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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.
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.
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.
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Upcoming Events - April - May 2018
United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)
The Admiral's Cup - April 21-22, 2018
It was a glorious day on the water today as 18 teams gathered at the Yocum Sailing Center in Kings Point to challenge their competitors at the Admirals Cup. Teams, who came from up and down the east coast, and as far away as Tulane and the University of Miami, prepared for the day starting with a Skipper's Meeting about 9:15 am.
The forecast called for a NNW wind to slowing diminish as the day progressed. The Northerly stayed all day but not without some light patches and some big shifts. With each shift, Coach Michael Collins, with excellent help from his RC support boats, had to adjust the windward mark and its offset numerous times. As the day progressed, a few starts had to wait for the breeze to stabilize.
Representing Kings Point: Team A: Charles Lomax 18 and Vincent Striano '18. Team B: Ryan Hunter '21 and Zoe Chang '20.
Racing started right around 10:00, with a lunch break after race 5A. 5B was started at 1410 and then we finished race 10B at 1730. There were no breakdowns; 1 protest was filed and will be heard tomorrow. Courses were all W4's.
By the end of the day, Collins got in 10 races. USMMA is currently in 4th place, with Hobart and William Smith at the top of the leaderboard, followed by Yale, with College of Charleston in third.
Report time is 0900 tomorrow. Thank you to USMMA Midshipmen for helping run the event!
This Sunday was a beautiful day in New York if you had a desire to stroll outside, play catch with your dog - just about anything except go racing. There was no racing at the Admirals Cup today - the wind never filled in and the event was called at 1330.
So the results from Saturday's racing stand, with USMMA in fourth place. Hobart and William Smith College won the event, with Yale University in 2nd place followed by College of Charleston. Congrats to Hobart and William Smith College and to all the teams that raced at KP this weekend.
Many thanks to the Midshipmen who helped Coach Michael Collins this weekend. And a big thank you Connor Davis '21 and Reid Carey '21 who drove the Photo boat on Saturday.
FINAL SCORES -CLICK HERE
USMMA Hosts Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies - APRIL 14-15, 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. Click HERE to continue reading
,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
"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