Sail Dedicates New Fleet                Billy Black Photos Capture Ceremony

Thank you to our donors! We have three more boats to name through a donation program.

Also, the 12 Meter boats can be supported with individual and group donations.

JOIN OUR LEGACY DONORS

Boat 1: Arethusa: Donated and commissioned by Phil and Wendy Lotz

Boat 2: Athena: Donated by Jim Clark, commissioned by Janet Coit, Director of DEM

Boat 3: New Zealand: Donated and commissioned by Maggie and Gunther Buerman

Boat 4: Privateer: Donated and commissioned by Ron O’Hanley

Boat 5: FurthurDonated by Steve and Heidi Benjamin, commissioned by Amo Ross

Boat 6: Hanuman: Donated by Jim Clark, Commissioned by Mayor of Newport Harry Winthrop

Boat 7: Tiburon: Donated by Mark Watson, commissioned by Dr. Robin Wallace, Founder of Sail Newport

Boat 8: Intrepid: Commissioned by Mike Patterson

Boat 9: American Eagle: Commissioned by Julie Lassey

Boat 10: Columbia: Commissioned by Beth Borges

Boat 11: Weatherly: Commissioned by Lindsey and George Hill

Boat 12: Commissioned by Tom Kirk, President of the Board of Directors SN

Boat 13: Commissioned by Peter Gonzalez

Boat 14: Daring: donated by John and Katrina Hele, commissioned by Donna Kelly

The new fleet will be used for:

Three ways to help support the fleet:

1. Donate any amount towards the new fleet - Thank You!

   Choose which 12 Meter yacht to commemorate with your donation:  Intrepid, Weatherly, Columbia or American Eagle

    ONLINE DONATION - Any amount is appreciated!

2. Join with other donors and create a Syndicate, choose the name of the J22!

      For more information: email Brad Read

3. Join other LEGACY DONORS:

  •      Purchase a new boat immediately
  •      Make a gift to the endowment to replace the boats every ten to twelve years 
    2013 LEGACY DONORS: Thank you!          

  • Boat 1: Arethusa: Donated and commissioned by Phil and Wendy Lotz

    Boat 2: Athena: Donated by Jim Clark, commissioned by Janet Coit, Director of DEM

    Boat 3: New Zealand: Donated and commissioned by Maggie and Gunther Buerman

    Boat 4: Privateer: Donated and commissioned by Ron O’Hanley

    Boat 5: Furthur: Donated by Steve and Heidi Benjamin, commissioned by Amo Ross

    Boat 6: Hanuman: Donated by Jim Clark, Commissioned by Mayor of Newport Harry Winthrop

    Boat 7: Tiburon: Donated by Mark Watson, commissioned by Dr. Robin Wallace, Founder of Sail Newport

    Boat 8: Intrepid: Commissioned by Mike Patterson

    Boat 9: American Eagle: Commissioned by Julie Lassey

    Boat 10: Columbia: Commissioned by Beth Borges

    Boat 11: Weatherly: Commissioned by Lindsey and George Hill

    Boat 12: Commissioned by Tom Kirk, President of the Board of Directors SN

    Boat 13: Commissioned by Peter Gonzalez

    Boat 14: Daring: donated by John and Katrina Hele, commissioned by Donna Kelly


    To Join the LEGACY DONORS  please
    contact Brad Read               

BACKGROUND

WHY J22s?
Sail Newport chose the J22 because of its great sailability-easy to rig, very responsive and comfortable for both youth and adult sailors. The 700 lb. lead keel stabilizes the boat and creates righting at 90 degrees of heel. The boats are rented actively by people who want to single- hand or for groups of three to four who want to learn to sail, cruise on Narragansett Bay or race. The boat is light enough to sail in light wind and will plane and hum in an 18-knot breeze. We don't think there is any better One-Design available for Sail Newport's sailors.

Since the boat's introduction in 1983, the J/22 has blossomed into an International class now with 1,550+ boats sailing in 65 fleets in 18 countries. Sail Newport will host the J22 World Championship October 1-5 this year and anticipates sailors from fifteen countries and many locations in the U.S. to gather in Newport for the championship.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

BUILDER: Waterline Systems

HARDWARE: Harken

SPARS: Hall

SAILS: North Sails

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE "OLD BOATS"?

Our friends at SailMaine, a fellow non-profit sailing center in Portland, Maine purchased the entire fleet in the Fall of 2012. The organization will use theboats for public access programs for both youth and adults as well as for a rental program. If you want to check out another beautiful sailing town, rent a boat and tell them Sail Newport sent you!!

RECENT ARTICLE 

Sail Newport Purchases a New USWatercraft Fleet of J22s!

Posted on Waterline Systems, December 13, 2012 , BY SARAH ANGELL

Today, I had the fortunate chance to speak with Brad Read, the Executive Director of Sail Newport, regarding the new J/22 fleet purchase built by USWatercraft, due to arrive in the spring of 2013. Sail Newport is a non-profit community sailing center located in beautiful Newport, RI. Founded in 1983, this center is New England’s largest public sailing center.

SA: What made Sail Newport decide to use the J/22s for their sailing program?

BR: We find that the J/22 is the perfect sailing vehicle to teach day sailing and racing to both children and adults. This boat is ideal to showcase the Narragansett Bay to our visitors each summer.

SA: How long has SN been using the J/22 as the boat of choice?

BR: We started using the J/22s in the early 90’s. Our current fleet is also a USWatercraft fleet of 12 boats which were new in 2003. It has always been our intent to flip the fleet every decade. Our current fleet has been well maintained and recently sold to Sail Maine for their program out of Portland, Maine.

SA: How did Sail Newport come to purchase 14 boats to replace their current 12 J/22s?

BR: Well, Randy Borges, aware of the intended turnover of the fleet came to us with a program that has a heavy focus for colleges and community sailing programs, so we struck a deal for 14 new USWatercraft boats. The truth is Sail Newport is always at capacity at rental times. The boats are always over-booked between our different events and programs. Sometimes we have women’s teams using seven or eight boats, so we use the remaining four for lessons. Other times, we host corporate outings, in which we develop a rotation, and come next spring, we will be able to have more people out on the water at once.

SA: Did you consider another one-design boat to replace this fleet before deciding on the J/22?

BR: Yes, in previous years, we have looked at different boats, but it is about the story of the boat. The J/22 is quick and maneuverable, but not too fast for beginners. This boat is easy to maintain, and is institutionally adequate.

SA: Is there anything you would like to add about this new fleet purchase?

BR: It is crucial for Sail Newport, as well as myself, that the boats we selected were made and produced in Rhode Island. As a community sailing center, we wanted to keep it about the sailing community. USWatercraft is a local leader in the boat building industry, and we felt it was the best way to showcase Rhode Island in the marine trade by making sure everything was kept in-state.

I would like to personally thank Brad for taking the time out of his day to speak with me and to express on behalf of USWatercraft, that we look forward to this continued relationship with Sail Newport. In a continued effort to assist this sailing center, and the community benefits of sailing, Waterline Systems (sister company to USW), will be maintaining the boats and performing any service work needed to keep this fleet in top condition.