Author: Benjamin Cesare

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So many stories…

By Benjamin Cesare

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One thing that very rarely happens at the WindCheck factory is a concern about what we are going to publish in a given month. And when it does appear that we might be a little light, by the first production meeting we are usually trying to figure out how to fit it all in. There is no lack of compelling stories going on in your Community, ever. Traditional. Professional. Goofy and Fun. It’s never ending! From the…

Racing

From Zero to Twenty in Three Years

By Benjamin Cesare

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By Ben Cesare On June 1 and 2, twenty brand-new Melges IC37s, 131 amateur sailors, a team of coaches from North Sails, the team from Melges Performance Sailboats, and the team from New York Yacht Club who were responsible for getting the boats in the water and ready to sail, gathered at Sail Newport in Newport, RI for an inaugural “training weekend.” Class President Phil Lotz welcomed all, thanked all who had made it possible and then…

Publisher's Log

Make a List

By Benjamin Cesare

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So, this month we whip-saw back to an action shot on the cover. Last month’s delightful capture of kids making memories with a great instructor (we got a number of calls looking for the builder of her coach boat) was very popular. But now it’s time to report on a lot of high-test racing action that took place while they were playing sponge tag. This month’s cover shows a glimpse of a new class that we cover…

Checking In

WindCheck Food Contest

By Benjamin Cesare

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We are running a contest for the best food to eat while cruising and distance racing as will be considered as well! The point is food on the boat; not ashore at a fancy or divey favorite destination eatery with boat drinks. I’ll provide an example. When we were kids, cruising with my parents on the Menemsha 24, one of the cocktail hour favorites was Vienna sausages. I’m talking about those nasty, semi-firm, two inch long sausages…

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That’s a lot of fun!

By Benjamin Cesare

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Well, it was only mid-July when I wrote this, and there had already been an epic amount of ‘big boat’ racing and other events in the Northeast. Annuals like the Block Island Race, then Marion Bermuda, followed by a very well promoted and executed Block Island Race Week (as we all should be aware by now…Presented by Margaritaville!), then Larchmont Race Week #121, then the Sail Newport Regatta followed by the 175th Anniversary Regatta by New York…

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…

Publisher's Log

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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