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Katie Burns: Crugear

Katie Burns: Crugear What’s your name? Nickname(s)?
Katie Burns. My nickname is actually “Katie Burns”. No joke.

If you could have chosen your own name what name would it be?
Nancy Kerrigan. What a star..

What’s your position at APS?
I make sailing gear look hot!

How long have you been with APS?
.25 years (May 2012)

What’s your favorite boat to sail?
Pete Hunter’s Thompson 30 Wairere with all my favorite crew from VA and NC. I love sailing on anything that goes fast, really.

Do you collect anything?
I have a lot of books.

Where are you from?
Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Chesapeake, VA. It’s difficult to claim just one.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?
No, but I’ve heard they pair well with a decent Pinot Noir.

When did you start sailing?
I was very young. I got really seasick and threw up on the family boat. After that, I did junior sailing at Hampton Yacht Club.

What’s your most memorable experience sailing?
I think everyone keeps a tab on the fastest they have ever sailed, so I’d have to say I definitely remember sailing on Decision, the TP52, during IRC ECC’s a few years ago. We were sooooo cold, but we went soooo fast.

What boat(s) are you sailing now?
Various. I’ve been doing a little multihull racing, and just got on Stray Dog, the GP42, for a little Wednesday night action and middle distance racing. I’ve also been doing Thursday nights in the J80 fleet (usually on Jesse McKnight’s Crush), and Tuesday nights with Koralina Pior on a Jet 14. We have a lot of fun.

Queso or Guacamole?
I don’t want to live in a world where I have to choose.

What do you do when you’re not sailing or working at APS?
When is that? Does not compute!

What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?

Do you have any hidden talents?
I break a lot of stuff. I am so, so good at breaking things. I guess that’s not really a hidden talent, is it?

Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
Absolutely! I have actually been saving this speech for my future Grammy award, but I suppose I can go ahead and give a shout out to my “battle buddy” Nicole Sweet, Joe and Joyce, my Momma, my fam, and all of my sailing/Annapolis friends. This has been the greatest summer ever!...Is the music playing to get me off the stage yet?

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