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Close Racing Makes iShares Cup at Kiel a Crowd-Pleaser

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Photo-finishes just metres from the shore and place changes every leg made day one of the iShares Cup at Kiel a real crowd pleaser. Even some rain showers couldn’t keep away up to 8,000 spectators who lined the shore of the Inner Førde to watch the Extreme 40s blasting past the bustling public race village – with sunshine forecast for tomorrow, over 50,000 spectators are anticipated over the weekend. (more…)

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Don’t Let GPS Lead You Astray

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

By Tom Rau, retired Senior Chief, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan

Over the years I have been tempted to call my column “Boat Stupid”, and the temptation to title my book “Boat Stupid Chronicles” rather than “Boat Smart” was even more tempting. (more…)

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Ericsson Racing Team to Compete at Rolex Maxi Worlds

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

LANZAROTE, Canary Islands – Ericsson Racing Team’s International crew plans to work on its inshore racing technique Sept. 1-6 at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia.
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Olympic Sailing Regatta Day 13: USA Wrap Up

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Qingdao, China – The 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta concluded today with some strong performances from Team USA. Twenty-five-year-old Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) led the team on the water with a gold medal in the Laser Radial class, the first gold medal for a U.S. female sailor in 20 years. Twenty-four-year-old Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) produced a strong performance in the Finn Class. Railey sailed a solid regatta from beginning to end to bring home the silver medal. This is the USA’s first Finn medal since 1992. Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman and Team Leader Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.) said, “We’re proud of this team. We came here with a young team of fourteen first-time Olympians. We are going home with a gold and a silver and a lot to build on for the future.”
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Winners and Paralympians Celebrate Before Heading to China

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

NEWPORT, R.I. – The five American and six Canadian sailors who will represent their nations in the three sailing events of the 2008 Paralympic Games wrapped up their final day of racing for the 2008 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta being run from Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center. Their participation in “The Clagett” was the final step in preparing for the competition in China and illustrated perfectly the regatta’s mission of developing and building the competitive skills of sailors with disabilities. It was an emotional finale for all the competitors and event organizers — their collective support was vocalized in urging the Paralympic teams to make the medal podium in Qingdao. (more…)

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Raymarine’s Mobile Showroom Coming to Muskegon

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Mark your calendars.

On September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Raymarine will bring their high-tech mobile showroom to Torresen Marine at 3003 Lake Shore Drive in Muskegon, Michigan.

Stop by Torresen Marine to experience the latest Raymarine technology first hand. When you visit you will see a complete line up of multi-function marine displays, high definition fishfinders, radars, autopilots, wireless remote technology and other marine electronic instrumentation. You will also find high definition television set ups appropriate for marine applications and a indoor helm to explore.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with factory representatives and try out the latest technology.

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Practice Makes Perfect for American Paralympians Heading to China

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

NEWPORT, R.I. – Adhering to the adage that “practice makes perfect,” the sailors who will represent the USA and Canada at the 2008 Paralympic Games are going head-to-head at the sixth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta for the next few days as they vie for one last championship title before their first races begin in China just 20 days from now. Joining the sailors with disabilities racing in the 2.4 Metre, SKUD-18 and Sonar classes are the visually impaired sailors who are utilizing Sail Newport’s fleet of J/22s to race for their 2008 Blind Sailing National Championship. Leaving their service dogs and wheelchairs behind on the docks at Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, the competitors got down to business on the race course set between Goat and Rose Islands, just south of the Newport bridge.
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Inkiala Skippers to Win of 2008 Blind Sailing National Championship

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

NEWPORT, R.I. – Luck was on the side of competitors yesterday for the opening day of the 2008 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta as a cold front went through Narragansett Bay with fierce thunderstorms that fortunately split north and south to bypass the area. With predictions for breezier conditions today, racers in the three Paralympic classes who were joined for the first time at this event by the blind sailors racing in J/22s, went back to work on-the-water as an up and down northerly with an ebbing current made for a challenging day.

Luck, however, was not a factor in determining the 2008 Blind Sailing World Championship which was won by skipper Sengil “Inky” Inkiala (Watertown, Mass.) and crew Nancy Jodoin (West Brookfield, Mass.), sailing with sighted guides Ken Legler (Reading, Mass.) and Harry Berman (Hull, Mass.). “A great amount of our success comes from the sighted guides,” said Inkiala who has sailed with Legler (the head sailing coach at Tufts University) for over 10 years. “Communication is important and when he gives me a command I know [exactly] what he means.” Jodoin, however, had only practiced one time with Inky prior to racing this event with him. “He called me on the phone last week so we could get some communication over the phone,” she said. “His advice was to ‘be calm.’” The win of the national championship marks the “fifth or sixth” time Inky has claimed the title — with this one earned on his 51st birthday. “It was more fun to be with The Clagett,” Inkiala added. “Each time we went out from Sail Newport Ken was giving us info on the other boats [racing]. We loved it!”

Inkiala’s team started the day with a two-point lead over the team helmed by defending champion Matt Chao (Boston, Mass.). Chao’s team — crew Deborah Keating (Woburn, Mass.) and sighted guides Peter Frisch (Swampscott, Mass.) and Tom Winston (Charlestown, Mass.) – were able to win only one race on the final day of the series to the four bullets posted by Inkiala whose worst finish — a fourth in race nine – was dropped to give his team the championship title with 12 points to the 20 collected by Chao’s team. Jason Wallenstein (Quincy, Mass.) with Mark Bos (Gloucester, Mass.) and sighted sailors Bill Rapp (Rockport, Mass.) and Lisa O’Connor (Hull, Mass.) finished third overall with 22 points. Duane Farrar (Watertown, Mass.) and Mitsuhiro Iwamoto (San Diego, Calif.) with sighted guides Patrick Schule (Boston, Mass.) and Bob Costello (Medfield, Mass.) were fourth with 33 points. Nina Kagan (Boston, Mass) and Bruce Howell (Needham, Mass.) sailed with sighted guides Arthur O’Neill (Needham, Mass.) and Peter Harrington (Newton, Mass.) to a fifth place finish, followed by the California team of Alan Spector (San Francisco), Danette Davis (Berkeley) with visually impaired sailors Philip Kum (San Francisco) and Walter Raineri (Belmont).

Next March the teams helmed by Chao and Wallenstein will represent the USA at the 2009 Blind Sailing World Championship in New Zealand. At the world championships, the vision classification of the skipper determines in which division each four-person team will compete. Chao, who has been totally blind since birth, will competed in the B1 Division, while Wallenstein, whose vision loss is due to complications from Diabetes, will race in the B3 Division for sailors who are the least visually impaired.

Lucky would not be the term used today by the USA’s 2008 Paralympic representatives in the Sonar class after a collision with a submerged concrete slab damaged their boat and put the brakes on the lead they held after day one’s five races. Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Tim Angle (Somerville, Mass.) and Bill Donohue (Brick, N.J.) placed 2-3-2 in today’s racing while the Canadian Paralympic team helmed by Ken Kelly with crew Don Terlson and Mark Shaw (all Victoria, B.C.) won all three races to move into first overall in the four-boat fleet. The two teams are now tied at 10 points each heading into the final day of this event.

In the SKUD-18s, day one fleet leaders Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (West Chester, Penn.) remain in first overall despite the consistent sailing of John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (both Victoria, B.C.). Canada’s Paralympic representatives opened the day with a fourth-place finish and then won the final three races to end the day with 13 points – two points out of first – to set the stage for an all-out battle in tomorrow’s final races.

In the 2.4 Metre class, Canada’s Paralympic representative Paul Tingley (Halifax, Nova Scotia) won the first three races and followed with two second-place finishes to retain the overall lead with 11 points. The USA’s Paralympic representative, John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wisc.), has 15 points after finishes of 2-2-2-3-1. Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.), who also won a race today, remains third overall with 19 points.

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Visit Torresen Marine at Michigan City Boat Show This Weekend

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Visit Torresen Marine at the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show this weekend, August 21 -24. The show will feature a great line up of Hunter Sailboats available for your inspection. Find the Torresen boats at dock 614 – 616N.

Show hours:
Thursday, Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Directions to the show:

Downtown Chicago to Michigan City Boat Show
Take I-90E or I-294 toward INDIANA (portions toll)
Merge onto I-94E toward DETROIT
Exit Route 421
Go North on IN-421 through town to Lake front
Follow boat show signs to parking

South Bend to Michigan City Boat Show
Take I-80W / I-90W INDIANA TOLL RD (portions toll)
Take the IN-39 exit- exit number 49 toward LA PORTE
Turn RIGHT onto IN-39
Turn LEFT onto US-20W
US-20W becomes US-35N into Michigan City
Follow boat show signs to parking

Southwest Michigan (Grand Rapids area) to Michigan City Boat Show
(From Muskegon take US 31 South to I-94)
(From Grand Rapids take take I-196 West)
Merge onto I-94W toward CHICAGO
Exit onto US-35N via exit number 40B toward MICHIGAN CITY
Follow boat show signs to parking

Indianapolis area to Michigan City Boat Show
Take I-65 North
Merge onto I-94E via exit number 259B toward TOLEDO/DETROIT
Exit at Route 421
TGo North on IN-421 through town to Lake front
Follow boat show signs to parking

Admission
Adults: $10.00
Children 12 and under: FREE
Adults 60+: $8.00

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Tunnicliffe Brings Home Gold Medal in Laser Radial

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Qingdao, China – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) finished in second place in today’s Laser Radial medal race to claim gold at her first Olympic Games. Having never won a race in the eight-day series, Tunnicliffe sailed with consistency to win by the tightest of margins.
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