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Refuge at 30 knots

A vivid-red York 36 Express provides its owner with the same comforting feeling as the Tap Room in his historic inn

The Tap Room at the historic Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., is warm and welcoming.

There’s a fire in the old stone fireplace to ward off the chill, and the clinking of glasses blends with the murmur of conversation at the oldest continuously operated inn in America.

At Geoff Paul’s table, the talk is all about boats, and he’s describing his red-hulled Down East beauty — a York 36 Express built in Rockland, Maine, by York Custom Yachts — with the same passion he reserves for his role as owner of this iconic establishment.



‘Boatyard Breeze’

Oil painting by William Duffy

Gallery owner J. Russell Jinishian recalls seeing his first William Duffy work. “Just a small, quiet, unassuming painting of lobster traps piled next to an old shack.” But at second glance, “there was a light and atmosphere that kept drawing us back again and again.”



The Traveling Drakes: 30 years on the road

I’d dreamed of cruising under sail since Irving Johnson’s voyages aboard Yankee captivated me as a child. By 1971 my husband, George Maynard, and I — both Illinois-raised landlubbers — realized the only way we could afford similar exploits was in a sailboat we built ourselves.

We built an engineless wooden reproduction of Joshua Slocum’s yawl Spray in our Noank, Conn., back yard and sailed Scud around the world with our three children on a five-year voyage.



Velocity Made Good

Oracle Team USA sailed “low and fast” in eight consecutive races to foil New Zealand’s America’s Cup dream

The 34th America’s Cup was supposed to be the most spectacular ever. It almost went down in Cup history as the biggest bomb ever. Instead it will rank as one of sports’ most improbable comebacks: Oracle Team USA fights back from an 8-1 deficit to snatch the Auld Mug from Emirates Team New Zealand, 9-8.



Where were the American sailors?

Dawn RileyI was in San Francisco for the first week of the America’s Cup doing a fair amount of corporate entertainment. Running back and forth from Pier 27 to the Marina Green, to Crissy Field, the top of the Transamerica building, St. Francis Yacht Club and out on the water, I saw the racing from many vantage points.

Incredibly, they were all great, proving that San Francisco is truly an amphitheater for sailing.



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