Author: Chris Szepessy

On Watch

On Watch: Andrew Burton

By Chris Szepessy

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Many WindCheck readers will know Andrew Burton’s name from his excellent articles in Cruising World. A longtime contributor to that fine publication, Andy has logged more than 350,000 offshore miles. As the owner of Adventure Sailing (burtonsailing.com), he relishes helping coastal sailors become confident, competent skippers who can keep their crew safe and comfortable –…

Racing

Stamford Yacht Club Frostbiting

By Chris Szepessy

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Story & photos by Rick Bannerot Around the office water cooler, it’s one thing to talk about sailing in Key West Race Week in January on a J/105, but for real sailing creds, nothing beats talking about having just been frostbite sailing in Long Island Sound in the middle of winter, in 15-foot dinghies, in…

Book Review

A Pair of Paddling Classics: Paddling My Own Canoe: A solo adventure on the coast of Moloka’i and Paddling North: A solo adventure along the Inside Passage

By Chris Szepessy

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By Audrey Sutherland Published by Patagonia Edition   171 and 303 pages   paperback   $16.95 each In the world of adventure paddling, Audrey Sutherland is a legend and a true heroine. Known and admired for her solo wilderness expeditions, Audrey’s philosophy was “Go simple, go solo, go now,” a mantra by which she lived fully until age…

Sound Environment

The Rise and Fall of Black Rock Harbor

By Chris Szepessy

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By Bill Lucey, Long Island Soundkeeper Talk to Kaye Williams, founder of Captain’s Cove Seaport at Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, CT, and you’ll soon learn a few history lessons. Black Rock was the port used by George Washington’s spies as they rowed across Long Island Sound to Setauket, New York and back, bringing information…

Checking In

Northeast Contributors to the Sport Honored by US Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

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An especially large number of individuals and organizations from the Northeast were recognized this year by US Sailing for their contributions to the sport of sailing in the United States. The organization’s 2018 Association Awards, Community Sailing Awards and One-Design Awards were presented during the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) in Jacksonville, FL in January….

Checking In

SHYC Ranked in Top 3% of Marinas Nationwide

By Chris Szepessy

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Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) in Stonington, CT has been named a Boaters’ Choice Award Winner by Marinas.com, the world’s most extensive online marine directory. This recognition places the club in the top 3% highest-rated marinas. “We are delighted to accept this award,” said Joseph Williams, incoming SHYC Commodore. “The credit goes to the beautiful…

Checking In

PBSA Supports Youth Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

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At the annual Peconic Bay Sailing Association (PBSA) winter holiday party last December, East End Youth Sailing and the Old Cove Youth Sailing Foundation, both based in Cutchogue, NY, each received checks for $1,500 to support their respective programs on Long Island’s North Fork. The funds were donated by the membership of PBSA with proceeds…

Checking In

Andrew Burton’s Adventure Sailing is Back!

By Chris Szepessy

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For a decade in the 1990s, Andrew Burton’s Adventure Sailing was one of the best ways for a coastal sailor to get offshore under somewhat controlled circumstances. The fleet of charter boats from Nautor’s Swan was sold off and Adventure Sailing went on hiatus, but Burton never stopped helping sailors on their own boats gain the confidence…

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