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So many stories…

By Benjamin Cesare

So many stories…

One thing that very rarely happens at the WindCheck factory is a concern about what we are going to publish in a given month. And when it does appear that we might be a little light, by the first production meeting we are usually trying to figure out how to fit it all in. There is no lack of compelling stories going on in your Community, ever. Traditional. Professional. Goofy and Fun. It’s never ending! From the…

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Checking In

Sheila McCurdy will discuss the Newport Bermuda Race at Essex Yacht Club’s Ocean Racing Forum

By Chris Szepessy

Sheila McCurdy will discuss the Newport Bermuda Race at Essex Yacht Club’s Ocean Racing Forum

The Regatta Committee of the Essex Yacht Club in Essex, CT are pleased to announce the third and final Ocean Racing Forum for this year, Newport Bermuda Night, on Saturday, October 5. “Our speaker will be Sheila McCurdy, Past Commodore of the Cruising Club of America, who is an experienced ocean racer,” said Phil Dickey of the EYC Regatta Committee. “Commodore McCurdy will speak on behalf of the Newport Bermuda Race Organizing Committee and she will talk…

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Checking In

Sail Black Rock: New ice cream really “rocks”

By Chris Szepessy

Sail Black Rock: New ice cream really “rocks”

By Dave White, Sail Black Rock Program Director The ice cream shop on the boardwalk at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT has slowly woven itself into the fabric of Sail Black Rock, whose sailing classroom building is directly opposite. Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University sailing team members would often line up before and after FJ practices for delicious cones, thick shakes and occasionally, the classic, cherry-topped banana split. After a hot summer’s evening of Wednesday…

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Premiere Sailing League USA to Debut at U.S. Sailboat Show

By Chris Szepessy

Premiere Sailing League USA to Debut at U.S. Sailboat Show

The Premiere Sailing League USA will debut its concept for an organized, national fleet racing league during the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD October 10-14. Modeled after the league in Europe that has taken off globally, the Premiere Sailing League USA (PSL) will supply a fleet of identical RS21 keelboats that will be raced on inshore, short course, stadium-style races at select venues across the country. Show attendees can experience firsthand the new RS21s in…

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WindCheck’s First Annual On The Hook Food Contest

By Chris Szepessy

WindCheck’s First Annual On The Hook Food Contest

Before we divulge who is winning the first annual “WindCheck On The Hook Food Contest”, 1st prize being a sweet cutting board from Soundview Millworks, we are giving one last chance for entries. Send them to contactus@windcheckmagazine.com. While you are at it, sign up for our E-News to get early notice of the winners. You can do that at no cost to you at windcheckmagazine.com. ■

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Racing

Dolphin and Mischief: The Herreshoff Twins and Their Rogue Cousin

By Tom Darling

Dolphin and Mischief: The Herreshoff Twins and Their Rogue Cousin

By Tom Darling Two classic Herreshoff designs, conceived Thanksgiving 1913 and born July 4, 1914. On August 18, 2019, they met on a racecourse for the first time in their sailing histories. This is the story of “The Herreshoff Twins,” a pair of Newport 29s named Dolphin and Mischief, and of their younger distant cousin, Rogue. The Twins are two of four Newport 29s, 35’ 6” overall, over eight tons displacement, and clouds of sail for inshore…

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Racing

The Classic Rocks at Indian Harbor Yacht Club!

By Chris Szepessy

The Classic Rocks at Indian Harbor Yacht Club!

By David Seabrook   I’ve served on race committee for the Indian Harbor Yacht Club Classic Yacht Regatta on and off since 2012, but this year’s edition, on Saturday, September 14, was the first time I’ve noticed a hipster millennial among the competitors. With a long, square-cut beard and a rail-thin physique, he looked right out of Brooklyn central casting. What was he doing at a classic yacht regatta in Greenwich, CT? Maybe he’d come to celebrate…

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Racing

Ocean Race Veterans Charlie Enright & Mark Towill Set Sights on Third Race Around the World with 11th Hour Racing

By Chris Szepessy

Ocean Race Veterans Charlie Enright & Mark Towill Set Sights on Third Race Around the World with 11th Hour Racing

By Rob Penner, 11th Hour Racing Team Communications Director Two-time Volvo Ocean Race participants Charlie Enright (Bristol, RI) and Mark Towill (Honolulu, HI), Co-Founders of 1 Degree, recently announced that they have formally renewed their team’s sponsorship with 11th Hour Racing for a long-term and visionary campaign, with their eyes set on the 2021-22 edition of “The Ocean Race” (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race). The team will be named “11th Hour Racing” after its title sponsor – Rhode…

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Racing

Ocean Racers at the Essex Ocean Racing Forum

By Chris Szepessy

Ocean Racers at the Essex Ocean Racing Forum

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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Racing

Ida Lewis Distance Race Names Winners in Five Classes

By Barby MacGowan

Ida Lewis Distance Race Names Winners in Five Classes

By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International For a 15th year, the Ida Lewis Distance Race indulged competitive racing sailors in an overnight sprint that proved both challenging and extraordinary. Thirty-one teams, in five classes for boats of 28 feet and longer, set out after noontime on Friday, August 16 to engage in a 110-mile course that took them from the start off Fort Adams in Newport, RI, past Castle Hill to Buzzards Bay Tower, then to a mark southwest of Block…

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