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Cruising the Turks & Caicos Five Years of Fun at Sail Black Rock Spring Events Calendar May 2017 • FREE

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There are few moments so rewarding as completing a complex or difficult task. And when that task is completed to expectation or above, we are rewarded with a big exhale of relief and accomplishment…and maybe even a cold beer. I know it’s already May and the time for bellyaching about getting the boat ready should be well behind us, but as we often experience here in the Northeast, our weather this spring was less than predictable; Mother Nature despondently holding onto the cold and wet far too long. But, as soon as the needle on the seasonal barometer rises and the temp on the thermometer signals a green light, it’s time to exhale, pull the sails and summer clothes out of the closet and chuck the skis and sweaters to the back. I would normally be sharing these sentiments in our April issue, but this year we seemed to be mired down in winter well into commissioning season and go-time hurried in quickly. No time to exhale (or have that cold beer) yet! During commissioning season, the boatyard is normally a pretty social place. Folks putter about, work on the bottom, wax a section of the hull, then take a break to walk the yard. They chat about the upcoming weeknight series or plans for cruising, then mosey on back to the task at hand knowing a few more weekends’ worth and she’ll be ready. I’ve seen little of that boatyard banter this spring, with many heads down and noses to the grindstone as owners push hard in an effort to catch up to the splash clock. I can truly exhale and let the stress of winter melt away once my boat hits the water, knowing all of the important stuff has been addressed. Each year we launch, I get a great sense of pleasure while motoring the short distance from the lift well to the dock for final fit out…it’s a day off from work for me to focus solely on the boat; to clean out the last of the cobwebs. There is much joy to be realized while simply rolling on fresh rigging tape and hooking up electronics. It’s certainly not yeoman’s work, but enough pitter-patter to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day and usher in a change of season! I remember last fall, when I recommended on this page that taking time to tackle a task or two at layup would allow for extra time or even an early launch come spring. Well, I wasn’t able to take my own advice and I guess I forgot to give the example about Mother Nature’s fickle ways in springtime…but with any luck, you may have managed to check off an item or two on the list back when we were staring down the long tunnel of winter. As my friend Will Smith says of acting roles, so goes for boats: “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” I think this mantra serves sailors well both pre-season and during. Boat work is one thing – and can be made uncomplicated by this thinking, but it also makes a lot of sense when planning for the season, a race or an extended voyage. In spite of the tight deadlines, this year’s commissioning season afforded me some time for reflection, and I recalled the day in 2002 when the very first issue of WindCheck was delivered. For Publisher Anne Hannan and me, owning WindCheck has certainly been a fantastic voyage. What began as a monthly magazine has evolved into a multi-media company offering print, online, mobile, social media, video and email. Additionally, WindCheck runs multiple yearly events, including the popular CT Spring Boat Show. All of these avenues connect the marine industry with boaters. Beyond the boats and the people in our community, WindCheck presents issues important to our region including environmental, waterfront development and use, youth engagement and retention and much more. We’re extremely proud of building an important and valuable resource for our sport and our region. With that in mind, we’ve come to the point where we want to be able to spend time pursuing other passions and focus on different aspects of the lives that we’ve created while building and running WindCheck, but not before we pass the helm to someone who will continue this important, diverse voice of and for the Northeast boating community. So, WindCheck is for sale. To watch WindCheck continue to evolve, and serve our community under the guidance of a new owner will no doubt fill me with the same sense of accomplishment that I enjoy following a successful boat launch, and the same sense of pride that I’ve felt every month when a new issue is delivered….and I’ll certainly celebrate with a cold beer! See you on the water.

Sailing the Northeast Issue 163 Publisher Anne Hannan Editor in Chief Christopher Gill Senior Editor Chris Szepessy Contributing Editor Joe Cooper Graphic Design Kerstin Fairbend Contributors Ingrid Abery, Jim Aikman, Laurent Apollon, Robert Betensky, Billy Black, Cate Brown, Susan Ciastko, Stephen Cloutier, Matthew Cohen, Clemmie Everett, Dave Foster, John K. Fulweiler, Maeve Gately, Birgit Gillman, Fran Grenon, Laurence Griffiths, Barry Hyman, Curt Johnson, Maureen Koeppel, Kirk Larsen, Laura McMillan, Courtney Moore, Gulliver Payne, Captain Linda Perry-Riera,, Vin Pica, Colin Rath, Ainhoa Sanchez, Flo Tarjan, Gregor Tarjan, Carl Tjerandsen, Captain Andrew Tucci, USCG, Martin van Breems, Doug Wefer, Dave White, Austin Wong Ad Sales Erica Pagnam Distribution Man in Motion, Rare Sales, Jack Szepessy WindCheck is published ten times per year. Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the members. WindCheck encourages reader feedback and welcomes editorial contributions in the form of stories, anecdotes, photographs, and technical expertise. Copies are available for free at 1,000+ locations (yacht clubs, marinas, marine retailers, restaurants, sailing events & transportation centers) in the Northeast. Businesses or organizations wishing to distribute WindCheck should contact us at (203) 332-7639. While WindCheck is available free of charge, we will mail your copy each month for an annual mailing fee of $29. Mail payment to: WindCheck Magazine P.O. Box 195, Stratford, CT 06615 Phone: (203) 332-7639 E-mail: WindCheck is printed on recycled paper. Member of

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Editor’s Log




Checking In 10

Hudson River Community Sailing 22

From the Log of Persevere 24

Captain of the Port 38

Sound Environment 40

Boating Barrister 42

Book Review: The Boat Drinks Book 43

Book Review: Reeds Ocean Handbook 43

Tide Tables 44

Coaches’ Corner 48

VAruna Victorious in the St. Thomas 52 International Regatta!

Family Takes On the Heineken 53 Regatta in a Cat

Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the VOR 54

Mudhead Benefit Cup 60

Gotham Multihulls Regatta 61

Alzheimer’s Regatta 62

Comic 64

Brokerage 65

Classified advertisements 67

Advertisers Index 73

On Watch: Jill Fattibene 74

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18 From the Log of Argon: Turks & Caicos - A Complicated Relationship with Sailors An archipelago lying southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos are renowned for their crystalline waters, vibrant coral reefs, uncrowded beaches and spectacular resorts. Services for cruisers in these low-lying islands are minimal, however, and Captain Linda Perry-Riera says vacationing there may crush all but the hardiest credit cards. 26 Spring Events Calendar This month’s collection of fun boat-related things to do is bursting at the seams, with everything from a boutique boat show in one of Connecticut’s nicest towns to safety at sea seminars, boating courses, parties, festivals, a whale watch and, of course, lots and lots of races for yachts. 46 Sail Black Rock Celebrates Five Years of Smooth Sailing With live music on weekends and ice cream and candy shops on the boardwalk, Captain’s Cove Seaport in Black Rock, Connecticut is a one-of-a-kind collegiate and high school sailing venue. With top-flight coaches and a growing fleet – and Regatta Ginger Beer, pies from Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Mallomars at events – the home of the Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University sailing teams has a winning formula. 50 Sailing by the Numbers Contributing Editor Joe Cooper has enjoyed a four-decade, sailing-focused career since his days as a boat captain grinder/sewer-man with an America’s Cup team, though he confesses to spending many high school hours window gazing at boats in Sydney Harbor. For students in his adopted home state of Rhode Island whose schools have maritime-focused curricula including history and literature, designing and building boats, marine sciences and navigation, he reckons the sky’s the limit. 56 Around Long Island Regatta starts July 27 Covering a 205-nautical mile course that combines a challenging mix of ocean, sound and harbor racing, Long Island’s premier sailing race is sure to be even more exciting than in years past. For the first time in 40 years, the ALIR starts in New York Harbor. If you’re not sailing, you’ll want to be spectating. On the cover: Photographer Steve Cloutier captured Grace Benzal (crew) and Patrick Rose of the Portsmouth Abbey School Varsity Sailing Team in action at the Coastal Sailing Alliance Quad Meet, hosted by Edgewood Yacht Club in Cranston, RI last month. Visible over Grace’s shoulder is Abbey sailor Max Guerriero. The Portsmouth Abbey Ravens are coached by Jonathan Harley, who served as Director of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team for 25 years during which time U.S. sailors won 27 Olympic medals, including 7 gold. © Stephen Cloutier/ Scan to visit our website.

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Letters A storm that took lives inspired ways to save others Editor’s Note: Many readers enjoyed our interview with author and safety at sea advocate John Rousmaniere (you can read it at, and we recently received this letter: Dear Mr. Rousmaniere, Wonderful interview and much appreciated emphasis on safety. I just finished reading Fastnet, Force 10. Thank you for the poignant and riveting story of the Fastnet Race of 1979. As a “landlubber,” your account gifted me a better understanding of the sport of sailing, while imparting to me a profound respect for those men and women who fully engage their love of sailing, providing us armchair sailors with a sense of something we’ve never experienced. Our hats off, especially to the brave first responders, both by sea and air, who rescued so many from the likelihood of certain death. Fastnet, Force 10 would make a wonderful movie; perhaps someone of the caliber of Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood would be interested in helping to bring this tale to the big screen. May God continue to bless you and all those you hold dear, on land, air and sea. Warmest regards, Chad Kapfhamer, via email

John Rousmaniere replies: Thank you very much, Chad. To have both sailed in and written about the storm was, combined, a remarkable life-changing experience for me, in part due to many responses like yours. The storm, with its tragedies and acts of heroism, has touched many lives through the book in many editions in several languages. There has been talk of a film several times, but the book seems to stand on its own legs. Besides the extraordinary human stories, there are many seamanship lessons learned from the Fastnet storm, and you’ll find them in another of my books, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, now in its 4th edition. The storm also stimulated the creation of safety at sea seminars, which I moderated for many years. Any cruiser or racer or day sailor will find much to learn at a US Sailing safety seminar. Best wishes,  John Rousmaniere

I’ve seen that movie too I thoroughly enjoyed reading Derek Rupe’s article “Adventures in Docking” [April 2017;]. It reminded of the words my father told us when we grew up sailing out of Norwalk. He said there are two ways to dock a boat. The first is to come in like the summer blockbuster that everyone remembers, and the second is to come in like that B movie that everyone forgets. He’d say, “Let’s try to be that B movie! I’ve shared that story with my children and over the years I am very thankful they “make me look good” coming in. Carleton Mitchell, an American yachtsman, is quoted in saying: “The trickiest part of a voyage or cruise may turn out to be the short leg between any harbor entrance and dock, both on the way in and the way out.” Alan H. Liebnick, Fleet Captain, Milford Yacht Club, Milford, CT '

Eight Bells: Dexter A. Holaday 1945-2017

Dexter Alden Holaday, a lifelong resident of Noank, CT, crossed the bar on April 10. He was 72. A nationally and internationally known yacht surveyor, Holaday was a U. S. Navy veteran who served aboard the submarines USS Tusk and the USS Angler during the Cold War. He attended the University of Connecticut, the University of Rhode Island, Mitchell College, Middlesex College, Suffolk University Law School, Three Rivers College and the Westlawn School of Yacht Design. He received a Masters Degree in Marine Surveying from the State of Connecticut and held a U. S. Coast Guard license for over 40 years. Additionally, he spent many years as a service/yard manager at several marinas in southeastern Connecticut. Holaday was a member of The National Association of Marine Surveyors, a charter Member of The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, U. S. Submarine Veterans, Noank Historical Society, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, The New England Historical and Genealogy Society, Life Member of the Noank Fire Co., and a member of several local yacht clubs. He enjoyed sailing, golf, jazz, Civil War history and genealogy. He and his wife Maryanne visited England many times researching his family lineage, and made many friends there. Holaday’s son, Dexter A. Holaday II, will be continuing his father’s marine surveying business, founded in 1971. ■

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Oakcliff Triple Crown Series Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY has announced the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series, a groundbreaking plan to reward athletes for their hard work and provide significant financial resources to assist them in achieving Olympic success. The Triple Crown Series will comprise up to six regattas to be held annually in Oyster Bay, offering both international and American athletes in five of the ten Olympic Classes a chance to win prize

The Oakcliff Triple Crown Series will benefit sailors like Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, who represented the USA in the 49er FX at the Rio 2016 Olympics. © Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

grants. Sailors in the 49er, 49erFX, Men’s 470, Women’s 470 and Nacra 17 will race for $100,000 in each class for a total of $500,000 annually. There will also be opportunities to win additional bonuses. The grants are to be used by the winning sailors to fund expenses associated with Olympic campaigns. The series represents an unprecedented effort to relieve some of the fundraising challenges that typically burden U.S. Olympic hopefuls while providing new opportunities to hone high-performance racing skills. The series will consist of three qualifier regattas each spring that will give winners an entry into each of the three prize grant regattas in late summer. The distribution of prize grants will evolve over the four-year Olympic cycle. Early in the quadrennium, the prize grants will be spread widely across the fleets. Closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the top two series finishers in each class will receive the bulk of the prize grant funds. “The Oakcliff Triple Crown Series will not only provide U.S. athletes with an opportunity to win resources vital to achieving their dreams, but will give young sailors more chances to compete in Olympic classes against top international competition,” said Malcolm Page, Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Once again, Oakcliff is demonstrating leadership in fostering high performance sailing in the U.S., and our national team athletes are very excited for this new opportunity.” For more information, visit racing/notices-of-race. ■

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Multihulls Welcomed in the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has announced that multihulls will be welcomed into the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race. Commodore Jim Binch of the Cruising Club of America, Commodore Leatrice Oatley of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Race Chairman Jonathan Brewin issued a joint statement stating, “We are very pleased after careful study and consideration of the unique and challenging characteristics of our race to welcome multihulls of 58 feet and longer.” Some of the “unique and challenging” characteristics that the Commodores and Chairman refer to are that the race crosses the Gulf Stream; the race is sailed principally offshore beyond coastal rescue resources; and it is generally a tight reach (i.e. not a downwind race). “We take safety very seriously,” said Binch. “The Cruising Club of America committees have studied the issues exhaustively. Our Technical and Safety committees have been communicating with experienced owners and leading multihull designers. I am pleased with their recommendations for this historic first inclusion.”

Bermuda Race requirements and will require all crew to have completed a significant race or passage and a hands-on safety-atsea seminar. Visit to learn more. ■

Fight Microfiber Pollution with Rozalia Project’s Cora Ball The single biggest pollution issue facing our ocean is microfiber, and everyone who wears and washes clothes is part of the problem. Our friends at Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, a Granville, VT-based non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating marine debris, have developed a unique solution. Following a very successful Kickstarter campaign last month, they’ve launched the world’s first microfiber-catching laundry ball.


Greg Gigliotti’s Gunboat 62 Tribe will be one of the first ever multihulls to compete in the Newport Bermuda Race. ©

It is anticipated that there will be 10 to 15 multihulls on the starting line on June 15, 2018, if not more. “Absolutely, we’re in!” enthused Greg Gigliotti, owner of the Gunboat 62 Tribe. Also committed is New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz with his Gunboat 60 Arethusa. Appropriate classes will be made within the multihull division, separating high performance, performance-cruising and cruising multihulls, using a new VPP-based rating system from the ORA called ORR-MH. Therefore, it will not just be a battle for line honors. Interested multihull owners should contact to discuss crew requirements. Crew requirements for multihulls will be separate from normal

“Trillions of pieces of tiny fibers are flowing into the ocean every time we use our washing machines,” said Rachael Miller, Rozalia Project’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. “Our clothing is breaking up, sending this microfiber (made of plastic and chemical-covered non-plastics) out with the drain water – just one fleece jacket could shed up to 250,000 pieces per garment per wash. New York City, alone, could have 6.8 billion microfibers flowing into its harbor every day!” “The Cora Ball is inspired by coral,” Miller explained. “Coral allows water to flow, and picks little things out of that water. Our patent-pending microfiber catcher is a human-scale solution, one that everyone can be part of simply by washing their clothes with the catcher in their washing machines – whether they are in a dorm, in a basement or at a laundromat. The Cora Ball works in any washing machine – top or front loader, old or new. Just throw it in. The catcher will collect microfibers as well as hair and prevent them from flowing out with the drain water.” “This is the first of its kind solution and will make a huge difference protecting the ocean and the human food chain,” Miller continued. “Our plan is to have this product available to everyone using a washing machine to wash their clothes by early this summer.” More information can be found at rozaliaproject. org/stop-microfiber-pollution. ■

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Block’s Onrust Coming to the Connecticut River Museum

org. Those interested in becoming a volunteer guide aboard the ship this summer can contact the museum’s education department at ■

Clean Ocean Access Publishes 10 Years of Environmental Impact

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The Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT has announced that the Onrust, a replica of the first European vessel to explore and chart the Connecticut River, will rediscover the river this summer. “We cannot be more thrilled to host this remarkable vessel that has such historic relevance to our region,” said Connecticut River Museum Executive Director Christopher Dobbs. Following Henry Hudson’s 1609 expedition, Dutch captain Adriaen Block was hired to explore the northeastern coastline of America with the intent of establishing trade with Native Americans and claiming parts of the territory for the Dutch Republic. On his fourth and final voyage (1613-14), Block’s ship Tiger was destroyed by fire in New York Bay. He and his crew built a new vessel, Onrust, launching her in April 1614. The Onrust investigated coastal New York, Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Block (after whom Block Island is named) was the first known European to travel up the Connecticut River to just north of Hartford (approximately 60 miles from Long Island Sound). He recorded the conditions, the places that he saw, and the native people he encountered. The re-creation of the vessel was spearheaded by The Onrust Project (, a New York-based nonprofit. Following extensive research, the rediscovery of traditional Dutch shipbuilding techniques and the efforts of over 250 volunteers, the vessel was launched in 2009 at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam, NY. The Connecticut River Museum, the only museum dedicated to the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley, will host the Onrust from June 1 through early October, offering cruises and dockside tours. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more details, visit ctrivermuseum.

Clean Ocean Access (COA), a Middletown, RI-based non-profit organization with a mission of taking “action today so future generations can enjoy ocean activities,” has published its 20062016 Clean Report. The report highlights results from COA’s Clean Program from 2006-2016, through efforts of community volunteers dedicated to eliminating marine debris to improve ocean health. With participation of over 7,600 volunteers, COA has hosted 457 cleanup events and removed an astounding 94,487 pounds of debris from the shorelines of Aquidneck Island.


COA started to address the problem of marine debris in 2006 with small, friends and family cleanups, to monthly community gatherings removing a wide variety of debris from the coastline. COA efforts now include a multitude of programs related to marine debris removal, prevention, education, and outreach. “These accomplishments have made a positive contribution to beautifying the coastline and improving local habitat,” said COA Executive Director Dave McLaughlin, “although the biggest accomplishment is the abundance of friendships, positive energy within the entire community, and fostering of environmentally responsible behaviors.” “COA is proud to share with everyone how we are proving ocean health and building community one cleanup at a time,” said McLaughlin. The 10-year Clean Report can be accessed digitally via, where you’ll find links to read it via Google Share and ISSUU. To learn more, contact COA via email at ■

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Celebrate National Marina Day at Branford Yacht Club June 10 As part of a nationwide observance, Branford Yacht Club in Branford, CT is celebrating National Marina Day on Saturday, June 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. Sponsored by The Real McCoy, this event is free and open to the public. Activities include seminars and in-water demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard Museum, Joy Ride Charters and Soul Paddle, tours of the Branford Police boat, Branford Fire boat and a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, a marine tag sale, marine vendors, motorcycle dealers, food trucks, kids’ activities, live music by tropical troubadour Eric Stone (pictured) and more. “National Marina Day is a celebration of boating, community, and giving back,” said Branford YC Commodore Gerry Mann. “As families search for fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy, we want to encourage them to give boating a try. We hope you will visit Branford Yacht Club and enjoy the events we have planned.” Produced by the Association of Marina Industries and Discover Boating, National Marina Day was created to grow boating participation. This year, the event is National Marina Days: Summer of Giving. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, marinas across


the country are asked to give back to a charity of their choice. The Association of Marina Industries suggests Folds of Honor, an organization dedicated to providing the families of America’s fallen and disabled service members with educational scholarships. For more information, visit ■

New Offerings at Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron The Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron in Greenwich, CT is presenting a variety of boating courses and recreational opportunities this season. They’re offering a one-day safe boating class called America’s Boating Course on Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, June 10 at Greenwich Police Headquarters. Passing a test at the end of the 8-hour course qualifies for a Connecticut or New York Safe Boating Certificate (including Personal Watercraft). The $80 fee includes coffee and a sandwich lunch. A Weather Forecasting Seminar will be held at Riverside Yacht Club on Thursday, May 11 from 7 to 9 pm. Adapted for boating on Long Island Sound, this is a favorite of boaters and non-boaters alike. The fee is $20 at the door, and if you RSVP by May 5 the Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron will give you a waterproof Weather Forecasting guide. Starting Tuesday, June 6, the Squadron offers members and guests free Sunset Cruises on Greenwich Harbor during the summer, either with refreshments on board or a barbecue or restaurant meal afterwards. Looking ahead to September, international boaters Marie Genteale and Chris Nitzsche will present a 4-night Cruise Planning Seminar at Greenwich Police Headquarters. Adding their own experience to USPS material, they’ll explain how to plan for enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters, on your own boat or a charter. This course begins Tuesday, September 12 and the fee is $80 for USPS members and $180 for nonmembers. To learn more, email or visit ■

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From the Log of Argon: Turks & Caicos - A Complicated Relationship with Sailors By Captain Linda Perry-Riera

Magical in settled weather, horrendous in high blows, Pine Cay on the north side of Providenciales was appropriate for just one night before the 30+knot winds kicked in. Bob is taller than most of country, and with extensive reefs and shallows there are scant options for protected anchorages. Gone are the volcanic and mountainous islands we explored south of here the past several months. ©

me from wanting to experience the country’s pristine waters, unique coral, copious wildlife, and extensive beaches.

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of dispatches from Linda and her husband, Captain Bob Damiano, who are finishing up the island portion of their one-year sailing voyage aboard their Tartan 4000 Argon. Readers of our Caribbean sailing experiences this past winter know that we have especially enjoyed some of the less traveled, more remote islands. Thus I was not deterred by the obviously more technical sailing required by the extensive reefs and shallows around Turks & Caicos (TCI). Even the occasional critical comment (in person or online) from fellow cruisers did not deter

Antagonistic Views Bob: Where the heck do we land the dinghy? Linda: Wow, this water is beautiful! Bob: I’m exhausted. Damn, where’s the customs office? Linda: The turquoise colors are intoxicating! Bob: You mean we have to anchor on a ledge a few boat lengths from 2,000 feet of water?! Linda: The snorkeling is fantastic! Bob: I need data! Linda: I love this secluded paradise. Bob: I’m taller than this godforsaken island. There is no wind protection in any of these so-called anchorages. Linda: This expansive area behind the reefs is a breathtaking place to drop the hook. Bob: Holy crap, this place is expensive! Linda: The boys will have so much fun here!

Our second anchorage along the western shore of Grand Turk (after the exhausting offshore passage and tiring customs check-in) was beautiful but offered no protection from the building winds. It took us more than an hour to find a large enough sandy area among patches of rock and coral in depths Argon could handle. The famous Grand Turk Wall, with an immediate depth change from 20 to 2,000 feet is just a few boat lengths beyond our stern…most definitely not safe to drag anchor here but so cool to snorkel over this underwater cliff! ©

Turks & Caicos is surrounded by reefs to the north and vast expanses of shallows dotted with coral heads to the south. Dramatic depth changes define the western shore of Turks and northern shore of Providenciales. ©

TCI is often just a quick overnight rest stop for cruising sailors transiting northward to the Bahamas from Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic, or southward to the Virgin Islands from the Bahamas. Most do not stay long; we learned why. TCI is an extremely flat country consisting of 300 islands located south of the Bahamas and north of the Dominican Republic and just not 18 May 2017 WindCheck Magazine

The best part of our time at TCI was the visit from our kids. A short sail out along the reefs when winds were down allowed us all to enjoy spectacular snorkeling. There was also good snorkeling off Grace Bay Beach with a myriad of fish, spotted rays and sea turtles. ©

On the second day of our passage from San Juan to Gran Turk, we were rewarded with an end to our long standing fishing curse. This mahi provided several good meals despite my weak filleting skills. ©

well set up to receive cruisers. Only eight of the TCIs are formally populated. These low, flat, limestone landmasses have extensive marshes, mangrove swamps, and well over a hundred miles of beaches. Most of the TCI is guarded by beautiful yet prohibitive reefs and sandbars. These precarious shallows, along with no wind protection from the low lands, do not make for easy sailing of a 6-foot draft vessel and offer very little protection from wind. Dinghy docks are non-existent, and there are no basic services (provisioning, trash disposal) easily accessible from any of the anchoring options. TCI has a population of about 30,000, with the vast majority residing on the island of Providenciales (Provo). The weather cannot be beat…it is usually sunny and dry (30 inches of rain annually resulting in fresh water being a precious resource) with comfortable temperatures between 75 and 85 year round.

started off mild and easy enough, but soon picked up keeping us busy through building winds, seas and eventually strong squalls during the two and a half days. The two nights during the passage were long and difficult, with robust winds and seas and scant moonlight. This was the first time we had to suit up in foul weather gear in many months. Waves were on our side, with several giving us, the deck and the cockpit a good washing. We set anchor on the open, exposed western shore of Grand Turk just after daybreak. Turks consists mainly of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Grand Turk is a small island (only about 5 miles north to south and less than 2 miles east to west). Although small and sparsely populated compared to the Caicos region of the country, it is the government center. This is where we had a frustrating (and expensive) welcome getting to and clearing customs and immigration after the difficult transit from San Juan. There was no dinghy dock and we struggled to safely beach. Then we walked back and forth in the heat trying to find the customs office, only to then be told we had to pay the $350 in cash. That required additionl walking to an ATM (with mega added fees). Not exactly a positive welcome…but the water is so beautiful! Blue Haven Marina provides a much needed pilot boat to help navigate the reefs, shifting sandbars and random coral heads. Although expensive, it is a well-maintained marina with many services as well as resort amenities. It was great fun when our kids were visiting and we all took advantage of all the activities. ©

Exhausting 365nm passage from San Juan to Grand Turk

Conditions for the passage from Puerto Rico to Grand Turk

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Caicos Islands Caicos is the group of islands that most people associate with TCI, especially the most populated island of Providenciales, known as Provo, that is home to 80% of the population plus the destination for most tourists. Caicos also includes the islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos, South Caicos, West Caicos and Parrot Cay. After just a couple nights anchored off Grand Turk, we needed to continue on to the Caicos region in preparation for even higher winds later in the week. We left well before dawn to be sure of arrival in daylight at an anchorage on the north side of Providenciales in order to safely navigate the shallow and unfamiliar reefs. We had planned to stay at Blue Haven Marina (BHM) for several days while our kids came for a visit. We ended up needing to duck into the marina earlier than planned due to the fore-

casted winds with no good anchoring options. We also had to stay at the marina longer than planned due to the wind and then waiting for a new refrigerator pump. BHM is an excellent marina and extenFinal day in Turks & Caicos before setting sail for Bahamas © sive resort, but our unexpectedly long stay most definitely busted our cruising budget for the month…Cha-ching! In addition, everything on TCI is very expensive: $30 for pump out, $35 for one load of laundry, $20 per person for a short cab ride (we ended up renting a car for 10 days), $8 for a box of cereal, and $40 entrees at most restaurants. We bled money for most of the three weeks. If you’re looking for pristine beaches with silky sand, the clearest water punctuated by ribbons of different hues of blue, are not worried about your spending rate, and fine with non-exotic American culture, Turks & Caicos is a fantastic country to visit. However, for cruising sailors on a budget, requiring access to standard services and craving island flavor, there are many other places that will fill the bill. If we ever return, it will either be for just a quick rest stop to break up a long passage (as most sailors do), or perhaps (gasp) arriving by plane and exploring via land and with a big credit card. ■ Captain Linda Perry-Riera and her husband Captain Bob Damiano are the owners and operators of All Hands Sailing Charters, LLC in Boston, MA ( Argon will soon sail offshore to North Carolina before heading northward up the coast to New England. You can follow Linda and Bob’s journey (and view their very well produced videos) at

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Hudson River Community Sailing Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Two Events in May

Saturday, May 6 at their Pier 66 Boathouse from 11 am to 4 pm. Return to the River brings together the students in HRCS’s youth development programs and their families, members of the adult sailing club, and the general public to celebrate spring and the return to the sailing season. Sail Academy students will bless, launch, and sail the 8-foot wooden boats they have been building all winter.

By Maeve Gately This month, Hudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) is kicking off its 10th year. HRCS was founded in 2007 to teach New York City high school students to sail and become young leaders. HRCS started with three Rainbow sailboats, a program director who was also a math teacher at a public high school, and a dream to serve city students who would otherwise never get on the water. Today, HRCS offers a year-round youth development and academic enrichment to more than 150 students from nine public high schools in its Sail Academy program. Sail Academy students learn to sail and build wooden boats, receiving academic credit in math, science and physical education, and developing essential leadership skills. As the students get further along in high school, they have more choice in the disciplines they focus on: racing, cruising, boat building, and internships. They also receive one-on-one college and career coaching. To

At Hudson River Community Sailing’s annual Return to the River celebration, students launch the wooden prams they built in the Sail Academy program. ©

date, all Sail Academy graduates have finished high school and 86% are attending four-year colleges. HRCS runs its youth development program within the context of a vibrant community sailing center that brings thousands of New Yorkers to the water each year! HRCS will kick off its 10th Anniversary celebrations with two events in May. Return to the River, HRCS’s annual student boat launch and public sailing opening day, will be held

HRCS members enjoy an afternoon sail in New York Harbor. ©

“Return to the River is a great opportunity for students to see that they can build and sail a boat in four months,” says HRCS Youth Program Director Alex Baum. “It gives them a real sense of accomplishment and inspires their community.” There will be food, music, raffles and nautical activities on the Pier, maritime-themed workshops in our classrooms, and tours of the Boathouse. Ten days later HRCS will continue its celebrations for the 21-and-over crowd with its 10th Annual Dark ‘n’ Stormy benefit, the annual fundraiser that launched the organization back in 2008. Dark ‘n’ Stormy takes place from 7-10p, on May 16 aboard the Frying Pan, the floating restaurant adjacent to HRCS. There will be food, live music by Men or Myth, dancing, an eclectic raffle, and of course, Dark ‘n’ Stormies! The event is sponsored by Goslings, Brooklyn Brewery, Clambake Wine, and Prentis Wealth Management. All proceeds support HRCS Youth Development Programs. Hudson River Community Sailing is headquartered at the award-winning Pier 66 Boathouse at 26th Street inside Hudson River Park, and operates a community sailing school out of Dyckman Street Marina on the shore of northern Manhattan, adjacent to Inwood Hill Park. For more information about youth and adult sailing programs at HRCS, log onto ■ Maeve Gately is Hudson River Community Sailing’s Development Director. She learned to sail on the Chesapeake, and worked as an instructor in the Annapolis Sailing School’s Kidship program.

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From the Log of Persevere: Land Ho and a New Home… not quite yet

natural predators or mammals until the 20th century. Amazing little fact: the Europeans brought them all in. They are still trying to eradicate any non-native plant and animal to this day. We did our usual afternoon departure from Neiafu and arrived in Nuku Alofa at 9 am with the aim to get provisions and leave in the afternoon. We docked at the public dock, hired a kid to watch the boat and grabbed a taxi to hit the local stores. A By Colin Rath few hours later, we had enough food and drink to make the last 1,300 miles to Auckland. We left the port at 4 pm on a sunny Editor’s note: This is the penultimate installment in a series of disMonday, bound for our new home. Once we got out of the patches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, harbor, we were visited a whale couple that amused and sang to Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of each other as they swam with us. Tonga is definitely the place to 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. see whales in the migrating season. That was a fitting end to our You’ll find previous articles at visit to the islands of the Pacific, for now. The girls were getting anxious to We had to do some house cleaning get to their new country, go back to prior to our final voyage to New Zeaschool and make new friends. Honland. First, we had to resettle a few of estly, I was looking forward to startour new furry passengers to a friendly ing a new life in New Zealand. We home on land (not to be confused have been talking to realtors all over with re-accommodate) before we left New Zealand about businesses for Neiafu, on the island of Vava’u in over a year and already have immigraTonga and headed to Nuku Alofa, tion lawyers, business advisors to help Togatapu (also in Tonga). The kitus take over a vineyard and get into tens would not be allowed into New the wine business. As one adventure Zealand because they do not have the closes, another one begins. shots and they are not old enough to There was one spot we wanted to get the shots, so we decided to find a visit before New Zealand that we had home for them in Tonga. heard about from other sailors that The local VHF network went is a good place to ride out a storm if on the air and found new homes for needed. The Minerva Reef is roughly both of them within two days…a 300 miles south of Tonga. It has a lot of lonely expatriates affectionate colorful history, being named after for small purring friends, I guess. the whaling ship that hit the reef in We were already in contact with an 1829. It’s two circular reefs about animal immigration facilitator in three miles in length, with a perfectly Auckland and were working through protected harbor in the middle only our other cat’s immigration into New Despite a soaking rain, Breana and Pam smile as Per15 feet deep. There is nothing else Zealand. Our two family cats were all severe crosses the Hauraki Gulf. © out there, just the reef…really cool current with their shots, and they had on a calm day, like Biblical walking on water since the reef is not had an issue in the past two years of travel. We thought there only a foot below the surface with nothing around for hundreds would not be a problem, but we were in the process of getting of miles. preapproval and we departed VaVa’u to make one last stop for We saw whales, but no other humans on our last trip. Miprovisions. We continued to communicate via email as we traveled. chael Oliver of the Phoenix Foundation tried to make Minerva Then we had to make the boat immigration-ready, clean Reef an independent country in 1972. He brought a barge of the boat bottom, go through the galley and eat or remove a large sand from Australia, planted a lighthouse and flag and declared laundry list of meats, fruit, honey, and spices. New Zealand has a complete list on their immigration website, and you have to notify independence. Nice try, but that didn’t last. Tonga took it and that was it. We spent a night there for a break and had a barbethem 24 hours in advance when entering the country. New Zeacue…another one of those cloudless nights in the middle of the land is probably the strictest country we entered aboard Persevere, ocean. I guess they mean more as these nights at sea are coming including the U.S. Maybe Cuba was as strict in 2014 – I don’t to an end. Well, not quite an end, more of an intermission. My know how it is now that it’s open to U.S. citizens.     sailing days are not over. Make no mistake, New Zealand is dead serious about any With 800 miles to go, we set off for Auckland. The forecast animals, plants – anything – coming into their country. The whole country is agriculture-based and they don’t want anything from the looked good, but there was some bad weather coming up so we had to get in Auckland within five days. The Pacific shortwave outside messing with that resource. New Zealand didn’t have any

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The Raths spent a long weekend in this Auckland control area during their immigration. ©

radio band was talking about 60-knot winds hitting the coast of New Zealand the following weekend, so we had to make some speed. Then, in the middle of the night we lost our jib halyard (3 AM RULE AGAIN). So in the dark, I had to pull the jib back aboard and lash it down. A lot of fun, but all ended well. I went up the mast the next morning, messengered down a new jib halyard and jib was back up by 9 am. All good. We needed to keep a good speed to beat the storm. It was going to be close, so we pushed…not that we had much choice. When we reached Hauraki Gulf, it was dark and a complete downpour at 1am. We could see on the weather update that it already was blowing 30 knots in the ocean, but the wind in the

Gulf was still only 15 and luckily by the time we got behind Rangitoto Island it dropped to 5 knots. Then winds in the gulf went up to 30 knots and 50 in the ocean. We’d made it, by the skin of our teeth. Completely drenched, we motored for the next three hours into the harbor in a downpour, in the dark, navigating by our GPS and AIS. There wasn’t much traffic until we got into Auckland Harbor at that time of the morning. We were going slowly to make it by 8 am when the immigration office opened…no reason to get there early. Once we arrived we were put in a control area to wait for the various immigration, plant & wildlife and animal inspections. That was the start of entering New Zealand. The boat passed, we passed and were given a visa. The two cats slowly became a problem. They had all their current shots, but New Zealand wants all their shots to be within six months of entry. We were held in the control area until we could resolve the animals’ immigration…and it was a holiday weekend. So, after 666 days at sea and visiting 33 countries on five continents, the adventure goes on. ■ Look for the final leg of Persevere’s journey in the next issue of WindCheck. You can track the Raths’ progress on their Facebook page, “Persevere60545.” Colin’s book, It Is What It Is, can be purchased on or at or any major bookstore. Look for Colin’s next book, coming out in spring 2018. NB: Persevere is for sale! You’ll find the advertisement in the classified section. – Ed.

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Calendar 2017 MAY 4 Singles Under Sail - Knot Tying and Boating Safety This event is held at Flotilla 72 in Norwalk, CT at 7:30pm. Single, social, love to sail or want to learn? SUS offers that and more! This meeting and other regular SUS meetings are held at The Doubletree Hotel in Norwalk, CT at 7:30pm on the first and third Thursdays during the summer. SUS skippers love to take members sailing. Check out SUS on Meetup, Facebook and For more information, message or call 203-847-3456. 4 & 18 Shoreline Sailing Club meeting If you’re an active single over 35, this club’s activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month. 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; 5-7 Connecticut Spring InWater Boat Show Produced by WindCheck and sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works and the Yacht Brokers Association of America, this is an in-water boutique show featuring sail- & powerboats with sea trial opportunities. Parking and admission are free, and this is a great personal event to see boats and talk with dealers and manufac-

turers. Hours are 1 - 7pm Friday and 10am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday. Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex, CT; CTSpringBoatShow. com 5-7 Build a Model Boat With Clint Chase Under the tutelage of the founder of Chase Small Craft, you’ll build your own quarter-scale boat model of the classic, beautiful Echo Bay Dory Skiff. The 35-inch model is designed to be built just like the real boat. $100 plus tuition. Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA; register at 413-268-3101 or; 6 7th Annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race Open to Lasers, Force 5s, Sunfish, MC Scows, JY/15s, Hobies, and all other monohulls and multihulls with an accurate Portsmouth Yardstick rating, this fun race has a course of approximately 10.5 nm from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT downstream to Calves Island and back upstream to the finish just south of Brockway Island off Hamburg Cove. Awards ceremony (trophies to the top three finishers in singlehanded, crewed & multihull divisions) at Pettipaug Yacht Club in Essex. Contact Dan Rennie at or visit ConnecticutRiverDinghyDistanceRace 6 Return to the River This Hudson River Community Sailing event brings together students & families in the HRCS youth development programs, adult sailing club members, and the general public. Students will bless, launch and sail the wooden boats they’ve built during the winter, volunteers and staff will offer short sailing lessons free of charge, and there will be maritime-themed workshops, food & music. 9am - 5pm; free;

Pier 66 Boathouse, New York, NY; 6 America’s Boating Course Presented by the Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron, this one-day course fulfills the requirements for a Connecticut or New York Safe Boating Certificate. 9am - 5pm; $80 fee includes coffee and lunch. Greenwich Police Headquarters, Greenwich, CT; GreenwichSquadron@gmail. com; Also offered 6/10 6 About Boating Safety Successful completion of this 8-hour course, presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3, course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and Personal Watercraft (PWC). Family participation is encouraged. 8am; $60; USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3 Training Center, Milford, CT; register at http://a0142403. *Please Note: All students will need to get a State of CT Conservation ID Number before taking this class. Go to 9 Women’s Western Long Island Sound Supper Series begins American YC, Riverside YC, Larchmont YC and Indian Harbor YC; 9 Women’s Eastern Long Island Sound Supper Series begins Black Rock YC, Norwalk YC, Noroton YC and Pequot YC; 9 Breakwater Irregulars Tuesday Night Spring Series begins Stamford, CT; 10 EBYRA Wednesday Night Race Series begins Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association, City Island, NY; 10 Black Rock Harbor Wednesday Night Series

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begins Black Rock Yacht Club and Fayerweather Yacht Club, Bridgeport, CT;; 10 Pequot Yacht Club Wednesday Night Series begins Southport, CT; 10 & 11 Spring Arts & Crafts Show Presented by East Coast Craft Shows and sponsored by the Downtown Milford Business Association, this popular event features a large display of professional artists and crafts for enjoyment and purchase, exhibits by local businesses and non-profit organizations, and food vendors on the picturesque downtown Milford Green. Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 10 am - 4pm; free; Milford, CT; 11 Cow Bay Cruising Association Thirsty Thursday Night Series begins Port Washington, NY 11 Can One Thursday Night Series begins New Rochelle, NY; 11 Riverside Yacht Club Thursday Night Series begins Riverside, CT; 13 62nd Annual Distance Race “The Edlu,” a 32-mile race from Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton’s Neck and back, is open to IRC & PHRF boats (IRC DoubleHanded, PHRF Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker divisions with sufficient entries). Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; racecommittee@larchmontyc. org; 13 Alfred Roosevelt Cup Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY;

13 Thames Yacht Club Marine Tag Sale & Open House This family boating club is accepting applications for new members & moorings. 10am - 3pm; 396 Pequot Ave, New London, CT; 13 The Gulf Stream: A Navigator’s Perspective   Led by instructor W. Frank Bohlen, this three-hour course includes a discussion of the navigational challenges of the Stream and Florida currents, hands-on exercises and selected read-ahead materials. Call for times; $100; Landfall Marine Training Center, Stamford, CT; 800-941-2219; 14 Captain Harbor Yacht Racing Association Sunday Series begins Belle Haven YC, Indian Harbor YC, Riverside YC and Old Greenwich YC; 15 America’s Boating Course Presented by the Staten Island Sail & Power Squadron in collaboration with the National Lighthouse Museum, this one-day course fulfills the requirements for a New York or New Jersey Safe Boating Certificate. 8am - 5pm; $100 fee includes breakfast, lunch, testing, certificate and the official USPS guide book. National Lighthouse Museum, Staten Island, NY;; 16 10th Annual Dark ‘n’ Stormy Benefit Proceeds from this event, featuring music and dancing with Men or Myth, food, open bar & unique raffle prizes, support Hudson River Community Sailing’s youth development programs with New York City public schools. 7 - 10pm; Pier 66 Maritime (The Frying Pan) inside Hudson River Park, New York, NY; tickets at

17 LHYC Summer Series begins Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club; 17 IHYC Wednesday Night Twilight Series begins Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; 18 Singles Under Sail - Meet the Skippers Single, social, love to sail or want to learn? SUS offers that and more! This meeting and other regular SUS meetings are held at The Doubletree Hotel in Norwalk, CT at 7:30pm on the first and third Thursdays during the summer. SUS skippers love to take members sailing. Check out SUS on Meetup, Facebook and For more information, message or call 203-847-3456. 20 Hands-On Safety at Sea Seminar Presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation, this event will follow an interactive curriculum where attendees fire distress flares, put out fires, learn damage control, set storm sails, and rescue a man overboard, and more. The seminar is open to racers & cruisers and sail- & powerboaters. SUNY Maritime College, Bronx, NY; for more information and to register, visit 20 Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar Presented by the Storm Trysail Foundation and sponsored by the Jamie Boeckel Fund for Safety at Sea and Sailing World, this hands-on workshop WindCheck Magazine

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includes presentations covering safety procedures, particularly man overboard recovery and big-boat organization & crew work, in-the-water demonstration of inflatable PFDs and the inflation of a six-man canopied life raft, and sail handling & man overboard drills, both upwind with jibs and downwind with spinnakers. Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis, MD; Ross Dierdorff:; 20 108th Annual Henry E. Abbott Memorial NYAC Stratford Shoal Race New York Athletic Club Yacht Club, New Rochelle, NY; 20 The Geartester Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; 20 Connecticut Safe Boating

Course Approved by NASBLA, CT DEEP and recognized by the USCG, this course (including personal watercraft and waterskiing endorsement) exceeds the minimum requirements for the certificate to operate a boat in the State of Connecticut. $(); Landfall Marine Training Center, Stamford, CT; landfallnavigation. com/connecticut-safe-boatingcourse.html Also offered on 6/3 20 Book Signing with Paul Farrell The author will sign copies of Tugboats Illustrated: History,Technology, Seamanship, described as a 25-year labor of love. 2 - 5pm; Mystic Seaport Maritime Bookstore, Mystic, CT;

20 & 21 LHYC Race for the Case Spring Series The prize for the best overall performance in this regatta is a case of rum. Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, NY; 20 - 26 Fifth Annual Huntington Safe Boating Week Presented by the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, this event kicks off the boating season with safety at the forefront. Activities include the 5th Annual Waterfront Festival at Mill Dam Park (May 21), safe boating classes, lectures and seminars, courtesy vessel safety inspections, free boat tours of the harbor, and more. Huntington, NY; 21 Circumnavigate the Island of Staten This National Lighthouse Museum cruise passes under four bridges – Bayonne, Goethals, Outerbridge and Verrazano – and follows the New York & New Jersey shorelines

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along the Arthur Kill. Presenters will be aboard to talk about the notable sights. 1 - 4pm (rain or shine); $60 adults, $40 ages 10 & under, $50 military & seniors (62+). Pier 1 (adjacent to the National Lighthouse Museum), Staten Island, NY; 21 5th Annual Huntington Waterfront Festival This family-oriented event includes arts & crafts vendors, new & used boating equipment & safety gear, nautical antiques, representatives from boat dealers, watersports camps, boating clubs & boating safety organizations, harbor tours, a beer/wine food court, live music, a Kids’ Zone and much more. Mill Dam Park, Huntington, NY; 21 New York State Safe Boating Course This class covers all the topics necessary to have a safe time out on the water: navigation, Rules of

the Road, radio operation and more. If you pass the test at the end (easy if you pay attention) you’ll receive your NYS Safe Boating Certificate. $55 (plus a $10 NY Parks fee for the certificate if you’re 18 or over); The Dinghy Shop, Amityville, NY; visit for more info and other classes. 21 & 22 LYC Sport Boat Grand Prix This regatta is open to sport boats of all types. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY;

presented by the Storm Trysail Club, this 186-nautical mile race from Stamford, CT, around Block Island, RI and back to Stamford is a qualifier for the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy (IRC), the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF), and the Gulf Stream Series (IRC), as well as the YRALIS Caper, Sagola and Windigo trophies and the ‘Tuna’ Trophy for the best combined IRC scores in the Edlu (40%) and the Block Island Race (60%).

24 NYC Wednesday Evening Series begins Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; 24 CPYC Wednesday Night Series begins Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; 26 72nd Annual Block Island Race First held in 1946 and

26 - 6/3 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Bermuda;

26 - 29 46th Figawi Race Weekend presented by vineyard vines® Comprising a pursuit race from Hyannisport to Nantucket, weekend revelry and a return race, The Figawi raises funds for several charities. Hyannisport and Nantucket, MA; 26 - 29 Carl Van Duyne Advanced Racing Clinic This event is open to all Laser, Laser Radial, I420 and C420 sailors. Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT;;


Memorial Day Weekend through October River Cruises Aboard Schooner Mary E Enjoy a river excursion (1.5 hours) or a sunset cruise (2 hours) aboard a 109-year-old, 75-foot gaff-rigged schooner. Fee includes museum admission. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; Reservations: 860-767-8269; 27 King’s Cup Minuteman Yacht Club, Westport, CT; 28 WSC Pierce Invitational Regatta This Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association points race is sponsored by Windjammers Sailing Club. Milford, CT; 28 & 29 LYC Memorial Day OneDesign Regatta This event is open to Viper 640s, J/70s, Etchells, IODS, Shields and S Boats. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY;

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29 Mystic Seaport Decoration Day In this all-day event, the Museum of America and the Sea pays tribute to fallen Civil War soldiers. 9am- 5pm; Mystic, CT; 31 HHC Wednesday Night Series begins Hempstead Harbour Club, Glen Cove, NY;

JUNE 1-4 9th Annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta & 6th Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational Co-hosted by Larchmont & American Yacht Clubs, these events for sailors with disabilities are sailed in Ideal 18s. (Women’s Invitational is 6/1; One-Design Regatta is 6/2 - 6/4).

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1 & 15 Shoreline Sailing Club meeting If you’re an active single over 35, this club’s activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month. 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; 2 Bermuda One-Two Yacht Race Sponsored by Newport

Yacht Club and the St. George’s Dinghy & Sports Club and first sailed in 1977, this biennial event comprises a singlehanded race from Newport to Bermuda and a doublehanded race from Bermuda back to Newport that starts June 15. Newport Yacht Club, Newport, RI;; 2-4 NYYC One Design Regatta This event serves as the 2017 Etchells National Championship. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; 2-4 16th Annual CPYC OneDesign Regatta Open to one-design keelboats including (but not limited to) Atlantics, Etchells, J/70s, J/88s, J/92s, J/30s, J/105s, J/109s, Soverel 33s and Beneteau 36.7s, this event also serves as the Soverel 33 National Championship 2017 and a Qualifier for the 2017 J/70 U.S.Youth Championship. Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT;

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3 DIYC Spring Regatta Hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club, this Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Offshore Circuit race is a qualifier for the Long Sand Shoal Cup. Westbrook, CT; 3 SYC Pre-Off Soundings Race This ECSA points event is hosted by Shennecossett Yacht Club. Groton, CT; 3 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference Partici-

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

vious nine months. 10am- 1pm; free; Newport, RI; 3 Mystic Seaport Whale Watch Adventure This is a 4-hour cruise through Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Banks, a marine sanctuary and one of the primary feeding grounds for Humpback Whales, Finback Whales, Pilot Whales, Minke Whales, and the endangered Right Whales. An experienced naturalist will be your guide as you encounter these graceful and rare animals up close. 2 - 6pm; Plymouth, MA; call 860572-5331 to register; 3&4 23rd Annual Rhode Island Leukemia Cup Regatta This fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (social events on Saturday and racing on Sunday) is hosted by New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Raise a Sail, Save a Life! Newport, RI;

3&4 SYC Double Handed Regatta Open to any boat 24’ LOA or over that holds a valid YRALIS PHRF or IRC certificate, or is a member of a recognized one-design class, this 2-day event, with a distance race of approximately 20 miles each day, is a qualifier for the YRALIS Edward du Moulin Cup. Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT; 3&4 Maritime Cup Regatta This PHRF event is part of the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association Series. Kingston Sailing Club at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY;; 3&4 NYC Viper Invitational Noroton Yacht Club, Darien, CT; 3&4 4th Annual Gotham Multihulls Regatta Sponsored by the New England Multihull

Association and hosted by the Richmond County Yacht Club, this event is open to all multihulls with a NEMA handicap rating. Staten Island, NY;;

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3&4 Sail Newport Youth Challenge This event, one of the most exciting youth regattas in New England, Welcomes Optimist, Laser Radial, Club 420 and 29er racers. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; 3&4 6th Annual PJ Boater’s Maritime Festival This

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JUNE Continued family event celebrates the town’s rich maritime heritage and beautiful harbor with a boat show, sailing, kayaking & SUP demos, harbor cruises, boat building & boating safety demos, fishing & outdoor seminars, pirate shows & treasure hunts, live music and much more. 11am - 6pm; Port Jefferson, NY; 4 NYC Early Bird Regatta This ECSA points event is hosted by Niantic Bay Yacht Club. Niantic, CT;

Lightning Fleet 75, this event is hosted by Lightning Fleet 75 and Thistle Fleet 41. Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY; 4 Harborfest 2017 Craft Fair Arts & crafts, live music, family fun stage, children’s fun park, nautical & environmental exhibits, food, a model yacht regatta, boat cruises on Manhasset Bay and more. Port Washington, NY; 4-8 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Play Offs Semi-Finals Bermuda;

4 FYC/BRYC Double Handed Series Race #1 This series is hosted by Fayerweather Yacht Club and Black Rock Yacht Club. Bridgeport, CT;; 4 Magnus Pedersen and Thistle Districts Regatta Named after the founder of

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8 World Oceans Day This is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Worldwide; find events & resources at 8 - 11 38th Annual Sea Music Festival With performers from across the U.S., Australia, England and France, this festival showcases music from the Golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary composition. Events include the Music of the Sea Symposium (at Connecticut College in New London), a Sea Music Contra Dance, concerts, special performances for children, workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard historic vessels. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; smf@mysticseaport. org; 9 Marion Bermuda Race 40th Anniversary Edition First sailed in 1977, this 645-nautical mile Corinthian event starts in Marion, MA and finishes off

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St. David’s Head, Bermuda. The race provides an opportunity for cruising yachts and amateur crews to participate in an ocean race with a rendezvous in Bermuda, and participants in this 21st running will have front row seats for the 35th America’s Cup.

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9 HYC Moon Over Harlem Twilight Series begins Sailed every other Friday night, this informal series welcomes all PHRF spinnaker & non-spinnaker boats. Harlem Yacht Club, City Island NY;;

9 & 10 Off Soundings Spring Series Hosted by the Off Soundings Club, this race from Watch Hill, RI to Block Island is an ECSA points event. 9 - 11 NYYC 163rd Annual Regatta presented by Rolex The oldest continually run regatta in the USA is open to yachts with a minimum LOA of 25 feet in IRC, Classic, One Design, Cruiser-Racer and Double-Handed divisions. New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, RI; 10 The Corinthians SingleHanded & Double-Handed Race First sailed in 1946, this event for single-hulled yachts of at least 20 feet LOA is open to all yachtsmen. Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; 10 Payea Distance Race Old

Greenwich Yacht Club, Old Greenwich, CT; 10 & 11 Wickford Regatta This celebration of One-Design Fun is open to J/22s, 5O5s, F-18s, I420s, C420s, Lasers, Laser Radials, UFOs, and RS Aeros. Wickford Yacht Club, Wickford, RI;

10 & 11 City Island Cup Organized by the Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association, this regatta is open to all PHRF, IRC & OneDesign boats. City Island, NY; 10 & 11 Chelsea Open Regatta This PHRF event is part of the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association Series. Chelsea Yacht Club, Chelsea, NY;; 10 - 12* Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Play Offs Final Bermuda; (* if required)

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10 & 11 Women’s Invitational Team Race This regatta will be sailed in Ideal 18s. American Yacht Club, Rye, NY;

11 32nd Annual Mayor’s Cup Presented by the Halloween Yacht Club, the Breakwater Irregulars and the City of Stamford, this regatta was started in 1986 to maintain Stamford’s association with the sea and to foster community spirit and

waterfront pride. Stamford, CT; Vivian Werner: mayorscup@; 11 CPYC PHRF Sunday Series begins Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; 11 13th Annual Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt/Pirates Day In this family event, presented by the Downtown Milford Business Association and sponsored by 7 Seas Restaurant, Captain William Kidd and crew sail into Milford Harbor and “take over” downtown Milford. The Pirate Ship Oz docks at Lisman Landing at noon. Activities include face painting, live music, and Connecticut’s best & largest scavenger hunt. Pirate garb and salty dog talk are encouraged! 12 - 5pm; free; Milford, CT; 203530-0103; downtownmilfordct. org 14 12th Annual Clean Ocean Access Volunteer Appre-

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JUNE Continued ciation Cookout Whether you volunteered once in 2006, or once last week, or donate, or are a silent supporter, you are cordially invited. COA will provide hot dogs & burgers and you can provide your favorite dish. 5 - 9pm; King Park Swim Area, Newport, RI;; 15 Singles Under Sail - Meet the Skippers 7:30pm at The Doubletree Hotel, Norwalk, CT; Single, social, love to sail or want to learn? SUS offers that and more, and SUS skippers love to take members sailing. Regular meetings are held at 7:30pm at The Doubletree Hotel in Norwalk on the first and third Thursdays during the summer. Check SUS out on Meetup, Facebook and singlesundersail. org; Message or call 203-8473456 for more information. 15 - 18 America’s Cup Endeavour O’Pen Thirty-two very fortunate sailors, age 15 and under, have been selected from 11 nations to sail O’Pen BICs in this premier event. In addition to other “Un-Regatta events, O’Pen BIC will be the Half Time Show between Race #1 and Race #2 of the America’s Cup Finals on Saturday, June 17. Bermuda;


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in Lasers, I420s, C420s, Bytes & 29ers, the “BEG” is the premier dinghy racing clinic on the East Coast. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; 17 5th Annual Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta Sponsored by Mystic River Yacht Club and supporting the new Lawrence Memorial Hospital and DanaFarber Cancer Institute partnership and cancer research, this ECSA points event has traditional racing and a “Picnic Fleet” for non-competitive sailors, who are encouraged to take cancer patients and family members out to watch the races. A Shore Party follows, with open bar, BBQ, a live band and a Wellness Expo. Make some waves. Make a difference! Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT; Bob Davis: 860-3835405;; 17 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta & Awards Dinner Sponsored by International Technical Industries, Sagamore Yacht Club, the Sagamore Rowing Association, Oakcliff Sailing and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, this event includes a PHRF pursuit race (skippers can enhance their rating based on the donations their boats collect), a Turn & Burn Relay Race for junior rowers, and a Paddling for Poker event for Master rowers, kayakers & paddle boarders. There is no entry fee for any of the day’s events. Participants are asked to secure sponsors, and those raising $100 or more will be admitted to the Awards Dinner with no fee. Sagamore Yacht Club and Beekman Beach, Oyster Bay, NY; 17 30th Annual Port Jefferson Harbor Cup Regatta Hosted by Port Jefferson Yacht Club, this event is open to any skipper, with or without yacht club affiliation, whose boat has a PHRF rating. Port Jefferson, NY;

17 Chanteyman Cup Race Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; 17 Payea Round the Island Chase Race Old Greenwich Yacht Club, Old Greenwich, CT; 17 8th Annual Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge This event, one of the Northeast’s largest stand up paddle events with races, SUP instruction & demos, lots of family fun, great food and music on one of the best beaches on Long Island Sound, supports children and the environment. 9am - 5pm; Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT;; downunderct. com 17 Connecticut Boat/PWC Certificate Class This oneday course, presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72, meets all education requirements for Connecticut Boat/ PWC operating certificate with waterski towing endorsement. Textbook and exams provided in English or Spanish. $70 fee includes textbook & lunch (discount for families, veterans & first responders). Flotilla 72 Training Center, Calf Pasture Beach, East Norwalk, CT (visit for directions); Register before June 10 at or 203 8534615. Also offered October 21 and by group special request. All Spanish language version available. 17 & 18 Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the Hudson River over 40 years ago, the Clearwater Festival features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling & family-oriented programming, Handcrafters’ Village, Green Living Expo, Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits & rides, Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays & exhibits, and the

Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. Performers include Arlo Guthrie, Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Lake Street Dive, and Alejandro Escovedo and many more. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; 17 - 27* America’s Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton Bermuda; americascup. com (* if required) 18 - 23 Block Island Race Week XXVII Presented by the Storm Trysail Club, New England’s only five-day race week features great racing, six parties in the tent at The Oar, all framed by Block Island’s special ambiance. “The Championships Regatta” will serve as the IRC, J/44, J/109 & C&C 30 North Americans, PHRF & J/88 East Coasts and the J/105 New England Championship. Racing also offered in Performance Cruising classes, both spinnaker & non-spinnaker (PHRF), double handed (PHRF), classics (CRF) & multihulls (NEMA). Block Island, RI;

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18 - 23 Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp (Beginner/ Intermediate) This camp is for ages sailors ages 10 - 13 who already have basic sailing skills. Campers sleep aboard the square-rigger Conrad and can explore everything the seaport has to offer. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860-572-5322; Also offered on 7/23 - 28; Beginner & Intermediate camps also available WindCheck Magazine

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JUNE Continued 19 - 23 Newport Charter Yacht Show Charter brokers and select clients learn about dream vacations aboard world-class yachts from 50 to 200 feet at this unique show. Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI; 20 13th Annual International Surfing Day Established by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, this global event celebrates the sport of surfing, the surfing lifestyle, and the sustainability of ocean resources. Ours to Enjoy, Ours to Protect. 21 Summer Solstice First day of summer! 21 - 25 15th Annual C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta & Clinic Created to give participants the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through world-class coaching and competition and sailed in the three Paralympic class boats, The Clagett is North America’s premier event for sailors with disabilities. Sail Newport, Newport, RI;

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amazing sailing in Narragansett Bay, an exhibit at Bowen’s Wharf, and exciting events in bars & establishments throughout town. Newport, RI; 24 5th Annual Calvin K. Brouwer Memorial Regatta This ECSA points event honors the man who managed sailboat races on Long Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound and the Thames River for more than half a century. Thames Yacht Club, New London, CT; 24 Around Aquidneck Island Race This event is organized by the Twenty Hundred Club and Tiverton Yacht Club.; 24 2nd Annual Charles Island SUP CUP Presented by Scoot & Paddle and the Surfrider Foundation’s Connecticut Chapter, this event is open to SUPs, kayaks, outrigger canoes & surf skis, with a 5-mile elite race, 2.25-mile recreational race, and .5-mile youth race. Surfrider’s International Surfing Day activities include live music, Kaiholounie Polynesian Dancing with audience interaction & instruction, yoga on the beach, SUP yoga, free surf, SUP & kayak demos, food trucks, raffles, giveaways and more, with 100% of proceeds to charity. Walnut Beach, Milford, CT; facebook. com/charlesislandsupcup;; 24 17th Annual Summer Sailstice This global celebration of sailing takes place on waterways all over the world, and you can win valuable prizes including a one-week bareboat charter with Sunsail, an Offshore Sailing School course, a one-year BoatU.S. Unlimited Saltwater towing membership, a Hobie Mirage i-Series kayak and much more. Register at

24 & 25 Etchells Atlantic Coast Championship This regatta is hosted by E22 Fleet 15. Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island, NY;

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24 & 25 81st Annual CIYC Distance Race City Island Yacht Club, City Island, NY; 24 & 25 32nd Annual Hudson Cove HRYRA Regatta This PHRF event is part of the Hudson River Yacht Racing Association Series. Hudson Cove Yacht Club, West Haverstraw, NY;; 24 & 25 Whalers Race This distance race is open to all multihulls with a New England Multihull Association handicap rating. New Bedford Yacht Club, South Dartmouth, MA; Don Watson:; 24 & 25 USA Junior Olympic Festival – Atlantic Coast Champs Hosted by Brant Beach Yacht Club and organized by the Brant Beach Sailing Foundation in conjunction with US Sailing, this event is open to Optimist, Club 420, Laser Radial & Laser 4.7 sailors. Brant Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach Island, NJ;; 24 & 25 JSA Racing Clinic This Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound event is hosted by Stamford Yacht Club and held in C420s, Lasers & Laser Radials. Stamford, CT; Bob Whittredge:;

25 Tappan Zee Challenge Co-sponsored by Helen Hayes Hospital, Nyack Boat Club and Sonar Fleet 23, this event includes an introduction to adaptive sailing and an adaptive sailing clinic. Sailed in Sonars, it’s open to people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and volunteers interested in learning more about adaptive sailing. Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, NY; Matthew Castelluccio: 845-786-4950; castellucciom@; 26 & 27 Law Trophy This Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound regatta is hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club and held in C420s, Lasers, Laser Radials and RS Fevas. Greenwich, CT; 27 Michael Tougias: So Close to Home The award-winning author will give a presentation about his book (co-written with Alison O’Leary), subtitled The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II. 7pm; Falmouth Historical Society, Falmouth, MA; 28 Sears Cup This event for youth sailors is hosted by The WaterFront Center and sailed in Sonars. Oyster Bay, NY; Dave Waldo:; 30 - 7/2 26th Annual WoodenBoat Show Presented by WoodenBoat Magazine, this unique show features an amazing variety of wooden watercraft, expert demonstrations, a family boatbuilding program, and much more. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; advance tickets at

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Whither The Weather, Heather? By Vincent Pica Chief of Staff, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary With dozens killed in the southeast of our country, it puts into perspective our complaints about heavy fog, drenching rain and the largely cold and damp spring that we’ve had until of late. But, like hurricanes vs the tails of hurricanes, weather like we’ve been seeing is far more likely to affect us and thus we should understand the forces at play. This column is about that.

The Lake Effect We’ve all heard of the “lake effect” where the Great Lakes dump snow on upstate New York and nearby states. Snow accumulations of 10 to 12 feet over the course of the winter in Buffalo are not unusual. The phenomenon occurs when cold air flows over the relatively warm lakes. The relative heat of the lakes leads to warming of the lowest levels of the atmosphere, which promotes rising air. When air rises in the atmosphere, it is cooled, and if enough upward motion (and thus enough cooling) results, then the air will reach its dew point and condensation will occur leading to cloud development.

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Eventually the clouds will produce precipitation.

The Ocean Effect Why doesn’t that happen here, at the seashore where all the same characteristics are at hand – warmer water, winds and cold air? In fact, it does. The ocean effect just doesn’t get as much media attention since nobody lives over the ocean, and there are no

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roads to get clogged by snow. Also, the temperature gradient isn’t as great since we don’t get as much of that Canadian cold air as they do upstate. Since most of us aren’t boating during the winter months, it isn’t much of an issue. However, with the extremes of weather we’ve been seeing, we can see the ocean effect both in the fall and the spring. And what doesn’t fall as snow falls as rain. And plenty of it, as we’ve seen. The accompanying satellite photo shows an excellent example of ocean effect conditions. Clear skies over the mainland and plenty of cloud cover over the ocean – and seashore communities. The basics are very similar to the lake effect scenario; thus, it will occur when rather cold air flows over the warmer ocean waters. Once the air has been over the water long enough (i.e. a bit offshore), it warms and rises - and clouds will form. And, if the temperature difference between the air and the water is large enough, precipitation will develop from these clouds. This situation will frequently occur behind a cold front that has moved offshore. Typically, a cold front will be accompanied by showers, then clearing skies are likely after the front has passed and the colder and drier air mass moves in. Forecasts in coastal locations will indicate this progression of events, but offshore the situation may be different with clearing skies initially followed by the ocean effect conditions described above. And remember, all ye seaside residents, Montauk is 130 miles out at sea, relative to New York City. These long shorelines of the northeast can create “at sea” weather conditions, right here on land.

So if you happen to be operating in Atlantic waters this spring when a particularly cold air mass follows a cold front, be aware that despite forecasts of clearing, windy and colder conditions, offshore it is very likely that considerable clouds will be experienced, with the potential for serious rain, at times. 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 Chief of Staff of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary First District, Southern Region, Vin Pica works closely with Captain Tucci and his staff to promote boating safety in the waters between Connecticut, Long Island and 200 nautical miles offshore. Sector Long Island Sound Command Center can be reached 24 hours a day at 203-468-4401. Editor’s note: Weekly updates for the waters from Eastport, ME to Shrewsbury, NJ including discrepancies in Aids to Navigation, chart corrections and waterway projects are listed in the USCG Local Notice to Mariners. Log onto navcen.uscg. gov, scroll to “Current Operational/Safety Information,” click on “Local Notice to Mariners” then “LNMs by CG District,” and click on “First District.”

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sound environment.

Sound on the Rebound?

Our inland sea is healthier than it’s been in years, but recent developments threaten progress By Curt Johnson, Executive Director of the Save the Sound program Long Island Sound is the engine of our region, serving as the cultural center of southern New England for centuries through fisheries, shipping, sailing, oystering, and tourism. All this activity and the millions of people who live near the Sound have put serious pressures on its health, and sometimes it’s seemed near death. Governments, scientists, nonprofits, and citizens like you have been working together for decades now to heal low-oxygen dead zones and stop sewage pollution that fouls beaches. These investments are well worth it. Recent studies have estimated Long Island Sound generates $18 billion in economic activity every year – and the cleaner the Sound gets, the more valuable it becomes. In the last few years, shoals of herring, humpback whales and osprey have come back, beginning to restore the Sound to its historical abundance. But this progress is fragile. It requires interstate cooperation, long-term commitment, and ongoing investment in scientific research. And recent events at the federal level threaten the strides we’ve made together. The president’s budget proposal would devastate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, slashing its budget by 31 percent and forcing the layoff of 2,300 staff. What good is the Clean Water Act if the EPA doesn’t have enough staff to make sure it’s being followed? Key partnerships are also at risk. The Long Island Sound Study has been leading the Sound’s restoration for more than three decades, bringing together the EPA and New York and Connecticut along with advisors from conservation organizations and academia to protect water quality, restore coastal habitats, and educate youth. As of this writing, its fate hangs in the balance. The program’s funding, along with funding for similar programs around the country, is stripped under the president’s budget. If the Long Island Sound Study is ended, the effects on our beloved inland sea could be devastating. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant, with programs in Connecticut and New York, is also killed under the proposal. It has helped expand the seaweed aquaculture industry and develop coastal resiliency projects to help shoreline communities adapt to climate change. NOAA’s long-term monitoring and research of the Sound’s waters may be affected, as well as funding it provides for state Coastal Zone Management. And budget cuts aren’t the only thing threatening the Sound. Recent executive orders bring their own problems: random elimination of longstanding regulations, weakened protections for small streams and ponds…even the rollback of the Clean Power

The return of humpback whales to the waters of Long Island Sound is encouraging, but restoring its former abundance is a job for all of us. ©

Plan could hurt the Sound by increasing carbon dioxide and fine particles that change the water’s acidity and chemical make-up. Many of these orders must go through a multi-year repeal process before they take effect, but we must remain vigilant. Save the Sound stands ready to fight these damaging proposals. Despite such attacks, the bi-partisan nature of the Congressional Long Island Sound Caucus – co-chaired by Rosa DeLauro (D, CT-3), Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) and Tom Suozzi (D, NY-3) – proves that vibrant waters are not a Republican or Democratic issue, but a human issue. Hearing that the Sound is a priority for you helps your senators and congressmen stand strong and defend it. That’s why it’s more important than ever to work together and lead at home. Whether the Long Island Sound Study is allowed to continue its good work or not, the region must keep pushing. With proposals for historic levels of funding for clean water infrastructure, New York and Connecticut are working to make a day at the beach safer while creating thousands of jobs in engineering, design, and construction. Other states can help too: Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire all have lands that drain to the Sound via the mighty Connecticut River. Reducing runoff from lawns and farms, and upgrading sewage treatment plants will pay dividends downstream by keeping excess nitrogen and bacteria out of the Sound. Lastly, you can help make the vision of a clean Sound a reality. Look out for water pollution hotspots and report them to your local news and health department, and support organizations like Save the Sound that seek out pollution and take action to stop it. Maintain your septic system or demand repairs to municipal wastewater systems to keep beaches and harbors clean. Plant a rain garden in your yard to filter water and provide native wildlife with food and shelter. And don’t neglect Hartford and Albany: call and write your state legislators. Demand strong clean water funding, and enough staff for state environmental agencies to enforce laws against polluting. Together, we can save the Sound! ■

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The Boating Barrister Tips for the Prudent Mariner By John K. Fulweiler I’m going to lend you a hand. Save your money, don’t go to law school and don’t worry about getting eighteen years of admiralty practice under your lifebelt. Just read on and my money says if you spot one of these issues and work with your admiralty attorney, you’ll steer clear of shoal waters. First, keep a lookout for deadlines. If you’re ever served with a legal document, get your attorney on the horn and don’t let the document idle on your desk. Remember too, that claims are almost always governed by statutes of limitation requiring a lawsuit be brought within a specific period of time. For instance, in most circumstances, federal maritime law imposes a two-year statute of limitations on salvage claims. Similarly, in some instances where maritime liens are not diligently prosecuted, they may be subject to dismissal even if there is no applicable statute of limitations. The takeaway is that missed deadlines can result in all kinds of bad outcomes. Second, don’t blindly sign contracts. Don’t lose your focus on what legal rights you’re abandoning just because some fancy marina has passed you a gold leaf embossed dockage contract. Always take a beat and make certain you understand your contractual rights and obligations. (Remember my old trick; begin your quick review of a contract by starting at the back end and working forward because that way you’ll usually encounter the ‘bad’ terms early in your review since they typically lurk at the end of a contract.) When the contract comes over on your email, get your admiralty attorney on the horn to review and comment on the contract. (As I’m often heard to say: “Any attorney worth their salt should be able to clear time to quickly review your contract.”) Third, get in a “dust-up” with your admiralty attorney. Lawyering is about applying the law to a set of facts and you, as the client, always know the facts better. In this way, don’t forget to contribute to the prosecution or defense of a claim. Don’t just let your defense of some claim sit with the attorney your insurer nominated, engage him or her and ask questions about the direction of the defense and the overall strategy. Whether you’re prosecuting a claim or defending against a claim, great outcomes occur as a result of teamwork and a client that drops a maritime

personal injury claim on their admiralty attorney’s desk and checks back months later may be disappointed. Separately, consider having your go-to admiralty attorney occasionally review and report on the progress being made by your insurance appointed attorney. Fourth, perform preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance shouldn’t be limited to changing fuel filters, and should also include having your admiralty attorney review your boating documents like your insurance policy, marina contract and the like. Fifth, confirm your understanding. If you’re breaking ground without having confirmed an understanding in writing, you might be sailing into bad water. Whether it’s the harbormaster telling you, “It’s not a problem” or the marina telling you to “leave her on the fuel dock,” you may be able to save downstream monies (and headaches) by confirming these sorts of representations in writing. Finally, prepare. Prepare for that summer’s voyage by checking chainplates and rewiring the bilge pump that’s been running erratically (catastrophes at sea are usually a combination of little things, so always try and eliminate the problems you’re aware of ). Prepare for having guests aboard by reminding yourself that a vessel owner owes passengers a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances (hence the ‘combat’ sailing you’d planned in the thirty knot winds might not be the best decision). And prepare for capturing the summer’s fleeting moments (no, not with a camera, but by being – as the guru might say – in the moment). Underway and making way. ■

Lawyering is about applying the law to a set of facts and you, as the client, always know the facts better. In this way, don’t forget to contribute to the prosecution or defense of a claim.

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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. Reeds Ocean Handbook By Bill Johnson Published by Adlard Coles Nautical 176 pages, paperback $15 Written to compliment the Royal Yachting Association Ocean Yachtmaster course, Reeds Ocean Handbook is a pocket-sized reference guide for sailors planning to extend their horizons beyond coastal waters. Chapters (color-coded for instant accessibility) include World Climate, Route Planning, Ocean Navigation, Astro (celestial) Navigation, Yacht preparation, Heavy Weather Sailing and Strom Tactics, Communication, Passage Making, and Risks and Emergencies. Just the right size to keep in a jacket pocket for at-the-helm reference, this comprehensive guide for anyone planning to sail offshore is also available as an eBook. Author Bill Johnson swapped a career as an engineer for long distance sailing, and stopped logging his ocean miles somewhere around 50,000. A sailing instructor for 10 years, he is also the author of Reeds Crew Handbook and Manoeuvring, both published by Adlard Coles Nautical. ■

Each chapter highlights a region’s wines, beers and spirits, interspersed with tasty facts about procuring and preparing regional “nibbles.” These recipes (with metric measurements, so you may need a conversion chart) are enticing, and the one for stuffed mussels with parsley, garlic and Parmesan had this reviewer contemplating a trip to Havelock, New Zealand, the green shell mussel capital of the world. The final chapter covers rum, gin, whisky, vodka and tequila, with directions for mixing cocktails based on those spirits. There’s even a section on crafting tasty nonalcoholic cocktails…if that subject ever comes up with your crew. Fiona Sims is also the author of The Boat Cookbook, Guide to Wine, and Wine Made Simple. She has written on food and drink for many publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Delicious, Decanter and The Caterer. She has travelled to vineyards, breweries and distilleries throughout the world, and spends a fair amount of her time in the best bars. ■

The Boat Drinks Book

A different tipple in every port

By Fiona Sims Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 176 pages paperback $20 Much more than a collection of cocktail recipes, The Boat Drinks Book is a beautifully illustrated guide to favorite libations at sailing destinations around the world and the best foods to enjoy with them. Author Fiona Sims begins with tips for creating a well-equipped bar on your boat, then visits ports on both sides of the Atlantic before venturing into the Med, the Baltic, Pacific and Caribbean.

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


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Sail Black Rock Celebrates Five Years of Smooth Sailing Success

Island Sound and a variety of interesting entertainment facilities. Weekends at “The Cove” feature live bands at the restaurant and bar, drawing several Sail Black Rock racers aboard CUSH hundred laughing and during the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta dancing patrons. It makes for a festive, animated atmosphere. As the morning mist lifted from SBC’s sail training the surface of the inner harbor classroom is strategically waters, a recently donated teak located, for those with quarterboard was hung over the a sweet tooth, across sailing school door at Sail Black from the ice cream shop Rock in Black Rock, CT. Five and diagonally from the years ago, Sail Black Rock (SBR) candy shop on the Capdidn’t exist except as a bucket list tain’s Cove boardwalk. item in the mind of the program’s Of the 25 shops on the founder and Program Director, boardwalk, these two Dave White. Dave wanted to give are the young sailors’ back to sailing, a sport that has favorite. During the helped him in several important Great Oaks National facets of his life. Dave reminisced Qualifier (high school), about how sailing each visiting sailor is treated to an old fashioned, provided a stress outlet hand scooped ice cream cone. When asked about while he was in college, their experience at the Great Oaks, secondary opened doors for his school sailors invariably mention the free cones. commercial real estate Captain’s Cove provides an entertaining and business, and gave his pleasant venue for the 400 plus visiting youth family a way to spend sailors at the half dozen college and high school quality time together regattas hosted by SBR each year, including the on their Sweden Yachts New England Intercollegiate Freshman Cham34. In recent years, it’s pionship and the 2017 inaugural high school given him solace during intersectional, The Catholic Cup. The Catholic peaking challenges of Cup will be open to all competitive secondary business and family high school teams that are members of the Interhealth. Dave further scholastic Sailing Association, the national governing body of high expounded, “Sailing, if This floating dock at Captain’s Cove Seaport is used by the Sacred Heart and school sailing in the U.S. “This is an effective recruiting tool as kept in balance, can be Fairfield University sailing teams. we are expecting schools from Annapolis, Maryland to Portland, a healthful asset of our Maine with highly skilled sailors,” said Sail Black Rock Principal lives, providing physical Race Officer Jamie Fales. Competing sailors will win custom and mental exercise and a close-to-nature source of joy.” handmade sailor’s knot bracelets from Mystic Knotworks, in gold, SBR provides competitive sailing opportunities for youth silver and bronze rope colors denoting the Olympic medal awards. sailors. The fundamental goal is to promote commitment to the Of course, both skipper and crew from each team (A & B) receive sport with an equal focus on competition and fun. SBR coaches the bracelets in addition to having their team’s name engraved on and sailors emphasize fun, with barbecues on the dock featuring the perpetual trophies. This year, in order to attract more sailors to soft drink sponsor, Regatta Ginger Beer. After hosted regatthe regattas, SBR will be giving away classically framed America’s tas wrap up for the day, SBR provides Regatta Ginger Beer and Cup Hull 17 Official Posters and ORACLE TEAM USA caps aupizzas from Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, voted “Best Pizza tographed by Jimmy Spithill! The first ones were given away at the in America.” If a sailor’s parent doesn’t bake cookies for dessert New England Freshman Championship – The Priddy Trophy – on the race committee usually serves Nabisco Mallomars, the classic April 22. s’more-type cookie dating back to 1913. Regatta Ginger Beer, SBR has expanded to over 25 boats including a fleet of 14 Pepe’s Pizza and Mallomars…what could be better after a fun day FJ sailing dinghies, small keelboats and a large keelboat on loan. A of short course dinghy racing? new fleet of 18 420s is on the drawing boards for 2019. “It seems The sailing teams of Fairfield University and Sacred Heart time to get new boats once they become older than the freshmen University are hosted by Sail Black Rock at Captain’s Cove sailing them,” quipped Coach White. All of SBR’s FJs were proSeaport in Black Rock. Created by visionary Kaye Williams, this fessionally, structurally refurbished last winter and coupled with unique venue is ideal for youth sailing with easy access to Long 46 May 2017 WindCheck Magazine

sails purchased in fall 2015, will eke out another few seasons. Last educator and high integrity, Ginny enjoys sharing her wisdom fall, SBR started a small keelboat program with the refurbishment with young sailors while imparting genuine life lessons. Ginny has also engaged her brother, sailing icon Dave Perry, to deliver special of an Yngling. Fairfield and Sacred Heart are practicing independently in J/70s at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy each week, with “rules” sessions to help SBR sailors advance to the next level. Another coach who dedicates countless hours is Jill Fattibene, a 2014 future regattas planned at Brown in Sonars and Salve Regina in graduate of Old Dominion University and their nationally ranked Ynglings. powerhouse team. Jill brings an uber-positive attitude and smile to In addition to the small keelboat program, Sacred Heart and every practice, and a cutting edge perspective to race training. Fairfield have sailed as a combined crew for several years aboard The final highlights of these five years has been the generosDave Otterbein’s Tripp 37 Breakaway. They’ve competed in the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Inter- Rules guru Dave Perry presents a chalk talk in the Sail Black ity of fellow boat owners through donations of boats and equipment and collegiate Offshore Regatta, host- Rock clubhouse. volunteer coach and director support. ed by Larchmont Yacht Club, SBR received major discounts or gifts and won their division in the from many boating businesses as well 2014 Vineyard Race. In 2015 as direction from professional coaches and 2016, the teams raced the and sailors. It also helps to be frugal, J/105 CUSH, graciously loaned which can be said of some of the by Gardner Horan, a member leaders. Abandoned boats at Captain’s of Black Rock Yacht Club. Team Cove have been repurposed as staging members David Tampellini, barges, docks headed for the landfill Lillian Vincens, Mitchell Owen, were rebuilt, and a recent ‘dumpster Lauren Ten Hoopen, Rebecca dive’ yielded a reusable 300-foot anchor Rutkiewicz, and Christin Ashley rode. The flagship of the donated vescompeted at a very high level sels is a 1978 fiberglass Grand Banks against seasoned offshore teams. 32 which will be primarily “It was a challenging regatta on used for offset staging by a boat most of us had never been on before but we all did visiting sailors. The Grand our best,” said Lillian Vincens, Sophomore Captain of FairBanks was used for the first field. “Next year, when we have more experience, I’m sure time last November, when we will dominate.” David Tampellini, Senior Captain for the last minute cancellation SHU, exclaimed, “As the first time driving the boat after of a hosted regatta ended up usually being on the bow, it was quite an exhilarating exin the SBR armada invading perience to be in charge of the crew while zipping between nearby Pequot Yacht Club millions of dollars’ worth of boats on the racecourse. The in Southport. “Eight sailing smiles never left our faces!” dinghies including seven FJs SBR is proud to be environmentally responsible, and a Laser, Coach Brian’s rerecently declaring that all future hosted regattas will be desstored classic 17-foot Whaler, ignated as Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas (sailorsforthour donated red inflatable, with individual plastic and the GB 32 braved the water bottles banned and 24 other points of sustainability 3-foot seas after rounding honored. This initiative is led by coaches Jill Fattibene and Penfield Reef on the five-mile Brian Reilly with assistance from SHU Captain David slog to the main dock, unanTampellini. SBR recently formed an environmental comORACLE TEAM USA swag was nounced, at Pequot YC,” said mittee co-headed by SHU Captain Tampellini and Senior Sean given away at the Priddy Trophy, Timony. “This is a global leadership program bringing awareness an Inter-collegiate Sailing Associa- Dave White. “Did I mention we were not expected? Some of environmental issues and movements not only to the sport of tion regatta hosted by Sail Black Rock last month. 35 sailors in total were sailing and our teams but also to our universities,” said Tampellini. graciously welcomed, but we “In 2017 we will begin switching over to water-based, eco-friendly were soon informed that we had to leave due to the pending start bottom paint for our powerboats and larger sailboats.” Brian of Dyer frostbiting. It was a blue water day in sailing dinghies no Reilly, former SHU Team Captain and now SBR Coach, has led one will forget.” several ad hoc harbor shore clean ups. “Each season we fill large Sail Black Rock is looking forward to continued growth garbage bags full of mostly plastic debris,” he said. Another highlight of SBR’s past half-decade is the dedication and many more years of fair winds and calm waters. All offers of of its coaches, especially Head Race Coach Ginny Perry Worcester, volunteerism and donations of boats and equipment are always welcome. For further information, contact Program Director Dave who is the foundation of the organization’s race training. Drawing White at ■ on a lifetime of world-class sailing, experience as a professional

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Preparation and Success in High School Sailing By Clemmie Everett There are many factors that affect your performance in a race: boatspeed, strategy, tactics, and of course, a little bit of luck. But don’t overlook the importance of preparation: making sure you have everything you need to help you perform at your best and sail with maximum speed. In high school sailing, the work done to prepare before you even get to the starting line is often the difference between the top of the fleet and the middle (or worse). Before you even get to the course, make sure that you’re at your best. Begin hydrating the day before the event. A good night’s sleep will do wonders for your decision making under

pressure and your ability to deal with setbacks on the racecourse. Start your day with a solid breakfast and drink water throughout the day, even when the weather’s cold (so pack a refillable water bottle). Be sure to pack a healthy lunch and snacks that will tide you through the day without causing a sugar rush or low. Ideally, you have also pulled your gear together the day before your event. High school (and college) sailors are fortunate in that boats are provided at the venue, but there’s still plenty that you’ll need to ensure peak performance. Check the weather forecasts and pack appropriately – drysuit, wetsuit, spray gear, boots, lifejacket, gloves, hat, and sunglasses. Remember a digital watch to count down the starting sequence. Be sure that you have sufficient layers to wear underneath, as well as an extra layer and some dry clothes in case they’re needed. If it’s going to rain or you’re sailing at a venue without shelter for off sets, bring a jacket to wear over everything else to stay warm when you’re not sailing. It’s easy to forget sunscreen on a cool, overcast day, but beware – those can be some of the worst burn days! And a plastic bag or spare garbage bag to store wet gear at the end of the day can also be essential. You should also have a small tool bag so you can tweak anything in your boat. At the very least, you should have a multitool/knife with a blade, pliers, and screwdriver. Have some extra ring dings, a roll of electrical tape, yarn or magnetic tape for tell tales. Duct tape can be handy in a pinch – roll a few feet around an old credit card or old hotel room key to compactly bring some along. Bring a bailer, and even though it will be securely tied to a halyard, bring a spare just in case.

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Postponements are part of the sport of sailing. You will need to learn to shift mental gears from race mode to relaxed mode, and of course to flip the switch back to race mode as the conditions change. Some sailors like to have a newspaper or book on hand. Others find that they don’t want to sit and read, but can play cards or toss a Frisbee. Figure out what works for you and be prepared with the appropriate materials. You never plan to be in a protest, but they’re part of the sport. Even if you stay clear of The Room, it’s helpful to be able to look up references in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions – have a rulebook on hand or the digital version on a smartphone. Weather and current information for the venue will be essential for planning race strategy. There are plenty of good weather apps and websites – find a few that you like and check multiple forecasts to get a sense of what you might see. Similarly, the Internet or an Eldridge Tide and Pilot book can help you with high and low tide times. Try to supplement that information by asking a local how the forecasted conditions are likely to play out in your venue. Finally, bring a good joke to tell your skipper/crew in case you need to lighten the mood after a bad race or during a weather delay! When you step into your boat, drain and bail to make sure you’re completely dry, check the rig tension, make sure your mainsail is all the way up, tape up any loose ring dings, and get excited! You’re ready to win! ■ Clemmie Everett is the Head Varsity Sailing Coach at Rye Country

Well prepared, well rested racers always perform better than those that left an important piece of gear at home or stayed up late the night before a regatta. © Clemmie Everett

Day School in Rye, NY. She and teammates Alix Hahn, Carolyn Russell and Erin Sprague won the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship, which was hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye.

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May 2017




Sailing by the Numbers By Joe Cooper Last month, I attended a yacht design contest at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence, Rhode Island. The Cuffee School is named for one of the early successful black businessmen in the New Bedford whaling industry. As befits most inner city populations today, a vast swath, the bulk I’d guess, of the middle school population in Providence are not Anglo Saxon by ancestry. Several years ago, I was invited to be a judge in the school’s fifth grade boat design competition (Don’t yer love Rhode Island?). Me, kids, boats…what’s not to like? So I went. I have been a semi-regular judge every couple of years since. The young men and women of the fifth grade are introduced to the sciences of boat design in a semester-long subject theme. They study hull shapes, drag, stability, speed (think gutter racing, with a big fan to help), do tests including their own boats (built with your basic collection of grade school project paper and Elmer’s), observe, draw conclusions, report on their findings including graphs, then finally mount this information on presentation boards on tables in the lunch room. Teams of three students then present their creations for judging by characters like myself. Think of the Ocean State marine industry and there is someone – usually about 8 to 10 of us – from some part of it there as a judge. Judges are asked to review two teams each, and armed with clipboards, judging sheets and pens, off we go… and it is a hoot. The students have a punch list of things they need to do in the presentation: explain the science (at fifth grade level), describe their findings, defend their findings under questioning and so on, with an emphasis on clarity of description. Each of the team members has a part to say. The range of boats is remarkable, resembling a cross section of boat design concepts from the last 150 years. Such Kapers are a wonderful part of the Rhode Island sailing community. The next day was the second Friday Night Lights regatta of the season at Sail Newport. This was the brainchild of Kate Wilson (our January/February 2017 On Watch subject; wind- and started about three or four years ago. Four high school teams sail out of Sail Newport: Prout, Rogers (Newport), Middletown and Portsmouth High School, the latter three all on Aquidneck Island. The collective ‘we’ invite other schools to come and play and the result is close to 80 high school sailors, coaches and assorted parents, and the occasional Fort Adams walker stopping to admire these kids sailing in the chilly early spring. WindCheck contributing photographers Matt Cohen and Steve Cloutier come over to memorialize the afternoon’s adventures. Matt set up a Facebook page – FNL at Newport Yacht Club & Sail Newport – and he goes out in one of the RIBs to shoot a stack of pictures, then puts the best on the FB page. Steve has a drone, but anything to do with drones is normally verboten at Fort Adams. However, Sail Newport’s Regatta & Marketing Director Kim Cooper, who like all the Sail Newport staff seems to be everywhere at once, procured us a drone flight permit from the ever-supportive Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management – in less than 12 hours, I might add – so we are able to follow the racing from 100 feet up. In what Steve says is pretty leading edge stuff, we live stream it to the FNL page…and with yours truly doing the commentary, why it’s almost like the America’s Cup…sort of. A recent Friday, however, was a bit of an eye opener. I have remarked before on the prevalence of young women in high school sailing – the Prout team is 80% girls – but young black sailors are seldom seen. That this is the case was brought home to me both by seeing the preponderance of young black kids in the Cuffee School, but even more dramatically by the lone black sailor hailing from Rocky Hill School, one of our guest teams that Friday night. The impact of this was dramatic; literally black and white. Well OK, Rhode Island has only about a five percent black population compared to 81 percent white, and Rocky Hill is not a public school, but still, the prevailing emotion for me, really, was sadness. The laundry list of why this is, or might be, would take up several columns, but it’s possible for this to change, and in fact over the next perhaps 20 years it just might. At the Providence Boat Show in February, I met a bloke who turned out to be a teacher at a North Providence (still inner city) high school and we got into a discussion about the boat building program at his school, of which he is the driving force. It is exciting stuff, for me, for him and for the students. At the Cuffee event, I spoke with a fellow from the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and he told me there are now a couple high schools in the North Providence area where the entire curriculum is based on maritime themes. From the practical, they build plywood Optis, and all of the regular subjects revolve around the maritime environment. For instance, they read Moby-Dick for English and for American History they study shipwrecks and the stories behind what these ships were doing and how they got wrecked. Other topics include slaving, trading, privateers, international commerce, wars, the physics and society of sailing ships, and the formation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, the ancestor of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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People ask me what I do, and after a few descriptive words: Coach, consultant, instructor, writer, speaker, expert witness, my next phrase is, “If you can make a sentence with ‘sailing’ in it, I can do something connected to it.” I ask the young sailors I work with if they like school and the range of answers is predictable. I tell them to keep the faith because I was hopeless at high Chase Mulvaney, a senior at Rocky Hill school. Hated it. I spent School in East Greenwich, RI, rigs up a good part of my high at a recent Friday Night Lights regatta school days gazing out at Sail Newport. the windows, which in © Matthew Cohen Photography one part of the school looked out over the Tasman Sea to the horizon, some 50 miles away, given the high cliffs my school was sited on. From the other side I could gaze across Sydney Harbor…the ferries, including the hydrofoils, the still-building Opera House, the bridge, boats out sailing, and off to the Blue Mountains, 50 miles the other way. With such a view, it was no wonder I could not pay attention. The good news, though, is that almost everything I know about anything I have learned since high school is all from sailing and related adventures. Pick a word, topic, or subject area of human endeavor and I can relate it back to what I have learned about said topic through sailing and boats. Passion cannot be taught. But being taught things that engage and inspire, things that get you excited and wanting to know more, well that’s a great way to develop passion. I was fortunate in the location of my elementary and high schools and how my passion for sailing and related Kapers was inspired. The kids in Providence do not, I’ll wager, have anything so inspiring as my view from high school windows. On the other hand, I reckon if I was at their high school, studying all things maritime, I would be getting pretty passionate about sailing, too. And as the original Captain Cuffee is living (…well, deceased) proof of, passion for the sea is, as the phrase goes, color blind. ■ 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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VAruna Victorious in the St. Thomas International Regatta! By Martin van Breems With a crew of 10, including six members or students and four instructors, Team Sound Sailing Center (SSC) managed a hard fought win in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta on our VAr 37 VAruna. Yours truly, founder of SSC and Dutchman, was the Captain (that’s me with the pith helmet in the photo, as always!). Working forward on the rail is Sean Hussey of Norwalk, CT, Sound Sailing’s Operations Manager and Instructor, followed by Bill McGowan of Greenwich, CT and the Old Greenwich Yacht Club, who served as our Head Relationship Coach and was at the Mast with Sean. Next to Bill is Dr. Jim Boyle, a UConn Professor of Meteorology and longtime SSC Instructor and Navigator. SSC member Thomas Murphy of Eastchester, NY is fourth in the row, and was a Genoa Trimmer. In the middle, longtime SSC student, member, and brokerage customer Dr. Richard DeBenedetto of New York was on Mainsheet. Rick has done numerous St. Thomas Regattas, which SSC started doing back in 1999! Next is Geoff McCuskey of Cincinnati, OH, a former SSC Instructor, who covered Tactics and is hard at work keeping an eye on things. Looking at you is Colette Pervais van Breems, my wife and an HR professional at Unilever. Colette and I doublehanded VAruna back to Norwalk from Bermuda, so she’s pretty seaworthy! SSC Member and troop leader John Kupsch covered Foredeck with Sean and kept everyone on the ball, and is busy strategizing with John Roberts, also of the Old Greenwich YC and a SSC student.   Day 1 started with 3-5 knots for the downwind sail to St. Thomas Harbor, although 15 was forecast. I and several other crewmembers had spent hours cleaning the bottom the afternoon before and that morning, inspired by our less than impressive performance in the Round the Rocks Race. Our bumper crop of small barnacles had to go! We were first over the line on the downwind start and no one really paid attention to us, the one advantage of doing poorly! VAruna has a full batten jib, which we found quite effective off the wind in the Newport Bermuda Race and we were able to stay ahead of the fleet for much of the race. When we pulled in, we discovered we had won! We had another good start for the race back, when this photo was taken. Obviously, the wind had filled in. Normally we trade off driving, but keeping the boat perfectly dialed in while changing drivers proved difficult, so I stayed on the helm. We convincingly won the second race also, proving to be fast both upwind and downwind.   After the race, a competitor said our rating was wrong, as the battens in our jib constituted a pole. I had investigated this for the Newport Bermuda Race, whose organizers did not consider full length battens to be a pole. The next morning I discussed the battens with the Caribbean Sailing Association measurer. We headed out again, and earned a solid win in the windward- leeward race. The second race was a longer reach to Reef Bay of St.

Team Sound Sailing Center sailed VAruna to first place in the NonSpinnaker class in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta. © STIR/

John (one of my favorite harbors) and we came in third. First was Odyssey, a Beneteau 44.7 which had a crack crew including Chris Rosenberg, one of the best sailors in the area and two other Group 1 (pro) racers. Odyssey had won several times. Second was Lazy Dog, a beautiful new Grand Soleil 58, also sailed by a former Beneteau First owner who had won in the past. Hotel California, a cruising Santa Cruz 70, could also be wickedly fast. Not only did we place third, but in the first race the day before, we were now in second place! The pressure was on.    On Day 3, we knew Odyssey would be gunning for us, but we managed another excellent start and sailed away with good air in 16-20 knots, for a twice around windward-leeward. Since I knew Odyssey would cover us, I sailed all the way to the windward corner, then sailed a little past and tacked. Unfortunately, they eventually got free and over to our side of the course, and parked themselves above us. We cracked off a bit and passed them, buying some boat speed, but eventually they caught up and continued to cover us. Then we headed up and slowed a bit, they took off, and we followed. We were too far away to cover them, and they managed some additional distance while some of the large Danish boats decided to play with us!   In the end, we finished the first race in second place, with Odyssey in first. With no margin left, the last race would decide things. If we won, we’d nail first, otherwise they were the winners. The second race was another island cruise, like the one where we took third place.    The start was tight, and Odyssey was over early…our first break. We took off with good clear air, and stayed ahead of them until the windward mark. We were able to cover and hang with them on a long downwind down the Pillsbury Sound. Halfway back up, we were still only a few minutes behind them, and it was looking good that we would win. Then they sailed inside Stevens Cay, just off the harbor of Cruz Bay, which was a race mark. They passed it on the wrong side!  By going inside, they gained a big advantage of less current and no waves. The rules forbid outside assistance, but required us to protest as soon as possible, which we did, while they still had time to tack over. They ignored the calls. By sailing the wrong course, they were required to withdraw, Continued on next page

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Family Takes On the Heineken Regatta in a Cat

Every sailor has heard of the infamous St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held every March in St. Maarten, FWI. Crystal clear waters, a truly international sailor base with over 2,500 participants, and the world’s elite of sailing yachts. What more can a crew eager to go racing ask for? The Tarjan family (Flo, Victor, Philippe and Gregor) entered their German/French-built Bavaria-Nautitech 40 Open catamaran FLO 2 in the Offshore Multihull division in this year’s Heineken Regatta. Gregor, the CEO and Founder of the well-known New York-based multihull dealership Aeroyacht Ltd, was at the helm. Winds were forecast to be fresh easterlies with 25-knot trade winds blowing constantly with very little deviation. Deciding to carry full sail, the Tarjans pushed their fast cruising catamaran hard. Despite messing up both starts, they claimed line honors in the first race. “The second day of the regatta was mayhem, with dozens of broken masts and booms” Gregor reported. FLO 2 remained strong, finishing third on corrected time on the second day. “The Heineken Regatta is the largest warm water regatta in the world and should be on the bucket list for every sailor,”

Philippe, Gregor and Victor Tarjan share a moment aboard FLO 2 during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. © Flo Tarjan

Gregor enthused. The 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is scheduled for March 1- 4, 2018. Visit for more information. To learn more about multihulls available at Aeroyacht Ltd including Bavaria-Nautitech, Sunreef Yachts, Outremer Catamarans and various power cats as well as charter ownership opportunities, log onto ■

Continued from page 52 giving us an easy first place in the end. Of course it would have been more satisfying to beat them, but clearly we were more than competitive against them, and earned our spot on the podium.    After a few hours of work shifting VAruna back into cruiser mode, we danced late into the night. We all were beat up and sore from four days of hard racing, but having been up on the podium was an unbelievable high, especially for me given that I had done the St. Thomas International Regatta at least 12 times. A good boat, a good crew and excellent sailing won the day for Team Sound Sailing Center. ■ Martin van Breems is the Founder and President of Sound Sailing Center in Norwalk, CT as well as Dutchmar, makers of the Dutchman Sail Flaking System, SailCase, Boom Brake, Zoom Jib Boom and other innovative sail handling hardware. To learn more, visit and Sound Sailing Center is the US Agent for VAr Yachts, builders of the VAr 37 and VAr 44. For more information, log onto The 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) was held March 24 - 26 out of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing,’ the STIR is renowned for its serious racing reputation that attracts the latest yacht designs and hottest one-design classes as well as the greatest skippers and crews from around the globe. The 45th edition is set for March 23- 25, 2018. Visit for details.

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May 2017


Vestas Teams Up with 11th Hour Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race

mote our new vision and market-leading energy solutions in our key markets and engage with customers,” said Vestas President and CEO Anders Runevad. It’s also an ideal fit for 11th Hour Racing, a Newport-based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation which establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote systemic change for the health of our marine environment. “Our partnership with 11th Hour Racing sends a

Vestas are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing at simultaneous events in Newport, Rhode Island and Aarhus – where it was also announced that the fleet will make a ‘fly by’ of the Danish city on the final leg. Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team is the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which starts October 22, 2016, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world. Enright, a native of Bristol, RI, and Towill (Kaneohe, HI) had their first Volvo Ocean Race experience as skipper and Team Director of Team Alvimedica in 2014-15. “It’s an exciting time,” said Enright at a press conference hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI on Tuesday, March 21. “We’ve achieved a strong collective of sponsors, and the boat has now been refitted and Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright will lead Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. © Stephen Cloutier/ branded in Lisbon, waiting for us to get over there and get it out on the water. We’re working hard on building a competitive team ahead of the race, and have very strong signal with two leading players within sustainability combining forces to promote sustainable solutions within wind a couple of transatlantic sailings lined up for April and May.” and water,” added Runevad. The Vestas 11th Hour Racing campaign is a unique plat Wendy Schmidt, 11th Hour Racing Co-Founder and form for Vestas to promote its vision, which is to be the global President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, said, “Mark leader in sustainable energy solutions. “The Volvo Ocean Race and Charlie have been serving as ambassadors for 11th Hour is a proven platform for Vestas and a unique strategic fit to proRacing for the past two years, having witnessed firsthand during the last Volvo Ocean Race the many ways pollution and plastic debris are destroying ocean life and threatening all of us. Our partnership with Vestas is about inspiring positive change in the way we think about energy and the natural resources of the planet.” This is the second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race for Vestas (pictured here in the 2014-15 edition). © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race 54 May 2017 WindCheck Magazine

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner is pleased to welcome Vestas back to the event. © Stephen Cloutier/

Vestas competed in 2014-15 as Team Vestas Wind – running aground on Leg 2 and rebuilding the boat against all odds to make a landmark return in Lisbon at the start of Leg 8. This is only the second time in VOR history, and the first since 199394, that three major team sponsors have returned for a second consecutive race – with Vestas, Dongfeng and MAPFRE all back on the start line. Team AkzoNobel take the total number of confirmed teams to four with seven months still to go to the start of the race.

The Volvo Ocean Race also revealed that a mark of the course will ensure the fleet will sail close to Dokk1 in Aarhus on the final leg of the 2017-18 race between Gothenburg and The Hague – giving the people of the city a great view of the competing teams on their One Design Volvo Ocean 65s. “The teams will be on their final leg after racing 45,000 miles and to round the mark off Aarhus will be a great challenge for the fleet, who I’m sure will receive a welcome boost from the Danish public,” said Mark Turner, Volvo Ocean Race CEO. “Denmark has a great history with this race already and today another chapter is written as Aarhus is added to the course.” Twenty-five Danish sailors have competed in the race to date and two teams have raced under the Danish flag – SAS Baia Viking in 1985-86 and Team Vestas Wind in 2014-15. Vestas 11th Hour Racing will sail under Danish and American flags. The teams will depart Alicante, Spain on October 22 and race 45,000 nautical miles around the world with stops at Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg before the finish in The Hague. For more information, visit ■

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The Around Long Island Regatta has a New Start in New York Harbor Last winter, Around Long Island Regatta Co-Chairmen Jim Aikman and Doug Wefer got to thinking about how to make the 40-year-old race even more spectacular, more accessible and dynamic. Their solution? To relocate the start to New York Harbor. For the first 40 years the Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) has started well south of the Verrazano Bridge, out of sight of those on land. In 2017, the ALIR will start very much within sight of the New York City shoreline. The Sea Cliff Yacht Club is proud to announce that this year, with Lady Liberty as the dramatic background, the start of the 41st Annual Around Long Island Regatta will be right at the base of lower Manhattan, visible to spectators for the first time. Surrounded by the towers of Wall Street, the shorelines of both Brooklyn and New Jersey, an expected 100 plus boats in various divisions will start their 205-mile journey circumnavigating Long Island on Thursday, July 27. Starting the ALIR in New York Harbor requires a whole new group of resources. Aikman and Wefer knew they needed some local support in the harbor and reached out to the Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ. The General Manager of

Liberty Landing Marina, Jason Dalli, loved the idea. “We have always had competitors stopover on the way to the start of the ALIR,” said Dalli. “We are delighted to have the start in New York Harbor and to be a more integral part of the event.” Boats can dock overnight and be ready for the start Thursday. There is even a marine supply store at Liberty Landing Marina for those last minute supplies. The pre-race Captains’ Meeting will be held at Liberty Landing Marina the night before. Also getting involved, by providing the Starting Committee support and support boats, will be the Manhattan Yacht Club. Sponsors and invited guests may watch the start from the deck

Spectators aboard the Honorable William Wall, the Manhattan Yacht Club’s floating clubhouse, will have a great view for the start of the 41st Around Long Island Regatta. ©

of the club’s floating clubhouse, the Honorable William Wall. “Being aboard the Willy Wall for the start offers a terrific up-close opportunity to be part of the event,” said Aikman. The starting sequence for the First Division will begin at 2:00 PM. Subsequent divisions will start at ten minute intervals. Private boats, charters, passing ferries and shore spectators can view each start as the competitors jockey for position. From the start, the boats will head out through lower New York Harbor, under the Verrazano Bridge and turn east along Long Island’s south shore to Montauk. From Montauk, competitors will head across to the north shore’s Orient Point and then make their way back west to the finish in Hempstead HarJohn Kedzierski’s Maxi 82 Fazisi, representing the Polish Yachting Association in the 2015 Around Long bor off of Sea Cliff. The Awards Island Regatta, was built for the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race. ©

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JUNE Continued

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The Mudhead Benefit Cup is July 15 at Mystic Shipyard For over 25 years, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced to raise funds and awareness for Center for Hospice Care SECT, and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association is once again hosting the Mudhead Benefit Cup on Saturday, July 15 at Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, CT. The Mudheads have made the most of their opportunities to manage races over the years, winning many awards from the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) for ‘Best Managed Race.’ The Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go To Regatta” on the ECSA circuit, and 2017 promises another exciting weekend of music, food, racing and days and nights of full-on fun! Following Saturday’s racing is the infamous Mudhead MegaParty, under the tent at Mystic Shipyard. Festivities commence at 5 pm, with a buffet dinner provided by Mohegan Sun, a full bar, silent auction, prize drawings and live music and dancing. For the ninth consecutive year, the Mudhead Benefit Cup is a certified Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta, with the Mudheads pledging their commitment to clean waters and shores and vowing to and encourage others to fulfill the requirements set forth by Sailors for the Sea. These include disqualifying any boat observed discharging trash into the water, providing recycling containers on shore and encouraging their use, including a list of non-toxic cleaning products in each skipper’s packet, keeping the shore clean of debris, and once again implementing a system to decrease the use of plastic water bottles.

“We are committed to running our race as cleanly as we can,” said Mudhead Past Commodore Bob Austin-LaFrance. “By signing up as a Silver Level Clean Regatta, we hope to create a focus for sailors in southeastern Connecticut for keeping our oceans and shorelines healthy.” Mudhead Race Committee Chairman Greg Gilmartin added, “It’s common sense: no trash overboard, no discharging of waste, recycle your paper and cans, and have a good time on the water and at the party on shore.” Mudheads are well known for their ability to run a rockin’ regatta, but how many of these sailors can actually rock on guitar… or drums…or at the mike? Well, you can find out – and join the fun – the night before the Benefit Cup at the Racer’s Jam, which kicks off at 6 pm Friday, July 14 under the tent at Mystic Shipyard. Beverages will be served, and Munchies food truck will be on site. Sailors and non-sailors are cordially invited, as are musicians and non-musicians. Join your favorite rockin’ sailors to achieve the Mudheads’ goal of 100 guitars on stage! All proceeds benefit Center for Hospice Care SECT, a community-based, non-profit organization located in Norwich, CT. Center for Hospice Care SECT provides care in the home, and often in skilled nursing facilities, for those facing the end of their life, regardless of age, disease or inability to pay. The organization also provides bereavement services for families free of charge, regardless of whether their loved one died under Hospice care or not. For more information and to register, log onto mudhead. org. To learn more about the Center for Hospice Care SECT, visit ■ On the racecourse, the stage and the dance floor, Mudheads Rock! © Carl Tjerandsen

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Gotham Multihulls Regatta is June 3 & 4

“We’re Rocking the Boat with SailAhead!”

Participants in the Gotham Multihulls Regatta will have great views of Manhattan. © Laurent Apollon Images

The fourth edition of the Gotham Multihulls Regatta, on June 3 & 4, will be again a celebration of seamanship and conviviality in one of the most spectacular harbors of the East Coast. Hosted by the Richmond County Yacht Club in Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island, NY, Gotham Multihulls 2017 is also part of the New England Multihull Association (NEMA) racing schedule, counting for the annual championship. A dozen or more multihulls, including the new and exhilarating Diam 24 OD (the one-design trimaran of the Tour de France a la Voile), will compete on courses between Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The racecourse will take the fleet to Coney Island, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, with the Manhattan skyline making the Gotham one of the most photogenic regattas. The crew at SailAhead will assist with logistics and form the race committee team. Created in 2014 by two teenagers from Long island, Kilian and Sean Duclay, SailAhead helps Armed Forces veterans deal with PTSD through sailing. All year long, the organization offers sailing experiences, from daysailing to cruising and racing, to over 1,000 veterans. Their motto is “Healing wounded veterans through sailing, in all weather, in all seasons.” The Gotham is proud to help another wonderful organization, Rocking The Boat, a non-profit organization in the Bronx that uses boatbuilding, sailing, rowing and STEM-based education programs to help young people develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them.

Two skippers, Mike Divon and Glenn Reed, have offered guest spots aboard their boats – a Corsair 37 named Milk & Honey and a Condor 38 named Intruder, respectively – to be auctioned at Rocking the Boat’s ‘Whitehall Award’ fundraiser at New York Yacht Club on Tuesday, May 9. To learn more, visit For the first time in this regatta’s history, the fleet will dock on Saturday, June 3 at One° 15 Brooklyn Marina, in up-and-coming Brooklyn Bridge Park. This new facility, which opened last summer, faces Manhattan and has an ultra-sleek breakwater that keeps the mooring field surprisingly calm despite its proximity to the turbulent East River. Crews docking at the marina will party at the rooftop of Fornino Pier 6 with pizzas, beer and an excellent view of the Manhattan skyline. For the convenience of out-of-town crews, ramps are available for launching. For those coming from New England, Evers Marina, minutes from I-95 on Eastchester Bay in the Bronx, has a ramp and secure parking for cars and trailers. For more information, visit Another launching ramp is located on the eastern side of Great Kills Harbor. For more information about Gotham Multihulls 2017, visit The race fee is just $50, and you can register through the NEMA website, For additional information, contact Laurent Apollon at or Andy Houlding at ■


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Sailors from Around Long Island Invited to Participate in FastGrowing Alzheimer’s Regatta Fundraiser on June 17 A record turnout is expected at Sagamore Yacht Club’s 5th Annual Alzheimer’s Regatta this summer. Cruisers and racers from Oyster Bay, NY and nearby ports are invited to sign up to participate in the race, which will be held on Saturday, June 17 in Oyster Bay. The Skippers Meeting is at noon at Sagamore YC, and the first gun is set for 1 pm. There is no entry fee for this Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound recognized pursuit race, and all boats are welcome. Skippers, you can now go to to register your boat and/or make a donation. You can be part of this worthwhile, fun event and after party celebration, which boaters have been flocking to for five years. Guest moorings are available. Funds raised will enable the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC) of Long Island to continue helping over 50,000 Long Island residents and their families deal with managing this disease on a day to day basis through care and counseling. After the race, Sagamore Yacht Club will host an After Party at 5 pm and a Caribbean-themed Dinner at 6 pm which will include a reggae band and an awards ceremony. The top fundraising skippers and crews will be recognized, and Caribbean delicacies will be featured. Dinner is complimentary for those

who donate or raise $100 or more. Others may purchase a Dinner pass for $100 per person or $150 per couple. To add to the festivities, numerous raffle prizes will be handed out, including a $1,000 gift certificate for New England Ropes running rigging donated by The Oyster Bay Marine Center. (The winner need not be present at the drawing.) Raffle tickets can be purchased online at, or after the race at the awards dinner. Racers and non-racers are welcome. Additional concurrent events include races for rowers, kayakers and paddle boarders in the well-protected, pristine waters of Oyster Bay. A Turn & Burn Relay Race for Junior Rowers, organized by the Sagamore Rowing Association (, starts at 9 am on Beekman Beach. Participants in the Paddling For Poker event for paddle boarders, kayakers and Master rowers will pick up a card at five assigned boats in the bay, and the best hand wins. Registration for Paddling for poker is at 1 pm at The WaterFront Center, with launch scheduled for 2 pm at Beekman Beach. Go to to register for these events. Sagamore Yacht Club is located at 1 Bay Avenue in Oyster Bay, and online at To learn more about ADRC, call 631-580-5100 or email

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Proceeds from the Alzheimer’s Regatta (and concurrent events for rowers, kayakers and paddle boarders) support the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center. © Kirk Larsen 2013

International Technical Industries, Inc. ( is the Event Sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Regatta, and additional sponsors include the Sagamore Yacht Club, Oakcliff Sailing, The Sagamore Rowing Association, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center. No donation to the Alzheimer’s

Disease Resource Center on Long Island is too small, and sailors can help achieve the Center’s vision of ‘A Future Free from Alzheimer’s’. Progress in the fight against this debilitating disease continues to be made, but so much more is needed. We hope to see you participate! ■

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10’ Dyer Dink 2008 - Sailing version, original owner, mint, light summer use only, teak trim & seats, tilt-up rudder, spar envelope, SEITECH dolly, boat cover. Same boat used by Riverside Frostbiting Association in CT. Asking $4,600-Warren, RI 401-245-3300.

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 22’ Cal - Located in Milford CT. Great family or couples daysailer with Triad Trailer for convenient dry sailing/storage. Roller furling jib for easy sailing. Large, sit in cockpit. Nice condition. Johnson Outboard engine. $1,700 Priced to sell! Located in Milford, CT. Contact John at 203-530-2550.

22’ Etchells 1998 - Pacesetter # 1086, 2 sets Doyle sails, open sail card, North full boat cover, 3 spin poles, forward ring frame, Tack Tick compass, double axle trailer w/ sail box, new axles 2005, new brakes, bearings 2014 $12,000. 860-227-6135

12 1/2 Doughdish 16 Herreshoff gaff rigged sloop - Yard maintained, boom tent. Excellent condition. Asking $16,750 Call Bruce: 860-235-5035 or Dana: 860912-0042

14’ Force 5 – Good condition with a cradle for trailer or beach. Be ready for Force 5 Nationals at Thames YC, New London, CT, July 26-29. $700 Call Rich 860-798-3462. 20’ Schock Harbor 2001 Keel boat Great single-hander, great condition roller-furling foil, jib, internal halyards, cockpit cover, outboard (Mercury, 4-stroke, 3.5hp) all new over last 1-3 years. Cushions, jib sock, solar panels, 2 coolers, depth finder, asymmetrical spinnaker (never used) included. $12,500 negotiable, 631-258-8028.

23’ O’Day 23-2 1978 - Keel-centerboard completely re-conditioned with all new sails, 3 jibs, 2 spinnakers. Sleeps 4. Full galley. New bulkheads, electric, water system, head. Race finish bottom. Harken roller furling, adjustable backstay, Antal winches. 7 HP Mercury outboard. An ideal pocket cruiser. Tabernacle Mast. Trailer included. $7000 Stonington, CT 860-705-1500

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

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

25’ Merit 1982 – Race or daysail. Five roller furling headsails, two spinnakers with companionway launching turtle, pole, two mains. Harken windward sheeting traveler, adjustable backstay with flicker, professionally installed Harken 35 two speed self tailing winches, four other winches. KVH Sailcomp103AC electronic compass. Built in Standard VHF, AGM battery, solar panel, depth sounder and speedo. Anchor and chain-nylon rode, fenders and dock-lines, tiller extension, boarding ladder, cabin cushions and life jackets. City Island, NY. Possible Eastchester Bay mooring. Asking $6,900. Bob at or 973-214-0093 25’ Dufour 1800 1983 - In great shape, sails in good shape, new Sunbrella interior cushions, very reliable 3hp Johnson outboard, versatile, fast, and easy to sail, winter storage paid, ready to go. Asking $6,500. Call Peter 203-410-7065

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

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

27’ J/27 - Professional maintained, race ready, proven winner. 2016/2015 Doyle racing sails, 2012 club racing sails plus older sails. New standing rigging, Tacktick electronics, lights rewired. 3.3 HP Mercury Long Shaft OB. Asking $18,500. Located Warwick, RI. Details: or 401-573-3020

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

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

31’ Island Packet 1985 - New rigging, roller furling. Yanmar diesel, new Awlgrip paint. Freshly refurbished. Asking $46,500. Call Bruce 860-235-5035 or Dana 860-912-0042 28’ Capital City Yachts Newport 1982 Inboard Yanmar, teak interior, hot water heater, Bimini, Edson wheel, many extras… a Steal at $6,000 631-751-1957.

30’ Soverel 30 MH 1981 - "Scarecrow" is a versatile and easy to sail 30 foot racer/ cruiser that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded. This Mark Soverel designed boat is ready to cruise or race (PHRF 126) and has all new gear. She is in Black Rock, CT. More details and photos @ or call Jim @ 973-368-7342. Winter storage has already been paid for. Asking $21,000.

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

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 34’ Hunter 1983 - Well equipped for cruise or race. Professionally maintained. Yanmar engine. Recent upgrades to standard rigging, jib furler, radar, GPS, microwave, auto helm, refrigerator. Beautiful boat. $10,500. - Mike 516-623-6256

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

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

34’ Tartan 3400 2006 - Oasis is extremely well equipped, has been treated to all necessary upgrades, and has been cared for meticulously! A turnkey cruiser that performs and you can feel comfortable and safe going anywhere. Barrington, RI $159,900. Contact Jim Spiro 401-2582625

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

36’ Fountaine Pajot Mahe Evolution 2010 - FUN! SPACIOUS COMFORTABLE EXCITING! Add immaculate, well equipped, well cared for but you must take a look. THREE CABINS and more! Barrington, RI $239,900 Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625

35’ Catalina 350 2003 -PRICED TO SELL NOW. 2013 replaced radar, chartplotter, added battery capacity, inverter/ charger, propane heater, cabin fans and much more in preparation for cruising. Inmast furling mainsail, dodger/bimini, and mostly new running rigging. Barrington, RI $99,900 Jim Spiro at 401-258-2625

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 41’ Beneteau Oceanis 2016 - Owner moved up! Great chance to get a nearly new Platinum Edition outfitted with B&G instruments, Harken electric winches, air conditioning and many more factory options. This boat needs absolutely nothing to hit the water! Asking $265,000. Call Willis Marine 631-421- 3400

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

42’ J/42 L 2001 - Single owner boat. Starlight is extremely well equipped for blue-water sailing, is setup for single person watches, and is cared for meticulously with many system upgrades! It will be worth your while to examine this treasure. Barrington, RI $179,500. Contact Jim Spiro 401-258-2625

42’ Beneteau 423 2004 - This model nicely offers a blend of comfort, speed, and graceful lines. “Endless Summer” has been owned and operated by a 5 star rated charter company and is fully equipped to go cruising! $99,950 (RI) Call Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069,

BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 42’ Beneteau 423 2003 - The Beneteau 423 has been named “Boat of the Year” by Cruising World Magazine and also won SAIL Magazine’s Top 10 Sailboats for 2003. The 423 is one of the most popular Beneteau models. $139,000 (MA) Call Ryan J. Miller CPYB: 401-835-0069

42’ Sabre 426 2004 - Fresh Awlgripped in 2014 flag blue with a white boot top. New sails in 2012. She looks beautiful and is ready for a new owner. $273,500. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400

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

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

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

46’ Beneteau 46 2009 - Loaded & immaculate two cabin boat. Generator, A/C, Elec. Winches, Bow thruster. Full canvas & electronics. Asking $218,750. Willis Marine Center 631-421-3400

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

47’ Beneteau First 47.7 2001 - (2) cabin layout, extremely well equipped, One owner, set up for offshore short handed cruising. Many upgrades: in-boom furling, solar panels, wind generator, electric winches, additional refrigeration and the list goes on. Asking only $209,000  Call 401-683-9200 or

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

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

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

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

32’ Nordic Tug 32 Pilothouse 2008 - Pristine, 2 A/C’s, Volvo 280, 400 hrs, Onan 5kw Genset, 2 solar panels, LED bulbs, Raymarine Electronics, bow thruster, inverter, fresh water head, propane oven/stove, Seagull water purifier, pedestal bed, cockpit shower, dinghy/o/b. $249,900. 860-550-3408.

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



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WindCheck Magazine

May 2017


on watch.

Jill Fattibene

As a coach at Sail Black Rock in Black Rock, Connecticut and the Head Instructor at Pequot Yacht Club in nearby Southport, Jill Fattibene truly loves her work. After somewhat inauspicious beginnings in Pequot YC’s junior sailing program, a talented coach showed Jill how to enjoy the sport. “At first I didn’t like sailing, nor did I even understand the Optimist. Matt Conover, my Opti coach at Pequot, worked with me when I was little, moving up from Opti 1 up through Opti 3. One day, my friend Kate Zylstra and I were goofing off and luffing our sails, and we didn’t want to sail in. Matt said, ‘OK, you guys can stay out here and enjoy your ride. I’m going in with the class’…and he did! I look back on that with fondness because we were content, but I was like, ‘Wow, he actually left us!’” Jill’s enthusiasm grew when she started crewing for her friend Laura Cuccio in the 420. “We got competitive and I loved that,” recalls Jill, who lives in Southport. “I’d never been competitive in Optis or Blue Jays, but Laura comes from a big racing family and we both wanted to get better and better and to go to bigger events.” Having been a member of the sailing team at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Jill wanted a college with a Top 25 Varsity sailing program. She chose Old Dominion University in Virginia, earning a degree in Exercise Science. After graduation, she was hired as a coach at Sail Black Rock, home of the Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University sailing teams. “I had always crewed throughout my sailing career, but senior year at ODU I wanted to try skippering and even sailed a few events as a skipper. A memory that has stuck with me as a coach is when ODU Assistant Coach Charles Higgins sailed as my crew. One particular day it was extremely windy, and I was nervous because I didn’t want to capsize with my coach in the boat! The fact that Charles chose to help me become a better skipper gave me a great deal of confidence, and this is something I try to pass along to the sailors at Sail Black Rock. I frequently hop in boats with new sailors, and hopefully give them the confidence my coaches gave me.” “I also worked alongside ODU Head Coach Mitch Brindley during a few summers, teaching Naval ROTC students to sail. There were more than 100 students each weekend for four weeks, and about 10 instructors. When groups rotated boats, instructors had to stand in jellyfish-filled water helping midshipmen get in and out of the boats. Mitch was always the first in the water and the last out. He led by example and nothing was above him. This is something I have taken to other jobs, especially coaching. Mitch taught me to lead by example and not be afraid of getting my hands dirty, so I always lend a hand to my sailors when there is

work to do.” “Through my education in Exercise Science I’m able to pass along what I learned about how your muscles work with your bones, sports-related injuries, nutrition, health and wellness,” Jill explains. “I provide specific workouts to help the sailors I coach get better at roll tacking, hiking and trimming, and to be agile in the boat. I also encourage them to eat properly and do their own team workouts, but since SHU and Fairfield are club teams I really can’t tell them what to do…although I would love to!” “Sacred Heart and Fairfield didn’t have sailing teams until Dave White started Sail Black Rock,” says Jill. “Dave has not only been a huge asset to the program, but to me and the coaching staff as well. He’s helped the coaches grow just as much as the team. Some people dread when their boss calls them, but I’ve learned to embrace these hour-long conversations. Whatever the call is about, I know Dave will slip a valuable life lesson in there somewhere.” “The atmosphere at Sail Black Rock and its base of operations, Captain’s Cove, is fun. I don’t think there’s another venue like it in all of college sailing. There are always people walking around, music, and the restaurant is great. People always ask what’s going on with the teams, and the staff is awesome and very helpful. Bruce Williams [Captain’s Cove Vice President] comes to all of our events, and makes us feel like part of the Captain’s Cove family. I love it. Additionally, we have a huge competitive sailing community here with clubs like Pequot, Cedar Point, Noroton, Black Rock and Fayerweather whose members help us out.” “Sail Black Rock hosts the Priddy Trophy for the Freshman Spring New England Championships, and we also host a lot of high school events, which is great for college recruiting. I’ve talked to 15 or 20 recruits who are interested in coming to the schools with sailing in mind. They not only want an excellent degree, they want to be on the sailing team and they want to be competitive. It’s a huge step in the right direction.” Jill looks forward to more events being hosted by Sail Black Rock. “Our events are different than any other college events that I’ve been to,” she says. “We have pizza parties after sailing to make it more social. We want everyone to stay to socialize and have fun because these are the people you are going to see at other events after college.” Sail Black Rock hopes to replace its aging fleet of FJs. “We are looking for 420s and we’d love to have 18 boats,” says Jill. “Fairfield U just got us an amazing new coach boat, which has definitely helped with capsizes, transporting sailors to our island dock, and rotating in and out of boats. If Fairfield and Sacred Heart continue to work together, they could become sailing powerhouses.” “Teaching and coaching sailors is ideal for me, and it doesn’t feel like a job,” says Jill. “I don’t complain about coming to work, I don’t rush out of work, and I’m not wishing it was Friday. I don’t want any other job.” ■

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