Last Call for the Newport Volvo Ocean Race Stopover (GO!)

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So what if you’re not a sailor… If you are a mariner of any form – or a beachgoer who wishes our oceans were less filled with debris and plastic – then hurry down to the Newport Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Newport Race Village is set up at Fort Adams and is open daily until this coming Sunday afternoon when they pack it all up again and the whole dog and pony show is onto Europe.  Continue reading

The Volvo Ocean Race in Rhody Next Week!

May 14,2015. Volvo Ocean Race Practice Race in Newport.

2015 Volvo Ocean Race Practice Race in Newport.

Are you ready for some awesome oceanfront action? Regardless of your affiliation to power or sailboats, a visit to the Newport Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, opening this coming Tuesday, on May 8th, is a “must” for anyone within day-trip distance to Newport, RI. With the earliest boats predicted to arrive around May 8th, the opening day of the race village is bound to be action-packed. The village is currently under construction and it won’t take long before it resembles the mini yachting city which will again take over Fort Adams for 12 days, until the boats sail off for Leg 8, a Transatlantic crossing on May 20th.  While in port, there is lots to see and do at the Race Village.

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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.

 

 

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

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

Countdown to the Volvo Ocean Race

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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

Waterlust’s Teardrop Camper – Almost Done!

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The Waterlust team is finishing up the construction elements on the teardrop camper they are building. They designed and built a new storage box to add functional options for storing all their equipment under the trailer and while it raised their kitchen operations in the aft end, it’s worth the trade off for tidy, accessible areas to stash their gear.

With the all of the epoxy jobs completed and cured, the team is looking forward to sending the teardrop off to a paint shop for a pro spray paint job and we can’t wait to see what it looks like after. They will also be preparing the epoxied storage box for a DIY paint job which we are helping them accomplish with some Wet Edge paint and primer we sent down their way.  Continue reading

Come to the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic This Weekend

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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

Cruising, Crashing and Cupping – Marion to Bermuda

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pesca bdaThis Friday, June 9th marks the start of the 40th anniversary of the fabled Marion to Bermuda Race. This 21st running of the race has been rescheduled to an earlier start date to align the arrival of the fleet in Bermuda with the America’s Cup final races in mid June. Alternating every other year with the Newport Bermuda Race, the Marion race has long been more of a cruisers delight, with the high-tech race boats that frequent the Newport version heading to Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week on these “off” years.

Of course Team TotalBoat will be rooting for our friends on Pescatore, a Hinckley Sou’wester 59 hailing from Mattapoisett, Mass. Racing in the Youth Challenge division (a certain number of crew need to be below age 23- so in their case- 5 crew under 23), Team Pescatore is hoping to beat their record from the last Marion Bermuda Race, when they were 3rd over the line, and finished 2nd in class. We will be following the boat on the race tracker and will report from Bermuda. If you’re around town and spy the TotalBoat ensign flying on Pescatore, knock on the hull and ask Captain Twice for a TotalBoat hat. Tell him we sent you.  Continue reading