Author: Benjamin Cesare

Product Review

Product Review: Zerofit base layers

By Benjamin Cesare

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I like to frostbite but I confess, the clothing is always a work in progress. Some seasons you find a good setup, with the right layering, and if those work well, you simply modify what’s on top for the conditions. The same goes for lots of heartier spring and fall conditions in our neck of the woods, and definitely for offshore in the spring or fall when it can be balmy by day and 40s at night….

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On the Hard

By Benjamin Cesare

I just got home from the boat yard. It’s early November and one of those sixty to seventy-degree days that make you wish you had not pulled the boat just yet. These sentiments are not shared by the team at the yard, of course. Pulling boats while it is sleeting is not much fun, and you should not “be that guy.” But I must say, we are lucky enough to have a boat that really looks sweet…

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The Ms. Race Rocks!

By Benjamin Cesare

We don’t always cover sailing events after they have happened. We tend to prefer to provide previews, to help organizers boost the number of boats on the line. There are many outlets that report on the results, and sometimes we do too if there is enough “color” that we think is important to you. But there is one event we cover every year with great pleasure. While much is being said about creating opportunities for women in…

New Gear

Product Review: Ewincher 2

By Benjamin Cesare

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Welcome to our (or at least my) first WindCheck Product Review. We are diving into this realm for a number of reasons. The primary driver is that while innovation in sailing is ongoing, we all know that there are lots of traditions that sometimes limit the adoption of things that ultimately make the sport more fun, safer, and more accessible. This review fits those criteria to a tee. Second, they are advertising in the magazine! So writing…

Advertising Showcase

Boat Show Advertisers Showcase

By Benjamin Cesare

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We’re on the final leg of Summer 2022, and it’s time for the fall shows in Newport, Norwalk and Annapolis. WindCheck will have a booth at Newport and Norwalk, and we hope to get down to Annapolis too. We think it is important to try and help our advertisers leverage the cost and effort of being at these events to see you in person. So we are highlighting them here in hopes that you will at a…

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Fun racing vs “Who doesn’t like a good arms race?”

By Benjamin Cesare

I am sailing with a friend in the Shields Nationals (hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Shields Fleet 9 in Newport, Rhode Island September 6 – 10); thus the lovely cover shot. It is being sailed the first full week in September in Newport. It is not particularly convenient for my family. It is the first week of school for our 9th grader. Fall baseball practices will undoubtedly be called while I am away, and other…

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Women, Wind and Water

By Benjamin Cesare

We are very proud of our efforts to promote the activities of women in our sport. We are coming up on a year and half of our regular feature, Women on the Water. Not that WindCheck needed to really increase our coverage, but Coop thought it would be cool to lock in a monthly bio of female sailors in the WindCheck area, from New Jersey to New Bedford. Our first victim was Martha Parker which of course…

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Bailed Out Again!

By Benjamin Cesare

I confess that on the first truly summer-like weekend of 2022, a couple of weeks ago from when you are reading this, I found myself totally uninspired to write. I was very much more inspired to be on the water, or playing tennis or golf with my son, or eating and drinking outside or playing Canadian doubles with the now permanent badminton set in the backyard. Even cleaning the disaster of a garage ranked much higher than…

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Summer Sailstice ‘22!

By Benjamin Cesare

June is the best month for sure. Why? Because of the solstice of course! And not only should you be getting out to every weeknight race, pre-work fishing outing or on the water BBQ opportunity that you can, but there are also events aplenty to partake in. One we want to really push on was invented by our friend John Arndt, the associate publisher of kindred publication Latitude 38 from the San Francisco Bay area. Summer Sailstice…

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Long Road

By Benjamin Cesare

As we emerge from March of 2020, and stride forth in the spring of 2022, and as we have mentioned before in this column, some things seem to be permanently different. And I have talked about how we are going to treat the newbies and how we shouldn’t act like the grumpy ranger but more like the hail-fellow well-met mentor. But then, once that effort has been made, mostly last summer, what will this summer look like?…

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