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.  

Atlantic Coast Champs

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 - NOV - DEC 2017

MOOSEHEAD AWARDS

Race Committees from all around Long Island Sound gathered at Northport Yacht Club on Sunday, Nov. 5 for the Annual International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen, aka, Moosehead Luncheon. This year was the 76th edition of this event, and it can be said with a degree of confidence that this year was one of the best in recent memory.

The Moosehead Committee, headed by Ray Redness, Stamford YC, outdid themselves this year. They added audiovisuals that added a certain level of dignity (?) to the event. For readers unfamiliar with the Moosehead Luncheon: it is a gathering of all Long Island Sound Race Committees who attend a luncheon on the first Sunday in November to socialize, have lunch, and roast fellow Race Committees who “messed up big time.” The Moosehead Committee spends their time (when not racing) gathering evidence all season long, eager to “catch” a transgression worthy of a Moosehead.

Most of the material presented at the luncheon cannot be divulged here (rumor has it that anyone leaking such information would be subject to severe retribution - that could hurt a lot).

But...what I can tell you is this: one prominent RC upon hearing the weather report for a certain weekend (0-4 knots), canceled their regatta and left for ports near and far for a well-deserved vacation. They got a sizable Moosehead for actually believing the weather report (who does that?), and for disappointing all those teams that entered their event.

The Moosehead Committee awards a few "good awards".

This year the Moosehead Committtee awarded the following award:

While many clubs are starting to wind down after Labor Day, this one was just gearing up! 5 major regattas over 6 weekends is daunting for most avid racers, let alone one club’s race committee! Let’s take a look:

Sept 14-17: The oldest yacht racing trophy originating in America and still in active competition. There were 8 National and International teams in Swedish Match Race 40s, Round Robin format, for a total of 56 matches before the wind died.  MORE


MBYC FALL SERIES

The 39th edition of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club's Fall Series was held over the weekend of Oct. 13-15 and Sat., Oct. 21. The first weekend was devoted to around the buoy racing, with the last day reserved for a long distance race. Friday, the first day of racing, the wind decided to take a break and stay home. No racing that day. And the forecast for Saturday and Sunday was dire…no wind would be making an appearance on Long Island Sound. But under the leadership of Sue Miller, Past Commodore and PRO (Principal Race Officer) for this event, and always positive that some wind will grace her racecourse, gathered her Race Committee, mark boats, got all RC gear on boats and headed out to Western Long Island Sound. If anyone can find wind, it is Miller. “The wind was predicted to be 4 knots or less. But it was doable.” Miller and her crew managed to finish five races over the Sat-Sun weekend.

The last day of racing on Sat., Nov. 21 was reserved for a distance race. The forecast was again dismal, 3-4 knots out of the east. Racing began around 1100 when the wind picked up and held. About 1/2 way down the course, the wind pretty much died, but then came alive to bring the boats home to port. The after-party and awards began late afternoon. Food was great, the drinks flowed, and most importantly, the sailors were happy. Commodore John Silbersack and PRO Sue Miller handed out the awards to the deserving teams.

Top teams in each division: PHRF 1: 1. After Midnight, Paul Jeka, 2. Avalanche, Craig Albrecht and 3. Spike, Sam Talbot. PHRF 2: 1. Deviation, Iris Vogel, 2. Frequent Flyer, Alistair Duke, 3. One Too Many, Peter Chirlian. PHRF Non-Spinnaker: 1. Eagle, Ernie Bivona, 2. Chieftain, Robert Chuda, 3. Eclipse, Damian Emery. PHRF 4: 1. Thin Man, Todd Aven, 2. Upsetter, Jason Viseltear, 3. Bimini Cricket, Jason Barron. J 105: 1. Eclipse, Damian Emery, 2. Ataraxis, Frank Latowiec, 3. LauraBea, Max Kalehoff.  MORE





The 2017 sailing season is just about over.  Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series is the last big boat regatta and pretty much marks the end of "warm weather" sailing.  All YRA qualifying races have ended, but there are still a few events tun by YRA member clubs that are not YRA trophy qualifiers.  These are listed below.

But fear not, there are tons of yacht clubs that offer frostbiting.  And before naysayers start with comments like "it's no fun racing in the cold," and other such negativities, check out the great racers who actually race in the winter.  They must know something.....


FROSTBITING BEGINS - check your yacht club for the first day of racing.  Click here for the 18 Long Island Sound yacht clubs that offer frostbiting with information on the type of boat sailed and contact information.  


OCTOBER

Oct. 28 (Saturday).  Black Rock YC/Fayerweather YC - Halloween Race.   Contact: yachting@blackrockyc.org


NOVEMBER

Nov. 5 (Sunday).  Annual Moosehead Luncheon.  Northport YC.  This is a fun event for all Long Island Sound Race Committees.  A group of "spies" has been gathering information about all the mistakes and general mishaps that Race Committees have committed over the past season.  They come up with some hilarious material, that can only be categories as "stranger than fiction."  By invitation only.  If you are a member of your club's race committee, let them know you will be attending as each individual club can only make reservations.  And one lucky yacht club will earn this year's Moosehead Supreme.  

Nov. 24 (Friday). Black Rock YC/Fayerweather YC - Wild Turkey Regatta.  Contact: yachting@blackrockyc.org

Nov. 25 (Saturday). Huguenot YC/New York AthleticClub YC - Turkey Day Reach.  This is the absolute end of the season for YRA qualifying trophy.  Starts at Can One, North of Execution Rocks.  First Warning: 1100 hrs.  Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker divisions.  Deadline for entry Nov. 10.  More information:  Jason Viseltear, Regatta Chair, Huguenot YC. www.huguenot.com.  Yachtscoring


DECEMBER

Frostbiting continues this month.

Dec. 3 (Sunday).  YRA Annual Meeting and Awards at Larchmont YC.  1730 hrs.  Short annual meeting to elect 2018 YRA Board followed by season awards for PHRF and  One-design boats.  LYC restaurant is open and if interested in staying for dinner, please call LYC to make reservations (914-834-2440).

Dec. 31 (Sunday).  New Year's Regatta.  Manhasset Bay YC.  The regatta starts at 1130 hrs.  

Jan. 1 (Monday).  New Year's Regatta.  Past Commodore's Race starts at 1130 hrs.  Regatta Racing starts at 1145 hrs. Wassail Bowl and the Frostbite Yacht Club Annual Meeting 1600 hrs. 


LOOKING AHEAD - 2018

Frostbiting continues 

Jan 27-28 (Saturday and Sunday). IC Midwinters at SSA in Annapolis, MD.

March 3 -4 (Saturday and Sunday).  Larchmont YC


"Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but sail we must, and not drift or lie at anchor."       -------Oliver Wendell Holmes                                                              

                                                                         


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