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Get Ready for America’s Cup 2013

Posted by Michael Bandera - August 19, 2013 - Sailing Entertainment
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  On August 22, 1851 the schooner America, representing the New York Yacht Club, sailed past an entire British fleet to win the 100 Guinea Cup from the Royal Yacht Squadron.  The schooner was quickly sold and the trophy was donated to the New York Yacht Club with the stipulation that the trophy was to […]

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Sailing Barnegat Bay New Jersey – An East Coast Gem

Posted by Michael Bandera - June 7, 2013 - Sailing Entertainment
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In my humble opinion, Barnegat Bay which is located in New Jersey, is one of the best sailing areas on the east coast.  This is particularly true when it comes to pure sailing or for novice sailors looking for a destination to learn to sail.  This is a place where sailors come to sail.  Here are six reasons […]

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Sailing History aboard The Privateer Lynx

Posted by Michael Bandera - April 5, 2013 - Sailing Entertainment
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Having spent the winter in Ft. Myers Beach, the privateer Lynx returned to St. Petersburg, Florida for a 2 week visit.  The Lynx is an interpretation, not a replica, of an 1812 Baltimore Clipper Schooner.  This schooner was used to help defend the United States by evading the British naval fleet who were blockading American ports.  At the outbreak […]

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Sailing Knots- Bowline

Posted by Michael Bandera - January 4, 2013 - sailing knowledge
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The bowline is among the most commonly used knots on a sailboat.   At the sailing school it is sometimes referred to as the “king of knots” because of it’s importance to sailors.  It is used by sailors to make a secure loop in the end of a line.  The bowline is also usefull to attach objects, such […]

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Preparing a Sailboat for a New Jersey Winter

Posted by Michael Bandera - November 18, 2012 - sailing knowledge
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Many of our sailing school graduates who have become sailboat owners are interested and concerned on how they should prepare their sailboats and engines for a cold New Jersey winter.  At our sailing school, which is located in New Jersey, we have 4 sailboats to prepare each year for a winter lay-up.  So we have […]

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Hurricane Sandy Visits Barnegat Bay Sailing School at Cedar Creek Marina

Posted by Michael Bandera - October 30, 2012 - Sailing Entertainment
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Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey coast on Monday October 29th and battered the Jersey Shore for 12 hours.  Winds reached 80 mph with record rainfall.  Cedar Creek Marina, home of Barnegat Bay Sailing School, was under 3 feet of water.    One sailboat tied to the dock floated above the pilings and as the tide […]

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Favorite Sailing Movies

Posted by Michael Bandera - October 9, 2012 - Sailing Entertainment
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Here are a few of my favorite sailing movies.  I tried to pick a variety of sailing films including a nominated British naval adaptation, a wild comedy, an America’s cup inspired love story, and Nicole Kidman. 1.  Master and Commander – A 2003 film adapted from Patrick O’Brien’s British naval novels.  Nominated for 10 Oscars it starred Russell Crowe and […]

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How To Choose A Sailing School

Posted by Michael Bandera - August 15, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN SELECTING A SAILING SCHOOL                                     Most novice sailors do not have a complete understanding of the proper plan to becoming a confident and competent sailor.  They need to depend on sailing professionals. Being  an  ASA sailing instructor of an outstanding award winning ASA sailing school […]

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Weather Websites For Sailors

Posted by Michael Bandera - July 11, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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Weather stations and websites are often regionalized, which gives us a good overall picture of the weather conditions and forecasts.  However, because the area we sail, Barnegat Bay, has its own microclimate we often need a weather site that targets a more localized area. Sailors not only need a reliable weather forecast but also a […]

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How to Tune Your Rig

Posted by Michael Bandera - May 21, 2012 - Sailing Tip
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Whether you would like to get the optimal performance out of your sailboat or just trying to keep your mast upright, a well tuned rig is the key.  The goal of a properly tuned rig is to have a mast that is straight, better control of sail shape, and proper helm balance in a variety […]

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