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Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

By Chris Szepessy

Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick

An International 420 skipper from Darien, CT, Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick is one of America’s finest youth sailors. Megan was recently named (for the second consecutive year) to the US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the Olympic pathway team supported by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program and US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee. She’s also among the best writers ever published in WindCheck. Her excellent articles, including “Sailing, Surfing, Empanadas and Car-Diving: Opti Racing in Argentina” and “Wind and Warmth: A Winter…

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Racing

Sally’s Sailing with Team SCA!

By Chris Szepessy

Sally’s Sailing with Team SCA!

Two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow of Nashotah, WI has joined Team SCA Ocean Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The all-female roster currently comprises Barkow, Carolijn Brouwer from The Netherlands, Sam Davies, Abby Ehler and Annie Lush from Great Britain, Justine Mettraux from Switzerland, and Liz Wardley, Sophie Ciszek and Stacey Jackson from Australia, with trials for the remaining VOR berths underway at press time. “I think I am probably most looking forward…

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On Watch

On Watch – Hilary & Anthony Kotoun

By Chris Szepessy

On Watch – Hilary & Anthony Kotoun

Hilary and Anthony Kotoun may be the “sailing-est” couple in Newport, Rhode Island. Hilary is the Communications and Programs Manager at Sailors for the Sea, an international organization that educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Anthony is a professional captain and sailor whose CV includes victories in the J/24 World Championship, Melges 32 World Championship, and Moth National and North American Championships. He’s also an Ambassador for 11th Hour Racing,…

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Boat Market Update & Buying Tips

By Benjamin Cesare

Boat Market Update & Buying Tips

Advice from Ryan Miller of Latitude Yacht Brokerage and Matt Leduc of Fleet Yacht Sales 2013 Market Stats & 2014 Predictions The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently reported that the U.S. recreational boating industry will continue its post-recession climb. “The housing market has improved, consumer confidence has steadily increased the last two years, and consumer spending is on the rise—all factors that are helping to fuel stable growth for the U.S. recreational boating industry…In addition, we’re seeing more and more Americans take…

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