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  • How To Dress Ship

    For national holidays, at regattas, and on other special occasions, yachts often dress ship with International Code of Signal Flags. The ship is dressed at 0800, and remains so dressed until evening colors (while at anchor only, except for a vessel's maiden and final voyages, and participation in a marine parade or other unique situation)For national holidays, at regattas, and on other special occasions, yachts often dress ship with International Code of Signal Flags. The ship is dressed at 0800, and remains so dressed until evening colors (while at anchor only, except for a vessel's maiden and final voyages, and participation in a marine parade or other unique situation) In dressing ship, the national ensign is hoisted at the stern staff (and the Union Jack...
  • Newport Bermuda Race 2018 The Finish!

    Start Class 13, Verissmo #40047PPL Photo Agency - Copyright reservedPhoto Credit: Daniel Forster/PPL As we watched Verissmo, and her owner Chris Cannon, leave the dock in Jamestown, the weather had cleared but the wind was very light.  Most of the crew had been aboard in 2016 when they took line honors in their class and  second on corrected time.  So this year's expectations were high to match or improve upon their previous performance The 2018 NBR would not be as kind to Verissmo and crew finishing 4th in their class! This year's race gave an advantage to the smaller boats that perform better in light air. Heading for the Start! Chris Muesler, a journalist covering the race, summed it up best: "They call it the...
  • Start Day Newport Bermuda Race 2018

      24 Hours to go! On June 14 we arrived dockside in Jamestown Harbor just across the channel from Newport, Rhode Island. There was Varissimo sparkling in the morning sun; as I walked down the dock my long time friend and her owner, Chris Cannon waved me aboard. Tomorrow was the big day; after nearly a year and a half of planning, modifying, organizing, and agonizing, the Newport Bermuda Race would start in less than 24 hours.  We expected to see a furious state of activity, making sure all was well for tomorrow's start; instead we found relative calm.  Chris Cannon assured me all was well since the planning had been so meticulous.  Everyone had completed their "To Do" lists and were comfortable.  This was...
  • Navigation Prep Newport Bermuda 2018

      2018 Newport Bermuda Race   Part 5 Weather and Navigation Finally, we are at the point where the Chris Cannon’s 63’ Alden Verissimo is in the water.  The first shake down cruise off Newport was successful, the crew has begun to get acclimated to the improvements completed over the past winter and everyone is looking forward to the start on June 15.  Now comes the most important element of the race prep, the strategy.  The initial steps began several months ago reviewing the navigational equipment including electronics. By now instrumentation including water temp sensors, GPS, AIS, Chart plotters, barometer, VHF, and Sat phone have been calibrated and synchronized.  The shakedown cruise in early May did not indicate any issues with the current equipment. It is...
  • Safety Prep Newport Bermuda 2018

    2018 Newport Bermuda Race   Part 4 Safety Requirements When first asked about the most important things about participating in the Newport Bermuda Race (NBR), Chris Cannon said:” Safety is goal #1!  Boat speed is next, solid navigation, and making memories.”  We soon realized that safety preparation is a daunting task. The NBR publishes sixteen pages of detailed safety requirements.  These requirements are not a replacement, but a supplement to requirements of the US Coast Guard, the Racing Rules of Sailing, the rules of various Class Associations and all applicable racing rules. The NBR is very specific about who bears the responsibility for the safety of the crew and vessel.  As owner of Verissmo and retired business owner, Chris Cannon, takes this responsibility very seriously.  After...
  • Boat Prep Newport Bermuda 2018

    2018 Newport Bermuda Race   Part 3 Getting the Boat Ready Chris Cannon, the owner of Verissimo, has finalized his crew for the 2018 Newport Bermuda race.  She is ready to splash in early May and begin serious practice with the crew. Chris and his crew had a good deal of success in 2017, competing in some significant races including Marblehead to Halifax and Conanicut Yacht Club Around The Island race, taking a first In Class in each by the way. By late fall Verissimo was on the hard at the Newport Shipyard getting some needed maintenance.  As she is turning 20 this year, it was time to evaluate equipment and take a hard look at all systems. When it comes to evaluating what needs to...
  • Crew Prep for Newport Bermuda 2018

    2018 Newport Bermuda Race   Part 2 We continue to follow Chris Cannon as he prepares for the 2018 Newport Bermuda race.  This is the second update on his preparations. Here he considers the crew for this race. Although it was an off year for the Bermuda race, 2017 was not a year to rest on his laurels, so Cannon decided to test Verissmo and his crew by participating in the Marblehead Halifax Ocean Race (MHOR) in July and the Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race around Conanicut Island in Narraganset Bay in September.  Indeed, they were on a roll! Verissimo took best corrected time in the ORR Class 2 in the MHOR (Landfall Navigation is one of the sponsors for this race) and 1st...
  • Eyes On Newport Bermuda Race Start 2018

    Bermuda, June, 2016 After racing 635 miles in 104 hours and 25 minutes both Verissimo, an Alden 63, and Metoluis, a Frers 84, were dueling as they approached the finish.  These were two magnificient classic racing yachts reminiscent of what comes to mind when one thinks of the Newport to Bermuda race. Metoluis tried to pass two times and succeeded on the third attempt.  Verissimo tacked at the last moment crossing the finish line at 1:45 AM to claim line honors by 12 seconds in the Cruising division.  An exuberant Owner, Chris Cannon, he ordered a round of Bermuda’s signature drink, “Dark N Stormys”, for all hands.  This was Chris’ fifth Bermuda race and first in which they grabbed line honors.  A bit later they...
  • The LitraTouch Story

    The Story of how the LitraTouch Light became into existence. 
  • Boating is Affordable

    Boating is affordable and there’s a boat for every age, lifestyle and budget. Most people don’t realize how affordable boating is: in some instances, you can buy a brand new boat financed for around $250.00 a month, like a car. Boats provide tax deductible and cost effective second homes. Interest on a boat loan can be deducted if the boat has a galley, berth and head. • Visit a boat show to see what boating products are available and line up the best deals. Fuel: The typical boater only operates his or her vessel about 75 hours a season. Nearly 95 percent of boats on the water today are under 26’ in length. These crafts do not require exorbitant amounts of gas, so any impact...

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