Author: Chris Szepessy

Juniors

Youth Racers ‘Round the Block

By Chris Szepessy

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Editor’s note: With each season, more and more young sailors are getting aboard big boats for overnight races. WindCheck applauds the owners giving these capable, enthusiastic racers a berth, and we’re pleased to share some of their stories from the Storm Trysail Club’s 74th Annual Block Island Race.   Forever a Child at Sea By Marisa DeCollibus In my almost quarter century of life, I have met a lot of sailors. It’s easiest to categorize a sailor…

Checking In

Pat Dieselman Receives Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award

By Chris Szepessy

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On June 1, more than 100 women sailors gathered to learn, network and celebrate at Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) in Marblehead, MA for the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) 18th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference and honored one of their own, Pat Dieselman of Ipswich, MA, with the 2019 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award. The award, recognizing an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing, was presented by NWSA…

On Watch

Captain Breezy Grenier, FRGS

By Chris Szepessy

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Following her credo, “Work like a captain, wear your hair like a mermaid, keep your soul like a gypsy, and live like a pirate,” Breezy Grenier is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, 100-ton Master captain, snowboarding instructor, scuba instructor, scientific and technical diver, and marine science educator. And probably the only Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society [FRGS] and member of The Explorers Club who’s snorkeled the Northwest Passage and worn a bikini at the North Pole….

Cruising

Evolution of the Fast, Safe and Luxurious Sailing Yacht

By Chris Szepessy

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By Kevin Dailey I have been in the boating business for 40 years, and I recently did an introspective look at what has changed since I started. In the 1980s, a 38- to 40-foot sailing yacht might have been considered toward the larger size for most people to own or be handled by a couple. Today, it is not uncommon to see a couple sailing a 55-foot yacht or even larger, and with less effort and stress than back in…

Tips From the Pros

4 Quick Tips for Boat Photo Composition: Excerpts From Composition Tips for Boat Photography by Allen & Daniela Clark

By Chris Szepessy

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Why is composition so important? You can position yourself in the perfect spot on the water all day long, use the best gear money can buy, and know how to set your camera as well as Ansel Adams did. But if you don’t pay attention to composition, you’ll end up with terabytes of files in storage and only a very few good shots. One basic example of (1) poor and (2) good composition. These shots of Swan…

Sound Environment

The Winding Way of Whales & Wind Farms

By Chris Szepessy

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By Monica Pepe, Whale and Dolphin Conservation I recently attended a two-day workshop on Long Island on offshore wind development projects. You could say I was “blown away” (I’m a sucker for a good pun) by the number of people involved in the workshop – over 180! While we were primarily focusing on the wind farms planned for development off the coast of New York, there was a broad range of stakeholders in attendance. Most of the…

Juniors

Youth Essay Contest: We Have a Winner!

By Chris Szepessy

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Editor’s note: The inaugural Oakcliff Sailing/Sail Black Rock/WindCheck Youth Essay Contest was a success. With the most exciting prize in the history of junior sailing up for grabs, we received entries from as far away as Georgia, Florida, California, and France! All of the essays were thoughtful and well written, but of course there’s only one winner. As this issue was going to press, Owen McClung of Norwalk, Connecticut was packing his bags for a one-week Foiling…

Racing

CPYC Hosts First 2019 OneDesign Regatta

By Chris Szepessy

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By William Adler More than 450 sailors competed in five classes of sailboat racing on June 1 & 2, as Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT hosted part 1 of its 2019 OneDesign Regatta. This popular event attracted so many entries in recent years that it will be staged on two separate dates this year. On June 1-2, the club hosted racing for J/70, J/88, J/105, J/109 and Beneteau First 36.7 classes. The regatta was part…

Racing

Julia Dorsett and Shan MacAdoo take honors at 2019 Robie Pierce Regattas

By Chris Szepessy

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By Jan Hodnett Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational, May 30 Julia Dorsett, along with her crew Gabby Mitchell and Deb Frankel, dominated the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational for Disabled Sailors with four firsts for a total of 4.8 points. Second-place winner JoAnn Stead with Pat Burst and Alix Hahn scored a total of 10 points, and Dawn Hart with Rebecca Miller and Pam Washington were third with 12 points. Julia, who has sailed all her life, said that…

Racing

Rockin’ the River: Sunfish Adventure Raid 2019

By Chris Szepessy

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By Coco Solsvig The Second Annual Sunfish Adventure Raid, presented by LaserPerformance, took place on the Connecticut River on June 1 & 2. Sunfish – including one Super Sunfish – were filled with single- and double-handed crews hailing from as far as Rochester, NY (a 5-hour drive!) and as young as 10. Everyone had a blast!   In preparation for an early start Saturday, Sunfish were unloaded Friday night at the start point at Ferry Park in…

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