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editor's log Interesting Conversations I love walking a boat show, especially a spring show. Everyone is excited for the coming season and all it will bring. Last month, WindCheck organized the Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Brewer Essex Island Marina, in Essex, CT. We’re proud to be part of this terrific event and partner with Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America and YachtWorld to make it happen. The show was a tremendous success, although that capricious comedian Mother Nature managed to make Friday interesting. The Brewer Essex Island crew pulled out all the stops showcasing their ongoing renovations and enhanced offerings. The most noticeable improvement to the facility is the fantastic new deck from which the vibe of steel drums and cocktail shakers welcomed boating enthusiasts to the 2017 season – and the possibility of a new boat, boating accessory or adventure. During the three-day show, I suspect I spoke with about 100 individuals, including some friends in the marine business, brokers, sailmakers and purveyors, but mostly showgoers who needed a little guidance, had a question about the town of Essex, the show or where a particular vendor was situated. I met two interesting couples at the show this year. The younger of the two I met during one of Friday’s heavier bouts of rain, were, I’d say, in their late twenties. It was a bit surprising to see this pair so elated to be there during such inhospitable weather. It was quickly revealed that they’d gotten a babysitter for the day and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to spend a little time together without the kids. They’d recently moved from the Carolinas to Eastern Connecticut and currently enjoy their small daysailer, but are starting the search for something a little larger on which to cruise with their growing family. I met the second couple on Saturday standing in line for the ferry ride across from the island. They were perhaps in their early fifties…and on their first date! They chose the CT Spring Boat Show as the venue (at least the starting point) for their first date. They weren’t in the market for a boat – yet, but boating and the excitement of living near the Sound was a common theme for them and a visit to the show seemed a natural fit. Pretty sweet. However, the majority of the thousands of showgoers were avid boaters who came out to not only see new and used boats but to connect with industry professionals and meet up with like-minded friends. This spring gathering is very important to uniting the entire boating community, which has been WindCheck’s mission since our very first issue in 2002. We have carried on that charge from the beginning, growing from a Long Island Sound-centric magazine with a few hundred distribution points to a Northeast media company offering the print publication at more than 1,200 sailor havens from New Jersey to Massachusetts, an award-winning website, a vibrant social media presence and many other in-house projects run annually, like the Connecticut Spring Boat Show – all to serve the boating public and bind our wonderful community. In the past several months, as we decided to offer the magazine up for sale, we’ve had meaningful and productive conversations with passionate boaters and business colleagues about carrying WindCheck’s mission forward – to continue to build, help organize and energize, and mostly to serve as the voice of the Northeast boating community. If you're interested in making this happen, please give us a call. Enjoy the season, and see you on the water!

Sailing the Northeast Issue 164 Publisher Anne Hannan Editor in Chief Christopher Gill Senior Editor Chris Szepessy Contributing Editor Joe Cooper Graphic Design Kerstin Fairbend Contributors Laurent Apollon, Emmanuel Bastien, Billy Black, Cate Brown, Mary Ellen Carter, Stephen Cloutier, Andrew Cooley, Dan Dickison, Clemmie Everett, Mary Alice Fisher, Dave Foster, John K. Fulweiler, Alessandra Ghezzi, Birgit Gillman, Cynthia Goss, Fran Grenon, Gayle Hargreaves, Barry Hyman, Helen A. Jankoski, Molly Lo, Howie McMichael, Rachael Z. Miller, Angela Park-Sayles,, Vin Pica, Colin Rath, Robert N. Rossier, Kathryn Seabrook, Captain Andrew Tucci, USCG, Onne van der Wal, Rick Walo, Tim Wilkes Ad Sales Erica Pagnam Distribution Man in Motion, Rare Sales, Jack Szepessy WindCheck is published ten times per year. 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 $29. Mail payment to: WindCheck Magazine P.O. Box 195, Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 332-7639 E-mail: WindCheck is printed on recycled paper. Member of

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Editor’s Log




Checking in 10

Port Sailing School Teams Up with 23 Echo Bay Yacht Club

Calendar of Events 24

Tide Tables 36

Sound Environment 38

The Boating Barrister 40

Book Review: The Death and Life of the 41 Great Lakes

Captain of the Port 42

Coaches’ Corner 50

Little Lagoda Sets Sail Across 51 the Atlantic

Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017 56 by the Numbers

Coop’s Corner 58

Duck Island Yacht Club to Host 60 JY15 North Americans

Comic 61

A Wet & Wild Edlu! 62

Volvo Ocean Race Update 64

Brokerage 66

Classifieds 67

Crew Connection 72

Advertiser’s Index 73

On Watch: Bob Davis 74

18 From the Log of Persevere: Finding Fiddler’s Green The Rath family – Pam & Colin and their daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina – left Stamford, CT back in October 2014 for a worldwide cruise on their Hanse 545. After more than 25,000 sea miles and visits to 33 countries on five continents, they’ve started a new life in a beautiful country. Colin Rath shares the final installment in a fascinating series. 20 Scaramouche Refit, Part 1 When her new owner discovered her lying fallow in British Columbia, this aluminum ocean racer was well past her prime. Andrew Cooley, the owner of Cooley Marine Management, LLC in Stratford, CT, takes us through the first phase of this classic S&S design’s restoration. 44 The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound: Fostering excellence for 93 years Long Island Sound has produced many of the world’s best sailors, and it’s a safe bet that most of them grew up racing in events sanctioned by the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. We spoke with JSA co-chairs Karen Quirke and Peter “Pedro” Lorson about the history of this remarkable organization, and what lies ahead. 48 Sailing Your Own Race: Lessons from Junior Sailing Feeling apprehensive as he watched his 10-year-old son steer his Opti into the open ocean in his very first year of sailing, Robert N. Rossier wondered if he’d made the right decision as a parent. But after seeing how Ethan and his teammates stuck together when high winds kicked up big waves in the Pacific – and again during a thunderstorm on Lake Norman – he realized that parents whose young sailors look out for one another are indeed doing a great job. 52 In It to Win It! Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s Charlie Enright and Mark Towill on the Volvo Ocean Race The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts October 22 in Alicante, Spain. With a vision of a cleaner, healthier environment, “Rhode Island’s Home Team” has set their sights on victory in the 45,000-nautical mile race around the world. We caught up with Skipper Enright and Team Director Towill. On the cover: Breeze on! AnaClare Sole and Grace Austin from Houston, TX lead the pack at the I-420 Atlantic Coast Championships, hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT. © Mary Alice Fisher/

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routing module. The exciting thing is that it works with an InReach device! You can get weather and routing on the high seas without needing a satellite dome or HF radio rig.   I text a query to FastSeas from my little InReach, and FastSeas returns text messages with Wx and steering instructions! I pair my Delorme (now Garmin) InReach to my iPhone and it’s a great system for cheap. FastSeas also works with satellite and email queries. I have no financial interest in FastSeas or InReach, but I do love both. Rick Gard, Milford, CT

Here’s to the next 50! Editor’s note: Many of our readers enjoyed an article in our April issue by Helen A. Jankoski entitled “Stonington Dinghy Club Celebrates 50 Years of Fun.” In case you missed it, log onto Longtime SDC sailor Kathy Sinnett had this to say: Proud to be part of the Wednesday night sailing. Great people, fun and food! Kathy Sinnett, via email

Electronic navigation on a budget I returned from a delivery and had time to read the April issue of WindCheck with Ernie Messer’s great article on the Marion Bermuda Race [“I’m Doing the Marion Bermuda Race” can be found at]. I’d like to share a great option for weather and routing that is very new. is a free site with weather models and a sophisticated departure and

Mixing it up with the Stonington Dinghy Club © Helen Jankoski

Rick – Thank you for the tip. If you are using FastSeas in the Marion Bermuda Race, we’d love to hear about how well it works. ■

Eight Bells: Mike Cavanaugh Michael Dean Cavanaugh (September 27, 1961 – April 26, 2017) touched many lives with his generosity, humor and courage. He was the kind of friend who was always excited to see you – whether he knew you from school, work, sailing, golf, cycling or his extensive involvement in the Mystic, CT community. Mike’s dignity was unparalleled as he fought valiantly for six years in his battle with ALS. During those years, he forged unforgettable memories - still racing on Crystal Slipper, traveling extensively with his wonderful wife Linda and continuing to run his business, MDC Machine Design. Mike’s determination, in the face of illness, was an inspiration to all; and those who knew Mike are forever changed by his zest for living – and he lived well. He was an avid sailor, having been Commodore of the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association and Commodore and co-founder of Mystic River Yacht Club and heavily involved with the Mason’s Island Yacht Club Shields fleet. He skippered with his crew, “the Slippahs,” on his C&C 38 Crystal Slipper. Mike bought the boat with little sailing experience, but with his engineer’s mind he quickly became a formidable competitor, with many successes including a class win in the 2012 Spring Off Soundings. He truly lived life to the fullest and loved new experiences. He was a creative genius, problem solver, writer, great storyteller,

artist, devoted husband, son, brother and uncle. Please consider a donation to The ALS Association of CT or the Center for Hospice Care at A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on June 18, from 3-6pm at Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex Street, Mystic, CT. Mike enhanced the lives of all who had the good fortune of knowing him. His positive spirit, laughter and love will forever be with his fellow sailors, family and friends. He will be sorely missed. Sail on, Mike. ■

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Designer Series Rendezvous to Honor Ted Hood The Designer Series Rendezvous will host their inaugural event, honoring renowned yachtsman, sailmaker and naval architect Ted Hood (1927- 2013), at the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, RI July 21 - 23. Yachts designed by Hood along with their owners, friends, and the public are invited to participate in a three-day celebration showcasing his enormous contribution to the sailing world. “I was inspired by how many former colleagues continue to work in the industry as well as the many clients who cherish his boats,” said Designer Series creator Andy Tyska, President of Bristol Marine, who got his

start working at Hood Designs after getting his degree in marine architecture. “Ted helped so many people start their careers, and his legacy continues to resonate throughout the boating world.” The event kicks off with an “Open Boat” dock party sur-


rounded by Ted Hood designs including his flagship America’s Cup 12 Metre Nefertiti. The Hood family will bring Robin, Ted Hood’s first Little Harbor, built in 1959. Also on the guest list are a variety of Little Harbors, Whisper Jet powerboats and Bristol Yachts. On Saturday, the sailboats will compete in a pursuit race around Prudence Island while the powerboats are invited to compete in a log race or raft up in Potter’s Cove. Nefertiti will take out a limited number of sailors that don’t have a boat of their own. A clambake on the docks follows that evening, with speeches and presentations from former colleagues, friends and family of Ted Hood (pictured at the helm of Robin in 2011) followed by dancing to a favorite local band, the Sugarbabies. The Designer Series Parade of Boats on Sunday closes out the weekend. The public is welcome to the waterfront to watch as Hood designs sail and motor through Bristol Harbor before departing for their homeports. Nefertiti is also available to take guests for the parade and two-hour sail back to Newport.   “With the vision for the Designer Series to become not only an annual event but also an international one, the focus going forward will be to partner with a marine industry school or design program to develop scholarships to cultivate our ‘up and coming’ Ted Hoods of the world,” said Tyska. For more information, log onto ■

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New England Boatworks is RI’s Largest Clean Marina

At a ceremony at their facility in Portsmouth, RI on May 5, New England Boatworks (NEB) became the largest marina in the state to earn certification as a “Clean Marina.” The presentation was moderated by Dennis Nixon, Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant program. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Charlie Enright, 11th Hour Racing Director Jeremy Pochman, Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate were among the speakers who applauded NEB’s environmental leadership. 


The Clean Marina Program is a voluntary initiative coordinated by the RI Coastal Resources Management Council that rewards marinas that go beyond regulatory requirements by applying innovative, pollution-prevention practices to their daily operations. NEB’s achievement is considerable not only because it is the largest operation to gain the distinction to date, but also the most diverse of the state’s Clean Marinas. NEB is a complex operation that spans 28.75 acres of land and 8.5 acres of boat basin and includes a boat building division that produces custom, state-of-the-art sail and power yachts; a full-service marina that offers long-term and transient berths for yachts along with complete refit and repair services; and a haul-out, storage and service facility. NEB, the first marina on Aquidneck Island to gain the Clean Marina distinction, is co-owned by Tom Rich, David MacBain and Steve Casella. “The harbor, the bay and the ocean beyond is what we make our living on,” said Rich. “We want to do all we can to keep them clean.”   NEB has also taken the additional step of working with Clean Ocean Access to install a trash skimmer at its fuel dock. The skimmer, made possible by funding from 11th Hour Racing, both reduces marine debris and generates awareness about the types of debris found in the water. Two identical skimmers

placed in Newport Harbor collected over 6,000 pounds of debris in only four months. For more information, visit ■ Cynthia Goss contributed to this report.

Soundkeeper and CFE/Save the Sound Joining Forces

Soundkeeper, Inc. and Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound have announced that the two organizations are joining forces to support a full-time Soundkeeper advocate dedicated to protecting and restoring Long Island Sound. Relaunching this critical on-the-water watchdog is the major goal of the planned future merger of Soundkeeper, Inc. into CFE/Save the Sound. Soundkeeper, Inc., has its origins in the Connecticut Coastal Fishermen’s Association, founded in 1987 in response to devastating summer algae blooms that sucked oxygen from the Sound’s waters and resulted in massive fish kills. It is a part of the worldwide Waterkeeper network. Founder Terry Backer, who went on to serve as Connecticut State Representative for Stratford, passed away in 2015. “As the original Soundkeeper, Terry Backer was the guardian of Long Island Sound for nearly three decades,” said Curt Johnson, Executive Director of CFE/Save the Sound. “With massive cuts to environmental protection and enforcement looming in D.C., our Long Island Sound needs a strong Soundkeeper now more than ever. She or he will patrol, monitor, track down, and work to fix pollution problems. The on-the-water Soundkeeper will be backed up by CFE/Save the Sound’s environmental attorneys to ensure that clean water rules are enforced. The Soundkeeper will be citizens’ eyes and ears on the Sound’s many bays and harbors, and the Sound’s voice in the halls of government.” Seasonally, the Soundkeeper will make patrol circuits around the Sound, working out of homeports in lower Fairfield County and the mid-Connecticut coast. These patrols will include documenting signs of pollution, responding to citizen reports, and bringing media attention to conditions on the Sound, from sewer overflows to whale sightings. The majority of the Soundkeeper’s time will be devoted to direct advocacy and coalition building to further strategic Long Island Sound restoration and protection goals. These include rallying community support to stop bacterial and nitrogen pollution, and partnering with other organizations to advocate for restoration funding and strengthen fisheries regulations.  CFE/Save the Sound and Soundkeeper, Inc. encourage passionate advocates for Long Island Sound to apply for the Soundkeeper position and are seeking a donated boat for on-the-water patrols. A detailed job description and boat specifications can be found at  ■

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NorthCoast Boats Signs Three New Dealers

NorthCoast Boats President and owner Jose DaPonte sea trials the new 27 Hard Top. ©

NorthCoast Boats, a builder of semi-custom, purpose-driven and durable fishing and cruising boats in Bristol, RI, is expanding its authorized dealer network by welcoming Willis Marine Center in Huntington, NY, Monahan’s Marine Inc. in Weymouth, MA, and Buras Marine to cover the Annapolis, MD market. “NorthCoast Boats designers and craftsmen deeply understand the importance of their work,” said Gregg Weatherby,

NorthCoast Boats’ Director of Sales and Marketing. “Each of these new dealers aligns with our passion for family, fishing, and the boating lifestyle. Our mission is to build quality boats that are seaworthy, versatile and functional to optimize the range of experiences people can enjoy on the water. We are proud of NorthCoast’s solid reputation for rugged durability, great service, at the right price. Word of our quality built boats continues to spread. NorthCoast Boats center console and cabin models provide anglers and cruisers our best selection ever.” “We honor our commitment to build quality fishing boats,” said Jose C. DaPonte, President and owner of NorthCoast Boats, who has been building boats since the early 1970s and is regarded as one of the foremost authorities in composite boat building and tool making. “We use them and we fish them so that we are confident that our valued customers cannot own a better-built boat.” For more information, visit ■

Marggie Slichter Joins NESS The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), a nonprofit ocean adventure education organization in Stonington, CT that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills, has welcomed Marggie Slichter as their new Director of Advancement. Slichter is the former the Director of Alumni and Parent Giving Programs at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, MA. She is a longtime friend of NESS, having served on the Development Committee for four years. She anticipates utilizing her fundraising and management background to support and advance NESS in their mission of serving communities in southern New England. “I am honored to be joining the New England Science & Sailing Foundation family,” said Slichter. “I look forward to engaging with our donors and volunteers to bring NESS’s resources in ocean adventure education to even more students in our communities.” “All of us are excited to welcome Marggie to the team,” added NESS President Spike Lobdell. “Her breadth and depth of skill will be invaluable in supporting NESS and taking us to the next level.” For more information, visit ■

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Mystic Seaport Names Quentin Snediker Clark Senior Curator for Watercraft Quentin Snediker is the new the Clark Senior Curator for Watercraft at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. His role will be to provide direction and leadership in the preservation and development of the Museum’s watercraft collection, which presently numbers more than 500 vessels of all sizes, from small rowboats and kayaks to four National Historic Landmarks, including the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. This position is in addition to his role as Director of the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. As the Clark Senior Curator for Watercraft, Snediker will evaluate the collection contents, maintain the highest levels of preservation practice, and develop an ongoing curation plan to maximize the collection’s contents for historical importance and cultural relevance. He succeeds Dana Hewson, who recently retired after 39 years at Mystic Seaport. A graduate of SUNY Maritime College, Snediker spent the first 16 years of his career as captain of traditional sailing vessels in New England, Chesapeake Bay, and beyond. He arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1989 and assumed the position of supervisor of vessel maintenance. In 1990, he organized an effort to salvage 200 tons of live oak timber downed in South Carolina during Hurricane Hugo. He also led the Museum’s efforts to furnish the Charles W. Morgan in a historically correct manner during the 1991 150-year anniversary celebration of the historic whaleship. From 1993 to ‘94, Snediker was Associate Director of Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where in addition to supervising museum programming he also supervised the preservation of the E.C. Collier, one of the few remaining Chesapeake Bay skipjacks. Snediker returned to Mystic Seaport in 1995 to be project coordinator for the design and construction of the freedom schooner Amistad. Following the launch of the Amistad in March 2000, he was named Director of the Shipyard. Notable projects during his tenure include restorations of the fishing vessel Roann, the Charles W. Morgan and the steamboat Sabino. In addition to his B.S. in Marine Transportation from SUNY Maritime, Snediker has a M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College. A resident of Mystic, he is a frequent

lecturer and has written numerous articles on a variety of maritime subjects. He is the co-author with Ann Jensen of Chesapeake Bay Schooners (Tidewater Publications 1992). Visit to learn more. ■

Chris Gasiorek Joins Mystic Seaport Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT has named Christopher Gasiorek Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs. Gasiorek will be responsible for the operation, preservation, and programming of the Museum’s watercraft collection, and oversee management of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.   A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY, Gasiorek is a professional mariner with more than 25 years of experience. He holds an unlimited tonnage master’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard, and has served on tugs, bulk carriers, research ships, training ships, and racing yachts. He has circumnavigated the world twice.   A resident of Mystic, CT, Gasiorek was the Director of Watercraft Operations and Training at the USMMA from 2007 to 2014, where he oversaw the operation of more than 100 vessels ranging from sailing dinghies to the 224-foot Kings Pointer. He was responsible for maintenance, cadet training, shore support, facilities improvements, and the command of cadetcrewed training voyages. He currently serves on the board of the USMMA Sailing Foundation, where he has been intimately involved in their yacht donation program.   As a maritime educator, Gasiorek has served as classroom and underway instructor for numerous Safety at Sea Seminars, including training for NOAA’s shipboard officers and USCGapproved instruction in Bridge Resource Management, Leadership & Management, and Safety of Life at Sea. He is involved with Tall Ships America and is a past relief captain and mate of South Street Seaport’s 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard.   “Chris Gasiorek brings to the position demonstrated experience and expertise in strategic planning, budgeting for a multi-million dollar waterfront operation, personnel management, and close work with government and civilian stakeholders at all levels,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White. “We believe his extensive maritime experience, proven leadership, and knowledge of sail education and waterfront management will place us firmly in the forefront of 21st-century museums.” For more information, visit   ■

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Mystic Seaport to Honor David Rockefeller Jr. and Sailors for the Sea with the America and the Sea Award Mystic Seaport will present its 2017 America and the Sea Award to David Rockefeller, Jr. and Sailors for the Sea. Given annually by the Museum, the prestigious award recognizes individuals or organizations whose contribution to the history, arts, business, or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American character.    Co-founded by Rockefeller in 2004, Sailors for the Sea works to engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Through its Clean Regattas and Ocean Watch programs and Green Boating Guide, the organization successfully motivates boaters to become environmental stewards.   “We are proud to recognize the tremendous contribution David Rockefeller, Jr. and Sailors for the Sea have made to educate and activate the maritime community in the goal of conserving and protecting the health of our oceans,” said Steve White, President of Mystic Seaport. “By forging a connection between boaters and ways in which they can help conserve the environment, they inspire all of us to take better care of the

world in which we live.” “Sailors for the Sea and I are incredibly honored to join the illustrious roster of America and the Sea Award recipients,” said Rockefeller. “Through this opportunity we look forward to fostering an even deeper collegial relationship with Mystic Seaport, broadening the scope and outreach of both David Rockefeller, Jr. organizations.”   Rockefeller will receive the award Wednesday, October 11, at a gala held in his honor in New York City. This black tie affair is the premier fundraising event for Mystic Seaport. For invitations, contact or call  860-572-5365.  To learn more about Sailors for the Sea, visit ■

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From the Log of Persevere: Finding Fiddler’s Green By Colin Rath Editor’s note: This is the twentieth – and final – installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles at

that is in Hobbit scale and serves spiked cider. It’s really amazing to see the landscapes of the movies in real life as you drive south. From there, we met our friend Brent and his wife, who own a fruit orchard outside Hamilton. We spent a week there while meeting with our architect to design our container home. He has his own helicopter and took us all up for rides and tours of the area. We got our firsthand look at farm life in New Zealand. They This caravan served as the Rath’s temporary home while they visited vineyards around New Zealand. ©

It seems like a lifetime. Or more precisely, a lifestyle ago when we started this adventure, casting off from the docks from Yacht Haven West in Stamford, CT that Wednesday afternoon in October, 2014. Somehow we made it to New Zealand without too many major difficulties, a little wiser and our girls definitely a lot more seaworthy with over 25,000 miles at sea. Now the whole family is eager to start our new chapter on land. I already had meetings set up all over New Zealand with lenders, brokers, vineyard advisors and lawyers, and we had lined up several vineyards on the North had sheep, cows, chickens and and South Island (Martinborfull vegetable gardens, all comough, Hawks Bay, Marlborough pletely self-sustaining…a lot of and Waipara) to look at. We also what we wanted to incorporate had a laundry list of friends we’d in our new life. Then we went to made across the world from New Hamilton to shore up financing.   Zealand who had invited us to Once financing was secure, visit and stay. Our immigration it was time to start the process team was already in the process of elimination in selecting our to get residency within two new home. We wanted to get it years. Years of planning were figured out before October 10 so starting to come together. the girls could get into school to Once we'd gotten out of finish the last quarter of classes the controlled area, we got a slip before summer. We wanted the at West Haven Marina. Persevere Breana checks out a Hobbit House. © girls to make friends for summer was already set up with a broker break (remember seasons are and on the market for sale. reversed down here).   (You’ll find a classified advertisement in the back of this magazine.) First stop on the Wine Trail down the North Island was GladWe needed a new landscape quick, so I rented a three-bedroom stone Vineyard. We had been talking to the owners for over a year, condo near the marina with a washing machine for two weeks but in the end the business didn’t work out to what we needed. while I emptied everything off the boat and put it in storage. There were two vineyards in Hawks Bay which turned to be out We needed a new living arrangement before we started a month of our price range, then we looked at five vineyards in Martinbortraveling in a caravan (camper). We quickly fell back into city ough. One had possibilities, but the other four were sold before we living, using the Auckland subway and enjoying all the amenities got there.  that a modern city offers that we had missed at sea. We ate at the With one possibility and another island to visit we entered Sky Needle, checked out flea markets, and visited the volcanos Wellington, just in time for the World of Wearable Art Awards surrounding Auckland. After a few weeks, we rented a caravan, Show. “WOW” is an annual show where all the clothing designers packed it up with everything we didn’t put in storage and headed and design schools present their outlandish outfits in a Cirque du south.   The first stop out of Auckland was Hobbiton, of course. Hobbi- Soleil-style atmosphere. It’s really quite an amazing show, and all the girls got dressed up and enjoyed it immensely.   ton is located on one of the largest sheep farms in the North Island, among lush green hills and the amazing beauty of this land. The girls After four days, we put the caravan on the ferry and in a few hours we were in the South Island on our way to Marlborough. loved the whole tour and stories of making all the Hobbit and Lord There were three vineyards on the market, but once again overof the Rings movies. They actually have a pub at the end of the tour 18 June 2017 WindCheck Magazine

an eager seller. It was a great opportunity. We made a purchase priced, so we headed to the one vineyard we had really liked from agreement (with a lot of conditions) to buy the property and a the beginning because it’s on the water. lease to live and manage the vineyard while our immigration and It was on the shore in Kekerengu. We had been talking to the Offshore Investment was approved by the government. With that owner for six months already. It was 10 hectares and had a conset, the girls enrolled in local schools and got used to uniforms tract for their grapes. So it looked promising and we made an offer, they countered and we upped our offer. But the seller wouldn’t quickly. I quickly learned how to drive a tractor and we moved in October 16. We officially became farmers when our chickens budge, and our vineyard advisors suggested it didn’t have enough started to produce eggs in early January.  upside potential and the history of the vineyard was shaky. We We have been here for over six months now and are harvestmoved on, and thank God we did. New Zealand was hit with an ing our first vintage. We have gotten resource consents to renovate earthquake two months later, and Highway One was completely the wine tasting room into a bistro & bar, plus change the home destroyed. This shut off this area and killed the harvest. The result to a two-unit ensuite B&B, build our conwas the whole South The girls loved the World of Wearable Art Awards Show. tainer home, and make an outdoor venue for Island actually moved © concerts. Our immigration and OIO approval nine meters closer is expected in July and all the construction will to the North Island. begin immediately thereafter. We hope to open Highway One fell into the bistro in October. We have renamed the the ocean and cut off vineyard Waipara Winds Vineyard & Bistro. the whole area, and to You can follow our progress on our Facebook this day the road is still page, Waipara Winds Vineyard Bistro…or not completely open.   perhaps stop by? That was our first   I wanted to thank you for letting me tell earthquake. We had my story and I hope it might inspire some to to wake up the girls take the adventure themselves. A lot of people when it happened so talk about sailing away, but too few actually they didn’t miss it. They were still used to being on the boat and didn’t notice the earthquake. It was interesting, and now after several aftershocks, we’ve gotten used to it.   The next spot we liked was Waipara Valley. Waipara is known for their Pinot Noir and Riesling. There were four possibilities there, but one had a lot of potential. It was Fiddler’s Green Vineyard. As all sailors know, Fiddler’s Green is that happy land imagined by sailors where there is A view from the Rath’s new home, do it. The only advice I can give is: Do it while you still can. Don’t perpetual mirth and a Waipara Winds Vineyard & Bistro fiddle that never stops put it off, because tomorrow sometimes is too late. © All the Best, Colin ■ playing for dancers who never tire. This felt like a fitting final destination from our voyage.   Fiddler’s Green worked because we could lease it right away Editor’s note: Thank you Colin for sharing your family’s journey with and move in. It was an established 28-hectare vineyard with a great the readers of WindCheck. We wish you, Pam, Breana, Mariel and track record up until 2013, it came with all the necessary equipNerina a wonderful life in New Zealand! Colin’s book, It Is What ment to manage it, and it had a tasting room and house. It had a It Is, can be purchased on or at or any 2-million liter reservoir (self-sustaining) and was undervalued with major bookstore. Look for his next book, coming out in spring 2018.

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Scaramouche Refit, Part 1

With the new rig in place, she spent the summer of 2016 getting her feet wet © By Andrew Cooley on the waters of Long Island Sound as her owner Welcome to the first in a learned the nuances of series of articles detailing this classic yacht. To his one of our most current pleasant surprise, the projects at Cooley Marine boat truly cuts through Management, the refit of the water with ease and s/y Scaramouche. We will minimal wake for such a follow along in real time as large vessel…a credit to our team works to restore her designers. this iconic vessel.   With the satisfac Designed by Sparktion of knowing that the man & Stephens and built boat sails as hoped, the in 1972 by the Palmer owner decided to turn Johnson Shipyard in his attention to the next Sturgeon Bay, WI, the stage of the project, the 50-foot Scaramouche is hull refit. That’s where a classic example of the Cooley Marine Managealuminum ocean racers ment (CMM) was first of that era. One of three introduced to the project. near sister ships built by After several meetings and PJ from 1968 to ’72, her inspections of the boat, design reflects the trends the plan was set for the of the time: short keel, refit. Phase I, which comtrim tab, separate rudder, menced earlier this year, and weight concentrated includes a full media blast low and amidships. The of the underwater hull interior is well suited for and a sweep of the trouble long distance racing.   spots on the topsides. The Scaramouche has led objective for Phase I is a a storied life in the comprehensive reannals of yacht newal of the surfacracing, but as with es from the keel to all great boats her the rubrail. The end time as the leader result will be a fresh has passed and new bottom and she was left out to fresh Awlgrip on the pasture. Her current hull topsides. This (new) owner felt job included an that yearning that extensive amount of many sailors have, reworking and fairbut few act upon. ing, as many of the He discovered her hull areas needed on the hard in to be taken down British Columbia, to bare aluminum Canada, and knowand reworked from ing her pedigree, Not bad for 45 years old, although media blasting would reveal the scope of the job ahead. scratch.  © purchased her In addition to outright and had her trucked across North America to her new the coatings refit, the owner is reconfiguring the lower standing home here in Connecticut in the spring of 2016.  rigging and adding new chainplates, as well as modifying the The owner’s first goal in the restoration project was fitting bow to incorporate a new removable carbon sprit for racing and Scaramouche with a new GMT carbon mast and boom package. an anchor roller assembly for cruising.  There’s plenty of work to do on deck, but Phase 1 of Scaramouche’s refit began below the rubrail.

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Phase II, set for next winter, will focus on the restoration of the decks, with new nonskid and continued overhaul of the sailing hardware. The overall outcome will result in the complete restoration of an iconic sailing yacht and set the stage for her resurgence on our local waters and beyond.   At the time of writing this article, Scaramouche has undergone the media blasting of the underwater hull and spot areas initially noted on the hull sides. While there were several areas of the underwater hull where the fairing compounds had failed, surprisingly, well over 80% of the original fairing and primers were still intact and able to be reworked. The same held true for the topsides. While we could see certain areas had failed before ever hauling the boat, nothing grew dramatically worse during the blasting and initial sanding.   As we continue to follow up with the project over the next few issues, we will dive into greater detail on the various repair procedures used to correct the effects of aging on an aluminum vessel. We will also follow along with what discoveries are made during the process which will help further inform readers and other owners of the expectations each should have when embarking on a refit project.  ■

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Andrew Cooley is the owner of Cooley Marine Management, LLC in Stratford, CT. With a background in marine repair and project management, he is well versed in both new construction and refits. To learn more about CMM’s repair, refit, project management, consulting and marine general contracting services, visit

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Port Sailing School Teams Up with Echo Bay Yacht Club Just off Hudson Park in New Rochelle, NY lies Echo Island. The island has been the home of the Echo Bay Yacht Club for over 100 years and with changing times and a decline in membership, the club reached out to Port Sailing School, based at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina, to provide additional services. These services will include a children’s sailing program, adult sailing lessons, a racing program and use of sailing school boats. Just last summer, Port Sailing School opened up its second location in New Rochelle. The school employs nearly 30 people in the season with a fleet of over 30 boats from 23 to 36 feet. Echo Bay YC Commodore Bill Vogt recently invited the owner of Port Sailing, Chris Nihill, out to Echo Island for a club event. It was there that Nihill saw the potential of this charming island and a partnership was formed to develop programs and events. “We are reinventing what a yacht club is, and how you go about joining,” Nihill explained. “We are combining our assets to provide services that a family can afford and improving access to the island by increasing the tender service from three days a week to seven.” With no initiation fees, all can join Echo Bay Yacht Club and sail the boats for as little as $750. Skipper memberships, Crew memberships and Junior memberships are available. The island will host a children’s sailing program during the weekdays in the summer with sailboats to be provided by the sailing school and students receiving a club membership. Port Port Sailing School is operating a junior sailing camp at Echo Bay Yacht Club this summer. ©

Sailing, with over ten years of experience, will operate the sailing camp and the kids will enjoy time on the boats and on the facilities on Echo Island. Four two-week sailing camp sessions are open to kids age 8 and up. Interested parents will find more information at On weekends, the Port Sailing School will offer American Sailing Association certification courses to qualify individuals to Echo Island is one of the beauty spots on Western Long Island Sound. © Emmanuel Bastien

sail the school’s fleet of 23-foot Sonars. Chris Fletcher, the Fleet Captain, will organize experienced sailors to mentor new sailors. Every Friday night the club will offer a racing program followed by refreshments. Echo Island Yacht Club has a restaurant and snack bar, a picnic area with grills, a protected mooring area, storage lockers, kayak racks and a beach, and its solarium offers a 180-degree view of Western Long Island Sound. Ample parking is available at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina, which is only a mile from the railroad station. Echo Island is one of New Rochelle’s hidden gems, and it would be a shame to lose it to a real estate developer. Just last year, Stuyvesant Yacht Club in City Island closed due to low membership and damages sustained during Sandy. The new alliance between Port Sailing School and Echo Bay Yacht Club allows members to experience the joy of sailing and the facilities of this classic Westchester landmark. To learn more about how you can become a member, learn to sail and use the school’s boats and the club’s facilities, log onto echobayyachtclub. org. Visit for more information about Port Sailing School. ■ WindCheck Magazine

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Calendar 2017 JUNE Ongoing through October River Cruises Aboard Onrust Enjoy a river excursion (1.5 hours) or a sunset cruise (2 hours) aboard this unique replica vessel. Fee includes museum admission. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; Reservations: 860767-8269; 1-4 9th Annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta & 6th Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational Co-hosted by Larchmont & American Yacht Clubs, these events for sailors with disabilities are sailed in Ideal 18s. (Women’s Invitational is 6/1; One-Design Regatta is 6/2 - 6/4). American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; robiepierceonedesignregatta. com

Bermuda back to Newport that starts June 15. Newport Yacht Club, Newport, RI;; 2-4 NYYC One-Design Regatta This inaugural event for J/70s, Audi Melges 20s and Etchells serves as the 2017 Etchells National Championship. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; 2-4 16th Annual CPYC OneDesign Regatta Open to one-design keelboats including (but not limited to) Atlantics, Etchells, J/70s, J/88s, J/92s, J/30s, J/105s, J/109s, Soverel 33s and Beneteau 36.7s, this event also serves as the 2017 Soverel 33 National Championship and a Qualifier for the 2017 J/70 U.S. Youth Championship. Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT;

on recreational sailing and cruising for women sailors of all abilities will learn some basics and enhance skill levels through a variety of seminars and workshops on land and on the water. The keynote speaker is two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow, founder of The Magenta Project, which aims to advance women in the sport of professional sailing, and promote inclusion, diversity and positive female role models in society at large. Raffles and a silent auction will benefit the Women’s Sailing Foundation. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA; Joan Thayer: joan_thayer@comcast. net; 3 IYRS Graduation & Launch Day An annual Newport tradition unlike any other, this gathering of students of the IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration and families and friends celebrates the launching and sailing of boats built and restored over the previous nine months. 10am- 1pm; free; Newport, RI;

1 Singles Under Sail Social Meeting All single sailors and "wanna-be" sailors are invited to meet skippers and crew. 6pm, Flotilla 72 Center, 50 Calf Pasture Beach Rd, Norwalk, CT. 1 & 15 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. 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; 2 Bermuda One-Two Yacht Race Sponsored by Newport Yacht Club and the St. George’s Dinghy & Sports Club and first sailed in 1977, this biennial event comprises a singlehanded race from Newport to Bermuda and a doublehanded race from

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3 DIYC Spring Regatta Hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club, this Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Offshore Circuit race is a qualifier for the Long Sand Shoal Cup. Westbrook, CT;

3 Mystic Seaport Whale Watch Adventure This is a 4-hour cruise through Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, a marine sanctuary and one of the primary feeding grounds for Humpback Whales, Finback Whales, Pilot Whales, Minke Whales and endangered Right Whales. An experienced naturalist will be your guide as you encounter these graceful and rare animals up close. 2 - 6pm; Plymouth, MA; call 860-5725331 to register; mysticseaport. org

3 SYC Pre-Off Soundings Race This ECSA points event is hosted by Shennecossett Yacht Club. Groton, CT; 3 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference Participants in this all-day conference

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3 Connecticut Safe Boating Course Approved by NASBLA, CT DEEP and recognized by the USCG, this course (including personal watercraft and waterskiing endorsement) exceeds the minimum requirements for the certificate to operate a boat in the State of Connecticut. Landfall Marine Training Center, Stamford, CT; landfallnavigation. com/connecticut-safe-boatingcourse.html 3&4 23rd Annual Rhode Island Leukemia Cup Regatta A fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (social events on Saturday and racing on Sunday), this event is hosted by New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Raise a Sail, Save a Life! Newport, RI; leukemiacup. org 3&4 4th Annual Gotham Multihulls Regatta Sponsored by the New England Multihull Association and hosted by the Richmond County Yacht Club and One° 15 Brooklyn Marina, this event is open to all multihulls with a NEMA handicap rating. Staten Island & Brooklyn, NY;;

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3&4 SYC Double Handed Regatta Open to any boat 24’ LOA or over that holds a valid YRALIS PHRF or IRC certificate, or is a member of a recognized one-design class, this 2-day event, with a distance race of approximately 20 miles each day, is a qualifier for the YRALIS Edward du Moulin Cup. Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT;

3&4 Maritime Cup Regatta This PHRF event is part of the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association Series. Kingston Sailing Club at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY;; hryra. org 3&4 Sail Newport Youth Challenge One of the most exciting youth regattas in New England, this event welcomes Optimist, Laser Radial, Club 420 & 29er racers. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; 3&4 NYC Viper Invitational Noroton Yacht Club, Darien, CT; 3&4 6th Annual PJ Boater’s Maritime Festival This family event celebrates the town’s rich maritime heritage and beautiful harbor with a boat show, sailing, kayaking & SUP demos, harbor cruises, boat building & boating safety demos, fishing & outdoor seminars, pirate shows & treasure hunts, live music and much more. 11am - 6pm; Port Jefferson, NY; 4 NYC Early Bird Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Niantic Bay Yacht Club. Niantic, CT; 4 FYC/BRYC Double Handed Series Race #1 This series is hosted by Fayerweather Yacht Club and Black Rock Yacht Club. Bridgeport, CT;;

Fair Arts & crafts, live music, family fun stage, children’s fun park, nautical & environmental exhibits, food, a model yacht regatta, boat cruises on Manhasset Bay and more. Port Washington, NY; 4-8 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Play Offs Semi-Finals Bermuda; 8 World Oceans Day This is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Worldwide; find events & resources at 8 - 11 38th Annual Sea Music Festival With performers from across the U.S., Australia, England and France, this festival showcases music from the Golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary composition. Events include the Music of the Sea Symposium (at Connecticut College in New London), a Sea Music Contra Dance, concerts, special performances for children, workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard historic vessels. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; smf@mysticseaport. org; 9 Marion Bermuda Race 40th Anniversary Edition First sailed in 1977, this 645-nautical mile Corinthian event starts in Marion, MA and finishes off St. David’s Head, Bermuda. The race provides an opportunity for cruising yachts and amateur crews to participate in an ocean race with a rendezvous in Bermuda, and

4 Magnus Pedersen and Thistle Districts Regatta Named after the founder of Lightning Fleet 75, this event is hosted by Lightning Fleet 75 and Thistle Fleet 41. Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY; nyackboatclub. org 4 Harborfest 2017 Craft

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participants in this 21st running 1 will have front row seats for the 47th Annual Lloyd’s 35th America’s Cup. Trophy Race - Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; 9 HYC Moon Over Harlem 1 Twilight SeriesRace begins SYC Pre-OSC Sailed other Friday night, This isevery an ECSA points this informal series welcomes event. Shennecossett all PHRF spinnaker nonYacht Club, Groton,&CT; spinnaker boats. Harlem Yacht Club, City Island NY; race@hyc. 1 org; 119th Annual HYC Day Race - Huntington 9 & 10 YachtSoundings Club, Huntington, NY; Off Spring Series Hosted by the Off Soundings Club, this race from 1 Watch Hill, RI to Block Island is King’s Race an ECSACup points event.& Reception - Minuteman Yacht Club, Westport, CT; 9 - 11 NYYC 163rd Annual 1 Regatta presented by 32nd Polar Seltzer Rolex The oldest continuGreat Chowder Cookally run regatta in the USA is Off -to The original, open yachts withlargest a minimum

LOA of 25 feet in IRC, Classic, One-Design, Cruiser-Racer & and longest running chowder Double-Handed divisions. New competition in New England York Yacht Club’s Harbour in officially kicks off summer Court, Newport, RI; Newport! 12 - 6pm; Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; 1 Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling This course, taught by a US Powerboating certified instructor, is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a powerboat or improve their © Onne van deron-the-water Wal/ boat handling skills and already has or does not need a State 10 Boating Safety Certificate. Ages The Corinthians Single10 & up. 9am - 6pm; U.S. Coast Handed & Double-HandGuard Auxiliary 77,1946, ed Race First Flotilla sailed in South Benson Marina, Fairfield, this event for single-hulled CT; register at yachts of at least 20 feet LOA is Jay Lipp: Also open to all yachtsmen. Noroffered on 6/4 & 5 and 6/5 &6 walk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; 1&2 12th Annual CPYC One10 DesignDistance Regatta Race - This event Payea Old serves as the 2013 Soverel Greenwich Yacht Club, Old 33 National CT; Championship Greenwich, and the 2013 Viper 640 New

10 & 11 Wickford Regatta (any This England Championship celebration of One-Design Fun one-design keelboat fleet with is open to J/22s, 5O5s, F-18s, sufficient entries can be given a I420s, Lasers, Laser start). C420s, Cedar Point Yacht Club, Radials, UFOs, RS Aeros. Westport, CT; and Halsey Bullen: Wickford Yachtcpycodr@gmail. Club, Wickford, 203-247-2712; RI; com; 1&2 SYC Double-Handed Regatta - Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; Don Wyllie: 203-561-2065;; 1&2 City Island Cup - This regatta, organized by the © Cate Brown/ Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association, 10 & 11 is open to all PHRF, IRC &One-Design yachts. City Women’s Invitational Island, NY; Team Race This regatta will be sailed in Ideal 18s. American 1 & 2Club, Rye, NY; americanyc. Yacht Maritime Cup Regatta org This PHRF event is part of the Hudson 10 & 11River Yacht Racing Association City IslandSeries. Cup Kingston Organized Sailing at the Hudson by the Club Eastchester Bay YachtRiver Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY; Racing Association, this regatta; is open to all PHRF, IRC & One-

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Design boats. City Island, NY; 2 Bay Day - This free community 10 - 12* event, hosted by The WaterFront Louis Vuitton America’s Center and Friends of the Bay Cup Challenger Play Offs to “celebrate and promote Final environmental awareness,” Bermuda;live includes music, food & (* if required) the Anything refreshments, That Floats Race, free harbor 11 aboard the oyster sloop tours A Plastic Ocean Christeen, free sailboatThe rides and Fairfield Theatre kayak demos andCompany touch tanks of presents a screening thisThe local marine life. 12 - of 5pm; new feature-length WaterFront Center,adventure Oyster Bay, documentary that brings to light NY; 516-922-SAIL; the consequences of our global; disposable lifestyle. Doors open at 4pm; show at 4:30; free; The 2 Warehouse at FTC, 70 Sanford 23rd Harborfest Street,Annual Fairfield CT (next to & Fair - RR Artsstation); & crafts, theCraft northbound live music, family fun stage,’s fun park, nautical & house/plastic-ocean environmental exhibits, food, a11 model yacht regatta, boat cruises on Manhasset Bay and 32nd Annual Mayor’s Cup more. Portby Washington, NY; Presented the Halloween 646-580-5341; Yacht Club, Breakwater Irregulars and the City of Stam4 ford, this regatta was started 6th Annual DarkStamford’s ‘n in 1986 to maintain Stormy Benefit: Sailing association with the sea and

to foster community spirit and waterfront pride. Stamford, CT; Vivian Werner: mayorscup@; 11 CPYC PHRF Sunday Series begins Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; 11 13th Annual Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt/Pirates Day In this family event, presented by the Downtown Milford Business Association and sponsored by 7 Seas Restaurant, Captain William Kidd and crew sail into Milford Harbor and “take over” downtown Milford. The Pirate Ship Oz docks at Lisman Landing at noon. Activities include face painting, live music, and Connecticut’s best & largest scavenger hunt. Pirate garb and salty dog talk are encouraged! 12 - 5pm; free; Milford, CT; 203-5300103; 14 12th Annual Clean Ocean Access Volunteer Appreciation Cookout Whether you volunteered once in 2006,

or once last week, or donate, or are a silent supporter, you are cordially invited. COA will provide hot dogs & burgers and you can provide your favorite dish. 5 - 9pm; King Park Swim Area, Newport, RI;; 15 Singles Under Sail Program Meeting The Evolution of becoming an America’s Cup Sailor presentation by Paul Savage. 7:30pm, $10 door charge, Doubletree Inn, 789 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 15 - 18 Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic Honoring the memory of a passionate young sailor and sailed in Lasers, I420s, C420s, Bytes & 29ers, the “BEG” is the premier dinghy racing clinic on the East Coast. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; 15 - 18 America’s Cup Endeavour O’Pen Thirty-two very fortunate sailors, age 15 and

under, have been selected from 11 nations to sail O’Pen BICs in this premier event. In addition to other “Un-Regatta” events, O’Pen BIC will be the Half Time Show between Race #1 and Race #2 of the America’s Cup Finals on Saturday, June 17. Bermuda; 16 - 22 Sail Boston Activities at this Tall Ships event include the Grand Parade of Sail (6/17), public boarding of ships (6/17 & 18), a crew & cadet street parade (6/19), a crew & cadet soccer tournament (6/20) and more. Boston, MA;


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Cancer Regatta Sponsored by Mystic River Yacht Club and supporting the new Lawrence Memorial Hospital and DanaFarber Cancer Institute partnership and cancer research, this ECSA points event has traditional racing and a “Picnic Fleet” for non-competitive sailors, who are encouraged to take cancer patients and family members out to watch the races. A Shore Party follows, with open bar, BBQ, a live band and a Wellness Expo. Make some waves. Make a difference! Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT; Bob Davis: 860-3835405;; 17 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta & Awards Dinner Sponsored by International Technical Industries, Sagamore Yacht Club, the Sagamore Rowing Association, Oakcliff Sailing and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, this event includes a PHRF pursuit race (skippers can enhance their rating based on donations their boats collect), a Turn & Burn Relay Race for junior rowers, and a Paddling for

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Poker event for Master rowers, kayakers & paddle boarders. There is no entry fee for any of the day’s events. Participants are asked to secure sponsors, and those raising $100 or more will be admitted to the Awards Dinner with no fee. Sagamore Yacht Club and Beekman Beach, Oyster Bay, NY; Regatta 17 30th Annual Port Jefferson Harbor Cup Regatta Hosted by Port Jefferson Yacht Club, this event is open to any skipper, with or without yacht club affiliation, whose boat has a PHRF rating. Port Jefferson, NY; 17 Chanteyman Cup Race Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; 17 NBYA PHRF of Southern New England Championship – Spring Race This Narragansett Bay Yachting Association event is hosted by Bristol Yacht Club. Bristol, RI; 17 Payea Round the Island Chase Race Old Greenwich Yacht Club, Old Greenwich, CT; 17 Martha’s Vineyard Catboat Rendezvous Edgartown, MA; Mark Alan Lovewell:; 17 8th Annual Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge This event, one of the Northeast’s largest stand up paddle events with races, instruction & demos, lots of family fun, great food and live music on one of Long Island Sound’s best beaches, supports children and the environment. 9am - 5pm; Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT;; downunderct. com 28 June 2017 WindCheck Magazine

17 Connecticut Boat/PWC Certificate Class This oneday course, presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72, meets all education requirements for Connecticut Boat/ PWC operating certificate with waterski towing endorsement. Textbook and exams provided in English or Spanish. $70 fee includes textbook & lunch (discount for families, veterans & first responders). Flotilla 72 Training Center, Calf Pasture Beach, East Norwalk, CT (visit for directions); Register before June 10 at or 203 853-4615. Also offered October 21 and by group special request. All Spanish language version available. 17 & 18 Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the Hudson River over 40 years ago, the Clearwater Festival features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling & family-oriented programming, Handcrafters’ Village, Green Living Expo, Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits & rides, Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays & exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. Performers include Arlo Guthrie, Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Lake Street Dive, Alejandro Escovedo and many more. Croton Point Park, Croton-onHudson, NY; clearwaterfestival. org 17 - 27* America’s Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton Bermuda; americascup. com (* if required) 18 - 23 Block Island Race Week XXVII Presented by the Storm Trysail Club, New England’s only five-day race week features great racing, six parties in the tent at The Oar, all framed by Block Island’s special ambiance. “The Championships Regatta” serves as the IRC, J/44, J/109 & C&C 30

North Americans, PHRF & J/88 East Coasts, and the J/105 New England Championship. Racing is also offered in Performance Cruising classes, both spinnaker & non-spinnaker (PHRF), double handed (PHRF), classics (CRF) & multihulls (NEMA). Block Island, RI;

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18 - 23 Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp (Beginner/ Intermediate) This camp is for ages sailors ages 10 - 13 who already have basic sailing skills. Campers sleep aboard the square-rigger Conrad and can explore everything the seaport has to offer. Mystic Seaport,

Mystic, CT; 860-572-5322; Also offered on 7/23 - 28; Beginner & Intermediate camps also available 19 - 23 Newport Charter Yacht Show Charter brokers and select clients learn about dream vacations aboard world-class yachts from 50 to 200 feet at this unique show. Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI; 20 13th Annual International Surfing Day Established by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, this global event celebrates the sport of surfing, the surfing lifestyle, and the sustainability of ocean resources. Ours to Enjoy, Ours to Protect.

posium The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound runs this event for instructors, head instructors and program directors, featuring presentations filled with practical, hands-on curriculum ideas, because Level 1 is not enough training. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; Bob Whittredge:; 21 - 25 15th Annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta & Clinic Created to give participants the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through worldclass coaching and competition

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JUNE Continued day, 6/30, 5 - 7pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10am 5pm, or by appointment. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; 860-434-7802;

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24 5th Annual Calvin K. Brouwer Memorial Regatta This ECSA points event honors the man who managed sailboat races on Long Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound and the Thames River for more than half a century. Thames

Yacht Club, New London, CT; 24 Around Aquidneck Island Race This event is organized by the Twenty Hundred Club and Tiverton Yacht Club.; 24 NESS Fest Presented by the New England Science & Sailing Foundation, this event is free and open to the public. Activities include sailing, kayaking & stand up paddle boarding. Participants are welcome to enjoy ocean adventure activities & giveaways, tour the facilities, meet the staff, and learn more about NESS’s summer programs. No prior experience in water sports is necessary and participants will be supervised by trained & experienced NESS staff members. Stonington, CT; 860-535-9362; 24 Hudson River Day This event is the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s annual celebra-

tion of the river and our gift back to the public. Attractions include heritage vessels, local vendors, river- and historyrelated nonprofits, children/s activities, live music, food, and the First Annual Hudson River Boatbuilding Challenge. Free; Get out on the River! Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY; 24 Noroton Catboat Rendezvous Noroton Yacht Club, Darien, CT; Frank Kemp:; 203-6561129; 24 2nd Annual Charles Island SUP CUP Presented by Scoot & Paddle and the Surfrider Foundation’s Connecticut Chapter, this event is open to SUPs, kayaks, outrigger canoes & surf skis, with a 5-mile elite race, 2.25-mile recreational race, and .5-mile youth race. Surfrider’s International Surfing Day activities include live music, Kaiholounie Polynesian Dancing with audience interaction & instruction, yoga on the beach,

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SUP yoga, free surf, SUP & kayak demos, food trucks, raffles, giveaways and more, with 100% of proceeds to charity. Walnut Beach, Milford, CT; facebook. com/charlesislandsupcup;; 24 & 25 17th Annual Summer Sailstice This global celebration of sailing takes place on waterways all over the world, and you can win valuable prizes including a one-week bareboat charter with Sunsail, an Offshore Sailing School course, a one-year BoatU.S. Unlimited Saltwater towing membership, a Hobie Mirage i-Series kayak, and much more. Register at 24 & 25 Etchells Atlantic Coast Championship This regatta is hosted by E22 Fleet 15. Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island, NY; 24 & 25 81st Annual CIYC Distance Race City Island Yacht

Club, City Island, NY; 24 & 25 32nd Annual Hudson Cove HRYRA Regatta This PHRF event is part of the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association Series. Hudson Cove Yacht Club, West Haverstraw, NY;; 24 & 25 Whalers Race This distance race is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association handicap rating. New Bedford Yacht Club, South Dartmouth, MA; Don Watson:; 24 & 25 USA Junior Olympic Festival – Atlantic Coast Champs Hosted by Brant Beach Yacht Club and organized by the Brant Beach Sailing Foundation in conjunction with US Sailing, this event is open to Optimist, Club 420, Laser Radial & Laser 4.7 sailors. Brant Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach Island,

NJ;; 24 & 25 JSA Racing Clinic This Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound event is hosted by Stamford Yacht Club and held in C420s, Lasers & Laser Radials. Stamford, CT; Bob Whittredge:; 25 Tappan Zee Challenge Co-sponsored by Helen Hayes Hospital, Nyack Boat Club and Sonar Fleet 23, this event includes an introduction to adaptive sailing and clinic. Sailed in Sonars, it’s open to people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and volunteers interested in learning more about adaptive sailing. Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY; Matthew Castelluccio: 845-786-4950; castellucciom@helenhayeshosp. org; 26 & 27 Law Trophy This Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound regatta is hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club and held

in C420s, Lasers, Laser Radials and RS Fevas. Greenwich, CT; 27 Michael Tougias: So Close to Home The award-winning author will give a presentation about his book (co-written with Alison O’Leary), subtitled The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II. 7pm; Falmouth Historical Society, Falmouth, MA; 28 Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar Presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and sponsored by the Jamie Boeckel Fund for Safety at Sea and Sailing World, this hands-on workshop includes presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery and big-boat 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. Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island, NY; Ed Carey:; stormtrysailfoundation. org/safety-at-sea-seminars 28 Sears Cup This event for youth sailors is hosted by The WaterFront Center and sailed in Sonars. Oyster Bay, NY; Dave Waldo:; 30 Booksigning With Stan Grayson The author will sign copies of his new book, A Man for all Oceans: Captain Joshua Slocum and the First Solo Voyage Around the World. 2 - 3pm; Mystic Seaport Maritime Bookstore, Mystic CT; 30 OHP 75° North Fundraiser This year’s edition of OHPRI’s annual summer fundraising party celebrates Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry’s plans to undertake an historic voyage to the Arctic Circle and into the Northwest Passage – the

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first full-rigged ship to do so in 100 years. 6pm; Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI; tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit or email

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30 - 7/2 26th Annual WoodenBoat Show Presented by WoodenBoat Magazine, this unique show features an amazing variety of wooden watercraft, expert demonstrations, a family boatbuilding program, and much more. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; advance tickets at

JULY 1 86th Annual Stratford Shoal Distance Race Riverside Yacht Club, Riverside, CT; 1 Booksigning With Jonathan White The author will sign copies of his new book, Tides:The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. 2 - 3pm; Mystic Seaport Maritime Bookstore, Mystic CT;

tional One-Design & PHRF; Babylon Yacht Club, Babylon, NY; 4 Bristol 4th of July Established in 1785, Bristol’s Independence Day Celebration is the oldest continuous event of its kind in the USA. Bristol, RI; 4 Independence Day Celebration Celebrate America’s birthday circa 1876 with boat races on the Mystic River, military exercises with the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry on the Village Green, a parade, a concert by the Mystic Silver Cornet Band and more. 9am 5pm; Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860-572-5322; mysticseaport. org 6 Singles Under Sail Social Meeting All single sailors and sailors are invited to meet skippers and crew. 6pm, Ponus Yacht Club, 69 Dyke Lane, Stamford, CT. 6 & 20 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. 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT;

4 Independence Day Hey baby, it’s the 4th of July!

7-9 33rd Newport Regatta Presented by Helly Hansen Invited classes include 2.4mR, 5O5, A-Class Cat, Comet (ACCs), Ensign (ACCs), Etchells (Narragansett Bay Championship), F-18, 110 (Nats), 210, 29er, J/24, J/70 (NEs), Laser Full & Radial, M32 Catamaran, Audi Melges 20, Melges 32, RS Aero (Nats), Thistle,VX Evo and VX One Design (NEs). Sail Newport, Newport, RI;

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1&2 Tiedemann Classic Regatta New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI;

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sions for PHRF, IRC, Classic, Catboat and Foiling Kiteboards, this multi-class regatta supports Sail Martha’s Vineyard.Vineyard Haven, MA;

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the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, this race supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation Suffolk County Chapter’s mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Huntington, NY; 8 Terrell E. Cobb Memorial Cuttyhunk Race Honoring the first Commodore of the Twenty Hundred Club, this event is open to all yachts with a current PHRF-NB rating.

7-9 Vintage Treasures Antique and Classic Boat Show Presented by the Southern New England Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event showcases boats built by Chris Craft, Century, Lyman, Gar Wood, Elco and many more. The actual boat show is Saturday, 7/8 from 9am 4:30pm; free; Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT;

8 JSA Girls Champs This Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound event is hosted by American Yacht Club and sailed in Lasers. Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT;

7-9 Sailfest This 3-day festival includes live entertainment on three stages, tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, arts & crafts, free kids’ activities, fireworks and more. New London, CT;

8 Sprite Island Yacht Club Catboat Rendezvous Sprite Island Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT;

8 Horton Invitational This ECSA points event is hosted by Watch Hill Yacht Club. Watch Hill, RI;;

8 53rd Annual Friends & Neighbors Race This event is open to monohulls 22 feet LOA and over. Noroton Yacht Club, Darien, CT;

8 20th Annual IYRS Summer Gala This fundraising event for the IYRS School of Technology & Trades features entertainment by Kool & The Gang. Celebrate Good Times, Come On! 5 - 11pm; Newport, RI;

8 47th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY and 30th Annual Around Shelter Island Catamaran Race Southold Yacht Club, Southold, NY;

8 3rd Annual Stand Up for Veterans This kayaking and paddle boarding event is a fundraiser to improve the lives of our Armed Forces veterans. Race meeting at 9am; Downunder, Westport, CT;

8 45th Annual Edward S. Dole Memorial Stratford Shoal Race Hosted by Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club and honoring the memory of a very enthusiastic sailor who co-founded

8&9 71st Annual Red Grant Regatta Honoring Adolph “Red” Grant, an avid racer who died in World War II, this fundraiser for Easter Seals of New Jersey comprises a one-day



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JULY Continued cruising race and a two days of ‘round-the-buoys racing. Raritan Yacht Club, Perth Amboy, NJ; 8&9 Expressly for Fun Regatta This family-oriented pursuit race is hosted by Huguenot Yacht Club. New Rochelle, NY; 8&9 Sid Clark Overnight Race Dating back to 1904, this may well be the oldest distance race in the country. This year’s running will feature a variety of courses from 75 to 100 miles. Bristol Yacht Club, Bristol, RI;

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8&9 3rd Annual Barnegat Bay Catboat Rendezvous Beaton and Sons Boatyard, Brick, NJ; Henry Colie: 201-401-0292; 9 Queens Cup The Long Island Sound Women’s Championship is sailed in Ideal 18s. American Yacht Club, Rye, NY;;

Newport Onne will give a guided photographic tour aboard the M/V Gansett, including wharves, lighthouses, Shields racing, the Bridge, and many boats and ships on Narragansett Bay. 3:30 - 8:30pm; $595 includes a meal, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & a swag bag. Limited to 15 photographers; reserve at 401-849-5556 or with Tenley van der Wal at gallery@; 12 & 14 JSA Pixel/Blue Jay Race Week This Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound event is hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Port Washington, NY; 12 - 15 Swan 42 Nationals/IRC East Coast Championship New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; 13 - 16 34th Annual Black Ships Festival This event commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN of Newport, who in 1854 negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa, the first treaty between the USA and Japan. Newport, RI; blackshipsfestival. com

12 Thames Yacht Club Regatta This Wednesday night event for PHRF, one-design & dinghy sailors raises funds and awareness for Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. Thames Yacht Club, New London, CT; thames-yacht-club-regatta-2017 12 USA Junior Olympic Festival – Larry White Regatta Hosted by Niantic Bay Yacht Club and organized in conjunction with US Sailing, this event is open to Optimist, 420 & Laser sailors. Niantic Bay Yacht Club, Niantic, CT; nbyc. org; 12 Onne van der Wal Photography Workshop on the Water: Nautical 34 June 2017 WindCheck Magazine


14 & 15 Mudhead Benefit Cup for the Center for Hospice Care Hosted by the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association and open to all PHRF and one-design classes, this event kicks off with the 8th Annual Racer’s Jam at Mystic Shipyard on Friday, 7/14: bring your instruments, voices and dancin’ shoes. Racing is Saturday, followed by the Mega Party at

Mystic Shipyard. Mystic, CT; George Brys: gebrys@comcast. net; 15 9th Annual EGYC Regatta Celebrating 108 years of sailing at East Greenwich YC, this pursuit-style race has classes for Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, J/22 One-Design, and Family Cruising boats. A deck party follows, with music, food, beverages and awards. East Greenwich Yacht Club, East Greenwich, RI; 15 56th Annual Branford Invitational This ECSA points event is hosted by Branford Yacht Club. Branford, CT; Don O’Brien: 203-430-0212; 15 Ben Bates Doublehanded Non-Spinnaker Regatta Harlem Yacht Club, City Island, NY; Philip Swanton:; 15 PYC Opti Rumble This Optimist regatta is hosted by Pequot Yacht Club. Southport, CT; 15 Duck Island Catboat Rendezvous Westbrook, CT; Craig Elliott: celliott02@charter. net, 410586-8179; 15 & 16 Leukemia Cup Regatta Hosted by Ocean City Yacht Club, this event supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancers. Ocean City, NJ; 15 & 16 Wickford Catboat Rendezvous Wickford, RI; Peter M. Galster: pmgalster@gmail. com, 401-269-1012; 15 - 23 119th Annual Larchmont Race Week This venerable event has divisions for Racer/ Cruiser (IRC & PHRF), NonSpinnaker, Classic Yacht, J/70, J/80, J/105, Etchells, IOD, Shields,

S-Boat, Ideal 18,Viper, RS K6, 5O5 and other one-designs with sufficient entries. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; 16 Pine Orchard Invitational This ECSA points event is hosted by Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club. Branford, CT; 16 Queen’s Cup New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; 16 BYC Governor’s Cup Invitational One-Design & PHRF; Babylon Yacht Club, Babylon, NY; 17 Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar Presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and sponsored by the Jamie Boeckel Fund for Safety at Sea and Sailing World, this hands-on workshop includes presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery and big-boat 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. Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME; Bob Scott:; 20 Singles Under Sail Program Meeting Marine ecologist Dr. Sarah Crosby and Nikki Cantatore provide photos, data and hands-on field expertise and research to safeguard the ecology of our waterways. 7:30pm, $10 door charge, Doubletree Inn, 789 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

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sound environment.

Get On Board with Rozalia Project!

By Rachael Z. Miller, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean Did you know that every time we wash our clothes, millions of microscopic fibers break off and flow out of our washing machines, though waste water treatment plants and into our waterways? There, they could be ingested by creatures at all levels of the marine food web. And what they eat, we eat. This is the problem of microfiber pollution, and the bottom line is that we are eating our clothing. We are eating each other’s clothing. Ew! This problem of microfiber pollution is relatively newly discovered. The fibers are so small that most can only be seen with a microscope. Furthermore, since the majority of our clothing is made of synthetic material, this problem is primarily a microplastic problem. The magnitude is still being discovered, but we are looking at the possibility that one fleece jacket could release an average of 81,000+ fibers and up to 250,000 per garment, per wash (Bren/Patagonia Study, 2016). Another study suggests 250,000-700,000 microfibers washing off one polyester polo shirt per wash (Mauricio Avella, 2017). There are a lot of

factors that affect the final numbers, from washing machine type and size to the kind of detergent you use, but one thing is sure; everyone who wears and washes clothes is part of this problem and it is one that needs solutions. Rozalia Project is very excited to be at the leading edge of solutions to microfiber pollution and we recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign introducing the Cora Ball. This is a consumer-based solution in the form of a microfiber-catching laundry ball. The Cora Ball is inspired by coral because Rozalia Project’s design team realized that coral does what we need. It allows water to flow and catches tiny things from that flowing water. A standard mesh-type filter will not work (without flooding basements everywhere), so we had to think around what already existed. The Cora Ball is easy to use. You just drop or throw it into any type of washing machine and do your laundry as you would normally. The Cora Ball will swish around the wash, with your clothes, collecting microfibers and, as a bonus, it also collects hair. Every now and then, you have a look and clean it as you would a hairbrush, by pulling the lint out of the Cora Ball and throwing it away where you discard your dryer lint. Rozalia Project is working hard on finding an opportunity to upcycle laundry lint and give it a life as something useful, but for now, the landfill is better than the nearest waterway.

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We expect the Cora Ball to go into production in July and available for purchase in August. Success of the Cora Ball will have a big impact protecting the ocean, and it will also benefit Rozalia Project. Developing, launching and spreading the word about the Cora Ball has been very exciting. We realized that this opportunity should not stop with us and that there is so much potential for people of all ages to be part of developing solutions to a variety of issue related to marine debris, especially their marine debris. That is why last year we’ve piloted a new education program based on American Promise, our 60-foot oceanographic research vessel and the greenest sailing research vessel in the world (now two years without using the generator and getting all of our house bank power needs from solar, wind and hydro power)! It is called Expedition STEM for the Ocean and it has two goals. First, we aim to inspire people in coastal communities to get excited by science, technology, engineering and math – for the oceans and second, to involve those same coastal residents in the development and implementation of solutions for a clean ocean. This year, we will be working with people of all ages from Boston to Bar Harbor for four weeks of Expedition STEM for the Ocean and we can’t wait. The program itself includes a data cleanup, data analysis, discussions on what causes behavior change, how environmental conservation happens, and an opportunity to get solutions on paper. We even travel with a 3D printer so we can make a model of redesign and innovation ideas. Program partners for Expedi-

Rozalia Project’s Expedition STEM for the Ocean will be held aboard the greenest sailing research vessel in the world, the 60-foot American Promise. © tion STEM for the Ocean include the Boothbay Sea and Science Center and the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, among others. Stay tuned to our social media and website, where we will share solutions with people along rivers, bays, sounds and oceans everywhere! For more information, videos and an opportunity to be on a Cora Ball pre-order list, check out or To learn more about Expedition STEM for the Ocean, see ■

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The Boating Barrister Summer Sailing with Tony Robbins and the Mighty Deposition By John K. Fulweiler There’s this quote that goes something like, “The potter drinks from a broken cup.” My daughter told me she thinks it means the potter never has time to make himself a nice cup because he’s making cups for everyone else. I think she’s right. A lot of you readers are messing about in the marine trades and it’s easy to be around all this salty stuff and never take time for yourself. Don’t let that happen this summer. Get out there on a voyage you charted for the sheer leisure of the adventure, and not to test or sell or deliver something for someone else. I know I sound like I’m huffing big doses of motivational speaker Tony Robbins, but my summer sentiment should ring true. Go ahead and count the number of summers you have left based on the insurance world’s actuarial tables (and leaving out all the sins of your past that may short those expectations) and it doesn’t sum to much. For us Northeast sailors, each dappled day of the boating season is one to be carefully tended, nurtured and, most fun of all, exploited. My daughter is 10 with her own Opti and she’s still perfecting the roll tack, preferring the quick crack, speed and angle of a jibe. I don’t blame her and that’s what we’ll do here; we’ll jibe around quick and offer something from the maritime legal lazarette so the publisher keeps letting me write this column each month. The topic du jour is depositions. I took someone’s deposition a month or so ago and they made some noise about knowing about me from my articles and it got me thinking that a prudent sailor should know a thing or two about depositions. A deposition is a form of discovery. Discovery is the process that precedes a trial where each side exchanges documents and takes depositions to “discover” the full extent and depth of the other side’s positions. (Modern legal practice gives a great deal of attention to discovery because the process is a good way to unfold everyone’s positions, which ultimately tends to lead to settlements.) A deposition entails a witness (a party witness or a non-party fact witness), an attorney to ask questions and usually an attorney representing the witness and/or the party and a court reporter to take down what’s being said. (I believe the court reporter is the most important person in the room because it’s critical to have an accurate transcript.) The deposition usually takes place in a lawyer’s office (or other informal setting) and the witness testifies under an oath which is given by the court reporter. If you are a deposition witness, take the time to meet with your lawyer beforehand to understand the pitfalls presented by a deposition. Indeed, what may be perceived as a chummy conversation can spell disaster for your claim or defense. Against that seascape, here are eight

points to consider when preparing to be deposed. First, dress appropriately. Ask your attorney for guidance, but I wouldn’t wear shorts. Second, don’t make friends at a deposition. The attorney asking the questions may want you to think she’s your new friend Friday, but that’s to get you to let your guard down. Third, only answer the question asked. Always remember this isn’t a conversation and you generally should answer the question asked in the most succinct and accurate way. Fourth, don’t get angry. An angry witness is a witness that’s lost control and may say something that’s not accurate. Let your attorney get angry. Fifth, you control the tempo of the deposition. If you need a drink of water or bathroom break, ask. Sixth, be truthful and accurate. “You’re under oath” is all I have to say on that point. Seventh, don’t guess. You want to be accurate and truthful in what you say, and guesses and assumptions are like taking a big tack away from the wind and into unknown currents. Eight, pace yourself. The important questions tend to come toward the deposition’s end when you’re tired, so remain vigilant right up to the time the attorney across from you says, “Well, I guess that’s all the questions I have.” My money says what you may know about testifying is probably limited to what you’ve seen on television or the movies. That won’t help you much. There tend to be few opportunities for your lawyer to “save” you by objecting to questions. Yes, certain questions may be objectionable, but I’d double-down and say most good attorneys are going to avoid asking objectionable questions, meaning you’re pretty much on your own. Like I tell my daughter, getting her Opti across the line first takes practice and preparation. You’ll never be as good a deponent as you will be a sailor, but you can certainly take the time to prepare. Preparation begins with speaking to your attorney and listening to what he or she tells you. Anyway, it’s noon around here and this article is the sum of my work effort for the day. I’m not too bothered because it’s summer in the Northeast and that gives us maritime trades folk license to leave early with the promise of a good afternoon breeze. Underway and making way. ■

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John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a Proctorin-Admiralty representing individuals and small businesses in maritime matters including personal injury claims throughout the East and Gulf Coasts and with his office in Newport, Rhode Island. He can be reached at 1-800-383-MAYDAY (6293), or visit his website at

book reviews. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes By Dan Egan Published by W. W. Norton & Company 364 pages hardcover $27.95 The Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie – have some of the clearest fresh water on Earth, but that’s actually indicative of ecological calamity. “This is not a sign of a healthy lake,” writes author Dan Egan. “It’s the sign of a lake having the life sucked out of it.” The culprits in this paradox are untold millions of zebra and quagga mussels. Native to the Caspian Sea in Asia, these shellfish are but two of legions of invasive species that were introduced to the Great Lakes by overseas freighters that entered these immense bodies of water through the Atlantic Ocean via

the St. Lawrence Seaway. In less than there decades, the mussels have become the lakes’ dominant species. Other threats to our nation’s greatest natural resource include proliferation of sea lampreys and Asian carp, toxic algal blooms caused by the overapplication of farm fertilizer, and the possibility of siphoning off Great Lakes water and selling it to China. More than a decade in the making, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is a compelling call to arms about the relatively simple solutions to these problems. Egan, the only journalist in the U.S. who covers the Great Lakes as a beat reporter, also writes with awe about their power and danger. The ore freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald, sunk in a storm on Lake Superior in 1975 and immortalized by singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, is one of an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks on the lakes, many of which have never been found. “This would never happen on a normal lake, because a normal lake is knowable,” Egan writes. “A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.” A reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dan Egan is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, the John. B. Oakes Award, the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and children. ■

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June 2017


from the captain of the port

The Rules of the Road – Set to Poetry

By Vincent Pica Chief of Staff, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Over 130 years ago, Captain George Eldridge set to poetry the most essential aspect of the Rules of the Road (COLREGs.) From this, the renowned Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book, the most respected tide and current guide since 1874, was born. I’ve had one at the helm of my vessels since, well, I can’t remember that far back. Here is what the Captain penned, and the dissection…

When all three lights I see ahead, I turn to Starboard and show my Red. Green to Green, Red to Red, Perfect Safety – Go Ahead.

But if to Starboard Red appear, It is my duty to keep clear – To act as judgment says is proper: To Port or Starboard, Back or Stop her.

And if upon my Port is seen A Steamer’s Starboard light of Green, I hold my course and watch to see * That Green to Port stays Clear of me.

Both in safety and in doubt Always keep a good look out. In danger, with no room to turn, Ease her, Stop her, Go Astern.

Rule 14!

Rule 15(a)!

Rule 15(b)!

Rule 5!

* “There’s nought for me to do but see” is the original version. Rule 13 - Overtaking Bottom line, if you are overtaking another vessel, you are the GiveWay vessel. Here are three ways to tell who is who: 1. At night, you can see a white light and no red or green side lights. The white light is either an anchor light or it is the stern light. You are overtaking that vessel. Don’t hit her! 2. During the day, if at a distance you see an uninterrupted wake from one side of the boat to the other, you are overtaking her. If you see a break in the middle of the wake, you are not. (see rule 14 below!) 3. When in doubt, assume you are the overtaking vessel and act accordingly. Rule 14 - Head-On When two vessels are on opposite compass courses, this is a problem. Here are three ways to tell what’s what:

1. At night, if you see three lights – red, green and a white

light above them, you are definitely heading straight at each other. 2. During the day, if at a distance you see an interrupted wake in the middle of the boat’s aspect, you are very likely heading right at each other. That break is the bow cutting through the water. 3. When in doubt, assume you are on reciprocal courses and act accordingly. In this situation, both vessels are “Give-Way” and both are required, where conditions permit, to turn to starboard and open up a passing lane between them. Remember, take “early and substantial” action so that your maneuver is “telegraphed” to the other skipper. Rule 15 - Crossing When two vessels appear to be heading across each other’s paths, this is by definition a crossing situation, but how can you tell if you are actually on a collision course? Here are three ways to determine who’s who: 1. At night, if you see a red light and a white light above it and trailing behind, you are crossing each other’s path and she is the Stand-On vessel (red means stop!) You are thus the Give-Way. If you see a green and a white light above it and trailing behind, you have a crossing situation where you are the Stand-On vessel – but keep an eye on her always! During the day, you can obviously see if the vessel is crossing your path on your starboard side (you are Give-Way) or your port (you are Stand-On.) 2. Mark the other boat’s progress against something fixed on your boat – a cleat, a stanchion – anything that is traveling with you. If the opposing boat continues to hover on or around that fixed mark as you both continue your course and speed, a collision is imminent! If still in doubt, watch the land behind her. If she appears to be gaining on the land, she will pass ahead of you. If she seems to be falling back against the land, she’ll pass behind you. If the land is unchanged against her course over the water, sound collision alarm! 3. When in doubt, assume you are on a collision course and act accordingly. In this situation, the Give-Way vessel is, by preference, to turn to starboard (towards the Stand-On boat) and go behind her. Remember – take “early and substantial” action so that your maneuver is “telegraphed” to the other skipper. Granted, you can’t reduce an inch of regulations to four stanzas, completely, but these words are the essential elements of what the rules are all about – avoiding a collision at sea! ■ Captain Andrew Tucci is the Captain of the Port and Sector Commander for US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Captain Tucci is responsible for all active-duty, reservist and auxiliary Coast Guard personnel within the Sector. As Chief of Staff of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary First District, Southern Region, Vin Pica works closely with Captain Tucci 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.

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The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound Fostering excellence for 93 years

Founded in 1924 to support its member junior sailing programs through leadership, training, communication and event scheduling, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) has produced legions of sailors who have excelled at the highest levels of the sport. We spoke with JSA Co-Chairs Karen Quirke, a member of American Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, and Peter “Pedro” Lorson of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and Port Washington Yacht Club, who discussed their own experiences as junior sailors and the past, present and future of this venerable non-profit organization.

What other people or experiences helped shape you as a sailor? KQ: Dublin Bay is a very windy venue, and the sheer exhilaration of flying around in a boat every afternoon in the summer was thrilling. Also, the social aspect of mixing with kids older and younger was a big draw for me. While racing is very rules-focused, I found the freedom attached to junior sailing very attractive. It kept me coming back for more each summer. I helped start the Women’s Team in University College Dublin, and I was a sailing instructor in the South of France for three summers. As an adult, I approached American Yacht Club Commodore Drake Sparkman and asked if I could start a committee for Women On the Water. He was a huge proponent of this idea and so began my next chapter in sailing, WOW!

Karen Quirke: I started sailing when I was seven at the Greystones Yacht Club in Wicklow, Ireland, in the Mirror dinghy. My family subsequently moved to National Yacht Club and the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dublin, where I raced C420s.

PL: My parents Peter & Sally Lorson, my MBYC Junior Program race coaches (the ones I remember helping me the most were Jamie McQuery and Chris Fowler), and of course some private instruction that my Dad set up for me with Steve Benjamin. Finally, my team racing experience as a high school sailor at Tabor Academy opened up a whole new side of sailing that I had never experienced before; something I am very passionate about to this day: Team Racing!!

Pedro Lorson: I started sailing Blue Jays in the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club Junior Program in 1972.

When did you become Co-Chairs of the JSA, and what are your responsibilities?

Were you a member of an organization like the JSA as a junior sailor?

KQ: Pedro and I accepted the positions of Co-Chairs in 2015. Pedro is a very positive and upbeat guy, and very easy to work with. We seem to always see things in a similar fashion. When we are presented with a problem, we connect by phone, hash out the topic, address the issues and work out a solution. The JSA is a very well oiled engine. It has a lot of history on the Sound, something Pedro and I both respect. Our role is to adhere closely to the

WindCheck: When did you start sailing?

PL: Yes, this organization! Back in my day was known as the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound. KQ: The three waterfront yacht clubs in Dublin Bay were a casual junior sailing organization, but not as organized as the JSA. I’ve never come across such a comprehensive junior sailing organization as the JSA. Did you have a sailing mentor? PL: Yes, two of them – Steve Benjamin and Gary Knapp (who just spoke at the JSA Midwinter meeting in March). KQ: When I was 16 and started racing big boats, my mentor was Liam Shanahan, on whose Shamrock 30 I crewed. He introduced me to offshore racing, which was thrilling. We raced to Wales and the South of England. Racing in the Irish Sea at night was amazing.

Jake Sal (helm) and Claire Glenn of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club round the leeward mark during a recent JSA Laser/C420 Championship. ©

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mission statement and by-laws while staying current in the everchanging face of this sport. We also tend to look toward US Sailing, so if they adopt a new initiative, we assess if it’s suitable for the JSA to follow. Our board is comprised of a group of hard working people, passionate about sailing, so we form sub-committees to tackle issues.

The Clash at the mark: Robert Lane of Indian Harbor Yacht Club leads the pack at a JSA Optimist Championship regatta. ©

PL: Karen (who by the way is an awesome Co-Chair!) and I are the first Co-Chairs in the history of the JSA. Our job is to keep the JSA as a highly respected junior sailing organization in the U.S. Karen and I are engaged in all facets, while properly delegating tasks to our very competent board. What is the JSA’s mission? PL: The JSA supports junior sailors at member programs by fostering and coordinating programs and activities that encourage them to experience the joy of sailing and instill a lifelong love of this great sport. We promote ethical behavior among our sailors and encourage the teaching of lessons that build character, foster teamwork and strengthen respect for self and others. We support both serious competitors and recreational sailors at all skill levels and encourage their sailing in local waters and beyond, and we encourage an appreciation and respect for the marine environment so important to sailing. How many programs are affiliated with the JSA? KQ: There are 40 junior programs at JSA member organizations in New York and Connecticut, including yacht, sailing, beach and shore clubs, associations, and youth and community organizations. In recent years there have been around 2,000 junior sailing

bers. The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY and the Darien Junior Sailing Program at Weed Beach in Darien, CT are the two public access community programs that are members of the JSA. Please tell us about the JSA board and other people you work with. KQ: The JSA board is comprised of 16 members selected from three regions around Long Island Sound, many of whom you’ll see at junior regattas. Each year, we rotate two or three new members onto the board. In addition, we have invited Kevin Broome, Sailing Director at American Yacht Club, and Nicky Souter, Sailing Director at Riverside Yacht Club, to be representatives of the sailing instructors to the JSA board. Kevin and Nicky are on the front line because each runs a large junior program and they’re able to read the nuances of certain situations and issues that come up on Long Island Sound. PL: Karen and I work very closely on all JSA issues with JSA’s Executive Director, Bob Whittredge, who simply does an awesome job. We also work with other board members on their assigned tasks. Both Karen and I can be found at various JSA regattas, talking to parents, regatta committee members and coaches and getting their input. KQ: Bob Whittredge is a wealth of information, and Pedro and I rely on him throughout the year to help steer this large ship in the right direction. Bob can be seen at many junior regattas. Please introduce yourself sometime, as he is extremely personable and enjoys speaking to sailors, instructors and parents. What is the JSA doing to engage and retain sailors with fun, non-racing activities? KQ: Attrition in sailing used to be a problem for many JSA member yacht clubs. Adventure sailing has taken off in recent years. Within the guidelines of this new endeavor, you will find the O’Pen BICs, Pixels, windsurfers and stand up paddleboards. Some programs have even started kayaking and powerboat handling courses for younger sailors. The JSA recognizes that we have many different types of boat users, including competitive racers who sail year round and adventure sailors. The issue in sailing is retention, so adventure sailing has been a terrific success and it’s helped the bottom line in junior WindCheck Magazine

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programs, which keeps the flag officers in our local clubs happy. However, the JSA board is mindful that we need both racing and adventure programs to remain vibrant. The racers aren’t going away! For example, Jack Parkin is a JSA sailor from Riverside Yacht Club who won I420 Worlds in Japan in 2016. Ashton Borcherding from Belle Haven Yacht Club came fifth in Women’s. You have a very busy calendar of events. How does it all come together? KQ: The JSA has an eight-week racing schedule every summer, and the board meets once a month and plans for the following summer. Our board members volunteer for tasks throughout the year, so our sub-committees report back to the board as we get closer to their initiatives. One of our biggest events is the All Instructor Symposium in June, where over 200 instructors spend the full day at Larchmont Yacht Club. They listen to experts in the industry, then they have break-out sessions in the afternoon where we work on honing their instructor skills. Charlie Enright, skipper of Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, gave a compelling presentation last summer. We are extremely safety conscious, and we have a very high bar for our instructors. In order to work at a JSA member club, each instructor must complete a four-day US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 training course, plus CPR and First Aid courses. In addition, first-year instructors are required to demonstrate onwater Safe Powerboat Handling proficiency at a US Powerboating course.

Sailing’s REACH program. Team racing has been ramped up, and we have introduced many Green Fleet regattas. The Marlin spike Seamanship Award for individual rope skills was dropped in the 1980s, but it’s been reintroduced in an effort to promote seamanship amongst our juniors. We are also requesting that all of our events are “clean regattas.” We recognize that communications have gone primarily digital and in 2016 we launched an upgraded website, Each summer we hire a social media editor who populates our social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Do you foresee the venerable Optimist, 420 and Laser being supplanted by newer, faster boats?

How has the JSA changed since 1924?

KQ: We are already seeing member clubs add different boats to their junior programs. The O’pen BIC, RS Feva and Hobie Wave are three of the more recent additions. After they graduate from the JSA, many of our racing sailors are moving into the I420 and 29er, and some to the 49er. These are fast, high performance boats that require a skill set that needs to be originally learned in a smaller and often slower boat. A growing class is the RS Feva, a two-person boat with an asymmetrical spinnaker. The young sailors seem to love its speed. Last year, my daughter Jacqueline (13) sailed a Feva at Larchmont Race Week with her crew Katherine Stoker. They fell in love with the boat, particularly the Mylar sails. They loved the asymmetrical spinnaker and how responsive it is and really enjoyed their first experience in a two-person boat. There will be eight RS Feva events this summer including the first JSA Feva Champs, and the Feva North Americans will be at Indian Harbor YC in August. This is an exciting time for sailing!

KQ: In an effort to adhere to our principal of staying current in the sport, we have introduced STEM education, such as US

PL: I could see skiffs finding their way into JSA regattas in the future. Please tell us about the JSA Big Boat Program.

Learning to race big boats safely is integral to the JSA’s mission. These are just a few of the 200 sailors who participated in a Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club. ©

KQ: The growth of the junior big boat sailing programs in the JSA is very impressive, thanks to the many volunteers and generous boat owners who donate their time and resources. One highlight of JSA big boats is the terrific success of the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team from American Yacht Club juniors, who won the 2016 Bermuda Race on the Tripp 41 High Noon (first in Class 10 and third overall, and first recipients of the new Stephens Brothers Youth Division Trophy). They won the Onion Patch Series, and the Boomerang Trophy awarded by Storm Trysail. The Young Americans also won the Vineyard Race in 2013 and the Block Island Race in 2015.

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Some of the finest coaches in the sport work at JSA member clubs. Noroton Yacht Club sailor Anna-Luisa Brakman (right) ties down her mast with guidance from coach Jill Fattibene at Pequot Yacht Club’s Pixel Regatta. ©

The JSA puts heavy emphasis on the Dorade Trophy and Beach Point Overnight races that have high attendance. The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, starting with its past director Iris Vogel, is very active in encouraging boat owners to invite juniors aboard to compete for the Youth Challenge Cup during the regular YRA handicap series. The J/70, Melges 24 and Etchells fleets are actively promoting juniors, and this could be seen as a platform to big boat sailing. In the words of Peter Becker, Head Coach of the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team, “the secret to success is to give the keys to the juniors, give them ownership of the race, and allow them all of the glory.” What’s most rewarding aspect of your work with the JSA? KQ: Watching young sailors grow in the sport and become sailing instructors is very rewarding, as is watching a young Opti sailor progress from caring for his or her first boat to becoming a role model in the sport. I also enjoy the night of the Larchmont Junior Race Week dance, when our house is filled with young sailors attending for the first time, excited and awestruck because of the lore of the dance. The instructors show up in droves, showering after a day on the water and getting dressed up to chaperone the dance…circle of the sailors’ life on Long Island Sound.

tional Opti regattas during the past three summers. My husband Declan and I have never asked any of them where they finished, or who they beat. Not asking young sailors how they scored in a race will take pressure off. That has been our mantra for 21 years of parenting our five children. PL: Make sure the kids are having fun!!! ■

PL: Seeing kids succeed and improve their skills while having fun, both on and off the water. Any advice for parents who want their kids to learn to sail? KQ: Buy them a “beater” Optimist as a first boat. Let them name their boat whatever they want to name it, and decorate it however they like. We still have lots of laughs with our children when we look at their “first” Opti photos. We have five children. Our older three are sailing instructors and two of them sail in college. Our two younger children have represented the U.S. in

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Sailing Your Own Race: Lessons from Junior Sailing By Robert N. Rossier All of us who are parents want to do a good job at it, but parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Sometimes we make bad choices; other times we do better. Along the way we’re bound to worry which is which, and we ask ourselves, “Am I being a good parent?” Getting my son into junior sailing seemed like a good idea – an opportunity for him to learn responsibility, gain independence, make a network of friends and have real fun. We had recently moved to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and it would be a great way for him to integrate into the local community. Okay, so maybe I was projecting my own interests, but really, what was the down side? The Vallarta Yacht Club just down the street offered what seemed to be a stellar junior sailing program. The group sailed Optimists – probably the most popular youth racing boat – and about the size of a bathtub. But before getting started, the kids had to pass a swim test, practice rigging the boats, and learn some sailing fundamentals. Before venturing out for their first real lesson on open water, they had to demonstrate their ability to right an overturned boat and get back onboard. Obviously, safety was a primary concern, and the instructor kept a sharp lookout on her charges. By the second day of lessons, they were heading out into open water to practice and learn. It didn’t take long for me to start questioning my own judgment. The basic issue revolved around my responsibility as a parent. After all, there was my son, barely 10 years old, sailing solo in the ocean. How responsible was that? But more than being out on the water by himself, he was negotiating the harbor, where I had personally seen crocodiles. It didn’t take a particularly active imagination to see how things might go wrong. Self-doubt began to register as I wondered, “Am I a responsible parent?” Fast forward about a year. It was my son’s second year of sailing, and the famous WestMex competition was being hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club. As a member of the host club’s team, my son was eager to participate. Hundreds of sailors with their families and friends had shown up from across Mexico, the U.S. and Europe. Boats and trailers were lined up in the parking lots, kids running around, gathering their gear together, meeting old friends, eating mangoes and drinking Coca Cola. Even the Mexican Navy was there to support the event. The excitement was palpable. The first day of Optimist racing got off to a smooth start, with a calm sunny morning leading up to a brisk afternoon breeze. The committee boat and support boats were all out, the racing marks were in place, and the kids were soon parading out the channel to the course where they warmed up – practicing tacks and plotting their strategies. But the afternoon had some surprises in store. The winds kicked up well beyond its normal range, and soon the seas were building to unexpected proportions. Before long, the Navy was out there with the support boats, plucking kids out of the water left and right as the wind toppled

Ethan Rossier prepares for competition at the 2010 WestMex regatta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. © Robert N. Rossier

them and crushing waves swamped their boats. Rounding the last mark, a small clot of racers from Vallarta was struggling. They too were knocked down by the wind, but each one in turn righted their craft, bailed furiously, and continued beating against the growing seas. What was amazing to see is that when they foundered, they weren’t left behind. The team stayed together, coaching one another and providing encouragement. Only a handful of racers finished that race, and my son and several of his Vallarta teammates were among them. That particular race was ultimately discarded – a bitter pill to swallow for them since they had done so well – but they learned some valuable lessons about defeat, persistence, and sportsmanship. A similar story played itself out a couple years later while racing in the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association series regional competition. We had recently moved back to the States, settling in Mooresville, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte, and had joined the Lake Norman Yacht Club. It was a typical summer Lake Norman day: hazy sunshine and barely a wisp of wind. But that would change. Some 50 kids from all over the southeastern U.S. had gathered for the regatta, and were out on the water for some racing action. Even if the wind wasn’t stiff, the competition still was. By early afternoon, trouble was brewing on the horizon in the form of a rapidly approaching thunderstorm, and the call was made to bring the kids back in and wait for the storm to pass. But before the support boats could round them all up, the maelstrom blew onto the lake, kicking up the water, diminishing visibility, and hammering us with pelting rain. It was ugly, but the support boats were out on the course towing their charges to safety. As a safety team member, I was busy checking in the kids – verifying

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sail numbers as the boats were towed in to safety. Minutes later, lightning bolts split the gray sky, and thunder boomed a warning of just how close the cell was. I checked and rechecked my list, realizing my own son had not yet returned. I was getting worried, and once again I found myself asking that question, “Am I a responsible parent?” As it turned out, my son had refused an offer from his team’s support boat for a tow in. He was worried about another friend of his who was further behind, and without a support boat would be left to sail in alone. He wasn’t about to leave him out there by himself. He had learned from day one that competition or not, leaving someone behind was just not the right thing to do. My anxiety evaporated when the two finally sailed by – the last two sailors had made it in safely. Moving to southeastern Connecticut a few years ago, we found an active junior sailing scene, and the adventures – and the learning – continued. Beyond the obvious boat handling skills, racing tactics, and in some cases crocodile avoidance, kids learn a lot from junior sailing – lessons that will serve them well in life, both on the water and off. And learning those kinds of lessons is really what it’s all about. The first lesson is perseverance. They learn to not give up when things get difficult or conditions get rough. They learn to enjoy getting there as much as getting there first. They learn about teamwork. Although the kids are each sailing their own boats solo, they practice, learn and train as a team. They work with one another to develop the knowledge and racing skills that will make them more competitive. They coach one another, help each other

rig their boats, and get them in and out of the water. They look out for one another. Junior sailing also teaches the importance of details, and when competition is tough, it’s the little details that make the difference: the trim of the sail, the balance of the boat, reading the wind on the water, timing one’s course to the start line. Maybe the most important lesson kids learn in junior sailing is to run his or her own race – not just to follow the pack. They learn that sailing your own race means reading the wind and the water and making your own choices of where and how to sail. Sometimes you’re right, and other times not so much. They learn that if they just follow the boat in front of them, they’ll never be in the lead. They learn to figure out when it’s time to change course, and time to make a tough decision. For those of us who parent junior sailors, there are lessons as well. For me, the biggest one was learning to let go – just a little – and let my son run his own race. And as much as we worry whether or not we’re being a good parent, and acting responsibly, we know we have done a good job when we see our kids choose to do the right thing. ■ Bob Rossier started sailing in college, and he has cruised up and down the New England coast. He has been a member of the Vallarta Yacht Club in Mexico, the Lake Norman Yacht Club in North Carolina, and the Thames Yacht Club in Connecticut, volunteering in youth sailing programs. His experience includes sail, powerboats, and hovercraft. He currently resides in New London, CT where he is searching for his next boat, and next adventure.

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The Little Details That Add Up to Big Differences in Speed By Clemmie Everett When coaching, I sometimes make suggestions that my sailors listen to but don’t seem to internalize. Often these are seemingly small adjustments on their rigging or boathandling, and I’m pretty sure that the thought running though their heads is something along the lines of, “Sure, Coach, but is that really going to make a difference?” True, a single small adjustment may not make the difference between first place and tenth, but a lot of these adjustments together, especially over the course of a long series (like a high school regatta or a frostbite season), will add

up to a noticeable difference. Let’s start with rigging. Make sure that your mainsail is all the way up. To get the head of the sail to the very top of the mast, use a stopper knot and a hitch on the sail instead of a bowline. Every inch (or fraction thereof ) slows you down. Similarly, make sure that your jib tension is set appropriately, and check both of these when you rotate into a new boat. Keep your boat dry. A gallon of water weighs about eight pounds. Picture pouring a gallon of water in your boat…barely noticeable, right? So, by the time you have a half-inch or so of water sloshing around, how many extra pounds are you carrying around the course? In breeze, that’s extra weight that you’re hiking against, and in light/medium air that’s an advantage you’re giving your opponents. A college teammate used to put it in terms a tradeoff between eating an extra brownie after dinner or being sloppy with bailing. That’s an easy decision! No, bailing isn’t fun or exciting, so skippers, this is one more of the multitude of reasons to be kind and appreciative to your crew! Along the same lines, be sure to drain your tanks before heading out on the water. On the water, be cognizant of your weight placement. Skipper and crew should try to keep their weight together and usually need to sit forward – ideally your center of gravity should be aligned with the boat’s center of effort, also known as the centerboard. In a Club 420 in light/medium air, this means a skipper needs to move at least one of his/her feet forward of the traveler bar. As crews can tell you, being comfortable is rarely fast. As you slide in/out and make small adjustments with your weight

Paying attention to such details as making your sails are fully hoisted, keeping skipper and crew weight together, minimizing rudder movement – and bailing diligently! – will make your boat go faster. © Cate Brown Photography

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on the tank, think about keeping your shoulders outboard of your rear end. Hunching your shoulders forward may seem more natural, but that limits your field of vision and ability to react to the next puff or lull. Instead, engage your core and slide your behind a few inches in or out (no problem since crunches and planks are part of your regular fitness routine, right?). Every time you move your rudder you create a lot of drag, so try to supplement your steering with weight and sail adjustments. When you want to head up a bit – for instance, into a roll tack – heel to leeward and trim your main a touch. When you want to bear off – such as around a windward mark – hike extra hard, keep your jib trimmed in, and ease your main. Two sails are better than one sail, so make sure both are working for you as effectively as possible. Upwind, crews should have both jib sheets so in the case of a crash tack, you’re ready to trim in immediately on the new tack. Downwind, it’s easy to let the jib out and relax a bit, but be sure to hold it out to maximize the angle, keeping an eye up the trailing edge to ensure that the top isn’t luffing. Also, communicate with your skipper about pressure in the jib. If it seems light, the skipper needs to head up or look to wing. If it seems solid, you can probably soak down a touch. Skippers, keep an eye on your top batten – if it’s inverted, pull on some vang momentarily and fix it. On the run, get your centerboard up almost all the way, though you’ll need to put it

down for unwings and jibes. Yes, this seems like a lot of adjustments, but each one makes a difference! As you’re sailing around the course, be sure not to sail extra distance. Think carefully about laylines. If you overstand, you’ll sail extra distance, and if you get a lift when you’re on the layline, think carefully before you “put it in the bank” and sail above the layline. Often, the most efficient course is to crack off and point right at the mark. If you are then headed below the layline, you can always tack onto the new lifted tack instead of being stuck on the headed tack. Similarly, a boat that finds itself on the outside of a pinwheel at the leeward mark sails a significant amount of extra distance and finds itself in a bad lane going upwind. If you anticipate being outside, slow your boat down and round behind yet inside, and you’ll soon find yourself passing competitors. Finally, as you approach the finish line, determine which end is favored and work to finish there. Attention to detail can make a big difference! Good luck and sail fast! ■ Clemmie Everett is the Head Varsity Sailing Coach at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY. She and teammates Alix Hahn, Carolyn Russell and Erin Sprague won the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship, which was hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye.

Little Lagoda Sets Sail Across the Atlantic In April, fifth grade students from William H. Taylor Elementary School in New Bedford, MA gathered at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to prepare a five-foot, self-steering sailboat for launch. Prior to this visit, Museum staff, assisted by Museum docent Peter Fenton, made three in-class presentations to review oceanography, geography, navigation, currents, and boat building. The Museum has been working with Educational Passages, an organization that collaboratively builds miniature boats and tracks their voyages after being launched from various points across the globe.   Designed as educational tools to teach students about the sciences of the world’s oceans, the boats are powered solely by ocean winds and currents and are capable of sailing thousands of miles. The Northeast Maritime Institute will assist with launching the Little Lagoda in the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream within one month. Once launched, the Taylor School students will be able to track their boat via a GPS transmitter on board. The students decided how they would like to paint the boat and what objects and messages to place into a watertight compartment in the hull. In the past, finders of the boats have connected online with those who have launched boats. It is possible that Little Lagoda will land in a place such as Portugal, the Azores, Cabo Verde or Ireland, thereby retracing historical linkages between New Bedford and those countries. For more information, log onto ■

Looking a bit like a scaled-down Volvo Ocean 65, the GPS-enabled, self-steering Little Lagoda was launched from M/V Navigator with help from the Northeast Maritime Institute approximately 25 miles southeast of Martha’s Vineyard on May 10. © WindCheck Magazine

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In It to Win It!

Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s Charlie Enright & Mark Towill on the Volvo Ocean Race The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents. No sailors in this edition of the Volvo are hungrier for victory than Charlie Enright, a native of Bristol, RI, and Mark Towill of Kaneohe, HI. Charlie and Mark are, respectively, the Skipper and Team Director of Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy. 11th Hour Racing, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation based in Newport, RI, establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote collaborative systemic change for the health of our marine environment. Vestas and 11th Hour Racing have joined forces to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 with one simple mission: Achieve exemplary results in sport and be the most sustainable team in the race. Charlie and Mark have been teammates for quite a while, beginning with their time as Brown Bears on the Brown University Sailing Team. In 2007, they were two of the 15 young sailors (age 18 to 23) selected for Roy Disney’s Morning Light Project, in which they sailed a TP52 in the 44th Transpacific Yacht Race and appeared in the documentary film Morning Light. They teamed up again on the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team, enjoying success in several events including the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Transatlantic Race 2011. Most recently, they led Team Alvimedica to fifth place overall in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. We caught up with Charlie and Mark to learn more about their mission to promote sustainability during this edition of the VOR…and to win it! WindCheck: Was there a defining moment in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014 -15 when you thought, “We gotta come back to this!”? Charlie Enright: We share a passion for the ocean, for sailing, and for doing things differently. We proved this in the last race by coming in with a young team and tasting our fair share of success. As soon as we showed ourselves to be competitive, winning some In-Port Races, and the final leg into Gothenburg, we knew that our story wasn’t over and we were already thinking about the next race. Mark Towill: This time ‘round, we have challenged ourselves even further by tapping into more robust professional and personal goals, returning to the 2017-18 edition backed by two sponsors

Mark Towill (second from left), Charlie Enright (third from left) and their shipmates received a warm welcome in Newport after their transatlantic voyage from Portugal. © Stephen Cloutier/

with similar objectives. With the support of Vestas and 11th Hour Racing, we aim to win the race whilst leading the pack in terms of sustainability and continuing to prove ourselves as environmental stewards. How was your transatlantic sail from Lisbon…and the reception in Newport? MT: Our transatlantic crossing was productive. We achieved all the goals we established before we set sail, both in terms of boat and crew. It has been very positive. CE: It’s always fantastic to come into Newport – getting so many people out on the water to meet us so early in the morning in pretty dull conditions, is certainly a warm welcome and motivating for the team, and makes us look forward to the stopover in May 2018. Who was aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing for that voyage? We sailed the transatlantic with a mixed crew. We had several experienced sailors, some of whom we have worked with in the past and are hoping to secure for the upcoming race. Others were less experienced and underwent a steep learning curve very effectively, including some under age 30. We are still trialing crew members and finalizing roles on board, so it’s not strategic to share names right now, but we look forward to announcing them when we’ve had time to reflect off the back of the second transatlantic. Stay tuned! Please describe your crew selection process for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. CE: The selection process is based on getting potential sailors out

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in realistic race conditions on our transatlantic crossings – it’s the perfect set-up to simulate a longer leg, and enables us to swap out crew candidates and get more people on board to trial. We’re the first team to cross an ocean ahead of this race, and we’re confident that this will allow us to get to know our potential crew well enough to make our final decision soon. Will we see any of your former Morning Light or Oakcliff AllAmerican Offshore Team shipmates on the roster? MT: We’re still trialing crewmembers, so you never know! What are the three biggest elements of sailing the VO65s that you know you can improve on from the 2014-15 edition? MT: Watch rotation – of course this will depend on the final crew combination and responsibilities on board, but it’s always something to pay attention to.

colors) on the start line in Alicante in October. Since you are now the de facto faces of a 14 billion Euro, publically traded global company, are you working on your public/TV persona? CE: It is certainly exciting, especially because it provides us with a wider platform to communicate our message on sustainability, through the means of wind and water, the key elements that are behind our partners’ organizations. We are working on our joint campaign and aligning objectives ahead of the race with both Vestas and 11th Hour Racing. MT: This is not about creating a persona though, it is about doing something that we truly believe in…and we could not ask for better backing. Neither of our two title sponsors is a stranger to this world, so we have a close relationship and hope to build on that experience.

CE: Using the sail inventory in the best way possible – we have one new sail on board (the J0), which we expect will improve performance upwind in light air conditions. All other sails remain the same. MT: The crew selection will be key on-board, with more Southern Ocean sailing, and different crew combinations available to the team, including mixed crew options, which can allow us to optimize crew performance on different legs. What are your thoughts on the revised racecourse, particularly the triple mileage in the Southern Ocean? CE: Southern Ocean legs are always appealing and exciting for an offshore sailor. It is going to be wet and wild for sure, but it will also make decisions on board all the more crucial. It could very likely be where we see this race lost and won, not least for the double points available. We’ve heard that your boat is the old Alvimedica. Is this true, and was that planned or just luck of the draw? Is it a bit of a homecoming, or merely the tool with which you race? CE: We are using the boat we raced on in the last race. It’s not exactly luck of the draw – the boats are refitted in the order they were originally built, and we’re in good standing to have had first say on boat number four of eight available for the line-up of the next race. If we had sailed on one of the later boats in the 201415 race, which are still in refit, it would have been difficult to be logging the training we are doing now. MT: It is nice to be back on board for sure. There is the legacy element for us sailors, of course, although on paper all the boats belong to the one-design Volvo Ocean 65 class. This means that each one has been refitted in the same way, and technically, there should be nothing to differentiate the fleet (except for the team

Sponsored by the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy and an organization that’s uniting the sailing community to save our oceans, this team aims to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 while leading the fleet in sustainability. © Stephen Cloutier/

What initiatives are you implementing to promote the respective missions of Vestas and 11th Hour Racing? CE: We are currently working on a wide-reaching campaign that will get our guests, visitors and fans involved at each of the stopovers and across our channels. Aside from this, we will welcome a large number of corporate guests on the Vestas side throughout the race, beginning already on our visit to Newport last month, and the same goes for many 11th Hour Racing grantees and partners, who we will continue to collaborate with. Our campaign will have a strong focus on youth engagement and inspiring the next generations around environmental responsibility. What sustainable practices will you be employing during the race? MT: Our goal is to run the Vestas 11th Hour Racing campaign Continued on page 55 WindCheck Magazine

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Oakcliff Teams Up with Vestas 11th Hour Racing The Oakcliff Development Team, based in Oyster Bay, NY, has begun work with Vestas 11th Hour Racing. The first team, consisting of graduates Madeline Gill ‘12 and Sean O’Halloran ‘16 have spent the past two weeks in Newport, RI, elbow deep in the hard work of preparing a Volvo Ocean Race campaign. “This team is bigger than just a race around the world – it is about changing the world,” explained Vestas 11th Hour Racing Co-Founder and Team Director Mark Towill. “We are working to change the way we treat our environment but we are also working to create new pathways for young deserving Americans to follow their dreams. The partnership with Oakcliff is an example of this.” In recognition for the support they received from the Morning Light Project and the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team, Towill and Co-Founder/Skipper Charlie Enright are offering young sailors this opportunity in the world of competitive sailing. As dedicated environmental stewards, Towill and Enright help them understand what it takes to build a team and run a campaign sustainably. Vestas and 11th Hour Racing have joined the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 with the mission to achieve exemplary results in sport and be the most sustainable team in the race. “We’ve all been where these young people are today, and there’s no better way to set out than working behind the scenes, all the time inspiring them to re-think the impact they can have on the world,” said experienced team shore manager Bill Erkelens. “There are many logistical and technical complexities in any race, and the Volvo Ocean Race is no exception. Replicating the setup, and attending to the needs of the boat and team in 12 ports

around the world in nine months is no simple task!” “The past two weeks have been extremely insightful,” said Oakcliff grad Madeline Gill, who grew up sailing at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT and is the Production Coordinator & Special Projects Manager at Goetz Composites in Bristol, RI. “I have a learned a lot about the scheduling, purchasing, provisioning, and boat maintenance efforts from the Vestas 11th Hour Racing shore crew. Also, being able to observe the leadership and the coordination of a complicated program has been amazing and will help me in my future career.” Before joining Oakcliff Sailing two years ago, Sean O’Halloran wrote, “My goal is to join the Volvo Ocean Race for the next edition as part of a shore crew, and then hopefully as a crew member in a following edition of the race!” O’Halloran grew up in Santa Clara, CA and skippered as a member of the sailing team at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. The Oakcliff Development Team is comprised of graduates of the Sapling program, with skills in all aspects of professional sailing, from the shore to the water. Two Oakcliff graduates will be embedded with Vestas 11th Hour Racing at each stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. There are currently 165 graduates, and the expected 40 or so program participants from this summer will also be eligible to participate. “Oakcliff is proud of our graduates,” said Executive Director Dawn Riley. “They work hard and are truly becoming American leaders. Virtually all are employed in a career of their choice, many in the marine industry, but absolutely all are great people. We are also very proud of Mark and Charlie who are using the power they have been given to make significant impacts in the lives of others.” For more information, visit ■

Sean O’Halloran and Madeline Gill are the first of several members of the Oakcliff Development Team working with Vestas 11th Hour Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. ©

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with a robust sustainable strategy in place across all operations. The main areas of focus will be NO single-use plastics; Sourcing local food and sustainable seafood; responsible procurement; responsible waste management; responsible use of resources (water and energy); and education and outreach via on board reporting from race, activations at stopovers, and social media/fan engagement campaigns. You are relatively young compared to some of the other VOR skippers and other professional sailors. Is sailing at a high level really a viable option as a proper life – not just a living – for young sailors? CE: There is no doubt that the world of competitive sailing has changed over the years, but it is about how you adapt to these changes, and this is what makes us different. We are professional sailors, but we are also constantly thinking about our future and our next career move. We are aware of what it takes to build a campaign and we are fully committed to it. MT: We also know that finding sponsors and promoting a campaign works best when it means something to you and to the rest of the team, so it is important to surround yourself with the right people who share your values and ethos. If you have a vision, set goals and deadlines, you certainly have a good chance of making a strong and long successful career out of sailing. How about some advice for an aspiring high school sailor who is excited by the VOR, the America’s Cup, TP52s, etc.? MT: Stick with it and take all the opportunities that present themselves along the way, bearing in mind that you are surrounded by a fast changing and competitive environment. CE: Build your persona and your network – find contacts that can help you achieve your goals – but most importantly, enjoy what you are doing and do it for a purpose that is meaningful to you. Thank you very much Charlie and Mark. We look forward to seeing you back in Newport next May, and at the top of the podium in The Hague! ■ Special thanks to Alessandra Ghezzi, Director of Communications at 11th Hour Racing, Inc., and TJ McMaw, Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s Senior Project Manager for Campaigns and Communications, for their assistance with this story. To learn more about Vestas 11th Hour Racing, visit and follow the team on Facebook at For more information on the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, log onto

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Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017 by the Numbers

Wes Whitmyer’s crew on board SlingSHOT performed admirably enough in the 20-boat Melges 24 class to walk away with the overall win by nine points. © Charleston Race Week/Tim Wilkes photo

By Dan Dickison The 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week drew nearly 200 boats from 24 U.S. states and nine foreign countries to Charleston, SC from April 20 - 23 for three days of perfect sailboat racing in the Carolina Lowcountry. Though a number of key themes surfaced throughout the regatta, ultimately it was domination by a single boat in many of the 15 classes that distinguished this event – the largest keelboat regatta in the Americas. In seven of the classes competing, a clear leader emerged on Day 1, and none of them relinquished their leads for the remainder of the event. Some of the most dominant performances were turned in by sailors competing in the event’s newest handicap division, ORC. (For 2017, Race Week organizers adopted ORC as their primary rating system; the first event in the U.S. to embrace this system on such a scale.) Crewed entirely by members of the College of Charleston’s Offshore Sailing Team, the Melges 30 Cougar finished fourth in ORC C. © Charleston Race Week/Tim Wilkes photo

Racing against a group of midsized sportboats in ORC Class C, Mike Beasley and his Annapolis-based team aboard his GP26 Rattle ‘n Rum proved almost unbeatable. Beasley and company navigated the harbor’s complex currents like locals and showed exceptional speed off the wind. “We’ve really learned to sail the boat hot and fast downwind,” said Beasley after logging three bullets in four races on Day 1. Beasley and his team faltered only once in 10 races, ending up with a commanding 16-point lead over their nearest rival, Tim Fitzgerald’s Fareast 28R Eagle’s Eye (Mt. Pleasant, SC). Rattle ‘n Rum took home the vaunted Palmetto Cup, which is awarded each year to the top performing boat in the most competitive handicap class. On the offshore course, where southerly winds from 12 to 22 knots and lumpy seas set the stage for the first two days, similarly dominant scenarios were shaping up in each of the three classes. Chuck O’Malley, tactician on Gerry Taylor’s Cape Fear 38 Tangent (Pasadena, MD), which was cleaning up in ORC Class B, allowed that his team was doing very well despite the fact that their boat was optimized for PHRF. “I think our advantage is that we’re able to go through the chop a little better relative to our competitors,” said O’Malley after Tangent posted three bullets on Day 1. “We’re just a little heavier and longer, and that has helped a lot getting through the waves.”

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Tangent’s performance was flawless. The team won every race save the finale, which they sat out having already wrapped up the class win. On the same patch of water, local racers Frickie Martschink and Bill MacKenzie and their team on board the duo’s J/105 RumFront (Charleston) experienced similar success. These racers owned their five-boat one-design class, exhibiting superior speed and boathandling in the brisk conditions. In eight races, they had seven bullets and one second. Also racing offshore was the event’s marquee entry – Tony Langley’s TP52 Gladiator (Retford, GBR) – which went head-to-head in ORC Class A against a mixed group that included a J/122, a Beneteau 47.7, a pair of XP44s and a custom Mills 43. Langley and his part-family, part-professional crew showed blazing speed to win the class by five points overall. In the final analysis, the corrected time deltas indicated that that ORC was working well as a means of leveling the playing field for this disparate group. Back inshore, dominance was definitely the watchword among many of the one-design classes. In the 20-boat Melges 24 Class, Wes Whitmyer’s SlingSHOT team out of Stamford, CT was nearly untouchable. Despite a misstep in the first race where they finished eighth, they adjusted perfectly to the changing currents and the land-influenced southerlies and went on to post nothing worse than second, winning the 10-race series by nine points.

The Warrior Sailing Team was victorious in the J/22 class. © Charleston Race Week/Rick Walo photo

Mike Ingham’s J/24 crew out of Rochester, NY, also had a rough start to the regatta, having to swallow a 14th place in the first contest. But Ingham, a perennial favorite at Race Week,

The J/70 fleet works upwind, with Allan Terhune’s Dazzler (bow # 103) bow out on the starboard tackers. © Charleston Race Week/Tim Wilkes photo

dug back and sailed consistently for the remainder of the regatta despite competing on a course beset by fierce current. He and his team won the 20-boat class by a 10-point margin. One of the most dominant performances among the one-design crowd was turned in by John Storck, Jr. and his J/80 crew on board Rumor. Sailing out of Huntington, NY, Storck and company have won here in the past and this year they put on a clinic. Sailing on a course influenced not just by tidal currents but also by the confluence of Charleston’s two rivers, Team Rumor was rarely challenged over the span of 10 races and secured a 12-point margin and the overall class win. The competition was considerably tighter within the 73-boat J/70 fleet, where the entries were split into rotating groups for more manageable starts. A number of different teams held sway over the first two days of action, but after nine races, it was clear that Joel Ronning’s Catapult (Excelsior, MN) with his 2016 World Championship crew including tactician John Kostecki, trimmer Patrick Wilson and bowman Chris Stocke, had the edge. Despite briefly going aground and losing their forestay just before the start of the final contest, the team still found superior boatspeed and wound up winning the class by six points. Their performance was also rewarded with the Charleston Race Week Trophy for the top performing boat in the most competitive one-design class. For full scores, photos, videos and more, check out ■ WindCheck Magazine

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Coop’s America’s Cup, for kids By Joe Cooper

The America’s Cup is, as most sailors remember, about to happen in Bermuda. There are many opinions (hey, we’re sailors) on the current state of the AC, and they range across the spectrum from “Great!” to “Bring back the 12s!” There is one thing about the America’s Cup that, even if held in bathtubs on an obscure body of water in Mongolia, would not change: the experience of the guys and, way too infrequently, the women, who sail in this most storied sailing event. Win, lose or…well, there are no draws, sailing in, and the larger America’s Cup experience is one of the most profound experiences in sailing, or at least it was for me. True aficionados will remember, maybe, that the first Australian Challenge was in 1962. September in Sydney is early spring and it is dank, chill, and so generally ill-equipped for seven-year-old kids who love sailing to be getting prepared for school when the America’s Cup is being broadcast via radio from Rhode Island Sound, Newport, Rhode Island. I probably knew the location of Newport, Rhode Island (home of Foghorn Leghorn) and Rhode Island Sound before I knew more prominent geographical locations normal kids growing up in Australia might learn about. I remember still so clearly the sound of the Aussie announcer, one Lou D’Alpuget, a journalist by trade and a sailor the rest of the time, and his rising pitch of voice crackling over the shortwave radio. Weatherly was leading Gretel around the top mark, by not much. The breeze was on and the U.S. guys set the kite they thought appropriate. The guys on Gretel got a bigger kite up and trimmed in pretty short order and started to reel in the ‘Yanks.’ Lou’s voice was getting more excited and elevated with every wave the Gretel boys surfed down. When she finally sailed past the U.S. boat, I thought Lou was going to bust a gut…my memory is he was literally screaming down the mike. All thoughts of getting dressed for school were a long way off.

Fast forward 15 years to 1977. I was in the thick of Finn sailing, had just won the state championships and improved my place in the nationals versus the previous year by six places. Like most sailing communities, this was more or less common knowledge and resulted I am sure in me getting one day an invitation from Gordon Ingate, the skipper and driving force behind the Gretel 2 challenge in ’77, to ‘come for a sail’ on G2. Note the phrasing: It was not ‘try out,’ but come for a sail. So I did. And did and did and did, until in May, maybe, I was part of the crew that was announced with some fanfare in Sydney. So off we go to Newport, Rhode Island, and Rhode Island Sound. The Finn Class North Americans were to be held in San Francisco at a date that fit into the ‘get to Newport’ schedule pretty well, so I arrived in SFO and in my chartered Finn had a blast sailing against many of the names I had been reading about in Finn Fare, the class magazine. I even did well in one race, a first or a third, I think. As sometimes happens, I was offered a ride halfway to Newport by a fellow Finn Sailor named Tony Hermann who was driving, with his 18-year old daughter, back to Milwaukee and I was welcome to join them. A wonderful drive cross country terminating in a few days as his guest at his lovely home in the suburbs was capped only by a Saturday race on Lake Pewaukee. A classic day’s sailing in an E scow with Tony and Peter Barrett, a founding partner of North Sails and former Finn Sailor was really finished off with a very hydraulically lubricated evening at the Pewaukee Yacht Club with the brothers Harken and some goofy dice game that had a lot of liquor involved. In the course of all this, Tony had arranged with Barrett to give me a ride to Newport. Great, just another 16 hours or so driving and I would be in Foghorn’s back yard. Not. With some difficulty I woke up at first light, piled my gear into Tony’s wonderful 1970s classic 16-person family station wagon highway cruiser and off we went wending our way to, I thought, Barrett’s house. Imagine my surprise a few minutes later when we hauled off into the apron of a small airfield. Well, it turns out that Barrett was not for nothing an aeronautical engineer and we were going to fly to Newport. Now I realize that flying into the America’s Cup town is de rigueur these days, but in 1977, well not so much. We flew at maybe 10,000 feet across Lake Michigan, Ohio, and all the rest of the states until I could see the sea…Rhode Island Sound, to be precise. By the time we arrived over the Astro-Surf, it was late morning on a glorious late June day and the ‘12s’ were out practicing. Lowell North was there with Enterprise testing the first Mylar film sails, including the infamous Garbage Bag headsail, so named for the green color of its namesake. Barrett did a few low-altitude slow circles looking at the boat and sails and saying nothing. After which we peeled off and landed at Newport Aero. Lowell met us there in his version of Tony’s highway cruiser and I still think Lowell was a bit aghast that Barrett had actually carried a member of the other team across country.

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Listening to a shortwave radio broadcast of the 1962 America’s Cup at his home on the other side of the world from Newport, Rhode Island, little Joey Cooper was late for school the day Gretel (KA1) surfed past Weatherly to win Race 2. ©

The trip into town was actually pretty funny, in that one would have needed a chainsaw to cut the atmosphere, so quiet was the car, yet so pent up was the tension to the point of explosion. Here we had two of the most skilled and ingenious guys in the sailing world, in Newport, working on being the guys to defend the America’s Cup and they could not say anything until they got rid of the Aussie kid. I had told them where I could be dropped off and as we approached Newport Shipyard I thought Lowell was going to hit the eject button so badly did they want me out so they could catch up. After a few ‘Thanks, mate,’ heartfelt too, for it was a great way to arrive in Newport, here I was, little Joey Cooper from Sydney, Australia, standing in the middle of the driveway into the yard, surrounded by my kit, as I watched them drive off down Thames Street with their heads leaned inwards to better hear each other as they raced to catch up. I have remarked before that the real reason we all go sailing is to get a new supply of sea stories. I am sure the guys in Bermuda have great sea stories, but somehow I don’t think they are of the same genre as this one. Footnote: In 1990 I was hiking in Montana and had just arrived, from the eastern side, at the summit of the pass across the top of the Continental Divide. I had stopped to savor the moment when a not too tall, but solidly built, fellow and his wife arrived from the west side. We were the only humans there so we naturally nodded to each other, but then I did a double take, as did the other fellow. It was Peter Barrett. ■ 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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Duck Island Yacht Club Hosting JY15 North Americans By Birgit Gillman Duck Island Yacht Club (DIYC) in Westbrook, CT has been selected as the host of the 2017 JY15 North American Championship, to be held on Long Island Sound September 23 & 24. The JY15 Class Association, DIYC and JY15 Fleet 90 are pleased to invite all JY15 sailors to an exciting regatta near where JY15s were born and first raced. The JY15 North Americans will be a two-day event, with multiple races planned each day beginning on Saturday at 11 am and ending on Sunday with the last start no later than 1:30 pm.  Since 1932, DIYC has been hosting one-design racing in various boats including Zips, Comets, Stars, Etchells, Lasers, Melges 24s and JY15s. Over the years the boats have changed but our passion hasn’t ebbed; today we are home to an active fleet of 12 TO 15 JY15s and we have been running the JY15 Connecticut State Championships since 2004. All JY15 owners are welcome to sail with us for all or part of the season, and also compete in the Connecticut State Championships on Saturday August 8. DIYC encourages the Corinthian spirit in sailing, any 2017 JY15 North American registered owner who has not raced in a DIYC series in the past three years will be allowed free entry to the DIYC Thursday Night OneDesign Series. We hope you will take this chance to visit DIYC, race with us while tuning up for the NAs, and enjoy our great

sailing venue for the summer. DIYC is located on the Patchogue River in Westbrook, offering easy access to Long Island Sound and a wide open venue for dinghy racing in Duck Island Roads. The racing area is surrounded by three breakwaters and Duck Island, making it a perfect venue with consistent breeze, minimal current and modest waves in most directions. The club has a large dry storage parking lot, a 1.5-ton crane, and easy ramp launching from the parking lot onto floating docks for JYs. Our elevated clubhouse has an expansive deck and a large interior complete with showers, and it’s located just off I-95 Exit 65 with many resources within a few miles including hotels, restaurants and marine chandleries.  Save the dates – Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017 – for the JY15 NAs, and look for registration and further postings on the JY15 Class website ( and the DIYC website ( soon. We are also encouraging youth teams under 18 by hosting this regatta on a weekend to not miss school, reduced fees for youth teams and special awards. Trophies will be awarded to top overall finishers, top junior skipper, top parent/child team and top female skipper. We look forward to seeing you for a fun-filled weekend of exciting one-design racing, meeting old and new friends, and great food and drinks. Any inquiries or questions can be directed to Fleet Captain Mark McCarthy at  ■ Birgit Gillman is Duck Island Yacht Club’s Director of Publicity. Racers of all ages are cordially invited to compete in the 2017 JY15 North American Championship at Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT. ©

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A Wet & Wild Edlu! The 62nd Annual Edlu Distance Race attracted 59 entrants for what has long been a classic tune-up race for the around Block Island Race and Block Island Race Week. Hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY on May 13, spinnaker fleets were on a 32.2 nautical mile course and non-spinnaker on a 19.6 nm course, with racing followed by a classic party to make it one of the must-do events on western Long Island Sound. As reported on the UK Sailmakers Facebook page, “Larchmont Yacht Club ran its 32-mile Edlu Race in a strengthening nor’easter on Saturday. Of the 59 boats entered, 21 either retired or didn’t race because of the windy, cold and rainy conditions. The course was a 16-mile beat into winds that built from 22 knots at the start to nearly 30 knots at the turning mark, where the fleet turned and had a fast dead downwind ride home. The faster boats finished before the winds built into the high 30s. Everyone who finished this race knows exactly where their foul weather gear leaks.” The endurance of the crew on Oakcliff Sailing’s Colombia Carbon 32 Weegie (Oyster Bay, NY) paid off with a first place finish in PHRF 1. At the height

of the race they found themselves flying downwind at speeds in excess of 25 knots. “All of our hard work in the gym paid off big time,” said helmsman Ethan Johnson. “The real challenge was the cold. Our motor function was impaired and so was our ability to think quickly and make decisions.” First sailed in 1956, the Edlu Distance Race is named after a legendary Sparkman & Stephens yawl, commissioned in 1934 by businessman Rudy Schaefer and named for his daughters Edmee and Lucy. Built by Henry B. Nevins, Incorporated in City Island, NY, Edlu was victorious in the 1934 Bermuda Race. Designer Olin Stephens said she may have been his most beautiful and successful design. Complete results are posted at ■

Midshipmen aboard the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Tripp 41 High Noon (Kings Point, NY) gave their foul weather gear a thorough early season test. © Howie McMichael

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Frederick Heerde’s X-34 Maudelyane (New Rochelle, NY; left) chases Duncan Henne and Za & Lib Jeliffe’s J/105 Arete (Rye, NY) and Richard West’s Beneteau First 36.7 Charlotte (Darien, CT). © Howie McMichael

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Three Hulls for the Volvo!

…and new initiatives for the next decade and beyond The Volvo Ocean Race has solved the question of whether its future should be monohull or multihull – by opting for both. The introduction of a foil-assisted 60-foot monohull for the ocean legs plus an ultra-fast 32- to 50-foot flying catamaran for use inshore will elevate the race to the ultimate all-round test in professional sailing. The next generation of one-design boats will be introduced in 2019 and designed for use over at least six years. “We had a lot of debate about multihull versus monohull and the final solution for us is to do both, so there will be three hulls in future editions – a foil-assisted monohull and a ‘flying’ catamaran,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner. “This new formula will, for the first time, test world-class sailors at the top end of both aspects of the sport: offshore ocean racing on foil-assisted monohulls, plus inshore racing during the stopovers employing the latest ‘flying’ multihull technology. It’s going to push the sailors, and sailing teams overall, to levels they have never previously had to perform at in order to win one of sailing’s ultimate prizes.” To win the Volvo Ocean Race in the future will demand expertise in both monohull racing on the offshore ocean legs and multihull racing in the In Port Series, as both platforms will be raced by essentially the same crew. Currently, the In Port Series counts only as a tiebreaker in the case of equal points at the final finish line. In the 2014-15 edition, this actually changed the overall positions for two teams. The In-Port Series will be slightly more important in the future, but without changing the fact that it’s the ocean legs that count for the lion’s share of the points.  Guillaume Verdier is designing the new monohull, which will use the very latest foiling technology and is essentially a “tur-

bocharged” IMOCA 60. The design will include an option for the platform to be convertible, relatively quickly and inexpensively, to a short-handed, rules-compliant IMOCA boat, able to compete in such major events as the solo Vendée Globe and doublehanded Barcelona World Race. A tender process is now open for the design and build of foiling catamarans, which will likewise be built to a strict onedesign rule. “The America’s Cup, one of the other pinnacles of our sport, will always be at the absolute cutting edge development-wise, with incredible technology leaps which are quite stunning,” said Turner. “We have seen the same technological advances in the IMOCA class with the introduction of foils in the recent Vendée Globe. Our goal is to set the bar as high as we can within the confines of existing campaign budgets and within the context of one-design – where one is obliged to lock the technology level for each race cycle.”

This 60-foot, foil-assisted monohull will be used for the offshore legs of future editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, while the In-Port Series will be sailed in a yet-to-be-designed foiling catamaran. ©

“Volvo Ocean Race sailors have a reputation as relentless athletes who push extremely hard and the future boat design reflects that,” said Verdier. “For that reason, it’s important to retain a certain level of safety in the design, which is especially key due to the places the fleet races through, such as the Southern Ocean. Given their reputation, we know that Volvo Ocean Race sailors are unlikely to retract the foils, and where many singlehanded sailors might slow down, they won’t.” Crew numbers will be between five and seven, plus the OnBoard Reporter, and rules will continue to include incentives for mixed male-female crews and youth sailors. Turner also

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acknowledged that the race may go fully multihull in the longer term. “There is no longer any kind of conceptual barrier to the Volvo Ocean Race going multihull offshore in six years’ time… we came very close to going that route this time. In the next decade, it’s very possible that we’ll see multihulls from the new French Ultime class racing across the oceans, most of the time flying above the water rather than on it.” Other new initiatives include: • A sustainable future: The race has three pillars of action on sustainability – reduce its own footprint, maximize its impact using its global communications platform, and leave a positive legacy wherever it goes. Centered on a partnership with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas campaign, the focus will be to ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic.” A founding partnership with Newport, RI-based 11th Hour Racing is providing resources to permit significant amplification across all Science, Education and Ocean Summit programs, and AkzoNobel will further boost the education and awareness program. • New racecourse and stopover formats:  Big changes to the racecourse and stopover formats will be made over the next decade. While the race is committed to two more starts from its home in Alicante, Spain, some future races could start and finish outside Europe, and potentially feature a non-stop leg around Antarctica or even a non-stop lap of the planet.

• Race activity every year/Potential shift to two-year cycle: The Volvo Ocean Race Board has asked race management to look into the feasibility of shifting the race to a two-year cycle. In any case, in the future there will be race activity of some kind in every calendar year. • Pathway to the Volvo Ocean Race: The race and its coowners Volvo Car Group and Volvo Group will become official partners of World Sailing, as part of a long-term strategic plan to develop the next generation of offshore sailors and their sponsors by providing a developmental pathway. • Leadership Development & Team Performance Program/ Global Team Challenge: These initiatives will focus on knowledge gleaned from the race in areas such as leadership and teamwork. The Global Team Challenge is designed for sponsors to give their employees a unique experience. With a focus on safety, this event will be raced along part of the Volvo Ocean Race route in detuned versions of the current generation Volvo Ocean 65s with a ratio of three pro sailors to eight amateurs. •  50th Anniversary Celebration: The Volvo Ocean Race began life in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race. Organizers are considering plans for a special 50th anniversary race to honor the sailing legends that have taken part. For more information, visit ■

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12 1/2 Doughdish 16 Herreshoff gaff rigged sloop - Yard maintained, boom tent. Excellent condition. Asking $16,750 Call Bruce: 860-235-5035 or Dana: 860-912-0042

14’ Force 5 – Good condition with a cradle for trailer or beach. Be ready for Force 5 Nationals at Thames YC, New London, CT, July 26-29. $700 Call Rich 860-798-3462. 22’ Etchells 1998 - Pacesetter # 1086, 2 sets Doyle sails, open sail card, North full boat cover, 3 spin poles, forward ring frame, Tack Tick compass, double axle trailer w/ sail box, new axles 2005, new brakes, bearings 2014 $12,000. 860-227-6135

23’ Beneteau First 235 - This is a fine example of a Liberty Edition well cared for. Cabin excellent condition. Doyle Mainsail and 150% Custom Racing Jib new 2014, bottom and keel taking down to gel coat and faired 2013, keel no rust por-15 coating $8,200. Call 516-996-1529

23’ Com-Pac 23/3 1988 - Good condition, lightly used, nicely rigged. 130% genoa, Harken roller furling. 2000 8hp Johnson w/ alternator, very low hours. $6,900. Trailer available separately. Galvanized frame in excellent condition, new keel rollers. Needs some additional work, can provide parts and labor as part of purchase. More info/photos contact:

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 24’ Pacific Seacraft Dana 2003 - The Pacific Seacraft Dana sets a new standard in a small format cruiser. Superior construction and design, this vessel is equally at home sailing your local waters or crossing the oceans of the world. Professionally maintained. Asks 74.9K Prestige Yacht Sales, Peter Thorsby 203-353-0373

25’ Merit 1982 – Race or daysail. Five roller furling headsails, two spinnakers with companionway launching turtle, pole, two mains. Harken windward sheeting traveler, adjustable backstay with flicker, professionally installed Harken 35 two speed self tailing winches, four other winches. KVH Sailcomp103AC electronic compass. Built in Standard VHF, AGM battery, solar panel, depth sounder and speedo. Anchor and chain-nylon rode, fenders and dock-lines, tiller extension, boarding ladder, cabin cushions and life jackets. City Island, NY. Possible Eastchester Bay mooring. Asking $6,900. Bob at or 973-214-0093

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 27’ C&C Mark V 1984 - Strong racing and cruising credentials. Chosen by Sailing World as top 27 foot PHRF racer. Newly rebuilt Yanmar engine. New bottom paint (2017). Custom trailer. Large sail inventory. Sleeps 6. Located in Trumbull, CT. Quality boat for racing or family. $12,500. Contact: Larry Fullerton 203-400-2085 or

27’ Custom Noe - EnCharette is a legendary race winner that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded throughout her stellar career. Two time ECSA Overall Champion, wins at Off Soundings, BIRW, plus many other local regattas. Huge North Sails inventory, custom Triad Trailer, 5Hp Honda. Located in Branford, CT. Call Paul at 203-214-5696. Asking $20,000.

25’ Pearson 1985 - TimeOut is well loved and maintained. 2008 mainsail, 2008 Mercury 9.9 outboard, 2010 cabin cushions and upholstery. Also includes jib, 168% genoa, spare mainsail. Draft 4’8” LWL 21’5” Beam 8’. Asking $5,999, Mamaroneck, NY, email

28’ Capital City Yachts Newport 1982 Inboard Yanmar, teak interior, hot water heater, Bimini, Edson wheel, many extras… a Steal at $6,000 631-751-1957.

25’ Dufour 1800 1983 - In great shape, sails in good shape, new Sunbrella interior cushions, very reliable 3hp Johnson outboard, versatile, fast, and easy to sail, winter storage paid, ready to go. Asking $6,500. Call Peter 203-410-7065

30’ Olson 911SE 1988 - Highly regarded cruiser / racer design. Well-maintained and upgraded, including recent carbon aramid sails - main (‘14) and two headsails (‘15). Competitive PHRF racer and comfortable family cruiser. $29,900. Lying Westbrook, CT. Mike 203-903-3957.

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 30’ Pearson 1976 - Bill Shaw Design cruiser racer great sailing boat Atomic 4 engine and hull professionally maintained asking $7,900. Contact Carmine 631 8960983 or

30’ PEARSON 1973 - This was one of Pearson’s best selling cruiser/racer models. Boat in clean, good condition, has an inboard 30hp Atomic4 gas engine, lots of loose gear incl. sails, a new KVH compass, lines, etc. $4,800. Located in Warren, RI call 401-245- 3300.

31’ Tashiba Pilothouse Cutter 1987 Beautiful all weather Bob Perry design. One-of-a-kind pilothouse model. Well-maintained. Full teak decks, spacious bright teak interior. Galley w/stove. Two piloting stations, sail outside or inside. Listed at $75,000. For more info pictures, contact

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 31’ O’Day 1986 - Very well maintained, inside and out. Comes with many upgrades that others just don’t have. Radar, chart plotter, wind & speed instruments, autopilot, dodger & bimini, Very stable pleasure to sail and cruise. $21,000 Contact Don:

31’ Pearson 1978 - Fractional rig, fin keel, spade rudder, Bill Shaw design. North Sails, Universal diesel with 540 hours, barrier coat and VC Offshore bottom, consistent race winner, PHRF 174. Asking $12,500. Located in Westport, CT. Call Rich Engel 860-355-1906

33’ Kalik - Beautiful sailing yacht with sleek long lines and unrivaled responsiveness. Well-maintained, one owner.  Equipped for racing and cruising.  Full teak decks, welcoming and spacious teak interior, sleeps 7, large galley w/stove/ oven, dedicated Nav station, large sail inventory.  Competitive race record when actively raced.  Listed at $24,500, Winter storage included.  For more, contact Fred: 347-927-3350.

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 34’ Sabre 34 MK II 1987 - White hull, freshly varnished brightwork. Westerbeke 27 HP -1,944 hours . Sails are in good shape, with lazy jacks on the main. New in 2016: fuel tank, halyards, jib sheets, cowls, new hatch over V-berth. Freshly painted bottom. Asks 38K Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373

36’ Pearson 36-2 1985 - Balanced, well mannered, sturdy, safe and extremely comfortable. Her cockpit is large 7.5’ in length, uncluttered and exceptionally comfortable. The interior offers two large private cabins, a full galley, a sizable head, a spacious salon. $54,500 (RI) Call Tom Miller 401-835-7215

36’ Catalina MKII 2000 - You will not find a Catalina 36 on the market today with the amount of new gear. Along with NEW electronics and autopilot, NEW standing rigging, halyards, life lines. NEW bimini, dodger, sailcover, helmcover and hatchcovers. $94,900 (RI) Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816

31’ Island Packet 1985 - New rigging, roller furling. Yanmar diesel, new Awlgrip paint. Freshly refurbished. Asking $46,500. Call Bruce 860-235-5035 or Dana 860-912-0042

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34’ Catalina 34 MK II 2006 - Excellent condition. Two private cabins, plus room for 3 more to sleep. Super-spacious, well-lit and airy interior makes this a great boat for family cruising. In-mast main furling makes her a breeze to sail short-handed. Asks 96.5K Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373

37’ Hunter 37.5 1995 - She has had many upgrades. Refit in 2012 and new gear in 2013-2014 include: new Selden Mast, boom, standing and running rigging, radar, plotter, bimini, dodger, head, holding tank, dinghy davits and hot water heater. $62,750 (RI). Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816

or call 203-332-7639

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 37’ Tartan 372 1990 - Two private cabins, efficient galley and spacious salon make for easy living. The boat is very well equipped and in excellent condition. Engine was rebuilt in 2012. Bottom has been stripped and barrier coated. Varnish is in top shape. Asks 99.5K Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373

38’ Irwin 38 MKII 1990 - Sturdy yet swift, this modern classic offshore yacht is ready for coastal or blue water, having already completed a trans-Atlantic passage. Her owner has been diligent about her upkeep and maintenance. Much new and upgraded equipment. Asks 79K, Prestige Yacht Sales, Jonathan Smith 860-514-3763

40’ Saga 409 2005 - The Saga 409 is the definition of a performance cruiser. Impressive 6’9” headroom in the main salon along with windows and hatches that let in lots of natural light. Recent Awlgrip “Stars & Stripes Blue”. $185,000 (NC) - Call Tom Miller: 401-835- 7215

40’ Sabre 402 1997 – “CALLIDORA” is a 1997 Sabre 402 that is stored indoors and lightly used. Notable features: Garmin touchscreen chartplotter, electric winches, mainsail with Doyle Stackpack (2007), genoa (2007), Awlgrip (2006), chartplotter, radar, autopilot & wind/speed/depth. $195,000 (MA) Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069,

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 40’ Class 40 2007 - First Light is a 2007 Owen/Clarke design built by Jazz Marine. Complete refit in 2015, sparing no expense, including a complete repaint inside and out. Refitted with all new deck hardware including Harken winches, Spinlock rope clutches. All instruments replaced with B & G w/repeaters in the cockpit. New in 2014 is all the running rigging including the runners and spinnaker gear. All sails are 2014 or newer / lightly used. First Light is a fine example of a Class 40 motivated seller as he has taken delivery of a new Class 40. For complete equipment list and photos, contact Jimmy Carolla 269-985- 8000

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 41’ Gulfstar Center Cockpit 1974 - Sloop owned by a marine industry professional for over 40 years and lovingly maintained. Major upgrades including repower with Yanmar 51 HP Diesel - repowered 1999 and electronics. Ready to sail over the horizon! $50,000. Call Michael Beers, McMichael Yacht Brokers. 718-764-7215.

42’ Beneteau 423 2003 - The Beneteau 423 has been named “Boat of the Year” by Cruising World Magazine and also won SAIL Magazine’s Top 10 Sailboats for 2003. The 423 is one of the most popular Beneteau models. $134,900 (MA) Call Ryan J. Miller CPYB: 401-835-0069 40’ Beneteau - The Beneteau 40 offers a great combination of performance, ease of handling and interior comfort that make her a perfect choice for cruising couples or families. Two available from $168,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400 42’ Sabre 426 2004 - Fresh Awlgripped in 2014 flag blue with a white boot top. New sails in 2012. She looks beautiful and is ready for a new owner. $260,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400 41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2016 - Owner moved up! Great chance to get a nearly new Platinum Edition outfitted with B&G instruments, Harken electric winches, air conditioning and many more factory options. This boat needs absolutely nothing to hit the water! Asking $265,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421- 3400

42’ Catalina MKII 2004 - This threestateroom model with centerline queen and private head in the owner’s stateroom and shared head off the salon provide comfortable accommodations for six adults. $154,000 (RI) Call Tim Norton (401-575-8326) or Ryan Miller (401-8350069)

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 44’ Jeanneau Sun Magic 1989 - Dispensation is very well outfitted and is seriously for sale. She was updated in 2003 with NEW: canvas, sails, cushions and Yanmar Diesel Engine. She is a two cabin, two head layout. - $89,900 (MA) Call Matt Leduc: 401-226-1816

44’ J/44 1989 - Impeccable condition, fresh Awlgrip & varnish, huge sail inventory, updated electronics, winning race record. Ready to race or cruise. Asking $180,000. Willis Marine Center, 631-421-3400

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. 860-823-7952

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 47’ Beneteau 473 2001 - The Beneteau 473 combines extraordinary interior comfort, volume and light with Blue water strength. New dodger bimini and interior. New equipment, rebuilt Windlass, new galley stove, new HMC mattress in forward stateroom, new winter cover. $182,500 (NY) Tim Norton 401-575-8326

BOATS FOR SALE- POWER 30’ Custom Willard Trawler - Abenaki is a custom 30ft down east style Willard trawler. 62hp Perkins diesel, heavy displacement. Bronze opening ports and cowl vents provide light and air below. Modern electronics, dinghy. $69,500 Andrew Galasso: 631-325-1138.

CREW 53’ Amel Super Maramu 1998 – Quintessential offshore vessel ready for world cruising. Well equipped and clean. $229,000. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

54’ Hanse 545 2011 – World cruiser/ racer. Carbon mast, racing and cruising sails, full safety equipment (including 2 liferafts), extensive navigation equipment, many upgrades – Persevere has sailed the world. $525,000. Contact

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47’ Beneteau First 47.7 2001 - (2) cabin layout, extremely well equipped, One owner, set up for offshore short handed cruising. Many upgrades: in-boom furling, solar panels, wind generator, electric winches, additional refrigeration and the list goes on. Asking only $199,000  Call 401-683-9200 or



23’ Albemarle - V-8 Volvo, inboard outdrive, Center console, Sharp, fast. Great sea boat. Asking $35,750. Call Bruce 860-235-5035

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on watch.

Bob Davis

As the Founder and CEO of Sails Up 4 Cancer, Bob Davis is a two-time cancer survivor who’s using the sport he loves to help countless people in southeastern Connecticut. “Compared to the guys I sail with I got started pretty late, sailing an old Sunfish around Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey,” says Bob, a longtime resident of Niantic. “It was really cool to be out there sailing alone, especially at dusk. If I had to pick a sailing mentor, it would have to be Jeffery Lutz from Point Pleasant, NJ. I always admired his skills and the fun he had…not taking himself too seriously. Much later, I had the good fortune to race a Colgate 26 with Gary Jobson at the helm. I was starstruck! Gary was incredibly calm and focused, and it was a tremendous experience.” Bob is an enthusiastic member of the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association. “The Mudheads is a fantastic organization with great sailors, and it’s a real honor to sail with and learn from some of the most talented sailors in our area,” he says. “I volunteer for a variety of events and committees, and I’m ecstatic that they perform Race Committee duties for the Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta. They’re the best – no one comes close. The entire membership is such an integral part of our community in so many ways.” “When I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2004, I wasn’t prepared to just sit back and not become actively involved with my prognosis, although at the time was ‘watch and wait.’ I became involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, who at the time had a regatta run by the Mudheads in Mystic. That was all it took to appreciate how many sailors were affected by leukemia and committed to raising money to put an end to these cancers. It was very moving. In 2010, I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. They call it ‘The Beast.’ It’s a horrible cancer with a low survival rate and grueling treatment. Well, I beat it. I was incredibly lucky and knew I needed to do more to return my good fortune to the cancer patient community.” “We held our first Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta in June of 2011,” says Bob. “I was pretty stressed, but it wasn’t as chaotic as it could have been. We had a great group of volunteers and I had quite a bit of experience with the Leukemia Cup Regattas. This was my baby and it was important to me for it to be successful, not only as a regatta but also as a fundraiser. We’re now in our seventh year, and the event is pretty much on autopilot. We’re set with the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, which has been great to us. We’re dialed in with the Mudhead Race Committee, and we have a much larger board and volunteer base. We have a great group of repeat sponsors and donations for our silent auction. Jeff Marshall and the staff

at Mystic Shipyard are a tremendous source of support, having hosted the event under the big tent and helping out with the stage, power, ice and overall logistics.” “We now dedicate our efforts from the Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta to Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, and we continue to raise the bar with participants in our Wellness Expo, which is near and dear to me. As a cancer survivor, I believe it’s extremely important to integrate traditional treatment with stress reduction modalities to increase your overall wellbeing and survival chances. Acupuncture, meditation, nutrition, yoga, massage therapy and many other things carry substantial benefits for cancer patients. Sails Up 4 Cancer ( is the beneficiary of the Connecticut Spring Boat Show, hosted by Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex. “This was our fourth year, and it’s a great show where we garner a lot of really sweet connections,” says Bob. “We also work with Marley’s Café in Essex and Bartenders Express in Branford, who donate a percentage of their revenue to us. We have lots of fun while raising some much-needed funds.” “The Sunshine Kids are our guests of honor during the regatta, which will be held June 17. They and their families sail down the Mystic River on Mystic Harbor Cruises’ Prudence to watch the start of the race on Fishers Island Sound, and Captain Jonathan Wilkes is also donating a percentage of his year-end revenue to Sails Up 4 Cancer. The Pirates or Free Men of the Sea greet them when they return to Mystic Shipyard, Mystic Pizza provides lunch, and Drawbridge Ice Cream provides ice cream. They have a painting class supervised by Julie Garvin-Riggs and the Florence Griswold Museum. Josie Davis from the String Theory School of Music puts together a group of students for The Kids Playing for Kids Band. Mekhael Srour and Martha Slater of Allure Dance Studio conduct line dancing classes, April Brunnell makes balloon sculptures, Tracey Anderson paints faces, the Mystic Fire Department brings a truck to the Wellness Expo if they’re not on call, and the Mystic Aquarium donates 50 tickets.” “One of the reasons for starting Sails Up was to earmark funds raised for what I felt was critical, and we specify how we want donations to be used. For example, we requested that our $10,000 donation to the Lawrence + Memorial Cancer Center be divided between their transportation fund and their new Single Woman Head of Household Fund. Through our Spinnaker Fund, individuals going through cancer treatment can apply for financial assistance. If they’re approved, we send them a check directly.” “The most rewarding thing about Sails Up 4 Cancer is the number of people we have been able to help. It’s the smiles on the faces of children when they’re on a boat for the first time. It’s the Thank You cards we receive from financial assistance recipients. Knowing that we’re making a difference in the lives of cancer patients is what it’s all about!” ■

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WindCheck Magazine June 2017  

Northeast sailing magazine

WindCheck Magazine June 2017  

Northeast sailing magazine