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First Winter Sailing Seminar This Thursday

This Thursday, January 29
7:00 PM
Utah Lake State Park

Mike Harmer and Dave Braeden, two of our 2014 BVI Flotilla Skippers,
will share their sailing adventures with us.

We filled 5 charter boats with Utah Lake Sailors, and discovered just a portion of the beauty and adventures of the British Virgin Islands. Join us for the next best thing to being there. This was an amazing experience. Bring your questions and imagination for a memorable evening of vicarious sailing of the Drake Channel.


We still have openings available for the following Adventure Cruises with
Doug Hendricks aboard "Life"

This is a rare opportunity for a custom trip in the Caribbean and a great opportunity
to prepare to charter a boat in the future.

Martinique to Granada
April 13th through 26th

                                                    Grenada to Martinique                                                     
                                                           May 4th through 17th                                                            

Martinique to Virgin Islands
  May 25th through June 7th  

Visitors Center at Utah Lake gets new wood floor
just in time for Bonneville's Winter Sailing Seminar Series

Our friend Keith Magnussen from Ullman Sails
finished 11 in the Key West Race Week.

Competitors Field
Key West Race Week

Awesome footage from 2014 races
(Best viewed Full Screen)

Bow Man duties

11 minutes of adrenalin racing footage
(A must at full screen)

  The Clipper Ships of the 19th Century
quickly fade into history
as steam ships and the Suez Canal came on the scene.

The boom years of the clipper ship era began in 1843 as a result of a growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China. It continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1848 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

To sailors, three things made a ship a clipper. She must be sharp-lined, built for speed. She must be tall-sparred and carry the utmost spread of canvas. And she must use that sail, day and night, fair weather and foul.

Among the most notable clippers were the China clippers, also called Tea clippers or Opium clippers, designed to ply the trade routes between Europe and the East Indies. The last example of these still in reasonable condition was Cutty Sark, preserved in dry dock at Greenwich, United Kingdom. Damaged by fire on 21 May 2007 while undergoing conservation, the ship was permanently elevated three meters above the dry dock floor in 2010 as part of a plan for long-term preservation.

There are many ways of judging the speed of a ship: by knots, by day's runs, by port-to-port records. Judged by any test, the American clippers were supreme.

Donald McKay's Sovereign of the Seas reported the highest speed ever achieved by a sailing ship – 22 knots (41 km/h), made while running her easting down to Australia in 1854. (John Griffiths' first clipper, the Rainbow, had a top speed of 14 knots...) There are eleven other instances of a ship's logging 18 knots (33 km/h) or over. Ten of these were recorded by American clippers... Besides the breath-taking 465-nautical-mile (861 km) day's run of the Champion of the Seas, there are thirteen other cases of a ship's sailing over 400 nautical miles (740 km) in 24 hours...

And with few exceptions all the port-to-port sailing records are held by the American clippers.

How To Sail A Clipper Ship

Not your Daddy's Clipper Ship

Sailing a "real" Clipper

Perhaps the most well known of all Clipper's, the Cutty Sark

A huge THANK YOU to all who have written your legislators. Talk of Provo Harbor improvements have been rumbling around, but any sort of immediate action will likely not happen before the snow melt brings our water levels back up.

Bonneville School of Sailing

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    •   (801) 636.5204
    •  Utah Lake State Park
       4440 West Center St.
       Provo, Utah 84601
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