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Clean Regattas – Sailing Green

  Sailors have long considered themselves shepherds of sustainability in an increasingly digital and performance-based world.  When wind power came to the forefront of technology the sailing community took heart that they were, in fact, moving their vessels from port to port utilizing tides, currents, and most importantly wind to reduce their carbon footprint in the tradition of ancient mariners since the beginning of written history. Increasingly, however, with the visibility of the world’s oceans and ecosystems being under constant […]

What Does the Super Bowl Have to Do with Sailing?

Last night millions of people across the U.S. sat down to watch the Super Bowl, and while most viewers had their mind on the game, there was a dark side to the festivities, which they did not consider. The Super Bowl has a huge environmental impact, which can be attributed to two groups: the millions watching the game at home (think higher-than-normal food waste and electrical output) and those attending the game (think the gas and jet fuel used to get […]

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 […]

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 […]