Vanishing Sail at the Wooden Boat Show: A Boatbuilding Film

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The Journey of Summer Wind, the inspiration for Vanishing Sail
No.8 Antigua Slipway, 2008

After sailing Summer Wind up and down the islands for 8 summers, I had decided to build a larger sloop with Alwyn and his sons and sold the vessel to a gentleman who began his own love affair with her. And after several years getting to learn her particular ways and also running aground on most of the reefs surrounding Antigua, she required a considerable amount of repairs. Originally fastened with house nails, they had been slowly but surely rusting away in her deck beams allowing rainwater to seep in and cause plenty trouble & rot. This is the story of Alexis Andrews and Vanishing Sail. 

Stop by our booths in Tent A, Come meet shipwright Louis Sauzedde and see the TotalBoat Work Skiff, then catch a screening of Vanishing Sail. It’s an amazing story of Caribbean boatbuilding and preserving a trade and a family tradition that risks falling by the wayside.

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O’pen Bic Ocean Crossing

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Amidst the chaos and excitement of the America’s Cup will be a stellar youth event featuring our favorite junior sailing machine: the O’pen Bic. Beginning on June 14th, the America’s Cup will feature the Endeavour Regattas, an awesome addition to the last cup races in San Francisco and a great opportunity to get the kids psyched about the sport.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Action is Underway in Bermuda

 Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers Race Day 1

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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Race Day 1

As in the past, when there is amazing culture and obscene wealth to be discussed in the sailing and yachting world, it’s a topic best left to those who, like Bill Springer, are already writing the story. Such is the case again with Billy Swizzle, contributor to Forbes and expert on all things “yachting” and “fabulous.” If there is an intersection of the two – be certain Swizzle has his finger on it.  And for certain, all fabulous eyes are on Bermuda this month as the  America’s Cup rolls out the red carpet for the teams, the spectators and for those of us watching (if you are able) from our armchairs at home.

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Remembering Carlo Riva, Designer of the World’s Most Beautiful Boats

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Thanks to our friends at Classic Boat Magazine for this excellent report on Carlo Riva who died earlier in April. We once shared a video on TotalBoat Show that was very popular amongst our readers, and so once again in honor of the man himself, we share the video at the bottom of the page. Enjoy.  Continue reading

O’pen Bics: New Age Fun Alternative

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Providing that New Age Fun Alternative

You know we love the O’pen Bic and all it’s fast and fun glory for junior sailors. We love it so much that we have sponsored 2 TotalBoat O’pen Bic Summer Tours (2015 and 2016), traveling around Southern New England, offering junior sailing programs a few days of free Bic sailing and fun.  We even hosted our own TotalBoat O’pen Bic Intergalactic Regatta twice! We continue to come across numerous articles and blogs discussing how kids are shifting towards this faster, more fun sailboat and it’s partner: the racing format of the UnRegatta. In fact, many of the clubs we visited over the past 2 years have taken the plunge and are offering O’pen Bic youth sailing classes to compliment the Optimists and their other Jr. sailing offerings. Here is another example of how the O’pen Bic really is gaining traction around the world and North America. Thanks to Scuttlebutt for the article! Read on!  Continue reading

Restoring Classic Hulls in the Workshop

 Water to wine: Nicer Cabin Shape for GRP Classic

When Mike Zani moved to the banks of the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island, he wanted a beautiful yacht for his mooring but was not willing to pay $50,000 for one of the fine-lined modern/classic daysailers on the market today, writes Chris Museler.

A cool $4,500 bought him a 1962 Cape Cod Marlin, a GRP derivative of L Francis Herreshoff’s Fish Class design, but with a blister cabin house and a strip of opaque GRP in place of portholes (ugh!).

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Go See Amaryllis – The First Catamaran

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Once upon a time, Amaryllis II, a replica of the first catamaran ever to be built, was dangling from the ceiling in the impressive Hall of Boats at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. This boat was the brainchild of Nathanael Green Herreshoff, who was busy inventing other important yachts and marine innovations in the late 1800s when Amaryllis was “born.” This week, the Bristol, RI Herreshoff Marine Museum finally lowered the famous replica from the ceiling to maintain and clean the 1933 hull.  It’s worth a trip to Bristol to see this amazing design and engineering feat.  If you can come tonight, you’ll catch Amaryllis and also a great lecture on Boston LightContinue reading

TotalBoat Ambassador, Brock Callen, Pacific Ocean Explorer

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Photo from MV Gazette/ Mark Lovewell

Adapted From the Vineyard Gazette – Heather Hamacek

TotalBoat Ambassador Brock Callen is a pro sailor, avid kite foiler and all around ocean lover. Along with his father, Brock Callen senior, the father-son duo has already made a name for themselves on Martha’s Vineyard where they live year round.  As the head of Sail Martha’s Vineyard, Callen senior shares a healthy love for the ocean with his son, and soon they will be sharing much more – a cabin on the 272-foot ocean research vessel, the Falkor.  Continue reading

Born to Be Wild: Donald Tofias, the Man Behind the W-Class

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Article Courtesy of Classic Boat Magazine

Where did the term Spirit of Tradition come from? From behind dark glasses, Donald Tofias shrugs. “It was me, it was Kenny Coombs—we came up with the idea for having the first Spirit of Tradition class at the Antigua Classics. But the real credit belongs with Jill Bobrow, who wrote a book called In the Spirit of Tradition in the 1990s, about boats that weren’t really classics. She came up with those words.”

“That was a pivotal time, the mid-nineties,” reflects Tofias. “That was just before I conceived the W-Class.”

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Junior Sailing Is Embracing O’pen Bics

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Photo from Sail1Design.com

Two articles I recently read made a lot of sense to me as a parent to two junior sailors and after a summer of trading back and forth between Optimists and O’pen Bics. The predicted happened, which was that my eleven year old preferred the planing, no-bailing, super fun unRegatta set up of the O’pen Bic to his race Opti. That is to say – we forked over decent money for a used race Opti and he spent the summer wanting to race O’pen Bics. It’s a movement not unique to my sailors, as kids experience the thrill of singlehanding a fast, fun boat – casting aside the ill conceived notion that any serious racing sailors must begin, and perfect, Opti racing.  Continue reading