NEW MARINA IN NEW ZEALAND
Port Nikau is now a handsome new urban waterfront community at Whangārei Harbor. The dockage, provided by Heron Marinas has superyacht facilities. . Next will come facilities for smaller boats and yachts. Port Nikau is a combination of residential and commercial space with green space and walkable access to recreational and entertainment sites. opportunities.www.portnikau.co.nz.
GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. USHARBORS.COM, an invaluable source of charts and information on U.S. harbors, has regular contests where you can vote on your favorite harbor and harbormaster. Here’s some of their latest news.
FREEDOM BOAT CLUB OF MAINE
. Offering the most boat clubs and the largest fleet in the state, Freedom Boat Club of Maine is expanding. It will open this spring with five clubs and 29 new model year boats. Fleet vessels include center consoles, dual consoles, cruisers, rigid inflatables, and pontoon boats. Club locations are at Yarmouth Boat Yard on the Royal River, at Moose Landing Marina in the Sebago Lakes Region in Naples, at Fore Points Marina in Downtown Portland, at Sunset Marina in South Portland, and now in Boothbay Harbor at Linekin Bay Resort as well.
TOUR A TALL SHIP
At South Street Seaport in Manhattan, tours of the historic 1885 Wavertree are free from May 29 to October 10. Wavertree is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Learn how seagoing folks people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Visit the cargo hold and stand atop a new viewing platform to view the massive main cargo area. Climb onto the quarterdeck and pose for a photo at the ship’s wheel. (Www.) southstreetseaportmusuem.org
May Misfire is Book Five in the new Yacht Yenta e-book mystery series. Grieving widow Farley Halladay returns to the ketch where her husband died and finds solace, surprises and a close brush with death. Available for Kindle Nook and other ebooks, https://amzn.to/3gJPBF2
A SOFT LANDING FOR CAPTAIN CRUNCH
New from Slammer Marine are these good looking, effective dock cushions.
CAMDEN, MAINE -- CAMDEN OPERA HOUSE - After months of livestreamed-only events, Maine’s historic Camden Opera House, just steps from the harbor, has begun hosting small live concerts most Fridays at 7:30 p.m. All seats ($10) are assigned and sold in advance, to 3:30 p.m. show day. All shows are Facebook Livestreamed for free!
ROCKLAND, Maine- FARNSWORTH MUSEUM - The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, has received major gifts of art from the bequest of Betsy James Wyeth. All twenty-seven new acquisitions by the three generations of Wyeth painters, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, will be on view, beginning Saturday, May 15, as part of a landmark new exhibition entitled Betsy’s Gift. Betsy James Wyeth passed away last spring, at the age of ninety-eight.
PLAN YOUR 2023 CRUISE
The folks at famIly-owned AmaWaterways are already accepting bookings for their luxury river cruises. Explore the Danube, Seine, Dutch and Belgian waterways and many other storybook locales. Have a travel agent book a seamless trip from your house to the ship to back home again.
* In Newport RI , 12 Meter Yacht Charters is available for private charters and ticketed sails. The fleet includes Columbia, winner of the 1958 America’s Cup, Nefertiti, and American Eagle. Email sail (at) 2meteryachtcharters.com
SMITHSONIAN TEAMS WITH PONANT
Combine a luxury cruise with top expedition leaders from the Smithsonian Institution on theme sailings that explore history, wildife, native cultures, and more in worldwide destinations from Great Britain to the Great Lakes. Created in 1988, by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT created a new style of cruising, under the French flag. Go to (www.) Ponant.com or (www.) smithsonian.org \
STAR CLIPPERS NOW IN COSTA RICA AND NICARAGUA
For the first time sine 2014, Star Clippers offers coastal cruises in Central America that include Costa Rica an Nicaragua. Itineraries are seven to 14 days. Call on favorite Costa Rican towns as well as ports in Panama or Nicaragua, depending on itinerary. The port town of Quepos, Costa Rica, located near Manuel Antonio National Park, is home to monkeys, sloths, and nearly 450 species of birds. Beaches on Isla Tortuga are ideal for snorkeling. In San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, go surfing. For the wole story to go starclippers.com
Farley Halladay’s Galley Recipe
Tuscany Tuna Salad
Just perfect for a cold lunch underway, this tuna salad has tang, taste and attitude.
10- to 12-ounce can oil-pack tuna
1/2 teaspoon dried garlic granules
1 teaspoon dried onion bits
Small can sliced black olives, drained
2-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained
1 tablespoon capers, drained
About 2/3 cup chopped, stuffed olives, drained
2 tablespoons chopped anchovy
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 to 1/3cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Suggested garnish: sliced cucumbers or avocado
Drain tuna into a small container with the dried garlic and onion bits and let them soak while you assemble the salad. In a bowl, break up tuna and stir in black olives, pimentos, capers, anchovy and oregano. Fold in olive oil to taste with onion and garlic bits and freshly ground pepper. .
Serve as is or on a bed of shredded lettuce with pilot crackers on the side. Makes 4 main dish portions.