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Adios. Adieu. Goodbye.

When Anne Hannan called me and asked if I would write a monthly column for WindCheck, I thought it would be fun to write about a variety of things going on around Long Island Sound. When my wife heard about it, she said, “Great. They’ve given you a soapbox to stand on.”

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The America’s Cup: My Favorite Punching Bag

My wife and I will be moving to Maryland at the end of August, so this will be my second to last column. More to follow in the September issue. Being my final commentary, I’m going to discuss my favorite punching bag — the America’s Cup.

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Safety on the Course

Much has been written recently about the tragic loss of life in two offshore races in California. As with the losses in the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart races, much will be learned and implemented from these tragedies.

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The Games are Coming

The start of the Olympic Games in Weymouth, England are only weeks away (July 27) and the sailing events in the Paralympics begin August 29. I’m happy to say that the USA will be sending strong teams to both, with a number of excellent medal opportunities.

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Being a Good Sailing Parent

Let me start this column by admitting that I was not the perfect sailing parent, making my share of mistakes along the way. However, I think I’ve observed the right and wrong ways to rear a capable young sailor.

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Let’s get back to basics and put the fun back into sailing.

One of the best-known acronyms — keep it simple, stupid — should be used more in sailing.

This past winter I had the opportunity to serve as PRO [Principal Race Officer] several times for frostbiting at American Yacht Club, Rye, NY. It was such a joy, helped in part by the mild weather. But what makes frostbiting the most fun is the simplicity of it. There is no Notice of Race, nor is there a six-page set of sailing instructions written by a lawyer. Results are not prepared by an online scoring system, and there isn’t a code flag to be seen.

 

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Spring Has Almost Sprung

Hard to believe, but spring is right around the corner. So far it’s been a mild winter (of course I bought a snow blower in the fall), but spring is always a welcome happening.

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Sound Off! Solidarity

solidarityWe knew that Bill Sandberg’s Sound Off! column in our September issue, entitled “Why Kids Don’t Want to Sail,” would strike a chord with our readership. Below are responses (some edited for length) that reflect people’s opinions on Bill’s insight into this oft-discussed topic.

 

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Looking Back and Ahead

This is the time of year when most reflect on the year past and express hope for the year to come. Why should I be any different?

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70th Annual Moosehead Awards

The annual meeting of the International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen (ISPCRY) was held this year at Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Hempstead, NY on October 30.

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