Author: Benjamin Cesare

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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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Quite the turnout!

By Benjamin Cesare

Stamford Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club with Riverside Yacht Club hosted three regattas on three successive weekends. The Vineyard Race, The Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race and the Long Island Sound Championships all had beautiful September weather. And sandwiched in there on the middle Saturday, 9/12, was Larchmont Yacht Club’s Edlu Race, a short distance race traditionally sailed as a warm-up to Block Island Race in the spring. I have sailed a big handful of Edlu’s,…

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It’s all about…

By Benjamin Cesare

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This summer we saw junior program directors and instructors trying really hard to make their classes possible, never mind fun or normal. But as many have observed, this brought a lot of “old school” behaviors back into play, some of which have been called for, without a pandemic to force the situation. Fierce competition at regattas had to take a break this summer. I’m wondering how that will turn out. Will kids have (gulp!) lost a step…be…

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Best laid plans…

By Benjamin Cesare

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If you read last month’s iteration, I waxed on about the Covid-driven explosion in boating and the process of finding a new family boat and ended with teasing the grand plan to bring the boat back north with my 12-year-old. Well, what a surprise! Things did not go as planned.     Many aspects of the mission were accomplished. My son got to experience firsthand the logistics of getting a survey done, doing sea trials, making friends…

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Compromises, or just dealing with physics

By Benjamin Cesare

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While writing the March Publisher’s log in February, I unwittingly foreshadowed the record levels of boat buying we have seen since mid-April. I wrote about finding the perfect boat at my better half’s insistence. It has been quite a journey to find the foiling catboat that can sleep four and tow 12-year-olds on wakeboards while still looking great without too much bright work to tend to. And my spouse has been very, very patient, helped a tiny…

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What a difference a year makes

By Benjamin Cesare

I just took a look at the WindCheck Publisher’s Log that I wrote for our June 2019 issue, which was ironically titled “Change!”. (windcheckmagazine.com/article/change/). Ohhhhh boy…it’s perspective time. The big theme…the big story…the almost controversial topic was…we had decided to go with glossy cover stock for the first time in the magazine’s eighteen-year history. And we got letters, both pro and con! The Publisher of a “sister” publication (actually more like WindCheck’s aunt) commented to the negative…

Racing

An Interview with Scott MacLeod, New York Yacht Club American Magic’s Commercial Director

By Benjamin Cesare

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Publisher’s note: I’ve known my good friend Scott MacLeod since I was ten. We grew up at Norwalk Yacht Club in Norwalk, CT. Scott is a three-time collegiate All-American, a former member of the U.S. National Sailing Team, and an excellent team racer. He’s a senior level marketing executive who has created event properties and sold over $100 million in sponsorships across a broad range of sports including golf, tennis, sailing and adventure sports. It was pretty…

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