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Spring boat show

banishes winter

The Newport (R.I.) Spring Boat Show will be held May 19 to 22 at the Newport Yachting Center. More in-water display space has been added for this year’s show, and more professional brokers are expected to attend. Hundreds of previously owned and new models of powerboats, sailboats, multihulls, kayaks, inflata-

bles and dinghies will be on display, as well as a huge array of boating accessories and services. Agents will be available to answer questions on finance and insurance, and seminars will be held on a wide variety of subjects. Activities for children will also be available. A cocktail party sponsored by

the show’s charitable partner, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will take place Thursday night.

Tickets are $10 for adults, with advance tickets at $8 available until May 8. Tickets for preview day (May 19) are $15. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult attend free except Thursday. Hours are Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: (800) 582-7846. www.

Women’s sailing

conference set for June

The National Women’s Sailing Association and The Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Mass., will hold the fourth Women’s Sailing Conference June 4 at the Corinthian Yacht Club. The fee to attend is $110 for NWSA members and $145 for non-members.

The event is a daylong conference dedicated to introducing or enhancing the sailing skills for female recreational sailors through on-the-water and on-land seminars. Seminar topics include introduction to sailing, introduction to racing, weather, first aid at sea, cruising preparation, knots, navigation, spinnakers, sail trim, overboard drills and heavy-weather sailing.

For information call (866) 631-6972.; www.women

Ribcraft to supply

regatta support boats

Rigid Inflatable Boat designer and manufacturer Ribcraft signed an agreement with the New York Yacht Club to supply RIBs for the 2005 ISAF Team Racing Worlds to be held this September.

Ribcraft will provide more than 20 Ribcraft 4.8s, which will be used as umpire and support boats for the event. The company is a leading supplier of safety, coach and mark boats to yacht clubs and sailing programs. The Direct Buying Program enabled the New York Yacht Club to purchase boats from Ribcraft at a discounted price and in turn to pre-sell the RIBs to their members to offset the costs associated with a large event such as the Worlds.

“The program we developed for the New York Yacht Club is an excellent example of our continued commitment to the sailing community in striving to provide clubs with unique solutions that meet their needs,” said Matthew Velluto, Ribcraft’s director of marketing.

$2.7 million grant to

N.E. management council

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded a $2,798,251 grant to the New England Fishery Management Council to support the continued creation and implementation of fishery management plans and conservation efforts.

The goals of the council are to end overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, protect essential fish habitat and address bycatch issues. The council manages the groundfish, scallop, monkfish, herring, dogfish, red crab, skate, whiting and Atlantic salmon fisheries.

Each year, NOAA awards about $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities. NOAA is also dedicated to enhancing national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events, and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Event calendar

warms up at MOY

The Museum of Yachting in Newport, R.I., has announced its spring schedule of events.

On April 20 at the Seaman’s Church Institute, Rosemary Joy will host a presentation of J-class sailing in England in the 1930s, including racing on Britannia, Shamrock V, Velsheda, Endeavour and Westward. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Reservations are recommended.

On May 14 the museum will host a 25th anniversary celebration and fund-raising event called Sail Into Summer. The evening will include cocktails, previews of the museum’s new exhibits and many unique items available for auction. America’s Cup-winning tactician Gary Jobson will be guest of honor. Tickets for the event are $50 for museum members, $75 for Friends, and $100 for Supporters, which will include a private champagne reception with Jobson.

The museum is at Fort Adams State Park, and is open to the public from May 15 to Oct. 31. Phone: (401) 847-1018.

Brooklin Boat Yard

readies two for launch

Two unique boats are set to be launched in 2005 by Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine.

Designed by Robert Stephens, Goshawk is a 76-foot fast sloop with a hull constructed by Rockport Marine. The boat was towed to the Brooklin yard in September where it was immediately hauled and moved to the main shop for completion. Powered by a Yanmar 125-hp turbo diesel, Goshawk is scheduled for launch in time for the Marblehead-Halifax race in spring.

Aphrodite is a 74-foot Long Island Sound commuter yacht originally built in 1937 by the Purdy Boat Company. This project is a complete restoration using the original boat as a template. The boat has been completely documented and disassembled, and the final original frame was removed in September 2004. Once all structure work has been completed, replanking the hull will begin, followed by systems installations. The boat is scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2005.

Landing School

appoints new leader

The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design of Kennebunkport, Maine, recently appointed Barry R. Acker of Eastsound, Wash., as president.

Acker received a master’s degree in political science from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 1972 before joining the US Air Force, where he worked as a personnel administrator and vocational counselor.

In 1973 he became dean of students at the Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Mass., and was later headmaster of Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Wash. He was appointed headmaster of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, before assuming the role of superintendent of schools of Orcas Island, Wash.

He and his wife, Janet, are active cruising sailors, with significant experience sailing both the coast of Maine as well as the Pacific Northwest.

Founded in 1979, the Landing School provides highly qualified entry-level professionals for the marine industry.

Atlantic Challenge gains new trustee

The Atlantic Challenge Board voted in William Zierden as trustee at its winter meeting in January.

Zierden has had a lifelong involvement with the sea and boats, most recently as an Atlantic Challenge volunteer adult sailing instructor in 2004. He and his wife, Sally, divide their time between St. George, Maine, and Annapolis, Md.

Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Zierden served on a diesel boat in the Pacific, and then through two patrols on a Polaris missile nuclear submarine. After leaving the Navy he spent two years in the mid-1960s introducing Community Action and Head Start programs into communities in Mississippi.

After completing a PhD in organizational behavior at Yale, Zierden joined the Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia, where he was tenured. He then joined Circuit Stores as senior vice president of human resources. Most recently he has worked with venture capital-backed startup companies as a consultant or board member.

“For me the real pleasure and drive to continue comes from feeling the well-formed piece of wood, or kneeling on the leeward side of a cockpit with the boat driving to windward at hull speed,” Zierden said. “If we can provide a taste of those experiences for our students, good things will follow, including discipline, understanding of teamwork, and a respect for the sea and its heritage.”

Sail Newport hosting

two sailing regattas

Sail Newport will be hosting two sailing events this season, the Jimmy Fund Regatta and the Newport Regatta.

The Jimmy Fund Regatta, to run June 4 and 5, will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A large turnout is expected for both the offshore racing and a social event. Shoreside operations will be located at the Newport Shipyard, where most of the boats will dock. Dockage is also available at Sail Newport for a nominal cost.

On June 4 a giant flotilla of boats will race around Conanicut Island in Sail for Jimmy. Buoy racing will be featured the following day. Plans are to make the event an annual regatta on the first weekend of June every year.

The annual Newport Regatta is considered a premiere East Coast sailing event due to its 20-year history as the largest multiclass sailing event in Narragansett Bay. To be held July 16 and 17, the regatta will expand the PHRF fleet and be one of the first regattas to use the new IRC rating rule. (Boats may choose which class to race in.) Twenty classes of one-design boats will also be racing. Phone: (401) 846-1983.

Nordic Tug owners

invited to summer cruise

A traveling boat show featuring Nordic Tugs is planned for New York’s Hudson River, the canal system, St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain this summer. Cruising aboard a 2005 Nordic Tug with flybridge, teammates from Wilde Yacht Sales of Essex, Conn., are charting a course from the Connecticut River to the Hudson, weighing anchor from Essex Harbor June 20. The first night a “weigh anchor party” is planned at Sea Cliff, N.Y., near Manhasset Bay. Among the major stopovers planned for the participating tugs will be Kingston on the Hudson River, Waterford, Schenectady and Sylvan Beach, at the east end of Oneida Lake. Plans call for stops in the Finger Lakes before heading north to Oswego and on to Rochester in the first leg of the 1,374-mile journey by water.

On July 5 the Wilde Yacht teammates will change captains and crew in Oswego, N.Y., for the second half of the journey with planned stopovers in Clayton, Alexander Bay and the Reichlieu Canal, for a third crew change. After a leisurely cruise in Lake Champlain, there will be a reception for tug enthusiasts at a Whitehall, N.Y., marina. The team will then navigate the historic locks north of the Hudson River.

The host Nordic Tug 37 will drop anchor back in Essex Harbor by July 17 — in time for the Fifth Annual Nordic Tug Owners Northeast Rendezvous, scheduled for July 27 and 28 at Essex Island Marina.

Wilde Yacht Sales is the exclusive Nordic Tug dealer for New England, New York, Northern Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and Canada. Annapolis Sailyard ( is the exclusive Nordic Tug dealer for Chesapeake Bay.

Tug owners are invited to join the trip at any time. Call (888) 447-6944 or e-mail

Beneteau announces

rendezvous schedule

The 2005 Beneteau owner’s rendezvous schedule for the East Coast kicks off with a June 10 to 12 rendezvous on Solomons Island, Md. The contact is Annapolis Yacht Sales, vera@annapolis, (410) 267-8181.

A rendezvous will also take place July 15 to 17 in Mystic, Conn. The contact is Sailing Specialties, sailing@sailing, (860) 536-4974.

The company will host 10 owner rendezvous events across the United States and Canada this year, along with the support of dealer, owner and sponsor networks. Each event will last around two to three days, and feature educational seminars, on-the-water activities, theme parties, and lots of owner camaraderie.

Trump casino to host

Bertram rendezvous

The Trump Marina and Casino will again host the Bertram Mid-Atlantic Rendezvous. More than 30 boats and some 100 registrants attended the inaugural event in 2004. Pre-registration has already exceeded last year’s attendance.

The Bertram Mid-Atlantic Rendezvous invites owners of Bertrams of all sizes, with or without their boats, as well as Bertram aficionados, to join the festivities. Any interested person can visit the docks, look at the boats and talk to the owners. Bertram and Marine Max will sponsor a “DockTail Martini Party.” Participants can visit the classic Bertrams at the docks or take a sea trial on a brand new factory Bertram. Contact Charlie Haws at (732) 477-7210 for more information.

New club emphasizes

New England cruises

The Stonington Cruising Club, a new organization emphasizing on-water activities including safe and enjoyable local and offshore cruises, has been established at Stonington, Conn.

Organizers say their vision is that the club will become a well-regarded organization of skilled and dedicated sailors.

Chris Culver, elected commodore in late December, said the focus is to “introduce qualified boaters who share our passion for cruising and seamanship, and not on creating a larger and more structured organization.”

The club held its first organizing meeting over a November weekend in Norwich, Conn. Members have written and approved bylaws and a membership plan for the club, designed a burgee, and produced a newsletter, CruiseNews.

This season’s two-week summer cruise will visit ports within one or two days’ sailing distance of Stonington, with a format designed to make it easy for participants to join or leave the fleet along the way.

The club also is planning a full-day seamanship workshop early in the season. Contact Dick Truitt at (203) 857-0303 or

First state high school

marine trades curriculum

The American Boat & Yacht Council of Edgewater, Md., and the Rhode Island Career and Technical Center Director’s Association of Warwick, R.I., announced the completion of the first unified,

standards-based high school-level marine technology curriculum in the country.

While a number of the ABYC standards are already being used in the Rhode Island marine technology courses, full implementation and use of the curriculum by all of the high school Marine technology programs in the state is slated to begin in the fall of 2005.

Contact the ABYC education department at (410) 956-1050.

Marine lecture

series wraps up

The winter/spring lecture series at Atlantic Challenge runs through April 27 in Rockland, Maine. All lectures are held on alternate Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

April 13 brings Penobscot Marine

Museum curator Ben Fuller, who will outline the events surrounding Capt. George Waymouth’s epic 1605 exploratory journey and its impact on Maine’s settlement, history and Native American people.

The series comes to a close on April 27 with Jane Ryan, captain of the Penobscot Bay Pilot Boat, presenting “On Station Year-Round in Maine.”

For information, call (207) 594-1800 or visit

Symposium: Chris-Craft’s place in history

The 2005 ACBS Antique Motorboating Symposium, to be held April 22 to 24 at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Va., will provide insight about Chris-Craft’s path to becoming a boating industry leader for more than 40 years.

Former Chris-Craft executives Chris Smith, Don McKerer and Dick Avery will offer insiders’ views on the company’s history. Sessions will include analysis of Chris-Craft boats and their place in the boating industry; practical advice on research, restoration and preservation; and expert demonstrations of restoration methods and techniques.

The Mariners’ Museum also has a number of premier exhibits that will make the event even more memorable. The new $6 million International Small Craft Collection facility displays several pristine Chris-Crafts among its collection of over 70 notable boats from around the world.

The Mariners’ Museum Library also is the home of the Chris-Craft Collection, featuring archives of detailed boat information, hull cards, drawings, photographs and boat manufacturing shop directives.

Commercial net rules

one topic of meeting

Commercial fishing net regulations, law enforcement and fisheries patrols were the topics of discussion at a Commercial Fishing Net Meeting held in March at Coast Guard Station Gloucester in Mass.

Sen. Bruce Tarr, Coast Guard officials, and members of National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Fisheries Training Center, Marine Environmental Police, Euro Net manufacturer and local Gloucester fishermen were in attendance.

Coast Guardsmen explained to local Gloucester, Mass., fishermen how to properly measure their fishing nets by using a measuring device called a “spade.” A Euro Net manufacturer representative explained the composition of their fishing nets and tendency to shrink after usage.