A Stiff Breeze and A Sweet Restoration

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When it’s blowing 35 knots, are you running for cover or aiming your bow towards your next harbor? It probably depends on the size of your boat – but these salty sailors aboard Adix, a 212-foot, Gaff-Rigged Schooner, see the stiff breeze as an opportunity for a fast delivery to Bermuda from Newport, some 700-plus miles away. They hoist lots of canvas and set sail for a rockin ride over the Gulf Stream and down to Bermuda. Since 35-knots is a bit much for most of our smaller boats to handle, my interest is piqued when I get an opportunity to watch a video of someone else doing it. And so it was with great interest that I tuned in to watch Leo’s video of delivering Adix south, expecting some gnarly seas and sweet footage from aboard this classic beauty, but what I found was much, much more. Leo, as it turns out, is restoring Tally Ho, an old wooden English Gaff cutter from 1910 and he has his own series on YouTube and website. Wild wind AND a YouTube boat restoration series – SOLD!  Continue reading

Get Back on Board the Volvo Ocean Race for Leg 2

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It’s been a week since our home boys and girls aboard Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing won the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was one of the shorter legs, but as the debut of the 2017-18 edition of the race – it was an impressive and important leg win. The decisive win has left us salivating for more! And with Leg 2 starting tomorrow – we need not wait for long! Continue reading

Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race LIVE NOW!

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Just one day before the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the skippers have adjourned their press conference and are readying themselves, their crews and their boats for the Mirpuri Foundation In-Port Race.

It’s starting NOW (approx. 10am EST) and you can watch LIVE on the Volvo Ocean Race website.   Continue reading

TOMORROW – Open House At IYRS

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Open House Tomorrow Morning 10/28 at IYRS 

Maybe you’re bored with working on Wall Street. Maybe the grind of your desk job is exhausting your creative energy. Regardless of your “maybes,” there is hope for those of us who aren’t afraid to try something new – to learn a new skillset and to embrace the possibilities of being a “maker.” The International Yacht Restoration School has been just this to many people of all ages: a Dream Maker.

Open House:

Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | Newport, RI

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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

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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

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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