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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 […]

A visit with the Gill Sailing Gear Experts

A visit with the Gill Sailing Gear Experts

Everyone at APS was up bright and early this Wednesday morning and ready for school as the guys from Gill stopped by to get us up to date on the very latest in Gill Sailing gear and technology. Our commitment to being the most knowledgeable source for sailing gear and hardware drove us to the makeshift classroom provided very graciously by the shipping department. Jerry Richards (Gill North America) was at the store with the updated Gill sailing gear line and some useful […]

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APS Staffers Head South for Charleston Race Week

Boats are arriving and the scene is set for what should be an action packed 2012 Charleston Race Week. The 19th through the 22nd Charleston, SC will host over 260 boats competing in 17 classes. Offshore and harbor courses will be scenes of excitement and drama this weekend as each class boasts a solid turnout. We can hardly contain our excitement as four APS Staffers are anxiously anticipating the end of the work day to head south. So where can you […]

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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 […]

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APS Field Trip — USS Freedom (LCS1)

Update: In case anyone thought that the idea of race marks being used with the USS Freedom was a bit far fetched, here is the.  The photo below was sent by the logistic company that purchased the APS Race Marks for the U.S. Navy.  This was after they put in another order for 50 marks to be used with the Indian Navy.  Race marks get used more often than you would think for non-sailing activities; triathlons, crew regattas and kayaking events, to […]

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APS Regatta Sponsorship Program & Durable Race Marks

APS has ramped up our Regatta Sponsorship Program!  We take pride in our Sponsorship Program, that allows us support events from small, 25 boat fleets to national/worlds of 60 or more.  Across the US, from charity fun regattas to Nationals, APS has you covered. Here’s how the program works: each level of sponsorship provides 5 gift certificates, banner(s), catalogs and stickers in the amounts proportional to the size of the event.  Applying is easy!  Simply email Sponsorship@apsltd.com with the following […]

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The End: Key West Race Week Wrap Up

Another year, another Key West! Full of smiles and tans, Matt F., Warren R., and Lynn B. returned to APS, recalling their 2012 Key West Race Week.  Stories of sunshine, warm temperatures and great racing filling up our Monday morning. The Conch Republic treated them well, with Matt F. placing 3rd on the Farr 30 Mummbles, Warren R. on the Beneteau 10M, L’Outrage, winning PHRF 2.  Photos of their boats are provided by Photoboat.  Lynn B. was also there, catching […]

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Key West Race Week Update – Farr 30 Mummbles Makes Moves

APS Customer Service Staffer Matt F. said he’d keep us in the loop while he’s racing in Key West for the week. Check out his regatta report: (Note – if you’re not a fan of the drawing below, check out the APS homepage photo. It’s a little more realistic Key West picture…) Day 1 report: Great breeze, great racing. We had a 20kt breeze all day and 2 competitive races. Our team’s experience with one another caused a few mistakes […]