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Sailing the Northeast

Cruising Duo to Maine Figure It Eight The VOR is Underway!

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editor's log Sailing the Northeast Issue 169

Sailing: The Great Provider I’ve found that when one is laid up for a period of time, the first thing one tends to do is catch up on what feels like years of missed sleep. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Whether the demands of publishing deadlines, up-too-early active children, ever-present racing watch changes, or countless other reasons, many of us both rise early and burn the midnight oil. To be able to sleep for more than four hours at a clip is a luxury I’d been longing to enjoy for quite some time. The second thing one does, once rested, is to begin to stir. When you’re forced into what feels like latency, you really start to ask yourself to be careful what you wish for. Recovering from spinal surgery over the past few months, I found myself ruminating on all of the things I should or could be doing. Naturally, I thought about sailing – and my lack of same for the 2017 season. Having exhausted my short stack of Car & Driver and Road & Track magazines, faithfully passed along by our Senior Editor, I switched my attention to social media and that lil’ glowing screen I often vilify. Watching live updates from regattas around the world, and reading the day’s issue of Scuttlebutt the moment it hit my inbox, became my routine. But one can only scroll through one’s Facebook timeline so much before it becomes a ludicrous waste of brain cells. Luckily, my surgeons are masters of their trade and I wasn’t confined to the solitude of my bedroom for too long. During that time, however, while living vicariously through all of my sailing friends in one form or another, savoring the beautiful 'sunset at anchor' images, set-to-music racing videos or simple posts about the sheer excitement or tranquility of being aboard, I thought about the many merits of our sport. As Ben Cesare writes about on page 38, in sailing we are afforded the opportunity, unlike any other sport I am aware of, to compete against the absolute best of the best – or in his case, the Champion of Champions. Likewise, as Coop cogitates on page 50, we can draw inspiration from both fledgling sailors, feeling the rush of sailing fast, and the most ardent adventurers, pushing boundaries of boat and man. In an age where media is too often a source of negativity, strife, anger and sadness, it’s nice to have sailing to turn to for the good stuff. To sling lines and glide away from the dock is as freeing as being able to walk without pain, and reveling in the achievements of our sport’s finest athletes as they bound around the globe helps feed the desire to get out there, get back in shape, and do something great. Likewise, seeing a young child become so enamored with our sport gives me great pleasure, and the hope that my kids will share that infectious enthusiasm. Sailing certainly provides like no other sport. It’s great to be back on my feet. And it’s great to be back to the stuff of sailing. Believe it or not, the family boat has yet to be hauled. I am hoping to steal back a few days on board while the harbor is empty and the breeze and water still warm enough to allow for a relaxing sail or two…just enough to satiate my sailing jones before she goes up on the hard. I’ve already begun rationing myself daily doses of Volvo Ocean Race Tracker analysis, knowing that if I linger too long I’ll fall behind on all that sleep I managed to log. See you on the water.

Publisher Anne Hannan Editor in Chief Christopher Gill Senior Editor Chris Szepessy Contributing Editor Joe Cooper Graphic Design Kerstin Fairbend Contributors Laurent Apollon, Rick Bannerot, Fred Beckham, James Blake, Ben Cesare, Matthew Cohen, Pierrick Contin, Dave Foster, John K. Fulweiler, James Gallacher, Lowell George, James Gilmore, Jim Godsman, Brian Kerrigan, Martin Keruzore, Kim Kirch, Barby MacGowan, Howie McMichael, Donovan McSorley, Ernie Messer, Rob Penner,, Vin Pica, Steffie Pomp, Jason Rose, Ainhoa Sanchez, SallyAnne Santos, Benoit Stichelbaut, Captain Andrew Tucci, USCG, Ron Weiss, Tim Wilkes Ad Sales Erica Pagnam Distribution Man in Motion, Rare Sales WindCheck is published ten times per year. Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the members. WindCheck encourages reader feedback and welcomes editorial contributions in the form of stories, anecdotes, photographs, and technical expertise. Copies are available for free at 1,000+ locations (yacht clubs, marinas, marine retailers, restaurants, sailing events & transportation centers) in the Northeast. Businesses or organizations wishing to distribute WindCheck should contact us at (203) 332-7639. While WindCheck is available free of charge, we will mail your copy each month for an annual mailing fee of $29. Mail payment to: WindCheck Magazine P.O. Box 195, Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 332-7639 E-mail: WindCheck is printed on recycled paper. Member of

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Editor’s Log 4

Letters 8

Checking In 10

Holiday Events Planner 22

Book Review: SeaWise Emergency Action 27 Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts

Sound Environment 28

The Boating Barrister 30

Captain of the Port 31

Calendar of Events 32

BU Wins Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta 34 SBU Qualifies for Conference 36 Championship

It’s On! Block Island Race Week 2018 37

Why Our Sport is So Unique 38

12 Metre North American Championship 46 AYC Leukemia Cup Raises over $150,000 47

American Yacht Club 48 High Performance Regatta

JY15 North American Championships 49

16 Cruising Duo to Maine The thought of making a first overnight voyage without additional crew on board can be a daunting. Ernie Messer, a member of the Cruising Club of America and Off Soundings Club who has sailed New England waters for many years – and raced to Bermuda three times double-handed! – with his wife Jan Jacobsen, shares tips on preparing for and completing your first overnight passage together. 20 Big Boat Sailors Sail Small Boats, Too You can buy, maintain and race a 40-inch, remote control sailboat for a tiny fraction of the cost of doing the same with a 40-footer, and it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Jim Godsman, an enthusiastic member of the Dry Pants Model Yacht Club, provides a look at the world of R/C sailing. 34 Boston U Wins Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta In October, Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY hosted the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. College teams from around the country as well as Canada and France contested this amazing big boat event, and Storm Trysail Club members Ron Weiss and Howie McMichael have the story and photos, respectively. 42 The Volvo Ocean Race is Underway! Seven teams of the best sailors in the world have started the 2017-18 edition of this 45,000 nautical mile race around the world. And with nearly a third of that distance taking them through the inhospitable Southern Ocean, this Volvo just might be the toughest one yet. 50 Coop’s Corner: Figure It Eight Contemplating, by the light of a Dietz Hurricane lamp, the voyage of a California sailor whose solo circumnavigation of the Americas will take him around Cape Horn and through the Northwest Passage, our Contributing Editor closes the gullwing door of a DeLorean and takes a ride back to 1961.

Catapult Wins J/70 North Americans 52

Tide Tables 54

Subscription Form 58

Brokerage 59

Classifieds 60

Advertisers Index 65

On Watch: Ray Redniss 66

On the cover: Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Rhode Island’s home team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, was victorious in Leg 1 between Alicante, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. © James Blake/Volvo Ocean Race

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Letters Keeping a Bright Light Editor’s note: In our October issue, 10-year-old Colin Shearley recounted his experience aboard the flagship of the Warrior Sailing Program, the Volvo Ocean 70 Warrior. The story prompted a response from Warwick Tompkins, a longtime friend and shipmate of Contributing Editor Joe Cooper who is known to his many friends as “Commodore.” In Coop’s words, Tompkins is “one of, if not THE iconic sailor of the second half of the 20th century. In his prime he was way ahead of Blake, Coutts, and all the rest.” This is clearly an unusual young man. It is likely he will do well wherever he goes in the future. So far as the sailing scene is concerned, I very much hope he discovers, or is shown, aspects of the sport other than outrageously expensive, modern, and very fast racing machines. Further, beside the social side of sailing, in the interest of keeping such a bright light in “our midst,” it would be well were he to find many of the other aspects of sailing, such as overnight camping and exploring in small, easily purchased, maintained and handled vessels. There is so very much more to sailing than the competitive side which captures most of our attention. It is great that Joe has taken the lad under his wing; Joe grew up with many of the experiences to which I refer, and knows their merits intimately.   Yours in celebration of intellect and learning, Warwick Tompkins, Mill Valley, CA After a grueling day on the grinders, Colin Shearley has a well-earned kip on Warrior. © Joe Cooper/

An Inspiration to the World Editor’s note: Cliff Crowley’s ‘On Watch’ article about Chris O’Brien in our August issue is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve ever published. (In case you missed it, it’s online at It is indeed very inspiring to see patients progress and hit their functional goals. As a group of Filipino American physical therapists who have made the USA our home and practice site, we continually meet challenging cases like Chris O’Brien’s. It is a struggle to meet their demands for skilled PT while at the same time addressing the multitude of medical comorbidities of each patient. We were inspired to form a group and bond together to share best practices in our profession. Continue being an inspiration to the world, Chris! We are rooting for your win in your next regatta adventures! Lovelia Horn, via email To learn more about the Academy of Filipino American Physical Therapists, visit 8 November/December 2017 WindCheck Magazine

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OPO Organizes Relief Efforts for St. Maarten & Dominica As hurricane relief efforts from Irma and Maria continue in the Caribbean, Offshore Passages Opportunities (OPO), the largest crew networking service in North America, is using the power of its membership to make a difference in St. Maarten and Dominica. Through its Friends of St. Maarten Relief Fund and Caribbean Mooring Field Development Foundation, OPO has raised almost $30,000 in funds that will be used 100% toward recovery on the islands, and organized the Irma Relief Crew for St. Maarten Recovery program to provide “boots on the ground” assistance. “For OPO members, St. Maarten and Dominica are not just beautiful places to visit,” said OPO Founder Hank Schmitt. “They are places we identify as our ‘other homes,’ where we know the locals by name and have identified ways to give back to their communities. They have become family.” St. Maarten traditionally is a destination for OPO’s annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC), which recently departed from Newport, RI, while Dominica – which took a direct hit from Maria a week after Irma devastated St. Maarten – was the first beneficiary of OPO’s mooring field concept, which creates a means of revenue for island residents. Schmitt started the Friends of St. Maarten Relief Fund to raise money for St. Maarten and shortly thereafter broadened the Caribbean Mooring Field Development Foundation’s mission to raise money for Dominica. Schmitt says that OPO volunteers, who already have begun sailing relief supplies to the Caribbean on their own boats or as crew on others, can also volunteer to help with rebuilding efforts this winter. “OPO may not have enough members available to handle the needs, so we have started a free signup list for anyone who wants to stay in touch with us about the plans.” For more information, contact Schmitt at 1-800-4-PASSAGe or visit ■ Barby MacGowan at Media Pro International contributed to this report.

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Harding Sails Partners with Elvstrøm Sails

Danish sailmaker Elvstrøm Sails A/S has announced the appointment of Harding Sails in Marion, MA as their exclusive New England representative. “We are proud to become part of this traditional and strong brand, which I am confident our market and customers will welcome onboard,” said Graham Quinn, President of Harding Sails. “A renowned sailmaker for more than 60 years, Elvstrøm Sails is one of the largest sailmakers in Europe with a strategic focus on superior sail design and construction complemented by excellent customer service. I think that sounds quite like our philosophy at Harding Sails.” Harding Sails is developing a region-wide network, keeping the loft in Marion as the hub to fulfill the needs of customers and sub-dealers. “With our well established market presence and our reputation for quality and service, we are confident this will serve everyone,” Quinn added. At Elvstrøm Sails, every sail is unique, designed and built to meet the requirements of each customer. Elvstrøm Sails holds the patent on their flagship product, EPEX membrane sails. “You can see why I believe this partnership will benefit our customers!” Quinn enthused. “I am very excited about our expansion into the New England market with Harding Sails, our newest Elvstrøm Sails representative,” said Niels Bjerregaard, CEO of Elvstrøm Sails. ”Harding Sails shares our values and their professionalism and expertise are known internationally.” Established in 1965, Harding Sails is the largest independent custom sailmaking company in southeastern New England. For more information, contact Quinn at 508-748-0334 or, or log onto ■

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Hinckley Yacht Services Opens in Stamford, CT The Hinckley Company has announced that Hinckley Yacht Services Stamford is now open for business and hauling yachts for winter storage. Peter Manion (pictured), who has joined Hinckley as the General Manager of the Stamford, CT yard, will report into Chief Operating Officer Mike Arieta in Portsmouth, RI. The facility has lifting capacity up to 80 tons, indoor heated rack storage for 46 boats, 25 fully equipped slips, a fuel dock and pump out station, and offers a variety of repair services. A two-time member of the US Sailing Team, Manion has a long history servicing high end yachts, with Derecktor Shipyard in Mamaroneck, NY as lead service manager and with Brewer Yacht Haven Marina in Stamford, CT and Oakcliff US Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, NY. “We are excited to open in Stamford our seventh yacht service location in the U.S.,” said Manion. “The New York metropolitan area is an important market for us and a wonderful opportunity to extend our service relationship with our customers. We service both Hinckley Yachts and other brands at the absolute highest level in the industry.” Headquartered in Southwest Harbor, ME, The Hinckley Company’s roots are deep in soil of Maine boatbuilding.

Hinckley builds Jetboats and sailboats from 29 to 55 feet and supports its owners and other yachtsmen with its network of service yards from Maine to Florida. Two other distinguished boat builders, Hunt Yachts and Morris Yachts, were acquired in 2013 and 2016 respectively. To learn more, visit ■

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Hal Slater Acquires Brewer Yacht Sales

As of August, Brewer Yacht Sales (BYS) is now a preferred partner of Safe Harbor Marinas. Recently acquired by longtime BYS broker Hal Slater (pictured), BYS will continue to operate at key Safe Harbor locations and will maintain its close relationship with Safe Harbor’s Brewer brand. Slater acquired the Brewer Yacht Sales from Brewer Yacht Yards with the goal of continuing the Brewer tradition of honesty, integrity, and respect. Although Brewer Yacht Sales is now an independent entity, it is dedicated to continuing business as usual with the Brewer team and providing professional, knowledgeable guidance as clients pursue their dreams of being on the water. Brewer Yacht Sales will continue to have offices at the ten present locations at Brewer/Safe Harbor Marinas in Connecticut,

Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, with plans to expand the locations from Maine to Florida and nationally to serve their client base as a preferred business partner of Safe Harbor Marinas. “I believe that a separate and independent Brewer Yacht Sales was the best option going for everyone involved,” said Jack Brewer, Founder of Brewer Yacht Yards. “Yacht sales is not the primary business of Safe Harbor Marinas. However, it was important to Safe Harbor and Brewer that the exceptional relationship between the boat owner, marina, and brokerage be maintained. A separately owned and independent sales company staffed by the same personnel will do just that.” “We could not have aligned ourselves with a better yacht brokerage partner than the current staff at Brewer Yacht Sales,” said Rives Potts, Chief Operating Officer of Safe Harbor Marinas. “When Hal Slater stepped forward with a proposal to acquire the Brewer Yacht Sales brand we knew it fit our direction. Hal has a passion for this business; he has been a top producer of brokerage sales over the years.” Jackie Joslyn has been named Chief Financial Officer of the company. “Jackie’s experience and knowledge of the yacht brokerage industry will also help guide many of our marketing efforts,” Brewer stated. For more information, call 860-399-6213 or visit ■

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Craig Mello Promoted to NEB Paint Department Head

New England Boatworks Inc. (NEB) a full-service marina and builder of custom sailing and power yachts in Portsmouth, RI has promoted longtime paint foreman Craig Mello to Head of the Paint Department. “As the-floor leader of the paint department at NEB for many years, Craig’s proven ability as a skilled yacht painter and team leader makes him the perfect candidate to take on this larger role,” said Abby Smith, NEB’s Marketing/Projects Manager. Mello was an auto body painter before joining NEB in 2001, and was introduced to yacht painting while working at Newport Shipyard in Newport. “As Craig is one of our top spray painters, he will continue to spend a large portion of his time painting alongside the rest of the team,” said Smith. “We anticipate this hybrid role will allow Craig to provide strong leadership to the great painters he has been working with for many years and we see a great deal of value in having someone so hands-on more deeply involved with estimating new work.” For more information, log onto ■

Landfall Offers Training & Education for a Safe 2018 Season The Landfall Marine Training Center in Stamford, CT offers a variety of education courses for sailors and powerboaters alike, with a common goal of making everyone safer on the water. “The Coast Guard’s 2016 Northeast report included 55 boating fatalities in the New England region, a 62% increase over the previous year,” said Captain Henry Marx, President of Landfall. “Nationally there were 701 fatalities, a 12% increase from 2015. We collectively grieve the tragedies that occurred on the Long Island Sound, Rhode Island and the Cape Cod Canal this past season. Unfortunately, we may be seeing a grim trend that needs to be addressed.” “Many of these deaths could have been avoided,” Marx continued. “Of the 55 fatalities in 2016, 45 were not wearing a life jacket. Alcohol was a major contributor in many of the boating accidents. Both can be addressed by being personally responsible for one’s behavior. Other contributors to boating mishaps are vessel operation and equipment failure. To prevent incidents like this, Landfall provides offers a full scope of training and education programs tailored for everyone from new boaters to the most experienced sailors.” Among the most popular Marine Training Center courses are Boating Safety Certification for all boat owners, crewmembers and frequent guests; Marine Diesel Engine courses that cover the basics of diesel operation, maintenance and troubleshooting; and a Radar and Electronics course designed to help boaters optimize the use of their equipment to be aware of their surrounding environment. Landfall also has a number of courses for professionals in the marine industry, including Captain Licensing courses and USCG Launch Operator certificates. “All our instructors have many years in the marine industry and professional certifications in their specialties,” said Marx. “Landfall is not just a boating education provider. We are safety and navigation experts.” For more information, log onto ■

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Dream Yacht Charter Announces New Bases, Cabin Cruising Routes & Fleet With more than 45 destinations and a fleet of more than 900 yachts, Dream Yacht Charter has grown significantly since its six-yacht fleet in 2001. The Annapolis, MD-based company has announced further expansion for next year with the addition of three new bases, three new cabin cruising routes and 100 new boats. “We’ve grown the fleet with more than 100 yachts joining worldwide next year, including Fountaine Pajot’s Lucia 40, Saona 47, Dufour 382, 412, 460 and 520, as well as Lagoon 40 and 50,” said Dream Yacht Charter founder Loic Bonnet. “With Dream Yacht Charter you have an unrivaled variety of yachts and destinations to choose from.” Dream’s by the cabin charters offer all-inclusive luxury vacations on board a state-of-the-art yacht, with handpicked teams comprising expert guides, a personal chef and a modern double cabin with private bathroom. New destinations for these cruises include the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


Dream’s new bareboat destinations for 2018 include Pula, Croatia; Naples, Italy; and Tivat, Montenegro. For more information, visit ■

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Cruising Duo to Maine

Making a first overnight passage together By Ernie Messer As more and more women are taking up sailing as a sport, the incidence of cruising couples naturally follows. Sailing couples enjoy many benefits over fully crewed boats, including more space, privacy, and much easier scheduling and logistics. Not having to entertain and train a constant flow of guests can add greatly to the experience of each member of the team. Teaching someone how to use a marine sanitation device has to be one of the most tedious chores on the boat! My wife Jan and I have also found that we are more likely to invite other cruising couples aboard – and be invited more often – when there are just two of us. With many couples, one person may have more sailing experience and may have even introduced their partner to the sport. Whatever the situation: sailing double-handed has some added responsibilities. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) captured, quite dramatically, the attention of this population when they developed the program called “Suddenly Alone.” That title probably caused, in many cases, a sharp gasp of breath! The program has since been repackaged with developed course material into a product distributed to other clubs and Even in southerly Casco Bay, the organizations. It’s scenery takes on a pure “Maine” now called, a bit less look. © Ernie Messer dramatically, “Safety for Cruising Couples.” This should be a first stop for any couple sailing double-handed. Much more can be found at The CCA website also has many other resources relating to safety and training that will help improve your sailing. Check it out! I’ll limit my comments to those that go beyond those covered on the CCA website, which are quite lengthy and should be studied in their entirety. Taking an extended cruise as a couple can be greatly enhanced by what some racers call the “planning war.” Let’s say you will be sailing to Maine next year; now is the time to start planning your trip. Including an overnight leg, for those ready, can buy you some treasured time in Maine.

Early departure Scituate © Ernie Messer

Plan A Consider what would be your ideal Plan A. Start by looking at the big picture. Layout a tentative plan of what ports you will hit at what time. Consider how many miles you want to put in on what sections. If you’re considering an overnight as part of your trip, you probably wouldn’t want it to be the leg from Long Island Sound through the Cape Cod Canal. Your first double-handed overnight passage, especially for couples with less experience, should be in areas with fewer hazards and commercial traffic, if possible. If there are particularly tricky areas on your route, plan them out so they mesh well with your master plan. The Cape Cod Canal will likely be part of your route. Using your dates of passage, find out what the currents will be doing on those days. You can use your favorite app or an online site such as tbone. or

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Careful navigation means paper charts for this case the Gulf of Maine. Don’t plan your trip so that you planning, back-up, and the “big picture.” The planning stage is also the time to would have to buck a foul tide; stop © Ernie Messer develop needed waypoints. If you have earlier or sail later to avoid this. Marion access to the GPS or plotter you will be and Onset on the Buzzards Bay side of using, enter the waypoints now. If using the canal, or Sandwich and ProvincExpedition or other software this can etown on the Cape Cod Bay side, would easily be done, at home, and be ready help solve this problem and still be good once you’re aboard. If possible, save starting points for your overnight leg. these waypoints on alternate media and Consider your average cruising speed find out about sharing waypoints and and figure how many miles you will routes across platforms. On this, and likely sail in 24 hours. Use this distance all, operational factors, remember the as a starting point and figure where on “Suddenly Alone” deal; you should both the coast of Maine that would put you. be comfortable with these methods and This will be your target area for Plan A. processes. Drill down on this area using either PCbased navigational software, an app, or Finally Underway paper charts. Don’t even consider doing When the time finally comes, the stars a trip like this without paper charts. The are aligned and the weather waterproof chart books are excelgurus have spoken, it’s time to lent for your safety as well as for get underway! Here we’ll walk planning. Buy them now, as they through the process for a doublewill be a tremendous asset for handed passage and emphasize planning and discussions. some tips and rules. Using 24 hours for your first overnight target will, assuming Underway Tip #1: Be as sure as you leave in the morning, put you can be of the weather! you at your destination in the morning. This gives a nice buffer, Use a trusted source of a specific time-wise, when you get to your marine forecast, from your plandestination, so that you can slow ning stage, not just the local TV down in unfamiliar areas. Look station’s “10-day forecast.” Listen for ports that have big, open After a long trip from Connecticut, Valour rest on a safe mooring in to the VHF forecast for your harbors that will allow you a area, allowing lots of time, as the Maine. © Ernie Messer stress-free arrival after a possibly broadcast “loops” are quite long. long night. Consider that your final approach could be in limited Make sure you listen to several VHF weather channels to make visibility. Play “what if ” games while planning: “If we had to sure you are tuned in to the one with not only the clearest recepmake port for some unseen event, where would we head?” Do tion, but also the most relevant info for your destination. the math; calculate how much fuel you would need to make your destination if the wind went really flat. It does happen, especially Underway Tip #2: Get as early a start as possible. Right at at night, in the summer. Even at a modest 5-knot average, a dawn, the wind is often very light and presents the best time to 24-hour run from the Cape Cod Canal will put you in the Casco motor out of a harbor. An early departure will also ensure your Bay area of Maine, where your cruising guide will recommend next day arrival at a new harbor during daylight and allow you many wonderful spots. If you were to have a nice southwest to make better distances. You should never plan to arrive at an breeze and average 6 knots, it could put you at the entrance to unfamiliar port late in the day; an unexpected slowdown could Penobscot Bay. So, with your Plan A you should prepare for a put you in strange waters in the dark! leisurely sail, a boisterous romp, possibly or a mind-numbing ride with the diesel humming. Rule #1: First one up puts the coffee on and the VHF weather Do as much of the planning as you can early on, and you channel on. Team up for getting underway most efficiently. One will be much more relaxed when finally approaching your destican be pouring coffee and turning on appropriate running lights nation. Plan now for how you will get weather forecasts underand electronics below while the other is shortening scope, startway. If you will have Internet access, you’ll find an exhaustive ing the engine, and dealing with the dinghy on deck. With only list of sources at the National Weather Service’s Marine Forecast two, efficiency becomes more important. page: Find your favorite during the planning period. Now is also a good time to learn Underway Tip #3: Suit up appropriately. Early mornings are more about weather and how it changes in your target area, in often much colder away from land; better to have to strip down

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later than try to put foul weather pants on while you’re driving. With only two aboard, you’ll both be busy at this point so try to be prepared. By the way, foul weather gear is the best for blocking early morning mosquitoes and gnats! Once the anchor is up and you are both ready, share the scenery over your coffee. Arrivals and departures are often where you will see the most interesting aspects of a port. Have your camera ready! A waterproof covered cockpit box with all the anticipated needs will save many trips up and down the companionway.

Rule # 3: Strive to keep interruptions of the off watch to a minimum! Only call for the off watch when navigational challenges arise. If you call your mate to see a whale, it almost guaranteed it will be gone by the time your partner gets on deck. When sunset comes and you are both awake, set the boat and yourselves into night mode. Have the right suit on, usually foul weather gear, for the coldest and perhaps wettest conditions possible. Being too warm can make you sleepy, but being too cold can have serious health conValour on a favorite mooring in Jones Cove © Ernie Messer siderations. Fill the cockpit box with anything you might need at night including snacks, thermos, flashlights, hats and gloves.

Underway Tip #4: Set a watch schedule. Once you are clear of the harbor, and navigation is easier, divide the remaining hours until sunset by two and one of you go off watch. Go below, get comfortable and try to sleep. This will be difficult at first, but even if you just rest it will be easier to be alert when night comes.

Underway Tip #5: Have a spotlight on deck. A very powerful spotlight (preferably 12-volt powered) plugged in, tested and ready to go, can be your most important safety item when you find the need to show yourself to other vessels. Make sure your running lights are showing and the proper configuration for sailing or powering. If you use a masthead tri-color, it Rule # 2: When alone on is only for deck, keep your safety harness sailing and clipped in; no exceptions! never to In order to sleep below, you be used in must have the confidence that conjunction your partner on deck is safely with your clipped in. You must both deck level keep this rule religiously! nav lights. When the first watch is You may over, have your midday meal have noticed while you discuss any naviI haven’t gational or operational made mentioned during the first watch. Run anyone this watch until sunset, which going off will give you a period of some watch now light before nighttime. This A fast passage to Maine gives more time for leisurely sails, like this day on Valour, east of that night should have given each of the Schoodic. © Ernie Messer has come. crew four to six hours of rest, The system we found that works best with two aboard is to both depending on conditions and interruptions. If you do need to interrupt the off watch person without leaving the deck, there are stay up all night. This may seem strange until you consider that most people find it hardest to stay awake at night and that having two ways. One is a simple police or safety whistle. They’re loud company is effective in helping to keep one awake. The way we and effective, and it’s a good idea to wear one around your neck work it is for one person to drive and keep watch while the secjust for general safety anyway. The second way, we’ve found is ond sits in the cockpit keeping the watch awake. When the driver the best, and maybe only way, if the engine is running. Run the is really, really, tired, the other person takes the wheel and lets engine speed up and down, up and down. For some reason, that the tired one rest, even napping. This can go back and forth, but changing noise wakes even the soundest sleeper. 18 November/December 2017 WindCheck Magazine

somehow works out. This system works really well when you are doing a multiple day passage, as in a Bermuda Race, but works as good as anything in a 24-hour run. When daylight comes, you can continue with this “both up” method until you get in or each take an hour nap until you are close to your destination. Once safely on the hook, you can start to enjoy Maine at a more leisurely pace!

Plan B One thing to consider is that sailing and schedules seldom go hand in hand, so the best of plans should allow for contingencies with a well thought out Plan B. Consider what alternate ports you would likely go to in the event of fog or bad weather. If you had to wait out some foul weather, would you be happier in some remote harbor or a big bustling seaport town? If you have a sudden illness or injury, where are facilities to head for? If the boat has a problem, where are the boatyards that can serve your needs? Do you have TowBoatUS or SeaTow, and do they cover the area you’re heading for? Consider all these issues in your planning stage so that if they do occur things will go a lot easier. Underway Tip #6: Listen to your VHF radio. One of the best training aids for how to deal with emergencies is your VHF radio. When you’re sitting around the boat on a rainy day or stormy night, listen to channel 16 or scan channel 16 and the USCG working channels. Listen to the questions the Coast Guard asks

those seeking help, learn the language these professionals use, and learn the names of the Sectors and Units in your area. You’ll find more information at District-1/. True, in some circumstances your cell phone might work, but most likely you will be using the radio with initial calls handled by the USCG. Seconds count in emergencies, and speaking the same language as these fine men and women will be beneficial to all. Underway Tip #7: Keep a log. A ship’s log grows in value as each year passes. Nav notes for seldom-visited ports, reminders of people and boats met in various places; even notes of wildlife seen along the way. And someday, a memory book to be cherished. Fair Winds. ■ Ernie Messer has been sailing since the seventies. He is a member of the Cruising Club of America and Off Soundings Club. He and his wife Jan Jacobsen have sailed New England for many years and have also raced to Bermuda frequently, including three times doublehanded! They sailed for 15 years on their Tartan 41 and now sail on a restored Peterson One-Ton Valour out of Westbrook, CT. Next summer will be spent doing the Newport Bermuda Race and return on the Elan 450 Cecilie Viking, then a Maine cruise on Valour.

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Big Boat Sailors Sail Small Boats, Too By Jim Godsman If you are one of those who think intense starting lines, composite hulls, paneled high tech sails, and flotation and laminar flow tanks are just part of the big boat sailing world, you would be very wrong. Today’s remote control (RC) sailboats use the same technology as their larger counterparts. Model sailing can be found around the world. In the USA and Canada, the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) is the primary association, with over 190 clubs on its roster offering 36 classes to race. There is a Checking in at 12 inches LOA, the Footy is the smallest RC sailboat.

There are perhaps 7,000 to 10,000 RC sailors in the United States.



general consensus the total RC sailing population in the USA is somewhere between 7,000 to 10,000 individuals, with many of them being “big boat” sailors too. The smallest boats are the Footys – racing machines that are 12 inches long and can be held in your hand. The other end of the spectrum features the majestic J Boats – each 8 feet long, with 10-foot masts and weighing around 100 pounds. In between those two bookends are an assortment of every type of competitive boat, including models of well-known big boat classes like Solings, Stars, 12 Metres, etc., plus some very high tech leading edge classes like the IOM that require annual funding to keep up with the latest technological developments. Additionally, there are always new classes being developed like the Columbia 42s. Finally, there is even a classic vintage model

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class for folks who like to sail scale models of yesteryear. In short, there are RC boats for every preference from racing to cruising. One of the areas of rapid growth has been “shoulder season” sailing enjoyed by big boat sailors. Numerous clubs today have both categories built into their annual calendar of events. In the Northeast, Larchmont, Noroton, Pequot and New Bedford are examples of prominent clubs that have active RC sailing programs. Beyond shoulder season sailing, most RC clubs in the USA sail all year. True diehards, exemplified by the Dry Pants Model Yacht Club ( in Connecticut, sail weekly through the winter, as long as their pond is not frozen and the temperature is above 35 degrees. That’s either true commitment or stupidity… perhaps a little of both. Either way, it’s fun!! Compared to big boat sailing, RC sailors can easily get into the sport for less than the cost of a gallon of good bottom paint. All 36 classes in the AMYA are available as kits. A newcomer can join the fun for less than $100, including

Members of the Dry Pants Model Yacht Club loaned their transmitters so that these visitors from Europe could give RC sailing a go. © Jim Godsman

technique and rules. If you have an interest in trying RC sailing, the very best resource is the AMYA website, the It provides information on every aspect of the sport including details on all 36 classes and access to individual class secretaries. Best of all, you can even find a “contact person” at the nearest club to your home. Why not start a RC sailing group at your yacht club or in your neighborhood? It’s fun. It’s intense. It’s great for maintaining racing skills. It’s great for teaching or learning the racing rules. It’s great for developing junior sailing skills. Best of all, your annual maintenance cost on a 40-inch boat are a lot less than a 40-foot boat!!! ■

This beautiful model of the J Class yacht Ranger is eight feet long. © Brian Kerrigan

all electronics. The kits are relatively easy to build and are terrific winter projects for an individual or family. Popular mid-size boats (36 to 39 inches), like the CR-914 and RC Laser, are available as complete packages with a radio transmitter for around $500. Of course, you can always have someone build you a J Boat for around $10,000; perhaps $15,000 for full scale detail. RC sailors always welcome newcomers, and are very helpful in terms of building boats and providing guidance on sailing

A sailor for more than 60 years, Jim Godsman has raced and cruised from the Caribbean to Maine. A Past Commodore of Norwalk Yacht Club, he is a member of Essex Yacht Club and Dry Pants Model Yacht Club.

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Be merry all, be merry all With holly dress the festive hall Prepare the song, the feast, the ball To welcome Merry Christmas

Christmas at the Newport Mansions November 18 to January 1, 2018 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration, presented by the Preservation Society of Newport County. Visit for the schedule of events.

21st Annual Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Weekend Festival November 24 & 25 Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury, MA If you’ll be on Martha’s Vineyard for Thanksgiving, you’ll find unique holiday gifts including one-of-a-kind sweaters, handmade soaps, Island lavender, leather and vintage material bags, butcher block cutting boards, and much more at this event. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm each day and admission is free ($2 parking fee supports the Vineyard Artisans Scholarship Fund). Visit for details.

Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours

The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story November 24 & 25 and December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 - 17 and 22 & 23 Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT Written by local historian and author Rebecca BayreutherDonohue, this 70-minute progressive play will take you back to Christmas Eve, 1876. The play unfolds through five scenes ©

Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights November 24 Huntington, NY Vessels, homes and businesses are cordially invited to participate in this FUNdraiser, presented by the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society. The Parade starts at 6pm. Prizes will be awarded, and sign up early to be included on the T-shirt! For more information, contact co-chairs Pam Setchell: or Leigh Sterflinger:, and visit


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of historical hilarity featuring a gentlemen’s athletic contest, a spirited circle dance, and a visit with old St. Nick. As the story evolves, you’ll uncover the true Spirit of the Holiday…with a little help from a Victorian spiritualist! Tours begin at 5 pm and leave every 15 minutes. This event is not recommended for kids under age 4. Tickets are available online at or by calling 860-572-5331. For information about cancellations due to inclement weather, call 860-572-0711.

Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade November 24 Newport, RI A visual treat for participants and spectators alike, this tour of the harbor starts at 6:15 pm. There’s prime viewing from Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf, and Newport Yacht Club (on Long Wharf ) is open to the public that evening. Prizes for Best Decorated Sailboat (recreational & commercial), Best Decorated Powerboat (recreational & commercial), Best Decorated Fishing Boat, Best Decorated Porch or Dock, and Most Team Spirit will be awarded. For more details, contact Newport Harbormaster Tim Mills at 401-845-5815 or

Santa will arrive at Mystic River Park at 2 pm on the tugboat John Paul, and there’s a tree lighting in the park at 6 pm. Then decorated vessels will parade down the Mystic River. Boats of all types and sizes are welcome, and prizes will be awarded for Most Charismatic Crew, Innovative Vessel, Best Dressed Vessel, and Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur. Boats of all types and sizes are welcome, and entrance requires only a toy or coat donation to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. To learn more, log onto

Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade

Santa Arrives by Tugboat & 17th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade November 25 Mystic, CT

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November 26 Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT Presented by the Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade and the Essex Historical Society, this popular event include a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps, an antique car parade, a parade of holiday-themed boats, and a visit from Santa. Festivities begin at 4:30 pm and admission is free. Visit for more information.

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Downtown Milford Lamplight Stroll December 1 Milford, CT In this Downtown Milford Business Association event, the town’s finest shops, spas and salons will enthusiastically greet visitors with refreshments, holiday cheer and a unique holiday shopping experience from 5 - 9 pm. Visit downtownmilfordct. com to learn more.

Nantucket Noel December 1 through January 2, 2018 Nantucket, MA “The Quintessential Yuletide Experience” begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling on the night after Thanksgiving, and is highlighted by the Christmas Stroll Weekend (see below).


New Bedford Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll December 1 New Bedford, MA This event kicks off with Santa & Mrs. Claus arriving at Custom House Square in an antique fire truck, followed by free photos with Santa, a parade up William Street to the Library steps, and the city’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Other attractions include a strolling caroler, live entertainment in the Whaling Museum Auditorium, Seaman’s Bethel and Custom House Square Park, and stores, galleries and eateries open late for shop-


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ping and dining. For more information, visit holidaystroll.html.

Bowen’s Wharf 47th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

44th Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend

December 2 (rain or snow!) Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI Bring the whole family for an evening of Christmas cheer! Festivities begin at 4:30 pm with Frosty the Snowman. The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long starts at 5 and the Mayor lights the tree at 6, immediately followed by Santa & Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Bowen’s Wharf restaurants and shops are open before and after the event, the latter offering in-store promotions, gift wrapping and more. Visit for more information.

December 1 - 3 Nantucket, MA Highlights of this event include the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, craft shows, exhibitions, performances and a European-style Christmas marketplace. Visit for details.

35th Annual Christmas in Edgartown December 7 - 10 Edgartown, MA One of New England’s loveliest towns hosts a weekend full of holiday fun for the whole family. For more information, log onto

70th Annual Community Carol Sing ©

December 17 Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT Visitors from near and far return year after year to participate

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in this event, which starts with a holiday concert by the Mystic Seaport carolers in the Greenmanville Church at 2 pm. The carol sing, led by former Ledyard High School choral director, Jamie Spillane (who’s led this event for 32 years) and backed by the Museum carolers and a brass quartet, commences at McGraw Quadrangle at 3 pm. The Treworgy Planetarium presents a free program, “The Star of Bethlehem,” exploring the winter skies by merging science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions and music, at 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. A holiday craft workshop will also be hosted in the Howell Classroom (lower level of the planetarium), and the museum’s 19th century seafaring village will be decorated for the holidays. Free admission will be given from 10 am to 4 pm with the donation of a canned food item. Visit for more information. ■


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book review. SeaWise Emergency Action Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts By Zvi Richard Dor-Ner & Zvi Frank Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 148 pages spiral bound $50 Based on a concept used to train Israeli Air Force pilots, the SeaWise Emergency Action Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts has a tab-based flip book design that makes it easy to use for emergencies at sea that demand fast and effective responses. The two-sided guide is printed on waterproof paper, with the Emergency Action side providing step-by-step instructions for dealing with everything from fire and flooding to collision, man overboard, rig failure and extreme weather. On the flip side, the Safety Checklist comprises tabbed sections on offshore voyage preparation, sail plan, deck plan and stow plan, critical immediate-access equipment, and much more. The 6” X 9” book is packaged in a sturdy clear plastic case with hook & loop strips so that it can be mounted at a nav station or on a bulkhead. Zvi Richard Dor-Ner has sailed all his life on a variety of

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craft. He is qualified as a Yachtmaster Offshore by the Royal Yachting Association, and holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Master license with Sail Endorsement. Much of this guide was written aboard his 43-foot ketch Nina. Zvi Frank is a hightech entrepreneur and, like Dor-Ner, an award-winning filmmaker. He served as an officer and an F-16 fighter pilot and flight instructor in the Israeli Air Force. He sails extensively with his family on his 54-foot sloop Genesis, where the remaining parts of this guide were written. Worthy of a place aboard every boat sailing out of sight of land (a companion guide for motor yachts is also available), the SeaWise Emergency Action Guide & Safety Checklist for Sailing Yachts can be ordered at ■

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sound environment.

Targeting Invasive Lionfish

Lionfish are ravenous omnivores that will eat any fish or invertebrate that fits into their gaping mouths. © FGBNMS/A. Sterne

A non-profit organization called Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE) has developed a robot that will hopefully be the solution to what many experts have described as the worst man-made ecological disaster ever witnessed. The problem is a massive invasion by the lionfish, a voracious predator that threatens to destroy coral reef ecosystems, native fish stock and fisheries in the Caribbean Sea, Western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The first reported sighting of a lionfish on the East Coast of the United States was in Florida in 1985, and they’ve been found as far north as New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Lionfish are popular with saltwater aquarium enthusiasts, and it is believed that that some of these people released them into the waters of the Atlantic and Caribbean when they had outgrown their tanks. In their native ranges of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, lionfish populations are kept in check by natural predation. Because they are armed with 18 spines that can inject venom into

any larger fish that attempts to eat one, however, lionfish have no natural predators in our part of the world. Lionfish are out-breeding, out-competing and out-living native fish and other marine species, and their population density in the Western Atlantic is 17 times greater than their natural habitat in the Pacific. Lionfish reach sexual maturity in 12 months and can live up to 30 years, and one fish is capable of spawning 30,000 to 40,000 eggs every three to five days. They are indiscriminate predators that can eat prey up to one half of their body length, and they’re known to gorge on at least 70 different species. These include commercially important fish such as juvenile snapper, grouper and flounder; recreationally important fish such as juvenile billfish, mahi mahi, wahoo, jacks and tuna; crustaceans including lobster, crabs and seahorses; and “cleaners” – small fish and shrimp that keep bigger fish healthy by removing parasites and other disease causing organisms, and grazing creatures that keep the reef free of algae and other growth that would otherwise

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Designed for use by non-professional operators, RSE’s Guardian LF1 finds lionfish, delivers a low-voltage electric shock, and captures them for harvesting on the surface. ©

smother it. A single lionfish can reduce the fish biomass on a reef by 80 to 90 percent in just one month! Fortunately, a solution may be at hand. RSE’s Guardian LF1 undersea robot is an affordable device that locates, stuns and captures lionfish. Designed for use by non-professional operators, the Guardian LF1 is tethered to a remote control station on the surface. The operator uses the remote control to a find a lionfish, and then activates a low-voltage current to stun it and suck it into the device. A single LF1 can capture and hold up to 10 lionfish before returning to the surface. A prototype of the LF1 made its debut during the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, where it was tested to harvest lionfish from the island’s reefs ahead of the #EatLionfish Chefs’ Throw-

down. This inaugural event was organized by 11th Hour Racing, a Newport, RI-based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation that establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote collaborative systemic change for the health of our marine environment. Each of the six America’s Cup teams was represented by a top chef competing to create the best lionfish dish, and the contest was judged by representatives of the Cup teams. The Throwdown, conceived to determine who had the tastiest solution to the problem of invasive lionfish, was emceed by chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, NV, a strong advocate for sustainable fishing practices and eating lionfish. “These chefs are passionate about sustainability,” said Todd McGuire, 11th Hour Racing’s Program Director. RSE, headquartered in Massachusetts, continues developing the Guardian LF1 and is testing it in the waters off Bermuda and Florida with a goal of fine-tuning it for multiple markets. “Consumers, dive operators, commercial fishermen…we’re after lots of people catching lots of fish,” explained RSE Executive Director John Rizzi. According to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the only way to beat lionfish is to eat them. The good news is that lionfish meat is flaky and delicious. Lionfish is on the menu in a growing number of restaurants in Bermuda, Florida and elsewhere, and it’s available at select Whole Foods Markets. When you eat lionfish, you help prevent the spread of invasive species and you help protect native ecosystems. Buon appetito! To learn more, log onto ■

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The Boating Barrister Of Maritime Liens, Salty Things And Guns By John K. Fulweiler Around the boatyard this time of year, there’s an obvious loss of optimism. Scrubbing the summer’s growth off the dinghy, lugging lines and stuffing sails into the car’s boot somehow can’t beat a spring day of boat chores. I can’t do much about this truism, but I can offer several random maritime legal issues to mull as you malinger over whether or not to pay to soda blast the hull. Maybe you think you don’t speak French, but if you’re in the wheelhouse you’re required to sound – at least in one instance – like a Parisian! The word “SECURITE” used as a safety signal prior to transmitting a safety message about your navigation is, the regulations tell us, supposed to be “pronounced as in French.” Plus, that safety signal and its accompanying message “must be sent on one of the international distress frequencies.” Have you or someone you know been content with making such “SECURITE” calls on a working frequency? You can find a copy of this regulation in the Telecommunications chapter of the Code of Federal Regulations. Sometimes seasoned mariners and marine industry professionals let the concept of maritime liens get loose. In the face of a dispute, I’ll hear people say, “Well, I guess we could put a lien on the boat.” That’s not how it works! Maritime lien issues get complicated quickly so always speak to your admiralty lawyer, but understand that maritime liens typically arise at the time the service is provided or the goods delivered. Unlike the auto lender or bank holding your home mortgage who have to go through a process to establish their lien, your maritime lien generally springs to life on its own. Sure, you can file a “Notice of Claim of Lien” on a vessel’s abstract of title, but that doesn’t create a lien. As for guns, I’m a gun control advocate even though I grew up around and own guns. My grandparents’ place (an admittedly remote farm) was lousy with them; rifles stacked in the kitchen corner, pistol tacked under the kitchen counter, massive gun rack in the living room and uncles that’d stroll in and place their pistols atop a pantry shelf. Statistically speaking, we kids were a decent sample size when it comes to gun accident issues, yet we all operated under the fear of The Almighty lest we touch any of the armament. Even in our teens, we pretty much respected that order partly because there was a lot of supervised firing time. My point is I’ve got standing to make a few comments about rifles and handguns. Comment one is the maritime law is sort of curious about arming your vessel. Comment two (and

the one I’ll just jettison right now so some of you can peel off and head in another direction), the cure for the policing in this country is back to the ol’ thirty-eight special. You want a fancy handheld powerhouse with a German sounding name and fourteen rounds, sign up for the military. I say my tax dollars hired a cop with good people skills, not a Ranger. On the maritime law front, we could spend a lot of time unfolding all the legal issues involved in guns aboard vessels, and I’ll do so in a future article. I want to start by mentioning a relatively new law with the unassuming title “Use of Force Against Piracy.” (Use a search engine of your choice to search 46 USC 8107 and you can read the law’s text yourself.) While some laws provide rights, this law provides protection. That is, and in broad speak, this law states if you cause an injury or death to someone while you’re resisting an act of piracy, you’re not responsible in monetary damages. Importantly though, your actions have to be in accord with certain use of force standards in order to obtain the benefit of the law’s protection and, as always, speak to your admiralty lawyer so you properly understand this law. I’m interested in your thoughts on the gun issue. Do you carry a gun aboard your vessel? What concerns or problems do you have with guns aboard vessels? What questions do you have about mixing guns and seawater? Let me know and I can tailor an upcoming article to try and address the broad contours of this issue. In the meantime, don’t get blue seeing your vessel on the hard. They’re projects to be done and the promise of voyages yet unmade. Underway and making way. ■ John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a Proctor-in-Admiralty representing individuals and small businesses in maritime matters including personal injury claims throughout the East and Gulf Coasts and with his office in Newport, Rhode Island. He can be reached at 1-800-383-MAYDAY (6293), or visit his website at

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Winterizing: Now or Later, It Has to Be Done By Vincent Pica Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

The arrival of November is a reminder that many months of kindly weather are behind us and many months of dark, cold and dreary weather are ahead of us. Even if you hand off your boat to your dockmaster and say, “See you in the spring,” there are some tips you’ll want to be aware of. This column is about that. “On the Hard” or In the Water? Clearly, there are some basic steps to decommissioning and one of them is to get the boat safely “onto the hard,” as the old-timers call dry-dock. The only upside to storing your winterized boat in the water is that you don’t have to pay to haul the boat and return it to the water in the spring. That can be penny-wise and pound-foolish if this watery winter berth isn’t a very controlled environment. Eighty percent of boats that sink do so at the dock, so let’s focus on wintering “on the hard.” If you’re handing the boat over to the dockmaster, do so with a written checklist, especially if you intend to do some of the work yourself. As you’ll see, the advice below is not 100% extensive. I’d need most of this magazine to give you a checklist that could be used by every boat. Work with your dockmaster in signing off on what will be done by the yard and, if you desire to be involved, by you. Some ideas/categories: • Change the oil and oil filters. • Change the lubricant in engine transmission or the outboard lower unit. • Apply fogging if called for by manufacturer. • Fill the fuel tanks completely full. • Add biocide and/or stabilizing agents to fuel. • Change the fuel filters. • Add antifreeze to the engine’s cooling system. • Add distilled water to batteries, charge completely and disconnect. • Charge batteries to capacity. Before covering the boat, inspect the hull. Any blisters in the gelcoat? If so, that has to be addressed sooner rather than later as that will lead to water infiltrating the hull, making the boat less seaworthy. Stress cracks, which often develop at the bow, need professional attention. Just putting a patch over it and sanding, a la the gelcoat blister, won’t fix that one. It’s structural. As for washing and waxing the hull, I opt for cleaning now and waxing in the spring. Does the boat have a cabin of any kind? Get some desiccants in there. They’re inexpensive and they inhibit moisture that leads to mold. Don’t forget the hatches, closets and lazarettes.

Other than covering the boat, the “mechanical system” is the most obvious place to start. Your mechanical system may only be your 90-HP Johnson outboard. If so, flush the engine with fresh water, “fog” it with lubricating oil (be sure the fuel system is disconnected!), clean/replace the spark plugs and fuel filter, lube the carburetor and anything else that moves. Don’t forget to replace the lube oil in the lower unit. By the way, if you open the drain plug and water comes out first (oil floats), you need to replace the seal. Inspect the prop(s). Any dings? Get a professional to look at that. A bad “wheel” can shake your engine apart. Did I ask if you had a diesel engine or an I/O? Does the boat have a transmission? Inboard water system? Air conditioner? Electronics staying aboard or coming home? As you can see, the list is far more extensive than the short one above. Keeping Her In? OK, you want to at least keep her in as long as possible. This, I understand – and do. But here are the risks and what to do about it. First, unless there is ice in the seaway leading from your marina (in which case it’s definitely time to get her on the hard), you have clear passage to all the creeks, bays, the Sound and the ocean. But ice in your boat’s systems is a different matter. For example, we all trim up our outboard engines at the dock or on the mooring to keep sea creatures from building up on – and in – the lower end of our engines. But a small amount of water sits in there, even when trimmed up. And it will freeze long before the seaway does, which could crack your engine. So, what to do? Don’t trim your engine up. Let her sit in the water just as she does when you’re underway, and you won’t have to worry about a cold snap cracking the lower end. Also, any water sitting in your boat can freeze – potable water tanks, for example. Drain out any and all. Third, and a bit more insidious, is that when things get cold, like mooring lines, they lose a little of their elasticity. I always add an extra line from my mooring ball to my bow, just in case there is a wintery blow causes the line to snap. So remember – have fun – but have “situational awareness,” as we say in USCG Forces! She’s your boat – and it’s getting colder! If you are interested in being part of the USCG Forces, email me at or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at and we will help you “get in this thing.” ■ Captain Andrew Tucci is the Captain of the Port and Sector Commander for US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Captain Tucci is responsible for all active-duty, reservist and auxiliary Coast Guard personnel within the Sector. As Commodore of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary First District, Southern Region, Vin Pica works closely with Captain Tucci and his staff to promote boating safety in the waters between Connecticut, Long Island and 200 nautical miles offshore. Sector Long Island Sound Command Center can be reached 24 hours a day at 203-468-4401. WindCheck Magazine

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Calendar 2017 NOVEMBER 11 Book Signing with Russ Kramer The artist, known for paintings that put the viewer right on board during some of history’s greatest yacht races or turn-of-the-century luxury vessels, will sign copies of his new book, Great Yachts:The Maritime Paintings of Russ Kramer. 2 4pm; the Maritime Bookstore at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT;

Yacht Artemis by Russ Kramer ©

11 Beach Cleanup at Burma Road This event is one of many volunteer opportunities with Clean Ocean Access, a non-profit organization taking “action today so future generations can enjoy ocean activities.” 12pm - 2pm; Middletown, RI; *to confirm details before all COA events, call 401-236-2561, email, or visit 16 Shoreline Sailing Club meeting If you’re an active single over 35, this club’s activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month (lite bites/cash bar available); 7pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; 18 - 1/1/18 Christmas at the New-

port Mansions Presented by the Preservation Society of Newport County, this annual celebration showcases The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House decked out in yuletide finery. Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI; for a schedule of live music, tours and other events, visit 18 & 19 Turkeyfish/Invasive Species Weekend On the weekend before Thanksgiving, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk turns its attention to invasive species, particularly the troublesome lionfish, nicknamed “turkeyfish” because its venomous spines resemble a male turkey displaying plumage. Sample cooked lionfish, view live lionfish on exhibit, and enjoy a fun turkeyfish “photo opp.” All activities are free with aquarium admission. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT; maritimeaquarium. org


24 Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade Launch the holiday season! Newport Yacht Club is open to the public that evening, and spectators can watch the parade from Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and all points around Newport Harbor. Prizes for Best Decorated Sailboat (recreational & commercial), Best Decorated Powerboat (recreational & commercial), Best Decorated Fishing Boat, Best Decorated Porch or Dock, and Most Team Spirit. 6:15 pm; Newport, RI; Tim Mills: 401-845-5815

24 Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights Vessels, homes and businesses are cordially invited to participate in this FUNdraiser, presented by the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society. Prizes will be awarded – sign up early to be included on the T-shirt! 6pm; Huntington, NY; for more information, contact co-chairs Pam Setchell: or Leigh Sterflinger:;


24 FYC Wild Turkey Regatta This PHRF event is open to all sailing yachts. Fayerweather Yacht Club, Bridgeport, CT; Mike Sullivan: nascarbmp88@yahoo. com; 24 & 25 and 12/1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15-17, and 22 & 23 Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Now in its 37th season, this 70-minute progressive play takes visitors back to Christmas Eve, 1876. Tours begin at 5 pm and leave every 15 minutes. $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members); not recommended for kids under age 4. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; tickets can be purchased online at lanternlighttours; for questions about weather cancellations, call 860-572-0711. 24 - 1/2/18 Nantucket Noel This event, featuring craft shows, exhibitions, performances and a European-style Christmas marketplace, begins with a tree lighting and continues with the 44th Annual Christmas Stroll

Weekend and ringing in the new year. Nantucket, MA; 25 Santa Arrives by Tugboat & 17th Annual Mystic Holiday Lighted Boat Parade The jolly ol’ guy arrives at Mystic River Park at 2pm on the tugboat John Paul, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree in the park at 6pm. Decorated vessels will parade down the Mystic River starting at 6:20. Boats of all types and sizes are welcome, and entrance requires only a toy or coat donation to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Prizes will be awarded for Most Charismatic Crew, Innovative Vessel, Best Dressed Vessel, and Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur. Mystic, CT; 860-5729578; 26 Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade Presented by the Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade and the Essex Historical Society, this popular event include a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps, an antique car parade, a parade of holiday-themed boats, and a visit from Santa. 4:30 pm; free. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT;

DECEMBER 1 Downtown Milford Lamplight Stroll In this Downtown Milford Business Association event, the town’s businesses will enthusiastically greet visitors with refreshments, holiday cheer and a unique holiday shopping experience from 5 - 9 pm; Milford, CT; 1 New Bedford Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll This event kicks off with Santa & Mrs. Claus arriving at Custom House Square in an antique fire

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truck, followed by free photos with Santa, a parade up William Street to the Library steps, and the city’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Other attractions include a strolling caroler, live entertainment in the Whaling Museum Auditorium, Seaman’s Bethel and Custom House Square Park, and stores, galleries & eateries open late for shopping & dining. New Bedford, MA; html 1 - 1/2/2018 Nantucket Noel “The Quintessential Yuletide Experience” begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling on the night after Thanksgiving, highlighted by the 44th Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend (12/1 - 3). Nantucket, MA; 2 Bowen’s Wharf 47th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting This evening of Christmas cheer includes a visit from Frosty the Snowman, a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, a tree lighting, and Santa & Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Bowen’s Wharf restaurants and shops are open before & after the event, the latter offering in-store promotions, gift wrapping & more. 4:30pm (rain or snow!); Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; events 7 - 10 35th Annual Christmas in Edgartown One of New England’s loveliest towns hosts a weekend full of holiday fun for the whole family. Edgartown, MA; edgartownboardoftrade. com 7 & 21 Shoreline Sailing Club meeting If you’re an active single over 35, this club’s activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month. 7:00pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT;

14 Chris Cryder: Preserving Plum Island In this Mystic Seaport presentation, the Special Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound will share facts about this island off the eastern tip of Long Island, provide a virtual tour, and discuss the latest efforts of what is being done to protect it from commercial development. 1:30pm at StoneRidge senior living community, Mystic, CT; and 6:30pm in the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant, Mystic, CT; $15 for Mystic Seaport members ($20 non-members; students free);


17 70th Annual Community Carol Sing This event starts with a holiday concert by the Mystic Seaport carolers in the Greenmanville Church at 2 pm. The carol sing, led by former Ledyard High School choral director Jamie Spillane and backed by the Museum carolers and a brass quartet, commences at McGraw Quadrangle at 3pm. The Treworgy Planetarium presents a free program, “The Star of Bethlehem,” exploring the winter skies by merging science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions and music, at 11am, 1pm & 2pm. A holiday craft workshop will also be hosted in the Howell Classroom (lower level of the planetarium), and the museum’s 19th century seafaring village will be decorated for the holidays. Free admission will be given from 10am - 4pm with the donation of a canned food item. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; ■

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Boston U Wins Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

Overall winners BU show off their winning form on the foredeck of Young American. © Howie McMichael

By Ron Weiss Over 360 college students from the United States, as well as international teams from Canada and France, participated in the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR), hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY October 7 & 8. Conditions varied between 8-10 knots of breeze on Saturday to a slightly more rugged 18-20 knots with higher gusts on Sunday. Those more challenging conditions led to two crew overboard situations. In the first instance, the Grand Valley State crew on the J/109 Morning Glory – under the guidance of long-time Storm Trysail Club member and boat owner Carl Olsson – initiated a successful recovery maneuver while sailing downwind. In the second instance, one of the two safety boats swiftly picked up the crewperson who had fallen off of the J/105 Elmo. Both were recovered quickly and unharmed. Boston University took home the overall honors and the Paul Hoffmann Trophy in the hotly contested J/105 class on Young American, with four bullets and a second place in the

Maine Maritime sailed Gold Digger to victory in the J/44 class. © Howie McMichael

second largest class in the regatta. Echo, crewed by Vanderbilt University (a first time entrant to the regatta) took home second place in the J/105 class by edging out Drexel University on Fairhope with a tiebreaking first in the third race. The J/44 class, which by tradition is a generally an allservice academy class in the IOR, was won by Maine Maritime Academy on Gold Digger, closely followed by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy sailing their own Glory, just one point ahead of last year’s overall winner, the U.S. Naval Academy on Maxine. The University of Rhode Island ran away with the J/109 class with a 2,1,1,1,1 line score on Emoticon, topping Grand Valley State University on Morning Glory and Tulane University on Growth Spurt. There were three PHRF classes. In PHRF 1, Webb Institute on Oakcliff Sailing’s Farr 40 Blue came out on top, followed by a joint team comprised of crew members from both the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Tufts University on the IMX-45 Xcelsior, with Michigan Tech on the Swan 42 Quintessence taking third place. PHRF 2 saw the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy squad win on their own Tripp 40 Phantom, with the George Washington University team on the Goetz 40 Soulmates in second place and the University of Michigan on the J/133 Antidote a single point behind in third.

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The class winner in PHRF 3 was Virginia Tech on the X-34 Maudelayne, one point ahead of the J/88 Wings with the University of South Florida aboard. Third place in the class was Roger Williams University on the J/92 Thin Man. Erica Vandeveer, captain of the victorious Virginia Tech squad, is a Behavioral Psychology major who sees the relevance of big-boat sailing. “Communication is critical to being successful on the racecourse,” she said. “We had some challenges, but we were able to talk and work through them to win.” Juliette Joffre, captain of the Club Voile EDHEC Business School team from Lille, France declared, “This is a big, serious, and very competitive regatta.” Marianne Pierres, another member of the EDHEC crew, described how offshore racing is similar to business. “The starts were really exciting, and so was the broach!” she declared. “But you have to manage and keep calm; you have to understand roles and do your job.” Joffre continued, “There is a lot of pressure to perform at your best, but I know that the team is much closer now because of this experience.” This was their first time at the IOR, and they had to win an international student regatta in France in order to earn an invitation to the IOR, with an all-expenses paid trip through a partnership between the Storm Trysail Foundation and the EDHEC Sailing Cup. IOR Chairman Barry Gold said, “In spite of some of early Saturday pea-soup fog and intermittent rain on Sunday, we had two days of fantastic racing, with steady and increasing breeze. With a few well-timed postponements and relocations, the race committee gave the teams five competitive and fun races.” The Storm Trysail Foundation wants to thank The Corinthians, who started the Corinthians Intercollegiate Regatta in 1983 and ran it until 1999, for transferring their original four perpetual trophies to the Storm Trysail Foundation. These four beautiful trophies bring together the initial regatta with its later reincarnation by Storm Trysail, and begin new traditions for the competitors. The rededicated trophies, the George G. Crocker Memorial Race Trophy, the Edward S. Moore III Memorial Trophy, the James C. Jacobson Memorial Trophy and the Foster Tallman Memorial Trophy, were presented to class winners this year for the first time. In addition, Larchmont Yacht Club donated two perpetual trophies including one belonging to the late Thomas Carroll, a longtime LYC member. The Paul Hoffmann Trophy, named for a Storm Trysail member famed for his success on a series of yachts named Thunderhead, presented by his son Binky Hoffmann, is given to the team that had the best overall performance. The Ed du Moulin Trophy, named for the man who was involved in the management of more America’s Cup campaigns than anyone in that event’s history, presented by his son, Storm Trysail Club Past Commodore Richard du Moulin, is awarded to the boat owner of the overall regatta winner. Results of the 2017 Storm Trysail Foundation Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta are posted at ■

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Stony Brook Sailing Team Qualifies for Conference Championship By Jason Rose The Stony Brook University Sailing Team in Stony Brook, NY qualified for their Conference Championship, the War Memorial Regatta, during the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Racing Association’s (MAISA) Central Fall Qualifier, hosted by Ocean County College at the Toms River Yacht Club in Toms River, NJ the weekend of September 23 & 24. The War Memorial Regatta represents the top 18 teams in the MAISA and this is the first time that the Seawolves have qualified in their seven-year history. “We had come so very close to qualifying – within a few points – over the last few years and we came to OCC determined to make the War this fall,” said SBU Coach Geoff Loffredo. Stony Brook had to finish in the top four teams to qualify and thanks to strong performances by senior Vidar Minkovsky and sophomore Jeremy McCauley in their A-Division team and junior Nicholas Manfredi and senior Samantha Zito in their B-Division team, they made Seawolves history. Minkovsky and McCauley put together a consistent scoreline, highlighted by a first place finish in race 2, while Manfredi and Zito finished in the top five in 6 out of the 10 races.

…as did B-Division skipper Nicholas Manfredi and crew Sam Zito. © James Gilmore - SBU Sailing Team

A-Division skipper Vidar Minkovsky and crew Jeremy McCauley made SBU Seawolves history… © James Gilmore - SBU Sailing Team

The final qualifying spot came down to a very close contest between SBU and Stevens Institute of Technology. Going into the final B-Division race, SBU was only 2 points ahead with Stevens closing in. In a nailbiter under light and shifty conditions, Manfredi and Zito trailed Stevens by one boat after the first two legs. However, they sailed a perfect second beat, finding pressure on the right side of the course and were able to surge three boats ahead of Stevens and held that margin to the finish to take the final spot. Team members were beaming about the feat. Said McCauley, “I’m proud ofhow everyone sailed and excited for a chance at the Fall Championship.” “Making the War Memorial Regatta is a great accomplishment,” said Coach Loffredo, “and our hard work has been paying off as the team gets better and better every year. But we plan on making our mark during the Conference Championship this year and beyond.” The War Memorial Regatta was held on the weekend of October 28-29 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY. To follow the Stony Brook University Sailing team, go to their website at or join their Facebook page at ■ Jason Rose is the SUNY Stony Brook Sailing Team Faculty Advisor and a lecturer in Political Science at SUNY Stony Brook.

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It’s On!

Block Island Race Week 2018 is June 17 - 22 By James Gallacher Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT and Block Island Yacht Club in Block Island, RI had been kicking around the idea of reviving the ‘off year’ version of Block Island Race Week since this past winter, when Todd Berman from Duck Island YC and Jim Fiorato from Block Island YC got together to compare notes. They decided it would be a fun project for both clubs to tackle. “When we were finally able to all sit down together we were faced with the prospect that a lot of these regattas turn into a grind,” said Berman. “You’re on the boat early and off the boat late. Some crews want that, while others would prefer a less rigorous schedule.” For whatever reason, the numbers are down at almost every regatta. That’s where some creative thinking had to come into play. Our idea was to make this easy for classes of boats to form around the type of racing people want to do while they’re on Block. Sailors will still have the option to do a 10-race series and grind out a well-earned victory. On the flip side, we’re offering an opportunity to get one race in per day starting at 2 pm, leaving the morning open to go to the beach, get a nice breakfast, or even get some work done. Some classes have even approached us about racing two or three days, which we will be more than happy to accommodate. The traditional ‘round the island’ race will still be a feature, while a ‘wind farm race’ will be added. Classic Yachts and Multihulls have been invited, and new for this year is a specific class for novice racers who want to get out there but want some pointers to get around the course. Details are being developed, and North U has tentatively signed on to help with on and off the water coaching complete with video debriefing. We are planning on having two circles to accommodate, PHRF, IRC, ORC, One Design, classics, multihulls, and cruising classes, with Sue Reilly serving as our Principal Race Officer. “We’re very excited about having Sue on board, since she has a well-deserved reputation for running great regattas,” said Berman. “We couldn’t be happier.” In addition, daily shoreside activities will be offered to friends and family who are not out on the water. Dinghy races and an island tour are just a few of the things we are considering, and details will be available soon. “We’ve been meeting each week for the past few months to iron out all of the details and while it’s a large undertaking our clubs and the Block Island community are committed to making this a fun regatta,” said Fiorato. “We have had some early success attracting sponsors. There is a lot of work left to do, and the

members from both clubs are excited to make it happen.” DIYC has a reputation for running great regattas, and while BIYC is relatively new on the scene the members have been actively racing for years. When the regatta was in 2016 members from Block Island Yacht Club decided almost immediately they could be the ones to give it some new life. The two clubs, who share events during the season, are a natural fit, each possessing unique skill sets for on and off the water. We are working on the details for post-race gatherings and celebrations, and the crews won’t be disappointed. Block Island Race Week 2018 will take place June 17-22, 2018 and feature a week of racing with division trophies and an overall winner crowned at the conclusion of the week. For more information, log onto birw2018, email, or visit us at ■

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Why Our Sport is So Unique

A conversation with Steve Benjamin, winner of US Sailing’s 2017 Championship of Champions By Ben Cesare We often proudly point out that sailing is different because there is no other sport where we can compete on an equal footing with the best in the world, both professional and amateur. As much as I would like to, and if he would spot me the 16 strokes due to my handicap, I have no opportunity for a golf match with 2017 PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas! US Sailing’s Championship of Champions for the Jack Brown Trophy, honoring a man who was notable for service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing committees, is a great example of how “good” sailors get to sail against the best. Each skipper in this annual invitational event must qualify by winning a one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. First held in 1976, the C of C is sailed in a different class each year, from Snipes, Thistles, Flying Scots and Lightnings to Sunfish, Hobie Cats, Y-Flyers, C-Scows, J/24s, Etchells and VX Ones. In addition to the invited skippers (none of whom may be a champ in that year’s selected class), US Sailing invites a mystery “guest skipper.” This year it was Steve Benjamin of Coconut Grove, FL. As US Sailing’s 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (and a strong contender for the honor in 2017), he is indeed one of the best. The 2017 C of C was hosted by The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY October 6-8, and sailed in that community sailing organization’s Sonar fleet. Each of the 13 boats were painstakingly equalized in terms of rig tune and other variables by US Sailing’s Adult Program Director Betsy Alison and her organizing team from US Sailing and The WaterFront Center staff. Principal Race Officer Mark Foster and his team got in all 13 scheduled races in a two-throwout, round-robin format in conditions that ranged from five to 25 knots. Fresh from a big win at the Etchells World Championship in San Francisco the week before, Benjamin, sailing the C of C with Chris Larson, (Annapolis, MD) and Phil Trinter (South Bend, IN), won by just five points over Lido 15 National Champ Chris Raab (Newport Beach, CA), with the father/son team of Rob and Peter Kinney as crew. Raab was trailed by three points by last year’s C of C winner, Paul-Jon Patin (Forest Hills, NY), representing the JY15 Class and sailing with Peter Beardsley (Larchmont, NY) and Steve Shepstone (Watertown, CT). Just

Championship of Champions winners (l – r) Chris Larson, Steve Benjamin and Phil Trinter with the Jack Brown Trophy © Matthew Cohen/

three points off the podium in fourth place was 2017 J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall (Jamestown, RI). Other skippers hailing from the Northeast included Interclub Champ Ted Ferrarone (Larchmont, NY; 9th) and Comet Champ Talbott Ingram (Ocean Township, NJ; 11th). For Benj, as he is known worldwide, this was a very special win. He grew up in Oyster Bay, and this was his first Championship of Champions. We sat down at his house in Norwalk, CT to talk about his approach to an event that is so different to his typical campaigns. WindCheck: This event is quite different than a multi-year Etchells or TP52 campaign. How did you approach it? Steve Benjamin: Well, when Jack [Gierhart, US Sailing’s Executive Director] invited me as this year’s “mystery skipper,” I was really grateful and excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay to sail! I had not sailed Sonars for a very long time, so I started finding out all I could, especially what weight the boats were supposed to be sailed at. WC: Was weight the number one priority on your list for crew? SB: Obviously skill level but yes, weight is a huge factor, especially in keelboats, which I think a lot of people underestimate.

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When I found out we were sailing with three in a boat that typically races with 700 pounds of crew weight or more, then “biggest and best” defined my search. I’ve sailed a lot with Chris (Larson) as tactician and we had recently won the Atlantic Nationals in August. Chris is a pretty big guy, which was good. But for biggest and best, Phil (Trinter) was a no brainer. WC: How do you handle being up to weight in the Etchells? You sail with four, correct? SB: Yes. Four is way better, I think. We use a 157-pound target and it makes it pretty easy for people of that size to not fluctuate too much. We usually come in about five pounds under the limit, which is perfect. And I really value the extra set of eyes on the boat, more so even than the extra set of hands. WC: Had you three sailed as a team before the C of C? SB: No, we had not and that brings up the “chemistry” factor. Honestly, things were a little bumpy at times! But this was a short event and we made it work. In the Etchells, it’s a huge factor. When you’re spending 100 days a year with a group, chemistry becomes paramount.

them even, and it really brought me back to a college sailing mentality! [Benj was Collegiate Sailor of the Year, 1978, Yale] You have to understand that the boats will never be identical in an event like this. The sails may have different wear and tear, the rigs ever so slightly different, so you really need to jump in and start tuning up your boat right away. There was not a lot of time between races so when we would get on our next boat, we immediately went to our respective “ends” of the boat and started the checklist. WC: I noticed that you would go straight for the tiller head. SB: Ha! Yes. These Sonars did not have straps on the head of the tiller to hold them down, so you could easily have a disaster if the tiller went straight up during a maneuver. In our kit were two wrenches and I would tighten the tiller head, check that the bailers were closed, examine the hiking stick universal, etc. Chris and Phil each had their items to check, then we would get sailing as quickly as possible. After a spinnaker snafu in one of the early races, we pulled the spinnaker up before each start. WC: A lot of the teams were relative “unknowns” in that you probably had not raced against many of them before. Did that affect your strategy?

WC: What did you think of the Sonars and the format? SB: Betsy and her team did a really good job of trying to make

SB: That’s true. I certainly have raced against a lot of the dinghy sailors in Interclubs, like Ted Ferrarone, who bested me to win

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Teams rotated boats after every race to ensure fairness. © Matthew Cohen/

this year’s IC National Champs, or Paul-Jon Patin and guys like Chris Raab and Neal Fowler, who are contemporaries of mine and have really impressive resumés. But there are so many talented sailors across one-design sailing that we did not take anyone for granted. WC: So you were impressed by the fleet? SB: Absolutely! Just look at the scores. Eight different teams won races and everybody had two races that they were very happy to throw out! We chucked a ninth and an eighth and still had to keep a seventh.

regatta. WC: Thanks Benj, and good luck this winter! ■ Ben Cesare is a member of the International Lightning Class as a crew, and sailed in the C of C with 2016 Lightning North American Champions Todd Wake (skipper) and Neal Fowler. Todd and Neal came within the last beat of winning the 2017 Lightning NAs with Todd’s wife Kristine as their third in August in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Cesare was chosen for his Sonar experience, his weight, and his taste in beer, which matched Todd and Neal’s (chemistry).

WC: So, back to your strategy...

Position, Skipper, Class, Results, Total Points 1. Steve Benjamin, Special Invitation

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SB: Here is where Chris really excels. He would take the scores after every race, and he knew who was winning throughout the event. While I just prefer to try and sail solidly every race, Chris was very focused on keeping tabs on whoever was doing well and he never let us get too far from them to manage risk. And again, if you look at the scores, those teams changed throughout the

2. Chris Raab, Mercury Class YRA

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3. Paul-Jon Patin, JY15 Class

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4. Michael Marshall, US J/22 Class

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5. Eugene Schmitt, Sunfish Class

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6. Todd Wake, International Lightning Class

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7. Jim Ward, Interlake Sailing Assoc.

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8. Neil Stapleton, Day Sailer Assoc.

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9. Ted Ferrarone, Interclub Dinghy Frostbite Class 4-[13]-9-6-9-2-[13/TLE]-8-4-12-9-11-3- ; 77 10. John Potter, VX One Class Assoc.

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13. Bruce Busbey, Highlander Class, Assoc.

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Benj focusing hard in one of the light air races © Matthew Cohen/

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The Volvo Ocean Race is Underway! The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 started Sunday, October 22, with seven of the best sailing teams in the sport crossing the starting line off Alicante, Spain. This 45,000 nautical mile race around the globe will take crews through some of the most challenging waters in the world. With approximately 12,500 nautical miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean –three times as much as in previous editions of this race – this may well be the toughest Volvo yet. Lining up for the start of the Leg Zero race from St. Malo, France to Lisbon, Portugal. © Pierrick Contin

Leg 1: 1,450 nautical miles from Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal Started October 22, 2017 On this shortest start leg in VOR history, the fleet negotiated tricky winds in the Mediterranean and through the Strait of Gibraltar and around the mandatory mark of Madeira.

ally feature fast sailing in the South Atlantic with some of the most consistent top speeds in the race. This section has claimed a few victims the past few editions – notably PUMA Ocean Racing in 2011-12 with a broken mast.

Leg 2: 7,000 nm from Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa Started November 5, 2017 This is the second longest leg of the race, but following the frustrations of dealing with the doldrums just a few days out from Lisbon and the Equator-crossing rituals after that, it will gener-

Leg 3: 6,500 nm from Cape Town to Melbourne, Australia Starts December 10, 2017 *double points The return to the classic Southern Ocean leg for the first time in over a decade was positioned as one of the highlights of Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner’s new vision of the race. Turner

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Flying the flags of Denmark and the USA, Vestas 11th Hour Racing were victorious in Leg 1. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

has since stepped down, but the impact of this leg on the race will be considerable with double points up for grabs. “We’re all looking forward to getting back to the Southern Ocean,” said Vestas 11th Hour Racing co-founder Mark Towill. “It’s part of the tradition of this race, and having that Cape Town to Melbourne leg is something we haven’t done before.” Leg 4: 6,000 nm from Melbourne to Hong Kong Starts January 2, 2018 The return of Leg 3 through the Southern Ocean combined with the race’s efforts to reach the Chinese market make this northerly leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong quite the oddity. Teams will be sailing in essentially the opposite direction that they will be headed on Leg 5. Nonetheless, there will be several route options around Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and the finish through the South China Sea and into Hong Kong is sure to feature plenty of challenging weather patterns. Leg 5: 100 nm from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, China to Hong Kong (February 1, 2018) This short sprint leg should take about one day and roughly 10 hours of sailing in each direction, but it’s considered a transition leg and will not award any scoring points. The opportunity for exposure in two big Chinese cities with a total of three In-Port Races one week apart was simply too much to pass up for the Volvo Ocean Race as it continues to embrace the Chinese market to expand the race’s reach.

Leg 6: 6,100 nm from Hong Kong to Auckland, New Zealand Starts February 7, 2018 Incredibly, Leg 6 will be the first leg of this race to mimic a leg from last race route (the old Leg 4) as teams face a big decision a few days out from the Chinese stopover: head east and then south towards New Zealand to find the shortest path to Auckland or head north, then sail further east before turning south to catch the faster trade winds of the Pacific. Teams will cross the equator for a third time around February 17. Leg 7: 7,600 nm from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil Starts March 18, 2018 *double points The longest leg of the race is likely to feature some of the most brutal sailing conditions. Freezing temperatures, massive swells, the dangers of icebergs combine with the majesty of passing Cape Horn towards the end of March. Not only will this leg award double points, but a bonus point for reaching Cape Horn first will also be given. “In the last race, the Southern Ocean leg was definitely one of the highlights said Vestas 11th Hour Racing skipper Charlie Enright. “After two weeks of tight racing we were the first to get to Cape Horn and we really rallied behind that challenge. It was one of the high points for us.” Leg 8: 5,700 nm from Itajai to Newport, Rhode Island, USA Starts April 22, 2018 The last of the long offshore legs in the race, the route from WindCheck Magazine

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Led by Australian skipper David Witt, team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag is the first ever Hong Kong entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Brunel chases team AkzoNobel. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Brunel’s Abby Ehler in the spin cycle © James Blake/ Volvo Ocean Race

Dongfeng Race Team powered its way into an early lead at the start of Leg 1, pushing penalties on its two closest competitors. © Benoit Stichelbaut/Dongfeng Race Team

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Brazil to Newport features the final equator crossing about one week in, and decent Gulf Stream sailing north through the Atlantic. For Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the three Americans on board, it will be the first time returning home with their boat in almost a year and Castle Hill Lighthouse at the entrance of Narragansett Bay will be a welcome sight. The Newport stopover, the only one in North America, is scheduled for May 8 - 20. Leg 9: 3,300 nm from Newport to Cardiff, Wales Starts May 20, 2018 *double points The last of the legs featuring a transatlantic crossing, this leg might only take about eight days but it could go a long way to deciding the race winner thanks to its double points and intriguing finish up the Bristol Channel and into Cardiff. Despite seeming relatively tame in terms of length, the North Atlantic can be especially unpredictable in late spring and teams will be tired and weary after seven months of sailing. It will be no time to let their guard down. Leg 10: 1,300 nm from Cardiff to Gothenburg, Sweden Starts June 10, 2018 The route for Leg 10 will see the boats head west around Ireland and north around the British Isles before taking an easterly route into Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city and home to Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. It all depends on the standings at this point – though for those teams still jostling for race positioning, the five-day sprint could mean several sleepless nights – but a return to mainland Europe for the first time since the Lisbon departure will also be a special moment for many of the crews. Leg 11: 700 nm from Gothenburg to The Hague, Netherlands Starts June 21, 2018 The finish into The Hague around June 25 is sure to be a party that lasts all day and all night as the boats arrive following 45,000 nautical miles of racing at sea. Over 100,000 fans greeted the fleet for a 24-hour stopover in 2015 in The Hague and two Dutch boats in this year’s race promise to provide even more national fervor as they cheer on Team AkzoNobel and Brunel with legendary skipper Bouwe Bekking. The ceremonial In-Port Pace on June 30 is almost an afterthought, but also a well-deserved procession for the fleet to have one final moment in the spotlight after so many hard days of solitary sailing at sea. Standings after Leg 1 1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing 2. MAPFRE 3. Dongfeng Race Team 4. Team Akzonobel 5. Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 6. Team Brunel 7. Turn the Tide on Plastic

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12 Metre North American Championship By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International Wind effects of Hurricane Jose shaved a day off the front end of the three-day 12 Metre North American Championship, which started Friday, September 22, while no breeze at all stole the last day. The three-day event was hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI. In the end, three races on Saturday, September 23 told the story of a very competitive fleet wrapping up its season and looking long-term to the 12 Metre Worlds that are scheduled for Newport in 2019 as a culmination of the 12mR Class Road to the Worlds series. “It was a disappointment to lose Friday as a race day,” said Event Chair Peter Gerard, “but there was just nothing we could do about that. He explained that for several days prior to the regatta, winds of 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 had made it impossible to launch several of the historic 12 Metres that were dry-docked. The first window of relief came Saturday morning, so racing was rescheduled for later that afternoon when all boats could participate. “We managed to hold three races in a dying 12-15 knot breeze,” said Gerard, “and that ended up being the regatta after the wind completely shut off on Sunday.” Challenge XII, one of the newest additions to the 12mR class, topped the Modern division, beating out Defender by one point in overall scoring. The well-polished team, which includes owner/

New Zealand on her way to a fifth consecutive North American Championship © SallyAnne Santos

skipper Jack LeFort (Jamestown, RI) and Newporter Ken Read of Volvo Ocean Race fame, suffered a “bad first beat” and a broken spinnaker pole to finish fifth in its first race but then got “back on track” to win the last two races. “We hated to end the season like this [with a shortened regatta],” said LeFort, “but I think the race committee did a great job of pulling it off.” He added that it was good to see Defender (another new boat in the fleet, owned and skippered by 12 Metre World Champion Dennis Williams of Hobe Sound, FL/Newport, RI) so competitive. “They have new sails, a lot of time and effort in the boat, and they’re doing really well.” (Victory ’83, also owned by Williams, and Enterprise are

The Modern fleet in action at the 2017 12 Metre North American Championship © SallyAnne Santos

expected to join the fleet in 2018.) Defender’s scoreline of 1-2-5 reflected a man overboard in the third race. He was picked up by a safety boat, which automatically gave the team points that were equal to last place plus one. In the Grand Prix division, Gunther Buerman (Highland Beach, FL/Newport, RI) and his New Zealand team, which includes Ken Read’s brother Brad Read, won their fifth North American title in a row, beating out Kip Curren’s Laura (Newport). “In our class we get to do what these boats were made for,” said Buerman. “We match race, and the starts are especially great, because we spin around following each other just like they do in the America’s Cup.” Buerman credited Read and Lexi Gahagan, an America’s Cup veteran, for his team’s winning tactics at the starts. “If you don’t win the start, it’s hard to get back in front.”   Weatherly, chartered by Jay Schachne (Barrington, RI), won the Traditional division on a tiebreaker with American Eagle (Bob Morton/Cindy DeLotto; Newport/Edgartown, MA). Turning in a scoreline of 3-2-1, Schachne said he was happy to improve with every race and is honored, after three times trying, to finally be a North American champion, especially when the boats in his division were always neck-and-neck. “The fun part is that at this stage of my life, at 63 years old, I’m playing a sport like I’m 15, with the same excitement and focus. It’s really a kick, and what a privilege. The 12 Metres are the most beautiful girls at the dance; they are elegant, they are history, and when you’re sailing them you’re in the past and the present at the same time.” At the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon at Ida Lewis YC, the Gubelmann Trophy was awarded to the three division winners, while the Ted Hood Trophy was awarded to the teams in each division with the highest points overall for the season. Those teams were Columbia (Kevin Hagerty, Boston, MA) Courageous (Ralph Isham/Steve Glaskock/Alexander Auersperg/Ward Marsh, Newport, RI) and New Zealand. Courageous is currently the top Americas Fleet contender in the Waypoint Series standings. Gerard says he expects that 25+ boats – more than half coming from outside North America – will compete in the 2019 12 Metre World Championship. For more information, visit 12mrclass or contact Peter Gerard at ■

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AYC Leukemia Cup Regatta Raises Over $150,000 By Donovan McSorley American Yacht Club in Rye, NY proudly hosted its second Leukemia Cup Regatta on Saturday, September 23, in conjunction with the first day of the club’s 2017 Fall Regatta. Nearly 120 boats were listed on the Fall Regatta scratch sheet, with competitors coming from along the East Coast for a two-weekend regatta that has become a staple of IRC, PHRF, and one-design classes such as the J/70, J/88, J/44, J/105, J/109. Race day brought near pristine sailing conditions, with sunshine and oscillating northerly winds. The Leukemia Cup Navigators Course was won by Rich du Moulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann (Larchmont,

From right to left are Daniel Corcoran’s J/109 Strider (Huntington, NY), Steve Chronert’s J/109 Zuma (Riverside, CT), and Elizabeth Barry’s J/88 Escape (Stamford, CT). © Laurent Apollon Images

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Iris Vogel’s J/88 Deviation (New Rochelle, NY) is always among the best sailed boats at any regatta. © Laurent Apollon Images

NY), with Gibb Kane’s Swan 66 Bounty (Rye) second and Corinne & John Forster’s J/92 Saltire (Rye) third. In a beautiful example of how the efforts to restore the Long Island Sound ecosystem are working, sailors were joined by not only a few turtles but also a pod of dolphins. The AYC Leukemia Cup Regatta aims to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. In 2016, American Yacht Club set a record for the most funds raised by a first-time Leukemia Cup host. The club raised even more this year, totaling more than $150,000.    Part of the 2017 event included a stand up paddle regatta on Saturday morning, with more than 40 participants competing on two courses. Prizes included paddling swag, great trophies and of course, bragging rights. The Leukemia Cup Dinner and Auction took place Saturday night. Tickets were sold out, and the clubhouse reached maximum capacity.

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American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta By Donovan McSorley American Yacht Club in Rye, NY hosted the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8. Previously known as the High Performance Dinghy Open, the High Performance Regatta has consistently been one of the most unique fall regattas held annually on the Long Island Sound. This international event brought competitors from different parts of the United States, Canada, and Ireland. The mix of sailors along with the unique blend of boat classes created an exciting atmosphere both on and off the water. The HPR has continued to evolve with the introduction of new classes including Waszp and International 420. Returning classes from previous years included the Viper 640, J/70, , K6, Moth Flying Dutchman and VX One. After a short morning delay on shore, seven fleets launched

Heather Gregg and Joe Bardenheier’s Muse finished third in the J/70 class. © Donovan McSorley

into the easterly conditions on Saturday. Despite some challenging, tactical upwind legs, both circles were able to get great racing in. The Orange and Yellow circles delivered five races for the majority of the fleets. The American Yacht Club Safety and Rescue team worked diligently throughout the event to ensure any and all distressed vessels got back to the harbor. On Sunday the breeze lightened throughout the day, but the

Gabe Jostrom, Patrick Mauro and Charlotte Austin sailed Tomoka to 11th place in the Viper 640 class. © Donovan McSorley

waves continued to make sailors work hard to maintain boat speed throughout the course. With a relatively consistent wind direction, boat speed was paramount to high performance on the Orange circle. The top boats were able to find a higher gear and power around the marks. There were 24 Viper 640s competing in this regatta. JTT, helmed by Cardwell Potts (Larchmont YC) finished first in the Viper 640 class with Moxie skippered by Zeke Horowitz (College of Charleston YC/Eastern YC) finishing second. Moxie had several 2017 AYC Fall Series winners aboard who showcased their abilities to adapt to a different class. Jay Rhame’s Great Scott! (Larchmont YC) took third. The J/70 class again had over 20 competitors gearing up for the 2017 J/70 North American Championship, which were hosted by AYC later in October. Rimette, skippered by John Brim (Fishers Island YC), won the class, with Ovind Lorentzen’s Nine (Indian Harbor YC) finishing second and Muse, co-skippered by Joe Bardenheier and Heather Gregg (New York YC) third. The 8-boat K6 division was dominated by American Yacht Club, with AYC teams claiming the top three spots. Trading Partners skippered by Rob Fear (New York, NY) took first, with Minimax helmed by Commodore William Ketcham (Greenwich, CT) finishing second, and the husband and wife team of Carolyn & Christopher Russell (Greenwich, CT) finishing third. In the 7-boat I420 class, Carmen Cowles (Larchmont (YC) was first, with JC Hermus second and Michele Lahrkamp (AYC/ LISOT) third. Three Flying Dutchmen and two VX Ones raced in the Portsmouth division, with Tim Sayles’ FD (Warrington, PA) taking the win. Kate Coupland’s FD Domestic Dispute (Bristol, ME) was second, with Ian Mancini’s VX One Blue Lobster (Jamestown, RI) third. The 2017 HPR saw a resurgence in foiling classes. Scott Bursor (AYC) flew Rosebud to victory in the Moth class, and the Waszp class won by Aaron Alexander’s 300 (Rye, NY). Both foiling classes have been building momentum on western Long Island Sound, and watching them mix it up with dinghies and keelboats was one of the many reasons why HPR is such a memorable regatta. American Yacht Club looks forward to another chapter of the HPR next year. Complete results are posted at ■

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JY15 North American Championships The JY15 Class held its 28th consecutive North American Championships at Duck Island Yacht Club in Westbrook, CT on September 23 & 24. Two recent Dartmouth sailing team graduates, Scott Houck and Hollis von Summer, brought great talent to the class and dominated the 18-boat fleet to take the 2017 North American title. “Not only was Scott Houck new to the class, it was his first time in the boat which makes it an even more impressive victory against JY15 veterans such as Paul-Jon Patin, Mark McCarthy, Mark Allen, Bud Rogers, Seth Barrows, Chris Vann and many more,” said JY15 Class President Bill Nightingale.

Julie & Bill Nightingale finished fourth. © Fred Beckham

“As newcomers to the fleet, Hollis and I focused on the basics - clean start, hike hard, head out of the boat, and stay on the lifted tack,” said Houck. “The pressure and direction was super visible on the water, making it critical to ‘connect the dots’ between each new breeze line. Being able to hold your lane for a Mark McCarthy and his 12-year-old son while off the line was Will sailed Karma to a fifth place finish. crucial as starboard © Fred Beckham seemed to be the favored tack most of the day. After racing, we enjoyed copious refreshments and a tasty Italian dinner before a video highlight/ strategy sesh, which was awesome. I haven’t sailed in any other

Eighteen boats contested the 28th JY15 North American Championships. © Fred Beckham

classes that do that!” Sunday brought a light southwesterly breeze, with shifts that were much longer and less dramatic than the day before. “Starts were arguably even more crucial than on Saturday, and Hollis and I finished more or less in the position we started in,” Houck continued. “The current was flowing upwind all day, creating brutally long and painful downwind legs. Though we never attempted this, a few brave teams sought current relief by sailing a long course out toward Duck Island before gybing back on a reach to the leeward mark…a strategy that paid off if done correctly! Hollis and I were not so adventurous and focused on sailing on a reach toward the next pressure and using the puffs to go wing-on toward the mark. I cannot thank everyone who organized and/or competed in the event enough for the hospitality. Also big thanks to Bill Nightingale, who generously hooked us up with a boat for the regatta. Looking forward to more time in the boat, next year’s event, and spreading the good word about the class!” “The JY15 Class strives to be open to new sailors and for family and friendly fun,” said Nightingale. “It is a great class for improving basic racing skills as well as for those seeking top level competition. Please find a local summer fleet or frostbite fleet and join the fun!” Complete results are posted at ■

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Coop’s Figure It Eight By Joe Cooper

I am sitting in an armchair, a nice, thick, plush comfy one, looking out through the glass doors of the Clan Cottage in Michigan on Lake Huron. It is blowing hard, 30 plus, from the northeast, for close to 24 hours. The lake is that particular color of pewter slate grey that big water gets on days like this. It is all grey but with slight variation, in shade, only a few Pantone numbers different, yet the differences are visible to the eye. All the way to the near razor sharp horizon, this greyness is flecked with white. Farthest out there are little drops of white scattered here and there. In the middle distance, the dots manifest into obvious breaking whitecaps. Closer inshore the waves, something around four feet at the biggest, are breaking on the outside sandbars and the white gashes are long and thickish. The whole scene looks like Jackson Pollock warming up. Although it is mid-afternoon and still daylight, I have cleaned off, filled and lit one of the cottage’s Dietz Hurricane lamps. I like – love – the look, feel and smell of these simple lamps. We have a couple on the Ranger that are remnants of long distant memories of sailing adventures with my dad. The view out the window of a gray, not dark yet, and stormy day and the light air of the burning kero lamp plops me quite neatly in the DeLorean, back to about 1961 or so. Growing up sailing really spoils one for life, and the idea of sailing as adventure really did it for me. I sailed with my dad on a succession of modest boats. Undeterred by LOA, we would sail all over the countryside in a place called Broken Bay, 30 miles north of Sydney. We would anchor, and I would go scrambling around in the adjacent bush, or spend hours sailing my Sabot around the bays, inlets and creeks. I would go ashore, eat my sammies and sail off again. I can remember vividly finishing my adventurous day of exploring, being curled up in my blankets reading by the light of the ‘kero’ hurricane lamp a Swallows and Amazons, while dad relaxed, smoked, sipped his scotch, maybe sketching and listening to something on the BBC shortwave radio.

I was fascinated by the early pioneers of global sailing and the great adventures these guys were having. I followed and read everything about Robin Knox-Johnston, Francis Chichester, Alec Rose, Commander Bill King, and especially the Frenchman and legendary soloist, Bernard Moitessier. It was apparent that there was a lot more adventure to this sailing than simply banging around the bay, even the way I did it. In reality, I had no chance for a normal life. I went to primary school across a sports field from Sydney Harbor and could see boats out sailing almost all the time. I remember watching the Chilean Tall Ship Esmeralda on a visit to Sydney, sailing down the harbor before a freshening nor’easter looking like a Montague Dawson painting. I went to high school in Vaucluse, a Sydney suburb, built on the summit of the high cliffs defending the southern approaches to Sydney Harbor. The school’s graphic was of the Macquarie lighthouse, said lighthouse being the first light of approach to Sydney, sited atop these 270-foot high cliffs. On particularly stormy days one could hear the crash, a primal earthly sound of massive forces colliding as the 25 to 30 or more-foot swell, the result of a winter gale, thundered against the boulder strewn base of the sandstone cliffs. Depending on which classroom I was in, I had a 200-degree view of the Western Tasman Sea out across the vast ocean to the far horizon, which from 300-odd feet is, well, a long way. In the classrooms on the other side of the school I had a similar view for 60 miles across Sydney Harbor, downtown, across to Manly in the north end of the harbor across the heads, the iconic Harbor Bridge spanning the river, up to the foothills of the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. I attribute my poor performance in formal education to this harsh environment in which I was raised. The chalk and dusters, aimed at me by annoyed teachers tying to pull my gaze back to the blackboard from out the window wondering about the rest of the world, did not help either. On the other hand, such an aerie from which to view the storms and calms, the wildly differing colors, sizes and shapes of the cloud formations, the rain squalls, and the freighters muscling their way through the pewter-colored ocean and bursting through the bright white, cresting breakers in a mid-July storm managed to fire in me what I have decided is a, or perhaps the fundamental question for me, and possibly mankind including the women. ‘What is over there?’ There being the other side of the horizon. It is possible that if we were not coded in some fashion to be driven to ask – and act on – this question, well we might all still be in the trees. Adventures are by definition something outside the ordinary, routine, mundane, and that which we are accustomed too. Circumnavigating the globe in a sailing boat thus qualifies. ‘But why?’ is the common question. ‘It seemed like a good idea (at the time),’ ‘I have always wanted to’ or the quest for some glory, or perhaps the most famous may be what British mountaineer George Mallory is reported to have said in response as to why he wanted to climb Everest: ‘Because it’s there.’

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The list of those who have circumnavigated the globe is small. The number of those who have gone across the equator to do it is smaller, and those who have done it alone is smaller still. It might be argued that these days there is something of a furrow being dug across those lonely, rolling mountains of water, inhabited by the wandering albatross, the unchallenged masters and mistresses of the loneliest place on the planet, the gray and vast wastes known as the Southern Ocean. This urge for adventure appears to be shared by one Randall Reeves who, as you are reading this column, ought to be around 20 days at sea from San Francisco, bound towards, well San Francisco. Since the ‘usual track,’ even the wrong-way one, is pretty well worn, Mr. Reeves is proposing to sail a course around the Americas, in a figure eight pattern. His track is south from San Francisco, Cape Horn to port and Antarctica to starboard, back around the Horn crossing his outbound track and then South America to port up through the Northwest Passage and back to San Francisco, hence the moniker Figure 8 Voyage. The clutter of boats in the Southern Ocean these days is a far cry from ‘the old days,’ hence Randall’s unorthodox track. His vessel of choice is a 45-foot aluminum boat built in 1989 in Germany. The pitch on his website ( speaks to the never before done aspect of his passage. Well, that is always a good solid keel on which to build one’s adventure, classic in fact. The boat’s original owners circumnavigated the Americas and the next owner did the circumnavigation. Randall’s plan is to combine both those tracks and so I reckon double his adventure quotient and at the same time have the never done factor. The interesting part to me is there is no ‘Mission.’ There is no speed record, no ‘Save the ‘fill-in-the-blanks’, no higher scientific goal, no school education aspect. Randall seems to be simply going for a sail simply for the sake of going sailing and having an adventure. There are probably reasons as numerous and varied as the people who do it. Randall’s response when I posed the question ‘Why?’ was a chuckle, closely followed by my answering for him: ‘There may not be an answer to the why…right, I get it.’ We talked on this for a bit and we got some VMG towards an answer of sorts. He told me that sometimes he is at, say a

Randall Reeves has embarked on a first-ever circumnavigation of both the American and Antarctic continents in one season. The route will pass through all of the world’s oceans, approach both poles, and round Cape Horn twice. No one has done this before. No one has even tried. © Kim Kirch/

party and upon hearing what he is doing people, usually aghast, naturally ask why, and he responds, ‘If you had the opportunity to visit another planet, would you go? While they look mystified he continues…‘Being in the ocean is similar to being another planet. You are captive in a small module, in a tremendously hostile environment, everything more or less devolves from your responses to the next event, the likelihood of help is either not easy or slim depending on where you are, and it is beautiful. No two days are the same, sometimes two hours brings vast changes in the colors, the conditions and so how you feel.’ There is solitude, time for fundamental reflection, communing with your inner self even. If we accept that the output of adventure is experience, reflection, introspection, fear, joy, the mundane, the beautiful and the entire kit bag of human emotion and experience, the meaning of life, some sense of ourselves to, or for, ourselves, time – lots – for thinking, thinking of the questions, for they are always more important than the answers, then six months at sea alone is a pretty good way to figure it eight. ■ 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. WindCheck Magazine

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Catapult Wins J/70 North Americans By Donovan McSorley and Steffie Pomp The 2017 North American Championship Presented by Domaine Chandon was hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye, NY October 9 - 15. AYC Commodore Peter Duncan and the Relative Obscurity team (Rye, NY) controlled this regatta from day one. Not surprising, coming off a world championship title. But there was a twist to the plot. Joel Ronning’s Catapult (Excelsior, MN) never fell very far behind in points, always lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce. And pounce they did. A bullet in the final race, coupled with a 10th place finish by Relative Obscurity, was enough for Catapult to clinch the title with a 3-point cushion. Conditions on the final day were challenging. A new wind direction with varying intensity made for a tactician’s nightmare. Credit to Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis (Long Beach, CA) for staying in the hunt and finishing 3rd overall with line honors in race seven. This was not an easy task with Brian Keane’s Savasana (Weston, MA) and Martin Kullman’s New Wave (St. Petersburg, FL) right on his heels. The Corinthian title was no easy achievement either. The lead swapped multiple times throughout the day, but Jenn & Ray Wulff’s Joint Custody (Annapolis, MD) prevailed, finishing 14th overall. Sarah Renz’s Berteau Group (Chicago, IL) and Joe Bardenheier and Heather Gregg’s Muse (Newport, RI) completed the Corinthian podium.   Despite the intensifying wind as the regatta concluded, American Yacht Club hosted a wonderful awards presentation with

Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity took second. © Tim Wilkes/

crystal and framed photographs as prizes. Lead Sponsor Tanqueray took center stage, as tired sailors relaxed with their signature gin & tonics. What a fantastic regatta it was. And it would not have been possible without the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Domaine Chandon; Lead Sponsor Doyle Sailmakers (who generously shared their expertise with all competitors); Supporting Sponsors Landfall, Greatest Blaze & Co., Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, and Sail 22; and additional sponsors Captain Lawrence, Don Julio, Captain Morgan, Bulleit Bourbon, Watson’s Catering, Summerties, Anne Arundel Dive Services, and Poland Spring. Full results are posted at, and photos and videos can be viewed at ■ Joel Ronning’s Catapult clinched the 2017 J/70 North American Championship in the final race. © Tim Wilkes/

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Jud Smith’s Africa finished 7th. © Tim Wilkes/

Right: Big fleets are commonplace in the J/70 Class, and there were 53 boats in this year’s NAs. © Tim Wilkes/

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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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November 2017

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.


Fishers Island, NY 11/1 1:36 AM 11/1 7:47 AM 11/1 2:14 PM 11/1 8:04 PM 11/2 2:22 AM 11/2 8:29 AM 11/2 3:03 PM 11/2 8:48 PM 11/3 3:07 AM 11/3 9:12 AM 11/3 3:50 PM 11/3 9:32 PM 11/4 3:52 AM 11/4 9:56 AM 11/4 4:37 PM 11/4 10:18 PM 11/5 3:38 AM 11/5 9:41 AM 11/5 4:27 PM 11/5 10:07 PM 11/6 4:27 AM 11/6 10:32 AM 11/6 5:21 PM 11/6 11:02 PM 11/7 5:23 AM 11/7 11:29 AM 11/7 6:19 PM 11/8 12:03 AM 11/8 6:24 AM 11/8 12:28 PM 11/8 7:17 PM 11/9 1:03 AM 11/9 7:26 AM 11/9 1:27 PM 11/9 8:15 PM 11/10 2:05 AM 11/10 8:31 AM 11/10 2:29 PM 11/10 9:14 PM 11/11 3:12 AM 11/11 9:38 AM 11/11 3:36 PM 11/11 10:13 PM 11/12 4:21 AM 11/12 10:44 AM 11/12 4:40 PM 11/12 11:07 PM 11/13 5:17 AM 11/13 11:44 AM 11/13 5:33 PM 11/13 11:59 PM 11/14 6:04 AM 11/14 12:41 PM 11/14 6:21 PM 11/15 12:48 AM 11/15 6:48 AM 11/15 1:33 PM 11/15 7:06 PM


Woods Hole, MA 11/16 1:35 AM 11/16 7:30 AM 11/16 2:19 PM 11/16 7:49 PM 11/17 2:17 AM 11/17 8:11 AM 11/17 2:59 PM 11/17 8:32 PM 11/18 2:56 AM 11/18 8:51 AM 11/18 3:36 PM 11/18 9:13 PM 11/19 3:33 AM 11/19 9:30 AM 11/19 4:14 PM 11/19 9:56 PM 11/20 4:10 AM 11/20 10:12 AM 11/20 4:54 PM 11/20 10:43 PM 11/21 4:50 AM 11/21 10:57 AM 11/21 5:39 PM 11/21 11:33 PM 11/22 5:36 AM 11/22 11:46 AM 11/22 6:25 PM 11/23 12:24 AM 11/23 6:26 AM 11/23 12:35 PM 11/23 7:11 PM 11/24 1:14 AM 11/24 7:17 AM 11/24 1:23 PM 11/24 7:57 PM 11/25 2:04 AM 11/25 8:09 AM 11/25 2:12 PM 11/25 8:45 PM 11/26 2:59 AM 11/26 9:06 AM 11/26 3:08 PM 11/26 9:34 PM 11/27 3:55 AM 11/27 10:05 AM 11/27 4:06 PM 11/27 10:23 PM 11/28 4:46 AM 11/28 11:00 AM 11/28 4:58 PM 11/28 11:11 PM 11/29 5:31 AM 11/29 11:54 AM 11/29 5:44 PM 11/29 11:59 PM 11/30 6:15 AM 11/30 12:47 PM 11/30 6:31 PM


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December 2017

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.


The Battery, NY Port Washington, NY 12/1 5:38 AM 12/1 12:21 PM 12/1 6:05 PM 12/2 12:27 AM 12/2 6:26 AM 12/2 1:13 PM 12/2 6:56 PM 12/3 1:17 AM 12/3 7:14 AM 12/3 2:05 PM 12/3 7:47 PM 12/4 2:08 AM 12/4 8:03 AM 12/4 2:56 PM 12/4 8:40 PM 12/5 2:59 AM 12/5 8:55 AM 12/5 3:47 PM 12/5 9:38 PM 12/6 3:50 AM 12/6 9:53 AM 12/6 4:39 PM 12/6 10:41 PM 12/7 4:44 AM 12/7 10:55 AM 12/7 5:34 PM 12/7 11:43 PM 12/8 5:42 AM 12/8 11:57 AM 12/8 6:32 PM 12/9 12:43 AM 12/9 6:46 AM 12/9 12:57 PM 12/9 7:34 PM 12/10 1:42 AM 12/10 7:54 AM 12/10 1:55 PM 12/10 8:34 PM 12/11 2:39 AM 12/11 8:59 AM 12/11 2:54 PM 12/11 9:30 PM 12/12 3:37 AM 12/12 9:58 AM 12/12 3:54 PM 12/12 10:21 PM 12/13 4:33 AM 12/13 10:51 AM 12/13 4:51 PM 12/13 11:07 PM 12/14 5:24 AM 12/14 11:40 AM 12/14 5:43 PM 12/14 11:52 PM 12/15 6:09 AM 12/15 12:27 PM 12/15 6:29 PM 12/16 12:35 AM 12/16 6:51 AM 12/16 1:12 PM


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Bridgeport, CT 12/1 2:32 AM 12/1 8:43 AM 12/1 3:12 PM 12/1 9:15 PM 12/2 3:22 AM 12/2 9:32 AM 12/2 4:03 PM 12/2 10:06 PM 12/3 4:12 AM 12/3 10:22 AM 12/3 4:53 PM 12/3 10:57 PM 12/4 5:03 AM 12/4 11:12 AM 12/4 5:44 PM 12/4 11:48 PM 12/5 5:55 AM 12/5 12:04 PM 12/5 6:37 PM 12/6 12:41 AM 12/6 6:49 AM 12/6 12:58 PM 12/6 7:31 PM 12/7 1:36 AM 12/7 7:46 AM 12/7 1:55 PM 12/7 8:27 PM 12/8 2:33 AM 12/8 8:47 AM 12/8 2:54 PM 12/8 9:25 PM 12/9 3:33 AM 12/9 9:50 AM 12/9 3:56 PM 12/9 10:24 PM 12/10 4:34 AM 12/10 10:55 AM 12/10 4:59 PM 12/10 11:24 PM 12/11 5:35 AM 12/11 11:58 AM 12/11 6:02 PM 12/12 12:21 AM 12/12 6:33 AM 12/12 12:59 PM 12/12 7:02 PM 12/13 1:16 AM 12/13 7:27 AM 12/13 1:54 PM 12/13 7:57 PM 12/14 2:07 AM 12/14 8:17 AM 12/14 2:45 PM 12/14 8:47 PM 12/15 2:53 AM 12/15 9:03 AM 12/15 3:30 PM 12/15 9:32 PM 12/16 3:36 AM 12/16 9:45 AM

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10' Dyer Dink 2008 - “Lizzy Bennet”, classic sailing dinghy. Sailed in light air out of Sail Newport by aging, original owner. Fiberglass hull, teak trim and seats, Quantum sail, SEITECH dolly w/punctureproof wheels. Asking $2,000 - Newport, RI 401 849-8471.

14’ Laser 1992 - Hull in very good condition. All accessories included: Spars (standard rig upper and lower, boom), sail in great shape, all running rigging, blades, tiller and tiller extension. New, unused extra centerboard included. $1100. Located in Milford, CT. Call Chris: 203-895-0083. 22’ Etchells 1998 - Pacesetter # 1086, 2 sets Doyle sails, open sail card, North full boat cover, 3 spin poles, forward ring frame, Tack Tick compass, double axle trailer w/ sail box, new axles 2005, new brakes, bearings 2014 $12,000. 860-227-6135

26’ Colgate 2007 - Excellent day sailor located Manhasset Bay, LI. Very good condition, includes seat cushions, spinnaker & whisker poles, portable head, solar battery charger, outboard Torquedo electric engine, VHF Radio, self tailing winches. Twaron Carbon Mainsail, Twaron Kevlar Genoa - Roller Furler, Dacron Genoa (extra), Norlon Spinnaker (Rarely used). $24,000. Paula - or 516-287-3818

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 27’ O’Day 1986 – Harmony is a pleasure to sail. 2011 Tohatsu 9.8hp long-shaft, 2007 main & 130% genoa, 2007 roller furler, Icom VHF radio (DCS functionality), tiller autohelm. Located in Bridgeport, CT. Contact Craig 203-505-9614  Asking $7,500

27’ Custom Noe - EnCharette is a legendary race winner that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded throughout her stellar career. Huge North Sails inventory, custom Triad Trailer, 5Hp Honda. 203-214-5696. Asking $20,000.

28’ O’Day 1980 - Great boat. Fantastic weekender. Re-powered 7 years ago with a new 13 hp Beta Marine Engine, low hours. Sleeps 5. Auto helm. Well maintained by NVBY. Two sets of sails + Spinnaker. Will include the balance of the season on mooring at Noank Village Boat Yard, Noank, CT. Asking $12,500. Call Bob @ 860-383-5405

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

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 30’ Pearson 1976 - Bill Shaw Design cruiser racer great sailing boat Atomic 4 engine and hull professionally maintained asking $7,200. Contact Carmine 631-896-0983 or

31’ Island Packet 1988 - Well maintained with recent barrier coat and brightwork. Cutter rigged with 130 % Genoa and full battened main. Yanmar diesel. Full instruments plus radio and GPS. Dinghy davits for Achilles dinghy (included). Located Milford CT. Asking $55,000. Call 203-261-8553

31’ O’Day 1986 - Very well maintained, inside and out. Comes with many upgrades that others just don’t have. Radar, chart plotter, wind & speed instruments, autopilot, dodger & bimini, Very stable pleasure to sail and cruise. $19,999 Contact Don:

31’ Beneteau First 310 1994 - Racer/cruiser. Comfortable arrangements for 2 couples. Powerful 7/8 sail plan that is also easily de-powered, wide decks, roomy cockpit and walk-through to swim platform with cockpit shower. Some of her other attractive features include auto pilot, GPS, wind, speed, depth, roller furling, cruising spinnaker w/sock, h/c pressure water. Asks 36K Prestige Yacht Sales – Tom 203-353-0373

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 32’ Beneteau 323 2006 - TURN KEY! In-mast furling, air conditioning, new mainsail, higher-quality Si-Br through-hull fittings, canvas covers for exterior teak, new AIS receiver & transmitter and Peek-aBoo blinds. Professionally maintained and covered during winters at a premium yard. Achilles inflatable, 4-Stroke OB. Great way to start right in a modern Beneteau or perfect for anyone downsizing from a larger yacht. Asks 67.5K Prestige Yacht Sales, Jonathan 860-514-3763

32’ Catalina 320 1998 - The 320 is light on the helm and tracks well under sail or power. Motion and heeling are gentle and predictable. The 320 performs well in a variety of conditions, with the wing keel. Racing skippers will enjoy-the turn of speed and cruisers will appreciate the additional distance covered in a day’s passage. Carrying the deck beam well aft created space for an exceptionally large cockpit. New GPS, low engine hours. Very clean boat. (RI) $49,999 Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Tim Norton, 401-575-8326

33’ Dehler Optima 101 1986 - German built open transom fractional racer cruiser. Recent Yanmar, North Sails, barrier coat, rigging , many upgrades. Light, fast and exceptionally well designed and built with cruising amenities. If you are looking at Sabre and J, check this out. Mystic, CT. $28,000, 860-857-9987

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 33’ Beneteau 331 2003 – Competition version of popular 33, a true performance cruiser. She has a classic main with full roach and two reefs, full length battens, main, jib and asymmetrical spinnaker, feathering Max Prop. Always yard maintained. Used only as a daysailer by the current owner. Very clean boat. Asks 68K Prestige Yacht Sales, George 203-353-0373

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 37’ Baltic Racer/Cruiser - Built in Finland to Baltic’s renown standards. Unusually well-equipped and updated. Sleeps 7-8 in three teak cabins. She’s strong, light, fully equipped for racing, day sailing or to places more distant. Many pictures and detailed specs at  $29,900 914-473-0606

34’ Hunter 1983 - Early version with beautiful hull, and deck. Built with a rare metal plate under the mast-step for strength. Comes with the full electronics package; GPS chart-plotter, Windex and wind instruments. Price negotiable for quick sale. Asking $19,000 Contact Fred: 347-927-3350.

36’ Bayfield - (41 foot overall) Classic clipper bow, high-gloss bright work. AC 2 cycled. Radar, autopilot, VHS/AIS with remote mic. Windvane steering. Hot and cold water, shower with tub. Electric flush toilet. Large refrigerator with freezer. 6’3” headroom, YANMAR diesel. New battened mainsail with lazy jacks. Roller furling jib. New windless, 2 anchors, 6 self tailing wenches. Gas stove/oven. Ready to sail away. Two boat owner. Just reduced $59,900 OBO. 516-984-7337

36’ Gozzard Cutter 1995 - Raven’s Nest is clean and uncluttered. Her cherry interior is very nice and the open floor plan can be transformed into a forward cabin, salon and private aft berth with a few simple panel moves. Recent electronics upgrades (2017). Yanmar engine (2013), dodger (2013) and varnish (2017) (MA) $149,900, Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Matthew Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816

38’ Ericson 1995 -Must see Ericson 38-200, top quality Pacific Seacraft build. Re-powered in 2012 with 38 HP Yanmar, up-dated sails and canvas, bimini, selffeathering prop. Very clean and well maintained at excellent yard. Yacht quality teak interior with two stateroom layout and stall shower. A rare opportunity to get a great sailing yacht with many upgrades. Asking $79,500. Mark Edwards, Cape Yachts: 508-994-4444 or 774-526-0914 (mobile)

38’ Ericson 38-200 1989 - Updates, regular professional maintenance, and consistent care from the original owner should put Restless on your list of boats to see. She is clean and has low hours on her engine. Her upgrades include Raymarine Radar/Chartplotter and ST-6000 Autopilot, dodger and sailcover, mainsail and 135% genoa from Quantum and Tempurpedic mattresses in the V-berth and aft cabin. (RI) $50,000 Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Matthew Leduc, 401-226-1816

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 39’ Vilm-116 2004 - Fast, comfortable, and extremely seaworthy. Recent upgrades and specifications: Doyle Mainsail (2014), air conditioning w/reverse cycle heat, 4 AGM Batteries (2014), Simrad AP22 hydraulic autopilot, Garmin GPS 128 Chart Plotter. $189,900 (MA) - Call Ryan J. Miller CPYB: 401-835-0069

40’ Beneteau - The Beneteau 40 offers a great combination of performance, ease of handling and interior comfort that make her a perfect choice for cruising couples or families. Three available from $139,900. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400

40’ Beneteau Oceanis 2011 - Very rare find to find one newer than 2010 and in such great condition. NEW (2014) salon cushions, pillows and mattresses put her above all of the other brokerage boats on the market. Full electronics package, bow thruster, furling mainsail and genoa, dodger and bimini make her easy to sail. (RI) $199,900 Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Matthew Leduc, CPYB 401-226-1816

41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2013 - LIKE NEW! Exceptional value with only a few FRESH WATER sailing hours. Two cabin/one head configuration, custom cushions, North G2 Gennaker. Professionally maintained. Price is negotiable to accommodate YOUR wish list! Asks 219K Prestige Yacht Sales, George 203-353-0373

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 42’ Sabre 426 2004 - Fresh Awlgripped in 2014 flag blue with a white boot top. New sails in 2012. She looks beautiful and is ready for a new owner. $249,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400

42’ Catalina MKII 2006 - Sleeps 6 adults comfortably with option for sleeping two more in main cabin! Two heads, three burner stove with oven, refrigerator, microwave, inverter. Furling main, radar, chart plotter, autopilot, electric windless, electric winch and much more. Cruise, club race, or enjoy the sunset. Asks 169K Prestige Yacht Sales – Tom 203-353-0373

43’ Bristol 43.3 1987- Altair is a Ted Hood designed yacht with desirable classic teak interior, two staterooms and ample space. The Bristol 43.3 is well known to have great sailing characteristics, featuring a centerboard and aft cockpit. Currently stored indoors and available for inspection this 43.3 has seen major improvements over the past few years totaling over $65,000! Some of the key improvements include: new Westerbeke 55D Diesel Engine (2013), new fuel tank (2016), mast rewired (2016). $149,000 (RI) Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Ryan Miller CPYB, 401-835-0069,

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 43’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 439 2013 - A la Vie is well equipped, clean and regularly maintained. This three cabin, two head version has been kept on the North Carolina waters. There is standing headroom throughout (at 6’6’’) and a beautiful large dodger and bimini covering a very roomy cockpit. Additional features include: roller furling main, electric self tailing winches, electric bow thruster, and air conditioning. $238,000 Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Tim Norton, 401-575-8326

44’ Tartan 4400 2005 - “Her raised salon provides for a comfortable and conveniently accessible main cabin” - Tim Jacket. She is in the water with less than 500 hours on the engine and includes a new dodger and bimini. - $299,000 (NJ) Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069 –

45’ Beneteau Oceanis 2017 - Change in plans has this brand new boat on the market. Extensive factory options including electric winches, furling main, air conditioning, generator, B&G instruments and performance sail package. $399,000. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

45’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 2003 - Immaculate 1 owner vessel here in our harbor! Well equipped with roller furling main and genoa, oversized winches, beautiful rich wood interior and teak decks. $215,000. Willis Marine Center, Huntington, NY 631-421-3400

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 45’ Hirsh Gulfstar Center Cockpit Sloop Second owner. Getting out of boating. On the hard since 2010. Needs new electronics. Sails are fine for coastal cruising. Slight cabin leak in the salon needs repair. Enjoyable boat that shouldn’t take much in the way of repairs/refurbs to cast off. Selling “As Is” $50,000. No donations, trades, leases, financing, etc. Located Branford, CT.

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

48’ Beneteau Oceanis 2015 - Just arrived at our moorings! This boat is fully equipped including A/C, generator, electric winches and many more factory options. Owner has moved up. Asking $399,000 Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

BOATS FOR SALE- POWER 35’ Terry Jason 1998 - This Maine built Downeast Cruiser is one of a kind! Built in 1998 and commissioned in 2000, this boat stands out with its custom interior and over $133,000 worth of recent improvements by the current owner! Set up for cruising, live aboard or doing the Great loop. Carolyn has all the equipment you need. Inflatable dinghy with motor on davits, generator, air conditioning w/ reverse cycle heat, diesel heater, bow thruster, navigational electronics suite, entertainment suite, solar panels, refrigeration, full canvas enclosure. $249,000 (RI) Latitude Yacht Brokerage, Ryan Miller, 401-835-0069


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BOATS FOR SALE- POWER 32’ Nordic Tug 2007 - Great cruising boat, <600 hrs, diesel D6 280, Masi 4.7 generator <15 hr, Raymarine E120 12” & E 80 8” screen, Portland pudgy with sail, seagull water purifier, Lewmar windlass & bow thruster, fresh water head, new batteries, 18,500 BTU high volume AC/ reverse heat. Top speed 16 knots. $239,900. contact: Holly 203-249-2343

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on watch.

Ray Redniss

If you’ve raced in Western Long Island Sound or at Block Island Race Week in the past 15 years or so, you’ve heard Ray Redniss on the VHF. A lifelong Stamford, CT resident, he’s among the finest race officers on the water. A fortuitous incident © Rick Bannerot that brought Ray to race management also inspired what may be the most lovingly crafted guitars in the world. “I’m a third generation Stamfordite,” says Ray. “There’s a picture from 1948 of my mother and me in my parents’ daysailer. I wasn’t yet two, although I didn’t get into active sailing until my teens. My father taught me a lot about rigging and knots, and a healthy respect for rules. Although I sailed on lots of boats, the first one I owned was a Seidelmann 25 I bought with my friend Rob Panish. He, my wife Jaime and I raced it for three years before we bought a J/29.” “I’d sailed in the Vineyard Race and Stamford Denmark Friendship Race since the late ‘60s and always found those events, together with the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race, several Stratford Shoal races and race weeks, the highlights of Long Island Sound. In 1991, I was in a collision in the American Yacht Club Spring Series, sustaining nerve damage to my right arm and tearing the rotator cuff.” “I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13, but after that accident I didn’t play for over a year,” Ray recalls. “I was playing acoustics, but couldn’t put my arm over the body. Jaime suggested I get ‘one of those skinny guitars.’ I said, ‘Yeah, a Telecaster!’ I bought one, but the sharp radius on the body still hurt my arm. Jaime said I should get ‘the one with the sloped top.’ When I said, ‘I’m not a Strat lover’ she replied, ‘You work with wood…build yourself one!’ I did lots of research, shopped for woods and parts, and built a Telestyle body with a Strat-style contoured top. The next thing I knew, Jesse was borrowing it for practice, then a gig, and then said that if I wanted it back I had to build him one. He found a small round pendant with a silver moon on stained glass that he wanted set into the headstock. That’s when Old Moon Guitars was born!” Unwilling to stay off the water, Ray volunteered for race committee duty at Stamford Yacht Club and Breakwater Irregulars, the Tuesday night racing club with whom he’d sailed since 1967. A Stamford YC member for 31 years, he’s served as Race Committee Chairman, Fleet Captain, and on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. “We’ve made great friends there, sponsored other friends, and had wonderful opportunities,” he enthuses. “I got lucky when the Storm Trysail Club moved the start of the Block Island Race to Stamford and asked me to work with Event Chair Peter Reggio.” “My goal from the start was to run races the way I would’ve liked to sail them,” says Ray, a Professional Land Surveyor whose facility with angles and vectors has given countless sailors great racecourses. He currently serves as the Storm Trysail Club’s Fleet

Captain and on its Race Committee and Board of Governors. “I’ve been the Event Chair and Principal Race Officer for the Block Island Race for 15 or 16 years, a PRO at Block Island Race Week since 2003, and on an RC crew at Key West Race Week for 10 years.” For sailors contemplating RC work, Ray counsels, “Do it! There’s a huge need for volunteers at all levels. You’ll be met with open arms! Get out with as many race officers as you can. You’ll learn something from each, and find one with whom you are comfortable. I’m not just talking PROs – I’m talking scorers, event organizers, mark boat operators, and judges. It’s a complex sport with lots of rules, but that’s part of what makes it fun and rewarding.” A member of the International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen (ISPCRY), Ray serves on that venerated group’s Moosehead Committee. Each fall, race committees from around the Sound attend the Moosehead Luncheon, celebrating race management blunders. “We could do an entire magazine on race committee stories!” he chuckles. Recalling the first night out on a Bermuda Race, he says, “The crew was all on deck while the skipper was rummaging around below. He seemed to be getting more and more frantic, but refused help. After about a half-hour he came up and announced that we had a problem. What was left on the roll was all the toilet paper on board!” “I really don’t get a chance to race anymore,” says Ray, who is also Vice Chairman of the Stamford Harbor Management Commission. “I have a 23-foot Seacraft, Ragtime, that I bought from the estate of an old friend who’d recently passed. The executor of his estate, another old friend, asked if I could help evaluate the boat. I went to Stamford Landing to take a look, and instantly fell in love!” Ray is frequently seen on Ragtime between Larchmont and Westport, often with his four grandsons. “Stone is 7, Cole is just shy of 6, Boden is 4 and Rigby is 3. My son Jesse and daughterin-law Andrea have a house on the Saugatuck River and a 21-foot bowrider. Jaime and I have met them on Cockenoe Island, and I go fishing with the boys as often as I can.” SoundWaters, a Stamford-based environmental organization that protects Long Island Sound through education and action, recently honored Ray as its first HarborFest Commodore. He’s a former board member of the Young Mariners Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating underserved youth. “Young Mariners and SoundWaters merged in 2016,” he explains. “The Young Mariners STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy operates out of the SoundWaters Harbor Center in Boccuzzi Park.” “The best thing about sailing,” says Ray, “is the enjoyment of spending time on the water with friends and family, doing something everyone loves, and knowing you can continue to do it well into your years!” ■

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