Boat show time has arrived! The Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show is January 28 – 31 and we look forward to seeing many of you there. Torresen Marine has an expanded booth at position # 444 and if you are looking for a new boat visit us at the Hunter Sailboat booth # 290. Boat shows are a great way to dream of the warmer weather and happy sailing in the months ahead. See you in Chicago.
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The Cruising Club of America has selected Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson to receive its prestigious 2009 Blue Water Medal in recognition of a life of cruising and voyaging that best exemplifies the objects and goals of the CCA. The award will be presented on March 5, 2010 by CCA Commodore Sheila McCurdy (Middletown, R.I.) during the club’s annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club, in New York.
The Cruising Club of America has selected Lin and Larry Pardey to receive its prestigious 2009 Far Horizons Award in recognition of their lifetime of cruising and voyaging. The award will be presented on March 5, 2010 by CCA Commodore Sheila McCurdy (Middletown, R.I.) during the club’s annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club, in New York.
Lin and Larry Pardey were married on October 31, 1968 in Newport Beach, Calif., and on that same day they launched Seraffyn, a Lyle Hess designed cutter they built themselves. Seraffyn was 24 feet 7 inches LOA (length overall) with an 8-foot 11-inch beam, and the boat had no engine. They began their trip eastward through the Panama Canal and then crossed on to Europe. For 11 years they cruised the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas and then headed south through the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and on to Japan. From there, they traveled to Canada and south back to Newport Beach for a total circumnavigation of 47,000 miles.
Fifteen years to the date, October 31, 1983, they launched another Hess design, Taleisin, which was 29-feet 6-inches, with a 10-foot 9-inch beam, and 17,800 lbs. displacement. Similar to their previous boat, this vessel has no engine. They sailed westward from California through the Pacific to New Zealand. With time they continued westward to South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, the British Isles, Norway, and then to the East Coast U.S. They then voyaged south to Argentina and rounded Cape Horn westbound and crossed their outbound track which completed their circumnavigation in 2003.
After spending three seasons exploring the Pacific Northwest, they eventually sailed west across the Pacific to New Zealand to finish their third circumnavigation. All told the trip equaled 80,000 miles.
Larry Pardey was born in 1939 in Victoria, Canada and his first boat at age 9 was an Indian dug out canoe. His first cruising boat was a self-restored, 20-foot Colin Archer cutter. To date he has logged more than 205,000 sea miles.
Lin Pardey was born in 1944 in Detroit, Michigan and later raised in Los Angeles County. As a young child, her early sailing was in a 14-foot Old Town sloop. Lin has logged more than 198,000 sea miles.
Together, the couple has shared their sailing and cruising experiences with sailors around the world by writing 10 books that range from Storm Tactics Handbook to Cost Conscious Cruiser. Lin and Larry have also published a number of popular videos and DVDs, and their co-authored articles have appeared in numerous yachting publications worldwide.
For the record: The Pardeys hold the record for the smallest boat to have circumnavigated contrary to the prevailing winds around all the great southern capes. They are the only couple to have circumnavigated both east-about and west-about on boats they built themselves, using traditional means of navigation and having no engine or sponsorship.
In addition to presenting its Far Horizons Award, the CCA will present the following 2009 Award Citations:
The Blue Water Medal awarded to Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson in recognition of a life of cruising and voyaging that best exemplifies the objects and goals of the CCA. Together they have sailed Iron Bark, a 35-foot steel gaff cutter built in Queensland, Australia. From 2007 to 2009 the couple spent time cruising in New Zealand, Tasmania and Queensland, Australia.
The Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship awarded to Maurice and Sophie Conti for their rescue of the crew of the 10m ketch Timella on October 12, 2008. The New Zealand High Commission recommended Maurice and Sophie Conti for heroism awards and in November 2009, they traveled to London to receive the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
The Richard S. Nye Trophy awarded to John P. Rousmaniere, who has brought distinction to the Cruising Club of America as a sailor, writer, and historian. He is best known as a prolific author, and his books such as Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Fastnet Force 10, A Berth to Bermuda, and many others have been a source of information and inspiration to sailors around the world. He has also served the sport of sailing as a moderator at Safety at Sea Seminars, as a lecturer, and researcher on man overboard recovery techniques.
The Cruising Club of America has selected Maurice and Sophie Conti to receive its 2009 Rod Stephens Trophy for their rescue of the crew of the 10m ketch Timella on October 12, 2008. The trophy will be presented to the Contis on March 5, 2010 by CCA Commodore Sheila McCurdy (Middletown, R.I.) during the club’s annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club, in New York.
BMW ORACLE Racing, with its trimaran and towering wing sail, made its debut on Spanish waters Tuesday afternoon. It’s the first time the American team has sailed its America’s Cup boat at the venue of the 33rd Match.
When the boat took to the waters off the Port of Valencia, it was sporting USA emblazoned on its stern, the name designated for the boat by the Golden Gate Yacht Club when it challenged for the 33rd America’s Cup.
Previously, the trimaran had been called the BOR 90. But now, in Spanish waters, this is the name the boat will carry into battle for the America’s Cup next month.
Conditions were ideal for a first test sail with four to eight knots of wind and just a small chop on the otherwise flat water.
“Everyone was very excited to get out on the water,” team CEO Russell Coutts (NZL) confirmed after a successful day of tests.
“It’s been quite a process to get here, get set up and be ready to sail. But that’s the point we’re at now and it’s a big milestone for the team.”
When the team returned to its boatyard in the Port, the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Francisco Camps, and the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá, were on hand to officially welcome BMW ORACLE Racing to Valencia ahead of the America’s Cup Match and to see the trimaran and wing sail up close for the first time.
Coutts, speaking with the dignitaries, announced that as of its Spanish launch, the boat is now named USA and he confirmed the team is very happy to be in its second ‘home’ of Valencia. BMW ORACLE Racing has had a base in the Spanish city since 2004.
Behind him, USA with its wing sail was sitting on a mooring. The wing carried an American flag and the sail number USA 17, which team founder Larry Ellison (USA) has used on many of his successful sailing campaigns, including five Maxi World championship wins with his Sayonara race yacht.
Here are a few tips to make your experience at Strictly Sail Chicago the best one possible. Be sure to go to Strictly Sail’s site to check out all the details. We hope to see you all there!
Tickets & Seminars – Tickets can be purchased on-line. You will find children 15 years of age and under are admitted at no charge (Must be accompanied by a paying adult). Strictly Sail Yacht Club Pass and Family Pass are available online only. *Buy your tickets online and included in your paid admission is a one-year subscription to one of the following magazines: Yachting, Spa, Caribbean Travel & Life, Ski, Sailing World or Cruising World ($10.00 value)Hotel Accommodations – To enhance your Strictly Sail experience, the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is offering a special promotional package for all show exhibitors and attendees.
Hotel Accommodations – To enhance your Strictly Sail experience, the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is offering a special promotional package for all show exhibitors and attendees.
Choose Your Day Wisely. While Thursday and Friday have lighter crowds and shorter waits for displays, Saturday usually has “bumper to bumper traffic” from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrive at opening time and pick your favorite four or five boats to inspect before the rush and then wait until the middle of the afternoon to check out some of the other popular models.
Parking – It is a big help to go on-line and visit Strictly Sail to get directions to the best parking. Save on Parking! Park at Navy Pier during the show for $10.00. Space is limited so come early before the lots fill.
Plan Your Day – As with most trips, it is best to have a plan in mind as how to cover the features of the show that have the most interest. Serious boat buyers often come on Thursday or Friday when the crowds are not distracting. The same could be true if you intend to research some new deck hardware or repowering your boat (Torresen Marine specialties). Bring the kids along to view the show are to hang out at the Kids’ Club. Kids’ Club is a hands-on activity center designed just for junior sailors where children can draw “sailboats of the future,” and learn knot tying, while you shop on the show floor. Daily prizes will be awarded for the most unique and innovative drawings. Also check out the seminars and special events that will be taking place during the course of the show. To fill out your day, you may want to go on line to Navy Pier and check out the restaurants and other fun things going on right there.
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Join Torresen Marine for a fun trip to Chicago for the Strictly Sail Boat Show. This is an overnight trip that includes the bus ride to and from Chicago and refreshments on the bus. Although we have reserved a few hotel rooms, accommodations are not included and must be obtained by you before the trip. Please see the included list of recommended hotels below. If you need help with lodging contact Brock Halbeisen ASAP. There will be pick-ups and drop off in Muskegon, MI, Holland, MI, South Haven, MI, Benton Harbor, MI and Michigan City, IN.
Fee: $20.00 per person $30.00 per couple
Deadline for sign-up is January 18, 2010
Contact Brock Halbeisen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-759-8596
Saturday, January 30th
7:00 a.m. – Depart from Torresen Marine, Inc in Muskegon, MI
7:45 a.m. – First Port of Call, Meijer North parking lot 3320 West Shore Dr. Holland, MI 49424 8:30 a.m. – Second Port of Call, Walmart parking lot 201 73rd St. South Haven, MI 49090
9:15 a.m. – Third Port of Call, Meijer parking lot 1920 Pipestone Rd. Benton Harbor, MI 49022
9:45 a.m. – Fourth Port of Call, Meijer parking lot 5150 S. Franklin St. Michigan City, IN 46360
10:45 a.m. (ET) 9:45 a.m. (CT) – Arrive in Chicago
Sunday, January 31st3:00 p.m. (ET) 2:00 p.m. (CT) – Bus will depart from Strictly Sail Chicago Show and reverse the stops back to Muskegon, MI.
Homewood Suites (312) 644-2222
Fairmont Inn of Chicago (866) 540-4408
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David K. Elwell Jr., commodore of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), announced today that the club has invited 26 pre-eminent American yacht clubs to compete for places in the second New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, which will be sailed in Newport, R.I., September 10-17, 2011. Commodore Elwell explained that a number of yacht clubs in the United States had expressed interest in competing in the inaugural event, held in September of 2009. “This invitation for a U.S. Qualifying Series is in response to that interest,” he said. The Qualifying Series will be held in Newport on September 8-11, 2010. (more…)
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Today marks the ‘one month to go’ date before race one of the 33rd America’s Cup Match.
With the BOR 90 now safely delivered to Valencia, the home of the 33rd Match, the shore team is working flat out to ensure that when the
trimaran is handed over to the sailing crew, to move into ‘race mode’, the boat is match fit and ready to race.