Matthew’s name was first on the whiteboard under the words “Looking for a Boat.” It was the crew list for the 24th annual Shipwrights’ Regatta in Port Townsend, WA and we’d signed up to race in the cruising class just ten minutes prior to the skippers’ meeting after stopping for the night on our way back north to the San Juan Islands.
The Shipwrights’ Regatta has a long tradition of getting people on boats, so when we saw the signup board Jill said, “We should ask the guy who just put his name up there if he wants to join us.” We did and, though a novice sailor, he ended up helping greatly as we sailed to victory on an absolutely perfect day for the regatta. He was surprised when I had him take the helm after we crossed the finish line and said with a nervous smile from behind the wheel, “I’ve never been on sailboat with a wheel before.” Sharing that was far better than winning.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
An intrepid houseboat owner plans to sail a yacht single-handedly to the Caribbean, where he will donate it to local sea scouts. James Muggoch, who lives beside Kew ...On March 5, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
As expected, a bill restricting legal anchoring has been introduced in the Florida Senate with a similar House bill likely on its way. SB 1548: Vessel Safety would drastically change ...On March 4, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) emerged victorious despite a pair of major setbacks in Leg 4 following one of the tightest-fought finishes in Volvo Ocean Race history on Saturday night. ...On March 4, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Traveleyes, a unique travel company that runs tours for sighted and blind travelers, is seeking qualified yacht skippers for their next sailing holiday. The organization, now in its ...On March 4, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
On December 14th, the catamaran, Sunsail RC044-978 set out from Cape Town harbor on a delivery trip to Phuket, Thailand. The delivery was on behalf of Tui Marine, ...On March 4, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Weems & Plath, manufacturer of fine nautical instruments, leads the way in 2015 with its creation of four NEW 7×50 waterproof binocular models implementing the latest technology and standards including the use of Argon gas for fog prevention.
The Weems SPORT binoculars are lightweight and easy to focus on objects near and far because of their convenient center focus feature. True to its name, these binoculars are perfect for boating, sporting events, bird-watching and sightseeing. Retailing for $189.99, the SPORT binoculars come with adjustable eye cups, a soft black case, padded neck strap, lens covers and a two year warranty. For information on the full line of Weems & Plath binoculars, visit weems-plath.com.
Another Big Finish for S/V Carina
Regarded as a perennial favorite in the esteemed Newport to Bermuda Race and other prestigious sailing regattas, Carina has developed a strong reputation as one of the winningest mid-sized yachts in modern sailing, and was recently restored with ALEXSEAL® topcoat. Owned by Rives Potts, Rear Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and President of Brewer Yacht Yards, Carina is a 40 year old aluminum yacht with classic lines and a winning pedigree. When Potts decided to renew Carina’s topcoat prior to the 2014 racing season, his colleagues at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Connecticut teamed up with Alastair Smith of ALEXSEAL to ensure they achieved the world-class finish this classic yacht so rightfully deserves. Finding the right balance of performance and durability are key factors in any long distance sailing endeavor, and ALEXSEAL’s mix of these properties have helped Potts and the Brewer Yacht Yards staff renew and maintain the heritage, competitiveness and beauty of Carina’s timeless design.
To see more Big Finishes, visit ALEXSEAL.com
Here are some more great navigation tips from our friend Capt. John from skippertips.com… Imagine sailing along the coast ...On February 25, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Here’s a helpful article from BWS publisher & editor George Day on what to look for during your annual diesel engine ...On February 18, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Here are some great sail trim tips from our friend Capt. John of skippertips.com… What sailing control gets overlooked ...On February 11, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
West Marine recently announced its “Do It Yourselfie!” social media contest, which started March 2 and runs through March 27. ...On March 4, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
When cold weather conspires to keep boaters off the water, it’s time to move inside by the fire and ...On January 28, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
The Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race, Inc. and event host the Harraseeket Yacht Club announce a cruising yacht rally from Maine ...On November 20, 2014 / By Andrew Cross