Tuesday, November 30, 2010

APS Spinsheet Chesapeake Racer Profile - Bob Lippincott

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

Newport reminds me of Annapolis,” says Salvé Regina University freshman and Oxford native, Bob Lippincott. “It’s like Annapolis on steroids, all the boats, all the sailing, and seeing the America’s Cup 12-metres during our sailing practice.” Born into a sailing family, Lippincott started on a Penguin with his parents, Richard and Pucky, at the age of five. He sailed solo on an Opti for the first time at age eight, the same year he entered the Tred Avon YC junior sailing program, which was a year early in those days.

For three years, Lippincott was on the Chesapeake Bay Optimist Team and then, on the U.S. Optimist National Team, the goal of which is to provide high-level training to top U.S. Opti sailors who compete internationally. In 2006, at the age of 15, he traveled to Lake Garda, Italy, with Team U.S.A. and finished 196th of 558 in the Optimist class. “It was the experience of a lifetime. I was very pleased with my accomplishment—it was awesome and boosted my confidence.”

Lippincott went to boarding school at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA, where his sailing success ramped up in 420s and FJs. As a junior, Lippincott and his team sailed their way to a ninth place finish at the national fleet racing championship, the Mallory Cup, and a seventh place finish at the national team racing championship, the Baker Cup. Christchurch was by far the smallest school to earn a berth in both events. “It was really exciting,” he says. In his senior year, his team held the two-time Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association State Championship title.

In the summer, he sails Club 420s, and of course, Stars, with APS Racer Profile alumna Barbara Vosbury. Lippincott’s grandfather, Robert L., won the Star World Championships in 1950. It’s in the genes. “They are one of my favorite boats to sail,” says the grandson.

Now on the varsity sailing team at his dream school in Newport, RI, Lippincott already sees improvement in his game in Collegiate 420s and FJs. “The big difference between high school and college sailing is that the level of competition is so much harder in college. The starting line is twice as competitive; it requires twice as much skill,” he says. “Rhode Island weather is so much different than in Virginia and Maryland. I was the firston the team to put on a dry suit. It’s freezing! There are no opportunities to just wear a T-shirt and board shorts. You wear gear all the time.”

SpinSheet: Who are your sailing mentors?
Kenneth Andreasen, John Ingalls, Juan Carlos Romero, and my dad and mom.

Who are your best sailing buddies?
Peter Zendt, Laura Beigel, Sara Morgan Watters, Matt Lawler, and Sarah Muzyka.

Do you have a favorite sailing memory from 2010?
My first college regatta at Maine Maritime Academy. I sailed really well. It was a wonderful experience traveling with my new team and reconnecting with old Opti sailing buddies.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, sometimes college music like rap, but mostly old stuff like 1960s and 70s music.

What television shows do you watch?
I’m an outdoors guy. I’d rather be out bike riding or taking a run than watching TV.

What magazines do you read?
SpinSheet, Speed and Smarts, and Sailing World.

What other sports do you enjoy besides sailing?
Lacrosse, soccer, mountain biking, and ice hockey.

Do you have a morning routine before race day?
I get up an hour early to pack my bag and read over my notebook. I keep a performance log and notes for improvement. I stretch for 15 minutes and drink two bottles of water.

Do you ever go sailing just for fun?
I like to take out friends who don’t know how to sail on an old Hobie cat to enjoy the day.

What’s in your gear bag?

What are your sailing goals?
To become an All-American Collegiate Sailor and sail in the America’s Cup.

If you won the lottery, what kind of boat would you buy?
A Farr 40.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Impact Fighting Knee Pads from Musto

Bruises won’t be a problem anymore with Musto’s D3o (dee-three-oh) revolutionary knee pads. Despite the numerous D3o impact videos posted on YouTube, no one here at APS was up to being beaten with a bat in the knees so we decided to take a less drastic measure and test out a few practical impact maneuvers that relate to the sport of sailing. Check out the video below for a closer look at the knee pads.

D3o is a lightweight material that is both flexible and malleable. The material was used in several garments for the 2006 Winter Olympic games. It’s ideal in protective clothing where the wearer may be exposed to blunt trauma, sailing for example. It’s engineered to move with you but when introduced to shock, the molecules in the material lock together to absorb the impact energy and then return to their original state after impact. This all happens in less than a 1000th of a second.
D3o in raw form looks like something from a 'b' Sci-fi movie and despite its dough- like appearance, I would not recommend eating it. You can see a close-up of how this material is reformed and moulded for use in protective wear.
The great thing about The Musto knee pads is that they protect you without compromising your freedom of movement. The D3o is integrated directly into the clothing allowing for total freedom of movement. These pads are perfect for someone doing bow, where you come in contact with the boat often.. They're non-bulky so you can fit them under a pair of pants if necessary. The knee pads come with Kevlar reinforced patches for longevity making them the ultimate impact fighting machine!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hands On: Nightvision Hat

Are you looking for a way to have hands free lighting on the boat or elsewhere at night without looking like a dork with a headlamp? Well we've got the solution for you with the Night Vision Cap. It has both red and white LED lights built into the brim of the hat.

The hat is only available in black and it can be embroidered if you want to personalize your hat. Check below for more details in a short video about the Night Vision Cap.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New and Improved: Gill Regatta Master Watch II

Finally, a new sailing watch for the competitive sailor! Gill has improved their Regatta Master Watch with a second edition, the Regatta Master Watch II. It’s now lighter with more features for the racing sailor. Waterproof up to 50 meters, this watch can withstand the elements. It has many different techincal sailing features, all in a user friendly package. We think it's one the most easy to use technical watches.

Take quick sightings from anywhere on the boat with a easy to read digital compass. With a calendar and two alarms, you can set alarms for a time of day and a specific day of the week. Never miss a watch again! In case you're a jet setter, there's an international dual-time function. Two different world times can be displayed at the same time.

If buoy racing is more your scene, it has a smart countdown timer that sounds on each minute and has a sync function if you miss the gun. The sync function is even improved, with the ability to sync up in case your a little fast or to the next minute. Best part is, during the last minute of the countdown the entire watch face turns into a countdown, making it much easier to read. The Luminescent backlight makes reading the display easy at night. It also has a power save feature to help preserve battery life.

For the full tour of the new Gill Regatta Master Watch II features, check out our video below.

Gill Regatta Master Watch 2

Monday, November 8, 2010

Slaughter Across the Water XIII

Every year in November the MRE (Maritime Republic of Eastport) puts on a rather serious and quite substantial Tug-of-War tournament against downtown Annapolis. In case you've never visited, we'll explain the layout. There's a bridge dividing the two communities and a 1,280 ft. long rope (made of 1-1/8" Maxibraid Plus with a Spectra 900 core, manufactured by Yale Cordage) used for the tug that extends across the water reaching the 2 teams.
This year 7 different games were played and all proceeds went to local charities that were decided by the winning teams.

APS is located on the Eastport side, and although we were unable to tug as a team this year, we did join in on the festivities. I was able to capture some of the battles on video. Both teams had strong support from the crowds of people that came out on Saturday to cheer on their respective teams. The Annapolis Fire Department had an epic 7-minute long tug that resulted in a victory against the Annapolis Police Department. And to put out the metaphorical fire on some recent rumors that the fire department may have been "cheating", see video footage below.

Despite some defeats, the Eastport crowd didn't seem to mind one bit and continued to enjoy the local entertainment, delicious food and beverages. Serving chili and hot chocolate was a brilliant idea. In all, the event was a success and next year I hope to partake in the tugging and will make a mental note to leave my high heel boots at home.

Eastport vs. Annapolis

Army vs. Navy

Annapolis Fire Dept. vs. Annapolis Police Dept.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An Exciting Weekend of Racing on the Chesapeake

 Sunny skies and cool temperatures combined with gusty winds but warm water made the Chesapeake the place for any serious sailor to be this past weekend. Home to the IRC East Coast Championship, J24 East Coast Championship, J105 Chesapeake Championship and Star/Etchells Fall Regatta, 107 boats were spread over the four courses. There were boats everywhere and even a battleship and submarine courtesy of the Naval Academy. Blessed with the conditions and many options for sailing we here at APS took off our usual attire (APS Polo) and threw on some foulies for a nice weekend of sailing, luckily in separate boats.

On the IRC line, Aaron Freeman from Customer Service and Mike Lindsley from Store Front battled some challenging competition and conditions. Friday was a distance race where depending on which class you were in you went 25 or 45 miles in winds holding steady in the 20s with gusts over 30. Wipeouts and carnage were the words of the day. Saturday and Sunday were a little calmer with buoy racing and winds ranging from 10 – 20 knots. 6 races were completed under what was described as a great race committee. Posting a strong performance throughout the weekend in the end Numbers, Dan Meyers custom black carbon beauty, took the overall win.
Next up were the J24 East Coast Championships. With 35 boats it was the largest of the fleets offering up stiff competition for three great days of racing. Jarrett from our rigging department sailed and found himself helping those with breakdowns in the shop after a long wet day on Friday. Soaking wet from head to toe Jarrett deserved big ups from those who needed his help. In the end it was Tim Healy who won by an impressive 26 points!

One of the strongest one design fleets here on the bay had their J105 Chesapeake Championships. With the largest APS representation, myself (Katie from marketing), Matt from Customer Service, and Bryn from Marketing set off for two great days of sailing. Seeing all the breeze on Friday we sat at our desks hoping the wind wouldn’t blow itself out. But, the wind gods kept their promise and we finished 5 races in varying but generally windy conditions. Congrats to Cedric Lewis and Frederik Salvesen on Mirage for finishing with only 8 points and 4 bullets in 5 races!
Next, was the AYC Star/Etchells Fall Regatta. Also with 5 races sailed, was Warren Richter (shown at left "hiking") from Customer Service sailing Stars. In the Etchells class, Gary Jobson took the podium with 4 bullets while John
MacCausland topped the Star class.

Finally, rounding out the APS presence on the Bay this weekend was our Director of Marketing, Rob Beach. Rob (second row, second from the left) fellow captains, and first mate Z bone (donning the Dixie cap) masterfully sailed their chartered Orana catamaran alongside Rob's father-in-law and crew on an Island Packet, to 3 different ports of call during the Annual Dorsey Shady Guy’s BOAT TRIP.

After a great weekend, it’s back to work! We hope everyone enjoyed sailing in our backyard here in Annapolis. Y’all come back soon!