Monthly archives for July, 2015
Foiling Into The Future
The gray overcast gave way to brilliant sunshine , which shone brightly on San Francisco Bay and the 74 competitors sailing in the 3rd stop of the Kite Foil GoldCup. In it’s 2nd season, the progression of not only the tour itself, but the equipment and riders who took to the water in winds reaching 30 knots at it’s peak combined with a 2.5 knot ebb tide made for a challenging conditions all around.
ISAF issue Press Release that they are in continuous discussions with Brazilian authorities regards pollution and objects in the water, in and around the race area of Marina da Gloria and Guanabara Bay
Gothenburg, Sweden (July 31, 2015) – With one day of racing left at the RC44 Marstrand Cup on Sweden’s west coast, the two Vladimirs’ teams are vying for the lead.
This morning Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team was ahead by a mere point, an opening race win for Vladimir Prosikhin caused his Team Nika to regain first place, holding on to it until disaster struck towards the end of the last race, resulting Liubomirov recovering first. Currently Bronenosec leads Team Nika by four points, but with three races scheduled tomorrow, any of the top six boats in theory still can win.
Coming ashore Prosikhin was feeling conflicting emotions. In the first race Team Nika just managed to sneak in on port tack at the weather mark as the competition bore down on her on starboard with rights – a move that had resulted in a penalty when Prosikhin had tried it yesterday. Today he was successful and Team Nika went on to take the win.
After finishing fourth in today’s second race, Team Nika was lining up for a podium finish in race three until the last run towards the finish line in Marstrand Fjord, when what Prosikhin described as “a catalogue of disasters” unfolded: A genniker twist developed during a gybe and with a boat immediately to leeward Team Nika was unable to bear away to unwind it. Eventually they sorted it out, but Prosikhin then gybed in front of Peninsula Petroleum and bore away too early resulting in the two boats touching.
“So we got an expensive downwind penalty – we had to drop [the spinnaker] and we came into the harbour last,” he recounted. “But we fought and gained two places back, which I am proud of.” However their eighth placed finish was costly.
Nico Poons’ Charisma got her second bullet of the series in race two. This largely came about through a good fast start by the committee boat. “Straight away we were a length ahead of the fleet,” said tactician Ray Davies. “From there it is a lot easier – we just tried to keep it really simple and let the boat do its job. We sailed clean all the way around the track, but life’s a lot easier when you are in front.”
Like Team Nika, Charisma’s final race was disappointing, finishing seventh after a broach on the second to last gybe as the westerly wind built to 20 knots.
The last race today saw the RC44 Marstrand Cup get its sixth individual winner in Chris Bake’s Team Aqua – with Swede Richard Goransson helming on this occasion.
“We did a good first beat and overtook Team Nika on the downwind,” recounted Goransson, sailing only his second ever RC44 regatta. “After the rounding, we managed to keep our distance and once we were ahead at the top mark we were pretty much fine, but it got scary at the end because the boats behind were all coming in with a lot of breeze whereas our breeze was dying…”
Up until this race, Goransson admitted he had found steering upwind difficult. “We are learning every day, getting better by increments. Downwind we have been fine mostly, although we had a wipe-out in a gybe in the second race today. It is nice to see finally what it is like to be ahead!”
Tactician Cameron Appleton said staying in front was no mean feat today. “The beats were hugely difficult – the breeze had gone right and on port you were across the waves and on starboard you were straight into them and then they kicked up really steep.”
On Katusha, Russian RC44 newbie Alexander Novoselov pulled off his best result of the regatta finishing third. “It was great fun – very nice weather, difficult conditions, lots of wind. We’ve been improving every day thanks to a great team and a great effort,” he said.
With Andy Horton off on paternity leave, tactician this week is British America’s Cup helmsman Chris Draper, sailing his first ever RC44 regatta.
“Everybody is super smart,” says Draper of the racing. “If you bleed a few lengths, then you’re history! As a whole, the standard is insanely high. The guys at the front, drive the boats bloody well – anybody would struggle to beat them.”
Draper admitted that he was struggling on the upwind, but recovering on the downwinds. “Alex [Novoselov] is doing an awesome job downwind, he’s a downwind machine! We’re getting ourselves back in there. It was good in the last race, to put a start and a first beat together and keep it simple from there.”
Tomorrow, the last day of the RC44 Marstrand Cup, will see racing start at 1130 CET.
The RC44 Marstrand Cup program on July 28 to August 1 has one day of match racing and four days fleet racing.
Sopot, Poland (July 31, 2015) – There was no stopping current, and five-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar today at the Energa Sopot Match Race as he swiftly dispatched his Quarter Final opponent Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) in three straight wins.
Local hero Karol Jablonski (POL), who advanced directly to the Semi Finals by winning the Qualifying Round Robin, is now joined by Defending event champion Williams as well as the other Quarter Final winners, Bjorn Hansen (SWE), (Nautiska Racing), and Nicolai Sehested (DEN), (TREFOR Match Racing).
There was plenty of action for spectators to enjoy from the end of the 500m long Molo Pier which stretches out from the seaside resort of Sopot to provide the ideal stadium sailing arena for the 10th stage of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Today didn’t disappoint as the six Quarter Finalists tussled around the race course in gusty conditions with broaches and flaring spinnakers aplenty.
In the first Quarter Final match, Swede Johnie Berntsson, Berntsson Sailing Team was paired with TREFOR Match Racing’s Nicolai Sehested (DEN), competing in his first World Championship Tour event since finishing as helm of the fated Team Vestas in the recent Volvo Ocean Race.
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing in action against Johnie Berntsson at the 2015 Energa Sopot Match Race © Robert Hajduk / WMRT
After Berntsson won the first of three races, Sehested and crew found their stride in the second with a masterful move at the finish as he luffed Berntsson away from the line and tacked back to the finish, offloading a penalty in the process. Sehested went on to win the next two races to secure his Semi Final slot 3-1.
“We had a good day,” said Sehested “It’s my first match racing event in a while but we’ve been getting better in the boats every day so that’s a good thing.”
As Williams finished his last match against Aschenbrenner, it was all action in the third Quarter Final between local sailor and founder of the Sopot Match Race, Przemyslaw Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing, and Sweden’s Bjorn Hansen.
After Tarnacki took first blood, Hansen levelled the score before Tarnacki came back to clinch the third race 2-1. Undeterred, but struggling in the difficult wind shifts, Hansen and crew kept their cool to level the score at 2-2 following an overtaking manoeuvre on the final run to the finish. Both teams matched their speeds around the course in the final, deciding, race but Tarnacki was unable to gain enough separation to shake off an earlier penalty, handing the win and Semi Final slot to Hansen 2-3.
It was a disappointing day for Swiss match racer Eric Monnin (SUI) and his Team SailBox. Finishing the last of their Qualifying races earlier in the day, Monnin needed just one win against either of his last two opponents Matt Jerwood from Australia, and Ian Williams to make it to the Quarter Finals ahead of Przemyslaw Tarnacki. Both matches were close, with Monnin crossing the line ahead of Williams but losing the match due to an infringement within metres of the finish. Against Jerwood the battle raged around the track but Monnin just couldn’t make it stick, losing the race and exiting the competition.
The Semi Finals are scheduled for 1000 tomorrow with local and event favourite Karol Jablonski given the choice of Semi Final opponent.
“I’m not sure who I will pick yet,” said Jablonski, “but I’m thinking about one of the Vikings, and maybe I should pick on someone closer to my own age!”
Quarter Finals Results
Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing bt Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-1
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar bt Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 3-0
Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing bt Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 3-2
FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS
1. Karol Jablonski (POL) Jablonski Sailing Team 9-2
2. Björn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing 8-3
3. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 7-3
4. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 7-4
5. Nicolai Sehested (DEN) TREFOR Match Racing 6-5
6. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 6-5
7. Przemyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnacki (POL) Energa Yacht Racing 5-6
8. Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing 5-6 (4.5)
9. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team SailBox 7-4
10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-7
11. Reuben Corbett (NZL) Corbett Racing 3-8
12. Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing 2-9
Background: Energa Sopot Match Race (Jul 29-Aug 1) is the fourth world championship event on the 2015-16 World Match Racing Tour, the leading professional match racing series sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The tour has six world championship events and a total of 19 events (details). Prize money is awarded for each event, with event points culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”.
Even Alinghi skipper Morgan Larson could barely comprehend his team’s level of dominance in today’s racing at the Bullitt GC32 Sailing Cup Kiel.
Andre Budzien (GER) has retaken the lead at the OK Dinghy World Championships. Jim Hunt (GBR) drops to second and Charlie Cumbley (GBR) moves up to third
ISAF says its taking steps to ensure health and safety of sailors who will compete in Aquece Rio, Olympic Test Event.
There was no stopping current and five-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew today at the Energa Sopot Match Race as he swiftly dispatched his Quarter Final opp
The Transatlantic Race 2015 is a 2,800-mile race from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard on the southwestern corner of England. This is the 30th transatlantic race since three New York Yacht Club members sponsored the first one in 1866. A fleet of 38 boats—ranging in size from 40 to 140 feet and in age from 100 years to 10 months—departed from Newport in one of three different starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5). They spent from one to three weeks crossing the Atlantic. For more information, visit the race’s website: http://transatlantic race.com
San Francisco, CA (July 31, 2015) – Oracle Racing scuttled a professional sailor’s reputation by making him the patsy after a crewmate broke the rules of a regatta ahead of the 34th America’s Cup, the sailor claims in Federal Court.
The crewmate violated race rules by adding too much weight to a part of the sailboat called the kingpost, Matthew Mitchell says.
Oracle Racing, which hired Mitchell in 2012 to help prepare for the 34th America’s Cup, chose not to suspend or fire the crewmate, he says.
Leading up to the main event, which was held in San Francisco Bay in 2013 using 72-foot catamarans, was the America’s Cup World Series, for which the Oracle team prepared three 45-foot multi-hull race boats called AC45s.
When Mitchell, who is from New Zealand, arrived in San Francisco to manage the reassembly of one of the AC45 boats named BAR45, he says he “had never assembled or repaired an AC45 boat before.”
However, an experienced sailor on the job named Simeon Tienpont was the “go to” sailor, having assembled three of the boats before, he says.
Tienpost is not a party to Mitchell’s complaint.
Mitchell claims that he did not perform any work on the kingpost nor did he supervise Tienpont, who did. The kingpost is a sturdy post near the bow that rises above the deck.
“[Mitchell] had seen the kingpost on a work bench at some point and noticed that it was heavy but saw that the job list said to add weight to the kingpost and assumed that it was approved work,” the lawsuit states.
After the AC45 regattas were over, as the Oracle team prepared for the America’s Cup, a race official discovered that lead added to the BAR boat’s kingpost made it more than twice as heavy as allowed by class rules.
An America’s Cup investigation resulted in a finding of gross misconduct against Mitchell and he was suspended from the first four Cup races.
America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA was almost eliminated, but then won eight straight races to beat the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, 9-8.
Mitchell says that Oracle Racing’s leadership knew he was not to blame but failed to alert officials. They “failed to suspend/terminate Simeon Tienpont and allowed him to sail on the OTUSA race boat 17 in the 34th America’s Cup meaning that the team had a rule-breaking sailor in the 11 sailors who sailed the boat to victory.”
Oracle Racing’s “inactions forced and transferred the blame for the adding of weight to the BAR boat’s kingpost wrongfully to plaintiff,” whom the complaint describes as “the innocent party.”
Last year, the same kingpost trouble prompted Mitchell to sue Oracle Racing in state court. In that litigation he is trying to recoup $68,000 that he paid for legal representation before an International Sailing Federation disciplinary body that also investigated the excessive weight. The case is currently scheduled for arbitration in January 2016.
Oracle Racing’s principal owner is Larry Ellison, who is not a party to either case.
The new case, filed Monday (July 27) in the Northern District of California by attorney Patricia Barlow, alleges that Oracle Racing Inc. dba Oracle Team USA breached Mitchell’s employment contract by retaining Tienpont and for failing to report to the jury that Tienpont was responsible for the kingpost alteration.
He seeks at least $400,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for distress, anguish and the “loss of reputation associated with good sportsmanship and receipt of a sports penalty.”
Neither Barlow nor an Oracle Racing representative responded to requests for comment.
Source: Courthouse News Service
The San Francisco Bay Area’s OYRA held their Duxship Race, with a start and a finish at St. Francis Yacht Club and a 32-mile ocean course, on July 25. Pat Broderick, sailing on the Wyliecat 30 Nancy, described the …
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With yesterday’s arrival of the final finisher and today’s awards celebration, the 48th Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu slides into the history books.
Rhys Lewis from Cardiff Bay YC is the 2015 British Optimist Champion for the Senior fleet while Jamie Cook is the British Junior Champion – Dutch and Maltese competitors won the Open titles
Chicago, IL (July 31, 2015) – The Chicago Yacht Club will be hosting the North American Challenge Cup from Aug. 1-3, 2015 at Belmont Station. The NACC was first run in 1992 in an effort to reach a wider range of sailors in the community and is one of the longest-running events in the disabled sailing circuit. Those participating in the regatta this year range from members of local sailing programs to racers travelling from the Caribbean.
Robert E. Jones, a five-time winner of the Freedom Class in the NACC and former US Sailing Paralympic Team member, is one racer who has been participating in the event almost since its inception. In 1994, the NACC was Jones’s first sailing event after becoming paralyzed, and it has become his annual must-do regatta. Jones explained, “It’s all about the relationships. Before my first NACC, I didn’t know any disabled sailors, but now I come back for the community.”
The Windy City turned the breeze on for Friday’s sailing clinic with the Chair of International Federation of Disabled Sailors for ISAF and Paralympic Coach Betsy Alison. “Conditions today built people’s confidence and skill levels in the bigger breeze so that if it stays windy, they’re prepared for it and if it eases off, everything’s that much easier,” explains Alison. Jones hopes the breeze holds up through the weekend, though he says that his extensive experience has prepared him for any conditions. “Let the wind blow and the sun shine!”
Coming in for her first NACC experience is University of Illinois Chicago graduate student, Elizabeth ‘Biz’ Gauthier. “It’s a little intimidating going out there with past Olympians and NACC veterans, but Barb [Galinski] and I just like going out there and having fun.” This is Gauthier’s third year sailing, and she looks forward to using this weekend to build on her skills.
The NACC features two sailing classes – the Freedom 20 and Sonar. Racing begins on Saturday and runs through Monday (Aug 1-3). Details here: https://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/nacc
Mallorca, Spain (July 31, 2015) – When the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet of 11 TP52s gather for next week’s Mediterranean summer showcase regatta, the 34th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, series leaders Azzurra will be bidding to win their third regatta in a row and the fleet will welcome new American owners to compete on the world’s leading grand prix multihull circuit for the first time.
Azzurra, the emblematic yacht of the Roemmers family which races in the colours of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, are on a charge. Winners of the Settimana Delle Boche from Puerto Cervo, Sardinia and the 52 World Championships earlier in July from Puerto Portals Mallorca, the crew which is skippered by Guillermo Parada are riding a wave of confidence and feel especially at home on the Bay of Palma.
But the notoriously one sided sea breeze race track will place an unusually high premium on starting and gaining the first beneficial wind shift and charges a proportionately high tariff to those who fail to get off the start line well. Azzurra have proven to be one of this season’s best, most consistent starters but the crew will have to be at their very best, and stay out of trouble to pull off a third regatta win in a row.
Asked if they can win three events on the bounce, skipper-helm Parada replies:
“Why not? We all start with the same chances and will give it everything we have. We have great memories of Palma and some bad ones but we remember every time we come here. The only worry coming to Palma is if you are slow and we have no big worries this season.”
Azzurra have a solid lead on the 52 SUPER SERIES season standings but Parada maintains the only focus is on winning the Copa del Rey.
“We are not even thinking of results yet. We are sailing each day if it were the first one of the season.
When you start speculating you can only go backwards. We do not look the points yet as we want to win Copa del Rey.”
Talismanic Terry Hutchinson returns to 52 SUPER SERIES champions Quantum Racing, the 2014 defending champions will line up with owner-driver Doug DeVos on the helm and Hutchinson and Ado Stead in the roles of tactician and strategist. The champions were clearly moving in the right direction at the world championships but suffered a poor final day which saw them narrowly dropped from podium in a very close logjam of aggregate points.
As the second event of the season to be sailed in this afterguard configuration and with visibly good speed at the World Championships there is every chance the Quantum Racing team can defend the Copa del Rey title which they won last year en route to their 52 SUPER SERIES title.
They may be debutants on the 52 SUPER SERIES but Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s crew which will race their newly acquired Spookie, formerly Interlodge, are hardly newcomers to grand prix racing. But it will be the American Olympic 470 medallist and the team’s first time racing their new boat and the learning curve will be steep for them among the white hot fleet. Their crew includes Peter Holmberg as tactician. Benjamin visited Valencia and sailed a practice race on the boat but the crew will only sail the boat for the first time together when they arrive in Palma.
“We are very excited but guarded in our expectations,” said Steve Benjamin. “We would be happy just to beat a few boats on this occasion. It is a new boat to us and it is our first event. We have several new guys on the team and some that I have sailed with a lot before. It will be my fourth regatta with Peter (Holmberg) who is an old friend. I am frightened to death of all of the top teams, the Azzurras and Quantum Racing and so on. Azzurra do seem to be the favourites. We are looking forwards to being in the 52 SUPER SERIES which really is la crème de la crème.”
52 SUPER SERIES 2015 Season Rankings Overall after 3 Regattas
1. Azzurra, ITA 110pts
2. Sled, USA 144pts
3. Quantum Racing, USA 148pts
4. Bronenosec, RUS 151pts
5. Alegre, GBR 155pts
6. Provezza, TUR 161pts
7. Platoon, GER 168pts
8. Rán Racing, SWE 171pts
9. Gladiator, GBR 230pts
10. Paprec FRA 242pts
11. Xio/Hurakan, ITA 265pts
12. Interlodge, USA (Austin/Gwen Fragomen USA) 279pts
13. Phoenix, BRA 284pts
The 52 SUPER SERIES 2015 is a series of five European regattas
Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week, May 19th – 23rd, Valencia
Settimana delle Bocche, June 9th – 13th, Porto Cervo
52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2015, July 14th – 18th, Mallorca
34 Copa del Rey Mapfre, August 4th – 8th, Mallorca
Cascais Cup, September 16th – 20th, Cascais
Report by class media.
Kiel, Germany (July 31, 2015) – Even Alinghi skipper Morgan Larson could barely comprehend his team’s level of dominance in today’s racing at the Bullitt GC32 Sailing Cup Kiel. Six wins from eight races was unthinkable in such tricky and variable conditions in the narrow confines of the Kieler Fjord.
“It was one of those magical days where we did nearly everything right,” said Larson. “The conditions were hard on all the teams. Even when we weren’t doing so good, the guys kept on pushing for every boat length here and there on the race course. We probably had some extra luck with some of the bigger wind shifts, but we also put ourselves in some good spots, and the team’s boathandling was superb in the tight situations.”
Alinghi’s performance was the perfect way to bounce back from their capsize the previous day, from which both crew and boat emerged unscathed. The only two teams to take a race off the Swiss were Team ENGIE winning race 4, and Spindrift racing fended off Alinghi in the 8th and final race of a very long day on the water. Although there is no doubt who tops the leaderboard in Kiel, the points are very tight between 2nd and 4th place.
Yann Guichard’s victory in race 8 puts Spindrift just a point in front of Sultanate of Oman, with Team ENGIE 4 points further back. “It was good for our team spirit to win the last race, it was a tricky day for everybody,” said Spindrift’s skipper. “The race course is small, narrow, and very challenging, especially with the GC32. I did a few bad starts earlier on, but then we started to race well. For sure we are a better team at the end of the day than we were at the beginning.”
Racing on such short courses in such fast boats is a steep learning curve for everyone here, but none more so than for offshore racer Seb Rogues helming Team ENGIE. “We were very pleased to win a race today. The starts are difficult for me. I’m used to racing for 25 days, not just for 15 minutes! But I am here in the GC32 to learn. It’s perfect for me, to learn how to sail and race multihulls for the first time. We are pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, and we are enjoying it.”
The forecast for Saturday is much lighter, so there may not be many opportunities to wow the crowds with the hydrofoiling of today. Guichard believes light winds will make the field more open. “It will be harder for one boat to dominate,” he said. The regatta leader was the first to agree with Guichard’s assessment. “Light winds have been one of our weaknesses at past events,” said Larson. “We’ve watched video of some of the good teams in the light airs, like ARMIN STROM and Sultanate of Oman, and hopefully it will be our turn to be fast in the light tomorrow!”
Competitors at the Bullitt GC32 Sailing Cup Kiel
Alinghi – SUI – Ernesto Bertarelli / Morgan Larson
ARMIN STROM Sailing Team – SUI – Flavio Marazzi
Spindrift Racing – FRA – Yann Guichard
Sultanate of Oman – OMA – Leigh McMillan
Team ENGIE – FRA – Sebastien Rogues
Daily video highlights here.
GC32 Racing Tour 2015
May 27-31: Austria Cup – Lake Traunsee, Austria
June 24-27: Cowes Cup – Cowes, UK
July 29-August 2: Kiel, Germany
August 27-30: Rome Cup – Fiumicino, Rome, Italy
September 30-October 3: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France
Report by Event Media
With one day of racing left at the RC44 Marstrand Cup on Sweden’s west coast, the two Vladimirs’ teams are vying for the lead.
Although Martin Wadhams won the second race Friday, David Brown maintained his lead at the RS Elite National Championships
The 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup hosted by the StFYC got started on Thursday in robust, classic San Francisco Bay conditions,
early fog, late sun, 25-30 knots of breeze and a generous side dish of ebb dashed with a blue moon,
served up to 74 foiling hungry kiteboarders that were eating it all up!
Full write coming…Have a seat!
Twenty I-14s came into Cascade Locks, the heart of the Columbia River Gorge for the 2015 North American Championships, held July 24-26, including 9 boats from Canada, with most of those making the long trek from Toronto. Sailmaker Dave Alexander and 3x world champ Dan Wilsdon made the long flight up from Australia making good use of an idle B6 as well as Marcus Korobacz swinging in from Adelaide and sailing with SF local Mike Lazarro.
The Gorge did not disappoint with boats getting out all week practicing. Blasting up the river hitting speeds in the low 20’s and getting tested by the Gorge shifts and blasts. All week the breeze was pretty solid in the low 20’s with periods higher and lower. Henderson Boats added a new trophy to the mix with the Gorge Speed Challenge… awarded to the average sustained top speed recorded over the 4 days of the event and that led to some beach chatter with people checking their times. Full Sail, Sessions, some Olympia and Ranier were flowing heavy in the boat park with the fleet getting on well. Apparently too much beer hit the slope and a wipe out took out early potential contender Brad Reutenik’s regatta with a broken rib. Where’s a doctor when you need one? Get well soon Brad!
Racing started up at noon on Friday and the breeze was cranked up to the peak of the week hitting the mid to high 20’s and puffs beyond with big shifts, some Gorge stingers and a few holes to keep everyone on their game. However, as attractive as she can be the Gorge can also be a brutal mistress and on day one she let herself be known to a good portion of the fleet, especially new comers. She was full on before the first race and half of the fleet either broke down, were broken down, or hit their limits early and made the smart move and headed in.
Seattle boats sail here the most often… and that was quickly shown with Steve Goodson & Alan Dierks posting a picket fence on day one. Flat boat, flawless crew work and ran a clinic for those who could keep up to see them. In 2nd from Seattle were Boatbuilder Kris ‘Hendo’ Henderson in his latest B6 with his most famous crew, Martin Fabiansson, lead singer of the famed I-14 house band ‘Hoist!’. 3rd on day one were Canadians Lauren Laventure & I14 President du Monde Jason Lemieux with consistent sailing through the day. Myself and Evan Sjostedt got through a tough day in fourth with Peter Haywire & Birdman trying to port tack the fleet every start in fifth. Really gents… did you try to port tack the fleet every race? Commitment!
Lots of beer consumed in Camp Canada and elsewhere that night (I am told) and racing started an hour earlier on Saturday. The day started lighter and the plan was for 2 races and a distance race 8 miles up the river and back. Top Seattle boats maintained form posting a 2, 1 on the first race with Kris Henderson first on this one.
The second race the RC decided to send us on the distance race early. Breeze was about 12-15 but quickly picked up as we started, rounded the top mark and started flying downwind (up river). Tremendous scenery here… if you haven’t been to the Gorge, add it to that ‘sailing bucket list’ we all have… it is epic. Fleet was splitting sides, trying to decide which was best. We had a good lead for a bit until the puffs started hitting the other side. About 2 miles up river the lead boats found the turning mark. Uh, isn’t this about 6 miles short?… (a bit of an RC misread we think but they were solid through out the rest so around we go) A lot of tight roundings at the mark and forced errors sent some searching for sturgeon. Our game fell off quick with a blown jib car, which took us out of contention. Goodson & Dierks took a 5th bullet on this one, Dave A & Dan Wilsdon getting the loaner B6 sorted for 2nd, and Haywire for 3rd. All went in for a long lunch and then upon setting back out a squallish Pacific NorthWest type big breeze canceled it out for the day. Racing done early… oh, what will the fleet do now?
Columbia Gorge Racing Association always puts on a nice event with a picnic style catered meal on Saturday night. We shared the course with 5o5’s, some Weta’s, and a horde of Aeros who were also in attendance for the feast. Add the pre-primed I-14 fleet with the party being strongly led by 9 Canadian teams staying in the adjoining camp, add lots of beer, a seeming never-ending cask of orange whips, a lovely Beaver inspired Piñata filled with airplane bottles of booze and let the games begin. Who doesn’t want a whack at the beaver? I’m pretty sure we will be invited back, I’m pretty sure the other fleets may ask to move their Gorge weekends away from ours, and I know we have inspired some converts. Well done!
So with hangovers in full tilt, we started at 10:30am on Sunday. Do they do this on purpose? A bit misty but breeze was on, we got a race in and then the fans shut off with an abandoned race to the chagrin of launched Laventure & Lemieux… and then a northerly filled in… and finally back on to some good Gorge breeze. At the end, we got 3 races in with super tight boat on boat racing in all parts of the fleet. Dave A and Dan Wilsdon showed their form winning the first 2 and then retiring for the day. Seattle team (Mike Karas?) that jumped in the regatta last minute on Chris Rutz’ borrowed B5 found the magic first beat lift and never looked back to take the final race, well done fellas, looking good, lets see you again soon.
Goodson & Dierks showed they were human and posted an 11, 6, 5 for day 3 but still captured the North American Championship Title by 6 points. Kris Henderson and Hoist front man Martin got 2nd showing Seattle is tops here. Myself and Evan Sjostedt had a fair day with a 2,5,2 for the bronze. Lauren & Jason solidified 4th place being the top Canadian team and Lauren the top female 14er… solid and looking faster all the time. Haywire and Birdman 5th. See full results.
Seriously, a really fun regatta with lots of good sailing up and down the fleet. Great to see a number of ladies in the fleet on helm and crew… and fully competitive in breeze. Every boat in the fleet had their moments both good and bad and everyone learned how challenging the Gorge can be… how big those shifts can be and how critical that top boat handling is. Keep coming back and you will do better! The boats that sail here, do well here, and they do well in big breeze elsewhere.
Special thanks to CGRA, Dierk & Susan for putting on a great event and putting up with us. We do enjoy it! Photog Sean Trew for his work… love the photos Sean! To the Canadian fleet and especially Jason Lemieux, Chris Leigh, and Ashley Warburton for getting your fleet organized and out to this event. Great meeting all of you! So important we get our fleets together often and this is one of the great venues to do it, thank you for making the effort.
The Henderson Boat Company’s Gorge Speed Challenge ended up a tie. Jamie Reid and Cam Puckey posting a sustained 19.8 on Friday on Cam’s boat… Myself and Evan Sjostedt with the same, both done on Hendo built B6’s. Fun inaugural run and we’ll keep this one going at all 14 Gorge events. Check a vid from Monday prior… this one was faster, but not in the event window: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfkMqTm0uLo&feature=youtu.be
Lastly, hats off and huge congratulations to Steve Goodson & Alan Dierks on winning the 2015 International 14 North American Championships and the William Randolph Hearst Perpetual Trophy. Well done, and phenomenal sailing all around, you deserve it!
Skiff sailing is alive and growing in North America with the 14’s. The 14 Class has fleets in Toronto, SoCal, Seattle, NorCal, and Kaneohoe, HI and we are building elsewhere. The International 14 Class has a long history, crushing boats, tough sailing and heaps of fun. Check us out at: Web: I14usa.org Facebook: I14USA, I14 Twitter: #I14USA, #I14NA
Veteran Polish match racer and America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski skillfully played the gusty conditions today
August is fast approaching, and we are gearing up for more great regattas at CORK!
Veteran Polish match racer and America’s Cup helmsman Karol Jablonski skilfully played the gusty conditions today to lead the twelve strong field of teams at the end of Day 2 of Qualifying at
Today was a day where local knowledge was winning advantage for races ‘around the cans’ for the J Class and Maxi Yachts
The discount for registration for upcoming Etchells North American Championship, has been extended until August 17th.
Day two is done and dusted, Jablonski leads the way with nine wins and two losses
A rescue helicopter and two lifeboat crews were drafted in to help the sailor and his grounded catamaran
A sailor had to be airlifted from his grounded catamaran in the early hours of Thursday morning after the vessel ran into difficulties near Constantine Bay.
Volunteer lifeboat crews from Padstow and Newquay launched to the scene just before 1am.
Local coastguard volunteers were tasked to investigate but were unable to reach the boat from the beach so they contacted the RNLI.
Once at the scene, lifeboat crews found the catamaran in the surf line and were also unable to get to it due to shallow water.
Speaking about the incident an RNLI spokesperson said: “The helm of the D-class carefully navigated the 1m surf and managed to get alongside the vessel, which had now moved further onto rocks, but the casualty declined to get off his boat.”
As a result, a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was tasked, and winched the man from the boat to the beach.
Once safely ashore, rescue crews found the sailor to be unharmed.
“Conditions included a north westerly 3-4 wind and moderate seas. Unfortunately the lifeboat crews were unable to save the catamaran.
“Padstow RNLI volunteers returned to station at 3am, with Newquay crews arriving back to their station at 3.30am, giving them a few hours sleep before getting up for their day,” added the spokesperson.
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Anna-Lena Elled jumped onboard the magenta boat in Leg 4.
Report sent by Hobie Class – // For race results, photos and videos, head to hobie16europeans.com to check out all the action.
"The Hobie 16 Gold Fleet Daniel Bjornholt DEN current Hobie 16 Youth World Champion lost his lead to Cedric Badder.
The morning started promising with the wind from the North at about 6-9 knots. Unfortunately the wind dropped before the Hobie 16 could finish and the
There was a sense of anticipation about day one of the Bullitt GC32 Sailing Cup Kiel.
The runaway boat travelled up to 20 miles with no one onboard after the skipper got tangled in nets and was pulled into the water
A runaway boat had to be intercepted off the coast of Scotland on Thursday after the skipper fell overboard in the North Sea.
The creel fishing boat was on autopilot and headed straight for Aberdeen Bay when a marine services company managed to bring the vessel under control.
The skipper was pulled overboard after becoming tangled in nets and spent up to 45 minutes in the water before making his way to shore where he raised the alarm.
Meanwhile, the boat travelled up to 20 miles unhelmed before someone was able to intercept it.
Following the ordeal, the skipper was found to be suffering from hypothermia and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Speaking to the Press and Journal, a spokesperson for Greenhowe Marine Services said: “We were in the shore of Aberdeen harbour and we heard about the incident on the VHS radio, and that the coastguard was in need of assistance.
“Our crew went out and managed to get on board the fishing boat and one of our crewmen took it back into Aberdeen harbour.
“The boat was between Ythan and Balmedie and was heading towards supply boats and would have caused a lot of damage had it not been stopped.”
Two RNLI lifeboats were tasked to intercept the runaway boat but once on scene found that the local crew transfer boat had resolved the situation.
Aberdeen lifeboat station said in a statement: “The skipper had managed to make his own way shore but there were concerns that the vessel, which was on autopilot was heading straight for Aberdeen Bay and the anchorage, where there were several vessels at anchor.
“The Aberdeen and Peterhead lifeboats were tasked with intercepting the run away vessel before it could cause any problems to shipping.
“Just before the Aberdeen lifeboat arrived on scene a local crew transfer boat had managed to put a crewman aboard the casualty vessel and get her under control.
“The crew’s best wishes go to the skipper who taken to hospital after making his way to shore.”
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The first events of the Rio de Janereio International Sailing Week have finished with only Ali Young taking part for GBR
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) continues to address concerns and is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of all athletes who will be competing in the upcoming Aquece Rio, Olympic Test Event and the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Eco boats deployed to clean waters of Olympic sailing venue. Will they be in time?
It might have slipped under the Radar, but the RS Tera World Championships took place in Holland over the last week
The teams had to wait for the seabreeze until 18 h, and there was just time left for one 58 kn lightwind race. The Race Committee called for a last Final race early today in the morning wind from the shore before the Medal …