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CYC Members Win SoCal Awards

Last month, Coronado Yacht Club (CYC) member Jill Powell and CYC Junior Sailing Director Becky Nygren were awarded three of Southern California yachting community’s most prestigious awards for their contribution to the sport of sailing.

Powell won two renowned awards recognizing her exceptional fundraising skills, volunteering, and for bringing and hosting national regattas to the Coronado Yacht Club and South Bay waters. The San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs (SDAYC), whose organization encourages participation in yachting in the San Diego area, presented its distinguished Alonzo de Jessop Memorial Award to Jill at its annual awards dinner held last month for her “outstanding service to yachting.”

The Pacific Coast Yachting Association (PCYA), composed of yachting and cruising associations from Vancouver, BC, Canada, to San Diego California, also recognized Jill’s “outstanding and meritorious service to the yachting community,” by awarding her their notable Charles A Langlais Trophy earlier this month at its installation and awards banquet held at the Del Rey Yacht club.

Nygren won the SDAYC’s famed Yachtswoman of the Year Annual Award for her “outstanding achievements and participation in the sport of yachting.” Relocating from the East Coast to the West Coast in 2010, in the short time that Becky has been the CYC Junior sailing Director, she has placed her stamp on managing 34 sailboats, sailing instructors, budget and curriculum. She has improved the program by expanding the junior program to include 6 and 7 year olds. In addition to Becky’s responsibilities as junior sailing director, she recently competed in national Snipe and Etchells Jaguar Cup Series sailing regattas finishing with three first places and one fourth place.

The Coronado Yacht Junior Program would not be complete without Head Coach Jon Rogers. Having won four world titles and eight U.S. titles, Jon has the credentials to lead the program that is considered to be the best on the West Coast.

Funding is the most important element to ensure the success of the junior sailing program. Every two years the club sponsor’s a Casino Night to benefit junior sailors. This year, the fundraising event will be held on Saturday, March 9. Table sponsors are still available and can be reserved by contacting Becky Nygren at

Additionally, Jill prepares monthly fundraising dinners on the first Tuesday of the month which supports the club’s junior sailing program and the high school sailing team. The average $1,200 raised, in addition to the funds raised on Casino Night, goes toward purchasing new equipment for the existing fleet and to support sailing scholarships.

The spring and summer Junior Sailing Programs are open to everyone and begin the first week in February and March respectively. The goal is to get everyone on the water and sailing scholarships are available. For more information call Becky Nygren at 619-435-0522 or .

On March 9-10, CYC will host the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association (SCYYRA) 420’s Perry Series #4. This regional regatta will bring 40 boats, including 80 sailors, to the local Coronado area.  

Being part of the Coronado Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program provides, not only safety on the water, but at the same time, teaches life lessons including independence and responsibility. In its 100 year history, CYC has produced All-American collegiate sailors and Olympic sailing champions who began their love for sailing as a junior in the club’s junior sailing program.

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Monterey Boats welcomes new dealer: Midsouth Marine Group

Monterey Boats
February 28, 2013
Filed under News

WILLISTON, FL– Monterey Boats is honored to welcome Midsouth Marine Group to the Monterey Boats dealer family! Midsouth is a premier dealer in the Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas area.

“Midsouth Marine Group is another strong addition to the Monterey Boat’s dealer family,” said Monterey’s Director of Sales, Kim Loenichen. “The Monterey Boat’s brand continues to grow stronger with the addition of each boat dealer. Midsouth Marine Group is constantly recognized for its outstanding customer service practices. Memorable customer service requires product knowledge, dedicated staff and commitment to customers as well as many other elements. Commitment to our customers is one of the many reasons Monterey Boats remains the best within the marine industry.”

Monterey Boats, a leading independent boat manufacturer, has specialized in building premier quality sport boats, super sports, cruisers and sport yachts. Our current line features 26 models ranging from 18’ to 41’, including our exciting new outboard model. Monterey has a growing worldwide dealer/partner network, a dedicated staff of more than 500 skilled boatbuilders, and is an industry leader in designing and building superior stern-drive pleasure boats. In 25 years, Monterey has produced well over 35,000 boats and generated over one billion dollars in sales. Every Monterey boat is also NMMA certified and backed by its exclusive MVP Lifetime Limited Warranty to assure the ultimate in customer confidence and satisfaction.

For more information on Monterey Boats, visit, or contact Martin Rusin: phone 352-528-2628 or e-mail:

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    Newport Businesses Honored for Boating Achievements

    Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall is applauding CC Fiberglass Components, a Bristol-based manufacturer of boats and other products, for winning prestigious honors from Sailing World magazine for two of its boats.

    CC Fiberglass, in partnership with Newport companies J/Boats and Bluenose Yacht Sales, was honored as the manufacturer of the magazine’s pick for overall Boat of the Year for one boat design and for top honor in the daysailer category for another.

    Representative Marshall joined Gov. Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, House Majority Leader Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) at CC’s Ballou Boulevard headquarters Feb. 22 to congratulate the manufacturer and its employees for their achievements. Sailing World editor Dave Reed and the magazine’s marking director, George Brengle, also came to recognize the three local companies at the event organized by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the magazine.

    Sailing World’s Boat of the Year award recipients are selected by an independent panel of experts that puts new designs launched the previous year through rigorous inspection and sea trials. The J/70 from J/Boats and CC Fiberglass Components captured overall honors; the Sparkman  Stephens 30 from Bluenose Yacht Sales and CC Fiberglass Components won the best daysailercategory.

    “CC Fiberglass is a fantastic example of a local small business achieving greatness and building truly outstanding products. In a time when many are struggling, CC has grown from 22 employees a few years ago to more than 50 today. They’ve proven that through careful, thoughtful design and partnership, manufacturing can excel in Rhode Island. I wish them continued success,” said Representative Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren).

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    ON THE WATER: Manning Regatta Celebrates 1930s Social Sailing

    The Manning Regatta, which was started in 1935 by a member of the Los Angeles Yacht Club, will take place at two local venues this weekend. Hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, the racing will take place on Alamitos Bay for Naples Sabots and Lido 14s, and in the Long Beach Outer Harbor off the Peninsula for other one-design dinghies and catamarans. 

    Los Angeles Yacht Club Flag Officer E.E “Ned” Manning and his wife Kathleen were well-known L.A. socialites in the 1920s and 1930s, when he envisioned a “Great Gatsby-esque” regatta using the tenders that were carried on the decks and in the davits of large racing yachts. The regatta Manning conceived was named in his honor when he died in 1938 after suffering a heart attack during a yacht race in Balboa.

    The Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) Manning Regatta is only open to non-keelboats, either mono-hulls or multi-hulls, 20 feet in length and less. This trophy is the oldest award in Southern California for un-decked dinghies, often defined as those boats vulnerable to swamping. 

    Rich Vaught is the regatta chairman. Mike Segerblom will be the ocean principal race officer and Martyn Bookwalter will handle the bay venue.

    The Manning Regatta is part of the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association (SCYYRA) Shadden Series for Club FJ sloops that is named to honor local sailor and Olympic medalist John Shadden.

    Racing will take place March 2-3. There is no entry fee for this regatta! For more information, go to the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Web site,, and find the link to the regatta on the “Current Events” column. Or call ABYC at 434-9955. 

    Harbor Cup

    The sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup / Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta is set for March 8-10 in San Pedro Bay. Hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, it is the West Coast’s only intercollegiate big-boat regatta. 

    Ten teams from across the nation will race Catalina 37s, provided by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation, a nonprofit whose home port is in Alamitos Bay. 

    The California Maritime Academy from Vallejo will be seeking its third consecutive victory. The Keelhaulers will compete against teams from the U.S. Naval Academy (winner of the 2012 Kennedy Cup, intercollegiate sailing’s big-boat national championship), Maine Maritime (a two-time Harbor Cup winner) and USC (2010 Harbor Cup winner). Also taking part will be CSU Channel Islands, SUNY Maritime of New York, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, University of Michigan, UC Irvine and a bold newcomer to the game, the College of Charleston, S.C. 

    A total of 10 races are scheduled over the three days, starting at 2 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, conditions permitting. The race course will be west of the L.A. Harbor entrance, visible from Point Fermin Park. 

    In addition to the racing, John Craig, principal race officer for the America’s Cup in San Francisco later this year, will be the featured speaker at a March 9 dinner at LBYC. 

    It’s always a treat to hear Craig, who works with international sailors at the highest level. He began as a provincial coach for British Columbia Sailing with a special interest in junior program development. For 10 years, he was race manager at St. Francis Yacht Club, which operates an innovative program on San Francisco Bay. 

    In his role as PRO, there will be plenty of racing on the road to the America’s Cup. Craig is responsible for conducting the races of the America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup America’s Cup Challenger Series, and the America’s Cup Finals. 

    He is familiar with every level of our sport, all the things that make us who we are. 

    Go to for more information on the Harbor Cup.

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    Limit sought on boat tax might help struggling industry, hurt waterway fund

    By Becca Heller

    Yacht in Annapolis harbor (by Mr. T in Dc-Flickr)

    A state bill proposing to set a $10,000 maximum tax on boat sales sparked a tense debate due to its potential implications on Maryland’s struggling maritime economy and the Waterway Improvement Fund (WIF).

    The bill was drafted with aims to stimulate local marine-related jobs and businesses and discourage out-of-state purchase of boats — a practice which has become increasingly common due to the lower sales tax of vessels in neighboring states.

    “Working where I do, I have a front row seat to the recreational marine world, and the past few years have been alarming,” said Bill Brandon, who works at Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore. “Vessels that have been registered and kept in Maryland are being sold and shipped out of state at a rising rate.”

    Lower tax undermines waterway fund

    Lowering the boat tax, however, would reduce funding to the already underfunded waterway fund; and while the annual cost to maintain existing boating infrastructure is about $41 million, the fund brought in just $14.5 million in fiscal 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

    House Bill 548 would further reduce the Waterway Improvement Fund, leaving Maryland unable to maintain waterway navigation channels, resulting in public safety hazards, access issues for commercial watermen, detriments to restaurants, marinas, and tourism, and a loss of boating related jobs,” said Olivia Anderson, legislative director of the Department of Natural Resources.

    Proponents of HB 548 counter that the initiative, which most notably made Florida $13.5 million in 18 months, would generate significant capital for the industry and would in turn be a positive thing for WIF. The Department of Legislative Services estimated that the sale would result in about $3 million less in revenue based on past tax collections, but said that number could vary widely if boat sales increased due to the lower tax.

    Tax cap helps sales of high-priced boats, but hurts average owner

    With the tax cap, the bill particularly incentivizes the purchase of larger, more expensive boats — a factor which some feel is critical to healthy maritime economy.

    “Boat US statistics show that 10% of a vessel’s value is spent each year on maintenance, repair and storage,” said Susan Zeller, the executive director of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. “As an industry, we are missing out on a substantial amount of maintenance, repair and storage by not registering more boats in the 50 to 70 foot range.”

    Others feel that the $10,000 tax cap unfairly advantages those who are already wealthy enough to purchase bigger boats, leaving the brunt of the tax responsibility on the “average” boater.

    “Limiting or capping the tax at a specified dollar amount would mean that a purchaser of a vessel with a smaller fair market value would be paying the full 5%, while a purchaser of a vessel with a greater fair market value would be paying a smaller percentage of tax,” said Andrea Mansfield, the legislative director of Maryland Association of Counties. “This does not constitute fair tax policy.”

    Supporters of the bill assert that, on the contrary, this bill would benefit, not just the wealthy, but also small businesses and the state.

    “While buyers do benefit from these tax policies, the real winners are state treasuries and the hundreds of workers who depend upon the business generated by these boats,” said David Dickerson, state government relations director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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    ISA annual meeting set to address issue of decline in dinghy sailing

    The Irish Times – Friday, March 1, 2013


    SAILING: A motion looking for a change of tack at the Irish Sailing Association might not chime precisely with tomorrow night’s celebration of 2012’s Olympic sailing achievements but it is fuelled by the wider argument that the sport is suffering due to a lack of support and encouragement of clubs and classes.

    Dinghies ­– or the lack of them – is on the ISA’s agm agenda after east coast sailor Norman Lee warned senior fleets are struggling to recruit young blood. This is despite the fact between 10,000 and 20,000 juniors are trained on summer courses. The ISA chief executive, Harry Hermon, says the association wants to hear as many views as possible on the topic to make “an informed and balanced decision if change of direction is required”.

    Lee blames an “over-emphasis of the training of selected juveniles by the creation of elite squads of possible future Olympians” and it will be debated tomorrow at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire, at 4.30pm.

    The champion dinghy sailor says current policy is “without proper regard to the interests of those failing (for whatever reasons) to meet that standard or who are not able or cannot afford to give the time or family/financial commitment and this discourages people who are lost to the sport”.

    The policy may well be focused on Olympic development but it has borne fruit. State funding is available for it too but its solely for that purpose.

    London 2012 showed the potential effect that a medal win by the likes of Annalise Murphy could have in encouraging more youngsters. Ireland won 22 medals at international level including three medals at under-18 level but it has left many scratching heads as to how such young talent will trickle back into senior dinghy fleets.

    Seán Craig, a former ISA racing director with recent involvement in junior sailing, says: “Where I think ISA policy has definitely got it wrong is the disconnect between learning to sail and the rest of the sport.”

    Also supporting the motion, the GP14 fleet (where numbers have contracted from 40 to 25 boats) will ask if the elite squad system has chased the club sailor away? The Fireball class says the current structure is too “youth orientated and fails to develop the ISA’s own slogan of sailing as a ‘sport for life’”.

    “I want a full shake-up. Lets take the focus off the Olympics and have a root and branch reappraisal of sail training,” says Lee.

    It’s not the first time the decline of dinghy sailing has been raised and worryingly there is not an instantly solution to ailments afflicting the sport, primarily declining numbers. As clubs continue to battle the economic storms Lee has identified that a large section of sailing constituents may have slipped between the cracks of policy making and implementation. The association must not lose sight of the importance of keeping clubs and sailors onside.

    The agm is followed by an ISA Ball and presentation of prizes including the Mitsubishi club of the year award.

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