Shaking it out in Fireflies at the Charles River Open Team Race.
I found myself back at the MIT Sailing Pavilion this past weekend crewing at the Charles River Open Team Race. Having sailed this regatta some years ago and competed there at a number of college regattas since, I had a pretty good idea of what I was in for: good competition, some crazy wind shifts, and lots of races.
Whether you're making your living in the kitchen or on the water, it's all about the prep work.
Despite what some of my friends (and parents, and professors) seem to believe, I only spend a fraction of my time traveling for sailing. Most of the time I’m here in Boston, doing regular 22-year-old things: going to school, and going to work. I’d imagine that most SW readers are familiar with the undergraduate experience. Something I’ve been reflecting on a lot this year, that you may be less aware of, is the relationship between my job and the racing I do.
Being a media crewmember for the 2012 Atlantic Cup means the author can look all he wants, but he just can't touch.
My preparations for the Atlantic Cup had me feeling like this would be just like any other distance race. A week before the event, I pulled out my gear, and started to check the weather forecasts online. I dug out my lifejacket and replaced the CO2 cylinder and strobe after manually inflating it and letting it sit overnight to ensure there were no pinhole leaks. I was ready for this, or so I thought.
After two events with Yann Guichard driving the Energy Team AC45, team co-founder Loïck Peyron will return to the helm for the Venice and Newport, R.I., stops on the America's Cup World Series tour. Peyron says that going forward, even onboard the teams AC72, he and Guichard will share the helming responsibilities.
After a few events away, Loïck Peyron steps back onto the helm of the Energy Team AC45. However, the team's primary focus is on securing the necessary sponsorship to build an AC72.
Loïck Peyron and his brother Bruno, the key cogs in France's Energy Team, have just weeks left to secure the sponsorship they need to compete in the America’s Cup and are looking at some formidable in-shore competition in the America’s Cup World Series circuit in the meantime. But regardless of what happens, Loïck Peyron says he is very pleased with how the America’s Cup culture has changed for the better.
After a decade without a boat in the slip, Tim Zimmermann picks up the Beneteau 36.7 Moondust to share with his family and friends.
It’s said (ad nauseum) that the two happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day you buy the boat AND the day you sell it. I was pretty happy when I sold my last cruising boat, about ten years ago, after it sat on the hard for two years when my life took a sharp turn away from the water and into the unexplored wilds of having children. It was a great boat—a 1979 Bristol 35.5—that had taken me and my friends (and future wife) all over the Chesapeake Bay, up to New England, and down to the Caribbean.