Showing posts from July, 2014

Providence Community Boating

This summer I've had the opportunity to visit the Providence Community Boating Center in an effort to provide Providence families with great on-the-water photos of their young sailors.

The Providence CBC program follows a much different model than the junior programs I'm used to, with a total of 4 two week all day programs for kids to attend versus the four-week or eight week models of other junior sailing programs.  But this program has no lack of enthusiasm from it's young sailing students!  Some stay for more than two weeks, some return every summer, while others get their first taste of being out on the water.  They have a wide array of boats for the kids to use including Hunter 140s, Laser Picos, Hobie 16s, JY 15s, and even more!  I've visited a couple of times now and will be returning for another two visits before the summer is over.  You can learn more about the Providence CBC here.

See all the photos here in the Prov CBC Viewing Gallery

Brooke Gonzalez Clinic

The Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic is not just any sailing clinic.  Young sailors from all over submit applications in the hope they are accepted for 4 days of advanced instruction and coaching by some of the best in the business.  This year sailors from New England, Canada, California, US Virgin Island, and even Signapore were accepted for the clinic, which was hosted by Sail Newport in late June.  Coaching staff was led by the Brown University Head Coach and J24 World Champ, John Mollicone, and included other big sailing names such as Yale Coach Zack Leonard, Tufts Coach Ken Legler and Coast Guard Academy Coach Brian Swingly, among others.
After three days of lectures, demos and on the water drills the clinic culminated in a regatta where the sailors could practice their new skills in a structured race setting.  I was out on the water for this beautiful summer day where a sea breeze of about 11 knots picked up later in the afternoon providing a great finish for a long weeke…

Etchells Worlds

Newport was the chosen location for the incredibly well attended Etchells World Championship Regatta this year.  Over 90 boats came from far and wide, across the USA, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Australia, and more for 5 days of one-design competition just off of Brenton Point.  With several pre-race days of practice and training, plus the 5 days of competition, it was almost two full weeks of Etchells all the time in Newport Harbor!  A total of 9 races were scored, with point totals ranging from 62 overall to 728, but I guess that's what you can expect with such a large fleet.
I made it out for the last day of racing.  The wind was a little flukey, never completely filling, but the sun was out and the breeze was comfortable!  Access to the race course was restricted but the downwind approach with spinnakers spanning as far as the eye could see was always a spectacle. Congratulations to the US team of Hardesty, Canfield, Roble, and Eagan from San Diego for their win!
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Beercan Racing at its Best

There are recurring thrills every summer:  fireworks on the 4th, warm ocean waters, hot sandy beaches, ice cream truck jingles, a cool Del's lemonade... And for sailors it's the start of summer racing series.  From the PHRF series hosted out of multiple yacht clubs to One Design races hosted by local fleets, there's always somewhere to race every week during the summer months.  Beer and smiles are unofficial requirements, along with an unnecessarily large crew ready to have a great time.  
To kick off the season I visited the East Greenwich Yacht Club here on Narragansett Bay for one of their Wednesday Nights, which also doubled as a NBYA Super Wednesday.  Numerous EGYC boats participated as well as a few from neighboring clubs, all in the name of summer fun!  The light was golden and the company was terrific, not a half bad way to welcome summer.

The following weeks were spent at my local Wickford Yacht Club for their own Wednesday Night series.  I hopped aboard my paren…