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APS – Our History

This year Annapolis Performance Sailing, well known as APS, celebrates its 25th year of serving sailors around the world.  APS was founded in 1991, by our company president Kyle Gross, the year he graduated from college.  After competing on the St Mary’s College Sailing team and working at the college’s sailing center, he recognized the need for a business that would supply dinghy racers with everything they needed, from foul weather gear to obscure boat parts that seemed impossible to […]

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Learning the Science of Sailing

  Many of us in the sailing community were lucky enough to foster a love of the water and boating from a young age, while plenty of others have picked up the sport in adulthood. No matter the age of the sailor, there is a wealth of knowledge that comes from learning how to sail. US Sailing has found a way to not only grow the sport and make sailing more accessible, but to help teach core subjects using sailing […]

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The America’s Cup & Sailing Accessibility

Photo: Megan McNeilly  A lot can change in a hundred years. The America’s Cup returned to the waters off the island of Manhattan after a 96 year hiatus this past weekend. Much has changed in the sailing world since that last race. New boat designs, construction materials, and sails have evolved from monohulls made from wood with canvas sails to full carbon fiber, foiling catamarans with winged sails that can propel these boats upwards of 50 miles per hour. These […]

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Seabin: Always-On Ocean Cleaning

  If you’ve ever watched a skimmer on the pool and witnessed the current created by water’s surface tension flowing over a lip close to the surface then this innovation by The Seabin Project might have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The Seabin is the brainchild of Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton and aims to tackle marine pollution starting on the very docks that you launch your boat from.  Every sailor has looked down as they are […]

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Facewash to Table – Microbeads

On December 28th 2015 President Obama signed, into law, H.R.1321 – Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This act was in response to over a decade of products containing plastic microbeads and the acknowledgement that the majority of these 10mm plastic particles were bypassing water treatment facilities and ending up directly into our nations waterways. While these plastics are filtered during the process to purify tap water before it reaches homes they are increasingly being identified in seafood being caught commercially. […]