Buoy:

Navigational aid. There are several types and colors of buoys of which the most numerous are: the black can (seen as a fuzzy black spot on the horizon); the red nun (seen as a fuzzy black spot on the horizon); the red or green day beacon (seen as a fuzzy black spot on the horizon); and the vertically striped black-and-white channel marker (seen as a fuzzy black spot on the horizon).
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SailQuest to be held May 18-20, 2012

BOAT SHOW COMING TO MILFORD, CT

SailQuest Boat Show will take place in Milford, Connecticut from May 18-20, 2012. This unique and family-oriented show will feature new sailboats, trawlers, downeast-style powerboats and select brokerage yachts for sale, from 20 to over 50 feet long. Additionally, a variety of companies will be on-site offering small boats, gear and other products and services, including financing and insurance.

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Fairwinds Jim...

ATB lost an amazing man, friend, and sailor on Wed. June 22, 2011. Is it ironic or poetic that Jim left us after he spent the evening racing around the buoys in the rain? I think poetic. Jim spent his last evening doing what he loved surrounded by people he considered family, and of course Jim's two sons whom he loved dearly (regardless of what he told them).

Goodsell Point Marina was the setting and Jim the star in a cast of many characters. He was there with his boat whenever he could be, and legend has it that Jim was one of the forefathers of what is now known as Branford Around the Buoys. Jim loved sailing and he also loved sharing it with others. He gave without expectation. Jim helped anyone who asked whether it be lending his tools, his expertise, or strong opinions… and we will all miss hearing those opinions.

Jim was a lovable curmudgeon. After a while you knew what conversational topics would rile him up. Xerox and politics were definitely off limits if you wanted to keep the conversation light, but Jim loved to be challenged even if he strongly disagreed with your point of view.

On a personal note Jim was my friend and mentor. He took me under his wing and taught me how to race sailboats. Jim always pushed me to learn and have confidence in my abilities. Even when it was time for me to move on Jim encouraged me to spread my wings, and he was proud of my accomplishments. I have countless memories of Jim along with many pleasure sails and regattas on More Magic.

Jim touched so many people. I know my world is never going to be the same without him in it. But every time I step on a sailboat I will hear Jim's gentle voice say, “Trim the Jib!”

Sail on Jim Mormile.

Lisa Grey

2012 Results

Hello everyone,

IMPORTANT:

  1. Please CB captains, I beg you to be creative with your courses between the 2 fleet, i.e when you pick a course windward/leeward twice for racers, instead of giving the cruisers the same course oncearound which is often too short of a course, give the cruisers TRIANGLE option, such as R28- 10A- R34. No fun to go out racing for just a 45 minutes race guys. Thank you!
  2. RACERS PLEASE, STAY AWAY windward of the cruisers or sometimes right in the middle of the course sequence, very hard to time a start when you have a bunch of boats windward taking your wind. Repeat offenders are Meltemi and Sagacious to name a few :) THANK YOU!

For this year, no change from last year since it seems to work and no one has complained. Please forward your new rating (if changed) to me before the season starts.

A few notes on how to use and view this Excel document. Hopefully you are somewhat familiar with Excel. Look for the tabsare the bottom to show overall results for Wednesdayand SundayRaces, Boat Name is where all the master records for each boat are kept and also keeps track of the overall trophy for both season and CB duty points.

Each number tab at the bottom, 1 thru 14 for Sundays, F1 thru F8 for fall will give you results for each race. I have kept intentionally the results from last year so you can see how you did the year before, new results will override each tab.

Please be aware that the new system will get you results faster and they will be more accurate if results or ratings change. It is a bit harder to see the results, but you get a lot more info and who knows, you might catch a mistake I made! Laughing

This spreadsheet will be changed every week as I get the results. Check the modified date and time of the spreadsheet to see if results have been uploaded.

Thank you for your participation and don't forget, this is just buoy racing. Stay cool and no yelling. Thanks

An Evening with PETER "LUIGI" REGGIO

An Evening with PETER "LUIGI" REGGIO

Thursday, April 7, 2011 7pm

Peter has traveled the world as Principal Race Officer for such events as the America’s Cup, Opti Worlds, the Olympics... and so many more. Peter is well known for his knowledge, sense-of-humor and knowing what sailors want!

Come hear about the challenges and incidents behind the scenes of the sport’s highest profile events.

"Peter is a gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor -- his stories are both entertaining and educational..."

$10 at the door

Dinner & Bar service available before the presentation.

Milford Yacht Club 131 Trumbull Ave. Milford CT 203-783-0075

Leukemia Cup Regatta Kick Off Reception with Gary Jobson!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:30pm - 8pm

Leukemia Cup Regatta Kick Off Reception with Gary Jobson!

Sponsored in part by reception host:

Water's Edge Resort & Spa 1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498

Join LLS for this fun Kick-Off reception highlighted by a presentation by Leukemia Cup Regatta National Chairman, ESPN Commentator, Renowned Sailor and lymphoma survivor Gary Jobson!  Register to fundraise & race at the reception (online registration to open soon) and receive great incentives. Ticket cost for this reception is $10 per person, and includes appetizers, cash bar and the opportunity to meet Gary Jobson. To order tickets please call 203.427.2045.

So long David, we will miss you.

Yesterday, we lost a great sailor and a gentleman of the sea. David Seligson passed away on March 3rd. Most of you will remember Leda but if you had the chance to meet the captain, you were immediately taken by his sense of humor and great humbleness. With the hundreds of trophies he had collected, he never gloated or bragged, on the contrary, he always gave credit to his opponents. I would call that wisdom.

Lets be honest, we all secretly complained about his boat rating but deep down, we all knew it was not the rating but the skill of the captain who was passing by us with a gentle smile on his face.

Please feel free to share your comments or stories on the forum about David. See attached David's 'other life" sent to me by his daughter Judith.

May his soul rest in peace and let's keep David in our memories as a role model for the years to come. Thank you David for being there and sharing the passion of sailing with us.

Fearless to Bermuda

Update: Fearless made it safely to Bermuda in 96h 50h 53mn coming in 9th place in their division of 13 boats. Congratulations to the whole crew and captain Shaun. See you soon in Branford.

Exciting news from Newport: Fearless (39537)from the BYC and an active member of ATB, will be racing in the Newport to Bermuda Race starting on this Friday 18th. Race starts around 2pm. Follow the IBoat Tracking progress online at this site:
http://www.bermudarace.com/

This race usually last about 100 hours.

Here is the lucky crew list:
Brian Prinz Jr. - Watch Captain
Brian Prinz Sr. - Watch Captain
Marc Doheny - Watch Captain
Catherine Doheny
Paul Dorsi
Pete Hickey
Bruce Barta
Taylor North
Paul Jennings - Naviguessor
Shaun Ensor -Captain and Cook

We wish the crew of Fearless best of luck and a safe passage.
Nomade will be in Newport to watch the start and capture some video and photo footage.

    Virtual Sailing this winter

    Exciting news, from Nov 1st Banque Populaire V and Groupama will try to beat the round the world sailing record called the “Trophy Jules Verne”

    You can share the adventure! (on your PC…)

    You pick your boat Banque Populaire or Groupama (speed up to 47knots!, 115’ latest trimaran)

    3 choices:

    You pick the date when you take the start
    You start with Banque Populaire V (you receive an email 24-48 hours before)
    You start with Groupama

    This trophy is not for winning a race but it is for breaking a record

    Beat the record around the world of 50 days, 16 hours, 20’ from Orange II.

    Register or get full details here: http://virtualregatta.com/index_julesverne.php

    No Entry fee

    Branford Sailors Win National Team Racing Championship

    Branford Sailors Win National Team Racing Championship.

    Emmet Smith, third generation crew member and sometimes skipper of Wasabi sailed as part of Team Extreme to win the 2009 US Sailing Team Racing National Championships at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion Massachusetts on September 25 -27. Team Extreme defeated the current National and World Champion, New York Yacht Club entry, Team Silver Panda in the final race of the final best of five series after a three day elimination series. The competition for the George R. Hinman Trophy included 16 teams from around the country selected on the basis of team resumes. The teams competed in identical Vanguard -15s. The field included eight US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members, five former ICSA College Sailors of the Year, and three former ICSA Quantum Women Sailors of the Year.

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    Fran McMullen Photos

    From Lisa Grey (Smoke on the Water)
    While we we were waiting on the wind....

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Smoke on the Water was lucky enough to have Fran McMullen of Studio 38 Photography on the committee boat. An award winning photographer, Fran makes her living shooting in the studio and at events. She took some great shots of your boats on Wednesday to view/purchase them visit : http://www.pictage.com/698730

    If you are interested in viewing  Fran's other work visit: www.Studio38Wedding.com and www.Studio38Photo.com Fran will also be donating her time to shoot at this year's Wellness Regatta.

    Race Track Logging

    Check out Rob Bjornson's (Bayou Bleu) page about using GPS loggers to record races.  The loggers are available for less than $100 now, and record your position every second.  The results can be downloaded and combined to replay entire regattas, if enough of us get trackers.

    To cut to the chase, here is a short [WWW] movie of Bayou Bleu's start from 5/27. Note that it looks better when you run the actual software.  

    Here is a link to Rob's wiki page that has more detail about how this works, and also has longer movies showing actual races: http://maguro.cs.yale.edu:8000/GpsLogger

    New boats on the block!

    So we have 2 new boats from existing captains for 2011 - Maybe three if you count Pachiderm (ex-Impulse) from the Owners of ex-Wasabi.. I know this gets complicated.

    Andrew and Tony Calderoni with a gorgeous Oday 322 called Sounderand Jim Barker with a C&C 34 Plus called Wild Blue Yonder (don't forget the plus). Both boats will be in cruising class for now

    Congratulations and best of luck to both of you.

    2010 Results

    Hello everyone,

    For this year, no change from last year since it seems to work and no one has complained. Please forward your new rating (if changed) to me before the season starts.

    A few notes on how to use and view this Excel document. Hopefully you are somewhat familiar with Excel. Look for the tabsare the bottom to show overall results for Wednesdayand SundayRaces, Boat Name is where all the master records for each boat are kept and also keeps track of the overall trophy for both season and CB duty points.

    Each number tab at the bottom, 1 thru 14 for Sundays, F1 thru F8 for fall will give you results for each race. I have kept intentionally the results from last year so you can see how you did the year before, new results will override each tab.

    Please be aware that the new system will get you results faster and they will be more accurate if results or ratings change. It is a bit harder to see the results, but you get a lot more info and who knows, you might catch a mistake I made! Laughing

    This spreadsheet will be changed every week as I get the results. Check the modified date and time of the spreadsheet to see if results have been uploaded.

    Thank you for your participation and don't forget, this is just buoy racing. Stay cool.

    The Awards Dinner by Gilles Carter

    The 2008-2009 Annual ATB Awards Dinner Party

     

                On Saturday, February 28th., almost 100  boisterous ATB sailors celebrated the 2008 season at the Annual Awards Dinner Party which was again hosted at the Branford Yacht Club. Each and every year this lively annual event has gained in significance and momentum as it honors those sailors and yachts that performed well in both the ATB Summer and Fall Series and in the Overall-Combined. This year was certainly no exception. Indeed, the competitive tradition, though still spiritually rooted in “beer can racing” has unquestionably grown into so much more.

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