Posted by: Stephanie Helms | January 17, 2019

2019 Calendar is Live

Hey, everybody. Get ready for sailing! The 2019 calendar for Junior Events is now updated. Please take a look. Let me know if you have additional events, corrections, contact info, or event details you’d like included in the listings. Happy to add any events of interest to sailors throughout Maine, NH, VT and northeastern NY to the calendar as well.

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | June 15, 2017

The Season Is Open

Warm June weather and the impending Solstice lets us know the 2017 season is underway in New England. NORs are coming in and regattas are happening region wide.  The Junior Olympic Sailing Festival Northeast is on track for some fine sailing July 10-12 at Bug Light Park in South Portland, Maine. Registration is open, and the NOR is on line at Lake Sunapee’s annual Rig It Up Regatta has published its NOR. Get out, get sailing, and have some fun!

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | August 1, 2016

KBIA hosting NE Youth Laser Champs

Just in from Nils-

2016 New England Youth Laser Championship Regatta
Notice of Race
Friday August 5th

Skippers meeting at 10:30 a.m. at our flag pole
Participants will need to bring there own laser and be under 19 years of age.
Full rigs, Radial and 4.7 rigs allowed
Non class legal (Intensity type) sails will be scored the same.
Some coach boat space will be available.
No race shall start after 3:30pm
Cookout for participants and coaches immediately following the awards
Parking is available with a beach pass or along side streets
Please RSVP by text or email ASAP.
Please contact me if trailering boats for offsite storage.
Nils Reuterdahl 616 402 3818

262 Beach Ave
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | July 11, 2016

NOR – Down East Junior Sailing Association 420 championships

From Henry Clews:

Hi All,

Links to the Registration, NOR and a brief schedule for the Down East Junior Sailing Association 420 championships are up on the Kollegewidgwok web site at

You can also find this at the KYC website under News & Events.

To answer a couple of inquires, this is a club rigged 420 event with traps and chutes.  We will have only one line. No green fleet or optis this year.  There are a lot of new volunteers at KSEA (KYC junior program) this year and as always, scheduling was very difficult with the club.  If all goes well we would like to expand options in the future.

There is also a note about possibly allowing loose footed mains and non class sails in the NOR.  We don’t want to keep you hanging, it’s just we want to get the language right.  We would like everyone to be able to sail.  If all your organization has is a set of older loose footed or non class sails I’m pretty sure we will be allowing theses. I’ll update everyone as soon as we have the final language.

Hope to see you all in Blue Hill in August.

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | July 8, 2016

NOR – Harraseeket Youth Regatta

August 8th and 9th. Just released. Links to Registration, web site, entry lists, further info.

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | July 6, 2016

Notices of Race

Three new NORs are up on the NOR page: Northeast JOs at MDI, Team Race Clinic at BPYC, Pram Invitational at BPYC. Send your along and we’ll post them.

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | February 5, 2016

Summer SAILstice!

I had a great chat with Maine native John Arndt today about his Summer SAILstice program. Let’s find a way to get everyone who can out sailing this year on June 18th! Read about it, and start planning now!

Don’t forget to let the Coast Guard know about your events too. An event permit should be filed for safety’s sake. For new events, the application form (CG-4423) should be filed 135 days prior to the event start, 60 for recurring events you’ve permitted in 2015.

While you’re at it, let us all know about your organization’s sailing schedule. Shoot me an e-mail with details, and I’ll be sure to get it on Northeast Sailing’s calendar. You can also post the event to US Sailing’s calendar if you’r a member.

First day of the Leadership Forum was great. Stay in touch!

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | February 4, 2016

US Sailing Annual Conference Day 2

February 3, 2016

Hello again from San Diego on a warmer and more meeting filled day.

It was hard to cover everything today. The Championships and US PHRF meetings were held at the same time, and the Government Relations Committee met against the Training and Championships committees in the afternoon. I attended the US PHRF meeting and the Government Relations meeting, along with the final Regional Sailing Associations meeting in the morning.

Key points:


  • Former PHRF-NE Chief Handicapper John Collins is on the US PHRF committee.
  • PHRF ratings nationwide do vary naturally because of local sailing conditions, eg. Prevailing wind strength, availability of course configurations.
  • Sail Area/Displacement ratios should play a part in class breaks along with rating numbers: mixing “sport boats” (light displacement, plenty o’ canvas) and other monohulls in the same class makes for angst. (quoth Stan Honey)
  • The SAP/US Sailing data project may have an impact in the fairness of ratings if the app is widely adopted and the performance database grows as a result.

Governmental Affairs:

  • Boating While Impaired is a key enforcement priority for the USCG. Don’t compromise your safety.
  • US Sailing has developed recognized and accepted American National Safety Institute Standards for powerboat training courses. The same standards are in the pipeline for both human-powered and sailing vessels, likely to be rolled out within the next eighteen months. This means that training programs adhering to these standards will be generally recognized as effective in promoting safety, fulfilling the aims of boating safety regulation.
  • Biobutanol is a coming thing that may replace ethanol as a biomass fuel additive. Safer, and non-corrosive.
  • The Coast Guard has a mobile app. It is very cool. Float plans, navigational aids, a bunch of stuff.
  • The Coast Guard can get very cranky if you make them so. Sailing schools and clubs should do everything they can to develop good relations with their local USCG port superintendents.
    US Sailing is continuing to work with the Maritime Law Association to develop a pass-through program permitting operators of uninspected passenger vehicles (OUPV) in an educational setting to be afforded latitude within specific areas.
    Anything so developed will require new legislation. This is a delicate process, and will take time. Clubs and organizations should work with port captains in their area to work toward their best public outcome within existing law.
  • Following up on the Mallory Adult Champs, NE Sailing’s deadline to submit a nominee is August 15. We’d love to do this on the water. If your club or group has a team, please let me know soon, as it would help me let potential host clubs know how many competitors to expect. SailMaine has indicated a willingness to host in their J 22s, but I would like to invite all clubs to submit a bid with a target date of 07/09, 07/10 or both as a potential qualifying regatta date. Bear in mind the equipment and crew limitations at the championship regatta. J/22s are most usually 4 person boats. As mentioned previously, RSAs nominate, but the Mallory committee is the final arbiter of who is invited to compete based on résumé and RSA recommendation.

More, much more, to follow, I suspect. The Annual Conference has concluded. At the Board of Directors Meeting, I was elected Area A representative for US Sailing, listening to sailors from the Adirondacks in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. US Sailing continues to build the sport with your help across the region. Together we sail. The Leadership Forum commences tomorrow.

Stephanie Helms


Posted by: Stephanie Helms | February 3, 2016

US Sailing Annual Conference Day One

The US Sailing Annual Conference got underway today. Some exciting initiatives underway include

  • A partnership with SAP, who are creating a mobile app capable of capturing telemetry under sail including boat speed, heading, and other course data which over time could produce real time polar data for your boat.
  • Online training courses for keelboat beginners to be used in conjunction with on the water instruction.
  • Safety at Sea instruction, with videos, to be used in conjunction with classroom training for World Sailing certification for offshore events.
  • Interesting conversations about US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program with Board members and staff.

The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 will be published and delivered in October, with a new mobile app available in the same time line. Dave Perry and Brad Dellenbaugh are here in San Diego. I’ve talked to Brad in hopes of arranging a rules seminar in Maine this spring. I’m hopeful that we can make plans to line that up.

The 2017 Mallory Cup Championship will be held at the Saint Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay, sailed in J/22s, under J/22 Class Rules. Each Regional Sailing Organization is responsible for nominating a team to represent the RSA. I am hoping to organize a qualifying regatta in conjunction with SailMaine to determine Northeast Sailing’s nominee. The championship will be sailed at St Francis in October. Please stay tuned for further details on this.

The Annual Conference continues with meetings tomorrow, with the Sailing Leadership Forum to follow through Saturday. If you have things to share, e-mail, text, or call. 207.200.5520

Stephanie Helms

Posted by: Stephanie Helms | January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Winter seems to have arrived with the turn of the calendar, but we all know that summer and sailing is on the way. The US Sailing Annual Conference is coming up at the beginning of February, held in conjunction with the Sailing Leadership Conference in San Diego. Please send any thoughts you would like to share with US Sailing on any issues regarding the sport.

Most events in the region discussed at our August meeting have been posted to the Northeast Sailing Calendar for this coming season. If you do not see your event, or if you have a new one you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll be sure it is listed.

Stay warm, and have a safe, fun, and joyful 2016!


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