Christopher White's blog
Every year on the first weekend in December, as the chill of winter begins to embrace northern climes and New England waterfronts grow vacant, the docks at Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club begin to fill with some of the most beautiful classic boats around.
Med-bound cruisers stopping in Gibraltar’s harbor will soon have a new (and large) neighbor—the 142-meter megayacht hotel Sunborn Gibraltar.
Rhode Island-based Hunt Yachts has been bought by Scout Partners, LLC, the same company that purchased Hinckley Yachts in 2010. “I am delighted to announce the acquisition of Hunt Yachts, Inc. by Scout Partners, LLC,” said Hunt Yachts president Peter Van Lancker. “I could not have designed a better stage for the future of Hunt Yachts’ brand, legacy, and products than this new ownership and partnership with Scout Partners and Hinckley.”
Ladies of the yachting world rejoice, after nearly 200 years of male-only exclusivity, Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron—billed as the most prestigious yacht club in the world (they’re club house is a freakin’ castle)—voted last week to change the club’s rules and allow women to be members.
Robert Redford will return to the silver screen this October with the debut of his latest theatrical effort—All Is Lost. In the film, Redford plays a solo sailor whose physical prowess, resourcefulness, and will are all put to the test when his boat strikes a stray shipping container in the Indian Ocean.
As our September issue went to press the Atlantic hurricane season was just starting off—with gusto. Three named storms had already crept up and dropped down, bringing high winds and heavy rain from Bimini to Bangor. And with the memory of last year’s devastating hurricane season still fresh in the minds of many boaters, NOAA’s 2013 hurricane prediction doesn’t bear good tidings: 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes, with probably three to six major hurricanes—all categories showing increases over the same report in 2012.
On a sweltering July Sunday, the Charles W. Morgan, the last American whaling ship and America’s oldest commercial vessel afloat, slid down the ways and into the water at the Mystic Seaport, to the sounds of cannon fire and cheers from spectators—172 years after she first splashed. During five years and costing nearly $7 million dollars, her restoration saw shipwrights use original construction methods to repair the ship’s hull.
Call Brody, Quint, and Hooper and start up the Orca’s engine—the great white sharks are back.