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Thank You, Henry

Champion racer and expert sailmaker Henry Bossett has retired after an astounding 42 years with North Sails. From his sail loft in New Jersey, Henry has made many, many suits of racing and cruising sails for Mariners over the years, and his sails have literally helped propel racers over the finish line at Mariner National Championships.

After opening his doors in 1975 (then operating out of his garage as Bossett Sailmakers), Henry established the loft in New Jersey in 1982 as Shore Sails and converted to North in 1995. Sailors throughout the country sought service and guidance from Henry and the small New Jersey team, for activities ranging from offshore sailing to speed races on ice.

“Henry is very methodical in everything he does. He checked and double checked to make sure everything was right before cutting for a new sail. He’d measure not twice but three times. I was lucky enough to learn from him and adopt these practices,” said Ron, who began working with Henry out of the New Jersey loft in 1987.

Read more about his accomplishments from North Sails's press release here.


Results of the 2017 National Championships

This year's Mariner National Championships took place at the Riverton Yacht Club, New Jersey, on September 15-17. Seventeen boats took part in another fantastic regatta, and although winds were light, everyone had a great time and they were able to complete all six races during the course of the weekend.

Congratulations to Rob Seidelman (#4052) and crew for coming in first place! This is Rob's second victory, his first at the 2015 Nationals at Brant Beach, New Jersey. Frank Pelosi (#3599) came in second, and Jim Irwin (#3187) came in third. Congratulations also to Steve Creighton (#629) for his first place victory in the President's Division!

There were five first-time Nationals racers at the regatta: Gary Dos Santos (#2842), Bill Mills (#1249), Bobby Martin (#938), Thomas Davidson (#368) and Kent Martin. We hope to see you all back at future Nationals!

The full results can be found here, and members are encouraged to visit Riverton photographer Byron Campbell's webpage to see all the great photographs he took over the course of the event. It should also be noted the current website header is also one of his photos.



Inspecting a Mariner to Purchase

Want to buy a Mariner but not really sure what to look for? Is that weird stain just cosmetic or indicative of a structural issue? Does that problem need to be addressed immediately, or can it wait for another time? Is that other thing a deal-breaker, or can I use it to negotiate a lower price? Check out our inspection guide to help you be better informed when looking at a Mariner you may want to buy.

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The Mariner is a 19-foot fiberglass sloop first manufactured by George O'Day in 1963, and currently produced by Stuart Marine. Over 4,000 boats have been constructed and can be found all over the country and even internationally. The object of the Mariner Class Association, founded in 1966, is to encourage and promote the use of the Mariner as an economical daysailer, racer and cruiser; to keep the boat safe; to develop Mariner Class racing under uniform rules with Fleet regattas and an annual National Championship and to maintain the one-design features of the Mariner as originally intended by the Designer; to develop and support family sailing opportunities with regional cruising events and an annual Mariner Rendezvous.
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 • Shoal-draft with centerboard and kick-up rudder  • Inexpensive annual dues - only $15
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