Dan Brown, along with 4 of his buddies, have joined forces with the Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC) and is biking over 4,600 miles to raise funds and awareness for this dreaded disease. He is the Leader for Leg 5, from Inuvik, Yukon Territory to the finish line in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sailors consider themselves a caring group of people, ready to reach out to others when there is a need. Witness all the regattas around Long Island Sound that raise money for good causes. For some sailors, their largesse extends to activities other than their on-the-water activities. For some sailors, it could be an interest, or a long-held dream turned into a reality, but the bottom line is that these individuals have a big heart and are making a difference, one step at a time. In this case, it is not exactly a step, but a ride. Dan Brown, the vice-commodore of Manhasset Bay YC, and four of his buddies, are going on a journey of over 5,000 miles during a four month period to benefit the Manhasset Women's Coalition against Breast Cancer (MWCABC). For all of us who have a family member or a friend who has succumbed to this dreaded disease - and that most likely includes each and every one of us - this is a chance to "go along for the ride" with five intrepid adventurers as they motorcycle through 4,600 miles of scenic highway and mountainous terrain from Death Valley, Nevada to Inuvik, in the Yukon Territories and then south again to finish in Anchorage, Alaska. Called the Arctic Ride for Breast Cancer, these five men are paying for all fundraising costs, so 100 percent of any donation goes toward finding the cure to breast cancer. In addition to Dan Brown, the other four gentlemen are Peter Bartley, Terry Daly, Al Duranti and Kevin Lyons.

The "Arctic Ride" will be broken up into five distinct legs, with each leg being led by one of the group. Leg 1, Leader: Peter Bartley, Las Vegas to Redmond, Oregon, 869 miles (April 5-10); Leg 2: Leader: Alfred Duranti, Redmond, Oregon to Vancouver, Canada 451 miles (May 4-9); Leg 3: Terry Daly, Vancouver, Canada to Whitehorse, BC, 1,610 miles (June 5-12); Leg 4: Kevin Lyons, Whitehorse, BC to Inuvik, Yukon Territory, 758 miles (July 10-14); and Leg 5: Dan Brown, Inuvik, Yukon Territory to Anchorage, Alaska, 978 miles (July 15-19).

If you are interested in "joining the ride," here's the plan: during the riding weeks, the group will be making daily web site postings with written dialogue, photos, and video when possible, which will be available to donors from a link they will receive via email. All are invited to join for the entire ride or just a leg or two. For more information about this adventure and how you can help find a cure for breast cancer, brochures are available by emailing Dan Brown at, or contacting the Manhasset Women's Coalition against Breast Cancer, 516-627-2410, PO Box 1007, Manhasset, NY 11030,

WindCheck Magazine is a wonderful source of information for sailors and boaters all up and down Long Island Sound. They recently updated their website and in doing so, have won a prestigious award in the sailing community. The magazine's website,, is the winner of a 2009 North American Marine Industry Web Award, and their new site has been named the "Best Marine Site - Editorial Content" in a contest sponsored by and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Citing the website's user-friendliness and ease of navigation, the competition's judges stated, "WindCheck Magazine does a great job of getting out of the way and letting the content speak for itself. Their blend of regional and youth-specific content does a great job of promoting boating in the Northeast and reaching out to young people."

This is great news for Publisher Anne Hannan of Stratford, CT and Editor-in-Chief Christopher Gill of Bridgeport, CT, WindCheck , who started the magazine in Bridgeport in 2002 and recently published its 76th print issue. Their award-winning website was launched in October, 2008. "We are very pleased to be recognized by and the NMMA in this manner," said Gill. "We believe that by integrating our print and online editorial content, we are able to offer our readers and advertisers the most well-rounded product possible." The announcement has been sent out nationally and internationally to the marine trade industry. "Your site is an excellent example of the standards our industry should be striving to achieve," said Larry Rains, marketing manager of and

WindCheck, whose slogan is "Sailing the Northeast," covers the regional cruising, racing and junior sailing scene. Features in every issue include an events calendar, tide tables, U.S. Coast Guard news, environmental updates and boats for sale. Published 11 times a year, WindCheck has a circulation of more than 30,000, and is available for free at more than 850 locations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For advertising opportunities, call 203-332-7639 or email

Even thought the weather this week is more like March than April, the news hasn't hit the boat owners. While boatyards are not bustling with activity yet, there are signs that the yards are waking up after a long winter. This rite of spring - sailors greeting each other as they prepare their boats for another great sailing season - is always a good sign. For no matter how many problems weigh on one's shoulders, sailors know they can take some time each week, and be free of worries as they escape to the waters of Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound, to be refreshed by the sea salt, good winds, and sunny days. To help all of us prepare for a safe season, BoatU.S. has provided a Spring Commissioning Safety Checklist, broken down into divisions: Before You Launch, Outdrive and Outboards, Engines and Fuel Systems, Sailboat Rigging, and Miscellaneous. For example, in the Engine and Fuel Systems section: Remember to inspect fuel lines, including fill and vent hoses, for softness, brittleness or cracking, and check all joints for leaks and make sure all lines are well supported with non-combustible clips or straps with smooth edges. In the section on Sailboat Rigging: Inspect swage fittings for cracks and heavy rust (some discoloration is acceptable), inspect wire halyards and running backstays for "fishhooks" and rust, remove tape on turnbuckles and lubricate threads, preferably with Teflon, and replace old tape with fresh tape. And in the Miscellaneous category: Check expiration dates on flares and fire extinguishers, inspect dock and anchor lines for chafing, make sure your boating license and/or registration is up to date and don't forget your trailer tags, review your boat insurance policy and update coverage if needed, making sure you have fuel spill insurance coverage, and, very important, make sure you have properly sized and wearable life jackets in good condition for each passenger, including kids. For the complete list, go to Logo
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