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Charleston to Bermuda Celebrates Amity Between Maritime Communities

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

When the classic cannon booms over Charleston Harbor at noon Friday, May 29, it will signal the start of the seventh Charleston to Bermuda Race – a 777-mile romp due east from the Carolina Lowcountry to the distant isles of Bermuda. That blast will also signal the beginning of a marvelous offshore sailing adventure for crews on board the six vessels entered in this biennial race, among them the palmetto state’s own wooden tall ship, The Spirit of South Carolina. (more…)

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Sailing School Special

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Torresen Marine Sailing School, for a limited time, is offering the 101/103 Basic Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising combination class for $495 per person - regular price $575 per person.  This class is taught by American Sailing Association certified instructors.  A deposit of $100 per person is required at time of registration.  Sign up today before classes and dates start filling up.  Visit our Sailing School calendar to check on available dates or call  or email Judi Shedd at 231-759-8596.

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Chicago Yacht Club Announces ’09 Transponder Program

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Chicago Yacht Club announced that it will make position transponders available to participants in the 2009 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Lands’ End Business Outfitters. The race will start off Chicago’s lakefront on July 17th and 18th, 2009. 2009 marks the 101st running of the world’s longest annual freshwater sailing distance race.
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Casting Out The Winter Gremlins

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

“No matter how squared you prepare your boat for winter storage the Winter Gremlins still sneak aboard,” said Dave Gramza, long-time Manistee charter boat captain.
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Ericsson Racing Garners Third at Scoring Gate

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Ericsson Racing Team early this morning cleared the Leg 7 scoring gate of the Volvo Ocean Race in third and fourth place.

Ericsson 4, skippered by Brazil’s Torben Grael, earned 3 points for clearing the gate in third place, 22 minutes behind the leader.
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Ericsson Racing Endures Foggy Start of Leg 7

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The combination of fog, a postponement and an inbound oil tanker made for an eventful start to Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race for Ericsson Racing Team.
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Private Sailing Lessons

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Did you know that our sailing school offers Private Lessons in addition to our American Sailing Association Certified classes? Private lessons are typically held on your boat and designed to meet your needs or concerns. 

 

Following are examples of challenges faced during private lessons over the last couple of years:

 

One couple had owned a boat for three years and learned to sail on their own.  They never had anyone on the boat with sailing experience and were wondering if they were doing things the right way or if they could do things better.  We found ways to make things easier and made some suggestions of rigging changes also.

 

Another couple had sailed for quite some time but were having difficulty docking.  They were always in a panic situation and were embarrassed to bring the boat it in when others were around to watch.  We practiced a few ways to provide them with better control.  Now their neighbors are asking them how they make docking look so easy.

 

A family had a boat that the father and son sailed together. Mom was nervous about the boat tipping and was afraid to go out with them.  Dad didn’t know how to help her to be comfortable.  Private lessons with a certified instructor improved her comfort level.

 

A few couples had sold their powerboats and bought sailboats thinking sailing would be easy to learn.  They loved the quiet part and also the economic advantages, but had difficulty making the boat go where they wanted.  After a few hours of private lessons they were much more comfortable handling the boat under sail.

 

A young couple bought a used sailboat on a trailer and needed help raising the mast, launching the boat and learning how to sail.  This was a lot to learn for a one-day private lesson. It took more than one session, but they felt better about the experience and are already talking about getting a bigger boat.

 

An older couple had sailed for many years on Muskegon Lake. They were planning on going cruising to other Lake Michigan ports.  She was always a part of  “the crew” and was concerned about what to do if her husband fell overboard or was injured.  We practiced man overboard drills with her at the helm and had her practice docking.  She had never done either before and didn’t want to cruise until she could do both with confidence.  After successfully taking their private lesson, they went comfortably on their cruise a couple of weeks later. 

 

Two friends, each of whom owned their own boat, docked side by side.  Neither had sailed at night and wanted to see what it was like and also learn how to read lights.  We all went out together on one of their boats, sailed out to Lake Michigan and came back after sunset.   They got to appreciate the beauty of night sailing and learned how to find their way in the dark.

 

These are just a few good reasons for private lessons.  Everyone has there own situations, questions and comfort level to deal with.  We enjoy helping you ease your own personal concerns.  For additional information and to schedule please call Judi Shedd at 231-759-8596 or email judis@torresen.com.


  

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Yale Wins Western and Georgetown Wins Eastern ’09 Collegiate Championships

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The Boston Fan Pier was the place to see and be seen this weekend as the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) held the semifinal rounds of its ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship. The ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinals and the ICSA National Championship Western Semifinals, hosted, respectively, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University (both Cambridge, Mass.), were integrated into the North American stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), giving the 36 competing college teams an unforgettable experience. Between run-of-the-mill tourists, locals in-the-know and sailors drawn for the VOR spectacle, those who turned out to support their favorite school had plenty of company along the waterfront with its prime view of the racing on Boston’s Inner Harbor. Light air on day one and a wait for the wind to settle on day two meant each semifinal – teams were seeded into the Western or Eastern Semifinals based on their conference ranking – saw only eight races completed in both A and B Divisions.
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