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 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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2016-5-7:  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.

2016-4-18: Stephanie Roble (East Troy, WI) and her Epic Racing team continue as the number one U.S. women match racers, and are number four in the world, with a strong win at the Buddy Melges Challenge, a stop on the 2015 Women’s International Match Racing (WIM) Series which they won in Busan, Korea. Nevin Snow (San Diego, CA), a senior at Georgetown University, is the number one U.S. match racer, climbing to number 16 in the World, on the strengths of his win of the MAISA Intercollegiate Nationals qualifier, third place at the 2015 Intercollegiate Match Racing National Championship, and fourth place at the 2015 Youth World Match Racing Championship. To read more of Dave Perry's article, click HERE

2016-4-11:  Taylor Canfield Wins his THIRD Red Jacket at the Congressional Cup Taylor Canfield and his USOne Sailing Team triumphed in the Congressional Cup regatta, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), after five days of “unbelievable match racing” – making him the first skipper to win three Crimson Blazers back-to-back, in the 52-year history of the legendary regatta.  "The Granddaddy of match racing" is afive-day WMRT championship event had been beleaguered with unseasonable weather: light and shifty breezes, rain, and calms. That PRO Randy Smith and WMRT Racing Director Craig Mitchell were able to pull off the series, was a near miracle. READ MORE

2016-3-20:  Our good friend, Steve Banjamim, who was named US Sailing's Yachtsman of the Year in early March, has just won the Etchells US National Championship. Steve is really on a roll...and it couldn't happen to a nicer person. Good on ya' Steve. See full Press Release HERE

Press Releases

Upcoming Events

Emirates Team New Zealand Wins the ACWS - NY.  

After waiting 92 years for the America’s Cup to return to New York, the day that was so anxiously awaited for finally arrived. By the end of the weekend, Emirates Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup World Series (ACSW) with 52 points. And this was after they got hooked on a starting buoy and managed to free themselves in a winner-take-all final race on Sunday, May 8. The “home” team, ORACLE TeamUSA, came in a close second with 50 points, followed by Groupama Team France, with 44 points. READ MORE

LIS Racers Win BIG at 2016 Charleston Race Week  Charleston, SC, that “great port town” down south, has been married to the sea right from the start. This charming city, with its architecturally significant homes are on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. . READ MORE 

America's Cup Returns to New York!   After a hiatus of almost a century, the America’s Cup is returning to New York. The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS) is chartering the Aqua Azul on Saturday, May 7.   READ MORE

Benjamin and Haeger 2015 US Sailing’s Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year  Sailors the world over describe the world of sailing as a sport for all ages. This year, the 2015 US Sailing’s Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards is the perfect example of just how true this is.  READ MORE

May 14, 2016: Larchmont YC 61st EDLU RACE is the club's Annual Distance Race and is described as a classic Long Island Sound race with a classic party.  MORE

May 14. 2016: SCYC's Alfred Roosevelt Cup is a short distance race for PHRF and Classic boats and is a Pursuit Distance Race.  MORE

May 15, 2016: Dave Perry will be at Cedar Point YC  for a not-to-be missed presentation called Tactics in Crowds!  5:30 - 9:30 pm.  MORE

Weekday Evening Racing in Western LIS:  EBYRA Wednesday Night Race Series MORE.  Can One Evening Race Association Thursday Night Series MORE and Cow Bay Cruising Association, aka, Thirsty Thursday MORE

"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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