Posts Tagged ‘Newport’
America’s winter sailing destinations have changed substantially over the past decade; Tampa, Key West and South Beach have all either partially or completely disappeared, while Miami’s Biscayne Bay has become the Lake Garda of this hemisphere and Charleston is a hive of activity in the Spring. But one thing will never change: from June to October, Newport is the sailing capital of the USA.
For one of many reasons why, take a look at Beavertail Light in Jamestown RI through the lens of Ben Jacobson. Stunning.
April 9th, 2014 by admin
Chris Museler gives us the scoop on his Archipelago Rally, the innovative and fun Newport-area race that feels like it just started a couple years ago.
This is the eighth year we have run the Archipelago Rally and it still holds as just the silliest coolest regatta of the year in Rhode Island. In brief, this is a “pick-up” regatta where people from 3-75 years old bring anything that floats with a sail and chase each other around some stellar piece of water in Rhode Island. Sailing is always followed by an no entry-fee all-volunteer BBQ, a local beer sponsor and friends playing music.
This year we are sailing on Quonochontaug Pond out of the RIDEM Fish and Wildlife launch ramp there. This is a crystal clear salt pond that has a barrier beach and narrow breachway separating it from the ocean. Like all our locations, we looked at it and said, “man I’d love to go for a cocktail sail on that pond.” And here we are! Jus a quick note about the event and this year, we expext more than 40 kids, most of whom sailed this event at some point as their first ever sailboat “race,” and for many this is the only sailing event they do each year. They all help their parents make a flag to fly and where else would you have a five-year-old sailing with his parents in a wooden Mirror dinghy against catamaran guru Steve Clark in a wood/carbon C-class Canoe? Enough said? If you’re up for a road trip, just show up and we’ll give you a start time. Rally on!
What? 2013 Archipelago Rally, an annual pursuit race (slowest boats start first under Portsmouth Yardstick Ratings, in hopes all finish at the same time), LeMans start off the beach, with a BBQ/Beach Party afterwards.
When? Saturday November 9, 2013, registration at 10 a.m., first starters 11:45 a.m.
Where? Quonochontaug Pond, Charlestown, RI. Start location and parking at RIDEM Launch Ramp end of West Beach Rd. off Rte. 1 (No Shelter, there will be a Porta Jon). Average depth of pond is 5 feet with 10-20 yards of knee deep water at beach launch.
Here’s a pic from last year on 100-Acre Cove in Barrington, the two brunettes are Avery (6) and Victoria Guck (Victoria is married to C-Class Catamaran sailor Lars Guck and is an All American sailor from Tufts) One Mills girl (Her father won the 505 worlds) and a Zani boy (his father is a Team Race champion and is currently moving onto a cruising cat and sailing it to the Caribbean from Gran Canaria to live aboard and homeschool the kids). This is a not-so-unusual mix of sailors and families at the rally.
November 8th, 2013 by admin
Scribbler, sailmaker, boat designer, and waterman Ted Hood passed back in June. Come down to Newport next week to celebrate the life of one of the real legends. From the family:
“In honor of Frederick E. “Ted” Hood (May 5, 1927 – June 29, 2013) the Hood family cordially invites all he has touched to a Celebration of His Life to be held at the New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court, Newport, RI Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 am.
“Parking may be limited, with overflow available on Wellington Ave., and further at the Underwood School, located just past the yacht club. There will be people on hand to help assist in parking. Carpooling where possible and arriving early is suggested.
“The family welcomes and greatly looks forward to seeing all that have touched his life and family.”
September 9th, 2013 by admin
Enfant Terrible won the Farr 40 Worlds in Newport last week, but no one seems to have told the Class that no one cares about them anymore. Apparently some of the protest/rules/measurement shit that went down at the NYYC-based regatta makes the AC45 rules wars look tame. And we’re sure no one told Rolex that their ‘product’ has become stale; they’re still throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year into a dated, obsolete boat with no exposure, no visibility, and no future beyond club racing and a single 8-15 boat Worlds once a year.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but it sure would be nice to see one of the sport’s major sponsors spending all that money to accomplish something positive, rather than using it to prop up something that should have been left to its own devices years ago. We’ll have more on both these subjects soon, but in the meantime, keep your eye on boat at the top right of your screen and enjoy one of sailing’s top stars (and the winning tactician from Worlds) falling right off the back of the boat. Thanks to Zerogradinord for the tip.
September 1st, 2013 by admin
The breeze came in on day 3 of the Farr 30 Worlds, up to 20 knots with steep waves gave everyone some good times and bad, with Groovederci dropping back to third, Barking Mad once again in second, and Annapolis boatyard owner Rod Jabin leading the way. Two races in a forecast 15-20 tomorrow will decide it, perhaps inside Narragansett Bay - just 4 points separates the three boats and you can watch it happen on their Facebook page tomorrow starting around 1030 AM. At the same time, there’s a three-way battle for supremacy amongst the Aussie expats; Jeremy Wilmot is in 8th as tactician aboard Just Plain Nutz, cousin David Chapman is aboard Topas in 6th, and cousin Pauly Atkins is in fifth, shown here aboard Bliksem, getting a bit wonky. Meredith Block photo; day three gallery is here. Clean interviews Jabin here.
July 19th, 2013 by admin
With temps hitting 100 on the dock yesterday and humidity near max, it’s likely at least one trimmer will burst into flame at some point during this week’s Farr 30 Worlds in Newport RI. Will past SCOTY Deneen Demourkas take her third consecutive World title despite not having set foot in the boat since Sweden last year? Will T Hutch finally bring the elusive title to a long-suffering Jim Richardson and Barking Mad? Will 2009 M32 World Champ and perennial shit-stirrer Pieter Taselaar surprise everyone on his home turf? Or will German light-air specialist Dr. Harald Bruening – the only Euro team here – take out the big dogs?
Clean and Mer are covering their fourth M30 Worlds in a row; check out daily reports right here, and watch their real-time-ish video/photo/text coverage on the F30 Facebook page. Meredith Block photo of da bronx’s Just Plain Nutz doing some late night hatch repair and more setup photos here.
July 17th, 2013 by admin