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Article Enhancement and Narration

  For those readers that would like to enhance the readability of our articles, or to allow for narration use Firefox as your web browser and make sure you have the add on Activate Reader View installed.         This add-on adds a button to the toolbar. Clicking on it activates the Reader View. Once installed choose a story from our web pages that you wish to view, then select the appropriate icon to view or hear narration of our articles.         The Reader View is a feature that strips away clutter like buttons, ads and background images, and changes the page's text size, contrast and layout for better readability. This add-on adds a button to the toolbar. Clicking on it activates the Reader View even if the icon in the address bar is not present. Technically this add-on prepends "about:reader?url=" to the current tab's address....
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The Last Remaining Herreshoff Northeast Harbor 30 – BETSY

BETSY represents a rare opportunity to own and restore the last remaining example of the revered Northeast Harbor 30 class. Designed in 1932 by Nicholas Potter and A. Sidney Herreshoff for yachtsmen of the Mount Desert Island Community in Maine, the Northeast Harbor 30s were built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and are probably better suited to contemporary ownership than many other classic designs of that era. HMCo. was a business in transition during the 1930s; their market was changing rapidly and the Depression posed considerable challenges to their survival. At this time, HMCo. began advertising several classes of boats — the “Herreshoff Squadron” — in an attempt to broaden their market beyond one-off custom yachts for high-end patrons, and build upon the one-design concept that had previously served the Company so well. The 1930s “squadron” boats were reasonably affordable and versatile in their design: they could be family boats, comfortable cruisers, lively racers, or all three.   Read more

Vitters Signs Contract for New 50-Metre Ketch

Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands has signed a new order for a 50-metre classic performance ketch.

Commissioned by an experienced owner primarily for cruising, the yacht will be built to Lloyd’s special service craft rules. Construction will start by the end of October and delivery is scheduled for late 2019. The naval architecture for this exciting custom superyacht is done by Hoek Design and Rhoades Young Design is responsible for the interior styling. MCM, represented by Nigel Ingram, is serving as the owner’s representative. The yacht will have an aluminium hull, built in Alustar, with a centreboard keel and a carbon rig with in-boom furling. The naval architecture has been further developed and fine tuned with the experience of previous projects. The twin deckhouse configuration includes an owner’s deckhouse aft and a central deckhouse complete with saloon. Also on deck will be three cockpits – one for the owner aft, the main cockpit amidships and a crew cockpit forward of the...
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Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018 Is On Schedule!

After Hurricane Irma, The Island of Saint Barthélemy Rebuilds

Three weeks after hurricane Irma hit Saint-Barthélemy, the island is ready to move forward and look toward the future. That includes the organizers of Les Voiles de St. Barth, who have decided to hold the 9th edition of the regatta as planned on April 8-14, 2018. “We are doing our absolute best so that the island can welcome all of our guests, crews as well as spectators, with the same level of hospitality and professionalism as usual,” announced François Tolède and Luc Poupon, the organizers of Les Voiles.     “We must produce this 9th edition of Les Voiles as a symbol of reconstruction, by proposing a regatta at the same level as expected, with the same quality of service and the same degree of competition. We are going to concentrate our energy in organizing a regatta every bit as exceptional as in past years, with five...
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Switzerland’s Junior Wins 6 Metre World’s

Switzerland's Junior Wins 6MR World Championship Open Division. Spain's Bribon Takes Classic Title

Report by Tara Smith September 21, 2017 Vancouver, British Columbia Race report Day 5

Six Metre Class World Championship

Sun and blue sky with some wind in the forecast, today was a perfect last day for the 6mR Worlds event. A short postponement was hoisted ashore to give time for the Westerly to fill in. Open division started in 7-8 knots of wind, most of the fleet continued on starboard for the beach, some playing the shifts and looking for clear air up the middle of the course. The first weather mark rounding Scallywag USA 114 and Courage USA 118 had a great up wind leg, followed by Sophie II SUI 132. Courage found pressure down the shore, Junior SUI 77, Evelina FIN 78 and Sting USA 127 dug deep and sailed down the middle of the course. Again, the fleet sailed towards the shore side of the course upwind. Junior...
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