Our crew on the 1998 St. Martin to Guadeloupe trip.
Sailing is a great sport, relaxing when you want it to be and exhilarating in heavy winds. Our small "starter" boat is a Seaward 24 sloop, CHEL-SEA, home port Bridgeport, Conn. We sail with our two kids and Scottish Terrier named Jib. It gets tight with all the people/animals, but sailing the Long Island Sound for a short 12 mile sail across to Port Jefferson, Long Island is bearable. Of course, having friends on boats in the harbor, ready for a swim and happy hour, make it a fun weekend. So if you're in the area, look for us and join us for a party.
Our local sailing adventures have taken place in the waters from New York City up to Martha's Vineyard, and many points in between. If you would like detailed information on sailing in this area, send us an email.
Every other winter is reserved for the big sailing trips; we charter boats in the Caribbean with 20-30 friends. We made the group charter trip four times now. We've hit the Virgins twice, The Grenadine and the Leewards. The wind in the islands is always big, and the harbors and beaches beautiful. Where to next?
So maybe we will see you out there on the high seas.
wind that blows
The ship that goes
And the lass that
loved a sailor!
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Below is the New York Yacht Club's response to the recent attack on the America's Cup Trophy at the New Zealand Yacht Club facility:
New York, NY March 14, 1997 Commodore Robert L. James
Commodore George M. Isdale stated on behalf of the New York Yacht Club:
"When Commodore Heise of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron called to
inform us, we were shocked and saddened by the news of the attack on the
America's Cup trophy. The America's Cup trophy is the oldest trophy in competitive
sport and one that sailors from this club defended for 132 years. We are sure the
people of New Zealand are as distressed as we are about this senseless act. We
know that New Zealand treasures the America's Cup. Despite any physical damage
to the Cup, we know that the values and traditions it represents will never be
"While the vandalism to the Cup itself is cause for a
certain level of dismay, it is the
silver ewer that is damaged, not the event, its history, or its future. The Cup is a
symbol of those values of "friendly competition between nations" set out in the Deed
of Gift that established these races in the middle of the last century. As we approach
the next century, those traditions will carry forward with renewed vigor and fresh
relevance through the regatta planned by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
You can't destroy these values with a hammer; you can't protest against the ideals
of sportsmanship or the quest for excellence."
"As for the practical matters, there are a few very
rare but very accurate replicas of
the Cup that can be put on the pedestal to remind us of our goals in the meanwhile,
and, as Commodore Heise pointed out, Garard's of London, the original makers of
the Cup, are still available to put their handiwork back in "Bristol" condition."
Besides, who knew that sailing could get political? Your feedback on this subject is welcome. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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