Author: Benjamin Cesare

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Foggy Planning

By Benjamin Cesare

I was Sonar racing with a mentor out of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard in the late eighties. It was a one-day event with fantastic summertime conditions. After the cookout, it was revealed that Mentor had not lined up a place for us to spend the night. Since the forecast called for a big cold front and northwester, it seemed a good idea to beat the rush to the hoist and avoid what promised to be a…

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Summer’s Here and the Time is Right

By Benjamin Cesare

Raise your hand if you played hooky for all or part of a weekday to do boat work in the past month. Excellent…very shrewd of you, as the weather turned perfect from the second week of May onwards. Now, raise your hand again if you pressed any children into service to expedite the boat work. I find that 13 and over is really the line of demarcation for significant progress being made versus needing so much instruction,…

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Welcome to the Connecticut Spring Boat Show!

By Benjamin Cesare

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WindCheck Magazine is proud to manage this unique event for the participating Yacht Brokers and Exhibitors that serve the Boating Community of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. It is a bit of an honor for us to run one of the first in-person events as we come out of a very trying year. With new sponsors, BMW and Gowrie Group, joining Essex Boat Works, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat and the Association of Yacht Brokers…

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Finally!

By Benjamin Cesare

I’ll say one thing about this past year…a lot has changed. Behaviors mostly. I distinctly remember how a year ago, we were so excited to be getting ten more “boxes” in mid-town Manhattan where WindCheck would be available. I also distinctly remember making plans for a Taste of Essex℠ exhibit within the CT Spring Boat Show℠. We were going to have ten or more restaurants and other retailers providing samples under the big clubhouse tent on Essex…

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The 2021 CT Spring Boat Show in Essex, CT is On!

By Benjamin Cesare

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The 5th Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place Friday April 30, Saturday, May 1 and Sunday May 2 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, located at 11 Ferry Street in Essex, CT. This unique show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Safe Harbor Essex Island, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, and YachtWorld. As always, 50% of ticket sales will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer. Over…

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Pins and Needles

By Benjamin Cesare

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I am seriously hoping for a joyous spring. After watching what felt like a million of Connecticut Governor Lamont’s press conferences and daily studying of the vaccination and testing rates in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, we are forging ahead with our Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex, CT. It is both a relief and a welcome burden to do it carefully. The enthusiasm from many sectors has been really uplifting. Yacht brokers’ biggest concerns…

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People in Sailing

By Benjamin Cesare

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Having just finished editing the first proof of the March 2021 issue, Zep (Editor-in-Chief) pointed out with great pride that we’d created our very own “women in sailing” issue. After all, four out of five of our feature stories are about women in the sport, the subject of our On Watch article is a woman, and Coop’s Corner is (partially) about a woman as well. That is six stories in one issue. I confess, during the gathering…

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Out of the Dark

By Benjamin Cesare

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It has taken a long time to get here, or so it seems. In just one year we’ve gone from making big plans to lockdown, to grumpy adaptation. But along the way, parts of our sport flourished. Go figure. Of course our predecessors would scoff at the idea of grumbling over just one year of hardship. Perhaps it’s the era of non-stop cacophony, the loudness of the “news,” generating forced opinions and divisiveness that made it seem…

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EWE Spirit

By Benjamin Cesare

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In the past 199 issues, WindCheck has not typically printed eulogies. This is in part because so many other publications, not the least of which is Scuttlebutt, do them and do them promptly and very well. We have had exceptions. There have been certain people, bigger-than-life types, who were so key to WindCheck from the beginning and who also happened to be very important figures in the WindCheck Community, that we were duty bound to honor them….

Doublehanded Sailing

Double Up!

By Benjamin Cesare

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Two-person big boat racing is the next big thing     WindCheck fans may recall that we were very supportive last year of our friend Adam Loory’s Plus One rule, which he conceived to get boats off of their moorings by crewing up with one more person than the tens digit in the length of the craft. Plus One was gaining good traction in the summer of ’19, with Plus One scoring being used by many “big…

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