Local Waters February 2012
Posted on 01 February 2012
Written by Rich Armstrong
Designed in Maine, built in Florida
Belfast and Sarasota
The Belfast, Maine, design firm Stephens Waring Yacht Design, best known for sailing yachts that blend classic lines with high performance, collaborated with Sarasota, Fla., boatbuilder Rivolta Yachts on the soon-to-be-launched Vintage 43.
The boat is designed to be an easily managed, well-appointed daysailer with plush accommodations. “Piero Rivolta selected Stephens Waring Yacht Design for our profound understanding of the challenges and rewards in combining traditional beauty with modern materials and performance,” says Robert Stephens, half of the Stephens Waring design partnership. “The Vintage 43 will reward her owners with easy, graceful sailing and comfortable lounging and overnighting possibilities and, of course, admiring glances from fellow sailors.”
The Rivolta 43 Vintage was scheduled to be launched in January. www.stephenswaring.com, www.rivolta.com
Concept store combines water, mountain sports
Atlantis WeatherGear and Cloudveil have teamed up for a new A&C concept store in downtown Marblehead, Mass. A&C combines two American outdoor brands, Atlantis boating apparel and Cloudveil mountain apparel. The complementary nature of the brands is expected to appeal to those who spend summer on the water and winter in the mountains.
“Cloudveil is the perfect complement to the Atlantis range since most sailors tend to spend the colder months on snow,” says Atlantis CMO Bill Lynn. “Both brands are born from a similar ‘by athletes for athletes’ approach to technical apparel design, and they share a similar focus on performance and quality.”
The Atlantis product line can be seen at www.atlantisweathergear.com. The Cloudveil line can be seen at www.cloudveil.com. Call (781) 639-0108 for information.
OpSail to make stop in Connecticut
New London, Conn.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be honorary chairman of OpSail2012CT, a four-day event that will draw tall ships from around the world to the New London, Conn., area next summer.
The festival, which will take place July 6-9, is part of a national maritime celebration traveling to six U.S. cities and Puerto Rico to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Weekend festivities will include a parade of sail, fireworks and an opportunity to tour the tall ships.
OpSail2012CT has received commitments from sail-training tall ships from seven countries — Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Spain and Russia. New London and Groton, opposite each other at the mouth of the Thames River, will host the ships.
A welcoming event is planned in East Lyme on the night of July 6, when the tall ships will anchor in Niantic Bay to prepare for the next day’s parade of sail to the Thames River, led by the Coast Guard barque Eagle. www.opsail2012ct.com
This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue.