Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Star is Born...

It was Sunday, January 10th, and I'd just finished watching my beloved New England Patriots get publicly eviscerated by the Baltimore Ravens when my phone went off with a new text message. It was from Katie Cross, our other web development geek here at APS -- she was in New Jersey getting an education in ice boating and wanted to know if it would be okay to take Monday off because the ice was fantastic. Being the benevolent dictator that I am, her request received my blessing.

Little did I know that she was bound for stardom that next day as the Weather Channel came out to profile the Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club on the Navesink River, where she was learning the craft of sliding around at silly speeds. And it was the good people of TWC that gave Katie her 6.7 seconds of national broadcast fame. You'll see her at the 1:44 mark of the segment, viciously attacking the mainsheet of the DN she was using before delivering poignant analysis with the articulation of a classically trained Shakespearean thespian. Which is to say she didn't stutter or say anything completely embarrassing to herself, her family or (most importantly) APS. The again, it's really hard to say anything too awful in 6.7 seconds.

It was actually a nice ~2:00 piece on ice boating that one again highlights the fun that can be had when sliding around at twice the speed of the wind. Unfortunately, we can't embed the Weather Channel video here on the blog because (and I'm just guessing here) TWC is owned by NBC, and... well, they pretty much suck. That's right, we support Conan O'Brien. Katie actually had a full 15 seconds, but Jay Leno wanted in on the video and they cut her out.

So here's the link to the video: The Weather Channel. Enjoy!

P.S.: This is my last post for The Stern Scoop -- unfortunately, those charges finally stuck and I'm going on a court-ordered mandatory vacation. Just kidding. For now.

No, I made a super tough call and I'm headed out to forge a new path or something like that. I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone here at APS for five great years and thank all the readers for reading some of the stuff I write and not sending nasty e-mails to APS ownership afterwards. I leave you with a plea not to smoke. Unless you're on fire. Because then, it's only natural.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Stolen bike recovered with help of APS sticker!

This just in from today's Annapolis Police beat...APS sticker helps identify and recover stolen bike...

APS staffer Aaron's stolen bike was recovered with a little identification help from his APS sticker! Aaron reports the bike was in good shape aside from a missing milk basket on his rear rack. Aaron also tells us that the APD actually had a stake out in the Harbor House section of Annapolis and had the bike returned within 2 hours.

Way to go APD!

To get your theft-deterrent APS sticker click here.


Burglary - On Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM officers went to the 100 block of Brightwater Drive and met with a victim who told them her home had been robbed. Officers found a rear lower window in the home had been damaged and that several electronic items and jewelry were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Theft of tags – On Sunday, January 17, 2010 at approximately 7:40 PM officers went to the 400 block of President Place for report of a theft of tags. Officers met with a victim who advised that approximately two weeks ago he noticed both the front and rear tags, MD registration 45099M5, were missing from his sister's green Plymouth Voyager minivan, which was parked in front of his address. The victim told police he waited to report the tags stolen because he did not want his sister to become upset with him.

Theft from vehicle – On Saturday, January16, 2010 at 7:33 AM officers responded to the 2000 block of Allen Drive for the report of a theft. They met with a victim who told them that a set of after market rain guards had been taken from his vehicle during the overnight hours. The rain guards were attached to the top (exterior) of each window of the vehicle. No other items were missing, but the vehicle was damaged during the removal of the rain guards.

Theft – On Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM, officers responded to the 800 block of Bay Ridge Avenue for a report of a stolen bicycle. Upon arrival the victim advised that someone removed his bike from the front porch of his residence sometime during the morning. The bike had been secured by a black cable combination lock which had been cut. The bike is a green, Marin mountain bike with a black crate on the back. The bike has an orange APS sticker on the frame.

Theft arrest – On Friday, January 15, 2010 officers went to the Fast Cash pawn Shop on West Street. The pawn shop operators recognized items that suspects were attempting to pawn as possibly being stolen. The items being pawned were reported as stolen from Anne Arundel County, AACO PD Case # 10-702033. Three suspects, Branden Williams DOB 12/14/90, Edgewater, MD, Gregory Boyd DOB 04/01/80, Frederick, MD and Nicole Adams DOB 03/27/90 of Edgewater, MD were arrested and charged with theft.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Spy...

Although it's a little tough to make him out with his camo APS hat adorning this month's cover of this month's Spinsheet magazine is none other than our very own Warren Richter! Warren, aka APS's walking sailing wikipedia, will be heading South to sail yet another Key West Race Week so keep your eyes out for him should you have any questions about anything sailing, scotch, or MOPAR related. Good luck Warren!

Monday, January 4, 2010

APS/Spinsheet January Chesapeake Racer Profile - Arnis Baltins

The following is the January APS Chesapeake Racer Profile, a monthy hi-light in Spinsheet Magazine (written by Molly Winans):

Size matters, yes, but if you tack on experience and a positive outlook, Arnis Baltins could very well be a Star skipper’s dream crew. A native Anne Arundel County kid, Baltins was too busy cruising and racing with his parents on a San Juan 28, hitching rides on log canoes, racing on 420s, windsurfing, and doing deliveries with his neighbors to get involved in a junior sailing program. After “happening upon” St. Mary’s College on a family cruise, he enrolled in 1987, majored in “economics, sailing, and rugby,” and made his way to the Ukraine for the Black Sea Regatta in 1989, where the team took second.

Starting in the late 1980s, Baltins has raced on a variety of programs on J/29s, J/35s, and Shock 35s, as well as on high-level programs such as TP 52s, Maxis, and 50-footers. He started sailing Stars in 1991. Two years later, he launched into “a pretty good” seven-year run with Annapolis sailor Kevin McNeil sailing Stars and a J/35. They won numerous High Point honors in both classes and won or placed in the top three in every C-level Star regatta on the East Coast, including winning district championships.

Following the Olympic trials for the 2000 games in Stars and the Star World Championships in Annapolis, Baltins had “had enough” and decided to go fishing. For four years, he fished an average of three times per week and “got to know the Bay at the mid-Atlantic bight very well.” He credits his extensive knowledge of currents, tides, and wind patterns in the Middle Bay to this experience, which has been useful in sailing.

In 2004, Baltins began to sail with Annapolis sailor John White—as one of the crew known as Many Bad People—on his Henderson 30 and remains a regular onboard the unnamed purple boat. He has also sailed with Bill Kardash on the Swan 44 Aura and twice competed in the Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy, placing second in 2006. In 2007, Baltins started to sail with Dave Askew on the J/120 Flying Jenny V (now the J/122 Flying Jenny VI). The crew won its class at Block Island Race Week (2007), took second in class in the Annapolis to Bermuda Race (2008), won its class in the Annapolis to Newport Race (2009), and took a second at Block Island Race Week (2009).

When he’s not sailing, working in the software industry, or playing on his 23-foot Seacraft fishing boat with his wife Diane, Baltins is a volunteer coach with the Navy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team.

SpinSheet: Who are your sailing mentors?
Kevin McNeil, Jonathan Bartlett, Mike Ironmonger, John White, Steve King, and Jahn Tihansky.

Do you have a favorite place on the Bay?
Lately, the lower Potomac—the Yeomico River, Bloodsworth Island, and Point Lookout.

Do you have a Chesapeake Bay sailing story you’ve told over and over?
We were struck by lightning once on John White’s Henderson 30 when a storm blew in during Annapolis Race Week. An Albacore came by planing out of control and sank, and we picked him up and called the Coast Guard to report the sunken boat in Whitehall Bay…

What television shows do you watch?
Mad Men and Entourage.

What magazines do you read?
Seahorse, Wired, Inc., SpinSheet, and PropTalk.

What are your non-sailing passions?
I try to ride 130-150 miles per week on my road bike. Fishing and snowboarding.

You could live in a lot of places. Why do you live here?
Every once in awhile, I get a bug to go live in a “lifestyle town” like Charleston or somewhere I can be a ski bum. It’s hard to leave, though. I can launch a kayak or paddleboard from the end of my street, ride my bike most places, and rarely get in my car. No matter what you’re looking for in a lifestyle town, we have it here.

What advice do you have for a young racing sailor?
Go in with open eyes and be willing to do whatever task you’ve been asked to do, even if it seems menial or disgusting. Be a team player, someone who can be counted upon. People will notice and take you under their wings. No whining [laughs].

What gear do you depend upon?
Dubarry boots, Henry Lloyd ocean racing smock, Camet shorts, and Kaenon sunglases.

What are your sailing goals?
I’d like to do another Olympic campaign in the Star class.

If you won the lottery, what kind of boat would you buy?
Three Farr 40s, one in Europe, one in the U.S., and one in Australia. Maybe a Melges 32 or an old TP 52…