These Moments in Sailing Time

Last month, I wrote about a defining event in my sailing life. That article (‘Thanks, ACWS’, if you missed it) echoed with a lot of people, not only from the perspective of father and son sharing a memorable experience, but also because it seems every sailor has their share of those moments that they hold dear. It’s why sailing is such a special sport.

Recently, there have been numerous stories of young people making memories for a lifetime – just look at the cover of this magazine. High Noon, a donated boat sailed mostly by teenagers, made an enviable ‘dash to the Onion Patch,’ coming home heavy with silver from this year’s Newport Bermuda Race. No doubt these kids – and their parents – will remember that amazing triumph for the rest of their lives, and I’m sure that each of them had their special, private moments that will continue to resonate.

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Thanks, ACWS

There has been a lot of negative press about the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event held in New York last month. While I understand why people (spectator and competitor alike) were disappointed with the racing conditions on the Hudson, I cannot agree that the event was a failure. Races were run, and with three different winners in three races including a winner-take-all final race, a team came out on top…the same result as if there had been a baker’s dozen perfect windward-leeward races in 15 knots of breeze and flat water. But, I am not writing about the successes or failures of the Race Committee or course management or Mother Nature – and I’m certainly not writing about the TV coverage.

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It’s All Happening Here

There is a great buzz of boating going on, and I am really looking forward to the coming weeks. As with the rapid arrival of warm temperatures, green grass, budding plants and chirping birds, life quickly returned to the harbors, bays and sounds here in the Northeast. The sight of freshly launched boats criss-crossing one another as they make their way to homeport, or stretching their legs on sea trial makes me eager to see our family boat splashed. And the first weeknight races of the season have me excited about high octane racing action to come.

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Letter: Safety First!

April 2016 WindCheck CoverI enjoy your magazine and pick it up at the West Marine store on 37th Street in Manhattan. The April 2016 cover is of concern however, since the first thing I noticed was that two of the three happy people sitting on the edge of the sailboat are not wearing a life vest. One wrong move or wave and they can fall into the water and anything can happen. Perhaps in the future, for the sake of subliminally encouraging safety, similar pictures should show all of the people wearing some sort of protection (as many of your previous issues show!). All the best and keep up the good work.

Frank Didik, New York, NY

Frank – Thanks for your note. As you can see in the image, the conditions were quite benign and while it is not required for adults to don lifejackets, Chris is adamant that his crew wears them when conditions merit their use. He also noted that his son Christian always wears his life vest when he’s on deck.

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Letter: Really jazzed

April WindCheck 2016 coverI wanted to let you know that WindCheck has full East Coast distribution. As it turns out, the owner of a Baltic in Groton, CT brings her to Florida during the winter to race on the Indian River.

One of his Floridian crew had mentioned that he was interested in a Rodgers 26 that was for sale. The  timing of the April cover was perfect as the Baltic owner provided the April issue to his crew and we connected through WindCheck to discuss my Rodgers 26. Your magazine is a great source for Northeast sailing and I wish you continued success.

Best regards, Chris Miller, Stamford, CT

P.S. My son Christian was really jazzed when he saw the cover and can’t wait for another season to start!

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Letter: Sailors are fun and generous people!

I am writing to thank WindCheck for featuring Courtney Moore’s story on Center for Hospice Care’s Regatta Series. We also applaud WindCheck’s “On Watch” profile of Judy Gibbs, who has been a leader and prime mover of our regattas. As Southeast Connecticut’s only non-profit, community-based provider of hospice and palliative care, Center for Hospice Care is reliant on community support to deliver the highest quality care to anyone who needs it, even to those who are uninsured and unable to pay.

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Letter: The Tao of Coop

I just had to write to tell you I have devoured the recent issue of WindCheck while I was waiting to have my car sticker put on. Usually, I dog-ear a page in magazines that I want to do something about later. When I finished the magazine, I was amazed that I had 10 corners turned down!

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Letter: Take a Vet Sailing this Season

What is the date for this year’s ‘Take a Veteran Sailing’ event that was hosted in 2015 by the Centerport Yacht Club?

Bob Evans, via email

Bob – SailAhead’s Take a Vet Sailing event is Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Centerport YC. For more information and to learn more about the wonderful work that SailAhead is doing to heal armed forces veterans through sailing, visit Sailahead.org.

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Letter: Welcome to the Club!

Thanks for providing the material [about City Island Yacht Club’s Club Boat program]. New sailors looking to step up from sailing courses to ownership now have a place to go and an opportunity to learn the skills needed as a new owner.

David Shulman, via email David

City Island YC’s Club Boat program is indeed an innovative and accessible way for sailors to continue to build skills and enjoy the sport. We’d love to see more clubs follow suit.

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Editor's Log: Drop a Marker

While reading the Editor’s Note by Molly Winans in the March issue of Spinsheet, I made a decision – and one entry into my calendar. Molly’s article “The Spaghetti Solution” talked about planning the season’s sailing adventures with friends over a spaghetti dinner in March, and as her skipper noted in the article, “If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening.”

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