Yachts: Classic and Mega

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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

Classic Yacht Racing in the Med

What a sight it must be to walk along the main quay in downtown St. Tropez. This is true on any given day, but most especially this week and weekend while Les Voiles de St. Tropez fleet is in town.

With the collection of classic yachts mostly moored stern to along the downtown waterfront, it is a great opportunity for tourists and interested yacht oglers to get up close to the impressive fleet.  All the major classic yacht designers, styles and builders are present – with a few Herreshoff NY40s and the impressive Elena of London (a 180 ft replica schooner launched in 2009), some beautiful Fifes like Moonbeam III, an Alden or two and of course some boats penned by S&S, the J Class yachts, some 12 metres and the list goes on.

Take a walk down the waterfront in this video showcasing the lineup of stunning wood and brass. Meticulously maintained and sailed, these boats put on quite a show on the water while competing seriously on the water…that is on every occasion except when – as is the case a few times this week – racing is cancelled due to bad weather. The crews have plenty to do to keep busy – polishing, entertaining, competing in shoreside activities…. the fun is never ending even when stuck ashore.

And in case you thought this was only a showcase of the most fabulous classic yachts – there is a division of modern yachts, as well, with a 15 boat fleet of Wally yachts and a modern fleet with plenty of impressive carbon fiber and design wizardry. All in all – a major spectacle whether they are ashore for a weather day or out racing.

 

 

 

IYRS Graduation Launches Boats and Careers

“Launch your ships, launch your career” was the closing remark to the International Yacht Restoration School’s graduating class of 2015. On May 30 the now renowned boat building and marine systems and composite programs graduated 15 students at their beautiful facility and school on the Newport waterfront. Nestled in the working wharves along Newport’s waterfront, the students launched restored and new beetle cats, a restored Fisher’s Island 23 from 1934 with a total of eleven boats launched into Newport Harbor as fifteen students graduated from the School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, a two-year program in advanced wooden boatbuilding.

After a 2 year program, these students have completed what many regard to be the highest level of industry training.  It’s not just boatbuilding either, Students get intense training in project management, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and advanced woodworking skills throughout their two years in the program. Completing the restoration of two wooden boats, students learn various techniques including measuring, drafting, lofting, steam-bending, planking, spar making, and advanced joinery; not to mention project surveying and various business-related skills and career preparation.

If you love wooden boats and are hungry for more woodworking skills, composite or marine systems knowledge and training or even a new career – check out this amazing school in the heart of Newport Harbor. Their annual graduation is a celebration of their success as they launch students of all ages into a new appreciation of wooden boats and their building process and create some genius boatbuilders who adopt their new skills as a career. It’s a success for the school, for the Ocean State and for the students who can sail off to new horizons following graduation. These highly skilled students are ready to take on the world of wooden boats!

IYRS also has composites technology, marine systems training and more. With campuses in Bristol and Newport, it’s a great excuse to go to school again in the beautiful boatbuilding – centric state of Little Rhody!

Dorade’s Transatlantic Quest

Dorade’s Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory

Personally, I think Dorade is one of the coolest older wooden racing sailboats afloat. The Sparkman & Stephens yawl is a beauty in every way, in every harbor, to every yacht designer. It’s certain.

She was once a record wrecker, winning many of the big ocean races, like the TransPac, the Fastnet, and Newport-Bermuda amongst others. She became known and feared as a serious blue water racer and her latest owner has vowed to snatch back the trophies again – with 2 of 3 down and one to go: The TransAtlantic Race.

On June 28th, Dorade and her 40 fellow competitors, will head out of Newport, bows pointed towards the Lizard, the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain, some 2,800 nautical miles from the Newport start.

Follow along at the Dorade blog – Excerpt below:  SO COOL! GO Dorade.

10-Day Countdown to Transatlantic: How to Follow Dorade

Dorade in Newport in 2010. (Photo Credit Billy Black)

The Transatlantic Race is the third in a series of four major ocean races in the “Return to Blue Water Campaign.” Conceived shortly after Brooks and his wife Pam Rorke Levy bought Dorade in 2010, the campaign was initially called “Matt’s Crazy Idea,” but soon after the completion of a year-long refit Dorade began winning races, both offshore and in coastal regattas in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and on the West Coast, proving that she could once again be competitive. The team silenced the campaign’s critics once and for all in 2013, when Dorade was the overall winner (on corrected time) in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, 77 years after its first victory with the race. That was followed by an IRC class win in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race. The campaign wraps up this August with the Rolex Fastnet Race, which Dorade won overall in 1931 and 1933.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

  • For frequent updates between events and during racing, follow Dorade on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag: #DoradeSailing #ReturnToBlueWater
  • For full race reports and updates from the team, visit http://Dorade.org/blog/
  • Real-time tracking of Dorade will be available during the 2015 Transatlantic Race through the event’s YellowBrick system (link will be available next week)
  • For updates on the entire 2015 Transatlantic Fleet, follow the event on Facebook and at http://transatlanticrace.org/

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And because we love a good video – take a ride on Dorade to Bermuda…

 

Racing with the competition: Onboard Chinook

Why not take a sail this morning. Grab your coffee and hit ‘full screen’ because you’re coming for a ride onboard ‘Chinook,’ a NY40 designed by Captain Nat Herreshoff. The restoration of Chinook was completed after over 60 months and lots of labor.  Their blog followed the entire journey and gives some great insight into the long restoration and the passion and reverence the skipper Jono and crew have for the amazing design and craftsmanship that went into Chinook back in 1916.

She was restored in Tunisia, which, as they explain was not without challenges for a major rebuild.   Check out the blog and take a ride on this beauty at a Classic Yacht regatta in Cannes. What a thrill, if even from a seat at your computer. Enjoy!

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Yacht Surfing

After a long weekend, hopefully some of which was spent ON the boat and not UNDER it, we ease you back into the week with some fun on the water. When tubing and cannonballs off the bridge become banal, then look no further than Yacht Surfing.

All you need is a pal with a yacht (or a big wake), a surfboard and good balance. Ok – none of us will try this but it’s fun to watch. Plenty of wipe outs and bikinis and selfie sticks to charge us up for a short week… until it’s back to the boat for the weekend. Hopefully…

 

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