crew on a boat heading south or sign aboard a Swan, contact OPO at 800-4-PASSAGe (472-7724), email offshorepassage@sprintmail. com, or log onto sailopo.com. F

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Lighthouse Music Festival is August 30 The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society will present the 8th Annual Lighthouse Music Festival in Huntington Bay, NY on Saturday, August 30. Started in 2007 to increase awareness of the Huntington Lighthouse plight and bring a unique fundraising event to the Long Island boating community, this is the only music festival in the world held on top of a working lighthouse in the middle of the water! The festival is held annually on Labor Day weekend and attendance has grown to over 1,000 boats with more than 10,000 attendees from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey arriving in watercraft of all kinds. Bands will perform on the roof of the historic lighthouse from 11 am until dusk. The Lighthouse Teens on the Water program encourages local teens to volunteer for community service credits as a fun learning experience. Dressed as pirates, they visit each boat to hand out souvenir bags, sell t-shirts, and “loot” vessels for “bounty.” Last year, $25,000 was raised through their efforts alone.

Concerned citizens founded the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society in 1985 to prevent the demolition of the Lloyd Harbor Light Station, which would have been replaced by an automated steel tower. The organization is dedicated to the ongoing preservation of the lighthouse’s interior and exterior, its preservation for public use as an educational and historic resource, and its maintenance as an active aid to navigation. Today, Huntington Harbor Lighthouse is severely threatened by acute erosion from its marine environment and the effects of severe storm damage, including interior flood damage and dock damage from Hurricane Sandy. Structural failure of the foundation is evident in six crucial locations, much of this caused by increased wave action from marine traffic. Furthermore, the cast iron cupola, windows, doors and casings are all severely deteriorated, allowing water penetration into the lighthouse’s interior. The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society has embarked on a $1,500,000 capital campaign to fund projects that include restoring the foundation, adding riprap around the foundation, repairing the roof and docks, replacing or repairing windows, creating educational aids for visitors, and more. For more information including a list of bands, visit lighthousemusicfest.com. F

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Rockin’ the House at the Mystic Blues Festival

The Beehive Queen herself, the incomparable Christine Ohlman and her band Rebel Montez had the crowd buzzin’ at the second annual Mystic Blues Festival.

The second annual Mystic Blues Festival, held June 27 29 at Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, CT, showcased an array of Blues legends including Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and Blues Artist of the Year award winners. With perfect weather and a gorgeous venue, highlights included smokin’ performances by Eight to the Bar, Bad News Barnes & The Brethren of Blues Band, The Alexis P. Suter Band, and the Greg Sherrod Blues Band. An amazing Student Spotlight featured Nolan Leite, Jacob Graham, Zeb Mrowka, and Jessica Oddi – these young musicians are the future of the Blues. On a sad note, iconic guitarist Johnny Winter gave one of his final performances at the festival. Winter, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time, passed away July 16. “Mystic is the perfect, quaint New England town, and at the same time New England in general is a hotbed of Blues,” said harp legend James Montgomery, who performed at the festival in 2013 and returned this year. “You literally have to go to New Orleans or Chicago to find a blues community on this scale. Mystic is the perfect demographic for this. There are plenty of people between 30 and 55 in a tourist destination. They have some money to spend and enjoy live entertainment. That’s the Blues demographic.”

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This year’s festival debuted a dedication to Blues education, with music, dancing and drumming workshops throughout the weekend for all ages and abilities. Another attraction was The Art Miles Mural Project, a San Diego, CA-based visual documentation of modern history, portraying the sentiments of more than a half million people from over 100 countries. Attendees and performers were able to be creative on canvas and learn about healing through art. Throughout the weekend, Center For Hospice Care staff and volunteers were on-site to reinforce their philosophy of living as fully as possible, and educating attendees about their Expressive Arts program. The festival is proud to partner with this amazing organization to raise awareness and funds. In only its second year, the Mystic Blues Festival has become a much-talked-about event. Planning is already underway to bring more fabulous Blues to Mystic in 2015. Visit mysticbluesfestival.com for information and to view a photo gallery from this year’s festival. F

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Book Reviews... The Wianno Senior Story

A Century on Nantucket Sound By Stan Grayson Foreword by Llewellyn Howland III Published by Tilbury House and the Wianno Senior Class Association, 264 pages hardcover $49.95 One of the most enduring one-designs in the United States, the Wianno Senior was commissioned by a group of sailors at the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, MA. Designed by Horace Manly Crosby, a member of the family that built the famous Crosby catboats, the first Wianno Senior was launched in 1914.With its shallow draft and centerboard, the 25-foot gaff-rigged sloop was well suited for the shallow waters and swift-flowing currents of

Nantucket Sound, where it is raced enthusiastically to this day. This book, which would make a fine gift for anyone interested in beautiful boats, the history of small boat racing in America, or Cape Cod, is lavishly illustrated with archival images and the work of several of today’s best sailing photographers. Among the historical photos is one of a very notable Wianno Senior owner, John. F. Kennedy, whose Victura became known as the “first boat” when he became President in 1960. (See page 27.) Stan Grayson is well known for his books and articles about American yachting history and the American marine engine and automobile industries. His work has appeared in Nautical Quarterly, Automobile Quarterly, and WoodenBoat, to name a few. His best-known books include Cape Cod Catboats and Ferrari: The Man, the Machines. He lives in Marblehead, MA. Llewellyn Howland III is a publisher, antiquarian bookseller, and yachting historian. A frequent contributor to WoodenBoat, he is currently writing a biography of yacht designer and aviation pioneer W. Starling Burgess. F

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Victura

The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea By James W. Graham Published by ForeEdge/University Press of New England 272 pages hardcover $29.95 (ebook $22.95) American businessman Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. was an avid sailor, and in 1932 he purchased a 25-foot gaff-rigged sloop to enjoy on the waters of Nantucket Sound with his wife Rose and their nine children. Although the family owned many sailboats, this one, a Wianno Senior named Victura, was the favorite. The Kennedys owned and cherished Victura for nearly half a century, and Joe Jr., Jack, Bobby and Ted spent countless hours racing her. Joe Jr. and Jack ranked among the top collegiate sailors in the Northeast, perhaps due in part to the fact their father was known to become incensed if he observed a lack of effort by any of them in a race. Eunice was also an excellent sailor, easily the equal of any of her brothers. Photographs of Jack and Jackie aboard Victura appeared in Life magazine in the 1950s, and he often doodled sketches of his beloved boat during meetings in the Oval Office. On the day he died, the housekeeping staff at the Rice Hotel in Houston, TX

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found a simple pencil drawing of Victura that the young president had left in his room. Ted, who loved Victura as much as his siblings, sailed her into his old age, with his children and those of his lost brothers as crew. With this fresh tale about “how one small sailboat taught the Kennedys about life, family, leadership, and winning,” author James W. Graham has crafted a lovingly written, poignant book, and it’s highly recommended. A communications and public affairs professional for a major-brand retailer, James W. Graham was a senior adviser to former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and the Illinois House of Representatives. He races and cruises his sailboat Venturous out of Wilmette Harbor on Lake Michigan. F

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The Boating Barrister Sailing Around a Calamity By John K. Fulweiler Long summer days breed a fatuous attitude. You can’t be blamed for the effect of big tilting sunsets and beads of sweat banding your icy drink which loosens everyone’s gait and slows the roll of even the most industrious. It’s that time of year that reminds me of slipping down the front of a breaking swell where everything is pitch perfect and time affords you the courtesy of a lengthening just long enough for a few neurons to capture its memory. Still, the ocean waters don’t share your sympathies and all the trips and traps waiting to spill the unwary remain, making it worthwhile to spend a few words focusing on how to avoid calamity. Admittedly, calamity is too broad a word for the fleet moments we’ll lend this issue and our focus is on maritime legal calamities. The prudent mariner, though, will lend additional consideration to such issues as man overboard drills, whether that flare pack is up to date, and all the other similar odds and ends we’re each guilty of hardly considering until it’s our only option. That is, take time to walk through your sailboat questioning the what-ifs and making sure you’re prepared to meet the ocean’s vagaries. On the maritime law front, now is a good time to grab your insurance policy and give it a read. Boring, indeed, but a better undertaking today than when your vessel is flooded with seawater. Pay particular attention to the amount of insurance available in the event of a constructive or total loss (usually set forth on the declarations page) and whether insurance coverage is provided for salvage services and pollution. Marine insurance is so very different from your automobile coverage that you also need to carefully review what obligations it imposes on you as the vessel owner. Does the policy contain a navigational warranty requiring you operate your vessel only within a certain locale? Does the policy have a lay-up warranty, typically requiring the vessel not be used during a certain period of time? My point is that insurance policies are like the fish traps littering the New England coastline in that you can sail right into a problem without realizing what happened. In this way, read and understand what your marine policy of insurance expects of you and speak to your insurance broker or admiralty attorney if you have questions or concerns. Remember too, as a vessel owner you must typically maintain a seaworthy vessel if you expect to receive insurance coverage. If you have a survey report in hand identifying renewals or actions that should be taken, hop to it brother and don’t let those items remain unaccomplished. Similarly, replace that leaking bilge pump, fix those weepy bellows on your “dripless” shaft seal, and replace that starboard turnbuckle

that never looks right. What you don’t want (and apologies for undermining any fatuous feelings), is to have to testify at a deposition seeking to compel your marine insurer to cover your claim that you didn’t do such-and-such repair and you didn’t get time to fix that item. You get the picture. Setting the paper trap aside, don’t forget your obligations under the Rules of the Road. Sometimes, and I’m not throwing shade here, sailboats will tend to hold course until the bitter end which whilst virtuous in many aspects of life, doesn’t likely fit with your navigational obligations. All vessels must take action to avoid collisions and you should review the Rules of the Road to understand how this works and how any action to avoid collision must be made in “ample time.” If you have a zippy tender, slow down and pay attention to the speed requirements. Throwing a wake? You own that wake and when it causes Mrs. Howell to fall and pops a cleat on Thurston’s vessel, you’re very likely on the hook. For your guidance, wake damage cases can be relatively easy to prove and somewhat difficult to defend. Sure, we could unfold the dangers of boating while intoxicated, but I’m trusting you appreciate its dangers and the penalties that follow. Slightly less obvious are claims of negligent entrustment that can come barreling down on you when your child or friend borrows that same zippy tender and has an accident. Take care in lending your vessel to others. A long time ago, I spent every day of the summer on the water. I met characters like the fellow with cowboy boots soled in topsider treads, keened up at white bright sails heeling us over at ridiculous angles and padded around docks barefoot. There was an air of contentment in it all and a sense I was somehow stealing moments others were missing. I likely was, but I was always balanced by the little things that reminded me the ocean is neither sentimental nor particularly kind. Keep that in mind and I’m certain your summer will be ballasted down with great memories and warm feelings. This article is provided for your general information, is not legal opinion and should not be relied upon. Always seek legal counsel to understand your rights and remedies. Underway and making way. F

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Admiralty attorney John K. Fulweiler, Esq. practices maritime law on the East and Gulf Coasts. As a former partner of a Manhattan maritime firm, John now helms his own practice located in Newport, Rhode Island where he helps individuals and businesses navigate the choppy waters of the maritime law. John can be reached anytime at 1-800-383-MAYDAY (6293) or via e-mail at john@fulweilerlaw.com. windcheckmagazine.com


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From the Captain of the Port Hurricanes May Miss Us – But They Leave Deadly Rip Tides By Vincent Pica District Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Hurricane season is in gear. Arthur piled up water along the eastern seaboard last month before heading out into the Atlantic. This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows, which are what distant storms leave us. Lest one of us comes to grief… Undertow v Rip Tide v Rip Currents Anybody that has ever been to a beach understands undertow. It is the backwash as gravity returns a breaking wave to the sea. All but small children can stand against it, and its effect ends at the leading edge of the next breaking wave. While it might knock you down and thus “suck” you under, it won’t pull you out to sea. Our mothers didn’t know that because they confused “undertow” with rip tides and rip currents. A rip tide is the result of tides and the egress and ingress of large volumes of water flowing through inlets, estuaries, and bays. As facts would have it, most people don’t swim near inlets or where bays meet the sea. They swim near beaches, where sand bars often form, and where rip currents, “the killer current,” form in concert. The Anatomy of a Rip Current Rip currents are by far the biggest killers of ocean swimmers. Rip currents form as waves disperse along the beach causing water to become trapped between the beach and a sandbar or other underwater feature. This water becomes the “feeder” that creates the deadly force of the rip current. The water converges into a narrow, river-like channel moving away from the shore at high speed. Marine scientists define a rip current as having a “neck” (the river-like channel moving away from the shore) and a “head” that Courtesy of the Rip Current is often defined by an Information Center unusual disturbance or choppiness in the water and by murky discoloration caused by sand and debris. As the water, and swimmer, reaches the “head,” the velocity and strength of the rip current circulation begins to weaken considerably.

Can I See a Rip Current? Often, yes. As a result of the current’s speed, sand is forced into suspension often causing a rip current to be associated with “dirty” water. It is characterized by a strong, localized current flowing seaward from the shore, visible as an agitated band of water, which is the return movement of water piled up on the shore by incoming waves. Can I Get Out of the Grip of a Rip Current? If you don’t panic, and play the water’s power to your advantage, yes. Don’t try to swim back to shore against the rip current that is dragging you out. Most likely, you will tire beyond recovery and drowning, flatly put, will follow as surely as night follows day. Swim with and across the rip current. Let it give you some speed as you “Exit – stage left!” Or right – but get out of the grip of the current and into “normal” water. Then, deal with the hand you’ve been dealt – swim back, or just tread water while waving your arms for help, or just float and rest. This is why swimming with a “buddy system” is so critical. If you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol. com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in Courtesy of NOAA charge of new members matters, at FSO-PS@emcg.us and we will help you “get in this thing.” F Captain Ed Cubanski is the Captain of the Port and Sector Commander for US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Captain Cubanski is responsible for all active-duty, reservist and auxiliary Coast Guard personnel within the Sector. Vin Pica, Commodore for the First District Southern Region in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, works closely with Captain Cubanski and his staff to promote boating safety in the waters between Connecticut, Long Island and 200 nautical miles offshore. Sector Long Island Sound Command Center can be reached 24 hours a day at 203-468-4401. Editor’s note: Weekly updates for the waters from Eastport, ME to Shrewsbury, NJ including discrepancies in Aids to Navigation, chart corrections and waterway projects are listed in the USCG Local Notice to Mariners. Log onto navcen.uscg.gov, scroll to “Current Operational/Safety Information,” click on “Local Notice to Mariners” then “LNMs by CG District,” and click on “First District.”

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Sound Environment... Expedition PROTECT: Saving Cashes Ledge

By Ben Carey There are critical decisions being made this fall about the future of New England’s marine protected areas. In May, I signed on for my second hitch as first officer aboard American Promise, a 60-footer made famous by Dodge Morgan, who broke the solo non-stop circumnavigation record in 1986. Now owned by Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, she is their platform for coastal marine debris cleanup, pollution research, public outreach and a host vessel for visiting scientists. This time we weren’t heading to trash-ridden islands along the New England coast. We were heading out 80 miles into the middle of the Gulf Of Maine to a place called Cashes Ledge, on a mission called Expedition PROTECT. Cashes Ledge is an underwater mountain range. Its steep peaks lift from a basin hundreds of feet deep to within 40 feet of the surface. This topography interrupts the Gulf of Maine current and allows nutrient- and oxygen-rich waters to mix at a depth exposed to sunlight. This phenomenon, known as internal waves, carries phytoplankton-rich water from the surface to the sea floor. This unusual pattern results in ideal conditions for abundant and diverse marine life. Who knew we have beautiful, lush kelp forests in the Gulf Of Maine? I surely did not! But it is here on Cashes Ledge that we find the largest kelp forests on the Atlantic coast. Kelp provides an ideal habitat and food source for a large and diverse population of ocean wildlife. The Cashes Ledge area is a nursery and refuge for important New England fish species like cod, pollock, Atlantic halibut, and white hake. It is also home to some very rare species like Atlantic wolffish, blue sponge, and red cod. The abundance of life here makes it a perfect rest stop for migratory species like bluefin tuna, blue sharks, and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales and humpback whales. I couldn’t wait to get out to this ocean oasis! Why had I never heard of it before? I had sailed right by it numerous times, but knew nothing about it, nor of its importance. Rachael Miller, founder of Rozalia Project, is an experienced remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilot; and with Rozalia’s small ROV and its HD camera aboard, we made plans to head out to Cashes Ledge to document this kelp forest and the abundant marine life found therein. The challenge of Cashes Ledge, and why I believe I’d never heard of it, is that it’s hard to get to and document! To deploy and operate an ROV, conditions must be fairly tranquil. A good time to go would be August when conditions in the Gulf of Maine are more typically calm. However, to get the clear underwater photos and video, it’s essential to beat the summer plankton bloom which drastically reduces visibility and clarity. This leaves a very narrow window of opportunity. windcheckmagazine.com

This colorful shotgun kelp in the Gulf of Maine is healthy – it’s named for its many holes. © Ben Carey/rozaliaproject.org

Aboard American Promise, we analyzed the weather charts and looked for a three-day weather window to get out to Cashes Ledge. We needed one day to sail out, one day on the ledge and one day to sail back. Once on the ledge, our limiting factor was the need for wave heights of less than two feet to safely deploy the ROV. Cold front after cold front rolled through, and forecasts of four- to five-foot seas were persistent. Our window of opportunity closed a little each day. While we waited for the ideal forecast, Rachael and the six interns practiced flying the ROV along the coasts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We made some exciting discoveries. Near the Isle Of Shoals we found thick shotgun kelp forests. There was an abundance of life with numerous fish swimming amongst the fronds, and wallto-wall sand dollars. We deployed the ROV onto Stellwagen Bank and found plenty of flounder, lobster, sculpin and snails along the sandy bottom. On the surface, dolphins and whales helped dispel our woes of not getting to Cashes Ledge. In contrast, we examined regions of Ipswich Bay and Cape Cod Bay that have recently been bottom trawled, and found very little life. Our weather window shut completely for Expedition PROTECT, and we never made it to Cashes Ledge. Our observations, however, were further proof that Marine Protected Areas really do work! There is a proposal by the New England Fisheries Council to re-open many of the currently protected areas to destructive bottom trawling and scallop dredging including Cashes Ledge. The ocean is fighting other battles right now, including acidification and warming temperatures. Rozalia Project urges you to act in favor of preserving our own backyard marine protected areas, it’s more important than ever. To sign a petition to Save Cashes Ledge, log onto rozaliaproject.org/take-action/lend-yourvoice. F Ben Carey and his wife Teresa own and operate an ocean conservation media company called Ocean Courier (oceancourier.org) and an offshore sail training leadership expedition company called Morse Alpha (morsealpha.com). Look for a review of One Simple Question (simplequestionmovie.com), their soon-to-be-released documentary film about sailing and living simply, in an upcoming issue. WindCheck Magazine

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Calendar 2014 AUGUST Daily through October Sail on the Mary E - River excursions (1.5 hours) and sunset cruises (2 hours) are available aboard this 75-foot gaff-rigged schooner. Fee includes museum admission. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; Reservations: 860767-8269; schoonermarye.com; ctrivermuseum.org 1 Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar - This hands-on workshop, presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and sponsored by West Marine and the Jamie Boeckel Fund for Safety at Sea, includes presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery and bigboat organization & crew work, in-the-water demonstration of inflatable PFDs and the inflation of a six-man canopied life raft, and sail handling & man overboard drills both upwind with jibs and downwind with spinnakers. New England Science & Sailing, Stonington, CT; Peter Rugg: ruglet@peterrugg.com; stormtrysailfoundation.org/ safety-at-sea.htm

© stormtrysailfoundation.org 1-3 42nd Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta - The largest multi-class regatta on the East Coast has classes for Lasers (including Radials & Masters), C420s, I420s,V15s, Bullseyes, J/22s, J/24s, J/80s, J/70s, Shields,

Multihulls and PHRF Racing & Cruising boats. Beverly Yacht Club, Marion, MA; buzzardsbayregatta.com 1-3 Mariner Annual Rendezvous - Friday night dock party, Saturday night buffet dinner with featured speakers, “open boat” time, behind-thescenes tours of Seaport exhibits and more. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; usmariner.org 1-3 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management - Performers at this 60th Anniversary event include Bobby McFerrin, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Holland, Gary Burton, Ron Carter, The Brubeck Brothers, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks and many more. International Tennis Hall of Fame (Friday) and Fort Adams State Park (Saturday & Sunday), Newport, RI; newportjazzfest.net 2 Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar - This hands-on workshop, presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and sponsored by West Marine and the Jamie Boeckel Fund for Safety at Sea, includes presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery and bigboat organization & crew work, in-the-water demonstration of inflatable PFDs and the inflation of a six-man canopied life raft, and sail handling & man overboard drills both upwind with jibs and downwind with spinnakers. Community Boating, Inc., Boston, MA; Kelly Robinson: krobins@rutgers. edu; stormtrysailfoundation.org/ safety-at-sea.htm

2 SYC Lighthouse Regatta This inaugural navigator’s race on Fishers Island Sound is a fundraiser for the New London Maritime Society Lighthouse Fund. The course encompasses three lighthouses with views of six more, and it’s an ECSA points event. The Bruce Lockwood Cup, a perpetual trophy, will be presented to the boat with the best corrected time in the spinnaker fleet. Shennecossett Yacht Club, Groton, CT; syc-ct.com 2 Boardman Cup Invitational - This ECSA points event is hosted by Milford Yacht Club. Milford, CT; milfordyachtclub.com 2 27th Annual St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound Swim Marathon - This 15.5-mile swim from Port Jefferson, NY to Bridgeport, CT is a fundraiser for SWIM Across the Sound, Connecticut’s largest cancer charity.Volunteer captains with boats are needed! Visit SwimAcrossTheSound. org/2014boatcaptain or contact Mike Herrington: 203-895-1429. 2&3 YRA Championship Regatta - Sponsored by Thomson Reuters and cohosted by Riverside, Indian Harbor & American Yacht Clubs, this event is open to dinghies, inshore & offshore one-designs and PHRF & IRC boats. It’s a qualifying regatta for the YRALIS Gitana, Sappho, Competitors, Kings Point and Allegra Knapp Mertz trophies. Full-Rig Laser sailors compete for the Henry H. Anderson Trophy.
Ideal 18 sailors compete for the Sally Finkbeiner Trophy.
Male Onedesign skippers at AYC & IHYC compete for the Commodore Hipkins Trophy. Greenwich, CT & Rye, NY;Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound: office@yralis.org; yralis.org 2&3 AHYC Blue Water Regatta - J/24, J/105, PHRF

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Spinnaker & Non-spinnaker, Multihull; Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; ahyc.net 3 SIYC 125th Anniversary Race - Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island Heights, NY; siyc.com 3 GSBYRA Invitational - This Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association event includes the ‘Tuck East Cup and the second leg of the Flying Scot Long Island Championship. Westhampton Yacht Squadron, Remsemburg, NY; gsbyra.org 3 New Haven Mayor’s Cup - This ECSA points event is hosted by New Haven Yacht Club. New Haven, CT; newhavenyc.org 4 Kalama Kamp - Learn advanced stand-up paddling techniques from legendary big wave surfer Dave Kalama. 8am - 5pm; $500 fee includes private instruction with video analysis, workout, specialized drills, breakfast & lunch (SUP rentals available). Downunder, Westport, CT; space is limited to six people - reserve with Kim at 203-956-6217 or kimb@downunderct.com; downunderct.com; kalamakamp.com

© kalamakamp.com 5 47th Dorade Regatta Youth sailors race overnight on 29- to 44-foot PHRF boats. Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; stamfordyc.com; Ray Redniss: rredniss@optonline. net; jsalis.org windcheckmagazine.com


5-7 USODA New England Championship - Optimist (all fleets); Sail Newport, Newport, RI; Kim Hapgood: 401-846-1983; kim.hapgood@sailnewport.org; sailnewport.org 6 Newport Concert Series: Boz Scaggs – The Memphis Tour - Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportwaterfrontevents.com 6, 8 - 10 Manhasset Bay Race Week - Opti, Laser, Snipe, Ideal 18, Sonar, MBOD; Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Port Washington, NY; manhassetbayyc.org 7 4th Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta Co-hosted by Oakcliff Sailing and The WaterFront Center, this classic yacht regatta benefits the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, serving people who are deaf and/or have other communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world. Sail on one of Oakcliff’s classics or bring your own. New this year are non-classic and non-spinnaker divisions. Spectators are invited to watch from The WaterFront Center’s historic oyster sloop Christeen, and there’s a postrace party at the Mill Neck Manor House. Oyster Bay, NY; millneck.org/community-events/ sail-the-sound-for-deafness; oakcliffsailing.org 7 Shoreline Sailing Club meeting - If you’re an active single over 35, this club’s activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month (lite bites/cash bar available); 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; Wayne: 860-652-5000; shorelinesailingclub.com 7 Singles Under Sail meeting - SUS is a sailing club windcheckmagazine.com

for adults who are also single. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at various locations in Fairfield County, CT; 203-8473456; visit SinglesUnderSail.org for cruises, lectures and other special events. 8 FIYC Junior Overnight Race - In this race, presented by Fishers Island Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Foundation, each boat (27 - 45 feet) will be crewed by at least five sailors ages 13 to 18 and adult safety advisors. The course will be 80 to 100 nm, depending on wind and conditions. Fishers Island, NY; fiyc.net 8 - 10 34th Annual Marblehead Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta - This North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge event is hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club. Nantucket, MA; corinthianyc.org;
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27th Annual Catamaran Race Around Shelter Island & 4th Annual Laser Race Around Shelter Island - Southold Yacht Club, Southold, NY; southoldyachtclub.com 9 23rd Annual Greenwich Propane Women’s Cup Race - Sprite Island Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; spriteisland.com 9 Stone Horse Builder’s Cup - This one-design race is limited to the 23-foot Stone Horse built by Edey & Duff in Mattapoisett, MA. Overnight moorings are available through New Bedford Yacht Club. Padanaram Harbor, South Dartmouth, MA; for info or RSVP, contact Tom Kenney: 508984-1820; tkenney@amp100. hbs.edu

8 - 10 21st Annual EYC 12 Metre Regatta - Edgartown Yacht Club, Edgartown, MA; 12mrclass.com 8 - 10 12th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show Maine’s only in-water boat and home show, where “Tradition Shapes Innovation,” features the state’s finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftspeople, designers, furniture makers, marine gear vendors, chefs & musicians. There’ll be live music, a Just For Kids activities area, fine Maine food, and the Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials (Sunday at 10:30). Gates open at 10am daily. $12 adults; under 12 free (no pets allowed). Harbor and Buoy Parks, Rockland, ME; showinfo@ maineboats.com; 800-565-4951; maineboats.com 9 44th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island,

Courtesy of Tom Kenney 9 Women Skippers’ Race City Island Yacht Club, City Island, NY; cityislandyc.org 9 NSYC Moonlight Regatta North Shore Yacht Club, Port Washington, NY; nsyc.net 9 Full Moon Kayak Tour Watch the Sturgeon Moon rise over Great South Bay. 6:30 8:30pm; Dinghy Shop, Amityville, NY; 631-264-0005; dinghyshop.com 9 Rose Island Lighthouse Battle of the Bay - This SUP race starts near the south end of Goat Island, with short and long courses taking participants

north under the Newport Bridge to buoys along the Newport Naval War College and back to a finish near Rose Island. Newport, RI; paddleguru. com/races/ RoseIslandLighthouse BattleofTheBay 9 6th Annual Stand Up for the Lake - This SUP event, a fundraiser for the Community Sailing Center, has 6-mile elite and 3-mile recreational courses. Burlington,VT; standupforthelake.com 9 & 10 GSBYRA Invitational Regatta - This Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association event is hosted by Bay Shore Yacht Club, Bay Shore, NY; gsbyra.org 9 - 11 Twenty Hundred Club Block Island Race Newport, RI to Block and back; PHRF; twentyhundredclub.org 9 - 17 Nantucket Race Week Co-hosted by Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club, this Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta raises funds for Nantucket Community Sailing. Events include the 42nd Annual Opera House Cup for classic wooden boats, a 12 Metre regatta, PHRF racing, a youth regatta, an open sailboard regatta, women’s fun sail, paddlecraft races & more. Nantucket, MA; nantucketraceweek.org 10 61st Annual Day Race City Island Yacht Club, City Island, NY; cityislandyc.org 10 Photo Safari with Leighton O’Connor Photograph the Marblehead Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta with instruction from a professional photographer aboard Sea Shuttle’s 45-foot power catamaran. There will be opportunities to and from the regatta to shoot some WindCheck Magazine

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old lighthouses and a scenic coastline. $165 fee includes five hours on the water, instruction, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and an on-board critique of your work on a 42� HD flat screen monitor. Marblehead, MA; sign up at leightonsafaris.com 10 Newport Concert Series: Gregg Allman with special guest Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band - Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportwaterfrontevents.com 11 47th Annual Regatta for the Dorade Trophy - Youth sailors race overnight on 29- to 44-foot PHRF boats. Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; stamfordyc.com; Ray Redniss: rredniss@optonline.net; jsalis.org 11 - 15 Ray Hunt National Championship - This International 210 Class regatta is hosted by the Boston Bay 210 Fleet, South Boston Yacht Club and Boston Harbor Yacht Club. Boston, MA; 210class.com 12 58th Annual Beach Point Overnight Race - This race is for the Junior Distance Sailing Championship of Long Island Sound. Beach Point Club, Mamaroneck, NY; jsalis.org 13 JSA Marlinspike Seamanship Contest Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound; Beach Point Yacht Club, Mamaroneck, NY; jsalis.org 13 James W. Graham Lecture - The author will discuss and sign copies of his book Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea. Reception 6pm; lecture at 6:30. John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, Hyannis, MA; 34 August 2014 WindCheck Magazine

AP photo 14 Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar - This hands-on workshop, presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and sponsored by West Marine and the Jamie Boeckel Fund for Safety at Sea, includes presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery and bigboat organization & crew work, in-the-water demonstration of inflatable PFDs and the inflation of a six-man canopied life raft, and sail handling & man overboard drills both upwind with jibs and downwind with spinnakers. Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI; Joe Cooper: cooper-ndn@cox. net; stormtrysailfoundation.org/ safety-at-sea.htm 14 5th Annual Zywiec Regatta - This clockwise circumnavigation of Long Island is presented by the Polski Klub Zeglarski w Nowym Jorku (Polish Sailing Club of New York). Brooklyn, NY; zeglarzeny.org 14 & 15 Nantucket Yacht Club 12 Metre Regatta - Nantucket, MA; 12mrclass.com 14 - 17 4th Annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous -This event for sail and power yachts, hosted by Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, is a celebration of boating and boatbuilding, with racing, a photo pursuit, poker run, tours of boatbuilding shops, evening celebrations and more. Owners of superyachts, windcheckmagazine.com


classics, performance racers, daysailers and powerboats of all vintages are invited. Lobster bakes, barbeques, dancing and fireworks are all part of the ticket. Rockland, Thomaston & Camden, ME; penobscotbayrendezvous.com 15 Long Island Leukemia Cup Regatta - This event to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancers and all PHRF, J/22, J/24, J/70, Sunfish, 420, Optimist and dinghy sailors are encouraged to enter. Sayville Yacht Club, Blue Point, NY; Tara Spohrer: 631-370-7553; tara.spohrer@lls.org; leukemiacup.org/li 15 10th Annual Ida Lewis Distance Race - This overnighter for IRC, PHRF, OneDesign, Multihull and DoubleHanded boats 28 feet LOA and up features four coastal courses between 104 nm and 177 nm. “The Ida” is a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF), Northern and DoubleHanded Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC) and US-IRC Gulf Stream Series, and there are special Youth Challenge and Collegiate Challenge trophies. Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI; info@ ildistancerace; ildistancerace.org

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CT; stamfordyc.com 15 - 17 Melges 32 National Championship - Sail Newport, Newport, RI; melges32.com 15 - 17 Hinman Masters Team Race - New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; nyyc.org 16 MSSA 33rd Annual American Cancer Society Regatta - Sponsored by the Mount Sinai Sailing Association, this is the second longest running charity regatta in the U.S. PHRF Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker boats (with Double-Handed & One-Design divisions based on entries) will sail a course of approximately 8 to 20 miles, followed by a party at Mount Sinai Yacht Club with live entertainment, food, refreshments, raffle & auction. Mount Sinai, NY; mssa.org 16 10th Annual Ms. Race Hosted by Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, this PHRF nonspinnaker race for all-female crews benefits 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Atlantic Highlands, NJ; Diane Kropfl: 732-872-9190; dkropfl@att.net; ahyc.net/ msrace.htm 16 37th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta - Competitors in this event, sponsored by Jamestown Yacht Club, must build a “sailboat” from non-marine materials and attempt to sail a 500-yard downwind course. Volunteers are needed! Town Beach at East Ferry, Jamestown, RI; Candy Powell: 401-423-1492; cpowell7@verizon.net; jyc.org Rain date 8/17 16 Sam Wetherill Trophy Overnight Race - This ECSA bonus points race around Block Island, in memory of EYC’s WindCheck Magazine

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ardent blue-water sailor, was established to encourage long distance overnight racing for cruising sailboats. Essex Yacht Club, Essex, CT; essexyc.com 16 HYC Mayor’s Cup Regatta Huguenot Yacht Club, New Rochelle, NY; huguenotyc.com 16 Mason’s Island Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Mason’s Island Yacht Club. Mystic, CT; masonsislandyachtclub.com 16 EBYRA Day Race Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association; City Island, NY; ebyra.org 16 40th Annual Milford Oyster Festival - Attractions include a canoe & kayak race, a schooner cruise, a boat

decorating contest, a car & motorcycle show, kids’ activities, live music by Bret Michaels and other artists, Main Street USA, a food court, lots of oysters and much more. Milford, CT; milfordoysterfestival.org 16 Newport Concert Series: The Beach Boys - Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportwaterfrontevents.com 17 The Masthead Race Hosted by Masthead Cove Yacht Club and honoring the memory of MCYC Past Commodore Carol Marcinuk, this novice-friendly race benefits the Marcinuk Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Huntington, NY; mastheadcoveyachtclub.com 17 42nd Annual Opera House Cup Regatta This North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge event is co-hosted by Nantucket

Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club. Nantucket, MA; diana@nantucketsailing. org;
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 17 Stamford Sail & Power Squadron Race - Halloween Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; hyc.net 8/17 & 9/28 Celestial Navigation Workshop - These informal hands-on gatherings, created for sailors preparing for the Marion Bermuda Race, the only offshore race with an official celestial class and trophy, will help navigators with sextant handling, sight reductions, becoming familiar with the almanac and reduction tables, etc. 4 - 6pm; Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA; RSVP to Ron Wisner at hotspurii@yahoo.com for each session you plan to attend; marionbermuda.com 20 - 24 Atlantic Nationals - Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT;

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cedarpointyc.org 21 Newport Concert Series: Alanis Morissette - Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportwaterfrontevents.com 22 & 23 Connecticut Leukemia Cup Regatta - Hosted by North Cove Yacht Club, Duck Island Yacht Club and Brewer Pilots Point Marina, this regatta supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancers. Westbrook, CT; leukemiacup.org/ct 22 - 24 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Rendezvous & Regatta This event includes “The Living Boat Show,” racing on Narragansett Bay, a traditional New England waterfront clambake, and a celebration of the 100th year of the Herreshoff 12 ½ - Buzzards Bay Boys’ Boat. Herreshoff Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Bristol,

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RI; regatta@herreshoff.org; herreshoff.org 22 - 24 NACRA 17, 49er & 49erFX US National Championship - This high performance cat and skiff regatta is hosted by Oakcliff Sailing Center. Oyster Bay, NY; Jay Kehoe: 516-802-0368; jkehoe@oakcliffsailing.org; oakcliffsailing.org 22 - 24 Audi Melges 20 National Championship Sail Newport, Newport, RI; melges20.com 23 SYC Mattituck Race - This event, part of the SYC Distance Race Series, has divisions for Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and Double-handed boats and (with sufficient interest) OneDesigns and Multihulls. Setauket Yacht Club, Port Jefferson, NY; Jason Richter: 631-312-7140; Paladin32575@yahoo.com; setauketyc.com

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23 Newport Celtic Rock Festival - This day-long toast to Celtic culture includes the Guinness “Pour Your Own Pint,” music by Gaelic Storm, Eileen Ivers, Black 47, Tartan Terrors, Celtica-Pipes Rock! and The Fighting Jamesons, spirited step-dancers, thundering pipeand-drums, Irish vendors, and plenty of good craic. Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportwaterfrontevents.com 23 & 24 Newport Unlimited Regatta - This event is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association handicap rating. Newport Yacht Club, Newport, RI; newportyachtclub.org; nemasail.org 23 & 24 PYC Corinthian Challenge Cup - Pequot Yacht Club, Southport, CT; pequotyc.com 24 Special Olympics CT Unified Sailing Regatta

Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org 24 Photo Safari with Leighton O’Connor Photograph the ONE Championship regatta with instruction from a professional photographer aboard Sea Shuttle’s 45-foot power catamaran. There will be opportunities to and from the regatta to shoot some old lighthouses and a scenic coastline. $165 fee includes five hours on the water, instruction, lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and an on-board critique of your work on a 42” HD flat screen monitor. Marblehead, MA; sign up at leightonsafaris.com 24 WSC Single Double Regatta - This Windjammers Sailing Club event is the bestkept secret in shorthanded racing. Milford, CT; windjammers.org 24 Ram Island Invitational

This ECSA points event is hosted by Ram Island Yacht Club. Noank, CT; ramislandyachtclub.org 25 5th Annual Storm Trysail Foundation Golf Tournament Open to Storm Trysail Cub members and non-members, this event supports the Foundation’s mission to support the education of young sailors, junior safety at sea, and intercollegiate big boat racing. Newport National Golf Club, Middletown, RI: stormtrysailfoundation.org 27 - 31 32nd Annual Knickerbocker Cup Hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, this ISAF Grade 2 match racing series is sailed in Swedish Match 40s. Port Washington, NY; manhassetbayyc.org 29 80th Annual Vineyard Race - This Labor Day Weekend classic offers three courses: 238 nm from Stamford,

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CT around Buzzards Bay Light Tower and back, 143 nm to Seaflower Reef and back, and 116 nm to Cornfield Point Shoal and back. IRC, PHRF, Multihulls, Classic Yachts, Double-Handed and a Corinthian division for youth sailors. Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; vineyardinfo@stamfordyc.com; stamfordyc.com; vineyardrace.wordpress.com 29 - 31 17th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival - Featured performers at New England’s Hottest Festival of Music and Dance include The Duhks, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Masters of the Fiddle featuring Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Jim Lauderdale with The Travelin’ McCourys, Donna The Buffalo, CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band and many more. Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI; rhythmandroots.com

29 - 31 36th Annual Newport Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta This final stage of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge attracts dozens of boats for three days of racing on Narragansett Bay. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; paneraiclassicyachtschallenge. com

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30 89th Annual SCYC Stratford Shoal Race Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY; seawanhaka.org

30 FIYC ‘Round Island Race This circumnavigation of Fishers Island is an ECSA points event and open to PHRF boats, International One Designs, Ensigns, Watch Hill 15s, J/70s, and other classes by invitation. Fishers Island Yacht Club, Fishers Island, NY; fiyc.net 30 8th Annual Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival - The world’s only music festival atop a working lighthouse in the middle of the water features nine great bands. Drop an anchor…raft up with friends…see the light…feel the sound. 11am - 8pm; admission is free, although The Lighthouse Teens will be boarding vessels for booty to support the preservation of The historic Lighthouse. Huntington Bay, NY; lighthousemusicfest.com 30 5th Annual Newport SUP Cup - Newport, RI; newportsupcup.coastalurge.com

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31 87th Annual Around the Island Race - This race around Conanicut Island, the oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay, is open to all sailboats with a PHRF of NB rating. Conanicut Yacht Club, Jamestown, RI: conanicutyachtclub.org; nbya.org 31 Edmund Ward Poor Memorial Trophy Invitational - This 17.39 nautical mile PHRF race begins in Noyac Bay. Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island Heights, NY; siyc.com

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31 SSYC Labor Day Regatta This North Jersey Yacht Racing Association event is open to Optimists, C420s, Lasers, Laser Radials, Comets, Flying Scots, Sanderlings and Woodpussys. Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, Oceanport, NJ; Bob Slook: 732-291-5094; ssyc.us; njyra.org 31 HHC Labor Day Regatta - Hempstead Harbour Club, Glen Cove, NY; hempsteadharbourclub.com 31 Photo Safari with Leighton O’Connor Photograph the Gloucester Schooner Race with instruction from a professional photographer aboard Sea Shuttle’s 45-foot power catamaran. There will be opportunities to and from the regatta to shoot some old lighthouses and a scenic coastline. $165 fee includes five hours on the water, instruction,

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lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and an on-board critique of your work on a 42” HD flat screen monitor. Gloucester, MA; sign up at leightonsafaris.com

5 PYC Falkner Island Overnight Race - Pequot Yacht Club, Southport, CT; pequotyc.com

mission to eradicate the disease. Port Jefferson, NY; Chuck Chiaramonte: 516-810-6695; chuck@seatauketyc.com; setauketyc.com/villagecup

31 Newport Concert Series: Blues Jam with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportwaterfrontevents.com

5-7 37th Annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival - Activities include harbor tours, historic and working vessels, arts & crafts, barbecue competition, oyster shucking competition, Pirate’s Coast Adventure, Kids’ Cove, live music featuring headliners Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (Saturday night), and more.Veteran’s Memorial Park, Norwalk, CT; seaport.org

6 Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Regatta Co-hosted by the Rhode Island International Sailing Association and Barrington Yacht Club, this event supports compassionate end-of-life care for Rhode Islanders. Barrington, RI; 800338-6555; hospiceregattas.org/ ri.shtml

SEPTEMBER 1 NBC Labor Day Sunfish/ Laser Regatta - Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY; nyackboatclub.org 3-7 Oakcliff International This is the final regatta in the USA Grade 2 Grand Slam Series. Oakcliff Sailing Center, Oyster Bay, NY; Bill Simon: 516-8020368; bsimon@oakcliffsailing. org; oakcliffsailing.org

6 Village Cup Regatta This PHRF regatta, hosted by Seatauket Yacht Club in collaboration with the Village of Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Conservancy, supports pancreatic cancer care at Mather Hospital and the Lustgarten Foundation’s

6 60th Annual Winkle Cup - Centerport Yacht Club, Centerport, NY; centerport-yc. org 6 46th Annual Katrina Cup Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; lhyc.org 6 HBC Invitational - This ECSA points event is open to

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all boats with a valid ECSA PHRF certificate, self-bailing cockpit, fixed berths, galley facilities and the ability to be self-supporting for a weekend. Housatonic Boat Club, Stratford, CT; Lee Henchman: 203-6685940; lhenchman@gmail.com; housatonicboatclub.org 6 Captain Island Race Douglaston Yacht Squadron, Douglaston, NY; douglastonyachtsquadron.com 6&7 Blind National Sailing Championship - This regatta will be sailed in J/22s. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; Kim Hapgood: 401-846-1983; kim. hapgood@sailnewport.org; sailnewport.org 6-8 4th Annual Westchester Leukemia Cup Regatta

Hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club, this is one of the largest regattas on Long Island Sound, with starts for cruising yachts, offshore one-designs, Ideal 18s, Vanguard 15s, Etchells, IODs, S-Boats,Viper 640s, 420s and Optis. The Leukemia Cup Pig Roast, with food, drinks, live and silent auctions, and music by MPH + The Overdrive, is Friday evening at LYC. Larchmont, NY; Oliver Wade: 914-8218989; oliver.wade@lls.org; leukemiacup.org/wch 7 Spirit Rider Regatta Honoring the memory of firefighter Patrick J. O’Keefe of FDNY Rescue Company One and all who perished in the events of September 11, 2001, this PHRF race supports the O’Keefe Foundation’s mission to award scholarships to students who have lost a parent to violence or are suffering from some radical life change. The Ocean Club; Atlantic Beach, NY; spiritrider.org

7 67th Commodore’s Trophy Race - This ECSA bonus points event is hosted by Thames Yacht Club. New London, CT; thamesyachtclub.org 7 49th Annual ValeurJensen Denmark Stamford Race - Presented by the Stamford Yacht Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Stamford Sail & Power Squadron and the Consulate General of Denmark, this event is open to boats with PHRF or IRC ratings and classic boats (over 25 years old). Other boats of onedesign or level racing classes are also eligible and may race in accordance with class rules. The race will have starts for non-spinnaker classes, as well as courses for Multihulls 18’ LOA and over. Sail like a Dane! Stamford, CT; Ray Redniss: 203348-3710; rredniss@optimum. net; stamfordyc.com 8 - 13 J/70 World Championship

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presented by Helly Hansen - The official Regatta Support Partner of this inaugural event is North Sails. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; j70worlds.com

© J Boats 11 - 14 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show See hundreds of new sailboats & powerboats and thousands of products & services from domestic & international exhibitors. Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportboatshow.com 11 - 14 Newport Brokerage

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Boat Show - See more than 100 sail- & powerboats from 40 to 140 feet presented by over 30 brokerage firms. Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI; brokerageboatshow.com 11 - 14 J/30 North American Championship - Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org 12 & 13 77th Annual Fall Off Soundings Club Fall Race Series - This ECSA points event comprises a race from New London, CT to Gardiners Bay, NY on Friday and course racing on Saturday. offsoundings.org

Multihull This Val & Regatta Carl Fast’s -Looney New Tunes Englandand Catamaran Richard SailingMagner’s Association-sanctioned Se Therin event has separate starts (with sufficient for Moore, Hobies, saidentries) Courtney F20s, F18s & Open Class Team Patriot member. (Portsmouth). Roton Point that there were Sailing“Knowing Association, Rowayton, people we could lean on CT; rotonpoint.org

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13 disease or inability to pay. PWYC Charity Cup “As a- community-based, Regatta Hosted by Port non-profit the Washington Yachtagency, Club, this event funds raises raised funds for Family of in support & Children’s, a non-profit 12 & 13 this agency goes right back agency dedicated to protecting 5th Annual IHYC Classic in to the community,” Yacht Regatta Indian Harbor and strengthening children, explained Denise Hawk, Annual Giving andfamilies Specialand Events individuals, Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; Manager for Hospice SE CT.  communities on Long Island. Shelia Graves: noreaster1926@ “It wasindianharboryc.com a keeper day in the Mudhead memoryNY; banks,” Port Washington, 516-767yahoo.com; 1614 ext. 10; visit pwyc.com said Gilmartin. “Thanks to all who participated and it’s time 12 14your sailing friends where the regatta of the year is for to -tell 55th Annual RPSA Fall

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13 Brent C. Donahue Cross Sound Regatta - This distance race honors the memory of a great sailor and a friend to all. Black Rock Yacht Club, Bridgeport, CT; blackrockyc.com 13 Philcox Cup - Norwalk Islands Sailing Fleet, Norwalk, CT; norwalksailing.com 13 & 14 Long Island Sound IRC Championship & PHRF Fall Classic - Hosted by Storm Trysail Club & Riverside Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; stormtrysail.org 14 23rd Annual Coastweeks Regatta - This rowing event for singles, doubles & fours is part of the annual Mystic Weekend of Rowing. Mystic, CT; roninracing.com 18 - 21 39th Progressive Insurance Annual

Norwalk Boat Show This is the Northeast’s most popular boat show. Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk, CT; boatshownorwalk.com 18 - 21 Beneteau 36.7 North American Championship Black Rock Yacht Club, Bridgeport, CT; blackrockyc.com 18 - 22 U.S. Multihull Championship - For the first time in its history, this US Sailing regatta for the Hobie Alter Trophy will be sailed in A-Class catamarans. Bristol Yacht Club, Bristol, RI; ussailing. org/racing/championships/adult/ multihullchamps 19 - 21 25th Annual Greenport Maritime Festival Presented by the East End Seaport Museum & Maritime Foundation, this event features classic boats on display and racing, a parade, live music, ship tours, children’s activities, arts & crafts, pirates, whaleboat and

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kayak races, fireworks, a clam chowder contest and more. Greenport, NY; 631-477-2100; eastendseaport.org 20 Maycroft Cup Regatta Originally raced in 1886, this event has PHRF Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker and One-Design divisions. Sag Harbor Yacht Club, Sag Harbor, NY; Rob Camerino: 631-902-6637; robcam56@ yahoo.com; SagHarborYC.com 20 34th Annual William K. Vanderbilt Trophy - This race from Huntington Bay to Northport Bay has divisions for PHRF Spinnaker and NonSpinnaker and One-Design boats. Centerport Yacht Club, Centerport, NY; centerport-yc.org 20 SYC True North Race This race, part of the SYC

Distance Race Series, has divisions for Spinnaker, NonSpinnaker and Double-handed boats and (with sufficient interest) One-Designs and Multihulls. Setauket Yacht Club, Port Jefferson, NY; Jason Richter: 631-312-7140; Paladin32575@ yahoo.com; setauketyc.com 20 WSC Last Chance Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Windjammers Sailing Club. Milford, CT; windjammers.org 20 Cross Sound Challenge Hosted by Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, this ECSA points event has a course length of approximately 15 miles. Essex, CT; essexcyc.org 20 Twenty Hundred Club Fall Race - This is a circumnavigation of Prudence Island. twentyhundredclub.org 21 MYC Last Chance Regatta

This ECSA points event is hosted by Milford Yacht Club. Milford, CT; milfordyachtclub.com 21 Swanson Cup & Bay Challenge Cup - This Narragansett Bay Yachting Association event is hosted by Barrington Yacht Club. Barrington, RI; barringtonyc.com; nbya.org 26 - 28 Fuller Offshore Regatta Hosted by Watch Hill Yacht Club and Shelter Island Yacht Clubs, this is now a 3-day event. Friday: Gardiner’s Bay to Groton Long Point; Saturday: Groton Long Point to Gardiner’s Bay; Sunday: back to Groton Long Point. Saturday’s leg is counted towards the ECSA circuit. whyc.net/Fuller.php 26 - 28 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA; ussailing.org/racing/ championships/events

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26 - 28 12 Metre North American Championship - Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI; 12mrclass.com 27 13th Annual Red Lobdell Memorial Regatta - This ECSA points race is open to all boats over 20 feet LOA. Stonington Harbor Yacht Club; Stonington, CT; 860-535-0112; shyc.us 27 & 28 HRYRA Last Chance Regatta - This Hudson River Yacht Racing Association event is hosted by the Nyack Boat Club. Nyack, NY; nyackboatclub. org; hryra.org 27 & 28 and 10/4 & 5 AYC Fall Series - American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; americanyc.com Add your event to our print and online calendar by emailing to contactus@windcheckmagazine.com by the 7th of the month.

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These tide tables are predictions and are to be used as a reference only. The times of high and low are approximations and are affected, in part by onshore and offshore winds, full and new moons as well as changes in currents. Always use caution when entering or leaving any harbor and navigate in areas that are well marked. WindCheck assumes no liability due to the use of these tables.

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Sea Scout Squadron GAM 2014 By Michael Barnaba, Sea Scout Ship 6 Introduction by Kai Horan, Skipper Sea Scout Ship 6 – Perishables and personal gear were loaded onto Celebration II, a red Tripp 37, and Sea Scout Ship 6 shoved off promptly at 0730. Aboard were teen members of Ship 6, adult leaders, and guests from two visiting Sea Scout Ships. The wind was quite brisk from the north, more than forecast. The bright morning sun peeked through the clouds, bathing the surrounding areas in lovely rich colors and glistening on the water like glitter. The goal was to head out to Sheffield Island off Norwalk, CT to meet up with other Sea Scout Ships from around the region. It was May 30 and Ship 6 was hosting a GAM! The evening before, several Ship 6 members had loaded a different vessel to ferry the bulk of the necessary gear and supplies out to the island in preparation for the 60-person event. Karen Lee’s deck was filled with packaged food, anchors, tables, cooking supplies, and many other items. It was hard work lugging it all up and down steep ramps at low tide, but for those that made the trip in rainy weather an amazing sight awaited – a beautiful sunset complete with an end-to-end rainbow above the lighthouse and Long Island Sound. A great way to kick off the weekend. Ship 6 provides an opportunity for teens to learn many life skills as well as plan their own adventures. In keeping with that philosophy, the GAM was co-chaired by Ship 6 members Michael Barnaba (17) and Roisin Burke (16). They had a big job, and they pulled it all together with style. Here is Michael’s account of the event and his experience as a chairperson. GAM: It’s defined as a “cordial” meeting between two or more ships at sea. I think that’s a pretty sorry excuse for a definition. To Sea Scouts it’s a time of camaraderie, learning, and fun. There’s food, games, skills-based challenges, and sailors get to catch up with other crews and share tales of sailing exploits. Everybody loves GAM. Understandably, these events do require a large amount of planning. So Sea Scout Ship 6 took a substantial chunk of time from their busy racing schedule to plan and host a GAM on Sheffield Island. Planning began months in advance. First we had to secure a location. Thanks to the Norwalk Seaport Association, Sheffield Island was offered to us. So we had a location; now all we needed was food, games, boats, crew, lines, and just about anything else 60 sailors will use in a weekend. That’s a lot of stuff, and we had to get our hands on it, organize it, and bring it all out to the island. Challenge accepted.

Hosted by Ship 6 on Sheffield Island, Squadron GAM 2014 was enjoyed by Sea Scouts from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. © Ship 6

My co-chair (and Ship 6 Boatswain), Roisin Burke, and I developed a plan for tackling this momentous task. Even the weekend’s schedule and menu was our responsibility. It took several meetings and lots of phone calls and emails to figure it all out. All of the various jobs were distributed among the Ship 6 crew and soon we had everything we needed, except for one very important component. The other crews! Ship 6 contacted Sea Scout Ships up and down the East Coast and soon we had commitments from up and down the Sound and the tri-State area. Several Ships sailed from various ports around Long Island Sound and one Ship made a valiant effort of sailing overnight from New Jersey. Eight Ships arrived at Sheffield that weekend carrying a total of 60 scouts and Ship leaders! It was really great to see all the vessels, ranging from 24-foot sailboats to a 60-foot antique military motorboat, moored and anchored just off the island. One of the hardest challenges of the weekend was coordinating how to get everybody to and from the island. The wind started out quite strong that Saturday morning, and we quickly realized that rowing with gear was going to be an exhausting prospect for everyone. Enter the Karen Lee, to help for the second time in 24 hours! Getting 60 people from different boats onto an island within the span of an hour was an impressive task. Doing it in reverse that night after sunset was even harder. Once we had all the scouts on the island, the weekend’s program began. The day started with a quick introduction of all the Ships, a safety briefing, and group assignments. Once that was squared away, we quickly moved into our activities, all of which were meticulously planned. They were designed to teach important maritime skills and to encourage social interaction between scouts from different Ships. We planned navigation skills, rowing, hiking, man-overboard drills, and everybody’s

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favorite, distress signal training. All of these activities were a hit with the Sea Scouts. Those with less experience benefited from the chartwork and the man-overboard activities. More experienced scouts enjoyed rowing and more physical activities like hiking. A game of ultimate Frisbee was held on the field without stop for most of the day. And everyone had a chance to tour the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse. In addition, the Norwalk Marine Police and Norwalk Marine Fire departments stopped by the island to talk to us about their jobs, and some of the things they’ve had to deal with out on the water. Then the real fun began! The Norwalk Fire Department offered the scouts a hands-on tour of their new fire boat. Not to be outdone, the Norwalk Police Department gave all the scouts a tour of their new boats as well. In a perfect example of playful competition, the two departments kept the scouts entertained for well over an hour. After a barbecue dinner, the Norwalk Fire Department presided over the distress signal demonstration and training. You can’t just set off flares for fun, however, and we had to make advance arrangements with the Coast Guard and other authorities so that they could issue a Security message to all mariners. After receiving detailed instruction on the different types of flares as well as when and how to safely use them, every scout and adult was given a handheld marine flare to try for themselves. SOLAS flares, Participants made new friends from Sea Scout Ships around the region. © Ship 6

Ship 6 members who brought supplies out to Sheffield Island were rewarded by this sight. © Ship 6

smoke signals, and parachute flares were launched. Light flashed through the night and sunglasses were donned to protect eyes. After the successful training session, everybody slowly filed back to their boats for the night, exhausted by the events of the day. The next day began early around 0600 and the wind had lightened up considerably, allowing all crews to make their way to land in dinghies and rowboats. Once on the island again and after a group breakfast, we all earned our keep. All the scouts pitched in together for a service project. We lifted and organized massive stacks of lumber that will be used to repair the Sheffield Island pier and cleared an area of debris. A clean-up of the event areas was also performed. After a good effort of heavy lifting and double-checking, everyone met in front of the lighthouse for the final remarks to be delivered by Yankee Council Commodore Robert Kral. After some moving remarks, the crews said their goodbyes to new friends and filed back to their boats for the last time. I’m happy to note that we left the island in better shape than it was when we arrived. Ship 6 was left with the final challenge of getting everybody back to their boats; we were able to see off every crew! Reports soon came back from other Ships raving about the GAM. Roisin enthused, “It was a fun and educational weekend full of new people and great experiences!” With luck – and lots of planning – we’ll be able to host another successful GAM in the future! F Ship 6, based in Norwalk, CT since 1957, is a very unique yearround opportunity for area teens interested in the sea and sailing. Ship 6 is very active and ambitious. In 2013, the Ship had many adventures and completed 50 big boat sailing days covering over 1,000 nautical miles. Members learn to manage all aspects of their program and the boat as if it were their own. To find out more about Ship, 6 go to norwalkship6.org and facebook.com/norwalkship6. Interested teens are invited to email Join@norwalkship6.org. Chartwork was just one of the many GAM activities. © Ship 6

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Junior Sailing on Long Island Sound Through the lens of Jack Belisle, summer sailing editor of the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound’s (JSALIS) JibeTalk blog, we see the excitement, challenge and fun of racing on Long Island Sound. Jack, a rising senior at Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, NY, has a knack for capturing the essence of the sport. “We saw a video that Jack produced and we were just blown away!” said JSALIS Executive Director Bob Whittredge. “His photos are equally compelling, so we’re excited to have him aboard.” You can view more of Jack’s work at jsalis.org and jibetalk.typepad.com. F

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New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex A trio of Herreshoff S Class yachts, Alan Silken’s Firefly (#7; Newton, MA), Walter Bopp’s Mischief (Greenwich, CT; center), and Fred Roy’s Surprise (Newport, RI) headto-head during Part I of Race Week. © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The ninth biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex comprised two parts, with racing on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. Part I, “Classics Weekend,” was sailed on July 12 & 13 with racing for spinnaker and non-spinnaker classic yachts, Herreshoff S Class, and 12 Metres. Part II, for One-Design and Handicap classes, was held July 16-19, with 73 teams competing in Swan 42, J/109, J/44 and Marstrom 32 one-design classes, three IRC divisions and one PHRF division. Both days of Classics weekend were breezy, with competitors challenged by 20- 25-knot winds on Sunday. “Today was quite rough, but we worked as a team and hung in there,” said Walter Bopp, whose Herreshoff S Class Mischief (Greenwich, CT) won her 8-boat division. “This is a great event. The New York Yacht Club Race Committee really runs some first-class racing.” Part II of regatta served as the Swan 42 National Championship and the J/109 North American Championship. Michael Dominguez’s Bronco (Bristol, RI) posted seven victories in 11 races to win the 5-boat Marstrom 32 class. © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Three Rolex timepieces were awarded: one to Jim Swartz’s IRC 52 Vesper (Park City, UT), the IRC overall winner; one to Glenn Darden & Philip Williamson’s Hoss (Fort Worth, TX), the new Swan 42 National Champion; and one to Jim Vos’ Skoot (New Canaan, CT), winner of the J/109 North Americans. “We are elated but we’re not going to gloat, because there are some very good boats that had a tough day today,” said Vos. “The J/109 fleet is stronger now than it has ever been…the outcome could have gone many ways this week.” Twenty-seven boats sailed in IRC (with 10 of those dual-scored for HPR). In addition to Vesper’s victory, Heidi & Steve Benjamin’s Carkeek 40 SPOOKIE (Norwalk, CT) won IRC 2, while Ed Freitag & Molly Haley’s Summit 40 DownTime (Annapolis, MD) prevailed in IRC 3. In the 8-boat PHRF division, Maryellen & Dave Tortorello’s J/111 Partnership (Bridgeport, CT) notched five bullets in eight races for the victory. In the 5-boat J/44 class,

In the first competitive outing for the new C&C 30 One Design, Max Buerman’s Thirty (Newport, RI) competed in IRC 3. © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Bill Ketcham’s Maxine (Greenwich, CT) won a tiebreaker with Jim Bishop’s Gold Digger (Jamestown, RI). Organizers implemented new concepts never tried before at Race Week or, for that matter, at any other traditional regatta in Newport. Most popular was the stadium-style racing on Thursday and Friday, with the windward-leeward laps of the keelboats viewable from the shorelines of Jamestown and Newport, while the swift Marstrom 32 catamarans raced on America’s Cup-style courses. To view results, photos, and videos by T2p.tv, visit nyyc.org F Barby MacGowan at Media Pro International contributed to this report. 50 August 2014 WindCheck Magazine

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Expressly For Fun For Everyone Fourteen years ago Express 37 sailors Mort Weintraub and Adam Loory came up with a regatta idea to spur big boat racing by bringing back port-to-port racing with well attended parties. Both sailors fondly remember doing distance races on Lake Michigan where races finished across the lake in small towns where everyone went to the post race party and then slept on their boats before racing home. Too many races end with competitors scattering to their home clubs on the opposite side of Long Island Sound. Huguenot Yacht Club in New Rochelle, NY, adopted the idea and has made Expressly For Fun a standout event on the club’s yachting calendar. Racing is kept simple with no marks to round. Just set your sails and go. To reduce starting line fears and to attract first-time racers, a pursuit start is used, where the slowest boat starts first and rest of the fleet starts later based on how much time they owe the slowest boat for the 12-mile course. As a result, more than half the boats are crewed by husband-wife, or family teams. This year, the slowest boat, Dave Newmark’s steel ketch Outrageous, built in 1956, held the lead for the full 12-mile course from Can One, off of Execution Rocks, to the finish line off Lloyd Neck. The next day the tables were turned and the fastest boat, Adam and Jenni Loory’s custom 40-footer Soulmates, which started 44 minutes after Outrageous, was first to finish the

course back from Lloyd Neck to Can One. For full results go to Huguenot Yacht club’s website at huguenotyc.com. Huguenot has taken the original concept even further and used the Saturday night party as a fun fundraiser for scholarships to the club’s junior sailing program. For the last three years enough money has been raised to cover two full scholarships –

that included boat charter fees. The scholarships are awarded to kids who would not be able to afford the cost of sailing instruction. Club members and local businesses donated auction items like homemade wine, dinners at members’ houses, daysails and dinners on members’ boats, a coaching session with a professional sailor and winter storage at Brewer Pilots Point Marina. Huguenot invites all Long Island Sound sailors to join the fun. F

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Light Air for the Newport Bermuda Race By John Rousmaniere and WindCheck Actaea, skippered by Michael and Connie Cone from Philadelphia, PA, and Shockwave, a 72-foot Mini-Maxi sloop owned by George Sakellaris from Framingham, MA, are the big winners in this year’s 49th Newport Bermuda Race. The 635-mile race across the Gulf Stream had 164 starters on June 20 at Newport, RI, in five divisions. The race has no single winner (only division winners), although the winning St. David’s Lighthouse Division boat is generally regarded as the race’s top boat. The fleet was started in 15 classes, each with its own prizes. Ten boats retired from the race due to damage or to tight schedules brought about by slow going in erratic winds. The conditions made for challenging racing that favored both smaller boats and crews who accurately analyzed the complicated conditions and kept their boats sailing as fast as possible toward Bermuda. Boats were often tightly clumped, with reports of 30 or more boats nearby or within sight. The St. David’s Lighthouse Division, for normal cruisingracing boats with amateur crews, was the largest division with 99 boats. The winner is Actaea, a modified Hinckley Bermuda 40 yawl sailing her tenth Newport Bermuda Race under the command of Michael Cone (Philadelphia, PA). After finishing dead last in his first Bermuda Race, in 1996, Cone began a multi-year upgrade of the boat. He summed up the metamorphosis with two concise points. “We had a great working crew and a fine tool.”

Connie & Michael Cone’s Hinckley Bermuda 40 Actaea won the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

Actaea sailed in Class 1, for the smallest boats in the division, as did the second and third-place boat (each a Cal 40) – Flyer (Douglas R. Abbott, St. Michaels, MD) and Sinn Fein (Peter Rebovich, Sr., Metuchen, NJ). After five days of racing, the margin between the three boats on corrected time was just 45 minutes. This is Sinn Fein’s seventh trophy-winning performance in as many Newport Bermuda Races since 2002, including victories in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division in 2006 and 2008. The fact that she was even sailing was a triumph. After being nearly destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in 2012, she was rebuilt by her crew. Two St. David’s entries were given redress for their efforts to assist a competitor in trouble, Wandrian, a Canadian entry that suffered damage threatening the integrity of her hull. Dorade, skippered by Matt Brooks (Fremont, CA), was allowed 150 minutes for the time she spent standing by the boat. Black Watch, skippered by John Melvin (Greenwich, CT), escorted Wandrian to Bermuda under sail and power over a distance of 300 miles, and was subsequently assigned by the International Jury to a tie for fifth place in Class 7, and the race organizers presented her crew a special Seamanship Award in recognition of her extended attention to her competitor. Dorade and Black Watch are classic wooden yawls designed by Valkyrie, a Beneteau 44.7 skippered by Drew Chapman, was first to finish in Class 4. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

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Jonathan Green and Russ Hancock sailed Green’s Beneteau 351 Jeroboam to victory in the 21-boat Double-Handed Division. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

Sparkman & Stephens in the 1930s and recently restored to their original condition. The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division, for all-out, lightweight racing boats, with professional steering permitted, had eight entries and was won for the second consecutive race by Shockwave, a 72-foot Mini-Maxi sloop designed by Reichel-Pugh and owned by George Sakellaris (Framingham, MA). Shockwave also had the best elapsed time in the race and won the North Rock Beacon Trophy as the boat with the best time under the IRC Rating Rule. All other results given here are calculated under the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). In second place is Bella Mente (Hap Fauth, Minneapolis, MN), which crossed the finish line only seven minutes behind Shockwave. Third was Caol Ila (Alex Schaerer, Muensingen, Switzerland). The U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen headed by Joshua Forgacs in Constellation, a TP52, beat several larger boats to the finish and were fourth in Gibbs Hill on corrected time. Another USNA boat, the Navy 44 Swift, skippered by Nick Tucker, finished first in Class 2 and fourth in the St. David’s Division. The Cruiser Division is for boats that normally cruise, not race, and are sailed by amateur crews. It had 34 entries and was dominated by smaller boats. The winner is Attitude, a Beneteau 423 owned by Shawn Dahlen (Duxbury, MA). Like many boats in the race, Attitude got off to a fast start, averaging 7.8 knots over the first two days. Also, like most boats, the rest of her race was a story of calms. It took her many hours to windcheckmagazine.com

sail the last 35 miles to the finish off St. David’s Head. Runner-up was William F. Riley’s Pearson 39 Simpatico (Chatham, MA), followed by Matthew G. Pilon’s Hallberg Rassy 43 Liberty Call (Houston, TX). The Double-Handed Division for boats sailed by two sailors had 21 entries, and again the top boats were small. The winner of the Philip S. Weld Prize as corrected time leader is Jeroboam, Jonathan Green’s Beneteau 351 (Wakefield, RI; coskippered by Russ Hancock). Her greater than six-hour victory margin was by far the largest in the fleet this year. In the 2012 race, Green sailed the Double-Hander Seabiscuit alone 200 miles to Bermuda after his teammate was evacuated by a cruise ship. Gardner Grant’s J/120 Alibi (Westport, CT), co-skippered by Stephen Fisk, corrected out to first place in the DoubleHanded Division’s Class 14, which included four Class40s. H.L. DeVore’s Honahlee (Larchmont, NY) was victorious in the 7-boat J/44 class. Drew Chapman’s Beneteau 44.7 Valkyrie (Shelter Island, NY) won Class 4. One boat sailed in the Spirit of Tradition Division, Spirit of Bermuda, an 118-foot three-masted sail-training vessel based on traditional Bermuda trading ships and crewed by sailors representative of the island’s population. Like the other entries, she was often within sight of many boats and struggled with the light winds. Spirit captain Karen McDonald spoke for everyone when she reported, “We’ve been tacking our way towards Bermuda with little wind coming right from where we want to go…We need to start doing some sort of wind dance!” F H.L. DeVore’s Honahlee prevailed in the always closely-contested J/44 Class. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com

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Terrapin Racing Raises Over $66,000 for Breast Cancer Research the nav station nonstop through the watch rotations, catnapping Terrapin Racing only when Jon could step has surpassed its in for him. fundraising goal of Sailing west of the $50,000, with $66,285 rhumbline (the direct (and counting) raised for line to Bermuda at 160 the Breast Cancer Research degrees south- southeast) Foundation. Co-skippered to try and catch the by Jon Litt and Paul ideal current and wind Dunay and sailing out of conditions, we fell into Riverside Yacht Club in a windless hole midday Riverside, CT, Terrapin Saturday, encountering Racing is dedicated to the first of several creating awareness of this On station: Terrapin Racing is competing in six major events this season and raising funds for breast cancer research. © Jessica Meyer doldrums that plagued important cause in the the race. We watched as much of the fleet we had passed on sailing community. Friday enjoyed favorable wind and passed us.   For the 2014 season, Jon chartered an Andrews 70 named Some friends back home, tracking our progress on the Shindig (renamed Terrapin for this season), which is normally Bermuda Race website, reported seeing us loop around in a halfsailed out of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a training mile circle in search of breeze…never good! Passing through the boat. We are raising funds throughout the summer, and we’ve Gulf Stream that night – in rough water, lightning and heavy done five of the six races on our schedule. In May, we finished wind, but only for a brief period as the Gulf Stream was unusually third in the IRC 6 division in the Storm Trysail Club’s Block narrow this year – our rate of progress lurched forward, but was Island Race. In June, at the New York Yacht Club 160th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, we took first place in the Around-the- short-lived and found Blue Team trading travel stories in the wee hours and playing silly but colorful games as we sat on the rail or Island Race and competed in the ORR Navigators division of the napped on the sails on deck. buoy racing series. We did the 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race, The wind continued to be variable and light, sometimes and competed in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary coming up to 10-15 knots allowing rapid progress, but then Regatta in the Onion Patch Series. Our final event this season, fading to 2-3 knots and then to a flawless, glassy afternoon and Stamford Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race, starts August 29. sunset. Sunday afternoon the wind was ideal and “the Turtle” was The Newport Bermuda Race started off Castle Hill in once again making tracks, passing much of the fleet one more Newport, RI on June 20, with 10 to 15-knot winds, sunny skies time (!) and moving to near the front of the pack. Blue Team and lots of spectators on land and sea. We started in the secondresumed watch at midnight, just long enough for Red Team to to-last group (the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division) as a mostlyfind a windward bunk, shake off their boots and foul weather gear amateur crew racing against super-fast mini maxis with all-pro and collapse for a couple hours of sleep. Suddenly, the halyard crews. Dressed in pink hats, pink long sleeves and grey short sleeves emblazoned with our team mascot,* we were looking sharp holding the brand new Code Zero, an enormous asymmetrical spinnaker-like sail, snapped with a deafening crack and dropped and drawing friendly smiles for the men-in-pink routine. the sail into the water with the boat screaming along at 11 knots. We had a fast start and hung tight with our nearest Rallying to cries of “All hands on deck! All hands on deck!” Red competitors while three boats in our class rocketed ahead. Team scrambled up in heavy wind and rain dressed in shorts, Averaging 10-12 knots of boat speed, that afternoon and evening tees, boots, harness and tethers (clipping in was required at we passed many of the smaller boats that had started ahead of us. night and under reef ) and the sail was recovered from the water, The dry shorts didn’t last long as we dipped the port rail in the miraculously detangled and hoisted again in less than six minutes. water, tacked and climbed up to the high rail to hike out and try Monday again brought doldrums and a long, hot day, and to level the boat some for optimal speed. we were still 150 miles away from Bermuda and well past our From 6 pm on, we moved into our regular watch pattern: expected finish time of Sunday night/early Monday. With family three hours on and three hours off at night, and four hours on/ members descending on Bermuda to greet us and to celebrate four off during the day. The Blue Team was up first, with coJon’s 50th birthday on Tuesday (the original reason for chartering skippers Jon and Paul, Chris Eichmann, Peter Grueterich, Wes a super-fast boat!), the conditions continued to plague our Bemus, Jarrett Crosby and me. Then Red Team came on with progress. Captain Glenn Walker, our sailmaker Dave Coughlin from UK With food and water dwindling, rationing would have begun Sailmakers, Chuck Zeigler, Steve Dolan, Richard Walker, TJ Scott and Alex Root. Our Navigator, Frank Hughes, ably manned Wednesday: Freeze-dried chicken and rice, freeze-dried lasagna, By Cynthia Dow

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Would I do it again? freeze-dried chicken And with these people? and rice, you get the Without a moment’s picture. To the credit of hesitation. It was an our incredibly capable experience of a lifetime. provisioner – feeding Terrapin Racing would 15 hungry sailors three like to thank our squares a day for four donors for supporting days, plus emergency this unforgettable provisions for three or effort. We’d also like to four extra days is no thank Mass Maritime small undertaking – we Academy and the enjoyed unlimited fresh wonderful folks at UK fruit, creative snacks and Sailmakers for their an array of tea, juice and outstanding service and soda, not to mention the Now my sails are fillin’ and the wind is willin’…although not for long in the 49th prompt attention to all clever ways we learned Newport Bermuda Race. Note the hope ribbon below Terrapin’s waterline. our needs. Pink hat, to discreetly swear in © Stephen Cloutier anyone? F English using German sailing terms. It would not be polite to describe the odors on the Editor’s note: To learn more about Terrapin Racing, visit facebook. boat or the condition of the head. com/TeamTerrapin. To support their Breast Cancer Research At the 6 pm watch change, a team meeting was called and a very difficult and emotional discussion ensued. With an investment Foundation fundraiser, visit fundraiseforbcrf.org and click on “Terrapin Racing 2014” in the “Event Rank” box. of time, energy and every kind of resource, and the many, many * As you may surmise from Terrapin Racing’s banjo-pickin’ supporters of the program, each of us expressed a great desire to shellback mascot (who also appears on the boat’s topsides), co-skippers finish the race. Many also voiced the competing considerations of Jon Litt and Paul Dunay are both Deadheads and they even have a tirelessly supportive family members waiting on shore, kids leaving band called Terrapin. Check ‘em out at facebook.com/terrapinband. for weeks of camp, the prospect of canceling the birthday party, missing flights to return to jobs and so on…with no expectation of a meaningful wind system in sight. With a few less-than-dry eyes (yes, leave it to the only girl on the boat to cry) and very heavy hearts, the team decided to abandon the race and motor the last 150 miles – to get us in 18 hours later for Jon’s birthday party – provided, however, we could first jump off the boat for a swim in the middle of the ocean. A few “contraband” bathing suits emerged from the cabin for a moodlifting, halyard-swinging frolic in the middle of a glassy, turquoise sea bathed in long, warm light. Finding peace with our decision, we drip-dried for a few minutes on deck.But before we could put the boat in gear, we were suddenly swept forward by a breeze building to 12-15 knots. Racing with renewed intensity and head-shaking disbelief, we said silent prayers that the wind would hold. And it did for a while, through Blue Team’s 6 to 9 pm shift and Red Team’s 9 pm to 12 am shift.   No sooner had Blue Team resumed at midnight and Red Team settled in down below than the familiar pattern unfolded and we stalled yet again, now 120 miles from the finish. Again, the debate began: change flights, cancel new arrivals, cancel the birthday party, or turn on the engine? But this light air was expected and the decision had already been made, and we started the long motor in. Spotting leaping tuna and a pod of frolicking dolphins illuminated by phosphorescence on the way, we arrived at the dock at 6:30 pm Tuesday and were greeted by an amazing crowd of family. We were just the seventh boat of 164 starters to get in from one of the slowest Newport Bermuda Races in the event’s long history. windcheckmagazine.com

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By Chad Corning After a great result in The 2014 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, Ed Cesare and I were excited to take on the Newport Bermuda Race. Though nothing rates worse under ORR than a Class40 we would still have four 40s to race against and as the 635-nautical mile Bermuda course repeatedly proves, anything can happen! Like 2012, this was an odd race with the majority of time spent on port tack. The major weather player in the race was a slow moving front that bent the winds to the northwest. On paper, we would punch through the front and sail to the island in the usual southwesterly breeze sometime around day two. That was the plan anyway. Race day dawned with a nice northerly that you knew was going to give way to the sea breeze around start time. Some of the classes started with spinnakers, but the breeze was around to the south by the time it was our turn to go. After nailing a pin end start and crossing the fleet, we settled down into our race routine, now well practiced after a long Atlantic Cup. There was a large ring of current pretty soon after the start, which shifted our track a bit west to go through the center of this feature. The weather was fairly benign and we changed from the solent to the upwind code zero frequently. A familiar sight was Joe Harris and Rob Windsor on Gryphon Solo 2, who would be the main focus of the race as we were within sight the whole time. After the first of many parkups, we got into some very solid north-northwest breeze as we neared the Gulf Stream. This produced the best sailing of the race as we transited a fairly

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rough Gulf Stream with one reef and the solent with full water ballast. With a true wind angle of around 95-100, it was the true sweet spot of the Class40 and we sat in the mid-teens for hours. That would be as good as it got sailing-wise. Once through the Stream we approached the frontal boundary, which was rife with very wet squalls and very shifty, but generally strong, winds. After a brief calm the winds auto tacked us and filled nicely from the southwest. We were off! Nope. The front caught back up to us after only a few hours of sailing in the southwesterly and the nightmare began. Once the front passed over us it left confusion in its wake. The Bermuda high struggled to re-establish the

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traditional southwesterlies and the fleet generally wallowed in very light winds for the next two and a half days. Each light zone would bring massive compression as boats behind would run right up to the light zone with spinnakers and then join the party. We saw a boat that we had an 80-mile lead on earlier in the race sail up to an overlap on day four. This required some serious Zen to keep things together mentally! What kept things interesting for us after the race turned on its head was racing Gryphon Solo 2. We had nine lead changes during the course of the race as each boat had the better sail or the better angle at one time or another. This made us fight hard right to the finish, giving the race much more meaning and intensity that it otherwise might not have had. It was a nice moment sharing a drink with Joe and Rob at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club after an exciting five-day match race. After my 11th and Ed’s 13th Bermuda Race you would think we have seen it all, but this race was a new and strange one. We were philosophical about the results knowing that beating all the Class40s was about as well as we could have done and we were happy to achieve this. Hats off to all the doublehanded teams who took on this race. Having sailed with full teams most of my life, I can tell you that double-handed sailing is a fantastic and rewarding challenge – check it out! F

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Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta a Success By Bob Davis Sails Up 4 Cancer held its Fourth Annual Regatta in Fishers Island Sound on June 21. Sponsored by the Mystic River Yacht Club with the Mystic River Mudheads Sailing Association providing race committee, it was once again a great event for a great cause. A challenging course set by PRO Greg Gilmartin gave everyone a lot of fun and a tour of the Sound. Each sailor had nothing but kudos for the Race Committee as well as the beautiful breeze and plenty of sunshine. There was plenty of dancing to the sounds of Rock N’ Soul Revue at the Post Regatta Party & awards ceremony under the big top at Mystic Shipyard, helped along by the Gosling’s Rum Dark ‘n Stormy stations. Plenty of barbeque, beer, wine and silent auctions had everyone enjoying a first-day-of-summer groove. Many thanks to over 35 volunteers from our community, especially those from the USS Dallas and The France Foundation who truly made this event happen. Special thanks to Mystic Shipyard for the beautiful location and awesome staff; Mudheads for running a great race; Argia for hosting The Sunshine Kids; Rock N’ Soul Revue who kept us dancing; April Brunelle for brilliant balloon creations; Dogwatch Café for fabulous food and to all those who gave amazing auction items! Plus our generous sponsors: Holmgren Subaru, Noank Village Boatyard, Dime Bank, Merrill Lynch, CMB, F&F Distributors; Mystic Pizza; Drawbridge Ice Cream; Mohegan Sun and huge thanks to all CAM-X vendors and The Chris Leigh Band, and Josie Kapral for photographs capturing the beauty of the day!

The crew of Mark Salerno’s Tripp 37 Fusion, winners of the non spinnaker division, with Sails Up 4 Cancer Founder Bob Davis (white shirt) © Josie Kapral

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention, and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing. Money raised at the regatta and other events supports that mission. For results, photos and additional information, visit su4c.org. F Bob Davis is the Founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer.

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Stoked is a surfing term meaning abso-bloody-lutely, fan-bloodytastic. It is used when you see or do (as in surfing) something that knocks yer socks, shoes and the hair on your calves off. One occasionally hears a story along the lines of: Dad takes (6-year-old) kid to first baseball game, kid has a great time, gets his baseball autographed by a famous player and goes home, stoked, and hooked for life. Injecting kids with the sailing bug one at a time is tedious work, but if that is the way it’s got be done, so be it. I know a lot of kids in Rhode Island who are stoked on sailing. I know one young man in particular, Tyler, is really stoked because he comes to everything I offer on anything to do with sailing. In May, I brought half a dozen kids from the Prout School sailing team, including Tyler, down to Newport Shipyard. The central goal of the day was to go out and watch the racing in The Atlantic Cup Inshore Series. I was able to get a mate of mine, local yacht broker Murray Lord, to bring us all in his RIB for the day. I got the kids there early and we

started off by walking along the docks and checking out the Class40s. I would point out various similarities and differences between them, the goal of the boat, the issues they address with regard to the environment, the history, great and not-sogreat moments in sailing them, and so on. After a break, we moved over to where the five IMOCA 60s were preparing to race to New York for the start of the Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race (won by an American and a Spaniard…refer to my July column at windcheckmagazine.com). Same deal: wander the docks and I would pick out the similarities and differences between the 60-footers and the 40s. With these two classes, it is really easy to use small doses of the various lessons kids get at school, especially engineering and physics, but that’s another story. By now it was time to get into the RIB and head out to the starting area. We had some time up our sleeve, so Murray drove us around the less prominent parts of lower Narragansett Bay. Into Mackerel Cove, up to and underneath Castle Hill Light, into little coves and indents with which the bay is dotted, and which, when sailboat racing, one rarely gets time to think about. I have photos and video clips of these five teenagers laughing, smiling and taking pictures of each other and the background and generally having a blast. Please note: this is not about having kids learn roll tacks or the minutiae of starting line rules. It is about getting kids on boats, having a blast on the water with their mates, and getting stoked. Newport being Newport, there was at the time a 40-meter French trimaran, Spindrift, being prepared for a shot at the transatlantic record. Me being me, I managed to get a tour with a couple of my sailing kids and a couple parents. One of the kids was again Tyler, he who comes to everything because he is stoked on sailing. I have pictures of him and the others clambering around a 40-meter tri (which is a vessel like no other…‘cept another 40-meter tri), standing next to the four-foot long wing mast, the curved daggerboards, at the steering position, around the size gazillion Harken winches, standing on the dock and being dwarfed by the height of the outside hulls, inside at the very simple galley – to break the record, these guys will be at sea

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for only three days and a bit – and the “nav” station. And yes, they do bring paper charts, our delightful host Simone the rigger answered. Incidentally, you have no idea how big these things are unless you stand next to one. Pictures just do not do it. Not long after the Spindrift tour, the Team Alvimedica guys washed into town. Once again I managed to get the $1 tour of their VOR 65 Alvimedica, conducted primarily by the On Board Reporter, Newport local Amory Ross. Fittingly enough, I picked Tyler up direct from his day sailing and so he made his debut aboard a VOR, already wet. Despite the visit happening less than 20 hours before they took of on the 3,000-mile trip to the UK, Amo and his mates were generous with their time and answers. More pictures of Tyler: at the wheel, holding up one of the suitably branded slickers, at the chart table, watching Amo weigh the contents of all the boxes of stuff they carry, and of course alongside the boat at the dock. Tyler was absent, much to his disappointment, for a fourhour sailing tour aboard Falcon 2000, an 80 foot Cooksonbuilt all carbon (former) race boat. Another mate of mine who is like-minded with respect to getting kids simply out sailing, is hosted for a daysail around the bay. Falcon 2000 will also be available for the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Junior Safety at Sea Seminar in Newport this month…and so it goes. These kids are very excited by these different parts of sailing and the variation of boats. The experience of being on these remarkable pieces of equipment, hearing the stories that

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go with them, learning for instance that one of the Alvimedica guys is 25, less then 10 years older than they are. I did not have one tenth of all this exposure when I was growing up and I was stoked. Guess I will have to invent a new word for these kids to use, but for now stoked is a suitable expression. F Australian born, Joe ‘Coop’ Cooper stayed in the US after the 1980 America’s Cup where he was the boat captain and sailed as Grinder/Sewer-man on Australia. His whole career has focused on sailing, especially the short-handed aspects of it. He lives in Middletown, RI where he coaches, consults and writes on his blog, joecoopersailing.com, when not paying attention to his wife, teenage son, dog, two cats and several, mainly small, boats.

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Disabled Veterans Compete in Sail To Prevail Belle Haven Challenge Cup By David F. Guertin As the celebrated part of the Belle Haven Challenge Cup, a regatta hosted by The Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, CT on June 24 that benefits Sail To Prevail as the National Disabled Sailing Program, 12 disabled veterans and several members of the New York Mayor’s Office for Disabled People took up positions as active crewmembers on the classic 12-Metre American Eagle, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This is the second consecutive year that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has committed $25,000 to this event and to Sail To Prevail, as part of the company’s longstanding support of the nation’s military. Founded 32 years ago, Sail To Prevail has created opportunities for over 15,000 disabled children and adults to use sailing as an experience to overcome adversity in their lives. The organization has a growing commitment to serving veterans, and works closely with the Paralyzed Veterans of America in hosting therapeutic sailing programs, as well as advanced racing clinics and regattas. Joining these disabled veterans were Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees, including members of the Bank’s Disability Advocacy Network and Military Support & Assistance groups, and representatives of the New York Mayor’s Office for Disabled People, a first-time partner in this event. Four teams competed off Greenwich Harbor in heated races in famous America’s Cup yachts American Eagle, Weatherly, Nefertiti and Intrepid. During morning introductions, Sail To Prevail CEO Paul Callahan shared his story with the veterans who traveled from New York City to participate. “After I broke my neck in college, there were many people who helped me through, which gave me the strength to go on to graduate school and then to a career at Goldman Sachs. A former U.S. Marine taught me to sail at Sail To Prevail and this experience allowed me to be an athlete again. When I agreed to become CEO of Sail To Prevail, I knew it was my turn to provide as many opportunities as possible for disabled people to overcome their daily life challenges. I am thankful to Bank of America Merrill Lynch for investing in you, our veterans, Spirits were high aboard the classic 12 Metre. © M. A. Fisher Photography/maryalicefisher.com

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and Sail To Prevail.” “Every year, the inspiring Belle Haven Challenge Cup enables veterans to demonstrate the full range of their abilities, while showing our community that people can achieve anything they put their mind to,” said Bill Tommins, Bank of America’s Southern Connecticut Market President. “Supporting Sail to Prevail and other organizations benefiting our heroes is a great way to express our thanks for their service, while helping them reach their full potential.” The racing was exciting for everyone, with tense starts, tacking duels, teamwork and the overall feeling of accomplishing the mission. “Being able to sail with other veterans and create new friends made this experience remind me of active duty,” stated Marson Quinones, one of the wounded veterans who sailed on American Eagle. “Bringing veterans together helps in the healing process and helps us network with potential employers.” Cazimar Nieves, another veteran, said, “I just want to say thank you. I could not have asked for something better. I have participated with the New York Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Disability Mentoring Day Program since 2009, and the events that they participate in have boosted my confidence knowing I could succeed outside the military.” Spirits were high at the awards ceremony as vets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees and Sail To Prevail donors shared stories about the day. The 16th Annual Belle Haven Challenge Cup was presented by Paul Callahan to Team Nefertiti, sailed by Bridgewater Associates. In awarding the trophy Callahan stated, “Trophy or not, we demonstrated that sailing is a unique platform to make a meaningful impact in the lives of veterans who have given so much to our country.” Sail To Prevail is a non-profit organization and accepts charitable contributions to support its work with disabled children, adults and veterans. To learn more about Sail To Prevail’s therapeutic sailing programs and events like the Belle Haven Challenge Cup, visit sailtoprevail.org or contact Paul Callahan at 401-849-8898. F David F. Guertin is Sail To Prevail’s Vice President of Development.

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☛ Broker Tips A Clean Boat is a SOLD Boat By Michael Beers Clients frequently ask me what they can do to make their boat sell more quickly in a crowded brokerage market. Of course there are many ways to upgrade a boat, but the #1 way to stack the odds in your favor is to make the boat look as good as possible. It will immediately set your boat apart from other offerings on the market. First impressions count, and a small investment in time and money will truly pay dividends, whether you’re selling a 20-foot center console or an 80-foot ocean-going yacht. Cleaning up the boat when you first list it means your broker can take pictures that show the boat at her best and gives you a good foundation to keep the boat clean for showings moving forward. Your broker can and should spend a little time “staging” a boat before a showing – arranging cockpit cushions, straightening up lines, etc. - but a broker should not have to spend an hour to make the boat presentable. You’re better off having him/her spend that hour on the phone trying to line up more showings! Let’s start with something even more important than looks: how does your boat smell? The psychology of smell is a much bigger factor in “falling in love” with a boat than you might think, and you are trying to get the prospective buyer to fall in love! The head is the obvious culprit here. Is the holding tank full? Sign up online with soundkeeper.org for their free mobile pump-out service, which will help keep head odors down. Remember to do a freshwater rinse of the holding tank as often as possible (not as important for systems that flush with freshwater). If you have a major odor problem, it’s probably time to replace the hoses. Talk to your broker and see if it makes sense to address the issue now. Finally, don’t kid yourself about air fresheners masking the problem - nothing is worse than a perfume of cheap air fresheners and head odor on a boat that has been closed up for days, weeks or longer. Smells also hang out in the bilge, which is where many more experienced buyers look first. Take an hour or two (or pay a professional) to thoroughly scrub the bilge. Make sure to get to all compartments and check that they are draining properly. Finally, invest in a bottle of bilge cleaner and pour in a few tablespoons every time you’re on the boat; it will do wonders. Hopefully you now have a clean bilge and a nose-friendly boat. Now it’s time to remove the clutter. Expired flares, extra bedding, old foul weather gear, that RDF you keep “just in case” – it should all be removed or stowed out of sight. Don’t forget the lazarettes and other lockers. Remove any gear that is excluded from the listing, if possible. Remember, the windcheckmagazine.com

prospective buyer is coming to see your boat, not your stuff! Next, go to the engine compartment. A little bit of attention goes a long way here, too. Cleaning the area around the engine with a de-greaser and putting down a fresh oilabsorbing pad will do wonders, and also help keep the bilge clean. You might discover a small leak or two in this process – get it addressed! The deck and topsides should be easy to keep clean; a hose, bucket, scrub brush and boat soap go a long way. Don’t forget the gutters around lazarettes and anchor wells; they hold dirt and grime and can make for an unpleasant surprise. If your boat is sitting for long periods, check the deck scuppers periodically for clogs. Finally, consider a buff and wax of the topsides and the deck. This will require spending a few more dollars, but discuss it with your broker – it may be worth the investment. If your boat is listed for sale over the winter, there are a few extra steps you can take to keep her looking good. A shrinkwrap or custom canvas cover is a necessity here in the Northeast. In either case, there should be a zipper access door that can be readily accessed via ladder, and the cover should be high enough that prospective buyers can move from bow to stern. Make sure your yard cuts a few vents to let moisture out. Taking the interior cushions home for the winter is a good idea, but discuss it with your broker – leaving a few so the buyer can see the color and condition will be helpful. Finally, make sure the shrinkwrapping and decommissioning crew doesn’t leave muddy footprints all over the deck. That’s really all it takes to put your boat in the best possible light for potential buyers. Remember, appearances are everything, and first impressions count. Nothing kills a prospect’s excitement faster than walking onto a dirty, smelly boat. And nothing in turn kills a broker’s enthusiasm for the listing than repeated disappointing showings. Don’t think that you can price the boat below market and get away with it being a complete mess; it just doesn’t work. Keeping the boat clean will give you the best possible chance for a quick sale at a good price, which means you can move on to the really important stuff: finding your next boat! F Michael Beers has been with McMichael Yacht Brokers since 2007. Prior to that he taught sailing and worked on the schooners Adirondack and Adirondack II. When he’s not busy advising his clients on cleaning, selling and buying boats, he sails a C&C 33 with his wife Hallie. WindCheck Magazine

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BOATS FOR SALE 2008 Hobie Mirage Tandem Kayak - All accessories included. Paddles, pedals, seats and rolling dolly. Lightly used and in great shape. $1800. At the Boat Locker, 706 Howard Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. 203-259-7808

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19’ Customflex Flying Scot Daysailer 1965 – 6’9” beam, swing centerboard, new rudder lift and new removable motor mount. Mainsail, jib and spinnaker. On galvanized single axle trailer. Ready to sail! $1000 or best offer. Call Chuck at 203645-9189

19’ Menger Catboat 1999 – In excellent condition. Winter-stored indoors w/custom cover. Yanmar engine profess. maintained. Original cabin cushions and sail in great shape w/newer sail cover. White custom waterproof cockpit cushions. Tabernacle mast, lazy jacks, Danforth anchor in chocks on deck w/rope locker below, cabin hatch w/screen, porta-potty. Cetol on all teak. Bronze steps on transom and rudder. Varnished ash dropleaf table in cabin, wainscot on cabin sides. Never damaged. Asking $22,000. 631-475-4263

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25’ Hunter 25.5 1986 Pop top – 10hp Yanmar inboard diesel engine, large cabin with 3 double berths provide cozy atmosphere for overnight trips. Sails great with 3 jibs, mainsail and spinnaker. Lots more. $8,000. Call Bruce 203-858-3467

24’ S-2 7.3 1982– Furling headsail, 8 Hp Nissan. New/newer Doyle Main/155% Genoa, Harken Traveler, main halyard, whisker pole, hatch, battery, clutch and more. $5,000 OBO. 516-676-1066

26’ Beneteau 265 1992 - Settees & dining table convert to large V-berth. Oversized quarter berth. Galley w/ sink, cooler, alcohol stove. Full-size marine head. Roller furling. Tiller. Volvo diesel engine. Shore power. Owners moving up. Milford, CT Asking $17,500 sailorgirl@outlook.com

25’ Custom Built Sloop - You can own the boat of my dreams! The time has come to sell her, and she can be yours for only $4,750. 25’ sloop, custom built by owner and launched in 1985. New Kappa mainsail, 6 hp Mercury outboard. Located in Branford, Connecticut. Tel. 203-269-2719

28’ Cal 1986 – This well maintained boat is in excellent condition. Can be seen at Fayerweather Boat Yard, Bridgeport, CT. $22,000. Contact Anne at 203-209-3577

30’ San Juan 1976 – Golden Rule, a proven winner! 17 sails, New Diesel, Maxprop. Awlgrip, Epoxy Barriercoat, 2 headstays furler, Foil, Fairclough Winter Cover and Dodger. Much More, reduced to $16,500. For Full Listing Call Marine Fabricators at (203) 488-7093 or kolodej@sbcglobal.net

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32’ Wauquiez Centurion – CutterRigged Sloop. Solid glass hull & deck. Rebuilt diesel. New dodger. Fairclough winter cover. Good sails and rigging. Clean and well maintained. Ready to go anywhere. $33,000. Carl @ 860-5360675 or wind@gehringzone.com

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34’ Alsberg Express 1987 - Carl Schumacher design well built and fast. Yanmar diesel engine. New mast, full North sail inventory. Asking $52,000. Call 917-545-8748 janusw@aol.com

35’ Alden Ketch by FUJI, Japan - Totally rebuilt 2013. Awlgrip white, Hansen re-manufactured 4-107, 0hrs, aluminum masts, new deck, cabin trunk, bowsprit, 3B LPG stove/oven. Over $65,000 spent - consider this ketch a new boat at a used boat price. Detailed specs sand photos at website "FUJI 35 CT" (search). $75,000. (Trade?) lionyachts2000@yahoo.com 203-209-0943

42’ Peterson 1981 Settler - Extensive sail inventory. Many recent upgrades including new paint job, keel, rudder, rig, winches. Too many trophies to name, but they include numerous Block Island Race Week 1st Place the last in 2011, several Buzzards Bay Regatta wins. $74,900. Call Craig Nann at Northstar Yacht Sales at 401-683-9200 or email craig@northstaryachtsales.com for a full listing.

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46’ Baltic 46 – MERRYTHOUGHT Finnish quality throughout in this well found and very able racer-cruiser. Close-winded, fast and comfortable with full teak interior, good electronics and large sail inventory. Single hand cruise or full crew race this exceptional design. Sell or trade. sailmyles@aol.com 860-823-7952

49’ Hinckley REDUCED PRICE! Classic center cockpit ketch. Comfortable live-aboard and blue water cruiser with two private staterooms, galley, salon and fireplace. Well-equipped for short-handed sailing with integrated GPS map and radar, bow thruster, and ICW height mast. $119,000. Northeast partnership possible. 518-744-2825

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On Watch

Don Dexter By Amy Villalba Caution – Don’t try this at home! Don Dexter, Thistle Fleet Captain at Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, NY, recalls sailing alone as a youth in a Sunfish enjoying that there was no one to worry about hitting on serene Lake George, even sailing with his eyes closed for long stretches! According to Don, “Nothing is more peaceful.” Some might say he threw caution to the wind. For the Dexters, sailing is a family affair. Whether as skipper or crew, nine Dexters sail regularly. Photo courtesy of Don Dexter “My mother Barbara, a life member of NBC, has semi-retired from sailing at 88 and has seen more of the East Coast from the water than from land,” says Don. “Yachting in the family goes back much further, with sea captains and ship builders on the Dexter side. Sailing is very much in our blood.” In 1989, Don bought a Cook 11 and started frostbiting at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. After hearing about all this fun, his brother, Rob joined and won the series his first year. “It never seemed to fail that after about eight races we’d be neck and neck,” says Don. “One day, Rob was leading in a large fleet of 25 or so. I was about five points behind entering the last race. Rob was too aggressive on the start and had to restart. Unable to recover, he racked up some serious points. The day was mine! As we got on the highway I had to say, ‘When I heard your number, Rob, my heart really went out for ya.’” “That still happens. At the 2013 Thistle Nationals after three races at the cut for the Champ division, I was one point and place ahead of Rob, but he took off and I tanked the rest of the week against the tough crowd. We’re not out for each other, though, and know that fleet racing is not about concentrating to beat one specific boat or you inevitably lose. It’s big picture thinking in a herd. In the Mallory Cup semi-finals in J/24s in Cape May, I crewed for Rob and we lost every race. The next year Rob asked me to crew. As a way of declining, I said maybe I’d try skippering. He said I could do no better than him. I said I could do no worse.” For over 15 years Don raced with his wife, Karen. Now, he sails with his daughters, Jane and Melissa, as often as possible. “I try not to think of myself as a father on the boat, says Don, pictured with Jane and his nephew Tim at the 2010 Thistle Nationals in LaSalle, MI. “One thing I’ve learned is you have to try to keep the sailing fun. Keeping things light and the crew happy increases the chance they’ll come back and enjoy sailing

with you. Sailing is the main thing we still do together as other sports, interests and friends compete for our time. It’s serious racing, but also a chance for us to talk a bit.” Don doesn’t find generational differences in sailing. “I believe sailing has a way of discounting age,” he explains. “When I get in a boat I feel more like a kid than an adult. I try to keep in shape so I can hike all day and keep my hands quick. I hope that continues. If you stick with sailing as a priority and are blessed with good health, you can continue to race dinghies later in life. Some aged Thistle skippers inspire me to race dinghies well into the future.” Having sailed boats from a Cook 11 to a Q Class Boat, Don still finds small boat sailing “thrilling…an activity that combines physical and mental qualities. I find it enjoyable to sail with others and capture the excitement and challenges required to work as a team. It’s special to be in a boat that is well-tuned, balanced and in the groove; you feel that all the more in a smaller dinghy. In our Thistle Fleet at Nyack, any of five or so boats are poised to win a race, which makes it a lot of fun. You have to be on your game for the whole race and implement the best strategies. After sailing a few miles, we have photo finishes. It doesn’t get better than that and keeps all of us coming back for more!” “I like to remember Uffa Fox’s quote: ‘The art of winning is not in winning, but in winning so that the rest of fleet are pleased you have won.’ Another point my father made was that no matter how far back you may be, always finish the race if you can. That will show the winners how well they did.’” As a three-time captain of Fleet 41, Don encourages participation and lets the club know the fleet is active. “The fleet is growing in large part due to our excellent Thistle Class Association. When someone new in our area asks the Class where they should join, NBC’s reputation as a regatta host has gained us credibility. It’s nice to see this and we hope to keep the ball rolling, but not to be pushy. We let people see for themselves what we’re about, what works for us, and why the Hudson River is so perfect to sail Thistles.” Despite a busy schedule, Don’s chaired the Thistle East Coast Fall Series, eight back-to-back regattas, from 1988 to ‘96. Currently he serves on NBC’s Murray L. Green Fund Committee, which supports the club’s youth sailors at away regattas. With Merrill Lynch, Don raised $35,000 for Friends and Family United, Inc., a youth-at-risk organization in Newark, which helped keep funding for someone’s job. “That was a rewarding trophy in itself.” Despite all his contributions, Don says he has probably received more from sailing than he has given. Keep up the great work, Don…just keep your eyes open! F

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