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10 Questions for Celestial

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celestialScott, Donna, Nathan, and Celeste began cruising in 1978 on a 24 footer, moved up to a 29 footer in 1981 and ultimately circumnavigated from 1988 to 1996 on Bluejay, a J-36, departing and returning to Seattle, WA, USA. In 2009 they began cruising on Celestial a Tripp 47. You can read more about their current adventures on their blog or contact them via email (hansentripp47@gmail.com).

With the benefit of hindsight, what are the boat selection criteria you would use to purchase a boat for long term cruising?
We have always believed in the phrase, “a fast passage is a safe passage”.  We have always had borderline racing boats.  A teak interior is beautiful but you are going to want to move without running an engine constantly, choose a boat that can sail.  I asked for two heads this time and a closed berth when friends could stay but that’s because we want those grown kids to come visit as well as other friends.

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Savannah - Summary

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After driving through the evening of Friday, Jeff Eiber, Nick Turney and I arrive to Savannah around 12:30am. The drive to Savannah is never easy, especially straight from St. Petes on Friday. What adds to the travel is the disappointment in not being able to attend the Thistle awards banquet and cheering on my friends that sailed so well. We will have to celebrate at the Orange Peel in a few weeks!

Savannah is a beautiful town. The people are friendly, the weather this time of year is pleasant and with St. Patty’s day around the corner, it has a great vibe! These are the reasons to do Savannah’s Deep South regatta. The sailing, is also a somewhat known...in that you need to anticipate and accept anything and everything thrown your way. I like to call it “circus sailing” as you are sailing in two very narrow rivers with about 6-8’ tides, yielding 4-6 knot current. Lots of tacks, lots of gybes, lots of pile-ups, etc. Definitely an experience...but not championship sailing that we have all become accustomed to.  more...


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Race to Mackinac - Don’t go back!

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At least not right away.


We’ve received the following invitation from our friends at Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

Dear Chicago Mac Racers:

We would like to invite you to participate in two exciting events taking place on Mackinac Island immediately following the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. more

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World's Top Sailors Compete for Canada's Cup 2011 in Holland, MI

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The Macatawa Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) today announced it will host, for the first time ever, the prestigious Canada’s Cup match race September 1 – 4, 2011. The world-class sailing event will draw top sailors from around the globe to West Michigan to compete in the US Defender Trials August 26 – 29 for an opportunity to defend the Cup. Team Heritage, led by Amway President and sailing enthusiast Doug DeVos and defending Cup champion and helmsman Bob Hughes, will represent MBYC as the Cup’s defender of record.  more...


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Bayview Yacht Club opens registrations for 87th Mackinac Race

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Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club, one of the of the most storied and historic sailing club’s in the world, announced today it is accepting registrations for the 87th Bayview Mackinac Race that sails from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. “We ... more...


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The 2011 MacMan Race

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The Little Current Yacht Club and Mackinac Island Yacht Club are proud to announce the 2011 edition of Island Racing. There is no better place to race then the waters of Northern Lake Huron & the North Channel. This two race event will start on Wednesday July 20th with the running of the MIYC Round the Island Race.  more...

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Chicago Match Race Center hires Taylor Canfield to be Sailing Manager

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The Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) is pleased to announce that intercollegiate match race talent Taylor Canfield has been hired to be the Sailing Manager of CMRC for its daily operations in the upcoming 2011 season. Canfield is currently a senior at Boston College and will start in this position after graduating in May. more

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Miami to Nassau Race

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The course was from Miami to Great Isaac Light and leaving Great Stirrup Island to starboard.
Prepping for the start

We has a pretty decent start by owning the left side of the line. It was pretty much a fetch with 16 knots of wind with the heavy#1. We carried this until we could fly the jib top well past Great Isaac Light.

Upwind in the gulf stream is always a challenge, but the 10-15 degree 'push' you get from the current makes it worthwhile.  Carinthia, who just eked around the Great Isaac Lighthouse, but a number of boats had a hard time getting around and had to throw in multiple tacks to make it.  The right turn we had been looking forward to became more of a labor than we expected as the wind piped up at around 2 am to 27 knots with storm bursts we couldn't see coming. All we could see was low hanging clouds sweeping across.  more...



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J. Theodore “Ted” Everingham Receives 2010 Lighthouse Award

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Livonia, MI, December 3, 2010 --- The Michigan Boating Industries Association honored Ted Everingham with its prestigious Lighthouse Award at a special awards lunch held during the MBIA Recreational Boating Educational Conference (RBEC), December 2 at the H Hotel in Midland. more

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2010 Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach Race

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The 54th. Annual Wirth M. Munroe Memorial Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach Race was sailed on Friday, December 3, 2010. This race is co-sponsored by the Cruising Club of America and The Sailfish Club of Florida. Conditions: Northerly winds, 15-20 kts., seas 4-7'. Results: IRC: 1. White Gold, Jim Bishop, J44. 2. Titan 15, William Koch, R/P 75. 3.Interlodge, Austin Fragomen, JV 52. PHRF A: 1. Carinthia, Frank Kern, J120. ... more...


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Mackinac Island may be left out of yacht race

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Mackinac Island ferryDue to concerns over a proposed ferry merger, organizers of the popular Bayview Mackinac Island Yacht Race are considering a plan to move the race off the island.

The 86-year old race, which takes place in July, begins at Port Huron and ends at Mackinac Island. It draws more than 220 sailboats and 2,500 sailors to the island each summer.

Commodore Bruce J. Burton of the Bayview Yacht Club and other organizers worry that a proposed merger announced earlier this month between the Arnold Transit Company and Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry would jeopardize the race.  more...


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Go Make Something Happen

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I’ve picked up a phrase from a friend of mine, “Now go make something happen.”

To that end I stand in rapt admiration of Craig Bergh, the nurse-anesthesiologist/gonzo windsurfer from Worthington, Minnesota who continues to make something happen year after year in the form of the Midwest Speed Quest. It’s his baby, lock, stock and barrel.

We’re talking GPS speedsailing.

We’re also talking dedication.  more...



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Cruising Sailing - All kinds

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Sir:

I enjoyed some of your turns of phase and images of the sport. They reminded me of our fondest memories.

I submit for your interest another kind of cruiser, perhaps a little rare: the cruising trailer sailor. That is us. We trailer an 1978 O'Day 23 that we purchased used in '93 when my son was 5 and daughter 2. Since then we have sailed it every chance we can reasonably get.

Unlike the folks in your article we have never had the luxury of weeks of time off in a row. Nor, given financial priorities, can we afford the big boat in a slip and the take in / take out and storage charges. So the Fairwind has grown steadily into a pocket cruiser that allows us generally one to two weeks in the finest of the Great Lakes cruising grounds while still being able to get back to work on time. more

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  • I would submit for your consideration the 20 foot Cherub designed by MacNaughton...more
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  • beneteau first 235 trailerable, with shared head and nav station makes very com...more
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Award recognizes impressive season of sailing

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Sail Parry Sound coaches Andrew Parkes and Stephen Winkworth are the 2010 recipients of the Vic and Hazel Carpenter Award for Sailing Excellence.
The award presented September 18 at Sail Parry Sound’s annual general meeting, recognizes the pair’s outstanding summer sailing season.
After receiving  the award, Parkes and Winkwork then went on to represent Sail Parry Sound at the prestigious CORK Fall Regatta September 25 and 26 in Kingston, where they had an impressive second place finish in the 420 class. They were first in two of the four races held on the Saturday. more...


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Putting down anchor: Kalkaska native lands teaching position

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ST. JAMES, NY — Teresa Carey is settling down . . . for a little while.

Over two years ago she stopped teaching to set sail. Literally. This fall, the Kalkaska native stepped off her sailboat to return to the classroom as the Director of Dance and Theatre at the Knox School in St. James, New York. There she is able to combine her loves of dance and science in a unique way that not only challenges her students, but is challenging Carey as well.  more...


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