The options for an unforgettable sailing vacation are greater than ever. To learn about what’s new in chartering, we spoke with Ian Pedersen, Marketing Manager at The Moorings - North America in Clearwater, FL.
WindCheck: What changes are you seeing in the charter industry?
Ian Pedersen: The power catamaran and crewed yacht products are where I see the future of the charter industry. Historically, yacht chartering has been reserved for avid sailors; those adventurers looking to try their hand at sailing in new, exotic destinations on a traditional monohull sailboat. The lure of bareboat sailing certainly has its place and will continue to prosper for years to come. However, increasingly we are seeing the non-sailor market discovering and falling in love with vacationing on the water, and power catamarans and all-inclusive crewed yachts open this world to those who cannot sail themselves but want to experience the lifestyle just the same.Read more
By Roger Bauman
The Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) Leukemia Cup Regatta was held on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29 and hosted by North Cove Yacht Club (NCYC), Duck Island Yacht Club (DIYC), Essex Corinthian Yacht Club (ECYC) and Brewer Pilots Point Marina.
Team Tartuca were this year’s top fundraisers. © Mimi Merton Photography
This fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) combined social and racing activities for all, including a potluck appetizers/cocktail party and auction on Friday night at NCYC and exciting offshore PHRF and one-design racing on Saturday.
The weekend culminated in a post-race party at Pilots Point Marina Saturday evening with awards, live music by Mid Life Crisis, great Italian food from Saldamarco’s, and superb refreshments by Cindy’s Wine and Spirits and Gosling’s Rum.Read more
Water expands in volume by about nine percent when it freezes, creating a staggering force that can crack a boat’s engine block, damage fiberglass, split hoses, or destroy a refrigeration system overnight. As cold weather approaches, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) dug into its claims data and found that more than three-quarters of winter-related claims involved cracks in the engine block or exhaust manifolds.
Unlike this vessel, boats that are properly winterized are most likely to enter next year’s boating season without damage and ready to hit water. © Jack Hornor
Now, the national boating services, safety and advocacy group is offering a free 15-page “Boater’s Guide to Winterizing” that can ensure boaters don’t miss a step for any type of boat.Read more
By Vincent Pica, Commodore, First District, Southern Region (D1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
As an avid student of the sea, I am always amazed when I read that even some of the ‘round the world sailors get “mal de mer” – seasickness. While they get over it in a few days, which everyone will if they are just out there long enough, I wonder how they can put to sea knowing with certainty that they will be sick as dogs for two or three days.Read more
Sail Ahead’s first annual event, “Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing,” was by far a great success! Generously hosted by Centerport Yacht Club in Centerport, NY and with the participation of 80 veterans and over 200 skippers/crews/guests, we had 31 sailboats, two RIBS, and one helicopter.Read more
As I think back on sailing as a youth, it occurs to me that many of my most memorable experiences were not had in the heat of close fleet racing or heavy weather offshore battles, but rather during much more gentle times while cruising – and even at anchor. Much of why I still love boats and being on the water is because I developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of it all at an early age. I love the lines of boats, the way a boat moves, the sights and sounds provided when one is well away from the grip of land or in the solitude of a great anchorage. OK, I also love all that close fleet racing and those heavy weather offshore battles, too! I appreciate all of it. And nearly everyone I know that shares a similar passion for sailing feels the same way.Read more
By Emily Bullard
Have you ever sailed on a schooner on the ocean? In July 2015, only a couple months before my sixteenth birthday, I had the opportunity to do that. Even though the prospect scared me, the trip helped me realize some new things about myself and opened up my interest in sailing. On July 19, I stepped on the 61-foot classic wooden schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.
Donated to Mystic Seaport by Briggs Cunningham in 1953, Brilliant is described by WoodenBoat Magazine as one of the 100 most beautiful classic boats in existence and "one of the best maintained and sailed classic yachts in the country - if not the world." © Andy Price/Mystic SeaportRead more
By Tom Darling
Shortly after the final day of Nantucket Race Week, better known as Opera House Cup Day, the following appeared on the website of Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, New York, the keeper of an extraordinary day racer and one of Nathanael Greene Herreshoff’s best, the Newport 29 Dolphin:
“A win for the winningest boat on the water.”
One hundred and one years young, Dolphin is one of four Newport 29s built by Herreshoff. She was beautifully restored by Donn Constanzo at Wooden Boatworks in Greenport, NY. © Karen Ryan/KarenRyanPhoto.comRead more
Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT is holding its 66th Annual Dyer Dhow Derby on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The classic 9-foot Dyer Dhows are a mainstay of the Museum’s sail training fleet, and are used in both the Joseph Conrad Overnight Sailing Camp and the community sailing programs.
© Mystic Seaport
The Derby is a day of racing on the Mystic River held in honor of the yacht clubs, sailing associations, and individuals who have donated to, or supported, the fleet of more than 50 boats at Mystic, the largest fleet of Dyer Dhows in North America. Each Dhow, built by The Anchorage in Warren, RI, is named after its donor.Read more
By Joe Cooper
I am conflicted. Yes. Surprising as it may seem, it does happen with a frequency slightly higher than, say, Haley’s Comet’s lap around The Blue Marble. What is it that so exercises me, you might wonder? Freedom…Oh no, a political essay think you, given that everyone’s harping on freedom today. But this is not freedom from today’s litany of social and political ills, but rather the freedom that, in the US anyway, can be had in sailing. This line of thought was prompted by a question on a SailNet forum:
Just bought a 1979 Bayliner Buccaneer 18. Intend to teach myself to sail and have a little fun with my wife. Any advice or suggestions?Read more