Author: Ben

Juniors

Making Sailing More Fun

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By Ben Cesare A great amount has been written about making sailing more fun for kids so as to keep them in the sport long term. We all know the reasons…the structure and competition (and arms race) of racing is not for every kid, helicopter parenting, competition for time with other sports and activities, and of course the “dreaded digital” are all regularly cited as problems. Sailing instructors know this all too well! They have been answering…

Publisher's Log

Outside the Box

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Raise your hand if you knew that the Herreshoff S Class was a box rule. A box rule means that a yacht designer is given a set of parameters: length, displacement, rig size, etc. and designs within that rule; like the America’s Cup, TP52s or 12 Metres, or any of the current grand prix rules. Some of us sail under those parameters, but mostly “grand prix” type sailing with a mix of pros and amateurs. PHRF gives…

Checking In

CT Spring Boat Show a Success!

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The first weekend in May is becoming a fixture for the WindCheck readership area. For the fourth year in a row, the CT Spring Boat Show was hosted by Safe Harbor Marinas’ Essex Island Marina in Essex, CT. And for the third year in a row, the weather was not great! But also, for the third year in a row, a couple thousand people braved the iffy weather and enjoyed a growing show where a lot of…

Publisher's Log

Change!

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Such a tired title. One that’s used so often that it’s almost a cop out. However, this month does indeed represent a first-time-in-seventeen years sort of change. I am of course talking about the paper stock of the WindCheck magazine you hold in your hands. The argument against going from a newsprint cover to a heavier, glossy cover is that WindCheck has always been a down to earth, Community magazine that you can roll up and stick…

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