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April 2017 WindCheck CoverOne of the articles many readers anticipate seeing in every issue of WindCheck is Sound Environment. Since our very first issue in 2002, WindCheck has featured – at least once monthly – articles about environmentally relevant and important topics such as beach cleanups, clean regatta practices, water quality issues, protecting marine wildlife, and many other rallying calls for an ecological cause.

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Letter: Attention Force 5 Racers!

Thames Yacht Club in New London, CT is pleased to announce that we are hosting the 2017 Force 5 North American Championship on July 26 - 29, 2017. TYC is offering low- and no-cost housing, charter boats, guest moorings, and ‘Challenger’ and ‘Junior’ racing. This important event is a tremendous opportunity for Force 5 sailors of different age and skill levels to compete in an international race in their own backyard.

Full details including Notice of Race (NOR) and registration are available at YachtScoring.com and Force5.us. For more information, please contact TYC Publicity Chair Cate Sheahan at catesheahan@gmail.com or Race Organizer Grant Ehrlich at GEhrlich@cantorcolburn.com.

Thank you,

Cate Sheahan, Thames Yacht Club

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Letter: An Evening with Gary Jobson

Dear Anne,

Thanks again for all your efforts to arrange An Evening with Gary Jobson for American Yacht Club and member yacht clubs of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound. It was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Gary is truly a great speaker and storyteller!

We appreciate North Sails, Regatta Ginger Beer and WindCheck for making this happen. After all the hard work, I hope you were able to enjoy the evening and interaction with so many fans.

All the best,

John Hunt

Chair, Speakers Series

American Yacht Club, Rye, NY

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Letter: Don’t Forget the Fun!

Editor’s note: The subject of the ‘On Watch’ article in our March issue, Kate Wilson was recently honored by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association for (among other achievements) her efforts to help revitalize the junior sailing program at Newport Yacht Club in Newport, RI.

Hi Kate,

I read with great interest in the March issue of WindCheck about you being honored by RIMTA as the Rhode Island Boater of the Year – congratulations!

I completely agree with you that junior sailing needs to be more fun and offer this short story in support. When my son was 9 years old, we sent him to a great local summer sailing camp at a local yacht club. He repeated the camp a year later, but for the third summer I asked him if he would like to go again and he said no. I asked why and he said, “Because all they want to do is race and make you try to beat the pants off somebody. I like to sail, Dad, but it’s not fun when all you do is race.” For him, there was no fun, no “Marine Adventure Camp,” and it was all about competition…trying to be better than the next kid. I was greatly saddened, but understood. I love sailing too and learned it as a young teen – but not in a competitive sailing camp. He was burnt out at the tender young age of 12.

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#PositiveFeeds

It’s now 2017. At this time of year, we look back at what we accomplished (or perhaps deferred) during the previous year, as well as set goals and prepare for what lies ahead. Looking back is easy. And it’s interesting to see different peoples’ takes on what 2016 brought – or took – as was the case in many instances. Social media and all of the colorful and dramatic flair that accompanies it depicted last year as worse than, say, 1350 and the height of the black plague. While we did not suffer a great pestilence, we certainly did lose many amazing musicians, actors and other notable figures. I’m sure we can all agree that last year’s political climate was not something we will look back on with warm fondness either, nor was our world a peaceful place.

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Letter: I Love It When We’re Cruisin’ Together

The story by Charlie Simon in your November/December 2016 issue is good. [“Top Ten Tips Being Together at Sea: Happy Wife, Happy First Mate!” ] In so many ways it is right on target. I am still waiting for the article, “Top Ten Ways to Get Your Husband to Abandon His Sailboat and Adopt Your House and Garden.” I probably don’t read the right magazines. I also liked “A Voyage to Maine and Back” by Nancy G. Kaull & Dr. Paul F. Jacobs. Based in Boston, we nipped up to Maine without much thought. Our big coastal cruise is going to be Cape Cod to the Chesapeake with a long linger in Long Island Sound. Same sort of story, but in reverse.

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Letter: Creating Community

WindCheck is great – it’s important! It helps create the community of sailors. We wouldn’t get all of this timely and relevant information pulled together anywhere else.

Alan Sugarman, New York, NY 

Alan, Thank you for your kind words. We are proud to serve such an active, vibrant community.  

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Letter: Supportive Sailing

Editor’s note: Molly Mulhern’s article ‘Sailors Growing Sailors,’ about mentoring programs at yacht clubs and community sailing programs around the country, appeared in our August 2016 issue.

Hi Molly,

I am one of the women sailors who race at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA. I started out sailing in my grandfather’s H 12 ½ as a young girl, with my aunt as a coach. In the mid1990s, I started crewing with the ladies at the yacht club. It was a wonderful experience, as I was able to crew for one of the best sailors in the club. 

In 2004, I bought an H 12 ½ and have sailed it ever since in the Ladies Day Race. It has been great fun and I have improved tremendously, although I’ve had friends who have surpassed me. It is a wonderful group of women and we are all supportive of one another offering advice, mistakes made during the race, and figuring out how we can improve our sailing in the next race. We have a very civilized lunch beforehand, then we go out and race my gutsy broads, then come back and have a libation and discuss our racing accomplishments, or possibly not.

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The Sailing Women in my Life

I’ve had the pleasure of sailing with some great people, many of whom are women. In this month’s ‘Corner’, Coop writes about The Magenta Project’s mission of exposing more women to top-level sailing and increasing the number of women sailing professionally. There are several females sailing out of my homeport of Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, Connecticut – none of them professional, but all of them great. I’m certain that Coop also knows many outstanding female sailors, and he and I concur that the most talented and ambitious – particularly here in the USA – deserve more abundant opportunities to become pros. Many of the sailing women I know could, given the chance, compete at the highest levels of the sport.

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Letter: The persona of the Finn

Coop’s Corner in the September issue made my day. It was about one of my favorite boats. I picked up an old Vanguard Finn some years back. Over the years I made most of the worthwhile upgrades to it, all increasing the pleasure of sailing it. The Finn is just an awesome little boat that gets a lot of ‘bad’ press.

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