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Boat show fleet

returns to Newport docks

One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show will return to Rhode Island Sept. 15 to 18.

Now in its 35th year, the show will feature more than 600 sail and powerboats, and about 800 exhibitors. Activities will take place on more than 14 acres along America’s Cup Avenue, stretching from the Newport Yachting Center to the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Boats will range from 16 to 85 feet in length.

The show will also feature a number of demonstrations, speakers, workshops and family activities. There will be a special “VIP Day” on Sept. 15 ($20 per ticket) and “Women in Boating” events Sept. 16, which is also Newport County Resident’s Day and Military Day. All tickets will be half price with proper residential or military identification.

Hours each day are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for adults are $16 (children under 12 admitted free).

For information, call (401) 846-1115 or go to .

Strictly Sail Philadelphia

canceled for 2006

Strictly Sail Philadelphia, the show that debuted under difficult circumstances last January, has been canceled for 2006, returns for 2007, and is uncertain for 2008.

Sail America, which produces the show, said a conflict in dates at the Philadelphia Convention Center would have stripped a weekend day from the planned Jan. 26 to 29 production next year. The organization says it looked at “all available date options” from January through March, and decided the best choice was to pull back until 2007.

The same scheduling conflict exists in 2008, Sail America said, prompting a decision to skip that year as well, while “firming up” 2009 show dates. In 2010 an expansion of the convention center should be completed, enabling a return to an annual format, should organizers wish to do so.

Strictly Sail Philadelphia made its debut last Jan. 20 to 23 as a replacement for the sail-only show previously held in Atlantic City. The timing couldn’t have been worse. The show went up against a Philadelphia Eagles playoff game and an 18-inch snowfall that virtually paralyzed the city.

Despite the problems, the show managed to draw 10,000 people — well below the 15,000 to 17,000 turnout that had been expected — but enough for Sail America executives and some exhibitors to pronounce it a success.

The Philadelphia production is one of five Strictly Sail shows on the Sail America calendar. All the rest remain on schedule for 2006. They are Chicago, Feb. 2 to 5; Miami, Feb. 16 to 20; Pacific (Oakland, Calif.), April 19 to 23 and St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 2 to 5.

Wind farm developers

plan to change layout

Developers of the controversial Cape Wind project recently announced they would reconfigure the layout of their wind farm proposal for Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts.

The change calls for 10 turbines to be relocated out of state waters, and for 20 other turbines to be moved from deeper to more shallow waters, apparently lessening the impact on fishing and navigation. The reconfiguration comes in response to a request made by state secretary of environmental affairs, Ellen Roy Herzfelder, to remove turbines from state waters. Massachusetts doesn’t allow wind turbines within state waters, which extend three miles offshore.

Concerned residents had 20 days from June 30, the date the notice of project change was filed with the state, to submit comments about the turbine relocation.

The $800 million project calls for 130 turbines to be installed near Horseshoe Shoal over approximately 24 square miles. Cape Wind developers estimate the turbines will produce enough electricity to power roughly three-quarters of the Cape and Islands. If approved, the project would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

Proponents of the project, which was unveiled in 2001, say the wind farm will provide a substantial alternative to using fossil fuels, lessen effects of global warming and improve air quality. Opponents argue that the location of the turbines would detract from the natural beauty of the area, and are leery of giving public land on Nantucket Sound to a private developer.

— Jason Fell

Turnout good for Maine Boats and Harbors Show

This year’s third annual Maine Boats and Harbors Show in Rockland exceeded the organizers’ expectations.

Attendance was up over last year; 12,000 are estimated to have visited the show grounds over the three-day event, Aug. 12 to 15. Attendance in previous years was around 10,000.

The show itself was 20 percent bigger than last year, with 325 total exhibitors including 80 boats in the water.

Apprenticeshop launches

three wooden vessels

Apprentices in the two-year program at the Apprenticeshop of Maine launched three new wooden boats between July 9 and 16.

July 9 first- and second-year apprentices Nick Carlson of Balsam Lake, Wis.; Tito Parodi of Genoa, Italy; Sara Forristall of Newburyport, Mass.; and Martin Feracci of Gif sur Yvette, France, launched an 18-foot double-ender designed by Murray Peterson. The boat was commissioned by Sterling Williamson of Portsmouth, Va. “I’m blown away … from what I’ve seen, [the Apprenticeshop] has indeed exceeded my expectations. I look forward to getting up to Rockland and sailing that most beautiful work of art,” said Williamson.

At least 100 members of the community gathered July 16 at Atlantic Challenge’s Rockland waterfront facility to see two new-builds launched from the ways: a 24-foot lobsterboat designed by Apprenticeshop lead instructor Kevin Carney, and an 18-foot Moosabec Reach Boat.

The Moosabec Reach Boat, built by second-year apprentice Kate Tanski of Bar Harbor, Maine, and first-year apprentice Rick Ramenda of Newington, Conn., will be used as a ship’s tender for the private schooner Maggie B, which will cruise international waters.

The 24-foot lobsterboat was built by first- and second-year apprentices Andrew Nencheck of Califon, N.J.; Eric Stockinger of Dearborn, Mich.; Phineas Ramsey of Sacramento, Calif.; Lisa Zygowski of Caledonia, Ontario; and Todd Kosakowski of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. It is the third Carney-24 built at the Apprenticeshop following a 22-footer built in 2001.

This newly launched cedar plank over oak frame boat is currently for sale.

Red Jacket race

called a success

Atlantic Challenge’s Community Sailing Program hosted the second annual Rockland (Maine) Red Jacket Youth Regatta, July 31 on Rockland Harbor. Twenty-eight sailors from four local sailing programs completed six races while enjoying an afternoon of sunny skies, cool breezes and friendly competition fostering the sportsmanship, teamwork, and sailing skills that racing develops in youth sailors.

Atlantic Challenge, St. George Community Sailing, North Haven Casino Sailing, and Camden Yacht Club participated in this volunteer-run event. The waters near the Rockland breakwater filled with sails as 12 sailors raced in single person 8-foot dinghies called JY Club Trainers, and another 16 sailed two-person 15-foot sloops called 420s. Triangular race courses were set near the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in shifty 5- to 10-mile an hour southerly winds that required sailors to maximize sailing and boat-handling skills to sail fast.

The regatta is named in honor of the fast and famous Rockland-built clipper ship Red Jacket, launched in 1853 near the current location of Atlantic Challenge. Red Jacket set sailing records that stand to this day, and was widely known for her beautiful craftsmanship.

Maine Maritime Academy

offers new program

Maine Maritime Academy and The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design have recently established a joint curriculum to offer a degree program in small craft design. According to Dr. John Barlow, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Maine Maritime Academy, the college will award an associate in science degree to students who successfully complete the joint two-year program. The prescribed course of study includes one year of instruction at Maine Maritime Academy’s Castine, Maine, campus and a year of study at The Landing School’s Kennebunkport, Maine, facilities.

The new degree program is open for immediate enrollment according to admissions officials at both institutions. Prospective students must complete a dual admissions process to ensure that all prerequisites are met at each school. Students enrolled in the new degree program will be required to successfully complete all requirements of the respective institutions, studying for the first year at MMA and the second year at the Landing School.

Students who graduate from Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in small craft design will be qualified under current Maine law to design vessels not in excess of 200 tons or 200 feet in length overall.

For information contact Jeffrey Wright, director of admissions at Maine Maritime Academy, (800) 464-6565 (Maine), (800) 227-8465 (out-of-state).

Discount offered

on sailing lessons

Offshore Sailing School’s Summer Sail-Away Special, available at four Florida resorts, New York, New Jersey and Newport, R.I., is offered for a limited time at just $595 per person, representing up to $400 off the regular tuition.

US Sailing certification and a variety of sailing opportunities come with the class. In addition to discounts on advanced courses, the 41-year old Offshore Sailing School provides cruising vacations and unlimited sailing on school boats at select locations for its graduates.

The Sail-Away Special applies to new bookings on designated dates for courses taken before Oct. 31.

For information contact the school at (800) 221-4326.

IYRS Summer gala

raises over $350,000

As attendees of the International Yacht Restoration School annual Summer Gala filed out the doors at midnight July 15, organizers say it was clear the evening delivered on its promise of elegance, fun and fraternity among those with a love for classic boats.

After dinner, dancing and auction bids, it was revealed that the event raised $368,000 for the school’s educational programs in yacht restoration. The amount exceeds the school’s fundraising target of $350,000, and doubles what was raised at the event in 2004.

Some 600 people attended the evening, which had a “Gilded Age” theme to celebrate the era of the 1885 schooner yacht Coronet, now being restored at the school.

With dinner tickets sold out on the eve of the gala, organizers knew they had potential to reach their $350,000 target. But a live and silent auction run by Christie’s with some 30 items including an IYRS-restored boat, maritime artwork, and vacation and sailing opportunities donated by individuals and organizations pushed the event past its fundraising target.

Nautor sets up

base in Newport

Nautor’s Swan, the 40-year-old manufacturer of luxury sailboats based in Finland, is establishing a U.S. headquarters in Newport, R.I.

Nautor USA, located at the Newport Shipyard near Goat Island, will be responsible for sales and marketing for North America. The announcement was made by Enrico Chieffi, group vice president of marketing and sales, who will assume the title of chairman for the new headquarters. Steve Barker has been appointed executive vice president of sales, and Jack Gierhart will serve as executive vice president of marketing.

The office will collaborate with the two independent Nautor’s Swan agents based on the West coast, KKMI in San Francisco, and West Coast Yachts Inc. in Seattle.

For information call (401) 846-1090 or e-mail .

Tall ship festival

in R.I. set for 2007

Tall ships are returning to Rhode Island in 2007 and organizers are getting a two-year jump on a major celebration. The four-day festival will be held in Newport and will include public touring of an expected 15 to 20 tall ships, and culminate with a parade of sail on Narragansett Bay.

Gorch Fock II of Germany and Tarangini of India have already committed to participating. Both are designated Class A, the category for the largest of the vessels. Gorch Fock II, at 293 feet, is a three-masted square-rigged bark and a sister ship to the U.S. Coast Guard’s New London-based Eagle, which is also expected to participate in the event. Tarangini, also a three-masted bark, measures 177 feet and provides character-building and sail training for officer cadets of the First Training Squadron and officers/ sailors in the Indian Navy.

Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 is looking for volunteers and sponsors, and will donate any revenue over expenditures to youth programs, sailtraining and family services.

Maine boatbuilder

honored by state

Hodgdon Yachts of Boothbay, Maine, was recently presented with the Pine Tree Zone Certification by Gov. John Baldacci.

The governor introduced the Pine Tree Zone program, an aggressive incentive package structured to bring jobs and new business to Maine, in February 2004. State officials credit the program with helping to create 2,800 jobs. Fifty-three businesses have received PTZ certification.

Hodgdon, which currently employs 76 people, plans on adding up to 25 new jobs as part of its long-term growth strategy, which includes a contract with the Navy to design and build a composite high-speed prototype patrol vessel.

Jobson among

museum lecturers

The Herreshoff Marine Museum of Bristol, R.I., is offering a lecture series through October. On Sept. 13, author Chris Pastore will give a lecture and book signing on his book “Temple to the Wind: The Story of America’s Greatest Naval Architect and His Masterpiece, Reliance.”

America’s Cup sailor, author and commentator Gary Jobson will give the Carlton J. Pinheiro Memorial Lecture on “The Rolex Trans-Atlantic Challenge 2005” Oct. 11.

The lectures take place Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Aria Gallery at the museum, and are free to museum members. Non-members’ fee is $5. Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside St., Bristol, RI 02809. (401) 253-5000.

Maptech offers updated

New England coast guide

The new “Embassy Guide, New England Coast,” from Maptech, with 575 pages, 156 nautical charts, over 800 marinas and 274 photos, now offers coverage to the area known as Region 2 in ChartKits. It also works hand-in-hand with other MapTech titles, namely ChartKit, Marine Navigator, and Digital ChartKit.

Areas covered are Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts Bay, Cape Ann to Maine, the Southern Coast, Casco Bay, Midcoast, Penobscot Bay, Mount Desert Area, the Bold Coast and Passamaquoddy Bay.

Embassy Guides are available directly from Maptech and from marine retail stores nationwide.

New Safe/Sea vessel

on patrol in R.I. waters

Safe/Sea, the Rhode Island-based marine assistance and salvage company continues to upgrade its fleet of rescue vessels to better serve local boaters. A new 35-foot RIB began service in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound May 2.

Almar, of Tacoma, Wash., designed and built the new vessel. The new boat is 2 feet longer, and has more powerful engines and an expanded electronics package from previous boats built for Safe/Sea.

The vessel is powered by two Yanmar LY series, 370-hp aftercooled turbo-charged diesel engines instead of the previously used 315hp Yanmar engines. These are coupled to Borg Warner model 72, 1:1 marine gears modified for commercial use and Hamilton model 274 jet drives. This package not only allows the vessel to cruise at 36 knots, but the Hamilton jets provide unparalleled maneuverability when docking, including the ability to move the vessel directly sideways, as well as turn the vessel within its own length.

A guide to

coastal Rhode Island

“Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast” is a guide to over 340 public sites along the coast of Rhode Island. The guide reveals the best places to fish, swim, boat, surf, bird-watch and stroll, according to the publisher.

This 84-page guide features descriptions, maps and photographs of sites in Rhode Island’s 21 coastal towns, as well as icons to denote the primary use of each site. The guide covers both well-known sites — like Newport’s cliff walk — and hidden areas, like Jamestown’s Conanicut Island Sanctuary and Providence’s Blackstone Park. Contact: Rhode Island Sea Grant Publications, (401) 874-6842

New boat yacht takes shape at New England Boatworks

A 45-Foot Sparkman & Stephens-Designed Fast Cruiser is being built at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, R.I.

The owner of the classically-styled 45-footer wanted a yacht with a combination of design and construction qualities that he couldn’t find in any other powerboat in the market. A seaworthy yacht for extended cruising, the 30-knot powerboat is designed for fast offshore passages between the islands of the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Eastern seaboard. The yacht combines shallow (3-foot, 3-inch) draft with a generous 1,000-gallon fuel capacity to maximize access to the owner’s favorite cruising grounds.

Because the yacht carries more fuel and sound insulation than is common for boats this size, NEB is incorporating weightsaving composite construction of vacuum-bagged E-glass, SP Systems epoxy, and Core-Cell foam core, according to the builder. The resulting modest 29,000-pound displacement means tat the twin 440-horsepower Yanmar turbo-charged diesels (turning 27-inch, 5-bladed propellers) will push the yacht to a top speed of 30 knots and maintain a 24-knot cruising speed, according to NEB.

Alden Yachts to build

new 52-foot motoryacht

Alden Yachts Corporation of Portsmouth, R.I., announced in March the signing of a new contract to build a 52-foot Motor Yacht. The vessel will be hull No. 17 in the Alden Yachts 50-56 series, and will be the sixth constructed using post-thermal cured epoxy resin since the company made the transition to epoxy construction.

The yacht will be powered by twin Cummins 660-hp diesel engines. The interior will feature a two-stateroom, two-head arrangement finished in cherry.

Unique to this yacht will be a new transom design — a reverse with a gentle curve — and a new flybridge design with a more aggressive forward rake.

“This yacht will have a contemporary feel to it, yet it will retain the overall classic look which has become a trademark of all of our yachts,” maintains David MacFarlane, president of Alden Yachts.

Completion of the 52 Motor Yacht is scheduled for spring 2006. Call Alden Yachts at (401) 683-4200.

Maine school launches

boat donation initiative

The Community School in Camden, Maine, has entered into an agreement with Block Island Maritime Funding to begin a boat donation program in order to raise scholarship operating funds.

Proceeds from the sale or charter of donated boats will be used to further the school’s alternative educational programs. The Community School works with high school students who have dropped out of conventional schools.

The fund-raising initiative is aimed at individuals who would like to support the school’s programs, have experienced difficulty in selling their boats or don’t want the complications of a private sale. The school will accept almost any type of vessel, sail or power, as long as it is in seaworthy condition.

Donors to the school will be advised by Block Island Maritime Funding on all elements of a donation, including the significant tax advantages. The savings an individual can realize on taxes can approach the market value of their boat, since the Community School and Block Island Maritime Funding are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Call Community School at (207) 236-3000; or Block Island Maritime Funding at (401) 842-0752.

Sea Tow, Brewer

craft joint offer

Sea Tow Central Connecticut, a franchise of Sea Tow Services International, has signed a yearlong agreement with Brewer Yacht Sales to provide free 60-day memberships on every boat sold in 2005 in any of Brewer’s 12 locations throughout the Northeast.

“Our statistics show that within the first 60 to 90 days of taking ownership of the boat is when the most common boating mishaps occur because the boater is getting used to their new vessel,” says Capt. Thomas Kehlenbach III, owner of Sea Tow Central Connecticut.

Call Brewer Yacht Sales’ corporate office at (860) 399-6213.;

Boat donations

now made easier

A new online service called ONEtool is helping the Massachusetts Maritime Academy reduce the time it takes to process donated vessels.

Donated boats are used by the academy for seamanship, boat handling, maintenance and piloting training. Vessels are also used to facilitate the college’s educational programs through internships, federal work-study, and cooperative learning services in International Marine Business, and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Degree programs.

The marine software and data management services company, Secured Marine Trust, is located in New Haven, Conn. It operates on a secure Web-based server, and quickly executes a one-click transfer of vessel information from the U.S. Coast Guard database of documented vessels. A form ready for signature can be prepared within minutes.

Call MMA at (800) 453-2541.

NOAA grant

to aid NE fisheries

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 council is responsible for fishery management in the waters off Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Its goals and objectives are to rebuild overfished stocks, protect fish habitat and address bycatch issues. The council manages the groundfish, scallop, monkfish, herring, dogfish, red crab, skate, whiting and Atlantic salmon fisheries.

NOAA strives to enhance national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events, and to provide environmental stewardship of coastal and marine resources.

‘Clean Marine’ status

for Thomaston, Maine, yard

Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Company of Thomaston, Maine, is the first marina in the state to be awarded Clean Marina status under the recently expanded Maine Clean Boatyards & Marinas Program.

The purpose of the program, which started as a pilot project in Casco Bay, is to curb coastal pollution resulting from stormwater runoff, boat maintenance, fueling activities, waste storage and disposal and sewage. In order to qualify as a Maine Clean Boatyard & Marina, Lyman Morse had to demonstrate a high level of compliance in each of the five program areas.

Participation in the Maine Clean Boatyards & Marinas Program is voluntary, with participating companies signing a pledge, completing a self-assessment and then inviting a verification team to inspect the facility.

New head

for CG Foundation

Ross E. Roeder, chairman of the board of Smart & Finial Inc., one of the West Coast’s largest retailers, has been elected board chair of the Coast Guard Foundation, a national non-profit organization. Roeder is a director of Mercantile Bank, St. Petersburg, Fla.

His corporate experience includes service as director of Chico’s apparel, chairman of Morgan-Kaufman Publishers, COO of Denny’s, and CEO of Fotomat. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA. He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and as president of the Board of Trustees at Michigan Technological University.

He replaces James Caraway, a trial attorney who served as chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation for the past three years.

Singles sailing club

back on the water

The Landfall Sailing Club, a sailing club for singles, is looking for new members. Founded in eastern Massachusetts, the club was formed to encourage and promote the sport of sailing for single people of good character over the age of 35.

The club also seeks to bring together boat owners and people who want to sail but don’t have boats, with emphasis on enjoying the sport. A year-round non-profit organization, the club offers daysails, weekend sails and occasional cruises in the eastern Massachusetts and Buzzards Bay areas.

Experience is not required for membership, but members must show a genuine interest in sailing by attending a Coast Guard-approved safe boating course.

Members’ yachts vary in size from 23 to 46 feet, and are moored from Winthrop on the North Shore of Boston to Westport on the South Coast.

Monthly gatherings of all members are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at selected locations. Call (781) 826-3438.