Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cronkite Report - 1987 America's Cup

Taking us back to the turning point:

In 1987, sailing enthusiast and CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite hosted an in-depth look at the competition for the 1987 America's Cup. The 2-hour show includes some amazing footage, insightful interviews, and of course the reporting thoroughness and style that made Cronkite an icon of American television.

To celebrate Walter's contributions to American sailing on this occasion, the NSHOF website is now featuring a two-part series entitled 'America's Cup: Cronkite Reports' where he chronicles, race by race, the 1987 America's Cup campaign, a watershed event in Fremantle, Western Australia. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mercy/McQuaid Sailing Team win 2011 White Trophy

Story from Rochester Yacht Club.

It took a total team effort for the Mercy McQuaid High School Sailing Team to win the 2011 Lawrence A White Trophy at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London CT October 15,16.

The White Trophy is by far the biggest High School Regatta in the Fall Season, attracting 21 teams from as far away as Sarasota Fl, Georgia, Chicago IL and Minnetonka MN, including the 2010 National Champion Antilles HS, US Virgin Islands.
High School Sailing combines the scores of two Fleets (A and B Divisions). Each School has one boat in each Division they sail two race sets then switch boats and Divisions. Scores are added representing the number in which they finished and the lowest score wins.

Very shifty and strong 20-30+ knot winds greeted the six sailors from the Mercy McQuaid team that made the trip. Lead by Team Captains, Senior Brendan Cook and Sophomore Maryn Cannon starting in A division and Sophomore Nick Sertl and Junior Danny Lawless in B Division.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Optimist - Humble Beginings

The history of the Optimist Pram has been well documented. The ubiquitous little boat has been a proven trainer for many of today's sailing masters. If you are not familiar with the inception of the Optimist down in Clearwater Florida, you can hear the story firsthand from the designer Clark Mills as he recounts the events that resulted in the largest one-design fleet in the world.