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Top 10 New England Sailing Regattas
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What do a media mogul, movie maker and American President have in common? Taking part in yacht racing, one of our nation's oldest sports, and New England, the cradle of this sport in America. Ted Turner won the 1977 America's Cup in Newport. Roy Disney sailed from Newport to Bermuda with record-breaking speed in 2002. And in 1936, JFK earned a winner's cup racing Stars in the Hyannis Port Yacht Club race to Edgartown.With more than 6,000 miles of shoreline, survival built on the sea from olden days of fishing and trading to today's seasonal tourist dollars, it's a natural that racing sailboats is a time-honored tradition and rite of passion for most New Englanders. Many sailors here boast blood as blue as the surrounding seas, yet everyone can find a home to race. Here's a sampling of some of the region's best-known regattas.

MAINE

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Camden Classics Cup | Alison Langle

Camden Classics CupJuly 28-30Competition and camaraderie combine in this relative newcomer event sailed in Penobscot Bay and celebrated shoreside in downtown Camden. Over 100 sailboats, everything from vintage yachts to very fast one-designs like J/46s and J/42s, race. Classes are available for day sailors and cruising yachts, too. Dockage at Lyman-Morse is included in the race fee, so the party starts ashore when the racing ends, says organizer Mackenzie Lyman, who adds the marina operator and boat-builders have rebuilt the waterfront after a fire in 2020. Spectators can have just as much fun. Maine's Wind- jammers offer two-hour tours to view the racing, while landlubber's best bet is watching the parade of sail as dressed yachts with costumed crew parade through Camden harbor on the morning of July 30. camdenclassicscup.comBoothbay Harbor Yacht Club Annual Regatta & Shipyard Cup Classics ChallengeJuly 23-24A trend toward classic yacht racing and a nod to the area's deep sailing roots combined for the first time last year at the Shipyard Cup. This new addition to the nearly 50-year-old annual regatta put lots of eye-candy on the water. The 1926-built NY-40, Marilee and 1937-constructed 12-meter America's Cup contender, Gleam, plus classic Boothbay Harbor one-designs like the 21-foot, Geerd Hendel-designed, 1938-launched sloops, are expected back this year along with contemporary race yachts. We invited several America's Cup contenders to join Gleam this year on the start line, says co-chair Bob Scribner. Spectators can observe from Spruce Point, McKeown Point or Southport. A narrated parade of participants in the inner harbor starts at 10:00 a.m. on July 24. boothbayregatta.com

MASSACHUSETTS

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Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series – MarbleheadJuly 28-31The 1889-founded Marblehead Race Week joined with National Offshore One-Design concept a few years back, and the result is close to 200 boats racing. We now have all our regular classes like J/70s, Rhodes 19s and Viper 640, plus there are usually one or two guest classes like RS21s, Skuds, 2.4's and J/24s, that hold regional championships as part of the week, says Leslie Rousseau, race committee chair for the host Boston Yacht Club. We expect to see the return of Jud Smith, two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and local J-70 favorite. Spectators on land can get a bird's eye view of the racing from Chandler Hovey Park on Marblehead Neck. Those with a fast center console can watch the boats line up to start off Turkey Point in Middle River or set their chutes at the windward mark in Middle River. sailingworld.com/regatta-series-marbleheadEdgartown Race WeekendJune 23-25Since 1938, celebrity-studded Martha's Vineyard is home to this week of combo coastal, offshore and round-the-island racing hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club. The history, charm and summer activity on Martha's Vineyard is a meaningful draw, in addition to fantastic wind and ideal sailing conditions, says Alex Nugent, one of the event's co-chairs. Plus, we typically host a big welcome party that's sponsored by Mount Gay Rum. New is the ‘Round-the-Sound series of races, which features 20-some nautical mile coastal sprints around Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound and replaces the around-the-buoy series. There's monohull and multihull, racing and cruising, double-handed and many-handed entrants including teams from state and federal service and maritime academies. edgartownyc.orgNantucket Race WeekAugust 13-21Nine days of racing, parties and awards ceremonies take the concept of race week to the extreme. There's something afloat for everyone: kids in Optis and 420s, women in Rhodes 19s, kiteboarders, radio-controlled model boats and some of the country's top sailors competing in high-performance big boats and classic wooden yachts. This year we celebrate the 50th Opera House Cup Regatta, the grand dame of classic wooden boat regattas. The Cup, named after a legendary Nantucket restaurant, attracts some of the finest wooden boats on the East Coast and Europe. There is a big awards party on the beach after the race, says Diana Brown, chief executive of Nantucket Community Sailing. The Parade of Wooden Boats offers a brochure that describes each participating boat. The public can watch the parade from Brant Point Beach. nantucketraceweek.org

RHODE ISLAND

Annual RegattaJune 10-12Hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) out of its facilities in Newport, this is North America's oldest continuously held sailing event going on its 168th year. The format features two days of buoy racing, prefaced by a race around Conanicut Island. The sight of 100-plus spinnakers running north in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay from Fort Adams, Castle Hill or Beavertail Light is breathtaking. Entries are invited to one-design classes, and boats more than 24 feet race under a variety of handicaps. The Annual Regatta is one of my perennial favorites, says Paul Zabetakis, NYYC commodore and a regular participant on his Swan 42, Impetuous. The race management is impeccable with multiple course configurations. Few other venues offer the perfect combination of offshore racing in Rhode Island Sound and inshore racing on Narragansett Bay. The Saturday night regatta party is one of the biggest occasions of the Newport regatta season with sailors converging on Harbour Court for cocktails and dinner. nyyc.org/168th-annual-regatta

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Newport to Bermuda RaceJune 17The lawn at Castle Hill Inn in Newport and Fort Wetherill in Jamestown are ringside seats to watch nearly 200 vessels start in the East Passage on a 635-mile passage south to Bermuda. Fort Adams State Park also provides close-up views of many of the boats as they depart from Newport Harbor. The fleet then sails past Brenton State Park as it clears Brenton Reef and turns to the southeast. Charter boats and private yachts assemble to watch the start from the water as well, says John Burnham. It's one of the oldest regularly scheduled ocean races, happening biennially since 1906. This year, three high-speed multihulls – two MOD 70s, Argo and Snowflake, and the 78' trimaran Ultim'Emotion 2 – are entered, and each has a good chance of breaking the elapsed time race record of 34h:42m:53s set in 2016 by the 100' maxi yacht, Comanche. bermudarace.comIda Lewis Distance RaceAugust 18-20The fleet goes where the wind blows. The Ida Lewis Distance Race is like no other in that the Race Committee chooses from among four different courses, based on the weather. Each course incorporates some of the most storied cruising grounds in New England and is just long enough for the fleet to be offshore overnight, yet not so long to prohibit inviting family and friends to join for a first-time adventure, says Anselm Richards, event chair. The goal: get about 60-some teams to compete on race boats 28-foot and longer in double-handed, youth, collegiate and different handicap classes back to the dock in under 24 hours. The start happens off Fort Adams and ends inside Newport Harbor, where each team is handed a congratulatory bottle of Prosecco. ilyc.org/distancerace

CONNECTICUT

Block Island RaceMay 27Stamford is the start of this Memorial Day weekend regatta that for many sailors kicks New England's offshore racing season. The 186-nautical mile course down Long Island Sound and around Block Island and back also acts as a ‘warm up' for many teams that are racing some two weeks later in the Newport to Bermuda Race, says Kate Wilson Somers, who handles media for the event. The race marks its 75th anniversary this year and is organized by the Storm Trysail Club, based in Larchmont, NY. stormtrysail.org/regattas/block-island-raceCedar Point One Design RegattaJune 4-5A 20-year+ tradition on the first weekend in June, this one-design keelboat event hosted out of the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT, can draw as many as 800 competitors on over 100 boats. The key is that all the boats in a class are the same; no handicap scoring is needed. This makes it easy to watch, as first over the finish line is the winner. Currently, the event is open to J70, J88, J105 and J109, and Beneteau 36.7 fleets, but other fleets are welcome if they meet the requirements, says Joyce Oberdorf, who handles the club's communications. cedarpointyc.org/odr

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Perfect Items for Party Boats
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PARTY PEOPLE ON BOARD

THE DOCKTAIL BOAT TABLE CADDYDocktail BarInstantly transform your boat into a bar with this caddy. It includes an all-angle adjustable rod mount and secure cup holders, so you never have to worry about spilled drinks when the boat is rockin'. The Docktail Bar set also comes with a removable cutting board and space for small snack bowls. ($249.97) docktailbar.com/collections/featured-collection/products/docktail-bar-1

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GIANT CABANA DAYCLUBFunboyBring the club to the water with this luxury cabana float complete with a center compartment that can double as a cooler. Recently re-engineered with stronger materials, the structure is durable and the grab ropes allow for easy anchorage. ($399.99) funboy.com/products/giant-shaded-cabana-dayclubLOB THE BLOB WATER CORNHOLEAirheadAs cornhole is popular at outdoor events, this portable floating set is a classic game you can bring to any pool or lake party. The pack comes with two inflatable targets with 10-inch holes and two sets of blue blobs (bags for tossing). ($34.84) airhead.com/products/lob-the-blob-2-packSPEAKERAltec LansingGet the party started by hooking up this powerful Bluetooth speaker with neodymium woofers pumping out 16 watts of sound. With 30 hours of battery life, the speaker is also waterproof, dirtproof and shockproof, and it even floats in the water. Enjoy a flashy show with your tunes and choose from from five LED light modes. ($99.99) alteclansing.com/product/lifejacket-jolt-2/

DINNER PARTY ON DECK

MARINE KETTLE GAS GRILLMagmaThis portable grill will have you hosting the best boat party in all the land and sea! The mirror-polished, stainless steel cooker is corrosion-resistant to saltwater and features a hinged lid that won't slam shut and is lockable for safe grilling. If your boat has no galley, this item is perfect for you! ($339.98) magmaproducts.com/products/original-size-marine-kettle-3-combination-stove-gas-grillROWBOAT SERVING BOWLUncommon GoodsAll hands will be on deck and reaching for this adorable rowboat bowl with a napkin holder as the mast. Perfect for fruit, nuts, cheese or any party snacks, guests will love scooping up their hors d'oeuvres with the mini paddle spoons. Made from aluminum and wood, this rowboat is the ideal décor for any nautical event. ($85.00) uncommongoods.com/product/rowboat-serving-bowl-with-napkin-holderPERSONALIZED SERVING TRAY NAUTICAL ANCHOR BOAT & CAPTAIN NAMEZazzleServe guests in style with a customized tray that honors your vessel. Insert your captain's or boat's name and home dock, and choose from a black frame or a natural light wood finish. The navy blue and white palette and gorgeous detailed anchor design is the perfect aesthetic for every occasion. ($59.95) zazzle.com

KIDS CORNER

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PONTOON WATERFALL SLIDEWOW WatersportsWhen it comes to entertaining restless youth on the water, they are sure to love gliding down a giant slide over and over again. Kids can play all day on this inflatable waterfall slide. Easily attach it to any pontoon boat with the adjustable straps and molded handles. The bright blue slide is made with heavy-duty PVC-coated polyester. ($399.99) wowwater-sports.com/shop/river-lake-tubes/pontoon-waterfall-slideREMOTE CONTROL WATER SPEEDBOATTop Race®Let kids turn the party into a competition by racing remote-controlled mini speedboats. This toy is perfect for the pool, lake or calm beach waves as it only works in the water. The easy-to-use remote works from about 30-50 yards away and comes with a rechargeable battery. ($49.99) toprace.comPIRATE SHIP POOL FLOATUnomorYour kids and their friends will love blasting each other with the built-in squirt guns on these inflatable pirate ship floats. Ages three to 12 can pretend they are in battle or shipwrecked at sea and float around on the comfortable seat cushion. No need to refill the squirt guns, as it comes with a tube to insert into water. We recommend getting a few of these for an ultimate show down. ($31.99) unomor.com

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Caribbean Arts & Artisans to Treasure
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The Caribbean is an art and artisan lover's paradise. The hot sunlit hues, fragrant foliage and surrounding seas inspire everyone from painters to craftsmen who create body lotions, botanic edibles and model boats from local materials. Here is a sampling of eight artists and their treasures worth the hunt:

BILLFISH PAINTINGSby Carey Chen

Paintings of blue marlin so real that the fish seem alive and fighting is what has made Jamaican-born artist Carey Chen famous. While there are hundreds of wildlife artists, Chen is one of an exclusive few known for his marine art, specifically billfish, with anatomical details and amazing depictions using acrylics on canvas that are correct, highly collectible, and sought out by celebrities and everyday customers.[caption id="attachment_324633" align="alignleft" width="300"]

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Courtesy of Carey Chen[/caption]You have to be both a fisherman and an artist, says Chen, who worked as a mate on sport fishing boats out of Kingston as a teenager. His big break came when organizers of Puerto Rico's Club Nautico de San Juan invited him to be the featured artist for their prestigious International Billfish Tournament. This set off up to 30 tournament invitations annually in the Caribbean and around the world where Chen produces event T-shirt designs and fine-art paintings auctioned to benefit marine conservation. His marlin art has recently expanded to clothing and beverage labels. (careychen.com)

NAUTICAL FINE ARTby David Wegman

Walk down the street in Gustavia, St. Barths, to the eclectic eatery, Le Select. On the wall is a vivid mural of the establishment's first location nearby, with the owners playing old-time dominos and a young guitar-strumming Jimmy Buffett. This is one of the masterful works of Wegman, who paints annually in five studios in the United States and Caribbean.I don't paint portraits or telephone poles, I paint what happens in my life. Every painting tells a story, says Wegman, who counts Key West and Coral Bay, St. John, as inspiration as well as his eight-year circumnavigation in the 1990s aboard his sailboat, African Queen IV. Wegman's casual pieces like the Cheeseburger in Paradise sign he painted for Le Select are among the most photographed, while his fine art such as a storm-tossed sailboat at sea titled How Many Times I've Prayed are among his best-known. Wegman's works are available at galleries on St. Barths and online. (facebook.com/david.wegman.77)

LARIMAR JEWELRYby Angie Rodriguez

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The Larimar Shop | Angie Rodriguez[/caption]Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but for Angie Rodriguez, who with her mother Cleo owns The Larimar Company, it's a light blue semi- precious gem that is their major amigo. On the Dominican Republic's southwest coast, the Barahona province is the only place in the world this crystallized mineral is mined. Larimar excavation started in earnest in the 1970s. For the last decade, the Rodriguezes buy stones direct from the miners and then work with local artists who fashion the Larimar into jewelry.Each stone is so unique that every design, even if it's the same style, is one-of-a-kind because of the stone's different blue hues and bold patterns, says Rodriguez. The duo's most popular pieces of Larimar jewelry are earrings, bracelets and heart-shaped pendants. They have an online store, yet you can see Larimar close up at the Larimar Museum in Santo Domingo. Visitors can also book guided tours of the Larimar mines. (thelarimarshop.com)

HAND-PRINTED FABRICSby Caribelle Batik

The best way to transform into a tropical state of mind is slipping on a brightly colored, bold-printed shirt, skirt or sarong made at Caribelle Batik on St. Kitts. Located in the 17th century Romney Manor, halfway between the capital at Basseterre and historic Brimstone Hill Fortress, British ex-pat Maurice Widdowson started his batik operation here in 1976. Today, he continues hands-on with his wife and adult children.[caption id="attachment_324636" align="alignleft" width="300"]

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Courtesy of Caribelle Batik[/caption]I'm a mental artist, but rotten with my hands. For example, in batik, you usually can't go from darker to lighter. But I had an idea and we worked and worked and today the starburst is one of our most popular designs, says Widdowson, who adds that palm fronds and pineapple are other popular patterns. Ladies' wear, men's apparel, kid's clothes and accessories such as bags, fans and cushion covers are all part of the collection. You'll find a Caribelle Batik store at the Port Zante Cruise Pier in Basseterre as well as online sales. (caribellebatikstkitts.com)

BEQUIA MODEL WOODEN BOATSby Timothy Sargeant

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Courtesy of Timothy Sargeant[/caption]A tiny yet mighty armada of boats, some just hulls and others fully rigged, sit in the wood shack workshop that is Sargeant Brothers Model Boat Shop on the Grenadine island of Bequia. Far from kid's toys, the intricate made-to-scale detail of the vessels built by Timothy Sargeant and his half dozen fellow craftsmen, are indeed works of art. Sargeant's two older brothers, Lawson and Winston, started the shop in 1966. Nearly two decades later, Lawson presented his handcrafted version of the Royal Yacht Britannia to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the island en route to see her sister, Margaret, in nearby Mustique.Whale boats fashioned out of coconuts is how the Sargeant brothers first started. Today, they use local gumwood for the hull and imported mahogany, white pine and red cedar to make everything from Oyster- and Hallberg- Rassy-brand cruising yachts to Windjammers and J-Class America's Cup boats. Buy one ready-made or send Sargeant your vessel's specs and he'll create a mini-me in up to six months. (bequiatourism.com)

SOAPS, HAIR & SKIN CARE PRODUCTSby Aquannette Chinnery

Bay rum bar soap, orange vanilla hair conditioner andpassionfruit hand lotion are among the hand-made, small-batch products Chinnery crafts in her small workshop on her native St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Chinnery, who earned a master's degree in biochemistry from MIT at age 21 and JD from Rutgers 15 years later, is also a gospel recording artist, painter and was a TV personality before her creativity and scientific curiosity lead her back to the lab to start JDNatlady's Creations a decade ago.I am inspired by local scents and incorporate those scent profiles into my products, especially lemongrass. I grew up loving the smell of lemongrass bush tea, says Chinnery of her customer-favorite Lemongrass Hand and Body Lotion. One of my popular locally inspired soaps is Coconut Sugarcake Soap, which smells just like the popular local candy. Chinnery's products are available in St. Thomas stores, resort gift shops and online. Next up, she'll be re-introducing art candles, body scrubs and lip butters. (jdnatladyscreations.com)

RECYCLED SAILCLOTH BAGSby Annie MacPhail

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Coral upholstery remnant totes | Annie MacPhail[/caption]The British Virgin Islands boasts one of the largest sailing communities in the world, from private to charter yachts and the sailmakers who serve them. U.S. native, avid sailor and 20-year BVI resident MacPhail embarked on a plan to turn old sails – Dacron and high-tech sail, kiteboard kite, and other materials – into fashionable bags. I wanted to design products for everyday use, using the cloth but not pointing directly to the fact that the cloth is used sailcloth, says MacPhail.Success is evident in her burgeoning business, of which popular items include a beautiful white clutch with a bold interior, wristlets made from black carbon fiber stylish enough for a black-tie event, and laptop bags with colorful kite pockets. New for 2022 is a line called Eco-Beach Cottage featuring khaki cotton weave and recycled sailcloth door stoppers, wastebaskets, trinket trays and more. MacPhail's sailcloth wares are sold at her Nutmeg & Co. boutique across from the ferry terminal in Road Town, Tortola and online. (anniemacphail.com)

CONFECTIONARYby Grenada Chocolate

Known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean, Grenada is now emerging as an award-winning, tree-to-bar chocolate producer. Earlier this year, The Grenada Chocolate Company's 100% Dark Chocolate, 71% Dark Chocolate and 60% Nib-A-Licious Dark Chocolate bars won silver and bronze at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.What makes Grenada's chocolate unique is that the plantations grow with a mixture of plants, not just cocoa, so the flavors of nearby oranges, passionfruit and herbs naturally enrich the flavor, says Magdalena Fielden, founder of the annual Grenada Chocolate Fest and owner of the True Blue Bay Boutique Resort. The Grenada Chocolate Company, started in 1998 and now encompassing 200-acres of farms growing organic trinitario-type cocoa, is one of six small-scale producers on the island. Their six products, available at Grenadian stores and online, include the three award winners plus 100% Dark Chocolate, 60% Dark Chocolate and the 71% Dark Chocolate Salty-Licious made with Caribbean Sea salt. (grenadachocolate.com)

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The Best Holiday Boat Parades
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If Santa lived in a warmer climate, he'd trade in his sleigh for a boat before you could say ho, ho, ho, sorry Rudolph! It's just that everything is better on the water, and that includes holiday parades. November and December are magical months for boaters, and landlubbers alike, as holiday boat parades light up waterways across the country.Last year, due to COVID-19 precautions, most holiday boat parades were canceled. The good news, is they are back! This year, once again, vessels of all shapes and sizes will adorn their decks and hulls with festive lights and decorations. Then they'll cruise along, brining holiday joy to onlookers, as their lights reflect off the water adding even more sparkle to the light show. For many boat owners, decorating their boats and participating in a holiday boat parade is something they look forward to all year long.Whether you're a spectator, oohing and aahing, or you're at the helm of a bedazzled vessel, you can't help but get caught up in the spirit of the season. So, where are the best holiday boat parades? We know exactly where they are, and we're going to tell you. Here is a list of the best holiday boat parades guaranteed to stir up a swell of holiday spirit:

November 26

The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach is the highlight of Thanksgiving week in North Carolina. This 38-year tradition attracts an estimated 50,000 visitors. Their illuminated maritime parade features beautifully decorated power yachts, sailboats, and small watercraft. Then, following the parade, there is a magnificent 21-minute, 4,000-round, fireworks display touted as one of the best fireworks displays in the nation. It lights up the sky and showers the water in color. We just want to warn you that they are limiting the parade to 30 boats this year, so if you want to enter your vessel, do it early to assure you get a spot.

November 27

The Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights is a holiday parade Savannah style! This annual event features 40 lighted boats parading up both sides of the waterfront. This grand event is accompanied by live music performances, a tree lighting ceremony, and a fireworks extravaganza you won't forget. And if you can't attend, but don't want to miss out on the fun, your holiday wish has been granted. You can view it all via live stream from savannahcams.com. A Jacksonville holiday tradition, the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade, is making its return to Thanksgiving weekend. For more than 30 years, vessels of all shapes and sizes have embellished their hulls with cheerful decorations as they floated along the north and south banks of the St. Johns River. The riverbanks will be overflowing with residents and visitors alike, anxiously anticipating the grandeur of this magical event.

December 3

Holiday cheer abounds at the Tarpon Springs Illuminated Boat Parade. Boats, festooned with miles of holiday lights, will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous, where Santa himself will give out treats to the children. There will be electricity in the air as vessels cruise by with holiday music playing and their boat horns blasting. And the delightful town of Tarpon Springs also added an in-town street festival - they go all out. Manufactured snow is even blown from marquees to fall on the people below.  Add the vendors lining the streets and dancers in holiday outfits, and the whole town look just like a snow globe come to life.

December 11

The Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade is the county's largest holiday event of the year. This area of our country may not have snow, but it does have plenty of cheer and a love for everything nautical. That's why this holiday boat parade features dozens of decked-out boats touring up the Manatee River, while thousands of area residents and visitors flock to the river to experience the magic for themselves. This memorable annual event will surely be the heart of your holiday season.

December 15

An event over 100 years in the making, is the 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights . It's a maritime happening that is now one of the largest decorated boat parades in the country. Hundreds of bedecked boats of all sizes will be viewed by 1.5 million people; it's a must see event for the holiday season. What makes it absolutely over the top are the extravagant yacht owners known to spend tens of thousands of dollars on decorations. Now that's festive! We know it's not holiday time yet, so unhand the cranberry sauce and stow the presents below deck. However, it is time to make plans to be part of the festivities. We hope we've inspired you to get out and enjoy one of these holiday boat parades. Better yet, we hope we've moved you to pull out the decorations and be in one yourself! If so, check out Snag-A-Slip's Boat Decoration Ideas for the Holidays Blog. You'll learn just how to make your boat stand out from the rest.

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Regional Museums Tell the Tale of the Bay
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Existence on the Chesapeake Bay has always centered around the life-sustaining properties of its waters. Since the time of Native American tribes about 10 millennium ago, inhabitants have depended on the Bay for food, transportation, defense, recreation and a fresh start.

Pieces of Bay heritage are lovingly collected and detailed in small, regional museums scattered along its shoreline. Visit these little treasures to absorb the unique culture of Chesapeake life.

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C&D Canal MuseumChesapeake City, 410-885-5621Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this maritime gem depicts the origin and operation of the manmade waterway connecting the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Learn how a charming historic town grew up around the 14-foot hand-dug passage and why it remains important to commerce nearly 200 years later. The original waterwheel and pumping engines, a miniature version of the canal's workings, and tools and fossils from the initial dig are housed in the old pump house. A real-time monitor tracks ships' locations. At nearby canal-side restaurants, munch on your favorite crab dish while awaiting a passing vessel. chesapeakecity.com/cd-canal-museumWhere to Dock: Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbour

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Havre de Grace Decoy MuseumHavre de Grace, 410-939-3739Historically a central element of Chesapeake culture, decoys were originally rough-hewn wooden birds used to lure waterfowl within shotgun range. Today, decoys are sophisticated works of art displayed on a shelf to attract admirers. Contemporary carvers create with century-old skills passed down for generations. Through more than 3,000 objects, the museum seeks to preserve the legacy of Chesapeake water fowling and decoy making. More than 300 regional decoy carvers are represented in this premier collection of unique American folk art about working and decorative Bay decoys. The museum also owns decorative carvings, boats, guns, books and photographs. decoymuseum.comWhere to Dock: Tidewater Marina

Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation MuseumMiddle River, 410-682-6122Much of Maryland's rich aviation and aerospace history was made by the Glenn L. Martin Company (later Martin Marietta). From the early days of aviation to the space shuttle, exhibits depict the World War II home front, Maryland astronauts and the Maryland Air National Guard. Learn about Rosie the Riveter and the impact women made during the war effort. Archives contain aircraft documents, research models, aircraft tools, and more than 200,000 aviation and company photographs. Outside on the tarmac is a flight line with numerous aircraft in various states of on-site restoration. Open-cockpit days are popular with kids of all sizes. mdairmuseum.orgWhere to Dock: Maryland Marina

Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumSt. Michaels, 410-745-2916Once a busy complex of seafood packing houses, work boats and docks, this working museum on the Miles River houses extensive collections of maritime heritage including water fowling, seafood harvesting and indigenous vessels. On the 18-acres are a boat yard with friendly craftsmen ready to share their knowledge and the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. The gift shop is packed with Bay books, maps and collectibles. Stroll over Honeymoon Bridge to shop, dine or sip at the local brewery, winery and distillery. cbmm.orgWhere to Dock: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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Mermaid Museum Statue | Mermaid Museum, Berlin, MD[/caption]

The Mermaid MuseumBerlin, 410-803-5757The town's early 20th century architecture inspired artist Alyssa Maloof to create an enchanting environment for exploring the legends of mermaids. The new displays include mermaid scales, hair and nails, artifacts like a taxidermy mermaid hawked by P.T. Barnum as an authentic Fiji mermaid and oddities such as a mermaid shaped Cheeto. A timeline of mermaid sightings from the 1800s illustrates how these sea maidens remain an enduring myth in cultures around the world. Next door is the iconic Atlantic Hotel, a favorite stop in this delightful small town made famous by the movie, Runaway Bride. berlinmermaidmuseum.comWhere to Dock: Ocean Pines Marina

Delmarva Discovery Center & MuseumPocomoke City, 410-957-9933Located in an historic 1922 brick building on the Pocomoke River, the center reveals the natural world of the history-laden Delmarva Peninsula. One exhibit details how Native Americans, who lived on the peninsula about 12,000 years ago, constructed 15-man canoes from one piece of timber. Meet bay creatures up close in the touch pool, crawl through a real beaver dam reassembled on site, and delight in the antics of two North American river otters, Mac and Tuck, who use a water slide to get from their large land habitat to a 6,000-gallon aquarium. Backsliding and bellyflops guaranteed! delmarvadiscoverycenter.orgWhere to Dock: Pocomoke City Municipal Marina

Tilghman Island Watermen's MuseumTilghman Island, 410-886-1025What began as an effort to preserve an historic workboat, The Kathryn, evolved into an impressive collection that celebrates the history, culture and traditions of the island's watermen and their families. Photographs, documents, artifacts and artwork are housed in a restored W-shaped home, designed to catch the breeze in Bay summers. Ongoing interviews with generations of watermen are recording precious local stories about life on the water. tilghmanmuseum.orgWhere to Dock: Tilghman Island Marina & Rentals

Annmarie Sculpture GardenSolomons, 410-326-4640This little hideaway is a fascinating intersection of art and nature. A walking path meanders through the woods where artful surprises like whimsical gnome homes and fairy palaces are tucked in among larger, weightier works on loan from the Smithsonian. The Arts Building includes rotating exhibition space, a gift shop and a sunny patio. Through its engaging exhibits, programs and popular annual festivals, Annmarie Garden encourages creativity and reflection for visitors of all ages. The island's main road has a boardwalk along the banks of the Patuxent River and shops and restaurants on the opposite side. annmariegarden.orgWhere to Dock: Solomons Harbor Marina

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Our Lady and St. Clements Island | Lawrence OP[/caption]St. Clement's Island MuseumColtons Point, 301-769-2222Located on the Potomac River, this museum outlines Maryland's earliest beginnings and heritage. It describes the English religious and political issues that inspired George Calvert, the First Lord Baltimore, to seek freedom from British tyranny. Catholic voyagers on the Ark and Dove left England on the feast day of St. Clement, the Patron Saint of Mariners, to establish a colony based on religious tolerance. Water taxi service to St. Clement's Island State Park is available March to October. stmarysmd.com/recreate/stclementsislandWhere to Dock:Coltons Point Marina

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Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center & Casemate MuseumHampton, 757-637-7778At the largest stone fort in the United States, 21 unique sites and 170 historic buildings are waiting for you to explore on a walking tour, which begins at The Casemate Museum. A casemate is a fortified chamber within the walls of a fort used as living quarters or gun emplacements. Exhibits chronicle more than 400 years of social and military history on site, including Quarter #1 where Abraham Lincoln spent four nights with the Union Army, and the cell where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned after the Civil War. Fort Monroe closed as a military installation in 2011. fortmonroe.org/visit/casemate-museumWhere to Dock: Bluewater Yachting Center

Steamboat Era MuseumIrvington, 804-438-6888Slip back in time to the steamboat era, circa 1813-1962. These vessels opened trade avenues between major cities and small communities, and later carried families to beach resorts on the Bay. Amid the models, dioramas, artifacts and photos is a constellation of small white lights outlining a map that reflects steamboats' impact on the towns they connected. A new exhibit features a restored pilothouse and a wall hung with sections of the pilothouse in their original state. Pack your mallet in case your visit coincides with the annual Irvington Crab Festival. steamboateramuseum.orgWhere to Dock: The Tides Inn Chesapeake Bay Marina

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Waterfront Golf Courses on the Atlantic Coast
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From New England's northern harbors down to Florida's southern shores you find world-class, championship-level golf courses that boast high-end designs, polished greens and stunning waterfront views.

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Boothbay Harbor Island Hinckley Picnic Boat | Boothbay Harbor Country Club

The following list presents golf resorts and courses that honor the sport's rich history and genteel culture. With the arrival of warm weather and desire for oceanfront breezes, it's the perfect time to treat yourself to 18 holes at an upscale golfing getaway or consider a membership at one of these summertime destinations.

Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf ResortBoothbay Harbor, MEBoothbay Harbor Country Club is an 18-hole championship course located in beautiful mid-coast Maine offering three ways to stay and play lodging in the Oceanside Resort, cottages or stunning villas. In 2020, the property introduced new exclusive golf villas that offer six-bedroom luxury rentals equipped with a gourmet open kitchen. Amenities include a wellness center with a heated saltwater pool, fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts. Arrive by sea and dock at the on-site marina or arrive by land and enjoy luxury boat excursions and private coastal tours on a Hinckley picnic boat. boothbayharborcc.comWhere to Dock:Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort Marina

The Samoset Resort Golf CourseRockport, MEOut of this 18-hole championship course, 14 holes offer dazzling views of the Atlantic Coast. Originally designed in 1902 with nine holes, it was rebuilt by architect Robert Elder in the early 1990s. With the help of architects Jeffrey Cornish and Bradley Booth, the later improvements boosted its success and popularity in New England. The Samoset Resort offers lodging in private-terrace guestrooms, suites and cottages overlooking Penobscot Bay. Choose from tranquil views of lush gardens, the pool or the course, plus amenities such as wellness treatment and indoor/outdoor relaxation areas at the spa on-site. samosetresort.com/golfWhere to Dock: Journey's End Marina

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf ClubBrewster, MAResort guests and club members can enjoy plenty of perks when visiting this picturesque retreat. With $50 million put into renovations to its villas, restaurants and mansion rooms, the high-end facilities and amenities at this destination are spectacular. Join the golf club and gain additional access to the fitness center, nine tennis courts, six pools and the nearby Ocean Edge Bayside Private Beach. The private, 18-hole Troon Privé is Brewster's only Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. oceanedge.com/golfWhere to Dock: Hyannis Marina or Provincetown Marina

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Rum Pointe seaside Golf Links | Bill Geneczko

Rum Pointe Seaside Golf LinksBerlin, MDA few miles south of Ocean City, Maryland's vacation town, this Scottish-style links boasts views of Sinepuxent Bay overlooking the coast of Assateague Island where wild horses roam freely. This Dye family-designed course is situated on green fairways of bent grass with bayside views on 17 of the 18-hole course. Legends of notorious pirates Captain Kidd and Blackbeard allegedly sought shelter on these grounds during their journeys smuggling treasures across the Bay. Enjoy stay and play options through Ruark Golf Packages offering multiple courses, dining and lodging accommodations on the beachfront shores of Ocean City. rumpointe.comWhere to Dock: Sunset Marina

Fishers Island ClubFishers Island, NYJust off the coast of New London, CT, at the eastern end of Long Island Sound, you find the charming Fishers Island with a population of hardly over 100 people. The private Fishers Island Club is exclusive to members only but features outstanding amenities such as access to five tennis courts, golf and tennis pro shops, dining, clubhouse and beachfront access. This quintessential coastal club is located among gorgeous beaches, prime real estate and a community of gracious residences. Golf Digest rated the club #10 out of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2019. ficlub.netWhere to Dock: Fishers Island Yacht Club

Grande Dunes Resort CourseMyrtle Beach, SCAs Myrtle Beach is a notorious golf hub and home to more than 90 courses, it's tough to choose the best. But when it comes to coastal gems and all-inclusive luxuries, Grande Dunes takes the cake. This resort offers an on-site course that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and lodging at The Marina Inn Grande Dunes luxury hotel with a marina conveniently located next door. Enjoy a variety of stay and play specials and golf vacations at courses all across Myrtle Beach such as Barefoot Resort & Golf and Prime Time Signature Golf Courses.marinainnatgrandedunes.com/golf_packages.htmlWhere to Dock: Grande Dunes Marina

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Hole No. 1 at The Ocean Course | Uzzell Lambert

The Ocean Course at Kiawah IslandKiawah Island, SCThis phenomenal course was originally planned to sit behind the dunes on the eastern end of Kiawah Island until legendary designer Pete Dye's wife, Alice, suggested raising it to give players stunning coastline views from every hole. Designed with two courses in one one for easterly and the other for westerly wind you can experience up to an eight-club difference each round depending on the wind's direction and strength. Choose from nearly 500 resort villas and private homes that can accommodate up to 15-20 people an ideal vacation for anything from golf buddy trips or a couple's retreat to an extended family getaway. kiawahresort.com/golf/the-ocean-courseWhere to Dock: Bohicket Marina & Market (local) or Safe Harbor Charleston City (transient)

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront ResortHilton Head Island, SCFor more than a half-century, the world-class golf course at Palmetto Dunes has been a crown jewel of Hilton Head Island. The beachside resort is packed with everything an outdoor enthusiast could desire: three championship courses, tennis, pickleball, biking, fishing and more. Choose courses from renowned designers including the Robert Trent Jones course where a lagoon winds its way through half of the holes, the challenging George Fazio course guarded by bunkers and water hazards, or the Arthur Hills course, regarded as one of South Carolina's most unique layouts. palmettodunes.comWhere to Dock: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

Omni Amelia Island Golf ResortFernandina Beach, FLThe enchantment of Amelia Island is legendary throughout Florida and this Pete Dye-designed championship course is one of Omni Resorts' finest destinations. Just off the coast, you can enjoy challenging courses with beautiful views overlooking the marsh and amenities such as a full-service spa, pool, dining, heath and fitness center, and luxurious oceanfront resort accommodations. omnihotels.com/hotels/amelia-island/golfWhere to Dock: Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor Marina

Sea Island Golf Performance Center & ResortSea Island, GAThis exquisite performance center is perfect for golfers of all skill levels and dedicated to those who want to improve their game. Instructors tailor to individual needs and use state-of-the-art technology to make the most of lessons. Try one of the championship courses: Seaside (15 holes flanked by marsh and ocean views), Driftwood Putting Course (adjacent to the lodge with more ocean views), and the Retreat Course (sand bunkers and undulations for a challenging game). For full access to the golf club and tons of amenities, stay at The Inn at Sea Island, The Lodge, The Cottages or The Cloister. seaisland.com/golfWhere to Dock: Morningstar Marinas Golden Isles

Seminole Golf ClubJuno Beach, FLCentury-old banyan trees and lush green landscapes align this regal members-only club designed with elevation changes based on Atlantic winds. As one of the most exclusive private golfing communities in South Florida, the course borders Seminole Landing, a posh gated community and ex-home of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren. The community has easy access to boating excursions, tennis, beachfront property and much more. For real estate and golf club info visit homes3.com/seminole-landingWhere to Dock: Palm Harbor Marina or Loggerhead Marina, Palm Beach Gardens

Crandon Golf at Key BiscayneKey Biscayne, FLJust 10 minutes from Miami, this colorful course on the clear waters of Biscayne Bay is an exotic golfer's paradise. Surrounded by mangroves, tropical foliage and breathtaking waterfront views, the 18-hole championship course was the site of the Senior PGA Tour for 18 years. Enjoy unique game experiences such as challenging sand traps, mangrove thickets and saltwater lakes. Lessons with pro instructors are also offered at the Crandon Golf Academy. golfcrandon.comWhere to Dock: Crandon Park Marina

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Lake Champlain vs. Lake George
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Lake Champlain

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Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain | Wikimedia Commons

Location

Split between New York and Vermont and stretching across the Canadian border up to Quebec, this waterway is the Adirondacks' largest lake spanning 120 miles long. Its outlet at the Richelieu River eventually joins the St. Lawrence River before draining into the Atlantic Ocean.

History

Named after French explorer Samuel de Champlain, this region is known for a war-laced past. As the scene of many battles in the French and Indian Wars, American Revolution and War of 1812, the water's strategic layout played a critical role in the nation's development, trade routes and victories.

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Port Henry Beach | Sherry White

Boating Attractions

From lighthouse tours and ferry rides to fishing charters and water sports, there's tons of space to play along the Champlain shores. Waterskiing and kayaking are popular along the sheltered bays. Rent a canoe at historic Fort Ticonderoga or take a raft ride at the Ausable Chasm a.k.a. the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks.

Best Beaches

Visit sandy spots on either side of the lake to lounge alongside tranquil backdrops or let the kids play. On the Vermont side, check out Bayside Park where Lake Champlain meets Malletts Bay or North Beach Park with stunning mountain views. On the New York side, head to Port Henry's small-town beach and campgrounds.

Lake George

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Lake George Battlefield State Park, Warren County, NY | Kenneth C. Zinkel

Location

At the southeast base of upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains and lush old-growth forest, Lake George stretches 32 miles long at a depth of almost 200 feet. With more than 170 islands in this region, about 40 miles of lake are made up of stunning island shorelines.

History

From the Battle of Lake George to the Battles of Saratoga, it rightfully earned its nickname, The Queen of American Lakes. Originally called the Lac Du Saint Sacrement in 1646, it was later renamed Lake George to honor the British king. The Battle of Lake George is considered one of the first victories of the British defeating the French.

Boating Attractions

Boating excursions are popular in this area such as fishing, sightseeing cruises and parasailing. Lake George is a two-story fishery for reeling in both warm- and cold-water species. Ice fishing for lake trout and salmon is best in January before the water temperature rises in the summer, which is better for bass fishing.

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Million Dollar Beach | Mike Carey

Best Beaches

Explore beautiful public beaches and tranquil swimming holes along the lakefront all summer long. Lake George Beach better known as Million Dollar Beach spans 51 acres of gorgeous sands with concessions and adjacent boat launch. Head west to visit Dog Beach where furry friends can run free.

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New England Yacht Clubs - The Eight Most Notable
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Clubs have been around for as long as mankind has shared common interests. In New England Yacht Clubs, the advent of yachting for pleasure rather than boating as a profession, plus the familiarity of famed yacht clubs in the United Kingdom and Europe, set the stage for these nautical groups.

Today, hundreds of yacht clubs from Connecticut to Maine operate from May to October. Some are known for racing, others are more social, several welcome both power and sail, many have junior programs, and just about all have full-service waterfront clubhouses. Most are private clubs rather than public recreational facilities.

That said, members of clubs either affiliated with U.S. Sailing or the National Association of Yacht Clubs can enjoy reciprocity. A letter of introduction prior to arrival paves the way. Beyond this, anyone can cruise by and admire the stately clubhouses as well as watch regattas underway. Here are eight notable New England yacht clubs.

Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club

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Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, Clawdown 2015

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Called the Boating Capital of New England for the array of craft on its waters, Boothbay Harbor is a beacon for local and visiting yachtsmen who come to experience the fabled Down East cruising grounds and picturesque bay. Incorporated by the Maine Legislature in 1895, the club outgrew its original inner harbor location decades ago with its clubhouse, sailing center, tennis courts and docks now in West Boothbay Harbor. The signature fleet of locally designed 21-foot Boothbay Harbor One Designs launched in 1938 still sail. This year, the club added a vintage boat class to its annual regatta in July, a move that brings together its renowned racing tradition with the region's shipbuilding history. bhyc.net

Portland Yacht Club

Falmouth, ME

Founded in 1869 after several Portland area yachtsmen cruised to Boothbay Harbor and back, the club is one of the oldest continually operated in America and has counted U.S. presidents as members, including George and Barbara Bush. A key attraction is its location on the shores of Casco Bay, where the 365-some calendar islands make for excellent cruising and natural marks for racing. The club started its first one-design fleet with a Starling Burgess sloop in 1903. The tradition continues with J/24s and Etchells. There's also Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHF)-scored races for cruisers. portlandyachtclub.com

Boston Yacht Club

Marblehead, MA

Located 17 miles north of Boston, this 1866-founded club counts famous naval architect Nathanael G. Herreshoff, then still a teenager, as one of its original members. The club operated in six different venues through the years, but all operations are now in Marblehead. The membership is keenly sailing oriented, so much so that the start line of many races was reconfigured to be spectator-friendly, having the fleet sail toward shore before heading seaward. Hundreds of land-lubbing onlookers and often 400-plus spectator boats watch as yachts depart on the world's longest-running offshore ocean race, the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race, which starts July 11, 2021. bostonyc.org

Corinthian Yacht Club

Marblehead, MA

The who's who founders and members of this 1885-founded club on Marblehead Neck include past and present boat builders and sailmakers such as John Rhodes, John Alden, George O'day, Ted Hood and Robbie Doyle. Today, the club is a hot spot all summer long, from junior sailing programs to major regattas hosted almost weekly from June to August. The signature event is the century-plus-old Marblehead Race Week, where 200+ boats compete in classes such as International One Designs, J/70s, Rhodes 19s and Viper 640s. Members, guests and friends of regatta competitors enjoy a front-row view from the porch of the 19th century clubhouse. corinthianyc.org

Edgartown Yacht Club

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Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend by Steve Cloutier

Edgartown, MA

Located on Martha's Vineyard, what was once the main whaling wharf in Edgartown is now home to this club's facilities over the water. The first members in 1905 raced catboats, knockabouts and sloops followed by clambakes and ice cream socials. Nowadays, while dock space is limited, the town-run mooring field in the harbor is the best vantage point. The prevailing southwest breeze in the summer is extremely reliable, making for superb racing until winds lie back down in the evening. The club's major races, like its nearly century-old annual regatta, often maintain a crew board or listing of yachts looking for race crew. The quaint town, with its historic houses, restaurants and shops, is within walking distance.edgartownyc.org

Ida Lewis Yacht Club

Newport, RI

Namesake of the famous 19th century keeper of the Lime Rock Light in Newport Harbor, the 1928-incorporated club is now rooted on this rock. The club's burgee gives a nod to Lewis, with the 18 white stars circling the blue lighthouse representing the number of lives she saved. Today, a small light on top of the clubhouse remains with a few artifacts on display, although the bulk of Ida Lewis memorabilia is displayed at the Newport Historical Society Museum. The club has an active summer-long racing and cruising calendar, with cruises to neighboring islands. ilyc.org

New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court

Newport, RI

Rules are strict on who gets into the prestigious New York Yacht Club in Newport, a century-old residence modeled after a French chateau that the club purchased in 1988. Even from the outside, cruising by on Brenton Cove or from Sail Newport across the water, this piece of architectural eye candy is equally impressive when its fleet is docked and characterizes quintessential New England yachting. Those lucky to be invited on the grounds by a member can see the first clubhouse, an 1845-built Gothic Revival building, which was moved to Harbour Court in 1999 and is still used for meetings. nyyc.org/harbour-court

Essex Yacht Club

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Essex Yacht Club

Essex, CT

The Connecticut River and its beautiful view is the focal point for activities at this nearly 90-year-old club. Yacht racing happens most weekends in the summer. Regattas range from community-oriented events such as the Special Olympics Invitational Regatta in June on the club-owned fleet of Ideal 18's to highly competitive one-design, double-handed and distance races. Onshore sunsets are spectacular to see from the riverfront benches, grassy lawn or gazebo. The club is set in an easily walked nautical hub with the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club next door, the town dock next to that, followed by the Connecticut River Museum. essexyc.com

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Waterside Breweries & Distilleries
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The smooth gulp of a frothy beer on a spring day gives us a taste of seasonal transition. We dream of walks in the park to see flowers bloom, baseball games, backyard grills and cool cocktails that are as refreshing as seaside breezes.

Today's trendy IPAs and craft beers have come a long way since the 17th century when natives and early settlers began growing hops in Massachusetts. By the 1800s, Boston was known as one of the premiere beer-brewing cities in America. The state upholds its rich history today with breweries and distilleries along the coastal towns.

The following 10 locations are the best waterside breweries & distilleries, offer tasting rooms and carry-out at the finest brews and spirits in Massachusetts.

Ryan & Wood DistilleryGloucesterThough it's not directly on the water, this family-owned distillery is less than three miles from the gorgeous coast of Good Harbor Beach and near Cape Ann attractions. Founders Bob Ryan and his nephew Dave Wood began producing small batch spirits in their coastal home on Cape Ann before establishing the distillery in 2006. Continuing the old-fashioned way in a copper pot and column still, this family- owned distillery produces gin, vodka, rum and a few variations of whiskey. Free tours and tastings are offered Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday. ryanandwood.comWhere to Dock: Cape Ann's Marina Resort

Short Path DistilleryEverettThis old factory-turned-distillery near the Malden River was founded by three friends who specialize in handcrafting small batches of spirits with organic ingredients. Their process uses two distinct types of still for production: a gin still for botanical flavors and a Charentais still, which concocts a sweet toasted taste. Hang out on the patio on Fridays and Saturdays or schedule a 60-minute tour that features a complimentary cocktail and tasting. shortpathdistillery.comWhere to Dock: Charlestown Marina

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Night Shift Brewing – Lovejoy WharfBostonThis independent business began with three friends brewing beers in a small kitchen in Somerville, MA. Now with multiple locations including the experimental brewery and scratch kitchen at Boston's Lovejoy Wharf, Night Shift Brewing distributes craft beer, hard seltzer, hard ciders, wine and even craft coffee. It's located steps away from the Freedom Trail, TD Garden arena and Boston Harbor, and visitors can try a variety of tap beers, a coffee bar, salads and other delicious fare to go. Be sure to also check out the Everett location. nightshiftbrewing.com/locations/lovejoy-wharfWhere to Dock: Constitution Marina

Harpoon BreweryBostonLocated in the Seaport District, this brewery was founded by two beer lovers in 1986. Harpoon's craft beer line features New England's Original IPA, along with a variety of year-round specialties and seasonal selections. The Harpoon Beer Hall proudly serves the freshest Harpoon products and hand-crafted food offerings, as well as our other brands: UFO Beer, Clown Shoes Beer, Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer and City Roots Craft Cider, says Jon London, CMO of Mass Bay Brewing Co. The Beer Hall is open year-round for indoor visitors, and the brewery operates outdoors at the Harpoon space for open-air drinks and food during the summer. harpoonbrewery.comWhere to Dock: Fan Pier Marina

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GrandTen Distilling Tour by Dale Cruse[/caption]

GrandTen DistillingBostonSituated in the heart of South Boston, this distillery is located in a foundry whose walls hold memories of ironworkers during a developing nation. Every step from choosing raw ingredients to bottling and labeling is done by hand, says Kevin McLaughlin, GrandTen production manager. Taste favorites such as the botanical-rich, American-style gins include the original Wire Works, a bourbon barrel-aged Special Reserve, as well as Wire Works Rosé, a seasonal spring and summer offering. GrandTen also pays homage to the region's nautical past with traditional New England-style Medford Rum and to Southie's Celtic heritage with a South Boston Irish Whiskey. The cocktail bar is open on weekends and retail purchases are available seven days a week. grandten.comWhere to Dock: Fan Pier Marina

Boston Harbor DistilleryDorchesterThis woman-owned business was founded by Rhonda Kallman in 2012 and was inspired by her very first love whiskey. Located at The Port of Boston Harbor on the southernmost waterfront in the Neponset section of Dorchester, this distillery boasts various aged whiskies, liqueurs, small batch gin and rum, plus distilled beer from Sam Adams. The location is open for tastings and VIP tours with cocktails and light bites on Saturdays. Visit Monday to Friday to shop for bottles and gifts. shop.bostonharbordistillery.comWhere to Dock: Safe Harbor Marina Bay

Dirty Water DistilleryPlymouthBy the coast of Plymouth Harbor, this distillery offers artisanal spirits and craft cocktails in the taproom or to go. Full-sized batches use the 200-gallon copper still (Dr. Evil) while smaller batches use the 10-gallon scaled version (Mini Me). Craft spirits feature vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and several liqueurs including an authentic Italian Limoncello, plus their very own family recipe, Krupnikas, a Lithuanian style spiced honey liqueur. Visit the taproom Wednesday to Sunday. dirtywaterdistillery.comWhere to Dock: Safe Harbor Plymouth

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Cape Cod BeerHyannisWith walls covered in locally designed tap handles and a large brew house with 12,000 barrels, this brewery is a fun stop along the Hyannis Harbor. Cape Cod Beer distributes products from Plymouth to Provincetown and offers a Mug Club membership with exclusive benefits. In addition to food and craft beer, the company sells items ranging from hats and hoodies to dog collars and leashes. Sip on IPAs, porters, sours, blondes and many more uniquely crafted homemade brews. Open Monday to Thursday. capecodbeer.comWhere to Dock: Hyannis Marina

Bad Martha Farmer's BreweryMartha's VineyardSurrounded by colorful flowers and mature trees, this farmer's brewery is located in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. Enjoy the rustic vibe while sipping fresh brews in the taproom or kick back on the patio and admire the lovely landscape of the Donaroma's Nursery property. The brewery offers cheese and veggie plates, charcuterie and crudités to accompany a selection of craft beers including spiced ales, coffee porters and IPAs. badmarthabeer.comWhere to Dock: Vineyard Haven Marina

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Cisco Brewers in Nantucket by Carly Díaz[/caption]

Cisco BrewersNantucketOn the way to Cisco Beach, stop and enjoy beer, wine and liquor at this rustic outdoor brewery on the island of Nantucket. Cisco Brewers Inc. features Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket Vineyard and Bridge Liquors to produce a collection of New England's finest craft brews and spirits. Enjoy an afternoon sampling with specialties such as Shark Tracker, a golden and crisp light lager, or the Grey Lady wheat ale, named after Nantucket's often-foggy island. ciscobrewers.comWhere to Dock: Nantucket Boat Basin

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