They Came, They Saw, They Foiled….Vineyard Cup 2015

An Event Like No Other

From Press Release: (Sail Martha’s Vineyard)

Martha’s Vineyard is in full swing this time of year and it’s not just the Island that
has been hot. On July 10-12 the waters off Martha’s Vineyard played host to one of the most unique Regatta’s to ever take place.  88 boats ranging in size from 12 feet to 81 feet shared the water with 30 Foiling Kiteboards competing for $10,000 in the cash purse compliments of Lynch and Associates.

Sustainability for the Future

For 2015 the Vineyard Cup is building on its sustainable roots. For the past three years Sail Martha’s Vineyard has been moving up the ranks in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta initiative but this year decided to go a step further by committing to serve all Local food, which was either grown, raised or landed on Martha’s Vineyard.

This included greens and tomatoes from Island Grown Initiative, Chickens from Morning Glory Farm, Oysters from Honeysuckle Oysters and Pigs from The Good Farm among other Island purveyors.

In addition the event attempted to be a Zero Waste event, meaning that all food would be composted, all containers recycled and anything that can be reused will be reused. In the end we had 1 yard of trash, 90% of which was from the packaging of materials provided to us by outside companies.

Maritime Heritage with a Progressive Thought Process

While Sail Martha’s Vineyard started with simple boat building and learn to sail programs back in 1992 it has grown immensely with classes ranging from Coastal Navigation to High School Vocational to Rowing to Captains License Testing. At the heart the organization still offers Island Children the opportunity to learn the skills of sailing for free. This in itself is a huge undertaking with 400 children taking to the water this summer alone.


O’Pen Bic Intergalactic Championship is Next Thursday! Sail or Watch Live!

Send your junior sailors to the O’Pen Bic RI Intergalactics on Thursday, July 30.Your sailors don’t need boats! Were doubling up sailors into A/B divisions.  We’re expecting 20 boats, so we have room for 20 sailors that don’t have a boat.

 (Or you can buy the O’Pen Bic that is set up and ready to go on display in the JD Store!!)

We would love it if you’d come to Tiverton YC.  Here are some highlights to look forward to:

  • A VERY civilized 10am skippers meeting.
  • Freestyle session
  • Water fights
  • Raffle where all kids will win something
  • Regatta T-shirts for all of the sailors
  • Candy
  • Great, FUN Racing!
  • LIVE Periscope coverage of event throughout the day. (Sign up to follow TotalBoat Show on Periscope to peek in on the action from your mobile phone. Download the App first! Then follow TotalBoat Show! And watch LIVE!)

The entry fee is $20 per sailors with boats.  (Ambassadors)

The entry fee is $40 per sailors without boats.  (Rookies)



A Tribute to a Race Course Legend

Mostly Dr. Robin Wallace is known around the northeast for his work on the race course from the  PRO (Principal Race Officer) position and not one of a decorated racer. But if PRO’s and Race Committees had awards, Dr. Wallace might be one of the most celebrated. He is certainly a well known fixture at starting lines for all classes of boats, from Optimists to the weekly Shields racing off Newport to Super Yacht Regattas and Youth Championship races. He gets around and his services and expertise is in great demand and this video is a wonderful glimpse into what makes Dr. Wallace such an asset to racing sailors on Narragansett Bay and all over the world.

When the America’s Cup left Newport, RI in 1986 bound for down under, Dr  Wallace was amongst a group of visionaries who didn’t see the defeat in the Cup loss – they saw an opportunity to plant sailing and specifically community based sailing in the Ocean State. Sail Newport was created with the help of Dr. Wallace who thought the water made all sailors equal, regardless of background and opportunity. This was to be equal opportunity sailing at it’s finest.

With the recent success of Sail Newport who so adeptly played host to the Volvo Ocean Race’s Newport Stopover in May 2105, it is a great time to watch this video and admire the talent we have at our local starting lines. And thank you, Dr. Robin Wallace, for your tireless commitment to sailing in the Ocean State. You are a model for so many and a great asset to the sport all across the world.  We thank you.

Thanks to Onne van der Wal for the video.

Superyachts, Yoga and Drones

A happy Saturday morning to you. Let this calming, beautiful drone videography start your morning with gratuitous superyacht splendor, a hot chick doing some crazy yoga on a scary cliff thing and some tropical vistas. It seems only right to offer you this yachting bacchanal hosted by the St. Barth’s Bucket and filmed by the droners at Pigeon Vision, because spring and yachting and outdoor yoga in dangerous places is just around the corner for us in New England.

And we couldn’t be happier about that. Our yachts may be a bit smaller, our asanas a bit messier and our vistas a bit browner – but we’re getting there. For now – fly along with this video and let go. Or hold on. Maybe both would be good. 🙂