If you're anywhere nearby the weekend of April 29, stop in at the Connecticut Boat Show. Among the attractions, a lineup of CCA members will be talking on April 30 about the upcoming Bermuda Race!
Whether entered or considering, or just interested in some exciting sailing, this lineup may be time well spent for you.
Saturday, April 30th
Bucket List: Newport to Bermuda Race, presented by the Cruising Club of America
Whether it is your first time or your tenth or you are planning to sail in 2024, these sessions will provide valuable and fun insights.
1:00 - Rives Potts is President of Safe Harbor Marinas and a two-time winner of the Race. He will open with the key points on what you need to compete and to have a shot at doing well. He will be joined by Paul Jennings, Paul has crewed in seven Races but will be skippering his own boat to Bermuda for the first time in 2022. The tasks for preparing are very fresh for Paul and he will share them. Also joining will be Dick Holliday from the CCA to talk about how they help first-time skippers doing the Race.
2:00 - Frank Bohlen, Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus from U Conn has long been considered an expert on the weather and the Gulf Stream. He will talk about the best approach to using forecasts and what the Stream has in store this year.
3:00 - Ed Cesare is Commodore of the Storm Trysail Club and has sailed in 18 Newport to Bermuda Races, 8 of those as Navigator. He will discuss how he prepares for the Race.
4:00 - Chad Corning is a professional race boat program manager with a number of ocean crossing and race records to his credit as well as a few world championships. Chad has raced in 13 Newport to Bermuda races and has 35,000 miles of offshore sailing. He is currently in charge of the Argos fleet, including the Argos MOD 70, a foiling seventy-foot trimaran that currently holds a number of race records. He will talk about boat and crew optimization and how to prepare your team to consistently sail the boat fast as she can safely go.
Refreshments are sponsored by Pretty Rugged.
Note: Attendees should arrive with plenty of time to take the ferry across to the Show and these presentations. We recommend coming in the mid-morning to ease congestion.
The 6th Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place April 29, 30, and May 1, 2022 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, located in Essex, CT.
3 Day CT Spring Boat Show Tickets will be offered at $20 per adult and free for children 13 and under, granting access to the show and talks all weekend long, rain or shine. 50% of the proceeds will benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds to families impacted by cancer. Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting: www.ctspringboatshow.com.
Info: Connecticut Boat Show