Fall Boat Show Update

The VAr program certainly is off to a great start. This will bring you up to date with our fall and winter plans.

Fall 2014 Boat Show Season   As usual, we invite our members and students to assist in the delivery to / from the shows, and to help out at the shows. The deliveries to and from are detailed below. Members in the boat to be delivered have priority, followed by members in the smaller boats. This is a great way to get some free sailing time. If a member for the respective boat is not avail, SSC will provide a Captain for the trip.

If you would like to help out at the shows working the VAr37 or the Dutchman booth for either Newport or Annapolis, we will get you free passes and a berth on board. You would need to spend 1/2 your time working. The other half can be spent looking around at other boats and enjoying the show.


Newport Boat Show Thurs Sept 11th to Sunday Sept 14th 10-6:00. This is the largest show in NE, combined sail and power, with more in the water sailboats than at any other show. The show is about 40% sail, 60% power. Of course, Newport is a fun town to visit in any case. We will have VAr 37 in the show.


Delivery / Basic Cruising Class to Newport – The VAr 37 must be in Newport Tuesday Sept 9th for move in, but she can arrive Sunday night so those who need to jump off can do so. Our space is M15, across from the Swan. We will leave from Norwalk Friday morning with a class, and the instructor will jump off in Mystic Saturday afternoon, so the class can sail to Block Island Saturday evening, and then on to Newport the following day.


Newport Return – The VAr37 can leave Newport Sunday evening, Sept 14th at about 7:00 pm. There is normally room at the Yachting Center to lay alongside till Monday am, which we will do if the weather is poor. Otherwise, we will run to Pt Judith (or Block Island if the crew has extra time), so we can catch the morning flood tide. 10nm Newport to Pt Judith, 20nm Pt Judith to Noank.


Norwalk Boat Show   Thurs Sept 18 to Sunday Sept 21th 10-6:00. This is the largest show in NE. The show is about 10% sail, 90% power. We will not have any boats in this show. Unfortunately, you will need to pay to park at Sound Sailing Center during the show.


Annapolis Boat Show  The Annapolis Boat Show runs from Thurs Oct 7th to Monday Oct 11th 10-6:00. This is the largest sail show in the US, and the largest in the water sailboat show in the world. The show is 100% sail. Annapolis is a great town, certainly one the sailing capital of America. We will bring the VAr 37 to the show. We will run the trip south either as a class, or as a Member trip, depending on the interest.

Delivery – The VAr37 must be in Annapolis Monday, Oct 5th at around 10:00 am for move in. Expect a zoo! We will depart Friday October 3rd for the trip south. The tide starts ebbing at 7:15 am, and starts flooding again at 1:47pm. It is 28nm to the start of the East River, so it will take us 4 hrs with the current. Since we will be running this as a class, the trip will take us about 9 hours, so a 11am departure time will work well. Students will arrive at 9 am, loading food, supplies, gear systems review, etc.

Head South with the VAr – The 37 can leave Annapolis Tuesday evening, Oct 14th at about 7:00 pm. The show ends Monday at 5pm, but we probably will have demo sails to do on Tuesday.

A big question for us is do we leave the VAr in Annapolis for a few weeks for members to use her down there, then take her south. Of course, the season is far longer in Annapolis and farther south. Members will need to sign up for the various legs, so that one member might sail her from Annapolis from October 14 or later to Norfolk, taking 4-5 days up to a week or more. Of course, there are many interesting side trips, including making a trip up the Potomac. One could easily spend several weeks exploring the Cheasapeake Bay, and serveral members could spend Oct on the Cheasapeake Bay.

The next leg would be from Norfolk thru the intercoastal waterway and into the Pamlico Sound, travelling inside the Outer Banks. This should be done around the end of October. The Dismal Swamp Canal is the normal route from the Cheasapeake Bay, and provides a very sheltered passage from the Cheasapeake Bay to the Ablemarle Sound, with many opportunities for interesting side trips, including Kitty Hawk and Roanake Island, the site of America’s lost Colony. The Pamlico is very much like the Cheasapeake Bay, and quite an atttractive cruising destination in itself. The VAr should probably be left in Beaufort, which provides a good inlet out into the Atlantic Ocean.

In November, the VAr would make the 200 nm passage from Beaufort to Charleston SC, which provides a very interesting city to explore and sail around. From there, she should continue south to the Hilton Head, South Carolina area, where she could stay for much of November into December. The next passage might be from Hilton Head to Brusnwick Georgia in early December. Of course, there are are numerous inlets to jump into in this area – the intercoastal waterway is not an option in the Georgia region due to no recent dredging.

In December, the VAr will make it’s way from Brunswick down the 400 nm miles to somewhere in the southern FL area. Options are Singer Island, Lake Worth (good access to the northern Bahamas, ie Grand Bahamas / the Abacos), Ft Lauderdale, or Miami, for good access to the Florida Keys, Andros Island or Nassua in the Bahamas, etc.

It is crucial for members to consider, plan for and sign up to take the various legs now. Of course, we will start bringing the VAr back from FL in March or April, so there will be another round of options as we head North. For the trip North, it is more likley that we will go outside in the Gulf Stream for a very quick passage from FL to Cape Hatteras / Norfolk, provided we have a good weather window. The trip from FL to Cape May, NJ can be accomplished in as little as 4 days, or 6 days back to Norwalk. I did exactly that when I brought our Pearson 37 Matinicus up from Ft Laderdale, FL in 2002.

Return VAr 37   If there is no interest in Members using the VAr down south, then she will head north on Monday night or Tuesday from Annapolis




VAr Upgrades.  Obviously the VAr 37 has been a great fit into SSC, and I know all the members who have sailed her are very pleased with her. Remaining upgrades to be accomplished include a jib furler (will be done this week), a bimini (after the shows), an upgraded mainsail handling / covering system (the SailCase R) and possibly an electric winch system which can also handle the anchor, both of which will probably be done before the Annapolis show. We will have an inflatable dingy on board for the trip south.



VAr Sale into the fleet   I suspect there may be some SSC members who can make better use of the tax advantages of owning the VAr than I can. There are two basic strategies which yield significant tax benefits. By far the more attractive strategy is to purchase the VAr as a business inventment, with SSC managing the project. This is how most charter boats are owned, and you can contact a charter operation like the Moorings or Sunsail to get details of how their program works. Of course, investment tax credits and depreciation can be used to reduce your current tax liabilities. Since we Note that conventional boat finacing does not allow the use of a vessel for commercial uses, so this would need to be a cash deal or financed via a home equity loan or similar.

I can provide pricing info and a sample contract if this is of interest.



Time to pick a name for our VAr! Of course, if you buy her, you get to pick the name!

My initial idea’s are;

– Vast

– Varv (Norse – to change or to turn)

– Varoom

– Vroom

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