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.

On Watch

Madeline Gill

By Chris Szepessy

Madeline Gill

One of the first graduates of Oakcliff Sailing’s Sapling program, Madeline Gill is a Sail Designer at North Sails in Charleston, South Carolina, an accomplished racer with success in multiple classes, and a fervent advocate for equality in sailing. “I grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and started sailing at Cedar Point Yacht Club when I was six, as crew for my dad on a Vanguard 15,” says Madeline. “I have so many fond memories of junior sailing…

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Egidia Vergano

By Chris Szepessy

Egidia Vergano

The Program Manager at Clean Ocean Access (COA) in Middletown, Rhode Island, Egidia Vergano is committed to helping others reduce waste and pursue sustainability, and she loves her work. “I grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, not near but not too far from the ocean,” says Egidia, who lives in Exeter, RI. “Starting at age seven, my family began spending one week every summer in Provincetown. It was there that my love of the ocean was ignited. I…

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Greg Gilmartin

By Chris Szepessy

Greg Gilmartin

Writer, TV producer, director and videographer Greg Gilmartin is a certified US Sailing Regional Race Officer, a Mudhead to the core, and an inveterate POTRAF. “I was born in Brooklyn, New York, lived in Sheepshead Bay next to Coney Island and spent more time on the beach than on the water,” Greg recalls. “Moved to South Hempstead on Long Island then college at Oneonta State, where I got into radio announcing. Baseball, football and golf were the…

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Haley Brown

By Chris Szepessy

Haley Brown

A passionate sailor, a gifted sailing coach and a talented artist, Haley Brown relishes sharing her knowledge with others, whether it’s achieving success on the racecourse or creating a painting. “I grew up on the shoreline in Branford, Connecticut, and skippered my first Opti at six,” says Haley, who lives in New Haven. “My parents aren’t sailors, but they enrolled me in Opti lessons at the club we belonged to. I had a hand-me-down Opti and Phantom…

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Mike Acebo

By Chris Szepessy

Mike Acebo

The former General Manager of Brewer Greenport Marinas in Greenport, New York, Mike Acebo has worked as a backcountry ski guide, a mountaineering instructor, a white water and sea kayaking instructor, an Outward Bound director, and an emergency medical technician. An ardent sailor, iceboater and boatbuilder, he’s showing no sign of slowing down. “I was born in Denver and called Colorado home for thirty years,” says Mike, who lives in East Marion, New York on Long Island’s…

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Carol Newman Cronin

By Chris Szepessy

Carol Newman Cronin

An award-winning author, editor, Olympian and World Champion, Carol Newman Cronin is one of the nicest people in sailing. “I grew up in Woods Hole, Massachusetts (though I spent winters farther from the water),” says Carol. “I started sailing at ten days old, because my parents’ first boat and I (their third child) arrived on the same day. Bob Bigelow was the first guy I raced small boats with. One of my earliest ‘Aha’ memories was when he…

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Siobhan MacDonald

By Chris Szepessy

Siobhan MacDonald

One of North America’s finest sailors in the singlehanded 2.4 mR class, Siobhan MacDonald is a perennial – and popular! – competitor at the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta, an amazing event hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. She also co-founded a sailing club in her Cape Breton hometown, despite being born without a right leg, most of her left arm, and part of her right hand. “I grew up in Mabou,…

On Watch

Elaine Haher

By Chris Szepessy

Elaine Haher

A Past Commodore of Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, Elaine Haher is a longtime member of the organizing committee for the Ms. Race, an amazing charity race for all-women crews that AHYC has proudly hosted since 2005. An accomplished J/24 skipper and three-time Ms. Race winner, she serves as the event’s Principal Race Officer and shares her expertise in pre-race Skippers’ Talks. “I was born in Staten Island and first started sailing at…

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Evelyn Ansel

By Chris Szepessy

Evelyn Ansel

A third generation boatbuilder and the newly appointed Curator at the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island, Evelyn Ansel is preserving maritime history and loving her work. Evelyn is the granddaughter of Willits Dyer Ansel (1929-2019) and daughter of Walter Ansel, both shipwrights at Mystic Seaport Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. “Growing up in a family of boatbuilders had a very direct impact on my interest in boats,” says…

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Rob Windsor

By Chris Szepessy

Rob Windsor

Pro sailor, race boat preparateur and one of America’s finest doublehanded racers, Rob Windsor has competed in every edition of The Atlantic Cup. “I was born in Maine but grew up in Centerport, New York,” says Rob, who resides in Portland, Maine. “I’m adopted and my parents had a Columbia 22 when they got me, so I’ve been sailing since before I can remember. Their next boat was a Pearson 26, and I remember cruising Long Island…

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