Author: Chris Szepessy

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AJ Sorensen

By Chris Szepessy

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An enthusiastic sailor from a very young age, AJ Sorensen describes himself as “a serial entrepreneur inventor simplifying life in a complex world.” With a strong affinity for a certain singlehander, AJ is (among many other things!) the Laser Fleet Captain at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Connecticut, the creator of an excellent Laser website, and the owner of an online sailing gear store specializing in Laser parts and accessories. “I grew up in Easton, Connecticut…

Book Review

A Pair of Classics by The Master

By Chris Szepessy

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The Long Way and A Sea Vagabond’s World By Bernard Moitessier Published by Sheridan House, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 252 and 216 pages, respectively paperback $16.95 and $19.95 Sheridan House has added to its Maritime Classics series by reissuing two essential books by “The Master,” legendary long distance sailor and gifted writer Bernard Moitessier (1925-1994). La Longue Route, originally published in French in 1971 and translated to English by Moitessier’s longtime…

Juniors

Building for Success: Students in the Community College of Rhode Island’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program learn skills that high schools no longer teach

By Chris Szepessy

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By Michael Parente The same students who could barely use a tape measure or screwdriver when they enrolled in the Community College of Rhode Island’s Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program successfully launched their finished products into the saltwater pond at Ninigret Park in Charlestown in August, wrapping up a fun, but informative, five-week workshop learning skills often overlooked on today’s education landscape.   At a time in which career and technical education (CTE) training – otherwise referred to…

Sound Environment

Plum Island from My Perspective

By Chris Szepessy

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By Megan Dear   Plum Island is an ecological and historical centerpiece to the animals – including humans – and plants that depend on it. Even though the island is only 840 acres, it has a huge impact on marine and terrestrial wildlife because of its history of being mostly untouched by humans. The flora and fauna native to the island were able to grow and prosper without being subjected to habitat fragmentation, deforestation, and pollution that…

Racing

The 2019 Mudnite Madness Overnite Race

By Chris Szepessy

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By Jon Bawabe The Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s 12th annual Mudnite Madness Overnite race, on Friday August 9, featured a picturesque night of sailing – a beautiful sunset, moonlit skies, and meteor showers throughout the night. The race started with twelve boats competing in two classes. Prior to the race, Mudnite T-shirts were provided free to all participants. The race started at 6 PM with moderate winds around 10 knots. From Horseshoe Reef in Fishers Island…

Racing

The Atlantic Nationals

By Chris Szepessy

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By Guy Gurney The 91st Atlantic National Championship was held at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT from August 15 to 17. Clear winners in the fleet of 27 boats were David Peck, Tom Peck, Diane Peck Rothman and Bill Healy from Niantic Bay Yacht Club, aboard Miss April. They won four of the six races, throwing out a fifth! Second was Steve Benjamin in Cassidy, a constant threat as always, and in third was Rodrigo Meireles…

Racing

The 2019 Ms. Race – Sailing Strong for 15 Years

By Chris Szepessy

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By Diane Kropfl & Eileen Campbell, Ms. Race Co-Chairs The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club on the beautiful Sandy Hook Bay in Atlantic Highlands, NJ hosted their 15th annual Ms. Race on Saturday, August 17. This race is hosted by and for women sailors, with the support of the entire club and local community. This all-women event supports the local charity, 180 Turning Lives Around, that is dedicated to protecting, advocating and supporting victims of domestic violence and…

Racing

Defiant, New York Yacht Club American Magic’s first AC75, is officially launched and named…and flown!

By Chris Szepessy

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After an estimated 76,000 combined hours of fabrication and finishing work by the production and shore teams of New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger’s first AC75 racing boat was officially named and launched at the team’s base in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Saturday morning, September 14.   Named Defiant, the cutting-edge foiling monohull is the first America’s Cup class boat built to represent the New York Yacht Club in more than 16 years. The boat underwent initial testing on Narragansett Bay earlier in the week. Defiant was constructed at a dedicated…

Racing

92nd CYC Around the Island is a Test in Patience

By Chris Szepessy

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By Kate Wilson, risingT Media It was a real test of patience for the 99 boats that attempted the 92nd Annual Conanicut Yacht Club Around The Island race on Sunday, Septemebr 1. Under a light northerly breeze, the Race Committee, led by Principal Race Officer Mark Grosby, started the first of ten fleets at 1100, but soon after the third fleet started, the wind completely shut off. The plan was to send the sailors counter-clockwise around Jamestown,…

Racing

Ocean Racers at the Essex Ocean Racing Forum

By Chris Szepessy

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By Meg Reilly, Co-skipper Ocean Racers On Wednesday, August 28, a group of curious offshore sailors gathered at the Essex Yacht Club in Essex, CT for the second installment of the Essex Ocean Racing Forum. The quarterly meeting fell on a stormy summer night, providing the perfect complement to the event’s subject matter. The crowd was filled with commodores, various club members, Newport Bermuda racers, and seasoned blue-water cruisers. Hundreds of thousands of ocean mile experiences were…

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