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I See the Light!

I See the Light!

The Morning Light that is. For those who haven”t heard of it Morning Light is a documentary put together by Disney that follows 15 young sailors as they train and race a TP52 in the 2007 TransPac. Basically Disney took 30 sailors and picked the 15 they liked best to train in Hawaii and then let the team pick the final 11 who actually got to race the TransPac. The movie shows some of the selection process and their training […]

Remember that time?

Remember that time when the weather wasn’t particularly fantastic for sailing? Remember that time when things just didn’t seem to go your way at all the marks? Remember that time when you narrowly missed taking out two boats and as a result spun two circles? This past weekend I took the northbound Annapolis sailor bus (aka, the Thurs/Fri evening Southwest flight to Newport)in order to sail the NYYC 155th Annual Regatta aboard the RP 55 Rima2. After a weekend of […]

Laser ACC Regatta Wrapup and Harken Block Test Drive

Harken Laser Blocks Tested | Expert Advice

The Laser ACC (Atlantic Coast Championship) regatta was held this past weekend one block from our APS offices at the Severn Sailing Association here in Annapolis. It was a fairly light air event with a total of 5 races held. Even though it was light it was a great regatta and I think everyone had a good time. The Laser Radial event was won by Christopher Stocke and the Laser 4.7 winner was Mary Hall. Here in the US a Laser […]

APS/ICSA Team Race Nationals

APS/ICSA Team Race Nationals

For the uninitiated, team racing is just that. Two teams of boats race against each other in a head to head competition whereby the team with the lowest combined finishing score wins. In the case of college sailing the format is 3 boats versus 3 boats. As one can imagine this makes for some of the most intense and strategic racing there is with an emphasis on every aspect of sailing one can imagine. In fact, the often used analogy […]

J/24 Worlds, Day #5: A Regatta Wrap-up from our Racing Rigger

J/24 Worlds, Day #5: A Regatta Wrap-up from our Racing Rigger

I know, some of you are probably thinking that the J/24 World’s finished up last Friday… you’re just now doing a recap? Yeah, we are… it’s a little busy around here, what with getting orders out and about 19.4 million rigging orders stacked up. We figured that sitting Jarrett down to do a recap of the J/24 World’s instead of doing a Hi-Tech Eyesplice on a jib halyard for a Farr 30 was misallocation of his time. But being the […]

Fear and Loathing in Boston

Fear and Loathing in Boston

A chilly and drizzly morning dawned as the city of Boston awoke this past Saturday morning to news of two T trains colliding late the night before after the Sox game. But, down on Fan Pier the beehive that was the Volvo Village was abuzz with the activity and energy level of a small mud wasp nest. Arriving early and before the official opening Kyle and I slithered our way past rented security guards checking credentials, turning back those without […]

J/24 Worlds — Day #4: Four Days, Four Races

On behalf of Annapolis… we’re sorry. Seriously, the conditions for this regatta have been a little weak, even by Annapolis standards. The wind doesn’t normally pull a Kaiser Soze until it gets a bit warmer… I’ve heard positive reviews of Annapolis Yacht Club and mostly positive reviews about the Race Committee — but there are some dejected looks wandering into the shop after racing every day due to the conditions. Our racing rigger, Jarrett Hering, continues to check in after […]

J/24 Worlds — Day #3: Off Like a Herd of Turtles

J/24 Worlds — Day #3: Off Like a Herd of Turtles

The J/24 Worlds have been tough… I can’t imagine how frustrating these last two days have been for the competitors and the Race Committee. Yesterday was one of those heartbreaking days on the Chesapeake — juuuuuuust enough wind to reasonably sail a race but a week’s worth of rain flowing down from the north turned the current into a raging monster. Punishment for mistakes was amplified and some really good sailors had some not so good results in the only […]