01 April 2013

TV Kings Pointer to head to San Francisco as flagship for the America’s Cup Super Yacht Program

TV Kings Pointer to head to San Francisco as flagship for the America’s Cup Super Yacht Program 

The new training ship is expected to make a big splash amongst the world’s most amazing super yachts.  With her new KP blue topsides and sparkling white house she will certainly turn heads.  While the other mega sailing yachts will be racing in their own regatta, Kings Pointer will arrive with her own, bringing a fleet of 420’s, Sonar’s, and a Melges 32 on deck.  After unloading her sailing cargo the ship will head out each day to serve as the committee boat for the America’s Cup Racing.  Peter Reggio, principal race officer for the America’s cup, had these comments about the new ship- “This will be great for setting a start line!  Instead of yelling at the committee boat crew and pin boat to set a perfect line I can just set the Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning System to AutoSquare mode and I know that the start line will always be perfect.”  And Jimmy Spithill, captain of Team Oracle was excited about another aspect of the ship- “ With 2900 horsepower and a big towing winch, anytime one of those pesky cargo ships tries to transit the race course we can just tow them out of the way!”  Official voyage sponsor American President Line’s threatened to withdraw sponsorship based on Spithill’s comments, but a solution should be in place in time for the ships arrival in San Francisco.  Kings Pointer is scheduled for an April 1st departure from Jacksonville, FL with a crew of eager cadets.

17 November 2012

2013 Waterfront Calendar Available Now

Help support our Sailors with the Third Annual Waterfront Calendar and see what we've been up to this year.  Available here for orders now.

28 October 2012

KP Storm Preps-

Last year for Hurricane Irene we prepped the Waterfront in three days, hauling boats, docks, etc. and moving them to the highest ground possible- with the help of 100 midshipmen. This year the Waterfront staff has done the same feat with the help of only a few as it is fall break and fortunately our midshipmen are away from Kings Point ( and hopefully safe from the storm.) The dedication and hard
work put in by Richie, Johnny, Rob, Jackie, Chip, Rick and our coaching staff is something you'd have to see to believe. I can't thank them enough for their dedication. And that dedication and hard work does not stop at KP in our prep for Sandy- Liz, Jared, and Joe have SummerWind lashed in tight in Annapolis (thanks Flip Walters, KP alum and Annapolis Harbormaster) and will be riding it out aboard. Ralf and the team had Flying Jenny (our new TP 52) hauled and rig out within hours of winning the IRC East Coast Championship. Further North Joe and Mark had Liberty Star fired up 18 hours after we decided to take her across the river to more secure dockage (thanks CAPT Rick Smith, Master of the TV Empire State and Scott Nicholas from MT, Dave Palmer from ME and Scott McCormick KP'10 for helping out with the shift.) Even further North, Jonathan and I have Liberator and a great midshipmen crew safely tucked into the Port of Albany after a great training voyage up the river with a stop at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston (thanks to Captain John Beebe-Center on Lynx for allowing us to tie up alongside for the night.) And to the East Jessie and the boys in Newport getting the rig on Wizard down and out of the wind. I'm sure I missed a lot -Gerry cheering on from home and Mary holding down the office for starters......

Anyway thank you all for all you do- hunker down and stay safe!