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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 […]

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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 […]

2013 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship

2013 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship

It’s that time of year again: College Nationals! As in many seasons past the 2013 ICSA Team Race National Championship is sponsored by APS. For those new to team racing or college sailing in general, we have a great write up about the event and the skills needed to be a champion at Team Race Nationals A big congratulations goes out to all the teams that qualified for this year’s edition of the event: Georgetown Brown Boston College Mary’s College Rogers Williams Navy […]

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Interview with Jennifer Chamberlin fresh off Olympic Trials

Jen Chamberlin gave us a few minutes to talk about her women’s match racing campaign in the Elliot 6m with with GETsailing. Two years of racing and preparation got them all the way to the US team finals in Weymouth, England. What was your favorite event of the Campaign? The final month of our campaign was a really good run, it consisted of two events and two weeks of training. We started off racing in Hyeres, the World Cup Event […]

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Sailing Mexico with Rich Bowen

Rich Bowen, an accomplished sailor and Lead Sail Designer with North Sails shared his experience in Mexico and what gear he brought with him.  Erica Bowen, your favorite Crugear Operations Manager, was able to join him, holding down the shore crew.  Here’s his report. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be part of a J/24 team invited to the Regata Copa Mexico, which is a fantastic event sponsored by the Mexican government, the local state government and the Board of […]

New World Record for the Fastest Sailing Circumnavigation

Every Monday morning, the APS staff gets together in the storefront at 8:30 AM to do what we call “Product Review.” This is how we ensure everyone at the company – from the accounting dept. to the shipping center – knows what products are good for what kind of sailing/boats and why. James McKenna, the APS Product Manager, sits on the front counter and has everyone gather ‘round as if he’s about to tell a story. Normally, the narration only […]

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APS/Spinsheet Chesapeake Racer Profile – Jahn Tihansky

Seven years ago, if you had told Jahn Tihansky, owner J/ World Annapolis, that he would be the head coach of the U.S Naval Academy (USNA) varsity offshore sailing team, he would have told you that you were nuts.  With a sailing school to run, he wasn’t exactly looking for work – certainly not the kind which would consume 60 or 70 hours per week in sailing season.  But, opportunity knocked.  After much debate, as well as some prodding from […]

ISSA High School Single Handed Championship – 2012 Cressy Trophy

You hear it all the time because it’s true. The. Youth. Is. The. Future. That’s why APS is proud to support the ISSA a.k.a. the organization behind High School Sailors. Last Weekend, APS’s devotion to the sport (and the future of the sport) collided with our Annapolis roots. We’re talking ‘collided’ in a good way – like when chocolate collides with peanut butter at the Reeses factory. Ok – Halloween’s over, but you get the idea… Presented to the US […]