A splendid evening at our annual meeting, black tie dinner dance, and awards ceremony! See the first photos from the 2016 Christmas Gala at Christmas Gala 2016 Album (login required).
Posted 17 October 2016
Weather Data: How to Get It, How to Use It
Presented by CCA New York Station and The North American Station of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs and Nyländska Jaktklubben.
Saturday, November 19th, 10:00-4:00 at the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Learn how to access and use reliable, useful weather forecasting data sailing offshore or coastwise. This practical seminar will help you choose the best solution for obtaining data and email when not within cellular range, set up and use a weather computer, and use your weather data to plan and route your passage.
There will be two sessions. During the morning lecture session, we will discuss the pros and cons of satellite and SSB, how to choose hardware and software based on your needs and budget, and which kinds of weather forecasting data are the most effective.
The afternoon session will be hands-on. Bring your laptop, and we will help you install and configure the communication and weather software you'll need. You can then download and view weather data just as you would on a passage. We will work through weather forecasting exercises using actual data that you can download at the session.
Here are some questions we will answer:
- What are GRIB files? Where can I find them?
- Should I use a Single Sideband radio (SSB), a satellite phone, or VHF radio?
- What software should I use?
- Do I need a special computer? How do I set it up?
- How reliable is weather data?
- How much will all of this cost?
The seminar will be presented by Michael Geagan (CCA, NAS) and Ian Gumprecht (CCA). Michael has cruised extensively in the Baltic and North Seas and has completed three transatlantics—including a solo east to west crossing in 2012. Ian was the winner of the 2013 double-handed Marion Bermuda Race and navigator onboard the Swan 44 Helios for the 2016 Newport Bermuda Race.
The seminar will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 10:00-4:00 at the Larchmont Yacht Club, 1 Woodbine Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538.
Message From the Post Captain Posted 10 December 2015
Read Post Captain Ernie Godshalk's letterabout the North American Stations's commitment to hosting The Atlantic Round and the Five Club Junior Regatta. Our continuing sponsorship of these international events is central to our mission of promoting closer ties between North American and Scandinavian sailors.
Meeting Minutes Posted 10 December 2015
The minutes of the 2015 Spring Meeting and the December Governors' Meeting are posted on the Docs page.
Roster of Members Posted 30 November 2015
The 2015 edition of the NAS Roster of Members & Yacht Register is posted on the Docs page.
Latest Post Captain's Letter Posted 26 October 2015
The Fall Post Captain's Letter, including reports from The Atlantic Round and the Five Club Regatta, is available on the Docs page.
2015 The Atlantic Round
The 2015 Atlantic Round was hosted by The NAS at Stamford Yacht Club in September. Racing was also held in the Hudson River under the Statue of Liberty. KNS, NJK, KDY and KSSS participated along with The NAS. The Commodores of KNS, NJK and KDY, the CEO of KSSS and the Post Captain of The NAS were in attendance for racing or the awards dinner. KDY took top honors, taking home The Atlantic Round Trophy, The Adams Cup and The Stephen Swope Memorial Trophy. (Note: The Atlantic Round Trophy and The Adams Cup could not be located for presentation.) TAR was bracketed by the Stamford-Vineyard Race and the Stamford-Denmark Friendship Weekend to celebrate 50 years of friendship between Stamford and Denmark; this included match racing between SYC and KDY, the Valeur Jensen Stamford Denmark Race and non-sailing events such as a performance by the Royal Danish Ballet. Great thanks to Hiro and Yuko Nakajima and Ove and Neda Haxthausen!
KNS and KSSS have agreed to host TAR in 2016 and 2017, respectively, dates to be announced.
2015 Five Club Regatta
The 2015 Five Club was hosted by The NAS in Newport in August. Every Club was represented - KNS sent two teams! Team NJK were the overall winners, taking home the beautiful trophy, which had been donated by NJK. Great thanks to Angelica Barrows, Dave Brown, Sheila McCurdy and others who worked tirelessly to make this another great Five Club.
KNS and KSSS have agreed to host Five Club in 2016 and 2017, respectively, exact dates to be announced but likely the second week of August.
2015 Spring Meeting and Clambake at Shippan Point
The 2015 Spring Meeting took place at Shippan Point on June 6th and was followed by the annual Family Clambake, a crossed burgee event with the New York Station of the Cruising Club of America. A Scandinavian smorgasbord, Aquavit and skoaling, tasty lobsters with all the trimmings,stunning weather, and great company made it a day to remember. Many thanks to our host, Fleet Captain David Tunick!
2014 Dinner Dance
The 2014 Dinner Dance was held on Friday, December 5 at the New York Yacht Club in NYC. The turnout was a record: 118. As always, from cocktails in the Model Room to the last song by the Muskrat Ramblers, the night was memorable including aquavit and songs, a performance by the Santa Lucia singers, awards, the "crowning" of Ernie Godshalk as the new Post Captain and his "performance" on his trumpet and a wonderful menu of venison, gravlax, lamb and risgrynsgröt.
EUMulls Extending Visa Limits
Posted 17 November 2014
The European Commission considers extending Schengen visa time limits for non-EU nationals. Currently, non-EU sailors are limited to 90 days in EU waters; proposed changes would make it easier to extend this time. Read more atYachting Monthly. (first reported by the CCA)
Denmark Cruise 2014 Report & Photos
Posted 24 September 2014
Another spectacular Cruise success!
The 2014 NAS Denmark Cruise attracted 80 participants of whom 32 had been on prior NAS cruises and eight had been on three or more! Participants included Post Captain Brown, members of NAS, SYC and each of the five Home Clubs, including three past commodores of DKY and GKSS and many guests (and potential new NAS members).
There were 17 vessels – nine owner-operated yachts (three US, two Swedish, two Danish, two British); seven chartered; and the ‘mother ship’, Loyal.
2014 was one of the warmest and driest summers in recent Danish history. We had two days of strong winds but otherwise the weather was almost perfect.
Viking Warship is the Centerpiece of Berlin Exhibition
Posted 12 September 2014
After 15 years of meticulous conservation, the Viking Age ship Roskilde 6 has taken center stage in “The Vikings,” a major exhibition opening today at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. At 121 feet (37 meters) and accommodating nearly 80 oarsmen, the ship completely fills the atrium of the museum. Roskilde 6 is the largest Viking ship ever discovered and is believed to be a royal warship from the reign of Cnut the Great. Built around 1025 AD at the pinnacle of the Vikings' domination of Northern Europe, the vessel was unearthed in 1997 during excavation work for the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
“The Vikings” is curated by the National Museum of Denmark, the British Museum, and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. This is the most extensive Viking exhibition in more than two decades and includes jewelry and weapons long held by institutions across Europe, as well as a silver cross and a diminutive figure of a Valkyrie only recently found in Denmark.
NAS at the SYC Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race
Posted 8 September 2014
The NAS team placed second overall and second in their division in the 49th Annual Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race, hosted by the Stamford Yacht Club on Sunday, September 7th. NAS members David Tunick, Palmer Sparkman, and Michael Geagan were joined by Sera and Martin Høedholt aboard Raven, a Mumm 30 owned by NAS member Gino Bottino. Pictured at the award ceremony from left to right are NAS members Ove Haxthausen, Michael Geagan, Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Laurie Fulton, David Tunick, and Palmer Sparkman.
Captain-Chef Juan Corradi of Westray Wins the Bermuda Race’s Most Distinctive Award Posted 30 June 2014
The 2014 Spring Meeting took place at Shippan Point on June 7th and was followed by the annual Family Clambake, a crossed burgee event with the New York Station of the Cruising Club of America. A Scandinavian smorgasbord, Aquavit and skoaling, tasty lobsters with all the trimmings, stunning weather, and great company made it a day to remember. Many thanks to our host, Fleet Captain David Tunick!
The NAS Team Takes Home the Silver in the 2014 SYC Denmark Race
The NAS team placed first in their division and second overall in the 48th Annual Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race, sponsored by the Stamford Yacht Club, on Sunday, September 8th. NAS members Palmer Sparkman and Michael Geagan joined the crew of Raven, a Farr 30 owned by Dr. Gino Bottino of the SYC and the Stamford Sail and Power Squadron. Raven sailed under the NAS burgee. The Carlsberg Tuborg Skaal Bowl was presented by SYC Staff Commodore and NAS member Rockwell Harwood. Pictured with Staff Commodore Harwood are Palmer Sparkman, Michael Geagan, and Raven owner Dr. Gino Bottino.
The Atlantic Round 2013
TAR 2013 was hosted by NJK in Helsinki on August 8-11, with four clubs taking part: KNS, KSSS, NAS, and NJK. Sailing for the NAS were Henrik Andersen (helmsman), Allan Heyward, Ove Haxthausen, and Dan Colliander. Post Captain David Brown was the non-sailing Team Captain.
The Annual 5 Club Regatta was also hosted by NJK in Helsinki in 2013. The NAS was represented by a team of four young sailors: Singne Brown, Sylvia Skerry, George Moss, and Julian DelGuidice. They sailed a J80 and did a great job on this difficult boat. The NAS team placed 3rd overall. Mr. Theo Gustavsson (Ms Barrows' son and a former active KNS-sailor) was their chaperone and coach.