On Watch

You’ll meet a noteworthy sailor in every issue of WindCheck, particularly those who are giving something back to the sport or working to preserve our marine environment.

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Teak Ackman

By Chris Szepessy

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With a family tradition of maritime trades, a passion for small marine business and a dedication to Newport, Rhode Island’s working waterfront, Teak Ackman is the founder and president of Seven Star Marine Engineering. “I had the privilege of growing up in Newport and working in the family business, Oldport Marine Services,” Teak recalls. “When I was 7 or 8, my folks found a little fiberglass Skimmar dinghy that I could keep across the street from our…

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Patricia Young

By Chris Szepessy

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The Transatlantic Race 2019, a 2,960 nautical mile dash from Newport, Rhode Island to Cowes, England, starts Tuesday, June 25. Chairing this quadrennial classic is one of the world’s finest Corinthian navigators, Patricia Young. “When I was 17 my dad bought our first boat, a Bristol 27,” Patti recalls. “Dad had talked about wanting a sailboat my whole life, and when he finally bought one he showed me you really can have what you want if you’re willing to persevere and work…

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On Watch: Andrew Burton

By Chris Szepessy

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Many WindCheck readers will know Andrew Burton’s name from his excellent articles in Cruising World. A longtime contributor to that fine publication, Andy has logged more than 350,000 offshore miles. As the owner of Adventure Sailing (burtonsailing.com), he relishes helping coastal sailors become confident, competent skippers who can keep their crew safe and comfortable – and having fun – at sea. “I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia,” says Andy, who now resides in Middletown, RI. “My…

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On Watch – Jessica Frascotti

By Chris Szepessy

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Bringing an abiding love of the sea to a grassroots organization dedicated to eliminating marine debris, improving coastal water quality and preserving shoreline access, Jessica Frascotti is the Program Coordinator at Clean Ocean Access in Middletown, RI. “I have always been drawn to the ocean,” says Jessie, who lives in Newport. “The vastness and beauty of the ocean and underwater world is something that has always left me in awe. I grew up in Needham, MA and…

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On Watch – Bill Simon

By Chris Szepessy

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As the Race Program Director at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, New York, Bill Simon has an essential role in the non-profit organization’s mission of putting American sailors atop podiums around the world and building American leaders through sailing.     “I grew up in Port Washington and learned to sail from my father and friends,” says Bill, who lives in Port Washington near the house he grew up in. “We sailed off a local beach from…

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On Watch – Sam Crichton

By Chris Szepessy

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An event management consultant who lives in Newport, Rhode Island, Samantha Crichton grew up on her family’s 55,000-acre station (ranch) in the Australian Outback, a long, long way from the City by the Sea and the world of sailing.

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On Watch – Carmen & Emma Cowles

By Chris Szepessy

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Representing Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY, twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles, 18, won seven of nine races in the 420 Girls class at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi, TX this summer, garnering their second consecutive world championship title.

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