Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Laser Sailing Races, Sail a Clipper Ship, NEW BOAT BOOK CLUB, CRUISE NEWS

Copyright Janet Groene 2022

 News from the Waterfront  

Do you have boating news to share? Send to janetgroene at yahoo.com. This blog is for sailors, liveaboards and all who love the sea, rivers,  lakes and canal cruising.





 Get the news from the International Laser Class Associate World Youth Championships held August 13-20 in Vilamoura, Portugal. https://2022ilca4youth.ilca-worlds.org/


    Sail with Star Clippers in the Caribbean, Mediterranean or Central America or choose an unforgettable  Atlantic crossing. If you book before October 31, you’ll get a 10% discount, complimentary bubbly in your cabin, a $100 onboard credit and pre-paid gratuities. The offer is good only for residents of North, South and Central America.


    A new TowBoatUS service is now available, serving the Upper Rappahannock.  The service can provide battery jumps, towing, fuel drop-off and soft ungrounding. Home base for the service is Whelan’s Marina in Farnham. 




     Even if you can’t make it to meetings in New York, it’s useful to see what the South Street Museum Book Club will be reading each month. The discussions are also scheduled on Zoom. See dates and details at seaportmuseum.org/bookclub



 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland will have a new Welcome Center, museum store and two new exhibitions. Visit soon. Visit often.




 Survival Food Handbook is written for sailors who have limited stowage room. It's for emergencies that pop up, like a fridge failure, extended  weather delay, sudden evacuation, quarantine. Supermarkets offer seas of food staples that keep weeks and months. They make familiar, affordable meals to get you through a rough stretch. Also covered are water shortage, fuel failure and other food emergencies.  https://amzn.to/3mIfryC



SHELTER COVE MARINA, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - Celebrating its 33rd year, HarbourFest returns to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina as Hilton Head Island’s most popular summer multi-week event with music, children’s activities with Cappy the Clown and weekly Tuesday night fireworks through August 23. Shannon Tanner’s music and & Cappy the Clown will be here all summer, Monday-Friday through Labor Day Weekend. Visit ShelterCoveHarbourFest.com.




Almost every state sets aside certain days each year when no fishing license is required, an ideal time for first-timers to try the sport. Contact each state individually for requirements, which  vary according to age, saltwater versus fresh water or whether or not sign-up is required. Here’s what remains in 2022:

   Alaska: Youth anglers 15 and under and anglers 61 and older fish  free year-round.
    California:  September 3
    Connecticut: August  6 (must get the free one day license)
    Florida: September 3 and November 26 (saltwater)
     New Jersey: October 22
     New York: September 24; November 11, 2022
     Oregon: November 25-26




     New from Beneteau in France is an international boat rental program that bills itself as the Air B&B  of Boating. More boats, more places, more waters than ever before are now available to charter boat customers. Go to SamBoat.com




French-flagged Ponant Cruises and the Smithsonian Institute are teaming up to provide 21 itineraries in Antarctica in February and March next year. Smithsonian Journey Experts will be on board to lecture on geology, archaeology, wildlife, birding and other sciences. Journeys begin in Buenos Aires. Rates start at Rates start at $13,270 per person.  See your travel advisor or call  1-844-747-2873. 

    If you’re lucky you’ll have a EPIRB for the boat and a PLB for each crew member. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety finds the small size of a PLB is a plus. It’s easy to maintain, easy to use, easy to clip to a garment so you’re never without it. Its battery has a long life and its signal is  clear and far-reaching. 


    A PLB is better than a cell phone despite boaters’ increasing belief that a cell phone is the only emergency device they need. Phone batteries die. Signals fail. And phones aren’t waterproof. Tethered to your garment and manually operated, a PLB will bring help afloat and ashore. 

    HOWEVER a Personal Locator Beacon can’t do everything that an EPIRB will do so it’s best to have both.  For one thing only EPIRB'S activate automatically when they hit the water. That’s good, but it’s no help to you personally if you’re not with with the boat when the emergency occurs. That can happen if, say, you are water skiing behind the boat or are thrown overboard in a collision.  
    You’ll pay about $300 to own a PLB and it's yours There is no monthly fee as with a cell phone. It's also often possible to rent one for a race, regatta or rental. The BOAT/US Foundation has rentals in many areas for $7 a day for a GPS-enabled PLB and $10 daily for an EPIRB.

DID YOU know?                               

Did you know? Each book in the Yacht Yenta cozy mystery series shares a dozen or more of Farley's favorite galley recipes. (Scroll down to see a recipe that is not in the books.)  

Newest in the Yacht Yenta ebook "cozy" mystery series is June Jeopardy. Salty widow Farley returns to the helm for one, magical night while she looks for the hidden secret on board that brought one of her neighbors to a painful death. Laugh and cry with this 50-something, spunky, salt-cured widow in Book 6 of the series. For Kindle, Nook, Google Play, all ebook formats.   https://amzn.to/3wcf6ao



The Great Chesapeake Schooner Race sails October 4-9, 2022.  Be there for the pageantry, poetry and suspense of waiting for the winners. The races are always in an atmosphere of parties, crew meetings, chantey sings, learning experiences and reunions. While details are being worked out, keep up with the schedule at _https://gcbsr.org_


S/V Golden Horizon is said to be the world largest sailing ship


 S/V Golden Horizon is the latest “floating classroom” in the nonprofit Road Scholar program. Eight new programs for 2023 include a voyage across the Mediterranean from Greece to Sicily, Malta, Sardinia and Spain. All are full charters, meaning that scholars have the ship to themselves. A replica of the 1913 posh yacht France II, the ship has three pools, five bars, a library, spa, gym, formal dining room, restaurant and ocean views in every spacious, luxurious cabin. 
    Full disclosure: the trip isn’t for couch potatoes. The ship has no elevator and shore excursions  involve walking several miles at a time.  and rates are commensurate with the high falutin’ space and service provided by Tradewinds Voyages. See more at https://www.roadscholar.org/


Virtually or in person, HEAR SEA CHANTEYS 




Sea Chantey performances at South Port Seaport in Manhattan are now available in person or on TikTok via Zoom.  To see  schedules and to register for the next free show at least 24 hours ahead, go to seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.



    One of the boat valuable websites to U.S. boaters is USHarbors.com.  Check in regularly to SEE UPDATES FROM this free resource.

Want provisions and other  boating supplies sent free to your home?  Marina? Destination?  Workplace? Amazon Prime at $139 a year  is a LOT OF MONEY. Only you can decide if it's worth it. Get a 30-day free trial at https://amzn.to/3J90CNk  





 NOW you can book an eight-day YACHT  cruise for up to 18 guests, with a crew of 13, to explore the coast of Equador with Kontiki Expeditions. Charter the entire boat or book a cabin. 


Visit coastal communities, a coffee farm, straw hat weavers, nature sightings in Pacoche Humid Forest. Taste ancient and modern Equadorian foods. Meet indigenous cultures with expert guides. 




 ARMCHAIR SAILING WITH widow Farley Halladay
This is a good time to start reading the salty, playful yet poignant series about 50-ish widow Farley Halladay and her boating, cooking, caregiving and crime solving. The Yacht Yenta e-book "cozy" mysteries now number six, starting with January Justice up to June Jeopardy. Available for Kindle, Google Play, Nook and other e-book formats. https://amzn.to/3BIioU7




For 100  adventure-filled days, iconic Hurtigruten Grand Expeditions sails from the North Pole to the South Pole and vice versa. Starting in 2023, the pole-to-pole cruises will cover such destinations as Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, the Northwest Passage, South America an Antarctica. Passengers will visit four continents and more than 100 landing sites. Sail in comfort in small, electric powered hybrid ships. Get details at hurtigruten.com.  

     Third Tuesday Evening programs at the North Carolina Maritime Museums in Southport are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Hear lectures on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.  Programs are geared for people 16 years and older.  Check ahead and register at (910) 477-5151. The museum’s exhibits celebrate the maritime history of the lower Cape Fear River.

Farley Halladay’s 

Coffee-Coffee Cake

Sailors love their cuppa joe. No tiresome beating nor electric mixer is needed to whip up this batter. Just use a whisk to make a moist, flavorful, simple coffee cake in minutes. If you can’t find coffee flavored yogurt, try caramel flavor yogurt and a teaspoon of instant coffee.  There’s no frosting to fuss with, so it’s easy to serve and stow. 



½ cup vegetable oil
8-ounce carton coffee flavor yogurt (1 cup)
4 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup coarse brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan. Whisk oil, yogurt and eggs until well mixed. Stir in cake mix until everything is evenly wet. Pour batter into the pan. Mix sugar, coffee and cinnamon and sprinkle half over the batter.
    Run a knife zig-zag through batter a few times, just enough to create streaks. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture evenly over the surface. Bake 40 minutes or until the cake is firm and springy to the touch. Cool and cut in squares.

 Every book in the Farley Halladay Yacht Yenta e-book series (see titles above)  is peppered with galley recipes. Also  see more easy recipes for the small galley at https://boatcook.blogspot.com