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New York marina to berth megayachts

Fort Lauderdale-based Island Global Yachting recently acquired the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina for $34 million, according to a report in the Long Island newspaper, Newsday.

IGY, which developed and operates more than a dozen marinas in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Middle East, reportedly plans to redevelop the marina to accommodate megayachts, according to the paper.

IGY was formed for the purpose of acquiring, controlling and/or servicing highly desired, megayacht and luxury marinas and surrounding upland real estate in key regions throughout the world, according to the company Web site.

IGY has an agreement to develop and manage all Nakheel marina properties in Dubai, including The Palm Islands and The World, two manmade islands under development in Dubai.

IGY’s parent company is Island Capital Management.

Auxiliary offers course on reading charts

The public has an opportunity to upgrade their boating skills with the “How To Read A Nautical Chart” course to be presented by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 72 in Norwalk, Conn.

The four-hour seminar provides information on how to plot a safe passage, avoid navigational dangers, and determine position. It will teach boaters how to interpret charts, highlighting limitations and showing their relationship to today’s modern electronic navigational instruments.

Immediately after the course, an optional one-hour hands-on training session will be held on the use of charting tools. Students should bring their own plotting instruments.

The course will be offered twice — May 19 and June 23 — from 8 a.m. to noon, with the optional session at 1 p.m. Classes will be conducted at the DominicLamettaTrainingCenter located near the southern end of CalfPastureBeach. The fee is $45 and includes textbook and study chart. Upon registering early, students have the option of receiving their course materials in advance, to make the most of class time.

To register or for additional course information, contact Peggy Bonhage, Registrar at (203) 846-8471 or .

Shifty Sailors to storm seaports

The Shifty Sailors, a maritime shanty band from Whidbey Island, near Seattle, are expected to arrive in Boston June 27 to begin a two-week tour of the seaports of New England.

Beginning with the Tall Ship Festival in Newport, they will sing their way through Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.

A group of 20 male singers (17 will be along on the tour) living on Whidbey Island, their repertoire includes shanties, fishing songs, songs of the rivers and canals, naval and merchant marine songs, songs of shipwrecks, hymns and more.

Without the two-week tour their summer schedule is chock full with events such as festivals, concerts, parties and fairs. To see who they are check out their Web site at

Followers of the Tall Ships, the Shifties have performed at festivals in Bergen, Norway; Riga, Latvia; G’dynia, Poland; Luebeck, Germany; Waterford, Ireland; and Cherbourg, France.

This will be their first appearance at a tall ship festival in New England.

The New England tour stops are:

June 28 – Newport, R.I., Tall Ship Festival

June 29 – Newport, R.I., Tall Ship Festival

June 30 – Mystic Seaport Concert, SailCT Fundraiser (Westbrook)

July 1 – Noon concert at Norwalk (Conn.) Pier, New Bedford (Mass.) WhalingMuseum (evening)

July 2 – Nantucket, Mass., MethodistChurch

July 3 – Park Concert in Hyannis, Mass., Sing aboard Mayflower II

July 4 – Pub Tour in Boston

July 5 – Concert in Rockport, Mass.

July 6-8 – Perform in Portland, Brunswick & Bath, Maine, Art Festival in Belfast, Sea Dog Brewing Company in Topsham.

Mystic River Y.C. opens spring frostbiting season

The Mystic River Yacht Club’s first Frostbite Regatta of 2007, held April 1, benefited from great weather. The breeze held from the south at about 10 knots and temperatures were moderate.

Organizers say they fielded the strongest fleet to date posted for seven races, and no one team dominated the regatta. The regatta included six father/son-or-daughter teams.

Winning the regatta by a single point was Woody Bergandahl of the Ram Island Yacht Club sailing with Bruce Oaks. In second place was Jay Greenfield also of the Ram Island Yacht Club sailing with Patrick Murphy. Taking a third in a tiebreaker from Bruce and Kristen Cathcart were Ted and Andrew Corning of the Conanicut Yacht Club.

Spectators (ashore or aboard a boat) are encouraged. To track the cumulative standings, visit

New sailing cat comes to the region

The custom Alibi 47 from France is now available from New York-based multihull dealer Aeroyacht, the exclusive dealer for North America.

Designed by Loic Goepfert, the electric-drive Alibi 47 features a square-top mainsail, aft-ballast water tanks, clever dinghy storage, asymmetric daggerboards and a central computer system.

Contact Aeroyacht at (800) 446-0010, or visit . The builder’s site is .

Clubs honor autumn frostbiters

The 2006 Stonington Harbor Fall Frostbite Series, hosted by the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club and the Wadawanuck Yacht Club, had its Fall Awards dinner in March at the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club.

This season’s top three sailors were: Rob Scala, Gary Orkney and Dave Nickerson.

A total of 25 Laser racers participated in the 76 race series that was conducted over 12 Saturdays extending from September to December 2006.

The 2007 Spring Series was scheduled to start April 14 in Stonington Harbor with the first gun at 1 p.m. The series is conducted in Lasers every Saturday through June 9. Boats may be kept for this series at the Wadawanuck dry sail area. Entry forms and sailing instructions are available at .

Race to celebrate Dorade’s return

The Castine Yacht Club and Sparkman & Stephens will host a celebration in the Maine port Aug. 1 of the launching of the new S&S designed 56-foot sloop Anna and the return to our shores of its historic precursor, Dorade.

Anna, built by Brooklin Boat Yard for former Veryfine juice CEO Sam Rowse, is reminiscent above the waterline of the classic S&S design Stormy Weather, and traces its roots to the famous yacht Dorade.

The 52-foot yawl Dorade, designed in 1929, launched the design career of Olin Stephens, who celebrated his 99th birthday April 13. In 1931 Stephens and his brother, Rod, sailed Dorade to victory in the Trans-Atlantic Race from Newport to England, beating the fleet of larger rivals by more than two days (almost four days on “corrected” time). Dorade went on to win the Fastnet Race by a wide margin. When the crew returned to New York, they were honored with a ticker tape parade up Broadway, a first for sailors. The New York Times hailed the “Youthful ‘Vikings’ Who Won Ocean Race in Little Yawl.”

In recent years Dorade was based in the Mediterranean and competed in Europe’s active classic yacht racing circuit. She was acquired and brought back to the United States.

Commenting on the construction of Anna, Rowse said: “I have been thrilled to work with Olin Stephens, Mitch Gibbons-Neff (late S&S head), Bruce Johnson (S&S chief designer), Greg Matzat (S&S chief naval architect), Martha Coolidge (interior designer) and the skilled crew at Brooklin Boat Yard to recreate the classic lines of Stormy Weather with many modern improvements and, at the same time, to maintain the simplicity and functionality of boats built in the ’30s, exemplified by Dorade.”

On Aug. 1, Dorade and Anna will be on public exhibition in Castine, with Olin Stephens presiding.

This celebration will precede the eighth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden on Aug. 2, the Camden to Brooklin Feeder Race on Aug. 3 and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on Aug. 4. More than 50 Classic and Spirit of Tradition yachts will race the 18-mile course from the Castine Harbor bell, around Robinson Rock at the southern end of Islesboro and finishing off Camden Harbor.

Morris Yachts celebrates 35 years

As a part of its year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary, Morris Yachts will host the second annual Morris Boat Show in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 20 to 22.

Open to the public for three days, dozens of Morris Yachts will be on the docks and in the sheds, with an opportunity to board the largest variety of Morris Yachts. Last year the fleet ranged from the Morris 52 Far Out to several M36s and hull 1 of the M42. In the sheds, a variety of brokerage boats will be on display.

This year marine vendors will also be a part of the weekend celebration, and both Tom and Cuyler Morris will give talks about their experiences cruising this year.

Morris Yachts currently produces two semicustom lines: the Ocean Series, which ranges from 34 feet to 62 feet, and the newer M-Series, which ranges from 36 to 52 feet. The Ocean Series is intended for bluewater cruising while the M-Series is geared toward sporty performance and ease of operation. All Morris Yachts sport classic American lines and Bristol fit and finish. More than 190 of the Ocean Series yachts have been launched since the company’s inception.