Showing posts from September, 2013

MOY Classic Yacht Regatta

The very last weekend of August, one of the most beautiful celebrations of classic boats was held out of Newport Harbor in foggy and rainy conditions.  The Museum of Yachting's Annual Classic Yacht Regatta boasted several classes with boats ranging from 20 feet to 50 feet in length.  Canvas sails, varnished wood spars, teak decking... it's a gorgeous regatta that I love to see every year.  
This year, I was on the water for a race that started in Newport harbor and went around Conanicut Island.  In swell and chop, plenty of fog and threatening rain, it was still a ton of fun!  I am especially happy of some shots I got of Cara Mia as she sailed right by the photoboat!
For all the great shots, visit the Regatta Gallery at!

Byte CII Worlds

During an unexpected trip to Newport the other weekend I could see a multitude of neon sails coming across the channel.  Byte CII Worlds were being hosted out of Sail Newport and were making their way to Potter's Cove for day 2 of racing!  I was there just in time to catch the first few races of the day.
Named the Youth Olympic Games Boy's & Girl's singlehander boat, this new Zim Sailing design incorporates a smaller hull with a larger sail plan comparable to a Laser Radial in sail area.  With a modern mylar and neon look, the sail appears rather similar to a 29er in design.  Meant for one sailor between 120-145 lbs., the Byte gives those who would prefer an alternative to a Laser 4.7 another option.  The Byte CII is growing in popularity and I was glad it was such a gorgeous day for shots out on the water!
Full gallery here.

Race Week Optis

As the rest of the day 3 progressed for Jr. Race Week, I moved from the 420 circle to the Optimist circle across the harbor.  Here, junior sailors age 8-13 were competing in the little one design Optis across four separate fleets divided by age group, Red, White & Blue, plus Green fleet for the newbies.  
The breeze had picked up as wind howled across Conanicut Island to deliver gusts around 15 knots for these sailors in the middle of the East Passage.  With racers dropping out left and right, I only caught two and a half races as they called it for the day around 2:30pm.  But there were several troopers out there, hiking hard and handling the heavier air & swell.  They sure put on a great show!
More photos on my website under NBYA Jr Race Week 2013.

Race Week at the 420 Circle

So the culmination of 8 weeks of junior sailing for those sailing on Narragansett Bay happens at Race Week, the NBYA Jr. Olympic Festival that incorporates Club 420s, Optis and Lasers into a three day sailing event!  While day 1 was only half a day of racing this year, and day 2 there was no racing at all due to no wind, heavy fog, and thunderstorm threats, there was beautiful wind and sun for day 3 and I was out on the water to capture all the action!  
First stop was the Club 420 circle where the small Laser fleet was also competing.  The wind started out of the northwest for the most part, shifting more west/southwest as the day went on.  It just kept building and these sailors kept having more and more fun!  With about 50 entries and two divisions, I'm happy to report Wickford Sailing took home the win with a 1st in Division 1!  This plus the Wickford Sailing second place in 420s for the overall summer season felt pretty good coming from a small program.
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Vineyard Squall

While staying at Lake Tashmoo, we were getting ready to cook dinner when dark clouds appeared on the horizon.  We watched the storm develop before our eyes as a squall line developed off the coast of New Bedford and made it's way directly towards us.  
It wasn't too long before the day turned to night.  You just get the feeling you're witnessing the awesome power of nature, and suddenly you feel rather powerless in its wake.  I grabbed may camera and started snapping away as the clouds developed, which I later stitched together into panoramics to capture the different stages of the storm.  The clouds formed this lip and a dense rainfall could be seen just to the northwest of our location.  
We didn't get much rain, but the wind whipped up from almost nothing to 20+ knots in the blink of an eye.  One boat nearby recorded a gust near 50 knots!  There wasn't much lightning but as the storm dissipated and moved past us a rainbow appeared.  And not only that, but the s…

Unexpected stop: Lake Tashmoo

While the rest of Wickford Yacht Club soaked up Cuttyhunk harbor and set sail for Vineyard Haven, we decided to make a slightly early departure for Martha's Vineyard and stop in at Lake Tashmoo.  Located right before the turn into West Chop at Vineyard Haven, this lake was well hidden along the Vineyard coastline.  
We took our time through the calm seas and motored most of the morning due to light air, but we were able to sail the last hour or so.  We arrived at about noon time and the lake was filled to the brim with weekend boaters.  Mostly sport boats, everyone was whooping and shouting, grilling and swimming.  
We had heard this was a beautiful secluded location so this initial introduction to Lake Tashmoo was a little confusing and rather overwhelming.  There was barely room to anchor but we jockeyed for a good spot in the front half of the lake.  Once lunch was over and 2 o'clock rolled around, the lake started to clear out almost immediately.  The weekenders were gone…