Breathing new life into a vintage regatta:
by Buttons Padin
I have been a member of the Storm Trysail Club since 1980 and have sailed in upwards of 20 Block Island Race Weeks. As I’ve grown-up in sailing—and the STC—I’ve watched and experienced the evolution of BIRW: the size, caliber, and enthusiasm of the people attending.
For the foreseeable past, up until just a few years ago, BIRW was sponsored by a luxury timepiece manufacturer and, for those years, perhaps that high-net-worth target could be found at the regatta. That sponsorship agreement changed and so has the composition of the sailors. We’re there to race, be with old and new friends, and have fun.
Admittedly, I am plugged-in to th…
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Surviving Fourth of July on the Water:
Each year about three out of four recreational boat owners in the USA say they plan to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday aboard the family boat. With nearly 12 million registered vessels in the country, that could spell mayhem at launch ramps, marinas and popular anchorages, requiring extra skill, patience and courtesy.
The nation’s advocate for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States, (BoatUS) says the congestion and nighttime operation requires vigilance. Here are seven safety tips to help boaters survive peak traffic days.
1. Educate: Boaters will host thousand…
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