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A Story of Hard Charging

By Chris Szepessy

A Story of Hard Charging

By Peter Becker Photos by Bill Shea Photography Last spring, I sailed an amazing race called the Bermuda 1-2. The first leg to Bermuda is sailed single-handed followed by a double-handed return to Newport. The solo offshore part was particularly rewarding and a great awakening to the joys of solo sailing. Short-handed sailing is so much fun that with the help of the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the Cruising Club of…

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75th Block Island Race – Third Time’s a Charm

By Chris Szepessy

75th Block Island Race – Third Time’s a Charm

Our friends at the Storm Trysail Club are pleased to be hosting (at last!) the 75th running of the Block Island Race. The 186nm spring classic starts Friday, May 27 off Stamford, Connecticut. “In 2020, the race was canceled due to the pandemic and in 2021, ‘N over A’ was hoisted to abandon racing the morning of the start due to a combination of extreme weather conditions that would have made racing unsafe for competitors,” said John…

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This Year’s ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’ Attracts 220 Entries

By Chris Szepessy

This Year’s ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’ Attracts 220 Entries

52nd Newport Bermuda Race starts June 17 By Barry Pickthall for WindCheck It is one of the great classic races. The biennial Newport Bermuda Race, now in its 116th year, was first conceived back in 1906, the same year as the Transpac from San Francisco to Honolulu. Between these two pioneering events, they seeded the other great races around the globe including the biennial Fastnet Race in the UK and the annual Sydney/Hobart classic in Australia, now…

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52nd Newport Bermuda Race Fleet Growing

By Chris Szepessy

52nd Newport Bermuda Race Fleet Growing

By John Burnham, Newport Bermuda Race Media Team Co-chair At press time in mid-February, with entries open until April 3, 202 boats had entered the 635nm Newport Bermuda Race, which starts Friday, June 17. Organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the race has a limit of 220 entrants, but anyone who ends up on the waiting list will likely make the start, as some attrition is normal between April and…

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IC Classic: 88 Years of Winter Sailing at Larchmont Yacht Club

By Tom Darling

IC Classic: 88 Years of Winter Sailing at Larchmont Yacht Club

Story & photos by Tom Darling   In this second pandemic winter, we rediscover the ultimate socially distanced outdoor recreation for sailors. That would be Frostbiting, or as they say on the Larchmont Yacht Club website, Winter Sailing. Emerging in the depths of the Great Depression, winter dinghy sailing consumed some of the greats of that time, including the inestimable Arthur Knapp, Jr., considered the godfather of winter sailing with his pipe and professorial approach to yachting….

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Argo Across the Atlantic

By Chad Corning

Argo Across the Atlantic

The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race By Chad Corning, Argo Racing Program Manager   The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Transatlantic Race was first run in 2014 and has increased in popularity over the years. Why wouldn’t it? It’s a beautiful racecourse starting from the stark, volcanic Canary Islands and ending 3,000 miles across the Atlantic at the island of Grenada. A record fleet of thirty yachts (that’s a lot for a race this long) took part in 2022….

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Card Sound Sailing Club Bullseye Fleet History

By Chris Szepessy

Card Sound Sailing Club Bullseye Fleet History

  Editor’s note: For this final installment in our Herreshoff Jubilee Celebration series, we’re visiting a very enthusiastic Herreshoff one-design fleet in the Florida Keys. Our friends at the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island are celebrating their Golden Jubilee year – the 50th anniversary of the museum’s founding, and WindCheck is honored to be the official Jubilee Media Partner. The Herreshoff Marine Museum is located on the grounds of the former…

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The Viper 640 North Americans & Women’s North Americans

By Chris Szepessy

The Viper 640 North Americans & Women’s North Americans

Mark Zagol is the 2021 Viper 640 North American Champion, with Grace Howie and Meredith Killion victorious in the inaugural Viper 640 Women’s North American Championship Our friends at Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT hosted the first ever Viper 640 Women’s North American Championship and the 2021 Viper 640 North American Championships on October 2 & 3 and 7 -10, respectively. Boat speed was the name of the game in the first event of “Viper Week”…

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Southern YC Wins Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup for Second Time

By Chris Szepessy

Southern YC Wins Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup for Second Time

By Stuart Streuli, NYYC Communications Director Photos by Daniel Forster For the second time in three editions, Southern Yacht Club left the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, RI with the most prestigious trophy in Corinthian sailing, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, firmly in its collective grasp. The team from New Orleans—led by skipper John Lovell and tactician Marcus Eagan, and supported both here and in New Orleans by hundreds, if not…

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The Prince Henry Navigator Race

By Chris Szepessy

The Prince Henry Navigator Race

By Nick Bowen The Twenty Hundred Club had their fifth race of the season on Saturday, August 29. Prince Henry was the Portuguese explorer Dom Henrique who lived from 1394 to 1460. He pioneered Portugal’s early maritime expansion. His first capture was Maderia, about 400 miles east of Morocco that he sought shelter on when he was blown off course in 1418. He would also oversee the settxlement of the Azores. But it would be three centuries…

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