On Watch - Amory Ross

A love of sailing and a passion for creating stunning images of the sport have taken professional photographer and videographer Amory Ross across the Atlantic with the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team and around the world with PUMA Ocean Racing, and he’s currently working with the America’s Cup defender, Oracle Team USA.

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On Watch - Fran Grenon

WindCheck is proud to have published many of Fran Grenon’s photographs of the Marion Bermuda Race and the Buzzards Bay Regatta over the years. Fran’s images have also appeared in SAIL, Sailing World and Cruising World, and his dramatic shot of Steve Hollis’ J/105 Sirocco in a stiff breeze at the 2004 J/105 North American Championship graces the cover of J/Boats: Sailing to Success by Anthony Dalton.

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On Watch - Katie Bradford

As the owner of Custom Marine Canvas in Noank, CT, Katie Bradford has turned her passion for sailing and sewing into a successful business. She’s also the Co-founder and President of New London Community Boating, a non-profit organization that has introduced hundreds of kids to the sport.

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On Watch - Clemmie Everett

A well respected and popular sailing coach on Long Island Sound, Clemmie Everett is also a frequent WindCheck contributor. We are proud to have published several of her excellent ‘Coaches’ Corner’ articles.

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On Watch - Justin M. Smith

Later this month, Justin Smith is embarking on a very ambitious journey to raise money for a worthy cause. Justin, age 12, will be sailing his 8-foot Optimist across the Long Island Sound singlehanded, and he is seeking donors to help fund a project to restore the Sound’s ecosystem.

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On Watch - Mistral Dodson & Mike Smith

New England Science & Sailing (NESS), a US Sailing-certified community sailing center in Stonington, CT that also teaches marine science and adventure water sports to students from age 4 to adult, is fortunate to have Mistral Dodson and Michael Smith on staff. Mistral and Mike have strong backgrounds in outdoor education and have been with NESS since its inception in 2008. She is the Marine Science and Adventure Sports Program Director and he’s a Marine Science Program Director.

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On Watch - Jessica Wurzbacher

by MARY GRADY

Jessica Wurzbacher, the newly hired Director of Marine Education for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island in Newport, RI, remembers vividly the moment when she realized the oceans would be at the center of her life. “I was sitting on a beach, on an island off the coast of Indonesia, where I’d gone on a research trip after graduating from university,” she recalls. “We had spent the day scuba diving for a coral reef survey. I was looking out over the ocean, and I suddenly knew this is what I wanted to do – to study the oceans. I wanted to know the name of every single organism, what it eats, and how it behaves. I wanted to know everything, and that’s what I set out to do.” 

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On Watch - Jeremy Wilmot

A native of Sydney, Australia, Jeremy Wilmot has an impressive sailing resumé, including a world championship in an ultra-competitive one-design class. Now living in Newport, RI and Norwalk, CT and a member of the Sales Team at North Sails in Milford, CT, Jeremy enjoys sharing his expertise with clients.

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On Watch - Kaye Williams

You won’t meet a person more strongly connected to Black Rock Harbor than Kaye Williams, nor anyone as passionate about the history – and future – of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The founder and owner of Captain’s Cove Seaport, a popular tourist attraction and full-service marina in Black Rock, Kaye grew up in a cottage on Fayerweather Island at the mouth of the harbor.

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On Watch - Robie Pierce

by BILL SANDBERG

If ever there were a person who knew how to bounce back from adversity, it would be Newport, RI’s Robie Pierce.

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