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I can't believe the summer is already over!  I tell myself every June to enjoy all the sunny days, because they'll be gone before you know it!  Although, I still love autumn, so I'm not totally complaining :)
This summer I expanded my junior sailing photography.  I wasn't just covering the regattas and events, but also the junior programs where kiddies 7-17 learned to sail, not just to compete.  For two of the programs I visited – Ida Lewis and SYC – photo sales are helping to give back!  With this fundraising option, 30% of all sales from those respective programs will be donated back to the junior sailors, so know that your purchase is helping to contribute to these little sailors' summer adventures and sailing experiences!
All the photos from my summer on the water can be viewed under Events.  The junior program galleries in particular cover: WSA SYC Ida Lewis
Enjoy these last days of summer, while they last!

CYC Around the Island 2017

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Labor Day weekend is a busy time for a lot of people.  For some, it signals the end of summer and the start of the new school year.  For others, it means big backyard barbecues or a weekend at the beach house.  Sailors often have end of season regattas, and one of those is the annual Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race.  This year was the 90th annual regatta for CYC ATI, and while other parts of the country were reeling from Hurricane Harvey, Rhode Island was having its own wet weekend with a nor'easter of sorts bringing wind and rain for 24 hours.

We had had such a wonderful summer!  There was only a few days in July where it was swelteringly hot and humid.  There were next to no typical summer storms to speak of, with either intense squalls or heat lightning or hail.  It was rather picture perfect and sunny... until this weather came through.

The race started with an hour or so postponement.  The wind was gusting close to 30 knots early in the morning, but as noontime r…

Hikes in Acadia // Last Day

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Our last day in Acadia was brief.  We spent the morning doing some easy walks through the park before hitting the road just after lunch.
For anyone in the northeast contemplating a trip to Acadia, all I can say is go!  I know Rhode Islanders hate driving more than 20 minutes away, but compared to the vast expanses of the west where people drive hours just go to to the grocery store, consider yourself lucky that Acadia is only a5–6 hour drive!
Despite the park being dotted with towns and residences – since it's not a perfect section of wilderness cut out of the Maine coastline – it offered an incredible amount of variety.  How many places on the eastern seaboard can you do a mountain hike or nature walk, and end with a day at the beach?  Or take a break from hiking to choose either mountainside or oceanside rock climbing?  We will certainly be making a return trip in the future.  Maybe next time we'll pick a campground in the park, or decide to pitch a tent on a mountain.  The…

Hikes in Acadia // Day 2

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After experiencing some of the iconic locations for Acadia on Friday, we decided to do a longer hike on Saturday.  We chose another iron rung trail since we loved Beehive so much, and combined a couple of ridge hikes to make for a 4 mile total.  A lot of the trails in Acadia can be done as short day hikes, but the quantity of trails allows for combined hikes and loops if you want something longer.  With a free shuttle circling the park, it's easy to just pick a trail, even if it's not a loop, and catch a shuttle when you're done.
Saturday Precipice Trail:  .9 miles
Precipice.  By 10am the parking lot is full and people are already parking on the road.  Some just use the lot to connect to a few of the other trailheads that converge in the area, but we took the Precipice Trail.  Just like Beehive, it's one of Acadia's iron rung trails, climbing from the road to the summit of Mt Champlain at 1,058 ft in under one mile.  The trail took us almost twice as long as Beehive…

Hikes in Acadia // Day 1

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While J Class continued in Newport, I had an adventure awaiting in Maine.  With three free nights to use at a KOA near Acadia National Park, my friend Christina and I made our first visit to the only National Park in the northeast.  We didn't do much planning so we didn't have too many expectations.  A little research on the REI National Parks App, AllTrails.com, and a couple of blogs gave us a few things we wanted to try, but we left room for some exploration as well.  After a 6 hour drive up the east coast on Thursday, broken up by a dinner stop in Portland, we arrived in Maine ready for two and a half days of hiking!
Friday Jordan Pond Path:  3.2 miles
We kicked off the long weekend with a loop around Jordan Pond, a long stretch of pond nestled between two mountains.  The best part of the trail was perhaps the western half, where it started with a "bog walk" across a delicate lakeside ecosystem, followed by a section of light scrambling over granite boulders.  The …

J Class visit Newport

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Last week, Newport was witness to a truly historic gathering of J Class Yachts that hadn't been seen in years.  Most of these boats sail in the occasional superyacht or classic event, but they haven't been prevalent in the area since the America's Cup days pre-WWII.

The J Class Association, pledged with maintaining the legacy of the J Class yachts that were once competitors in the America's Cup, and any replica rebuilds of the classic sloops, hosted its first World Championship event in Newport this August. Six of the eleven J Class Yachts answered the call.  Among those who came for a week of competition included JK6 Hanuman (replica), JS1 Svea (modern build from 1937 design), JH1 Lionheart (replica), J8 Topaz (modern build from 1935 design), J5 Ranger (replica), and JK7 Velsheda (1933 build).

I was out on the water for the first two days of racing where we saw the most wind for the week, coupled with late starts and fog.  Day One was the distance race through the Ea…