Category: New Jersey

The Cyclenox

If you are unfamiliar with (new website coming soon is ), it is because I just invented it an hour ago.

Cyclenox is a New Brunswick/Highland Park cycling meetup event happening twice a year, loosely coinciding with the vernal and the autumnal  (hence Cyclenox, get it?). The idea is to meet fellow cycling enthusiasts from our area and perhaps go for a ride together.

The Vernal Cyclenox 2013 will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Highland Park, New Jersey. Ideas and suggestions for the event are welcome, either in the comments below (preferable), or by email to atanas@entchev.com.

I look forward to the event — seeing old friends, and making new ones. I have created a — please add yourself if you are planing to attend.

Vernal Cyclenox 2013 Highland Park New Jersey
Vernal Cyclenox 2013 Highland Park New Jersey

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Sailboat carnage

I frequently blog about sailing, about the great times my friends and I have on the water. Well, there’s another aspect to it. There’s loss — material, but also emotional. There’s sadness and sorrow.

Hurricane Sandy brought horrible devastation to New Jersey, to the local marinas, and to many of my friends’ boats. I can’t describe the boat carnage I saw the last couple of days, and I can’t stomach to post pictures of the wreckage. Below is the G version of what I saw today at one boat yard.

Boat yard carnage in the wake of hurricane Sandy
Boat yard carnage in the wake of hurricane Sandy

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Tennis courts — what is the actual distance between the baseline and the fence?

I am a club tennis player. Every once in a while I run into the back fence or curtain. One of my partners — a younger and much faster guy who runs for every ball — hits the back fence much more frequently. We were wondering whether the pros at large tournaments have more room behind the baseline than us tennis hackers. I decided to find out.

It turns out they do.

I used my  skills and aerial photography from Google Maps to compare the courts at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York and the courts at a local East Brunswick, New Jersey park.

The image below illustrates my findings (the distances between the baseline and the fence are in feet). In summary — yes, the pros do have more room, but not that much more. In addition, I found that no two distances between baseline and fence were the same. Measurements are approximate, +/- 1′.

UPDATE: For completeness, . There is no standard.

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Tennis courts with labeled measurements -- US Open and community park comparison
Tennis courts with labeled measurements — US Open and community park comparison

NOTE: This article originally appeared in August 2011 on .

Raritan Yacht Club hosts 2012 annual Fall Series Regatta

Team Project Mayhem (sail 83214) took an overall second in the annual Fall Series Regatta hosted by the in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Pictured below is the start of race five. Photo by .

Raritan Yacht Club Fall Series Regatta day two race five start
Raritan Yacht Club Fall Series Regatta day two race five start

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