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The Great Upstate Boat Show sets records this year – Glens Falls Post

Extending this year’s Great Upstate Boat Show to two consecutive weekends led to a record-setting event.

Attendance at the ninth annual Great Upstate Boat Show grew 28 percent this year and sales at the show were up 44 percent, exceeding the $4 million sales mark for the first time in the show’s nine-year history.

Members of the Eastern New York Marine Trades Association made the announcement Friday after gathering last week to discuss this year’s Great Upstate Boat Show.

Last year attendance at the show grew 24 percent, so this year’s growth was up from last year. This was the first year the show took place over two consecutive weekends, from March 28 through March 30 and April 4 through April 6.

Executive Director Roger Phinney had this to say in a news release”

“Everyone seems to be pretty happy with the results and it’s nice to see all the hard work that goes into this show come to fruition.

“We invest a lot of time in the offseason coming up with new ways to grow and this year’s big move was the two consecutive weekends, which did work well for us and we’ll likely do the same extended show next year.”

Partnering Marketing Advertising Director George Normandin added:

 “The ENYMTA Board, along with all of the participating dealers, vendors, community partners, and volunteers really stepped up their game this year and when everyone comes together for the common good, that’s when positive results like this happen.”

Scott Anderson, president of the organization and general manager of F.R. Smith and Sons Marina, said the “statistics show that there are a growing number of folks coming into our area from all over New York and New England for this show and that’s promising for us as well as the regional business community.”

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Van Isle Sailing Co-op hosts open house

If your lifestyle in the mid-Island area doesn’t include getting out on the water, you might be missing half the fun.

But owning your own sailboat can be expensive, and learning how to sail takes commitment, which is why the Van Isle Sailing Co-op formed seven years ago.

“We provide the boats, and we provide the opportunity to sail with experienced sailors,” said Richard Holmboe, president of the co-op. “It’s an easy way to test sailing out, see if you like it.

“Some people discover they don’t, while others love it so much they buy their own boats. But the co-op was established to provide those who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to sail to try it out and learn more about it.”

Van Isle Sailing Co-op is holding an open house Saturday (June 8) at the Nanaimo Boat Basin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the same day racing yachts in the Van Isle 360 leave Nanaimo Harbour on the 580-nautical mile race.

Interested people will have an opportunity to visit the co-op’s four Catalina 27s, which Holmboe equates to “a dependable, comfortable Chevy” capable of local, overnight and long weekend cruising, meet the 60 or so members, and learn about some of the frequent events the co-op has planned over the summer, which includes trips throughout the Gulf Islands and to Desolation Sound.

“It’s very much a social group as well as learning how to sail,” said Holmboe. “And if you join, there is also some sweat equity involved. Maintaining and cleaning the boats with other members is part of it.”

Meetings are held once a month and often include guest speakers, and picnics, parties, pub nights and barbecues are planned to complement the sailing trips.

By learning how to sail and care for boats, members can also become valuable to the general sailing community in Nanaimo, added Holmboe.

“Most sailboats require a crew of at least three people, which is why sometimes on those perfect August days you see all of those beautiful boats tied up in the marinas, the owners couldn’t find a crew to sail it,” he added.

The co-op does not provide Canadian Yachting Association certification, though it does work with local organizations that do, such as the local Power and Sail Squadron.

The Van Isle Sailing Co-op is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of sailing, co-operative ownership of boats, and introducing people to the sport.

For more information and membership prices, please visit and download the brochure.

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First Gorge Sailing Team finds success at state

Hood River’s newly formed high school sailing team ended its season in thrilling fashion last weekend at the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Oregon State Championships, where the group of Gorge sailors finished third in the silver fleet and sixth and 10th in the gold fleet.

Conditions on the first day of the event, hosted by the Willamette Sailing Club, were tricky, with light winds, big gusts and strong currents presenting a range of challenges to the field of sailors from around the Northwest. The Gorge Sailing Team rose to the occasion, and with similarly challenging conditions in their home waters of Hood River providing valuable experience, the team placed well in the day’s 16 races.

Sailors were treated to a morning of steady 15 mph winds on Sunday, and again the experience of sailing in Hood River proved invaluable. While some Portland-area sailors ended capsized their 14-foot boats, the Gorge sailors were right at home; some even hit their top speeds of the year during the day’s eight races.

Representing the Gorge Sailing Team in the silver 1 division were Erin Sutherland, Ruby McDonald, Colson Zack, Emmett Becker and Pelle Bergstrom. The team was a mix of experienced and first-year sailors and finished an impressive third place in the fleet.

Sailing for the Hood River Valley High School Team 1 were Luke Serra, Marelie Vorster, Leif Bergstrom and Ashlynn Olmstead. Serra and Vorster had the highest Hood River result of the weekend, coming in third in one of their races; Bergstrom and Olmstead had consistent results between fourth and seventh places throughout the regatta and ended up sixth overall in the gold fleet.

Representing the HRVHS Team 2 were Oskar Anderson, Emily Burns, Joey Slover and Alec Mathews. All four on the team were new to sailboat racing at the beginning of the season, making their two fifth-place finishes and their 10th overall finish all the more impressive.

Team members Maya Rayle and Blake Winner also competed, but were only able to make it for one of the two days.

From donations to guest coaching, the Gorge Sailing Team was a successful community effort to get high school athletes out on the water. Anyone interested in joining next year’s spring high school sailing season is highly encouraged to take the Beginning 420” sailing class offered this summer by the Gorge Junior Sailing program (register through Hood River Community Education).

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Sailing, sailing, over the ocean blue — or not

In case you didn’t know it, a cardboard boat can float.

Some 85 high school students did their best to prove that Friday morning at Bettendorf’s Middle Park Lagoon. It was the seventh annual — and some said the windiest — Cardboard Boat Regatta. The wind blew more than a few boats off-course as the teens paddled furiously out and around the island in the middle of the water and back to the dock.

The Quad-City Engineering and Science Council oversees the race. It supports science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, studies and careers. Building a cardboard boat is considered a “real-world example,” and like all such examples, some float, some sink.

“You can see today that if you don’t waterproof your structure and make it stable, the water and the wind can be a great teacher,” council engineer Pat Barnes said. “But if you design your boat correctly, they can work pretty well.”

Students from Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf will receive grades for their efforts from their engineering teachers. Others, from Moline, Durant, Iowa, and Rock Island Alleman high schools were competing as well, for both awards and points toward a traveling trophy.

Professional engineers from Deere Co., Alcoa and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspected and judged the boats. There are many rules involved, including the fact that the boats must be made solely of cardboard, although adhesives such as insulating foam can be used to seal joints and connect the cardboard. And they have to stay afloat for about 600 yards.

Two girls from Moline High School named their boat “Seas The Day.” They built the sides high to keep water out, but not only did that give the wind more cardboard to catch, it also made it difficult for their paddles to reach the water.

“In the beginning, we were just happy we were floating,” Cassandra McKee said. “I don’t care what our time was because I’m just glad we made it!”

Most boats had teams of two, but Tyler Wise of Pleasant Valley sped around the lagoon by himself in a boat resembling an open kayak.

“It was sturdier because I used double-thick cardboard,” he explained. “I took corners from a refrigerator box, which helped it a lot, making it so the sides wouldn’t cave in and fold in half.”

One team’s paddle handle broke, so the student just used the flat part to help bring the boat to shore.

“Sometimes they forget to waterproof the paddles and that makes it a little rough,” Barnes said.

Pleasant Valley‘s Gabe Johnson admitted that his paddle had a design flaw.

“We cut holes in it to grab it better, but that didn’t help the structural integrity. And we didn’t seal the ends very well, so water came in right away.”

The good news is that the lagoon is only a few feet deep.

“We didn’t water-seal or paint the boat,” Reese Oldenburg of Moline lamented. “We initially found that the water seal tears off the adhesive, but we should have painted it.”

Tyler Oberman and Abhishek Gurran of Pleasant Valley sealed their boat with several coats of outdoor paint both inside and out. They also added cardboard tubing for better support and stability.

“The boat was too long to turn well,” Oberman later admitted, “and the bottom wasn’t thick enough, so we took on water.”

The Bootleggers of Moline High added some style with extra cardboard inside for “cup holders,” but they realized afterwards that doing so was a mistake because the boat was too heavy to paddle quickly.

The race was also a great lesson for future engineer Brandon Dang of Moline.

“The buoyancy was good, but since it was so high off the water, our balance wasn’t as good as it could have been, which is why it tipped,” he muttered.

While most were shaped like boats, one entry used the pontoon and outrigger approach, with cardboard tubes for better balance. The paddlers sat on top of it, and there was no place to take on water.

Twenty boats finished, with Bettendorf High entries sweeping the awards. Marky Mark The Funky Boat was first in a blazing 2 minutes and 49 seconds. The U.S.S. Poseidon was second at 3:51 and won the Most Innovative Design Award, with Anitta Ship coming in third at 4:13.

The average speed for the other 17 was 6:42. Fifteen others did not finish, and one boat was disqualified because duct tape was used to reinforce the bottom instead of just strengthening the joints.

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