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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 ( 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 […]

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Jet 14 Frostbiting

One of the boats that I race is a Jet 14. “What the hell is that?” most people wonder at this point. I usually describe it as either little Thistle or a Snipe with a spinnaker. Basically a two person dinghy with a kite – not a very large class but it’s a fun group. I usually sail with my father and since it was his recently his birthday I figured I’d give him a shout out here on The […]

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“The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind.” – William Falconer, Universal Dictionary of the Marine: 1769. “Introducing the new J22 spin pole…easier to stow and now designed to fit in your sedan.” – Rob Beach, (APS Marketing Dept) on the benefits of the outcome of the first photo. Note: Like any good bowman does, prior to sailing that day Rob inspected his equipment. Finding a pole with stuck […]

Weekend Sailing Haiku

Weekend Sailing Haiku

The following is a haiku from our very own Customer Service Representative & Poet Laureate, Aaron Freeman. We’re going to let the great literary scholars of our time debate where this effort resides in the pantheon of haiku’s, but it does sum up the weekend nicely. First though, a little background information for those of you who aren’t familiar with the topic of the haiku, the Turkey Bowl. It’s an annual J/22 Regatta here in Annapolis, held in conjunction with […]