Sailing the Northeast
Big Decisions in ‘The Ida’ The Atlantic’s First Blue Park Seeing Red… or Perhaps Magenta
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editor's log The Sailing Women in My Life I’ve had the pleasure of sailing with some great people, many of whom are women. In this month’s ‘Corner’ on page 54, Coop writes about The Magenta Project’s mission of exposing more women to top-level sailing and increasing the number of women sailing professionally. There are several females sailing out of my homeport of Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, Connecticut – none of them professional, but all of them great. I’m certain that Coop also knows many outstanding female sailors, and he and I concur that the most talented and ambitious – particularly here in the USA – deserve more abundant opportunities to become pros. Many of the sailing women I know could, given the chance, compete at the highest levels of the sport. My two favorite female sailors are my wife Holly and my mother Nancy, neither of whom race. Both are fine sailors, and I am comfortable with either of them at the helm under any circumstances. I have a great picture of my mother at the helm of our boat. We had recently exited the Cape Cod Canal on our way to Scituate Harbor. The breeze was up, yet a thick, cold fog had rolled in unexpectedly, and neither my father nor I were properly clothed. Up came Mom ready to rock, all geared up. She grabbed the helm and got to it so the two boys could get below and throw on a jacket. No words needed, just to the task like a pro. We took a long time to come back on deck getting coffee, snacks and checking the radar, but when we did, Mom was there at the helm, hood up, glasses on and soaked with dew. No words needed, task complete. Such is the same for all the women sailors in my life including Holly, who is a natural. She’d never gone sailing before meeting me and because I liked her so much, I was really nervous that she would hate the boat, suffer from seasickness, or simply not understand why sailing is so special. I am lucky to have women in my family so at ease on the boat, no matter the conditions or the job needing attention. On deck or below, it’s always no worries. Mary Ellen Tortorello is another favorite sailor of mine. Mar races. I’ve never sailed with anyone more committed to being out there. Mar has talent, but more importantly she has attitude, humor and enthusiasm in her sail bag. Anyone that has been aboard a boat with Mar during a race knows she adds much to the success of the team and has a blast doing so. Her boat, a J/111 with which she and her husband Dave have enjoyed many victories, is aptly named Partnership. Sue Kiely races with me on Wednesday nights. I am thankful she is out there every week to add balance to our crew. A very capable sailor, she trims the mainsail. She is one female sailor among nearly a dozen men. I very rarely have to worry about whether the main is trimmed properly and the guidance Sue imparts to our non-sailing crew is always spot-on and valuable. Sue also daysails with her husband Bob, and Sue is the Skipper. There is one other woman sailor in my life. She is one of the most accomplished nonprofessional sailors (forget the man or woman distinction) with whom I’ve set out. WindCheck’s Publisher Anne Hannan, through 15 years of putting women and their accomplishments on the pages of this magazine, identifying available opportunities, and leading by example, has done more to get women into – and staying with – sailing than anyone I know. Cheers to you, Anne. I am indeed lucky to have several great female sailors around me, but Coop’s right – we need more women in sailing and we need more pathways for those who wish to commit to a career of sailing. I’m sure there’s more to the 3% demographic that Coop cites illustrating the ratio of male recreational sailors to male professionals and female recreational sailors to pros. The obvious imbalance is that there are considerably more men than women in sailing, and the number of professional women sailors in comparison to their recreational sisters is an order of magnitude lower. It’s heartening to see The Magenta Project doing such a wonderful job to lessen this disparity. See you – and hopefully many more women sailors – on the water.
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Editor’s Log 4
Checking In 10
Voyage to Maine and Back, Part V 18
Pelagic Sailing Club 22
From the Log of Persevere 24
Book Review: South 27
Book Review: The Tide 27
Captain of the Port 31
Boating Barrister 32
Calendar of Events 33
Tide Tables 38
Queen’s Cup Regatta 40
Huguenot Yacht Club Laser Frostbiting 46
Ms. Race – United We Sail 47
Stone Horse Builder’s Cup 48
Sail the Sound for Deafness 49
Vineyard Race Photo Spread 50
Race the Cape 52
Subscription Form 57
Advertiser’s Index 65
On Watch: Lois Glazer 66
16 Catamaran Ownership for Less Cruising catamarans have numerous advantages over their single-hulled counterparts, but they’re also significantly more expensive. Gregor Tarjan, the owner of Aeroyacht Ltd. in East Setauket, NY, explains how you can reduce the cost of owning a cat by placing it into the charter business. 28 Sound Environment: Blue Parks for Our Oceans As of last month, the New England Canyons and Seamounts are federally protected. Amanda Yanchury, Ocean Communications Associate at Conservation Law Foundation, describes the amazing topography and diverse marine life of the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic. 42 Ida Lewis Distance Race: Big Decisions, Plenty of Action Keen navigation and crafty tactics are essential for success in long races, and that was certainly the case for the 12th edition of the one named after America’s Bravest Woman. Barby MacGowan at Media Pro International and Cate Brown of Cate Brown Photography have the story and pictures, respectively. 44 Resolute Cup With bragging rights as the fastest yacht club in the USA at stake, teams representing 28 clubs from around the country converged on the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court in Newport, RI last month to duke it out in Melges 20s and Sonars. Stuart Streuli, the New York Yacht Club’s Director of Communications, has the report. 54 Coop’s Corner: Seeing Red…well, Magenta anyway Women comprise a very small percentage of the world’s professional sailors, and Contributing Editor Joe Cooper reckons it’s time to ring some changes. Coop spoke with two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow about The Magenta Project’s mission to advance women in pro sailing while promoting inclusion, diversity and positive female role models.
On the cover: Ticonderoga, a 72-foot ketch designed by L. Francis Herreshoff and built by the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard in Quincy, MA in 1936, is pictured in the Indian Harbor Yacht Club Classic Yacht Regatta, which was held on western Long Island Sound last month. Owned by L. Scott Frantz of Greenwich, CT, “Big Ti” is enthusiastically raced in classic yacht events from New England to the Caribbean. © Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com
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Bill – We at WindCheck are fortunate to have many superb photographers among our regular contributors, and Rick is certainly one of the best. Likewise, the young sailors at Stamford Yacht Club are lucky to have excellent instructors like Julia Wilson.
Steering the right course Thank you so much for the very nice article on Paul and the new award [“New Sportsmanship Award Honors Paul Risseeuw”]. I think the award will go a long way to steer junior sailors in the right direction for all sports and life in general. Mary Risseeuw, Ivoryton, CT Mary – We are honored to have known Paul, and have fond memories of the stories he shared during the interview for our ‘On Watch’ article about him.
The persona of the Finn © Rick Bannerot
While I was glancing through the September issue, I happened upon the article “A Skipper is Born.” I was really struck by the photos. They were so sharp and colorful, but most importantly they really captured great expressions. Good job to Rick Bannerot. Bill Wagner, Huntington, NY
Coop’s Corner in the September issue made my day. It was about one of my favorite boats. I picked up an old Vanguard Finn some years back. Over the years I made most of the worthwhile upgrades to it, all increasing the pleasure of sailing it. The Finn is just an awesome little boat that gets a lot of ‘bad’ press. Coop covers a lot of the usual stuff in that department, but there is no reason to fear this boat or any of the maneuvers required to sail it. I’m not saying it can’t be a handful; jibing in a breeze is quite sporty. But with practice and due diligence it’s a jibe. Jibe a fractionally rigged IOR 1-tonner in a breeze…that’s busy, too. It’s even been said that the Finn’s self-bailers are there to let the blood out. Yes, you really do need to free the vang and DUCK. But the Finn is just stupid good fun. As to Coop’s reference to Lasers, the Finn is a Laser on steroids. It is the most simply complicated, or perhaps the most complicatedly simple boat I’ve ever sailed. At times it’s not for the faint at heart or those not in good shape. It is a floating fitness center in and of itself. The Finn sailor does not just get on and go for a sail…they put it on, wear it, become a piece of it. It is not forgiving of carelessness, inattention or mistakes. It will let you know. And that’s OK. To a certain extent, the Finn has a persona that drives people away, but there is no reason to fear it. It’s very manageable, and teaches superb skills. It’s a great little boat, challenging to learn and so much fun to sail. Learn the boat and practice. The reward is great…really great. One does not need to be Ben Ainslie to enjoy this boat. Proof of that is the class’s most recent National Championships. Most of the competitors were ‘older’ with third place taken by a 71-year-old. The class’s biggest problems are the boat’s persona – its aura of being to difficult for mere mortals to sail; it’s very difficult to find boats for sale (especially in the Northeast); and there’s a lack of any class activity on Western Long Island Sound. I’d love to see a fleet develop here. Coop’s right – get on a Finn. You will go home tired, with a really big smile. Bill Austin, Norwalk, CT ■
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The Moorings Announces New Charter Destination in Puerto Rico’s Spanish Virgin Islands The Moorings has announced its newest charter destination in Puerto Rico, available to book now for vacations beginning in January. The cruising grounds of Puerto Rico and the surrounding Spanish Virgin Islands will offer vacationers a pristine, Caribbean charter experience with convenient access, including direct flights from many cities and no passport required for U.S citizens. Options include all-inclusive crewed sail and power yacht charters complete with captain and chef, as well as bareboat power yacht charters aboard the Moorings 514 Power Catamaran.
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The Spanish Virgin Islands comprise the islands of Culebra and Vieques and many surrounding islets and cays. The compact and easily navigated SVI are a natural paradise of unspoiled islands, deserted white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters with healthy, colorful reefs. Vieques, the largest island of the SVI, features stunning beaches and the charming seaside village of Esperanza, complete with picturesque Caribbean boardwalk. Nearby Culebra boasts some of the Caribbean’s best fishing, diving and snorkeling. Here, the laid back anchorage at Ensenada Honda offers casual open-air bars and restaurants. Charters will start from The Moorings’ new location at Puerto Del Ray Marina in Fajardo, the largest marina in the Caribbean. One-way sail and power charters from Tortola, BVI to Puerto Rico will also be available. For more information, visit moorings.com. ■
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Offshore Sailing School BVI Racing Clinic Offshore Sailing School is adding a new venue for its popular racing programs, at the Marriott Autograph Collection® Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands. Scheduled for December 4-9, this new four-day clinic is hosted by National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Colgate, with instruction by veteran Offshore Performance Race Week coaches led by Mumm World Champion Rob (Bobby) Brooks.
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Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017
Presentation Series this fall…and front row seats for the Cup!
So, You Want to Race to Bermuda? That’s the title of the Marion Bermuda Race Presentation series happening this fall in locations around New England. Many sailors, racers and cruisers alike, want to make the offshore passage to Bermuda and the Marion Bermuda Race is a great way to go. So if you have never done the race or would just like a refresher, take advantage of one of this year’s Marion Bermuda Race Presentations. You will hear information specific to the race and many of the activities surrounding it. Topics will include boat qualifications, boat & crew preparations, communications & safety equipment, watch schedules, customs requirements, cost & logistics, and the preparation process. Presenters will also touch on strategies for Buzzards Bay, the Gulf Stream and the approach to Bermuda. The presentations are open to the public and the fall schedule includes: Stamford Yacht Club, Friday, November 11, 2016. 6:30 pm Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, Friday, November 18, 2016. 6:30 pm Stonington Harbor YC, Saturday, November 19, 2016. 5:00 pm
The 21st edition of the Marion Bermuda Race starts June 9, 2017. © marionbermuda.com
There will also be presentations at Portland Yacht Club in Portsmouth, NH, as well as yet-to-be-determined locations in Newport, RI and Boston, MA. Check the Marion Bermuda Race website for dates and times. This is a unique opportunity to see what it takes for you, your crew and your boat to race to Bermuda safely (and maybe win a little silver along the way). And there’s another special reason to enter this race. In an effort to provide the best possible viewing opportunity for the 2017 America’s Cup finals in Bermuda, the Trustees of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race have moved the start of the 64512 October 2016 WindCheck Magazine
Participants will be docked in Hamilton prior to the start of the 35th America’s Cup Finals. © marionbermuda.com
mile open ocean challenge to June 9, 2017. This enables all race participants to arrive prior to the start of the America’s Cup finals on Bermuda’s Great Sound on June 17. A lot of planning and coordination has gone into the 2017 race to ensure all participants that want to stay for the Cup will have that opportunity. Special dockage arrangements are in place, and spectator boats and special tours of the race compound are all on the agenda. The America’s Cup Event Authority has established the first and only dedicated travel website for America’s Cup spectators to view and book packages to attend the 35th America’s Cup. Ocean Race participants will have access to a limited number slips and moorings at The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club for the Cup finals on a first come, first served basis. Special accommodation packages are available. Each Bermuda Accommodations package includes hotel accommodation, on-water spectator tickets on official spectator boats, round trip airport transfers, and Official America’s Cup merchandise. If you, your crew, guests or family are interested in attending the 35th America’s Cup as an add-on after the Marion Bermuda Race, visit americascuptravel.com. For booking hotel accommodation only, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a dedicated team member at Travel Places Bermuda Ltd., will happily assist you. For Bed & Breakfast accommodations or other properties, visit bermudarentals.com. In keeping with the Marion Bermuda Race mission of fostering youth sailing in both North America and Bermuda, the race will support the America’s Cup Endeavour Program, a community sailing program for Bermuda youth developed by the America’s Cup Committee to leave a sporting legacy in Bermuda after the America’s Cup. This is the 21st Marion Bermuda Race and the 40th year for the biennial event, which is organized and run by hundreds of volunteering members of The Beverly Yacht Club, The Blue Water Sailing Club and The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club for the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association. For more information, log onto marionbermuda.com or follow the race updates on one of its Facebook pages. ■
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11th Hour Racing Grants $1 Million to Sail Newport’s Campaign for Blue Space Sail Newport, the non-profit sailing organization located in Fort Adams State Park, announced that 11th Hour Racing has awarded a grant of $1 million to its fundraising Campaign for Blue Space. The funds will be used for a new facility and the expansion of marine educational programming. 11th Hour Racing is a Newport-based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, working to promote sustainability through the platform of sailing. Using three main areas of engagement: grants, sponsorships, and ambassadors, 11th Hour Racing supports efforts that improve ocean health through innovative solutions and programs. “Sail Newport has taken an inclusive approach to introducing people of all ages to the sport of sailing, and combined it with educating them about the vital importance of our oceans,” said Wendy Schmidt, founder of 11th Hour Racing and president of The Schmidt Family Foundation. “The 11th Hour Racing grant will help us carry through our goals to build sustainable headquarters for Sail Newport and create programming to inspire sailors to be ocean stewards,” said
Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read. “It’s important that we not only foster environmentally-friendly sailing events and green regattas, but that we also integrate the message of preservation and maintenance of our ocean and shoreline.” The new Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center building will be LEED-compliant, environmentally sustainable, and powered by renewable energy. The new building will include 50 or more solar panels, energy-efficient fixtures and systems, and eco-friendly and recycled materials, both on the interior and the exterior of the building. In addition, a rain harvesting system will be installed to service water needs such as boat washing, landscape irrigation and flushing in the public restrooms. “Sail Newport shares our vision for active ocean stewardship and educating the next generation of sailors and students,” said Jeremy Pochman, co-founder of 11th Hour Racing. “We’re excited to support the construction of its new headquarters and education programs.” For more information, visit sailnewport.org and 11thhourracing.org. ■
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Catamaran Ownership for Less
A critical look at the charter-business end of yacht ownership By Gregor Tarjan Lately catamarans are all the rage. A keen sailor might have noticed – even in our historically conservative New England sailing grounds – the once exotic catamaran is encountered on a more frequent basis than ever. It is not unusual to find a dozen sailing cats in popular harbors such as our homeport of Port Jefferson on Long Island’s North Shore. Cats have a wide stance and stability that make them more family-friendly than monohulls, as catamarans do not heel more than three degrees. If kept light, they are usually faster and have twice the room of a single-hulled vessel. Their huge deck plan and spacious, hard bimini covered cockpits can hold a multitude of water toys and dinghies, and a catamaran’s shallow draft allows it venture into charming anchorages once only accessible in a small daysailer. They seem to be ideal cruising vessels. Well-built cats are constructed with a foam core (rather than balsa wood) in addition to closely spaced watertight bulkheads that make them unsinkable – the ultimate safety feature for venturing offshore. The charter companies quickly caught wind of the advantages of these yachts. If you consider that presently more than 50% of all the charter vessels in the Caribbean are multihulls, it’s easy to understand their huge attraction. For the first time since the start of holiday sailing, catamarans have become more popular than monohulls. Pulling into an anchorage in the BVIs on a monohull for the first time feels strange nowadays, as you are surrounded by cruising cats with twice the space and stability. Are cats perfect then? Unfortunately, the cost of catamarans compared to monohulls of the same length is nearly double (but so is their volume), which means that owner-
The author’s Bavaria-Nautitech 40 Open catamaran moored at the Port Jefferson Yacht Club © aeroyacht.com
ship of this type of yacht will strain yacht finances more than a conventional yacht. The industry has come up with a clever solution. Placing a newly purchased catamaran into a charter management program is an opportunity to significantly lower the amount of running costs of owning a boat. Because of a catamaran’s superior holiday appeal, this program works mostly for catamarans and less for single-hulled yachts. By allowing your cat to be chartered, you open up new channels for alternate sources of income, as well as gaining the ability to redirect taxes you are already paying. However, placing a catamaran into charter does not work for everyone. This article hopes to give insight on some of the most heavily debated grey areas of the yacht charter business. Besides the fairly obvious benefit of added income, placing a yacht into charter has gained traction in the yachting world in the last several years. Ever more dealers and even manufacturers are offering customers charter management programs by promising them a maximum revenue package or a guaranteed income scheme. Although this has worked for many, there are the obvious downsides of lack of control, fixed contract lengths, and the wear and tear on your yacht to consider. Charter Management is considered a passive owner involvement, and fundamentally changes how the IRS views your enterprise. To receive any type of tax breaks, one is well advised to turn a privately owned yacht into a “business.” What this means is that when an owner is actively involved with his or her boat’s new function, they are entitled to redirect the taxes they are paying for their primary source of income in order to facilitate the start of this new business. Many of the misconceptions surrounding this type of business plan stem from the hard-to-pinpoint definition of what exactly qualifies as “active involvement,” and what does not. Understanding what the rules are from a tax advisor’s perspective is an important step in the decision making process. Before getting into the fine print of what exactly constitutes as active vs. passive involvement, there are many other points to consider. Placing a yacht in charter means that your yacht ceases to be a vessel existing solely for your enjoyment. This fundamental concept is important to digest early on; failing to do so will jeopardize any chance of making your charter yacht a profitable enterprise.
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Location is an often overlooked but hugely important factor in the decision making process. If you live (and wish to keep your yacht) in an area that is not known for charter sales, it may not be prudent to advertise your catamaran for charter in this area. Ideally, you want to keep the yacht in a location where there is a constant demand for charters, so that chartering your yacht out is always an option which you can choose to use or not. The Caribbean has always been the charter capital of the world for a few different reasons. The weather stretches the chartering season out much longer than in areas with a less favorable climate. The family friendly location with closely spaced islands also helps foster an environment ideal for holiday activities. Because of its relative remoteness, vacationers tend to stay for longer periods of time and book charters of a week or longer. Having your boat stationed at an island accessible by plane is also something that would increase demand, which is why many profitable charters are located at islands like Saint Martin or the BVIs. If you live in the U.S. and ultimately make the decision to keep your boat in the Caribbean, remember that you still have the option of having the boat sailed to your home for the summer for your own use. However, taking the yacht out of the “charter capital” will shorten the charter weeks and reduce revenue. Your catamaran will also sustain more wear and tear on extended delivery trips, which are not very cheap to begin with. Making an estimate of how much you intend to use your boat per year (and when) is crucial when deciding on whether to charter your yacht or not. The more time you require for personal use (>1 month is significant), the less time the boat will be available for charter and potential revenue will be lost. It is not uncommon to hear of boat owners that partner with a charter management company and then go on to place unrealistic constraints on its use, such as short-term notices before personal use or limiting the type of trips your catamaran can make. Right from the start, it is important that there is an open windcheckmagazine.com
dialogue between charter company and client, in order to lay things out clearly. Coming to terms with the fact that your yacht will not always be available for your own use is something that shouldn’t be underestimated; many people see their cat as a permanent escape option from the stress of their onshore life, and this option will obviously be lost during the charter season. The irony of the yacht industry is that customers who can afford yachts are also almost always people with the busiest work schedules. Because most clients that purchase newly-built vessels are still working, the time they are able to use the boat is significantly cut down. This is one of the situations in which placing your catamaran into charter makes sense, rather than letting her sit idle. By placing the vessel into charter, it will start to pay for itself over the years, and when you are finally ready to use it for extended periods of time (after retirement, possibly) and keep it purely for personal use, the boat will have cost significantly less as a whole. It can even be argued that having a catamaran used on a regular basis and constantly maintained by professionals is much better for the boat than letting it sit at the dock.
Ideally suited for any type of climate, shallow draft catamarans can be pulled right up to the beach.
Placing your new catamaran into charter is not the right option for every yacht owner, especially if you consider the wear and tear and restraints on personal usage. However, it is something that every cat owner should at least consider, as the benefits of having your yacht work for you are impossible to overlook. At the end of the day, purchasing a yacht and placing it into charter can make financial sense, but only if it is done in the correct way. ■ Gregor Tarjan is owner/operator of Aeroyacht Ltd., a Long Island, NY-based dealership exclusively specializing in catamarans. Grego brokers Sunreef Yachts, Bavaria-Nautitech and Outremer catamarans. He is also author of two catamaran reference books: CATAMARANS, The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors (McGraw Hill, NY) and CATAMARANS, Tomorrow’s Superyachts (Sheridan House, NY). WindCheck Magazine
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A Voyage to Maine and Back, Part 5 By Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment of a serialized account of the authors’ first journey from their home in Rhode Island to Maine aboard their Catalina 34 Pleiades. If you missed the earlier chapters, you can find them at windcheckmagazine.com. Look for more in upcoming issues. Authors’ note: The following is based on Nancy’s detailed log entries and photographs. Where these are used directly they are shown in italics. General comments and discussions written by Paul are shown in regular font. The reader can thus directly discern our slightly different perspectives.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 (Day 16) Bucks Harbor to Stonington, ME It rained all night and into the next morning. There were some tiny water leaks around the forward hatch. The stove also wouldn’t light, so Paul opened the electrical panel and sanded the appropriate contacts. That worked and we should hopefully be OK for a while. Over coffee, we pondered the chart situation. We had the little Taft cruising guide chartlets for Eggemoggin (EM) Reach and the Deer Isle Thoroughfare, but nothing that shows how the two connect. I had concerns because there are many rocky islands and the GPS doesn’t always show the buoys until we are very close. Thus, after a nice breakfast of eggs on English muffins, we prepared to go ashore to the small marina. However, just then it started raining quite hard so we decided to run the engine to charge the batteries in the meantime. The house bank isn’t holding a charge and that is causing concern. After over an hour, it got to only 12.2 volts. Not great. Meanwhile, it seemed a good time to check battery water as we now finally have distilled water. The house bank, which includes three Group 31 batteries, has easy access. The engine battery became a challenge mostly because of its location under the quarter berth. The four batteries did require about a pint of distilled water. The real problems started when I accidently bumped the delicate voltmeter wire lead and thus disconnected the engine battery voltmeter. This was not at all trivial to reconnect. After a few choice words, I finally secured the wire, taped it with electrical tape, and smiled when I saw the LED voltmeter working again. By the way, I highly advise all boat owners to install digital LED voltmeters! They are available at Amazon for about $6 each, they provide very accurate voltage readings, you can see them at a glance, and you can thus quickly determine the status of your house and or engine batteries. Their current drain is less than 10 milliamps, and as an added bonus,
they provide just enough illumination to serve as nightlights so you can move about at night without stubbing a toe, yet not so much light as to interfere with sleeping. Nancy agrees that installing two digital LED voltmeters was one of the best additions we have made to Pleiades. I carefully cut and sanded two tiny teak surrounds prior to mounting them, so they now look like they always were there! Meanwhile, we placed towels and containers under the leaks at the chainplates. We’d also found a new leak in the quarter berth under the aft port. It turned out that the port had not been properly secured. The rain finally stopped and the sky brightened. We then bailed the dinghy and took it to check out the little Bucks Harbor marina. They have fuel, water, ice cream and charts. Paul quickly located and purchased the chart we needed…along with some ice cream. We absolutely could not have done without either! We left the harbor around 1:30 pm heading SE down EM Reach, and were becalmed by 2 pm. Along the way, we learned that the cockpit cushions were leaking from the recent rain. We flipped them various ways but they kept seeping. I finally un-zipped the covers, took out the foam and turned the covers inside out to dry. We flipped them often during that afternoon. It is interesting to learn that the author of Murphy’s Law is alive and well and apparently inhabits Maine as well as Rhode Island. The patch of water where we were sailing is known to all as Eggemoggin Reach for a very good reason – because 99% of the time the prevailing SW wind direction is such that if one heads either SE or NW one would nonetheless be on a reach. Well, don’t you believe it! We eventually had a great sail but it was a dead beat until almost the very end. Fortunately, the passage is quite wide in most places so there was plenty of room to tack. However, almost all the photographs I have ever seen down through the years, in any number of wonderful sailing magazines, always show some splendid old gaff-rigged schooner on a fabulous beam reach zipping either up or down EM with a bone in her teeth. While we did achieve another of our goals – sailing the EM Reach – for us
This is the considerable rock at the entrance to Pulpit Harbor. © Nancy G. Kaull
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The interior of Pulpit Harbor © Nancy G. Kaull
it will always be the “Eggemoggin Beat.” Around 5 pm we had to turn on the engine if we had any hopes of getting to Stonington before dark. The tide was favorable in the Reach, but in the Deer Isle Thoroughfare it was against us. The T-fare is very narrow, and while well-marked with numerous buoys it is somewhat confusing to people who have not been here before. The hardest part was the transition from EM to the T-fare. At places it was very narrow, as low tide was at 4 pm. It was beautiful, scenic, and very rugged with numerous places for people with local knowledge to anchor. We got to Stonington before 7 pm and picked up what was now the all-time record holder for the world’s scuzziest mooring. Just pulling it up to secure it to the bow cleats left one’s hands dripping in green slime. Surely no fisherman – or anyone else for that matter — had been on this mooring for a long time so there was negligible chance one would arrive after dark and kick us off. This is a very small but busy working fishing port. The boat dried out surprisingly well, but we had a clearly defined task ahead, which was to seal around the tangs of the leaking chainplates. Dinner was canned clam chowder which was surprisingly good, a big salad, and cheese and crackers. I switched the water to tank #1.
Friday, July 25 (Day 17) Stonington to Pulpit Harbor The fishing/lobster boats started departing at about 4 am, just before dawn. There were lots of lights and much noise with engines roaring and people speaking. It was quite the rollicking harbor. We had an early breakfast of coffee, OJ, and French toast. It had been many days since we had topped off fuel, so we stopped at Moose Island Marine. I continue to be amazed at how little fuel the 23 HP Universal Westerbeke Diesel engine consumes. Unfortunately, Pleiades does not have a functioning fuel gauge. Thus, the effective “fuel gauge” resides in my mind. After many previous refills and subsequent calculations based on accumulated engine hours, I know that the engine uses just about 0.4 gallons per hour when powering at 5 -5.5 knots. Obviously adverse currents, wind on the nose, and/or large seas will increase this number, so I am always a little paranoid about running
out of fuel. Thus, it was with much relief when we only took on 9.7 gallons of diesel with a 23-gallon tank! While we were there we also filled water tank #2, and offloaded recycles. In case we ever go back, the marina is U-shaped with the fuel and water on the north side of the U. We also got to hear a real “down east” accent from the attendant! We were out of the Deer Isle Thoroughfare by 11 am heading for Pulpit Harbor, which was only 13 NM away and there was not a cloud in the sky. Unfortunately, there was also no wind! Thus, we had to power much of the way. Our anchor was down and the foredeck cleaned from our past two scuzzy moorings at 3:15 pm. Pulpit Harbor is a very beautiful, peaceful harbor in which to simply enjoy being alive. It is ringed by some very beautiful homes and has a feeling of splendid solitude. A two-masted schooner came in just before sunset. We didn’t expect such a large vessel. Dinner was surprisingly good. The chicken was thin sliced, frozen at home, and packed under ice for 17 days – yet it was still as fresh as can be. I floured, seasoned with salt, pepper, dried parsley and garlic salt, and sautéed the slices in butter, garlic and lemon juice. We had the usual carrots with dill (carrots travel very well). The big surprise was candied yams from a can! I don’t know much about canned food, but this surely worked well.
Saturday, July 26 (Day 18) Pulpit to Tennants Harbor We were now officially starting our return trip. We spent an hour planning with various alternatives possible. Of course, as is usually true when cruising, what actually happened only bore a slight resemblance to our plans. Perhaps we would save time if the weather cooperated. After breakfast of cereal and fresh Maine blueberries, we set off in moderate winds at 11 am with an adverse current. Thus, we had to supplement sailing with the motor to get between some islands at the north end of North Haven. We sailed the rest of the way to Tennants Harbor, a beat all the way, arriving around 5 pm. We picked up a mooring at the outer end of the mooring field with ‘SA LOVE’ printed on it, which was obviously private. Anchoring in Long Cove seemed too remote as we wanted/needed to go ashore. Nancy, the one who worries about following the rules, was concerned the mooring might belong to a fisherman. We had cocktails aboard, while enjoying the protected harbor, which made a pleasant conclusion to an entire day of beating to windward. We went ashore with an ice bag and shopping bag, hoping the general store was still open. We tied up the dinghy at the town dock but there was no “Cod Inn” in sight. Based on the cruising guide, this is where we planned to have lobster dinner with a waterside view! The general store was open until 8 pm. We selected and paid for all that was on our grocery list, and two very nice young ladies graciously offered to store our bags while we went to dinner. We learned sadly that the Cod Inn did not open this season. The elderly woman who owned it unfortunately got cancer and passed on. Her
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daughter chose to not continue the family business of 75 years. We went to the restaurant about 1/10th mile up the road, the Happy Clam. It didn’t have a waterfront view, but it was great. I had the perfect size lobster, perhaps 1 pound, that was so tender and sweet. Paul selected from their extensive German menu (German food on the coast of Maine?) and was very pleased with his selection – weinerschnitzel and pickled cabbage. We met a couple from Bermuda who keep their 54-foot boat at Brewer Wickford Cove Marina. What a very small world. After dinner we returned to the grocery store, picking up our groceries and two 5-pound bags of ice. I packed the ice on top of the fresh chicken breast. It is amazing that this is the first fresh meat we have purchased in 19 days. It was expected to be rainy/ cloudy for the next three days, so 10 lbs of ice would certainly help the refrigeration. I was not looking forward to the next three days, but we could not wait out the clouds. Maybe NOAA would be as wrong this time as they were for the first week!
Sunday, July 27 (Day 19) Tennants to Boothbay We woke to a cloudless, sunny morning! There were distant clouds and we counted our many blessings and gave a cheer to NOAA – since their forecast was wrong once again! We got an early start at 8:30 am. The breeze was initially out of the S at 8-10 knots, but later freshened to 12-15. Eventually the sun turned to part sun, then hazy sun, and by the time we got to Boothbay it was very cloudy. We picked up a “Tug Boat Inn” mooring around
1:30 pm. We had sailed 31 miles in almost exactly five hours, on a reach almost all the way. Great! By 2 pm it started to rain and it was time for chicken noodle soup. We remembered to bring in the cushions that we now know are not totally waterproof. Around 3 pm we decided to go ashore, and as we got in the dinghy it poured yet again. Fortunately our mooring (which was free) was a very short distance from the public dock. The Red Cup was closed for the day and we were advised to seek out the Fisherman’s Restaurant. We felt welcome as they had few people in the lounge or restaurant. Paul got connected to the Internet easily and found he had 130 emails…with only three of significance. ■ Nancy G. Kaull and Dr. Paul F. Jacobs are the co-authors of Voyages: Stories of ten Sunsail owner cruises. This excellent book is available at Amazon.com, and you’ll find several excerpts at windcheckmagazine.com.
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Pelagic Sailing Club Welcomes New Members By Chuck McWilliams Do you know a boat owner who would enjoy sailing more often if he/she had dependable crew? Do you know a boat owner who would appreciate occasional assistance with maintenance? Do you know qualified sailors without boats who would like to crew for others from time to time? Pelagic Sailing Club has been bringing competent skippers and competent crew together for their mutual sailing benefit in the New England area since 1967. The founders sought a better solution to enjoy being on the water, emphasizing cruising, camaraderie and developing sailing expertise. This article gives a summary of club activities (sailing and land adventures, informative talks and educational seminars), and explains what makes this club unique and beneficial to both boat owners and crew. Monthly meetings in Boston are a focal point where boat owners and sailors without boats get acquainted or have a chance to chat about past or future trips. Guest speakers are a highlight of the meetings, presenting informative talks about sailing or regaling us with sea stories. In addition, Pelagic Sailing Club holds both social events and seminars throughout the year, covering safety and seamanship to polish everyone’s skills. The club has over 140 members with boats ranging from a 19-foot sloop to a 47-foot cutter, and homeports from Maine to Rhode Island, so there are many ports we can call home as we cruise along the coast. Recreational sailing involves both safety and social considerations. Boat owners want knowledgeable crew and good companionship, while crew want to sail with competent, personable skippers in seaworthy vessels, returning to port relaxed and safe. Recognizing these needs, all applicants, both boat owners and crew, are evaluated through three on-the-water sails, which ensures that everyone on a Pelagic cruise is competent and that the boats have standard instruments and safety equipment. This process sets Pelagic apart from the Internet-based meetups open to anyone. Some outings happen on the spur of the moment, when a boat owner sees a favorable forecast and posts an email to the Pelagic group announcing his intentions for the day or the weekend, seeking crew or fellow boat owners to join him; fellow Pelagians who are available will then respond. Because of the rigorous applicant evaluation process, there is mutual confidence that the person posting and the person replying are competent sailors. Other outings are planned in advance, with skippers and other event planners initially meeting in winter to brainstorm, followed by a meeting in March to firm up dates and itineraries. Holiday weekends and special events often find Pelagic members enjoying a longer cruise. For example, the 4th of July and the arrival of the renovated whaling vessel Charles W. Morgan enticed several boats to rendezvous in New Bedford Harbor where we enjoyed dinner and fireworks. Later in July, the 100th celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal attracted a small fleet
to Onset for festivities that included a tour of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a potluck extravaganza on the dock and a lighted boat parade. In August, the Perseid Meteor shower offered the prospect of night skies illuminated by shooting stars. A Pelagic fleet convened at Third Beach east of Newport, RI to swim, have a group breakfast on one member’s boat, and watch the show at night. Then we sailed on to Cuttyhunk where we enjoyed brunch on the veranda of the Fishing Club with expansive views of Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Sound. The following day we rafted in the protected waters of Lake Tashmoo, surrounded by the tranquility and quaintness of Martha’s Vineyard. After a few parties, we re-traced our routes back to homeports. Over Columbus Day weekend, we cruised Narragansett Bay
Pelagic Sailing Club members regularly participate in the Boston Harbor Islands Regatta. © pelagicsailingclub.org
with another sailing club, arriving at the Bristol Yacht Club for a 3-way burgee exchange in its clubhouse. Taking the yacht club launch, we had dinner across the harbor at a seafood restaurant on the water. The next day’s destination was Dutch Harbor, where some enjoyed a seafood lunch at the shack. We had a wonderful potluck dinner on a 46-foot Hunter aptly named Dream Boat, followed by a hilarious game of ‘Cards Against Humanity.’ Land-based social events build camaraderie between crew and boat owners. The calendar includes Winterthing (a potluck party with hiking or snowshoeing) in February, a clambake in July, and a picnic on a Boston Harbor island in August, for which folks can arrive in their own boat or by ferry. There is also a hiking weekend in the fall with overnight accommodations at a ski house. We welcome the start of the holiday season with a party at a restaurant with spectacular waterfront views, followed by a challenging nautical trivia contest, enjoyed by all. Workshops and seminars cover the latest in a variety of topics. Recent subjects include provisioning and how to prepare epicurean cuisine in a boat galley. A workshop on electrical systems taught us how to make secure wiring connections and troubleshoot typical boat issues. A local canvas shop compared materials that stand up to sun and weather to those that will
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deteriorate after a season or two. We learned about splicing line so members can construct eyes and other useful things. We met in small groups to practice coastal navigation with training charts. Pelagic’s General meetings are free, open to the public, and held on the second floor of the Savin Hill Yacht Club, located on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, MA. Social hour begins at 6:30 giving everyone an opportunity to share stories of recent exploits, and boat owners and crew to connect to plan future trips. After a short business meeting, a speaker is the focus of the evening. Recent speakers have included Michael Tougias, a well These members enjoyed a charter vacation in Baja California. © pelagicsailingclub.org
known chronicler of marine disasters whose book The Finest Hours was recently made into a movie, and John Rousmaniere, author of many sailing books including The Annapolis Book of Seamanship; Linda & Ridge White, publishers of The Eldridge Tide & Pilot Book. Vlad Murnikov gave a presentation about SpeedDream, his project to build the fastest monohulls on the planet, and Peter Stone showed his paintings done at high latitudes in Labrador and Greenland. His stories of fog and the dangers of polar bears were chilling. Pelagic crew members are expected to spend two days per year volunteering for the club or assisting boat owner members with maintenance. This could involve commissioning at the start of the season or winterizing. A bond develops when a crew member works with a boat owner, and that often leads to closer ties during the sailing season. The Pelagic Sailing Club is a unique organization that brings together competent boat owners and competent crew, providing many opportunities for adventures on land and on the water, as well as informative talks and educational seminars related to sailing. Members enjoy the sailing, the camaraderie, and the wealth of knowledge and expertise in the club. If you have a boat and would like crew or are a crew and would like to meet skippers who cruise, check out pelagicsailingclub.org. If the idea of joining Pelagic interests you, please contact us at email@example.com. ■ Chuck McWilliams is a Past Commodore of the Pelagic Sailing Club.
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From the Log of Persevere: 21 days at Sea to Marquesas By Colin Rath Editor’s note: This is the fifteenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Mariel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere. You’ll find previous articles at windcheckmagazine.com. We left Galapagos with as much food and supplies as possible on May 7, but we were not able to top off our fuel as much as I wanted. We had 90% on the tanks and two 20-liter jerry cans of diesel. Good enough for government work, right? So off we went. The girls hit every DVD shop in the islands before leaving and picked up enough movies for the journey. I think we got 75 movies at 50 cents a pop. Some were good, some were not so good. Watching movies and playing board games are a nightly ritual at sea aboard Persevere. Movies on the flat screen start while Pam prepares dinner nightly as a reward for finishing school each day. The flicks usually continue until bedtime. The other entertainment for the journey was that Pousja had three kittens, which produced many hours of cat play and naming of the kittens. My family crew is well seasoned by now, with close to 12,000 miles at sea. This will be one of our largest ocean crossings though, and our second ocean crossing this year (third for the trip). The girls have learned how to get into a routine quickly once we lose sight of land. The routine begins daily as I put the bimini extension up over the cockpit to keep the cockpit cool for the day. The girls wake up each morning around 8 am and make breakfast. Breakfast can be anything from cereal to omelets or pancakes. They then have to turn the eggs before they start school each day – a way of saving valuable refrigeration space. Schoolwork then is the mainstay for the next four to five hours with a break Catnappin’ © persevere60545.com
A Pacific sunset © persevere60545.com
for lunch. Lunch can be Pam’s signature tuna salad or cold cut wraps until the vegetables run out, usually after two weeks if we are lucky. Once the fruits and vegetables run out, there is bean salad (out of cans), grilled cheeses and pasta. The boat interior gets vacuumed once school is over and then the girls read or play games or do some art project until dinner. Just before sunset, I take down the bimini extension. Dinner is usually beef, pork, chicken or fish of the day on the barbecue off the back of the boat. Pam prepares vegetables with bread (that Breana makes every week). I get to spend my day fixing stuff on the boat, corresponding with my New Zealand and NYC business contacts via email, checking weather, fishing and trying to catch up on my sleep from the previous night shift. Technically, we don’t do a watch system. Basically, there is no one out there once you are 200 miles offshore. On this 3,000-mile trip, we did not see one boat until we were within 20 miles of Marquesas. I have AIS and can see anyone within 10-20 miles away from me on that, and 8 miles on radar, so I set the alarms and usually sleep on deck and wake up every 45 minutes to see if there is anything out there. There isn’t. I know that you hear about those stories of people hitting submerged containers or getting hit by whales (you will not see them anyway at night soon enough to do anything). I make sure the boat is set and update the weather every two days. The weather change in the middle of the night worries me more than
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another boat. The trades are pretty consistent though. I make sure I know where everyone is below in case and have all the safety equipment up to date. So I am prepared. You might say I have been lucky so far, and you are right. The sail from Galapagos started out great; another reach in 15 to 20 knots (Persevere’s favorite) and was going well for the first two and half weeks, until we got within the 200 mile range of Marquesas. The wind died and to add insult we were low on fuel, so we had no choice but to sail. It was tough on the girls to sail at 3 knots and see the time on expedition keep showing it getting longer until we arrive. Finally, after four days we caught sight of Nuku Hiva and with the fuel gauge at 3 percent we had enough and motored
Amazing scenery in Nuku Hiva
for two hours to make harbor by nightfall. We dropped anchor after dark within a harbor that was rough as hell and had sheer cliffs on either side. Exhausted after 21 days at sea, I went to bed. We would explore Nuku Hiva and clear customs the next day. ■
Pousja samples some sushi © persevere60545.com
Look for updates on Persevere’s journey in future issues of WindCheck. You can track the Raths’ progress, and follow them in the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, on their Facebook page, “Persevere60545.” Colin’s book, It Is What It Is, can be purchased on ColinRath.com or at any major bookstore. Look for his next book in the fall of 2017.
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By Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
By Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Published by Zenith Press 384 pages hardcover $40
Published by W.W. Norton & Company 368 pages hardcover $27.95
The Illustrated Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914 – 1917
Written nearly a century ago, the story polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition – the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole – is a classic tale of survival in brutal conditions. Told in Shackleton’s own words, this gripping account of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition begins just before World War I, when he and his team of six men departed from England aboard the ship Endurance. Shackleton planned to traverse 1,800 miles of the icy continent from the Atlantic side, stopping at supply depots provisioned by a second team that had reached the Pacific side from Tasmania aboard the ship Aurora. Encountering unanticipated early ice while approaching the coast, Endurance became hopelessly locked in an ice floe. Thus began a series of travails that included spending terrifying days in a lifeboat in hurricane-force winds and navigating treacherous, unknown routes in frigid temperatures. This book is illustrated with archival photographs by expedition photographer Frank Hurley and paintings and etchings made at that time, as well as modern color images of the wildlife and landscapes the team would have seen. A beautifully produced edition of a compelling story, South is highly recommended. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was born in Ireland in 1874 and was raised mostly in London. He led three expeditions to the Antarctic: the Discovery Expedition (1901 – 1903), the Nimrod Expedition (1907 – 1909), and the Imperial TransAntarctic Expedition (1914 – 1917). He suffered a fatal heart attack while en route to his fourth Antarctic expedition, a planned attempt to circumnavigate the continent. ■
The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth
Half of the world’s population lives along ocean coastlines where the tides ebb and flow every day, yet most of us do not fully understand the natural mechanisms that keep an incomprehensible volume of water in constant motion. Essential for millennia for timekeeping, navigation and commerce, the tide has determined the course of history from the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea and the conquests of Julius Caesar to the Battle of Maldon, the Boston Tea Party and the Allied invasion of Normandy. Similarly, the quest to understand what moves the tide has preoccupied great minds including Plato, Aristotle, Galileo and Newton. In this companionable guide to understanding the oceans’ rhythms, celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams takes the reader along on his travels to Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, where the strongest tides in the world flow daily; arctic Norway, home of the raging tidal whirlpool known as the maelstrom; and Venice, to examine the efforts to defend the city from the acqua alta. Interweaving centuries of scientific thinking with literature and folklore, the author examines portrayals of the tide from such writers as Shakespeare, Dickens, Melville and Verne. An engaging exploration of an inexorable force, The Tide is fascinating, enjoyable and highly recommenced. Hugh Aldersey-Williams is the author of many books including Anatomies, Periodic Tales, and The Most Beautiful Molecule, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Norfolk, England. ■
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sound environment. Blue Parks for Our Oceans The Next Conservation Frontier
By Amanda Yanchury, Ocean Communications Associate, Conservation Law Foundation Canyons more massive than the Grand Canyon. Mountains that rival the Rockies in size. You’d think that formations of this
An octopus stretches its tentacles on Physalia Seamount. Marine protected areas have been found to build resilience against the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, ensuring future habitat for animals. © NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition Science Team
Colorful laminarian kelp and Saccharina longicruris decorate the seafloor at Cashes Ledge, a vital habitat for wildlife with stunning diversity. © Brian Skerry
stature would be well known, like New England’s White Mountains, yet they are largely untouched and completely hidden from view. I’m talking about the New England Canyons and Seamounts, ancient canyons and mountains located underwater about 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Five massive undersea canyons (named Oceanographer, Gilbert, Lydonia, Nygren and Heezen) and four seamounts (named Bear, Physalia, Mytilus and Retriever), some with peaks rising more than 7,000 feet above the ocean floor, exist where the continental shelf drops into the pitch-black abyss of the deep Atlantic Ocean. Such grand landscapes have been preserved across our nation for over a century, yet the era of ‘Blue Parks’ – preserving those most important and dynamic places in our oceans – is just beginning. These mysterious ocean places in New England continue to reveal their incredible diversity, and amazingly, new marine species are uncovered during every expedition. Already, more than 320 marine species have been identified in the canyons and another 630 within the seamounts! NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Program has made a series of trips
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areas, like they do within the New England Canyons and Seamounts. Many of these coral formations take centuries to grow, and some are the size of small trees! The coral formations and the unique geography of the Canyons and Seamounts provide the ideal conditions for a wealth of marine life to thrive. Ocean currents driven by these underwater features create a concentration of plankton, squid, and forage fish that in turn attract endangered whales and other migratory species as they seek bountiful food sources. An orange coral fan hosting tiny yellow anemones grows on a steep rock wall edge, approximately 2,700 feet deep in Nygren Canyon. Currently, a combination of partial fishing restrictions and natural protective features has kept these beautiful canyons intact. ÂŠ NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition Science Team
out to the canyons and seamounts, and each time, new discoveries are made that contribute to our scientific understanding of a highly complex ocean.
Coldwater Coral When most people think of coral, they imagine tropical coral in warm-water areas. But corals can also thrive in deep, coldwater
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Protecting the Habitats and Ecosystems from Human Threats The waters above the corals and canyon ridges teem with diverse marine life, too. From tuna, billfish and sharks to the Atlantic puffins that winter on the surface, the Canyons and Seamounts are full of important marine species that are able to thrive in these excellent conditions. From the extreme depths of the seafloor along the canyons, to beyond the highest peak all the way to the surface, the Canyons and Seamounts need full protection for the vast array of unique marine life that call these places home. Under threat from human impacts like increased shipping
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activities, industrialization, and development efforts like cabling, sand and gravel mining, and offshore oil drilling, permanent protection for these critical ocean areas is needed now more than ever before. Commercial fishing, while small in scale, further threatens the ancient coral formations, which are highly sensitive to human disturbances, and can take centuries to rebuild – if they can rebuild at all. While the effects of climate change on our world’s ocean remains unclear, there is a growing consensus that preserving intact habitat areas rich in biodiversity is one of the best ways we can make our oceans more resilient to change. It is more important than ever to set aside marine areas that are free from human impacts to learn more about the ocean and how we can best respond to these changes.
Preserving an Ocean Legacy In New England, the ocean has, and always will play a major role in our region’s cultural heritage. It is the backbone of many of our most lasting traditions, foods, and recreational activities. A healthy ocean is not only important to these traditions, but it is also a major driver of the local and regional economy. Ocean resources support more than 230,000 jobs and $16 billion in economic activity in New England coastal states. Most of this economic activity comes from ocean tourism and recreation by tourists and coastal residents, with some also coming from direct commercial activity on the water and shoreside support. Ensuring a healthy ocean in New England is important for this entire ecosystem – humans included! Healthy ocean habitats
provide reliable feeding grounds for whales, dolphins, and seabirds. And when these populations thrive, our region’s tourismdriven economy thrives, too. Right now, we have the opportunity to permanently protect special places that contribute to sustaining a healthy ocean, but we must act immediately. In August, Senator Richard Blumenthal led the entire Connecticut congressional delegation in calling upon President Obama to designate the Canyons and Seamounts a Marine National Monument. More recently, Obama announced an expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine reserve. And on September 15, he named the first-ever marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The new national monument will protect 4,913 square miles of marine ecosystems. The New England Canyons and Seamounts make up less than 2% of New England waters, but they have the potential to make a huge impact for conservation, the economy, and science in the years to come. Please join us in celebrating the protection of these vital, important ocean treasures. ■ Conservation Law Foundation forges lasting solutions to environmental challenges for the people of New England. For updates on this campaign, visit facebook.com/ProtectNewEnglandTreasures. This Sailors for the Sea Ocean Watch Essay is reprinted with permission. To learn more, visit sailorsforthesea.org.
from the captain of the port
By Vincent Pica Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary It would seem to me that one of the most frightening circumstances to be caught in is a boat afire. It is loaded with fuel creating toxic smoke; using water to fight the fire can sink the boat; leaving the boat may entail going into another hostile environment – cold and unforgiving water. It doesn’t sound like there are many – if any – good alternatives. On average a fire will double in area every 5 minutes. At that rate, it wouldn’t take long to engulf an entire boat. So, time is of the essence and it’s highly unlikely that anyone can get to you in time to assist in the fire suppression. You and your crew, most likely, are it.
They also come in sizes (pounds of suppressant). For the private boater, size 1 (I) or 2 (II) are the most common and manageable. The question is really, “How many do I need for my size boat?” And the answers are: All powerboats, except outboards, less than 26 feet and of open construction must carry one B-I, U. S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher. All powerboats 26 feet to less than 40 feet must carry two B-I or one B-II U. S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers. 40 feet to less than 65 feet must carry three B-I or one B-II
Causes of Fires According to many studies such as those conducted by BoatUS, surprisingly the engine is not the most likely source of boat fires – electricity is. More than half of boat fires (55%) start with wiring or appliance failures. Next come fires started by an overheated engine, but they are less than half as likely (24%). Less than 10% of boat fires (8%) start with a fuel leak. Of course, those can reach catastrophic proportions if the fire backs up into the tank itself. The rest is a mixed bag of “miscellaneous” – dropped match, stove spills, flare “slag” landing on the boat, etc. An electrical fire such as the one that starts from a frayed/ chafed wire is very different than one which is fed by a malfunctioning inverter or generator. The first is going to act like someone was smoking in bed – material is aflame but not being fed by the electricity itself. But it counts as the cause of the fire.
Types of Fire Extinguishers and Who Needs What
First, fire extinguishers themselves are classified into “A”, “B” and “C” types. (There is a type “D” for chemical/combustible metals fires such as would be created by the magnesium in a flare, but I have never seen it successfully used before the flare involved surrounding materials – get the flare off the boat [let the fish deal with it] and then deal with the fire.) The easiest way to remember what they are used for is thus: “A” – the fire creates ash – paper, bedding, clothes, wood, etc. “B” – the subject afire can boil – “POLs” or petroleum, oils and lubricants “C” – a charge runs through it – electronic equipment windcheckmagazine.com
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and 1 B-I U. S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers. Larger vessels must adhere to Federal regulations about automatic fire-suppression systems in enclosed spaces. Well, what are the suppressants and what is best for my boat might be the next set of logical questions. As would seem obvious to even the casual reader, carbon dioxide (CO2) is one suppressant. It smothers the fire by withholding oxygen from the “fuel-oxygen-heat” equation. CO2 has one not-so-obvious drawback. If you use it on a type-B fire, the high pressure of the CO2 coming out of the canister may very well spread the fire. So, hold CO2 aside. Another suppressant type is “dry chemical.” It can handle “A”, “B” and type-“C” fires but it also has a problem. The chemical suppressant tends to be corrosive in a marine environment. Yikes… So hold that dry chemical aside, too. What tends to be best, at least for “A” and “B” fires, is foam. It smothers the fire like a blanket. The foam is water-based, so the use of it Continued on page 57 WindCheck Magazine
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The Boating Barrister An Admiralty Lawyer’s Moveable Feast: From the Galley to the Wheelhouse By John K. Fulweiler It’s hard to sauce up the law like you might a galley full of dry chicken. Problem is, there’s just never enough sauce to make reading the law anything but dry and that’s why it falls on these shoulders to work my culinary magic. Tuck into our main course featuring a Texas decision highlighting an interesting Jones Act wrinkle with a side of maritime lawyer troubles. Go on, give it a taste. No matter how developed your culinary palate, this Jones Act decision involves a fact pattern familiar to any of us who’ve done some laboring. How it sets up is the plaintiff was working aboard a dredge, having just finished cutting an anchor chain with a hot torch. He stands, torch in hand and walks near two crew attempting to reattach the cutterhead. The plaintiff’s testimony is the dredge captain yelled at him to help lift a heavy socket-wrench assembly, plaintiff tucked the torch under his arm and lent his muscle to the endeavor. Later, plaintiff reports his arm was hurt and he ultimately sued. The curious wrinkle you can taste in the main dish is the “specific order” exception to a claimant’s own negligence under the maritime law. Generally speaking, when a crewmember is carrying out a specific order (and what that is gets sort of technical) and is injured, his or her damages may not be reduced by a finding of her own negligence as might otherwise be the case. So here, when the jury awarded plaintiff $420,000 the court couldn’t reduce the damages by the fifty-percent of fault the jury assessed against plaintiff. Plaintiff got the whole bundle. Neat dish, huh? Now the side isn’t something we serve all that much, but it brings out the flavors of what it’s like to practice law from the attorney’s perspective. You need some background. Before trial, the attorneys and the judge typically get together to discuss various procedural issues including what charges (or instructions) the court will read the jury. Here, the court apparently told the attorneys during such a charging conference that “I’m not going to mess with this any further.” The next day before the trial begins, defense counsel asked the court to consider a proposed definition of a “specific order.” Hey, I’m on the claimant’s side usually, but I can see where the ends of justice might be served by including such an instruction. The court refused the instruction “mainly because it’s not timely.” Fourteen pages later, the appeals court upheld the trial court’s decision on that point with lots of noise about the court’s discretion and inherent powers and some reference to the trial court having “admonished” the attorneys – a word meaning to reprimand that I don’t much like and which courts use a little too liberally for my taste buds. At any rate, procedural circumstances like these are stressful situations and I submit court made deadlines risk outcomes driven by procedure over substance. I don’t know what occurred in this instance, but I don’t like situations where the chef ’s deadlines trump considerations of what might be fair and right. They’re a lot of mov-
ing parts to readying for trial and, I ask what would’ve been the harm to quickly hear arguments on that charge? Again, without commenting on this case but simply as a broad inquiry, I wonder sometimes how much the human condition affects justice? More than we realize, no doubt making the efforts of kitchen workers like myself all the more important. Enough of the kitchen – I like helping the maritime worker and the lone maritime business in pursuit of their rights. They’re a lot of admiralty attorneys out there that like defending the big guys. They like defending the big cruise line, the big conglomerate and the big insurer. Everyone needs a defense, sure enough, but I don’t have the disposition for that work. When it comes to crewmembers, I like sharing general information about the admiralty law in order to help them spot a legal issue here and there. For instance, did you know there’s a federal law called the “Seaman’s Protection Act” that is subtitled “Protection of seaman against discrimination?” This federal law protects a seaman from discrimination or discharge because, in short, they do the right thing. That is, if you accurately report your hours or refuse to perform your duties because of a reasonable belief of injury or in good faith you report or are about to report to the Coast Guard a maritime safety violation, this federal law could provide you with protection. If you have a basis for a claim you may be able to seek, among other things, past wages and even punitive damages! Beware though, like everything in the law, wrinkles abound and the time to make a claim is pretty short (compared to other statutes of limitation), so speak to an admiralty attorney to understand your rights and remedies. Why is this important to the sailor on his winged chariot? Well, it might be that you have persons aboard who definitely qualify as crew. Or it might be that you have persons aboard who may qualify as crew. Bottom line is you don’t need to be working aboard a “commercial” vessel to qualify for the rights and entitlements afforded crewmember status. Thus, whether you’re on the rail or at the wheel, knowing a little about the maritime law of the crew makes sense. Here’s to good eats and interesting maritime legal bites. ■
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John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a licensed captain and a Proctor-In-Admiralty. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar 2016 OCTOBER Ongoing through 10/31 River Cruises Aboard Schooner Mary E Enjoy a river excursion (1.5 hours) or a sunset cruise (2 hours) aboard a 110-year-old, 75-foot gaff-rigged schooner. Fee includes museum admission. Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; Reservations: 860-767-8269; schoonermarye.com; ctrivermuseum.org
Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT; cedarpointyc.org 1&2 13th Jesuit Open This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Fordham University and sailed in 420s. City Island, NY; collegesailing.org 1&2 Danmark Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and sailed in FJs and 420s. New London, CT; collegesailing.org
1 The Greenport Ocean Race & The Greenport Bay Race In addition to a course around Block Island, this popular event has two shorter courses to Block and back without rounding it, as well as a bay race around Robins and Shelter Islands. Greenport, NY; register at yachtscoring.com; greenportoceanrace.com 1 Partners Cup Race Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk, CT; norwalkyachtclub.com 1 The Thomas S. Willets Race This race honors the memory of EYC Past Commodore Thomas S. Willets, Jr. and his dedication to sailing, racing and the Connecticut River. Essex Yacht Club, Essex, CT; essexyc.com 1&2 Fontelieu Fall Classic This event is open to all Thistle, Lightning and Flying Scot sailors. windcheckmagazine.com
1 - 12/31 37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition & Sale Showcasing the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world, this juried show commemorates America’s maritime heritage. Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery; Mystic, CT; 860-572-5388; email@example.com; mysticseaport.org 6 36th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard This event, presented by the Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, honors brave USCG personnel from around the country. Cocktail reception 6:30 pm; dinner & program 7:30; Times Square Marriott Marquis, New York, NY; coastguardfoundation.org
6 - 10 47th Annual United States Sailboat Show The nation’s oldest and largest inwater boat show features the biggest multihull collection in the world. Annapolis, MD; annapolisboatshows.com 6 & 20 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; shorelinesailingclub. com 6 & 20 Singles Under Sail meeting SUS is a sailing club for adults who are also single. Meetings are held on the first & third Thursdays of each month at Doubletree Inn, Norwalk, CT, CT; Check out SUS on Meetup, Facebook and singlesundersail. org. For more information, message or call 203-847-3456. 8 The Gearbuster IHYC’s 61st Annual Stratford Shoal Race has PHRF, IRC & Doublehanded divisions and two courses: Greenwich, CT around Stratford Shoal and back and a shorter course to Eaton’s Neck and back for Non-Spinnaker boats. Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT; indianharboryc.com
tion of Shelter Island around government marks, is open to monohulls 22 feet LOA and up and multihulls 16 feet LOA and up. New Suffolk, NY; Steve Weiss: firstname.lastname@example.org; pbsa.us 8 Thomas Clark Memorial Race Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Essex, CT; essexcyc.org 8 LHYC Fall Series at Target Rock Huntington, NY; Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, Huntington, NY; lhyc.org 8 About Boating Safety Completion of this 8-hour class, presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3, satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for a Safe Boating Certificate and PWC Certificate. Family participation is encouraged. 8am; Flotilla 24-3 Training Center, Milford, CT; pre-register at http://a0142403. uscgaux.info/. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the class. 860-663-5505; skperrone@ hotmail.com; cgaux.org *All students must obtain a State of CT Conservation ID number before taking the course.Visit ct.outdoorcentral.net/InternetSales/Sales to register for a free ID number. 8&9 Storm Trysail Foundation Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta North America’s largest collegiate regatta features more than 40 college teams duking it out on big boats. Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; stormtrysailfoundation.org/intercollegiate.htm
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8 Whitebread 23 Organized by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association, this handicapped distance race, a circumnaviga-
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OCTOBER Continued 8&9 13th Annual American Yacht Club High Performance Dinghy Open presented by Heineken USA Open to 5O5s,Viper 640s, RS K6s, 49ers, 49erFXs, F18s, Fireballs, International Canoes, Wetas and other classes and with the sponsor’s fine product in abundance, the HPDO is a perennial favorite. American Yacht Club, Rye, NY; register at yachtscoring.com 8&9 Moody Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by the University of Rhode Island and sailed in FJs. Kingston, RI; collegesailing.org 8 - 10 33rd Annual Mitchell Columbus Day Regatta This PHRF non-spinnaker pursuit race from Newport to Block Island is hosted by Newport Yacht Club. Newport, RI; newportyachtclub.org 8 - 10 Chowder Days Taste delectable chowder and seafood specialties, seasonal desserts and beer, wine and apple cider, and enjoy live music, horse & carriage rides, games, a scarecrow activity, face painting and crafts in the Children’s Museum. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; mysticseaport.org 9 Columbus Day Regatta Co-hosted by Windjammers Sailing Club, Milford Yacht Club and Housatonic Boat Club, this is an ECSA points event. Milford, CT; milfordyachtclub.com; windjammers.org 9 12th Annual Dogs on the Docks This event includes a canine costume contest, a dogowner lookalike contest, a lawn parade, and the main event in which dogs leap from the town dock into the river to see who can jump the farthest. Proceeds 34 October 2016 WindCheck Magazine
benefit local animal shelters. 1 - 3pm; Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT; 860-767-8269; ctrivermuseum.org 10 - 16 27th Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race This 127-mile sprint from Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA supports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. gcbsr.org 11 - 16 Red Bull Foiling Generation USA Qualifier This exciting new multihull event is open to youth sailors born in 1996 through 1999. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; foilinggeneration.redbull.com 13 The Sail of the Draken Harald Hårfagre In this Mystic Seaport Adventure Series event, Captain Björn Ahlander will recount the voyage of this clinker-built Viking longship. A reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great Ship,” the vessel set sail from Norway in April, bound for America. The aim of Expedition America 2016 is to explore and relive the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than 1,000 years ago. The vessel is expected to be dockside at Mystic Seaport at the time of the talk. 1:30 & 7:30 pm; $15 ($20 non-members); students free; The River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern, Mystic, CT; mysticseaport.org; drakenexpeditionamerica.com
13 - 16 45th Annual United States Powerboat Show Annapolis, MD; annapolisboatshows.com windcheckmagazine.com
15 16th Annual Sail For Hope Founded after the events of September 11, 2001 and hosted by Sail Newport, this event includes an 18-mile race around Conanicut Island and ‘round-the-buoys racing for J/22s and other one-designs. To date, Sail For Hope has raised $1,000,000 for various charities. Newport, RI; email@example.com; sailnewport.org 15 67th Annual Dyer Dhow Derby This regatta is held in appreciation for the yacht clubs, organizations and individuals who have donated and maintained a Dyer Dhow in support of the Joseph Conrad and community sailing programs at Mystic Seaport. 11am; Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860-5725322; mysticseaport.org 15 Thundermug Regatta This ESCA points event is hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club. Westbrook, CT; diyc.com
side Rhode Island’s Tall Ship, the 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry. Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; bowenswharf.com 15 & 16 and 22 38th Annual Manhasset Bay Fall Series Spinnaker & Non-Spinnaker classes; Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Port Washington, NY; manhassetbayyc.org 17 & 18 Halloween Howl Typically dominated by breezy New England fall weather, the Howl promises spooky good fun for Optimist (Red, White & Blue fleets), C420 & Laser Radial sailors. Sail Newport, Newport, RI; Kim Cooper: kim.cooper@ sailnewport.org; sailnewport.org 18 - 23 Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final This youth regatta, sailed in 18-foot Flying Phantom foiling catamarans, promises to be amazing. Sail Newport, Newport, RI;
15 Charles Birch Memorial Race Pettipaug Yacht Club, Essex, CT; pettipaug.com 15 & 16 Yale Women’s Interconference This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Yale University and sailed in Z420s and FJs. Branford, CT; collegesailing.org 15 & 16 33rd Annual Oyster Festival Presented by the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay, the largest waterfront festival on the East Coast is celebrating 33 years of family fun, great food, and fundraising. Oyster Bay, NY; theoysterfestival.org 15 & 16 26th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” this family event features fresh local seafood, live music, face painting, interactive water and art activities, touch tanks and plenty more alongwindcheckmagazine.com
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19 - 23 Stella Artois J/105 North American Sailing Championships Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY; firstname.lastname@example.org; j105nac.com 22 Boating Safety Class This U.S. Coast Guard approved and taught course satisfies all CT Licensing requirements. $65 fee includes all course materials. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Clinton Flotilla, Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, CT; David Aresco, FSOPE: 203-623-0861; email@example.com; uscgaux.org Also offered on 11/19 WindCheck Magazine
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22 & 23 Oakcliff Melges 24 Regatta Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY; Liz Shaw: training@ oakcliffsaioling.org; oakcliffsailing.org
features pizza, candy, beer, wine & soda, awards for best costume (scariest, most creative, etc.) and live music by Wooly Mammoth. Get spooky! 8pm- midnight; $10 in advance; $15 at the door; The German Club, Mystic, CT; mudhead.org
22 & 23 Hoyt Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Brown University and sailed in Z420s. Providence, RI; collegesailing.org
29 Haunted Whale Ship This is an evening of frightful family fun. 5:30 - 8pm; New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA; whalingmuseum.org
22 & 23 Celestial Navigation: 19th-Century Methods Students who complete this course will have the basic celestial navigation skills to cross any ocean using the sun, a sextant, and a few other simple tools. 10am - 4pm; $120 ($108 for museum members); Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860-572-5322; mysticseaport.org
29 & 30 Oakcliff Halloween Invitational This Grade 3 Match Race Regatta is sailed in Match 40s (practice day 10/28). Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY; Bill Simon: 516-802-0368; firstname.lastname@example.org; oakcliffsailing.org
29 Mudhead Mysteries Halloween Party This fright fest
29 & 30 Freshman Interconference Regatta/Nickerson Trophy This intercollegiate regatta is hosted by Tufts University and sailed in Larks. Medford, MA; collegesailing.org
NOVEMBER 1 (*or the best weather window near that date) 17th 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; sailopo.com 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. saltydawgrally.org 5 Introduction to HalfModel Construction Learn the basics of half-hull construction as you carve your own model of a classic sailboat. 9am - 5pm; ages 18 and older; $365 ($330 for museum members); John Gardner Small Boat Shop, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; 860-
572-5322; mysticseaport.org 5&6 Modern Celestial Navigation Students who complete this weekend workshop will have the basic celestial navigation skills necessary to double check a GPS position or to sail entirely by the sun and stars using a sextant, a handheld calculator, and a few other simple tools. 10 am - 4pm; $108 for Mystic Seaport members ($120 nonmember); Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; register at 860-572-5322 or mysticseaport.org/event/modern-celestial-navigation-3/ 6 Daylight Saving Time Ends 6 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. Get your Bullwinkle on! Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT;
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NOVEMBER Continued stamfordyc.com 17 The Search for the Lord Sandwich In this Mystic Seaport Adventure Series event, Dr. Kathy Abbass of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project will share the research progress in the search for the Lord Sandwich transport (formerly Capt. James Cook’s Bark Endeavour), one of five vessels scuttled in Newport Harbor before the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. 1:30 and 7:30 pm; $15 for Mystic Seaport members ($20 non-members); students free; The River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern, Mystic, CT; call 860-572-5331; mystcseaport.org 19 - 1/1/17 Christmas at the Newport Mansions This annual Preservation Society of Newport County presentation
features 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 newportmansions.org. 25 Wild Turkey Regatta This PHRF event is open to all sailing yachts. Fayerweather Yacht Club, Bridgeport, CT; Mike Sullivan: email@example.com; fycct.org 25, 26 and 12/2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 & 23 Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Now in its 36th season, this 70-minute progressive play takes visitors back
to Christmas Eve, 1876. Tours begin at 5 pm and leave every 15 minutes. $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members); not recommended for kids under age 4. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; tickets can be purchased online at mysticseaport.org/ lanternlighttours; for questions about weather cancellations, call 860-572-0711.
6pm. Decorated vessels will parade down the Mystic River starting at 6:20. Boats of all types and sizes are welcome, and entrance requires only a toy or coat donation to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Prizes will be awarded for Most Charismatic Crew, Innovative Vessel, Best Dressed Vessel, and Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur. Mystic, CT; 860-572-9578; mysticchamber.org
26 33rd Annual Turkey Day Reach This regatta is presented by New York Athletic Club Yacht Club and Huguenot Yacht Club. Pelham Manor, NY; Wayne Gillikin: firstname.lastname@example.org; yachtscoring.com
27 Holiday Harbor Lights Boat Parade Launch the holiday season! Newport Yacht Club is open to the public that evening, and spectators can watch the parade from Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and all points around Newport Harbor. Prizes for Best Decorated Sailboat (recreational & commercial), Best Decorated Powerboat (recreational & commercial), Best Decorated Fishing Boat, Best Decorated Porch or Dock, and Most Team Spirit. 6:15 pm; Newport, RI; Tim Mills: 401-845-5815 ■
26 Santa Arrives by Tugboat, 16th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, and Toy Drive The jolly ol’ guy arrives at Mystic River Park at 2pm on the tugboat John Paul, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree in the park at
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Heidi Benjamin Drives Spookie to Historic Queen’s Cup Win
Benjamin, who played the role of on-board coach for the day, with America’s Cup veteran and former college teammate Peter Isler calling tactics. “I was really nervous about any kind of a port-tack approach with all those starboard tackers.”
By Stuart Streuli, New York Yacht Club Communications Director In becoming the first female skipper to win the Queen’s Cup, one of the New York Yacht Club’s most prestigious yachting trophies, Heidi Benjamin of South Norwalk, CT relied on her yacht, her crew and two distinct sources of inspiration. The first was no surprise to anyone who knows Benjamin and her family’s long association with sailing. “My dad, Bill Ziegler, used to tell me how much he wanted to win the Queen’s Cup,” said Benjamin, noting that despite much success with a number of boats named Gem, her late father was never able to put his name on the Queen’s Cup. “This one is for him.” The second was a ladybug that landed on her shirt before the race started on Sunday, August 14 off the coast of Newport, RI. Benjamin said that whenever she started to feel anxious about filling the shoes of the boat’s usual skipper, husband Steve Benjamin, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist in the 470 class and the 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, she thought about this tiny beetle calmly resting on her shirt, and it helped restore her peace of mind.
The crew of Spookie celebrates their Queen’s Cup victory. © Stuart Streuli/NYYC
The Queen’s Cup, hosted by the NYYC’s Harbour Court, is a unique event in modern sailing for a variety of reasons. The starting gun opens a two-minute window for all boats to cross the starting line. The race committee takes each yacht’s starting time as it crosses the line and uses that to calculate its elapsed time for the race. Second, the regatta is just one race, not the usual multi-race events that allow time to compensate for the occasional mistake. And finally, to do justice to the variety of yachts that compete in the Queen’s Cup, the race committee traditionally uses a mix of triangle and windward/leeward laps to build the course. Taken separately, and in the absence of competitive pressure, none of these components are technically complex. But, in real time, while racing in 15-knot southwesterly breeze with 8-foot seas, they can present significant challenges. “I had my longtime friend, Peter Isler (who taught me how to sail) and my wonderful husband by me through the Queen’s Cup,” said Benjamin. “There was a lot of discussion on the boat about starting a little bit late and coming in at the windward end,” said Steve
Benj & Heidi share a quiet moment at Harbour Court after the day’s competition.
As one of the fastest boats in the fleet, however, the allure of getting out in front and sailing in clean air for the entire race was too much. The 52-foot Spookie crossed the line a single second after the starting gun and led the 15-boat fleet around the 12-mile racecourse. “Benj and I have sailed together for nearly 30 years,” said Benjamin, “resulting in our ability to share similar strategies on the racecourse. Sailing has always been a family sport for Benj and me growing up. We try to foster this sentiment in our crew.” While the clean course was an advantage for Spookie, it was far from a runaway victory. Interlodge, the 44-footer owned by Austin and Gwen Fragomen, kept pace with Spookie all the way around the course. Once both yachts’ times were corrected based on the handicaps carried by each, the winning margin was just 14 seconds – about two boat lengths, not a lot of room for error in a race that took nearly and hour and a quarter for the fastest boats to complete. The remainder of the fleet trickled in over the course of 25 minutes and while many boats had a significant advantage according to the IRC ratings, none could come close to Spookie’s corrected time. In third place was the Swan 42 Blazer, skippered by Chris Culver, which finished just 5 seconds in front of Dennis Williams’ 12 Metre Victory ‘83, and 54 seconds ahead of John Hele’s Daring, another Swan 42. “The hard work and dedication of the crew to each other and the program is reflected in the teamwork which helps us to achieve the results we all work so hard for,” said an elated Benjamin. The Queen’s Cup was given to the New York Yacht Club by Queen Elizabeth II of England. It was formally presented by the British Ambassador at the Annual Cruise dinner in November 1953. The former King’s Cup (raced for annually from 1906 through 1952) was retired and is retained by the club. The Queen’s Cup is a perpetual trophy to be raced for annually under the same conditions at the preceding King’s Cup races. For this year’s results and a notable list of past winners, visit nyyc.org/yachting/ racing/2016-queens-cup. ■
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Ida Lewis Distance Race: Big Decisions, Plenty of Action By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International The 12th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race concluded on Saturday, August 20 after 37 boats completed either a 121 nautical mile course (Doublehanded, PHRF Spinnaker and IRC classes) or a 107 nm course (Cruising Spinnaker) that started and finished off Newport, RI. After almost 13 1/2 hours of racing, Heidi & Steve Benjamin’s TP52 Spookie (Jamestown, RI/South Norwalk, CT) was first to finish, crossing the line just after 2:35 am Saturday, while the last boat, Alfred Van Liew and David Brodsky’s S&S 48 Odyssey, (Middletown, RI.) finished around 12:30 pm Saturday. Spookie ended up winning the Russell L. Hoyt Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time in the IRC division and the Commodore’s Trophy for best corrected time in her nine-boat IRC class, making this the second year in a row for her to do so. (Odyssey finished seventh in IRC.) “This is one of our absolute favorite events,” said Benjamin, the current Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and an Olympic silver medalist in the 470. “We’ve been doing it for years, and the whole thing came together very nicely.” One of the critical decisions of the race had to be made after the rounding of a government mark west of Block Island and east of Montauk Point. Spookie had passed south of Block Island to get to the mark and then went south of the island again on the way back to Newport. This worked fine for Benjamin’s team, but for others who got there later in the evening, a route north
around the island would be the faster, better bet. Twenty-two PHRF boats started together on Friday afternoon, when the race started, but were scored to make two separate PHRF classes. Brian Cunha’s Ker 55 Irie 2 (Newport), and John Hammel’s Beneteau First 36.7 Elan (Jamestown) emerged as winners, respectively, of PHRF Class 1 and Class 2. Irie 2
With members of the Grimes and Moffet families comprising her crew, Paul Grimes’ J/35 Breakaway (a Youth Challenge entry) finished third in PHRF Spinnaker 2. © Cate Brown/catebrownphoto.com
won the Lois J. Muessel Memorial Trophy for best elapsed time overall in PHRF, and the Lime Rock Trophy for best corrected time overall in PHRF. According to Irie 2’s tactician Jan Lynch, his team hit a “dead zone” of wind just under the cliffs of Block Island. “Our plan from start to finish was not to go north, because we knew we were getting there early enough, but inadvertently, we got a little too close to the island, so we did stop for a while.” Skipper Brian Cunha was surprised that Irie 2 won PHRF overall: “We won by only five minutes on corrected time over Oakcliff Farr 40 Black [the Youth Challenge entry from Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY]. After 18 hours of racing, that’s not much!” Irie 2, one of five boats that made it home before 6 am Saturday, was just about the last boat to take a southern route successfully. Said Elan’s tactician Ed Doherty about his team’s PHRF Class 2 victory, “We knew the race was going to be decided between 10 pm and 4 am. We had already planned in advance, though with lots Brian Cunha’s Irie 2 was the overall winner in PHRF. © Cate Brown/ catebrownphoto.com
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of debate, to go north of Block Island on the way back, because if the wind went light, the current would be favorable and sweep us north back to Newport, and that’s what happened. It was a very tough race, lots of good boats. Getting it right feels good.” The Doublehanded class was won by Adrian Little and Jonathan Ricci aboard Little’s Sunfast 3600 Helios (Newport), while Cruising Spinnaker was won by Priscilla & Matthew Pilon’s Oyster 54 Liberty Call (Houston, TX). “We love doing this race,” said Priscilla Pilon, who said the full moon added to the remarkable conditions, which included light air at the start but betterthan-expected winds of 10-12 knots over much of the course. “The challenge of the different courses makes for an interesting race, the communication is great, and of course the finish is fun with champagne delivered to your boat.”
Collegiate and Youth Challenges
Two races within the race were the Collegiate and the Youth Challenges, designed to give young adults exposure to offshore racing. Oakcliff Farr 40 Black finished an impressive second in PHRF Class 1 and won the Youth Challenge for the Arent Kits van Heyningen Trophy, while Michael Cashel’s R/P 44 Miracle (Boston, MA) won the Collegiate Challenge for the William E. Tuthill Trophy by taking fourth in PHRF Class 1. Max Nickbarg, navigator on Miracle, was a first-time Ida Lewis competitor, as were his mates, who were sailing alumni from Brown, College of Charleston, Columbia, Denver University, Roger Williams, University of Rhode Island and Yale. “We
had a few challenging times,” said Nickbarg, describing how they snagged an anchor line sailing through a fishing fleet and how, at the Montauk mark, his team had to put out its own anchor to stop from going backwards in the current. “All the boats were stacked up there, and we were there for about three hours and couldn’t tack around it,” he said. As for the youth sailors aboard Oakcliff Farr 40 Black, their stellar performance was backed up by the confidence they had in each other and their team. “We were the first boat to go north,” said main trimmer Kyle Collins. “We decided instead of fighting the current and staying south it was faster to ride it and go north. Main trimmer Richard Kertatos added, “All the boats after us that went south got stuck in light wind.” For both, this was their first Ida Lewis Distance Race and the longest race they’ve done. “It was great weather; the full moon made trimming sails easier,” said Kertatos, adding that the race had accomplished its purpose by encouraging youth teams. “I definitely plan to someday own my own big boat!” Sponsors for the 2016 Ida Lewis Distance Race include Bluewater Technologies, City of Newport, Helly Hansen, New England Boatworks, Newport Shipyard, and Triton Insurance. Contributing Sponsors are DYT Yacht Transport, Flint Audio & Video, Goslings Rum, Mac Designs, North Sails, Rig Pro Southern Spars, Stella Artois, Toni Mills Graphic Design, and Z Blok. For more information including complete results, visit ildistancerace.org. ■
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Southern YC Victorious in the Resolute Cup By Stuart Streuli The competition for the 2016 Resolute Cup, a Corinthian Championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, ended long before the final race. The team from Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, LA) was so dominant they would’ve won the regatta even if they didn’t sail the final two races. Marcus and Andrew Eagan, along with Jackson Benvenutti, did sail those two races – which they won, just like every other Gold Fleet race on the final day – and the final margin of victory was 28 points, against a total score of 13. Twentyeight teams representing yacht clubs from around the country contested the event, which was hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, RI September 12 - 17, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Helly Hansen and Melges Performance Sailboats, and sailed in Melges 20s and Sonars.
The Shelter Island Yacht Club team lost a tiebreaker with the Storm Trysail Club, finishing fifth in the Gold Fleet. © Paul Todd/OutsideImages.com
On the other hand, the race for the other two key honors – the second qualifying spot for the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and the Silver Fleet champion – couldn’t have been any tighter. After some white-knuckle racing and fretful
moments while the scores were counted, Balboa Yacht Club (Corona del Mar, CA) finished second in the Gold Feet while Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit, MI) survived a incredibly intense race for first place in the Silver Fleet. “This is a great win for Southern Yacht Club and a good one to bring back home,” said Andrew Eagan. “A lot of people at home have been watching and emailing Marcus and I and Big breeze greeted competitors on Day 1. © Paul Todd/OutsideImages.com
Jackson, texting us and leaving us voicemails.” The Southern team started strong on Day 1 of the qualifying and never showed any sign of weakness through 23 races over four days. Only two of their results were outside the top three. “We seemed to really mesh together as the event went on,” said Andrew Eagan. “We’ve sailed together before and have a lot of the same mindset on doing things. We established on Monday our routine from going to bed to waking up in the morning to getting through the day and we kind of kept our routine going and it seemed to work: plenty of rest and talk about how to get better each day and what not to do.” While Southern YC was blitzing the fleet, a pair of very interesting battles played out. The first was for the final qualifying spot for next fall’s Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Entering the final race, four teams were within two points of that spot. Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, MA), which has won this event before, held the initial advantage, but on the fourth of five legs, Balboa YC seized an opportunity.
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Balboa YC captured third in the Gold Fleet. © Paul Todd/OutsideImages.com
“We knew that we had to beat Eastern and [on the final run] we were talking about jibing early, but we decided on staying with them and trying to hurt them a bit,” said Balboa YC skipper Alex Steele. “We ended up rolling Eastern and making them jibe off and they lost two boats. It really came down to the last run.” Steele was a little disappointed by his own performance during the first three days of the regatta, but things turned with a team decision to loosen up and enjoy the moment. “Yesterday we were just angry at each other and not having fun,” said Steele. “Today we said let’s just step back and relax a bit and still sail super hard and tight. I was listening to Toots and the Maytals and a French DJ group [while racing]. It was a fun day. It was great racing. This is probably the tightest racing I’ve done in 15 years. With the quality of the competition, even getting out of our qualifying group was difficult.” Eastern YC rounded out the top three, two points behind Balboa. Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, NY) and Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island, NY) were tied for fourth a point further back, with the former winning the tiebreaker. “Our membership was really behind [this campaign],” said Shelter Island YC skipper Jay Mills. “From a fundraising perspective they were instrumental in making it happen. When someone donates money that’s not tax-deductible to a cause that they’re not really sure what it means, it’s a relief to show them that it paid off.” After coming to terms with the disappointment of not making the Gold Fleet, Marc Hollerbach and his team from Bayview YC set their sights on being the best of the rest. “We thought consistency would be what would pay off, and we were not,” said Hollerbach with a wry chuckle. “But neither was anyone else, fortunately. The distinction between the Silver and Gold Fleet is a distinction with no real meaning because anyone of the teams in the Silver Fleet could’ve been in the Gold Fleet, they just were not for this regatta. The people we’re sailing against in the Silver Fleet – I would drive 1,000 miles just to sail against those guys.” So in the absence of a steady diet of top-five finishes, Hollerwindcheckmagazine.com
bach and his crew of son Nathan Hollerbach and Nick Marcolini tried to take advantage of their moments, winning one race and finishing four others in the top three, and limit the damage when things didn’t go well. At no point was that more apparent than in the final race where Bayview battled for in the middle of the pack for five legs, moving between sixth and 13th before eventually finishing 10th. Nine seconds was all that separated from the Detroit club from 12th place in that race, and second place in the regatta. “The fleet is ridiculously good and it was super shifty and if you couldn’t get off the line you were behind, forced out to the edge and you had to take when the fleet gave you,” said tactician Nathan Hollerbach. “That’s what happens in very intense racing.” “I’ve not been involved with this before,” said Marc Hollerbach. “We’ve sent other teams in past, but it’s very important for Bayview to participate. The Resolute Cup has become more and more intense and the level of competition is rising. This has become a premier event in the country and we want to be a part of it.” With the win in the Silver Fleet, Bayview has earned an invitation to the 2018 Resolute Cup. Given the positive reviews from competitors at this year’s event, that guaranteed berth could be quite valuable. More than 40 clubs applied to be a part of this year’s event and that number could well rise in two years. More information can be found at ResoluteCup.com. ■
Once a sportsman, always a sportsman. While the results had been finalized long before the awards ceremony, there was one surprise remaining. The Corinthian Spirit Award was voted on by the competitors, and the result was not revealed until late in the ceremony. Porsche Cars North America contributed a Porsche RS Bike, with a retail value of $8,000, as part of the award. Each team received one vote and every competitor was eligible. The winner was Brandon Flack of the Wadawanuck Club (Stonington, CT) team, who quickly proved his mettle by promising to donate the bike toward a youth team to compete in the Resolute Cup in 2018.
The recipient of the Resolute Cup Corinthian Spirit Award, Brandon Flack, was awarded this Porsche RS Bike that he immediately pledged to donate so that a youth team can compete in the regatta in 2018. © Paul Todd/OutsideImages.com WindCheck Magazine
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Laser Racers, Laser Racers! By Jason Viseltear, HYC Laser Frostbiting Fleet Captain Huguenot Yacht Club in New Rochelle, NY would like to invite you to join us on the beautiful winter waters of Western Long Island Sound for our 201617 Laser Frostbiting Season. We get underway Sunday, November 6 and will be running races as the rest of the world hibernates, through April 2, 2017. We run up to six Windward/Leeward, Triangle, Harry Anderson, or No-Jibe courses every Sunday (with an almost leisurely first start time of 1300). The races are run fast and fun, and you still get back to the club with time to debrief and decompress with your fellow racers, enjoy a bite to eat or otherwise kick back. The season scores are separated into two series – a “Fall/Winter Series” and a “Winter/ Spring Series” – with prizes for each and overall. We also bring our away game to a separate New Year’s Regatta at Manhasset Bay YC; participate in The McCauley Regatta which HYC hosts; and end the season as the weather warms with a navigator’s race finale we call the Execution Rocks Race Out and Return (affectionately known as the ERROR Race.) The series is open to Full and Radial rigged Lasers, which start together but are scored separately. HYC has a comfortable RC boat and a crash boat to catch all your winning moves or occasional capsizes, a warm club room for suiting up, and a warm bar and dining room for post-racing camaraderie and coffee, refreshments and dinner. We’re having a pre-season shakedown on Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day). Bring your boat down and get it on the dock, check to see if all your gear is good, and meet a few folks. If we feel like it, we can head out for some impromptu racing or just mess around. A Meet & Greet follows on Saturday, November 5, and the Fall/Winter Series starts Sunday, November 6. The program includes Winter Membership, which allows for the above perks of club membership. (Note: You do not need to be a full member of HYC to participate in the Frostbiting
season – the program is open to racers not currently affiliated with the club.) A $140 Dock Fee gets your Laser dock space in protected waters, ready to rig, push off and go; $150 Participation Fee pays for the race management; and a $50 Winter Membership allows you club access. That’s $340 total! (Note: You do not need to
Laser racers of all ages and abilities are invited to compete in Huguenot YC’s 2016-17 Laser Frostbiting Season.
keep your boat at HYC if you’ll be making it to the course area from your home berth, so subtract the dockage fee if that’s the case.) Can’t make it to all the races? No problem! Sign up to “double skipper,” which allows your boat to be shared by an additional team member. In this category of participation, each member pays a slightly reduced 70% Participation Fee. This option allows the boat be kept racing by one of the members of your team even if you have to miss a race or two. And if both members of your team are present, one of you can leave your drysuit off and help run the races from the Committee Boat. Need to charter a boat? Let us know! Though HYC does not charter boats, there are always a few boats available to charter from individuals and we’ll put you in touch. The fee for this will vary depending upon the charter, but if the past is any indication, it’s been about $500 for the season. A drysuit, PFD, and tow rope are the only mandatory equipment, so start getting your kit together now. We use a calendar app that allows all participants to know how many racers are planning on attending each Sunday; whether we have room for extra Race Committee Volunteers (yes, you can bring your family and friends to hang out and watch the races from the RC boat); and to basically keep each other in the loop. To sign up, email me at email@example.com and we’ll send you an entry form and waiver. Fill them out, send them in with your payment, and we’re all set. Hope to see you on the water! ■
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The Ms. Race – United We Sail By Diane Kropfl and Bill Sabanski For 2016, the Ms. Race at the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, NJ sailed under the banner “United We Sail.” Mother Nature again provided a perfect tribute to the participants united in support for the charity 180 Turning Lives Around, setting the stage for an afternoon of fun and exciting racing for the all-female crews. Anticipation at the morning crew breakfast and sailing/safety seminar was that this year’s race could unfold as one of the best ever. Heading out under sunny skies, racers were greeted by a delightful August summer afternoon. On the water, the seven participating boats found the winds slightly oscillating, fueling the anxiousness of the women to get the race underway. With an easterly breeze filling in at around 12 knots just before the start, the crews made a quick sail around the AHYC’s Olympic Circle on Sandy Hook Bay. Top honors were claimed by Elaine Haher’s J/24 A Good Hair Day. Second place went to Eileen Campbell’s C&C 33 CODA. In third, repeating last year’s finish, was Aleen Colitz’s Tartan 3700 My Time. This was the second Ms. Race victory for Haher, an avid and accomplished J/24 racer. “The really good
This year’s Ms. Race raised more than $15,000 for 180 Turning Lives Around. © Jeff Smith/jeffsmithphoto.net windcheckmagazine.com
teamwork of our one-design racing crew helped us get around the racecourse fast,” she said. “The team is grateful for the opportunity to race for such a good cause and we were excited to receive the perpetual trophies from both the Ms. Race and the NJYRA.” This is the third year in a row that the North Jersey Yacht Racing Association has awarded the prestigious Commodore’s Cup, recognizing their women’s champion, to the top
The crew of Overlap included Pepsny sisters Lauren (helm), Alyssa, Megan and Brianna. © Jeff Smith/jeffsmithphoto.net
female skipper of the Ms. Race. Each year, the Ms. Race looks to give forward to the young women from the Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program (AHSEP), encouraging participating boats to incorporate students for the race. Past two-time winner Donna Syers with her four teen daughters, all AHSEP participants, crewing on the Beneteau 40.7 Overlap, proved formidable competitors. Donna’s daughter Alyssa Pepsny, 16, credits sailing as a way to stay close to her sisters. “It’s a common sport for all of us, and a really nice way to have fun and spend time with each other,” she said. This year, the Ms. Race and associated events have raised over $15,000 for 180 Turning Lives Around, a New Jersey-based charitable organization that assists victims of domestic and sexual abuse and violence. For more information, visit 180nj.org or ahyc.net. ■ Diane Kropfl and Bill Sabanski enjoy racing and cruising on their Tartan 3700 Saint of Circumstance. WindCheck Magazine
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The Stone Horse Builder’s Cup Gwynal, Metaphor and Equuleus at the start © Barbara Veneri
By Tom Kenney
Uncharacteristically light Buzzards Bay breezes of 7 to 10 knots out of the south to southeast prevailed for the 2016 Stone Horse Builder’s Cup, which was sailed in the waters off Padanaram, MA on Saturday, August 13. The event is a one-design regatta
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limited to the 23foot Stone Horse designed by S.S. Crocker and built by Edey & Duff, formerly of Aucoot Cove, Mattapoisett, MA. With hazy skies and rolling thunder in the distant west, skippers from Newport, RI took first and third place. First time participant Tom Cadwalader aboard Gwynal was the overall winner, easing out the threetime Builder’s Cup Champion Dave Kane, also of Newport, who sailed Able to a third place finish, and David Neumeyer of Lynchburg, VA, who skippered Bob Gleason’s Metaphor to a second place finish for the second time in two years. Cadwalader and Kane sailed Gwynal and Able neck and neck before a penalty at the windward mark allowed Gwynal to open up and hold a lead for the rest of the first race. Local favorite Windfall, owned by Tom Kenney and with Bob Jackson of Cohasset, MA at the helm, took third in the first race. In the second race of the day, Metaphor was first over the line and never looked back. In a masterful race, Metaphor finished several minutes ahead of the rest of the fleet. In a rematch of the first race, Gwynal and Able were nip and tuck with Kane able to secure the lead on the final leg, finishing a boatlength ahead of Cadwalader for a second place finish and third overall. Windfall, Equuleus and Butterfly changed positions several times during the second race, with Windfall able to hang on to a gentlemanly fourth place finish for fourth overall. Blue Jay, out of Westport, MA and skippered by John Balletto of Barnegat Bay, NJ, who sailed valiantly but was unable to overcome a poor start. Post race festivities were hosted by Tom & Ann Kenney at the New Bedford Yacht Club. A special thanks to Bill Ferguson, skipper of the spectator boat, Sea Fever out of Padanaram, and Gregg Child, skipper of the committee boat, Tobias, out of Newport. Also, a shout out to E&D alumni Oliver Stone, Joe Keogh and Ed Pavao for taking the time to join us and share a little Stone Horse history. Once again, Ed presented a half hull model to a lucky Stone Horse owner in attendance, Rip Hastings, the owner of SH024 Rosie. ■
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Strong Support for Mill Neck’s Sail the Sound for Deafness By Michelle Yadoo Although the winds were not very strong for the evening race, support for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ 5th annual “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta definitely was. The August 18 event began with a classic yacht regatta in Oyster Bay, NY, and was followed by a delightful cocktail party. In this year’s race, 15 sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats and others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch. Later that evening, nearly 200 guests arrived at the historic Mill Neck Manor House to enjoy tastings and refreshments from some of the area’s finest establishments. The Tudor Revival mansion, with its terrace overlooking Long Island Sound, was the perfect venue for the soirée and for catching a magnificent sunset. The party also featured raffles, silent auction items and live music with a Caribbean vibe, generously provided by Fevah Reign & Surefyar Band. One of the evening’s highlights is the announcement of the regatta winners. Third place went to Blue Sky, an annual participant. Caper took second, and coming in first was Invader. A new award was initiated this year. The “Golden Galley” is presented to the most innovative cuisine among the participating restaurants. The Mill Neck Family was honored to have notable chef/restaurateur Tom Schaudel on hand for the judging and to present the inscribed gold plate to Osteria Leana, a newcomer to Oyster Bay.
Children from Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf next to Banzai, the classic yacht that was designated to race for their school. © Mill Neck Manor
and/or have other special needs through educational, vocational and spiritual programs, and services. For more information, visit millneck.org. To see photos of this great event, go to facebook.com/millneck. ■ Michelle Yadoo is the Marketing/Communications Coordinator at Mill Neck Family of Organizations.
Spectators aboard the oyster sloop Christeen, courtesy of The WaterFront Center © Elisa Dragatto
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With the threat of big breeze and turbulent seas from Tropical Storm Hermine, crews in Stamford Yacht Clubâ€™s Vineyard Race prepared for the worst. What materialized on Labor Day weekend was a mixed bag of conditions that presented competitors with interesting challenges. For full results and more great photos, go to stamfordyachtclub.com. Photos ÂŠ Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
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some great racing! All participants were able to complete the course with ample time to enjoy the night’s celebrations. Ben Eoin Marina put together a fun Hawaiian-themed evening, with Bobby and Mike performing our favourite tunes. Leg 2, The Barra Strait Cup (Ben Eoin to Baddeck) brought
Race the Cape Delivers in 2016! By Monica Matheson Participants in Race the Cape 2016 experienced the excitement of a challenging point-to-point race on Canada’s inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lake. With adventure at every wave and fun activities each evening, July 18 - 24 was definitely a week of serious fun in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Events began in St. Peter’s on Sunday, July 17, with the team at the St. Peter’s Marina welcoming the skippers and crews of 33 boats from the U.S. and Canada. Monday, registration day, brought everyone together at St. Peter’s Marina. It was The Best of Cape Breton night, and Walter Pelley and his family won first prize for donning their Cape Breton Pride, complete with being ‘piped in’ to the festivities! It was a great night of food, celebration, and preparation for Leg 1. Leg 1, The Red Islands Cup, took the fleet 32 nautical miles from St. Peter’s to Ben Eoin. Beautiful weather made for
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some extremely high winds and seas, which is quite unusual for the Bras d’Or Lake. Although this leg is only 10 miles, it was a hardfought battle and a very long day. We watched the skippers and crew of the J/24 Waverunner bailing water out of their boat after the Iona Bridge, but they were still smiling! A highlight was watching Dean Baldwin’s C&C 27 Mk. 3 Morgan “D” cross a very calm finish line in Baddeck Harbour after pushing through gusts of over 40 knots. A hearty meal at the InverSydney Harbour Outer Marker ary Resort was much appreciated after such a trying day. Leg 3, The North Sails – Yacht Shop Bras d’Or Cup (40 miles from Baddeck to Northern Yacht Club Sydney), was undoubtedly the highlight of the Dobson race. Fine weather, winds, and seas brought Yacht Club tactical racing decisions to the forefront. Sailing under the Seal Island Bridge, en route to Sydney Port, was a sight like no other. Brightly Ben Eoin Yacht Club coloured spinnakers were a vision from the top of Kelly’s Mountain. Sydney Port made everyone feel at home with a delicious buffet, thanks to Scott Morrison of Flavor on the Water. Layover day in Sydney was a welcome rest for skippers and crew, although news traveled C O fast that there might be an issue regarding the IC T N A Sydney-Ingonish ocean leg. The winds and seas L AT were forecasted to be extremely high and our
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race committee made the decision to change the course for Legs 4 and 5. Although it was disappointing to not sail up the rugged Atlantic Coast into Ingonish Landing and Marina, it was definitely the best call to ensure the safety of regatta participants. Plans were quickly put in place to create two in-harbour racecourses, change accommodations, and put together a meal for everyone. Flavor on the Water and Sydney Port were more than obliging, and helped us quickly put together another delicious meal. Cambridge Suites Hotel went above and beyond to accommodate as well. Leg 4, The City Printers Aspy Cup, and Leg 5, The Casino Nova Scotia Cibou Cup, comprised two in-harbour races, ending at the Northern Yacht Club for our final night of awards and celebrations. NYC did an incredible job of decorating in 1950s theme, complete with antique cars and a Harley Davidson parked in the club! Sailors enjoyed a delicious lobster feast and celebrated the past week of exceptional sailing. Overall winners were Walter Pelley’s Hughes 38 Mk. 3 Avatar in the Non-Spinnaker division, and Scott Covey’s J/29 Rumblefish in the Spinnaker division Congratulations to all winners and participants. The staff at
Capt. Mike Evans’ Bavaria 38 Sea Smoke (Halifax, NS) is a regular Race the Cape competitor. © racethecape.ca
Race the Cape could not be more thankful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, drivers, and competitors for helping make this week an incredible success. We hope you enjoyed Race the Cape 2016 and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2017! For more information, log onto racethecape.ca. ■ Monica Matheson is the Marketing Manager at the Cruise Cape Breton Association.
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Seeing Red…well, Magenta anyway By Joe Cooper Regular loiterers in this corner will be aware of my interest in the idea that sailing teaches much more than merely sailing. In the case of a number of young women of my acquaintance, sailing, or more accurately being around all the things that sailing requires, builds confidence. After you have been a Women’s champion in college, been to the Olympics, won a few major regattas, been Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year a couple of times, been a regular on the World Match Racing Tour and sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race, well really what do you do next? Pay it forward and share the confidence. Such is the mission that Sally Barkow and some of her mates from the (former) Team SCA Volvo Ocean Race program are up to now. I was able to get Sally to sit still for 20 minutes over coffee in late August so I could learn a bit more about what she and The Magenta Project ladies are up to. Short version? Work to get more women into professional sailing. As with many such capers, the idea for The Magenta Project came about organically. As Team SCA was winding down after the Volvo, a few of the ladies figured there had to be a way to use the experiences and the energy they developed in the Volvo for something bigger. So much of what comes out of sailing is confidence that bleeds over into other aspects of your life. If you can work through headsail changes, or fix the halyard lock 80 feet up the rig when it’s blowing fifty in the Southern Ocean, almost anything else pales by comparison. The goal of what became The Magenta Project is to establish pathways for young women to enter the world of professional sailing, to develop their confidence and skills in the sailing world, and very broadly to empower young women in their societies around the world. The Magenta Project is working on this in a few ways. There is a cohort of young women who come from the usual suspects list of sailing countries such as Australia, New Zealand,
France and Great Britain, as well as a few less waterlogged countries. And as an example of their reach, Team Magenta has an Ambassador from the fledgling sailing land of China, one Lijia Xu. A Laser Radial sailor from Shanghai, she won the bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the gold medal in London in 2012, but unfortunately augured in for an 18th in Rio 2016. The idea for the Ambassadors is to spread the word in their respective countries and communities. In some countries, like for instance NZL, this may be a tad easier than in, say Brazil… or China. In the U.S., sailing is broadly confused by the general non-sailing public with ‘yachting’ and although we know better, imagine how difficult it might be talking about the joys to the soul and the benefits of personal development that stem from sailing to a villager 1,000 miles inland from Shanghai on the edge of the Gobi Desert. But ya gotta start somewhere, and China does have a long coastline and a Chinese company owns Volvo. There is another cohort of women sailors, perhaps best viewed as the Senior Ranking Members of the SCA boat (and do not under any circumstances translate this appellation as ‘old’). Go Google their sailing CVs. They are absolutely up there with any of the guys. In practice, all of the Team Magenta ladies are crosspollinating over several sailing styles and events. There is the Magenta 32 crew, who took two young ladies from The Prout School out on an M32 catamaran during the World Match Racing Tour Newport and totally changed their lives. One has been soloing in my Laser for part of the summer, and the other has been taking younger kids from her sailing club out in 420s. All of the ‘senior ranking’ women from Team SCA are accomplished and arguably more ‘well known’ sailors from half a dozen countries, and they’re leading the charge in their own lands. For instance, in concert with the M32s the ladies have been holding clinics for women to help them come to grips with these boats and the speeds at which they travel. They were coaching young girls in Optis in Holland, after being at Cowes Week with 8,000 other sailors and some huge number of spectators and after they had finished their Tour du UK speaking at schools, sailing clubs and so on. In one of the disciplines I love, solo sailing, The Magenta Project established a five-woman group to sail in the Solitaire du Figaro series in France (one at a time). This is really like going to bat in a Major League Baseball game. It is possible the French have the most developed professional sailing landscape (or seascape) of any country, but that is another column. The Figaro is widely followed in France, and the ladies are able to talk face to face with many young ladies who follow this kind of sailing. And in the U.S., two of The Magenta Project ladies raced as part of a co-ed team in The Atlantic Cup last spring, double-handed in Class40s. And not surprisingly, there is Magenta 65, aka another VOR for the ladies, on the whiteboard at any rate. Personally, I reckon that such a boat in the hands of the Team Magenta ladies would generate very good R.O.I. for the sponsors.
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But for now, the basic goal is to expose more young women to the idea that professional sailing can create a life and not merely a living. Sailing is of course one of the few sports (and I cannot think of another right at the moment) where men and women can compete with and against each other. Frankly, based on what Sally told me about the attendees at the clinics, there are some not-so-young women totally fired up by these opportunities. No, they are not having dreams of sailing in the VOR, but they’re excited about the confidence they developed simply by being able to pilot an M32 around the bay. Knowing what it did for ‘my’ two girls, I don’t wonder. According to the statistics gathered by The Magenta Project, just 2 to 3% of all professional sailors at major events are women. There is absolutely no reason for this. In fact, there is something like 3.25 billion reasons why it should be otherwise. Half the population of the planet is women, after all. To learn more, visit TheMagentaProject.org. ■
Team Magenta 32 (shown here at the World Match Racing Tour Newport) enjoyed a successful season in the M32 Series. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
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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on an electrical fire (“C”) can be problematic as it may give a medium for the electricity to reach the salver – you! Of course, in a private boat such as found in our area, a foam extinguisher will work just fine for your chart plotter that shorted out. I just wouldn’t use it in an environment where a generator is putting out high voltage power to a large vessel with a myriad of electronic needs such as A/C, TV, radar, microwave oven, refrigerator, etc. That much juice is clearly something you don’t want to be in the middle of!
Where Do I Keep The Extinguishers? Where I can get to them – plus the sleeping berths. If you awake to a fire, you may have to fight your way out of it. Every other extinguisher should be kept in a convenient place – near the galley but not in it, near the engine but not within the engine space, etc. Use common sense.
Boat’s Afire – Now What?!! Act quickly. If you have help aboard, use it. Have someone turn the boat so the fire is downwind and proceed ahead as slowly as possible to maintain steerage. This will buy you time, as the fire can’t fight its way upwind easily. And have the helmsman call the USCG on VHF-16. Get the “rescue starts now” clock going.
While reaching for the fire extinguishers, yell “Everybody into lifejackets!” If you do have to abandon ship, you are prepared. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the flame, not the flames themselves. You are seeking to smother the source of the fire, not the flames per se. Move the fire extinguisher back and forth across the source of the flame to spread the coverage. If the fire has a source such a flowing charge or liquid, and you can get to a shut-off valve, shut it off and starve the fire. And be sure to call the US Coast Guard – ASAP. They won’t get there in time to stop the fire, but they will task someone or something to get there in time to fish you out of the water if you have to abandon ship. If you are interested in being part of the USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at d1south.org/StaffPages/DSO-HR.php and we will help you “get in this thing.” ■ Captain Andrew Tucci is the Captain of the Port and Sector Commander for US Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. Captain Tucci is responsible for all active-duty, reservist and auxiliary Coast Guard personnel within the Sector. As Commodore of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary First District, Southern Region, Vin Pica works closely with Captain Tucci and his staff to promote boating safety in the waters between Connecticut, Long Island and 200 nautical miles offshore. Sector Long Island Sound Command Center can be reached 24 hours a day at 203-468-4401.
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12 1/2 Doughdish 16 Herreshoff gaff rigged sloop - Yard maintained, boom tent. Excellent condition. Asking $16,750 Call Bruce: 860-235-5035 or Dana: 860912-0042
22’ ODay 1973 - Good condition. Johnson 9.9 hp outboard, main and self furling jib. Great family sailing boat. Located in Mamaroneck Harbor. $2000 914-329-4132
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19’ Rhodes Mariner 2005 - Centerboard model, 3.5 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke outboard, cabin and cockpit cushions, porta-pottinew-never used, roller furled jib-100%, mainsail cover, cockpit bimini, tiller extension and lock, custom sling, trailer 2005 - very little use with new spare tire. Located at Milford Yacht Club. $10,000. Contact Steve at 203-506-6825.
23’ Com-Pac 23/3 1988 - Good condition, lightly used, nicely rigged. 130% genoa, Harken roller furling. 2000 8hp Johnson w/ alternator, very low hours. $6,900. Trailer available separately. Galvanized frame in excellent condition, new keel rollers. Needs some additional work, can provide parts and labor as part of purchase. More info/photos contact: email@example.com
30’ Nonsuch 1983 Classic #170 - New engine ,shaft, Windlass, Autopilot, Radar, Bimini, Many extras. Hard Bottom 10’ inflatable, 6HP 4 stroke. 2012 International Rendezvous Champion. Connecticut. $35K. 203-231-6136.
20’ Schock Harbor, keel boat, hull #136. In great shape - roller-furling foil, jib, internal halyards, cockpit cover, outboard (Mercury, 4-stroke, 3.5hp) all new over last 1-3 years. Cushions, jib sock, solar panels, 2 coolers, depth finder, asymmetrical spinnaker (never used) included. Asking $14,500, 631-258-8028.
22’ Etchells 1998 - Pacesetter # 1086, 2 sets Doyle sails, open sail card, North full boat cover, 3 spin poles, forward ring frame, Tack Tick compass, double axle trailer w/ sail box, new axles 2005, new brakes, bearings 2014 $14,000. 860-227-6135
28’ Cal 1986 – This well maintained boat is in excellent condition. Can be seen at Fayerweather Boat Yard, Bridgeport, CT. $15,000. Contact Anne at 203-209-3577
28’ O’Day - Diesel engine, pressurized water, dodger, bimini (2014), Garmin GPS chart plotter (2014), full set “Bottomsider” cockpit cushions (2015), new bow hatch (2015), VHF radio, Flat-screen swing-out TV, AM/FM CD radio, built-in microwave, CDI roller furler (2014). Excellent condition. In water at Cedar Island Marina, Clinton, CT. $14,900 Call Jeff at 860-227-7585
30’ Hinterhoeller Nonsuch Ultra 1988 - Carpe Diem is a 1988 Hinterhoeller Nonsuch 30 Ultra. Her simple Cat rig is easy to sail and her spacious interior layout is unmatched in today’s fleet. She has had numerous upgrades through the years and was recently awlgripped. $59,900 Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816 latitudeyacht.com
30’ Soverel 30 MH 1981 - "Scarecrow" is a versatile and easy to sail 30 foot racer/ cruiser that has been meticulously maintained and upgraded. This Mark Soverel designed boat is ready to cruise or race (PHRF 126) and has all new gear. She is in Black Rock, CT. More details and photos @ www.sailscarecrow.weebly.com or call Jim @ 973-368-7342. Winter storage has already been paid for. Asking $24,950.
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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 31’ Hunter 2007 - This is a very special Hunter 31. Launched in 2009 and used lightly, the condition of “Wind River” reflects that light use. Very well equipped for either a quick evening sail or an extended voyage. Asks 69.9K Call Prestige Yacht Sales 860-245-5886
31’ Catalina 310 2001 - Very popular wing keel model. Great for the cruising couple or small family. Original owner selling boat. Excellent condition. Fully battened main and roller furling genoa. $54,900 Port Milford, firstname.lastname@example.org / 203-877-7802
31’ Island Packet 1985 - New rigging, roller furling. Yanmar diesel, new Awlgrip paint. Freshly refurbished. Asking $46,500. Call Bruce 860-235-5035 or Dana 860-912-0042
33’ Hunter 2013 (2 available) - When this model Hunter 33 was introduced in 2012 she won Cruising World’s Best Boat Award. Her redesigned hull, deck, cockpit and rich interior are a huge step forward from the previous Hunter 33s. $129,900 (RI). Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-2261816 – latitudeyacht.com
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33’ Soverel 1984 – Republic built. Race ready! $8,000. 2015 Yamaha T9.9 outboard available separately for $2,800. Optimized with 145% genoa, penalty spinnaker pole and larger kites, she rates 90 in the WLIS. Ready to win, with a current and extensive sail inventory, professionally faired bottom 2011 and lots of other recent upgrades. Clean and ready to continue collecting silver. Located in the water in Greenwich, CT. Call Patrick at 914-263-4850. Additional details available at http://tinyurl.com/jxkbzjs
33’ Cheoy Lee Clipper, Cutter, Ketch, 1977 - 30HP Yanmar diesel engine, 240 hours. Fiberglass decks. Teak cockpit. Fiberglass hull. Wood masts. Bluewater sailing. For Sale $25,000. Or for share half ownership $12,000, choice of weekends, weeks or months. John 203-876-1417.
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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 33’ Kalik - One-owner Kalik 33, wellmaintained Dutch design sailing yacht. Full teak decks, race-rigged, huge sail inventory, sleeps 7, large galley, 3-burner stove w/ oven, dedicated nav-station w/ chair. Competitive race record when actively raced. Listed at $29.5k. For more, contact Fred: 347-927-3350
34’ Hunter 1983 - Well equipped for cruise or race. Professionally maintained Yanmar engine. Recent upgrades to standard rigging, jib furler, radar, GPS, microwave, auto helm, refrigerator. Beautiful boat. $18,500. firstname.lastname@example.org - Mike 516-623-6256
34’ Ericson 1989 - A performance cruiser as comfortable as she is fast. Spacious cockpit and a two-stateroom interior are just the beginning of her list of attributes. Quality strength in construction and a beautifully finished teak interior. The sellers are extremely motivated! $34,900 (NJ) Call Tom Miller, 401-835-7215 – latitudeyacht.com
35’ Catalina 350 2004 - The 350 is a perfect cruiser or live aboard vessel. With two queen-sized cabins, owner’s stateroom, double entry head with separate stall shower, a large main salon with sleeping capacity for three more if desired. $95,000 (RI) Call Tim Norton, CPYB, 401-5758326 – latitudeyacht.com
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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 35’ Beneteau 350 1989 - Midsized Beneteaus, no matter what year are known for ingenuity and comfort. This 350 has been well cared for with new electronic and all canvas. She has davits, dinghy and outboard are included. Asks 42K Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373
36’ Sweden Yachts 1986 - Sweden Yachts, the renowned builder of beautiful quality yachts has been known in the sailing community as not only gorgeous boats, but good sailing boats also. Custom “Stars and Stripes” blue hull, teak decks, and stunning mahogany interior woodwork round out this offering. Asks 65K Call Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373
37’ Tartan 372 1990 - Performance and comfort ! A Scheel keel gives you moderate draft to explore coves. Two private cabins. The boat is very well equipped and in excellent condition. Engine was rebuilt in 2012. The Bottom has been stripped and barrier coated. The Varnish is in top shape. Asks 99.5K – Call Prestige Yacht Sales 203-353-0373
39’ Hunter 39 2010 - Fair Winds is a 2010 Hunter 39. She features Radar, Chartplotter with AIS, Speed, Depth, Wind, VHF, after market Bimini and Dodger, upgraded 40Hp Yanmar Diesel, Inner Spring Mattresses and Ulta-Leather Buckskin Fabric in the Salon. $168,450 (MA). Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816, latitudeyacht.com
BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 39’ O’Day 1982 - Victory One is a 1982 O’Day. A great family boat and club racer with a Large Roomy Cockpit, Forward Facing NavStation Table, Newer Doyle Mainsail and Genoa, standing and running rigging have been replaced and Solid Glass Hard Dodger. $39,900 (RI) Call Matt Leduc, CPYB, 401-226-1816 – latitudeyacht.com
40’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey - Devante’s Dream spends her summers cruising New England and when not in use she participates in a local bareboat charter fleet. This is a nicely appointed 3 Stateroom vessel with Generator, AC/Heat, Refrigeration, Raymarine Electronics and many cruising comforts. $129,000 (RI). Call Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069, latitudeyacht.com
40’ Class 40 2007 - First Light is a 2007 Owen/Clarke design built by Jazz Marine. Complete refit in 2015, sparing no expense, including a complete repaint inside and out. Refitted with all new deck hardware including Harken winches, Spinlock rope clutches. All instruments replaced with B & G w/repeaters in the cockpit. New in 2014 is all the running rigging including the runners and spinnaker gear. All sails are 2014 or newer / lightly used. First Light is a fine example of a Class 40 motivated seller as he has taken delivery of a new Class 40. For complete equipment list and photos, contact Jimmy Carolla email@example.com 269-985- 8000
BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 42’ Hallberg-Rassy 1982 Enderlein Ketch - “Ocean Skye” is a very special vessel built for long-term comfort. The traditional teak has been replaced by nonskid and Awlgrip. Other Improvements: New Interior Upholstery, New Garmin Chartplotter, New Garmin Wind/Speed/ Depth, Integrated AIS with Transceiver. $149,000 (RI) Call Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069, latitudeyacht.com
42’ Sabre 426 2004 - Fresh Awlgripped in 2014 flag blue with a white boot top. New sails in 2012. She looks beautiful and is ready for a new owner. $273,500. Call Willis Marine 631-421-3400
42’ Pearson 1980 Ketch - This yacht has been given a more modern Scandinavian touch by her owners. JUNO has been upgraded over the years. The old engine was replaced with a Perkins Prima recently. Has spent short time in water during last 8 seasons. $79,900 (RI). Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069, latitudeyacht.com
43’ Grand Soleil 2003 - From Europe’s most modern production yard, comes a yacht with elegant lines and outstanding performance. This stunning yacht, with perfect balance between hull and deck offers a large and well-protected cockpit. - $198,000 (RI) Call Ryan Miller, CPYB, 401-835-0069,
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BOATS FOR SALE- SAIL 43’ Jeanneau 2003 Deck Salon - Continually refitted by her current owners she has a 24v Bow Thruster (2015), Raymarine C120 Chartplotter/Radar (2013), Interior Decor (2012), Dinghy Davits (2012) and more! FOR THE GREAT FALL SAILING SEASON IN NEW ENGLAND! Asks 175K Prestige Yacht Sales 860-245-5886
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An enthusiastic member of the Shoreline Sailing Club and Duck Island Yacht Club, Lois Glazer is an avid racer and cruiser who is passionate about giving back to the sport she loves. “I’ve always felt a close affinity to the water,” says Lois, who lives in Westbrook, CT. “I grew up in Connecticut, spending summers in Woodmont in a cottage on © Cherie Calabrese Long Island Sound. My earliest memories are of being in the water. Even before I could walk, I was swimming around in tire tubes and crawling on sandbars.” “I went to the Virgin Islands in 1973, after graduating from Boston University with a dual degree in Elementary Ed and Special Education. I’d met the head of Special Ed in St. Croix while he was pursing a higher degree at BU. They desperately needed teachers, and the market was flooded in Boston. I applied for a job, was hired two weeks later, and flew down for the beginning of the school year. I lived and taught on St. Croix for two years. My friends owned a sail/dive charter company, and I learned to scuba dive and sail. I crewed on boats that took tourists to Buck Island, an underwater national park. The boats used to race each other back to St. Croix at the end of the day, and that’s where I first got the thrill of racing.” “SSC is a sailing club for singles that has brought opportunities for members with and without boats to cruise and race on the waters of Long Island Sound and beyond for the past 35 years,” says Lois, who is a Past Commodore of the club. “I had actually been a member in the 1980s, before I met my husband Ed.” “Ed and I went on a few sailing vacations, but never got to sail our own boat together. That had been part of our plan for the future, but then Ed was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in 1999 and was in remission for three years, then relapsed and needed another transplant. He passed away in 2002.” “I needed to put myself back into the world, and doing activities I had previously enjoyed was a good way. One day about ten years ago, I was sailing with friends and commenting that a good way to have ‘a summer cottage’ on the water was to buy a boat. We were literally sailing past a blue-hulled Tartan 27 with a ‘For Sale’ sign on her, and the owner was sitting there reading! I bought that boat, Blueberry, but many of my friends at that time were not into sailing. Since I had taken the leap and bought my very own boat, I wanted to ensure I’d have crew to sail so I rejoined SSC. The club’s other skippers were very welcoming, and I immediately found crew to sail with me throughout the season.” “As I outgrew Blueberry over the six years I owned her, another boat was for sale in my marina, Harry’s Marina in Westbrook. She was in pristine condition, which is what sold me on her.
CrazyCakes is an Intrepid 9 Meter, built in 1979. Intrepid was a division of Cape Dory, and only 40 boats were built over a two-year period. In 1996, I adopted a baby girl from China. A book by Rose Lewis entitled I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, which modeled my journey, was read to my daughter nightly for years, hence the name CrazyCakes. My daughter Natalie, now 21, has not yet taken to sailing!” “I very much enjoy maintaining CrazyCakes, and have done more and more of the work myself over the years. I now know more about engines than I wish to, and have become very accomplished at doing brightwork. I guess it’s good that I recently retired, as boat work can easily be a full-time job. The wonderful friends I’ve made at SSC are always willing to help get her prepped in the spring and fall. We make a party out of the work!” Each August, Lois participates in the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association Leukemia Cup Regatta, hosted by North Cove Yacht Club in Old Saybrook in partnership with Duck Island Yacht Club, Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, and Brewer Pilots Point Marina. “When Gary Jobson spearheaded the Leukemia Cup, it was a natural way for me to raise money for a good cause while doing something Ed and I loved to do,” she says. “I’ve been racing with the same crew for the past two years, so we can work more smoothly as a team and build our skills together. I steer, Norb Church is the tactician, and Cherie Calabrese and Harvey Payton trim sails. This year we raised more than $2,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s really amazing how far they have come with treatments and clinical trials in the last 15 years. It’s a bittersweet feeling for me.” “We add additional crew as needed. The most important thing is to have fun and be safe while we race. We do laugh a lot, although what happens on CrazyCakes stays on CrazyCakes!” Lois also enjoys cruising with other SSC members. “Our destinations have generally been in Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay and Buzzards Bay,” she says. “In the winters, we’ve chartered in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I plan to charter in the BVI in February and sail to Provincetown next summer. I love going to new places and meeting new people.” “Sometimes joining a group to pursue your passion can also change your life for the better,” Lois reflects. “When I step on a boat, I leave everything else on shore. That includes worries, stressors – all the daily little things that take up too much space in our brains. My mind is clear, and I have a sense of freedom. Sailing creates memories that often don’t include words. It doesn’t get better than that.” ■
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