Author: Benjamin Cesare

Racing

Interview: Phil Lotz on Bringing The Cup Home

By Benjamin Cesare

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The 65th Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, Phil Lotz (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Newport, RI) has competed successfully in J/105s, Melges 32s, Etchells, Viper 640s and IC37s. He won two national championships on his Swan 42, Arethusa, and won the inaugural Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Phil currently owns a Gunboat 60 and has sailed and raced her extensively in New England and the Caribbean. He’s also an accomplished team racer. WindCheck: When did you…

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Around we go!

By Benjamin Cesare

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Love, love, love how we get to celebrate the variety of sailing in the northeast. This issue races around Long Island with the USMMA vs the USNA, goes up to Marblehead to look at the history of one of boatings oldest organizations, back to Mystic for annual fun, looks at The Blue Plan for The Sound and then back up to RI to chat with a couple of characters from the Bay. We like to reflect that…

Racing

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…

Juniors

Emergency Action Plans for Sailing Organizations: Six Tips to Optimize Your Plan and Response

By Benjamin Cesare

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By Whitney Peterson, Gowrie Group Gowrie Group and the Burgee Insurance Program are proud to offer important safety materials and resources to sailing organizations nationwide. We believe one of the most important documents that all sailing organizations should have in place is an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). At the most basic level, an Emergency Action Plan covers these important things: The key steps to take if an emergency or life threatening injury occurs What to tell 9-1-1…

Events

CT Spring Boat Show is May 3-5, 2019

By Benjamin Cesare

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The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina, located at 11 Ferry Street in Essex, CT. This in-water “boutique” show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, the Yacht Brokers Association of America, and YachtWorld. As in previous years, 100% of attendee gate proceeds will go to Sails…

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Ahhhhh….Spring! (and more overexposure!)

By Benjamin Cesare

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Praise whatever deity you wish or simply physics; but, spring is finally here! And with it comes some serious planning. I just spent the morning with my wife, mapping out our summer schedule. Unfortunately, we don’t have big events like Marion Bermuda or Block Island Race Week on the list. But it is packed all the same. We are looking at the minutiae of the regattas in Newport balanced against the local cruising we want to do…

Racing

Terry Hutchinson on Rhode Island & Teamwork: An Interview with the Skipper and Executive Director of New York Yacht Club American Magic

By Benjamin Cesare

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In 1851, members of the New York Yacht Club won the very first race for the trophy that became known as the America’s Cup, successfully defending the title twenty-four consecutive times before being defeated in 1983 – the longest winning streak in all sports. The 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada will be sailed March 6 – 21, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. The trophy’s current holders, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and their team, Emirates…

Cruising

Selecting the Right Line for Your Boat

By Benjamin Cesare

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Presented by Samson Ropes Editor’s note: If the lines on your boat are ready for replacement, the variety of marine rope on the market can be bewildering. To help you make the right choices, our friends at Samson, the worldwide leader in high-performance rope, kindly shared these basic guidelines.   Accurately assess your working load. For sheets, halyards, or control lines, anticipated loads are considered working loads. Please note that halyard loads are best determined by your…

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Ready for Spring!

By Benjamin Cesare

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When you get ready to go frostbiting on a March day, a number of things hit you that are big pluses. The sun’s up for around seventy minutes longer, but it feels like hours compared to December. Birds are singing. Baseball has begun in Florida. Even though the water’s really cold, the sun actually works, so 35 degrees feels like 40 and 45 feels like 60! It is also a time of year when the breeze ranges…

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Happy New Year!

By Benjamin Cesare

This issue rocks! Call me biased and yes, I nearly broke my arm patting our team and all the contributors on the back in December. But this one has content that the WindCheck Community truly represents from cover to cover. I’m thinking about adding distribution at ski areas this month so folks have something to relish in between runs, over a cup of chili. Just don’t stuff it in the boot bag at the end of the…

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