I just put the finishing touches on my story about the Vanguard 15 class for the January issue of Sailing World. It's nice to be finished with the story; truthfully, it's been a long time coming. I raced in the event back in June, then again in July, spent the next three months interviewing various V15 characters, then took the last few weeks to write the story and hone it into the carefully scultpted piece of junk that it has become. I hope that's not entirely true about the story being junk, but you'll have to see for yourself when the issue comes out next month.
One cast of characters that I utterly neglected to mention in my story is the gang from Fordham University. Ella Macari '09 was gracious enough to crew for me sight unseen at the June event, foolish enough to return for the second go round in July, and patient enough to bear with me as I sailed our scoreline into the Bog of Eternal Stench. Ella introduced me to some of her teammates from the Fordham Sailing Team-- Lauren Crossett '09, Anne-Marie Martin '08, and Greg Azzaretti '09. If you look closely at the lead photograph for the story, you'll see the the left arm of Lawrence Azzaretti, Greg's brother and crew, resting on the purple deck of the boat with sail number 198. It's right there. So I guess I didn't totally hose you guys after all, did I?