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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes from The Stern Scoop for the a Safe and Happy 2009! They cancelled the fireworks in Annapolis due to high winds, so here’s Sydney. It’s way cooler than ours would have been anyways…

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Local Interclub Frostbite Report

Of all the types of winter sailing to get involved in, the IC (interclub) also referred to as a sailing bathtub by some, has most likely become the best way to challenge your dinghy boat handling and knowledge of those close contact rules in Annapolis. The local fleet here team races the boats every other Saturday from late November into March. Every winter, the fleet takes their boats out for a three hour spin in the Severn River, not far […]

Update: Race for the Chops

Update: Race for the Chops

For the life of me, I’ll never understand why a segment about facial hair is so popular, but it is — and since I’m a man who’s too weak not to give the people what they want, here we go. DATELINE: Annapolis, MD The Race for the Chops is getting exciting as this race is really starting clear up. James is clear ahead right now, having opened up a 67nm lead over the 2nd place boat — me. There was […]

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Update: The Race for the Chops

Okay, okay… enough with the e-mails. I’ll post another instalment in the critically acclaimed series, The Race for the Chops. Again, it’s been an exciting 48 hours in the RFTC. As we rapidly approach the turning mark at Palau We (that island off the northern coast of Indonesia — just take Rt. 25 North until it stops, for you Indonesian locals…) and prepare to turn down the Malacca Straits, the picture is getting a little clearer. For about 24 hours, […]

Race for the Chops Update

Race for the Chops — Update

Continuing our wildly popular series, The Race for the Chops, there’s been quite the shakeup in the standings thanks to a restart of the race. To quickly recap: Seven of APS’ staff are taking part in the Virtual VOR (www.volvooceanracegame.org), with the person that finishes last in Singapore having to grow mutton chops for a month. At 0500EST yesterday, the race was restarted with everyone getting brought back to a point just SE of Sri Lanka due to a problem […]

Our Running Rigger, Jarrett

Our Running Rigger

Hello, my name is Jarrett, and I am a run-aholic. This was never more true than Saturday November 22, 2008 when I successfully completed the JFK-50 mile ultra-marathon in 10 hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds. Other than being an avid sailor and racer in the Annapolis area, I am striving to feed my obsession for endurance running. The JFK-50 miler was by far the most excruciating physical activity I have done. I’ve been addicted to the outdoors ever since […]

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Volvo Ocean Race – The Race for the Chops

Don’t let the title fool you… I’m not talking about the real VOR. Personally, I think those guys are crazy, going around the world on a 70′ rickety rocketship, eating freeze dried food with threats of fishing boats, nets, long lines, pirates and the Indonesian Navy.Rather, I’m talking about the Volvo Ocean Race Game (www.volvooceanracegame.org) that a few of us here in the office are playing. Officially, the stakes are for bragging rights, although there is talk that the last […]

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Leukemia Cup Glory and School Girl Giggles

At our staff meetings, we’ve been encouraging our staff to contribute something to the blog, to explore other perspectives of sailing beyond new products. Well, that and Rob, James and I aren’t nearly creative enough to write something new every day. A gold star goes to one of APS’ website and catalog production guys, Mike Carter, for actually paying attention in one of the meetings and putting something together. Why We Sail We are all guilty of it at some […]