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Denison Yacht Sales offers efficient, eco-friendly yachts with mass appeal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Denison Yacht Sales was recently named the Florida and California dealer for Greenline Hybrid, the world’s first serial production hybrid yacht ranging in size from 33 feet to 88 feet.  With the goal of starting a new area of responsible boating, Greenline Hybrid brings efficient and environmentally friendly designs built to maximize well-being and the enjoyment of being on the water.Denison will offer the full line of Greenline Yachts, including the 33, 40 and 46 Flybridge as well as the OceanClass line, featuring the 57, 70 and 88 blue-water cruising range of super-displacement hybrid yachts.

“There is a certain pride of ownership that comes with owning such an innovative product,” said Mike Kiely, a yacht broker with Denison Yacht Sales.  “Interest is coming from all directions, beyond the typical, narrow owner demographic. The eco-friendly design, sensible layout and ease of operation appeal to the many boaters committed to supporting a more sustainable world.”

Greenline Hybrid yachts are powered by a diesel/electric drive system.  The lithium polymer batteries are charged by a photovoltaic panel system located on the roof that efficiently converts sunlight into electricity while at the dock or at anchor.  Greenline Hybrid brings an economical cost of use, sustainability, a low carbon footprint, efficient hull design, and silent operation while under electric power.  Since starting production of the Greenline 33 in 2010, the company has delivered over 300 hybrid boats to 28 countries in the first three years of production.

The decision to add the Greenline product to the Denison fleet of new yachts in Florida and California was more than an economic one. For over a decade, Bob Denison has personally been involved in various environmental causes, including Sea Keepers, and has driven several cars converted to run on reclaimed vegetable oil.

“We’re sincerely thrilled to be a Greenline dealer. They are truly forward-thinking people with grand intentions to reinvent the way boats interact and effect the water around them,” said Denison.

Greenline Yachts are produced in Slovenia and Italy by The Seaway Group, a leading provider of design, engineering and tooling to some of the world’s biggest boat builders such as Beneteau, Bavaria Group, Brunswick, Azimut, Fairline, Dufour and others.  In addition to Greenline Hybrid and OceanClass, The Seaway Group also builds Shipman Carbon Yachts and Skagen Motoryachts.  Since 1983, Seaway has engineered 250 boat designs for 60,000 boats and yachts manufactured by 48 boat-builders from 19 countries.  More than 50 of these designs have received boat of the year, design and environmental awards, including the Greenline 40 Hybrid, which received an Active Interest Media Editor’s Choice Award at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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Cherbourg tester as Weymouth Sailing Club celebrates centenary

Cherbourg tester as Weymouth Sailing Club celebrates centenary

By Laura Kitching

CASCAIS CHALLENGE: Kathy Claydon at the helm of Arcsine

WEYMOUTH Sailing Club (WSC) is celebrating its centenary anniversary in 2013 with a host of exciting events lined up to mark the 100-year milestone.

One of the biggest events of the summer is the annual race to Cherbourg, which is taking place today.

Anyone up early this morning and looking out to sea could not have missed the spectacle of more than 30 boats heading over the horizon to France.

In honour of the centenary, WSC has sent a large flotilla of local boats across the Channel, where the festivities will be doubled as our friends at Yacht Club de Cherbourg (YCC) are celebrating their 75th anniversary year.

It was a 5.30am start this morning for those who chose to take part and the race to Cherbourg will cover more than 64 miles. The faster boats are expected to complete the journey in eight hours, although it is likely to take 12 hours for everyone else.

Tours of the town and the harbour plus wine tasting are planned for Saturday with a barbecue and more wine organised by the hosts YCC in the evening.

Unfortunately WSC commo-dore Kathy Claydon will not be present as she is competing in the BNY Mellon Challenge race from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Cascais in Portugal.

Racing in the double-handed section on her 37ft boat Arcsine, Claydon, who has two grown up sons and has been a proud bus pass holder for a couple of years now, has teamed up with one of her protégés – a young Port-uguese lad Filipe.

They left Cowes last Friday and after battling 40-plus knot winds, hail, electrical storms, mountainous seas and unseasonally cold weather, they arrived at La Trinite in Brittany 72 hours later grabbing a second place, cold, wet and exhausted.

They start the second leg to Cascais on Thursday. You can track her progress via the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) website at Whilst Claydon battles North Atlantic seas, two other club members Richard and Jo Way are making their way south and eventually west in their 33ft boat Owaissa.

Purchased 30 years ago, they planned to sail to the Caribbean but along popped children Tom and Sally, so they put off their plans until now.

They set sail from the National Sailing Academy on Portland last Saturday, heading for Dartmouth, and intend to hop along the south coast before heading south to the Canaries then heading west to the Caribbean. They plan to be drinking coconut milk sometime in November.

* The WSC Centenary weekend will be held from September 9 to 11, encompassing tender racing across the harbour, a live BBC broadcast from the club with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, a centenary regatta, a sail past, crabbing competition and festivities.

The club will be producing branded t-shirts, mugs, boom stickers and centenary pennants in honour of the occasion.

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Wellesley Townsman Athletes of the Week: Michael Haidar and Bennett Capozzi

Knowing the opponent is key to succeeding in any sport.

But in a sport like sailing, knowing your teammate is even more important.

It’s that camaraderie that makes Wellesley High seniors Michael Haidar and Bennett Capozzi stand out above the rest.

Haidar and Capozzi, both four-year members of Wellesley High’s co-ed sailing team, have been sailing with each other for years after both attended Hardy Elementary School, and their time together on the water has only strengthened their relationship.

“Sailing has definitely brought us closer as it’s something we really bonded over outside of school,” said Haidar. “After sailing together for four high school seasons and many summer seasons, it’s going to be weird not to be sailing together next year.”

In their final season together, Haidar and Capozzi helped lead Wellesley’s sailing team to a 12-3 record and a division championship in the Mass Bay League. Wellesley also earned a spot in the qualifying race for the national championship.

“Not only are they great sailors, but also team leaders and coaches for our underclassmen,” said Wellesley sailing coach Larry Lovett. “Michael and Bennett have sailed together for a long time, and as such, each has a profound understanding of what the other is doing. Also they have a deep knowledge of sailing and team racing and are incredibly skilled at both.”

While sailing might provoke thoughts of relaxation for some, tensions often run high during races. Each team has three boats for every race, and teams are scored based on where each finishes. One might think that the key to success in sailing is speed alone, but that isn’t the case.

“Boats have to communicate constantly and call plays to get all of the boats into good positions,” Lovett said. “For example, if you have a boat in the lead but your other two are behind the opponents, the lead boat tries to block the opponents and get her [or] his teammates around to better positions.”

Despite the tense nature of competitive sailing, maintaining the right mindset and staying calm under pressure is crucial to succeeding.

“Being cool-headed is really important as well as being ready to adjust everything at the slightest change in wind speed or direction,” said Capozzi.

“During a team race, every moment is filled with mental calculation,” Haidar said. “Am I going faster than that boat? Which way is the wind shifting? Is it going to stay that way? What place are my teammates in? …There is a basic plan for each situation, and each boat on the team has to take initiative in order to execute. Often the races come down to a matter of inches.”

With the sport requiring very precise moves, it’s easy to overanalyze things at times, but that’s something good sailors try to avoid.

“The hardest part about competitive sailing is not be second-guessing oneself,” said Haidar. “The most important trait is mental toughness. It takes discipline to keep sailing the course you believe is best, and not to throw away your lead because you think someone else might have a better course.”

In addition to their abilities during competitions, Haidar and Capozzi offer the team much more in terms of coaching. The pair spent time helping out Lovett with hopes of improving Wellesley’s overall performance.

“Michael and Bennett were crucial in coaching the team this year,” said Lovett. “Starting right at the beginning of the season, both spent time with me in the coach boat helping improve the other sailors’ skills and teaching the intricacies of team racing and the plays involved. When we practiced racing, they led teams against each other to help the underclassmen improve their team racing skills.”

Haidar and Capozzi find themselves with busy schedules during sailing season. They are out on the water four days each week while strategizing for races on Mondays. There are normally two or three races every week, as well as additional competitions on the weekend.

The duo also continues to hone their craft when the high school spring season is complete.

“I sail and instruct all summer and just watch sailing videos or go over rules and tactics,” said Capozzi.

“During the fall there were several races which [the team attends],” Haidar said. “During the summer, I used to sail in Weekapaug, Rhode Island, on the racing team there.”

Haidar and Capozzi will both be sailing at the collegiate level, with Capozzi set to join the sailing team at Harvard, and they have both been prepared well by their time at Wellesley.

 “Patience,” Capozzi said when asked what sailing has taught him. “Also commitment to developing as a sailor and as a teammate.”

“Even if you don’t win every race, you can still win the regatta by being consistent,” said Haidar.

The Athlete of the Week has been sponsored for more than 25 years by Deland, Gibson Insurance in Wellesley.


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Off-the-boat sales strong: Salmon fishermen drawing seafood lovers to Half …

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The Hinz family receives a lesson from Jim Anderson about their soon to be dinner.

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Eric Pennington walks away from the Allaine with a bag full of fresh fish.



With intermittent summer days on the coast, the weather isn’t always conducive for fishermen in Half Moon Bay’s Princeton Harbor. But when the skies clear and provide spurts of calm, the public is sure to have direct access to off-the-boat salmon sales.

Three-and-a-half weeks ago, Jim Anderson, commercial salmon and crab fisherman and captain of the Allaine, said the fish hadn’t bitten that good since 2005. Between 200,000 to 300,000 pounds of fish were caught that week from the Farallon Islands in San Francisco down to Pigeon Point south of Pescadero, Anderson said.

Not only were the fishermen excited by their success, but the public and those who traveled to the harbor were as well. This influx of catchable salmon allowed families to walk up to boats such as the Allaine and buy fish as fresh as two days old.

Dale and Heidi Hinz, along with their 10-year-old son Christian, enjoy perusing the harbor and meeting the fishermen. They buy off-the-boat several times a season because they know that’s where they’ll get the freshest fish, Dale Hinz said. While the Hinz kids walk along the docks marveling at the giant fish, its shiny scales and surprising teeth, Dale and Heidi Hinz chat with Anderson about their love of salmon and preparation.

“It’s a very rich, very hearty versatile meat,” Dale Hinz said.

There’s no end to Heidi Hinz’s culinary makings of the salmon her and her family adore. From smoking to baking and grilling to adding it to miso soup, Heidi Hinz said she makes use of the entire salmon and leaves nothing wasted. The Hinz family purchased an astonishing 15-pound fish, one of the largest of Anderson’s catch.

“We take it home, cut it up, vacuum seal it and it’ll last for months,” Dale Hinz said.

The state regulates a salmon must be a minimum of 27 inches to be caught; Anderson’s fish range from about eight pounds up to 18 pounds. Due to an agreement between the fishermen and the local fish markets, off-the-boat salesmen aren’t allowed to cut the fish. However, the harbor’s Princeton Seafood Company Market will fillet a whole fish for just $5. The current price per pound of the off-the-boat salmon is around $9, a huge savings when buying direct.

But fishermen aren’t exempt from feeling the sting of the wholesale buying market. A few years ago, Anderson and some of his peers were flabbergasted when wholesale buyers offered only 92 cents per pound. Knowing this would barely cover their costs, they strove to raise the price through off-the-boat sales. They initially gave away 100 pounds of salmon and a crowd spanning the length of the dock and up to the street immediately gathered, Anderson said. When that ran out, people were more than happy to start buying from them directly because of the freshness and the bargain, Anderson said. Thanks to their resourcefulness, they were able to raise the wholesale prices by a dollar within a few short days, Anderson said.

When the fish are caught in large quantities and there may be momentary excess, buyers can try and take advantage, Anderson said. Recently, wholesale buyers tried to lower the cost to $5 per pound, Anderson said.

“As soon as we catch a few fish, they want to put it in the freezer so they can sell it later. And then want us to absorb their whole freezing cost and thawing cost involved in selling it later. We end up paying for all that,” Anderson said.

Avid sport fisher Eric Pennington said he comes to the harbor nearly once a week and sympathizes with the trials men like Anderson face.

“I appreciate what these guys do. Especially going out and risking their lives, putting their lives in danger to go out and bring beautiful bountiful harvest for us,” Pennington said.

Buying direct through off the boat sales is about more then freshness; it’s also about supporting the local community, Pennington said. Pennington is disappointed by the immobility the wholesale buyers sometimes inflict on the commercial fishermen.

“They’ve really taken the livelihood out of the fishing industry,” Pennington said.

One of the true perks of buying off the boat is the ability to talk with these salmon experts, Pennington said. Anderson is more than obliged to share his fishing tales, explain his techniques and dish out cooking advice. Even for an experienced fisherman like himself, talking with the off-the-boat salesmen at the harbor is still educational, Pennington said.

Pennington’s refined fishing tastes take him to Alaska and Canada. But when he runs out of his 1,000-pound stock he personally caught, he heads straight to the harbor knowing it’s the best place to replenish his supply, Pennington said.

For those who don’t have the leisure of popping over the hill regularly enough to happen upon off-the-boat sales, there’s the new FishLine app. It’s free to download from iTunes and will inform visitors of where and when to buy.

Judy and Steve Pettee came to Half Moon Bay unaware of the harbor’s off-the-boat salmon sales. Judy Pettee was thrilled to learn about the informative app and said she expects to use it in the near future. After a friendly conversation with Anderson, they plan on returning with a cooler in hand to not only buy fresh fish, but develop a story as well, Judy Pettee said.

“On Sundays, I like to go home and have a nice fish for dinner. The whole ambiance is much better when you know you’re eating a fresh fish and you know the fisherman you got it from. There’s a story behind it,” Judy Pettee said.

Commercial salmon fishing season runs through Nov. 10. Anderson recommends visitors bring a cooler and check the FishLine app for daily and hourly updates on where to buy.

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