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News Notes New England March 2007

IYRS and CCRI partner on marine training

The InternationalYachtRestorationSchool and Community College of Rhode Island held a Jan. 10 orientation program in an effort to strengthen outreach to current and prospective employees on training and career opportunities in the marine industry.

The InternationalYachtRestorationSchool and Community College of Rhode Island held a Jan. 10 orientation program in an effort to strengthen outreach to current and prospective employees on training and career opportunities in the marine industry.

Held at CCRI’s Newport County Campus, the event allowed both schools to present an overview of training programs available for a broad cross section of individuals — from those with no prior experience in the marine field, to current employees looking to strengthen their skills in specialized areas.

According to figures published by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, declines in the state’s manufacturing sector are expected to continue during the 2004 to 2014 period. But the ship- and boatbuilding business is in a sector expected to steadily increase. A key factor to expansion of this business sector is having access to the skilled workforce needed to fuel potential growth. Both IYRS and CCRI have developed courses to help meet those industry needs.

For information on IYRS programs, visit or call (401) 848-5777.

For about CCRI’s Division for Lifelong Learning and its industry-based training, visit or call (401) 825-2000.

Confident Captain program returns

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, Rhode Island’s only full-time training facility for Coast Guard captain’s candidates and recreational boaters seeking hands-on training, is back with a full course lineup for winter/spring 2007.

“Over the past five years, we have had the pleasure of training thousands of mariners of all skill levels and we have introduced dozens of new programs to help provide world-class training of all levels,” said Kent Dresser, president/founder of Confident Captain/Ocean Pros.

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is in Newport, R.I., and is operated solely by professional mariners with vast experience in all aspects of seamanship. The courses that they teach include:

Hands-on Training for Recreational Boaters such as Docking and Maneuvering, Coastal Cruising and Electronics.

Coast Guard Captain’s Courses including OUPV (Six-pak), Master 25-200 GT, Towing and Sailing Endorsements, AB and STCW Basic Safety Training.

United Kingdom Maritime Coastguard Agency approved Master of Yachts courses through International Yacht Training.

For information, call (401) 849-1257.

Hinckley Company adds another yard to roster

On Jan. 3, The Hinckley Co. acquired the service business and entered into a long-term agreement to operate a full service facility at the former Whitehall Yacht Yard in Annapolis, Md. All existing employees of Whitehall have joined The Hinckley Company.

Hinckley has steadily expanded its network to six full-service yards on the East Coast, which in addition to the new site includes Southwest Harbor, Maine; Portsmouth, R.I.; Oxford, Md.; Savannah, Ga.; and Stuart, Fla.

The Hinckley Co., with corporate headquarters in Portsmouth, R.I., was founded in 1928 and is considered one of the oldest yacht manufacturers in the United States.

Fractional ownership club adds Wally Yachts

Barton & Gray Mariners Club in Boston has complemented its fleet of Hinckley Jet Boats with WallyPower 47s and WallyPower 70s for both Luxury Runabout and General Mariner Membership types.

Wally, headquartered in the Principality of Monaco has been building sailing and power yachts for more than a decade. Sandy Spaulding, president of Barton & Gray commented, “Wally’s appreciation for design, quality and fun make their yachts a perfect addition to the Barton & Gray Mariners Club Fleet.”

Barton & Gray Mariners Club is accepting reservations for partial ownership of both the 47- and 70-foot WallyPower for all markets served by the Mariners Club. Call (866) 726-3555 to learn more.; .

Sponsors are hooked on helping the cause

The Third Annual Help Hook the Cure Derby will have boats from all over Massachusetts on the waters of BostonHarbor Aug. 18.

Nick Frasso, along with the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, will lead the charity event benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation. A barbecue featuring a D.J. and raffle prizes are planned.

“Everyone always has a great time and a lot of laughs at the derby,” says Nick Frasso, diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 2000, “I named my boat the Shake N’ Bait because a little humor helps me stay positive.”

The derby, organized by Frasso, was highlighted in the summer 2006 issue of Parkinson Report and has raised $20,000 to date. The catcher of the largest striped bass will go home with $750 while the person with the second-largest will receive $250. Kids will receive a trophy for their participation.

Marine school to host job fair

The LandingSchool is hosting its job fair in Arundel, Maine, April 6.

Last year more than 50 companies from across the United States and parts of Canada attended the event.

In June 24 boatbuilders, 21 marine technicians and 16 yacht designers will graduate from The Landing School following 10 months of intensive education in the field.

The school boasts more than 1,200 graduates since its founding in 1978.

To learn more about participating in the job fair, visit or call (207) 985-7976

Maine Maritime Academy alumna saves life

MaineMaritimeAcademy alumna, Sandra Bendixen (Class of 2005) of Linwood, Wash., was the honored guest at a recent formation of the college’s Regiment of Midshipmen.

Bendixen received a surprise commendation and plaque from her employer, Interocean American Shipping, Voorhees, N.J., for her efforts to render medical assistance to two critically injured longshoremen.

According to IAS accounts, Bendixen, a certified Emergency Medical Technician, was serving as a licensed third mate aboard the M/V Independence when the accident took place in the port of Shuaybah, Kuwait. A forklift being used by longshoremen was left unattended and fell into an elevator opening, falling about 33 feet and striking and seriously injuring two longshoremen.

Bendixen responded immediately by crawling underneath the vehicle, and provided medical care to stabilize one injured longshoreman until the machine could be removed. She then directed others on how to continue care and began treating the second injured longshoreman who had suffered multiple injuries, leg trauma, and significant blood loss. She oversaw the treatment of both people until shoreside U.S. Army emergency medical personnel arrived and relieved her.

School offers port security training

Maine Maritime Academy — in conjunction with its partner, Maritime – Protection, Auditing, Consulting, Training ( — will launch a pilot program aimed at enhancing security at Maine seaports.

The program, Maritime Security for Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel, seeks to provide a solution to federal mandates, Coast Guard limited resources and unmet public safety needs for maritime domain security awareness training in Maine.

Organizers of the program foresee it as serving a need while identifying Maine a model for other states to follow.

The program debuted at the Maine Maritime Academy campus in Castine, Maine, in November, with subsequent sessions in Portland, Maine, in December. Organizers expected 100 participants to attend the course. Participants were chosen from a pool of predictable responders to potential maritime security incidents in the deep-water ports of Bar Harbor, Eastport, Searsport and Portland.

Offered initially to first responders and law enforcement personnel associated with Maine’s major seaports, the two-day course was designed to provide participants with an understanding of the circumstances, operational conditions and potential enhancements to security in the maritime arena. It is currently being reviewed for the potential endorsement of the Federal Office of Grants and Training, formerly known as the Office of Domestic Preparedness. Should approval be granted, the course would take the lead in offering federally subsidized training options for response team training initiated by state, municipal, and port emergency managers.

Mystic Seaport holds author lecture series

Bestselling author and seven-time Emmy award winner Martin W. Sandler kicks off the Maritime Authors Series at Mystic Seaport Feb. 7.

The series runs once a month from February to May and takes place at the Museum’s G.W. Blunt White Library. Tickets are $45 ($35 members) for the series and $12 ($10 members) for individual programs.

The evening begins with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the author’s talk at 6 p.m. The program concludes with a question-and-answer session, and a chance for guests to win a free copy of the author’s book.

Speakers are:

Feb. 7 – Martin W. Sandler will discuss his book, “Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen’s Ghost Ship.”

March 21 – Tim and Pauline Carr discuss “Antarctic Oasis: Under the Spell of South Georgia,” which highlights photographs of the remote island taken by Cruising Club sailors.

April 25 – Margaret Andersen Rosenfeld talks about “On Land and on Sea: Women in the Rosenfeld Collection.”

May 9 – Nathaniel Philbrick discusses “Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community, and War.”

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (860) 572-5339.

In other news, Mystic Seaport has named Robert L. Potter its new vice president of marketing and communications. He started Jan. 2.

Potter will oversee the museum’s key marketing and communication efforts supporting year-round visitor exhibitions, membership programs, business operations and educational initiatives.

Magazine partners with Newport boat shows

Soundings magazine is partnering with the Newport Spring Boat Show and the Newport International Boat Show to publish event directories for the two shows.

The boat show guides will contain a site map, boating articles and photos, as well as lists of companies exhibiting boats and marine products.

The Newport Spring Boat Show, which will run June 15 to 17 at Newport Yachting Center in Newport, R.I., showcases used boats and yachts.

The Newport International Boat Show, Sept. 13 to 16, features new sailboats and powerboats, plus thousands of products and services. The fall show will take place at the Newport Yachting Center and several other sites on the waterfront.

“Any opportunity to work with these stellar boating events and the fantastic people at Newport Exhibition Group, we welcome,” says Peter K. Mitchel, general manager of Soundings Publications.

Based in Essex, Conn., Soundings also publishes the official boating guides for the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s boat shows — more than 20 shows across the country. The company also publishes Soundings Trade Only magazine.