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Gill Looks back on APS’s 20 Years

If you were to ask our Storefront manager what he thinks about Gill, he would tell you everything he owns is Gill. It just fits him the right way – and he is not alone. Gill began as a specialist clothing designer/manufacturer for dinghy sailing in the ’70s and has evolved into one of the top players in the Marine Industry outfitting thousands. David Pritchard, President of Gill North America, has known Kyle since the start and kindly takes some […]

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New England Ropes Looks back on APS’s 20 Years

New England Ropes is a stronghold in rope manufacturing. Their status in the marine industry is due to partly to innovation and partly to service – the variety of line they offer combined with their efficiency and customer service on a wholesale level is remarkable. Marine Market Manager Kevin Coughlin was kind enough to take time to reflect on the relationship New England Ropes shares with APS as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary.   1. Why did you select APS as […]

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Ronstan Looks back on APS’s 20 Years

Australian trendsetter Ronstan has been innovating products in the Performance Racing/Marine Industry for over half a century. (They were founded in 1953!) When Kyle Gross opened the doors to APS in 1991, Ronstan was among the first companies he approached for product. Ronstan CEO Alistair Murray was there to witness the early days of APS, and here, he reflects on our 20 years evolution. In compiling a response to your questionnaire I have drawn upon some recollections from some other […]

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APS Web Re-Launch

  The APS 20th Anniversary is the perfect excuse to give the APS website a makeover! 20 is a good year, and what better way to start a new decade than to refit?? Today, APS is re-launching our site to serve you better. We’ll pause while these teaser photos cause you to ‘ooh’ and ‘aahh.’ The best new feature is the redesigned footer. It is now easier to find and organize your Wish List, find answers to shipping and rigging […]

Annapolis Race Week 2011

Annapolis Race Week 2011

For the second year in a row, Annapolis was graced with strong breeze and sunny skies for the 45th annual Raceweek.  Some of the folks at APS raced this weekend and came back to work today with raccoon eyes and sore muscles, wishing the Labor Day weekend was 4 days instead of 3. Everyone survived the tiring races and made it back to the office with accounts from their side of the race course… Matt Fafoutis, Customer Service This year’s Annapolis […]

APS/Spinsheet Chesapeake Racer Profile- Nicole Weaver

APS/Spinsheet Chesapeake Racer Profile – Nicole Weaver

The following is the September APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthly hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans): If Annapolis sailor Nicole Weaver had a tagline for her sailing career, it would read “baptism by fire.” A native of Stratford-on-Avon, England, Weaver got into sailing “by accident,” when she was working for IBM in Warwick, and one of her squash friends had a proposal for her. His wife and regular crew on his Lark (like a 505) was pregnant […]

J-World Thursday Night Winners will be Rockin’ Musto Gear

J-World Thursday Night Winners will be Rockin’ Musto Gear!

Last night, the usual suspects plus several new faces showed up to the J-World Thursday Night Series Awards at the Boat Yard Bar & Grill. Despite the fact the final races were called off due to looming thunderstorms, a solid crowd of sailors found themselves in high spirits among friends. APS and Musto were responsible for offering prizes up to the top racers in each class for the overall season, and our very own President Kyle Gross was on the […]

The Bull, The Bear, & The APS Staff Boating!

The Bull, The Bear, & The APS Staff Boating!

Yesterday evening, the APS Staff had the chance to take an evening sail out on the Bull and Bear Sandbaggers currently based out of Annapolis at the National Sailing Hall of Fame dock. These boats are replicas of New York Harbor cargo (mostly oysters as we understand it) boats built in the 1860s. These boats can build up a fair amount of speed thanks to long bowsprits and relatively large sail area – and back in the day, if the […]