Around the World – Tomorrow!

The ultimate team sailing race around the world, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts tomorrow morning.

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 10.57.29 AM Tomorrow (Sunday,October 22nd)  at 730am Eastern Time, the 7 boat fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s will leave Alicante, Spain and sail back around the bottom of the country and up to Lisbon, Portugal.  In this unusual first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the teams are sailing a shorter first leg back to where they started, before Leg 0 brought them from Lisbon to Alicante. There is a lot of love for the VOR in Lisbon, and they have worked hard to be the first stop on this 11 leg tour.

Our own excitement for this race will peak in May of 2108 when the fleet stops into Newport, RI for the only North American stopover.  Our “hometown” team with TotalBoat Ambassadors, skipper Charlie Enright and bowman, Nick Dana, will also be at max level team pride, as they pull into their home waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. Get your boats and your butts ready to head to the amazing race village that will be built at Fort Adams in early May before the fleet arrives. Continue reading

New York Yacht Club Will Campaign for America’s Cup

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Late last week the New York Yacht Club announced that they would be challenging for the 36th America’s Cup. The New York and Newport, RI based club is no stranger to the Cup races of old, as they held the cup as winners from 1851 until 1983 when the Aussies showed up in Newport with their transformational winged keel. The club again challenged for the Cup with Dennis Conner at the helm back in the 2002-03 series, but came up short.  The time seems right to the club to partner with yachtsmen “Hap” Fauth and Doug DeVos, two very decorated sailors and program leaders for Team Bella Mente and Team Quantum Racing – which brings top notch American sailor, Terry Hutchison, into the picture as well. Continue reading

Electrifying Waterlust’s Teardrop Camper

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The paint and varnish has dried, the Teardrop trailer looks great and finally it’s time to electrify it with fancy inverters, chargers and lights to outfit the Waterlust teams mobile studio. Us boaters understand the bewilderment that a maze of wires and plugs can cause. The teardrop camper is a mirror of the electrical systems we run and try to comprehend on our own boats. They have some pro help from a great friend who – of course – is a live aboard sailboater.   We can’t wait to see where they are going to head to with their fancy new AV Pod, and we have extended an invite to Rhody where we hope to host them for some more boat building, board shaping or RV spiffing sessions in the TotalBoat Workshop.   Continue reading

A Big Week for [Foiling] Yacht Design

19/11/2014, Cape Town (ZAF), Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Team Alvimedica, Start Leg 2

19/11/2014, Cape Town (ZAF), Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Team Alvimedica, Start Leg 2

Mark your calendars for this last week of September 2017 to be an historic one for yacht racing. The two biggest races in the sport of sailing, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, (VOR) are making some big announcements this week and if you’re not already, I’m sure you’ll soon be on the edge of your seat.   Continue reading

Countdown to the Volvo Ocean Race

Photo by Nick Dana

Photo by Nick Dana/ Team Abu Dhabi

In just 27 days, sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race will set off on their around the globe journey. October 22nd marks their departure from Lisbon, Portugal when 7 teams from around the world will compete in this crazy 9 month race. And we can’t wait. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors, Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are on our favorite boat, Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing, and our bets are on them and their top notch team to pull out some impressive sailing and an eventual win at the end.  Continue reading

The Newport Boat Show Wrap Up

We spent some time Friday and over the weekend checking out the new products, boats and industry friends at the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS). And even though it’s over until September 2018, we have a little report on the coolest things we saw at the show.

So this wrap up includes some items we wish we could have “wrapped up” and taken home from the boat show.  Even though the show is over, it’s not too late to check out many of these goods either online, or at one of the impending boat shows along the east coast, Norwalk and Annapolis. Continue reading

America’s Cup Will Shift Back to Foiling Monohulls

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24/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup 2017 – 35th America’s Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

Team New Zealand have confirmed reports that the America’s Cup is heading back to monohulls. Luna Rossa boss Patrizio Bertelli, the Italian Challenger of Record, broke news of the move away from catamarans on Monday.

Bertelli said the return to monohulls, albeit radical foiling ones, was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win the last America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been consulting with a number of potential challengers and there is an overall desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track.” Continue reading

Newport Int’l Boat Show Kicks Off Boat Show Season Tomorrow

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Gates Open on September 14th to the Most Exciting Show Yet

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that it has secured a record number of exhibitors, and organized more activities and attractions for showgoers than ever before.

This year’s show includes a powerful line-up of new boats and products making their U.S. debut, and for some, their world premiere. These vessels and products will be identified with Newport For New Products (NFNP) decals and balloons and located throughout the show sites. Sailboats on display for the first time in the United States include the Elan GT5, Hartley 15, Hanse 588, HH55 Catamaran, J/121 and the Lifestyle 26. New powerboat debuts include the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage, Grand Banks 60, Legacy 36, MJM 35z, Outer Reef 610 Motoryacht, Pursuit S-368, Sabre 45 Salon Express, Sealegs Interceptor 9000, Zeelander Z55, the Zodiac Cadet 270 RIB ALU and Zodiac Open 7. There will also be a unique assortment of new and innovative products for boat navigation and safety on exhibit. Visitors to the show on Thursday will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite new sailboat or powerboat in the NFNP People’s Choice Award program. One lucky voter will be picked randomly to receive a $250 American Express Gift card. Continue reading

Honoring Meade Gougeon: The Epoxy King

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Meade Gougeon, one of the 3 Gougeon brothers who “invented” epoxy with the help of Dow Chemicals, died last week at age 78. Meade was a ravenous sailor who continued to push the limits of what was possible with boat building and with sailboat racing.

In April of this year, at age 78, Gougeon finished first in his class at the annual endurance sailing race, the Everglades Challenge. Gougeon raced and won Class 3-Sailing Canoes in his self built boat, Elderly Care. (below) He placed fifth among the singlehanded racers and was 13th to finish overall. At age 78, he was also the oldest challenger to finish the race. Continue reading

Boaters Are Heroes in the Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

When the helicopters and air lift operations can’t keep up, it’s time to call for more boaters. Search and rescue operations are maxed out in Texas after Hurricane Harvey has dumped close to 50 inches of rain in the area. Boats seem to be the only way to evacuate people quickly and in mass numbers, and even that isn’t doing enough to help the thousands of stranded people along the Texas coast. But the boaters are coming from nearby and faraway places, boats in tow, using exit ramps as boat launches.

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