On Watch - Billy Black

by COLLEEN PERRY

© Meagan BeaucheminLuxurious yacht interiors photographed in exquisite lighting; cruisers slicing through the water or resting in a quiet harbor at dusk or dawn – these are the images of world-renowned photographer Billy Black. The summer of 2013 will always stay in my memory as the year I crossed paths with Billy. I was immediately impressed with Billy’s friendly, gracious nature. Later, as we talked about his work, I was struck by his humility as he gave credit to his wife Joyce and assistant Meagan for their work behind the scenes. With Joyce’s help – and a bit of modern technology – I caught up with Billy for this interview while he was on assignment in Antigua.

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On Watch - Kieran Quinn

by AMY VILLALBA

Kieran Quinn, Commodore of Nyack Boat Club (NBC) in Nyack, NY, says there are fluffy clouds that can only be seen in Nyack. He should know. Kieran’s served as Rear Commodore (Programs) 2008-2009, Vice Commodore 2010-2011 and Commodore since 2012.

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On Watch - Peter Becker

No sailor on the Stamford Yacht Club lawn after this year’s Vineyard Race was prouder than Peter Becker, the chairman of the Junior Big Boat program at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Peter was the navigator on the winning boat, and among the eight young sailors aboard the J/122 Patriot were his 15-year-old son Key and daughter Carina, 14.

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On Watch - Vin Pica

The informative and entertaining “From the Captain of the Port” columns in WindCheck are written by Vincent T. Pica, II, the District Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s First District Southern Region.

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On Watch - Iris Vogel

Iris Vogel is among the nicest people we’ve ever met, but don’t let her friendly, gentle demeanor fool you. A fiercely competitive sailor, Iris has won several national championships. 

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On Watch - Justin Coplan

In 2008, Justin Coplan became one of the first recipients in the International Lightning Class Association’s Boat Grant Program. Today, Justin (pictured at left with teammates Danielle Pryor and Mike Carney) is a co-chair of this unique program, which gives enthusiastic young teams an opportunity to sail a race-ready boat in a very strong one-design class.

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On Watch - Diane Kropfl & Bill Sabanski

A shared love of sailing and a desire to help others inspired Diane Kropfl & Bill Sabanski of Highlands, NJ to help build the Ms. Race, a unique charity regatta hosted by the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club that raises funds for an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

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On Watch - Gregor Tarjan

Gregor Tarjan is one of the most passionate people we’ve ever met. The founder and owner of Aeroyacht Ltd. in East Setauket, NY, Gregor has unbridled enthusiasm for designing and sailing fast multihull yachts and restoring and driving vintage race cars.

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Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

An International 420 skipper from Darien, CT, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick is one of America’s finest youth sailors. Megan was recently named (for the second consecutive year) to the US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the Olympic pathway team supported by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program and US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee. She’s also among the best writers ever published in WindCheck. Her excellent articles, including “Sailing, Surfing, Empanadas and Car-Diving: Opti Racing in Argentina” and “Wind and Warmth: A Winter I420 Campaign Across Florida,” are archived at windcheckmagazine.com. 

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On Watch - Linc Schoenberger

As many WindCheck readers know, our editorial staff produces the Block Island Race Week News for the Storm Trysail Club in odd-numbered years. In 2007, we were particularly interested in watching a Wyliecat 30 named One Up, owned and skippered by Lincoln Schoenberger of Shelton, CT and competing in the PHRF division. We’d seen this blue 30-footer at the Park City Regatta, a breast cancer charity event hosted by Fayerweather Yacht Club in Bridgeport. We admired her handsome lines and the simplicity of her free-standing, single-sail cat rig (hence her name), and were impressed with her speed.

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