Andrea Watson

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All photographers seek to capture that "perfect moment" and anchor it in time so that it can be shared and cherished over time.  A really good photo tells a story when words just aren't enough and strives to explain the world at a moment in time when passion, joy, and yes, challenges, are communicated.  It's as if the photographer has tiptoed right into the subject's reality and revealed the truth of the moment.  

Andrea Watson has been taking sailing photos for the past 15 years. She is a sailor and knows the exact spot to capture the frenzied jogging for advantage on a crowded starting line, the hair-raising close action at a windward mark, those "oops! moments" when that spinnaker set was less than optimal (read: really disastrous), and the determination of skipper and crew as they fight to cross the finish line first. With the help of an extended telephoto lens,  she gets right in the thick of the action, sometimes climbing on board with teams, ready to score a photo revealing the heat of the moment. It is her passion for the sport of sailing, her compassion, and yes, her unabashed excitement to be on the water that is reflected in all her photos. The spectacular photographer, Annie Leibovitz has said, "A thing that you see in my picture is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people." Andrea's passion for sailing makes is easy to fall in love with her sailors, both young and old and makes taking photos of them so much fun. Click on PHOTOGRAPHY above to view and purchase photos.

In addition to still photography, Andrea Watson is in the process of becoming a FAA Certified Drone Pilot.  Once she has passed the Part 107 test, she will be certified to fly her drone commercially.  Andrea is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the Hempstead Harbor Aero Modelers Society and has purchased a DJI Phantom 4 PRO + drone, which is registered with the FAA for Small UAS Unmanned Aircraft System) Certificate of Registration. Click on DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY to join Andrea in her journal to become fully registered and certified by the FAA as a commercial drone pilot.  

Andrea doesn't just take photos.  She is a noted journalist who has been writing a weekly sailing column, On The Bay, for over 15 years.  She has been named Press Officer for many regattas, starting with the Knickerbocker Cup, an international match race that has produced many top-level match racers in both the America's Cup and the World Match Racing Tour. She has covered fleet racing, match racing on the local, national and international level. For examples of recent Press Release, click on PUBLIC RELATIONS above.  Andrea is uniquely positioned to promote your event with both press releases and photos.

We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with a very talented and creative Graphic Artist.  She has tons of experience, just having celebrated her 40th year in business.  Don't hesitate to contact us if you need a creative and professional graphic artist to promote your business, an event, or develop marketing tools.   Check it out by clicking on GRAPHIC DESIGN above. 




PHOTO GALLERY


Click on a photo to see that specific gallery. For all galleries, click on HERE above

NOTE:  Teams who raced in the Atlantic Coast Championship at SUNY Maritime on Nov. 11-12 can VIEW the photos by clicking on the photo below.

To DOWNLOAD photos free of charge, please email Andrea Watson, agwatson@sailingpress.com for a password.  

Owen Mosbacher Knapp

Moosehead Awards 2017

MBYC Fall Series 2017

Around LI Race 2017

YRA Regatta 2017

BREAKING NEWS!


ANDREA WATSON IS AN FAA CERTIFIED REMOTE PILOT!

Sailing Press is pleased to announce that Andrea Watson passed the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.  After many hours of studying, and with the help of DartDrones, she took the two-hour test at Republic Airport on Aug. 23, 2017.  The test was difficult, especially as she had no prior pilot experience.  Lots to learn, including aviation weather, airspace, FAA regulations, and those very detailed Aeronautical Charts.  She has come away from the whole testing process with a great respect for piloting a drone on Long Island, considering Kennedy and LaGuardia airports and the smaller regional airports are located in the area.  See her Remote Pilot Certificate #4043498 on the right.  

MORE NEWS!


Sailing Press, Inc. is very happy to announce a new benefit for all college sailors who compete at  

THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY (USMMA)

All photos from Kings Point regattas will receive a special discount on all photos taken during regattas.

Going forward, all USMMA-related photos will be posted on this site. 

If interested please email agwatson@sailingpress.com for more information.



Press Releases

Upcoming Events - April - May 2018

While American Spring Series is considered the start of racing on Long Island Sound, the Midshipmen over at United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) have been out on the water all April.  These are the dinghy racers and the rowers.  

This past weekend, USMMA hosted the Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies.  15 teams from around the US arrived at USMMA to be greeted with a wonderful spring day on the water.  Temps in the mid-60s felt really good after the long, harsh winter in NY. The wind wasn't great but it was ENE at around 7-10 knots.  The colleges competing were:  Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Cornell University (2 teams), Fordham University, Harvard University, Roger Williams University, SUNY Maritime College, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and Yale University.


SATURDAY:

USMMA was the host of the 2018 Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies. 15 college teams arriving at the Yocum Sailing Center were greeted with what can only be described as a glorious New York day on the water: sunny skies, temps in the low 60s and enough wind to race. After a quick Skippers' Meeting, Coach Michael Collins set a W4 course that took advantage of the ENE wind.

Charles Lomax, '18 and Vincent Vincent T Storino '18 represented USMMA in the A Division racing in FJs, with Devin Keister '18 and Maddie Talecki '20 racing in B Division in Z420s. After 10 races in each division, Kings Point Mariners are in 12th place, with Harvard Crimson at the top of the leaderboard, followed by Boston Terriers and Coast Guard Bears.

Racing continues tomorrow, with not-so-nice weather predicted for our racers. Temps drop to low 40s with rain, with lots of wind. We like the wind but could do without the rain and the low temps. After all, it is April. So much Mother Nature's NY welcome to the teams!


SUNDAY:

On Saturday New Yorkers could finally celebrate springtime but it was short-lived as Sunday dawned with winter-like temps in the low 40's with the wind in the 20-knot range, gusting to 30 and above. The good news - the rain held off until evening. It was really cold out on the water.

The two days of racing couldn't have been more different. Representing USMMA were the same teams from Saturday: Vincent Storino '18, Charles Lomax '18, Devin Keister '18 and Maddie Talecki '20.

According to Coach Michael Collins: Beautiful weather in Kings Point, NY today at the Yocum Sailing Center. The forecast called for a wide range of conditions with multiple direction changes. The Southerly winds died out much earlier allowing a Northerly to fill as competitors showed up. Racing started just before 10:00 in a somewhat stable northerly. By about race 3B the conditions started to change and the Northerly started getting much lighter and shifting East. After race 6B we had a lunch break and when we resumed racing the wind built in strength and became less shifty until race 10. The Easterly finally showed up at the start of 11A/finish of 10B. We finished the day with 10 races in total. Lots of individual recalls and a few generals. Only 2 easily fixable breakdowns. 1 protest was withdrawn and a redress was not granted. Courses were all W4's.

By Sunday morning, the wind was up and the sailors had a great day out on the water, albeit a bit cold. The predicted Easterly filled in with gusts ranging from 10-30 knots. There were large waves on the leeward end of the course and super shifty conditions at the top of the course. Courses were again W-4's with a gate and offset.

Racing started just before 10:00 am and ended at 1:00 pm. Teams sailed 2 races and came in for a short rotation before sailing the final 3-race set of the regatta. We had two breakdowns due to jib tack pins breaking. There were no protests filed.

Thanks to the KP Midshipmen for setting the courses and assisting with breakdowns and capsizes. USMMA Mariners ended up 11th overall, with Yale Bulldogs in 1st, followed by Harvard Crimson and U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bears. Thank you to Bowdoin and US Coast Guard Academy coaches for helping hear the redress on Saturday. Additional thanks to USMMA Midshipmen for helping run the event! And a shout out to Andrew Baranski, KP '14 and Jackson Webster '21 for agreeing to take your photographer out on the water on Saturday.  FINAL SCORES HERE


NAVY SPRING REGATTA

Meanwhile, down in Annapolis, Navy hosted the Navy Spring Regatta. Carson Pearce '21 and Garrett Lawlor '20 represented USMMA in the A division with Ryan Hunter '21 and Zoe Chang '20 and Kieran Cullen '21 in the B Division.

Saturday was a beautiful day in Annapolis with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. Racing began in Annapolis Harbor in a shifty southwesterly breeze. After one race, the wind shifted South and steadied out for the next few races, before going back southwest and getting really wacky. 10 races were completed for both divisions on Saturday. Source: College Sailing Techscore

Sunday brought much of the same weather as here in NY, with the addition of rain. The breeze and the rain steadily increased throughout the day. In the end, 18 races were complete. Old Dominion Monarchs for won the event and USMMA came in 10th. FINAL SCORES HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS: Next weekend, April 21-22, our Midshipman will be right back on the water. USMMA is hosting the Admirals Cup here in Kings Point on Saturday and Sunday and Fordham University is hosting the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta. So stay tuned to this channel... 





,New York weather screams WINTER,  boaters are going crazy waiting to prepare their boats for the upcoming season, and American YC Spring Series is just around the corner.  YIKES!

But fear not, warmer weather will arrive, hopefully, sooner rather than later, the Yacht Clubs will go into Commissioning in May and at some point, this horrible winter will be a distant memory.

The Long Island Sound racing season traditionally starts at the end of April over at American YC,  with other clubs hosting regattas in quick order. 

Please see the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound Racing Schedule below. 


AMERICAN SPRING SERIES - American YC, April 28-29 and May 5-6. Qualifier for YRA season and IRC Gulfstream Series Trophies Level IRC and PHRF classes, 10 or more divisions, two racing areas. Food and beer each day of racing.  REGISTER HERE


THE EDLU - Larchmont YC, Saturday, May 12.  The 63rd Annual Distance Race.  Entries include free Dark 'n' Stormies, beer, hot dogs and chili, live music and high-res downloads of race photos.  REGISTER HERE 


ALFRED ROOSEVELT CUP - Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, Saturday, May 12.  Short Distance race for PHRF and Classics. One-day Pursuit DIstance Race.  All participants will enjoy a "Mount Gay" sponsored party.  Entries sent to SCYC, 314 Yacht Club Raod, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.


109th ANNUAL DISTANCE RACE - STRATFORD SHOAL - New York YC, Saturday, May 19.  


THE GEARTESTER - Indian Harbor YC, Saturday, May 19.  10-20 nm Navigator style race.  Double-handed and fully crewed spinnaker and non-spin divisions (PHRF).  Awards for best-combined results of GEARTESTER and THE GEARBUSTER.  REGISTER HERE


RACE FOR THE CASE - Lloyd Harbor YC, Sat-Sun, May 19-20.  A case of rum to the winner. PHRF, JAM, J/105, J/80. For more details, go to www.LHYC.org


73rd BLOCK ISLAND RACE - Storm Trysail Club.  Join other racing teams on the iconic Block Island.  REGISTER HERE















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