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Editor’s Log Learn as You Go The other night, after a round of proofreading the magazine that you’re reading, I watched one of my favorite movies. In a scene from The Freshman, Matthew Broderick’s character Clark Kellogg is a college student thrust into a daunting situation after being robbed the minute he arrives in New York City to begin film school. Accepting a shady job from a would-be mafia boss in hopes of recouping some of his loss and the web of issues it creates, Clark is clearly overwhelmed. Finding himself forced to choose between Carmine (played by Marlon Brando), a man with whom he finds increasing affection, and a possible 2-year stint in the clink, Clark ruminates on his options and proclaims, “There’s a certain freedom in being totally screwed, because you know things can’t get any worse.” While this notion, at least in Clark’s fictional circumstances, is romantic and humorous, I started thinking about what ‘totally screwed’ actually means. When we’re out on our boats, ‘totally screwed’ can happen in all sorts of ways. If you’re a racer, you may find yourself totally screwed as you’re mired down in the third line of a crowded start…A nice picnic lunch may be totally screwed by a thunderstorm, or your engine may conk out when you’re miles from home on a windless day. When it comes to boating, I think you may be truly totally screwed only when your boat is sinking beneath you as you watch your life jacket float away with your raft and ditch bag. And while I have been totally screwed during races, and had my share of cruising days ruined by weather or other hassles, I’ve yet to be truly totally screwed out there, when all is lost – and I will spare you references of how other movies work out that scenario… So, in the everyday world of stuff happening to our boats (and ourselves) on the water, I think the sudden final wail, screech and halt of our internal combustion ‘schedule keeper’ is right up there with a blown out mainsail, or even a rig collapse. In this day and age, few of us have the luxury of waiting out a lull while squeezing in a day sail, and not being able to keep to our tight schedules is certainly a form of being totally screwed, but as any reluctant hero would do, we must adjust and adapt. Derek Rupe, a resourceful sailor from New London, CT, has taken some of the anxiety of the prospect of being stuck without an engine by removing the diesel powerplant from his Beneteau 30 altogether. With the need for auxiliary power, the solution of installing an electric motor was deemed reasonable. The reliability of electric power is now a cost-free comfort for him, but the journey to the renewable and sustainable production of that power took some tinkering, and Derek adjusted and adapted as he went. Removing, or at least reducing, the number of variables involved with engine failure and maintaining a source of increasingly reliable power may be a big step toward keeping yourself from being totally screwed out there. Now, with unlimited range and the knowledge to pass along to others interested in pursuing this option, Derek tells us what he learned along the way. Check out “Watts Up” on page 22 to see how it can be done. Unless we’re thrust into a situation over which we have no control whatsoever (like Clark’s choice between ratting out his friend or suffering the consequences) we are usually afforded an opportunity to learn as we go. Sometimes, however, we are lucky enough to receive guidance from someone who has been through it all before. And as we often see with our heroes on the silver screen, things usually work out in the end. See you on the water.

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Book Review: 34 L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer

Film Review: One Simple Question 35

From the Log of Persevere 36

Captain of the Port 38

The Boating Barrister 39

Calendar of Events 40

Comic 43

Tide Tables 44

Sacred Heart Invitational 48

Reynolds & Lew Win JSA Awards 48 Maritime Hosts High School Regatta 49

Coop’s Corner 50

Greenport Ocean Race 52

Indian Harbor Classic Yacht Regatta 54

Atlantic Class Nationals 56

Fishers Island IOD Worlds 57

US Sailing National Championships 58

Viper 640 North Americans 60

Whitebread: The Terrible Twenties 62 America’s Cup World Series Bermuda 63 ooking Back on the Bermuda Race: 64 L Bermuda’s Magic and Hospitality

Quantum Key West Race Week 66

Brokerage 67

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16 St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Bequia In an excerpt from their book, Voyages: Stories of ten Sunsail owner cruises, Nancy Kaull & Paul Jacobs recount a bareboat cruise with another couple. They describe the best destinations among these scenic islands and observe that four good friends can remain good friends after sharing a 43-foot monohull for 10 days. 22 Watts Up When the sputtering old diesel engine on his Beneteau First 30 drew its terminal breath, Derek Rupe decided to replace it with an electric motor. After a few upgrades to the recharging system, Showtime has efficient, reliable, clean and silent auxiliary power…and Derek has started a company to help other people enjoy all the advantages of electric sailing. 26 Holiday Events Planner From lighted boat parades, arts & crafts fairs, lantern light tours and carol sings to concerts, cruises, and an amazing model train show, there are plenty of fun and festive family activities throughout the region this holiday season. 32 Whales, Porpoise and Dolphins are Venturing Into Long Island Sound Thanks to the efforts of several organizations to enact a cap on the commercial harvesting of the fish commonly known as bunker, porpoise, dolphins and even humpback whales are venturing into Long Island Sound in growing numbers. Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s Save the Sound program, says these are signs of hope for a return of abundant life to the Sound. 48 Racing Round-Up Mother Nature frequently blesses sailors in the Northeast with good breeze during the fall, although sometimes she sends a bit too much. We have reports on a variety of events including the Greenport Ocean Race, IOD Worlds, Atlantic Nationals, Viper 640 North Americans, Indian Harbor Yacht Club Classic Yacht Regatta, a trio of US Sailing National Championships…and the Whitebread that wasn’t. On the cover: A trio of Herreshoff S-Boats – Robert Mehlich’s Kandahar 2 (sail #22), Richard Beck’s Iroquois (17), and William Riley’s Danae (68) – strut their stuff at Indian Harbor Yacht Club’s Classic Yacht Regatta. You’ll find an event report by Shelia Plaisance on page 54. © Allen Clark/

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Letters Gone Sailing Editor’s note: The Coop’s Corner article in our October issue, “Shop Closed, Gone Sailing” (posted at, discussed the freedom that sailing affords for beginners and 'roundthe-world racers alike. Joe, I can see your dilemma. You educate and elucidate as a coach and writer. You’ve sailed at the top levels. I could feel the conflict. Adventure, challenge and growth? Safety and competence? I teach sailing and yes, have eye rolling moments when I read about guys like you wrote about. However, applaud you for saying it’s OK to be adventurous, to use ingenuity, to push the boundaries, even as one might make eye rolling moments for others. Even as a sailing instructor committed to keeping my guppies safe, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I dispense advice on the purpose and value of the sport and adventure we all love. Rich Jepsen, via email The Joe Cooper article (Scuttlebutt 4436) was a fun one that brought home starting out to me. A friend bought one of those Buccaneer 18s and brought it home, telling me afterwards about his ‘great deal.’ It was ‘free!’ He owned the boat for two or three years, and ended up giving away in a garage sale. The newest owner tried to give it back the next day! “NO” was the answer. The truth was that little daysailer got him started and hav-

ing fun on the water. He had several adventures with his wife and two little girls and a BIG learning curve, but enjoyed it enough to go out and purchase a 1971 Cal 27 with a pop top and even entered in the Shaw Island Summer Classic (no finish but not his fault). My recommendation for beginner buyers is to buy the newest production boat you can easily afford, be sure it is shiny and clean to the bilge as a measure for buying. Go to rendezvous, cruise, maybe race with skilled crew, and just mess about on it. Life is good! Eric Sorensen, via email

Dolphin’s winning ways Tom Darling’s article, “Team Dolphin Takes the Vintage Day Racer Prize in the Opera House Cup,” rekindled fond memories for a reader who raced on this legendary Herreshoff Newport 29 for many years and admires the beautiful restoration by Donn Costanzo of Wooden Boatworks in Greenport, NY. Congrats Team Dolphin…Donn, the boat looks great! I remember doing that race back in the 1970s with John Lockwood driving! The article should have included a paragraph about all of those wins! The Lockwood family of New Suffolk, NY owned, cared for and aggressively raced Dolphin from the late ‘40s thru the mid ‘90s (my dates might need a little tweaking) and should be recognized for making Dolphin the “Winningest Boat on the Water!” Regards, Ed Lesnikowski (crewmember early ‘70s through the early ‘90s), Mattituck, NY F

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Checking In... An Evening with Rod Johnstone Rocking Manhattan Raises $269,000 “J/Boats: Sailing to Success” On Wednesday, November 18, the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association will host a presentation by yacht designer Rod Johnstone, who will discuss the history of J/Boats. The event will be held at 7pm at the Mystic Yachting Center, located at 100 Essex Street in Mystic, CT on the grounds of Mystic Shipyard. The story of J/Boats is a classic entrepreneurial tale: With a $20,000 investment and a speedy 24-foot sailboat that he designed and built, Rod Johnstone and his brother Bob went into business in 1977. Today, that boat (the J/24), is the most popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world. In addition to the 5,400 J/24s sailing, more than 7,000 J/Boats from the International J/22 to the J/65 have been built. It began in 1975 when Rod, then a Soundings ad salesman and an active one-design racer, decided to build a sailboat he had been designing since completing a Westlawn School of Yacht Design correspondence course in the 1960s. With $400-worth of fiberglass and wood, some rigging and hardware leftovers, he built a 24-foot family racer on weekends in his three-car garage in Stonington, CT. During the summer of 1976, with an all-family crew aboard, Ragtime beat everything in sight. Everett Pearson, founder and owner of Tillotson Pearson, Inc. in Warren, RI, took notice and agreed to produce the boat on spec in return for the U.S. building rights. That winter they set up a makeshift factory in an old textile mill in nearby Fall River, MA, and began popping out J/24s. Rod’s brother Bob, then Vice President of Marketing at AMF Alcort (builder of the Sunfish), threw in his hat with J/Boats. With Rod contributing the design and his prototype and Bob investing $20,000 to cover start-up costs, office space and advertising, a 50-50 partnership was launched. That first year, J/Boats sold more than 250 J/24s. With the next generation of Johnstones at the helm since 1988, Rod and Bob continue to contribute their talents. Since 1992, Jeff (President) and Alan (Chief Designer) have managed company operations from J/Boats Headquarters in Newport, RI, while six of Bob and Rod’s sons (Jeff, Alan, Stu, Drake, Phil and Peter) serve on the J/Boats Board of Directors. Beer and wine will be served. The event is open to the public and admission is free but donations for the Dillon Fund are encouraged. Honoring the memory of Richard Dillon, a founding Mudhead and friend, the fund was created to help Mudheads of all ages compete at the national and international level. For more information, visit F

By Jaye Pockriss Rocking the Boat’s acclaimed Rocking Manhattan fundraising event was held for the seventh straight year on Saturday, October 17. More than 100 people rowed 29 miles around Manhattan Island over nine and a half hours, raising $269,000 to support the Bronx, NY-based non-profit organization’s innovative youth development programs. Rocking the Boat students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways revitalizing their Hunts Point community – recently deemed the least promising place to grow up by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York – while creating better lives for themselves. All Rocking the Boat students graduate from high school, compared to 33% of their local peers, and most go on to enroll in college or trade school. The steadfast rowers traveled in ten 27-foot, four-oared Whitehall gigs counterclockwise from Pier 25 in TriBeCa around the Battery, north up the East River and into the Harlem River, before traveling south down the Hudson to Pier 25. To ensure a fun and safe ride, there was one chase boat on the water for every two rowboats. The fleet followed the tides the whole way and dodged large commercial vessels including the Staten Island Ferry, the Circle Line, and a couple of harbor cruise boats. Fourteen Rocking the Boat program graduates were rigor-

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ously trained as coxswains to drive the boats. An additional 20 individuals participated as spectators aboard Adirondack, an 80-foot wooden schooner generously donated for the afternoon by Classic Harbor Line. Following the row, a dinner and awards ceremony honoring the top fundraisers was held aboard Lilac, a former lighthouse tender, now a floating museum. Visit rockingtheboat. org for more information. F

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Checking In... Sailing for Scholars Gala & Regatta Raises $120,000 Hudson River Community Sailing’s (HRCS) sixth annual Sailing for Scholars fundraising gala and regatta, held in New York, NY in October, was the largest and most successful yet. Headquartered at the Pier 66 Boathouse in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park, the non-profit organization develops leadership and academic success in underserved New York City youth through sailing education, and provides maritime education and recreation to the community at large. The gala was held in the Model Room at the New York Yacht Club on West 44th Street on Thursday, October 15. Sailors on 15 J/24s participated in the regatta on Saturday, October 11. The events raised more than $120,000 for Sail Academy, HRCS’s flagship program, in which the organization partners with eight New York City high schools to offer academic credit to students by teaching science, math, and job skills through sailing. “This is shaping up to be an exciting year for HRCS,” said HRCS Executive Director Robert Burke. “In addition to the 2015 Sailing for Scholars events being the biggest and most successful yet, we recently opened a new location in Inwood, New York to expand our mission to provide youth development to communities in the Bronx.” HRCS is also launching its Veterans Program, which will introduce members of the armed forces to sailing and involve them in the community, and has plans to expand its education program this winter and into 2016, targeting new schools and more students. For more information, visit F

Safety Webinars for Cruising Couples

The Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) has announced a new collaboration with the Cruising Club of America (CCA) to help make its “Safety for Cruising Couples” seminar more widely and very affordably available over the Internet. “The Cruising Club of America is delighted to support the Great Lakes Cruising Club’s offering of the Safety for Cruising Couples webinar,” said CCA Commodore Tad Lhamon. “This is a win-win for both clubs. The CCA strongly supports making safe approaches to boating – especially short-handed cruisers – available to the wide audiences of the GLCC webinars.” Easily accessible from a home computer or tablet, GLCC School classes cover everything from weather to maintenance, provisioning to navigation, safe boating to anchoring techniques, regional cruising guides to locking skills and more. Sessions typically run 60 to 90 minutes. Several new instructors have joined the GLCC School faculty in support of its recently expanded offerings, including longtime Pacific coast cruisers, authors and seminar speakers Virginia & Robert Gleser, who are bringing their popular “Living and Working Together on a Boat 24X7” to GLCC School this season. To register for this and other upcoming webinars, visit F


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Checking In... Blokart Joins America’s Cup Endeavour Program Young participants in the America’s Cup community sailing initiative, Endeavour, will learn to harness the power of wind wherever they are with the addition of Blokart International ltd. as an Official Supplier. The high performance wheeled land sailing karts will be used for training and racing. “Blokarts will serve as tools in helping the Endeavour kids better understand engineering and apparent wind sailing – similar to the concepts for the America’s Cup yachts,” said Tom Herbert-Evans, Community Sailing Program manager for the America’s Cup. “The Blokarts will be great for safely demonstrating basic points of sail before going afloat, and for sailing when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Plus, they’re fun.” Endeavour is a youth-focused community sailing and educational program in connection with the 35th America’s Cup, with a mission of providing unique sporting and educational opportunities through sailing for youths across all socioeconomic backgrounds. Participants will begin using Blokart equipment later this year, and will also take part in a Blokart race during the 35th America’s Cup. “At Blokart we’re passionate about introducing people to the thrills of sailing,” said Paul Beckett of Blokart Interna-


tional. “We may sail on land, but our whole philosophy is about sharing the joy and excitement of using the wind to satisfy the need for speed. Although the scale is completely different between Blokarts and America’s Cup boats, the angles you can sail and the speeds you can reach are very similar. We hope every participant has the time of their lives.” For more information, visit F

National Sailing Leadership Forum is February 4 - 6, 2016 Registration is open for US Sailing’s Sailing Leadership Forum 2016, which will be held the Hilton San Diego Resort in San Diego, CA February 4-6, 2016. Sailing Leadership Forum 2016 offers a unique experience for all types of sailors to connect on important and relevant issues on all aspects of our sport. The Forum features a fresh line-up of insightful presentations and breakout sessions that address the many relevant topics in sailing. All sailors have something in common - the importance of keeping sailing vibrant and strong for future generations. Leaders from sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, race officials, and industry professionals will meet and learn from one another. “The Forum is a great example of what can happen when we all align around a common objective, and how we can bring sailors with different interests together in a collaborative environment to focus growing the sport and supporting sailors,” said Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. The Sailing Leadership Forum offers keynote speaker presentations and focused group sessions on a wide range of topics. The event will also feature lively social events, handson activities, exhibitor displays and demonstrations, pre- and post- forum certification courses for Instructor Trainers, Reach Instructor Trainers, STEM Educators, as well as workshops on fundraising, grant writing, and more. For more information and to register, visit F

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NY Harbor Sailing Foundation Management Transition at Adds a Second "Twelve" Brewer Cove Haven Marina The New York Harbor Sailing Foundation in New York, NY has signed a deal to acquire a second America’s Cup 12 Metre yacht. This new 12 Metre, America II US 42, is the sistership to another America II, US 46, which the Foundation already owns. The new 12 Metre has been moved into storage at New England Boatworks in Newport, RI. Fundraising for her restoration will begin soon.

Brewer Yacht Yard Group has announced management transition plans for their Barrington, RI location, Brewer Cove Haven Marina. Michael Keyworth, General Manager and Vice President of Cove Haven, will retire in January 2016 and Patrick Peck (pictured), Assistant Manager for the last 15 years, will assume the General Manager role. “The entire Brewer organization has benefitted from Michael’s efforts over the last 30 years,” said Rives Potts, President of Brewer Yacht Yard Group. “We thank him for his many years of service in the boatyard, at Rhode Island Marine Trades Association meetings, working hard for dredging rights and lobbying for fair environmental policies for all marinas, not just Brewer. We are proud of his involvement in so many events including the Volvo and AC 45 racing © Allen Clark/ in Rhode Island, countless Bermuda and other offshore races, and training and certification programs where he shared the “There were a total of three America IIs built for the 1987 Brewer philosophy of quality and service.” America’s Cup, which was held in Freemantle, Australia,” explained Brewer continues their tradition of hiring from with. He Michael Fortenbaugh, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “These has been with Brewer for 25 years at the Barrington location. were US 42, 44 and 46. All boats were named America II. This Cup Chris Ringdahl, who has worked with Keyworth for the last was won by our patron Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes. For the four years on the service side, will take over as Assistant past eight years, our club [Manhattan Yacht Club] has been involved Manager. with US 46, the final America II which actually raced in the Cup. A In addition to 348 slips, a pool, showers, free WiFi and group of visionary members purchased this vessel to help celebrate other amenities, Brewer Cove Haven has indoor and outdoor our club’s 20th Anniversary. Then the members donated her to the storage, full-service capabilities including a 60-ton and 150-ton Foundation. With the Foundation now acquiring US 42, there will boat-lift, heated indoor service shops, and paint shop. Their soon be two identical 12 Metres sailing and racing in the harbor.” staff includes five ABYC certified Master Techs and factory The New York Harbor Sailing Foundation is a non-profit certifications from top manufacturers including Yanmar, Kohler, organization whose mission is to foster and promote amateur sailing Mercury, MerCruiser, Marine Air Systems, Westerbeke and of national and international importance in New York Harbor. For SeaLand. For more information, visit F more information, visit F

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New Marina in New York City Located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 4 and 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, the first marina to be built in New York City in 20 years, is currently under construction with new docks being anchored and a state-of-the-art wave attenuation system now in place. Construction will be completed this fall, with a grand opening anticipated for spring 2016. A joint venture between majority owner SUTL Group, a Singapore-based marina operator, and Edgewater Resources, a marine design and engineering firm, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina offers unparalleled water access to the local community and boating enthusiasts from around the globe.

The 106-slip marina will accommodate boats from 16 to 250 feet for seasonal docking, a Sail Club & School, and a membersonly Harbor Club. Input from local waterfront experts, residents and non-profit groups all echoed the desire for public access, which became the most important design consideration. The marina will dedicate two percent of revenue toward community programming that will make boating and kayaking available to area residents. ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina’s Community Dock will be one of the largest docks in New York City. The Community Dock will serve local youth programs in a protected basin, have spaces for kayaks and kayaking instruction, and provide access to New York Harbor for community and non-profit boating programs. With a large fleet of sailboats owned and professionally maintained by the marina, Brooklyn Bridge Sail Club will provide recreational sailing opportunities in New York Harbor, with a selection of seasonal membership options available. Brooklyn Bridge Sailing School will give club members and the public an opportunity to learn to sail or advance their skills, with course offerings including Taste of Sailing, Fundamentals of Sailing, and Learn to Crew. Built with many environmental considerations in mind, the marina will use 40% translucent decking materials to support New York Harbor’s goal of reestablishing a habitat for prey fish. For more information, visit F

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St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Bequia

The little beach resort at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia © Nancy Kaull

(Left) A handmade basket and stone turtle purchased in Marigot Bay Twin reefs and many shades of blue, Tobago Cays © Nancy Kaull

By Nancy Kaull & Paul Jacobs On Monday, January 13, we drove to the home of our good friends Lauren & Tom Rankin in East Greenwich, RI, then on to JFK for a 5:40 am flight to Miami. After 2.5 hours in Miami, we arrived at Hewanorra-Vieux Fort airport at the southern end of St. Lucia at 3:35 pm. It was a long day but we were all in a lovely, warm place. We arrived at the Sunsail/Moorings base in Rodney Bay at the northwest corner of the island at 7 pm, and were met by the base manager and shown to our boat, Skoolzout. On Wednesday morning, Andel from Sunsail delivered the chart briefing. He noted that at the famous Les Pitons, where we planned to sail, we should plan to use a mooring, as the water is very deep, and we should also try to get there before 2 pm. Plan B would be to go further north to Soufriere and radio on VHF 16 for either Benny or ranger Peter to help us anchor. Andel also said to remember to change flags when we crossed into St. Vincent, and not to stop at the harbors on the western side. Much of that area is a huge marijuana plantation and they don’t want anyone around. We crossed off Chateaubelair from the itinerary, and decided to go straight to Bequia. That is easier said than done, as it’s a long way from Les Pitons to Bequia! The boat briefing occurred next, with the usual issues of figuring out what we were missing, such as a coffee pot. Next

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was our major provisioning at a very modern and especially clean grocery store that was accessible almost directly by dinghy! With a nice division of effort among the four of us, provisioning went quickly and we were soon at Skoolzout. We finally departed, albeit slightly ungracefully, nearly accidently leaving Tom on the dock. The sails went up, the engine went off, and we enjoyed the peaceful reward for all our scurrying about. It lasted only a while as the winds on the leeward side of St. Lucia were very light, so we were only sailing at about 3 knots. We realized if we were to get to the Pitons before dark we had better motor along. With the engine at 2,000 RPM on a 43-foot Beneteau we were making about 7.2 knots so we arrived off the Pitons at 5 pm, but the best anchorage was already full. Lucius, a local “boat boy,” said there was a mooring in the next bay and that he would help us, but when we actually arrived no moorings were available, so he helped us anchor, taking a sternline ashore in his skiff. We tied a dockline and part of the spare anchor rode together after much untangling of badly hockled lines. The fee for his services was 50 EC. We were all asleep by 9:30 pm. It was a night with much rock and roll, with the shoreline unfortunately keeping us abeam of the ocean swells. We departed for points south at 9:15 am Thursday, only to

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discover that the main halyard was difficult to hoist even using a winch. Unfortunately, we did not notice that it had wrapped around a deck light on the front of the mast and broken the plastic housing, and was caught on a fragment beyond our reach. Tom was our hero, climbing the only two mast steps in the rolling sea and eventually freeing the halyard using the boat hook at maximum extension. This was a relatively long sailing day – 47 nautical miles to St. Vincent, and then down the island to one of the leeward-side harbors. As we were in the lee of some rather tall mountains, we motorsailed for a while to make up time, then had a really great sail at about nine knots for four hours after we finally broke out of the lee of St. Lucia. When we sailed past the northern portion of St. Vincent, Tom was sure he smelled marijuana from two miles away. Perhaps this sensitivity was the result of a misspent youth? As we approached Wallilabou, which is about halfway down the coast of St. Vincent but still about 1.5 NM away, we encountered a very crude rowing skiff with two men waving their hands in the international distress signal. Of course we slowed to see if they needed help. They said they did, but immediately seemed to want to board! Much shouting ensued. We tried to get away but they rowed quickly, caught the dinghy and leapt in without permission! It seems this is their way to get customers so they can later “help the boat” anchor in Wallilabou. However, anchoring there was unusual and their help actually was useful. Wallilabou harbor, where a portion of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, was extremely deep. While backing up to the shore, the anchor initially went down in 60 feet of water, at their suggestion. It quickly grabbed the sloping ledge as we backed in, and one of the fellows took our sternline ashore. This time our spare anchor rode was neatly coiled in the locker and served as a single line to shore. As soon as we were anchored, men selling trinkets, ice, fruit, offering to take the garbage, and asking for food for their children, approached. Children also came by sellSalt Whistle Bay, Mayreau © Nancy Kaull

Departing Les Pitons © Nancy Kaull

ing trinkets to help their mothers, and on and on. Clearly this is a terribly needy area. On Friday, we had an absolutely wonderful sail all the way to Admiralty Bay on Bequia (pronounced Beck-way). Initially on a close reach in 20-knot easterlies, the wind backed slightly once we were clear of land, so we were soon on a beam reach sailing south. We were soon hitting speeds between 8.8 and 9.2 knots, with a peak of 9.3. Because the sailing was so terrific, we decided to rotate 30-minute turns on the helm so each of us could share the joy! We reached Admiralty Bay, and dropped the anchor in 12 feet of clear water on a beautiful sandy patch. Shortly thereafter we took the dinghy so all four of us could stroll about town. Tom and Lauren chose the restaurant for dinner – The Gingerbread House – and made a reservation for 6:30. Back at the boat, we swam in the beautiful water and Lauren had her first-ever snorkeling adventure. The Gingerbread House was great, although there were only a few other tables occupied. We were all very pleased and ate everything. Dinner was a wonderful treat from the Rankins to say thank you for including them in this remarkable sailing adventure. On Sunday, we were off to Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau. It was so pretty that we anchored for a bit and then decided to stay because a local Sunsail representative told us where there was a bar with a TV. He had us weigh anchor and drop closer to the beach amid some moored boats. That didn’t look good, but he seemed to know what he was do-

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The Gingerbread House in Admiralty Bay, Bequia © Nancy Kaull

ing and it worked out fine. We all went swimming to cool off. I checked out the Mayreau Resort where we had dined two years before, but sadly it was now closed. The beach here is very beautiful, and although the bay is often a bit crowded with sailboats, catamarans and powerboats, it is surely another of our favorites. At 3:30 pm we took a cab ride up the very long, steep hill. I suspect none of us could have made that walk without gasping! The Island Paradise Bar and Restaurant is just over the hump of the hill with a great view of Saline Bay and the waters beyond. The owner, James Alexander, has done a beautiful job – tile floors, varnished tables, stonework wall decorations, flowered

china intentionally but nicely mismatched, with greens for centerpieces. Our dinner was excellent. If you’re ever on Mayreau, we strongly recommend dinner at the Island Paradise! On Monday morning, we motored 2.5 nautical miles to the Tobago Cays with a strong east wind directly on our nose. The anchor went down in 10 feet of amazingly clear water and dug into the sandy bottom. Two sea turtles swam nearby and “smiled.” In the afternoon we took the dinghy to Baradel Island and climbed to the top to see the spectacular view of the water. We later swam off the beach and snorkeled in the turtle sanctuary, where we each had a turtle swim with us for a while. Great fun! Tom was checking out the blond on a nearby catamaran, although he missed seeing her skinny-dipping! The next morning we departed for Bequia. We had another terrific sail, often hitting 9 knots on a beam reach in 18-20 knot easterlies, and headed into beautiful Admiralty Bay yet again. On Wednesday, we were on our way back to St. Lucia. This was to be “the long sail” of about 80 NM from Admiralty Bay to reach a harbor on St. Lucia. First, because there is not a really good place to stop along the leeward side of St. Vincent, or St. Lucia until Les Pitons, and second, because one must sail across open water from Bequia to St. Vincent, and then from St. Vincent to St. Lucia. To pass time, we tried singing some wonderful old sea shanties but couldn’t remember very many of the lyrics or even many of the tunes! Unfortunately, none of us had brought any sea shanty CDs so we did our best, which was fun but not very melodic.

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We finally reached Marigot Bay. None of us had been there before. It was a very charming little harbor and anchorage. We did a very slow ‘harbor tour’ on Skoolzout, checked out the marina, the beach resort, and even a sunken ketch. We anchored outside the harbor, away from the mangroves and bugs. Lauren thought this was the prettiest harbor we had been in. We returned to the Sunsail/Moorings base in Rodney Bay on Thursday, and a Moorings employee jumped aboard and expertly backed us in to the exact same slip we’d left eight days before. It was a lovely afternoon and we had plenty of time to read, relax, debrief, start packing and cleanup, shower and then go to dinner. We were all packed and cleaned up by 10 am Friday. Since the cab was to meet us at noon, we opened the last bottle of wine, a red Moscato, and then added the last of the Sprite to create wine coolers. Tom commented that it was amazing how well we could all get along in such a small space for ten days. It was quite true. It was a wonderful trip with some splendid 9+ knot sailing, and we got to visit our beloved Tobago Cays yet again. Tom said it was indeed a fabulous trip, and he and Lauren respond positively and quite happily whenever people ask them how it went.

What we learned: • St. Lucia is beautiful, Les Pitons are magnificent, and Marigot Bay is lovely. • It’s a very long sail from Les Pitons to Bequia. • The harbors along the leeward side of St. Vincent are not particularly inviting. • The Island Paradise restaurant on Mayreau is terrific!

The Island Paradise Bar and Restaurant, high on a hill on Mayreau © Nancy Kaull

• The Tobago Cays are glorious! • Baradel Island not only has sea turtles, but many iguanas. This article is an abridged excerpt from the book Voyages by Nancy Kaull and Paul Jacobs, which is available both in electronic form (for Kindle and Nook) and in paperback through Amazon. As members of the Sunsail owners program, Nancy and Paul, who reside in Saunderstown, RI, have sailed in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific. Look for a review of Voyages in an upcoming issue. Special thanks to Daniela Clark at TUI Marine for photographic assistance with this article.

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Watts Up

The Electric Auxiliary Sailboat has Come of Age By Derek Rupe Electric powered boats feel like a new idea, but in fact pre-date internal combustion engines and the entire petroleum industry. In 1839, inventor Moritz von Jacobi loaded twelve passengers into a 24-foot boat on Russia’s River Neva to demonstrate his new invention. The high society of Saint Petersburg, including Tsar Nicolas the First, lined the riverbanks and watched as the electric motor propelled the vessel at three knots to high praise. However, by the 1920s almost all electric powered boats were replaced by those with internal combustion engines. Gasoline and diesel power ruled the waves for the twentieth century. Now as technology changes again, and as environmental concerns are starting to affect consumer choices, electric vehicles are here to stay. The technology that has been developed to make electric cars a viable option can now make electricity the optimal power source for boats. Three years ago, I was motoring out of New London harbor in our 1983 Beneteau First 30 Showtime on my way to winter storage up the Connecticut River. Nearing Ledge Light, the engine started losing power and running rough. I quickly popped the throttle lever into neutral, where the old diesel sputtered for a few seconds before stalling, never to run again. Attempts to repair the engine were futile. The Volvo Penta MD7B was salt water-cooled and there was too much corrosion inside the block to rebuild. We looked into repowering options, but it was going to be very expensive. I started feeling like Icarus with wax wings for sailing dreams; my sun was owning a sailboat and being able to afford it. A new Beta Marine 15hp diesel was the best option we could find, but was going to cost about $15,000 with all the

Diesel engines require many ancillary systems to function.

needed parts, and that was with me doing most of the work. We didn’t want to bolt an outboard to the transom, and used inboards mostly look like the disaster we currently had with a fresh coat of spray paint on them. There was, however, another option – one that did not use any fuel, make any noise, or produce any exhaust fumes. It also would not require raw water or a transmission. Most importantly, it was an option we could afford. Once we decided to repower in electric, it seemed like the natural choice for a sailboat. The battery weight, if properly balanced, could be an advantage to ballasting and would improve Showtime’s sailing characteristics. Range would be the largest cost variable in battery type and size. To start out, range wasn’t required since I could usually sail. We weren’t aware of all the advantages at the time, but came to find that a properly programmed system could recharge up to 400 watts by freewheeling the propeller while sailing. Range was also very much a function of speed, and could be greatly extended by slowing down.

Designing the System

There were a few companies building drives, but they were either very expensive or not taking full advantage of new technologies. Our first system was bought piecemeal. The heart of the system, the motor and controller, came from Thunder Struck EV out of California. The drive is a brushless three-phase asynchronous permanent magnet multi-stator motor with sine/cosine encoder. The motor only has one moving part, the spindle shaft with attached cooling fan, spins in high precision bearing. These motors are common in industrial applications where they are required to operate with alternating speeds in both directions for 50,000 hours with no maintenance. The motor’s ability to

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coils interact, and the motor spins. It’s easy, it’s simple, and the lack of interdependent systems means it can keep working for years and years.

Addressing Range Anxiety

The 10kW electric motor aboard the author’s Beneteau First 30 Showtime is smaller, lighter, and much more efficient than the original diesel auxiliary. ©

change its own direction removes the need for a transmission. The motor, coils, and controllers are all electric so there are no mechanical parts or relays to wear out. The motor and controller setup aboard Showtime has been remounted multiple times, reprogrammed and pushed to the edge of its operating limits, and has always operated perfectly over the last three years. In deciding on this system, and in design changes we’ve made, simple robust engineering has been the consummate goal. In the first season we found the electric system delightful. The motor scooted us along silently and with more torque and responsive smooth directional change that no transmission could compete with. There was never any start-up anxiety and the motor was always ready to go with its idle effectively off. In close corridors and tight spots the electric motor is a dream, going from forward to reverse instantly. The reliability advantage starts with how the motors are made and what they are used for. An electric motor is at least an order of magnitude less complicated than a diesel, and has about 2% as many moving parts. Less to break means less breaks, but it’s also the nature of the power delivery. Internal combustion motors work by containing quick explosions, harnessing the power, dissipating the heat, misting fuel, or mixing fuel, introducing air, removing exhaust, valves going up and down, oil pumping and water impelling, and on top of it all it requires an electric motor to start it. All the little things in every one of those systems have to work perfectly all at the same time. Electric power has a static controller, wiring, fuses, and the motor just has one job: to spin. Magnets and

With all the wonderful qualities of an electric motor, there is a dark underside to electric power. Range anxiety can affect even the most stoic and well-planned sailor. A trip that was only expected to take three hours takes four because of a headwind, so the storage batteries start running low. A short overnight charge at a marina isn’t long enough to fully restore the battery banks, so there is less range than anticipated. There is no immediate and universal solution to range anxiety. Larger battery banks can alleviate it, but there will always be some range limits if batteries are the only solution adopted. Generators can add power while underway, reducing or replacing the draw on battery banks. Solar, wind, and current can contribute while the motor is running, and recharge the batteries while the motor is off. If conditions allow, enough power can be harvested through these systems to have perpetual range. The key ingredient is sailing. By sailing the boat, current is captured through the propeller. Most points of sail will improve apparent wind, making wind regeneration more effective as well. Solar is more about proper mounting, system size, and time, but is a good way to add power during daylight hours. As much as I love my electric motor, I always prefer to sail. We sail more in general, but also more on a given trip. Because power cannot be pumped at a dock, recharge time has to factor in. On Showtime, with good conditions the power consumption of an hour of motoring at five knots can be regenerated in In addition to water current spinning the propeller while sailing, Showtime uses wind power and a solar panel (mounted between the twin turbines) for battery charging. ©

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four hours of sailing in 15 knots of wind. Current power is more effective on a broad reach to a run, and wind power is more effective on a close reach to a beam reach. Wind power also has much higher effectiveness at higher wind speeds, whereas current is capped at hull speed. Solar depends on weather conditions and sun angle, but is relatively consistent once those dependent factors are understood. At five knots, Showtime burns about 1,750 watts with another 400 watts in instruments and lights for the four hours of sailing and one hour of motoring. To regenerate, Showtime has a 200-watt solar system that effectively generates 80 watts (we are assuming this five-hour trip takes place during the day). Showtime also has 800 watts of wind turbines, effectively generating 120 watts in 15 knots of wind. Water spinning the propeller in the regenerative mode at 7 knots of current can produce 300 watts of power. So, we are able to make about 500 watts an hour for four hours, and 200 watts for the one hour we motored. The grand total is 2,200 watt hours of generation to cover the 2,150 watt hours expended. With minor charge losses, this puts you just about even. For some folks, that ratio is not as ideal for how they want to boat. In those cases the easiest solution is a backup gen-set. Most trips won’t ever require it to be fired up, and large battery banks can make this even less necessary. But for those who don’t want to ever suffer from range anxiety, it can be a nice security blanket just knowing that it’s there. This ratio is great for those who don’t have large range requirements and would prefer less weight to more range (the electric system can be much lighter). There is battery technology

for every application and budget (from $400 to as much as you can imagine). Battery technology is too complicated to get into in all the details here. Basically, there are good traditional lead acid and glass matt batteries that can make good battery banks. The main advantage of these types of batteries is cost and availability, with drawbacks being weight, power density, time to recharge, lifetime charge cycles, and voltage loss over time. Batteries made with lithium are the hot new battery of the future and solve, or nearly solve, all the issues with the traditional battery types. Technology from the mobile computing revolution and early versions of the modern electric car has created very good battery technology. However, the manufacturing facilities to make large lithium batteries affordable are currently being built. This means we can reasonably expect these batteries to continue to improve at a steady rate, while seeing large cost decreases in the near future. I think the best course of action is to realize that lithium batteries, or a better battery alternative, will be available at an affordable cost in three to five years, and currently are good but expensive. For those who want the best now, good lithium batteries can be acquired at a cost premium. For those who want an economical transition, a switch to electric can be accomplished with more traditional batteries. When we converted Showtime we only had a 4.8 kWh battery bank the first season, which was only good for about 15 nautical miles of range at cruising speed of about 5 knots. At slow speeds of 3.5 to 4.5 knots we could have 50 nautical miles of range, but who wants to go that slow? The flip side is that at 7.5 knots (the hull speed), range is reduced to about 3 nautical miles. We stayed around New London that season, going to Block Island a few times. I was a little pensive about the new system, and didn’t want to rely on it too heavily until we had worked out any faults. Because we had no alternator to charge house batteries, we had a solar system charging into the 12-volt house system. That year the whole system was still new to us, yet we never ran out of power. Even so, we still weren’t comfortable cruising away from home waters, and we always made sure to leave enough power to motor into our marina.

Upgrading the System The next season, we made some improvements to the system. We upgraded to an 11.7 kWh battery bank and also added two random three-phase wind turbines in series. We were able to achieve terminal charge voltage for the 48-volt system, however, watts-in were very disappointing in anything under 25 knots of wind. With a year of sea trials and some system upgrades, we felt comfortable enough to cruise up to Maine for a six-week trip that summer. We were not able to charge enough while sailing to go perpetually, so instead of anchorage and mooring exclusively we had at least one marina slip night per week to recharge the motor bank (the house bank was fine with just solar). We had to plan a little more strategically, and were stressed out a few times about having enough range. We went a little 24 November/December 2015 WindCheck Magazine

too far north and lingered a little too long (due to weather) and found our return trip a bit tight for time. We had about six days to get from Rockland, Maine back to New London, Connecticut. Conditions from Portland to Sandwich, Massachusetts were midAugust flat, with no wind at all for long periods. We motored and sailed from Portland to Isle of Shoals. The next day we motored all the way from Isle of Shoals of Gloucester, and had to start slowing down in the afternoon to increase our range. In Gloucester we were able to get about 80% recharged, and had another day of no wind. We motored all the way across Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, but at about 8 nautical miles outside of Sandwich we ran out of juice. The low voltage alarms started beeping, and I had to decide if I wanted to move some of our house batteries over to the motor side. I had already run these wires anticipating just such an event, but before I started rewiring, the wind picked up for a little 10-knot southerly blow over the Cape before sunset. We turned on the current regeneration through the spinning propeller and sailed some fast tacks upwind to Sandwich. About two hours later we were at the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal, and our recharging had recovered enough voltage that we were able to motor up the canal to the marina, and arrived early enough to get a full charge. This past winter, the whole system was rebuilt and re-programmed a third time. A new product became available: a small marine wind turbine with a 48-volt self-regulated output. These replaced the random AC turbines and are much more efficient. The batteries were reconfigured and brought up to 16.5 kWh. The recharge under sail was improved, and the solar system was configured for the 48-volt drive system and doubled in size. The 12-volt house system was removed and replaced with voltage rectifiers. Now the range is variable, depending on recharging while sailing. If the boat can be sailed 80% of the time it can recharge enough to have infinite range, with a starting range of 100 nautical miles at 5 knots. One of my system goals was to be able to motor to Block Island and back, about 60 nautical miles, at 5 knots. We were able to do that this past summer. So, I’ve decided to start promoting electric power and using my experience to help other people enjoy all the advantages of electric sailing. My hope is to find good boats with bad motors and repower and restore them. I would also provide installation and setup services for electric motor, regen systems, and marine electronics. I invite everyone to visit my website,, and please contact me with any questions. The prototype Beneteau First Showtime is up for sale, although we have more electric boats that can be demoed in New London. We have low cost, low range systems that are perfect for racers, day sailors, and weekenders not concerned about motoring range, as well as cruising systems for boats up to 40 feet, and recharging systems to make infinite range cruisers. We are currently seeking customers interested in repowers, wind and solar systems, and those interested in purchasing electric re-power and restored sailboats. But don’t limit your inquires to those subjects – we’d love to show and share the potential of these systems with anyone who is interested. F

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Holiday Events Planner


With another season of celebration upon us, there are plenty of family-oriented, boatingrelated activities throughout the region.

Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light in the mid-Sound. To make a reservation, visit /long-island-sound/cruises.

Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises

November 13 through December 27 Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT Items created by regional artists for sale during this show include hand carved wooden spoons, bowls and cheese boards, jewelry, sailor bracelets, paper trees, stoneware pottery, notecards, natural soaps/balms, beeswax candles, holiday ornaments, belts, tote bags, syrups, scarves, hats, stained glass, silk neckties, ceramics and fine art. Open every day from 11am - 5pm except Wednesday, 11/25 (11am - 3pm); closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Check to learn more.

November 7 and December 5 Norwalk, CT Venture out on the Aquarium’s unique hybrid-electric catamaran R/V Spirit of the Sound for a close-up look at five historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound. The cruise will pass Peck Ledge,

Mystic Arts Center Holiday Gift Show

22nd Annual Holiday Train Show November 19 through February 15 Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT Designed and built by railroad artist Steve Cryan, this fully operational HO scale layout is a genuine locomotive extravaganza. And don’t miss this fascinating museum’s other exhibits on the history of New England’s river. For more information, call 860767-8269 or visit © 26 November/December 2015 WindCheck Magazine

Christmas at the Newport Mansions November 21 through January 3 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI This annual event, presented by the Preservation Society of Newport County, finds cottages including The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House decked out in yuletide finery. For a schedule of live music and tours, visit

this event is open to all boats. All participating boats must register in advance, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The parade begins at 6 pm. Visit to learn more.

Holiday Harbor Lights Boat Parade November 27 Newport, RI A visual treat for participants and spectators alike, this tour of the harbor starts at 6:15 pm. Prime shoreline vantage points include Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf. Newport Yacht Club on Long Wharf will be open to the public that evening. For more details, contact Newport Harbormaster Tim Mills at 401-845-5815 or

19th Annual Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Day Festival ©

5th Annual Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights November 27 Huntington, NY A fundraiser for the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society,

November 27 & 28 Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury, MA If you’ll be on Martha’s Vineyard for Thanksgiving, this is a great event to find unique holiday gifts such as one-of-a-kind sweaters, hand-made soaps, Island lavender, leather and vintage material bags, butcher block cutting boards, and much more. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm each day, and admission is free. A $2 parking fee supports the Vineyard Artisans Scholarship Fund. Visit for more information.

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Lantern Light Tours November 27 & 28 and December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT This 70-minute progressive play at the Museum of America and the Sea will take you back to Christmas Eve, 1876. Tours begin at 5 pm and leave every 15 minutes. This event is not recommended for kids under age 4. Tickets are available online at or by calling 860-572-5331.

Nantucket Noel November 27 through January 2 Nantucket, MA “The Quintessential Yuletide Experience” begins with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling on the night after Thanksgiving, and is highlighted by the Christmas Stroll Weekend (see below). For more details, visit


13th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Toy Drive November 28 Mystic, CT Following the tree lighting at Mystic River Park, decorated vessels will parade down the Mystic River. Boats of all types and sizes are welcome, and prizes will be awarded. Festivities start at BoatNameGear_print ad-11-2015.pdf 10/26/2015 9:57:03 6 pm. For more information, log onto

Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade


November 29 Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT Kicking off the Essex holiday season, this event includes a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps, an antique car parade, a parade of









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42nd Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend December 4 - 6 Nantucket, MA Highlights of this event include the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, craft shows, exhibitions, performances and a European-style Christmas marketplace. Visit

34th Annual Christmas in Edgartown December 10 - 13 Edgartown, MA © Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic Country

holiday-themed boats, and a visit from Santa Festivities start at 4:30 pm and admission is free. Visit for more information.

45th Annual Christmas in Newport December 1 - 31 Newport, RI A citywide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season, this event includes a decorated doorway contest, puppet shows, concerts, lantern tours, open houses, a pageant, and much more. Log onto for the full schedule.



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This is a weekend full of holiday fun for the whole family, in one of New England’s most beautiful towns. Log onto for details.

New Bedford Downtown Holiday Stroll December 5 & 6 New Bedford, MA This event kicks off with Santa & Mrs. Claus arriving at Custom House Square in an antique fire truck, followed by free photos with Santa, a parade up William Street to the Library steps, and the city’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. In addition to strolling caroler, there will be live entertainment in the Whaling Museum Auditorium, Seaman’s Bethel and Custom House Square Park, and stores, galleries and eateries will be open for holiday shopping and dining. For more information, visit downtownnb. org/holidaystroll.html.

61st Annual Community Carol Sing December 20 Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT The Mystic Seaport carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 pm. The carol sing, led by former Ledyard High School choral director, Jamie Spillane, and backed by the Museum carolers and a brass quartet, starts at 3 pm. The Treworgy Planetarium will present a free program, “The Star of Bethlehem,” exploring the winter skies by merging


science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions, and music, at 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Free museum admission will be given from 10 am to 4 pm with the donation of a canned good item to benefit the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Visit for more information.

New Year’s Eve at the Dog Watch Café December 31 Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT Have a howlin’ good time while ringin’ in Ought-Sixteen with great food and drink and dancing to a live band. Check out

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December 31 New Bedford, MA Ring in the new year with entertainment at more than a dozen locations around this historic seaport. Visit for more information.

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December 31 Newport, RI This citywide celebration of the arts takes place at more than 20 different venues throughout the City by the Sea, from 5 pm to midnight. Call 401-848-2400 for more information.

Bright Night Providence December 31 Providence, RI The biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Ocean State includes live music, magic, comedy, art and more. Visit for details. F

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Sound Environment...

Whales, porpoise, and dolphins are venturing into Long Island Sound By Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s Save the Sound program It can take your breath away. Thousands pay for the chance. And this summer, boaters on Long Island Sound had many opportunities to see breaching whales up close, sometimes within 300 feet. What’s just as amazing is how far into the western Sound these sightings occurred. We’ve heard reports of multiple sightings: • Humpback whales near Milford, Norwalk and Stamford, CT; three near Huntington, NY; near Execution Rocks Lighthouse in Mamaroneck, NY; and near American Yacht Club in Rye, NY • Three young Beluga whales near Fairfield, CT • Pilot whale near shore in Bayville, NY • Minke whale near Green’s Ledge Lighthouse in Norwalk, CT • Porpoise off Oyster Bay, NY • Pods of dolphins near Greenwich, CT Why do these magnificent animals come into the Sound? It can be tempting to see their presence as a sign of improving water quality. In truth, water quality varies hugely around the Sound, with many areas—particularly in the western Sound and in bays and harbors all around the Sound—still badly affected by lowoxygen dead zones and high bacteria levels. And while clean, welloxygenated water can’t hurt, big marine mammals like this are less immediately affected by those conditions than animals that must get their oxygen from the water and that can’t move fast enough to escape low-oxygen areas. So if not pristine waters, what is it that’s luring these creatures? FOOD! They’re chasing big schools of prey fish. Silver-and-yellow Atlantic menhaden (often called “bunker”) form schools by the thousands. They are a favorite target for dolphin, porpoise, and humpbacks. And fortunately, schools of bunker are on the rise—in part due to our work. Three years ago, Save the Sound helped organize a dozen Long Island Sound groups, calling for a historic cap on menhaden harvest. We joined our collective voices with more than 100 other advocates up and down the East Coast, and the mid-Atlantic and north Atlantic fisheries councils listened. They passed a cap on menhaden catch designed to prevent industrial fisheries from overfishing this crucial species, so the population can start to rebuild to the incredible, pre-industrial abundance that early European settlers recorded. While this rule still needs to be strengthened, the Pew Environment Group (who headed up the effort) estimates that due to this cap there are 300 million more of these creatures in the Atlantic today than there were just three years ago. This means more meals for the fish we eat, like tuna, but also more food for whales, dolphins, and other big mammals. Last summer, big schools of menhaden attracted whale-feeding parties off of New Jersey’s coast

Thanks to the efforts of Save the Sound and other organizations, sights like this breaching humpback whale may become common on the waters of Long Island Sound.

in numbers rarely seen. The beginning of a return of menhaden is a solid start for the wide array of finned, feathered, and blubbery creatures that feed on all life stages of menhaden. Menhaden are filter feeders, eating low in the food web with a diet comprised of plankton. Menhaden, and other forage fish such as herring, are primary consumers that become food sources for many marine animals in the Sound. All of which, from the plankton to the large marine mammal, make up the biologically diverse estuary we all share in our backyards. And it’s not just mammals that benefit from large forage fish populations. Terns and herons spend the late summer and early fall bulking up for their fall migration. As I write this, they are congregating along our coast and gorging on schools of the inchlong baby menhaden, or “pea bunker,” that hatched earlier this summer. From the bottom of the food web to the top predators, abundance is key. With luck—and good conservation practices—we’ll be able to look forward to many more whale sightings in the future. But do exercise caution. This summer, a pair of kayakers got a much closer-than-planned view of these enormous creatures when a humpback breached and came down on top of the boat, sucking its occupants under water. The kayakers got the view of a lifetime, but it could have ended in tragedy for both paddlers and whale. Humpback whales are endangered, and all whales, dolphins, and porpoise are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Should you encounter a humpback whale or other large mammal, for your safety and theirs, cut your engine and stay at least 100 yards away. Porpoise, dolphin, and humpbacks are awe-inspiring signs of hope for a return of abundant life to Long Island Sound. On one hand they may be an indication of growing annual populations and seasonal survival rates of prey sources like menhaden that are integral to a healthy Sound ecosystem…and on the other hand, they are a simple and unforgettable joy to witness in the wild. F

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Book Review...

L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer By Roger C. Taylor Published by Mystic Seaport, 2015 450 pages hardcover $65 Reviewed by Larry Kelly L. Francis Herreshoff (1890-1972) was a naval architect, author, and editor who had a profound impact on yacht design in the mid-twentieth century. Francis, as he was known, was the son of the famous “Wizard of Bristol,” Nathanael G. Herreshoff, probably the most recognized naval architect of his time. As one might expect from a son who grows up in the shadow of a legend and then enters the same profession, Herreshoff labored under the mantel of great expectations. Maritime author and publisher Roger Taylor was commissioned by Mystic Seaport to write this biography and was given unfettered access to Herreshoff’s papers and plans, which are held by the museum. Taylor’s journey began when he met Herreshoff as a student at Milton Academy in 1948. Having admired his designs over the years, he set out to explain who the man was and how he worked.

Through people’s correspondence with Herreshoff and interviews with those who knew him, Taylor describes a man of artistic and technical genius, who was shy, generous, and suffered from inward pain. Herreshoff had a difficult relationship with his father, which most likely affected how he related to people throughout his life. But L. Francis Herreshoff was also driven in his work. The narrative follows him from his service in the Navy to his time working for Starling Burgess—who greatly influenced the young designer—to his striking out on his own. Herreshoff is depicted as confident in his work and one not disposed to appreciate criticism. He was also at times unconventional and open to innovation. His willingness to try new things was matched by his ability to write about it, as his books and commentary indicate. As with any artist, and Herreshoff was definitely an artist as details from his plans attest, one cannot truly understand the individual without looking at his work, and that is where this book shines. Taylor provides detailed descriptions of Herreshoff’s designs, with copious illustrations and 166 boat plans. There are nine foldout plans, including Istalena and Live Yankee. Taylor has been working on this biography for nearly 20 years, and the thoroughness shows. This is the first of two volumes and follows the man’s life up to 1930, when he designed the unorthodox J-Class yacht Whirlwind for the America’s Cup. For the L. Francis Herrehoff buff and casual reader alike, L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer is a detailed, visual peek into the life and work of one of the most influential naval architects of his time. Herreshoff has not attained the prominence of John Alden or Olin Stephens. This book makes the argument that perhaps he should. F Larry Kelly is the manager of the Maritime Bookstore at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer is available at the bookstore and online at

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Film Review...

“it reminds us rather than just sit around waiting, worrying, and stressing that it’s much better, more useful, and fun to think clearly, dream big, and do something” — Wallace J. Nichols, Phd, Author of Blue Mind

“the best and most honest movie depicting what it’s really like to be out there blue water sailing”

a journey to find a record-breaking iceberg

— Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club

One Simple Question

“a stunning film about things big and small, Ben & Teresa are easy to love and impossible to forget” — Deb Castellana, Director of Communications, Mission Blue / Sylvia Earle Alliance

“a charming romance about two young people in love, and their uninhibited love affair with an iceberg, it puts the ‘real’ back in ‘reality’, I highly recommend it” — Professor Chris Palmer, Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking

An uncertain journey to find an iceberg One couple who seek adventure, shed the comforts of land and begin a life at sea on a small sailboat. Their goal, simple yet elusive, is to sail north until they find an iceberg. But they need to sail over 1600 miles before the first sign of ice. Cramped in tight quarters, together they endure sleepless nights, thick fog, rough weather and icy northern waters. What they didn’t anticipate was that they would find a piece of the biggest iceberg in the last six decades. Scientists call it the Petermann ice-island, which drew the attention and concern of climatologists internationally. Highlighted with insight from scientists and renowned world voyagers, One Simple Question, like the iceberg itself, has so much more below the surface. It is at once a thrilling adventure, an exploration of icebergs and their role in the environment, and a meditation on the joy of a deliberate life and a new path in the pursuit of happiness.

A film by Teresa Carey, Ben Eriksen Carey and Derek Alan Rowe Produced by Doctrine Creative & Morse Alpha Studios 84 MIN

A shared love of singlehanded sailing aboard traditional cruising boats brought Teresa Carey and Ben Eriksen together, and with a common interest in simple, self-sufficient living it wasn’t long before this affable, adventure-seeking couple had teamed up for a journey through life. In 2011, Teresa, Ben, and their intrepid orange cat Dory departed Huntington, New York on their Bristol Channel Cutter 28 Elizabeth (with heart-shaped side windows on her dodger) for a 1,600-mile voyage that would take them northward to the waters off the coast of Newfoundland to see an iceberg. Teresa and Ben deliver most of the captivating narrative, which is supplemented by insightful observations on the joys – and hardships – of the voyaging lifestyle from cruising luminaries Lin & Larry Pardey, Pam Wall, Amanda & John Neal, Jaja & Dave Martin, John Kretschmer, Nigel Calder, Yves Gélinas, and George Day. The film also addresses climate change, with scientists Fiamma Straneo, Wallace J. Nichols and Andreas Muen-

chow providing commentary. When Teresa and Ben learn that a massive, 100-square kilometer ice island had broken off of Greenland’s Petermann Glacier, the largest floating glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, a chunk of that ice became the object of their quest. Sailing for several weeks on a small boat presents a unique set of challenges, especially in northern latitudes, and Teresa and Ben must contend with rough weather, seasickness, frigid air and water, and mechanical breakdowns. “There is no substitute for self-reliance,” Teresa observes. “Living on a boat has taught me to be not only a sailor, but also a seamstress, a cook, a mechanic, a scientist, an electrician and a carpenter, all at once.” Featuring stunning cinematography by Chris Rodriguez, Larissa Powers and Derek Alan Rowe (and Teresa & Ben) and a stirring soundtrack by The Accidentals and Steve Goldstein, this is a truly wonderful film. If you are a school teacher or a sailing instructor, you’d do well to show it to your students as soon as you can. To order a DVD of this exceptional film, or learn about how you can host a screening at your club, community sailing center, marine business, school, library or home, log onto F

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From the Log of Persevere:

Europe 16: The Adventure Begins Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam and daughters Breana, Meriel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT last fall for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles at Persevere has started the European leg of her world tour. Call it Europe 16, as an ode to the Grateful Dead album Europe 72. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I was a Jerry’s (Garcia) kid. This leg started out with despair over losing our Alaskan Malamute Aspen, but we endeavored to start afresh as we headed north to Amsterdam. Since we are living the dream life, right? Everyone we talk to or hears about our story thinks that. But, you have to realize that we are a family and have the same problems as anybody else. Ever see the film Decedents? Yes, we are living our dream, but it still has its bad moments. Problems don’t end at the dock when you cast off. It’s great being able to travel the world with the ones you love and grow together as a family, but with three girls wanting the world that they read about or see in the movies we watch aboard, and wondering why

The girls loved exploring Amsterdam.


it doesn’t exist in that particular country we’re visiting, it’s not all roses. Consider also that our family travels as a group – we go everywhere together. Date nights are far between for Pam and I, and alone time doesn’t exist. Plus, have you ever gotten three kids ready to go anywhere, together and happy? Now add a five-mile walk or bike ride in a foreign country and try to figure out logistics so that when you arrive, it all works. Which happens never.

Then wait for a few hours until someone opens up to let you in, or gets back from their two-hour lunch. When that’s resolved, stumble through the language barrier to do what you wanted to do in the first place without one kid incident. Logistics is my new vocation. It starts in every new port, on a daily basis in every country, which is actually fun although it can be trying. Going to the grocery store when we find a good one (which is hard overseas) is an all-day event, including backpacking

Persevere docked at Idock Marina


all the food back to the boat. Don’t get me wrong, we are happy to do this and know what is involved living aboard traveling the world. But, throw in home schooling. It can easily become overwhelming. We have three pre-teenage girls that are growing up faster than ever on a boat with limited living space being introduced to multiple cultures daily. Their world knowledge expands drastically daily, as do their questions and expectations. My own sailing education was also expanding as we went up the English Channel: First thing you do is buy a Reeds Nautical Almanac. To understand sailing in the English Channel, take the traffic on Long Island Sound and multiple it by 100, then add windmill farms, fishing boats without AIS, 30-foot tides, and TSS rules. We sailed from Honfleur, France to Calais and Dunkirk, France and then to Ijmuiden, Holland and down the canal to Amsterdam. We sailed mostly at night, so the kids would sleep and wake up in a new port…looked good on paper. When sailing the English Channel on the French coast, you have to realize that the tides are massive, so you have to tie up to moorings to wait for the tide to come in at each harbor and then go through locks to dock in any channel port in France. Protected anchorages don’t exist, and tidal currents are easily 5-7 knots anywhere along way. The commercial traffic is crazy, easily 50-plus boats on AIS that we had to track because the TSS patterns had dogleg turns and before we knew it four tankers and cargo ships were bearing down on us, doing 16 knots. We hugged the edge of the TSS lane, and picked our spot to do the 90-degree cross so as to not get run over as we worked our way up the channel. Wind farms are another trip – they look like a series of vertical red lights that take up the horizon at night. I mean they’re big, and they are in groups of 100 windmills in a series of multiple fields. We were sailing up

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to this wall of lights that seemed to go on forever until we were 100 yards from it and could see the different wind farms. They’re on the charts of course, but the visual throws you off at first. The sail up was nice – 10 knots on a beam reach until the last night, when it blew 30 on the nose. The whole family spent the night under the bimini as I sailed. We were glad to go through the locks at Ijmuiden and leave the ocean for a while. It was a nice one-hour motor down the canal to Amsterdam. An old crewmember, who sailed with us in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in 2014, lives in Amsterdam and hooked us up with Idock Marina, which is right next to Central Station in Amsterdam and within walking distance to the city. Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit, with great flea markets and food markets. We all needed to dress for winter, so we bounced around flea markets and the kids picked up some great clothes. They also enjoyed riding their bikes all over Amsterdam. It’s nice to see a culture developed on green, sustainable living. In Amsterdam, a “minivan” is a bike with a built-in cart or a 5-person bicycle. Sure, there are cars, but more bikes. The bike parking area at Central Station (the city’s main train station) holds roughly 3,000 bikes. Imagine all the cars parked at the train stations in Fairfield, CT being bikes stacked in the corner, using one tenth of the space…and creating no pollution. We spent 10 days in Amsterdam, loving it, and then went to Amsfort, a really great ancient walled-in city in the center of Holland, for three days. We were invited by a good college friend, Tom Keleher, who has lived there for seven years with his wife and three

The locals were friendly, although a few of them didn’t have much to say. © kids. The kids got to see how another family moved to a foreign country from the U.S. and assimilated. A lot of questions were asked and answered about schooling, working and living abroad. It was nice to see how the Keleher family grew as a result. Our family got to see it that can be done, as we explore this world to find our new home. F Look for updates on Persevere’s journey in future issues of WindCheck, and track their progress at and their Facebook page, “Persevere60545.”

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From the Captain of the Port Rescue, Recovery and Re-warm – The Maritime 3 Rs

3. When the difference between your body temperature and the water temperature is greater than 30 degrees, the chance of a heart attack from the sudden immersion goes up dramatically.

By Vincent Pica Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

4. A racing heart from shock and fear can create hyperventilating. Dizziness followed by unconsciousness results as the ratio of oxygen/carbon dioxide changes in the victim’s blood system.

When we were kids, it was all about readin,’ ritin’ and ‘rithmetic. On the sea, especially in cold water environments, it’s all about rescue, recovery and re-warming. I don’t expect many boaters are on our waterways now, but some are out there. And the waters will still be cold once April comes around. This column is about that.

He Fell In and Can’t Get Out – Rescue I’ve written about the new law in New York that requires PFDs on all boaters in boats under 21 feet between November 1 and May 1 of the following year, and about hypothermia. When I wrote about hypothermia, I suggested an experiment to demonstrate the power of water to draw heat out of you - 25x faster than air of the same temperature. Get a glass of water to room temperature and drop an ice cube in it. At the same time, lay an ice cube on a napkin next to the glass. When the ice cube in the glass has melted away, there will still only be a small amount of dampness around the ice cube on the napkin. Furthermore, research by cold-water specialists in Canada (where the water’s cold all the time) has shown that exertion – such as thrashing or swimming – can increase that heat-stealing mechanism up to 10x – that’s 250x now! So, if someone falls in it’s critical to get him out ASAP.

When Rescue Become Recovery By USCG standards, a rescue becomes a recovery when the victim has died. So, if someone just falls in, it’s still a rescue, right? Hopefully, but there are circumstances when death can come almost unbelievably quickly. Sudden immersion in cold water can be a killer long before hypothermia gets to you: 1. A splash of cold water in your face can cause you to involuntarily inhale water, which is a killer. Not swallowing it into your stomach, but inhaling it into your lungs. This is the “gasp reflex.” 2. In some people, the reaction doesn’t get that far into their bodies. They hit the cold water and, as soon as it touches the back of their throat, it closes up. The spasm stops water from getting into the body, which is the biological intent, but it also stops air from getting to the lungs. The person bobs back to the surface (their lungs are full of air) and they suffocate in the open water, unable to breathe due to a blocked air passageway. This is called “dry drowning.” There is no water in the lungs. Nor is there any oxygen. I’ve seen a BoatUS report that stated that 15-20% of all drowning are “dry drownings.”

If you are the victim, remember this: an initial deep and sudden gasp followed by hyperventilation can be as much as 600-1,000% greater than normal breathing. You must keep your airway clear or run the risk of drowning. Cold shock will pass in about one minute. During that time, concentrate on avoiding panic and getting control of your breathing. Wearing a lifejacket during this phase is critically important to keep you afloat and breathing.

We Have Him In the Boat – Now, Re-Warm! Believe it or not, if you apply heat directly to the arms and legs of a hypothermic person you just pulled from the sea, you can kill them. It’s called the “After Drop” – you force cold blood that has pooled in the arms and legs (constricted blood vessels) back toward the heart and brain and that lowers body temperature. Apply heat (hot water bottle, towels that have been microwaved, heating pads, your warm, dry hands) to the head, neck, chest and groin. Of course, you need to get the person into a warm or at least dry environment. Lie them on their back or side (not face down). This person is dying, so there’s no time to be bashful. Lie on top of them and wrap a blanket around you both. There are two schools of thought on getting the person out of the wet clothes. Some believe that the little bit of water that you can warm with your body can aid in their recovery. My own experiences lead me to believe that, if the alternative is wet clothes or just a blanket around a naked body, go with the wet clothes and cover them up with blankets and your warm body. If they’re conscious, give them warm – not hot – liquids. Add sugar for energy. No alcohol, and avoid caffeine. Bring ‘em back alive, captain. If you’re 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.” F Captain Ed Cubanski is the Captain of the Port and Sector Commander for US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Captain Cubanski is responsible for all active-duty, reservist and auxiliary Coast Guard personnel within the Sector. As Commodore of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary First District, Southern Region, Vin Pica works closely with Captain Cubanski and his staff to promote boating safety in the waters between Connecticut, Long Island and 200 nautical miles offshore. Sector Long Island Sound Command Center can be reached 24 hours a day at 203-468-4401.

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The Boating Barrister The Tug and Your Yacht: A Messy Maritime Coupling Indeed Maybe you’re a stalwart. “Let ‘em chase football scores and fall foliage,” you mumble. “Right here, best sailing there is.” And your spouse, lips pursed in blue, no doubt agrees. The wind blows harder and there’s a white capped loneliness to autumn waters. This is sailing as you imagine. You and your boat etching a path across an empty sea. Of course, the romance disappears when your season-worn chain plate fails or your rudder post concedes defeat. Then and there, you just want a tow home and a swig of something amber colored. All of which makes it worthwhile to know a little about the maritime law of tug and tow. To my mind, a tug and tow is like a couple that fight a lot. Yeah, they might have their good times, but they can really pull down some voodoo too. A tug and its tow squabble over all sorts of things beginning with who’s supposed to do what and the extent of each other’s responsibilities. These unions sometimes give rise to unholy rows; the kind that put attorneys’ kids through college! All of which is why it’s worth spending a little time with some of the bigger tug and tow issues so maybe you can spot and steer clear of the next championship bout. First off, the owner of the tow (whether it’s a dead ship, barge or yacht) typically has a general duty to provide a seaworthy vessel. And this doesn’t just mean a structurally sound vessel, it means a tow that’s prepared to withstand the conditions and obstacles it’ll encounter during the tow. Whether this burden is satisfied depends on the facts and takes into consideration the intended voyage, the hazards posed by the voyage, etc. A tow’s duty, however, can become slightly muddled (thereby giving rise to litigation) because the tug also has a certain amount of responsibility for ensuring the tow’s seaworthiness. The tug’s responsibility is different and typically not as extensive. While the maritime law doesn’t make the tug a baillee or insurer of the tow, it tends to require the tug protect the tow from losses arising from an unseaworthy condition which is so apparent it’d be negligent for the voyage to proceed. In addition, and reasonably enough, the tug is responsible for safely navigating the tow to its destination. The corollary is a tug may be responsible to third persons damaged by the tow under the theory the tug is in charge of the undertaking. Whatever the case, courts sometimes discuss a tug’s overall responsibility as requiring it exercise such reasonable care and maritime skill as prudent navigators employ for the performance of similar services. Not unexpectedly, you can find some shallows in the tugtow relationship at the end of the voyage. How it happens is it’s not unusual for a tug to complete the towage, moor the tow and thereafter sail into the horizon. Meanwhile, the tow inevitably takes on water, succumbs to the weather or is somehow damaged, resulting in a claim against the tug. These cases are

ble, but are difficult to obtain an early outcome and may usually require a trial because of the many factual disputes. Speaking broadly, a tug’s responsibility for the tow ceases upon the proper mooring of the tow. As a result, most claims will turn on whether the moorage was, indeed, proper. Usually, delivery of the tow into the hands of the consignee will relieve the tug of future responsibility. With a looming potential for liability, a tug will sometimes attempt to limit its exposure through a contractual relationship. However, unless properly tailored, a carte-blanche attempt to deep-six responsibilities can run aground and sink on the shoals of well-developed law. For instance, and it ain’t something widely known, the Supreme Court has held that in a marine towing contract, a tug cannot completely release itself from liability for negligence. Like many a coupling, the tug and tow relationship is complicated. Further, it’s an area which while having some central, legal principles doesn’t contain the raft of decisions found in cargo or personal injury law. As a result, the potential for disputes developing into claims should not be unexpected and the prudent tug or tow should take care to fully understand its liabilities and responsibilities. Better yet, be like one of those Hollywood stars with their divorce attorney on speed dial ‘cept, in this case, have your admiralty attorney on call! This article is provided for your general information, is not legal opinion and should not be relied upon. Always seek legal counsel to understand your rights and remedies. Underway and making way. John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a licensed captain and a Proctor-InAdmiralty. His legal practice is devoted to maritime law and he represents individuals and marine businesses throughout the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. He does not represent insurance companies. He may be reached anytime at 1-800-383-MAYDAY (6293), or, at his Newport, Rhode Island desk at 401-667-0977 or

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Calendar 2015 NOVEMBER Daily through 12/23 Light Over Water: Oyster Bay Harbor Scenes by Kirk Larsen The Oyster Bay Historical Society’s fall exhibit features the artist’s paintings, watercolors and drawings of the boats, baymen and yachts of Oyster Bay. Sales of exhibited art support the Society’s Beverly Mohlenhoff Fund, dedicated to the collections and activities of the Angela Koenig Center. Oyster Bay, NY;;

Rebirth © 1 Daylight Saving Time Ends 1 The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue - Award-winning author Michael J. Tougias will give a presentation on his bestselling book, soon to be released as a major motion picture. 2pm; Chatham Library, Chatham, MA; 1 The Moosehead Luncheon - The annual meeting of the International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen (ISPCRY) rewards outstanding achievements in the field of race mismanagement. Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Port Washington, NY;

1 (*or the best weather window near that date) 16th Annual NARC start The North American Rally to the Caribbean departs from Newport, RI, bound for Bermuda and then St. Maarten. Hank Schmitt: 631-423-4988; 2 (*or the best weather window near that date) Salty Dawg Fall Rally start This cruising rally departs from Hampton,VA and sets sail for the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda in the BVIs. 5 Shoreline Sailing Club meeting - If you’re an active single over 35, this club’s activities include sailing, fishing, kayaking, dances, dockside parties, golfing, skiing and more. Meetings are held the first & third Thursdays of each month (lite bites/ cash bar available); 7:30pm; Westbrook Elks Lodge, Westbrook, CT; 5 Singles Under Sail meeting - SUS is a sailing club for adults who are also single. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at various locations in Fairfield County, CT; 203-847-3456; visit for cruises, lectures and other special events. 6 US Sailing Regional Symposium - This event provides an open forum for sharing ideas and concerns about sailing education and programming. Hudson River Community Sailing, New York, NY; events/symposium-and-meetings/ regional-symposiums 7 Offshore Boat Preparation Seminar - In this Brewer Yacht Yard Group seminar, a team of experts will discuss the elements of the most commonly used offshore safety standards,

and straightforward methods of compliance that won’t break the bank. Although the emphasis is on the requirements for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race, this presentation is for racers and cruisers alike. The cost of $125 per boat entitles all crewmembers to attend. Brewer Pilots Point Marina, Westbrook, CT; register at or contact Lynn Oliver at 7 and 12/5 Maritime Aquarium Lighthouse Cruises - Venture out on the hybrid-electric catamaran R/V Spirit of the Sound for a close-up look at five historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound. Norwalk, CT; make reservations at /longisland-sound/cruises 7 America’s Boating Course This 8-hour U.S Power Squadron class covers the basics of recreational boating including general information about boats and personal watercraft, safety, boating laws and regulations. All graduates will be eligible to obtain a NY Safe Boating Certificate. 9am; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Northport, NY;Vincent Gerretz: 631-8247128; BoatEd.NeptuneUSPS@; 7 Introduction to Half-Model Construction - Learn the basics of half-hull construction as you carve your own model of a classic sailboat. 9am - 5pm; $300 ($250 for museum members); John Gardner Small Boat Shop, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860572-5322; 13 through 12/27 Mystic Arts Center Holiday Gift Show - Items for sale include hand carved wooden spoons, bowls and cheese boards, jewelry, sailor bracelets, paper trees, stoneware pottery, notecards, natural soaps/balms, beeswax candles, holiday ornaments, belts, tote bags, syrups, scarves, hats, stained glass, silk neckties, ceramics & fine art. 11am - 5pm

except 11/25 (11am - 3pm); closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas; Mystic, CT; 13 & 14 Cartography Conference: “Keeping Our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown” - This event examines our connection to man’s relationship to the sea over time, from medieval conceptions of the oceans as dark and monstrous places to 21st century underwater mapping used to search for shipwrecked whaleships in the Arctic. New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA; 14 US Sailing Regional Symposium This event provides an open forum for sharing ideas and concerns about sailing education and programming. Hingham Yacht Club, Hingham, MA; events/symposium-and-meetings/ regional-symposiums 14 Using VHF/DSC Marine Radio - This U.S Power Squadron class covers the basics of marine communications.1pm; $10; West Marine, Riverhead, NY; Debby Tennyson-Feinstein: 631-653-5300; debbytennyson@; 14 America’s Boating Course This 8-hour U.S Power Squadron class covers the basics of recreational boating including general information about boats and personal watercraft, safety, boating laws and regulations. All graduates will be eligible to obtain a NY Safe Boating Certificate. 9am; Acampora Recreation Center, Blue Point, NY; Richard Jost: 631-929-6272; richardj2@; 18 An Evening with Rod Johnstone - “J/Boats: Sailing to Success” - In this Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association presentation, the legendary yacht designer will discuss the past, present and future of the company behind the world’s

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most popular racing keelboats. 7pm; donations for the Dillon Fund are encouraged. Mystic Yachting Center, West Mystic, CT;

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19 The Thrash to the Onion Patch: A Century of Racing to Bermuda In this Mystic Seaport Adventure Series event, world-renowned sailor and author John Rousmaniere, who has completed the challenging Newport Bermuda Race nine times, shares his insight on the race’s history and exciting sea stories from his decades of competition.1:30 & 7:30 pm; $15 ($20 non-members); students are admitted free;

The River Room, Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern, Mystic, CT; 19 - 2/15/16 22nd Annual Holiday Train Show - This familyfriendly locomotive extravaganza is a fully operational HO scale layout created by train artist Steve Cryan. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; 860-7678269; 21 - 1/3/16 Christmas at the Newport Mansions - In this annual presentation by the Preservation Society of Newport County, The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House decked out in yuletide finery. Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI; for a schedule of live music and tours, visit 27 Wild Turkey Regatta - All sailing yachts are welcome in this PHRF event. Fayerweather Yacht Club, Bridgeport, CT; Mike Sullivan:;;

27 Holiday Harbor Lights Boat Parade - Kick off the Newport holiday season by decorating your boat for a tour of the harbor. Newport Yacht Club is open to the public that evening, and spectators can watch the parade from Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and other waterfront points. 6:15 pm; Newport, RI; Tim Mills: 401-8455815; 27 5th Annual Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights - This fundraiser for the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society is open to all boats. Lighted boats will parade through Huntington Harbor, with prizes awarded for first, second & third place. 6pm; all boats must register in advance. Huntington, NY; 631-421-1985; 27 & 28 19th Annual Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving Day Festival - Shop for holiday gifts and enjoy a hayride. 10am - 4pm; free ($2 parking fee); Agricultural

Hall, West Tisbury, MA; 27, 28 and 12/4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours - Now in its 35th season, this 70-minute progressive play featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, takes visitors back to Christmas Eve, 1876. Tours begin at 5 pm and leave every 15 minutes. $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members); not recommended for kids under age 4. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 860-572-5331.


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28 13th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Toy Drive - Following the tree lighting at Mystic River Park, decorated vessels will parade down the Mystic River. Boats of all types and sizes are welcome, and prizes will be awarded. 6 9pm; Mystic, CT; 860-572-9578; 28 Book Signing with Roger C. Taylor - The author will sign copies of his latest book, L. Francis Herreshoff:Yacht Designer, the first of two volumes chronicling the life and work of the most remarkable yacht designer of his time. 3 - 5pm; Mystic Seaport Maritime Bookstore, Mystic, CT; 29 Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade - Kicking off the Essex holiday season, this event

includes a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps, an antique car parade, a parade of holiday-themed boats, and a visit from Santa 4:30 pm; free; Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; 860-767-8269;

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DECEMBER 1 - 31 45th Annual Christmas in Newport - A citywide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season, with a variety of activities on every

day of the month. Newport, RI;

Restaurant & Tavern, Mystic, CT;

4-6 42nd Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend - Highlights of this Nantucket Noel event include the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, craft shows, exhibitions, performances and a Europeanstyle Christmas marketplace. Nantucket, MA;

22 Winter Solstice - First day of winter

5 Book Signing with Carlo DeVito - Meet the editorial director of Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: the Complete Illustrated Edition, originally written by Owen Chase, first mate on the ill-fated American ship that was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. 1- 4pm; free with Museum admission; Mystic Seaport Maritime Bookstore, Mystic, CT; 860-572-5386; MSMBookstore@; 10 - 13 34th Annual Christmas in Edgartown - Fun holiday festivities for the whole family all weekend. Edgartown, MA; 508-939-0199; 11 In the Heart of the Sea premiere - Based on the incredible true story that inspired Moby-Dick, this film adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel by director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Rush) opens in theaters nationwide. 17 Fire in the Sky, Ice in the Sea: Glaciers and Auroras in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres - In this Mystic Seaport Adventure Series event, author and speaker Niki Sepsas will discuss the marvels of the Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Australis, and the crucial role that glacial ice plays in our world. 1:30 & 7:30 pm; $15 ($20 non-members); students are admitted free; The River Room, Latitude 41°

26 - 30 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta - This USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival event has classes for Optimist, Laser (all rigs) and C420. Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami, FL;


31 New Year’s Eve at the Dog Watch Café - Have a howlin’ good time while ringing in 2016 with food, drink and live music. Dodson Boatyard, Stonington, CT; 860-4510; 31 First Night Newport - A citywide celebration of the arts, this event takes place at more than 20 different venues. 5pm midnight; Newport, RI; 401-848-2400 31 Bright Night Providence Rhode Island’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration includes music, magic, comedy, art and more. Providence, RI; 31 First Night New Bedford Ring in 2016 with entertainment at more than a dozen locations around this historic seaport. New Bedford, MA;

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November 2015

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


The Battery, NY Port Washington, NY 11/1 12:38 AM 11/1 5:33 AM 11/1 11:54 AM 11/1 6:25 PM 11/2 12:36 AM 11/2 6:32 AM 11/2 12:50 PM 11/2 7:26 PM 11/3 1:32 AM 11/3 7:36 AM 11/3 1:46 PM 11/3 8:27 PM 11/4 2:27 AM 11/4 8:40 AM 11/4 2:41 PM 11/4 9:22 PM 11/5 3:23 AM 11/5 9:37 AM 11/5 3:37 PM 11/5 10:10 PM 11/6 4:17 AM 11/6 10:28 AM 11/6 4:32 PM 11/6 10:54 PM 11/7 5:07 AM 11/7 11:15 AM 11/7 5:21 PM 11/7 11:36 PM 11/8 5:51 AM 11/8 12:00 PM 11/8 6:06 PM 11/9 12:16 AM 11/9 6:31 AM 11/9 12:44 PM 11/9 6:46 PM 11/10 12:56 AM 11/10 7:07 AM 11/10 1:26 PM 11/10 7:22 PM 11/11 1:35 AM 11/11 7:40 AM 11/11 2:08 PM 11/11 7:57 PM 11/12 2:13 AM 11/12 8:10 AM 11/12 2:49 PM 11/12 8:30 PM 11/13 2:49 AM 11/13 8:40 AM 11/13 3:28 PM 11/13 9:04 PM 11/14 3:24 AM 11/14 9:11 AM 11/14 4:07 PM 11/14 9:42 PM 11/15 3:59 AM 11/15 9:50 AM 11/15 4:48 PM


11/15 10:29 PM 11/16 4:36 AM 11/16 10:39 AM 11/16 5:33 PM 11/16 11:25 PM 11/17 5:23 AM 11/17 11:36 AM 11/17 6:28 PM 11/18 12:24 AM 11/18 6:32 AM 11/18 12:36 PM 11/18 7:34 PM 11/19 1:23 AM 11/19 7:56 AM 11/19 1:38 PM 11/19 8:38 PM 11/20 2:24 AM 11/20 9:07 AM 11/20 2:42 PM 11/20 9:36 PM 11/21 3:27 AM 11/21 10:09 AM 11/21 3:49 PM 11/21 10:29 PM 11/22 4:29 AM 11/22 11:06 AM 11/22 4:53 PM 11/22 11:21 PM 11/23 5:27 AM 11/23 12:01 PM 11/23 5:52 PM 11/24 12:12 AM 11/24 6:20 AM 11/24 12:54 PM 11/24 6:46 PM 11/25 1:03 AM 11/25 7:09 AM 11/25 1:47 PM 11/25 7:37 PM 11/26 1:53 AM 11/26 7:57 AM 11/26 2:37 PM 11/26 8:28 PM 11/27 2:42 AM 11/27 8:46 AM 11/27 3:26 PM 11/27 9:21 PM 11/28 3:30 AM 11/28 9:37 AM 11/28 4:15 PM 11/28 10:17 PM 11/29 4:18 AM 11/29 10:30 AM 11/29 5:03 PM 11/29 11:13 PM 11/30 5:07 AM 11/30 11:24 AM 11/30 5:54 PM


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


Fishers Island, NY 11/1 1:31 AM 11/1 6:59 AM 11/1 12:57 PM 11/1 7:46 PM 11/2 1:27 AM 11/2 7:59 AM 11/2 1:52 PM 11/2 8:40 PM 11/3 2:26 AM 11/3 9:01 AM 11/3 2:52 PM 11/3 9:36 PM 11/4 3:30 AM 11/4 10:06 AM 11/4 3:55 PM 11/4 10:29 PM 11/5 4:31 AM 11/5 11:05 AM 11/5 4:52 PM 11/5 11:18 PM 11/6 5:22 AM 11/6 11:58 AM 11/6 5:41 PM 11/7 12:04 AM 11/7 6:06 AM 11/7 12:47 PM 11/7 6:26 PM 11/8 12:48 AM 11/8 6:49 AM 11/8 1:32 PM 11/8 7:11 PM 11/9 1:30 AM 11/9 7:32 AM 11/9 2:12 PM 11/9 7:54 PM 11/10 2:09 AM 11/10 8:13 AM 11/10 2:48 PM 11/10 8:36 PM 11/11 2:46 AM 11/11 8:52 AM 11/11 3:24 PM 11/11 9:16 PM 11/12 3:21 AM 11/12 9:30 AM 11/12 4:02 PM 11/12 9:56 PM 11/13 3:57 AM 11/13 10:08 AM 11/13 4:43 PM 11/13 10:38 PM 11/14 4:38 AM 11/14 10:49 AM 11/14 5:29 PM 11/14 11:24 PM 11/15 5:27 AM 11/15 11:33 AM 11/15 6:19 PM


Woods Hole, MA 11/16 12:14 AM 11/16 6:21 AM 11/16 12:21 PM 11/16 7:09 PM 11/17 1:04 AM 11/17 7:18 AM 11/17 1:10 PM 11/17 8:01 PM 11/18 1:58 AM 11/18 8:17 AM 11/18 2:05 PM 11/18 8:55 PM 11/19 2:58 AM 11/19 9:20 AM 11/19 3:09 PM 11/19 9:51 PM 11/20 4:01 AM 11/20 10:24 AM 11/20 4:15 PM 11/20 10:46 PM 11/21 4:58 AM 11/21 11:24 AM 11/21 5:13 PM 11/21 11:39 PM 11/22 5:49 AM 11/22 12:23 PM 11/22 6:06 PM 11/23 12:32 AM 11/23 6:38 AM 11/23 1:20 PM 11/23 6:58 PM 11/24 1:25 AM 11/24 7:28 AM 11/24 2:14 PM 11/24 7:49 PM 11/25 2:16 AM 11/25 8:17 AM 11/25 3:04 PM 11/25 8:39 PM 11/26 3:04 AM 11/26 9:05 AM 11/26 3:52 PM 11/26 9:27 PM 11/27 3:51 AM 11/27 9:52 AM 11/27 4:40 PM 11/27 10:16 PM 11/28 4:41 AM 11/28 10:42 AM 11/28 5:31 PM 11/28 11:09 PM 11/29 5:35 AM 11/29 11:34 AM 11/29 6:23 PM 11/30 12:04 AM 11/30 6:32 AM 11/30 12:27 PM 11/30 7:14 PM


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December 2015

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The Battery, NY Port Washington, NY 12/1 12:08 AM 12/1 5:59 AM 12/1 12:17 PM 12/1 6:48 PM 12/2 1:01 AM 12/2 6:58 AM 12/2 1:08 PM 12/2 7:44 PM 12/3 1:52 AM 12/3 8:01 AM 12/3 1:59 PM 12/3 8:39 PM 12/4 2:43 AM 12/4 9:01 AM 12/4 2:52 PM 12/4 9:29 PM 12/5 3:36 AM 12/5 9:55 AM 12/5 3:46 PM 12/5 10:15 PM 12/6 4:27 AM 12/6 10:44 AM 12/6 4:41 PM 12/6 10:58 PM 12/7 5:15 AM 12/7 11:30 AM 12/7 5:31 PM 12/7 11:40 PM 12/8 5:58 AM 12/8 12:15 PM 12/8 6:15 PM 12/9 12:22 AM 12/9 6:36 AM 12/9 12:59 PM 12/9 6:55 PM 12/10 1:03 AM 12/10 7:11 AM 12/10 1:43 PM 12/10 7:32 PM 12/11 1:45 AM 12/11 7:44 AM 12/11 2:26 PM 12/11 8:08 PM 12/12 2:26 AM 12/12 8:17 AM 12/12 3:07 PM 12/12 8:45 PM 12/13 3:06 AM 12/13 8:54 AM 12/13 3:48 PM 12/13 9:26 PM 12/14 3:47 AM 12/14 9:36 AM 12/14 4:30 PM 12/14 10:15 PM 12/15 4:30 AM 12/15 10:27 AM 12/15 5:15 PM 12/15 11:11 PM 12/16 5:20 AM


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


Fishers Island, NY 12/1 12:58 AM 12/1 7:29 AM 12/1 1:18 PM 12/1 8:03 PM 12/2 1:52 AM 12/2 8:26 AM 12/2 2:11 PM 12/2 8:54 PM 12/3 2:50 AM 12/3 9:27 AM 12/3 3:10 PM 12/3 9:46 PM 12/4 3:51 AM 12/4 10:26 AM 12/4 4:11 PM 12/4 10:36 PM 12/5 4:47 AM 12/5 11:20 AM 12/5 5:05 PM 12/5 11:23 PM 12/6 5:35 AM 12/6 12:10 PM 12/6 5:54 PM 12/7 12:08 AM 12/7 6:20 AM 12/7 12:58 PM 12/7 6:40 PM 12/8 12:53 AM 12/8 7:04 AM 12/8 1:41 PM 12/8 7:25 PM 12/9 1:36 AM 12/9 7:46 AM 12/9 2:22 PM 12/9 8:08 PM 12/10 2:17 AM 12/10 8:27 AM 12/10 3:00 PM 12/10 8:49 PM 12/11 2:55 AM 12/11 9:06 AM 12/11 3:38 PM 12/11 9:29 PM 12/12 3:35 AM 12/12 9:44 AM 12/12 4:19 PM 12/12 10:11 PM 12/13 4:17 AM 12/13 10:24 AM 12/13 5:04 PM 12/13 10:57 PM 12/14 5:06 AM 12/14 11:09 AM 12/14 5:53 PM 12/14 11:48 PM 12/15 6:02 AM 12/15 11:58 AM 12/15 6:44 PM 12/16 12:41 AM 12/16 7:00 AM


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Junior Sailing... Sacred Heart Invitational

Salve, Worcester Polytech, Fairfield, and Sacred Heart. Racing was in light air on Saturday out of the SSE and moderate winds Sunday out of the north. Competitors enjoyed crispy new FJ sails including square-headed mains, supplied by Intensity Sails. F

Two fishermen in the water and holding onto their capsized dinghy were rescued by SAIL BLACK ROCK coaches Ginny Perry Worcester and Dave White during the Sacred Heart Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta, at the mouth of Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday, September 19. The two fishermen were swamped by a wave, capsized and thrown into the water about a half-mile offshore. The event’s Principal Race Officer, Jamie Fales, spotted the overturned dinghy and radioed the regatta rescue boat. Upon arriving at the scene, Perry Worcester and White assisted both victims onto their boat and then transferred them to the regatta spectator boat for transport ashore. The fishermen were unharmed and their boat was salvaged by the spectator boat crew. “This was not a good situation, with the wind pushing the victims towards the boulders off St. Mary’s,” said Perry Worcester. “It could have ended badly.”

Reynolds & Lew Win JSA Awards for Second Year On October 21, the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) awarded two of its seasonal perpetual awards, the Clinton M. Bell Trophy and the Thomas W. Fowler, Jr. Trophy, to the 420 team of Julia Reynolds and Hobi Lew of Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT. The awards were presented at the JSA

Julia Reynolds and Hobi Lew

The winning Tufts team of (l – r) Isabelle Sennett (Class of 2017), Ryan Epprecht (’18), Pere Puig (’19), Julien Guiot (’18), Sarah Bunney (’19), Nick Giacobbe (‘19), Florien Eenkema Van Dijk (’19), and Taylor Hart (’19). © Dave White

Overall the two-day regatta was a big hit, with the awarding of the new perpetual Sacred Heart Invitational Trophy. The trophy was custom made and donated by Abordage ( for presentation to the overall winner. The trophy is a classic half-hull of the 228-foot yacht Atlantic which won the Kaiser’s Cup Race across the Atlantic Ocean in 1905 and held that crossing record for nearly one hundred years. The yacht owner, Wilson Marshall, lived in Bridgeport and Atlantic’s homeport was Black Rock Harbor where SAIL BLACK ROCK hosts the Sacred Heart Invitational. The powerhouse Tufts Sailing Team, sent two teams to capture first and second place, with SAIL BLACK ROCK’s other home team, Fairfield University, taking a close third. All placing sailors were awarded Mystic Knotwork sailor bracelets made of bronze, silver or gold line. Nine teams competed in FJ fleet racing both weekend days including Columbia, Tufts 1 & 2, Wesleyan, UMass – Dartmouth,

general meeting at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY. Both awards are for best finishes at JSA open events, which in 2015 included Larchmont Race Week, JSA Race Week and Eastern Districts. The Bell Trophy is for highest score in all junior boat classes, and the Fowler is for highest score in junior doublehanded events. This is the second year in a row that Reynolds and Lew, who teamed up in a Club 420 in 2014, have won both of these awards. “When Hobi and I race, we like to focus on ourselves and on working together rather than worrying about other boats,” said Reynolds. “We just click with each other, which contributes to our success.” Lew added, “What I think makes Jules and I a winning team is our chemistry in the boat and how well we know one another. We’ve been sailing together at Pequot for eight years – first learning together, then racing against each other in Optis, and now sailing together in 420s.” Reynolds and Lew are currently testing the waters in an International 420, and competed in the I420 Atlantic Coast Championships in October. They want to thank the coaches who’ve worked with them over the years, especially their racing coaches JJ Monro, Pearson Potts and Max Simmons, and Hobi will always be thankful to Peter Miller of Bermuda, “for always pushing me even when I refused to sail!” F

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Junior Sailing...

Maritime Hosts High School Regatta By Sean Engel SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck, NY hosted 19 high school sailing teams from throughout the region for a regatta on Saturday, September 27. The teams represented Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association District’s MDISA, NJISA and NYISA-SE leagues. Under beautiful sunny skies with gusty 10-15 mph winds from the NNE, teams sailed a W4 course in the East River’s infamous current. Maritime College’s Waterfront and Maritime Academic Center on the banks of the river provided great vantage points for spectators to view the day’s races, with the Throgs Neck Bridge, Whitestone Bridge and New York City skyline as a backdrop. At the end of the day, Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) finished in first place, Toms River North (NJ) in second and Southern Regional (NJ) in third, with all three of their A and B Division teams placing in the same order in their respective divisions. This regatta also served as the NYISA-SE League Fall Fleet Qualifier, and the top three New York teams were Mamaroneck,


Bay Shore and Locust Valley High Schools. Special thanks to Maritime College’s Waterfront Director Rob Crafa, Senior Jimmy Keegan (Centerport, NY) for serving as PRO, junior Carly Mayhood (Richmond, VA) of the Maritime Dinghy Sailing team for scoring, and all the cadets who worked on and off the water to make the regatta a success. F Sean Engel is SUNY Maritime’s Director of Sports Information.

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Coop’s Analog Digits By Joe Cooper

I am becoming more analog the older I get. This is odd, because years ago I was very digital. Bob Miller, aka Ben Lexcen the designer of, amongst other boats, the 12 Metre Australia Two, was also a very talented artist. In 1979, when we were working on Australia (NOT “One,” just “Australia”) and there was some kind of break in the action, he would whip out a sketch of one of the guys that was a caricature of the person. In my case, I had an arm with a collection of pencils/pens for a hand and the other arm/hand was a pile of notebooks. This was because I was always writing down things that need to be built, fixed, picked up, broken down, organized, etc. Being in charge of the boat, I was writing things down all the time. On occasion, just because I can, I refer to pencil and paper as a carbon-based digital recording device, much to the confusion of my sailing team students who think, “Oh no, he has finally lost the plot.” October started with needing to get a couple of hundred bucks’ worth of silicon (Yeah, I know, but a different carbon product) digital stuff. New drivers, keyboard, backup and related stuff for my 4-year-old laptop. That’s OK, but the thing that really bugged me was having to buy, again, MS Office, which I’d bought 14 months ago when I purchased the (used) laptop. Then, on top of it all I read in Scuttlebutt of computer-driven sailing…Beyond Autopilot…It seems that Harken and Jeanneau have been beavering away in a secure, undisclosed location developing the software and hardware that will let a helmsman push a button and have the boat tack the sails. We are familiar with the auto-tack function in autopilots, but this apparently is intended to cast off the jib and reel it in on the other side. Described on the Harken and Jeanneau websites as Assisted Sail Trim (AST), the Harken press release states this is a “collaborative effort to reimagine cruising and shorthanded sailing.” OK…It is interesting that all the images in the brochure show calm water, pretty girls and handsome dudes smiling and laughing, and nice pictures of teak decks. It reminds me of the

photos in life jacket and life raft ads that are always taken in flat water… It is proposed that the AST will release and/or ease the headsail while you steer the boat through the tack and trim it in on the new tack. It is also going to adjust the sails for you. This is after you set the sails to the “initial trim.” The rest of this paragraphs reads as follows: “Set the initial trim, press the button to engage Auto Trim, and then let the system handle sheeting. The system monitors apparent wind for perfect trim while you relax at the helm. An integrated heel control detects gusts and limits heel to your desired setting for maximum passenger comfort.” Sounds like the ad copy for a first class ticket on Virgin Air. They are, wisely I think, saving the best for last, which is intended to hoist and lower the main and/or roll up and unroll the jib. My only…well, first, question is, “Why are we going sailing then?” This push-button caper is a bit like reading articles about people out cruising on 50-footers and electric push-button everything, who then write stories about yoga exercises you can do aboard and workouts you can do while cruising so you can stay in good nick. I am not a 5th Dan Luddite, mebbe just a 2nd or 3rd. I get computers, automation, robots, autopilots, etc. But didn’t anyone in this secret lab ask anyone who actually goes sailing on a regular basis about the relationship between salt air and electronics? Hands up, anyone who has gone an entire summer without the AP having a bad hair day and knocking off early. The French solo guys have entire teams of PhD electronics guys and girls ministering their autopilots day and night. The sailors need to sail a zillion miles before they go racing so as to get the pilots to learn the characteristics of the boats. The skippers go to autopilot school so they can work on the pilots in the middle of nowhere, aka the Southern Ocean. And they carry a number of spares, although it is probably down from the record of eight or nine or so I read about once, a few years ago. I know this seems like I am knocking innovation, progress, and development. But really, when I want to go sailing, I want to get away from all this stuff and actually exercise a skill and dexterity honed over years of actually sailing. Knowing just the right time to pull hard on the sheet, or grind when tacking so as to get the best result from the effort. I want me to learn, not the bloody computer. “Making sailing easier” is the claim. Well, sailing ain’t easy. It certainly ain’t digital, on or off. Sailing is analogue; it has shades of finesse and subtlety, as Snape recites on Harry’s first day in Potions. It is an art, an acquired skill, a way of thinking, a way to exercise parts of our brains in a way we are increasingly being invited to ignore. Well, let me correct that a bit. Sailing is actually pretty easy. It is seamanship that is the ever-learning part. The ‘What is going to happen next?’ ‘What will that wave do?’ ‘Why is the wind going there?’ and so, so much more. Personally, I do not want to be on a boat with more electronics than Matt Damon on Mars. I want to be on a boat with me, my sense of thinking stuff out, and the opportunity to intro-

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duce my guests to the sensuous business of detecting the bloody wind gusts for themselves. Part of “detecting a wind gust” and “integrated heel control” is seeing the puff on the water, and feeling the helm start to load up. Instruments, even the best ones, tell you what just happened. Oh speaking of electronics and salt air…all of this runs off the boat’s sense inputs, boat speed,

I do not want sailing to be “safe and easy.” I want to go sailing and be reminded that I need to be thinking ahead of the curve. wind speed apparent and (I hope) true wind speed and angle and so on. Consider just how long your electronics have gone without needing some service. I tell people, although not in the first 90 seconds of knowing them, that sailing is a very sensuous activity. Ya gotta be careful with that one because, well you know sensuous… But sailing uses – demands – the use of senses. Why do you think blind sailors are so dammed good? They use the rest of their senses. Sheesh. What are we coming to? Me? I like the idea of analog, especially while sailing. Really, I think the Harken guys are lovely. Peter and Olaf have a dedicated their lives to the progress of sailing over the years. And the Jeanneau guys make nice boats. And I hope they sell a million of these set-ups. But can someone please put the disclaimer on the purchase contract that this will dilute the actual effect of sailing? The third “package” to be released, the “Sail Management” package, will debut in coming seasons. Until then, we will have to continue hoisting our sails ourselves. And not rely on the “load sensors to detect jams and allow the halyard to be eased for safe operation.” I am so grateful for the possibility of going sailing and not having to do anything and being safe, not to mention the full redundancy and manual backup in the event of power loss. (Sarcastic comment, jumps up and down like a 2-year-old having a sugar meltdown). I do not want sailing to be “safe and easy.” I want to go sailing and be reminded that I need to be thinking ahead of the curve. I want to determine what is safe for me and bear the consequences for screwing up my planning, if that happens. OK, I have run out of words. Not mine – I have plenty more to say – but my allotment for this column. It is digital, you know. One word too many and F Australian born, Joe ‘Coop’ Cooper stayed in the US after the 1980 America’s Cup where he was the boat captain and sailed as Grinder/ Sewer-man on Australia. His whole career has focused on sailing, especially the short-handed aspects of it. He lives in Middletown, RI where he coaches, consults and writes on his blog, joecoopersailing. com, when not paying attention to his wife, teenage son, dog, two cats and several, mainly small, boats.



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Greenport Ocean Race 2015 By Jim Ryan After 10 consecutive days of strong winds blowing into the 20s and 30s including enough to force the cancellation of the Whitebread Race the previous week, the winds abated and the skies brightened for the Greenport Ocean Race and the Greenport Bay Race on Saturday, October 10. All of the boats that came to Greenport, NY sailed in those heavy winds for their deliveries and on the Friday evening before the race we still had winds to 30 knots and rain. We had been watching the forecast carefully, because when the wind did start to slow down it was supposed to drop out dramatically. The course decision for both the Bay Race and the Ocean Race had to be made by 7am, and the decision was not an easy one. It was still blowing from 12­ to 18 at that time, but the prediction was that by early afternoon it would drop to less than 5. The decision was made to use the short course for both races. In the case of the Ocean Race, that meant instead of going around Block Island the fleet would sail from Greenport out past Gardiners Island, leave Cerberus Shoal to starboard and then go to “G1,” a few miles off of Montauk, and finish back in Greenport. This turned a 90-mile course into about a 65-mile course. For the Bay Race going west, the short course eliminated going around Robins Island and changed the length of that course from about 35 miles to about 28. I organized the race, but I also sail in it in my Melges 24 so I can only give the perspective of the Bay Race. I have asked the overall winner of the Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup to give his viewpoint on how the Ocean Race went. Here is Steve Marenakos’ narrative: “Ever since I bought my J/105 Reckless in the spring of 2012, I had heard about the Greenport Ocean Race as other J/105 sailors talked about the fun of big winds on long distance reaches (plus the late night pub crawl afterwards!). This year we made a late decision to cross over from Connecticut and join the fun.

Steve Marenakos and the crew of the J/105 Reckless won the Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup. © Mindy Ryan

As it turned out, the big winds were on the Friday delivery, where I had 25 to ­35 knots right on the nose, along with big and steep seas. I have to say I was tired Friday night even before the racing started! As the cold front passed through Friday night, we ended up on Saturday with dying and fickle breezes, sailing the shortest course out to Montauk and back. So instead of being challenged by big winds and seas, we were mentally and emotionally challenged. Heading out of Greenport, the big boats including Siren, an Tom Wacker’s J/105 Trading Places sailing past Bug Light in Gardiners Bay © Mindy Ryan

RP 56, Barleycorn, a Swan 42, and Longbow, a Class40, rapidly charged away from us while we narrowly led Alliance (the 105 that won the overall last year) and Misty, a J/40, who tangled with each other. In a short time the winds got squirrely and they opted to go north while we kept more east headed to 1GI. They picked up a nice wind line and sailed right around us. It looked like we were cooked even before we rounded 1GI! We kept sailing hard and then had the rear­view advantage of seeing the wind go light for them as they headed to Cerberus, so we decided to head northeast from 1GI, taking a longer course, and sailed right around those two and Weegie, a Columbia Carbon 32! Our emotions soared back up to excited and hopeful. What we didn’t know was that the tide was about to turn again. We rounded Cerberus well ahead, but then we completely ran out of wind and sat for at least 30 minutes as we watched Alliance round Cerberus and pass us. Again, our emotions tanked, not only because they were now ahead and we lost all that we gained back, but we also owed them time so we were not sure how we’d make time back, especially in these conditions. We decided that if and when the winds came back, it would be from the south, we headed a bit away from the mark again and sailed (or crept) southwest toward the South Fork seeking wind. We found more pressure ahead of Alliance and while we were headed now towards Bermuda, low of Montauk, we kept our spinnaker up trying to maximize speed through the water while Alliance went back to their jib, straightlining for Montauk. They gained, we held, they were lifted, we surged with

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a little more pressure. Sailing anxiously to the mark, we were able to open up five minutes by the rounding. So now what? What was the wind going to do? Since it had worked so well before, we went back to the spinnaker trying to maximize speed in the light conditions, while sailing low of 1GI hoping we’d secure a lift when the wind backed from southwest to south. We also figured we’d have a bigger push from the favorable current out in deeper water. Alliance decided to keep to their jib and go high along the shore hoping for pressure sooner and hoping we would never get our lift and have to tack to get there. It was an anxious game we played watching each other, and while the wind did not back, we made it west faster than Alliance and went back to our jib to gain height for the mark. We were fortunate that we kept about as much pressure as Alliance did and we were able to maintain enough our five-minute lead to save our time and win our class! We were elated that things had worked out for us and that we finished while we were on top in the back and forth all day. It was really anyone’s race the whole way, which made the win that much better. We knew we’d dodged a bullet from a very well sailed competitor. The icing on the cake was when we saw that we had also taken fleet honors in the overall handicapping for the beautiful Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup! The Greenport Ocean Race lived up to its reputation, just in a way we had not expected. All I can say is, we’ll be back!” Steve won Spinnaker Division 2 and the Brooklyn Ocean Challenge Cup and he was followed by last year’s winner of the BOCC, Steve Guyer’s 105 Alliance. In Division 1, local J/111 Bravo, sailed by Sedge and Andrew Ward, took first, followed by Rich Fleischman’s Columbia 32 Weegie. While the Ocean Race started at 9am, the Bay Race didn’t start until 10:30. We started in about 10 knots of breeze, rounded a weather mark and the fleet sailed downwind in a moderate 8­ to 10 knot breeze. The Non Spin boats started 10 minutes ahead so it was fun having all 30 boats in the Bay Race together as the Spin boats caught them. After about an hour and half, that breeze dropped to five knots and an hour later it was far less than that. Eventually it faded to nothing and a new light southerly came in. That was just as shifty. At one point there was an Etchells a couple of hundred yards behind us, pointed in exactly the same direction and on the opposite tack. From the beginning Purple Haze, a Henderson 30 skippered by Lee Oldak, got out in front and just steadily pulled away. Eventually Waterwitch, a 48-foot custom boat skippered by Jay Cross, got her legs and did the same. The rest of us battled it out to keep our boats moving at all. Boogie Van, Jody LoCascio’s Express 27, who had been way back, closed the gap in the new breeze and was able to cover for second, with Waterwitch taking third. Kevin Horne’s Ranger 26 Cali won the Spinnaker 2 class, followed by Greg Ames’ Hunter 37 Seventh Heaven. In the Non Spinnaker Class, Fred Endemann’s Alerion 28 Windsong crushed the fleet, followed by Bill Rich’s Fishers Island 31 Spindrift. The Orient Cup for the best corrected time in the Bay Race was won by Purple Haze. A prudent decision to shorten both short courses was made by the race committee (my wife Mindy). The Bay Race was

ened to Buoy “6” just outside of Sag Harbor and the Ocean Race was shortened to 1GI (Gardiners Island). The Greenport Cup for the first boat to finish the Ocean Race was won by William Hubbard's Reichel Pugh 56 Siren, and the Old Cove Yacht Club IRC trophy was won by Brendan Brownyard’s Swan 42 Barleycorn. All boats from both courses were in by dark, and crews were able to descend upon beautiful downtown Greenport for the pub crawl and dinner. For the pub crawl, each boat was given two cards on lanyards that entitled the wearer to a free beer in eight different establishments. It was great because you would see other lanyard wearers and ask what boat they were on. Conversations would get going and you’d have new friends. For me, it was nice to put some faces with the entries. I love all of the restaurants on the crawl, but somehow we always end up with a large crowd settling in at Little Creek Oysters. The weekend concluded with a really nice awards party on a beautiful, warm sunny Sunday, where we were once again blown away by Chef Vinny’s barbeque that included bratwurst sliders, sesame orange chicken skewers, filet mignon, horseradish cream, lamb chops and pork tenderloin, plus a raw bar, free craft beer and local wine. We gave out all of the racing awards and then had a drawing for a seven-day charter of a MarineMax 443 in the BVI. The winners were Michelle & Kevin Horne. They’ll be back next year, too. My question is, why has a J/105 won the overall trophy eight years in a row? F Greenport Ocean Race Chairman Jim Ryan enthusiastically races his Melges 24 Wasn’t Me with the Peconic Bay Sailing Association.

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Indian Harbor YC Classic Yacht Regatta

feel from today’s sleek, modern boats. While every boat has its merits, the owners and sailors of classics have a romantic appreciation for design, preservation and history. Watching them plying

By Shelia Plaisance Wind, water and waves were key ingredients on September 19 as Indian Harbor Yacht Club provided a picturesque backdrop for a race of classic yachts visiting Greenwich, CT from across the East Coast. The race was their 6th Classic Yacht Regatta. The event is the second regatta in Western Long Island Sound for classics that is part of the Long Island Sound Classic Yacht Regatta series. This year, a record 39 boats participated ranging in size from 18-foot Marshall catboats to the 90-foot Spirit of Tradition designed yawl Bequia. They also ranged in age, with most of the fleet being built in the 1920s through 1950s. Classic yachts have a different look and

Jared Abrams’ Friendship Sloop Natanya chases Jim Fogarty’s Rozinante Cadenza. © Emily Ferguson

The crew of Raymond Scanlan’s Q Class Hope © Emily Ferguson

through the waters off Captain Harbor under full canvas, one could distinguish them quickly by their bright, highly varnished woodwork. Wood, varnish and bronze provide a richer texture than boats made of fiberglass, carbon fiber and wire rigging. And while modern boats are often designed to sail flat, the long overhangs of a classic heeling in a stiff breeze evokes images of sweeping elegance. That heeling ability also delivers a practical advantage of extending the waterline to create acceleration through the water. It is no wonder that heavier air typically suits classics. Race day weather, however, brought a bit of a challenge. After the Skippers Meeting in the clubhouse, the breeze was light and Principal Race Officer Ray Griffin announced a delayed start in hopes the wind would build enough to allow for a race. Indeed, the forecast delivered as promised and the largest fleet of 48- to 90-footers left the line in a medium, but building breeze of 10+ knots. As Ticonderoga, Black Watch, Puffin and the two Q Class yachts, Hope and Nor’easter, came to the line, the 1926-built Nor’easter decided to approach the start with no rights on port tack and quickly tacked under Bequia onto starboard, thus allowing the entire first fleet to clear the line heading toward the green bell “A” and out into the waters of Long Island Sound. Bequia and Black Watch quickly took the lead, with the legendary ketch Ticonderoga picking up steam as the breeze continued to build. Once this fleet reached Ticonderoga’s owner Scott Frantz handed the helm to young crewmembers during the race. © Allen Clark/

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Ticonderoga leads Nor’easter. © Emily Ferguson

the north shore of Long Island, however, the racers were halted by a lack of breeze, as recounted by John Neceszny, the mainsheet trimmer on Nor’easter: “We got rolled early after exiting Captain Harbor as the bigger boats legged out and put some distance on us in the modest breeze after the start. As we found our groove and made our way across the Sound towards Long Island, we wondered why we were closing on Black Watch and Bequia as if they’d quit racing. It was then we realized that the wind had shut down. Next, Hope, who we thought we’d left way behind, all of a sudden charged past us, still in breeze. We decided to tack back away and chase the filling breeze in hopes of keeping up our speed, and we found ourselves sailing in and out of patches of wind coming from different directions literally yards away from each other. It was unnerving,

but we took our medicine while skipper Ted Graves just powered through the patches. We rounded with speed and it was game on downwind as the breeze continued to build and we raced back towards the Connecticut shore.” The subsequent classes of medium sized classic yachts, including the two John Alden designs Aegir and Windemere and the 1920s Herreshoff-designed S-Boats followed suit out on the 17mile racecourse and were able to close the gap on the early, larger leaders. Meanwhile, the smaller classics and Spirit of Tradition boats raced an 11 mile shorter course closer to Greenwich Point. A special moment in racing occurred when both fleets converged on the last turning mark at the same time to create an exciting scene of sails, shapes and sizes all charging through the much-anticipated afternoon southerly, while the nine 30-foot one-design Shields fleet held a series of short triangle races using spinnakers inside Captain Harbor. With all racers in, the boats filled the clubhouse docks and the awards party went into full swing with Dark ‘n Stormies from Gosling’s. Prizes were given out in each class in additional to trophies for overall winners Dagger, Golden-Eye and Puffin. Additional awards were announced, including a Spirit of Panerai Award presented to Ticonderoga for her excellence of preservation and joyful participation that included allowing the junior sailors onboard to skipper during the race and to swing from her lovely halyards after racing. The regatta’s closing event followed this theme of sharing, with Indian Harbor Yacht Club once again hosting Yale-New Haven Hospital cancer patients and their caregivers out for an afternoon on the water in collaboration with the Sailing Heals organization. F

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The Atlantic Class National Championship By George Lindsay

Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club in Cold Spring Harbor, NY hosted the 86th annual Atlantic Class National Championship on the weekend of September 18-20. The Atlantic is a 30-foot one-design keelboat designed by Starling Burgess that has been raced in Long Island Sound and Maine since 1929. The class made the transition to fiberglass hulls starting in 1957, but has maintained this lovely boat’s traditional design while adding updated rigging and sails. Since the first in 1929, the National Championships have always been a tightly contested series. Twenty-six boats from five fleets competed this year – from Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club (Blue Hill, ME), Niantic Bay Yacht Club (Niantic, CT), Madison Beach Club (Madison, CT,) Cedar Point Yacht Club (Westport, CT), the host club (Cold Spring Harbor), and one from the Columbia Sailing Club (Columbia, SC). The boat from South Carolina, A88 Solera, celebrated a homecoming, since for over 80 years she had belonged Twenty-six boats from five fleets to one family that kept her contested the 86th annual in Cold Spring Harbor or Atlantic Class Nationals. Oyster Bay. © Mary Alice Kolodner The first day of racing saw a light air start followed by a 90-degree windshift as the southerly came in, catching out a lot of good crews on the wrong side. The second day brought a good southerly wind, but just one race. On the last day a typical northerly with big shifts in strength and direction made for demanding conditions but three good races. The series was won by David Peck sailing A130 Miss April, from NBYC – the 19th victory for a member of the Peck family, three of whom have won the Nationals. Close in second place was a very consistent Tim Britton from KYC with A49 Transit, and third Ian Evans (also from KYC, but a winter resident of Bridgehampton, NY) with A44 Try Again. Cold Spring Harbor’s Doug May in A56 Tara placed sixth. Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club provided moorings for the fleet, meals and box lunches for 120 sailors and race committee, and housing with club members for over 70 guests. The Principal Race Officer was Eric Johnson from Seawanhaka Yacht Club in Oyster Bay. For more information on the Atlantic Class, photos of the racing, and to order a copy of The Great Atlantic: The First 85 Years, a beautiful and lavishly illustrated history of the class by third generation Atlantic sailor John Rousmaniere, visit the class website at F

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Local Teams Win US Sailing National Championships Kuryla Wins Third U.S. Offshore Championship
 Ten teams put their offshore racing skills to the ultimate test on Chesapeake Bay from September 24 - 27. The 2015 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron in Annapolis, MD and sailed in the school’s fleet of Navy 44s, was decided on the final day following a series of races in various formats that challenged sailors’ navigational and offshore racing skills.

The winning team with their US Sailing gold medals © US Sailing

each time. It’s not easy to get here, and we don’t take that for granted.” The Lloyd Phoenix Trophy will be engraved with the winning skipper’s name and area, and will be showcased at the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Hall of Fame. US Sailing medals were awarded to the top three teams. The 2015 U.S. Offshore Championship was sponsored by Gill North America and Switlik Survival Products. For more information, visit racing/championships/adult/offshorechamps. F Bruce Kuryla’s team has won three U.S. Offshore Championships. © US Sailing

In the end, it was Bruce Kuryla’s (Milford, CT) team that earned the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. The win marks Kuryla’s third U.S. Offshore Championship, including three of the last four (2015, ‘11, and ‘09). Kuryla’s crew, Blake Marriner, William Tyler, Thomas Jankun, Rod Swift, Phillip Williamson, and Bruce S. Kuryla, entered Sunday’s racing with a six-point lead over the team representing the U.S. Naval Academy led by skipper Jackson Niketas (Birmingham, AL). A win in the final race secured victory by a 17-point margin. The championship featured medium and long distance races with a variety of courses, as well as shorter buoy races. “The format is a nice mix,” said Kuryla. “You really can’t beat the formula here.” Each team consisted of a crew of eight, including one skipper, six crewmembers, and one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman from the varsity offshore racing team. A minimum of five members of each team must have raced together in at least five regattas in AMERICAP/ORR, IMS, IRC, MORC, PHRF, Offshore One-Design, Offshore Level Class Racing or Portsmouth Numbers rating systems in the past 18 months. Each team’s skipper must have been the regular helmsman for the five qualifying regattas. “You have to get here first,” said Kuryla. “It took us two years to qualify, and it came down to the last race

Manhattan YC Wins the Mallory Trophy With the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty as the picturesque backdrop, the spectator experience was breathtaking. The racing conditions were fantastic. And the talent on display in New York Harbor, with 14 teams from around the country, was remarkable. The 2015 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, hosted by the Manhattan Yacht Club in Jersey City, NJ, was sailed in J/24s over Columbus Day weekend. In what was described as a “miracle race” by host club skipper Eric Leitner, the MYC team, which included Adam Sandberg, Doug Witter, Michael Ambrose and Tom Sinatra, edged out a competitive field in the final race to win US Sailing’s Clifford D. Mallory Trophy. Placing just two points behind Leitner in second place was Mark Hillman of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, who was in the lead entering the 12th and final race. Carter White of the Northeast Sailing Association also had a strong finish by placing first and second on the final day. The top three teams were separated by just five points. “In the last race, we rounded the windward mark in sixth and were going to gybe, but the boats gybed inside of us, so we held off and all the boats passed us,” explained Leitner. “We

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event by adding his name to the Prince of Wales Bowl for the fifth time. Proving that he’s still at the top of his game on the competitive match racing circuit, Perry nonetheless announced that this would be his final U.S. Match Racing Championship. In a Finals match-up between two skippers representing Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT, Perry and teammates Chris Museler (Portsmouth, RI), Doug McLean (Glendale, CA),

Dave Perry’s team topped an ultra-competitive field to win the U.S. Match Racing Championship. © Ethan Johnson

The Manhattan Yacht Club team came from behind to win the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship. © Landfall Photography/

went right and just hoped it played out. We were the furthest team right and when we came in we managed to squeeze in front of the two boats and the rest is history.” The 2015 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship was sponsored by Gill, Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and Switlik Survival Products. Complete results are posted at F

Perry Wins in his Final U.S. Match Racing Championship The action was intense in Oyster Bay on the third and final day of the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY on Columbus Day weekend. Ten teams contested the round-robin series, which was sailed in Match 40s. Dave Perry of Southport, CT made history at this premiere

Steve Natvig (Redondo, CA) and Jon Singsen (Cos Cob, CT) defeated David Storrs (Southport) with a 2-0 scoreline. “I put together a team that could commit to three regattas this year, including the Prince of Wales Qualifer, the Oakcliff International, and this regatta,” explained Perry. “I think we were really strong as a team. There were so many races where we had better spinnaker sets or better communication and better decision making, because we worked together for three regattas.” “This is the most competitive field I’ve seen at this event,” said Perry, who has won the U.S. Match Racing Championship more than any other sailor, with victories in 2011, 2008, 2006 and 1982. “What I love is that there are so many young teams and young skippers out here. Our youth program is starting to generate some really strong sailors. We’ve been working so hard to bring youth match racing to the U.S. Having said that, it’s so cool we can play a sport into our 60s and 70s. There are very few sports where you can compete at a national championship against these young and very talented people.” Sponsors of the 2015 U.S. Match Racing Championship include Gill, Hobie Polarized Sunglasses, and Switlik Survival Products. Complete results are posted at championships/adult/matchracing. F US Sailing Communications Director Jake Fish contributed to these reports.

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Viper 640 NAs Won Again By Brad Boston The 2015 Viper 640 North American Championship set a lot of firsts. The largest Viper regatta in Class history and the largest North American Championship, it was also one of the windiest and one of the coldest.

Cleared for takeoff! The crew of Christian Manchester’s Vicious Panda reveling in the conditions at this year’s Viper 640 NAs. © Linda Berkeley-Weiss

Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY, with its fleet of 19 Viper 640s, hosted the Class’s 2015 North American Championship. Sailed from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18, an even dozen races were completed off Larchmont Harbor. Competitors were treated to four days of competitive and challenging races in shifty northwest breezes that gusted to 20 knots frequently, with each day slightly colder than the day before. After starting the week in shorts and short sleeves, racers ended up in full fleece layers and winter hats. In the end, it was Brad Boston (Sarnia, ON), sailing with longtime friend Curtis Florence and championship Viper crew Luke Lawrence, who will now put his name on the Championship trophy for the fifth time. Boston won four races, with another pair of seconds for 45 points after 12 races. That put him 13 points ahead of Australian David Chapman. Chapman, sailing with Jack Jennings and Brendan Larrabee from the U.S., turned in an extremely consistent performance with four seconds and 11 of 12 places in the top ten, winning the final day to jump from fourth to second overall. Given that there were 53 boats in the regatta, and that 25 boats had at least one top-10 finish, Chapman’s consistency was admirable. In third place, with 64 points, winning one race and getting two seconds, was 60 November/December 2015 WindCheck Magazine

the host club’s Cardwell Potts sailing with his wife Jennifer, Ted Ferrarone, and Kendra Emhiser. Potts’ boat also received the Corinthian Trophy as the top-performing amateur team. In fourth place and receiving the Governor’s Trophy (best performance by a skipper over 55 years old) was Dave Nickerson (Noank, CT), 85 points, with Scott Leming and Tim Desmond as crew. Larchmont YC put on an exceptional regatta. Operating out of the club’s Victorian clubhouse overlooking Long Island Sound, the full resources of the club were made available to the sailors; those coming from Australia, the UK, Canada, and all corners of the U.S. quickly found that being ashore at LYC was as much fun as sailing the breezes in the high teens with relatively flat water. With uncharacteristically shifty northerlies dominating the regatta, the sailing was challenging and often presented opportunities to “get back into the race” by catching a shift. Boat speeds were often above six knots upwind, and downwind speeds would often exceed 16 to 17. With the chilly temperatures on the final day (high of 50 the sun), competitors welcomed the comfort food and beer that greeted them every afternoon as they arrived on shore and the three nights’ dinner. Many people were involved in race management, housing, hospitality, the Club’s Marine Facilities department and Catering staff, and logistical aspects of the regatta, at the awards ceremony

Viper Class Administrator Buttons Padin thanked Event Chair Peter Beardsley for his extraordinary efforts in amassing a 50+ boat Championship fleet. Working tirelessly, Beardsley created the choreography and chemistry that got virtually all local Viper owners to sail as he matched out-of-towners looking for boats with prospective charterers and filling last minute crew needs. Sailing in a major regatta while also organizing it is a Herculean task, yet Beardsley finished a very respectful 15th and garnered the gratitude of all. With the Championship in the books, the Viper Class is looking ahead to its fall and winter circuit including the Mid Atlantic Championship in Hampton, VA (November 7-8), the 2015 Bermuda International Race Week (November 19-21), and the Turkey Day Regatta at California’s Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (November 21-22), plus the 3-part Sarasota (FL) Viper Series spanning weekends in December, January, and February. The Viper 640 North American Championship is a qualifier for the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship. Also helping make this regatta a success are PwC, Bell’s Beer, Flintlock Construction, Gubinelli Wines, Rondar Raceboats, Doyle Sailmakers, Gulf Performance Sailing, North Sails, UK Sailmakers, Sail22, APS, Landfall Navigation, and JCD Custom Race Parts. Complete results are posted at F

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Whitebread: The Terrible Twenties This year’s Race Around the Whirl was a wish sandwich By Andrew Shemella The Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s Whitebread Race had several years of light wind years ago, which turned a supposed adventure into a drifting endurance test. Not so for the last two renditions. Two years ago, the fleet fought a nor’easter into Gardiner’s Bay to round the maligned MO-A buoy. Racers were treated to a sleighride back to New Suffolk that left smiles all around. Last year was nearly a repeat, which engendered much back and forth over the winter regarding which year had more wind, or higher waves. All I know is that on the boat I sailed on, we retired from WB 20 because we were having trouble handling the boat. In WB 21 we scored a bullet. You can bet I was attesting that WB 21 was the worse. Forward to WB 22: We’d had a windy and rainy forecast for over a week. We’d had flooding rain and easterly winds. The only thing that had changed was that the wind speeds were heading up…and there was a Category 4 hurricane – Joaquin – threatening. What could go wrong? Seriously, this was a time when I was


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“How does Iowa get to call the race?” “Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!” As it turns out, WB22, scheduled for Saturday, October 3, was canceled on Thursday, October 1. Here’s what PBSA Commodore Dave Bergen had to say about the decision: “The leadership team of the Whitebread Race and the Peconic Bay Sailing Association share in the disappointment of the competitors, but the primary factor which drove the decision to cancel the race was the safety of the competitors, the Race Committee and all who were involved in the event on the water.” The party was not canceled. We all thought the party would be unfocused without a race to precede it. Not so. In fact, without the race to tire us out and with no awards to give out, revelers were eager to dance to a great dance band, NiteWork, and look forward to next year. F The Whitebread is sponsored by Gosling’s Rum, New Suffolk Shipyard, Preston’s Chandlery, Legends restaurant and Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. To learn more, visit

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Artemis Racing Wins AC World Series Bermuda With a remarkable display of teamwork, Artemis Racing claimed victory in the latest round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, which was sailed October 16-18 in Hamilton, Bermuda. “This event meant a lot to us,” said Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge. “We’ve always known we had the potential, but we’ve been tripped up by mistakes.” But this was an unlikely victory. Having arrived in Bermuda in fifth place out of the six teams, the Swedish challenger was involved in a collision with an umpire boat before the second race of the final day. In the moments before the starting gun fired, the team ducked behind the Japanese boat, and as Outteridge turned up towards the line, he was confronted with an umpire boat heading directly towards him. The closing speed would have been in excess of 25 knots. “At that point we couldn’t go anywhere,” Outteridge explained. “He went straight between our bows but thankfully nobody was hurt. There was a serious amount of damage to our boat though.” In work worthy of an F1 pit crew, the team stripped off the broken bowsprit and the now useless Code Zero sail in record time. After a quick check for reliability and with less than two minutes to spare, the team was lining up for the next start. Incredibly, they blasted of the starting line with more speed than anyone else and went on to win the race. “We owned that start,” said Outteridge. “It was huge payback for all the hard work from the guys who stripped the gear off, checked the boat, and got After repairing damage sustained in a collision with an umpire boat, Artemis Racing rallied to win the first America’s Cup event held in Bermuda. © ACEA 2015/photo Ricardo Pinto

The foiling AC45 catamarans put on quite a show for more than 10,000 spectators in and around Hamilton Harbor. © ACEA 2015/photo Ricardo Pinto

us ready just in time.” In the third and final race, the Swedish team needed to make a pass on the last leg to grab a fourth place finish and secure the points needed to win the regatta. It was a popular and well-deserved event win for Artemis Racing. This event marked the first racing at the host venue of the next America’s Cup, and Bermuda delivered in style. More than 10,000 people were on the water to watch the racing, with nearly 2,000 spectator craft ringing the racecourse. The crowds on shore were equally impressive and enthusiastic. “We’ve seen Bermuda come out and put its arms around this event and I think it shows this is going to be a great event in 2017,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “We had three races and three winners today. We’ve had three events now with three different winners. I wouldn’t even be surprised if we had another winner in our next event. That’s how close it is.” Complete results are available at F

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Looking Back on the Bermuda Race: Bermuda’s Magic and Hospitality By John Rousmaniere Over nearly 110 years, Bermuda Races have started at several American ports. But they all finished at the archipelago that nature and God agreed should be located 635 miles off the U.S. coast, just enough to the east of south so that the typical race isn’t a long slog, dead to windward. Discovered in 1515 by Juan de Bermudez and settled a century later, Bermuda has thrived on shipping, privateering, fishing, the Royal Navy, and (more recently) tourism. The quickest way to get people and goods around was in boats and ships sailing under the local Bermuda rig, with an ingenious, immense three-sided mainsail that predated the Marconi rig by over a century. This explains a comment by Dr. Edward Harris, Director of the National Museum of Bermuda: “As we Bermudians at St. David’s Lighthouse observe the Bermuda Race boats coming over the horizon to make their landfall, it may feel like we are

Foulies dry in the morning sun after the finish in 2012. © John Rousmaniere

seeing returning relatives, all decked out in fine variant liveries of the Bermuda rig.” The three-master Spirit of Bermuda, a regular Bermuda Race entry, carries this rig, as do Bermuda’s unique fitted dinghies. With their cloud of sail and local racing rules, fitted dinghies have nurtured some very fine sailors. One of them was Shorty Trimingham, who represented Bermuda in the Olympics and Admiral’s Cup. He said, “I was very lucky to be born right here in the lap of sailboat racing, Thank God I was born in a yachting family!” One of the oldest sailing organizations in the Western Hemisphere, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club was founded in 1844 and held its first international race just five years later, when a schooner called Brenda came down from Boston and raced a local sloop called Pearl. RBYC has finished and helped run every Bermuda Race from the first one in 1906 to the upcoming 50th race in 2016. The club is famous for the hospitality it offers visitors. After finishing off St. David’s Head, a crew makes the passage through Two-Rock Passage to Hamilton’s anchorage and marinas. Once the boat is put away with a proper harbor furl, everybody heads in one direction. “We made tracks for the Yacht Club,” one Bermuda Race sailor recalled. “And now, at last, with one foot on the rail of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club bar, we might truly The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has finished and helped run every Bermuda Race since the first one in 1906. © Bob Grieser/PPL

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The home of Goslings Black Seal Rum and Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer, the island of Bermuda is said to be the birthplace of a cocktail made with those ingredients known as the Dark ‘n Stormy. Sailors completing the Newport Bermuda Race are traditionally greeted with a round of these tasty libations, shown here being mixed on the RBYC docks. © John Rousmaniere

be said to have reached our goal.” Fueled by Dark ’n Stormies and the sailor’s instinct for storytelling, an instant community springs up in the aftermath of any Bermuda Race. Lengthy seminars on deck, in cockpits, and around cabin tables concentrate on how the race was won (or, more often, lost). Occasionally, harsh weather adds a little spice to Bermuda’s welcome. Former RBYC Commodore Kirk Cooper recalled how, three nights into the 1972 race, “The race committee chairman woke me up and said there were three dismasted boats (one of them a Bermuda boat), that Windward Passage was down to storm trysail and storm jib, and that a Royal Navy cruiser was reporting they had lines over the side. I decided I The Prizegiving Ceremony is held on the beautiful grounds of Government House. © Barry Pickthall

should go over to the finish line, and there I found a police commissioner who was hot as a mackerel, which in Bermuda means he was extremely angry.” As the sailors were peering through the storm in hopes of spotting Gibbs Hill or St. David’s lights, at RBYC their families and friends were concerned about the boats. When an anxious woman insisted that she be told right now!! the location of a boat in which her husband was racing, RBYC manager Tony Marsh peered out a clubhouse window in the general direction of St. David’s Head, 15 miles away, and assured her that he spotted the boat’s running lights. There were two joys in that year of the race’s worst weather. First, no boat was lost (in fact, only one boat has sunk on the reef in the race’s history). Second, the winner was an English entry, Noryema. The only non-U.S. yacht ever to win the race, her success was celebrated across Bermuda. Recalled skipper Teddy Hicks, “We got a tremendous reception from the locals as Bermuda was then still an outpost of the British Empire, and to have a Brit boat win the trophy was feted by all and sundry, with endless invitations to parties in the following few days.” Bermuda’s kindness continues throughout Bermuda Race week. On Friday, many boats race in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta, the last event of the Onion Patch Series that begins back in Newport and includes the Bermuda Race. On the Saturday following the finish, Bermuda and the sailors celebrate in the Prizegiving Ceremony at Government House, with its shining trophies and a hilltop view that has been described this way: “Gorgeous aquamarine water, crystal clear, still as a mill pond. Tiny houses, glaring white against green hills. Hanging over all, the now familiar look of fat clouds, ivory colored in the setting sun. Above, a sky of limitless blue.” Come Sunday, most boats head back home—but only after the sailors wander back into the embrace of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for one last enjoyment of Bermuda hospitality. F John Rousmaniere figures that while he’s sailed some 15,000 miles to or from the Onion Patch, he still hasn’t spent enough days on the island. His books include The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10, and A Berth to Bermuda, the race’s official history.

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The Best Come to Key West By Dobbs Davis/Quantum Key West Media The reputation that Quantum Key West Race Week has for being the best sailing event in North America is built on several important elements: the best sailors come from all over the world to compete here in mid-January every year, the venue is spectacular, and the race management by the Storm Trysail Club is second to none. And another important element is the boats themselves, and for decades the hottest one designs have been coming to Key West to produce the closest and most exciting racing at the event. There are nine one-design classes entered at Quantum Key West Race Week, including the Melges 24, J/70, J/80, J/88, J/111, J/122, C&C 30, Farr 280 and Viper 640 classes. Among these, the new C&C 30 Class is making their competitive debut in Key West with ten teams entered from the US, the UK and Norway. One of these teams is led by James Madden from Newport Beach, CA, a four-time veteran of the event who has captured class honors with his J/125 in 2007, 2008 and 2011, and owner of numerous boats over the years named Stark Raving Mad. He got a taste of one-design competition in the Swan 42 class and liked it, so when searching for a new boat, he was seeking something a bit more on the cutting edge, and found exactly what he was looking for in the C&C 30. This high-performance boat designed by Mark Mills combines a stiff, slippery-fast hull with a powerful sail plan with an efficient deck layout inspired by the TP52 class.

“I was looking for a fun sport boat and the C&C 30 checked all the boxes,” said Madden, who has owned nine different types of boats since 2000 and still campaigns a Swan 601. He took delivery in June, 2015 and promptly placed third in the C&C 30 class at the New York YC Annual Regatta, where there were nine new boats on the line. “This boat is everything I had hoped for and more,” said Madden, who steered Stark Raving Mad VIII to victory at Edgartown Race Week. “It’s fast and really fun to sail. There’s been a huge learning curve, but we’re steadily progressing step-by-step. We are really looking forward to doing Key West with this boat. It’s an incredible venue and I’m expecting really exciting racing,” Madden said. “Looking at the preliminary scratch sheet, the fleet looks very strong and competition should be quite intense.” Storm Trysail will also provide distance racing for Performance Cruising designs, whose skippers would prefer to sail one long race that traverses the keys as opposed to multiple buoy starts. This should be appealing to more casual racers who may not be participating with a complete crew or simply prefer navigation-style courses. The Performance Cruising Class will sail using the Offshore Racing Congress’s (ORC) ORC Club worldwide rating system – this and the new ORC Class will be the debut of ORC use at this event. Storm Trysail is also bringing back a class that was once a staple of Key West Race Week – the Corsair 28. Those speedy trimarans have not competed in the regatta since 2011 when they were part of a Multihull Division. For one-designs and other boats under 25 feet in length, Storm Trysail Club is assisting with their logistical needs with a dockage package option. These packages are specifically intended for Viper, J70, Melges 24 and J/24 teams. “These are examples of the efforts our organizing committee is making to ensure a great experience for everyone who attends the event,” said event chairman John Fisher. “Yet we could not offer this service without the assistance we have received from all our sponsors. The superior features and quality of Quantum Key West Race Week is a direct result of their solid and enduring support.” For more information on this, the classes racing and how to enter Quantum Key West Race Week, visit F

Quantum Key West Race Week continues the tradition of offering intense one-design competition with the introduction of the new C&C 30 Class. Photo courtesty C&C 30 Class

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On Watch Nicholas Alley As master of Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant, Captain Nicholas Alley leads a very successful sail training program aboard one the loveliest boats on the water. “I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts,” says Nicholas, who lives in Mystic, Connecticut. “My father, Brian Alley, taught me how to sail when I was about nine years old. My first boat was a Dyer Dhow that was © the tender to a boat that my father and I were rebuilding. He bought an old, 25-foot wooden Navy launch hull, and we converted it into a sailing vessel. It was a neat boat! When I was 11, I started sailing at Community Boating on the Charles River. The folks there taught me a lot…it’s just a great organization.” “I went to Boston Technical High and Madison Park High in Boston. I was washing and maintaining boats at a sailing club in Boston, and got on a delivery going south and ended up teaching sailing for the Annapolis Sailing School in St. Croix, USVI. They sent me to Sea School, where I got my first license, and I worked winters in St. Croix and summers in Annapolis when I was in my early twenties. The first ship I sailed on was called Rambler. She was a biological education vessel out of Gloucester, doing whale watch studies throughout the Caribbean and the East Coast. That was a very early sail training program.” “After that, I sailed with the Lady Maryland Foundation on the Chesapeake Bay. I sailed as chief mate on Lady Maryland and made the connection between wooden boats and working with kids, which continues to this day. I sailed as chief mate on Pride of Baltimore II, and as captain of a motor vessel called Mildred Belle. In 1992, I started sailing with the organization that became Ocean Classroom as third mate engineer aboard Spirit of Massachusetts. I’ve been captain of all three of Ocean Classroom’s vessels: Spirit of Massachusetts, Harvey Gamage, and Westward. I’ve also sailed as captain of Bill of Rights in a liveaboard program for at-risk youth called VisionQuest. I co-captained the Lettie G. Howard for a year, and was the first captain of schooner Virginia when she was built in 2005. I lived on the Chesapeake for about 30 years before moving back to New England to take the job on Brilliant, and this is my fourth season as captain.” “Brilliant is an amazing boat with a great pedigree, and I love sharing her with others,” Nicholas enthuses. “She was designed by Olin Stephens in 1931 and built in 1932 at the Nevins yard on City Island, and she crossed the Atlantic that year. She was built as a private yacht for world cruising, although she has a very good turn of speed. She served as a patrol craft in the Second World War, primarily for submarine spotting. Briggs Cunningham bought her after the war and had her rerigged to make her more

competitive. In addition to a number of Bermuda Races, he used her as a platform for teaching and was taking kids out sailing on the western Sound in the late forties. Briggs envisioned that Brilliant would do what she continues to do to this day, and he donated her to Mystic Seaport in 1954 for sail training. She’s an iconic vessel – I regularly have people come up two or three times a week when we’re in port and say, ‘I sailed on her!’ It could be last year or it could be 50 years ago.” Nicholas leads Mystic Seaport’s Teen Sailing Programs aboard Brilliant. “We have 5- and 10-day programs during the summertime for kids 15 to 18 years old,” he says. “We regularly visit Greenport, Block Island, Newport, Jamestown, Bristol and Fishers Island, and on the 10-day trips we get to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. We have participants with a wide variety of experience levels, and we teach what you need to do to sail the boat and live aboard comfortably. Our program emphasizes seamanship and teamwork, and everybody who sails on Brilliant becomes part of the crew and shares the duties.” “I’m a firm believer that the structure of each day is important, so each morning we clean the boat and get her ready to sail before breakfast. We sail for about 12 hours, then either anchor or go dockside each night. What we’re really teaching is life skills. It takes a lot of patience to live with 11 other people on a 61-foot boat, and things like communication and responsibility happen naturally because that’s what running a boat properly and safely demands.” “We break each group into watches. I lead one watch and the mate, Chris Jander, leads the other. When we’re sailing we have a bow watch, a navigator, a log keeper and a helmsman. We rotate those jobs every half-hour, and build on the skills that we teach as the week goes on. The navigator might start with circling buoys on the chart as we go by and recording a time, and by week’s end he or she is charting course lines and three-bearing fixes, plotting GPS positions, and calculating our ETA. The log keeper writes down everything that’s happening, including weather observations, speeds, courses and location, and I encourage them to do a narrative: ‘What do you see, hear and think while we’re sailing along?’” “We figure that 10,000 kids have sailed on Brilliant in the last 62 years. She’s a wonderful teaching tool, and I love watching them getting into sailing the boat, especially towards the end of the week when they’re sailing her well, working as a team, and taking care of each other. The kids typically don’t know each other at the beginning of the week and they’re usually uncomfortable, and the bonding that takes place is amazing. Finding people who take care of each other as well as we do on a boat is sometimes rare in today’s world, and it’s really nice to see. There’s no denying that sailing changes people!” F

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