Sailing News

1952 Sunfish from Grand Island, NY finds new home in Pensacola, FL

1952 Sunfish from Grand Island, NY finds new home in Pensacola, FL

If you’re really into Sunfish you will probably know that the Sunfish was introduced in 1952 because Alex Bryan’s pregnant wife found the Sailfish flat deck pretty uncomfortable. And, if you are into Sunfish, you will probably be as excited as I was to find out that #13 had been […]

June 20, 2013 Interview, Sailing News, Sunfish
Maria – 1950 steel ketch restoration for Oak Orchard waters.

Maria – 1950 steel ketch restoration for Oak Orchard waters.

I fell in love with the lines of MARIA the first time I saw her sailing out of Oak Orchard Harbor. She was the kind of boat that makes a young man dream. I knew her owner at the time, Dean Bonke. He was a really nice guy and the […]

June 17, 2013 Interview, Local News, Sailing News
Shoreline Interview: Diane Reid, Canada’s Mini Transat Racer

Shoreline Interview: Diane Reid, Canada’s Mini Transat Racer

Solo racer Diane Reid’s idea of  a sailing adventure, admittedly exceeds any of our wildest dreams of racing. She purchased her Mini 6.5 sailboat in March of 2010 and has been tirelessly dedicated to her goal of  racing in one of the world’s most prestigious and best known singlehanded races […]

June 10, 2013 Interview, Sailing News
Shoreline Interview: Thurston Smith’s documentary film – Frostbiters

Shoreline Interview: Thurston Smith’s documentary film – Frostbiters

Emmy Award winner, Thurston Smith has captured the sport of winter sailboat racing in a new documentary film Frostbiters. Thurston graciously offered to answer a few of our questions about the film. How was the idea for Frostbiters conceived? I grew up sailing at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Centre […]

June 5, 2013 Interview, Sailing News
Shoreline Interview: Doug Burtner of Haarstick Sailmakers

Shoreline Interview: Doug Burtner of Haarstick Sailmakers

We recently caught up with our friend, Doug Burtner (above with brother Curtis at the helm) Sales Manager at Haarstick Sailmakers of Rochester, New York. He graciously agreed to an interview. At Shoreline Sailboats, we are huge fans of the sails that Haarstick Sailmakers produce, and we highly recommend them to […]

June 1, 2013 Interview, Local News, Sailing News
The Optimist Dinghy – sailed by kids since 1947

The Optimist Dinghy – sailed by kids since 1947

LaserPerformance is one of 31 builders around the globe that produce the IOD (International Optimist Dinghy). The LaserPerformance version is called the Optimist Vapor and is made for first-time-on-the-water sailors all the way to the very highest levels of international competition. An idependent review of the boat can be found […]

May 10, 2013 Optimist, Sailing News
Sailing: Time, money, or priorities?

Sailing: Time, money, or priorities?

In a Scuttlebutt article by Glenn McCarthy, Paul Henderson, president of ISAF 1994-2004 pointed fingers at the root cause for the decline in the sport of sailing. RCR Yacht’s CEO Don Finkle responded in RCR’s publication Yacht Racer’s News, April 2013. (reprinted by permission) Don Finkle: I have great respect […]

April 25, 2013 Sailing News