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 the her sailors, both young and old, and makes taking photos of them so much fun. Click on PHOTOGRAPHY above to view and purchase photos.

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.

Lawrence Chrapliwy is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society and a top notch en plein air artist.  He is represented by the William Ris Gellery, Jamesport, NY, which features east coast artists who specialize in maritime art and is known for their seascapes, still life oil paintings, sculpture and pottery. He is a member of American Society of Marine Artist and has works hanging in the halls of Congress. Lawrence is available to reproduce your favorite sailing photo in a magnificent oil painting that you would be proud to hang over your mantel or give as a gift. Click on MARITIME ART above to check out his beautiful oil paintings of the ocean, sunsets sandy beaches, all of which are available for purchase.

Lynne Taylor Chrapliwy is also an Artist-in-Residence at the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society and is a graphic design professional with tons of experience in print, promotional and company branding.  She is an accomplished in oil painting, pastel drawing and portraiture.   Lynne has worked with many corporations, including Baby Soft, Dial, Fiber Balance, Rich and Thin, Nexcare, plus others.  She is available to create promotional materials for all your corporate needs:  logos, company brochures, flyers, posters, and artwork for ads.  Check out all she has to offer at GRAPHIC DESIGN above. 

The staff at Sailing Press has the expertise and equipment to offer its clients printing services at a discounted price.  For details go to PRINTING SERVICES.


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

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2016-6-24: The latest Oakliff newsletter....not to be missed. HERE

2016-6-2:  Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay is a high-performance training center for sailors who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods. They are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2013, Oakcliff Sailing was named a US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider National Training Center. Oakcliff publishes great newsletters letting the world know what they are up to.  Their latest newsletter is HERE.

2016-5-28:  Our very own Larry Chrapliwy, Artist-in-Residence the Cow Neck Peninsula Society is at it again.  He is agreed, yet again, to donate an oil painting of the winning boat at the Port Washington Yacht Club Day Race.  The Day Race in on Sunday, June 5 and will start out on Long Island Sound and finish in Manhasset Bay.  To register for the event, go to YachtScoring:  To check out Larry, click HERE and HERE  You could also go to  

2016-5-7:  With the Statue of Liberty overseeing the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York and tons of chartered big boats and owners boat, the Hudson never looked better.  BUT no wind, so racing was cancelled!  Check out the photos taken by yours truly.  It was one great and historic day.  Racing continues today, but alas, it's Mothers Day and I won't be out with my camera.  More to come....stay tuned!

2016-5-2:  The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York is THIS WEEKEND!  Those who will not be in New York Harbor to watch the event in person can view the event live on television and on mobile devices internationally via the free AC app  (subject to territorial restrictions). For a full list of viewing options in various territories around the world, click HERE.

Press Releases

Upcoming Events

The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and Oakcliff Sailing are happy to announce that the two organizations have joined forces to create a new match racing event for adaptive sailors in North America. Bill Simon from Oakcliff Sailing and Timmy Larr from The Clagett saw a need for competitive adaptive sailors to have options for racing and therefore the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event was created. Hosted by the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY, the inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event will be held July 15-17, 2016. MORE

The Young American Junior Big Boat Sailing Team  The Newport to Bermuda Race is over and all boats have safely arrived in Newport. The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races and one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land. Founded in 1906, the Bermuda Race was held for the 50th time this year. At one point in time, the safety of this race was called into question because of the weather forecast, not for high winds at the start, but for severe weather for the second day into the race. This was problematic because on the second day teams would be right in the middle of the racecourse without sight of land. MORE

Every other year about this time, the Newport to Bermuda racers are gearing up for this iconic race. This 635-mile biennial race is the oldest regularly scheduled ocean race, one of very few international distance races, and (with the Transpac Race) one of just two of the world’s regularly scheduled races held almost entirely out of sight of land. Founded in 1906, the Bermuda Race is held for the 50th time in 2016. Its purpose was stated in 1923 by Cruising Club of America Commodore Herbert L. Stone: “In order to encourage the designing, building, and sailing of small seaworthy yachts, to make popular cruising upon deep water, and to develop in the amateur sailor a love of true seamanship, and to give opportunity to become proficient in the art of navigation. . . .”  MORE

Port Washington Yacht Club Day Race:  It may sound crazy, but sometime when the weather is inclement, sailors fare the best. Take for example, the weekend of HarborFest, the annual waterfront celebration held down at the Town Dock in Port Washington. With predictions of heavy rain and wind, HarborFest vendors set up hoping for the best, but just before noon, the heavens opened up. HarborFest was cancelled for the remainder of the day…. a disappointment to all who have spent months planning for the event and for all who attend this fun day year after year.  MORE

Sailing Press is very pleased to announce a partnership with John Litke, Above All Media ( Above All Media is Long Island’s go to aerial photography & cinematography company. We specialize in providing our clients with professional, high-quality aerial photographs and videos. Above All Media’s mission is to deliver visionary aerial images and videos using the most cutting-edge UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) or “drone” equipment in the business to help turn our client's vision into reality. We are excited to be working with John and look forward to adding drone photography to our list of services.  If you would like to make your regatta super special - one that everyone will be talking about for a long time, contact us HERE for more information. 

40th Around Long Island Race (ALIR) July 28-31.  Monohulls & Multihulls at least 24 feet, PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spin, IRC & Multihull, Level Racing for Fleets of 8+, Junior Divisions, Collegiate Division.  Qualifiers for (IRC) Nort, Caper.  US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.  (PHRF) Kings Point, Mertz, DeCoursey Fales, Windigo, Sagola. Final entry deadline: Monday July 25 at 1700. Register HERE.  More information: Questions:

Inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race for Adaptive Sailors – July 15-17.  Hosted by the Waterfront Center, Huntington, NY.  Skippers from across the US are signing up for the inaugural Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race event.  This is a BIG deal as it will be the first time on Long Island that has offered a big event for adaptive sailing.  More HERE

118th Larchmont Yacht Club Race Week - July 16-17 and July 23-24.  This is the oldest regatta on Long Island Sound.  With adult racing on the two weekends, Juniors racing Monday-Wednesday and Thursday's Opti Day, this is the largest single  event on the YRALIS Schedule. July 16: Racers/Cruisers, One-designs, Classics.  July 17: Racer/Cruisers, One-designs.  July 23-24: Racer/Cruisers, One-designs, Vanguard 15 Nationals.  Register on Yachtscoring HERE

2016 YRALIS Taylor Trophy, July 9-10.  The YRALIS Taylor Trophy, by invitation-only, is scheduled for July 9-10 at Larchmont YC. This two-day event will include a free Dave Perry match race clinic on Saturday July 9. Racing for the Taylor Trophy will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2016. About the Clinic: Five-time Match Racing and two-time Ideal 18 National Champion Dave Perry, from the Pequot Yacht Club, will run a North U Match Racing Clinic on Saturday, July 9, at the Larchmont Yacht Club in their Ideal 18's, from 9:00am - 6:00pm. Next day match racing on Sunday.  This is a Grade 5 match race.  More information:

Huguenot YC "Expressly for Fun" July 9 &10.  A Festive weekend for family and friends. Cruise-racing at its best.  Start at Can 1 North of Execution Rocks - race to Northport YC.  Spinnaker, Cruising Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker Divisions  Pursuit format.  Gala Trophy Dinner Saturday Night. Wake up on your boat and race back to Huguenot YC for a BBQ.  Questions:

50th Newport Bermuda Race, June 17Few tests of blue-water seamanship are as iconic as the 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race. The 2016 race is the 50th and also marks the 90th anniversary of the partnership of the organizers, the Cruising Club of America and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. More information 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                                                              


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