Calling All O’pen Bic Sailors! The Intergalactics are Coming!

Do you love fast sailing with friends? Do you like watching your junior sailor giggle with delight after a capsize? Do you know an Opti sailor who is sick and tired of bailing? We know those people! We are those people and we want our junior sailors to enjoy the sport of sailing without the stress and competition of bobbing around in a square boat.
Come to the 4th Annual O’pen Bic Intergalactics hosted by Tiverton Yacht Club. It’s a fun time on the water, in the quiet, protected Blue Bell Cove in Portsmouth, RI.
This year’s event will again feature the favorites:
Sail Under the Bridge of Doom
Water Fights!
LeMans starting off the beach!
Ice Cream Truck
Swag and prizes for ALL sailors!!!!
and a 10am skippers meeting.  isn’t that awesome??
This is the most fun, easiest, mellowest, and most rewarding regatta of the summer and it’s this coming Friday, July 20th!
Click here for event information.  Click here to register for this event
Spread the word!!!

Award-Winning Film ‘Vanishing Sail’ launches online with Vimeo on Demand.

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The Art of Sail

We’ve told you in past blog posts how much we adore this beautiful film about boatbuilding as a way of life in the Southern Caribbean islands. Now you can watch it on your own big screen at home as you stream it from Vimeo’s On Demand service. We can’t wait to watch it again, after seeing the boat, meeting the filmmaker, Alexis Andrews, and of course thoroughly enjoying a screening at the Wooden Boat Show last June.  Continue reading

Providence Boat Show Weekend (Go Pats!?)

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Providence Boat Show Highlights Easy, Affordable Paths into Boating

Look for the TotalBoat Boatbuilding demo in the lobby before you go in. Students from a local RI High school. Stop by and check out their progress and tell them TotalBoat sent you!

Scheduled for this weekend, YES! Super Bowl Weekend, the three-day Providence Boat Show presented by Washington Trust plans on joining in the spirit of the “Big Event” with an appearance by former New England Patriots Defensive Lineman and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jarvis Green. Green will be cooking up his Oceans 97 Shrimp at the show’s “Sea to Table” demonstrations on Friday and Saturday (February 2 and 3) and signing autographs. The show, operated by Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), starts Friday (February 2) and offers one-stop shopping at the Rhode Island Convention Center for every kind of boating enthusiast. Continue reading

Hard Water Riding

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Typical for New England, the super cold Arctic blast chilled down the harbors, ponds and bones of all of us who enjoy the water -even in the winter – turning them to rock solid ice – and then it was gone. But while it lasted – some 2+ weeks, there were plenty of us who grabbed our skates, kites and iceboats and RAN to these frozen places. Most know it doesn’t last, and in many winters it doesn’t even arrive once. So when you get a few weeks to play with your ice toys – you better make the most of it.  Continue reading

Acorn to Arabella: The Vlogging Boatbuilders

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In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock without wifi for the past few years, the hot trend for those under 70 with a boat to build, is to document it on video. Sharing the build on YouTube is the plan for most “vloggers,” (Video bloggers are called “Vloggers”) and we couldn’t be happier about this! We have a long list of these boatbuilding vloggers that we like to follow, and amongst them is the dynamic young duo from the Acorn to Arabella series.

Over on our other blogroll, at TotalBoat.com, the readers have been eating up these updates from the Arabella work shed, a backyard bimini set up (ok, fine, it’s better than a bimini, it’s a full blown, shrink-wrapped workshop) in the back yard of the builders, Alix and Steve. These motivated men have decided that despite their lack of sailing ability (as in, they have never sailed. Ever!), that they are building an Atkins Ketch from scratch.

In the most recent episode we featured, they toured us through a rotting Atkins hull that they picked up and plan to use for all the beautifully intact bronze bits and pieces. These two are into recycling at it’s very best, and you’ll know if you watched our Vela Restoration series (and you should…), that we love it any time you can recycle old parts (or old hulls, as was the case with Vela). Giving new life to old things is worthwhile, especially when boats are involved. You’re better off with the “tried and true,” as opposed to the “brand new” often times with boating. If a part or piece has been through the ringer in the marine world, most likely it’s built to last, because most parts that aren’t, are long gone by now.

Head over to TotalBoat’s blog and catch up there with our Acorn to Arabella posts and see what we’re so excited about.

 

 

Screaming Along in the Southern Ocean

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The Southern Ocean threatened to deliver the Volvo Ocean Race a punishing leg 3 packed with damaging wind and dangerous waves, and she sure delivered. With the fleet about halfway to Melbourne, conditions have calmed a bit from nearly a week of raging seas and winds delivered by a massive low pressure system which delivered an excess of 50 knot winds. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors, Charlie Enright and Nick Dana are aboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing, reported seeing over 60 knots and got the boat going a blistering 38 knots!!!  Akzo Nobel reported breakage to their mainsail/ mast track and elsewhere the insane amount of water washing over the boat accidentally deployed PFDs and is wearing down these salty souls. Mostly the fleet has remained in one piece so far, but there is plenty more icy ocean between the fleet and the finish. Continue reading

Roam: Tahiti to Hawaii – A Visual Voyage

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Here in New England, as the first flakes have flown in advance of the Christmas holiday, we offer this small gift in the way of dreamy cinematography, an epic sailing voyage and a dose of environmentalism: Roam, Lines to Hawaii, is the first short documentary from the crew at this cutting edge media company.  Roam describes their mission as one which aims to “reinvent adventure storytellling by unfiltering the voices of Creative and Athletic people who push the boundaries and explore not just their own back yard but far outside the documented….to share adventure as it is.” Continue reading

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

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