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Donating Old Sails to Haitian Fishermen | APS Advisor

  How would your sailing experience differ if you had to utilize cotton or plastic sheets as your sails? What seems like a strange concept to us is the norm for Haitian fisherman who have had to innovate with the limited sailing resources they have available. Without access to the Dacron sails we know and trust, they resort to hand making sails from plastic or cotton sheets- which often only last weeks before they need to be replaced. As the […]

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Top 5 Cruising Destinations on the Chesapeake Bay | APS Advisor

  Fall sailing is absolutely the most enjoyable time of the year to cruise the Chesapeake Bay.  After Labor Day, the temperatures start to cool and the wind begins to build.  The water is still warm, so even on chilly days the breeze is pleasant.  The small towns that sprinkle the bay shoreline revert back to sleepy, picturesque hamlets after the summer tourists clear out. During the week, there are dozens of creeks and rivers which can be explored with […]

APS – Our History | APS Advisor

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. […]

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Full Sail Ahead – A New Take on Offshore Wind Power

  If you’re glad you kept your collection of 1980’s ski suits only to find that neon is the new black then you’ll be blown away by SkySails, a German based company producing wind powered propulsion for boats over 100 feet in length.  Operating on principals similar to kite boarding, this system utilizes a high altitude “tow kite” to generate power for the vessel. Boasting up to a 35% reduction in fuel consumption in ideal conditions, these power generation systems […]