Thursday, December 31, 2009

Make 2010 the Year of Action

Will You be on the dock watching the boats or on one in 2010? Photo Credit: M. Thoney

As we celebrate the start of a new decade and say goodbye to the first ten years of the 21st century, many of us have mixed emotions and feelings about what 2010 and beyond will bring to our lives. Will the economy recover? What will the market do? Will the planet warm excessively, as some believe, and what if any effect will that have on us?  Will the sky fall? Who knows? Maybe, maybe not...

While we all have concerns about some or all of these things, as well as other things that happen in our lives, the reality is that we have no control over the economy, the market, the climate, or many other things that we worry about needlessly. One reality that we can and should control is how we live our lives, and what we do with the precious time that we have to spend with our families and friends.  Do we want to spend that time commiserating and worrying about the ills of the world, or do we want to have a little fun?  When we’re 90 and rocking on the porch looking back at our lives, will the memories be of doom and gloom that MIGHT have happened, or will they be of the great times that we spent with family and friends doing things together that were fun and worth doing?

One of the Best views of our City (from the water) Photo Credit: L. Sandoval

We all have the desire to do things that bring joy and pleasure to life, but the difference between those who look back happily and those who look back and wish they had done more is that the former group took action and made the good times happen. How many times have you stood on the shore of Lake Michigan on a sunny day looking at the sailboats out there and wished you could be with them? How many boat shows have you attended where you fell in love with a beautiful new Beneteau, yet you put off the decision to make the purchase because the “time isn’t right”, or you “just aren’t sure”, or you “wanted to wait and see” what might happen in the next year? And all that really happened is that you lost another season of fun on the water, and you’re now a year older and still not sailing.  How many more times will you put off the decision that will fulfill your dreams and will make a positive change in your life?

Every year that passes puts us all a year closer to being that person who is rocking on the porch and looking back at what we’ve done with our lives.  What we will look back at will be what we do today.  Is this the year we start creating those wonderful memories, or will this be another year of standing on the shore and wishing?  Will we take the necessary action to make our dreams come true, or will we be staring off into space on our rockers, wondering what we missed?  I hope we all choose to go sailing!

See you on the water...Happy New Year!

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The "Two True" team celebrates their victory- Photo Credit: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo


December 31, 2009

Andy Saies' Two True survived a protest this afternoon to be confirmed as overall winner of the Tattersall's Cup, the major prize in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the overall IRC handicap winner.

After a two-hour hearing, the International Jury dismissed the protest entered by the Inglis 39 She's the Culprit (Todd Leary), the Hobart yacht damaged in a crush of boats approaching the first rounding mark after the race start on Sydney Harbour.

Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruiser to be imported into Australia, won IRC overall by 42 minutes from another new First 40, (Mike Welsh) after a close race-long duel in which they followed a similar strategy - stay well east of the rhumbline.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009


"Two True"- Beneteau First 40

"Wicked" Racing Downwind in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race


December 30, 2009

The smallest boat in the fleet, Zephyr Hamilton Elevators, was as of this evening, still well in the running to win the IRC overall handicap division of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

Zephyr is a Sea Nymph 33 co-owned by James Connell and Alex Braddon from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. She won division E in the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

The Sea Nymph 33 design is extremely fast downwind and is well-suited to the strong northerly wind prevailing on the lower Tasmanian east coast, forecast to reach 20-30 knots by evening.

The final 40 nautical miles of the 628nm course, with the northerly forecast to blow at 15-25 knots with gusts to 30 knots, which will put Zephyr on the wind, and will certainly slow and may end her chances of winning the Tattersall's Cup for IRC overall handicap.

At 1550, Zephyr had 46 miles to go, and was doing 9.7 knots for an estimated finish at 2311, well inside the time she needed to take first place (0131 on Dec 31).

Second and third on corrected time standings were two of Beneteau's new First 40s, which have already finished: Two True (Andrew Saies) from the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and Wicked (Mike Welsh) from Sandringham Yacht Club.

The Farr-designed First 40 is a replacement for the successful Beneteau 40.7. A Beneteau 40.7, First National Real Estate skippered by Michael Spies, was the overall handicap winner of the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

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Photo Credits: Rolex/ Daniel Forster & Kurt Arrigo
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

KYS 8th Annual Open House- Preliminary Schedule Available

It's Always a 'Full House' for the annual KYS Open House


Saturday January 9, 2010

Karma Yacht Sales 8th Annual Open House

3635 S. Halsted St.

10:00 am until 2:00pm

*Preliminary Schedule of Events :

10:00- 11:00am "Everything you ever wanted to know about Sail Trim, but where afraid to ask"
11:00- 12:00am "Protecting the Value of your boat"

12:00- 1:00pm "Diesel Engine Basics"

1:00 - 2:00pm "Preparing your boat for USCG Safety Inspection"

(*Times may vary- Please check back the week prior to the Open House for exact times and schedule)

For More Information Visit :  Karma Yacht Sales 8th Annual Open House

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Boater's Continuing Education: Knots 101

Example of a Properly tied cleat hitch

Ask a group of five boaters what their top most confronting issues are about boating and the list might go something like this:

1. Docking your boat
2. Tying the proper knots
3. Equipment knowledge and maintenance

While the order might vary, you can be sure that the above three topics make the top five list for your average boater.  This is the first in a series of Boater's Continuing Education pieces that we hope will help you past some of the upcoming winter months (in front of the computer) productively and will serve as a resource to review and sharpen your boating 'know how'.

If there are topics you would like to see definitely provide your input by clicking here.  We will do some research for you and post a reply.  A little challenge to aid audience participation: 

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Boater's Continuing Education : Knots 101

Unless you spent time in the Navy, served in the Coast Guard were a Merchant Marine or perhaps started sailing at (say) five years of age- I'd bet that a knots would be on your list of things to avoid.

I was fortunate to have been a Boy Scout growing up, so Knot tying is as natural as (please indulge me) a 'walk in the woods'.  I fully understand that I'm an exeption to the rule for most boaters, so we'll try to cover off on some basics in hopes that you'll walk away with a bit more know how and have a resource you can turn to as a refresher.

Basic Terminology:

It's easy to call all knots- "knots", but for all the purists in the group, Knots can be broken down in to three basic groups based on their purpose:

1.  Hitches:  (e.g. Clove Hitch, two-half hitch etc.)  In general these 'knots' are used to fasten lines (i.e. rope or cordage) to an object such as a cleat or a post, ring etc..

2.  Bends:  (e.g. Sheet bend or carrick bend)  As a whole, these 'knots' are used to tie two lines together.

3. Knots:  (e.g. Bowline , square knot, figure-eight , stopper knot) As a generalization these 'knots' are used to tie the line upon itself.

Some 'basic' boater's knots:

1. Bowline knot:  (pronounced "boh-linn") is one of the most-used knots. It gets its name from the bowline, a rope that held the weather-leech of a square sail forward-closer to the wind- and stopped the sail from being taken 'aback' or turned inside out.  Today it used for a variety of jobs because it will not slip, loosen or jam.  To view a short video of a bowline being tied.

2. Cleat Hitch: Used to secure a dockline, spring line or mooring line to a cleat on a boat or to a dock.  To view a short video on how to properly tie a cleat hitch.

3. Figure-Eight Knot: Used widely on running rigging at the ends to prevent line from running through an opening or to hold the line fast. To view a short video on tying a figure-eight knot.

4. Square knot: An easily untied knot that can be used to tie two ends of knots together.  Used where there will be tension on the line.  To view a short video on tying a square-knot.

So there you go.  These are but a few knots to get you started. If you would like to learn more about knots, my personal recommendation is a book called 'The Handbook of Knots' by Maria Costantino.  It has clear illustrations on how tie different knots.

More on Knot tying:  US Sailing has some additional videos on their website of some common nautical knots.  US Sailing Knot Videos

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


The Farr Designed First 40

Beneteau USA, Inc.
1313 West Highway 76
Marion, SC 29571
Phone (843) 629-5300
Fax (843) 629-5309


Contact: Erika Gay
Phone: (843) 629-5300

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4 P.M. EDT, December 22, 2009


MARION, SC, DECEMBER 22, 2009: The First 40 was awarded Boat of the Year
by Sailing World Magazine for Best Crossover. Sailing World Magazine announced the best in boatbuilding for 2010 with its 26th annual Boat of the Year Awards. The results will be featured in Sailing World’s January 2010 issue.

An independent panel of experts inspected and tested the 14 nominated boats
during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive inspections and sea trials of the boats. Taking home the honor for the Best Crossover was the Beneteau First 40.

For the complete story visit

For more information about the First 40 please visit

Main Salon on the New First 40

Ample Cockpit with removeable lockers

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We've found "The Most Interesting Man in the World" ...aboard a Beneteau, of course.

The Dos Equis XX beer commercials that you have probably seen over the past year include a man known simply as "The most interesting man in the world".

The ladies find him to be irresistible, he is adept at just about anything, yet he remains quite cool, calculated, and mysterious.

He is also a Beneteau owner.

Although those preceding adjectives describe most, if not all male Beneteau owners :) , we found that our ranks also contain this most interesting man. A man who has chosen a Beneteau 473 as his primary residence in a southern California Harbor; it appears that he is truly living the dream. Below are two Dos Equis commercials that feature him; directly above is a print ad from the campaign.

For all of us Beneteau enthusiasts, now that we've got the most interesting man title wrapped up, let's go for the people who are having the most fun in the world title as our next conquest.

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The 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Kicks off in Four Days

YENDIS bowman prepares the headsail for a raise in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

While many Americans are hitting the malls on December 26th looking for bargains, 100 competitors will be leaving Syndney harbour enroute to the start of the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.  

Beneteau will be well represented in the annual classic as eleven Beneteau's ranging in size from 37 feet to 50 feet will be racing as well.  Among these competitors will be three new First 40s.

Click on the 'boat name' for a bio on the competing Beneteau sailboats.

Boat Name      Sail No.          Origin           Type
Auch                A44                TAS            Beneteau First 44.7

Balance            7771               NSW          Beneteau First 45

Chancellor        7407               NSW         Beneteau First 40.7

Holy Cow!       6797               NSW         Beneteau Oceanis 50

Imagination       35                  NSW         First 47.7

Kioni                6146              NSW         Beneteau First 47.7 6773              NSW         Oceanis 37

Paca                 6812              NSW         Beneteau First 40

Pelagic Magic   11407            NSW       Beneteau First 40.7

Two True         YC400          SA              First 40

Wicked            SM4             VIC             First 40

To learn more about the Race visit:

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Strictly Sail Chicago- January 28-31- Seminar Schedule Now Available

Visit the Strictly Sail Chicago Website!!

Strictly Sail represents a unique opportunity to see the latest boats and sailing gear availble.  However, it is not just about the merchandise.  Strictly Sail represents a great opportunity to further your sailing knowledge through the various Seminars.  This year's Strictly Sail Chicago Show will be held at Chicago's Navy Pier January 28-31st

The 2010 Seminar Schedule is now posted on the Strictly Sail Chicago site.  Visit the site to see the full listing of seminars being offered.  After all, we live in Chicago- most relish the opportunity to spend a few days in the warm indoors talking Sailing and thinking warm thoughts of the Summer Days to come.

For more info Visit Strictly Sail-Chicago.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chicago Marine Community Gets One Step Closer to Two New Harbors

Proposed 31st Street Harbor

Proposed Gateway Harbor

Two innovative proposals for new harbors were presented to the Chicago Plan Commission this afternoon and approved.  The proposals reached the first hurdle of many on their way to becoming actual harbors.  

The first  Harbor- Gateway harbor will be located at 600 E. Grand Avenue and 703-715 East North Water Street (site formerly known as Dime pier just south of Navy Pier).  The application proposed to build a new 2,000 foot long pier with approximately 240 new boat slips and approximately 11,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space.  The proposed use of the slips would be for transient dockage.

The second harbor is to be located at 3035-3433 South Lake Shore Drive just south of the existing 31st street beach house.  The 'marina facility' would house approximately 850 boat slips (30' to 85'), 335 below grade parking spaces in a green roof covered parking garage, 2 acres of new green space and approximately 15,00 square feet of retail, restaurant and community space.

Both harbor projects are a welcome addition to the Chicago boating community as the last new harbor to be built here was DuSable harbor which opened at the start of this decade.  The most exciting part is that the 31st street marina facility will house a community sailing program exposing our community on the South side to Chicago's best asset (in our biased opinion) Lake Michigan.

Stay tuned...

For more information visit -Chicago Park District and PBC Projects

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ISAF Sailor Classification Code Updated With Group 2 To Be Eliminated

Following on from decisions taken at the ISAF Annual Conference, the ISAF Sailor Classification Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.

The ISAF Sailor Classification Code is a service provided by ISAF, giving events and classes a cost-free, international system for classification of sailors. It is incorporated in ISAF Regulation 22. Following a lengthy consultation process with sailors, classes and events which use the Code, the ISAF Sailor Classification Commission proposed the removal of the Group 2 category of classification with an implementation date of 1 April 2010. The ISAF Council approved this proposal at the ISAF Annual Conference in November.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Beneteau Bash" SAILING Magazine Hightlights 2009 36.7 NAC

Cool August weather meant great wind for the 28 boats competing on Lake St. Clair for the Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship in Detroit, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club.

While winds on the first day of the event were typically light, a cold front's arrival on Friday brought stiffer conditions to the fleet for the remainder of the event. 

For Full Story click on Jpeg picture of article.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Beneteau USA Advertising Campaign Highlights #1 Industry Position

Few (if any) Marine manufacturers can highlight being at the top of the ranking list in the competitive and tumultous year that the world has faced.  While 2009 has been a year that has seen more manufacturers cut back and close shop in an effort stay afloat, Beneteau's increased market share has come at the expense of others.  Bolstered by innovation and aggressive deals to attract buyers- Beneteau has taken the number one position in sailboat sales- again. 

Beneteau USA, the United States division of Groupe Beneteau , has launched their latest advertising campaign highlighting their leadership position in the Sailboat market.

"Thousands of Reasons, backed by millions of ocean miles... Only one name leads sailing in America, year after year."

The campaign speaks to the legacy of the over 120 year old maker of boats, the millions of miles that Beneteau owners have logged in North America, Ocean passages and around the world.

Be on the lookout for the full page ad in your favorite sailing publications.

For More Information on Beneteau on Lake Michigan Contact Karma Yacht Sales

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