Written by 505 sailor Eric Anderson, photo by Ty Baird (originally appeared in the 505 Class Newsletter and reprinted with permission here)
The great instability of the world market, the high prices of freight, and the shortage of materials force us to work every day with a lot of planning. All these factors have also contributed to the increase in the prices of all the supplies associated with our beloved sport and it suggests an unstable 2022 with stock deficiencies in many areas including ours.
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Camp Sea Gull, NC, October 11 2021 — After 3 mostly grueling days of sailing on the Neuse River in North Carolina, the US Youth Sailing Championship concluded on Monday, with the RC doing a fine job getting a bunch of races for all 5 youth classes, the Nacra 15, 29er, Laser Radial, Laser, and the International 420. The regatta featured very large and steep chop, along with
strong E/NE/N winds that spun briskly around a stationary low off the coast.
In the 29er class (11 boats), Ian and Noah Nyenhuis of SDYC put on a show, winning 7 of 10 races to win overall
In the Nacra 15 Class (7 boats), Kay Brunsvold and Cooper Delbridge of Sarasote Youth Sailing similarly dominated, winning 6 of 7 races and of course overall.
In the ILCA full rigs, Daniel Escudero of Atlanta YC also won 7 or 8 races, dominating this class.
In the ILCA Radial (67 boats), Chapman Petersen of Lake Geneva YC bested this large fleet with an outstanding performance.
And finally, in the International 420 Class, Thomas Sitzmann and Luke Woodworth of Sail1Design (yay!) and Annapolis, continued the trend, winning 7 of 8 races to dominate.
For full results:
All classes (Nacra, 29er, ILCA, 420) top-3 finishers gather together for a closing ceremony photo.
After four races on Day 1 of the Championship, Grace Howie and Meredith Killion had a solid lead going into the second and final day. Sailing with Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone, after the completion of six races (two on the final day), they reported a scoreline of 1-4-3-1-1-2, by far the most consistent performance in the 18-boat fleet whereby they threw out the fourth for a total of 8 points and a convincing win.
When the sailors left the host Noroton Yacht Club (Darien, CT) last night, today’s forecast was for very low winds. However, when the fleet arrived today, they were met with 5-6 knot breezes from the southwest which was more than enough to get in two more races. A third race, that would have been Race 7, was abandoned due to a major wind shift and conditions that turned the fleet inside out.
The key for many teams, however, was attaining the sixth race allowing a throw out. This was particularly the case for Cam Farrah (Ft. Walton, FL) sailing with her father Cliff and Jackson Benvenutti. On day one, Cam posted scores of 8-1-1 12, the 12th resulting from an OCS start. Posting a 2-1 performance today and dropping the 12th, Cam and crew moved up from fifth to second with 13 points.
The final podium positions were claimed by Sarah Warren (Pawcatuck, CT) and Hanna King sailing with Mark Zagol and Tim Desmond in third with 16 points; Mary Ewenson (Annapolis, MC) in fourth with 23 point with Austin Powers and Keenan Hilsinger in crew, and Jane Loutrel Moore (Hampton, VA) in fifth with 25 points sailing with her oldest son Parker and friend Marian __________ and Vir Menon.
Today, PRO Sandy Grosvenor (Annapolis, MD) got as much out of the dying winds as possible. Leading an all-female Race Committee comprised of volunteers from over a dozen different yacht clubs, she presented a textbook example of how to keep her committee and sailors informed about changing conditions and anticipated next steps. “The thing that impressed me the most was that the RC team worked together seamlessly. When you have volunteers from over a dozen different clubs—very few of whom had ever worked together before – the way we ran this championship was keenly satisfying,” Grosvenor noted. Event Co-Chair Nancy Pearson of the host club added, “I attribute that success to Sandy’s organizational skills and the countless hours she put in setting-up this Championship and her volunteer team.”
The background of this inaugural Viper 640 Women’s North Americans started two years ago, initially to be a Worlds event but curtailed and converted to a continental championship due to COVID19 international travel restrictions. From the beginning, it was acknowledged that it would be difficult to field a sizeable fleet of all-women crewed Vipers as only a handful of the Vipers are owned and regularly
helmed by women. Most boats consisted of at least half women or majority female teams, and there was one all-female team.
When asked what allowed them to outperform the other boats, Meredith Killion said, “It was largely a matter of working to keep the boat going fast. It wasn’t that shifty, so we weren’t tacking or gybing frequently. It was largely a matter of boat speed.” Grace Howie continued, “We really had good boat speed up wind, especially when we were in the lead and could concentrate on straight line speed. Being four-up made us heavier than many boats and allowed up to power-up the boat more by pressing, bow down and going fast. Once you got on the long tack, it was a drag race to the mark, and we appeared to have better boat speed than the other boats.” Grace also noted how fortunate she was to step onto a boat on which crewmates Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone have been sailing together for close to a decade.
Class Administrator Buttons Padin was live streaming on Facebook throughout the day and his posts, including an on-the-sail-in interview with Grace Howie and Meredith Killion can be seen on the Class Facebook and Instagram pages. www.viper640.org
Photos on Facebook @viper640 www.NorotonYC.org
Photos © Rick Bannerot, OnTheFlyPhotos.net
S1D SPONSOR NEWS
After nearly two years of diligent, painstaking development, testing, re-designing and more testing, both here in the US and in Europe, North Sails is proud to launch the all-new V-Series Optimist sail. We have streamlined our range to three sail options, all following the design philosophy of the V-Series. This sail features a very unique radial design along with one cross-cut panel, which allows both excellent shape-holding durability, and unparalleled tuning potential through the wind ranges. This sail design reflects a long, in-depth study of all of the new equipment available in the Optimist class (sprits, spars, etc), and also how sailors now sail the boat (much more athletically than ever before).
Results in Europe so far have been very positive; these sails arrive literally tomorrow (September 24) in the USA. For more information, please contact North Sails Optimist expert Tom Sitzmann (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are eager to work with USA sailors, coaches and teams to continue push US Optimist sailing to the next level!
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Summer is over and Professional Boats will sell it’s rental fleet of Tornado Coach Boats in excellent condition. This summer season was really intense for our rental team at Professional Boats
Our rental season in numbers:
- 10 events attended
- Classes: C420, Optimist and Laser
- Travel: 9,700 miles traveled by our trucks and trailers
- Clients: 14 clients from the east and west coasts.
- Punctuality: 100% punctuality
- Boats down: ZERO
And it is that our entire fleet of 6 coach boats TORNADOS is perfectly maintained, and our boats do not have more than one year of use. To maintain this dynamic, our entire fleet of used boats is already for sale. Three of the six boats have already been negotiated and we have 3 more ready to deliver.
Our current availability:
- Tornado 5.8M (19 feet) with 2 jockey seat, Yamaha 90 HP (355 Hrs) Gas tank: 25 Gal
- Tornado 5.4M (17 feet) with 2 jockey seat, Yamaha 70 HP (200 Hrs) Gas tank: 20 Gal
- Tornado 4.8M (15 feet) with one compact console-jockey seat, Suzuki 60 HP (135 Hrs). External Gas Tank 6 Gal
But if you want a new one, we also have stock of boats and engines ready to deliver of the following models:
- Tornado 4.8M (15 feet)
- Tornado 5.4M (17 feet)
- Tornado 5.8M (19 feet)
- Tornado 6.0M (20 feet)
Some of the events that we will attend with our new rental fleet in the fall and winter are the following:
- 50th Sunfish World Championship, Fl
- 2021 OPTIMIST MIDWINTERS CHAMPIONSHIP – SPRING TEAM QUALIFIER, New Orleans LA
- Junior Olympic Sailing Festival, Jensen Beach, FL)
- Orange Bowl Regatta, Miami, Fl
- I420 NA’s Championship, Miami, FL
- Valentine’s Regatta, St Pete, Fl
- C420 Midwinters Championship, Fl
- I420 Midwinters Championship, Fl
- Sunshine States Opti Championship, Fl
- ILCA Midwinters West, Fl
We thank all our clients for their trust in us and from now on we put our entire rental fleet at their disposition for the winter season. Contact us for budgets … do not stay out.
Sales: Scott Norman: email@example.com
Rent: Rene Alvarez: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: www.professionalboats.com