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Marion-Bermuda fleet set to depart June 17

The 15th biennial Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race gets under way on Buzzards Bay June 17. The race, which began in 1977, is hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club, the Blue Water Sailing Club and, the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.

The race is open to single-hulled sailing vessels with a minimum hull length, exclusive of sprits, of 32 feet, and a maximum of 80 feet. This year, for the first time, the race will be open to two new categories: multihull yachts and double-handed yachts. For monohulls the race starts on Buzzards Bay June 17. Multihulls, which are expected to be up to a day faster, will start June 18.

Also for the first time, a trophy will be awarded for the best finish of a yacht with an all-female crew.

The race includes both Celestial and Electronic divisions, with equal distribution of prizes to both groups, with the exception of the Navigator Trophy, which is awarded to the Celestial winner.

The race topped 75 applications in late April, but late entries are expected to bring the fleet to around 80 yachts. www.marionbermuda.com

Herreshoff museum open for the season

The Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, R.I., reopened April 30, and will be open daily seven days per week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $2 for students (with student ID); special group rates are also available. Children under 12 are admitted free.

For those visiting by boat, moorings are available; for reservations call on marine radio VHF channel 68, which the museum monitors.

For information call (401) 253-5000 or visit www.herreshoff.org.

Buzzards Bay Regatta

returns this August

The 33rd annual Buzzards Bay Regatta, Aug. 5 to 7, will be hosted by the New Bedford Yacht Club in Padanaram, also sponsored by the Low Tide, Mattapoisett and Beverly yacht clubs.

Ariel II is slated to be used for a press boat again this year. She is the restored 47-foot Herreshoff cruiser used for the regatta in 2003.

For more information, visit www.buzzardsbayregatta.com, or contact Tom Kenney at (508) 984-1820 or by e-mail, tkenney@amp100.hbs.edu .

Marina enlists in

aid-the-troops effort

The employees at Hyannis Marina on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod didn’t have to look any further than a 12-year-old boy in nearby Brewster to help U.S. troops overseas.

Amy Duquette, who does marketing for the marina, said she was looking for a community service project to help the troops when she learned about Dylan DeSilva, a Boy Scout who had formed a non-profit organization, Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops. The organization sends care packages to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The marina invited Dylan to set up a collection booth at its boat show, held the last weekend in April. Dylan not only raised money, he had a chance meeting with Dennis Barrett, one of the soldiers who had received a Cape Cod Cares package. Dylan met Barrett, 33, a National Guard tech sergeant who had served six months in Iraq, while the soldier was eating lunch at Trader Ed’s restaurant, located at the marina.

A local newspaper ran an article about the encounter, which was picked up by the Associated Press. As a result of the article, a man in Arkansas called Dylan about the program and its potential to be organized by Boy Scouts nationwide.

“We were just looking for a program to sponsor that would bring good things in return,” Duquette said in a phone interview. “It turned out to be wonderful.”

The marina will continue its support for Dylan’s cause by sponsoring “Troops in the Spotlight” during Memorial Day weekend, an event organized by Dylan to collect package items and money for postage. Members from all branches of the military will be standing at attention during the entire 24 hours of the event at the Capetown Plaza in Hyannis.

In addition to a $500 donation, Hyannis Marina will provide a cuddy cabin boat where the military personnel can take a break when not at attention. The boat will be trailered to the shopping plaza and stored on the hard in the parking lot.

Patrons can donate items for the care package, or they can sponsor a complete care package for a soldier for $40. www.capecod4thetroops.com

— JoAnn W. Goddard

Hunter yachts to

rendezvous in Maine

Owners of Hunter yachts will have a variety of Hunter rendezvous, regattas and events to choose from in 2005, in both the United States and Canada.

The rendezvous for the Northeast Region will take place July 16 to 30 at Ocean Point Marina in East Boothbay, Maine. For information, call (207) 576-5433. www.mainehuntersailing.com

More funding for Marine Mentoring Program

The Marine Mentoring Program at Atlantic Challenge, now in its fourth year, is has received financial support from the MBNA Foundation, the Sunshine Lady Foundation and an anonymous donor. The after-school program allows area youth, with mentors, to explore and develop ties to Maine’s marine heritage.

The program is designed to connect younger students with trained community volunteers, retired boatbuilders and the Apprenticeshop staff. Students hone their problem solving, critical thinking and practical math skills while learning to work together as a team and developing positive relationships with adults.

Currently two staff members and three volunteers are working with four Rockland middle-school students constructing three 7-foot rowing skiffs. The students have been spending five hours a week since November learning boat design, hand tool operations and safety. The group was setto launch two of the boats in June.

For more information call (207) 594-1800. www.atlanticchallenge.com

Stonington sailor

honored with program

A sail-education program dedicated to the memory of Sydney Rogers, a well-known sailor in Stonington, Conn., has been created to promote instruction in seamanship, sportsmanship and safety in boating activities in the Stonington community.

Rogers, one-time publisher of Boating Magazine and Stonington resident as well as a founding member of the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, died Feb. 2.

“Syd was a legend in our region and the quintessential yachtsman,” says Spike Lobdell, SHYC commodore. “He believed in getting as many people sailing as possible, but only if they could do it safely.”

Born 1919 in Fall River, Mass., Rogers was a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, and served in the Navy in World War II on the Fletcher Class destroyer USS Hart in the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific. He supported invasions in Tinian, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Borneo and Jinsen, and served as navigator for the last four months of duty.

A longtime sailor, he made trans-Atlantic passages, sailed 12 Bermuda races and six Southern Ocean Circuits. He was a member of the Wadawanuck Club, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the New York Yacht Club, the Herreshoff Museum and the Mystic Seaport Museum, and was active on the Stonington Harbor Management Commission.

From 1963 to 1987 Rogers worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. as vice president and publisher of Boating and A+ magazines.

“Syd’s other passion was to help more women become skippers,” said Lobdell. “He felt that too many wives/partners of sailors found themselves in too passive a role when it came to the very important business of boat handling, especially under adverse conditions.

“To this end, we have sponsored— and will continue to offer — the ‘Suddenly Alone’ series given by the Cruising Club of America, as well as world-class seminars with NorthU, the educational arm of North Sails,” he says. “These courses and this education — along with our summer-long adult and junior sailing programs — are exactly what Syd was so intent we should be doing.”

For more information on the Sydney H. Rogers Community Sailing Program and the SHYC, call (860) 535-0112 or log on to www.shyc.us.

Landing School board

approves new program

The Board of Trustees of Landing School approved the launching of a new continuing education program designed to meet marine industry demand for employee technical training in marine systems and boat construction.

Distinct from the school’s three traditional campus-based, full term programs in Boatbuilding, Yacht Design and Marine Systems Technology, this fourth program will feature short courses conducted at customer sites instead of at the school’s Arundel, Maine, campus.

When fully developed, the new program will offer courses that combine lectures with practical hands-on training labs in specific areas such as electrical systems, air conditioning and refrigeration, corrosion and other topics.

“What makes our program unique is that we take components of our industry-acclaimed full-time programs ‘on the road,’ servicing the needs of existing industry professionals” said associate director Glen Shivel.

For more information on The Landing School and its programs, contact Dennis Collins at (207) 985-7976, e-mail: info@landingschool.edu .