44th Newport International Boat Show September 11 – 14

September 7, 2014
Dear Members and Friends,
It’s that time of year – Boat Show Season! The 44th Newport International Boat Show at the Newport Yachting Center is this coming weekend.  Our VAr 37 will be on view at Dock . Read below for all the information about the 2014 Newport Boat Show.
Due to Popular Demand, Teddie has created an “SSC Members Board” on the SSC website. We are listing members who are looking for other members to sail with or looking for crew. Please contact Teddie for more information and to get your contact information listed.
Have you been putting off taking our Basic Cruising Course? Well, now is the time to sign up! There are still openings to get your Basic Cruising Certification while sailing the VAr down to Annapolis for the Boat Show in October. We set sail from Norwalk on Friday, October 3rd. We will arrive in Annapolis late Sunday afternoon.  You can sign up for this Basic Cruising Course at our website www.soundsailingcenter.com. These trips are some of our Members’ favorite memories of Sound Sailing Center.
Our classes are filling up for the rest of the season as well. If you would like to improve your sailing skills to prepare for a Winter Charter Cruise in the Islands or get your spouse into a class to find her passion for sailing (and to help you crew) – sign up on our website at “Instruction”.
We really appreciate the efforts of our Members in following the procedures to sign up for their boats on our online appointment system, as well as taking the boats they are assigned and not taking another boat from the dock. Many Thanks!!
Happy Sailing!
Martin van Breems

 
2014 Newport International Boat Show
The exciting Newport International Boat Show at the Newport Yachting Center is this weekend September 11 - 14, the hours are 10 – 6 each day. Newport, the Epicenter of the Yachting World, is the location for this prestigious event. This show encompasses 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront to see all the latest boats the Industry has designed for 2015.  You will be able to stroll along the docks and peruse the magnificent boats – ready for boarding and review. There are also lots of fascinating exhibits and presentations to experience. Along with fabulous boats there is also plenty of fabulous food and drinks available at many spots throughout the Show. It is a day well spent for the sailing enthusiast and truly an experience you will never forget. Come visit Martin on the VAr and stop by the Dutchman Booth to see Rob and Sean.

Newport Parking
The Newport International Boat Show offers parking at Easton’s Beach, located at 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport. Parking is $15 per vehicle and shuttle service is included in the price of the parking space. The parking lot is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm and the shuttle service runs daily from 8 am to 8 pm as well. A parking pass may be purchased online when buying tickets or, to order by phone, call 800.745.3000. Parking pass purchases online are available in advance only and subject to availability.

Basic Cruising Class to Newport
 
Beautiful Sail on the VAr to Newport
We have had perfect weather for our Basic Cruising Class on the VAr to Newport. Martin hopped off at Noank so the students could do their practice solo cruise to Block Island. We are so proud of how well the students have been docking and showing their sailing expertise. Sign up now to be part of our Basic Cruising Class to Annapolis. It will be a class you will never forget!
 

Harlem Yacht Club Open House a Huge Success

  
 
Dear Members and Friends,
The Open House hosted by Harlem Yacht Club on Sunday, August 10th was a wonderful success. We had 40 Members from both Clubs sharing delicious wine and snacks, as well as sailing on the VAr with me. Harlem Yacht Club is a fabulous facility, with great sailing and, as you can see from the photos, and amazing view of the syline of New York City.  I am thrilled that SSC Members have already been taking advantage of our Ensign “Intrepid” that we have moored there to discover this new sailing vista. Visit www.hyc.org for more information on this storied yacht club.
Due to Popular Demand, Teddie has created an “SSC Members Board” on the SSC website. We are listing members who are looking for other members to sail with or looking for crew. Please contact Teddie for more information and to get your contact information listed.
Have you been putting off taking our Basic Cruising Course? Well, now is the time to sign up! We have 2 unique opportunities coming up to get your Basic Cruising Certification. I am sailing the VAr to the Newport Boat Show on September 5th and am conducting a Basic Cruising Class in conjunction with that sail. We depart the morning of Friday, September 5th and follow the curriculum of our Basic Cruising Course throughout the trip. On Saturday evening the lucky students will get to sail the VAr to Block Island for their Practice Sail/Overnight. We will arrive in Newport by late Sunday afternoon. We have 1 spot left in that class for the first person to sign up online at our Website www.soundsailingcenter.com. Then I will be sailing the VAr down to the Annapolis Boat Show on Friday, October 3rd during which I will again follow the curriculum of our Basic Cruising Course on that trip. We will arrive in Annapolis late Sunday afternoon. You can sign up for that Basic Cruising Course online as well. These trips are some of our Members’ favorite memories of Sound Sailing Center.
Our classes are filling up for the rest of the season as well. If you would like to improve your sailing skills to prepare for a Winter Charter Cruise in the Islands or get your spouse into a class to find her passion for sailing (and to help you crew) – sign up on our website at “Instruction”. Teddie has also been scheduling weekday classes for all levels, if you would like to take a “sailcation” from work this Summer, please contact her.
We really appreciate the efforts of our Members in following the procedures to sign up for their boats on our online appointment system, as well as taking the boats they are assigned and not taking another boat from the dock. Many Thanks!!
The Dories Camp was a huge success this Summer! We have never had so many young sailors at SSC and we are excited to start planning next Summer’s Curriculum as this season comes to a close for our Junior Dories.
Happy Sailing!
Martin van Breems

 
Summer Sailing Camp Draws to a Close this Week

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We would like to thank all of our Junior Sailors as well as our fabulous Instructors this Summer, Kelly Weigold, Peter Nestor, Kat Nohre, Martin van Breems II and Richard Roosen. We had an amazing Summer of happy, smiling, wet and salty Junior Sailors all Summer and can’t wait to see everyone again next Summer! Please enjoy these pictures of the kids having fun on our Ensigns.





 

Sound Sailing Center Partners With Harlem Yacht Club

 
Dear Members and Friends,
I am thrilled to share the news with our Members that Sound Sailing Center is partnering with Harlem Yacht Club on City Island, New York. It has been in the works since the Spring and I am happy to say that on Sunday, August 10th I will be sailing Courageous this weekend to HYC for our SSC Members to use. SSC Members will also have access to HYC facilities including the Restaurant, Bar, Showers, etc. as well as HYC Events and Activities. Harlem Yacht Club was founded in 1863 and is one of the oldest Yacht Clubs in the United States. It is a wonderful Club providing a great area to sail. I hope that all of our Members avail themselves of this incredible opportunity to expand their sailing world and meet new sailors at HYC. To welcome SSC Members, HYC is hosting a Wine & Cheese Open House this Sunday, August 10 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Please join us at HYC and tour the beautiful facilities that Harlem Yacht Club has to offer. Visitwww.hyc.org for more information on this storied yacht club.
Due to Popular Demand, Teddie has created an “SSC Members Board” on the SSC website. We are listing members who are looking for other members to sail with or looking for crew. Please contact Teddie for more information and to get your contact information listed.
Our classes are filling up for the rest of the season as well. If you would like to improve your sailing skills to prepare for a Winter Charter Cruise in the Islands or get your spouse into a class to find her passion for sailing (and to help you crew) – sign up on our website at “Instruction”. Teddie has also been scheduling weekday classes for all levels, if you would like to take a “sailcation” from work this Summer, please contact her.
The Dories Camp is bigger and better than ever. Kelly and Peter are doing a fabulous job with the kids. The little sailors are coming up from the dock everyday laughing and soaking wet! Sign your kids up to join in the fun. We have camp sessions until the last week of August and we still have some spots available. You get a 10% discount on Camp with your Membership.
Happy Sailing!
Martin van Breems

 
Summer Camp in Full Swing

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We had more smiling faces at our Sailing Camp this morning. The kids had a great time out on the water with our new instructor Kelly Weigold. Kelly ran the Nantucket Community Sailing Camp last year and we are lucky to have her teaching our Summer Camp this year. We still have some spots available in future weeks, we even have a camp the last week of August — after most camps have closed – if you’d like to sign your children up.

Another Successful Basic Cruising Class Completed

Our Latest Basic Cruising Class Graduates

Our Basic Cruising Course has been very popular this Summer. We have had 2 groups complete the class in July. The Basic Cruising Course teaches you all necessary skills to sail a boat successfully overnight or for a week. It is a very intensive yet comprehensive course designed by Martin with skills you will be able to apply to sailing any boat during your lifetime. Plus all members receive a 10% discount on our classes.

New VAr 37 Commissioned

 
Dear Members and Friends,
The new VAr 37 was out of the water this week and we were very busy commissioning her. I am happy to say that she is fully commissioned and back in the water. She looks absolutely beautiful at the dock with her new VAr sails. She was definitely worth the wait.
We have been very busy getting all of the boats in the fleet ready for sail. After the tireless work of our amazing Maintenance Staff – Tulio, Sean, Rob and John, we are in pretty good shape. We are also busy with Corporate Racing Events. If your company would like a team building event, Sailing is the perfect activity. Not only is it a beautiful day on the water, but everyone absolutely loves it! Teddie has been busy planning special events for many area corporations. She can even plan a lovely luncheon or cocktail party on one of the Norwalk Islands for your team. For more information, contact Teddie at sscsailing@gmail.com.
Due to Popular Demand, Teddie has created an “SSC Members Board” on the SSC website. We are listing members who are looking for other members to sail with or looking for crew. See more information below.
Our classes are filling up for the rest of the season as well. If you would like to improve your sailing skills to prepare for a Winter Charter Cruise in the Islands or get your spouse into a class to find her passion for sailing (and to help you crew) – sign up on our website at “Instruction”.
The Dories Camp is bigger and better than ever. Kelly and Peter are doing a fabulous job with the kids. The little sailors are coming up from the dock everyday laughing and soaking wet! Sign your kids up to join in the fun. We have camp sessions until the last week of August and we still have some spots available. You get a 10% discount on Camp with your Membership.
Happy Sailing!
Martin van Breems

 
Summer Camp in Full Swing

Dories Camp 
We had more smiling faces at our Sailing Camp this morning. The kids had a great time out on the water with our new instructor Kelly Weigold. Kelly ran the Nantucket Community Sailing Camp last year and we are lucky to have her teaching our Summer Camp this year. We still have some spots available in future weeks, we even have a camp the last week of August — after most camps have closed – if you’d like to sign your children up.

Another Successful Basic Cruising Class Completed

Our Latest Basic Cruising Class Graduates

Our Basic Cruising Course has been very popular this Summer. We have had 2 groups complete the class in July. The Basic Cruising Course teaches you all necessary skills to sail a boat successfully overnight or for a week. It is a very intensive yet comprehensive course designed by Martin with skills you will be able to apply to sailing any boat during your lifetime. Plus all members receive a 10% discount on our classes.

New VAr 37 Arrives at R Dock

New VAr 37 Arrives at R Dock
July 11, 2014

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Dear Members and Friends,

The new VAr 37 looks beautiful at R Dock. We welcome everyone to come view her this weekend before we take her out of the water to commission her next week. I will be doing checkouts for VAr members on Sunday afternoon and giving sails to all Big Boat Members who would like to check her out.

Please join us for the First Sound Sailing Center Full Moon Sail tomorrow night. We will be meeting at the docks at 6:30. There is no charge for Members now, since no one wanted to do the Champagne Tasting – we will just meet to get the boats ready to sail.

We are in High Season right now at Sound Sailing Center, happily seeing all of our members sailing the boats, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the nice winds, so unusual for July. We would ask that everyone please respect the Appointment System and take out the boat that you have signed up for. If there happens to be something wrong with that boat, come to the office and we will work the issue out for you. Please don’t just take another boat that is down at the dock, since it may be reserved for another member.

Happy Sailing!

Martin van Breems
www.soundsailingcenter.com

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Summer Camp in Full Swing

 

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Dories Camp
We had more smiling faces at our Sailing Camp this morning. The kids had a great time out on the water with our new instructor Kelly Weigold. Kelly ran the Nantucket Community Sailing Camp last year and we are lucky to have her teaching our Summer Camp this year. We still have some spots available in future weeks, we even have a camp the last week of August — after most camps have closed – if you’d like to sign your children up.

 

Let’s Go Surfing

The trip yesterday was more than a little exciting. We were surfing waves at up to 14 or 15 nm after we rounded Cape May and made extremely good time. Good thing, since we got in 20 minutes before the frontal line and thunderstorms passed over us.

The final passage into Atlantic City was harrowing. With the tide running out and large waves coming in, there were breaking seas, even in the channel and we surfed the entire way in. I did not see the breaking waves until we were committed. The bow was almost submerged at times, as the spray completely covered the boat. I estimate we were doing well over 20 knots. I had the kids below, but still a bit more exciting than desired! The 37 did great.

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New VAr Arrives in the US

June 27, 2014

Dear Members and Friends,

I left Sound Sailing Center this morning at 4:00 to drive down to the port of Baltimore to receive our new VAr! I am so excited to share these photos of her with you, she is absolutely stunning! We are sailing her up to Norwalk today to R Dock. Here are the first pictures of her.

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My crew and I had a fabulous trip back from Bermuda. We luckily avoided Hurricane Arthur but enjoyed his winds at our backs. We arrived in Southport Harbor at noon on the 4th of July, where Bermuda High is now safely at her new home.

We are in High Season right now at Sound Sailing Center, happily seeing all of our members sailing the boats, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and the nice winds, so unusual for July. We would ask that everyone please respect the Appointment System and take out the boat that you have signed up for. If there happens to be something wrong with that boat, come to the office and we will work the issue out for you. Please don’t just take another boat that is down at the dock, since it may be reserved for another member.

We are thrilled to see that our Camps and Sailing Classes are full as well, happy that our members are interested in and taking the time to learn to sail properly. We are also excited to be hosting the First SSC Full Moon Sail this Saturday, July 12. Members will be able to sign up for the first 20 spots. Please see complete information below.

Happy Sailing!

Martin van Breems

Summer Camp in Full Swing

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Dories Camp

We had more smiling faces at our Sailing Camp this morning. The kids had a great time out on the water with our new instructor Kelly Weigold. Kelly ran the Nantucket Community Sailing Camp last year and we are lucky to have her teaching our Summer Camp this year. We still have some spots available in future weeks, we even have a camp the last week of August — after most camps have closed – if you’d like to sign your children up.

 

You’re Invited to our Father’s Day Benefit and Discover Sailing

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Bring your father and grandfather out for a sail today at Sound Sailing Center’s Discover Sailing Benefit. For a suggested donation of $30 you can take your father out for a sail with one of our Expert Sailing Instructors on a 23′ Ensign. For a suggested donation of $60 you can go out on one of our 28′ – 37′ boats. You can designate your donation to go to Greenpeace, Relay for Life or Pivot House Ministries. We will be at the docks from 1 pm to 4 pm.

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