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Editor’s Log Fast Forward My sister has yet to forgive me for erasing the recording of her gymnastics meet when we were kids. I needed to make room for the America’s Cup coverage when it aired back in the days of 12 Metres and VHS tapes. The Cup was the most exciting thing happening in sailing and although I was unable to attend the races, watching the action on TV provided a sense that I was there. In my opinion, it was certainly more interesting than a floor routine and space on those tapes was at a premium. I watched every tack and gybe, listened to the commentary, and paused and rewound dozens of times. Oh, what I wouldn’t have given to have been there in person. And I doubt the gymnastics meet would have been watched more than once. She’ll get over it…some day...maybe. For the kids that have no idea what a VHS tape even is (There’s an app for that stuff nowadays, and at the very least gigabyte upon gigabyte of storage.), this is not a problem, nor is a lack of accessibility to the sport. Young sailing enthusiasts today are encouraged to attend grand prix, international and professional events in our sport – and increasingly invited to even participate. I am equally enthused that these young sailors can have a chance to meet the sport’s top talent, and the parallel events for juniors (the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race Academy, and several Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals around the country, to name just a few) are outstanding. There are many ‘what I wouldn’t give’ moments when I hear about kids racing aboard Class40 boats, sailing on high speed cats, offshore racers, and foiling this and that. What I wouldn’t give to have been able to do that when my back was strong and my enthusiasm stronger. Of course little of the technology existed back then, but to have had the opportunity to participate in the Little America’s Cup or sail aboard a 12 Metre would have been equally thrilling to a kid in the late 1970s and early ‘80s as a ride aboard a Volvo Ocean 65 or foiling cat in 2015. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 stopover in Newport this month is a great opportunity to mingle with some of the world’s finest offshore sailors, who are using some of the best ocean racing technology in one of the world’s most grueling, exciting and closely contested races. I am certain that there will be plenty of adults taking in the sights and sounds at the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park, but moreover, I expect a flock of junior sailors will be there, enjoying the lineup of activities and opportunities. To name a few – with activities ranging from the minnows, right on up to the sharks – there will be a variety of exhibits at the Race Village, which opens on Tuesday, May 5. The Exploration Zone opens on May 9, with more than 20 interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology. In order to get a true handle on what organizers have worked so hard to create for visitors, you have to spend some time on the official stopover website, volvooceanracenewport.com. And to help navigate the stopover, we have tips on page 48. Other Race Village attractions include the Team Zone, with opportunities to visit the sailors and shore crews at their team base; the Activity Zone, featuring a Volvo Ocean 65 Cross Section that visitors can crawl inside to get an idea what life at sea with eight other guys or girls might be like; the Exhibition Zone, where you can meet the sailors and shore crews over a cup of coffee at the Sailors’ Terrace; the Volvo Pavilion, a chance to experience the future of cars and trucks; and the Musto Official Race Store, of course, where you can outfit your crew with some new gear. I think you may regret skipping this stopover. Even if you can’t make it to the main race days, plan a trip to Newport to walk the park, check out the boats and activities and show your support of the event. Best of all, admission to the Race Village is free! There is great excitement surrounding this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and it’s easy to see why. I hope you have the same sense of urgency about getting up to Newport as I. This is one event that I will not settle for witnessing on a screen…but just in case, I will try to get my sister to DVR it for me. See you on the water.

Sailing the Northeast Issue 143 Publisher Anne Hannan anne@windcheckmagazine.com Editor in Chief Christopher Gill chris@windcheckmagazine.com Senior Editor Chris Szepessy zep@windcheckmagazine.com Contributing Editor Joe Cooper coop@windcheckmagazine.com Graphic Design Kerstin Fairbend kerstin@windcheckmagazine.com Contributors Bailey Bellone, Pepe Bettini, Billy Black, Cate Brown, Captain Ed Cubanski, USCG, Ian Dury, Jane Eagleson, Suki Finnerty, Daniel Forster, Dave Foster, John K. Fulweiler, Larry Kelly, Maureen Koeppel, Kaleb Little, Rick Mannoia, George Mattei, Dave McLaughlin, Courtney Moore, Buttons Padin, Rob Penner, Vin Pica, Colin Rath, Amory Ross, Ainhoa Sanchez, Meghan Sepe, Amy Villalba, Sandy Waters, Andrea Watson, John Wenz Ad Sales Erica Pagnam erica@windcheckmagazine.com Distribution Satu Lahti, Man in Motion, Chris Metivier, Prolo Services, Rare Sales, Jack Szepessy WindCheck is a monthly magazine. Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the members. WindCheck encourages reader feedback and welcomes editorial contributions in the form of stories, anecdotes, photographs, and technical expertise. Copies are available for free at 1,000+ locations (yacht clubs, marinas, marine retailers, restaurants, sailing events & transportation centers) in the Northeast. Businesses or organizations wishing to distribute WindCheck should contact us at (203) 332-7639. While WindCheck is available free of charge, we will mail your copy each month for an annual mailing fee of $27. Mail payment to: WindCheck Magazine P.O. Box 195, Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 332-7639 E-mail: contactus@windcheckmagazine.com On the web: windcheckmagazine.com WindCheck is printed on recycled paper. Member of Find us on Facebook


Contents

Editor’s Log

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Checking In 10

From the Log of Persevere 16

Great South Bay 18

Sound Environment 24

From the Captain of the Port 26

Book Review: No Ordinary Being 27

The Boating Barrister 28

Tide Tables 42

Coop’s Corner 56

YRA Frostbite Championship 58

Race the Cape 59

Comic 63

Robie Pierce Regattas 64

Mudheads Competing in the 66 Hospice Regatta Nationals

Broker Tips 68

Brokerage 69

Classifieds 72

Subscription Form 76

Advertiser’s Index 77

On Watch: Matthew Cohen 78

Features 30 Spring Events Calendar This month’s WindCheck calendar is straining its seams with everything from spring boat shows, seminars, clinics, learn-to-sail opportunities, festivals and chantey sings to regattas and distance races for sailors of every stripe, including the 20th Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race and no fewer than three brand new feeder races for the 50th Anniversary edition of the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week. 44 The Sea Scout Ship 6 Engine Rebuild Project When it became apparent that the diesel auxiliary in Ship 6’s Tripp 37 was on its last legs, Scott Bowden, the General Manager of Port Niantic Marina in Niantic, CT, stepped in to guide the scouts through a hands-on teardown and rebuild. Bailey Bellone, 16, reports on a very gratifying and educational experience. 46 Friends for Life Pepe Bettini, Head Optimist Coach at LISOT (Long Island Sound Optimist Team), has won a dozen national championships in four classes, but he says the real magic of sailing lies not in collecting trophies but in making friends for life. When a sailing school in his native Argentina lost everything in a flood, Pepe rallied his LISOT Opti sailors, who collected – and personally delivered! – more than 100 pieces of gear to their new friends in the Southern Hemisphere. 48 Volvo Ocean Race in Newport With this ‘round-the world marathon paying a two-week visit to the City By the Sea this month, we have an account of the Southern Ocean from Rhode Island’s Home Team (first in the fleet around Cape Horn!), a discussion with Volvo Ocean Race Marketing & Communications Director Björn Alberts about how social media is changing the face of the race, and Kaleb Little of The National Biodiesel Board describes his organization's contribution to the event’s sustainability. 60 The Tappan Zee Challenge Regatta The season opener for Sonar Fleet 23 at Nyack Boat Club in Nyack, New York is the Tappan Zee Challenge. This friendly club on the Hudson River has expanded the event in partnership with the Helen Hayes Hospital to include an adaptive sailing clinic for people with disabilities and rehabilitation professionals. Amy Villalba, who sails with Lightning Fleet 75 at the club, previews this remarkable regatta. On the cover: It’s been almost a year since Daniel Forster shot this dramatic photo of Team Alvimedica’s Volvo Ocean 65 passing Castle Hill in Newport, and Rhode Island’s home team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 will have put several thousand miles under her canting keel upon their homecoming this month. © Daniel Forster/Team Alvimedica

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Checking In... Rhode Island Offshore Challenge Trophy

The Bristol Yacht Club and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club have joined forces to create the Rhode Island Offshore Challenge Trophy. This perpetual trophy, to be crafted of carbon fiber and donated by GMT Composites of Bristol, will be presented to the boat with the best combined score in the Sid Clark Offshore Race and the Ida Lewis Distance Race. 

177 nautical miles, with turning marks at Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Tower. All courses will start and finish off the historic Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI. For more information, visit ildistancerace.org. F

New Trophy for Annapolis to Newport Race A significant influx of performance cruising designs has enabled the organizers of the Annapolis to Newport Race to introduce a new competition – the Manufacturer’s Trophy – to promote friendly rivalry between production boat types such as Beneteau, DuFour, J/Boats, Jeanneau, C&C-Tartan and Swan. The Manufacturer’s Trophy will be presented to the manufacturer with at least five boats completing the race and whose top five boats score the lowest number of points using the low point scoring system, irrespective of what class they enter. The manufacturer will be presented a perpetual trophy while each boat will receive an award.

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First sailed in 1904, the Sid Clark Offshore Race may well be the oldest distance race in the country. This year’s race, which starts on July 10, will feature a variety of courses ranging in length from 75 to 160 miles. The start will be just outside Bristol Harbor. The race will take the fleet down Narragansett Bay and into the waters around Block Island and the Elizabethan Islands, with the finish just outside Newport Harbor. There will be classes for IRC, PHRF, One-Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats. Visit bristolyc.com/racing/overnight.php for more information.      The Ida Lewis Distance Race, which starts August 14, is the perfectly designed overnighter for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. It features four coastal round-trip race courses between 104 and

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“From the outset of planning for the 2015 Annapolis to Newport Race, our goal was to increase participation,” said Garth Hichens, a key member of the organizing committee. “With that in mind, we created the Performance Cruising class and the response has been very positive. This class is not for the custom racing yachts, but rather for the production boat builders that specialize in performance cruiser-racers. We already have four manufacturers that have met the five-boat threshold to be eligible, so we know we will have an exciting competition.” The 35th edition of the biennial Annapolis to Newport Race, which begins June 5, is the third and final leg of the new East Coast Ocean Series. For more information, visit annapolisnewportrace.com. F

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Checking In... Mystic Blues Festival is June 26 - 28 The Third Annual Mystic Blues Festival will be held June 26 28 at Mystic Shipyard, located at 100 Essex Street in Mystic, CT. The festival showcases an array of Blues legends including Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Blues Artist of the Year award winners.

Performances are held under a massive Sperry tent at Mystic Shipyard, with a variety of food and beverages available on-site. An after-party will continue at several Mystic bars and restaurants, with Blues artists performing throughout the weekend in conjunction with the festival. The festival benefits the Center For Hospice Care (CFHC). CFHC works with patients on controlling pain and symptoms, addressing emotional and spiritual needs, enhancing the quality of life for all involved, and comprehensively meeting the needs surrounding end of life. Visit mysticbluesfestival.com for complete information and to purchase tickets. F

Chart Art

Fans of the Volvo Ocean Race can see the worldwide racecourse in one viewing thanks to the 3-dimensional wooden map of the world produced by Uniquely Nautical, a purveyor of distinctive nautical décor and gifts located in Redington Beach, FL.

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The event begins with a Kickoff Jam on Friday, June 26 from 6 to 10 pm, and continues on Saturday and Sunday with music starting at noon each day. The powerhouse lineup is too extensive to list here, although highlights include performances by Paul Gabriel, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band, Neal Vitullo and the Vipers with Dave Howard, Jay Stollman with special guest Debbie Davies, and The Weight: Playing Songs of The Band. The festival proudly supports working musicians as well as students who will follow in their footsteps, and students and teachers will perform between all main stage acts on a side stage sponsored by String Theory School of Music. The Art Miles Mural Project, a UNESCO-endorsed peace project, is back for 2015, featuring live painting of twelve-foot long murals for the “Music Mile” that will be displayed online and in exhibits worldwide.

Uniquely Nautical’s “The World” Wall Chart is a lasersculpted 3-D replica of a world map that shows the oceans’ depths in detailed relief. Using a single sheet of solid wood, the chart is created by a powerful laser beam “whittling” away incrementally deeper depressions, resulting in a pattern of plateaus, canyons, shoals, reefs and undersea valleys such as the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific Ocean. The oceanographic map shows the continental coastlines, inland seas and lakes and major islands. “The World” is available in a variety of sizes from 20” X 34” to 40” X 50”, and can be made either as a wall chart or table chart. Wood options include top quality Baltic Birch (standard), Birdseye Maple (premium upgrade) or Curly Maple (premium upgrade). There are also several optional woods for the frame. Pricing starts at $995 for wall charts and $2,700 for table charts. Uniquely Nautical has a database of over 300 other locations that include Narragansett Bay, Long Island Sound and Cape Cod, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Custom text can be impinted on the chart, as well as digitized photographs, line drawings, boat names and corporate logos. For more information, contact Uniquely Nautical at 727-394-8978 or info@uniquelynautical.com, or log onto UniquelyNautical.com.F

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Checking In... New Partner at Dexter A. Holaday Marine Surveyors Dexter A. Holaday II has joined his father, Dexter A. Holaday, as a partner in the long-established marine surveying and yacht consultant business in Noank, CT. Dexter II, a Maine Maritime graduate, has had many years of experience in boat repair and as a boatyard and marina service manager. “Dexter’s understanding of pleasure yachts of all sizes and types will be a definite benefit to our clients,” said Dexter Holaday, Sr. “He also has a long resumé of offshore, inshore and coastal yacht racing in vessels from 22 to 80 feet including the Newport Bermuda Race, Annapolis to Newport Race and numerous Key West and Miami Race Weeks as well as local Block Island, Narragansett Bay and Long Island events in various crew positions.” Dexter A. Holaday Marine Surveyors was founded in 1971. Dexter Sr. holds memberships in the National Association of Marine Surveyors as a Certified Marine Surveyor, American Boat and Yacht Council, and an associate membership in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Services include purchase

condition surveys, insurance condition surveys, appraisals, and damage/loss appraisals. Dexter II will operate out of the company’s Rhode Island office and you can reach him at 401-474-3752 or 860-536-8573. F

Summer Sailstice is June 20 The 15th annual Summer Sailstice will be held on Saturday, June 20. “Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice,” said event founder John Arndt. “The goal is to host a spectacular weekend uniting and bonding a critical mass of sailors worldwide in a common, publicly visible, inspiring event to demonstrate and celebrate sailing.” All sailors, regardless of vessel or location, are encouraged to sail ‘together’ wherever they happen to be on the planet. For nonsailors, Summer Sailstice is an opportunity to connect with sailing at one of the thousands of sailing programs and facilities that are open to the public on US Sailing’s ‘Where to Sail’ online directory. By registering, all Summer Sailstice celebrants become eligible to win one of more than 400 prizes supplied by companies including Hobie, Harken, Jeanneau, Schaefer and more. All participants are encouraged to pledge funds to Sailors for the Sea for every mile sailed on Summer Sailstice. To register, visit SummerSailstice.com. To find out ‘Where to Sail,’ visit ussailing.org/wheretosail/wheretosail.aspx.F

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Checking In... Mike Coe Joins Sparcraft Sparcraft America, a leading manufacturer of high end, custom aluminum spars based in Charlotte, NC, has hired Mike Coe as Sales and Marketing Manager. Coe will work firsthand with all Sparcraft dealers to ensure their end-users have a great experience each time they raise their sails. He will also coordinate the marketing efforts to help raise product awareness and make sure each dealer receives all necessary marketing support.

classes that use aluminum spars,” Hultzer continued. “Mike has extensive experience in almost all of the classes we service and will be a great resource for those sailors as they look to upgrade their rig.” Coe, who will work from Sparcraft’s Annapolis office in Eastport, MD, can be reached at mike@wichard-sparcraft.com. F

Coe comes to Sparcaft with an eight-year background in sailmaking. “Mike’s wide experience and energy will be invaluable in directing our identity into the future,” said Vernon Hultzer, General Manager of Sparcraft America. “Our goal is to be the company that makes spars that are both high performance and durable, but also very easy to use. I fully expect Mike’s hands-on experience will help us achieve that.” In addition to growing the market for cruising rigs, Coe will manage and grow Sparcraft’s involvement in onedesign racing through fleets such as the J/80, Etchells, and J/105. “Sparcraft is well known in one-design racing circles as being the best provider for

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Kirk Kelly’s 50th Birthday in Rincón By Colin Rath Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Meriel and Nerina, dog Aspen and cat Wasabi), who departed Stamford, CT last fall for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles at windcheckmagazine.com. Our friendship started in the ‘70s, when another good friend told me about this kid from a large family that lived up on Shippan Avenue in Stamford, CT who had over 10 GI Joes, including the astronaut and scuba diver. Which was nirvana to any kid back then. Today, a video game room and flat screen TV might mean the same. How times have changed. This kid is Kirk Kelly and we have been best friends since. So, when Kirk couldn’t make it to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this year, his brother Jed and nephew Ryan told me the family was giving Kirk a surprise 50th birthday party in Rincón, Puerto Rico on March, 28. My family was aboard right away. All my kids love Kirk and his family since they had been doing the New York Yacht Club Cruise with us on Persevere for the past several years. So it was just a matter of logistics and finding a marina close by Rincón, which turned out to be an hour’s drive away in Port Real. After St. Maarten, we went to St. Barths for the Bucket Regatta. We were invited aboard the Sea Hawk for a NYYC cocktail party. Sea Hawk is a 197-foot Perini Navi ketch. That seemed reason enough, plus the beaches and restaurants, and as my girls soon found out about the fashion it became a “must” destination. We rented a car and beach-hopped for a week and partied with the 1% at night. Our beach favorites were Shell Beach, Grand Fond and Grand Colombier. We had to leave after 10 days. We could not afford the island any longer – especially with the girls shopping! – and we had to sail to Puerto Rico for the party. We sailed to St. Thomas and cleared customs, then sailed to Isla de Culebra, PR and stayed overnight, then straight to Port Real, getting there in total a little more than three days

on a nice 15-knot beam reach. Kirk had no idea about the party. His family had been coming to Rincón for the last five years for surfing with several friends from their neighborhood for spring break. So they were already there with several other families and children. Kirk’s sister had set this all up. His brothers and sisters had rented condos, all over Rincón away from Kirk’s house, but, when you have a large group this size the inevitable happens. Kirk was walking down the beach and came upon a bunch of his brothers and nephews swimming. His initial reaction was, “It’s an intervention,” then he calmed down and realized it was a birthday celebration. That left my family, hiding out at Jed’s condo, to be the real surprise. That leaked also, but it didn’t matter. The celebration was the surprise, and to have all of Kirk’s friends and family with him to celebrate his 50th year was the real surprise.

A peaceful Puerto Rican anchorage. © persevere60545.com

The celebration now comprised a group of over 50 from the states, including my family. We rented a car for the week and all started doing road trips in caravans of two to seven cars all over Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has few major highways. It’s mostly winding, 1 ½-car width roads winding up and down over the hills. So it’s two hours to get anywhere. You tend to stop a lot when you have a large group of cars with kids. The caravan we took to Tanama River to tube through a 1,200-foot long river tunnel had seven cars and 34 people. First stop; gas, then Walgreens for $3 floating tubes, then lunch and then the final destination. Once we parked, we had an hour hike up a small mountain through a tropical forest to where you enter the river tunnel entrance. It was a colorful hike with everyone carrying bright pink, green or blue floating tubes. The girls had a blast being part of a large group and we ended up having several sleepovers with children from other families. The tunnel was fantastic and worth the journey for sure. We had a local guide, Tito from Tropical

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Horizon Custom Tours, who gave us a lot of information on local Indians and living in a tropical forest. He was quite informative and I suggest checking him out. The next day, a smaller group of us went to see the Arecibo Observatory. The world’s largest radar-radio telescope, it was built in 1963 by Cornell University. The thing is massive, and amazing because it was built over 50 years ago. Makes you wonder where all our world vision went. The kids loved it because it’s in the James Bond movie Goldeneye and also the movie Contact, starring Jodie Foster. We also took a group of 15 out for a sail and scuba dive. It was fun to hear the old stories of growing up together, especially since all of Kirk’s brothers were there to elaborate. My kids got to see how lifelong friends can pick up where they left off, no matter how long they have been apart. The girls got to make a lot of new friends. The kids enjoying playing Wii dance below while we sailed. All in all, it was like the old days when all the kids in the neighborhood played outside, entertained themselves, and came home at the end of the day for dinner. All the kids and parents had a blast in Rincón with the Kellys. I fondly remember days like that growing up. It gave us our independence and resourcefulness that we always enjoyed in our lives, which is how Kirk and I grew up and continue to live. Hopefully, Kirk will join me on the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Europe in October. All the best, Kirk Out. F

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The author’s daughters loved Arecibo Observatory. © persevere60545.com

Colin Rath doesn’t believe in doing anything halfway and fears no challenge. From running several successful businesses, to designing and developing real estate and writing, Colin gives 100%. As a competitive sailor, Colin has owned and captained several racing yachts, and frequently places in top positions in numerous prestigious races. His new book, It Is What It Is, will be released this month and he will be at Bookcon in New York City. Connect with Colin on Twitter @Colin_Rath. For more information, visit colinrath. com. Please follow us on our website, Persevere60545.com and find us on Facebook. Search Persevere60545.

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Fire Island has miles of unspoiled, uncrowded beaches. © Rick Mannoia

Great South Bay Shallow Waters and Shifting Sands on Long Island's South Shore

By Rick Mannoia New York’s Long Island extends east, from Brooklyn to Montauk Point, for nearly 120 miles. (Never tell anyone from Brooklyn they are from Long Island. Trust me, unless you’re from Brooklyn you just wouldn’t understand – it’s a Brooklyn thing.) Along Long Island’s scenic south shore are a number of narrow barrier beaches protecting Long Island from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. These barrier beaches, often little more than narrow, grassy sand dunes, form a series of large, shallow, saltwater bays ideal for sailing. It is often said that Long Island’s north shore has all the deep water, while the south shore gets the winds. It’s true. Though quite shallow, some of the best Long Island sailing can be had on Great South Bay. I should know; I’ve sailed these waters for over 50 years. These are centerboard waters, and groundings are commonplace. Keelboaters beware. Great South Bay is formed by world famous Fire Island to the south and is bordered by the Robert Moses Causeway to the west and Smiths Point, site of the TWA Flight 800 disaster, at the east end. Just 60 miles out of Manhattan, Fire Island an exotic fantasy island, summer home to the rich and famous, movie stars and writers. The only island access to Fire Island (unless you have one of the very few emergency vehicle passes) is by ferry or private boat. Diverse, small beach towns dot the island and are separated by thick brush, sand and thorns. No cars here; red wagons and bicycles are the favored modes of transportation. Otherwise, you have to walk on raised wooden paths or take a water taxi to get to anywhere. Great South Bay is constantly changing. The Fire Island Lighthouse, now located nearly six miles from the island’s west end at Democrat Point, once stood at the entrance to the bay, allowing ships from the Atlantic safe passage through the Fire Island Inlet. Drifting sands continue to move the inlet further west, bringing Fire Island with them. Continued on page 20

Standing 180 feet tall, Fire Island Lighthouse is visible from nearly 20 miles at sea. © Rick Mannoia

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Originally built in 1826, the Fire Island Lighthouse was replaced in 1858. Standing a massive 180 feet tall, its beacon can be seen for nearly 20 miles out to sea. Its lamp was fueled by whale oil harvested by local whaling ships sailing from Long Island towns like Oyster Bay and Sag Harbor. The abundance of bunker (baitfish that run in the spring, summer and fall) was so great that huge gill nets were erected near the inlet, capturing tons of the oily fish. They were processed right there into industrial and lamp oil. The stench of boiling, rotting fish must have been unbearable. Fire Island is only a quarter-mile wide and, depending upon the storm breaches, about 30 miles long. It is a gorgeous place with some of the most magnificent beaches in the Northeast. Here the Atlantic is relentless with her never ending, pounding wind, surf and tide. Without Fire Island as ocean protection, Long Island as we know it wouldn’t exist. Great South Bay was home to America’s oyster industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s, producing enough oysters to feed America’s hunger for the odd-shaped mollusk. Towns like Sayville, Blue Point and Patchogue thrived on the oyster. Hardworking Baymen harvested her shallow waters year-round. Processing

The paddlewheeler Delta Lady offers Sunday sightseeing cruises out of Captree State Park and is available for charter. © Rick Mannoia

plants dotted the shoreline and oystering became a livelihood for a great many families on Long Island’s south shore. More oysters were harvested in Great South Bay than anywhere else in the U.S. Their shells were used for paving many of Long Island’s early roads. Large, flat-bottomed oyster boats plied her waters daily. Using their one large canvas mainsail, oystermen would drag huge iron cages behind their boats, scraping the bay’s bottom, then hauling these cages onboard to claim their catch. Not environmentally sound, but effective in harvesting oysters. Then the hurricane hit. On September 21, 1938, Long Island was hit by a Category 5 cyclone remembered variously as the New England Hurricane of 1938, the Great New England Hurricane, the Yankee Clipper, the Long Island Express, or simply the Great Hurricane of 1938. It was bad. More powerful and proportionally more damaging even than recent Hurricane Sandy, the Hurricane of ‘38 changed the geography of Fire Island and the very nature of Great South Bay. Her winds reached up to 150 mph with waves surging 25 to 35 feet, pounding the shoreline and cutting breach after breach into Fire Island. If that barrier beach had been lost, the Atlantic could have swept across Long Island with devastating results. The storm closed a passageway to the Atlantic now referred to as Old Inlet. It filled in as the sands were swept by the hurricane and a new inlet was formed by a breach out east at Moriches. That changed everything. Like a light being switched off, oysters couldn’t adapt to the sudden change in the bay’s salinity, and the great oyster crop was gone. The environmental and economic impact was tremendous. As went the dinosaur, so went the oyster; there was a mass extinction. We learned in science class that nature abhors a vacuum, and Great South Bay, as a testament to her fortitude, thrived again. Finding a new home, hard shell clams moved into the vacant water bottom and flourished. The clam industry was born. Once again Baymen worked the waters, this time pulling long-handled clam rakes behind their boats or using long, two-handled tongs. Clam rakes were broad-headed and toothy, with an iron basket at the business end to filter sand and silt, leaving only clams. Tongs were a two-handled affair with a double basket and used like a post-hole

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digger. Hard work both. With the invention of the outboard engine, new clam boats were built to replace the old oyster sailing-dregs. Often a one-man operation, these smaller, flat boats have a tiny cabin for shelter in foul weather. Clam boats can still be seen on Great South Bay, working all year long. Because Great South Bay is so shallow, you can anchor your boat and tread for clams. With burlap sack in hand or a bushel basket in an inflated tire tube, clammers can jump off their boats and dig with their feet. Depending on your technique, you were known as a Treader, Tonger or Raker. My kid brother Michael and I would clam off the mudflats, the very shallow waters that surround East and West Fire Island between the mainland and Fire Island. We would tread a bushel or two, then I’d let the jib fly and use the southwesterlies to sail our 22-foot Rhodes Continental, Queen Mamie, back to the East Islip Marina. I’d sail the boat as Michael culled the clams according to size. We were one of the few sailboats clamming the bay. My dad and I also found patches of mussels and scallops beds. These were rare in the bay, but somehow my dad knew where to look. No one bought mussels back then, so we’d have some great dinners. Digging for clams one day, I even caught a seahorse. It was very tiny and astonishingly beautiful. In 50 years, that remains the only seahorse I ever captured in the bay. I let it go. Clamming flourished in the 1960s and clam boats were so common you could almost walk from boat to boat. Wholesale clam buyers were stationed at the marinas, waiting for clammers to come in at day’s end. Prices would vary, but the choice clam was the prized, sweet tasting littleneck, no more than an inch or two wide at the hinge. Cherrystones and chowder clams were worth

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less, but made for tasty eating. Back then it was easy money. Due in part to overharvesting and pollution, the clam industry is now gone. Unlike the oysters that disappeared, clams still exist but they are few and far between. It’s tough to make a living as a clammer. An aggressive clam farm and seeding program, instituted by the Town of Islip, sought to re-grow the clam industry, but after more than 20 years and an untold millions of dollars, the program proved unsuccessful. Interestingly, Hurricane Sandy ripped through Long Island in 2012, again pounding Fire Island. She re-breached at Old Inlet where a harbor, marina and bathhouse once stood. After nearly 80 years, Old Inlet is new again. What’s left of the dock now stands a half-mile north in Great South Bay. How this new breach will affect the salinity of the bay is anyone’s guess. Certainly with the additional inlet, the bay will flush out more quickly and water quality has since improved. Though not navigable at this time, the millions of gallons of bay and ocean water filtering through this additional inlet will certainly change the bay once again. Whether this brings a return of the oyster and improves the clamming is anyone’s guess. One thing is certain; the bay water is cleaner than it has been in years. The oysters are gone, the clams are gone and even the fish are gone. Hopefully as the new breach brings in clean, fresh ocean water, the sea life that helped make Long Island’s Great South Bay will make a comeback. Till then, you can always sail. Rick Mannoia sails Long Island’s Great South Bay in the summer and Florida’s St. John’s River in the winter. His articles have also appeared in Southwinds. F

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Sound Environment... Clean Ocean Access: Action Today for a Healthy Tomorrow By Dave McLaughlin I can still feel the emotions on a cold January evening in 2006 as we walked into the police station in Newport, Rhode Island, to share our concern about a parking issue along the Cliff Walk. People who care about shoreline access and water quality came together in the months that followed. It was hard to imagine that the concern would last more than one cycle of outrage and calls for action. The outrage was genuine: beaches were closed because of raw sewage spills, access to surf spots was in dispute, and we routinely stepped over garbage on our way to the water. The action was effective: we began testing the water, negotiating access, and organizing cleanups. With over 4,200 people involved in one way or another since our first days, Clean Ocean Access has conducted over 153 coastal cleanups that removed 63,000 pounds of marine debris and shown quantifiable reduction in marine debris at some locations; collected over 4,200 water samples, tested for bacteria levels and alerted appropriate government agencies to any potential water quality issues; and protected 31 public rights-of-way in order to preserve and maintain public access to the shorelines. We’ve done a whole lot more; that’s just a snapshot! Clean Ocean Access’ mission is “Action today so future generations can continue to enjoy ocean activities.” Our three core programs are strongly held together by community events: (1) Eliminating marine debris from the shoreline (CLEAN)

Kirk Vidotto monitors water quality at Easton’s Beach in Newport, RI. “Water testing is a simple way for me to help COA,” he said, “and it gives me a chance to be part of the message of instilling genuine concern and love of our local environment.” © Dave McLaughlin

Patrick Doyle and his daughter Holly removed some debris while monitoring shoreline access at Easton’s Point in Middletown, RI. “Volunteering gives me the ability to further this cause, maintain my connection to the ocean year-round, and share this wonderful connection with my daughter,” said Doyle. © Dave McLaughlin

and changing human behavior to improve ocean health; (2) Improving water quality (OCEAN) for permanent year-round clean water from healthy watersheds to marine ecosystems; (3) Working to protect, preserve, maintain, and expand shoreline access (ACCESS) for residents and visitors. While our focus is on Aquidneck Island’s three communities of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, our actions have had positive reverberations as far away as China. Our 2015 goals are ambitious. As an official not-for-profit organization, we are looking to raise funds to pay our staff and increase our impact on the island. CLEAN: Expand the Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project with a focus on prevention (education and outreach) and partner with the Newport Maritime Alliance for the Newport Harbor Cleanup. OCEAN: Expand our year-round weekly ocean and watershed quality monitoring, re-energize the Aquidneck Island Watershed Council, and work toward Green Infrastructure solutions. ACCESS: Expand monitoring of public rights-of-way program to all of Aquidneck Island and help to lead the efforts of the Harbor Walk Commission to create an uninterrupted Harbor Walk. Most of all, we will strive to make sure that everyone on the island has an opportunity to be part of COA and that the volunteer activities are fun, easy, impactful, and rewarding. Clean Ocean Access is proud to be working with Sail Newport as a member of the Sustainability Subcommittee and an exhibitor in the Exploration Zone at the North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. We are working on a massive marine debris removal effort at the Fort Adams waterfront so the entire venue

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is beautiful for the spectators and boats’ arrival. The debris will be displayed in the Race Village, and afterwards we’ll implement the “leave no trace” protocol to make sure the entire coastline is pristine as we head into Memorial Day weekend. The Sustainability Subcommittee is working to ensure our stopover is the most sustainable port of the global ocean race, with a mission of “environmental responsibility, on land and at sea.” We’re working to develop and implement a sustainability protocol that addresses resource efficiencies, education and outreach, climate and energy, and the marine environment. Activities include alternative transportation, biodiesel, emission inventory, recycling and composting, waste stream reduction, and a legacy project that is sure to be awesome. The Volvo Ocean Race Exploration Zone, in the heart of the Newport Stopover Race Village, has interactive exhibits for all ages. The goal is to educate and inspire visitors about the sport of sailing and the ocean, and to discover continents and cultures around the world through the lens of the world’s most grueling sailboat race. More than 19 educational partners will

have 24 exhibit themes including marine science, marine technology, geography and culture, sustainability and mathematics. COA is honored to be a part of the Exploration Zone, and our exhibits will focus on Marine Debris Solutions, Habitat Conservation, and Healthy Watersheds. Marine Debris Solutions will present our comprehensive solution for removal (fixing the problems of the past) and prevention (via education and outreach) to improve ocean health. Habitat Conservation (thanks to our friends at Audubon Society of Rhode Island) is an obstacle course that is fun for all ages and will show you firsthand the challenges that wildlife face (habitat loss, invasive species, tall buildings and light pollution). The interactive Healthy Watershed model (with our partner Aquidneck Land Trust) shows the journey a drop of water takes from the sky to our reservoirs and oceans, how pollution becomes a problem, and how we should treat water that falls from the sky as a gift, something we need to protect forever. Our biggest accomplishment since 2006 is the building of friendships and positive energy throughout the entire community. We’ve seen that when people with the common focus of improving ocean health connect with nature by performing a beneficial activity, personal differences fade away. Momentum behind our theory of change continues to build. Making the right decisions for the environment is something we can do. We look forward to building partnerships with like-minded groups to further our collective mission of taking action today so future generations can continue to enjoy ocean activities. To get involved, email info@cleanoceanaccess.org or visit cleanoceanaccess.org and facebook.com/cleanoceanaccess. F Dave McLaughlin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access. An avid wave rider since 1983, he resides in Newport, Rhode Island.

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From the Captain of the Port Going Down For The Third (and Last) Time By Vincent Pica Assistant National Commodore, Recreational Boating Safety United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Obviously, the most top-of-mind danger that all mariners face is drowning. We live, work and play in a marine environment – a hostile marine environment, if one is not careful. And, even you are careful, things happen. This column is about that. An Ounce of Prevention …is better than a pound of cure, so bear the following in mind. First, we must all be wary of hypothermia. The symptoms to look for in others or yourself are the actions of someone who seems to have been drinking heavily – except they haven’t been. Clumsiness, slurred speech, poor fine motor skills, crankiness… Actions you can take to prevent getting hypothermic are: 1. Keep dry, spare clothes aboard. They can even be added on top of wet clothing if need be. 2. How’d your clothes get wet? Could be from “working the boat” in foul weather or, worse, you fell overboard. The only thing worse than falling overboard is not getting back aboard! More on this below. 3. To help yourself immeasurably, always wear your life jacket. Inhaling cold water is a killer and that will be very hard NOT to do if you are under water. 4. Stay away from booze, period. Unlike the St. Bernard rescue dog stories, booze doesn’t help you survive hypothermia. He fell off the dock and never came back up How many stories have you heard where a seemingly minor event, like falling off a dock due to stumbling and landing in cold water, results in an almost incomprehensible death by drowning? It happens and it shouldn’t. How come the victim couldn’t help himself? Cold Shock/Gasp Reflex/Dry Drowning Years ago, while training with my son to be part of a USCGAux Cold Water team, we all received a workshop on a developing understanding of something called “Cold Shock” or the “Gasp Reflex.” Scientists and doctors were just becoming aware of why someone could drown “instantly” upon hitting the water. Basically, in water below 70 degrees F, which we in the Northeast are certainly boating in during the early months of the spring and late months of the fall, a number of nearly instant and deadly things can go wrong, even if you fall just a few inches from the dock to the water:

1. Even with your head above water, a splash of cold water in your face from a boat’s wake as it cruises by you can cause you to involuntarily inhale water, which is a killer. Not swallowing it down your throat into your stomach, but inhaling it into your lungs. This is the “gasp reflex.” 2. In some people, the reaction doesn’t get that far into their bodies. They hit the cold water and, as soon as it touches the back of their throat, their throat closes up. The spasm stops the water from getting into the body, which is the biological intent, but it also stops air from getting to the lungs. The person bobs back to the surface (their lungs are full of air) and they suffocate in the open water, unable to breathe due to a blocked air passageway. This is what is now called “dry drowning.” There is no water in the lungs. Nor is there any oxygen. I’ve seen a BoatU.S. report that stated that 15-20% of all drowning are “dry drownings.” 3. When the difference between your body temperature and the water temperature is greater than 30 degrees, the chance of a heart attack from the sudden immersion goes up dramatically. 4. Even something as simple as a racing heart from shock and fear can create hyperventilating on the part of the victim. Dizziness followed by unconsciousness results as the ratio of oxygen/carbon dioxide changes in the victim’s blood system. So, if you survive all this, then you will have to deal with the potential effects of hypothermia. Remember, despite all our advances in science and technology, our bodies can survive only in a pretty narrow range of internal core temperatures. How about those aches and pains you feel in your muscles when you get cold? A drop of only 1.5 degrees from good ol’ 98.6 is all it takes. A few more degrees, say 5 or 6, and you’ll stop shivering because now your body can’t shiver anymore – there isn’t enough energy in your body to shiver, much less climb into a boat or onto a dock. Another 4 or 5 degrees from there and the heart is now struggling to gather enough energy from your internal core to beat. So, if you fall in, get out! If you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at d1south.org/StaffPages/DSO-HR.php and we will help you “get in this thing.” F Captain Ed Cubanski is the Captain of the Port and Sector Commander for US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Captain Cubanski is responsible for all active-duty, reservist and auxiliary Coast Guard personnel within the Sector. Vin Pica, Assistant National Commodore for recreational boating safety nationally, works closely with Captain Cubanski and his staff to promote boating safety in the waters between Connecticut, Long Island and 200 nautical miles offshore. Sector Long Island Sound Command Center can be reached 24 hours a day at 203-468-4401.

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Book Review... No Ordinary Being W. Starling Burgess: Inventor, Naval Architect, Poet, Aviation Pioneer, and Master of American Design By Llewellyn Howland III Published by David R. Godine, in Association with New Bedford Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport, 2015 455 pages, hardcover $65 Reviewed by Larry Kelly As a young schoolboy and avid sailor at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts in the early 1950s, Llewellyn Howland III was drawn to one of his predecessors at the school, W. Starling Burgess, the designer of the grand J-Boat defenders of the America’s Cup: Enterprise, Rainbow, and Ranger; and the glorious staysail schooner Nina. The teenage Howland scoured the library for whatever he could find on Burgess and his boats. Little would he know that his fascination with the man would result in a 60-year quest that yielded this fine biography that comprehensively chronicles the life and times of the famous naval architect and inventor. Born in 1878 to wealth and privilege, Burgess was orphaned at age 12. A precocious inventor who had received his first patent for a recoil-powered machine gun at age 19, he was also the first person to build and fly an airplane in New England, in 1910.* He did important work on the use of aluminum as a construction material in warships and pleasure boats, and he developed the Dymaxion automobile with Buckminster Fuller, a fellow designer who would go on to cultural fame in later decades. The book thoroughly traces Burgess’ evolution as a naval architect. Returning to yacht design in 1921 after his aircraft factory burned to the ground, he devised a novel rig for the sloop Vanitie that nearly beat Resolute in the America’s Cup trials. That was followed by three fishing schooners to compete against the

Canadians for the International Fisherman’s Trophy, followed by his three Cup defenders, and many more until his death in 1947 of a heart attack. The subtitle names Burgess a “Master of American Design” and the variety of fields he worked in—at the highest levels—shows the overlap of genius. Parallel to his professional success, and occasional failure, was a personal life no less dramatic. A man of extreme charm and energy, Burgess was married five times, survived his first wife’s suicide, and was addicted to morphine most of his adult life. But at its heart this is a book about a naval architect, his brilliance, and his designs. Beyond the J-Boats, there is Manxman, the fishing schooner Columbia, the Atlantic class, power yachts, and a host of meter and letter sailboats too long to list. Howland, an author of yachting history and an antiquarian book dealer, aptly weaves his tale with the knowledge of an expert. Supported by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport, and presented by the maritime publisher David R. Godine, this is a deeply researched and lavishly illustrated book to pore over multiple times. F Larry Kelly is the manager of the Maritime Bookstore at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. No Ordinary Being is available at the bookstore or online at store.mysticseaport.org. * According to Jane's All the World's Aircraft, the definitive aviation reference book, the first person to build and fly an airplane in New England (or indeed the world) was Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, CT and made several powered flights from a hill in nearby Fairfield in 1901 – two years before the Wright brothers.

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The Boating Barrister Bruises & Bonks: The Maritime Law on Boat Injuries By John K. Fulweiler “If you can’t run with the big dogs,” a southern lawyer I clerked for liked to growl, “stay on the dadgum porch!” You can fit that line around a lot of on-the-water activities including sailing. Sailing isn’t for the faint hearted and as if my own cockpit experiences weren’t enough, my law practice has borne that out. Winches deduct digits, booms bash heads, people slip and spill seaward and bruises abound. Thing is, when fault’s involved, the maritime law has a way of unfolding these calamities and meting out some form of compensation. And you, prudent sailor, should possess at least a basic understanding of these remedies and seeing as I’m here, let me oblige. Before we break ground, remember the maritime law tends to classify victims and your remedies tend to flow from that classification. That is, a vessel’s crewmember has a different bundle of legal solutions than, say, a passenger or researcher. Crewmembers are the princes of the sea in the eyes of the admiralty court, so let’s start with them. The racing set’s view of crew is likely different than what I’m talking about. When the maritime law speaks about a crewmember, it’s typically not talking about your Musto-donned weekend warrior. Crewmembers in the maritime law contribute to the mission of a vessel over a meaningful period of time and in a meaningful way. (This is Fulweiler on admiralty law, so understand they’re lots of permutations too replete to repeat here.) The point is, make sure you’re dealing with a crewmember before applying the legal benefits afforded crew! And what are those benefits? Beginning at the starting line, the admiralty courts consider crew to be wards of the court. That’s a handy designation to hold because and speaking broadly here, a court will work to accommodate the crew’s best interest. Rounding the windward mark, you’ll note injured crew are entitled to something called “maintenance and cure.” That’s a judicially created workers compensation scheme whereby vessel owners must pay their injured crew a daily stipend and medical care until they’re better. At the reaching mark, you’ll see something called the warranty of seaworthiness. No finer a warranty exists in the eyes of a crewmember because it requires an owner keep her vessel reasonably fit for its intended service. The warranty of seaworthiness extends to the hull, lines, tackle and even other crew aboard the vessel, and a breach can arise despite the unseaworthiness

being merely a passing guest and where the vessel otherwise left the dock in a seaworthy condition! Practically speaking, a vessel owner may be liable for a crewmember’s injury without being at fault if the vessel was unseaworthy and the unseaworthiness caused the injury. On the leeward pin, you can’t help but see the Jones Act. This federal statute creates a remedy for crew injured as a result of the negligence of their employers or co-workers. No matter whether you’re peeling potatoes in the galley or barking commands from the wheelhouse, all crew have the same rights and can use this law to pursue a claim. With our imaginary crewmember race course complete, remember there are other and different claims available to crew. Remember too, that the seaworthiness warranty and the Jones Act are remedies unique to crew and not available to passengers. Passengers are simply entitled to a duty of reasonable care. If you and your spouse are just skippering your boat around the Sound, you’re hopefully not going to encounter these maritime legal issues. But the fates are fickle and if you’ve got somebody doing work aboard, you hire a tactician to help you crush the local racing competition or you’re hosting guests, you might end up facing an injury claim. As a result, make sure your policy of marine insurance covers hired crew and that you know the obligations and limitations of your policy. This article is provided for your general information, is not legal opinion and should not be relied upon. Always seek legal counsel to understand your rights and remedies. Underway and making way. D

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Calendar 2015 MAY 1 Learn to Sail…on the Hudson! - Presented by SEAS (Society for the Education of American Sailors) and taught by Red Cross certified instructors, this Introduction to Sailing course comprises 12 classroom hours and 14 hours on the water in Sunfish. $195 fee includes book and a 1-year SEAS membership. Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow NY; 914631-4161 also offered at other times during the summer; visit sailseas.com/westchester for full schedule. 1 IYRS Friday Night Series: Conversations with Alumni - In this IYRS School of Technology & Trades series, graduates discuss how they’ve taken their IYRS degrees to interesting and successful career experiences – both on and off the water. The evening’s speaker (via a live feed) is Felix Schliebitz (Boatbuilding & Restoration’05 & Marine Systems ’11), currently a member of Team SCA’s Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 shore crew. 7:30pm; $10 (free for IYRS Alumni & all current students of local educational institutions); IYRS Restoration Hall; Newport, RI; Stop by Café Zelda (528 Thames Street) for dinner with a special IYRS menu; 6 - 7:15pm. Call Zelda’s for reservations: (401) 849-4002; iyrs.edu 1-3 8th Annual SailQuest Boat Show - This familyoriented show features new sailboats, trawlers and powerboats from Catalina, Bavaria, Beneteau, Blue Jacket, Com-Pac, Elan, Hunter, Jeanneau, Lagoon, XYachts, Hunt Yachts, Nordic Tug, Southport, Sailfish and more, as well as kayaks, paddleboards and select brokerage yachts. Sea trials will be available. Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex Street, Mystic, CT; 203-332-7639;

SailQuestBoatShow.com; facebook.com/SailQuest 2 Thames Yacht Club Tag Sale & Open House - This friendly, family-oriented club has a beautiful white sand beach and welcomes applications for new members. 10am - 3pm; New London, CT; thamesyc.org 2&3 5th Annual Rhode Island Boat Show - Kick off the season at the Ocean State’s largest in-water spring boat show, showcasing a wide selection of new and brokerage sail- and powerboats and the latest in marine accessories and services. Show hours are 10am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday; free admission & parking; Conanicut Marina, Jamestown, RI; Ryan Miller: 401-835-0069; ryan@latitudeyacht.com; rhodeislandboatshow.com 3 Hands-On Powerboat Training - Participants in this one-day, on-the-water course will actually drive powerboats, including backing, hovering, docking, anchoring, high speed, MOB recovery and many other skills. Powerboats are provided. Pettipaug Sailing Academy, Essex, CT; Paul Risseeuw: 860-7671995; prisseeuw@aol.com; register at pettipaug.com Also offered 5/10, 5/17, 6/21, 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/17, 8/19 & 9/5 3 FLARE-UP! and Safety Week - Participants in this event, presented by Westchester Sail & Power Squadron and will learn how to properly fire/light and hold all pyrotechnics found on recreational boats, receive info on all USPS courses and the Vessel Safety Check, take the National Safe Boating test, and find out how to be a safer boater. All materials are provided; bring your own expired flares if you like. 12:30 - 2pm;

free; Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, Mamaroneck, NY; John Steger: 914-523-5520; jwsteger@gmail.com; usps.org 3 Chantey Sing - Bring your voices, friends, instruments & nautical cheer to this event hosted by the New York Packet. 2- 4:30pm; the organizers will pass the hat once for the venue and once for veteran chanteyman Don Sineti, who has been in and out of the hospital over the past few months with health issues. South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY; Deirdre Murtha: sdmurtha@sbcglobal.net 5&7 First Aid/CPR/AED course - Led by Pete Kessler and comprising two 3-hour sessions, this American Heart Association class meets USCC Basic Safety – Elementary First Aid requirements. 6:30 - 9:30pm; $135 plus $8 card fee; Landfall Marine Training Center, 151 Harvard Avenue, Stamford, CT; 203-487-0775 ext 21; visit landfallnavigation.com/mtccourse. html for full course listings. 5 - 17 Volvo Ocean Race 201415 Newport Stopover The only North American stopover for this ’round-the-world race includes up-close dockage, marine education exhibits, food, entertainment, family activities, an In-Port Race (5/16) and the start of Leg 7 (5/17). Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI; volvooceanracenewport.com

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ties include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month (lite bites/cash bar available); 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; shorelinesailingclub. com 7 Singles Under Sail meeting - SUS is a sailing club for adults who are also single. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at various locations in Fairfield County, CT; 203-847-3456; visit SinglesUnderSail.org for cruises, lectures and other special events. 7 Cow Bay Cruising Association Thursday Night Series begins - Port Washington, NY 7 Can One Thursday Night Series begins - New Rochelle, NY; canone.org 9 60th Annual Distance Race - “The Edlu,” a 32-mile race from Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton’s Neck and back, is open to IRC & PHRF boats (DoubleHanded IRC, PHRF Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker with sufficient entries). Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; racecommittee@larchmontyc.org; larchmontyc.org 9 5th Annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race - Open to MC Scows, Lasers, JY-15s, Sunfish, Force 5s and any monohulls or multihulls with an accurate Portsmouth Yardstick rating, this winnertake-all race has a course of approximately 10.5 nm from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT downstream to Calves Island and back upstream to the finish just south of Brockway Island off Hamburg Cove. Awards ceremony at Pettipaug Yacht Club in Essex. Dan Rennie: danrenniect@gmail.com windcheckmagazine.com


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1 947th Annual Lloyd’s Trophy Race -Youth Lloyd Harbor Sail Newport ChalYacht Club, Huntington, NY; lenge - Open to Opti (except lhyc.org Green fleet), Laser Radial & C420 sailors, this event takes 1 place during the Volvo Ocean SYC2014-15 Pre-OSC Race StopRace Newport This Sail is anNewport, ECSA points over. Newport, RI; event. Shennecossett sailnewport.org Yacht Club, Groton, CT; 9shennecossettyachtclub.org CPYC Laser Spring Re1 gatta - Cedar Point Yacht Club, 119th Annual HYC Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org Day Race - Huntington 9Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; huntingtonyachtclub.com Burning of the Ships Day This annual event commemo1 rates the 1814 British raid on King’s Cup Race & Essex in which 27 warships Reception - Minuteman were destroyed. Activities Yacht Club, Westport, CT;the include a parade featuring minutemanyc.com Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife & Drum Corps, team rowboat 1 races, re-enactments, maritime 32nd storytelling Polar Seltzer games, and more. 2 Cook-Great 5pm; allChowder lawn activities are free Off original, largest River to the- The public. Connecticut

Museum, Essex, CT; 860-767and longest running chowder 8269; ctrivermuseum.org competition in New England officially kicks off summer in 9Newport! 12 - 6pm; Newport America’s Boating Course Yachting Center, Newport, RI; Presented by the Greenwich newportwaterfrontfestivals.com Sail & Power Squadron in conjunction with the Greenwich 1 Marine Police, this one-day class Accelerated Safe qualifies attendees for a CT Safe Powerboat Handling Boating Certificate This course, taught with by a PWC certification. 9am 5pm; $75 fee US Powerboating certified includes coffee lunch; family instructor, is for&anyone who discounts available; wants to learn howGreenwich to safely Police HQ, Greenwich,or CT; operate a powerboat Susan Ryan: 203-998-1864; improve their on-the-water GreenwichSquadron@gmail. boat handling skills and already com; usps.org has or does not need a State Boating Safety Certificate. Ages 910 & up. 9am - 6pm; U.S. Coast America’s Boating Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Course 77, Presented by the Mamaroneck South Benson Marina, Fairfield, Sail Power at Squadron, this CT;&register cal.fairfieldct.org. one-day class includes an Jay Lipp: JLIPP@aol.com exAlso amination offered on as 6/4required & 5 andby 6/5many &6 states and insurance companies. 8am 1 & -25:30pm; $65 fee includes student book & lunch. 12th Annual CPYCNew OneRochelle New Rochelle, Design Marina, Regatta - This event NY; Frank Palmieri: serves as the 2013 914-424Soverel 2255; frankP56@optonline.net; 33 National Championship usps.org and the 2013 Viper 640 New

9England Championship (any Charts, Navigation and one-design keelboat fleet with GPS Presented by Milford sufficient entries can be given a USCG Flotilla this start). Auxiliary Cedar Point Yacht24-3, Club, course ties CT; together Westport, Halseyelectronic Bullen: navigation and the method of 203-247-2712; cpycodr@gmail. plotting a course on a paper com; cedarpointyc.org chart. 8am - 3pm; $60; Flotilla 24-3 Center, Milford, 1 & Training 2 CT; 860-663-5505; skperrone@ SYC Double-Handed hotmail.com; advance registraRegatta - Stamford Yacht Club, tion at a0142403.uscgaux.info/. Stamford, CT; Don Wyllie: 203-561-2065; 10 dwyllie@optonline.net; Chantey Sing - Bring voices, stamfordyc.com instruments & friends to sing maritime 1 & 2 songs of all kinds.. 4 -7pm; addition to a- This suggested City in Island Cup donation $5 for food & regatta, organized by thedrink, the organizers passRacing the hat Eastchester Baywill Yacht for veteran chanteyman Don Association, is open to all PHRF, Sineti, who has beenyachts. in andCity IRC &One-Design out of the over the Island, NY;hospital ebyra.com past few months with health issues. 1 & 2Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton, Deirdre Murtha: MaritimeCT; Cup Regatta sdmurtha@sbcglobal.net This PHRF event is part of the Hudson River Yacht Racing 12 Association Series. Kingston Breakwater Irregulars Sailing Club at the Hudson River Tuesday Night Maritime Museum,Spring Kingston, NY; Series begins - Stamford, CT; kingstonsailingclub.org; hryra.org breakwaters.org

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13 2 Rum Runner II free Lighthouse Bay Day - This community Cruise This Mystic Seaport event, hosted by The WaterFront event is aand 1-hour andof45-minute Center Friends the Bay cruise aboard and the 58-foot to “celebrate promoteRum Runner II, a beautifully restored environmental awareness,” 1929 Elco motor yacht includes live music, foodthat & was actually built for bootlegging, refreshments, the Anything for an up-close lighthouses That Floats look Race,atfree harbor in Narragansett Bay. 11:45am; tours aboard the oyster sloop $45 for adult Christeen, freeMuseum sailboat members rides and ($55 non-member; $25 of kayakadult demos and touch tanks youth) includes sticker forThe local marine life.a 12 - 5pm; free parking (8am - midnight) WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay, at the Gateway Visitors Center; NY; 516-922-SAIL; Newport, RI; register at thewaterfrontcenter.org;860572-5331; mysticseaport.org friendsofthebay.org 13 2 EBYRA Wednesday 23rd Annual Harborfest Night Race & Craft FairSeries - Arts &begins crafts, Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing live music, family fun stage, Association, Island, NY;& children’s funCity park, nautical ebyra.com environmental exhibits, food, a model yacht regatta, boat 13 cruises on Manhasset Bay and NYC Night more. Wednesday Port Washington, NY; Spring Racing Series 646-580-5341; pwcraftfair.com begins - Newport Yacht Club, Newport, RI; 4 newportyachtclub.org 6th Annual Dark ‘n Stormy Benefit: Sailing

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14 WSC Thursday Night Series begins - Windjammers Sailing Club, Milford, CT; windjammers.org 14 Solar Power for Your Boat - All are welcome to attend this Sheldrake Yacht Club presentation, and refreshments will be served. 8pm; free; Johnston Pavilion, Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck NY; call 203482-1373 for more information; sheldrakeyc.org 15 - 17 27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend - This is the world’s only regular forum where collectors, dealers, curators and whaling history buffs share their interests in the indigenous art of whalers. New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA; 508-997-0046; whalingmuseum.org 16 106th Annual Henry E. Abbott Memorial NYAC Stratford Shoal Race

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New York Athletic Club Yacht Club, New Rochelle, NY; 914738-0065; nyac.org 16 Alfred Roosevelt Cup Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY; seawanhaka.org 16 IHYC Spring Sprint Double-Handed Race - Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; indianharboryc.com 16 & 17 CPYC One Design Regatta (Sportboat Weekend) - This event is open to all one-design sportboats including (but not limited to) J/70s, Audi Melges 20s, Melges 24s,Viper 640s and RS K6s. Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org 16 & 17 LHYC Race for the Case Spring Series - A case of rum is the prize for the best overall performance in this regatta. Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, NY; lhyc.org

16 & 17 Tappan Zee Challenge Co-sponsored by Helen Hayes Hospital and Nyack Boat Club, this event includes an introduction to adaptive sailing and an adaptive sailing clinic. It is 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; nyackboatclub.org 17 3rd Annual Huntington Nautical Flea Market - Presented by the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, this event has bargains on all types of nautical gear, both new & used. 10am - 5pm; free; Mill Dam Park, Huntington, NY; HuntingtonSafeBoatingWeek. com 17 Sea Shanty Sing - This event for musicians and music lovers of all ages is co-hosted by the

Folk Music Society of New York. 2-5 pm; free (donations are appreciated); Noble Maritime Collection main hall, Building D, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY; 718-447-6490; noblemaritime.org 18 Brooklyn Boatworks’ Annual Party - This organization’s mission is to encourage, inspire and empower young people through the unique craft of wooden boatbuilding and onthe-water experiences. 6:30pm; Superfine, 126 Front Street, DUMBO Brooklyn, NY (F train to York, A/C to High Street); brooklynboatworks.org 20 Mudhead Wednesday Night Racing begins Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association; mudhead.org 20 CPYC Wednesday Night Series begins - Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org

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MAY Continued 20 NYC Wednesday Nights Invitational Regatta begins - Norwalk Yacht Club, South Norwalk, CT; norwalkyc.com 22 70th Block Island Race This 185-nautical mile race from Stamford, CT around Block Island and back has IRC, PHRF and Double-Handed divisions. Storm Trysail Club; stormtrysail.org 22 National Maritime Day This day commemorates the date in 1819 that the steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, GA on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. nationalmaritimeday.org 22 Long Island Sound Day In Connecticut, the Friday before Memorial Day each year is celebrated “to encourage citizens to acknowledge and celebrate the economic, recreational and environmental values of the Sound.” The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers guests the opportunity to learn how we all can be better Sound stewards, with educators at marine debris & water quality stations. 11am - 3pm; Norwalk, CT; maritimeaquarium.org 22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Longshore Sailing School, Westport, CT; ussailing.org 22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Pequot Yacht Club, Southport, CT; ussailing.org 22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Centerport Yacht Club, Centerport, NY; ussailing.org

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22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Southold Yacht Club, Southold, NY; ussailing.org 22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay, NY; ussailing.org 22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Sail Newport, Newport, RI; ussailing.org 22 - 25 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Mantoloking Yacht Club, Mantoloking, NJ; ussailing.org 23 - 25 44th Figawi Race Weekend presented by vineyard vines® - Comprising a pursuit race from Hyannisport to Nantucket, weekend revelry and a return race, this very popular event raises funds for several charities. Hyannisport and Nantucket, MA; figawi.com 23 - 25 Fleet 5 Long Island Sound Memorial Day Rendezvous - Fleet 5 is a group of Sailors with a Passion for Cruising. fleet5lis.org 23 & 24 and 30 & 31 (two consecutive weekends) US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY; ussailing.org 23 & 24 and 30 & 31 (two consecutive weekends) US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Community Boating Center, Providence, RI; ussailing.org 24 WSC Pierce Invitational This Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association points race is sponsored by Windjammers Sailing Club. Milford, CT; windjammers.org

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25 The Lagoon Regatta - This event is open to all Laser & Sunfish sailors. Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY; Jon Marsh: pjon@ optonline.net; nyackboatclub.org 25 - 28 Sperry Top-Sider College Sailing Women’s National Championship - Hosted by New York Yacht Club, Brown University and Salve Regina university, this regatta for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy will be sailed in Z420s and FJs. Newport, RI; collegesailing.org 26 - 29 US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; ussailing.org 28 - 31 6th Annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta & 4th 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 5/28; One-Design Regatta is 5/29 – 5/31). American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; Siobhan Reilly: 914-3292761; reillyhere@optonline.net; robiepierceonedesignregatta. com

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30 121st Annual HYC Day Race - Huntington Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; huntingtonyachtclub.memberstatements. com 30 49th Annual Lloyd’s Trophy Race - Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; lhyc.org windcheckmagazine.com

30 YRALIS Commodore’s Cup - This Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound regatta for the Drake Sparkman Trophy is hosted by Riverside Yacht Club. Riverside, CT; yralis.org 30 DIYC Spring Regatta Hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club, this ECSA points event is the first qualifier for the Long Sand Shoal Cup. Westbrook, CT; diyc.com 30 26th Annual NSYC Day Race - North Shore Yacht Club, Port Washington, NY; nsyc.net 30 King’s Cup - Minuteman Yacht Club, Westport, CT; minutemanyc.com 30 5th Annual Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge This World Paddle Associationsanctioned event “For Clean Water, For Kids and For Our Future” benefits several local charities. Activities include a 6-mile open water elite SUP race, 3-mile short course race, 3-mile fun paddle, 1-mile kids race, relay races, kids SUP clinic, family fun, food & more. Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT; soundsurfer.org 30 IYRS Graduation & Launch Day - The public is welcome to watch IYRS School of Technology & Trades students program launch and showcase the boats they spent the past year restoring. Newport, RI; 401-848-5777; iyrs.edu 30 9th Annual
 Opening of the Bay Celebration - This night of dining and dancing helps the Community Boating Center make a difference in the lives of underprivileged kids who otherwise could not participate in their sailing and boating programs. 6 - 11pm; Fort Taber Park, New Bedford, MA; WindCheck Magazine

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MAY Continued Andy Herlihy: 508-9926219;
aherlihy@communityboating.org; communityboating.org 30 & 31 USCG Launch Operator’s License Course - Completion of this 16-hour course fulfills the license requirements for working at a yacht club, marina, camp or community boating center. 9am - 6pm; $350; The first day will be held at Landfall’s Marine Training Center in Stamford, CT and the second day will be held on the water at SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck (Bronx), NY; 203-4870775 ext 21; visit landfallnavigation.com/mtccourse.html for full course listings. Also offered on 6/27 & 28 30 & 31 APS College Sailing Team Race National Championship - Hosted by New York Yacht Club, Brown University and Salve Regina university, this regatta for the Walter C. Wood Trophy will be sailed in Z420s and FJs. Newport, RI; collegsailing.org

This event is open to all offshore one-designs including (but not limited to) J/30s, J/105s, J/109s and Beneteau 36.7s. Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org 30 & 31 9th Annual SYC DoubleHanded Regatta - This regatta is open to all PHRF, IRC & One-Design boats, sailing both Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker. As in 2014, there will also be a Short-Handed Class in which any Spinnaker class boat can sail with a crew of 3 to 5 (depending on LOA) and be scored in their own class. Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT;YachtScoring.com; stamfordyc.com 30 & 31 2nd Annual Gotham Multihulls Series - Hosted by the Richmond County Yacht Club with logistical support from S Cruise for Smart Boat, this regatta is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association handicap rating. The event supports Brooklyn Boatworks, an educational program for New York City students who learn life skills by building and sailing wooden Optimists. Staten Island, NY; gothammultihulls. com; nemasail.org 30 & 31 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; kingstonsailingclub.org; hryra.org

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30 & 31 Safety on Sea and Shore Weekend - While honoring the work of present-day emergency personnel, this unique event also celebrates the people, methods and vehicles involved in maritime rescues during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Activities include an old-fashioned bucket brigade fire drill, reenactments of a 19th century breeches buoy rescue drill and man overboard drill, Newfoundland dogs demonstrating water rescue drills, and safety presentations by Mark Chanski from windcheckmagazine.com


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30 & 31 and 6/6 & 7 (two consecutive weekends) US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Course Pequot Yacht Club, Southport, CT; ussailing.org 31 32nd Annual Mitchell Memorial Day Regatta - This race from Newport to Block Island has an emphasis on fun. Newport Yacht Club, Newport, RI; newportyachtclub.org 31 25th Annual Pret Gladding Memorial Race Crews comprising family and friends are strongly encouraged for this is ‘round-the-island pursuit race. Barrington Yacht Club, Barrington, RI; barringtonyc.com

JUNE Daily through October River Cruises Aboard Schooner Mary E - Enjoy a river excursion (1.5 hours) or a sunset cruise (2 hours) aboard a 108-year-old, 75-foot gaff-rigged schooner. Fee includes museum admission. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; Reservations: 860-767-8269; schoonermarye.com; ctrivermuseum.org 5-7 LISCA Pirates Cove Raft Up - Oyster Bay, NY; Long Island Sound Catalina Association; RSVP with Captain John “Two Legged” Percesepe: 516-4565890 or jjp3571228@yahoo. com; saillisca.com 4-7 The Better Chip® Match Invitational Clinegatta This Oakcliff Sailing event combines a two-day match racing clinic (6/4 & 5) and a Grade 3 match racing series in Swedish Match 40s, and the winner receives an invitation to compete in three of the four Grand Slam Series events. Oyster Bay, NY; Bill Simon: 516-802-0368; windcheckmagazine.com

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5-9 Annapolis to Newport Race - The 35th running of this biennial race is the third and final leg of the new East Coast Ocean Series. annapolisnewportrace.com 6 21st Annual Rhode Island Leukemia Cup Regatta - This fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hosted by New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; leukemiacup.org 6 14th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference - This Take the Helm® event is open to women sailors of all abilities, with a focus on recreational sailing and cruising. Learn some basics or enhance your skill levels through a variety of seminars and workshops on land and on the water. Meals are included. Raffles and a silent auction will benefit the Women’s Sailing Foundation. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA; Joan Thayer: joan_thayer@comcastnet; womensailing.org

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JUNE Continued 6 SYC Pre-OSC Race - This ECSA points event is hosted by Shennecossett Yacht Club, Groton, CT; shennecossettyachtclub.org

Sampson: jcsampson@gmail. com; ahyc.clubexpress.com 6&7 Wickford Regatta - A celebration of One-Design Fun, this event is open to Vipers, 5O5s, F-18s, I420s, C420s, Lasers and Laser Radials. Wickford Yacht Club, Wickford, RI; wickford. sailspace.net

6 The Corinthians SingleHanded and DoubleHanded Race - First sailed in 1946, this event for single-hulled yachts of at least 20 feet LOA (which now has a Double-Handed Spinnaker division) is open to all yachtsmen. Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; thecorinthians.org 6 Atlantic Highlands YC Long Distance Race - This inaugural event is open to any monohull over 25 feet LOA with a PHRF rating of 185 or less, and any multihull with a NEMA rating. Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; John

6&7 New England Sunfish Regional - Barrington Yacht Club, Barrington, RI; barringtonyc.com 6&7 PJ Boater’s Boaters’ and Fishing Festival - Presented by the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson and the New York Marine Trade Association, this family event celebrates the town’s rich maritime heritage and beautiful harbor. Port Jefferson, NY; portjeff.com 7 NBYC Early Bird Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Niantic Bay Yacht Club. Niantic, CT; nbyc.org

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6&7 City Island Cup - Organized by the Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association, this regatta is open to all PHRF, IRC & OneDesign boats. City Island, NY; ebyra.com

7 CPYC PHRF Sunday Series begins - Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org 7 25th Annual Harborfest & Craft Fair - Arts & crafts, live music, family fun stage, children’s fun park, nautical & environ-

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mental exhibits, food, a model yacht regatta, boat cruises on Manhasset Bay and more. Port Washington, NY; 646-580-5341; pwcraftfair.com 11 - 14 36th Annual Sea Music Festival - With performers from the U.S., Ireland, Scotland Brittany and Canada, this event showcases music from the Golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary composition. Events include the Music of the Sea Symposium, 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; mysticseaport.org 12 HYC Every Other Friday Twilight Series begins PHRF spinnaker & non-spinnaker; Harlem Yacht Club, City Island NY; race@hyc.org; hyc.org

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12 & 13 Off Soundings Spring Series Races - Hosted by the Off Soundings Club, this two-day series (Watch Hill to Block Island, RI and back) is an ECSA points event. offsoundings.org 12 - 14 New York Yacht Club 161st Annual Regatta presented by Rolex - The country’s oldest continually run regatta is open to yachts with a minimum LOA of 25 feet in IRC, Classic, One-Design, CruiserRacer and Double-Handed divisions. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; nyyc.org/yachting/racing/161stannual-rgatta 12 to 7/31 Heat, Wave: Summer on the Water - This exhibition of work by the country’s premier maritime artists will be on view in beautiful sky-lit galleries. Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6 - 8pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm, or by appointment. Admission is free (a $5 donation

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is suggested); Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; lymeartassociation.org 13 28th Annual Port Jefferson Harbor Cup Regatta Hosted by Setauket Yacht Club, this regatta is open to any skipper, with or without yacht club affiliation, whose boat has a PHRF handicap rating. Port Jefferson, NY; Sean Heffernan: 631 751 6626; setauketyc.com 13 Chanteyman Cup Race Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; norwalkyachtclub.com 13 Payea Distance Race - Old Greenwich Yacht Club, Old Greenwich, CT; ogyc.org 13 Edgartown Catboat Rendezvous - Vineyard Haven, MA; catboats.org 14 30th Annual Mayor’s Cup Presented by the Halloween Yacht Club, the Breakwater

Irregulars and the City of Stamford, this regatta was started in 1986 to maintain Stamford’s association with the sea and to foster community spirit and waterfront pride. Stamford, CT; Vivian Werner: mayorscup@ optimum.net; hyc.net/mayorscup 15 Maine to Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Rally - With a PHRF Competition class and a Cruiser class, the inaugural “M2M2B” serves as a staging event for the Marion Bermuda Race or just a pleasant cruise south of Cape Cod. Harraseeket Yacht Club, South Freeport, ME and Beverly Yacht Club, Marion, MA; m2m2b.org 18 - 21 Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic - Held in Lasers, I420s, C420s, Bytes & 29ers and dedicated to the memory of a passionate young sailor, the “BEG” is the premier dinghy racing clinic on the East Coast. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; sailnewport.org/Clinics/gonzalezclinic

19 20th Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Sponsored by Beverly Yacht Club, Blue Water Sailing Club and Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, this 645-nautical mile Corinthian race for amateur sailors aboard cruising yachts starts in Buzzards Bay and finishes off St. David’s Head. marionbermuda.com 19 Block Island Race Week Feeder Race (Western Long Island Sound Course) - Presented by the Storm Trysail Club in conjunction with the American Yacht Club and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, this inaugural event starts at Red Bell “42” of Milton Point in Rye, NY and has a course of approximately 97 nm. blockislandraceweek. com; click on “Feeder Races” 20 3rd Annual Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta - Sponsored by Mystic River Yacht Club and supporting the new Lawrence

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Feeder Race (Newport Course) - Presented by the Storm Trysail Club in conjunction with the American Yacht Club and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, this inaugural event starts west of Goat Island in Newport, RI and has a course of approximately 21 nm. blockislandraceweek. com; click on “Feeder Races”

tance Race - City Island Yacht Club, City Island, NY; cityislandyc.org

Continued Memorial Hospital and DanaFarber Cancer Institute partnership and cancer research, this 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. Make some waves. Make a difference! Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT; Bob Davis: 860-3835405; bobdavis@mymryc.com; su4c.org 20 3rd Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta - Sponsored by the Sagamore Yacht Club, Oakcliff Sailing and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, this event comprises a pursuit race of approximately 10 to 15 nautical miles, a cruising rally and a “paddling for poker” event for kayaks and SUPs. Oyster Bay, NY; sagamoreyc.com 20 79th Annual CIYC Dis-

20 SYC Faulkners Island Race - Part of the Setauket Yacht Club Distance Race Series, this race has divisions for Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Double-handed and (with sufficient interest) One-Design and Multihulls. Port Jefferson, NY; setauketyc.com 20 Block Island Race Week Feeder Race (Fishers Island Course) - Presented by the Storm Trysail Club in conjunction with the American Yacht Club and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, this inaugural event starts in the vicinity of Horseshoe Reef Nun off Fishers Island, NY and has a course of approximately 19 nm. blockislandraceweek.com; click on “Feeder Races”

20 15th Annual Summer Sailstice - This global celebration of sailing takes place on waterways all over the world, and you can win valuable prizes. Register at SummerSailstice.com.

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20 & 21 Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival - A very strong lineup for this year’s Clearwater Festival includes Angélique Kidjo, Los Lobos, David Crosby, Neko Case, Guster, Ani DiFranco, The Mavericks, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Tom Paxton, and many more. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; ClearwaterFestival.org

21 Summer Solstice - It’s summertime, summertime, sumsum- summertime! 21 Sails Up 4 Cancer presents CAM-X - A Complementary Alternative Medicine Expo with exciting speakers, vendors and demonstrations in the practice of using natural products, nutrition, fitness, and stress-care strategies to promote healthy lifestyles and overall wellbeing, this event is your cure for the regatta hangover blues. Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT; Bob Davis: 860-3835405; bobdavis@mymryc.com; su4c.org 21 OGYC Solstice Regatta Old Greenwich Yacht Club, Old Greenwich, CT; ogyc.org 21 & 22 Sid Clark Overnight Race Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker & Double-handed divisions; Bristol Yacht Club, Bristol, RI; 401-2532922, bristolyc.com

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21 - 26 Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week XXVI First held in 1965, the biggest full-week keelboat regatta in North America is celebrating its 50th anniversary with IRC, HPR, PHRF, One-Design, Cruising (Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker), Classic and Double-Handed Divisions. Block Island, RI; blockislandraceweek.com 21 - 26 Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp (Beginner) This camp for ages 10 - 12 is designed to teach basic skills. In addition to sailing, campers sleep aboard the Conrad and can explore all that the seaport has to offer. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860-572-5322; mysticseaport. org Also offered on 7/19 - 24 & 7/26 - 31; Beginner-Intermediate & Intermediate camps also available 22 - 25 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Charter brokers and select clients learn about dream

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vacations on one of the many world-class yachts from 50 to 200 feet at this unique show. Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI; newportchartershow. com

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24 - 28 13th Annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta & Clinic - Sailed in the three Paralympic classes, “The Clagett” is North America’s premier event for sailors with disabilities. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; clagettregatta.org 26 - 28 24th 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 thewoodenboatshow. com 26 - 28 Third Annual Mystic Blues Festival - Performers at this family-friendly event include Paul Gabriel, Jay Stollman, Debbie Davies, the Greg Sherrod Blues Band, James Montgomery, Christine Ohlman, The Weight playing songs of The Band, and many others. There will also be workshops and classes for all ages and levels of musical talent. Proceeds benefit the Center For Hospice Care. Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT; mysticbluesfestival.com 27 84th Annual RYC Stratford Shoal Distance Race Riverside Yacht Club, Riverside, CT; riversideyc.org

27 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; thamesyachtclub.org 27 Buzzards Bay Blast - This ‘round-the-buoys race is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association handicap rating. Marion, MA; Bob Gleason: sailfast@themultihullsource.com; nemasail.org 27 Ben Bates Shorthanded Regatta - Harlem Yacht Club, City Island, NY; hyc.org

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

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The Sea Scout Ship 6 Engine Rebuild Project By Bailey Bellone Although sailors call it an “auxiliary” engine, the fact is, there are times when you need it. If the winds are not in our favor, or for those close quarter docking maneuvers, with the turn of the key we may call upon our mechanical crewmember to rise to duty and perform flawlessly. We depend on its reliability and performance. But lately, our confidence in this reliability came into question. The rough starts and plumes of black smoke were signaling us for action. We could hear, see, and smell that something was wrong. After careful evaluation, we decided it was time for a rebuild for the 1987 Yanmar 3GM30F in our Tripp 37 Celebration II. We needed some help and were thankful to enlist the support of Scott Bowden, General Manager of Port Niantic Marina in Niantic, CT. He made quick start on the project and with a raising of the crane and loading to a truck, our engine was soon on its way from Samantha Cannella (left) and Roisin Burke our homeport at scraped and cleaned the water pump and Norwalk Cove alternator in preparation for painting. © norwalkship6.org Marina in Norwalk, CT to the shop in Niantic under the power of another mechanical friend. But this would not be a blind sendoff. In the tradition of Ship 6, this would be a project needing all hands on deck. And so we began our apprenticeship, which involved trips to the engine shop to get our hands dirty and fill our minds with knowledge. Our first trip began with disassembly. Throughout the process Scott guided us, explained each part, and taught us the basics of diesel mechanics and maintenance. Each part removed

from the engine was carefully organized, cleaned, and inspected. The process was enlightening and a rare opportunity to have full access to the engine without the acrobatics often required for engine hold access. The Ship 6 crew took great pride in the work and conveyed gratitude for the experience. For crewmate Samantha Cannella 17, the exposure gave new perspective. “I was never really interested Sea Scout Ship 6 members (l – r) Samantha Cannella, James Houlahan (behind), Ines Purcell, Bailey Bellone, Roisin Burke on the first day at Port Niantic Marina to learn about and work on the engine. Port Niantic Marina General Manager Scott Bowden is behind at right. © norwalkship6.org

Before disassembly began, Scott Bowden (second from left) explained the operation of a marine diesel engine to Samantha Cannella, Bailey Bellone, Ines Purcell, Roisin Burke and James Houlahan. © norwalkship6.org

in engines,” she said, “but getting up close and working with it was really interesting. I liked it a lot; pretty cool!” James Houlahan, 14, said, “I learned a lot about engines as well as a lot about boats that I didn’t know before.” Scott’s diagnosis of the problems revealed the severity of the failures and significant work ahead of us. The compression test showed that one of the three cylinders was reading very low and another was not where it should be either. Once the valve cover and pistons were removed, we were surprised to learn that a piston connecting rod was bent. We’re not sure when this happened or whether it was even while we’ve had the boat, but it is very lucky that it didn’t break as that would have caused a lot

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of damage. In addition, the rings were cracked on one piston and frozen on another. And the firing patterns on the pistons indicated problems with the compression. We also found that the crankshaft pulley had a crack in it, possibly from someone overtightening it at some point. Other items that were to be addressed included the fuel lift pump, heat exchanger cap, exhaust elbow, fuel injectors and head gasket. After completing the mechanicals, for our second trip we focused on pre-painting preparations and learned how to sandblast. Years of grime were removed as particles of sandblast grit worked their way through all contours. Our efforts would soon be rewarded with fresh coats of paint. For our final trip, we sprayed the coats of grey and watched in awe of the transformation from old to new. As we had put so much effort in, we also replaced related parts such as the exhaust hose and Vetus water lock, the PSS dripless shaft seal, and the engine mounts. We are grateful for the support from Norwalk Cove Marina and their help with the heavy lifting using the crane for removal and installation. And we are indebted to Scott for welcoming our crew to assist with the project. “It was great to help the Sea Scouts of Ship 6 get their Yanmar 3GM back in shape,” said Scott. “The Scouts deserve most of the credit for their keen interest in the project and their hands-on help during the rebuilding process.” The hands-on approach was invaluable. Jon Ricci, Ship 6 Mate, captured all our thoughts: “It was great to see the Scouts getting their hands dirty and doing work on their own engine.” Our Skipper, Kai Horan, was equally thrilled. “There’s a lot to be said for knowing that the engine will start and run well in an emergency,” she said. “The last thing you want at night or in bad weather is to have the engine let you down. This project was important to the operation and safety of the Ship and it was a great learning experience for all.” Working side-by-side with an accomplished marine diesel mechanic and getting hands-on experience with the engine was awesome. I’m so grateful for Scott’s time and attention to work with us on this project. Not only do we have peace of mind that our engine will perform well, but we now have a better understanding of how it works and the knowledge to better maintain and operate it. We have pride knowing that we each laid a hand on returning our “iron wind” to its original glory. No more

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Rebuilt, repainted, reinstalled, and (almost) ready to rumble! © norwalkship6.org

black smoke. No more hiccupping idle. We now hear the steady rumble with a confidence knowing we will get there, wherever that may be… F Bailey Bellone, 16, is a high school sophomore interested in pursuing a maritime-related education and career. Ship 6, based in Norwalk, CT since 1957, is a very unique year-round opportunity for area teens interested in the sea and sailing. Ship 6 is very active and ambitious. The Ship has had many adventures and in 2013 completed 50 big boat sailing days covering over 1,000 nautical miles aboard their training vessel Celebration II, a Tripp 37. Members learn to manage all aspects of their program and the boat as if it were their own. To learn more, visit norwalkship6.org.

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Team LISOT Optimist sailors share the love and make new friends in Argentina By Pepe Bettini As I sat down to write this article, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional about the fact that something as competitive and amazingly fun as sailboat racing can give you so much. At LISOT (Long Island Sound Optimist Team), we train hard and push our sailors to want to be the best. But most importantly, we do it in hopes they will come to love sailing, since it’s a sport that’s given many of us so much. I’m a 34-year-old Argentinian. As the Optimist Head Coach of LISOT, I first came to the U.S. from my native Argentina in 2009 and haven’t looked back. I live in Darien, CT with an amazing LISOT family who have hosted and adopted me as a member of their own family. I started sailing Optis in the shallow waters of the Rio de La Plata when I was nine years old. I’ve sailed and coached many classes including 29er, 49er, Lightning, Cadet, Snipe, and big boats of the IMS and ORC classes. I’ve won 12 national championships in four different classes, and finished second at the 29er Worlds four times. In all that sailing and the many trophies I’ve been fortunate enough to collect, what I find most satisfying is knowing that the real magic of sailing is not racing results, but the love of an amazing sport. Sailing has enabled me to make friends from everywhere, and it’s a sport that provides something that no gold medal can deliver – a lifetime of friendships. As someone who has coached many youth sailors in the International Optimist class at many continental and world championships, the Opti is the class I’d like to use to explain the word “sailing.” As a coach, we train our sailors for long periods of time to compete at Worlds and other international regattas. As a keen youth sailor, you may find yourself at a major regatta in a foreign country with a group of young sailors, all under 15 years old, along with 200 to 1,000 other sailors (depending on the event) from many other countries. At first, everyone is a stranger. They don’t speak your language and you don’t speak theirs. They don’t dress like you, you don’t dress like them, and you have different customs. You’re 1,000 strangers, but all with the same passion! Suddenly, these 1,000 strangers realize they all have something in common, and although they may only speak one language, “sailing” is regularly spoken by signs and smiles. Now that you have an idea of what youth sailing can be about, let’s talk a little about my LISOT sailors. This past February, we competed at the International Sailing Week in Mar del Plata, Argentina, located 250 miles south of Buenos Aires. I took 16 LISOT sailors to train and compete at this amazing venue for almost two weeks. This trip, however, was about much more than racing an Opti in 25-30 knots of wind and gigantic

15-foot rolling seas on the open South Atlantic. It all began in December, when I talked with my sailors about the possibility of helping a sailing school in Missions, Argentina that has virtually nothing except a strong spirit and the desire to learn to sail. A sailing friend of mine, Nico Dasso, created the program, called “Vamos con Viento a Favor,” which means “Let’s Go with the Wind On Our Side.” This program teaches sailing to underprivileged kids, taking them out of the streets and giving them a reason to smile and friends to have fun with. The results have been amazing. Many of these kids have raised their grades significantly at school and become more responsible, but most of all they are extremely happy, simply because they’ve been able to spend time enjoying the Optis, wind and water. The request we received from Nico was very simple. The Missions school was flooded a few years ago and they lost everything. The aftermath of the disaster left them in need of sailing gear and equipment. Their classroom, a metal shipping container, was destroyed during the flooding. This year, LISOT Opti sailors TJ Danilek, Carmen and Emma Cowles, John Eastman, Owen Hennessey, Teagan Cunningham, Sofia Segalla, Jack Solmo, Oliver Hurwitz, Aidan Iaconis, Max Anker, Nick Chisari, Bella Casaretto, Connor Mraz, Leyton Borcherding and Gavin Meese started collecting clothes and sails from everyone and everywhere. In just one month, they collected over 100 pieces of sailing gear including boots, spray tops, rash guards, gloves, life jackets, sailing T-shirts, leggings, and many, many Opti sails! Most importantly, they personally delivered everything to the kids in Argentina. In Mar del Plata, we got the LISOT sailors together with the sailors from the Vamos con Viento a Favor program. When the Argentinian sailors saw what our sailors had brought down from America, they were in shock. Smiles never stopped, and there were hugs and tears of joy all around. It was an extremely rewarding experience for all of us. This special moment culminated in a 60-sailor soccer match with only one rule: Smile. With kids running as fast as they could behind the ball, there was screaming like it was the World Cup. After the match we cooked pizzas on the grill and had an amazing dinner to remember.  Today, as we approach summer in America and winter in

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Mar del Plata, sailors are in touch with each other (oh, how the Internet makes that so easy). Our sailors followed their new friends and cheered them on at Argentinian Opti Team Trials, while they are following LISOTers at U.S. Opti Team Trials. Vamos con Viento a Favor just qualified one sailor for the National Team that will represent Argentina at the 2015 Opti Worlds this summer in Poland! I remember back in the 1990s, in the days before email, sending letters to my new sailing friends from around the world after my first international regatta, the Optimist European Championship in Spain. Those letters took seven days to get there and another seven days to receive a reply. Without the magic of the Internet, it was quite a different “conversation.” I still have those letters at home in Argentina. Today, letters have become emails and what took 14 days now takes seconds, but the most important thing is that those friends I met at that regatta are still my friends for life. The donation of equipment was the means to enable LISOT sailors to make friends for life. I am very proud of my sailors for their attitude, and thankful to my own Optimist coaches in Argentina when I was young, who taught me the true meaning of the word “sailing.” To be able to share this unique spirit with my LISOT team is simply incredible. F When he’s not sailing or coaching, Pepe Bettini enjoys surfing and spending time with his family.

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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Newport Stopover Notes The race is making its only North American stopover in Newport, RI from May 5 - 17. The Race Village at Fort Adams State Park opens on Monday, May 5, with free public access throughout the event. The Race Village will feature dozens of interactive displays, sponsor pavilions, team bases, bars and food vendors, sailing opportunities, concerts and more, and will remain open through May 17, when the teams depart across the Atlantic.

Transportation Tips There are several ways to get to Fort Adams – by car, by boat and by bike. If you are staying in Newport, the best bet is to take a water shuttle from downtown to Fort Adams. There will be multiple water shuttles operating for a fee along the harborfront. If you enjoy biking, you might want to consider bringing your bike. It’s a scenic 2.5-mile ride between downtown and the fort.

Race Village Parking To help streamline the parking process, you can purchase a parking pass in advance. These passes are valid for the entire event, from May 5 to 17. The price for Sail Newport members is $45 per car and $65 for non-members. Daily parking passes will only be available at the gate, priced at $10 or $20 per day depending on that day’s activities. The parking pass must remain in the car that is being used. If the pass is not visible, organizers will have the right to charge at the gate. Space at

Fort Adams may be limited on May 15, 16 and 17, so plan to arrive early. If you own (or can borrow) a Volvo, be sure to drive it to the stopover – parking for Volvos is free from May 14 - 17. There will be no overnight parking available at Fort Adams during the stopover.

Best Places to Watch To watch the In-Port Races (May 16) and the Leg Start (May 17), you can get a great view from the shoreline at Fort Adams or purchase tickets for charter vessels along the racecourse. The Ocean Race Club will offer Premium Hospitality from May 14 through 17, with a view of the action from a prime location just yards from the course. The Ocean Race Club experience includes a premium tent with seating and dining areas, gourmet lunch and a full bar. During each racing period, guests will hear official commentary and receive race-day briefings from sailing experts. Space is limited to 400 guests per day.

On-the-Water Viewing The 110-foot catamaran ferry Ava Pearl is available for individuals to board for on-the-water spectating. America’s Cup Charters has a few options for individuals or groups to get out on the water to view the action. Your experience will include viewing of the Volvo Ocean 65s racing and then a private sail around Narragansett Bay to see what it’s like to work an America’s Cup 12 Metre. The water shuttle will take you from Perotti Park to Fort Adams and back so you can experience the Race Village at your leisure, either before sailing or after. Here are some of the unique events happening in Newport: May 5 - 17: Just Another Day at the Office – an NPR-style quiz show

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Dave Swete gets a hand from Seb Marsset while he repairs a rip in the A3 sail aboard Alvimedica. Š Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica

May 9: Sail Newport Youth Challenge May 12 & 13: Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge Regatta May 14: Pro-Am Youth Regatta

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Team Alvimedica Looking Forward to Hometown Arrival Young guns first around Cape Horn Rhode Island’s team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is returning home this month, and the Americans on board Alvimedica couldn’t be more excited. The young team that left Newport Shipyard in July 2014 to set out with their newly-named crew on a transatlantic training run is a much more seasoned crew today, having shown their rivals that they’ve learned a few things in the 34,332 nautical miles since the ‘round the world race started in Alicante, Spain last October. The fleet set out on the 5,010 nautical mile Leg 6 from Itajai, Brazil on April 19, bound for Newport, Rhode Island. If the close finishes in the first five legs of the race are any indication, Team Alvimedica will have a head-to-head battle to the finish line off Fort Adams State Park. After a podium finish in Brazil, they’re seeking to repeat that performance in Newport, where friends and family await. The 6,776 nautical mile leg from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai was the longest in the race, and the Southern Ocean dished up the most grueling conditions of the race at its halfway point. The young crew enjoyed a major achievement on this leg, leading the fleet around Cape Horn, with six of the eight sailors rounding the iconic landmark for the first time. After the Horn, the top four boats remained within striking distance of each other, pushing at an incredible pace to the Itajai finish on April 5, where they were greeted by thousands of fans. After 19 days of intense racing, the top four boats finished within less than an hour of each other, with Team Alvimedica finishing third, just 54 minutes, 22 seconds behind overall race leader and leg winner Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Spanish entry MAPFRE was second. Team Alvimedica held off a challenge from Team Brunel, finishing one minute, 16 seconds ahead of the Dutch crew. The least experienced team in Southern Ocean sailing has proven to be a tough contender. “We sailed almost 7,000 miles on this leg, so to have it come down to less than a quarter mile is just amazing,” said Charlie Enright, 30, the youngest skipper in the race. “It speaks to how close this competition is. The points are close and our aspirations are still high. The team is our strength. We don’t have a lot of egos – everyone is in it for the result. When it’s time to be tough and dig in, we seem to do that quite well. I think that showed as we rounded the Horn. It’s the Everest of the race and a personal proving ground, so this is pretty special for us. The squad’s done an amazing job. Everybody really stepped up, and we looked to the leadership of the guys who had been there before. I don’t think anyone would have picked us to get there first.” But it’s the Newport homecoming that had the crew excited to set out on Leg 6. “It’s the best sailor’s town in the world,” Enright said. “I’ve done a lot of racing there and have a lot of friends who’ll be there rooting for us. I’m really looking forward to that moment.” By his side will be fellow Brown alumnus Mark Towill,

Team Alvimedica leaders Charlie Enright (left) and Mark Towill, pictured here as the youngest team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 led the fleet around Cape Horn, hope to stand atop the podium in Newport. © Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica

26. Although they only overlapped at Brown by a year, Towill and Enright formed a friendship as members of the sailing team. “My greatest achievement so far has been putting this team together,” said Towill, one of the team’s two watch captains. “It’s been lots of hard work, and I imagine it’ll be very emotional when we pull into Newport.” Another Rhode Islander in the crew is Nick Dana of Newport. The boat captain and bowman, Dana has been involved with three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race although this is his first as an active member of the race crew and this was his first time around Cape Horn. “Being an American and sailing for the hometown team means a lot to me,” said Dana. “We’ll all be proud to sail into Newport.” The crew’s fourth Rhode Islander, On Board Reporter Amory Ross, also calls Newport home and is on his second Volvo Ocean Race. “The concept of sailing into Newport, with all my family and our friends there to greet us is very exciting and something that I’m very much looking forward to,” said “Amo.” Sailing fans have an opportunity to bid for one of two unique sailing experiences during the Newport Stopover, while supporting a Rhode Island heart health charity. The team and its owner, medical devices company Alvimedica, are running an ambitious World Heart Health Charity Tour, a global initiative to raise funds and awareness for heart health. Bids for these once-in-a lifetime experiences on board with Team Alvimedica at each of the race’s ten stopover ports can be placed at teamalvimedica.com/auction. The Rhode Island charity is Lifespan.org, a five-partner, notfor-profit health system that includes three teaching hospitals: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital; The Miriam Hospital; and Bradley Hospital. It also includes Newport Hospital and Gateway Healthcare. All Lifespan-affiliated partners are charitable organizations that depend on support from the community. Visit lifespan.org to learn more, and follow Team Alvimedica at teamalvimedica.com, facebook.com/TeamAlvimedica, and volvooceanrace.com. F Jane Eagleson, Team Alvimedica’s Head of Communication, contributed to this report.

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Social Media and the VOR An interview with Björn Alberts, Volvo Ocean Race Marketing & Communications Director

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 has seen media and the mobile age take center stage, as more people get their news and information via social networks and mobilefriendly smartphones and tablets. With increased platforms for media output, we caught up with Volvo Ocean Race Marketing & Communications Director Björn Alberts. WindCheck: The On Board Reporter (OBR) was renamed from the Media Crew Member in the previous two races. What was different this time, and how did you select the OBRs?: Björn Alberts: We re-wrote the job description after the end of the last race. In 2008-09 and 2011-12, the position was called the Media Crew Member (MCM). We basically took a sailor and trained them on different media outputs, like video, photography, writing and interviews skills. For 2014-15 we were determined to tap into a pool of journalists or already-trained media who would be able to sail around the world. We had 2,500 applicants and narrowed that down into a pool of about 100. From there, we put them into buckets with varying skills, languages, etc. In the end, one of the biggest criteria is being able to handle the extreme conditions over nine months on an ocean racing boat. WC: What are the key skill sets for the OBRs, since they are very much the eyes and ears of the race? BA: The environment onboard an ocean racing yacht is like nothing you can imagine. Not only are you moving forward at about 25 miles per hour, you are going up and down, side-to-side. Those are incredibly tough conditions in which to perform your media duties. Just keeping your balance and your equipment dry is a major feat. Surviving the environment on board as a media professional is one of the biggest “skills” separating OBRs from others. Often times they come previously as adventure journalists. We’ve also come across several media who were very serious sailors – that’s made for a special reporter. Lastly, you need to have a thick skin. Working alongside the same group of sailors for three weeks at a time on a 65-foot boat is not the easiest task when you can only cook, clean and report as part of the team. WC: What are some of the key media technologies and equipment integrated into the new Volvo Ocean 65? BA: The key technologies can be divided into four groups: 1) video cameras located all over the boat, both fixed and hand-held; 2) audio/microphones picking up the natural audio, as well as recorded interviews and natural sound of the sailors talking; 3) editing and directing equipment in the media station below deck, allowing the OBR to cut edited packages while also acting as

Team Alvimedica’s On Board Reporter Amory Ross captures bowman Nick Dana in action. © Volvo Ocean Race

directors during livestreaming; 4) the Inmarsat satellite communications that allows all of this terrific media to be sent back to race HQ for distribution to the public and media. WC: What kind of media comes through Race HQ each day? BA: Each OBR has a daily deliverables document, which provides a minimum amount of video, photography, text and audio he/she has to send back each day along with social media. Their days are pretty much structured around these deliverables, which have a set time when they need to be transmitted. On top of that, teams make specific requests of their OBRs and media can also put in requests through race control for interviews, live video calls and other material. All of this adds up to quite a busy day. For example, as the boats rounded Cape Horn, we had all sorts of live TV interviews. That was a full day just by itself. The OBRs are allowed by rule to cook and clean, so that becomes part of their duties as well, in order to help the team. It’s really a full list of responsibilities, which is why we often call it the toughest job in sports media. WC: How does media actually get from the boats to the Race HQ for distribution? BA: The best way to describe the Inmarsat Satellite network is that it is like your cell phone line. Cobham, which makes the satellite hardware and domes that you see on the boat, would be like your iPhone, and Inmarsat would be like your Verizon or Sprint network. Inmarsat makes the communications from the boat to our race headquarters possible through its incredible network of satellites. There has to be a direct line from the domes on the back of the boats to the satellite in order to send and receive information. It’s about as simple as that. The transmission speeds and the amount of data that we can send from boat to our Race HQ in Spain has increased with every race, so we’ve been able to transfer record amounts of data in this race and livestream more than we have ever seen.

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WC: How much live video and livestreaming has been done this race? BA: As you may have seen during the course of this race, we’ve stepped up our live online production, especially with “Life at the Extreme TV” on the mobile app. We’ve had livestreaming of our arrivals which we didn’t have in 2011-12, except at the Galway finish. Fans have really enjoyed tuning in to see the leg finishes and we’ll have that again in Newport for those that can’t make it in person. They should download the app and watch the arrivals into Newport. We went live to the boats as they rounded Cape Horn on our platform and also did numerous live TV interviews. The biggest thing we can do is a live TV interview or send footage back for broadcasters to air. We’ve done hundreds of those across the world since the race start. And remember, all this footage made available to TV news broadcasters and our online platform is also edited and produced into our weekly show, Life at the Extreme, that airs globally in more than 100 countries including NBC Sports Network and Outside TV here in the U.S. every week. WC: The Volvo Ocean 65 was designed with media in mind. Has that worked out as planned? BA: We really haven’t seen any issues, since the media equipment was all done in harmony with the boat design when the Volvo Ocean 65 was designed from the ground up at the end of the 2011-12 race. It’s allowed us to generate the best content we have ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. Our Instagram account, @volvooceanrace has grown tenfold since the race start. Our daily videos are watched by more viewers than ever, and our weekly show is more compelling with all the onboard technology we have provided to the OBRs. Our Twitter following is one of the biggest in all of sailing. There will always be a balance between the racing and the media component and it’s up to the OBRs and the race to manage this balance, but in terms of what is capable onboard, anything can be done with the technology on the Volvo Ocean 65. WC: Please tell us a little about your social media strategy. BA: One of our key targets for the race is not just to grow our fanbase, but to build an engaged audience which keeps returning. There’s no better way of doing this than through digital and social media. We see our strategy in a giant funnel shape – at the top, we’re trying to make new, uninitiated audiences aware of the race through our own website and other digital media outlets. We’re reaching out more and more to relevant bloggers to spread the word in this way. Then we have the main pillars of our social media strategy – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. We now have more than 1.2 million Facebook fans, but that large number does not reflect success in itself. We’re focusing on engagement, exciting our audience with carefully selected cross-media material which they want to consume themselves, share with their friends, and talk about. YouTube remains the number one vehicle in the world to showcase our fantastic videos, and Instagram plays a similar role with still images. More than any, Twitter offers us the opportunity to engage in two-way communication with our fans, to spark debate and break news. F windcheckmagazine.com

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Biodiesel Helps Power Volvo Ocean Race By Kaleb Little, National Biodiesel Board When the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats sail into Narragansett Bay, RI, for the North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, they’ll be fueling up in Newport with cleaner-burning biodiesel, made from recycled cooking oil sourced from thousands of New England restaurants. Biodiesel is a domestically produced, cleanburning diesel replacement made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources, including agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil, and animal fats. Compatible with all diesel engines without modification, biodiesel blends are commonly used to power trucks, buses, boats, and most recently, to heat homes reliant on heating oil. As a supporting sponsor of the May 5-17 stopover, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is providing biodiesel blends for use on the race boats and in all of the diesel generators and land vehicles associated with the shoreside operations, helping the event to obtain certification by Sailors for the Sea as a “Platinum Level” Clean Regatta. “Biodiesel stakeholders are excited to take part in this much-anticipated international regatta,” said Paul Nazzaro, National Biodiesel Board program manager. “It seems fitting

that America’s first advanced biofuel will be featured at the U.S. leg of the race, where sustainability is such a prominent theme. Our entire team looks forward to sharing the many benefits of biodiesel over the course of this extraordinary event.” Biodiesel can replace or be blended with petroleum diesel with no engine modifications, making it a viable choice for several types of marine vessel, including recreational boats, inland commercial and ocean-going commercial ships, research vessels, and the U.S. Coast Guard Fleet. During the Volvo Ocean Race, much of the emphasis of NBB’s efforts will be on recreational boaters, who consume nearly 100 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. While startup, power, range and cold-weather performance characteristics are similar to diesel, biodiesel’s higher lubricity is proven to reduce engine wear, and its non-toxic, low carbon, biodegradable

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qualities are less polluting to ocean and air, and safer for humans and marine life. “We’re in a ‘chicken or egg’ situation where boaters can’t readily purchase biodiesel because it’s not typically supplied by marinas, and the marinas don’t dedicate tanks to biodiesel

because they aren’t sure if there will be sufficient demand,” said Nazzaro. “We hope Volvo’s show of confidence in biodiesel to help power such a high profile event will help address this conundrum by educating consumers and raising demand.” NBB will host an informational biodiesel seminar for the public in Newport on May 5, and will have a display at the Race Village throughout the stopover where five(Source: Abigail Anthony, Ph.D. Environment Northeast) gallon jerry cans of biodiesel will be available for the public to test out blending biodiesel with their regular marina fuel. Produced to stringent ASTM specifications, biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated “Advanced Biofuel” to reach commercial-scale production in the U.S. This means that biodiesel reduces greenhouse Direct Emissions (gCO2e/MJ) gas emissions by more than 50 Land Use or Other Effects (gCO2e/MJ) percent when compared to petroleum diesel. Produced in nearly every state, biodiesel supports more than 60,000 jobs across the country. Collectively, the industry has produced more than one billion gallons in each of the past three years. 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 For more information, visit Carbon Intensity (gCO2e/MJ) biodiesel.org. F

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Coop’s Child’s Play By Joe Cooper

Despite this year being a bit remarkable, with Newport Harbor iced in, by mid-March all was clear. So, the Prout School Sailing Team did not have to trade the 420s for DN iceboats. This is good news because we moved to Sail Newport this spring. After several years of watching the high school sailing population around Aquidneck Island/Newport Harbor growing, it was obvious that this was where the local high school sailing action was. A couple of years ago, the Middletown education administration formally approved the establishment of a sailing team at Middletown High School. I say formally because the Middletown kids had been sailing informally with the Rodgers High School kids, except in regattas, for a couple of years before that. I attended the board meeting one spring day after sailing. There were perhaps a dozen sailors from both high schools, some still rather, er, damp from sailing, with wet hiking boots and hair. Sailing kids and adults were the only audience. Brad Read addressed the board with his usual passion and eloquence on the matter of kids, sailing, life lessons and the long list of reasons why there ought to be a Middletown sailing team. The kids, of course, cheered upon the application’s approval. In addition to Middletown and Rodgers, Portsmouth High School assembled a team around the same time. The team from St. Georges sails from Ida Lewis Yacht Club, and there are almost always boats from Salve Regina University sailing out of Sail Newport, too. On any given weekday afternoon from March to late May, one can gaze out across Newport Harbor and see upwards of 35 to 40 dinghies, with two kids practicing or team racing in each, and usually a few more kids waiting for a go. The Prout Team continues to hover around 25 or 26 sailors, and as noted in earlier columns 18 are girls including six flat-out novices. That they apparently like sailing is evidence by the fact that a) they keep coming back and b) when I offered the opportunity to come and watch a match, three of the novice girls came with no prospect of sailing. I could not help but notice that all three were Asian. Dongfeng Race Team 2025…? The Prout “days” are Monday and Friday, and Portsmouth

sails the three mid-week days. As is the case with a 4-year team cycle, the PHS team is smaller this year so their coaches and I have agreed that I’ll bring some Prout kids on the PHS days to fill out the roster. When PHS has an away match, Prout comes in. Thus, some Prout Sailors get to sail four afternoons a week. The Rodgers coach, Kate Wilson, recently had the idea of Rodgers (and shortly thereafter Middletown) hosting a weekly regatta on Fridays out of Newport Yacht Club as a way for the teams to sail together. It started with four schools. The following week there were seven. As I write this, on Friday morning, there will be nine schools (including four from the surrounding area) and 18 boats this evening. The idea is to get kids out in boats, sailing and having fun and it’s a low-key affair, if such a phrase can describe a gathering of nine high school sailing teams with coaches, over 100 sailors and half a dozen support boats. At the beginning of each season, I circulate the ‘CooperGram’ to new parents telling them what to expect, most of the time. Included in this one-pager is the advice that unlike other “outside sports,” sailing does not stop for rain, snow, cold, no wind, or lots of wind (We just do talk chalks). It matters not if our field is wet – it’s rarely muddy, except at low tide – and doesn’t need to be mown and otherwise tended to except we do not throw trash into it and we bring reusable water bottles. One thing I’m going to have to add is fog. Last Friday was reasonably foggy, but we could see Bowens Wharf from Newport Yacht Club so off we went. There was no wind at first, and it was cold, dank and raw, but then the breeze filled in from the SW to about 18 knots. Undaunted, races went off, rotations (organized by Kate) were conducted, the kids getting a little lesson in seamanship (“Do not try to land on the windward side of the dock.”) in the process. Only one team capsized, and that as a result of a foul, and the kids were still laughing, joshing and smiling after about three hours of this. Newport YC is ideal for this sort of sailing, because the matches take place right off the club’s south parking lot and south-facing glass wall. The leeward mark is perhaps 20 yards off the club’s bulkhead. After sailing, the club donates burgers and hot dogs that are sold, the proceeds going to the club’s junior program scholarship fund that provides no-cost sailing lessons for kids who qualify. My south-facing office window looks across Easton’s Pond. At the moment it is overcast, dank, probably raw and with a light southerly barely rippling the surface of the now ice-free pond. I can see the dyke wall at the south end, a mile away. Time to go to Sail Newport and bring the RIB and six boats over to Newport YC. This small task, done with another volunteer adult coach is, well, child’s play. F Australian born, Joe ‘Coop’ Cooper stayed in the US after the 1980 America’s Cup where he was the boat captain and sailed as Grinder/ Sewer-man on Australia. His whole career has focused on sailing, especially the short-handed aspects of it. He lives in Middletown, RI where he coaches, consults and writes on his blog, joecoopersailing. com, when not paying attention to his wife, teenage son, dog, two cats and several, mainly small, boats.

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YRALIS Frostbite Championship Regatta                            By Sandy Waters   On Saturday, April 18, 11 sailors representing from five yacht clubs from Long Island, Westchester County and Connecticut sailed nine-foot Dyer Dhows in the annual Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound Frostbite Championship Regatta, which was first held in 1954. The perpetual W. J. H. Dyer Frostbite Trophy goes to the winner, and it was won that first year by Jack Sutphen.   The Mamaroneck Frostbite Association again organized and ran this regatta, which took place at Beach Point Yacht Club in Mamaroneck, NY. The racecourse was in Mamaroneck’s outer harbor on a beautiful warm and sunny day, more like July than what frostbiters normally saw this past winter.   Fotis Boliakis of Norwalk Yacht Club won the championship for the second year in a row, with four firsts in this 10-race series, although he was only two points ahead of the runner-up, Mike Calman of Indian Harbor Yacht Club. In third place was Fred Treffeisen of the host club, MFA. An award was given to the top female finisher, Eva Burpee of the MFA, who finished in a three-way tie for fourth.   The wind ranged from 5 to 12 mph, coming from the southwest most of the time, but the sailors faced a major 60% westerly shift late in the day. Boliakis showed his expertise in anticipating several shifts, twice starting next to the committee boat when the majority of his competitors were near the leeward or pin end. Both

Defending champion Fotis Boliakis leads the pack around a mark. © Andrea Watson

                      times the champion prevailed with a first or second place finish.       The Race Committee, led by Chairman Bahar Gidwani, was kept busy resetting marks on the windward-leeward course, with two windward marks often being changed to design the best course. No members of the home MFA Fleet sailed their own boats, as the Dyers were exchanged every three races at a swap dock.     The awards party was again held in an attractive dining area at Beach Point YC, where food and beverages were served. The MFA has sailed out of Beach Point YC since 2003, and their membership has doubled to the current 55 active sailors, with racing taking place in two divisions. Using two sizes of sails has benefited the fleet, as they are able to race in a variety of conditions. F 

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Immerse yourself in the heart of the action this July in a sailor’s paradise known as Cape Breton Island. Race the Cape is back for its third year – now even longer – with a course of 175 nautical miles and a brand new leg stretching “down north” into Ingonish in the island’s majestic Highlands. For those who have already experienced this epic nautical challenge during its first two years, good on ya! For the rest, read on and get on board or you’ll be left just hearing about the great time you missed. This year’s Race the Cape, July 12 - 18, features seven days of superb sailing flanked by wondrous awe-inspiring sights, rounded off each evening with exhilarating entertainment and warm hospitality. Condé Nast named Cape Breton Island one of the world’s top islands. Travel and Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 Island Destination in North America and #3 in the world, and the opportunity to race through the challenging Bras d’Or Lakes and along Cape Breton’s rugged ocean coastline is too tantalizing to miss. Race the Cape comprises five point-to-point races, new waters each day, professionally organized, high caliber competition, and relaxing into a new community of fine folks each evening. Every leg is its own race, with the top three winners awarded in each division and each class during the evening’s festivities. Then, when all is said and done, there’s an overall winner. Last year’s top accolades went to Wandrian, a Taylor 41 skipped by Bill Tucker of

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Join the Heart of the Action in the Third Annual Race the Cape. © racethecape.ca

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The last two years were a major success, with 40 vessels taking part. Many sailors were returnees, including Bruce Flinn of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who skippers a Nonsuch 30 named Patience in the non-spinnaker division. “Race the Cape’s type of racing is attractive,” said Flinn. “Sailing from place to place is great because you get to see new terrain each day, figure out the wind in new spots and different waters. It makes for a good challenge.” Flinn added that the positive energy of the entire race is a huge draw. “The upbeat environment was terrific,” he enthused. “The whole things is great. You race for a week, but each evening enjoy a nice meal on shore, greeted by friendly people, fantastic entertainment, rest up a bit and do it again the next day.” For more information, visit racethecape.ca. F

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The 2015 Tappan Zee Challenge Regatta is May 16 & 17 By Amy Villalba The ice on the Hudson River has finally melted so it’s time to dust off the cobwebs, roll back the boat covers, grab your foulies, and get your feet wet at the 2015 Tappan Zee Challenge Regatta. For the 16th consecutive year, Sonar Fleet 23 of Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, New York starts the spring racing season with the Tappan Zee Challenge. This year’s regatta will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17. The Sonar, a 23-foot keelboat, was designed by Bruce Kirby in 1979 when his home club, Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT was looking for a way to get more members interested in club racing. Kirby obliged by designing a boat with a high performance, yet simple and efficient rig. The Sonar is a strictly one-design boat; it’s a challenge to tune and sail well, but easy to handle for sailors of all ages, strengths and skill levels. Providing possibly the best of both sailing worlds (racing and recreational sailing), the Sonar is fast through the water and also a good daysailer with its spacious and comfortable cockpit. A safe and well-behaved training boat to help teach new sailors, the Nyack Boat Club, Fleet 23 and the Helen Hayes Hospital run an adaptive sailing clinic for people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and sailors in conjunction with the TZ Challenge. © George Mattei

Hosted by Nyack Boat Club, the Tappan Zee Challenge is Sonar Fleet 23’s signature event. © George Mattei

Sonar has been greeted with enthusiasm by individuals and clubs worldwide and indeed was even inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame in 2004. It is for this plethora of reasons that the adaptive sailing community has embraced the Sonar. After five years the TZ Challenge was firmly established at the Nyack Boat Club when club member Jan Crittenden suggested the club host an adaptive sailing program for people with disabilities in conjunction with Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York. “The hospital had already started a very successful adapted sports and rec program,” recalls Jan, “so adding sailing to it was a natural extension.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Adaptive Sailing Program at NBC. Jan has worked closely with the hospital to organize a full-day clinic for the participants the day before the TZ Challenge, as well as the opportunity for participants to observe the racing up close and personal from various club members’ spectator boats. According to a Director of at Helen Hayes Hospital, “The adapted sailing program offers individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn to sail using adaptive equipment. People who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and strokes, as well as those with cardiac and orthopedic disorders, have participated.” Approximately 20 to 30 individuals sign up each year. For someone who has experienced an illness or injury, and may be dealing with limited mobility or wheelchair use, getting out on the river is at once an exhilarating and peaceful endeavor. Many Continued on page 62

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Although the TZ Challenge is a very competitive event, the club and fleet’s warm hospitality make it very enjoyable. © George Mattei

participants report that they never thought they would be able to do anything remotely like it. Other participants had sailed prior to being injured and are thrilled to be able to get back on a sailboat. For last year’s TZ Challenge, the first day dawned bright and clear and 12 Sonars sailed out to the racecourse. The wind gods were not cooperative and the competitors saw light wind out of every possible direction; occasionally seemingly out of two different directions at the same time! Sunday was the quintessential early spring day – bright sun, a warm breeze, and strong air. The RC started the day off with a triangle/windward/leeward course. It was an interesting and enjoyable change of pace. Alex Meleney, sailing with crew Mike Watts, Nils Dahl and Carl Segen, showed everybody how to play the tricky winds and Hudson River currents. In doing so they accumulated only 11 points for the six-race series and took first place. It was Alex’s second consecutive TZ Challenge victory. Note to this year’s competitors: “Follow Alex!” Continually in hot pursuit, second place finisher Rick Doerr, who sailed with Dave Franzel, Charles McClure and Kyrre Culver, finished only three points behind the leader. Keeping the pressure on those two teams were Bahar Gidwani and Sam Waterson. Sailing with Tom Speyer, Roman Hascoet, Chris Vargas and Eva Burpee, Bahar took third place over Sam in a tie-breaker. The TZ Challenge Regatta is open to all competitors meeting the Sonar Class Association eligibility, and Sonar Fleet 23 welcomes races from around the region to take on the Hudson’s challenging winds and currents at this early spring event. What better way to tune up for the Sonar Atlantic Coast Championships, to be held at the Sonar’s home at Noroton Yacht Club in mid-June? The Notice of Race is posted at NyackBoatClub.org/fleets/ sonar-fleet-23. F Amy Villalba lives in Mamaroneck, NY and sails with Lightning Fleet 75 at Nyack Boat Club. 62 May 2015 WindCheck Magazine

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contributions to nearly $35,000. For the fourth time, Team Patriot, represented by Mudhead Commodore Toby Halsey, was the top fundraiser. “Team Patriot continues to race and fundraise in the Mudhead Benefit Regatta to benefit Hospice SE CT because of the overwhelming compassion we have seen with the Hospice volunteers we have had the privilege of knowing during very difficult times,”

said Courtney Moore, Team Patriot member. “Knowing that there were people we could lean on was of great comfort to our entire family.” Hospice Southeastern Connecticut provides care in the home and in nursing facilities for those approaching the end of their life, regardless of age, disease or inability to pay. “As a community-based, non-profit agency, the funds raised in support of this agency goes right back in to the community,” explained Denise Hawk, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager for Hospice SE CT.  “It was a keeper day in the Mudhead memory banks,” said Gilmartin. “Thanks to all who participated and it’s time to tell your sailing friends where the regatta of the year is for 2013.” For complete results, visit mudhead.org. ✦

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2015 Robie Pierce Regattas – Adaptive Sailing At Its Best This year the American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs will be hosting the seventh Robie Pierce Regattas for sailors with disabilities. This amazing event keeps getting better year after year. Since the two clubs began the “Robie,” over two hundred sailors have raced on Long Island Sound in the clubs’ especially adapted Ideal 18s. This could not have been possible without the assistance of scores of club and area volunteers. This year’s Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational, still the world’s only all-women’s adaptive regatta, will be sailed from American Yacht Club on Thursday, May 28. The Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta will run from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. Since its inception, the Robie has been jointly chaired by a trio dedicated to advancing adaptive sailing in western Long Island Sound. Siobhan Reilly and Bill Sandberg from American Yacht Club in Rye, NY and Buttons Padin from Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY have maintained a standing committee of core volunteers from both clubs. Over the years, the Robie has evolved significantly, incorporating a broader base of people with disabilities (as inclusive as possible), attracting more disabled veterans, and refining the adaptations fitted into the Ideals. And while the Robie clearly isn’t plug-and-play, the committee’s ability to replicate the regattas every year is a testament to their

The Robie Pierce Regattas are sailed in specially adapted Ideal 18s. © Maureen Koeppel Photography dedication and enthusiasm. The world of adaptive sailing programs in the U.S. is very limited, with only a handful of major regattas and introductory programs. Those individuals who participate in this aspect of sailing will make the effort to travel to the Robie and the other majors for the competition and the support of the adaptive sailing community. As such, the Robie attracts disabled sailors from

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“The Robie” is hosted by American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs in alternating years. © Maureen Koeppel Photography

across the U.S. and Canada. At last year’s Robie, sailed at Larchmont Yacht Club, six boats raced in Thursday’s Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational— not a remarkable statistic except that five crew were Burke Rehabilitation Center outpatients who had never sailed before. Once properly “geared-up,” those women had the time of their lives when matched with an experienced disabled sailor and an ablebodied (AB) sailor. After four races, the team of Judy Kowaleski (San Diego, CA) and Karrell Reginer (Gatineau, QC), sailing with AB Ginny Worcester (Southport, CT), took the day with three first places and one second.

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Over the three-day One-Design Regatta, 19 boats sailed as LYC’s PRO Cynthia Parthemos had her hands full because the weekend’s winds did not always cooperate. In the end, Hyannis Yacht Club’s Mike Hersey, sailing with 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, MA) and Mike’s son Matt as AB, won a tie-breaker for the title. They beat the U.S. Paralympic Team member Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, ME) and Dennis Moran (Framingham, MA). This year it will be more of the same, and the sailors and volunteers can’t wait. You’ll probably agree that one of the best things about going to regattas is seeing old friends. The same holds true for the Robie. While there are new sailors competing every year, participants arrive wearing past Robie hats and shirts, and they greet other adaptive sailors who have become dear friends through the Robie. They also love coming back to the American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs that open their doors to these sailors extending the warmest of welcomes. Clearly, this is a very special event held for and run by equally special people. If you’re interested in being part of the Robie, go to robiepierceonedesignregatta.com to learn more and register. If you’d just like to see what the Robie is all about, come to American Yacht Club any of those afternoons as the sailors return to shore. Finally, the Robie Pierce Regattas would not be possible were it not for the ongoing support of the regatta sponsors: Heineken, Keurig Green Mountain, Subaru, Burke Rehabilitation Center, Lucerne Capital Management, Magnum Bars, Gill, and the Sailing Foundation of New York. If you have any questions, contact Buttons Padin at epadin@padesta.com. F

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Mudheads Competing in Hospice Regatta National Championship the local regattas and about hospice care. Bill Mortensen of Pawcatuck, CT, is leading a Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association team in the Hospice Regattas National Championship, which will be hosted by Rochester Yacht Club and sailed in the waters of Lake Ontario June 12-14. A Mudhead Past Commodore, Mortensen has won multiple times in the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care. His crew for the Nationals, a round-robin series that will be sailed in Sonars, includes Mark Cika, John Sicuranza and Ty Whitman. “Rochester Yacht Club is a top-notch facility, and organizes wonderful races,” said Greg Gilmartin, a member of the Mudhead team that competed in the regatta in 2009. “The Nationals are a fine tradition and the venue is one of the best on the lakes.” The Hospice Regattas National Championship was the first sailing championship for charity in the U.S. to promote the efforts of local regattas to support hospice programs. The event offers three days of racing for one winning skipper and crew from every local hospice regatta that has completed two regattas. Eight of the nine previous Hospice Regatta National Championships have been conducted in Annapolis, MD, where the original Hospice Cup event began in 1982. The 2001 Championship was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and the National Hospice Regattas Alliance board hopes varying the championship location will allow more people to learn about

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) association of hospice regattas that independently raise money and awareness for hospices in their communities. The all-volunteer organization helps hospice regattas grow and learn from each other while promoting hospice care nationally. Since the first Hospice Regatta in 1982, more than 20,000 sailors, sponsors and volunteers have raised more than $12 million to provide hospice care to terminal patients and their families without regard for ability to pay. For more information, visit hospiceregattas.org. Center for Hospice Care is a community based, nonprofit organization serving Eastern Connecticut since 1985. It provides end-of-life care to over 600 patients and families each year regardless of age, disease or inability to pay. In addition, more than 500 friends and family members receive bereavement support free of charge regardless of whether their loved one’s death occurred under hospice care. Special programs like Expressive Arts for children, teens and adults help the bereaved cope with their loss in a non-threatening, creative environment. Local sailors have raised money through the Center for Hospice Care Regatta Series for over 25 years. To learn more about the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association and the Mudhead Benefit Cup for Center for Hospice Care, visit mudhead.org. F

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☛ Broker Tips The Insurance Survey Benefits of a professional surveyor’s advice in potentially saving a boat, protecting the owner’s assets, and ensuring safety of friends and family while onboard By John B. Wenz, AMS® Experienced boat owners are savvy to the many reasons that a pre-purchase survey is considered a necessity. But there’s another scenario where the findings of a marine surveyor can be tremendously useful, and even life-saving, and that’s when an insurance company requests an updated marine survey. In my own professional marine survey practice, I would receive inquiries, often in the spring, from boat owners who were asked to provide a current survey report as a condition for policy renewal. Although a boat owner may initially be concerned that a surveyor will find problems that could cost money to address, the true purpose of an insurance company survey is to ensure the ongoing safe condition of the vessel and safety of those onboard, and to prevent a loss before one occurs. Let’s take a quick look at three reasons why an insurance company survey benefits a boat owner. Identifying Maintenance Issues: It’s no secret that boats and their equipment seem to get more complicated with every new season. Aside from increasingly sophisticated engines and electronics, boat owners have grown to expect all the comforts of home. And boats exist in a world that isn’t the friendliest to electricity, machinery, and personal possessions. Equipment wears out and breaks down in a marine environment. Statistics show that more than two-thirds of boat sinkings are preventable, with more than one half of those due to maintenance-related causes. For a variety of reasons, potential problems can go unseen or neglected or deferred, even with some of the most basic systems and components on a boat. For example, during one survey, I once found a “dripless” stuffing box with a significant leak that could potentially have led to a loss if unaddressed. The boat owner mistakenly thought the stuffing box was “maintenance-free.” Complying with Current Standards: A marine surveyor’s role is to inspect your boat with respect to the rules and standards created by the American Boat and Yacht Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Code of Federal Regulations in regard to recreational boating. A proper survey report will reference those standards, and make recommendations for compliance. Now here’s the tricky part: standards change as the boating industry learns from experience.

What might have been considered “safe” when your boat was built may now be considered hazardous as a result of accidents or failures. The standard for safe grounding of inverters, for instance, has changed significantly since these devices first became available. Older installations might represent a serious electrical hazard, and the details are not apparent to the untrained eye. This is not meant to say that your insurance company will require you to bring your boat up to comply with every change, but safety hazards should be identified so they can be eliminated or minimized, wherever practical. A Second Set of Expert Eyes: Many boat owners are “hands-on” people, and they do an acceptable job of “yacht husbandry;” seeing to the cosmetic and the mechanical needs of their prized possession. But as a long-time yacht captain of a number of “gold-platers,” I can tell you that before I would leave the yard in the spring, I would often go through my boat together with the service manager or yard owner to ensure nothing was overlooked. It is the smart and prudent thing to do. Keep in mind that marine surveyors are on and off all kinds of boats every day, so they know what to look for, what fails, and what might be hidden even though the particular equipment or component may look right. Detecting corrosion is a great example of this situation. There are very subtle, telltale signs of stray current or galvanic corrosion that are not readily apparent if you don’t know where to look or what to look for in particular. A corroded throughhull fitting that fails could result in a disastrous loss without any notice. Since the marine surveyor’s job is to “observe, report, and recommend,” the boat owner will come away with a report that includes a list of the surveyor’s specific recommendations. Based on this report, the insurance company underwriter will determine which of the recommendations are going to be necessary to maintain coverage. Any required recommendations will help ensure that your vessel remains shipshape. We can all agree that preventing a loss before one occurs is in everyone’s best interest, from both a safety and financial perspective. Owners don’t want to see their prized boat or yacht damaged, or worse, and certainly no one wants to see someone injured. In general, fewer claims also help to keep insurance premiums affordable for all boaters. Take it from me: We surveyors care about protecting the lives and assets of our customers. That’s why many of us are in this part of the business. We love boats, boating, and the many friends we have in the boating community. F

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31’ Tartan 31 1989 - Exceptionally clean & well equipped. New Raymarine E120W, A/P, New Air Cond., full canvas, spin. Asking $47,900 Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

31’ Pearson 1988 - Well equipped and in good condition – needs some work. Sails beautifully - Yanmar 2GM18 runs great. New 150 genoa and batteries. Must sell, $18,000 or best offer. Can be seen in Noank CT. 617-429-4204.

33’ Newport 1986 - Well equipped for cruising with rolling furling genoa, cruising chute, and Dutchman main. Autopilot, dodger, bimini, and main sail cover, Universal diesel, CNG stove/oven, refrigerator, GPS, solar panel, and H/C water/ foot pumps. $31,900 Call Bruce 203-3775219 or email jbgirt719@yahoo.com

34’ Alsberg Express 1987 - Carl Schumacher design well built and fast. Yanmar diesel engine. New mast, full North sail inventory. Asking $45,000. Call 917-545-8748 janusw@aol.com

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 35’ Freedom 1995 - Excellent condition, clean and well equipped. New sails, nice canvas, Yanmar diesel with low hours. Interior is Bristol. Raytheon instruments, radar, GPS & autopilot. 4’6” shoal draft, Newer custom canvas winter cover. $82,500 Call Bruce at 203-314-7584

36’ Sabre 362 1993 - Very clean & well updated Sabre. New windlass, radar/plotter, A/P, Hatches & ports, & much more in last 2 years. Flag blue, wing keel. Asking $129,900 Owner anxious - two boat owner. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

36’ Pearson 1972 - Great value on an Pearson yacht. Well maintained, sleeps 5 with many upgrades. Priced to sell $25,000. gkoniuk@aol.com 917-440-8532

38’ Catalina Morgan 381 1997 - Excellent condition, center cockpit, full enclosure, queen bed, separate shower, two 140 watt solar panels 2014, Standard Horizon VHF AIS 2014, Standard Horizon chartplotter 2013, Raymarine autopilot 2013, $110,00 Huntington NY, 631-351-1076, email bobaraujo@aol.com

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 39’ Carter 1974 - Luxuriously built, racer/cruiser, fully maintained and in excellent condition. Many new additions and upgrades: 38hp Yanmar with new sail drive, full instrumentation including new VHF with AIS, full sail inventory. Below decks: high gloss varnish and navy ultra suede. Sleeps 7. Winter canvas and frame. A strong sailor offshore and very sea kindly in all conditions. $39,000 203-434-0625 mshakley@aol.com

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 53’ Bruce Roberts design cutter rig Bluewater cruiser - 108hp Westerbeke, roller furling, lazy jacks, radar, wind generator, fridge and more. Located Staten Island. Illness, MUST SELL. Contact Terry: 908-788-7704 terryabigband@comcast.net

BOATS FOR SALE- POWER 44’ Beneteau First 44.7 2006 - Great performance cruiser, North 3DL Sails, Asym. Spin., Raymarine electronics, full canvas, winter cover. Mint. $238,447 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. sailmyles@aol.com 860-823-7952

25’ Wellcraft Coastal 1989 & 2007 Suzuki 250 - You cannot find a lower cost, more fuel efficient, reliable, offshore capable fishing machine anywhere near this price. 350 hours, full flotation. Raymarine: chart plotter/GPS, S-1000 Autopilot & Radar + Std. Horizon VHF/ GPS, Sea Star Hydraulic Steering. Full recent canvas all around by Topside Canvas. Pressure water and microwave. Recent maroon cushions, enclosed head. 36 Knots WOT, very smooth idle and cruise performance, exceptional fuel efficiency, NADA Wholesale, $16,500, NADA List: $40,400. matsconn@gmail.com

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On Watch Matthew Cohen With his love of sailing, keen eye and passion for photography, Matthew Cohen of Newport, Rhode Island is establishing himself as one of the top shooters in the very competitive world of yachting photography. “I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up all around the © Suki Finnerty country, but I consider Milford, Connecticut home,” says Matthew. “I started sailing under the wing of my grandfather out of Bar Harbor, Maine, and started racing at Roger Williams in 1998. My first boat was a Phantom, which was similar to a Sunfish, although I took it out in a nor’easter and destroyed it. Then I acquired a Hobie 16, but it was wrecked in another nor’easter when its beach anchor was ripped out. Since then, I’ve sailed on other peoples’ boats!” “I had some college credits to fill, so I took a Photo 101 class. When I developed my first roll of 35mm black & white film and made my first enlargements in the darkroom it was magic, and immediately I didn’t care about anything else I’d studied. Although I earned a BA in Psychology, I decided to marry my two passions of sailing and photography and I’ve been shooting professionally for nine years.” “One of the best nautical photographers, Onne Van der Wal, lives in Newport and I met him at a regatta party. I asked what I could do to help him and he replied, ‘Can you drive a boat?’ I worked for Onne as a chase boat driver, location assistant and gallery salesperson for almost two years, and then I got the itch to go on my own. I met another local photographer, Clint Clemens, who is best known for his car photography. He lives about a block from me and I still work for him part-time. Clint is not on the cutting edge of digital photography – he is the cutting edge. He and Onne have both been instrumental in advancing my career.” “In addition to stock photography, I work on assignment for magazines and companies,” says Matthew, whose extensive client list includes National Geographic, SAIL, Sailing, Sailing World, Cruising World, Blue Water Sailing, Pearson Marine Group, Morris Yachts, LaserPerformance and US Sailing. “The third avenue of my work is fine art, based on the nautical world: water, wildlife, beaches, bridges and lighthouses, although it’s a little abstract. You can recognize the image, but it might be a reflection or refraction that takes a minute to think about. As a creative person, it’s more enjoyable for me to look for something different.” “Ten or fifteen of the top guys in the industry live here on Aquidneck Island and the competition is pretty stiff. I try to be positive and productive with the people who are ahead of me, and it’s been very helpful. When I shot the Centennial Newport Bermuda Race in 2006 I tried to separate myself from my com-

petition. There were eleven starts and I shot the first five from a chase boat, then I was dropped off at my car and drove to where I had a helicopter waiting. It was a calculated risk and I took it, and there were some good dividends. I just came back from shooting the St. Barths Bucket Regatta for the third time. I love the island, the people, the boats and the conditions – it’s a great package and an incredible event. I’m looking forward to shooting the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport this month and the Transatlantic Race next month.” “I’ve been a bowman for many years, and one of the challenges I face as both a sailor and photographer is avoiding distractions when I’m on the bow. The sun might come from behind the clouds and produce perfect lighting, and I’ll have to shake off photography and get back into race mode. Likewise, when I’m out shooting in epic conditions I might see a boat that’s haulin’ the mail and think, ‘Man, I’d love to be on that boat now!’” “I’ve done a lot of photography for Laser Fleet 413, and sailed with them for five frostbite seasons. The greatest thing about frostbiting with such a good fleet of sailors is that while everyone else is taking the winter off to go skiing or snowboarding, you’re putting in the hours. When the summer season comes, you’re beating them down the racecourse. I did a Shields campaign on Wednesday nights and a few weekend regattas for about six years and I do a lot of deliveries, although I’ve scaled back on sailing to work on my business. I’ve been a sailing instructor at Sail Newport for the past eleven years, and that’s been the job that fuels my career. My main focus now is on selling fine art images to corporate offices and hotels from Maine to Key West, and one of my biggest accomplishments is a number of commissions for a large financial company in New York that has a collection of 162 framed pieces throughout their office.” “You have to stay creative to be productive, and while it’s good to stay within your own shooting style you have to try different things. The hardest thing to do in two-dimensional art is to evoke a feeling of ‘being there.’ The three aspects to my series of work called ‘Right There’ are shooting with a wide-angle lens; immersing myself in the subject by getting very close; and making prints that are no smaller than 24 by 36. I want viewers to feel like they’re curling their toes in the sand in St. Maarten or holding onto the rod rigging and feeling the salt spray on their face. It’s a pretty big challenge, and I enjoy that.” Matthew’s on the web at cohenphotography.com, and he can be reached at 401-662-6541 or matthew@cohenphotography.com. “You won’t find me shooting jewelry in a studio,” he asserts. “I’ve got to be out in the elements, and I’ll go the ends of the earth to capture a great photo!” F

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