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Mary Savage on Pumpkin Shell

By Chris Szepessy

Mary Savage on Pumpkin Shell

Dear WindCheck crew, When looking up Peter Cooper the previous owner of our [Hinckley Bermuda 40], I came across your Eight Bells remembrance of Mary M. Savage. As an avid racer myself, I was quite impressed with her accomplishments. You believe that the photo in your article was taken on Peter’s Pumpkin Shell on the way back from Bermuda. I laughed when I read that, “according to Mary, not an easy passage. I believe they were down to bare poles at…

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Dear UK Racers, Customers & Friends, UK Sailmakers |Northeast would like to congratulate the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, the Boston Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club for hosting two great sailing events. We often overlook the planning and preparation that goes into hosting an ocean race and a week of racing with terrific shoreside fun. There are many volunteers for each event and UK Sailmakers thanks all involved for your time and effort! UK|NE would like to recognize…

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Breaking the Mold

By Chris Szepessy

Breaking the Mold

Ben, I am pleased to see the focus on women in sailing that WindCheck has been doing, and a monthly bio is an excellent way to share. As a Past Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club, I can say we have focused on women in sailing for decades with very active learn to sail and racing programs. Women also race twice a week in H12s and Bullseyes.  I also enjoyed Coop’s interview with Sara Stone, a very…

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Fostering a Culture of Safety

By Chris Szepessy

Fostering a Culture of Safety

Hello WindCheck, William Strassberg’s article, and intro by Ralph Naranjo (April 2022; windcheckmagazine.com/article/when-the-wind-is-howling-i-am-thankful-for-our-culture-of-safety/), was a delight. While not new to the ideas (I was Ralph’s editor for The Art of Seamanship), I was thrilled to see them in WindCheck.  My hope is that crews of all sorts initiate these conversations—especially those on board that might not always feel they have experience or knowledge. An onboard culture that values curiosity and suggestions is a safer environment, with the caveat that…

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By Chris Szepessy

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Dear WindCheck, Kudos to your fine magazine, editor Chris Szepessy and contributor Rick Bannerot for chronicling the trend of young sailors pursuing coastal and offshore sailing. The experiences, lessons, comradery and pure enjoyment of being offshore are compelling drivers. All that is needed to inspire sailors is access to them. The source of the Figaro 2s chartered by Stamford and Noroton Yacht Clubs and so spectacularly portrayed on the cover of the March issue is the Collegiate…

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Ouch!

By Chris Szepessy

Ouch!

(Editor’s note: In our October issue, we presented the first part of an interview with Charles “Butch” Ulmer (“75 Years of UK Sailmakers’). The article, which can be found at windcheckmagazine.com/article/75-years-of-uk-sailmakers/, contained a bit of erroneous information on the subject of accidental puncture wounds sustained by sail loft handworkers. Dear Ben, First, thank you for making me a household name in the Long Island Sound sailing world. I’ve never gotten so much press. Second, somewhere in our…

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By Chris Szepessy

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Style Over Safety? Dear Sir/Madam, Looking at the “stylish pinnies” in your March 2021 edition (“MudRatz Ready to Rock!” windcheckmagazine.com/article/mudratz-ready-to-rock/), I wonder about the choice of life jacket color. Almost looks like they are designed to be a camouflage in the water. A couple of years ago, while crewing on a boat my friend’s wife fell off during a knockdown. Being petite she was a little difficult to see in the water because of her dark clothing. We did recover her safely after…

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By Chris Szepessy

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Ho Sailors! I picked up WindCheck in Belfast, Maine this fall and am still amazed by the range and variety of your articles. Fascinating stuff, even for someone with limited sailing experience. Keep it up! Jackie Barchilon, via email Jackie – Thank you for the kind words. It’s our goal to deliver engaging a read to all those who enjoy the waters of the Northeast, and our crew strives to make each issue better than the one before. —…

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Newport Bermuda Memories

By Chris Szepessy

Newport Bermuda Memories

I read the On Watch piece about my friend Sheila McCurdy yesterday, which brought back many memories of the early 1970s, Sheila, and her father, Jim. John Rousmaniere will remember the gang of extraordinary offshore sailors at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sheila was immersed in offshore sailing as a young woman, even from the outside, and she had a sailing sister in Cold Spring Harbor, in Susan Noyes, daughter of David Noyes,…

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By Chris Szepessy

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Dear Plank-on-Frame sailors in the Opera House Cup, We are writing to you for two reasons. First, we’d like to encourage you to register for this year’s Opera House Cup on Sunday, August 16. Registration is now open at operahousecup.org. Most of you have been with us in recent years, but some of you have been away, and we would love to have you back. The soul of the race is with the owners such as you,…

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