2014 Rendezvous Recap

Randy Borges & Mark Pillsbury.  John Cratin photo credit

Randy Borges & Mark Pillsbury. John Cratin photo credit

This year USWatercraft Rendezvous landed on a beautiful Saturday, it was so sunny that we even believe that spring is coming!  Our day was jam-packed with six wonderful speakers and eighteen key industry partners on display.  We had around 400 visitors for the day.  The day began with Cruising World’s Mark Pillsbury awarding, USW President Randy Borges with the 2014 Boat of the Year Award for the exquisite Alerion 41.  Our guests experienced guided facility tours, watched the CNC machine cut the plug for the C&C 30 rudder, and they viewed both finished boats and boats in progress.  Specifically, we displayed the award-winning Alerion 41 along with an Alerion 20, 28, and 33.  There was both a True North 34 and 38 under construction and a completed TN 38 on display.  We showed off the brand new C&C 30 and the Redline 41, both still under construction, but well on their way to completion.  Additionally, we also displayed a J/100 in production and our newest J/24: Blind Squirrel – rumors are she is making a comeback!

Andrew Burton

This year we managed to wrangle in some fantastic speakers to appeal to our various customers, guests, and friends.  Our first seminar was with experienced sailing expert, Andrew Burton from Andrew Burton Yacht Services to discuss offshore passage making.  Andrew has logged over 300,000 sea miles aboard yachts and commercial craft; he reviewed what to discuss when sailing offshore and being mentally prepared for sea.

Joel Rumelhart

Next up was Joel Rumelhart from Power Products, our New England Volvo Penta Marine Power Center.  Joel discussed the new Volvo IPS technology and the glass cockpit system as it pertains to the new True North 50.

David Winskowicz

Following Joel, we had David Winskowicz & Mike Alfano from Mack Boring/ Yanmar.  Together, they presented on the latest in diesel technology for sailboats as well as powerboats and covered the maintenance and daily care of marine engines


Tom Degremont and Sam Howell

The afternoon sessions were as equally well attended as the morning sessions.  Tom Degremont and Sam Howell from Langan Design Partners kicked off the afternoon to discuss all things considered when designing a luxury power yacht, including how to maintain the integrity of modern design while staying true to the brand’s identity.  In this presentation, they updated the crowd on the current status of the new True North 50.

Rob Mazza

Rob Mazza

Our next speakers certainly traveled the furthest to attend our event.  We are fortunate to have had both Rob Mazza and Mark Mills speak about the history of C&C Yachts, past and present.  Rob Mazza, of the original C&C Design Group drove down from Ontario, Canada to visit us, and Mark Mills, current C&C designer, made his way across the Atlantic all the way from Ireland.  Both designers discussed the evolution of C&C Yachts over the years, leading to its recent modern incarnation.

Mark Mills

Mark Mills

They spoke about what made C&C Yachts a success in past sailing markets, and how those same qualities are equally successful for C&C in the 21st Century.

Charlie Enright

Charlie Enright

The grand finale of the presentations was local sailor, Charlie Enright, to discuss his future as the youngest skipper for the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race on Team Alvimedica.  Charlie began his offshore career aboard Disney’s sponsored TP52 Morning Light.  Now at age 29, he faces his next challenge racing around the world.  In this seminar, Charlie discussed the race, the boats, and how the crew has gotten to this stage as the youngest team to contend in the event. 

Many thanks to all of our guests, and to our phenomenal speakers and to our reliable industry partners.  Please come again next year!  All photo credits to John Cratin Photography.


Special Thanks To:

John Cratin Photography

Doug Jensen, Videographer

Langan Design Partners

Power Product Systems

Andrew Burton Yacht Services

Charlie Enright

Rob Mazza

Mills Design

Hall Spars & Rigging

Onne van der Wal Photography

Team One Newport



Mack Boring


Awlgrip & Interlux



Schaefer Marine

New England Ropes

Custom Offshore


AB Marine

Trident Studio

High Performance, Sensible Price: C&C 30

CFD Image

If you have ever been curious about all things taken into consideration when designing and building a race boat, then please read the newest C&C 30 Seahorse article featured in the April 2014 issue.  This article discusses rating rules, being competitive in an HPR fleet, and technological details such as sail flow, drag, aero lift, and hydro lift.  Let’s not forget being fun, fast, and affordable.

VPPimage CC30

This boat would not exist without Mark Mills’ exquisite design in coordination with KND Sailing Performance’s CFD analysis and the use of North Marine Group’s Virtual Wind Tunnel. Combined with Mills’ own in-house programs, these powerful analytic tools allowed detailed research and analysis of various design paths to develop quickly and efficiently. Read about it here: High Performance… Sensible Price.


C&C 30 & Redline 41 Progress Update

Progress Report: C&C One Design 30 In February, we broke the C&C 30 mold free from the plug, and now the build process finally begins!  The first hull has been gelcoated in the mold, glass has been laid down, then a layer of reinforcing laminate is being fitted to the hull, and now a variable density core cell layer. The deck is well along, too.

Watch for our updates on the C&C Facebook Page, and check out the C&C 30 Album to follow along.

Progress Report: Redline 41 

We are moving right along, so we can get this Redline 41 moving towards Bermuda!  She is looking great. Thus far, the hull has been infused and demolded. She is currently being fitted for the interior liners, and the main bulkhead has been installed.

Naturally, we are keeping tabs on this one, too.  Watch the rendering come to fruition on our C&C Facebook page in the Redline 41 Album.

Announcing Sail California as C&C Yachts’ West Coast Dealer


WARREN, RI – March 4, 2014

C&C Yachts is pleased to announce Sail California as their newest dealership for the West Coast. Sail California specializes in racing, cruising, and passage making under sail.  They have a long tradition as the leading performance sailing specialists in the San Francisco Bay area.

With their racing and cruising knowledge, experience, and success, we feel confident they are the right team to represent C&C Yachts.  Heading up the sales team is IRC National Champion and 14 time Rolex Big Boat Series winner Norman Davant. He is joined by San Francisco Bay icon Steve Taft,  Rod Kux, Stan Gibbs, Baja cruising experts Teri Moore, Dinah Goodsell, Roger Goodsell and powerboat guru Pat Nolan.  Drew Harper and Garrett Greenhalgh will also represent the brands at the Sail California location in San Francisco’s South Beach.

C&C Yachts brings 21st century design and construction to the offshore sailing market in both racing and cruising boats.Whether one is looking for a flat out race boat like the new C&C 30, an offshore winner like the C&C Redline 41, or just the fastest easiest handling performance cruiser available, C&C Yachts and our team of New England craftsmen can build a boat to meet a sailor’s unique demands.

Cruising Yachts/Sail California bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to support our clients in their search for their perfect boat.  C&C Yachts looks forward to working with Sail California to provide exceptional yachts and exceptional service to the sailors of Northern California.

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