I read with interest the story on Duffy Drum and the Clipper Race. I was born and raised in Southold and graduated 1982. I’ve lived in Australia for the past 30 years, but own a house in Southold and return every year with my wife, Penelope, and our five children. READ
Life aboard the 70-foot racing yacht Visit Seattle is a constant grind. Crew members sleep in stretches of two and a half to three hours. Walking a few feet below deck when the boat heels can be a massive feat. Simply getting dressed can take 20 minutes of hard labor. (more…)
It’s not a strategy Jim Koehler would advise to other sailors, nor is it one he plans to try again. But his unusual start to Saturday’s Race Around Shelter Island in the sunfish regatta proved to be a winning one. READ
Nearly 80 boats competed Saturday in the annual Whitebread regatta, a race that tests the skipper’s knowledge of local winds, tides, currents and bay bottom contours. READ
Maritime history provides several examples of small places that punched above their nautical weight.
Venice, Genoa and Nantucket come to mind. Somehow, the skills and determination of those geographically small maritime powers allowed them to dominate vast oceans and control trade and industries. Their boats sailed far and wide in search of riches and glory. READ
The sailing race they call a nautical marathon ended with a sprint to the finish.
Even in a race like The World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, NY, every second counts. That was made clear Saturday.
Being a good reader is important in sports.
Just ask a quarterback who reads a defense or a batter who can read the seams on a baseball being pitched to him. But if you’re a sailor like John Condon, it’s a matter of reading the current and the wind.
What started out over four decades ago as a way to drum up publicity for the Southold Yacht Club has become so much more. The World’s Longest Sunfish Race, Around Shelter Island, N.Y. is a test of sailing skills, not to mention endurance and patience. READ
The 22nd annual Whitebread regatta has been canceled ahead of potentially dangerous sea conditions Saturday — which are partially due to Hurricane Joaquin’s influence. READ
In the vast openness of the North Atlantic Ocean, a wilderness mostly untouched by humans, the 60-foot yacht Prospector sailed into darkness. Navigating the boat through waves reaching heights of 40 to 60 feet, a task already daunting in daylight, became even more perilous. READ