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Apprenticeshop launches ice boat

A crowd gathered at ChickawaukeeLake in Rockland, Maine, Feb. 11 for the launching of an Apprenticeshop-built Great South Bay Scooter. The Scooter, a 15-foot wooden iceboat, skims over the ice on four runners. She is gaff-rigged and steered by shifting body weight and manipulating the sails.

The Scooter was commissioned by Dale Young of Hope and Ken Rich of Rockland, and was built by Lisa Zygowski of Ontario, and Bella Pierson of Woodstock, Vt., apprentices in the two-year boatbuilding program at the Apprenticeshop of Atlantic Challenge.

Apprenticeshop is one of the oldest traditional wooden-boat building schools in the country.


Jobson to kick off Leukemia Cup regattas

As part of its annual Leukemia Cup Regatta series, the Rhode Island Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced this year’s annual fund-raising events would include A Salute to Sailing, May 18 at the Newport Spring Boat Show, featuring New Jersey native Gary Jobson.

A winner of many world-class sailing events, noted author and sailing commentator for ESPN, Jobson has a reputation for delivering lively, insightful presentations that capture the challenge and excitement of competitive sail racing.

Sponsored by Soundings and, the event will take place at the NewportYachtingCenter, where America’s Cup Hall of Fame member Jobson will present video footage and commentary showcasing various regattas and ocean races.

Tickets to the evening’s event cost $35 per person, and include a light dinner, two complimentary drinks and two free tickets to the Newport Spring Boat Show.

The 12th annual Leukemia Cup Regatta will take place Aug. 18 and 19 in Bristol, R.I. For information, contact Jill Jessup at (401) 943-8888 or visit


Free-sailing weekend returns to Boston

Free sailboat rides along Boston’s waterfront will highlight a weekend of celebration as the sailing season gets under way on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the BostonSailingCenter.

Seasoned skippers and first-time sailors of all ages are invited to join the festivities at LewisWharf. Harbor sailing trips will be conducted by experienced sailors aboard a fleet of boats ranging from 23 to 40 feet. The center’s teaching staff will be on hand to answer questions about sailing basics, and about the history of BostonHarbor as a focal point of maritime activity in New England.

Those who sign up during the event will have a portion of their lesson and/or membership fee donated to Save The Harbor/Save the Bay, a non-profit agency working to conserve and improve BostonHarbor as a recreational resource.

This year’s event marks the 30th annual Free-Sailing Weekend at the BostonSailingCenter. Contact the center at (617) 227-4198 or visit .


New charts available from Navionics

Wareham, Mass.-based Navionics introduced in January the first of 200 HotMaps Premium Paper Maps to be released this year — a high-detail paper chart of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The information for every lake in the paper map collection has been collected by actual on-the-water surveys conducted by Navionics.

HotMaps Premium Paper Maps include multicolored depth contours, satellite overlays, three-dimensional lake overviews on select lakes, and insets that show additional detail for the best fishing areas.

HotMaps Premium Paper Maps’ features include details such as weed beds, sand bars, rocks and shoals that show where the fish are hiding. Shaded depths, detailed bottom contours, and high-definition chart clarity provide anglers with unparalleled detail in the water. Plus, aerial and satellite photo overlays help boaters maintain bearing and locate their position with easily identifiable landmarks.

All Navionics paper maps are water, grease, and tear proof, and float if dropped overboard. The Navionics Lake Winnipesaukee paper retails for $19.99.


Maine dealer adds New York-area offices

DiMillo’s Old Port Yacht Sales of Portland, Maine, opened two new sales offices in New York to sell Sabreline and Back Cove Yachts in the Long Island and greater Metro New York areas.

The former Freeport office of Star Island Yacht Sales will now be the headquarters for DiMillo’s New York operations. A satellite office at the Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk, N.Y., will also serve customers this season. Both sites will offer new and used boats.

DiMillo’s Old Port Yacht Sales in Portland and Freeport, Maine, will continue to represent Sabreline and Back Cove throughout Maine and New Hampshire. The Maine locations will maintain the Mainship, Chris-Craft and Eastern Boats lines for their respective territories.