June 22, 2012

Yacht Spotters Photo Contest - A little help?

Are you on Facebook?
Have you seen the Newport (RI) Yacht Spotters Photo Contest?

I entered the photo below of the schooner Adirondack II, and have been in a tight race with Kathy from NJ for first place. Right now I'm a few votes behind and am looking to drum up some more votes. I have a great Aunt who is in there voting every day, and she keeps asking me why I'm not in the lead. If you are a facebook regular and enjoy sailing, Newport Yacht Spotters aggregates a lot of interesting photos and news from Newport into your news feed. The contest is run through offerpop, which I checked out. They are a legitimate company, and have been around since 2009 with 35 employees, and some pretty significant accounts.

I find the contest platform a little clunky, but it seems to work, and I haven't been inundated with SPAM. So, if you like my pic, are on facebook and would like more sailing news and photos on your FB newsfeed, then please consider liking the page and helping me with your vote. You have to "like" the page before your vote will register. Please use the "vote" button. "Likes" on the photo don't count.

And if you have a better photo, of which, I'm sure there are many, then put yours in and join the contest! Thanks, I'll look for you on the water...

January 15, 2012

Impressions from the Providence Boat Show Jan 2012

We scored a couple of tickets to the boat show last week, courtesy of  SafeSea (boat towing & marine salvage) .

There was a marine bargain basement on the first floor at the entrance to the show.  I read it was offering donated leftover supplies from marinas as a fundraiser for Clean the Bay.  Although I'm a huge fan of marine consignment shops,  I didn't see anything I would be willing to pay for at the "bargain tables".  The good news for RI's East Bay boaters is that a marine consignment shop will be opening soon in Bristol RI.   I should have stopped to ask about the details, but I'll have to keep an eye out for more info.

As usual, the main focus of the show was powerboats, but there were a few sailboats on display.  .

The European Smartboat 23 was the most interesting powerboat I saw at the show.  There were no sales people in sight at the display.  I went on board and took a few photos.  I looked it up online and saw a lot of mixed discussion.  I won't pass judgement, but it was certainly an interesting and unconventional hull form. LWL = LOA 

The Harbor 20 - The Classic Modern Daysailer was unquestionably the prettiest sailboat on the show floor.  There was another sailor there, enthusiastically engaged with a sales guy while we were looking at it, and the prospective buyer told me after his conversation with the broker that he is looking to downsize from a Tartan 37, which is becoming too much for him and his wife to handle on their own, and he is looking for something he can race, but still enjoy daysailing with his wife.  Sounds like a good fit.

Hunter had the two largest sailboats on display at the show, a 33 and a 41.  They were very popular with the visitors.  I didn't venture on board either.   They appear to be heavily discounted off their list price to entice interest, but the so called "savings" are 2 to 3 times what I paid for my boat! 

I stopped by the Points East booth (publisher of my favorite local marine periodical) a few times Saturday afternoon, but never found anyone at the booth.  I usually get a chance to say hello to Joe Burke, but I missed him.

I also stopped by the Defender booth, to get the date for their annual spring sale.  (March 29-April 1)  An annual not to miss event for any boater who is looking to save on spring outfitting upgrades.   They were promoting an interesting looking inflatable RescueMax MOB recovery system from Revere. It looks like a compact inflatable alternative to the LifeSling).  I didn't really look at it that closely at the show, but their promo price is about half the LifeSling price.  When I started to look into it online today, I couldn't find any indication it is USCG approved, and it doesn't even appear on the Revere website.  I'm starting to wonder if they are clearing out inventory of a discontinued item that never really took off.  I emailed them to ask about the USCG approval and will follow up on that.  I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with this unit. My old Jim Buoy horseshoe is getting a little tattered, and I really need to think about replacing it this season.  

Weta 4.4 Trimaran from the multihull source.  A neat toy if you've got $12K burning a hole in your pocket.

The show seemed a little better attended than last year, but I glad I'm not trying to make a living selling new fiberglass powerboats.  That's a tough way to make a living these days.

November 18, 2011

Life jacket, whistle and a light. How simple it can be?

From sailworld via Rhode Island Yachting:

US Sailing awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal Saturday, November 5th to Sociable’s skipper, Robert Arzbaecher (Brookfield Wis.), and his crew at the race’s awards dinner at the Chicago Yacht Club for their rescue of six sailors from the yacht WingNuts which capsized on Lake Michigan in the midst of a storm during the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.

Sociable skipper Robert Arzbaecher said, "A life jacket, a whistle and a light. My God, how simple it can be? But that’s what it was," on receiving the Hanson Rescue Medal this week. During the awards ceremony Arzbaecher marveled at how effective basic mandatory equipment was, including the simple Lifesling that many yachts carry hoping they will never have to use it.

I'll be adding whistles and lights to my PFDs this year.
Let's stay safe out there.
Sitting on the hard, already dreaming of spring.

August 31, 2011

We made it through Hurricane Irene

Almost every boat on the Barrington River was well prepared for Hurricane Irene with sails and canvas removed. I removed my sails and dodger and secured the boat with a second mooring line. The Yacht Club was emptied into safe storage and boarded up.

We were fortunate the wind diminished to Tropical Storm force before Irene passed to our west. I was pleased that I didn't see or hear of any boats damaged in the river after the storm. The water reached the front door of the yacht club during high tide, but the surge was not catastrophic.
The wind was sustained over 50 knots for nearly four hours with peaks over 70 knots at the nearby Conimicut Point weather station.
hurricane Irene wind data Conimicut Light Narragansett Bay Aug 27-28 2011
My home was without Power from about 8:30 Sunday morning until 4:30 am on Tuesday. Many in the area remain without power. I was surprised it was restored so quickly. In Hurricane Gloria and Bob, it took 5 to 7 days for power to be restored.

June 27, 2011

Heart of Gold 2011 shakedown cruise on Narragansett bay

Yesterday I remembered why I do all that work to maintain the boat, when we had our first cruise of the season on Narragansett bay. Beautiful day. We got off to a late start, but caught the end of the Blue Angels performance at the airshow. 6 jets in formation made one pass directly over us, but I couldn't get my camera out quick enough to get a photo of them. (another one that got away.) I did get a few nice shots of this J 22 sailing from Warwick Neck into Greenwich bay. If you happen to know the owner, I am happy to share the photos.


slide show is here.