Author: Bill Sandberg

Checking In

The JYRALIS Reunion: You Can Go Home Again

By Bill Sandberg

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Over 120 former members of the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound gathered on Saturday, September 8, 2018 under the Pandemonium at Larchmont Yacht Club, scene of many great dances during their junior sailing days. The day began, naturally, with racing in Ideal 18s provided by LYC. Each team had a special connection…

Letters

Letter: Eight Bells: Robie Pierce

By Bill Sandberg

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The world of sailing, especially adaptive sailing, lost a great friend when Robie Pierce of Newport, RI passed away peacefully on July 12 at 76 years, surrounded by his family. Known by many names – The Mayor of the Waterfront, Swamp Yankee, Borisll Logical Bob, Mr. Magoo, or just Bob,

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Adios. Adieu. Goodbye.

By Bill Sandberg

This is my 95th and final column for WindCheck, as my wife and I prepare to move to Bethesda, MD, where I will be seeking employment in the non-profit world — focusing on children, hospitals, diseases and people with disabilities.

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Let’s get back to basics and put the fun back into sailing.

By Bill Sandberg

This past winter I had the opportunity to serve as PRO [Principal Race Officer] several times for frostbiting at American Yacht Club, Rye, NY. What makes frostbiting the most fun is the simplicity of it. There is no Notice of Race, nor is there a six-page set of sailing instructions written by a lawyer. Results are not prepared by an online scoring system, and there isn’t a code flag to be seen.

On Watch

On Watch – Robie Pierce

By Bill Sandberg

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by BILL SANDBERG If ever there were a person who knew how to bounce back from adversity, it would be Newport, RI’s Robie Pierce. At the 1982 Miami Boat Show, while working for the newly formed J Boats, Robie was moving a J/24 around the parking lot when the mast struck an overhead electrical wire. Robie was…

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