Just down the bay from our Jamestown Distributors HQ in Bristol, is an event not to be missed – the first ever J Class World Championship starts today off Newport and goes through Saturday. These majestic yachts are updated 21st century “modern” racing machines, but their pedigree suggests their origins were from a time when yachts with massive sails and numerous crew were built to compete on the international stage with much less public spectating or compassion. The America’s Cup races they were built for brought them to Newport for the first time in the 30’s, so these boats know these waters. This is your chance to see six of these machines sailing together in these same waters. Continue reading
If you like beautiful yachts of the “classic” or “mega” variety – then starting NOW – you can feast your eyes on an impressive collection of both, between Newport and Bristol’s harbor fronts. In Bristol, at the always breathtaking Herreshoff Marine Museum, you can not only see the spectacle that is the 3 masted Herreshoff Schooner, Eleonora, but on Sunday (TODAY!) at 11am and 3pm you can step aboard and have a look for yourself. Eleonora is an exact replica of the famous Herreshoff schooner Windward, now featured on the RI state quarter. Continue reading
Ok, maybe this video won’t show you the steps necessary or give you tips on how to actually build your own Volvo Ocean 65 sailboat. But it’s pretty cool to see a months long project condensed into minutes. Especially when you know it’s bound for a circumnavigation race – the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October – not too far off. So these boats better get built, and fast! Continue reading
Come see the TotalBoat team in Tent A this weekend in Mystic Seaport for the 26th Wooden Boat Show. As a special treat for you fans, LOUIS SAUZEDDE will be there with the TotalBoat Skiff. Look for Lou near the TotalBoat and Jamestown Distributors tent where he will be chatting with fans and signing T-shirts, too. Continue reading
I know a few junior sailors who would have given their allowance savings to spend a few days sailing before the crowd in Bermuda at the America’s Cup. And the O’pen Bic fleet, as expected, did just that. They wow-ed the crowd with expert sailing mixed with challenging stunts – like limbo-ing under the Arch of Doom – heeled well over so as to allow the rig to pass under the large arch. They capsized on command. They blasted upwind and down – showing their sailing prowess and spreading the O’pen Bic stoke, as only these agile Bic sailors can do. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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