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It’s Never Too Early to Plan

I remember my time as a junior sailing instructor with great fondness. I still maintain there are few better ways for a college student to earn money during the summer break. As instructors we had fun – lots of fun – and we did a good job. Our kids learned how to sail, how to race, how to care for a small sailboat, and also how to have fun doing it. I am proud of the fact that a large number of the junior sailors that I instructed during those four years are still sailing…and to date myself, even have kids that are now taking lessons! At the base of all the enjoyment and excitement was always safety, and much thought and preparation would go into that subject before our season would even start. The first thing you try to instill in a young sailor is that life jackets must be worn at all times…and the list of safety measures taken by clubs and schools, as well as instructors and the students, goes on from there. We developed an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) at the club where I worked. This was an outline of procedures to follow in the event of any number of different emergency scenarios, including numbers to call, appropriate landing areas to discharge a victim for a waiting ambulance, and so on. We all know however that regardless of the amount of preparation and training that takes place, the water is an inherently dangerous environment and accidents will happen. Fortunately, most of these incidents involve a boom bump to the head, a skinned knee or mild dehydration; easily treated aboard the coach boat or ashore in the junior clubhouse. Each summer, however, word of a tragedy on the water would circle through the programs, during regattas or on the news, providing not only an additional reminder to remain vigilant, but also as impetus for immediate positive as well as precautionary change for the season to come. With ongoing advances in instruction practices, more versatile personal flotation devices, multiple forms of communication and improvements in the design of small boats (sail and power) and related equipment, we should be seeing fewer incidents on the water. But we know that situations will arise, accidents will happen, and hopefully lessons will be learned. Unfortunately, this year was no exception. In July, during a capsize drill in a Long Island Sound junior program, a 12-year old boy died when he fell off the instructor’s boat and was struck by its propeller, Later that month, three Boy Scouts were killed when the mast of the catamaran they were sailing came into contact with overhead power lines on a lake in Texas. Many have opined that these tragedies were both avoidable (and we all know that shore-side safety experts and hindsight produce crystal clear scenarios), but those of us involved with junior sailing, including parents whose kids are taking lessons and competing in regattas, know that we need to continually look for, and implement methods of keeping kids safer on the water. The popular movement toward using inflatable coach boats is a good one in terms of keeping boats and limbs safe from damage (and they have other pros and cons as well) but perhaps reducing the potential danger of underwater appendages needs to be the next movement toward increased powerboat safety for our young ones. Prop guard- or jet drive-equipped coach boats seem a natural step in that development. While I would never place blame on anyone in particular for either of this summer’s tragedies, it is disheartening to know that such incidents happen all too frequently. Now is the time to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each of our junior programs and work to make changes to facilities and equipment, and revise or fortify best practices. We all must strive to find ways to help ensure kids are safe out there, so they can focus on learning, camaraderie, competition and fun. I am hopeful that the coming 2018 season will be the safest and most successful ever. See you on the water.

Sailing the Northeast Issue 167 Publisher Anne Hannan Editor in Chief Christopher Gill Senior Editor Chris Szepessy Contributing Editor Joe Cooper Graphic Design Kerstin Fairbend Contributors Jim Aikman, Francis Albert, Rick Bannerot, Jon Bawabe, Rasmus Bregenhoj, Cate Brown, Carter Buckley, Lucy Buckley, Ben Cesare, Stephen Cloutier, Kirsten Ferguson, Mary Alice Fisher, Dave Foster, John K. Fulweiler, Sharon Green, Sam Greenfield, Fran Grenon, Barby MacGowan, Dan McFadden, Rob Penner, Linda Perry Riera, Art Petrosemolo,, Vin Pica, Candy Powell, Cynthia Sinclair, Liz Sistare, Lora Snyder, Captain Andrew Tucci, USCG, Onne Van der Wal, Andrea Watson Ad Sales Erica Pagnam Distribution Man in Motion, Rare Sales, Jack Szepessy WindCheck is published ten times per year. Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the members. WindCheck encourages reader feedback and welcomes editorial contributions in the form of stories, anecdotes, photographs, and technical expertise. Copies are available for free at 1,000+ locations (yacht clubs, marinas, marine retailers, restaurants, sailing events & transportation centers) in the Northeast. Businesses or organizations wishing to distribute WindCheck should contact us at (203) 332-7639. While WindCheck is available free of charge, we will mail your copy each month for an annual mailing fee of $29. Mail payment to: WindCheck Magazine P.O. Box 195, Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 332-7639 E-mail: WindCheck is printed on recycled paper. Member of

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Editor’s Log 4

Letters 8

Checking In 10

Forty Years of Fools! 18

In the Wake of the Schooner Yankee 19

Calendar of Events 30

Tide Tables 38

Captain of the Port 40

Sound Environment 42

The Boating Barrister 44

Book Review: Herreshoff: 45 American Masterpieces

Around Long Island Regatta Breaks 50 With Tradition

79th Edgartown Yacht Club 52 Race Weekend

10th Annual Mudnite Madness 53 Overnite Race

13th Annual YRALIS Championships 56 Regatta

Coop’s Corner 58

Comic 60

Brokerage 61

Classifieds 63

Advertisers Index 69

On Watch: Sam Greenfield 70

20 It’s Boat Show Time! With hundreds of new boats, gorgeous wooden boats and select brokerage boats on display at no fewer than six shows – in Newport, RI, Norwalk, CT and Annapolis, MD – this fall might be the perfect time to find the boat of your dreams. 24 From the Log of Argon: A Recap of Our Caribbean Cruise Many sailors wonder, but few ask: How much does it really cost to take an extended cruise? After logging 5,000 nautical miles and visiting 15 countries in 10 months, Captain Linda Perry Riera and Captain Bob Damiano have an answer, and Linda offers a look at finances, fuel, feuds and fishing. 28 Dorade Down Under! In the 1930s, a 52-foot yawl designed by 21-year-old Olin Stephens carved a niche in yacht racing history with victories in the Transatlantic, TransPacific, Newport Bermuda and Fastnet Races. Team Dorade recently bettered her original times in all four of those events, although this lovingly restored classic hadn’t visited the Southern Hemisphere until now. Kirsten Ferguson at Media Pro International reports on Dorade’s newest adventure. 46 A Pebble in a Pond: CJ Buckley and the Ripples He Created A passionate sailor who was particularly keen on team racing, CJ Buckley was just 17 when he lost his battle with brain cancer. In 2003, CJ’s teammates at East Greenwich Yacht Club and the Greenwich Bay Sailing Association started an event to honor his courage, spirit and determination. Contributing Editor Joe Cooper has the story of this inspiring regatta. 54 Fun, Friends and Family at the Lightning Women’s, Juniors’ & Masters’ North American Championships Lightning Class regattas are always a blast, and this year’s Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ NAs truly pegged the Fun-O-Meter. Ben Cesare, who crewed on Ched Proctor’s Veggie Sub in the Masters’ event, checks in from Barnegat Bay. On the cover: Yippee-yi-yay! Representing the Greenwich Bay Sailing Association, Elizabeth Amelotte (skipper) and Ada Oancea of East Greenwich, RI sailed Ghost Rider to a fourth place finish in the C420 class at the Wickford Regatta 2017, which was hosted by Wickford Yacht Club in Wickford, RI in June. © Cate Brown/

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Letters Back to Basics Editor’s note: Contributing Editor Joe Cooper’s Recommended Reading List, which appeared in our July and August issues (and can be found at, includes books that contributed to his understanding of, and approach to, making long voyages at sea. Most of these journeys were undertaken without any electronic devices for navigation or communication. If you are thinking of going off cruising, you should read all of these books because – even though today’s cruising boats are bigger and have more electronics than the sailors of the past had – to fully understand and acquire the skills they had and used will make you a more confident and competent sailor. My wife and I did our first circumnavigation in the early seventies. We had a 30-foot Allied Seawind ketch with no electronics – not even a depth sounder. We used a lead line. To navigate, we used a sextant and Rolex watch. We did have a little shortwave receiver to occasionally get the BBC time check. When we finally upgraded to a Valiant 40 and did our second circumnavigation in the late eighties/early nineties with our two young boys, we were totally confident of our skills and boat. I just don’t understand why many of today’s cruisers don’t

even carry a sextant, let alone know how to use it. What if they are hit by lightning and lose all their electronics. All cruisers should know about sailing and what it was like in the time of the Hiscocks, etc. Scott Kuhner, via email Joe Cooper replies: [This is a] gratifying letter of support from a fellow who knows his stuff. Thanks, mate! Lovin’ The Log Hi Chris, I recall meeting you at Cedar Point YC frostbiting “way back” and have always been a great admirer of your contribution to the sport through WindCheck. I am a huge reader of periodicals and I must tell you that I am drawn to your Editor’s Log and read it word for word, unlike any other publication. Graydon Carter’s in Vanity Fair is second to you. You convey a vibe and bring out the fabric of the sport in a truly wonderful way. Enhancing and building the fabric of a community’s life is a great gift to everyone. Thank you and best wishes for the future! Chris Woods, via email Chris – Wow, that’s quite a compliment! Being able to share my love for sailing with WindCheck readers every month is the best thing about my job. – CG

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Sound Sailing to the Rescue! On Wednesday, July 26, a group of students and two instructors from Sound Sailing Center in Norwalk, CT were en route to Portland, ME on the Hanse 400 Disco Volante when co-captain Wim Jessup, one of the instructors, spotted an overturned powerboat and a large group of people in the water off Wareham, MA. Jessup sent out a Mayday call while the second instructor, Sound Sailing Center President Martin van Breems, and the four adult students started a rescue operation. The class had spent the afternoon reviewing how to bring a MOB on board, using the method van Breems has written about, and were approaching the Cape Cod Canal breakwater where the strong current against the 15- to 17-knot southwesterly was kicking up steep, breaking seas. The powerboat was carrying three adults and nine children when it capsized around 4:40 pm near Hog Island Channel. “They were all screaming at us, as another boat had already passed them by,” said van Breems. “We sailed past and assured them we would be right back to pick them up, then turned upwind and got our sails down. Next we deployed our Lifesling, and dragged it over to where a group of eight kids and one adult were.” “In practicing MOB drills, of course there is typically just one person in the water. Pulling in nine people takes a fair amount of effort, so we had two or three guys pulling the Lifesling line and two guys lifting each person out of the water. In choppy seas like those the stern often pounds in the waves, so we always bring MOBs aboard amidships.” An 8-year-old boy was still unaccounted for, and two adults were in the water next to the overturned boat. “They kept screaming, ‘There’s a kid under the boat!’” said van Breems, explaining that they made the decision to get everyone else onto the Disco Volante before sending someone into the water to look for the boy. “I was going to go in, and already had my lifejacket off,” van Breems continued, “but police and harbormaster boats had arrived as we were hauling in the last kid and they took over the rescue. The kids on our boat were screaming, crying and shivering, and one was hyperventilating. They were all in bathing suits with lifejackets on, so we took them below and wrapped them in blankets. One of the rescue boats cut our Lifesling line, and was very close to us. Our motor was off at that point, so we could

not maneuver and it was of course chaotic.” The U.S. Coast Guard then arrived with a rescue boat and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. “We made the decision to get the kids we had on board to shore,” said van Breems. “With several boats on the scene, we started our motor and pulled away.” Professional diver Mike Margulis heard the distress call and was nearby, so he responded and dove under the boat. “I was reaching and searching through debris,” said Margulis. “I saw the lifejacket, and was able to get the boy from underneath a bow section.” It was Margulis’ first rescue dive. An Environmental

The crew of the Disco Volante rescued nine boaters whose boat had overturned near the Cape Cod Canal. © Sound Sailing Center

Police officer and the Marion Assistant Harbormaster performed CPR on 8-year-old Harry O’Connor, who was taken to Tobey Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Boston. He died Saturday, July 29 at Boston Children’s Hospital. None of the other boaters sustained serious injuries. Reflecting on the incident, van Breems added, “One other point which I have drilled my kids on is the importance of getting out of a lifejacket if trapped under an overturned boat, as the flotation will keep you pinned inside.” He also believes he might have been able to use the Disco Volante’s halyards to right the boat. “By laying alongside the overturned boat, wrapping the halyard outside and under the boat, it should be possible to roll the boat over,” he explained. “I intend to test this the next time Norwalk Cove Marina is cutting up a derelict motorboat – we will first launch, scuttle, and roll it over. My guess is that righting a small, semi-submerged motorboat will not be difficult, and might be a useful technique if a sailboat is on the scene as we were.” Kudos to the Disco Volante crew and the other first responders for this heroic rescue! More information about Sound Sailing Center can be found at ■

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18th Annual NARC Rally to the Caribbean

New Soundkeeper for Long Island Sound

Save the Sound has announced that William G. Lucey is Long Island Sound’s new Soundkeeper. Long Island Sound had been without its iconic on-the-water watchdog since Soundkeeper, Inc. co-founder Terry Backer passed away in late 2015. In anticipation of its upcoming merger with Soundkeeper, Inc., Save the Sound is putting the new Soundkeeper on the water.


The 18th Annual North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) will depart from Newport, RI on Saturday, October 28, or the best weather window after that date. “The NARC is the only rally that officially stops in Bermuda on the way to the Caribbean,” said NARC founder Hank Schmitt, President of Offshore Passage Opportunities in Halesite, NY. “We stay at the St. Georges Dinghy & Sports Club. Our host in St. Maarten is IGY Marina which gives us two free days dockage and 10% discount on slip fees for as long as you stay, up to and including the entire winter season.” Any seaworthy vessels heading south are welcome to join the NARC, which is free with a $100 per person fee to pay for socials. “If you are taking your boat south from New England and don’t live aboard full time, you may want to depart with our fleet since we depart 200 miles further east than the Chesapeake Bay departure port,” said Schmitt. “Since the tradewinds after Bermuda are out of the southeast, it’s better to have your easting in early. You will save time not sailing to Norfolk.” “If a boat owner prefers to sail to the BVI from Bermuda, they are welcome to do so,” Schmitt continued. “The rest of the fleet are pro skippers and crew, or sailors that do not have boats but who want to sail south as crew. We have a fleet of Swans and three boats from Rob Swain Sailing School joining the rally. If you want to sail offshore and do not have a boat, you can contact us or Rob Swain Sailing School and sign aboard as crew.” “Boats can arrive in Newport as early as October 23 and get a big discount on dockage at the Newport Yachting Center. We have a weather briefing from Weather Routing Inc. before we depart and boats can sign up for tracking using either a Spot Tracker or a Garmin Delorme unit. We have socials in Newport and Bermuda that are included in the rally fee and everyone gets a free rally t-shirt. Besides the free weather briefing, the $35 per person head tax in Bermuda is also waived.” For more information, call 1-800-472-7724, email offshorepassage@sprintmail. com, or log onto ■

Bill Lucey © Save the Sound

Lucey, a native of Wilton, CT, is a fish and wildlife biologist, a former commercial fisherman, and an experienced advocate. He led a coalition to successfully contest a timber sale on tribal lands in Alaska, lobbied federal agencies in Washington, DC, and coordinated the writing and passage of a 2017 invasive species bill in Hawaii. Most recently, he served as project manager for the Kauai Invasive Species Committee at the Research Corporation University of Hawaii. After three decades of conservation work across North America, he decided the time was right to bring his expertise back to benefit Long Island Sound.   “The woods and the waters where you grow up…it kind of gets in your blood,” said Lucey. “You never feel truly at home again until you return to your childhood habitat. A lot of progress has been made since I was younger, and I want to be a part of it.”   “We’re thrilled to welcome Bill back to Long Island Sound,” said Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound. “He has the passion, experience, and technical know-how to continue Terry’s legacy by patrolling bays and harbors around the entire Sound and by acting as the Sound’s voice in Hartford and Albany.”   In addition to regular patrols, the Soundkeeper acts an advocate, organizer, and resource. Lucey will be supported by Save the Sound’s water quality team, policy experts, communications staff and environmental attorneys who enforce the Clean Water Act. The Soundkeeper will work for a new non-profit organization that operates as a subsidiary to Save the Sound. To learn more, log onto   ■

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Salty Dawg Fall Rally™ to the Caribbean

Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, Sail Newport in Newport, RI, is celebrating a milestone in its 34-year history on Saturday, September 9 with the opening of its new Marine Education and Recreation Center at Fort Adams State Park and the launch of expanded educational programming. The Housewarming Gala, which begins at 6 pm, includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. Attire for this event is “Festive Island” (jacket, no tie).

Registration is now open for the 2017 Fall Salty Dawg Rally™ to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean destinations. Hosted by the nonprofit Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association, this rally for blue water sailors will depart, weather permitting, on November 2 from Bluewater Sailing Center in Hampton, VA and other points along the U.S. East Coast. With an emphasis on safety, communication, education and camaraderie, over 550 boats and more than 2,100 sailors have participated in Salty Dawg rallies since the organization was founded in 2011. The Fall Rally includes extensive planning and information prior to departure, and support offshore. Comprehensive checklists and reference material are provided for sailors to prepare for an offshore passage. Talks and demonstrations in Hampton include guidance and assistance from the many highly experienced sailors in the fleet. “For the first time, the U.S. Coast Guard will provide inside information on their comprehensive search and rescue techniques,” added Salty Dawg Director of Rally Management Rick Palm. “Sailors will be really amazed by this presentation.”


Due to the success of their Campaign for Blue Space, Sail Newport’s expanded endowment will enable them to provide significant financial aid to families and free programs to children enrolled in Sail Newport through community organizations and schools. Founded in 1983, Sail Newport’s mission is to promote and operate affordable public sailing instruction and to attract new sailors to the sport. Their sailing, racing and paddling programs are available to everyone. For more information and to purchase tickets, log onto and click on “Housewarming Gala.” ■


Daily briefings by weather router and forecaster Chris Parker are provided to all who register, both before departure and offshore. Daily nets and satellite tracking devices track location of vessels and offer help on any issues or questions that participants have. The Rally is able to provide this extensive range of support and services at minimal cost to participants due to the many seasoned blue water sailors who volunteer their time to staff the rally and the generously donated products, services and funds from over 40 sponsors. Headquartered in Middletown, RI, the Salty Dawg Sailing Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that hosts several rallies, rendezvous and blue water sailing seminars. Memberships are available for anyone interested in blue water sailing or long distance cruising. For more information, visit ■

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Spectra Watermakers expands Headsync’s Distributorship to New Jersey Katadyn Desalination LLC has selected Headsync, LLC, a Newport, RI-based marine service company that specializes in marine plumbing systems, as the sole distributor for Spectra Watermakers in New Jersey. This expands Headsync’s distributorship of the systems from Rhode Island southward and into New Jersey. Boaters favor Spectra Watermakers for their ease of use and energy efficiency. Headsync has extensive experience with these

systems, following a decade of service, and installations for customers throughout the Northeast. “We were serving many customers in New York already so New Jersey made perfect sense because many boaters work in New York but live in northern New Jersey,” said Bryan Cooney, Headsync LLC’s founder and president. “We can now be more effective with our regional marketing efforts, boat shows, and customer service. Mid Coast Marine will serve as Headsync’s as Spectra Watermaker dealer in southern New Jersey. Owner and president, Mark Schrenk, is already versed in the installation and service of these machines.” Spectra specializes in energyefficient desalination systems, said Cooney, and more boat owners are switching DC-powered systems. “The combination of equipment, quality workmanship, and a great group of distributors and tech support around the country makes working with Spectra a true joy for us and our customers,” he said. “To ensure our customer’s satisfaction, it’s important for us to be able to have direct contact with the company’s products we represent, and with Spectra we have it.” For more information, call Cooney at 401-619-3800, fax 401-619-3801, email bryan@, or log onto ■

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Forty Years of Fools! The 40th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta was held, for only the second time ever, on the rain date, Sunday, August 13, in Jamestown, RI. This is the largest, most enjoyable event (free to participants and spectators) held in Jamestown each summer, and is sponsored by Jamestown Yacht Club. Several hundred spectators lined the beach this year to watch the construction of 31 “vessels,” then watched their crews attempt to complete a 500-yard downwind race. “Boats” must be wind-powered, and constructed from nonmarine items within two hours on the beach the morning of the event. Past entries have been made of blocks of ice, beds, picnic tables, Perdue chicken boxes, doghouses, sandboxes, trashcans, hay bales, and even a Volkswagen, with bedsheets, tarps, umbrellas, and a trampoline used for sails. This year’s contenders included one made with sofas and another from a golf putting green attached to a barge. “Every time we think we’ve seen it all, another ingenious or silly idea surfaces,” commented one committee member. Unsurprisingly, many entries never reach the finish line…and this year two barely crossed the starting line before sinking. Ribbons are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each of five classes, with Classes 1 through 4 deterIt’s easy to see why Newport Life named this event the Best Regatta on Narragansett Bay…although we’re guessing the crew on the right was scored “DNS.” © Onne van der Wal/

We don’t know if the steering on this Homer Simpson-inspired entry actually worked, but we love the precision placement of the cooler on the “center line”…and the custom cup holders! © Onne van der Wal/

mined by the number of crew. The Unlimited class entries are crewed by five or more, and are often quite large. Three special awards are given annually. The “Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design” is named after the man who founded the regatta in 1978. “The Worst Example of Naval Architecture” is typically claimed by an entry that sinks or falls apart. The “Frank Newman Judges’ Award” is named after the former President of URI whose “vessels” always had wonderful themes. One of this year’s entries hailed from Peekskill, NY, and the others from Rhode Island (primarily Jamestown). As a celebration of the 40th year, reggae band Soulshot performed Saturday in downtown Jamestown. Chris Powell has served as “Chief Fool” since 1981, regaling the crowd with his blue blazer, red shorts, nautical socks (one green, one red) and ever-present bullhorn. This year was his last, however, and he’s turned over the title of “Chief Fool” to longtime participant Greg Hunter, whose wife Lynne is taking over publicity duties from Chris’ wife Candy. For more foolishness, log onto jyc. org/FoolsRules/ ThisYearsFoolsRules. htm. ■

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In the Wake of the Schooner Yankee Berths available for Sail to See Expedition

Where in the world do you want to sail? Elcie, a 62-foot bluewater catamaran based in the Chesapeake Bay, will depart in mid-November on an 18-month westabout circumnavigation that closely follows the route of Irving and Exy Johnson’s two schooners, both named Yankee. The well-known sailing Johnsons of Hadley, MA completed seven circumnavigations with amateur crew from 1935 to 1955. Each 18-month voyage started and ended in Gloucester, MA. The Sail to See Expedition 2017/19, led by Jessica and Richard Johnson (no relation to Irving or Exy Johnson) will visit many of the same islands and countries including remote Pitcairn Island, Tin Can Island and Southeast Asia. The voyage comprises 27 coastal and offshore legs from six to 31 days. Applications are being accepted now for expense-sharing expedition members. Elcie approaches Pitcairn Island during a previous circumnavigation. Those joining as expedition crew are expected to take part in watch © standing, sail changes, and even galley duty from time to time. man 57. Like the Yankee routes, this circumnavigation will round While prior sailing experience is a benefit, enthusiasm and eagerthe Cape of Good Hope in Africa. ness to learn are equally valued as criteria of a good shipmate. An The Sail to See Expedition will focus on educational outreach, adventurous sprit is also in order, as the route is definitely off the connecting with students and classrooms via Recently usual coconut run. accepted into the 5 Gyres Institute’s Trawlshare program, the crew With more than 50,000 nautical miles under her keels, Elcie, of Elcie will be towing a plastics collecting trawl at intervals to concustom built of aluminum in New Zealand, is a proven sailor, as tribute data to a Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution. For are her full time crew. This will be Elcie’s third trip to the Pacific more information, visit or contact Richard or andNVBY_WINDCHECK_SEPT17.qxp_Windcheck Richard and Jessica Johnson’s second circumnavigation, having 8/9/17 12:05 PM Page 1 Jessica at 410-226-6036. ■ completed one via the Red Sea between 1997-2001 on their Bow-

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It’s Boat Show Time! 47th Annual Newport International Boat Show September 14 - 17 in Newport, RI One of the largest and most prestigious boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show spans 13 acres of the City by the Sea’s downtown waterfront. Hundreds of domestic and international companies participate and offer a full range of powerboats and sailboats, plus an extensive array of marine products and services to enhance the nautical lifestyle. Special events, educational seminars and hands-on training courses for the whole family are offered throughout the show. CruiserPort University, presented by PassageMaker, SAIL, Soundings, Power & Motoryacht and the producers of TrawlerFest boat shows, returns to Newport with a seminar series designed for Northeast mariners seeking to extend their horizons. CruiserPort University: The Bluewater Edition features a package of 11 seminars to hone the offshore skills of sailors and powerboaters alike. The seminars, two and 3½ hours in length, take place Wednesday through Saturday, September 13 - 16 at the Newport Blues Café, located directly across Thames Street from the entrance to the show. You can participate in all 11 sessions over four days for $799 (includes box lunches), or purchase individual seminars priced at $75 or $150. Participants will receive certificates of completion that can lower insurance rates. Expert presenters will discuss such topics as Troubleshooting

The Newport International Boat Show kicks off the 2017 fall boat show season. ©

& Repairing Diesel Engines Underway; Offshore Weather; First Aid & Emergency Preparedness at Sea; Old School Navigation; To Bermuda, the Caribbean & Beyond; Survival at Sea; Storm Tactics: Power & Sail; and more. Further information on CruiserPort University at the Newport International Boat Show can be found at or via email at There’s nothing more valuable than hands-on training to make you a better, safer and more confident boater, and Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is once again offering their popular At the Helm courses at the show. Take the helm of a powerboat or sailboat with a professional USCG-licensed captain who will lead you through engaging lessons and strategies to help improve your confidence and ability and make your time on the water fun. All experience levels are welcome, and you’ll never feel pressured to

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buy a boat because Confident Captain instructors are professional captains, not salesmen. The courses are offered all four days of the show for both powerboat and sailboat, and are open to all show attendees. Advance online registration via the show website is recommended, as these courses sell out quickly. Presented in partnership with Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting magazines, Newport For New Products (NFNP) showcases new 2018 foreign and domestic boats and products that are making their U.S. debut at the show. “Best of ” awards are given by expert judges on Friday, recognizing creativity, innovation and practicality in nautical solutions and design. New for 2017 is a “Green” category, with awards given to one boat and one product based on the ecological benefits and features of each entry. Look for the NFNP decals and balloons signifying each new debut, and be one of the first to view and explore these exciting new models while speaking firsthand with the experts who know them best. If you’re in the market for an electric vehicle, Tesla invites you to experience their award-winning Model X and Model S at Easton’s Beach during the show. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about Tesla’s active safety and convenience features, how to charge your Tesla at home or on the road, and how an EV can fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. To make a 30-minute appointment that includes a 15-minute driving session, RSVP at event/experience-tesla-newport. Show hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Advance discount tickets are available online. Thursday, September 14 is VIP Day, and at-

tendees will receive special attention from exhibitors. VIP Day tickets are $35. Admission on Friday, Saturday or Sunday is $19 ($15 in advance). Two-day standard and VIP packages are also available. Children under 12 are free every day when accompanied by an adult, and a free shuttle bus runs between the show and Easton’s Beach. For more information, visit

Newport Brokerage Boat Show September 14 - 17 at Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI Running concurrently with the Newport International Boat Show, the Newport Brokerage Boat Show is the largest in-water display of quality brokerage yachts north of South Florida. Don’t miss the chance to view more than 100 sail and power yachts from 40 to 180 feet, represented by more than 30 brokerage firms. Admission to this show is complimentary, and you can take a water shuttle to the International Boat Show (where you’ll need to purchase a ticket for admission). For more information including a list of yachts on display, log onto

2nd Annual Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show September 14 - 17 at Bowen’s Wharf Ferry Landing Marina, Newport, RI Also concurrent with the Newport International Boat Show and the Newport Brokerage Boat Show, this event features powerboats,

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sailboats and other wooden craft from Bristol Boat Company, First Light Boatworks, Concordia Company, Arey’s Pond, Newport Nautical Timbers, McMillen Yachts, IYRS School of Technology & Trades, the Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation’s replica of Ernest Hemingway’s 1934 sportfishing boat Pilar (handicap accessible), and others. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Come enjoy live Caribbean Music and a waterfront bar where proceeds support a local non-profit organization. For more details, visit or check Facebook for “Newport Wooden Boat Show.”

42nd Annual Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show September 21 - 24 at Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk, CT The Northeast’s premier boat show offers something for boaters of every stripe, with educational seminars, boat handling workshops, on-the water demos, entertainment, special attractions, kids’ activities, and more. For seminars taught by professional captions from the Annapolis School of Seamanship, head to the Boat Confident tent to learn practical skills and get one-on-one advice. Down on the docks, the Boat Confident training boat will be in the water for hourly docking demonstrations, clinics and hands-on training. If you want to learn what it takes to maintain, repair or

upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center. These free DIY seminars will cover a variety of topics, and will include demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Be sure to come with projects and questions to discuss – and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. If you’d like to Try Power Boating, relax and enjoy a free ride on Long Island Sound aboard a bowrider, compliments of Rex Boating Club. In the Try It Cove, you and your family can try stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. Three Belles Outfitters will offer demos, or you can relax on the Solstice Floating Dock. Tropical troubadour Eric Stone will be performing from 11 am to 7 pm daily in the Water Club Lounge, playing his unique blend of rock, pop and country inspired by the islands and his love of the water. At the Kids’ Create a Boat workshop, young attendees can build a one-of-a-kind nautical masterpiece, and in the Kids’ Boating booth they can navigate a mini lake in a paddleboat (life jackets are supplied). Perhaps best of all, they’ll have an opportunity on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm to meet the girl who is determined, positive, helpful, caring and always ready for adventure, Dora the Explorer! Show hours are 10 am to 7 pm daily. Adult tickets are $15, and ages 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information including seminar and special event schedules, and to save $2 by purchasing tickets in advance, visit

48th Annual United States Sailboat Show October 5 - 9 at City Dock, Annapolis, MD For nearly half a century, sailors from around the globe have traveled to historic downtown Annapolis each fall for the world’s largest, most prestigious, and oldest in-water sailboat show. The First Sail Workshop, sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows, Beneteau America, the American Sailing Association and SailTime, is a hands-on workshop designed for beginning sailors. You’ll experience the joy of sailing on a Beneteau First 22 with a certified instructor. The Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar, sponsored by Two Can Sail, Blue Water Sailing, SeaTech Systems, Massey Yachts and Weems & Plath, is a forum in which Team Jeff & Jean will share the knowledge they have gained in the unique aspects that are found with one couple on a cruising boat, and their experience from over 60 combined years of cruising, racing and teaching couples. Blue Water Sailing presents the Mahina Offshore Cruising Seminar, an all-day workshop created to help you save years and thousands of dollars as you prepare for your cruising adventures. The Catamaran Cruising Seminar presented by Multihulls Quarterly will help you go from talking about buying a catamaran to living aboard your dream yacht. The Make Your Escape seminar, presented by Cruising World, comprises six workshops designed to help you make your cruise a reality. If you’re looking for the sailboat of your dreams, the Take the yanmar_dealer_ad_7x4.75_windcheck_Layout 1 6/11/15 3:43 PM

Wheel Interactive Workshop/Boat Demo is an opportunity for couples to try the boats of their choice, compare one against the other, and narrow the search for your new boat. Additionally, The Annapolis School of Seamanship and Chesapeake Bay magazines are presenting a series of Free Seminars on Sailing for novices and experienced sailors alike. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm Thursday (VIP Preview Day), 10 am to 6:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 am - 5 pm Monday. All tickets are $35 on Thursday, and adult tickets are $18 on Friday through Monday. Tickets for children ages 7 - 12 are $5, and kids 6 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit

46th Annual United States Powerboat Show October 12 - 15 at City Dock, Annapolis, MD You’ll find everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines at the world’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat show, including the largest power catamaran section in the world. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm Thursday (VIP Preview Day), 10 am to 6:30 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. All tickets are $35 on Thursday, and adult tickets are $18 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children’s tickets are $5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and kids 6 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit Page 1 ■

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Activities (including tours) $200 Weather routing for offshore passages $120 Boat insurance, documentation & taxes $600 Total monthly cruising spend rate $4,160 Non-cruising expenses Medical insurance $900 Storage unit $220 Cell phone $300

From the Log of Argon: A Recap of Our Caribbean Cruise Finances, Fuel, Feuds and Fishing By Captain Linda Perry Riera Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a series of dispatches from Linda and Captain Bob Damiano, who recently completed the island portion of their one-year sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 and are now back in New England waters. Ten months, 5,000 nautical miles, 15 countries, 80 harbors. One broken collarbone, one clogged head, and one seized up water pump. Hundreds of cruising friends met. This trip has been an unbelievable adventure in so many ways. Below are some more data and figures of our extended cruise. Many wonder, few ask: How much does a trip like this cost? There is a range of how to approach an extended cruise from a lifestyle and thus financial perspective, and scant specific information out there. During our planning phase I would read Beth Leonard’s The Voyagers Handbook in the evenings (while sprawling on my king-sized bed…Ooohh, to sleep on a big bed again; I digress). Beth’s book is a wonderful resource for learning about passage planning, watch keeping, anchoring, sail handling, living aboard, etc. A particularly interesting section is devoted to finances and is highly recommended for anyone considering an extended cruise. Below is an estimation of our monthly and total spend. Monthly cruising expenses Groceries & staples $650 Eating out $1,100 Fuel $90 On land transportation (rental cars, cabs, bike rentals) $80 Customs & immigration fees (variable) $180 Docking & moorings $300 Laundry $40 Connectivity & local data $300 Boat parts & charts $300 Miscellaneous clothes & stuff $200

Total non-cruising monthly spend rate $1,420 Total monthly spend (cruising & non-cruising) $5,580 Total for 10 months (cruising & non-cruising) $55,800 Ad hoc hits (10-month totals; not monthly) Broken collarbone (most definitely out-of-network) $1,600 Travel visits with kids $7,000 Travel home to Boston (Bob once, Linda twice) $2,000 Crew expenses for long offshore passages $1,800 Total ad hoc spend $12,400 Total cost for 10 months (exclusive of pre-trip preps) $68,200 Disclaimer: We started off with an extremely ready, seaworthy vessel (and lots of up front investment into it). Many cruisers we met along the way had older vessels and needed to spend more time and money fixing things along the way.

Our luck with catching mahi increased further into our travels. ©

Our monthly burn rate was a bit higher than we initially forecasted, mainly driven by: Data/connectivity Our (aka Bob’s) need for data due to his job is definitely much more than that of the average cruiser. And we have accumulated half a terabyte of photos and videos to upload.

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Eating out One can certainly spend less by cooking aboard vs. eating out as much as we did, but we enjoy experiencing the islands by visiting lots of different restaurants and eateries.   Trips The visits with the boys were fantastic, and I am very grateful for the special time with them in gorgeous locations. In hindsight, we would have chosen less expensive locales. Two of the three countries we selected for visits, Bermuda and Turks & Caicos, were extremely expensive. Docking more than planned (vs. anchoring which is free) Dock fees varied widely, from $40 to $160 per night. (The lower priced docks were only basic tie-ups with no electricity or water.) Sometimes we docked to be more secure in high winds, or to be able to get shore power to run the air conditioner a bit (to dry out the boat more than to cool it), and to give Argon an occasional good exterior washing. We extended dock time in St. Maarten to give Bob’s collarbone some time to heal and in Turks & Caicos due to bad weather and waiting for boat parts. Some added notes about spending Boat insurance Many cruisers deem this optional or too expensive, and opt out. Some marinas require insurance for dockage. I suspect shipyards will also require it if a haulout is needed. Our insurance premium was quite high due to our scant offshore experience prior to the trip and the associated dangers with the long offshore passages (and shorthanded crew). In the future, our premiums should be less as our experience is now much more robust.

We logged 5,000 nautical miles on our 10-month voyage. ©

Medical insurance Many cruisers are a bit older than we are and seem to have medical insurance either through their retirement package and/or Medicare (if they’re from the U.S.) or national insurance, of course, if from outside the U.S. We both purchased private, basic policies through the healthcare exchange last year and planned to mostly pay out of pocket for minor needs.

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Entering the Cape Cod Canal on the last leg of the journey home ©

Income Bob continued working remotely throughout the trip (more than planned at about 20 to 30 hours per week), which helped address the ad hoc hits and lessen the savings drain. I had put aside $40,000 from my savings prior to the trip. This is gone; time for me to get back to work, I guess. (I left my job in July 2016.) YouTube sailing channel and ad revenue from blog: Well, we are not popular enough to make more than a couple of dollars a month here…yet. Cost of Cruising vs. Cost of Living on Land This is a discussion Bob and I have had several times when we estimate the cost of this trip. The above representation does not compare the expenses of living on land in a house and weekend boating expenses to the cost of living aboard and setting off on an extended cruise. Many of the expenses above would have been incurred even if we had not been cruising (groceries, eating out, boat parts, cell phones as well as many of the boat-related expenses). In addition, we have not been spending money for a year or more on the following: • Personal cars and associated insurance, maintenance, gas, repairs • Home mortgage, taxes, insurance, maintenance and repairs • Accumulating stuff to fill and replenish home • Summer dockage, haulout and winter storage  I guess one might be able to rationalize that we saved money on this trip. :-) Fuel There are a few reasons why most long distance cruisers are in

sailboats, not powerboats: (1) sea steadiness/handling in big waters; (2) cost of fuel; and (3) travel distance with available fuel. We strive to sail as much as possible, but firing up the diesel is necessary when winds have died as well as for motoring into and out of harbors. In addition, the alternator on the diesel engine will charge our batteries when the solar panels can not keep up, such as when we were in higher latitudes (last fall) and when there were extended periods of overcast. We consumed 270 gallons of diesel overall. We track our diesel fuel consumption rate to ensure we know our range on a tank of fuel. At 0.8 gallon per hour, we can run the engine for 96 hours. Depending on conditions, this would yield a range of about 675 nautical miles. This is important to know for extended offshore trips, should the need to motor rise substantially. Our most efficient trip may have been from Hampton, VA to Bermuda (650 nautical miles) using only about 0.6 gallons diesel, which translates to 2,247 miles per gallon (I’m feeling very green). However, total gallons consumed these past ten months were 270, which for a 5,000-nautical mile trip translates to 21 miles per gallon. Diesel prices ranged from a high of $7.91 per gallon in Antigua to lows around $2.60 in North Carolina. Our total spend was about $850 on diesel and about $50 on gasoline for the dinghy. Other than renting a car a few times, we had no automobile expenses this past year. Feuds and Fights  Bob = Introvert, Mr. Fix-It, keen attention to detail and safety, anxiety prone Linda = Extrovert, big picture, optimistic, not anxious enough Both = Love sailing, Argon, and each other As friends have commented, Bob and I most definitely find our chi best when sailing. However, there have been a few times during this trip when we butted heads and both wanted nothing more than to get away from each other. Two of these times, we were kind of stuck on the boat and I was unable to easily stomp off and away. Argon feels very tiny at times. Fishing Our early fishing success was attributed to Smitty, our third crew person for the six-day Bermuda to Antigua passage. This would be followed by a couple of months of being skunked before starting to get hits and bring in mahi, wahoo and barracuda, starting around the waters of Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, and throughout the Bahamas. It is customary not to eat barracuda in particular as they can be infected with ciguatera, so we carefully

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plied out the lure and threw these mean guys back. Another Project Management Spreadsheet We lived by a multi-tab spreadsheet the 18 or so months prior to our trip, to help us organize the many things to do, to buy and to learn. Now we have started a new log of projects to tackle this winter, complete with cost estimates, due dates, and completion statuses. Below are a few items on the list. Upgrades Reacher fairlead car adjusters; rope clutch replacement (started recently in Mystic); add solar panel (Solbian 50W) and controller – this will increase our (theoretical) power generation from 335 to 385; DC to AC converter; aft cabin shelves; nav station instruments; top down furler for spinnaker (not sure); ground tackle (increase from 100 to 150 feet of chain); compass light re-wiring to separate breaker, etc. Maintenance and Replacements Sails (main, jib and genoa) washed, inspected and repaired; canvas cleaned and treated; new sail cover; brightwork (teak cap rails, cockpit table, dorade box covers, etc.) and interior floor varnishing; dinghy outboard engine servicing; dinghy cleaning and proactive patching; galley faucet (done); head hoses (yuk); move stern light; gooseneck inspection and new bolts, etc. But wait, it’s only September! We have the rest of the season to spend enjoying the New England waters, so not to much

Although $68,000 sounds like a lot, this was our total expenditure for 10 months of living…Intense living filled with unique adventure, travel, challenge and beauty. It was worth every penny. And we still like each other. ©

attention to this spreadsheet just yet! ■ Captain Linda Perry Riera and Captain Bob Damiano are the owners and operators of All Hands Sailing Charters, LLC in Boston, MA ( You can follow Linda and Bob’s journey (and view their very well produced videos) at

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Dorade Down Under!

A classic S&S yawl continues her winning ways By Kirsten Ferguson, Media Pro International The 86-year-old Sparkman & Stephens yacht Dorade made yacht racing history in the 1930s, and holds a competitive edge over her modern counterparts to this day. The 52-foot wooden yawl arrived in Brisbane, Australia in July to begin putting her fabled reputation to the test with the “Dorade Down Under” campaign. The ambitious program comprises seven races off the southern coast of Australia, including the formidable Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December. “Back in her heyday, Dorade’s success was unparalleled by any other yacht’s on the circuit, and for us it’s all about preserving that legacy and integrity and proving that she can race at the same level as the new grand prix yachts and be competitive,” said Skipper Matt Brooks, who has co-owned Dorade with his wife Pam Rorke Levy since 2010. Prior to the Dorade Down Under campaign, the duo and their crew enjoyed success in their “Return to Blue Water” campaign where the goal was to repeat all of the major ocean races the yacht had won in the 1930s (Transatlantic, Newport Bermuda, Fastnet and TransPacific). The team not only bettered Dorade’s original times in all four events, but

Precious cargo! Dorade traveled to Australia on a yacht transport ship. © Rasmus Bregenhoj

Modern racing yachts simply cannot match Dorade in terms of beauty, and after nearly nine decades she’s still eminently capable of giving them a view of her lovely transom. © Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

also reached the podium at each one. “What sets this year’s campaign apart from our past endeavors with Dorade is the fact that this is the first time the yacht has ever been to this hemisphere,” added Brooks. “We are taking to new waters, literally, and though Dorade has raced in almost every major ocean race in the world, this will be the first time for her and for us to take on the Sydney Hobart Race.”   Celebrating its 73rd anniversary this year, the Rolex Sydney Hobart is a little more than a decade younger than Dorade and is considered by many to be one of the hardest races in the world to win, with competitors going up against big seas and tricky conditions in some of the toughest areas of ocean. “Staying competitive is no small feat and it requires building a top-level team of professionals both on and off the water as well as months and months of preparation for the boat and the crew of sailors racing it,” said Brooks. “Our approach with Dorade is the same as any other professional modern racing team.” Before making it to Australia, Team Dorade was hard at work on the West Coast preparing the yacht and undergoing sea trials with the crew. The team also raced in a number of races, including the SoCal 300 and the Newport to Ensenada Race, where Dorade took first and second in her class, respectively. For the SoCal 300, the team brought on famous Australian navigator Adrienne Cahalan, a Volvo Ocean Race veteran, who has won the Rolex Sydney Hobart four times. For the Newport to Ensenada Race, Team Dorade was joined by Matt Wachowicz, an America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran. “The purpose of racing in these two events was to give our crew as close a test to the Sydney Hobart Race as possible, which can be light and tricky as well as full-on heavy air,” said Dorade Tactician Kevin Miller, adding that the races helped the crew get familiar with the boat and get a feel for everyone’s strengths and weaknesses onboard. “Both Adrienne and Matt were there to help us narrow our focus on the areas of concern. The boat is strong and we didn’t have to make any major changes, but it was just learning how to use Dorade’s qualities to

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help us in Australia.” Team Dorade kicked off this campaign on August 4 with the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race. Later that month, Dorade headed to the Whitsunday Islands for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week followed by the Gaffers Day Race, the Bass Island Race, and the Bird Island Race in Sydney in October and November. The campaign wraps up with its pinnacle event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, which starts on Boxing Day (December 26).   Designed in 1929 by 21-yearold Olin Stephens and built by the Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, NY under his younger brother Rod Stephens’ supervision, Dorade’s revolutionary design – a deep keel with external ballast, an achingly narrow beam of just 10’3”, and a generous sail plan – took the yachting world by storm, quickly establishing the Stephens brothers as two of the sport’s most gifted innovators.  In 1931 the brothers raced Dorade in the Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island to Plymouth, England, competing against much larger boats owned by some of the world’s wealthiest sportsmen and crewed by veteran sailors. An upset

Unloading in Brisbane © Rasmus Bregenhoj

victory that made headlines around the world, Dorade was the first boat to finish by a margin of more than two days.  In the decade that followed, she continued topping the charts in some of the world’s most renowned offshore events, including overall victories in the Fastnet, in both 1931 and 1933, and the TransPacific Race in 1936. After purchasing Dorade, Brooks and Rorke Levy spent a year restoring her to original condition before the Return to Blue Water campaign. That campaign was successful beyond their wildest dreams, with Dorade winning the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race overall on corrected time, 77 years after she won that race for the first time. The campaign wrapped up with stellar performances by an all-star crew, placing second in class in an exceptionally rough and windy 2,800-mile Transatlantic Race 2015, followed by second in class in the Rolex Fastnet Race, where Dorade finished 7th overall out of 356 boats. For more information, visit or follow Dorade on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ■

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Calendar 2017 SEPTEMBER Ongoing through October River Cruises Aboard Onrust Enjoy a river excursion (1.5 hours) or a sunset cruise (2 hours) aboard a replica of Adriaen Block’s historic vessel. Fee includes museum admission. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; Reservations: 860-7678269; 2 FIYC ‘Round Island Race This circumnavigation of Fishers Island is an ECSA points event that’s open to PHRF boats, IODs, Ensigns, Watch Hill 15s, J/70s, and other classes by invitation. Fishers Island Yacht Club, Fishers Island, NY; 2 92nd Annual Stratford Shoal Race This event is open to all boats with current handicap certificates that also comply with YRA of LIS minimum equipment recommendations. PHRF Spinnaker boats sail a course to Stratford Shoal and back; PHRF Non-Spinnaker boats sail a course to cable and Anchor Reef and back. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY; 2 Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise Venture out on the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s hybridelectric research vessel Spirit of the Sound™ for an close-up look at eight historic lighthouses: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge, Sheffield Island, Harbor Ledge, Great Captain Island (pictured), Execution Rocks, Sands Point, Stepping Stones and Eaton’s Neck. Maritime Aquarium educators will offer details, histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out visiting winter waterfowl. Binoculars will be provided. The vessel has a climate-controlled cabin, but the best view’s on

deck so bring plenty of warm clothes. Passengers must be over 42” tall. The 7-hour cruise departs at 9am. $75 ($65 for Aquarium members); advance reservations are required. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT; 203-852-0700, ext. 2206;


3 90th Annual Conanicut YC Around the Island Race The oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay, this race around Conanicut Island is open to all sailboats with a PHRF of NB rating. Conanicut Yacht Club, Jamestown, RI:; 3 Onne van der Wal Photography Workshop on the Water: Around the Island Race Onne will give a guided photographic tour aboard the M/V Gansett, shooting Narragansett Bay’s oldest continuing yacht race. 3 - 7:30pm; $595 includes a meal (lobster roll or turkey club), beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & a swag bag ($50 discount for returning students). Limited to 15 photographers; reserve at 401-849-5556 or gallery@; 3 4th Annual Providence Paddle Battle A fundraiser for Clean Ocean Access, this SUP race starts and finishes in the Seekonk River. East Providence Yacht Club, East Providence, RI;

6 - 10/25 Sailing For Veterans The goal of this class, taught by Brehan Brady, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and a rigger at Mystic Seaport, is to build camaraderie among veterans of all eras and services.Vets will learn how to sail, have the opportunity to row a whaleboat and learn about the history of the sea through the historic vessels at Mystic Seaport. Wednesdays from 5:30 7:30pm; $175 for Mystic Seaport members ($200 non-members; scholarships are available); Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; to register, contact Rebecca Shea at rebecca.shea@mysticseaport. org or 860-572-5322, ext. 1;

8 - 10 C&C Northeast Rendezvous Mitchell Park Marina, Greenport, NY;

7 Singles Under Sail Social Meeting On the first Thursday of every month, single sailors and “wanna-be” sailors get together to meet skippers and crew of this adventurous, Norwalk, CT-based sailing club. 6pm; Peaches, 7 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT;

8 - 10 4th Annual Mystic Eats This riverside food festival features great menu selections from over 25 of Mystic’s premier eateries, beer & wine, live music by Green Tea, Sugar, Rock n’ Soul Revue, Sunday Gravy and others, kids karaoke by JPO Productions and other family entertainment, and more. Cottrell Street, Mystic, CT;

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. 7pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; shorelinesailingclub. com 8 PYC Falkner Island Overnight Race Pequot Yacht Club, Southport, CT; 8 Michael Cavanaugh Memorial Golf Tournament This Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association event honors a Past Commodore of the Mudheads and the Mystic River Yacht Club, and a percentage of proceeds will go to ALS research. 12pm; Pequot Golf Club, Stonington, CT; Greg Gilmartin:;

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8 - 10 40th Annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival Attractions include a New England Seaport Village, harbor tours, historic and working vessels, arts & crafts, barbecue competition, oyster shucking competition, Pirate’s Coast Adventure, Kids’ Cove, live music by Sawyer Fredericks, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Ricky Byrd & Deuces Wild, and more.Veteran’s Memorial Park, Norwalk, CT;

9 8th Annual Village Cup Regatta Hosted by Port Jefferson Yacht Club in collaboration with the Village of Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Conservancy, this PHRF regatta supports pancreatic cancer research and palliative care at Mather Hospital and the Lustgarten Foundation’s mission to eradicate the disease. Port Jefferson, NY;


9 63rd Annual Winkle Cup Centerport Yacht Club, Centerport, NY; 9 49th Annual Katrina Cup Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; 9 HBC Invitational This ECSA points event is open to all boats with a valid ECSA PHRF certificate. Housatonic Boat Club, Stratford, CT; Lee Henchman: 203-668-5940;; 9 Captain Island Race Douglaston Yacht Squadron, Douglaston, NY;

10 52nd Annual ValeurJensen Denmark Stamford Race Presented by the Stamford Yacht Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Stamford Sail & Power Squadron and the Consulate General of Denmark, this event is open to boats with PHRF or IRC ratings and classic boats (over 25 years old). Other boats of one-design or level racing classes are also eligible and may race in accordance with class rules. The race will have starts for non-spinnaker classes, as well as courses for Multihulls 18’ LOA and over. Sail like a Dane! Stamford, CT; Ray Redniss: 203-348-3710; rredniss@;

9 DIYC Laser Regatta Duck Island Yacht Club, Westbrook, CT; 9 About Boating Safety Completion of this 8-hour class, presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3, satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for a Safe Boating Certificate and PWC Certificate. Family participation is encouraged. 8am; Flotilla 24-3 Training Center, Milford, CT; 860-663-5505; skperrone@; *All students will need to get a State of CT Conservation ID number before taking the course.Visit to register for a free ID number. 9 & 10 133rd Annual Shattemuc Open Regatta & Dinner This Hudson River Yacht Racing Association PHRF event is hosted by Shattemuc Yacht Club. Ossining, NY;; 9 & 10 Harry Anderson Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Yale and sailed in FJs and Z420s. Branford, CT;

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10 & 11 Lorna Whittelsley Women’s Regatta This event is sailed in Ideal 18s. Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; 11 Electronic Navigation Seminar This advanced seminar is presented by the Neptune Power Squadron. 7pm; $120; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Northport, NY; Philip Quarles: 631-824-7128; boated.;; 12 America’s Boating Course This boating safety class is presented by the Smithtown Bay Power Squadron. 7:30pm; $50; Hauppauge High School, Hauppauge, NY; Allan S. Hiltunen: 631-265-6561; achilt@;;

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Greenwich, CT; Shelia Graves:;

14 - 17 47th Annual Newport International Boat Show Hundreds of new sailboats & powerboats will be on display, along with thousands of products & services from domestic & international exhibitors. Newport, RI; © Allen Clark/


14 - 17 Newport Brokerage Boat Show More than 100 select sailboats and powerboats from 40 to 140 feet presented by over 30 brokerage firms will be on display Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI; 14 - 17 Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show Attractions at this unique event include a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s 1934 sportfisher Pilar. Bowen’s Ferry Landing Marina, Newport, RI; 15 & 16 80th Annual Fall Off Soundings Club Fall Race Series This ECSA points event comprises a race from New London, CT to Gardiners Bay, NY on Friday and course racing on Saturday. 15 & 16 8th Annual Indian Harbor Classic Yacht Regatta This event is hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club and sponsored by Atlantis WeatherGear, Goslings Rum, Ella Vickers and WoodenBoat Magazine. 32 September 2017 WindCheck Magazine

15 - 18 58th Annual Roton Point Multihull Regatta Sponsored by Goslings Rum, this New England Catamaran Sailing Association-sanctioned event has separate starts (with sufficient entries) for Hobies, F20s, F-18s, A-Class & Open Class (Portsmouth), and a beach party at the most beautiful park on Long Island Sound. Roton Point Sailing Association, Rowayton, CT; 16 Brent C. Donahue Cross Sound Race Honoring the memory of a great sailor and a friend to all, this distance race is hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club. Bridgeport, CT; 16 LHYC Fall Series at Target Rock Huntington, NY; Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; 16 International Coastal Cleanup More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers in this Ocean Conservancy event last year. To help turn the tide on trash and fight for a healthy ocean, visit 16 Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruise This 5-hour cruise aboard the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s hybrid-electric research vessel Spirit of the Sound will make close passes by five

cons: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge, Sheffield Island, Penfield Reef, and Stratford Shoal. Maritime Aquarium educators will offer details, histories and anecdotes about the lighthouses, and also point out visiting winter waterfowl. Binoculars will be provided. The vessel has a climate-controlled cabin, but the best view’s on deck so bring plenty of warm clothes. Passengers must be over 42” tall. The 5-hour cruise departs at 10am. $70 ($60 for Aquarium members); advance reservations are required. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT; 203-852-0700, ext. 2206; 16 & 17 Storm Trysail & Riverside Yacht Club Long Island Sound Championship Riverside Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; 16 & 17 Nevins Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and sailed in FJs, 420s & Lasers. Kings Point, NY;

16 & 17 Stu Nelson Women’s This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Connecticut College and sailed in FJs. New London, CT; 17 26th Annual Coastweeks Regatta This rowing event for singles, doubles & fours is part of the annual Mystic Weekend of Rowing. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT;

and Save the Sound to monitor the health of Long Island Sound. 7:30pm; $10; DoubleTree Hotel, 789 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT; 21 - 24 41st Annual Norwalk Boat Show There’s something for every boater at this show. Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk, CT;

17 Women’s Invitational Mendez Trophy This event is sailed in Ideal 18s. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; 17 Singles Under Sail Program Meeting: Everybody loves oxygen, even FISH! Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, will discuss how volunteer “Sound Sleuths” are collecting water samples in bays and harbors as part of a collaborative initiative of Soundkeeper

juried show commemorates America’s maritime heritage. Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery; Mystic, CT; 860-572-5388;; 23 2nd Annual American Yacht Club Leukemia Cup Regatta This event combines the joy of sailing with the important task of raising money to find a cure for blood cancers. American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; 23 16th Annual Red Lobdell Memorial Regatta This ECSA points race is open to all boats over 20 feet LOA. Stonington Harbor Yacht Club; Stonington, CT;


22 - 12/31 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition
& Sale Showcasing the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world, this

23 12th Annual Heritage Cup Classic Yacht Regatta
 This event is hosted by the Hempstead Harbour Club. Glen Cove, NY: Mike Emmert: GoldenI37@; hempsteadharbourclub. com/racing/heritagecup

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23 Cross Sound Challenge Hosted by Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, this ECSA points event has a course length of approximately 15 miles. Essex, CT; 23 Fall Race Around Prudence Island This Narragansett Bay Yacht Racing Association event is co-hosted by the Twenty Hundred Club and Quonset Davisville Navy Yacht Club. 23 WSC Last Chance Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Windjammers Sailing Club. Milford, CT; 23 & 24 JY15 North Americans Duck Island Yacht Club, Westbrook, CT;

23 & 24 28th Annual East End Seaport Maritime Festival Presented by the East End Seaport Museum & Maritime Foundation, this event features classic boats on display and racing, a parade, live music, ship tours, children’s activities, arts & crafts, pirates, whaleboat and kayak races, fireworks, a clam chowder contest and more. Greenport, NY;

23 & 24 and 9/30 & 10/1 AYC Fall Series This twoweekend event is hosted by American Yacht Club. Rye, NY; 24 39th Annual Bud Humphrey Memorial Race This circumnavigation of Prudence Island is hosted by Barrington Yacht Club. Barrington, RI; 24 MYC Last Chance Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Milford Yacht Club. Milford, CT;


23 & 24 Hood Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Tufts and sailed in Larks. Medford, MA;

of Vehicles. 9am - 4pm; Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; carshow@;

24 NBYC End of the Summer Regatta This PHRF distance race is hosted by New Bedford Yacht Club. South Dartmouth, MA; 24 20th Annual By Land & By Sea: Antique Vehicle Show Pre-1930 cars, trucks & motorcycles and a Grand Parade

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26 America’s Boating Course This boating safety class is presented by the South Shore Power Squadron. 7pm; $60; Freeport High School, Freeport, NY; Margaret C. Widman: 631669-3821;;; 27 America’s Boating Course This boating safety class is presented by the Oyster Bay Power Squadron. 7:30pm; $75; Syosset

High School, Syosset, NY; Thomas Peltier: 516-987-9715;;; 27 America’s Boating Course This boating safety class is presented by the South Shore Power Squadron. 7pm; $60; East Meadow High School, East Meadow, NY; Margaret C. Widman: 631-669-3821;;;

Association, this circumnavigation of Shelter Island around government marks is open to monohulls 22 feet LOA and up and multihulls 16 feet LOA and up. New Suffolk, NY; Steve Weiss:;

30 Sail For Hope Founded after the events of September 11, 2001 and hosted by Sail Newport, this event includes an 18-mile race around Conanicut Island and ‘round-the-buoys racing for J/22s and other onedesigns. To date, Sail For Hope has raised over $1,000,000 for various charities. Newport, RI;

30 & 10/1 Fontelieu Regatta All Thistle, Lightning and Flying Scot sailors are invited to sail in this event. Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT;

30 Whitebread 24 Organized by the Peconic Bay Sailing

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tercollegiate regatta is hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and sailed in FJs & 420s. New London, CT;

30 DIYC Daylight Distance Race This ECSA double points event is hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club. Westbrook, CT;

30 & 10/1 14th Jesuit Open This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Fordham University and sailed in 420s. City Island, NY; 30 & 10/1 Danmark Trophy This in-

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OCTOBER 2 Engine Maintenance Seminar This course is presented by the Neptune Power Squadron. 7pm; $120; Brittania Yachting Center, Northport, NY; Philip Quarles: 631-824-7128;;;

5 37th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard This event, presented by the Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, honors brave USCG personnel from around the country. 6:30 - 10pm; Times Square Marriott Marquis, New York, NY; 5 America’s Boating Course This boating safety class is presented by the Oyster Bay Power Squadron. 7:30pm; $75; Roslyn High School, Roslyn, NY; Thomas Peltier: 516-987-9715; TJP98@;; 5-9 48th Annual United States Sailboat Show The nation’s oldest and largest inwater boat show. Annapolis, MD;

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5 & 19 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. 7pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; 6 The Greenport Ocean Race & The Greenport Bay Race In addition to a course around Block Island, this popular event has two shorter courses to Block and back without rounding it, as well as a bay race around Robins and Shelter Islands. Greenport, NY; register at 7 The Gearbuster IHYC’s 62nd Annual Stratford Shoal

Race has PHRF, IRC & Doublehanded divisions and two courses: Greenwich, CT around Stratford Shoal and back and a shorter course to Eaton’s Neck and back for Non-Spinnaker boats. Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; 7 37th Annual William K. Vanderbilt II Cup This event traditionally includes PHRF Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker Classes, One-Design and Club Class divisions. Centerport Yacht Club, Centerport, NY;

Club, Essex, CT; 7&8 14th Annual American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta In addition to J/70s, Viper 640s, RS K6s, 5O5s, 49ers, 49erFXs, Fireballs and any other centerboard dinghies with a Portsmouth number of 86.3 or less, this perennial fall favorite now welcomes I420s, Waszps, UFOs and Moths. American Yacht Club, Rye, NY;; register at

7 34th Annual Mitchell Columbus Day Regatta This PHRF non-spinnaker pursuit race from Newport to Block Island is hosted by Newport Yacht Club. 7 The Thomas S. Willets Race This race honors the memory of EYC Past Commodore Tom Willets, Jr. Essex Yacht

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the University of Rhode Island and sailed in FJs. Kingston, RI; 7&8 Storm Trysail Foundation Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta North America’s largest collegiate regatta features more than 40 college teams duking it out on big boats. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; 7-9 Chowder Days Taste delectable chowder and seafood specialties, seasonal desserts and beer, wine and apple cider, and enjoy live music, horse & carriage rides, games, a scarecrow activity, face painting and crafts in the Children’s Museum. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 8 Columbus Day Regatta Co-hosted by Windjammers Sailing Club, Milford Yacht Club and Housatonic Boat Club, this is an ECSA points event. Milford,


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only public maritime high school. Racing starts at 1:30pm; Post-Re11am; Mystic Seaport, Mystic, gatta BASH 6 - 9pm; Governor’s CT;New 860-572-5322; Island, York, NY; to purchase spectator & Post-Regatta BASH

8 14 & 15 Bowen’s Wharf 27th 56th Gearbuster - PHRF, IRC & Fontelieu Series - Cedar Point Annual Seafood Festival Double-handed classes; GreenYacht Club, Westport, CT; Honoring the “Harvest of the 10 - 15 tickets, visit harborschoolrewich, CT around Stratford Shoal Sea,” this family event features 28th Annual Great Chesa- 14 To sponsor and back (plus a new shorter fresh local seafood, live music, Thomas Clark Memorial peake Bay Schooner Race event or sail in the Regatta, course for Non-Spinnaker fleet); 2 127-mile sprint from Bal- theRace 1 & This face painting, interactive water Essex Corinthian Yacht contact; Indian Harbor Yachttouch Club, GreenAYCtimore, Fall Series (second weekand art activities, tanks Club, Essex, CT; MD to Portsmouth,VA wich, CT; John Bainton: 203-869end)supports - American Yacht Club, Rye, and more, and the 200-foot Olithe Chesapeake Bay 2484;; NY;Foundation. ver Hazard Perry will be dockside 14 6 -Thundermug 10 for boarding. Bowen’s Wharf, Regatta This United States Sailboat Show 2 12 - 15 Newport, RI; ECSA points event is hosted by 8 MD;Yacht Duck Island Club. U.S. Cup Match Racing Cham- Annapolis, Heritage Regatta & RenTom Memorial us-sailboat-show/home 14 Willetts & 15 and 21 Regatta Westbrook, CT; pionship Oakcliff Sailing, dezvous - This event for classic This event is part of the Tri-Club 39th Annual Manhasset Oyster Bay, Bill Simon: 516yachts is part of NY; the WoodenBoat BaySeries. Fall Essex Series Spinnaker & 802-0368; 7 -14 10 & 15 River Corinthian Regatta Series.bsimon@oakcliffsailHempstead HarNon-Spinnaker Yale Columbus Women’s Mitchell Day Regatta Yacht Club, Essex,classes; CT; Manhasbor; Club, Glen Cove, NY; Mike set Bay Yacht Club, Port Washference intercollegiate Newport YachtThis Club, Newport, Emmert: 516-647-3105; ington, NY; regatta is hosted by Yale Univer12 15 RI; 401-846-9410;; sity and sailed in Z420s & FJs. 46th Annual United 8 16 Columbus New World ReBranford, CT; V15 States Powerboat Show America’s Boating Course City Dock, Annapolis, MD; 8 gatta - Cedar Point Yacht Club, 2 This boating safety class is pre14 & 15 Whitebread XVIII - Organized by Westport, CT; Cows Trophy Race - Stamford sented by the 34th Annual Oyster Festhe Peconic Bay Sailing AssociaYacht Club, Stamford, CT; Port Washington Sail & Power tival This family event is the 14 8&9 tion and sponsored by New Squadron. 7:30pm; $45; Bob largest waterfront festival on 67th Annual Dyer Dhow Storm Trysail Foundation Intercolfolk Shipyard, Preston’s Chandlery Miller: 516-625-0347; rfschreit@ the East Coast. Oysters down Derby This regatta is held in legiate Offshore Regatta preGay Rum, the 18th 6 honor of the yacht clubs, orga- andinMount;; Oyster Bay do it! Theodore sented by Prestige BMW Annual ‘Round the Whirl’ race is Firstnizations Annual Harbor School Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay, NY; and individuals who open to monohulls 22 feet LOA Forty-four college teams will race Regatta Fleets ofto 12or Metres and have-donated supported big boats in the largest collegiate J/24sthe willDyer raceDhow aroundfleet Governors of more and up and multihulls 16 feet regatta in North America. Larchthan 50 boats at Mystic Seaport. 19 Under Sail Pro8Singles &9 gramMeeting: Chasing Heineken High Performance Coral and “Science & Sea Dinghy Open - Invited classes inStories” This evening begins clude the International 5O5, Firewith a screening of director Jeff ball (North American Orlowski’s film about how the Championship), Flying world’s coral reefs areDutchman, being RS K6, Viper 640, International destroyed. Next, Dr. Jeffrey Canoe (National Championship), M. Schell, Associate Profes49er (Atlantic Coast Champisor of Oceanography with the onship), International Contender, Sea Education Association, International Tempest, Foilingof will discuss the challenges Moth, A Class & filed F-18research catamarans, oceanographic and Wetathe trimaran. American around world, aboard the tall ships Westward, SSV Yacht Club,RVRye, NY; Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert Film at 6pm; lecture 8C.- Seamans. 10 at 7:30: $10; Doubletree Inn, 789 New York Classic Week - Hosted Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, by the New York Harbor Sailing CT; Foundation, this event is part of the WoodenBoat Regatta Series 21 is open to all classic sailboats. and Charles Birch Memorial Dennis Conner’s North Cove Race Pettipaug Yacht Club, Marina, New York, NY; Michael Essex, CT; Fortenbaugh: 212-7861200;; Add your event to our print

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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.


The Battery, NY Port Washington, NY 9/1 9/1 9/1 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/3 9/3 9/3 9/3 9/4 9/4 9/4 9/4 9/5 9/5 9/5 9/5 9/6 9/6 9/6 9/6 9/7 9/7 9/7 9/7 9/8 9/8 9/8 9/8 9/9 9/9 9/9 9/9 9/10 9/10 9/10 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/12 9/12 9/12 9/12 9/13 9/13 9/13 9/13 9/14 9/14 9/14 9/14 9/15 9/15 9/15 9/15

5:26 AM 11:34 AM 5:46 PM 12:14 AM 6:20 AM 12:21 PM 6:36 PM 12:58 AM 7:06 AM 1:06 PM 7:18 PM 1:41 AM 7:46 AM 1:51 PM 7:57 PM 2:23 AM 8:22 AM 2:36 PM 8:32 PM 3:04 AM 8:56 AM 3:19 PM 9:07 PM 3:43 AM 9:30 AM 4:02 PM 9:45 PM 4:22 AM 10:07 AM 4:46 PM 10:27 PM 5:00 AM 10:50 AM 5:31 PM 11:16 PM 5:41 AM 11:40 AM 6:22 PM 12:12 AM 6:27 AM 12:36 PM 7:22 PM 1:13 AM 7:25 AM 1:35 PM 8:32 PM 2:16 AM 8:37 AM 2:38 PM 9:42 PM 3:22 AM 9:48 AM 3:45 PM 10:45 PM 4:31 AM 10:53 AM 4:55 PM 11:42 PM


9/16 9/16 9/16 9/17 9/17 9/17 9/17 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/19 9/19 9/19 9/19 9/20 9/20 9/20 9/20 9/21 9/21 9/21 9/21 9/22 9/22 9/22 9/22 9/23 9/23 9/23 9/23 9/24 9/24 9/24 9/25 9/25 9/25 9/25 9/26 9/26 9/26 9/26 9/27 9/27 9/27 9/27 9/28 9/28 9/28 9/28 9/29 9/29 9/29 9/29 9/30 9/30 9/30 9/30

5:38 AM 11:51 AM 6:01 PM 12:35 AM 6:38 AM 12:46 PM 6:58 PM 1:26 AM 7:30 AM 1:39 PM 7:48 PM 2:14 AM 8:18 AM 2:29 PM 8:33 PM 3:00 AM 9:02 AM 3:17 PM 9:17 PM 3:43 AM 9:45 AM 4:03 PM 10:00 PM 4:24 AM 10:29 AM 4:47 PM 10:45 PM 5:04 AM 11:14 AM 5:30 PM 11:32 PM 5:42 AM 11:59 AM 6:14 PM 12:22 AM 6:21 AM 12:45 PM 7:02 PM 1:12 AM 7:04 AM 1:32 PM 7:57 PM 2:03 AM 7:59 AM 2:20 PM 8:59 PM 2:55 AM 9:06 AM 3:11 PM 9:58 PM 3:51 AM 10:07 AM 4:06 PM 10:51 PM 4:48 AM 11:01 AM 5:03 PM 11:38 PM


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3:16 AM L 9:17 AM H 3:33 PM L 9:31 PM H 4:05 AM L 10:06 AM H 4:20 PM L 10:17 PM H 4:49 AM L 10:47 AM H 5:02 PM L 10:53 PM H 5:27 AM L 11:19 AM H 5:36 PM L 11:20 PM H 5:56 AM L 11:40 AM H 6:01 PM L 11:43 PM H 6:14 AM L 12:02 PM H 6:24 PM L 12:16 AM H 6:37 AM L 12:35 PM H 6:57 PM L 12:54 AM H 7:11 AM L 1:15 PM H 7:37 PM L 1:37 AM H 7:51 AM L 1:58 PM H 8:20 PM L 2:22 AM H 8:35 AM L 2:44 PM H 9:09 PM L 3:11 AM H 9:24 AM L 3:35 PM H 10:04 PM L 4:06 AM H 10:21 AM L 4:33 PM H 11:10 PM L 5:10 AM H 11:27 AM L 5:39 PM H 12:34 AM L 6:27 AM H 12:53 PM L 7:00 PM H 2:05 AM L 8:04 AM H 2:30 PM L 8:34 PM H

9/16 9/16 9/16 9/16 9/17 9/17 9/17 9/17 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/19 9/19 9/19 9/20 9/20 9/20 9/20 9/21 9/21 9/21 9/21 9/22 9/22 9/22 9/22 9/23 9/23 9/23 9/23 9/24 9/24 9/24 9/24 9/25 9/25 9/25 9/25 9/26 9/26 9/26 9/26 9/27 9/27 9/27 9/28 9/28 9/28 9/28 9/29 9/29 9/29 9/29 9/30 9/30 9/30 9/30

Bridgeport, CT 3:14 AM L 9:19 AM H 3:38 PM L 9:43 PM H 4:11 AM L 10:17 AM H 4:35 PM L 10:39 PM H 5:03 AM L 11:07 AM H 5:26 PM L 11:29 PM H 5:51 AM L 11:54 AM H 6:15 PM L 12:16 AM H 6:36 AM L 12:37 PM H 7:00 PM L 12:59 AM H 7:18 AM L 1:16 PM H 7:41 PM L 1:37 AM H 7:54 AM L 1:48 PM H 8:18 PM L 2:08 AM H 8:23 AM L 2:12 PM H 8:50 PM L 2:33 AM H 8:45 AM L 2:38 PM H 9:18 PM L 3:02 AM H 9:14 AM L 3:13 PM H 9:54 PM L 3:41 AM H 9:56 AM L 3:58 PM H 10:47 PM L 4:31 AM H 10:49 AM L 4:50 PM H 12:14 AM L 5:31 AM H 12:01 PM L 5:50 PM H 1:31 AM L 7:01 AM H 1:53 PM L 7:06 PM H 2:34 AM L 8:30 AM H 2:57 PM L 8:44 PM H

9/1 2:16 AM 9/1 8:24 AM 9/1 2:29 PM 9/1 8:42 PM 9/2 3:06 AM 9/2 9:14 AM 9/2 3:20 PM 9/2 9:31 PM 9/3 3:52 AM 9/3 10:00 AM 9/3 4:07 PM 9/3 10:16 PM 9/4 4:35 AM 9/4 10:43 AM 9/4 4:51 PM 9/4 10:59 PM 9/5 5:16 AM 9/5 11:24 AM 9/5 5:33 PM 9/5 11:40 PM 9/6 5:56 AM 9/6 12:03 PM 9/6 6:16 PM 9/7 12:21 AM 9/7 6:36 AM 9/7 12:43 PM 9/7 6:58 PM 9/8 1:03 AM 9/8 7:17 AM 9/8 1:24 PM 9/8 7:43 PM 9/9 1:47 AM 9/9 8:00 AM 9/9 2:07 PM 9/9 8:30 PM 9/10 2:34 AM 9/10 8:46 AM 9/10 2:54 PM 9/10 9:22 PM 9/11 3:25 AM 9/11 9:36 AM 9/11 3:45 PM 9/11 10:18 PM 9/12 4:21 AM 9/12 10:32 AM 9/12 4:43 PM 9/12 11:20 PM 9/13 5:23 AM 9/13 11:34 AM 9/13 5:46 PM 9/14 12:24 AM 9/14 6:28 AM 9/14 12:40 PM 9/14 6:52 PM 9/15 1:29 AM 9/15 7:33 AM 9/15 1:45 PM 9/15 7:57 PM

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9/16 2:31 AM 9/16 8:35 AM 9/16 2:48 PM 9/16 8:59 PM 9/17 3:28 AM 9/17 9:32 AM 9/17 3:46 PM 9/17 9:55 PM 9/18 4:20 AM 9/18 10:24 AM 9/18 4:39 PM 9/18 10:47 PM 9/19 5:08 AM 9/19 11:12 AM 9/19 5:29 PM 9/19 11:35 PM 9/20 5:53 AM 9/20 11:58 AM 9/20 6:15 PM 9/21 12:20 AM 9/21 6:35 AM 9/21 12:41 PM 9/21 7:00 PM 9/22 1:04 AM 9/22 7:16 AM 9/22 1:23 PM 9/22 7:43 PM 9/23 1:47 AM 9/23 7:57 AM 9/23 2:04 PM 9/23 8:27 PM 9/24 2:31 AM 9/24 8:38 AM 9/24 2:47 PM 9/24 9:11 PM 9/25 3:17 AM 9/25 9:22 AM 9/25 3:32 PM 9/25 9:58 PM 9/26 4:05 AM 9/26 10:10 AM 9/26 4:21 PM 9/26 10:49 PM 9/27 4:57 AM 9/27 11:02 AM 9/27 5:15 PM 9/27 11:43 PM 9/28 5:52 AM 9/28 11:59 AM 9/28 6:11 PM 9/29 12:39 AM 9/29 6:49 AM 9/29 12:57 PM 9/29 7:09 PM 9/30 1:34 AM 9/30 7:44 AM 9/30 1:53 PM 9/30 8:04 PM


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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.


Fishers Island, NY 9/1 9/1 9/1 9/1 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/3 9/3 9/3 9/3 9/4 9/4 9/4 9/4 9/5 9/5 9/5 9/5 9/6 9/6 9/6 9/6 9/7 9/7 9/7 9/7 9/8 9/8 9/8 9/8 9/9 9/9 9/9 9/10 9/10 9/10 9/10 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/12 9/12 9/12 9/12 9/13 9/13 9/13 9/13 9/14 9/14 9/14 9/14 9/15 9/15 9/15

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Woods Hole, MA 9/16 9/16 9/16 9/16 9/17 9/17 9/17 9/17 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/19 9/19 9/19 9/19 9/20 9/20 9/20 9/20 9/21 9/21 9/21 9/21 9/22 9/22 9/22 9/22 9/23 9/23 9/23 9/24 9/24 9/24 9/24 9/25 9/25 9/25 9/25 9/26 9/26 9/26 9/26 9/27 9/27 9/27 9/27 9/28 9/28 9/28 9/28 9/29 9/29 9/29 9/30 9/30 9/30 9/30

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from the captain of the port

May-Day, May-Day, May-Day!! We Are Lost and Sinking! By Vincent Pica Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Search & Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and timehonored task of any mariner, especially the United States Coast Guard. “You have to go out but you don’t have to come back” is a wizened catchphrase long gone from the guidance offered by senior officers to eager-to-prove-themselves-worthy boat crews. Now, it is risk management, technology and technique. Having saved well over 1,000,000 lives since its founding in 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard can safely claim that they know how to do it. But just what happens in the Command Centers and on the search vessels when a May-Day cry comes in? This column is about that. Risk Management USCG Forces know many things about risk management, especially these factors: 1. Every event has some degree of risk; 2. All risks will never be known until presented; 3. Every event requires balancing risk by applying adequate controls and resources, which may be in short supply for the task at hand and; 4. Time is not an ally… So, the Command Center must get as much as or all of this basic information from the boater in distress and over to the SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) ASAP: 1. Just what is the nature of the distress (out of fuel is one thing; sinking or afire is another); 2. What is their last known position; 3. Description of the vessel in distress or, possibly far worse, the person lost overboard; 4. Number of people on board/involved (no one gets left behind by accident); 5. What are the weather/sea conditions at the scene. This will determine what the SMC specifically tasks the coxswain and crew of the rescue vessel with. The rescue crew will use the time from leaving the dock to arriving at the scene of the event/search area to prep for the task – especially working with the Rescue-21 radio/direction-finding system.

Rescue-21: The Modern Day Salvor In addition to being an integral part of the USCG’s 21st century communications system, Rescue-21 has a direction finding capability. So, even if the distressed vessel doesn’t have an EPIRB or the crew isn’t wearing PLBs, Rescue-21 can point directly at the source of the radio signal. Although there is a 4° error factor (2° on either side of the direct or rhumbline), multiple radio towers can reduce the search area even further. (See diagram 1).

Diagram 1

The green lines indicate the direct or rhumbline from the radio towers to the signal source. With the 2° of error on either side, the red area is eliminated from the search area, thus increasing the odds on the distressed vessel being found. On Scene From here, it is very fact-dependent. What “vectors” (wind, current, tides) have been at play since the event? How good is all this information? Very good sources narrow the search area. Poor sources expand the search area. One of the first things that the rescue crew is likely to do is to “drop datum” as they arrive. A radio buoy or other selflocating device (hopefully!) is dropped at the scene so that it can be used to calibrate what vectors are actually at work. The next and most important decision made is what kind of search pattern to run. When the search area is large and the last known location is approximate but debris, for example, was found, the search pattern is likely to be a “creeping line” – back and forth across the search area and moving away from the last known Diagram 2

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position in the direction of the “vectors” – wind/currents/tide. In contrast, when the search area is small (a bay, for example) and the last known position is well known, the search pattern most likely called for is a “vector search” or “Victor Sierra” in SARspeak. With pie-like patterns, back across the “datum’s” location (see “drop datum” above), the CXN (coxswain) will cut back and forth across that point, looking for the victim or vessel (see diagram 2).

Diagram 3

Somewhat between these two conditions, where the search area is small but the last known position is not so well known, the SAR pattern most likely to be used is the “Expanding Square” pattern where the CXN drives in an ever increasing box or square around the last presumed position (see diagram 3). In any event, the last thing that the SMC wants to hear is this from the crew: “No joy…” This means that they have done everything that they could and have reached the end of their mission – no joy in finding the missing person or vessel. The SMC can send additional crews out – and likely will until hope becomes the only thing left. 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.

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sound environment.

Stand Up for Sharks!

It’s Time For A National Shark Fin Ban By Lora Snyder, Oceana Campaign Director Sharks have been swimming in the oceans before dinosaurs walked the earth, but their future on this planet is now in danger. Nearly one in four species of sharks and their relatives, such as stingrays, are threatened with extinction, largely because of human activities. On average, sharks are caught and killed 30% faster than they can reproduce. Because many of these sharks mature slowly and have few young over their lifetime, their populations are slow to recover from overfishing. Many sharks are killed to supply demand for their fins, mainly used in shark fin soup. The demand for this expensive dish has led to the inhumane practice of finning – cutting the fins off a shark and discarding its body at sea, where many die a slow death through drowning, starvation or being eaten alive. Much like rhino and elephant populations have been decimated due to the demand for their horns and tusks, shark finning is one of the main threats to sharks worldwide. In fact, the fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global trade every year. Although shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, the U.S. still imports and exports shark fins in many states legally. In fact, over 85% of the fins entering the U.S. come from countries

Sharks kill approximately 12 people per year worldwide, but humans kill 73 million sharks, like this great hammerhead, every year for just their fins. ©

that allow finning. Once the fins are removed from a shark and enter the market, it is impossible to tell whether they came from a shark harvested in a legal fishery or from finning. Additionally, it is difficult to tell what species the fins come from. This is troubling in light of the fact that, of the 14 species commonly found in the Hong Kong fin trade, 70% are considered at high or very high risk of extinction, including the great hammerhead and oceanic whitetip. As predators at the top of the food chain, sharks play a vital role in keeping the marine ecosystem balanced. Some species

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also help keep coral reefs healthy by cycling nutrients (via their waste), removing invasive species (such as lionfish), and cleaning up the reef by scavenging. Changes in shark populations can have a domino effect of unintended consequences on other marine animals, including important commercial species. Shark Tourism is a Moneymaker Not only are sharks valuable to the marine ecosystem, they are also important to our economy. Global shark tourism is a growing industry that researchers estimate will double in the next 20 years. However, this industry relies on sharks being alive and swimming in the water. An independent report commissioned by Oceana found that in Florida alone, divers spent $221 million in direct expenditures for shark-encounter dives in 2016. Shark diving fueled 3,700 jobs and generated wages of more than $116 million for the Sunshine State. In contrast, shark fin exports for the entire U.S. brought in just a little over $1 million in 2015. It is clear that, in the long run, sharks in Florida simply generate more revenue alive and in the water. Shark finning in U.S. waters was banned in 2000 by the Shark Finning Prohibition Act. The act also prohibits any person from possessing shark fins aboard a fishing vessel without its corresponding body. The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 closed loopholes in this law, prohibiting people from possessing, transferring or landing shark fins that aren’t naturally attached to the shark. The theory is that if fishermen must land the whole ani-

mal, it’s easy to determine whether or not finning has occurred. While these two bills have been important steps in shark conservation, they don’t deter the demand for fins. The next step is a nationwide ban on shark fins, which would guarantee that the U.S. is not a participant, even indirectly, in the global shark fin trade. By allowing the trade of shark fins within our borders, the U.S. continues to contribute to this global problem. A nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins would send a message to other countries that the U.S. recognizes shark finning as a cruel process that should not be allowed to continue, setting an example for the rest of the world. The U.S. House and Senate recently introduced the bipartisan Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, which would ban buying and selling of shark fins in the U.S. Eleven states and three U.S. territories already have shark fin bans in place. Hawaii was the first state to pass such a law, fueled by support from people like Mike Coots, a surfer who suffered injuries from a tiger shark encounter when he was 18. And in China, the government has stopped serving shark fin soup at official functions. We need sharks to keep our oceans healthy and tourism businesses thriving. By banning shark fins, we can help support local tourism and diving jobs and support healthy shark populations in the U.S. and around the world. To learn more, go to ■ This Sailors for the Sea Ocean Watch Essay is reprinted with permission. For more information, visit

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The Boating Barrister Behaving Badly: Vessel Owners By John K. Fulweiler It’s crey-crey ‘round here. All kinds of claims, and some of them involve yacht (and other vessel) owners behaving badly. I know I only see the bad antics, but it seems to me that owners who’ve made a little bank automatically think they’re “big time.” The way I see things, who you are is all about how you act when you think no one’s looking. The big players, the real titans, don’t generally fuss with trying to stick it to their hired help. They might not hire you, might fire you, but I don’t typically see them mistreating shipboard staff. Bully on the money, but what happened to your humanity? Listen, vessel owners who choose to defend personal injury claims or other lawsuits, that’s fair game. They’ve got that right, however foolhardy the position they may take. What I’m talking about is different. I’m talking about the owners who just aren’t nice to their crew. Not nice, how? Nope. Not going there because bad behavior is like one of Haydn’s double variations with major and minor themes and many examples. Let’s leave it like this: If you own a boat with a hired crew, you’re running a business and you should give your employees (and spare me, please, the phrase “independent contractor”) respect and dignity. Just because you weigh more doesn’t mean you should flatten people. I’d like to think those able to enjoy yacht ownership would appreciate the lift they got from the winds of fortune and they’d empathize with the saying, there but for the grace of God go I. The yachting community should get upset with anything less. Crew should band together. Yacht clubs should cast a keen eye on their membership and not tolerate vessel owners behaving badly. Chartering companies should demand upfront deposits from owners to protect crew. And you shipyards and marinas, you too should help put pressure on owners when needed because it’s oft times the crew who chooses (or influences the choice of ) which yard will do the haul-out or refit. What’s wrong with you, is what I ask. Nowadays, I carefully catalogue the salt of the earth types. I worry the supply of decent folks is running short. I worry the pushing and shoving has gotten worse and that they’re too many folks with just enough money to make them feel untouchable. (That’s never the case, but that lesson is slow to take with quick money.) What I do suits me. I pursue maritime claims. I may tilt at the occasional windmill and sometimes draw the wrong side of the legal coin, but I’m always championing my client’s claim. We

pursue claims for breach of contract, insurance coverage claims, claims for injury, and the always wrenching death claims. Liability requires fault and if there’s fault, we’ll find and highlight (and bang the table) as to how the fault caused our client’s injuries. It’s a little eddy of the vast legal world, but it’s as close as you can get to living a white collar life of making wrongs, right. Worry I’m too passionate? Don’t. I am our client’s voice and it’s a responsibility I take with awesome seriousness. If you were in my office, you’d want nothing less from me. As some video guru says, “You have to obsess to be the best!” If you’re on the other side of the table and facing a lawsuit as a vessel owner in the defense role, I have some thoughts. Be engaged. Your motives and your lawyer’s (and insurer’s) motives may not always be consistent. You should ask for status updates, and make regular inquiries as to whether settlement offers have been made or settlement demands received. Sit down with your lawyer occasionally and demand to know the end game, demand an explanation as to the strong points being made by the claimant’s attorneys (folks like me who live and breathe a client’s file, seven days a week), and ask your lawyer to explain your defenses and the likelihood of success. Just because you have insurance doesn’t mean you should forget the claim, and I’d wager, your involvement will protect your best interests and may result in an earlier resolution. I’m not ranting. I just see and hear about injustices in this watery leisure industry and it makes me mad. Let’s label this column as a PAN-PAN broadcast. In the meantime, get sailing and cut up that blue water with foaming streaks of wind-powered etching. And don’t forget to be kind, man. You won life’s lottery; what’ve you got to prove? This article is provided for your general information, is not legal opinion and should not be relied upon. Always seek legal counsel to understand your rights and remedies. Underway and making way ■

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

book reviews.

Herreshoff: American Masterpieces

By Maynard Bray and Claas van der Linde Photographs by Benjamin Mendlowitz Published by W.W. Norton & Company 272 pages hardcover $100 Reviewed by Dan McFadden The Herreshoffs need little introduction to many in the maritime community. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, RI turned out thousands of boats known for their beauty, handling, and technical innovation. A Herreshoff was built to exacting standards of craftsmanship and they remain highly sought after to this day. Much has been written about the Herreshoffs and their boats, so the book Herreshoff: American Masterpieces sets out to be something different. It is not a history of the company or the family, there are other books for that. Rather, it is a look at 36 of their boats, all of which are alive and well as original construction or reproductions that represent the diversity of the yard’s output in its heyday. The authors, marine historian Maynard Bray and Herreshoff expert Claas van der Linde, with the collaboration of renowned marine photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz, have produced a gorgeous, compelling read that is as much food for the mind as it is a feast for the eye. However, don’t let the size and stunning photography deceive you. At first glance, it is easy to categorize this as a coffee table book, but it is much more than that. The format is very effective: there is an essay for each vessel accompanied by photographs and plans from the Hart Nautical Collection at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA. The authors start in 1889 with the 16’8” cat-ketch Coquina, one of Nathanael G. Herreshoff’s earliest sailboats, and close with the 77’6” cutter Doris (1905), presently under restoration. Along the way, the reader is exposed to lavish yachts, racing one-designs, cruisers, motor launches, and even dinghies. The commentary from Bray and van der Linde is insightful and, of course, authoritative. Each chapter not only describes the vessel, but weaves in the story of the evolution of design and technology that is such a part of the Herreshoff legacy. As much as the vessels were — in these examples are — objects of beauty, they were also products of rigorous and innovative structural engineering and efficient construction processes. The plans and drawing from the Hart Collection drive that last point home. The construction drawings, sail plans, object diagrams, and documents illustrate the level of detail and thought that went into even the smallest fitting. An example: a plan and table of dimensions for wooden cleats sized for ropes all the way from 5/16” to 1 ½” in diameter. Even an ardent Herreshoff fan should find new discoveries

in these pages. Mendlowitz continues to take photographs that capture the detail and beauty of a boat as few others in his craft can. For many, the word “Herrehoff” is synonymous with beauty, and this book certainly makes that case. ■ Dan McFadden is Director of Communications at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. This review was originally published in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of Mystic Seaport Magazine and is reprinted with permission.

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A Pebble in a Pond

CJ Buckley and the ripples he created By Joe Cooper A pebble dropped into a pond propagates ripples, spreading outward and visible long after the pebble has disappeared. So it is with the memory of a young man named CJ Buckley. The ripples he created are still spreading out today, literally across the country. And if ever you were to consider helping your local community sailing program, CJ’s story is exactly the reason you should. In the early 1990s, Community Boating Center in Providence, RI, was just getting going. One day in the spring of 1994, Lucy and Carter Buckley, with the young CJ in tow, were at a craft fair at India Point Park, the property on which CBC was being developed. There was a fellow from Community Boating using a megaphone to invite visitors to come and ‘try sailing.’ CJ took him up on his offer and the rest, as they say, is history. CJ loved sailing from the get go. He was, as Lucy said, ‘hooked.’ ‘Immediately,’ Carter chimed in as we talked and sipped coffee on the deck at the East Greenwich Yacht Club in East Greenwich, RI, a biscuit toss from the Greenwich Bay Sailing Association (GBSA) and the sailing center named in CJ’s memory. From that first ‘try sailing’ moment, all CJ wanted to do was sail. He was 9 years old. From this serendipitous beginning, CJ went on to become a skilled and successful sailor in fleet and team racing, the latter a format popular in high school sailing and in which CJ was regarded as a natural by his coach at Tabor Academy. A couple years on, CJ started sailing at Greenwich Bay Sailing Association. By this time he was pretty good and getting better. He would spend the eight weeks of summer down at the waterfront, helping the younger kids, learning about fixing boats, cleaning the shed. In short, anything to do with boats and sailing…a fully qualified Wharf Rat. In the summer of 2001, after returning from winning a regatta, CJ was heading out to a movie with a mate when he remarked to his mum that he had a headache. He downed a Tylenol and went off to the movie. The short version of the next 16 months is that this bright and engaging young man, who had already impacted the lives of almost everyone he met through sailing had developed brain cancer and crossed the bar on December 10, 2002. During that time, CJ’s drive to sail never diminished. He sailed and continued to win. His time with his mates did not revolve around the arcane sciences of cancer medicines. Rather his talk was of sail trim, racing rules, and the fun of sailing. The pleasure, joy, fun and satisfaction he got from sailing transmitted, like the rings from the pebble in the pond, everywhere he went. In the time between diagnosis and sailing off, hull down over the horizon, CJ continued to sail as often as his condition and the treatments allowed. The string of anecdotes that Carter and Lucy shared with me about CJ during the illness far out-

Fifteen years after his passing, CJ Buckley continues to inspire. Photo courtesy of Lucy & Carter Buckley

strips the space available for this essay, but they include many, many examples of courage in the face of this appalling illness. He always had willingness to help others, a drive to improve his sailing, and a light and joy that’s rare even in those of us not battling a deadly disease. Pictures from this time show an impish smile with bright eyes, gazing out from under a thatch of black hair. The circle of rings across CJ’s pond is wide. A professional football player, two strangers in the Boston Marathon, Indian, Russian and African émigrés, a child in Australia, a highly successful and much lauded documentary film company, three local schools, and junior sailors from around the country have all been inspired by CJ and his shining light, even 15 years on. After meeting CJ and his family and spending time with them through CJ’s trials, Joe Andruzzi, who won three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, and his wife Jen established the CJ Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital. Jen & Joe’s fifth child is named for CJ. In early 2003, a few months after CJ left them, a group of

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his mates, teenagers, gathered with the goal of doing something to remember CJ. These discussions brought in their parents, and resulted in a modest sized regatta, 20 420s, out of GBSA in the summer of 2003. It was called the Video Regatta, because the coach boats had video cameras so that sailors could watch the replay of the day. The coaches also used the footage to help the young sailors improve their game. In 2004, the format changed to team racing to reflect CJ’s passion for and skill in this format. This event, now called the CJ Buckley Team Race Regatta, grew over the next few years. In 2009, the Club 420 Association requested that it become the National Junior Team Race Championship, a status it has retained to this day. A line item in the early discussions about ‘doing something’ was whether to use money raised to help fund cancer research. Carter, Lucy and CJ’s sister Helen decided that since CJ’s life was sailing, so much more than his cancer, the money would

CJ, pictured with crew Tom Jacobellis, had a particular affinity and talent for team racing. A longtime friend, Tom stood by CJ to the end. Photo courtesy of Lucy & Carter Buckley

be put into a scholarship foundation for sailors on Narragansett Bay. The goal was, and remains, to help fund young sailors with the skills, drive and desire to succeed, not just for a regatta or a season, but for the term of the sailor’s participation or until they aged out. The first recipient of the CJ Buckley Scholarship was a


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young woman from Russia, Olga Goretoy, who went on to be a GBSA program director and a tireless volunteer at the regatta. In 2015 Lucy Buckley mentioned to her neighbor, Gary Glassman, that she had written letters to GoPro about getting some cameras donated so kids could do a rematch of the original Video Regatta. Gary, a principal at Providence Pictures, said, “Let me make some calls.” Gary knew the father of the founder of GoPro, and told him the CJ story. The dad, Dean Woodman, is a sailor and he said, “Yup, this has gotta happen.” Twelve GoPros were gifted to the Moses Brown School in Providence – Dean’s an alumnus – with the stipulation they be loaned yearly to the CJ Buckley Regatta. The cameras were mounted on the 420s for the 2015 CJ Buckley Regatta, and Gary lassoed several film students from Providence College and Moses Brown School, and Providence Pictures’s producer Ben Sweeney directed the shooting. Manya Glassman, Gary’s daughter and a budding filmmaker herself, did a masterful job of editing, interestingly without being at the regatta. The video can be viewed at I had heard about ‘The CJ’ or ‘The Buckley Regatta’ for a while but it was background, white noise given the hectic schedule junior sailors have on Narragansett Bay. This year, I paid more attention because some of my sailors from The Prout School were competing. In advance of this I spent a lot of time on the CJ Buckley website and had my first exposure to this young man. After finding my way to the beach at Goddard State Park in East Greenwich on July 31, I was introduced to the Buckleys by

CJ and his sister Helen share a moment with New England Patriots offensive guard Joe Andruzzi, who co-founded the CJ Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund. Photo courtesy of Lucy & Carter Buckley

a mate of mine from GBSA. They were sitting at a table inside the now deserted rotunda, the kids having had the skippers meeting earlier. Lucy and Carter were smiling and gracious, even after I remarked, “What a great regatta you have here.” As these words were leaving my mouth I regretted saying them because, well, it was a lovely day with a summer southwesterly coming on, but given the loss of their child, at just 17 from brain cancer, just how great could it really be? Well, actually pretty great, considering. The adage about lemons and lemonade might use a picture of the Buckleys to articulate the idea that life must go on, regardless. That picture could also double as an image of parental pride in a son, so terribly taken from them, but who remains with them in ways many who leave us are not. Walking down to the parking lot, filled with double, triple and quad trailers towed by cars with tags from all around the country, I knew I was at a significant regatta. The really telling element, however – quite different from fleet regattas where there is more of a ‘Get out there and win’ and ‘Be focused’ atmosphere – was the sense of fun and of happiness in the air. The kids were joshing each other, laughing and smiling, and looking not the least bit stressed. I was fortunate to get out on the Saunderstown Yacht Club coach boat, Saunderstown being the club the Prout sailors were representing. Team racing is pretty intense and happens really fast, but if you goof you have another chance to do better in 10 minutes or so. There are usually a couple college coaches available for low-key, on-the-water judging, and the CJ has attracted notable and successful coaches from Tufts, U.S. Naval Academy,

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U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Stanford. Hosted by GBSA and East Greenwich YC, the CJ has been contracted from the previous 36 teams down to a more manageable 24. Six sailors per team plus subs, coaches and the occasional parents add up to close to 200 souls. All of these people are, whether they know it or not (and I only just learned) memorializing the joy that a young man found, quite literally by chance, in sailing. The five families who established what became the CJ Buckley Regatta, the Assads, Baeders, Langellas, Millards and Murthas, as well as more recent additions the Coughlins, Elsons and Wehrs, remain deeply committed to CJ’s spirit and the event held in his name every year. Justin Assad, who coached CJ, serves as Principal Race Officer, and his brother Kyle Assad, a team member at GBSA during CJ’s time there, is the Chief Technical Officer. Families from that period plan summer holidays around returning to East Greenwich to volunteer at the CJ. Seventy-five dedicated volunteers do everything from running the start and mark boats (on two circles), registration, sorting awards (including ones for seamanship and sportsmanship), and preparing the event’s signature “flying lunches.” Sandwiches are packed in Ziploc bags and pitched to sailors between races, eliminating the need for a shore break for lunch. There is a T-shirt design contest, with the winning design being that year’s official shirt, and samples of these shirts going back 15 years are hung in the rotunda at Goddard Park beach. Sailors receive reusable water bottles each year, emblazoned with the same design as the T-shirts. There seems to be no diminution in interest by the

Two hundred and thirty-seven team racers from as far away as the USVI, Mexico, England and Turkey sailed in this year’s “CJ,” hosted by GBSA and East Greenwich YC July 31 & August 1. ©

reduction in the number of teams the regatta hosts. Registration previously opened towards the end of May. This year’s registration opened in early April and by late May was fully subscribed with a wait list. The building from which GBSA operates is called the CJ Buckley Sailing Center. GBSA is one of the more prominent sailing centers on Narragansett Bay, and every year hundreds, possibly thousands, of youngsters are introduced to the joys of sailing in a building named for one young man whose dedication to sailing has spread far and wide, just like ripples from a pebble dropped in a pond. ■

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Around Long Island Regatta breaks with tradition Location, location, location! These are said to be the three most important words in real estate, but who knew sailboat racing and real estate have so much in common? The 41st Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR), hosted by the Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Sea Cliff, NY, moved its start from the sleepy shores of the Rockaways to the hustle and bustle of New York Harbor, surrounded by a flotilla of ferries, freighters, and a steady flow of Hudson River traffic.

The FDNY Fire Boat gave the Around Long Island Regatta fleet a spectacular sendoff. © Allen Clark/

As ALIR Committee co-chairs Doug Wefer and Jim Aikman had hoped, this was a visual and visceral spectacle worthy of this four-decades-old regatta. And that was just the start. With a 15 mph southerly, the fleet skirted the busy traffic in New York Harbor, sailed out The Narrows, turned east along the south shore of Long Island, and passed Coney Island, the Rockaways, Jones Beach (where crews were entertained by a very loud concert by renegade country star Brantley Gilbert at the Jones Beach Amphitheater), and Fire Island. As with all endurance races of this sort, competitors experienced numerous types of conditions. Friday morning arrived with diminished winds and flat seas. Keeping the sailors company were pods of dolphins and the occasional whale. The goal was to make it around Montauk before the predicted strong easterly winds kicked in. That easterly arrived early Saturday, and sailors enjoyed what has been labeled a “Nantucket sleighride” down Long Island Sound, with strong winds and a following sea. The first boat to finish, on Saturday at 0158, was the U.S. Naval Academy’s Ker 50 Wahoo (Annapolis, MD), skippered by William Johnson and correcting out to 6th place in PHRF Spinnaker Division 7. James Coffman’s Hanse 375 Gemini (Westport, CT) was the overall winner on corrected time, crossing the line at 0638 Saturday with an elapsed time of 40 hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Another 27 boats completed the course in the next three hours and all competitors finished the race within 18 hours of one another, an ALIR first. Two service academies, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, participated in this year’s ALIR. Winning the Jack Sussey Academy Trophy for the best perfor-

At 1400 Thursday, July 27, with a spectacular water cannon salute support from the FDNY Fire Boat, 65 boats started the 205-nautical mile circumnavigation of Long Island. The visuals were outstanding, with the skyline of lower Manhattan, anchored by the Freedom Tower, on one side of the starting line, the Statue of Liberty on the other, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the south, providing a stunning backdrop as boats sailed out into the Atlantic. Much went into the planning of this new starting line. Approvals from Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard had to be obtained. Assistance from Liberty Landing Marina, site of the Wednesday night Captains’ Meeting and Kick-Off Social, and the Manhattan Yacht Club, whose floating clubhouse, Honorable William Wall served as the committee boat, was essential. For the first time, spectators could watch the start of the ALIR from the decks of the “Willie Wall” (and enjoy a drink) as they cheered on Gemini, a Hanse 375 skippered by James Coffman, finished first in PHRF Spinnaker the participants crossing the line. Division 4 and is the overall winner of the 41st ALIR. © Allen Clark/ 50 September 2017 WindCheck Magazine

mance by an academy boat was the USMMA’s Tripp 40 Phantom (Kings Point, NY), skippered by Midshipman Peter Wallin. Michael White’s J/30 Kinsale (New York, NY) was the top finisher in the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s Youth Challenge Cup division, in which one third of a boat’s crew must be between 14 and 23 years old. Two other Youth Challenge Cup entries won their respective divisions, with Morning Glory (Larchmont, NY), a J/109 skippered by Com Crocker, taking PHRF Spinnaker Division 5, and Oakcliff Sailing’s Columbia 32 Carbon Oakcliff’s Weegie (Oyster Bay, NY), skippered by Sean O’Halloran, victorious in PHRF Spinnaker Division 7. Michael Emmert’s 42-foot Rhodes yawl GoldenEye (Glen Head, NY) celebrated her 80th year afloat by winning PHRF Non-Spinnaker Division 1. Neill Parker’s Hunter 37.5 Mary Elizabeth III (Forest Hills, NY) took PHRF Non-Spinnaker Division 2, while Marek Kurek’s Pearson 30 V&P (Brooklyn, NY) topped PHRF Spinnaker Division 3. Max, a Pogo 10.5 co-skippered by Moritz Hilf (New York, NY) and Peter Kingham took the PHRF Doublehanded Division 8 prize, and Tom Reese’s Corsair Cruze 970 Flight Simulator II (Youngstown, NY) prevailed in the Multihull fleet. Avalanche, a Farr 395 skippered by SCYC’s own Mark Disanti and Craig Albrecht, won the IRC Division and was second in her class (PHRF

Mike Emmert’s gorgeous Rhodes yawl Golden-Eye celebrated eight decades on the water with a victory in PHRF Non-spinnaker Division 1. © Allen Clark/

Spinnaker Division 7), despite hitting something – thought to be a whale – and losing half her rudder. Other notables included Francis Nilsen, whose Beneteau First 36.7 That’s Ridiculous (Sound Beach, NY) won PHRF Spinnaker Division 6. Nilsen received the Norvin & Martha Rieser Perseverance Award for completing his 30th ALIR (nine times as skipper). Perhaps the best story from this year’s ALIR is that of the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team, a Youth Challenge

Moritz Hilf and Peter Kingham co-skippered Hilf ’s Pogo 10.5 Max to victory in the Doublehanded division. © Allen Clark/

Cup entry crewed by junior sailors from American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Their J/105 Young American, competing in PHRF Spinnaker Division 5, was at the front of the fleet approaching Montauk Point when they grounded on a sandbar. They tried to free themselves for 45 minutes, but finally needed assistance to be pulled off. The team’s competitive instinct was to continue to race and so they made it all the back to the finish in Hempstead Harbor. Their finish time was recorded, and despite their lengthy “stopover” they stood first in their division and third in the PHRF Spinnaker fleet. However, the Race Committee received an email from co-captain Eric Dowd withdrawing Young American from the race for having received outside assistance (Rule 41). The Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team is an incredibly talented group of sailors that obviously understand and believe in Corinthianism and sportsmanship. They have already won many trophies (including the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race) and will win many more. In this case, they sailed by the rules and did the right thing! On Sunday, Sea Cliff Yacht Club celebrated the regatta with 350 guests at the annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Beach Party, with trophies awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each of the nine divisions. Complete results are posted at It has been said about the Around Long Island Regatta that it’s three races in one, presenting various challenges to skippers and crews: ocean racing, temperamental tides, options on routes, and every type of wind condition. Now a new facet has been added: the dramatic setting of New York Harbor. With all the positive feedback from the SCYC Racing Committee, the spectators and, most importantly, the sailors, Sea Cliff Yacht Club hopes to continue to enjoy the splendor of starting the race in its new location. Just like real estate, location is everything! Sponsors that helped to make this year’s Around Long Island Regatta a success were Brewer Yacht Yards, Goslings Rum, Samuel Adams Brewery, Golden-Eye Construction, Harken, FairviewLicht LLC, New York Community Bank, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Baker Air, WBAB, North Sails, Ocean Navigator Magazine, News 12 and VP Events. For more information, log onto ■ WindCheck Magazine

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Light Air Marks 79th Edition of Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International Edgartown Yacht Club’s Race Weekend was dealt a light-air hand during its 79th running over July 20 - 22. The event, sailed in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, MA, has two parts: two days (Thursday and Friday) of ‘round-the-buoys racing and one day (Saturday) dedicated to a traditional and historic ‘Roundthe-Island Race. “Dicey” conditions on Thursday left two of three classes with only two races when they couldn’t meet the time limit for finishing the first of a total of three races held. On Friday, Edgartown Yacht Club’s Principal Race Officer for the buoy races, Ned Brooks, and his team practiced patience, waiting with the sailors on the water for four hours after sailing a morning race that had started in 6-10 knots and ended with almost no wind at all. At 2:30, zephyrs on the water lightened the hearts of some extremely hot sailors, and the Race Committee started the final race of the ‘Round-theBuoy series in six knots of westerly breeze that held steady. “The Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend is always fun to do, but I would not say this was our best year for buoy races,” said Brooks. Boats in PHRF Non-Spinnaker Class 1 ended up counting four races total for their series, with Chip Hawkins’ C&C 41 Caneel (Barrington YC) turning in a perfect scoreline. Five races were scored in PHRF Class 2, with Dark ‘n Stormy 2, the J/105 co-owned by Ned Joyce, Andy Reservitz and Eric Wagner, also turning in a perfect score. “We’ve competed in the event for ten years in a row on Dark ‘n Stormy and won the buoy races in 2013 as well as the ‘Round-the-Island Race,” said Joyce, adding that the trio of owners is from “off-island” (Plymouth, Easton and North Falmouth, MA). “We’ve been trying to repeat ever since.” Richard Sides’ Sabre 28 Atalanta (Eastern YC) won the Double-Handed Class 4 series, while dominant in PHRF A’s Class 3 series and obviously fastest on the water here was Heidi & Steve Benjamin’s TP52 SPOOKIE (Seawanhaka Corinthian YC/Noroton YC), which legged out easily in their five races, leaving Art Santry’s Ker 50 Temptation/Oakcliff (New York YC/Ida Lewis YC) and Todd Stuart’s Carkeek 47 White

Rhino 2 (New York YC) to battle it out for second overall. In the end, SPOOKIE’s perfect scoreline gave her five points, while Temptation/Oakcliff turned in 13 points to White Rhino 2’s 17. The most prestigious trophy in the event’s ‘Round-theIsland Race, the Venona Trophy, was won by SPOOKIE. The 54.62-mile race around Martha’s Vineyard is one of the classic races of the summer season in New England. It has been running every year since 1938 (except for a few years during World War II), when the first SPOOKIE, owned by Harold T. White, Jr., was the overall winner, bringing home the coveted Venona

With light air prevailing for this year’s Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend, only 14 boats completed the ‘Round-the-Island Race. © Stephen Cloutier/

Trophy for the first overall finish by a racing yacht with spinnaker. Ten years later, in 1948, William Ziegler III (Heidi Benjamin’s father) won the Venona Trophy for the first of three times with the same SPOOKIE. He followed up the overall win two more times in 1950 and ‘55. SPOOKIE was a Sparkman & Stephens (design #153), with an LOA of 45.3 feet, built by Lemos Brothers of Riverside, RI and launched in 1937. “It’s an incredible honor to receive the Venona Trophy, especially after my dad won it three times,” said Heidi Benjamin. “Congratulations to the whole SPOOKIE team, and a special thanks to the Edgartown Yacht Club for hosting such a challenging and exciting race.” The 2017 ‘Round-the-Island Race was particularly challenging due to the light winds. After a short postponement, the Race Committee got the race underway around 9 AM for the 57 entrants in 9 classes at the start off of Edgartown. The fleet rounded a mark off Cape Poge and proceeded South along

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Vineyard. From there, the faster boats proceeded west toward Devil’s Bridge. Ultimately, the race was shortened to the first virtual scoring gate, a longitude line on the south side of the island. SPOOKIE’s corrected time was 5 hours, 47 minutes and 48 seconds, over two hours ahead of second place finisher Wahoo, the U.S. Naval Academy’s Ker 50. Fourteen boats completed the shortened course, including one multihull in Class 0, two IRC racing yachts in Class 8, two doublehanded yachts in Class 4, 2 non-spinnaker yachts in Classes 2 and 3, Richard Sides’ Sabre 28 Atalanta was victorious in the Double-Handed Class 4 ‘round-the buoys series. and 7 PHRF spinnaker © Stephen Cloutier/ racing yachts in Chappaquiddick Island to the turning mark RW “MC,” the red Classes 5, 6, and 7. For more information and full results, and white Mo(A) marking the shoals south and east of Martha’s go to ■

10th Annual Mudnite Madness Overnight Race By Jon Bawabe A Nor’easter in the forecast is rarely a good thing for a sailing race. Nonetheless, the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s 10th Annual Mudnite Madness Overnight Race went forward as planned on Friday night, July 28. Several of the boats registered for the race understandably chose not to sail, but the crews that showed up were in for a treat. The first order of business for the race committee was lobbing bundles of free event T-shirts to each of the nine boats. The “I Survived Mudnite Madness” shirts were donated by the Dogwatch Café and every participant can now wear theirs with pride. The race committee showed excellent judgment by selecting a shortened course that went initially east to Block Island, 42 miles in all. The winds were forecast to be light until 2 am, by which time it was thought the fleet would be heading back west, with the building winds coming aft. That’s pretty much how it happened. The first portion of the race was characterized by light winds and an award-winning sunset. After dark, the fleet encountered fog around Block Island, making navigation crucial. As the boats were heading back from Block Island the winds started to build from the northwest, making for an exciting

Liz Sistare shot this spectacular photo aboard Peter Austin’s C&C 33 Brer Rabbit. © Liz Sistare

spinnaker run. Boats finished between 3 and 5 am, with winds only reaching 18 or 20 knots. Winds continued to build Saturday but only after the racers were safely home in bed. First place was taken by Peter Austin’s C&C 33 Brer Rabbit (Noank, CT), with Jon Bawabe’s C&C 35 MkIII 2nd Chance (Columbia, CT) second and Jim Olheiser’s J/109 Balance (Canton, CT) third. Mudnite Madness is an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Offshore Circuit double point race. Complete results are posted at For more about Mudheads, log onto ■ WindCheck Magazine

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Fun, Friends and Family at the Lightning Women’s, Juniors’ & Masters’ North American Championships By Ben Cesare Fun! That is the way I always describe Lightning Class regattas. The North American Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ Championships, hosted by Metedeconk River Yacht Club and Lightning Fleet 34 in Brick, NJ August 2 - 4, was an exception in that it was super fun! Fantastic sailing was combined with a three-day family reunion, complete with a Mexican dinner, a pizza party, and a final great steak dinner conducted during a full on, four-lane corn hole tournament on the club’s beautiful front lawn. The only drawback was that, as is typical at Lightning events, it’s hard to get the boat rigged on day one because there is so much hugging, high-fiving and general banter that it’s hard to concentrate! Poolside debriefs from the leaders were held each day after racing, accompanied by keg beer, ice tea, lemonade and snacks. Forty-three boats had competitors ranging in age from 11-year old Sabrina Starck, crewing for her mom Jody in the Women’s division, to a large handful of more “experienced” sailors, north of 70, racing in the Masters. The Junior division age requirement was that participants could not turn 21 in this calendar year. The hosts at Metedeconk River YC did a superlative job.

Laura Jeffers, Johanna Schon and Teresa Colantuono won the Women’s North American Championship by a 3-point margin. Photo by Art Petrosemolo/nautical

Marvin Beckman, Jimmy Barnash and Monica Morgan sailed The Cat to victory in the Masters’ Championship. Photo by Art Petrosemolo/nautical

Their huge gang of volunteers and support boats took full advantage of the 10-15 knot southerlies that showed up unfailingly on beautiful Barnegat Bay. Six races for the Masters and seven each for the Women and Juniors yielded eight different race winners. Marvin Beckman, from Texas, sailing with Monica Morgan from Vermont and current World Champion Jimmy Barnash of Rochester, NY, put on a speed show, winning four of the six races to take the Master’s title. Placing second, from Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT, was Ched Proctor, with crew Kelly Chang, also from Cedar Point, and Ben Cesare from Norwalk, CT. Third went to Canadian Larry MacDonald, sailing with daughter Julianne and Ian Jones, all hailing from that Mecca of Lightning sailing, the “BCC,” otherwise known as the Buffalo Canoe Club. Taking the Women’s Championship was Laura Jeffers from Tarpon Springs, FL, with only nine points separating first from fourth place. Jeffers teamed up aboard I’d Rather Be Lucky with local Johanna Schon, wife of MRYC Commodore and Regatta Co-Chair Russ Schon (Johanna was the real, “on the ground” chair of this event, doing everything from tapping the keg to selling t-shirts when not racing!) and Niantic, CT’s own

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The 2017 Juniors’ North American Champs are Tanner Probst, Jenna Probst and Maya Weber. Photo by Art Petrosemolo/nautical

Theresa Colantuono for an impressive win over a very talented fleet. Second went to Debbie Probst, Monica Jones and Maggie Daley from the BCC, and third to Jody Starck and daughter Sabrina with Tess Weber, also from the BCC. The Junior Championship top five were only separated by eight points. Tanner Probst, sister Jenna Probst and Maya Weber from the BCC (seeing a pattern here?) edged out Jeff Hayden and Hannah Sellers from the Florida State University Sailing Team and Brian Hayes, Jr., from Housatonic Boat Club in Stratford, CT by two points. In third were Robert Robinson, Becca Jordan and Gunner Grenauer, also from BCC. Probst made history by being the first person to win the Junior title three times, in 2014, ‘15 and ‘17. It is hard to overstate the vibe one gets when competing in the Lightning Class. There is never a doubt that the competition is fierce and truly world class. By the same token, the family atmosphere is real. Teams actually do bring their kids to events and yes, they do share babysitters, and yes, everyone is put up by local housing and yes, there is always a ton of fun after racing with tips or boat maintenance help shared freely. Kudos again to co-Chairs Jody Lutz, Russ Schon, all of the MRYC team and the Class for another great event. Next on the big event list for the Lightnings are the North American Championships this month in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Originally, the event was limited to 70 boats. The organizers found a way to accommodate 20 more, and surprise, surprise, almost instantly after that announcement, there will be 90 boats competing. If you read this before then, I strongly urge you to find a ride! These family reunions are the kind you really look forward to. If you are involved with a different class, you could do much worse than to strive to do it like these folks. For more info or tips on fleet building, etc., contact Class Secretary Laura Jeffers at ■

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13th Annual YRALIS Championships Regatta By Andrea Watson The 13th running of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s Championships Regatta nailed it on so many levels. A few days before the regatta, the weather forecast for Saturday, August 5, the first day of the two-day event, predicted heavy rain and lightning all day, but Saturday dawned with only some light rain. By the time of the first warning, skies were cloudy with no rain in sight. Sunday brought more of the same. Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask), and she smiles on western Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riv-

Laser winner Lawrence McGrath leads second place finisher Jean Fillion around a mark. © Mary Alice Fisher Photo/

erside Yacht Club and Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT and American Yacht Club in nearby Rye, NY. Wind on Long Island Sound is seldom great, but during August it’s often almost non-existent. Why then do sailors keep coming back to the YRA Champs, knowing they might be floating around in blistering sunshine with high humidity the first weekend in August? But come they do…year after year. Entry for this year’s regatta hit 115 boats, the biggest scratch sheet since the regatta began 13 years ago. According to YRA President Steve Cain, “The YRA Regatta this year is the biggest regatta on Long Island Sound after Larchmont Race Week.”

Carolyn Driscoll’s Blue Flame (Greenwich, CT) finished 5th in the Soverel 33 National Championship. © Andrea Watson/Sailing Press

The strong turnout might be the result of the YRA not raising entry fees in many years, or possibly because YRA Champs is known for the great Race Committees at all three clubs and the great parties after racing, but the real story of why this regatta reached new heights this year is due to many people, and one in particular stands out. Bringing years of race management experience and meticulous attention to detail, Cynthia Parthemos, YRA Vice President and Regatta Chair, waved her magic wand and sprinkled stardust on the regatta. YRA Champs are considered a regatta for everyone. With classes for Lasers, Ideal 18s, Viper 640s, J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, Etchells, IODs, Shields, Herreshoff S-Boats and PHRF boats, there are opportunities for all to shine. This year’s regatta also served as the Soverel 33 Nationals, and there were four boats competing in the YRA’s Youth Challenge Cup. In a very competitive Soverel 33 division, co-skippers midshipmen Ethan Neubelt and Brendan White and the crew of Sabotage from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy took third place. Under the leadership of YRA Board Member Peter Becker, the Young American Junior Big Boat Team from American YC sailed Young American to first place in the J/105 division. Congrats to both teams! The winners for the most outstanding performance in their respective racing circle include Mark McCarthy’s Soverel 33 Sláinte (Westbrook, CT; Best One-Design Offshore Perfor-

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mance); Lawrence McGrath’s Laserand longest running chowder JUNE competition in New England Mighty Mouse (Stamford, CT; Small Continued officially kicks off summer in

One-Design Best Performance); Newport! 12 - 6pm; Newport 1 MeganAnnual Ploch’s J/70 AYCIWKC (PelYachting Center, Newport, RI; 47th Lloyd’s ham, NY;Race Best Performance Trophy - Lloyd Harbor Yacht NY;Viper 640 Boat);Club, and Huntington, David Owen’s 1 Ghost Panda (New York, NY; Best Accelerated Safe Performance In-Shore). Powerboat Handling 1 SYCMany thanks to the YRALIS This course, taught by a Pre-OSC Race US Powerboating certified Regatta committee: Charles Powers This is an ECSA points (LloydShennecossett Harbor YC), Mike Millardinstructor, is for anyone who event. wants to learn how to safely Yacht Club, Groton, CT;Dana O’Brien (Indian Harbor YC), operate a powerboat or (Riverside YC) and, of course, improve their on-the-water Regatta Chair Cynthia Parthemos boat handling skills and already 1 (Larchmont YC).HYC Additional thanks has or does not need a State 119th Annual to Mary Savage (Larchmont YC) Boating Safety Certificate. Ages Day Race - Huntington Yacht Club, Huntington, for running the ProtestNY; Committee10 & up. 9am - 6pm; U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 77, and Bob Counihan (Sprite Island South Benson Marina, Fairfield, YC), Scorer. CT; register at 1 King’s A very special thank you to Jay Lipp: Also Cup Race & Commodores, Flag Officers and offered on 6/4 & 5 and 6/5 & 6 Reception - Minuteman Race Committees: YC Yacht Club, Westport,Riverside CT; 1&2 and Commodore Pruett, Indian Harbor YC and Commodore 12th Annual CPYC OneNye, and American YC and Commodore Finally, DesignGiglia. Regatta - Thisa event 1 round of applause and thank you to our as sponsors: Brooklyn serves the 2013 Soverel 32nd Polar Seltzer Sailbags,Chowder Regatta Ginger Beer,Championship Lemon and Line, 33 National Great Cook-Beer, Carlsberg and the 2013 Viperare 640 New at North Sails, and UK Sailmakers. Complete results posted Off - The original, largest 56 May 2013 WindCheck Magazine

England Championship (any one-design keelboat fleet with sufficient entries can be given a start). Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; Halsey Bullen: 203-247-2712; cpycodr@gmail. com; 1&2 SYC Double-Handed Regatta - Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; Don Wyllie: 203-561-2065;; 1&2 City Island Cup - This regatta, organized by the Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association, is open to all PHRF, IRC &One-Design yachts. City Island, NY;

2 Bay Day - This free community event, hosted by The WaterFront Center and Friends of the Bay to “celebrate and promote environmental awareness,” includes live music, food & refreshments, the Anything That Floats Race, free harbor tours aboard the oyster sloop Christeen, free sailboat rides and kayak demos and touch tanks of local marine life. 12 - 5pm; The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay, NY; 516-922-SAIL;;

2 23rd Annual Harborfest & Craft Fair - Arts & crafts, live music, family fun stage, children’s fun park, nautical & environmental exhibits, food, a model yacht regatta, boat 1&2 cruises on Manhasset Bay and Maritime Cup Regatta Port Washington, This PHRF eventYC’s is part of theMillardmore. Indian Harbor Michael and Christine D’AmicoNY; sailed 646-580-5341; Hudson Yacht in Racing WhiskeyRiver to victory the 14-boat Ideal 18 one-design class. Association Kingston © Mary Alice Series. Fisher Photo/ Sailing Club at the Hudson River 4 6thcan Annual Dark ‘n Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY;, and more photos be viewed at facebook.; com/TheYRALIS. ■ Stormy Benefit: Sailing

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Coop’s Ramblin’ Musings By Joe Cooper

Consumer warning: This month’s column is all over the lot. There’s a lot of sailing going on here in the Ocean State, and it’s hard to keep it all in order. The returned volley from my mates in Annapolis after last month’s “Sailing Capital of the World” column was surprisingly light. I had some traffic with Bill Sandberg, who veteran WindCheck’ers will remember was the Contributing Editor who, on his decamping to Annapolis, I had the honor to take over from and become the freethinking voice of WindCheck. Bill’s remarks were soothing: Maintaining that Annapolis is the Sailing Capital, he conceded that Newport’s the Yachting Capital of the World. Well, I was still not convinced. Newport has its fair share of Yachts (definition to come), but it’s hard to get “yacht,” Spindrift, IMOCA 60s and Class40s in the same sentence. And one last volley: On the Monday after the Candy Store Cup (cf, one of the young women who sailed with me on a Saturday aboard a 56-meter Perini was, less than 40 hours later, sailing a 420 in the CJ Buckley Regatta, the National Junior Team Race Championship. That’s 56 meters to 4.2 meters within two days. I would be more than happy to hear of similar huge swings in boat sizes in such a short time… Moving along: CJ Buckley. The adults at WindCheck had to, regrettably, limit me to 2,000 words for the piece on this remarkable young man (which you can read on page 46). There is so much about this story that is wondrous. Go and read it, a couple times, for this young man led a life that many of us wish we could have. You should all know by now that I have a great passion for sailing, not only for myself, but also for introducing high school kids to the sport in any way I can. (WindCheck Ed-in-Chief Gill once told me I was passionate about sailing and I thought he was nuts…turns out he was right.) A few weeks ago, I had an even better chance to infect someone for life. The folks down the end of our street have a

couple of young kids, one at five years old. Perhaps two years ago, the wife asked me about sailing lessons. My default is Sail Newport, and so off she went. A short time later, she asked us if we would send a note to the Ida Lewis Yacht Club supporting her having the young’un take the club’s really, really early start Opti class. Done and in. Then, about a week ago she sent us a note saying the kid’s final day and cookout was to be on such and such a day and would we come? Me: “Of course.” So, Jill and I got out there and were introduced to the young fellow. I sat down on the deck in front of him, a move I have found important, valuable in fact, in speaking with kids because you’re down at their eye level, and they don’t have to get a crick in their neck looking up at you. “Giday, mate,” I started, “How was the sailing?” “Great!” he replied. “I want to go sailing!” Check off another box. Last month, I ran what was perhaps the tenth Storm Trysail Foundation Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar to be held in Newport. These introductions to big boats for high school sailors were started, probably pushing 25 years ago, by Rich duMoulin and some of the Usual Suspects out of Larchmont Yacht Club. The idea was, and remains, to give teenagers a run on Big Boats with the idea that some of them might stick around and be available to crew for you…if not next week, within a few years. It works pretty well. The curriculum is pretty thorough, and over the years several young sailors have put the drills into practice. In 1996, the Larchmont Junior Racing Team received US Sailing’s Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal in recognition of a successful man overboard recovery during the Dorade Annual Day Race, and a few years ago I wrote here about a similar episode on Raritan Bay. The day after the Safety-at-Sea Seminar was the 13th running of the Ida Lewis Distance Race. This race has become a fixture on the local calendar, with many boats returning over multiple years. It’s a fun race, easy to do, with good competition and nice surroundings. The party ain’t bad either, as is the bottle of Champers presented to every finisher as they cross the line in Newport Harbor. About five years ago, The Ida implemented a Youth Challenge Class as another plank in the goal of educating, training and inspiring the next generation of young sailors. Requirements for entering this class are a minimum of 40% of the crew between age 14 and 20, with two adults aboard, one of whom has current grown up Safety-at-Sea certification. The number of Youth Challenge entries varies. A couple years ago, we had six boats and the Youth Challenge winners were half a dozen Newport sailors, men and women, sailing a J/111. They were sixth in PHRF overall, so did really well. I have had Prout School sailors in The Ida a few times, three I think, including one year on a Class40 loaned to me by Ralfie Steitz of the USMMA Sailing Foundation…funny how the same guys keep popping up in this field. Speaking of which, under the leadership of Peter Becker the Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team just won their class in this year’s Ida, adding another race to the long list these

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young sailors from American Yacht Club have won. (Hey, wons were on special today…I bought a box.) During a break in the action at the Junior Safety-at Sea Seminar on Thursday, I was standing under a tent at the ferry dock at Fort Adams when a couple asked me something like, “What regatta is going on this weekend?” I had to think for a minute but eventually came up with, “Which one?” Seeing their puzzlement, I quickly added, “Hey, you’re in Newport in the summer!” The two major ones I could immediately think of were the Melges 20 Nationals and the J Class World Championship, which was starting the following week. Back to the Junior Safety-at Sea Seminar. It is a part of these seminars to arrange for a guest speaker – someone who can put some meat around the discussions and activities of the day. On 15 August 2011, Rambler 100 capsized after the keel structure failed just after they had rounded Fastnet Rock in the Rolex Fastnet Race. What might have been one of the most tragic oneboat accidents in the history of offshore sailing ended up not only not killing anyone – although there was a close shave with hypothermia – but produced an entirely new palette of things to think about when ocean racing. One of the crew in this incident was an Aussie guy, now a Newport local, named Mick Harvey. I asked Mick to be the guest speaker and he agreed. I suggested that he could speak about the Rambler 100 incident, or really anything to do with his (considerable) experiences. After the on-the-water portion of the seminar, the young students and a few parents and volunteers decamped to the Sail Newport conference room to munch on some pizza and settle in for Mick’s presentation. I introduced Mick, and let him go. Two pretty rare things followed. One, 11 teenagers sat in a room, dead quiet, for 20 minutes. And second, an Aussie spoke about sailing and recounted a situation where so many people came within an ace of losing their lives. Mick started with describing being in his bunk when the 100-foot long, 20-foot wide boat rolled to 90 degrees, then upside down. He and four others were obliged to make their way aft, inside the dark, inverted boat, to the aft hatch to get out. The remaining 20 minutes of so of his presentation brought home, in really serious terms, the kinds of things that the young’uns would need to be thinking about as they progress in their sailing careers, especially if they want to sail offshore. …and we still have a few weeks of summer sailing in Newport. ■ Australian born, Joe ‘Coop’ Cooper stayed in the US after the 1980 America’s Cup where he was the boat captain and sailed as Grinder/ Sewer-man on Australia. His whole career has focused on sailing, especially the short-handed aspects of it. He lives in Middletown, RI where he coaches, consults and writes on his blog, joecoopersailing. com, when not paying attention to his wife, teenage son, dog, two cats and several, mainly small, boats.

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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 $8,500 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.

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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:

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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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34’ Catalina 1989 - Tall rig wing keel. A modern design with low heeling angles and a PHRF rating of 150. Frank Butler designed a great boat with a spacious layout - queen size aft berth, wide modern main salon and roomy cockpit. Excellent mechanical condition with newer electronics. Asking $37K Owner 203-579-1500

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38’ Shannon Cutter 1981 - Walter Shultz designed. Solid teak joinery, recent interior cushions, stunning good looks- a head turner in any harbor. It is easy to see why the Shannon 38 was featured in Mates “The Worlds Best Sailboats”. Asks 84K Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373

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Sam Greenfield As the Onboard Reporter (OBR) with Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Sam Greenfield made yacht racing history by becoming the first OBR to successfully fly a drone from a Volvo Ocean 65 at speed. Sam recently spent 18 months in Bermuda as part of ORACLE TEAM USA’s media crew for the 35th America’s Cup, and he’s currently preparing for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, which starts next month in Alicante, Spain. “I grew up in Noank, CT, a (former) fishing and shipbuilding village on Fishers Island Sound,” says Sam, who had several sailing mentors. “When you grow up in a village, you end up raised by it. I was four or five when I got into a Dyer Dhow for the first time. It all spiraled from there. My grandfather, Frank Murphy (aka Old Dog) got my brother and I onto the water via rowboats and really slow wooden boat racing. He taught us that it was possible to lose your hat on the starting line, and with the luck of the Irish, pick it up on the final run some hours later, and never lose your cool in between! Our neighbors, Carol & Paul Connor, sponsored us at Ram Island Yacht Club’s junior sailing program when we weren’t members, which taught us that anyone could have access to sailing.” “Then there was my friend’s dad, Carl Fast, who brought all of the neighborhood kids out on his Santana 30/30 for Wednesday night races and introduced us to keelboats and overnight racing. Carl taught us that sailing’s a sport you can do your entire life, and to never deny someone a ride because they lack experience. Then, and maybe most importantly, my uncle Frank Murphy, Jr. taught us that sailing is all about the characters and their wild stories. His tales made legends of all the adults around us on the racecourse, even if it was just beercan racing. Those stories of Southern Ocean Racing Conference adventures – and Mystic River Mudheads throwing couches off bridges – has a lot to do with why I became an OBR.” “The Mudheads are the best because anyone can join,” Sam enthuses. “It’s a no-nonsense-racing-then-party organization and the best way to get into sailing on Eastern Long Island Sound. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the area, a former professional, or just want a ticket to the summer’s best parties. They were founded in the ‘70s by a bunch of my childhood sailing idols (including Carl and Frank, Jr.) because the local yacht clubs wouldn’t let them compete without club affiliation. Think Caddyshack: You don’t belong, so make your own club. Have fun. Throw the best Christmas parties…and try not to get arrested. Since then they’ve polished their act and grown into one of the area’s largest Wednesday night fleets, but the best thing is their newest flagship program, MudRatz, which allows youth sailors to take their game to the next level by practicing and racing in donated Melges 24s, locally and around the country. I wish we’d had MudRatz growing up!” Sam had done a few Newport Bermuda Races and deliveries before signing on for the Volvo, but a 9-month, 40,000-mile ‘round-the-world race was nevertheless a huge step. “I volunteered

© Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race

on Spirit of Bermuda and sailed to Haiti, but besides that the biggest, most high performance keelboat I’d sailed offshore was a J/44. At first it was the Volvo Ocean Race photos that drew me in, then the adventure of it all. During the final push to join the race there was a real threat of college loan payments, coupled with the realization that I was incapable of studying for anything like the LSATs. In 2012, I gave myself a two-year ultimatum to make it to the race, and if that failed, to try the LSATs. Luckily, it worked out and the world was spared another lawyer! I wanted to cover the race more than anything else but was told it wouldn’t happen, so getting the call to jump onboard Dongfeng only five days before we left for China was surreal. And winning the leg into Newport, the only finish my family could attend, was probably the best day of my life.” For the VOR 2017-18, OBRs are contracted by the race, not individual teams. “That means we can be shuffled around and cover multiple teams,” Sam explains. “This edition’s cast of OBRs has to be OK with not being a part of the sailing team. On the plus side, our photo collections will have a lot of color variation…I’ve got a lot of ‘red’ photos from the last race.” “The Onboard Reporter (OBR) is the direct link between the race yacht crew and the rest of the world. Every day, you shoot and send a small selection of the day’s best photos, a 3-to 4-minute video, and a 500-word blog. In the last edition, I also had to cook each meal and manage the food…we’ll see how that goes down this race.” Sam proudly serves as the judge of the OBR competition in the Secor Volvo Fishers Island Sound Race, a 2-day, multi-leg distance race for 420s created by MudRatz founder Brandon Flack and inspired by the VOR. “I’ve been judging that competition for the past three summers, and it’s awesome to see junior sailors taking cameras out on the water and covering the action. It’s a great way to relive the glory days and keep an eye on up-and-coming talent from the hometown!” Sam advises aspiring young reporters to “Get obsessed! Start shooting. Create your own style, and tell the story like no one else. Volunteer and cover as many events as you can, and expect to not get paid for a long time. Try to get experience outside of sailing. More and more, the VOR is vetting OBRs from outside the scene with professional journalism experience. Be prepared to commit to becoming a multimedia reporter, and make sure you’re having fun the entire way!” ■

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WindCheck September 2017  

Northeast sailing news

WindCheck September 2017  

Northeast sailing news