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Annapolis NOOD’s

Annapolis NOOD’s

For those of us who aren’t crazy enough to go frostbiting (and nobody can blame you for opting out of a period of sailing named after the death of skin tissue), the start of the sailing season in Annapolis is usually kicked off by the NOOD’s. APS’ers were all over the place at the NOOD’s this weekend — in fact, I’m told it was a little lonely at the shop on Friday with so many of us out there. We […]

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 […]

Charleston Race Week, Wrap-Up

Charleston Race Week, Wrap-Up

Warren, Ian and I are back in the shop after a great Charleston Race Week — a little tired after a solid weekend of sailing but in quick recovery mode for the Annapolis NOOD’s starting this weekend. Hopefully, those of you who were there found Warren, Ian and I on Saturday night when we were handing out over 150 sailing calendars — thanks to everyone who had great things to say about APS and shame on all of you for […]

How Does Three Days Constitute a Week?

How Does Three Days Constitute a Week?

I like Annapolis… I love Charleston. Really, what’s not to love? It’s a beautiful city bursting with southern hospitality and warm weather. It’s also home to a great regatta in Charleston Race Week. I’m down here with the Donovan 27 Remedy out of Annapolis, competing in one of the PHRF classes. I say “one of the PHRF classes” because there are like four or five and I didn’t pay any attention to which letter or number it is — all […]

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 […]

Star Wars II: The Wind Strikes Back

Star Wars II: The Wind Strikes Back

Much to Chris’ chagrin I just couldn’t resist another Star Wars reference for today’s post. If you recall my last one Chris , Dave from UK Sails next door and I along with the owner of the 36.7 Chris sails on and another of their crew were supposed to sail in the CBYRA high point championship. The event was this past Saturday out of Eastport Yacht Club. Unfortunately winds gusting upwards of 35kts and steady at 20-25 kept us off […]

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 […]