2013 September - Perfect Pitch

Editor’s note: I often ruminate about my sailing memories and how they’ve shaped my life. The Editor’s Log is where I introduce articles on the pages of the magazine, discuss ongoing or upcoming events, or reminisce about sailing adventures past, present and future. Sometimes an event resonates with us in a special way, and the exciting developments during the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals struck a chord with WindCheck’s Senior Editor Chris Szepessy. As a multihull enthusiast, Zep’s ongoing analysis of the ups and downs of the modern Cup are interesting and informative, but it’s his recollection of two special moments shared with his father a quarter century apart that deserves this space.

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2013 July - Coffee or Cocktail…

I love early mornings spent aboard a boat. Whether I’m heading out for a passage and watching the sun rise while underway, or waking up in a new port, that first sip of coffee in the morning sure is satisfying. Equally as delicious and anticipated is entering a destination anchorage or dock, tidying up the boat and settling in for an afternoon cocktail…perhaps a cold beer or yachtsman’s special. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve arrived and there is nothing more to do than relax onboard, or hop off the boat to explore. Indeed, some destinations are great for staying aboard, while others are ideal for heading into town.

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2013 June - Much More Than Just a Race

There are lots of races run throughout the year. Some ‘round the buoys, others ‘round the world; some fully crewed, some double-handed or solo. Aside from the Volvo Ocean Race, there is only one that combines both offshore and inshore racing, and The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is also the only race that I know of that mixes offshore, inshore and short-handed sailing together, creating a rather unique event. Add the green initiatives undertaken by the race organizers and competitors, and The Atlantic Cup is truly something different.

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2013 January - February - Editor's Log

I always look forward to ringing in the New Year by distributing our January/ February edition of WindCheck. As we compile the content for this issue, I usually come up with some cockamamie list of resolutions. None of mine have anything to do with being nicer to my fellow man, eating fewer Twinkies, or getting in shape. Most of my designs for the year include more experiential treatments for the soul – and most have to do with boating. If I am lucky, I realize the completion or achievement of a few by year’s end. During a rather subdued New Year’s Eve (I was sick with the flu), I had the chance to reflect on 2012 and realized that my grand list of needs and wants for the year went undone – completely undone.

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2012 December - What Would Shackleton Do?

We are all passionate about boating. I take solace in knowing that I can retreat to my boat at a moment’s notice. It’s comforting and reassuring to know that I can hop in the car and be aboard – and underway – in a matter of minutes. We have had our sloop moored in Black Rock Harbor for many years and, likewise, have her hauled and serviced at Captain’s Cove Seaport, a mere 500 yards from her berth. I am not sure what I would do if I were told that my comfort level was going to change because “the Cove” would be shutting down. I suppose I would want answers.

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2012 November - Sweeping up after Sandy

More than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy, according to BoatU.S., who also estimates that dollar damage to all recreational boats (only) is $650 million, making the late October storm the single- largest industry loss since the Association began keeping track in 1966. “We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people’s lives,” said BoatU.S. AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft. “We’ve never seen anything like it. The scope of the damage to boats is unprecedented, affecting large areas from the Atlantic seaboard as far inland as the Great Lakes, with the majority of damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.”

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2012 October - Collegiate Big Boat Sailing

I miss college. I miss sailing in college. During this year’s Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, I was able to take a tack down memory lane. I realized that it had been a while since I’d thought of college big boat sailing. But, when Adam Loory asked me to join in the festivities this year, he mentioned that he was the first person to have competed in the Intercollegiate regatta and then returned as an owner, lending his boat to a college team. I maintain that I am the only sailor to have competed in the Intercollegiate aboard his own boat and returned to lend that same boat! I am sure that Adam and I will have plenty of follow-up conversations regarding these two distinctions…Incidentally, we won in 1996. I am hoping to do the same again in the future.

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2012 September - The Gateway to Growth and Success

There is much written and discussed regarding the state of our sport, be it junior sailor retention, professionals vs. amateurs, Olympic performance, and so on. I am constantly provided with statistics and studies, panel discussions and focus groups that all have differing opinions of why junior sailors have lost interest in the sport, don’t have the necessary portals by which to continue sailing, or won’t enter the maritime trades in their late teens and twenties. I guess it’s good that people are out there talking and figuring, and I suppose everyone has a different view and agenda. I see things a bit differently. We’re at the gateway to growth and success.

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2012 August - Sail with Others

by CHRISTOPHER GILL

Nearly every weekend, I make it a point to get out for a sail. By myself or with others, I always enjoy time at the helm of my own boat. It’s comfortable and easy. When I was younger, I used to sail on lots of other people’s boats (from Lightnings to J/35s to big cruisy things) and the experience of learning about new boats and meeting new people was a big part of what I loved about sailing. But, as I got older, I’d met a lot of people and sailed on lots of boats, so my boating schedule became simple – sail on my own boat when I wanted, with whom I wanted…comfortable and easy.

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2012 July - Write for Your WindCheck!

I was on the phone with my friend Carl the other day. He is a boat broker in Connecticut and we talk often. Generally, after we exhaust all of our stories of last weekend’s antics, our conversations default to work – boat sales and magazines. I often tell Carl about the right kind of buyers and sales approach for his boats and he gives me editorial advice. In our conversation, Carl suggested that I write an article about a recent cruise that I’d been on. ‘Because people like to read about stuff like that,” he offered. “You know, they want to read about the things they like to do.” Of course they do, Carl.

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