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A New American Hope in Match Racing

Friday, April 25th, 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Time was in the early days of the Congressional Cup when a competitor from out of the country was a novelty. No foreign-born sailor had claimed the traditional Crimson Blazer until Ireland’s Harold Cudmore won the 22nd edition in 1986. (more…)

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Windy Year Due for Ensenada Race

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Approximately 400 boats of a full range of size and description will start the Newport Ocean Sailing Association’s 61st race to Ensenada at noon Friday, counting on the odds and the wind gods to do their best.
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Tight Battle After Windy and Wild Afternoon in Charleston

Monday, April 21st, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC – A breezy sixth race capped off an action-filled Saturday on the water, resulting in extremely tight scores in many of the racing classes at 2008 Charleston Race Week. The top two
positions in 9 of the 12 competing classes are separated by four points or less, setting up a suspenseful final race tomorrow morning.

The two highest-profile classes at the event – the Melges 24 and the powerful A-rated big boats – have ties at the top of their leader boards. Kristen Lane, helming the Melges 24 Out House, is neck-and-neck with Travis
Wiesleder’s Carloan.com, both with 11 points. Lane’s tactician is Morgan Larson, the veteran of two major America’s Cups and three Olympic campaigns.

This is Larson’s first time racing on Charleston Harbor since he left school more than a decade ago. “It’s great to be back here – we’re having so much fun, the racing is so tight and the venue so good.” With lighter breeze
forecast tomorrow, Larson knows that tomorrow’s winner-take-all battle isn’t going to be easy. “We go really well in the light air, but regardless of where we finish, we’ve had a great time.”

Trailing by just four points is Simon Strauss and the crew of Yoga, who led a late-day charge to win the final race by less than half a boat length over Lane. “It’s not over yet,” said Yoga tactician and top dinghy racer Bora Gulari. “Those guys are going to be worrying about each other, and we’re going to do our best to get out front and stay there – hopefully that will be enough.”

CONDITIONS RANGE FROM MILD TO WILD
On the offshore courses, a shifty, unpredictable Southerly dominated the morning, providing a real challenge for everyone. “We had a lot of trouble calling our laylines,” said John Bowden, a local sailmaker and crew of the
leading J/105, Big Booty. “Fortunately, when the breeze came in, we were seriously fast.” Bowden and his crew lead by only two points over Max Power, but they’ve got a plan for tomorrow. “We’re concentrating on the party right now – everything else will take care of itself,” explained a crewmember.

At 1:30, the breeze began building, settling in at a solid 18 knots with gusts to over 25. While a few boats had gear breakages, most held up well to the strong Southerly. Yesterday’s leaders Bluto, A Parent Tripp, Rumor, Yellow Jacket, Rush, and Echo held on to their leads, some only barely, and most will have to sail fast during tomorrow’s single race in order to win their classes.

Tomorrow’s forecast shows a light Southeasterly breeze, and racing will likely be finished before the sea breeze builds in earnest. Based on the racers’ comments, the teams can’t wait to finish off a nearly ideal weekend
of racing at one of the most competitive Charleston Race Weeks ever.

Below are the preliminary race results for the top three boats in each class:

Place, Yacht Name, Sail, Owner’s Name, Results, Total Points

Melges 24 (One Design – 26 Boats)
1. Carloan.com, USA605, Travis Weisleder – 1, 4, 1, 4, 1, 6, [6] ; 11
2. Out House, USA623, Kristen Lane – 2, 3, 3, 1, 6, 2, [6] ; 11
3. Yoga, GBR592, Simon Strauss – 4, 2, 8, 3, 5, 1, [8] ; 15

Viper 640 (One Design – 10 Boats)
1. I Am the Mambo King, USA1, Justin Scott – 4, 1, 1, 1, 3, ; 10
2. Viper 640, USA77, David Guggenheim – 3, 3, 4, 3, 4, ; 17
3. USA 23, USA23, Eric Gotwalt – 1, 6, 3, 8, 5, ; 23

J 80 (One Design – 11 Boats)
1. Rumor, USA19, John Storck, Jr – 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, [2] ; 5
2. Game Plan, USA176, Geoffrey Pierini – 7, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, [7] ; 9
3. Outrageous, USA888, Michael Jones – 8, 5, 3, 3, 4, 5, [8] ; 20

J 24 (One Design – 15 Boats)
1. Short Bus, USA3971, Chris Hamilton – 5, 3, 2, 3, 2, ; 15
2. BASH, USA1829, Ron Medlin – 10, 1, 1, 1, 6, ; 19
3. Squid, USA1656, Ryan Hamm – 7, 6, 5, 2, 1, ; 21

PHRF E (PHRF – 9 Boats)
1. Bluto, USA53194, Bill Berges – 1, 3, 2, 3, 1, 1, [3] ; 8
2. L’outrage, USA73456, Bruce Gardner – 8, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, [8] ; 9
3. Cool Change, USA22, Robert E Turner IV Chas Boat Works – 3, 4, 4, 1, 5,
5, [5] ; 17

PHRF F (PHRF – 9 Boats)
1. A Parent Tripp, USA2634, Harrison Yeigh – 1, 5/SCP, 2, 1, 3, 2, [5] ; 9
2. Terminal Velocity, USA407, Simon Beemsterboer – 8, 1, 3, 7, 1, 1, [8] ;
13
3. Slapshot, CAN83190, Tom Freeman – 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 3, [4] ; 15

PHRF G Heavy Displacement (PHRF – 12 Boats)
1. Whisper, USA41038, Tom Bell – 13/DNS, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, [13] ; 7
2. IMP, IRL1990, George Radley – 13/DNS, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, [13] ; 8
3. Andiamo, USA113, David Kowert – 1, 4, 8, 4, 4, 7, [8] ; 20

PHRF H Non-Spinnaker (PHRF – 5 Boats)
1. Prelude, USA70, Patrick Le Goff – 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, [1] ; 5
2. Ibis, USA31636, Michael Kapp – 6/DNS, 3, 2, 2, 3, 3, [6] ; 13
3. Pied-’a-Mer, USA52991, Bernard M Schapiro – 2, 2, 3, 6/DNS, 4, 4, [6] ;
15

J 105 (One Design – 11 Boats)
1. Big Booty, USA658, Patrick Eudy – 6, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, [6] ; 7
2. Max Power, USA90, Gerrit Schulze – 1, 2, 2, 10, 1, 2, [10] ; 8
3. Sea Shadow, USA43772, William Riker – 4, 8, 5, 1, 3, 5, [8] ; 18

PHRF A (PHRF – 6 Boats)
1. Yellow Jacket, USA92, Larry Bulman & Jeff Scholz – 1, 1, 3, 2, 4, 2, [4]
; 9
2. Teamwork, USA52939, Robin Team – 2, 3, 1, 5, 2, 3/SCP, [5] ; 11
3. Cracker, USA52675, Hunt Lawrence / William Niedringhaus – 4, 5, 6, 1, 1,
6, [6] ; 17

PHRF B (PHRF – 12 Boats)
1. Rush, USA51, Bill Sweetser – 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, [2] ; 6
2. EmOcean, USA37120, Will Hanckel – 5, 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, [5] ; 9
3. Temptress, USA50484, Robert Hibdon – 6, 4, 5, 4, 3, 4, [6] ; 20

PHRF D (PHRF – 12 Boats)
1. Echo, 22763, Dean Forbis – 1, 1, 6, 2, 6, 4, [6] ; 14
2. Tangent, USA53228, Gerry Taylor – 7, 3, 1, 6, 4, 2, [7] ; 16
3. Hoodoo, USA333, Ric Campeau – 5, 9, 2, 1, 3, 6, [9] ; 17

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Rolex Farr 40 Leaders Maintain Fleet Standings

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Miami Beach, Fla., USA – In a stark contrast to yesterday’s 18-knot winds and lumpy seas, today’s light-air conditions gave the international fleet competing in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship a new challenge. With a total of six races completed so far in the 10-race series, Italian teams hold the top two spots — Mascalzone Latino in first, with a three point lead, over Joe Fly in second. (more…)

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Schooner or Later; $780 eBay boat Racing to Ensenada

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – John Haupt and Steve McLaren’s 1974 Ferro-cement schooner won’t be the oldest boat in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association’s 61st race to Ensenada starting Friday, April 25, but it should be the least expensive among the few hundred entries. (more…)

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No worries – Never Quit Before Cabo

Monday, April 14th, 2008

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif.—Contrary to a general misunderstanding, the Nauti Chicas did not drop out but sailed all the way to the finish line in Balboa Yacht Club’s race from Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas early this month—last but an official finisher. (more…)

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Congressional Cup Update – Coming Apr 22 – May 3

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Long Beach, California – Before Dave Perry could claim the second of his consecutive Congressional Cup championships in 1984 he had to suffer an agonizing couple of hours waging his case against two-time champion Dick Deaver in the protest room and then forlornly pacing under a full moon outside the Long Beach Yacht Club while the jury made up its mind. (more…)

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Good Old Boat Publishes New Galley Book

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like your boat’s galley. Since the magazine was founded 10 years ago, the editors of Good Old Boat have recognized that it takes skill and a sense of humor to produce meals in a cooking space smaller than most shoreside bathrooms. Many of the galleys in the early fiberglass boats lacked amenities such as ovens, adequate stowage space for food and utensils, and coolers that stayed cool for the duration of a weekend cruise. (more…)

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Charleston Race Week – Another Record Year?

Friday, April 4th, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC (April 4, 2008) Bucking the downward participation trend at major regattas across the nation, Charleston Race Week is headed toward a third straight record-setting year for 2008. Event Director and Round-The-World racer Brad Van Liew is excited to host more than 150 teams for another year. “We are incredibly happy to see so many folks supporting this great event,” said Brad. “Despite higher fuel prices and an unsure economy, our out-of town competitors and local fleets are showing us just how much they enjoy racing in Charleston.”

TIDE AND CURRENTS SEMINAR LEVELS PLAYING FIELD
The most challenging part of racing in Charleston is the ever-present tidal current, which can run at up to 3 knots in places – giving a big advantage to local teams. To help visiting teams on both the harbor and ocean courses better compete at Charleston Race Week, organizers have asked top racing coach Michael Miller to give a short “chalk talk” to competitors as they prepare for the event. “Everyone wants great competition, and a little knowledge of how and when the tidal streams flow will go a long way towards improving results,” said Miller. The seminar will be held at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina at both 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM on Thursday, April 17th, immediately before the Skippers Meeting, and is sponsored by Pinnacle Sailing.

TALL SHIP JOINS RACING ACTION
While South Carolina’s own Tall Ship won’t be competing at Charleston Race Week, the beautiful schooner got into the “Spirit” of racing last weekend, joining the PHRF handicap fleet for the Charleston Ocean Racing Organization’s first offshore race of the year – the Spring Ocean Race. “Seeing the Spirit of South Carolina on the course with dozens of modern race boats was just amazing,” said Meredith Block, a local sailing photographer. “I think visitors will really enjoy having her on the water during Charleston Race Week, even if she’s a spectator boat instead of a competitor.”

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Sabrina Scores a Sweep in Race to Cabo

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

CABO SAN LUCAS—When the last finisher was scored Wednesday, Sabrina’s success in Balboa Yacht Club’s race from Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas was even greater than at first reported: a clean sweep.
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