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Our Interview with John Rousmaniere

John RousmaniereThe author of 30 books about history and sailing including The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet, Force 10 and A Berth To Bermuda, writer, editor and historian John Rousmaniere (pronounced “room-an-ear”) is one of the creators of safety at sea seminars. We recently sat down with John to discuss his life in sailing, the Newport Bermuda Race, lessons learned from tragedies on the water, and being safe out there.

 

John Rousmaniere at the helm of Brian Swiggett’s Hinckley Sou’wester 42 Zest during a return trip from Bermuda    © Chip Adams

 

 

WindCheck: Where did you grow up?

John Rousmaniere: I was raised in Cincinnati, and I have six brothers and a sister. We moved east to my father’s boyhood home of Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island when I was 10. My father had sailed very successfully as a kid, so we started sailing as soon as we got there. I had a Blue Jay that I raced for four or five years, and we’d charter a boat and go cruising every summer.

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From the Log of Persevere: Into the Med

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the eleventh installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Meriel and Nerina), who departed Stamford, CT in the fall of 2014 for a worldwide cruise aboard their Hanse 545 Persevere.

PersevereSailing up to Gibraltar, you begin to understand why the Spanish were never able to throw the Brits out. It’s a bloody big rock that has unparalleled height advantage for miles. The only chance you would have would be to starve them out with a blockade (which the Spanish almost did), but the British eventually changed that scenario with their overpowering navy.

The girls loved the monkeys on Gibraltar.   ©persevere60545.com
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Joe Harris to Attempt 40-foot Monohull Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record

Joe HarrisJoe Harris set sail from Newport, RI on November 15, 2015 aboard GryphonSolo2 attempting a solo, non-stop, unassisted, Round-The-World record attempt for a 40ft monohull sailboat.

Joe Harris departed Newport, RI in November on an attempt to set a new Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record for 40-foot monohulls.   © Billy Black 

On December 23, GryphonSolo2’s regulator for his hydro-generator system overheated and fried its circuit board and Joe diverted to Cape Town, South Africa. This stopover meant the end of his official record attempt in the eyes of the governing World Speed Sailing Records Council due to stopping to receive "outside assistance", but Joe continues his circumnavigation. Joe's updates follow below, most recent first....

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Safety for Cruising Couples Seminar is May 21, 2016

CCA Safety Cruising CouplesThe Cruising Club of America (CCA) is presenting a one-day Safety for Cruising Couples Seminar at Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT on Saturday, May 21. Geared to cruising couples and short-handed sailors who are taking to coastal or local waters on either sail- or powerboats, the seminar was created to build the confidence of the less-experienced member of the duo in the event of an unexpected test of their skills.

The CCA seminar workbook, Safety for Cruising Couples, revised and republished in 2015, incorporates the broad experience of CCA members as well as the new technology and techniques of safety and safety equipment that have evolved since the first edition was published 15 years ago.
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Low Footprint for High Impact

Solar, wind and hydro-power on American Promise

By Rachael Z. Miller, Co-founder & Executive Director, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

American PromiseAmerican Promise was built to beat a world record. And she did. In Dodge Morgan’s hands, the 60-foot, Ted Hood-designed sloop set the solo non-stop circumnavigation record in 1986. Today, as the flagship for Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, she remains a world leader in technology, equipment and practices aimed at having a low environmental footprint and a high environmental impact preserving our planet.

American Promise underway with our favorite sail combo: full main, yankee jib and staysail and all three renewables contributing amps. Next stop, a remote island that needs cleaning!   © Rozalia Project, July 2015

Achieving this goal started with the installation of a high efficiency, low-emissions, low-noise and low-vibration marine diesel engine in 2013 [see “A New Engine for American Promise!”].

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It’s the Hacks You Know that Count

By John K. Fulweiler

In the boating business, getting called a hack is the worst. On the other hand, having a few ‘hacks’ in the bib of your foul weather gear…well, that’s just good seamanship. 

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LISCA Planning the 2016 Season

LISCA

The Long Island Sound Catalina Association (LISCA) is comprised of sailors in the Long Island Sound area that own or have previously owned Catalina cruising sailboats. Members reside in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with boats from 25 to 47 feet harbored in many ports on Long Island Sound.

Bonnie & Austin Zipeto’s C34 MkII Summer Sun heading out of Block Island
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From the Log of Persevere: Bay of Biscay

By Colin Rath

Editor’s note: This is the tenth installment in a series of dispatches from the Rath family (Colin & Pam, daughters Breana, Meriel 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 linked below.

PersevereFall was coming quickly in Amsterdam. Still nice weather, 70 degrees, but once the sun went down the leaves on the trees were dropping. It was time to head south. This meant sailing down the English Channel and across the Bay of Biscay and around Spain to Gibraltar. This would start our winter in the Med.

© persevere60545.com
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Cape Breton: A Sailing Paradise

By Jocelyn Bethune

Boating Cape BretonImagine your own private waters. Perhaps a lake with good winds, with hundreds of isolated harbours to explore and some of the greatest sailing you have ever experienced. Perhaps it’s an ocean coastline, with challenging breezes and many idyllic safe harbors to anchor. Could such a magical place exist?

In a word, yes. And it’s not that far away.

A classic vessel sails past Beinn Bhreagh, the former home of Alexander Graham Bell. ©boatingcapebreton.com
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Broker Tips: Why Should I Buy a Boat in the Winter?

By Matt Leduc, Latitude Yacht Brokerage, LLC

Good boats, that are priced right, with motivated sellers, sell first. The longer you wait, the more the inventory gets picked over and your choices are reduced to boats that may be overpriced or don’t show well, or boats with issues.

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