• The Dovetail Joint: Trumpy Yacht Finds a Forever Family in the Dockerys

    When the cold, winter months arrive in New England, many boaters take the opportunity to have their beloved yachts hauled and given a dose of tender loving care.  Some years, the worklist might consist only of a few small items – repair damaged paint or replace some pieces of hardware.  Other years, the offseason is…

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  • A Tribute to the Yacht that Shaped a Nation

    With a history so deeply rooted in maritime culture, it was a natural evolution for Mystic, Connecticut to become home to one of the nation’s most extensive maritime museums and, eventually, take on the responsibility of restoring the Mayflower II.  Built as a replica of the Mayflower, whose importance in introducing European settlers and culture…

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  • Lessons from the Past

    By Madeline Gill In the midst of today’s fast-paced society that so covets innovation and advancement in manufacturing, the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) has recognized the value in slowing down and taking the time to really learn from the past.  Their signature Boatbuilding & Restoration course spans 20 months and includes both classroom and…

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  • As Each Northern Door Closes, a Southern One Opens

    By Madeline Gill With New England’s sailing season in the rearview mirror, many sailors typically pack up and head toward the lower latitudes.  Whether in pursuit of an endless summer or seeking fulfillment of a craving for competition, sailing professionals and hobbyists have historically made an annual migration to the Caribbean islands.  This reliable influx…

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  • A Season Ending Celebration of the Classics at Indian Harbor Yacht Club

    Before the light Summer breezes fade into the Winter’s Nor’Easters, crisp Fall winds deliver some of the season’s best conditions and nowhere is that truer than Long Island Sound in September. Many classic yacht owners in the area also associate this time of year with the Indian Harbor Yacht Club Classic Yacht Regatta. This annual…

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  • Technical Committee Reflects on first season with new Classic Rating Formula

    By Kate Wilson Rolling out any new system is bound to have some bumps along the way but the Technical Committee of the Classic Yacht Owner’s Association, tasked with creating the latest Classic Rating Formula,  known as CRF MkII, have found the first season’s integration of the formula a rousing success. “The formula behaved as…

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  • An interview with Shelia Graves about the IHYC’s Classic Yacht Regatta

    This post was originally written by Dave Schmidt on Sail World. Atlantic and S-Boat start M.A. Fisher Photography While there’s no question that carbon fiber and fiberglass have transformed the face of sailboat racing, delivering stronger, lighter and stiffer structures that are ideal for breaking elapsed-time and offshore passage records, there’s also no question that…

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  • Classic Yacht Dorade, Guest of Honor

    Published on August 25th, 2017 on Sailing Scuttlebutt Most naval architects would be happy if just one of their yacht designs was considered a true classic. Yet the quiet, bespectacled Olin Stephens (1908-2008) drew the lines for scores of boats that sailors all know as pinnacle achievements of the art. Among the most famous Stephens…

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  • Band of Classic Boat Brothers

    By Madeline Gill As many can attest, sailing – and sailboat racing, in particular – can be much more of an all-encompassing lifestyle than a mere hobby. From putting together a cohesive team and coordinating event logistics to performing boat maintenance and actually getting out on the water, the time commitment can be vast. Because…

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  • Classic Yachting Racing Season Wraps in New England

    By Madeline Gill Over the past five weeks, New England towns have been host to a large number of classic yachts for a series of regattas.  The fleet convened in Camden, ME and made their way down the coast to Newport, RI.  The Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta (August 12-13 in Marblehead, MA), Nantucket Regatta (August…

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