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WindCheck’s waters are home to many of the world’s best sailors, races and regattas, and you’ll find reports from the Northeast and beyond in every issue.

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Scamp in the Bacardi Cup

By Chris Szepessy

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Paul L. Roberti shot this photo of Will Welles and crew Zeke Horowitz, Jake Doyle and Reed Baldridge sailing in the J/70 class at the 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, FL March 3 – 9. Posting a 4-2-13-14-10-7-5-2 scoreline, Scamp finished fourth in the 33-boat fleet. A two-time J/24 World Champion and four-time J/24 North American Champion, Welles lives with his wife Katie and daughter Annika in…

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The Corinthians Frostbite Regatta

By Chris Szepessy

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By Stephen Zwarg Saturday, March 30 was a beautiful early spring day for the “frostbiting” Corinthians and guests at Mystic Seaport Museum’s Community Sailing Center on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT. With the temperature in the 50s, no wool hats or gloves were necessary! What kind of frostbiting is this? There were no complaints from the competitors, and the sailing conditions, SE to S winds from 5 to 12 knots, were ideal for the Museum’s fleet…

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Future Captains of the Seas Develop Skills in the Around Long Island Regatta

By Chris Szepessy

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By Jim Arnemann Each year, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD enter boats in the Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) and similar races in order to train their midshipmen in the challenges of the sea. The USMMA has been participating in the ALIR for close to 30 years and the USNA is just slightly behind them with about 20 races. These service…

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Designing for Victory: An Interview with New York Yacht Club American Magic’s Robyn Lesh

By Chris Szepessy

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Editor’s note: This interview is the third in a series we’re planning for each issue of WindCheck leading up to the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, which will be sailed March 6 – 21, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. This month we’re checking in with a member of the challenger’s design team, a talented engineer who’s a graduate of both MIT and the Oakcliff Sailing Sapling Program. WindCheck: Where did you grow up, and how old…

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The Captain and The Cup: An interview with Roger Penske, New York Yacht Club American Magic Team Principal

By Chris Szepessy

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In the world of auto racing, Roger Penske is THE MAN. It’s just that simple. Team Penske’s success in the sport – in multiple series over more than half a century – is unequaled, and the 2018 season was perhaps the best in the organization’s history. Drivers racing for “The Captain” tallied 32 wins last year, including a 17th Indianapolis 500 victory (Go, Will!) and Team Penske’s 500th all-time victory (Go, Brad!), as well as titles in…

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Argo Rises From the Ashes to Compete in the Caribbean 600

By Chad Corning

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By Chad Corning The speed and exhilaration of multihull sailing comes with a price. When it goes wrong and a big multi capsizes, it stays capsized and generally you’ll lose the rig. On Jason Carroll’s MOD 70 Argo (Larchmont, NY) we found ourselves in this unfortunate position just before the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 2019 Caribbean 600. Things were pretty rosy for Team Argo after blitzing the Pineapple Cup record and enjoying a nice, easy delivery…

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Reaching For Success: The Clagett Regattas enable sailors with disabilities to attain personal levels of achievement

By Joe Cooper

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Ever think the world is kicking you in the shins? That life’s not fair? Feeling sorry for yourself? Go immediately to ClagettRegatta.org. Here you will learn about people doing things that will make you cringe that you ever thought you were having a bad hair day. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta honors the memory of Tom Clagett, a passionate sailor who contracted meningitis in his youth. Tom was paralyzed for a while and…

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Dinking Around in Greenwich: The Riverside Dyer Dinghy Association has the formula for fun

By Benjamin Cesare

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By John Bainton Racing boats in the winter is something I have done since I was probably about eight or nine years old. I started while sailing with my father, Joe Bainton, in Interclubs at Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY and Snipes in Annapolis. When I was about fourteen, I got my first Laser Radial and started frostbiting at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT. I was frostbiting in Lasers on and off over my adult…

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The 2nd Annual Connecticut River Leukemia Cup Regatta is May 4 & 5

By Chris Szepessy

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Four yacht clubs on the Connecticut River in Essex, CT – Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Essex Yacht Club, Frostbite Yacht Club and Pettipaug Yacht Club – are proud to present the Second Annual Connecticut River Leukemia Cup Regatta, a two-day one-design river regatta scheduled for May 4 and 5. This event is open to any one-design fleet with five or more registered boats, including Ideal 18s, Etchells, MC Scows, Lasers, JY15s, Club 420s, Sunfish, Force 5s, etc….

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Jud Smith and Carmen & Emma Cowles are US Sailing’s 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswomen of the Year

By Chris Szepessy

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J/70 World Champion Jud Smith of Gloucester, MA and Girl’s International 420 Youth Sailing World Champions Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, NY) are US Sailing’s 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswomen of the Year. Smith and the Cowles were honored at a ceremony at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA in February, where each received specially engraved Rolex timepieces and custom picture frames commemorating their outstanding accomplishments in the sport. At 62, Jud Smith is the…

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