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International Rolex Regatta – Fun, Sun and Racing

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Everybody loves a winner, and at the International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI, every class winner takes home a Rolex timepiece. This year at the March 28-30 event there will be IRC racing along with the traditional classes for CSA handicap, one-design and Beach Cats. An early deadline of March 6 is looming for the advantage of a discounted entry fee. (more…)

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Think Twice Before You Add the Additives – A Caution About Fuel Additives

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The companies manufacturing fuel additives must be doing a terrific job marketing their product. This has to be the case since so many people seem to want to add something extra to their fuel tank.The best thing to add to your fuel tank is simply good quality fuel … and nothing else. Yes, I did say no additives. There is nothing better than clean, high quality fuel in a clean tank. (more…)

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2008 Clagett Regatta Expands to Include Blind Sailors

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

NEWPORT, R.I. – Building on its mission to provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to hone their competitive skills, the 2008 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta has expanded to welcome the participation of blind sailors for the sixth annual running of this event hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center. Incorporating the 2008 Blind Sailing National Championship into the Clagett will not only work to develop the skills of sight-impaired sailors, but also will provide invaluable training for competitors preparing to compete in New Zealand at the 2009 IFDS Blind Sailing World Championship. (more…)

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Chicago Maritime Festival – February 23

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

February 23 the Chicago Maritime Society will host the 6th annual Chicago Maritime Festival. Since the first festival in 2003, Torresen Marine has been a proud sponsor, providing support services to the event.

If you are in the Chicago area, please consider attending this event and learning more about our maritime heritage.
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It’s Time for a Spring Thaw!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

If you are in Michigan, you will completely understand the need for a spring thaw. We have had more than our share of snowy and windy days this winter season. The good news is that we can start thinking about a “Spring Thaw“. Torresen Marine’s 28th Annual Spring Thaw Open House is only a couple of weeks away.Join us on Saturday, March 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and shake off that cold weather attitude and turn it sunny side up.This year’s open house will be noted as a most exciting year for seminars.

We have three new people on board with us this year to educate and entertain. Kevin Kyle from Interlux Yacht Finishes will begin at 10:00 a.m. Kevin will speak on “Blister Repair and Prevention”. Get here bright and early, grab a cup of coffee and a cookie and settle in for a talk with Kevin. He will be answering any questions at the end of his seminar. Tony Hendriques of Raymarine will begin at 12:00 p.m. Tony will talk to us about “Electronics for the Sailboat Owner”. David DeHorn of Aqua Signal will begin at 2:00 p.m. David will be speaking on “The Benefits of LED Technology Onboard Your Boat”.

Captain Jack Klang from Quantum Sails will be joining us again this year. We just can’t keep him away! Captain Jack is a recognized authority on Great Lakes sailing. His seminars are always popular and very well attended. Jack has been a featured attraction at Strictly Sail shows, Seven Seas Cruising Association events, and cruising rendezvous from Seattle to San Diego and Miami to Philadelphia. He is a published author, columnist, and television personality on Latitudes and Attitudes television series. After sailing more than 25,000 miles on the Great Lakes and 53 years as a licensed captain, he speaks from experience. His free one-hour seminars and workshops are open to all sailors from liveaboards to weekenders. Everyone will learn something new and useful – guaranteed! Captain Jack will be giving the following seminars this year:

11:00 a.m. – Knot & Line Handling Skills

1:00 p.m. – Single Handed Docking & Sail Trim for Cruisers

3:00 p.m. – Preparing for Great Lakes Storms, Including Coping Tactics.

Don’t forget we’ll have 10% to 50% off everything in the store (excluding engine parts), manufacturer reps on hand to answer questions and a lot of great door prizes. So get out of the house and shake off those winter blahs and remember that after you visit us at our “Spring Thaw Open House” the real spring thaw will be just around the corner.

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Brady Returns in Quest of 4th Con Cup Victory

Friday, February 15th, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif.—As a globetrotting professional racing sailor, Gavin Brady doesn’t spend much time in any one place, but spring will usually find him in Long Beach.
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Ericsson 3 Officially Named in Barcelona

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Barcelona – The Ericsson 3, the first of Ericsson’s two race yachts, has been given its name in an event that lit up the Barcelona night sky. The ceremony invited key guests from the telecom industry and sailing community to get on board the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, with 235 days to go before the racing yachts set sail round the world.
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Paprec-Virbac 2 wins the Barcelona World Race!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race at 21:49:49 (French time GMT+1). At an average speed of 11.3 knots, the French-Irish duo took 92 days, 8 hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds, to race the 28,329 miles (52,465 km) of this first Barcelona World Race. (more…)

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We Nearly Dismasted – Barcelona World Update

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Paprec-Virbac 2 is expected in Barcelona tomorrow at the end of the day. Victory in this round-the-world is getting closer but Jean-Pierre Dick does not want crow over this ahead of time. During official radio contact, Jean-Pierre Dick, the Paprec-Virbac 2 skipper, revealed, 24 hours before his arrival in Barcelona, that they almost dismasted on 17th January. When they were leading the Barcelona World Race off the coast of Brazil, Jean-Pierre and Damian Foxall heard a great noise coming from the deck. The solent forestay, holding the mast in place, had broken. (more…)

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Summer Crewing Opportunity Available for Teens on Tall Ship

Friday, February 8th, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC – This summer, teens from South Carolina and beyond will set sail aboard the Spirit of South Carolina for a 14-day sailing expedition to explore coastal New England and the Gulf of Maine. Spirit Ocean Adventure, a pilot sailing program that will launch in June, is a partnership initiative of Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI) and the SC Maritime Foundation (SCMF). (more…)

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