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New at APS – Airplanes?

New at APS – Airplanes?

Did you try to call us between 2:30 and 3pm eastern standard time today and wonder what we were doing not answering the phones? This afternoon at APS we had a special staff training session in performance jet aircraft. We think this is really going to be the next evolution in sailboat racing – water and wind are really our limiting factors here so we”re taking to the air and strapping jet engines on our backs. Hydroptere has nothing on […]

It’s All About the Jackson’s…

It’s All About the Jackson’s…

No, not Michael, Tito or LaToya… Andrew. Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, graces the face of a twenty dollar bill… and while Puffy and Biggie would argue that it’s all about the Benjamin’s, we’re a little more pragmatic and realize that most of us are pretty psyched when we’re rolling with four Washington’s, two Lincoln’s and maybe a Jackson in our wallets. Incidentally, James has this little blue pouch hanging out of his wallet with what […]

Be Current NOOD Tide Chart

Be Current NOOD Tide Chart

This weekend is the Annapolis NOOD Regatta and it’s looking like the weather is going to cooperate and we’ll have some actual spring temps (and hopefully some wind) for the races. For those who’ve raced on the Chesapeake Bay before you’ll know that while we don’t have the ripping current of Newport or San Fran we do have tides and sometimes they can be a little weird. Perhaps more importantly when you’re sailing in 5 kts of breeze a 1 […]

Taking One for the Company

The following was written by APS’ President, Kyle. I shed many a tear for him for taking on this assignment — and by many, I mean zero. Well look who got the dirty job… Me. The sacrificial lamb. I took it upon myself to take one for the team and head out on a miserable research assignment so no one else would have to. While everyone was dealing with freezing weather in Annapolis, I headed for the tropical horror of […]

You’ve got mail…

You’ve got mail…

Runny noses and pollen dust covering your car mean one thing around these parts, the APS catalog is hitting mailboxes. That’s right, Spring is in full swing and USPS’ finest have their satchels stuffed with the racing sailors best printed resource for gear. We’ve been hinting about its new properties and characteristics here for weeks but it’s all over now. The secret is out and so is our 2009 catalog. From Apparel to Vipers we’ve got tons of the latest […]

APS 1 : Worm 0

APS 1 : Worm 0

It’s been hard to miss news about the Conficker computer worm lately — Conficker is a computer virus that has a few nasty side effects and it was scheduled to E.T. it up and phone home today for instructions on what else it should be doing. This led to speculation that any number of things would happen, ranging from some annoying pop-ups on your screen to NORAD accidentally launching the US’ arsenal of nukes. We’re big on computer security here […]

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The Madness of March

It’s that time of year again, time for office employees everywhere to spend their entire lunch hour arguing about how their team has the best chance to make it all the way to the big dance. Here at APS, we’re not immune to the mystical allure of filling out a bunch of lines on a bracket with haphazard guesses based on little to no actual data. A number of the guys here at the shop have joined a group of […]

Smile…you’re in the APS catalog!

Smile…you’re in the APS catalog!

We often get questions about the photos we use both on our site and in our catalog. Every year after the new catalogs drop I find myself fielding a fair amount of phone calls and emails from people wanting to know where they came from, who took them, and how they can get a copy. Occasionally, I even get a not so happy person threatening legal action for use of their “likelihood” or some such. It seems not everyone realizes […]