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
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Sailing & The 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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How to Watch and cheer for the US Sailing Team competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

While the above video is not current (it’s a viral sensation from the 2012 games that is worth repeating) it is certainly relevant with the Olympics going on in Rio, Brazil. There has been a lot of talk about the venue, Rio’s lack of preparedness and the water quality specifically, have been topics that are close to sailors, as they have a good chance of not only sailing in contaminated water, but of having trash in the water foul their blades (rudders, centerboards, etc) which could certainly affect medal chances and make or break a race for any sailor out there.  Continue reading

“Paint Chip” Debuts on the Racecourse!

A few years ago, when my son was barely able to steer without help on his sailing camp’s Mercury sailboat, he was handed down a pretty beat up Optimist dinghy. It was better than Christmas when we went to drag the boat out of a leaf pile, under the tree of a very lovely fellow Yacht Club family.  The mom made some funny comments about the boat repair work her son had attempted on the boat years ago and wished us *luck* with the latest member of our fleet. And just like that an obsession was born. My now ten year old son, Oliver had his OWN boat to work on. He had big plans for repairing the ignored dents and a new paint job and oh my gosh – what would he name it? The ideas and dreams were circling inside his head and such is the story of yet another man (to-be) with big boat ideas and little practical knowledge. Continue reading