Ayme Sinclair is leading the way to make sailing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive experience.
For as long as she can remember, Ayme Sinclair has been drawn to the water. Family vacations at the seashore, playing water sports, hopping on a boat at any opportunity – it all felt as natural as it did exhilarating. Growing up in Westbury, Long Island and later working in nearby Syosset, her world was always close to the coastline. READ MORE >>
Famously she won the heart of Humphrey Bogart and, following an extensive restoration, the S&S schooner Santana is still a scene stealer.
Humphrey Bogart's weakness for beauty was well-known beyond Hollywood. His suitors, oft-speculated upon and perhaps embellished in terms of reliable reporting, were said to be blush-worthy, boasting no shortage of silver screen sirens. But conceivably the most unremitting love of his life, the one which turned heads decade after decade among sea of beauties and the one that remained 'til death did they part,' was Santana. Bringing the then-80-year-old boat back to her most glamorous days, however, was nothing short of a modern day marvel. READ MORE >>
Vision and skill bring Kirawan, a 53′ Philip Rhodes cutter, back to her former glory.
Dan Levangie had been on the hunt for years. He didn’t expect to find his prey wasting away in a boatshed in a tiny coastal village on the west side of Narragansett Bay.
Levangie, an experienced yachtsman, was familiar with some of the well-documented restorations completed by Loughborough Marine Interests (LMI) in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, most notably a handful of Sparkman & Stephens stunners including Sonny, a 53-foot sloop built in 1935; Skylark, a 53′ yawl designed in 1937; and arguably Olin Stephens’ best known design, Dorade, a 1930 yawl that took top honors in so many revered ocean races that The New York Times called her “the forebear of modern racing yachts.” But it was the highly touted rebuild and restoration of Santana, a 55’ schooner launched in 1935 and best known as the beloved classic yacht once owned by Humphrey Bogart that stirred Levangie’s quest for a classic. READ MORE >>
Fair Winds Have Long Followed Newport
You don't have to be a world class skipper or a weather-beaten expert in circumnavigation to enjoy the best of Narragansett Bay.
With 53 years of hosting The America’s Cup matches in its waters, two consecutive Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in four years under its belt, and boats that have graced its harbor since the mid-1700s, Newport has earned its reputation as the Sailing Capital of the World. But you don’t have to be a world class skipper or a weather-beaten expert in circumnavigation to enjoy the best of Narragansett Bay. In Newport and its surrounding coastal communities, there is ample opportunity to raise and trim the sails, grind the winches, tack the jib and take the helm – or simply sit back, relax and take in the magic that is sailing in Newport. READ MORE >>
Five Questions with Volvo Ocean Race Skipper & Rhode Island Native Charlie Enright
Perhaps it’s when he finds himself somewhere in the middle of the Southern Ocean, skippering a 65-foot carbon racing yacht and responsible for the safety of his crew in some of the most unforgiving, remote seas on the planet, that Charlie Enright will be reminded there’s no place like home. The Bristol, Rhode Island native will embark on the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race, a brutal battle of teams from around the world that will take in 11 cities in 11 countries covering 38,739 nautical miles starting in October 2014. Enright will be leading Team Alvimedica, an all under-30 team, in what is considered the world's premiere offshore sailing race, and while ports including Abu Dhabi, Cape Town and Sanya, China are sure to be extraordinary, Enright is most looking forward to Newport, the only North American stopover in the race and an anticipated homecoming for the experienced sailor. READ MORE >>
Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame to Mark 50th Year with a Bright Future Ahead
Widely considered to be one of the first families of boat design, the Herreshoff name is synonymous with the coastal enclave of Bristol, Rhode Island itself. Native sons John Brown (J.B.) Herreshoff and Nathanael (Nat) Greene Herreshoff founded the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (HMCo.) in 1878, and went on to experience nearly five decades of enviable success, building hundreds of boats ranging from racing and cruising yachts, innovative steamboats and the first U.S. Navy torpedo boats to luxury custom designs for America’s ultra-wealthy industrialists (think: Morgan, Whiney and Vanderbilt). READ MORE >>
Educating a New Generation – Traditional Boatbuilding & Restoration
Remember that time you went to a private liberal arts college and double majored in Victorian literature and philosophy and left with a degree, $130K in debt and zero job prospects? You won’t have to look hard to find plenty of Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers with similar woes of problematic student loans chasing them years, often decades, past graduation. And for some millennials, debt looms so large that it can stand in the way of achieving the life goals, like buying a home or new car. An increasing number of students are trading the familiar “four-year college after high school” path for learning the trades via career and technical education (CTE). But it’s not only high schoolers (and their parents) taking a closer look at these educational alternatives. Many professionals who have found themselves in unrewarding, dead-end jobs or industries with dwindling demand are also turning to CTE to learn a new career, thus paving an entirely new path. READ MORE >>
Onward and Upward
Newport Shipyard, the not-so-little shipyard that could, evolves into New England’s premier one stop shop for New England sailors.
When Charlie Dana bought Newport Shipyard with a set of partners in the fall of 1998, “diamond in the rough” would be grossly understating its sorry state. True, it was Newport’s oldest and only operating shipyard, it rested on four expansive acres and was perched on the edge of Newport Harbor in the heart of the city, but looking back at the condition of the failing facility when he purchased it from Chapter 11 bankruptcy (the company’s fourth bankruptcy, to be exact), Dana can’t help but laugh.
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