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Eight Bells: Wade Edwards

WadeOur Director, Wade Edwards passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2016 after a battle with cancer. 

Wade lived his life with a spirit of possibility; in 2007 he combined his lifelong passion for sailing with his business acumen and purchased the Boston Sailing Center (BSC). As the managing director he tirelessly sought to improve operational efficiency and, above all, the quality of the member experience. BSC, on Lewis Wharf in Boston, is home to 400 members, over 75 sailboats, and countless sailing students of all abilities. Wades positive spirit, management savvy, and love of sailing had a remarkable impact on BSC over the past 9 years. Wade served not only as leader, but an active member of the BSC community. BSC staff and members cherished his sense of humor and enthusiastic participation in Tuesday night summer racing, winter Frostbite racing, and countless events with BSC members and staff. He was deeply loved and respected by the BSC community, who knew him as a true gentleman on and off the water.



J/27 Added to FleetJ/27 at the dock
The J/27s have proven to be very popular class in the Mid-range fleet. These boats are a great option for the 3 day cruise that's included with the 7 Day Mid-Range Membership. For the 2016 season, a fourth J/27, named Kristen, has been added.






BSC Teams up with Sail Magazine for Video Series
The BSC's head sailing instructor, Francois Asselin, was featured on Sail Magazines website for a series of videos on tips and techniques. Go here for the set on knots.

New Salona 33 Added to the Fleet
A new Salona 33, Winter, will join the C35 class for the start of the season. The boat is beautifully designed and offers comfortable cruising and excellent performance. The Salona brand is quickly gaining notoriety, as two of their recent models have won Boat of the Year titles. Go here for the Sail Magazine review.

BSC Frostbiting in Sail Magazine
The J/24 Frostbite series was featured in the January edition of Sail Magazine. Go here for the online version.

New Hanse 415 Added to the FleetHanse 415
A Hanse 415 is on order and will arrive in time for the start of the 2014 season. The boat features a self tacking jib, dual carbon wheels, and a fold down swim platform. The three cabin layout has two heads with electric toilets. The boat will be available for Cruising 40 members to daysail or book for their cruise week. See the fleet page for more details.




Boston Harbor Islands Regatta
Congratulations to Vasiliy Gusev for winning Fleet G in the J/24 Alex. Dyane Bailey finished 3rd and was the first of the 14 Solings across the line. With Nick Brachet taking 4th in the J/24 Stilleto, the BSC won the Presidents Trophy for best three finishes in the community sailing club fleet. Go here for full results.

Dyane Bailey heading around Georges Island Alex approaching the Finish Line

Jud Smith Racing Seminar
2006 Rolex Sailor of the Year, Jud Smith, will be giving his take on Thursday Night Soling Racing. Members and current students are invited for this post race seminar at 8:00PM on 8/15/13. Please RSVP to the office if you plan on attending as space is limited.

Jud is the head of Doyle Sails One Design and is the 2006 Etchells World Champion. His record in the Etchells also includes six second place World Championship finishes and at least six North American Titles. He has won numerous other championships, including an IOD World Championship, two Mumm 30 World Championships, a Rhodes 19 National Championship and a 2010 Sonar North American Championship. 

Jud was the mainsail trimmer on the Stars and Stripes during Dennis Conner's successful 1995 America's Cup campaign.


New Beneteaus Join the Cruising Fleet
The BSC has partnered with Cape Yachts to bring two new Beneteaus into the fleet. An Oceanis 34 will be added to the Cruising 35 fleet and an Oceanis 37 will join the Cruising 40 fleet. Both boats are scheduled to arrive in June.
Beneteau 34Beneteau 37


Another Sabre 30 Joins the Fleet
After many years in the fleet, we have retired our C&C 33, Julia, and replaced her with this gorgeous Sabre 30, Nora! The Sabre 30s have become a favorite among cruising members for daysailing and 7-day extended cruises. Nora is making her way over from Michigan, and will join Aeolus and Amorina in the Cruising 30 fleet soon.


Boston Sailing Center in the BHIR!

Your 2012 Race Committee wishes to extend congratulations to all Boston Harbor Islands Regatta participants! We were very excited to see so many BSC boats sail to benefit a great organization, the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance. Check out how BSC placed below! Full results here.


One Design Class Trophy
J24: Vasiliy Gusev
Soling: Neal Kurfiss & Ned Guthrie

The Presidents Trophy
Top Placing Community Sailing Program

Boston Sailing Center

Class G - Stone Family Bowl
1st Place: Vasiliy Gusev - J24
3rd Place: Neal Kurfiss & Ned Guthrie - Soling

Photo by: Mari Ryan Photography


Be sure to look through photos from two amazing photographers!
Beacon Photography and Mari Ryan Photography

Boston Harbor Pilots in the News


New Hanse 400 Added
A new Hanse 400 will be added to the Cruising 40 fleet for the 2012 season. The boat is on order and is scheduled to arrive at our boat yard in March. The new Hanse, which will replace Blue Sky, is an updated design and is similar to the Hanse 375 added to the fleet last year. Both feature dual helms, teak cockpit soles and self tacking jibs. The new design has a narrow keel with a bulb which will improve upwind performance and allow for tighter turns under power. Another change is an additional head in the forward cabin. For more details see the fleet page and the Hanse Website.



Style Boston at the BSC!
We were featured on Style Boston's Detour segment on September 24th! Style Boston's Chris Talanian chatted with BSC Director, Wade Edwards and Manager Bob Garber about Learn to Sail and Frostbiting at the BSC. Our head sailing instructor, Francois Asselin showed him the ropes on C&C38 Melissa on a quick trip around the harbor! Check out the full segment here.

Style Boston

Reservations go Online
We are happy to announce that the much anticipated online reservation system is now available. The login is under the "clubhouse" section of the website. As always, we are happy to take your reservations by phone or e-mail, but we are confident this system will add a new level of convenience for booking boats. In addition, this newly expanded member section will allow you to update your contact info and view pending reservations.