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Letters

Plus One’s a Win-Win

By Chris Szepessy

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I thought Adam Loory’s article (Teaching Old Sailors New Tricks; January/February 2019) regarding the concept of “Plus One” crew formats was great. I think the idea is fantastic. Brooks Ritchey, via email Brooks – Plus One (or Plus 1) is indeed a fantastic idea! As you know, Adam conceived this new shorthanded racing class as…

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More Opti-cogitation

By Chris Szepessy

Editor’s note: We’re still getting lots of feedback on the Publisher’s Log in our September issue, “Resume Hand Wringing!”, in which Ben Cesare opined, “I think we need a better tool [than the Optimist] for the job [of teaching kids to sail].” Across two junior sailors I never had issue with the [Optimist]. I honestly…

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Eight Bells: Captain Henry E. Marx

By Chris Gill

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Captain Henry E. Marx, Master Mariner and founder of Landfall in Stamford, CT, crossed the bar on June 28, 2018. A lifelong mariner, Capt. Marx saw service in the U.S. Navy and the Norwegian Merchant Marine, and delivered yachts along the East and West Coasts for over 20 years. He acquired Landfall Navigation, the marine navigation and safety equipment chandlery, in 1982.

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Letter: Don’t miss the JYRA Reunion!

By Chris Szepessy

What the heck is JYRA? Well, at one time it stood for Junior Yacht Racing Association and has since been renamed Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound. We had a reunion of JYRA sailors in 2009, and we have been encouraged to do an encore performance.

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A Visit from “Goldie”

By Chris Szepessy

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My husband John and I were making the run from Isles of Shoals to Provincetown, heading back to our homeport of Rowayton, Connecticut after spending a month in Maine. Both of us were a bit wistful that our cruise was coming to an end, but we were enjoying a lovely day in August, about 10 miles offshore, with no other boats in sight. There was no wind, so we were motoring along at about 7 knots on our Cambria 46 Starlight. (Fun fact, her first owner was Christopher Reeve, who had her built in 1989 and named her Sea Angel.)

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Letter: Send it!

By Chris Szepessy

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Jim’s catastrophic skiing accident on February 3 left him paralyzed from the waist down, and a GoFundMe page was quickly established to ensure that he can one day return to his life as the well-known energetic Ronstan traveling salesman, a sailor with a wealth of nautical knowledge and jokes, and the consummate cheerleader for his family (his wife Alix is the two-time International Women’s Keelboat champion and his son Nick is an American Yacht Club Optimist sailor)

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