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Tunnicliffe and Gulari Honored as US SAILING’s Yachtsman and Yachtswoman

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow, all of which had combined to cancel flights and delay trains in the Northeast, could deter Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) from getting to Manhattan today for their moment in the spotlight at US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards ceremony.

The award recipients, chosen for their outstanding on-water sailing accomplishments in 2009, were joined by family, friends, sailing dignitaries and members of the press at the New York Yacht Club’s renowned Model Room for an intimate retrospective on their rise to the top of the sport. Gary Jobson, president of US SAILING and one of the sport’s most familiar media personalities, presented sailing highlight videos with childhood photos for each winner, which led to emotional acceptance speeches. The recipients received specially engraved stainless steel and platinum Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Masters, symbolic of their achievements in excellence. Also participating in the program were Rolex Watch U.S.A.’s President and CEO Allen Brill, US SAILING Executive Director Charlie Leighton and US SAILING Olympic Sailing Program Chair Dean Brenner.

Tunnicliffe, who also won the award in 2008, was cited for her win in Laser Radials at French Sailing Week, an ISAF Sailing World Cup event, among other notable events. Gulari, a first-time winner, was cited for winning the CST Composites International Moth World Championship. A shortlist of 10 male and five female sailors – determined from nominations submitted by members of US SAILING – was evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who then selected the sailors for the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman distinction, the country’s highest sailing honor.

“I’m proud to say I’ve had another great year,” said Tunnicliffe, “but I am so humbled by the recognition from the sailing community, and this award is a fantastic way to top everything off.” With a nod to her crew at the luncheon — Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi, and Liz Bower — she added, “What I’ve done is not an individual effort.”

Gulari acknowledged support from his family as well as friends and fellow American sailors in the Moth class, who pushed each other to excel. “By the time we got to the worlds we really had raised the bar for the Americans and had the dominant edge as a nation,” said Gulari. “This award means so much to me; I don’t have words for it.”

Gulari heads immediately to Dubai to defend his title at the 2010 Puma Moth World Championships, while Tunnicliffe will next prepare for the Princess Sofia Trophy, an ISAF Sailing World Cup in March.

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Sailing Fun Packs

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Sailing has always been a fun, relaxing sport that families can do together. Many families sail together on local waters and some like to get away to tropical waters for vacation time. Going away from your local waters and chartering a boat in say the Caribbean may require certification. We offer American Sailing Association classes here at Torresen Marine but have often received the question “What about our kids?” or “We want our kids to learn but don’t want them to have to go through the testing for certification.” Well, the answer is finally here in the form of Sailing Fun Packs!

Sailing Fun Packs are designed as a unique way to have one or two skippers become American Sailing Association (ASA) certified as well as meet the needs of family, friends and/or crew who may be interested in a learning experience but not the certification process. The skippers, quite often Dad and Mom, intending on certification will be expected to meet the ASA standards while the rest of the group (family) will be taught on a more personalized level. We base this on age, interest and experience. Those crew-members not working towards certification will receive certificates of participation. Sailing Fun Packs are based on 101/103 or 103/104 class study and certification.

Bring your family and/or bring your racing crew and enjoy some time on the water while gaining knowledge on the great sport of sailing. Visit us at torresen.com for more details or e-mail Judi Shedd or call 231-759-8596 to check on dates.

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Spring Events

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The snow is still on the ground here in Muskegon, Michigan but we are looking forward to spring events to put us in the mood and get prepared for the upcoming sailing season. We hope you can join us for one or maybe all of the following events.

Spring Thaw – Saturday, March 13, 2010 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Torresen Marine has been shaking off the winter blahs with our annual Spring Thaw Open House for 30 years. We are continuing our tradition of in store discounting, onsite seminars, product representatives, exciting open house specials and great door prizes. Captain Jack Klang from Quantum Sails will be back this year with three new seminars, one of which is geared towards ladies only. Kevin Kyle from Interlux Yacht Finishes will also be doing a seminar for Spring Thaw. Kevin always has good information regarding your boats finish whether you are a racer and/or a cruiser. Please visit torresen.com for a list of the seminars, product representatives, and other information regarding the Spring Thaw Open House. 

Spring Seminar Series – Starting Saturday, March 20, 2010 The following is a list of our 2010 Spring Seminars. Please continue to check torresen.com for updates as additional seminars are pending.

Seminar #1: Bad Stuff On Boats – Saturday, March 20 – 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by Marian Lambrecht from Schuss Marine Services. Marian is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain, advanced diver and the only female yacht surveyor in the Midwest. She is only one of 20 women surveyors in the small group of 1,500 worldwide. Holed, cracked and wet keels, hulls and decks is only the beginning of this sobering collection of photos and stories she has collected during her surveying career.  The emphasis will be on sailboats, a reflection of Marian’s amateur racing career, which spans 25 years and four countries.  The session will be interactive so the group can comment and ask questions throughout the presentation. 

Seminar #2: Atomic 4 / Gasoline Inboards – Saturday, March 27 – 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by our lead mechanic Jeff Senf.

Seminar #3: Yanmar Diesel Engines – Saturday, April 3 - 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by Gordon Torresen.

Seminar #4: Universal / Westerbeke and Other Diesel Engines – Saturday, April 10 – 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by Gordon Torresen.


Seminar #5: Rigging – Saturday, April 17 – 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by our lead riggers John Schumacher and Matt Noren.
Topics will include: cordage technology, hardware evolution, LED lighting, rig inspections and a question and answer session.
All dates and topics are subject to change. Seminars take place in our training area at our Ships Store, 3003 Lake Shore Drive, Muskegon, Michigan. Call 231-759-8596 or email seminars@torresen.com for more information and to reserve your seat today. The seminars are free, but space is limited and an RSVP is required.

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Year to Date Chi Mac Entries Top 200

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Entries in this year’s race topped 200 late last week. If you’ve entered but have not paid your fee, you are not officially in the race per the NOR. I encourage you to pay as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Invitations to first timers will go out on March 1. There is currently a list of more than thirty boats eagerly awaiting their invitation and another thirty boats in various stages of completing the request process. If you’re in the latter group, we encourage you to complete your request as soon as you can. The sooner you complete your request the sooner it can reviewed and either help you complete it or get your invitation to you.

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US Yacht Clubs to Compete for Berths at Next NYYC Invitational Cup

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Last month, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) invited the leading American yacht clubs to compete for spots in the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, to be sailed in Newport, R.I., September 10-17, 2011. The U.S. Qualifying Series will be held in Newport, R.I. this September 7-11.

Twenty-four yacht clubs have accepted the NYYC’s invitation to compete in the 2010 U.S. Qualifying Series. They are American in Rye, N.Y.; Annapolis; Bayview in Detroit; Boston in Marblehead, Mass.; Carolina in Charleston, S.C.; Eastern in Marblehead, Mass.; Fishing Bay in Deltaville, Va.; Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas; Ida Lewis in Newport, R.I.; Indian Harbor in Greenwich, Conn.; Larchmont in New York; Little Traverse in Harbor Springs, Mich.; Long Beach in California; Newport Harbor in Newport Beach, Calif.; Pequot in Southport, Conn.; Rochester in New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Seawanhaka Corinthian in Oyster Bay, N.Y.; Southern in New Orleans; St. Francis in San Francisco; St. Petersburg in Florida; and Stamford in Connecticut.

The U.S. Qualifying Series is an invitational fleet racing regatta to be sailed in Sonars and J/22s. The goal is to select three U.S. yacht club teams who will be invited to participate in the NYYC Invitational Cup held in Swan 42 Class yachts, September 10-17, 2011. The U.S. Qualifying Series is the only opportunity for U.S. Yacht Clubs to earn an invitation to the 2011 NYYC Invitational Cup.

The top U.S. teams will join the top six teams from 2009: New York, Royal Canadian, Japan Sailing Federation, Nyländska Jaktklubben of Finland; Royal Cork of Ireland and Royal Bermuda, plus at least 10 other international teams, to be invited in the spring of 2010.

In 2009, the NYYC organized the first New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup where 19 predominately amateur yacht club teams from 14 nations competed in chartered NYYC Swan 42s at Harbour Court. Competitors had to be members of the yacht club and nationals of the country represented. The 2009 event, sponsored by Rolex, Sperry Top-Sider and Nautor’s Swan, saw teams from Japan, Germany, Finland, Spain, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland (two), Denmark, Hong Kong, New Zealand, England (three), Italy (two), France and the United States (two), including the host and eventual winner, the NYYC. Such a gathering of clubs was unprecedented, and many viewed the event as effectively a global yacht club championship.

The regatta chair is Dod Fraser, with Will Crump and Marie Klok Crump serving as vice chairs. Commented Dod Fraser, “We are extremely gratified by the overwhelming response to the invitation. The Qualifying Series is shaping up to be a national Corinthian sailing championship between American yacht clubs, and it leads to an opportunity to compete for an international crown in the 2011 Invitational Cup. The New York Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming the contestants to Harbour Court.”

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Oracle BMW – America’s Cup Victory Tour

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Following Sunday’s race victory, which resulted in a 2-0 sweep of the 33rd America’s Cup Match, the BMW ORACLE Racing team is preparing to bring the Cup home to the United States.

The America’s Cup Victory Tour presented by ORACLE and BMW EfficientDynamics will begin tomorrow afternoon February 19, when the trophy touches down in San Francisco following a flight in a first-class seat to SFO from Valencia via Frankfurt. After being welcomed at the airport, the trophy and team will proceed to the Golden Gate Yacht Club – the team’s patron and the Cup’s new home – for a reception with club members and special guests.
Saturday morning, a public viewing is planned at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda. At 11:30 am Mayor Gavin Newsom will formally welcome the Cup and team, including team owner Larry Ellison, back to the United States in a City Hall ceremony open to the public. A press conference will follow.

On Sunday afternoon, the America’s Cup will head south to San Diego, where the team operated a training base for 16 months in 2008 and 2009. At 4:00 pm the America’s Cup will be on public display at the USS Midway museum on the city’s waterfront.

Following a 5:00 pm ceremony with Mayor Jerry Sanders, the trophy and team will head to the San Diego Yacht Club on the replica of the yacht America, for which the trophy is named. A flotilla of San Diego boats will parade along with America for a sunset sail across San Diego Bay to former Cup holder San Diego Yacht Club.

The homecoming tour may be extended to the East Coast of the United States the following week – details to come.

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News From Rhode Island’s Education at Sea Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), the non-profit organization that is building Rhode Island’s Education at Sea Tall Ship, has announced that an Educational Symposium will be held Friday, March 12, 2010, from 1p.m. to 4p.m at the University of Rhode Island. The event, co-hosted by OHPRI, the University of Rhode Island Foundation and the Newport Chamber of Commerce and funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, is designed to explore how educators can create customized courses by combining academic and experiential programs on board the SSV (Sailing School Vessel) Oliver Hazard Perry, which when completed in 2012 will sail as a 207-foot, three-masted, square-rigged Class A school ship.

“This gathering is for secondary and college level Rhode Island educators, school leaders and any and all other interested parties,” said OHPRI Chair Bart Dunbar. “They will learn more about the ship and what she can do for the education system in this state,” said Dunbar, “and we will hear from them what needs they have and programs they want so that we can plan and design appropriately. We are fortunate in that, already, we have made great strides in developing partnerships with Rhode Island institutions for significant educational programs.”

The moderator for the symposium will be Capt. U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) David V. V. Wood, former captain of the USCG Cutter Eagle. In addition to an introduction and history of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry there will be sessions addressing OHPRI’s vision and new initiatives, the ship’s architecture, marine technology expectations, and integration into school curriculums, including middle and secondary school educational opportunities and undergraduate educational interests. Students and teachers who have experienced Tall Ship educational programs will also be part of the presentations.

“The project has become as much about building a schoolhouse as it has about completing a Tall Ship,” said OHPRI’s Fund Raising Chair Tom Goddard. “It’s an experiential platform from which students and college kids can learn about navigation, math, oceanography, sail training, the marine trades and this state’s fascinating maritime heritage.”

Goddard explained that the University of Rhode Island, Rocky Hill School and the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) are a few of the many who have shown interest in exploring options, and currently OHPRI is co-writing a grant request with Rocky Hill School for submission to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

The Oliver Hazard Perry’s design drawings allow for 38 students on overnight offshore sails and 85 for day sails. Currently the ship’s hull is undergoing surveys and inspection at Promet Marine Services in Providence, where its deck and accommodations will be built and many of its systems installed. The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will then move—under its own power–to Newport’s Louis Jagschitz State Fishing Pier where it will be fitted out with masts, spars, rigging, sails, and electronics. At both venues, Rhode Island workers will be employed (Hall Spars in Bristol, Hood Sails in Middletown, and Newport Shipyard are all slated to be involved, while Dave Bonney of Bay Marine in Barrington is the ship’s naval architect), and in Newport, the ship will be a magnificent work-in-progress that can be followed by the public and enjoyed as an educational experience for all ages.

The symposium will be held in the Rhode Island Room at the URI U Club, 95 Upper College Road, Kingston, Rhode Island. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, visit www.OHPRI.org or contact Perry Lewis at OHPRI headquarters, 401-841-0080.

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Dual Champ Maine Heads 10-boat Harbor Cup

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

There’s no doubt about the team to beat when the Los Angeles Yacht Club stages the third annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta March 12-14.

So far it’s been a Maine event. Maine Maritime Academy from Castine, Me., at the head of majestic Penobscot Bay, has traveled cross-country to win the first two runnings of the West Coast’s only intercollegiate big boat regatta, albeit needing come-from-behind wins in the last races both years.

All seven rivals will return from last year’s dogfight when the lead rotated among five teams as four different boats won Sunday’s final races.

Two-time runnerup USC from just up the Harbor Freeway will be rejoined by—in order of last year’s finishes—Cal State Channel Islands of Oxnard, Chapman University of Orange County, California Maritime Academy of Vallejo, U.S. Coast Guard Academy of New London, Conn., U.S. Naval Academy of Annapolis, Md., and Northwestern University of Evanston, Ill.

Newcomers University of Hawaii and UC Davis from central California round out the event’s largest fleet.

The regatta is sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, whose support includes the Deed of Gift Harbor Cup Perpetual Trophy, a three-foot-tall silver cup.

Cal Maritime issues the invitations, which are essentially limited to the number of Catalina 37s—the Congressional Cup match-racing boats—chartered from the Long Beach Yacht Club Sailing Foundation, with an 11th to spare in case of breakdowns. Each team will race with a crew of seven, male and female.

Activity ashore will be highlighted by a Saturday night dinner featuring US Sailing President Gary Jobson as keynote speaker.

Race chairman Jim Morgan of LAYC said, “I’m pleased with the enthusiastic spirit of the teams that compete. Not one doesn’t want to come back the next year. It’s unique.”

Also tough competition. Cal Maritime placed only fifth last year but went on to win last fall’s Kennedy Cup and the privilege to represent the U.S. in the annual Student Yachting World Cup in France next October.

Sailing director Charlie Arms-Cartee said, “It will be a great chance to get more experience together as team members in competition with some strong national teams.”

The race course will be about a half-mile offshore between the Angels Gate lighthouse entrance to Los Angeles Harbor and Point Fermin, a venue known locally as “Hurricane Gulch” for its brisk onshore breeze funneling into the San Pedro Channel between Santa Catalina Island and the mainland.

The eight races over three days may be viewed from Point Fermin Park atop the bluff at the end of Gaffey Street. Start times, conditions permitting, will be 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

2009 Results
(8 races; skippers noted)

1. Maine Maritime Academy, Matthew Bourque, 1-6-4-1-1-5-3-2, 23 points.
2. USC, Chris Vetter, 4-5-1-2-7-1-6-3, 29.
3. Cal State U. Channel Islands, Austin Dias, 6-4-3-4-5-4-2-1, 29.
4. Chapman University, Max Moosman, 3-1-2-3-8-7-1-5, 30.
5. California Maritime Academy, Paige Johnston, 2-2-6-9/DSQ-2-2-5-7, 35.
6. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Eric Johnson, 7-3-7-5-3-3-4-4, 36.
7. U.S. Naval Academy, Andrew Poulin, 5-7-5-6-4-8-8-8, 51.
8. Northwestern Univ., Tod Reynolds, 8-8-8-7-6-6-7-6, 56.

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Chi Mac Entries Tracking Toward Another Great Year

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The entries for the 2010 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, are flowing in. They’ve been accepting entries for less than two weeks and already have over 160 boats entered. Remember, you’re not officially entered until you also pay the entry fee. Most of you have done that already and have ensured your place in this year’s race.

Invitations to new skippers, or those who haven’t raced in at least one of the last four races, will go out on March 1. The list of people asking for first time entries is growing every day. If you’re considering racing this year CYC encourages you to go to their website www.cycracetomackinac.com and click ‘Request Entry’ Please read the instructions carefully as you fill out the forms.

Everyone is welcome at Mac Stories Night on March 26, at CYC’s Belmont Harbor Clubhouse. The evening features ‘Women of the Mac’ telling their stories. We’ll conclude the evening with the story of Evelyn Wright who sailed double-handed with her cousin Sarah Carey in the 1905 race, finishing second in the sloop class. Reservations are encouraged at 312-861-7777.

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America’s Cup Coming Back to US

Monday, February 15th, 2010

On Sunday afternoon, on the waters off Valencia,Spain, BMW ORACLE Racing became the first American challenger in 23 years to win the
America’s Cup.

For team founder and afterguard member Larry Ellison (USA), the win is the culmination of a 10-year quest to win the oldest international trophy in sport, and sailing’s biggest prize.

“I’m enormously proud of this team,” Ellison said following the prizegiving ceremony Sunday evening. “It’s been a fabulous experience and I’m exceptionally proud to bring the America’s Cup back to the United States of America after a very long absence.”

Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing team represents San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club. For skipper James Spithill (AUS), the victory comes in his fourth attempt at the Cup. After becoming the youngest ever helmsman of a Cup team in 1999, on Sunday, at the age of 30, he became the youngest skipper to win the America’s Cup.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in,” Spithill said on Monday afternoon. “The only downer is we don’t get to sail the boat (anymore). We all really look forward to sailing every day. It’s a very special boat and so rewarding to sail.”

The last time an Australian skipper won the Cup was in 1983, when John Bertrand used the power of a winged keel on Australia II to upset the Liberty team and break the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year stranglehold on the trophy.

This year, sailing the most innovative trimaran ever built, Spithill flew around the race course powered by the biggest wing sail the world has ever seen.

On Monday afternoon team CEO Russell Coutts confirmed that Club Nautico di Roma, and its sailing team Mascalzone Latino, is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup and reaffirmed that details of the next edition would come following a period of consultation with the America’s Cup community.

“There will be independent management of all competitive aspects of the regatta,” Coutts confirmed. “I think that’s important for all of the competitors to know the rules will be fair and equal for all.”

The team will fly with the America’s Cup to San Francisco on Friday. More details on the USA homecoming to be confirmed soon.

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