The following is the January APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthly hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans): The speed at which Jay Kehoe answers questions tips you off that he grew up right across the river from New York in Perth Amboy, NJ. At the age of eight, Kehoe started in a Chevron and Shell Oil-sponsored city sailing program on Dyer Dhow 12.5s. His grandfather, the only other sailor in the family, built him a pram, and for ten […]
Seahorse Magazine – Our favorite International Magazine makes the perfect gift for sailing enthusiasts. Warren Richter in Customer Service shares a short review on his favorite sailing literature… So I love Seahorse magazine, plain and simple. Seahorse is the official magazine of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, or RORC for short. I literally box out my colleagues when the mail comes near the end of the month just to get the first look at the new issue. For a racing sailor, […]
The following is the December APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthly hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans): Newport reminds me of Annapolis,” says Salvé Regina University freshman and Oxford native, Bob Lippincott. “It’s like Annapolis on steroids, all the boats, all the sailing, and seeing the America’s Cup 12-metres during our sailing practice.” Born into a sailing family, Lippincott started on a Penguin with his parents, Richard and Pucky, at the age of five. He sailed solo on […]
Newport reminds me of Annapolis,” says Salvé Regina University freshman and Oxford native, Bob Lippincott. “It’s like Annapolis on steroids, all the boats, all the sailing, and seeing the America’s Cup 12-metres during our sailing practice.” Born into a sailing family, Lippincott started on a Penguin with his parents, Richard and Pucky, at the age of five. He sailed solo on an Opti for the first time at age eight, the same year he entered the Tred Avon YC junior sailing program, which was a year early in those days.
Sunny skies and cool temperatures combined with gusty winds but warm water made the Chesapeake the place for any serious sailor to be this past weekend. Home to the IRC East Coast Championship, J24 East Coast Championship, J105 Chesapeake Championship and Star/Etchells Fall Regatta, 107 boats were spread over the four courses. There were boats everywhere and even a battleship and submarine courtesy of the Naval Academy. Blessed with the conditions and many options for sailing we here at […]
Next up were the J24 East Coast Championships. With 35 boats it was the largest of the fleets offering up stiff competition for three great days of racing. Jarrett from our rigging department sailed and found himself helping those with breakdowns in the shop after a long wet day on Friday. Soaking wet from head to toe Jarrett deserved big ups from those who needed his help. In the end it was Tim Healy who won by an impressive 26 points!
Finally, rounding out the APS presence on the Bay this weekend was our Director of Marketing, Rob Beach. Rob (second row, second from the left) fellow captains, and first mate Z bone (donning the Dixie cap) masterfully sailed their chartered Orana catamaran alongside Rob”s father-in-law and crew on an Island Packet, to 3 different ports of call during the Annual Dorsey Shady Guy’s BOAT TRIP.
The following is the November APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthly hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans): With 7500 nautical miles separating Annapolis from New Zealand, it”s remarkable how many sailors from that part of the world end up here on the Chesapeake Bay. Sailmaker Jason Currie is among one of them. The native Tauranga-about two hours south of Auckland-began sailing at the age of three with his dad on a 17-foot trailer-sailer. ” I have really good […]
With 7500 nautical miles separating Annapolis from New Zealand, it”s remarkable how many sailors from that part of the world end up here on the Chesapeake Bay. Sailmaker Jason Currie is among one of them. The native Tauranga-about two hours south of Auckland-began sailing at the age of three with his dad on a 17-foot trailer-sailer. ” I have really good memories sailing with my dad,” he says. The two of them raced often and won the Ross 780 National Championship a couple of times. Currie raced Optis and P-class dinghies and eventually Laser 2s and 470s. He launched a 470 Olympic campaign for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, before realizing how expensive it would be to follow through.
Currie”s four-year apprenticeship as a sailmaker is what led him to Annapolis through Quantum Sails, still a fledgling company when he arrived in the States in 1997. “I wanted to travel,” he says. “I was young; I jumped on the opportunity.” It was a three-year contract, but then, he met his wife Cameron. Thirteen years, a wedding ,a child, a house purchase, and a few promotions later, the Quantum service loft manager turned sales representative happily calls Annapolis home.
In the past decade, Currie has competed in a wide variety of boats, including the Reichel-Pugh 52, Swan 45, Farr 40, Farr 30, J/24, J/22 and Laser in various sailing venues-Key West, St. Marten, Newport, and Chicago-as well as in major Chesapeake regattas for big boats and Lasers. Annapolis Race Week has been a lucky regatta for Currie, as he was on the winning Farr 40 Ramrod in 2007, the first-place Sport Boat Problem Child in 2008, and the Farr 40 Endorphin in 2010. He”s also been a team member on the RP 52 Vela Veloce this season for victorious Rolex St. Thomas and U.S. IRC National Championship Regattas and second place finishes at the BVI, Heineken and Caribbean 600 Regattas.
When he”s not racing for work and pleasure, Currie cruises with his wife and daughter McKenzie on an Erickson 30. “I enjoyed sailing so much with my dad as a kid, i love passing on that experience to my daughter,” he says. “Traveling as much as I do for work, it makes me really appreciate spending time with my family.”
Spinsheet: Who are your sailing mentors and buddies?
My dad, Scott Nixon, Joe Gibson, Geoff Ewenson, David Flynn, and the entire Vela Veloce crew.
What is your favorite racing venue in the world?
Tauranga, New Zealand, where I grew up. It”s on the east coast, but it has its own harbor, perfect for dinghy sailing, but with an enterance to the Pacific-you”re 30 minutes from perfect sea breeze and ocean conditions.
Do you have a favorite sailing moment from this season?
I went cruising with my family up the Magothy River for an over-nighter by Gibson Island. Everything was perfect-the weather, the sailing, and just seeing my wife and daughter having a great time.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I”m a fan of Crowded House, Split Enz, and most classic rock. I”ll admit I”m a little bit of an 80″s fan as well!
What television shows do you watch?
When you have kids, you barely have time to watch, but I like Dexter, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire.
What magazines do you read?
SpinSheet, Seahorse, and This Old House Magazine.
Do you have any non-sailing passions?
I like renovating and updating our 1985 house. I put in a new kitchen and bathroom. Once I start a project , I”m the type of person that has to finish it.
What sailing gear do you depend on?
If a young racing sailor asked you for advice, what would you say?
Stay in school [laughs]! Go sailing-with and against-really good sailors. That”s how you learn. The learning curve gets much steeper when you”re with skilled sailors. Jump at those opportunities.
What are your sailing goals?
I”d like to win a world championship. In the near future, I”d like to do more offshore sailing and learn more about navigation and onboard electronics.
What do the Australians have in common with the Danish? Although, that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke the truth is far from a joke. Today we learned that one of our favorite companies, Australian based Ronstan, has acquired one of our favorite winch manufacturers, the Danish based Frederik Andersen Maskinfabrik. Big deal you say? Well, it is. Ronstan has long been a leader in performance sailing hardware but they didn”t have a winch range to complete their […]
What do the Australians have in common with the Danish? Although, that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke the truth is far from a joke. Today we learned that one of our favorite companies, Australian based Ronstan, has acquired one of our favorite winch manufacturers, the Danish based Frederik Andersen Maskinfabrik. Big deal you say? Well, it is. Ronstan has long been a leader in performance sailing hardware but they didn”t have a winch range to complete their offering. With the acquisition of the phenomenal Andersen winch range they do now. We have been selling Ronstan since day 1 of APS and a few years ago added the Anderson winch range to our offering because they are some of the best winches being made. We applaud this move and think it will prove to be a good one for all parties. Stay tuned for more news as the 2010 Annapolis Boat Show (read circus) is in town and we”re sure to be getting more juicy news over the next 7 days. What follows is the official press release from Ronstan…
Ronstan Acquires Andersen Winches
The following is the October APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthly hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans): Anyone who heard her sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the beginning of the Melges 24 World Championships in Annapolis last fall knows who Ashley Love is. The Jersey Shore native and lifelong sailor is no stranger to singing solo in front of crowds, nor is it foreign to her to work quietly behind a video camera. Born into a sailing […]
The wind is up in Annapolis and this likely means one thing. We’re approaching the miraculous few weeks where we have consistent breeze. It’s not a coincidence that the best conditions for racing typically hail some of our most exciting regattas and this year is no different. These events include the recently passed Annapolis Race Week, Oxford race, and J/35 NAs, as well as the upcoming IRC Championships, Farr 40 NAs, Beneteau 36.7 NAs and J/105 Chesapeake Bay Championships all […]
A very important part of fall racing, albeit of lower profile than the North American Championships that surround it, is the Annapolis Yacht Club fall series. In recent years racers would compete on three consecutive Saturdays or Sundays (depending which fleet you were in) in windward/leeward drop mark races. However this year looks to be different, one may even say the metaphorical leaves are changing colors this year for the layout for this year’s fall series.
The first Saturday of October will introduce a distance race where all boats in all classes (as well as having a Farr 40 and non-spin divisions) will compete in a distance race of 8-40 miles depending on conditions. The following weekend will feature two days of racing for PHRF B, C, J/105, J/30, and J/24s. While the following weekend will be two days for the PHRF A0, A1, A2 as well as the J/35, B 36.7s. My discussions with fellow sailors show a decidedly ambiguous sentiment towards the change.
One benefit is that it adds another dimension to the racing with the addition of a distance race. There now is more fairness given to boats that aren’t as well suited for windward-leeward races and may draw in some boats that may not potentially sign up for the series were it only windward-leeward.
A potential downside is that if bad weather rolls through on one of those weekends, it’s likely to throw a bigger wrench in the mix as adverse weather could potentially ruin two out of three days of your fall series regatta.
No matter how you feel about the format all that really matters if you ask me is that once you’re on the water the fall series promises to be competitive and enjoyable.
Since this is my first blog post I’ll take a brief minute to introduce myself, my name is Matt Fafoutis and I work in Customer Service. I grew up in NJ and went to college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I currently live in Baltimore and have been at APS since June of 2010. I for one, am very excited for fall racing and especially the new format of fall series.