Author: Chris Szepessy

On Watch

Sheila McCurdy

By Chris Szepessy

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The first female Commodore of the Cruising Club of America (and recipient of the club’s prestigious Richard S. Nye Trophy), a New York Yacht Club Race Committee member, a member of the Fales Committee of the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Program, a Maritime Studies Advisor to SUNY Maritime College, a past Director and Interim Executive Director of the Museum of Yachting, an executive committee member at Mystic Seaport Museum, longtime mainstay of US Sailing, an authorized Safety…

Cruising

Against All Odds, Part 2

By Chris Szepessy

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Story and photos by Anthony Pozun, RN Editor’s note: In the summer of 2019, Tony Pozun was planning his eleventh trip from his home in Northport, NY south to Florida and The Bahamas aboard his Catalina 400 Mark II Mystical Paradise. After his beloved islands were devastated by Hurricane Dorian that September, Tony’s voyage became a humanitarian mission. If you missed Part 1, it’s at windcheckmagazine.com/article/against-all-odds/ I left Hinckley Yachts in my rented car and traveled to West…

Save the Sound Dispatch

Save The Sound Dispatch

By Chris Szepessy

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For the First Time, Grades for LI Sound’s Bays and Harbors By Martin Hain, Save the Sound communications specialist We often think of Long Island Sound as one body of water, with common ecological features, cultural experiences, and environmental challenges. That’s true, to a point—however, because it is such a large body of water with lots of nooks and crannies, the many different parts of the Sound often experience very different water quality conditions. That’s why Save…

Sound Environment

All Hands Alliance: Inspiring Boaters to Help Clean Up the Ocean

By Chris Szepessy

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By Holly Paterson Executive Director, All Hands Alliance   Headquartered at 11 Waites Wharf in Newport RI, All Hands Alliance is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with the goal of engaging and inspiring the boating community to clean up our oceans and waterways. We hope to make a difference in attitudes about marine pollution and also preserve boating as we know it for future generations. At All Hands Alliance, we’re not driven by a single ideology. The problem is…

Book Review

The Anatomy of Sail

By Chris Szepessy

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The Yacht Dissected and Explained By Nic Compton Published by Adlard Coles Nautical   192 pages hardcover   $60 Whether you’ve enjoyed sailing for decades or have just been bitten by the bug, The Anatomy of Sail by author and photographer Nic Compton is both an encyclopedic compilation of every element comprising a sailing yacht and a visual feast. Starting with the history of yachting and boatbuilding, Compton describes the evolution of sailboats and then focuses on specific parts,…

Racing

Let’s Get Ready to Frostbite! 

By Chris Szepessy

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By Allie Padin for the Larchmont Yacht Club Mainsheet   Autumn is upon us and Frostbiters are getting ready to head out on the water for six months of racing on the colder side of the calendar. One could say that winning races in your highly competitive fleet is the mission, but truly, it’s staying warm that’s the real objective. Weatherwise, some days are better than others. While most frostbiting days are cold, others are colder. Eyes…

Juniors

Optimist Atlantic Coast Championship

By Chris Szepessy

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Strict protocols and grateful sailors Larchmont Yacht Club Mainsheet     Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY hosted the Optimist Atlantic Coast Championship October 2-4, the first USODA championship regatta of this size since March. Regatta chairs, Ned and Dorsey Roseberry and Senet Bischoff, began their thoughtful preparations three years ago and adapted those plans with each shifting wind of the COVID storm. Normally drawing hundreds of Optis from across the country, this year’s ACC was capped…

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The Fall Race Around Prudence

By Chris Szepessy

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By Nick Bowen   The Twenty Hundred Club had their sixth and final race of the season on Saturday, September 19. For such a cold and windy fall day, we were quite pleased to have 29 boats competing in five classes. Twenty spinnaker boats were evenly split between two classes and seven cruising boats also evenly split between two classes. A first for the Twenty Hundred Club was a foiling trimaran class with two TF10s. The race…

Racing

PATRIOT Flying in Auckland

By Chris Szepessy

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By Will Ricketson, New York Yacht Club American Magic Communications Director   New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, completed its first sailing session onboard the newly launched AC75 PATRIOT in Auckland’s Waitematā Harbor. After a 9:00 AM christening event on Friday, October 16 at the team’s base in the Wynyard Quarter, the team engaged in an afternoon of dockside testing. At 4:30 PM in flat-calm conditions, the dark blue AC75 was pulled up onto…

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

By Chris Szepessy

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Boathouse 2021 Edition If nothing else, this most unwelcome year has shown that quality family time is more important than ever, especially if that time is spent on the water. After a conversation on the subject of “What’s inside the boathouse of your dreams?” Ben and Zep selected the exquisite small craft showcased in this Gift Guide because finding any of them under the tree would delight kids of every age; each promises countless hours of family…

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