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Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

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Team Next Generation USA. Photo by Theo Queen.

The twelve teams that will compete in the 2017 Red Bull Youth Americas Cup competition are breaking new ground for young sailors all over the world. They will be racing foiling catamarans and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

All of the competitors, whose ages range from 19 to 24, are getting a taste of what the real America’s Cup teams must deal with in order to compete and perform well in this pressure packed arena known as the America’s Cup sailing.

Fund raising is one of the new skills this team must acquire in order to stick around for the finals. Racing these boats is very expensive. Sails and hardware are pushed to the limits. The crews will train non-stop from now until June aiming to make the finals. All of this costs money. Next Generation USA needs your help. Six guys were chosen to represent our country and have a very good chance to win the regatta. Two of them, Carson Crain and Reed Baldridge, are local guys who grew up sailing right here on Galveston Bay. To make a contribution to the campaign, contact Carson Crain, cmcrain@gmail.com.

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About the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup

Dates: Qualifiers: June 12 – 16 Finals: June 20 – 21

Location: The Great Sound, Bermuda.

Format: Fleet Racing, two qualifying series with six teams in each. Top four teams in each series move on to Finals

Teams: Twelve teams, each representing their country will compete. All team members must be citizens of the country they represent

Boats: The AC45F, a 45-footer that will fly on hydrofoils. Specifications for the AC45F indicate the boat is capable of reaching speeds of over 35 knots, or 40mph/65kmh. The eight AC45Fs used in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup are the only such boats in the entire world.

Crew: Six sailors onboard. Ages 19 – 24 years

Amenities: America’s Cup Village, Hospitality Tents, Spectator Boats, Grandstand Seating, Jumbotron Screen Viewing

The Location

In 2017, Bermuda’s Great Sound will form a natural amphitheater for the America’s Cup, and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will use exactly the same racecourse. Sailing conditions in Bermuda are typically exceptional in June, with historical wind data suggesting that there should be racing conditions 90 percent of the time.

The Boat

In 2017, the youth teams will be sailing the AC45F, a 45-footer that will fly on hydrofoils. Specifications for the AC45F indicate the boat is capable of reaching speeds of over 35 knots, or 40 mph/65kmh. The eight AC45Fs used in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup are the only such boats in the entire world.

The Teams

Up to 12 national youth teams, each composed of six sailors aged 19-24, will race in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017, each representing a different nation. Six teams will race through their affiliation with current America’s Cup teams, while up to six additional teams will compete as selected by Red Bull Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher.

2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Teams

  • Candidate Sailing Team, Austria
  • Team BDA, Bermuda
  • Youth Vikings Denmark, Denmark
  • Team France Jeune, France
  • SVB Team Germany, Germany
  • Land Rover BAR Academy, Great Britain
  • Kaijin Team Japan, Japan
  • NZL Sailing Team, New Zealand
  • Spanish Impulse Team, Spain
  • Artemis Youth Racing, Sweden
  • Team Tilt, Switzerland
  • Next Generation USA, USA

Sea Star Base Galveston Spring Team Race Series

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February 11-12, 2017
March 18-19, 2017
April 8-9, 2017

HOST: The OPEN 3v3 Team Race Regatta will be hosted by Sea Base Galveston. The regatta will be held at Sea Base Galveston 7509 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77554.

Schedule:
Saturday
0900 Competitors meeting
1000 First Race
TBD Informal Umpire Debrief

Sunday
0900 Competitors meeting
1000 First Race
Sunday no race to start after 1400

BOATS: Racing will be in FJs available through Sea Star Base Galveston. Collegiate 420’s may be used if demand warrants.

FORMAT: The regatta will be open 3v3 team racing. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020.

HOUSING: Housing will be available at Sea Star Base Galveston, the site of the regatta. Reservations should be made during registration on regatta network. SSBG is offering accommodations for $25/night/individual. These are apartment suites with shared bathroom; rooms can accommodate males and females). Housing reservations with SSBG should be arranged at least one week in advance.

BERTHS AND ENTIRES: Berths will be available to the first 12 teams registered. Registration can be found on regatta network or at ssbgalveston.org >Community Sailing >Racing. Entry requires $212 fee and $300 damage deposit (damage deposit to “Sea Star Base Galveston.”)

REGISTRATION: 1. https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=13708
2. https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=13707
3. https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=13710

WAIVERS: Each team should complete the SSBG waiver

CONTACT: Mike Janota Work Phone 409-572- 2562 x1 Cell Phone 409-457- 6453 e-mail mjanota@ssbgalveston.org

Suzy Bradford Cell Phone 832-405- 8336 e-mail sbradford@ssbgalveston.org

Several Lakewood Youth Sailors Spending Christmas Break at Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in Miami

unnamed1 3 300x197 Several Lakewood Youth Sailors Spending Christmas Break at Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in MiamiLakewood sent three C420 Teams with Coach Marek Valesek to their first C420 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in Miami over Christmas break.

The two-person teams of Alex Wise/Laurel Tyson, Grace Bates/Pilar Blanco Midulla and Paul/Celia Houston as well as several other youth sailors were in full learning mode this past weekend, as accomplished sailor and Yale Assistant Sailing Coach Bill Healy afforded the racers his knowledge of C420 racing. Healy, spent two days at Lakewood Yacht Club training the spirited young sailors.

unnamed 6 300x214 Several Lakewood Youth Sailors Spending Christmas Break at Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in Miami“We practiced in very breezy conditions,” said Healy. “If the kids see similar conditions in Miami they will feel much more comfortable since Galveston Bay doesn’t usually offer those types of conditions. The group has a whole is fairly fresh to the C420 class but no strangers to these large events. Look for them to post some great individual races and results.”

Strong 20-knot winds were enjoyed both days of the clinic, which focused on boat preparation, tuning guidelines, rigging the boats, and then basic trimming and hiking techniques as well as mark roundings. However, Sunday was 40 degrees colder than Saturday, so Healy, Valesek and the rest of the coaches utilized videos of high-level sailing to give the kids something to visualize. The young sailors took furious notes during the debriefings before braving the cold to practice the techniques on the water. A lot of kids went swimming, but there were notable improvements over Saturday’s performances.

Lakewood wishes all it’s Orange Bowl competitors luck in Miami.

Visit www.lakewoodyachtclub.com to learn more about Lakewood Yacht Club’s youth sailing program.

About Lakewood Yacht Club

Rated among the top 10 yacht clubs in the United States, Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) is one of the best-kept secrets on Clear Lake as well as the Greater Houston and Galveston communities. LYC is a private, member-owned club with great amenities to enjoy with friends and family. Located on 38 beautifully landscaped acres in the NE corner of Clear Lake, it’s an exceptional environment for social and water activities.

Great Results for Texas Sailors at High School Champs

The Texas raised sailors did a great job at the High School Nationals held right here in Galveston Bay.  Here is a “shout out” to four local stars and the amazing new facility, Sea Scout Base Galveston, that hosted the races:

  1. In the Laser Full Rig Division, Max Guerreiro took second place and Ford McCann took third. Awesome!  Results: http://scores.hssailing.org/f16/laserperformance-cressy-full/
  2. In the Laser Radial Division, Charlotte Rose finished third overall (and was the second girl) and Carly Broussard finished 10th(and was the fourth girl).  Awesome!  Results:  http://scores.hssailing.org/f16/laserperformance-cressy-radial/
  3. The championships were held right here in Galveston Bay at the new Sea Scout facilityhttp://ssbgalveston.org/).  It is an amazing facility and many in our community do not know about it, yet (here is a link to high schools already using it: http://ssbgalveston.org/community.php#anchor1).
  4. I recommend visiting this 200+ bed facility it and hope that it hosts many more regattas (Link to view facility: http://ssbgalveston.org/events.php  AND http://ssbgalveston.org/events_contact.php).  There were great views for watching the races… from shore!  The downwind mark was only 20 yards away from the spectators.
  5. College Singlehanded Nationals will be there this coming weekend.  http://2016singlehanded.collegesailing.org

7th Annual JFest Southwest Regatta Results

J/22 (13 boats)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:01:11 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA 307, Blackburn Marine Racing, Casey Lambert, Lakewood Yacht Club, 3-3-2-4-3-2-1- ; 18
2. 878, Meehem, Tom Meeh, Gbca, 4-2-3-3-4-1-2- ; 19
3. USA 707, Tejas, Terry Flynn, GBCA/ FWBC, 2-1-1-2-1-3-14/RET-BF- ; 24
4. 203, Pressure Drop, Mark Foster, Corpus Christi YC, 4.3/RDG-4-4-5-6-5-6- ; 34.3
5. 365, , Vincent Ruder, None, 6-6-5-1-7-4-7- ; 36
6. 26 / 951, , Dov Kivlovitz, None, 1-8-7-14/RET-AF-2-7-3- ; 42T
7. 1531, Parrot Tales Light, Larry Blankenhagen, Lakewood Yacht Club, 5-5-6-6-8-8-4- ; 42T
8. 919, Three Amigos, Kevin Orff, LYC / GBCA, 8-7-8-8-5-6-10- ; 52
9. 392, Loose Cannon, Rick Duste, GBCA, 9-10-11-11-12-11-5- ; 69
10. 650, Forget Me Not, Nataleigh Perez, Fort Worth Boat Club, 10-14/OCS-9-9-9-9-11- ; 71
11. 8 / 732, Helms a Lee, Caroline Burda, HYC, 7-9-14/DSQ-7-10-14/DNS-14/DNS- ; 75
12. 33 / 449, mule mechanic, Ben Kyzar, LCYC, 12-12-12-10-11-10-9- ; 76
13. 578, Student Driver, Gary Thies, GBCA, 11-11-10-12-13-12-8- ; 77

 

J/24 (17 boats)
Series Standing – 5 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:20:34 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 06 / 126, GIGGLES, Natalie Harden, AYV, 1-1-1-2-1- ; 6
2. 01 / 3734, Miss Conduct, James Freedman, DCYC, 3-6-2-5-2- ; 18
3. 69 / 2702, After Midnight, Mark Smith, FWBC, 2-3-10-9-3- ; 27T
4. 23 / 1155, Trick Bag, Barry Bailey, none, 7-5-5-3-7- ; 27T
5. 05 / 3358, Chupacabra, John Parker, Austin Yacht Club, 11-2-7-1-11/SCP- ; 32
6. 03 / 267, Team BadMoon, Christopher Holmes, DCYC, 4-19/OCS-3-4-4- ; 34T
7. 42 / 4200, Zero Gravity, Josh Bowens-Rubin, Dillon Yacht Club, 10-8-4-6-6- ; 34T
8. 07 / 2822, Vang Go, Stuart Juengst, Austin Yacht Club, 5-7-6-12-11- ; 41
9. 94 / 267, Navy Blue Faded Lady, Peter Brigaitis, DCYC, 12-9-9-8-5- ; 43
10. 19 / 1903, El Rayo-X, Gary Roesler, GBCA, 14-4-8-11-10- ; 47
11. 16 / 2380, superman, David Broadway, Austin YC, 8-11-12-10-12- ; 53
12. 09 / 3894, Sforzando, Christopher Hammel, AYC, 15-10-11-7-13- ; 56
13. 60 / 1565, Gray Wolf, Tim Johnson, DCYC, 6-14-13-15-9- ; 57
14. 13 / 2160, Stray Dog, Jorge Martin-de-Nicolas, AYC, 9-12-19/DNS-13-14- ; 67
15. 11 / 3757, clairebouyant, graham marshall, none, 13-13-15-14-15- ; 70
16. 77 / 2342, Rodeo Clown, Jason Seibert, R2AK, GBCA, 16-16-14-17-16- ; 79
17. 91 / 53191, WHITNEY, Charlie Daniel, LBYC, 17-15-16-16-17- ; 81

J/70 (9 boats)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:43:43 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 181, GB, Chris Lewis, LYC, 1-1-3-1-1-2-2- ; 11
2. 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin, LYC, 3-2-2-2-7-3-1- ; 20
3. 546, Zounds Hearing, Jay Lutz, Lakewood YC, 2-3-4-3-2-4-6- ; 24
4. 240, Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli, fwbc, 5-6-1-5-3-1-4- ; 25
5. 51 / 51, Black River Racing, Douglas Strebel, Lakewood, 8-4-8-4-4-5-5- ; 38
6. 242, Jason Bradley, JASON Bradley, Jason Bradley, 4-5-5-8-6-8-8- ; 44
7. 241, , Alfred Poindexter, lakewood yacht club, 9-9-6-6-5-6-7- ; 48
8. 28 / 50, Rogue Warrior, Bruce McDonald, AYC, 6-8-9-7-9-7-3- ; 49
9. 1041, Green Onions, Bill Mcnally, Perry Yacht Club, 7-7-7-9-8-9-9- ; 56

J/105 (10 boats)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:42:12 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 378, infinity, Uzi Ozeri, LYC, 4-1-1-3-1-4-1-5- ; 20
2. 393, Aftershock, Scott Spurlin, AYC, 1-2-2-2-8-2-3-1- ; 21
3. 624, Vici, John Barnett, Lakewood YC, 2-7-4-1-4-3-2-2- ; 25
4. 344, Two Feathers, Mark Masur, FWBC, 3-4-5-8-5-5-4-3- ; 37
5. 294, Rumpus, Brad Robbins, LYC, 5-3-3-6-6-9-6-7- ; 45
6. 130, Tomahawk, Nathaniel Kemberling, LYC, 7-5-7-4-2-10-9-4- ; 48
7. 649, Radiance, Bill Lakenmacher, LYC, 8-6-8-7-7-1-7-6- ; 50
8. 124, Blue Flash, Matthew Arno, FWBC, 10-10-6-5-3-8-5-9- ; 56
9. 430, Kinderspel2, John Bell, CCYC, 6-8-9-9-9-7-8-8- ; 64
10. 296, Stinger, J B Bednar, LYC/GBCA, 9-9-10-10-10-6-10-10- ; 74

J/PHRF Spin(Sym) (2 boats)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:44:32 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 178, Press to Meco, Ray Bentele, GBCA, 1-1-2-1-1.5/TIE-1-1- ; 8.5
2. 28, Toccata, Gary Trinklein, GBCA, 2-2-1-2-1.5/TIE-2-2- ; 12.5

J/PHRF Spin (Asym) (8 boats)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:56:51 PM CDT

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA74, Second Star, J.D. Hill, LYC, 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3- ; 10
2. 162, Leading Edge, Tom Sutton, lyc,hyc,gbca, 2-2-3-2-2-2-3-1- ; 17
3. 181, Hamburg, Albrecht Goethe, LYC, 3-3-2-3-3-3-2-2- ; 21
4. 31, Little Joe, Dan Sullivan, Southern Yacht Club, 6-5-4-5-5-4-4-4- ; 37T
5. 238, Airborne, David Christensen, LYC / GBCA, 5-4-5-4-4-5-5-5- ; 37T
6. 45, Harm’s Way, Andy Wescoat, GBCA, 7-6-6-6-7-6-6-7- ; 51
7. 77, 77, George Cushing, GBCA, 8-7-7-7-6-7-7-6- ; 55
8. 1, Second Wind, Chris Waters, Kemah Boardwalk Marina, 4-9/DNF-9/DNS-9/DNS-9/DNS-9/DNC-9/DNC-9/DNC- ; 67

Notes
– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is provisional and subject to modification

Corsair Marine Pulse 600 Trimaran

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Sailboats are either built for comfort or for speed. The new Corsair Marine Pulse 600 Trimaran falls in the latter category. Longtime friends and Galveston Bay sailors Martin Hamilton and Bob Webbon recently purchased a Pulse 600. These guys have been racing catamarans for years so we thought it would be a good idea to ask them what they thought of the boat.

What is your idea of the perfect sailboat?

Martin: In two words stable and fast. For the last decade, I have been sailing a Condor 40 trimaran and an A-Class catamaran. The catamaran provided the opportunity to compete around the country in a single handed fast boat. The trimaran allowed me to entertain on a quick boat with plenty of stability (set a beverage down and come back later and finish it).

Bob: The perfect boat? For what? For sailing? For cruising? For having friends onboard, etc. If it’s a perfect day sailing boat then it must have a groove. It should give back what you put in. It should have a feel that is pleasurable, it should take you away from the mundane of life. It should be exciting. There are plenty of great boats that do that.

What do you like most about this boat?

MH: The Pulse 600 is the new standard. It has the speed and excitement of an A-Cat and at the same time is stable enough for my wife and I to handle even in winds of 20+ knots. And the boat easily accommodates 4 adults. Perfect for a family outing.

BW: The Pulse 600 is light weight so it is lively, responsive but forgiving. It’s quick in a breeze and remains fast with four people on board. It’s just downright fun. Get a little boom box on board with a nice cold beverage, sheets cleated doing high teens, what more do you need for a great afternoon.

What is it that you most dislike about this boat?

MH: Probably the difficulty pinning the mast base onto the pedestal in order to raise mast. Once pinned the mast is easily raised

BW: Yes, it takes a bit more work, but it gives back so much more.

Both of you guys are obsessed with speed, why can’t you cruise along like the rest of us?

MH:  I understand the desire to cruise. It is always easy to ‘throttle back’ and enjoy a beverage and conversation. But, you can enjoy the beverage and conversation even at top speed.

BW: First of all I do have a cruising boat, but I’m just not obsessed with going slow. I can’t think of any other sport where slower is better. I think if more people knew they could set their beverage down on a boat without it spilling and they could actually sail much faster while doing that, they would figure it out.

If you could describe this boat in one word, what would it be?

MH: Friendly

BW: Perfect

These boats are pretty wide, are you having problems finding a slip?

MH: We actually keep the boat on a trailer. The boat can be launched and motored with the wings folded. Bob and I are storing the boat with the wings extended at the Houston Yacht Club and are set up to launch from the crane.

BW: Corsair Tris have been around for decades. Their folding systems are proven, so we can launch via crane, ramp or even wet sailed from a normal slip.

Are you guys still friends, now that you own a boat together?

MH: Bob and I actually owned a Tornado catamaran in the late 80s. We sold it after the Tornado Worlds. We continued spending a lot of time together sailboarding. Eventually in the early 2000s we both purchased A-Cats and have traveled the country together with our multi-boat trailer. Did I mention that it’s always been Bob’s idea?

BW: I’ve been partners on sailboats and power boats. It’s always been great. I think that realization is what’s driving a growing part of the boating industry right now. Look at all the new boat sharing programs and companies. We now even have a community sailing program in Galveston. It just makes sense. There’s just no reason to feel like ownership has to be expensive. Partnerships also bring folks closer together through their shared interests. We’re better friends because of the boats we’ve owned together.

You both grew up sailing on Galveston Bay, what is it about this place that you like most?

MH: It’s such a great sailing area. Lots of water and wind most of the time if you’re willing to wait for the shore breeze.

BW: Wind. Unlike a lot of other sailing venues we seem to have more wind. We also have great racing organizations on the bay.

Near Perfect Weather During the 30th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta

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Harvest Moon racers could be seen off the Galveston beachfront. Photo by Kelly Groce.

harvestmoonlogo Near Perfect Weather During the 30th Annual Harvest Moon RegattaMore than 140 boats took off from Pleasure Pier in Galveston on a beautiful, clear Thursday afternoon and raced down the coast to Port Aransas to complete the 30th Annual Harvest Moon Regatta.® Saturday, Oct. 15 was a busy day as the sailors were treated to a barbecue dinner and awards banquet followed by the Welcome Sailors Rum Party.

Lakewood Yacht Club was well represented among the race winners. John Barnett seized the coveted Bacardi Cup; Ted Greak earned the Cameron Cannon; Charles Herpich won the Commodore/John Broderick Memorial, and Jim Demarest took home the PHRF Spin Overall. Other Lakewood members who achieved top finishes in their divisions include: First Place winners Kevin Tyrrell, Ash Walker, Uzi Ozeri, Bob Giles, and Randy Pike; Second Place winners Carl Drechsel, J.D. Hill, Jay Zittrer, Cran Frasier, Taylor Smith, Gerhard Wittich and Richard Fawcett; Third Place winners Al Goethe, J.D. Bednar, O.J. Young, and Fred Pounds, and Fourth Place winners Robert Crosby and Gregory Way. Visit www.harvestmoonregatta.com for the full results.

This annual race is organized by Bay Access, a charitable organization supporting amateur racing. It is hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club, the City of Port Aransas and Port Aransas & Mustang Island. Aside from Harvest Moon Regatta title sponsor Bacardi U.S.A., other gracious sponsors of the 30th Annual Regatta included the City of Seabrook, all Bay Access annual race sponsors, Banks Sails, Windward Sea Ventures, Alliant Marine & Energy Insurance, Boatpix.com, Mantus Anchors, The Yacht Sales Company, Edna Rice Executive Recruiters, RejeX.com, Optima Marine, Faron Daigle Realtor®, Superior Marine Services, True North Marine, Coast Guard Foundation, Little Yacht Sales, North Canvas and Upholstery, Davis Marine Electronics, Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine, Ocean Navigator, Eagle Maritime Services, Inc. Saved by Spot, The Insurance Navigators, Fishbones Safety Solutions and Energy Services, Triumphus, Laguna Harbor, Oj’s Marine and several others.

“As usual, we could not continue to host this hugely successful event without the support of these enthusiastic sponsors, and this year’s no different,” says Harvest Moon Regatta® Chairman Rex Bettis. “Our sponsors make this an exciting first-class event for our racers, spectators and guests.”

Congratulatulations to all the race winners and thanks go out to the numerous volunteers who helped make this a great event.

If you have questions about the race or have an interest in sponsoring next year’s regatta, visit www.harvestmoonregatta.com.

Don’t Miss the 7th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta Skippers’ Meeting

unnamed2 1 Dont Miss the 7th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta Skippers MeetingThe 7th Annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta Skipper’s Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 28 in the Lakewood Yacht Club Ballroom.

“All racers are encouraged to attend,” says 2016 J/Fest Southwest Regatta Chairman Dave Christensen. “You will receive important information and updates about the race and its surrounding activities from an informative agenda of speakers.”

J/Fest Southwest, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club, will take place in Galveston Bay October 29-30. Entries in this year’s race include J-boats ranging from 22′ to 40′ in length.

Saturday evening, the L.C. Roots band will provide live entertainment and a traditional “Frogmore Stew” shrimp and sausage boil and drink specials will be available on the Lakewood Yacht Club grounds.

The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, October 30 in the Lakewood Ballroom.

Questions about the Skippers’ Meeting or the J/Fest Southwest Regatta should be directed to Dave Christensen at dc1sail@comcast.net. For information about the event or event accommodations, visit www.jfestsouthwest.com.

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About Lakewood Yacht Club

Rated among the top 10 yacht clubs in the United States, Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) is one of the best-kept secrets on Clear Lake as well as the Greater Houston and Galveston communities. LYC is a private, member-owned club with great amenities to enjoy with friends and family. Located on 38 beautifully landscaped acres in the NE corner of Clear Lake, it’s an exceptional environment for social and water activities.

30th Annual Lakewood Yacht Club Harvest Moon Regatta Results

Withdrew Prior to Start (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 1145, Nachtwacht, Thomas Caskey, Lakewood yacht club, 1- ; 1
2. 110, Restless, Robin Rice, WYC, 2- ; 2
3. 183, T-REX, fred soward, none, 3- ; 3
4. 39, Lady Daphne, Douglas Ottens, HYC, 4- ; 4
5. 436, Free Spirit, Jeff Hirsch, GBCA, 5- ; 5

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Photo by Ashleigh Davis www.wildnwanderlust.org

Multihull (top)

Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 009, Nelda Ray, Peter Pattullo[A], Longview Yacht Club, 5- ; 5
2. 273, Condor, Chris Croninger[A], LCYC, 8- ; 8
3. 51231, Trilobyte, Russ Myers[A], Port Arthur Yacht Club, 9- ; 9
4. 129, Gimme Samoa, John Williams[A], RYC, 11- ; 11
5. 276, Abandoned Assets, Bo Kersey[A], Austin Yacht Club, 13- ; 13
6. 215, Tribology, Doug Casey[A], Austin Yacht Club, 14- ; 14

Division: B (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 64, Flight Simulator, Tom Reese[B], Youngstown Yacht Club, 1- ; 1
2. 40133, Linda O, John King[B], TOMA, 3- ; 3
3. 30, Tritium, Steve Frick[B], Austin Yacht Club, 7- ; 7
4. A32, Josephine, William Pack[B], Island Moorings, 10- ; 10
5. 8, Pachuco, William Loving[B], None, 16- ; 16

Division: C (9 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 002, Chaton Noir, John Scherer[C], Waterford YC, 2- ; 2
2. A394, Brie, Chris Block[C], Austin Yacht Club, 4- ; 4
3. 5855, JEDICCO, Fred Pounds[C], LYC, 6- ; 6
4. 853, Vivace, Scott Weaver[C], Scott Weaver, 12- ; 12
5. 22, CatNap, Richard Wheeler[C], HYC, 15- ; 15
6. A270, Double Vision, Brad Kaylor[C], no, 17- ; 17
7. 44, Folie A Deux, Gary Vaughan[C], Waterford Yacht Club, 18- ; 18
8. A45, Nauti-Cat, Richard Griffin[C], None, 19- ; 19
9. 563, Ellie Jane, Joel Turner[C], Watergate, 21/DNF- ; 21

Cruising Poleless Spinnaker (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 415, Bev ‘n Jo, Charles Herpich[A], Lakewood, 1- ; 1
2. 158, Force Majeure, John Lehman[A], none, 3- ; 3
3. 83, Karma, Alan Moore[A], GBCA, 4- ; 4
4. 40860, Tomfoolery II, Tom Meeh[A], gbca, 7- ; 7
5. 27, Soy Un Gatito JPB, Bob Brindley[A], Bowling Green State University Sailing Team, 8- ; 8
6. 46, Makan Angin, Jill Hughes[A], LYC, 10- ; 10

Division: B (9 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 60184, Moondance, Randy Pike[B], LYC, 2- ; 2
2. 111, Fiddler, Taylor Smith[B], Lakewood, 5- ; 5
3. 319, Back on Tack, Craig Yakel[B], TMCA, 6- ; 6
4. 1326, le Fay, Erik Jansson[B], none, 9- ; 9
5. 99, Orion, David Popken[B], None, 11- ; 11
6. 270, Quiet Flight, Andy LeRoy[B], Waterford YC, 12- ; 12
7. 121, Topaz, Tom Frankum[B], Lakewood Yacht Club, 13- ; 13
8. A28, Rodeless Traveler, Paul Britton[B], Sail Ventures USA, 14- ; 14
9. h31, Sunshine, Michael Sylvers[B], Watergate, 15- ; 15

Cruising Non-Spin (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: M (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 455, EDELWEISS, Ted Greak[M], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 380, Resolute, chris parrish[M], TMCA, 6- ; 6
3. 91699, Docket, Eric Lipper[M], Seabrook, 10- ; 10
4. 168, Osprey, Walter Barnett[M], GBCA, 11- ; 11
5. 102, Escapade, Lonny Doss[M], Lake Charles Yacht Club, 13- ; 13

Division: N (4 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 60187, Sea Nymph, Joan van Ravenswaay[N], Houston Yacht Club, 2- ; 2
2. 42, Paradise, Andrew Bahr[N], Lake worth Sailing Club, 3- ; 3
3. 174, No Le Hace, Aaron Gladish[N], None, 7- ; 7
4. 50, Attitude of Gratitude, Larry Lawyer[N], Lakewood, 14- ; 14

Division: O (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 14641, Bianca, Marc Bruderer[O], none, 4- ; 4
2. 110, Renegade, Bill Hoffman[O], TMCA, 5- ; 5
3. 101, Athena, John Swanson[O], GBCA, 8- ; 8
4. H41, Surface Interval, Craig Gaines[O], Portofino Harbour, 9- ; 9
5. A31, Nora Marie, Stephen Caughron[O], Harborwalk, 12- ; 12

Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: E (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 35, Tropical Impulse, Kevin Tyrrell[E], LYC, 2- ; 2
2. 31456, Ibis, Thomas Goldsbury[E], GBCA, 5- ; 5
3. 306, Josephine, Joe Powers[E], HYC, 28- ; 28
4. 53, Barefoot Shoes, James Coe[E], TMCA, 29- ; 29
5. 1, Nauti Girl, Shannon Hicks[E], Watergate, 38- ; 38

Division: F (8 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 21335, Firewater, Walter Horton[F], GBCA, 3- ; 3
2. 41749, SSTV Gremlin, Rob Freas[F], Sea Scouts, BSA / LYC, 4- ; 4
3. 466, Relentless, Lucy Newman[F], South Coast Sailing Club, 11- ; 11
4. 655, Royal Crescent, Robert Crosby[F], LYC, 13- ; 13
5. 53, Astarte, Cheryl Morvillo[F], TASS, 14- ; 14
6. 760, Island Time, Jimmy Jones[F], PHYC, TMCA, 21- ; 21
7. 16, Rapide, Don Pearson[F], Waterford Harbor, 26- ; 26
8. 044, Wine Knot, Robert Best[F], LYC, 37- ; 37

Division: G (4 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. M45, Tropic Breeze, John E. Jones[G], Blue Dolphin, 1- ; 1
2. 432, Knot Guilty, Robert Scardino[G], Waterford Yacht Club, 12- ; 12
3. 777A, Mary Jane, Mike Wilkinson[G], LYC, 30- ; 30
4. A40, Carioca, Evan Macaluso[G], Sail Ventures USA, 31- ; 31

Division: H+B%26R (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 45, DagEli, Dag Calafell II[H B&R], Waterford YC, 6- ; 6
2. 19A, The Gail Mary, Daniel Knierien[H B&R], Optima Marine, 9- ; 9
3. 3600, Moonlight Serenade, Charles Sharp[H B&R], None, 15- ; 15
4. 38109, Wandering Star, Thomas Sherrill Jr[H B&R], GBCA, TMCA, PHYC, 24- ; 24
5. 427, Ketchup, mike baker[H B&R], watergate, 27- ; 27
6. 162, Tara Shell, David Cathcart[H B&R], WYH, 34- ; 34

Division: I (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. A36, Shell Seaker, David Glascock[I], HYC, TMCA, GBCA, 8- ; 8
2. 133, Stellar of Course, Ronald Eddleman[I], GBCA, TMCA, 17- ; 17
3. 52846, Susanne B, D Slack[I], Houston Yacht Club, 19- ; 19
4. 165, Mischief, Nancy Welch[I], TMCA, TASS, GBCA, 25- ; 25
5. 243, Two J Birds, R Michael Glass[I], None, 36- ; 36

Division: J (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 125, Point of Beginning, Doug Catenaci[J], Waterford Yacht Club, 16- ; 16
2. 828, Sanctuary, Mike Tyson II[J], HYC, 20- ; 20
3. 3371, Sea Gypsy, Bill Jenko[J], GBCA/TMCA, 22- ; 22
4. 55, Gemini, James Hammond[J], United States Power Squadrons, 32- ; 32
5. 208A, Lady Melinda, Terry Hollar[J], South Shore, 33- ; 33

Division: L (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 1945, Gypsy Soul, William King[L], Island Moorings, 7- ; 7
2. 376, Moonlighter, Travis Smith[L], Brazosport Yacht Club, 10- ; 10
3. 472, Breezing Up, William Howze[L], Nonsuch, 18- ; 18
4. 84, Dram Buoy, Peter Larabee[L], Waterford Yacht Club, 23- ; 23
5. 37, Blanca Luna, Mark Zimmerman[L], None, 35- ; 35

Cruising Non-Spin Cutter (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: D (7 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 24, Cimboco, Phil Pierce[D], None, 1- ; 1
2. 86, Company, Dave Miller[D], SYC, 2- ; 2
3. 41, Homers’ Odyssey, Jason Anderson[D], None, 3- ; 3
4. 302, windship, GARY WATKINS[D], none, 4- ; 4
5. A44, No Wahalla, John Bartges[D], Waterford, 5- ; 5
6. A34, Stardust, E Wayne Alderman[D], GBCA Watergate, 6- ; 6
7. 045, Texas Gypsea, Arthur Boos[D], GBCA, 8/DNF- ; 8

Cruising Non-Spin Ketch (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: K (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 17, Patriot, Carl Drechsel[K], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 1068, Liberty, David Gohlke[K], none, 2- ; 2
3. 144, Morning Star, John Gross[K], HYC, 3- ; 3
4. Y50, Mermaid III, William Young[K], Seabrook Shipyard, 4- ; 4
5. 2, Salsa 2, Loren Cadenhead[K], Galveston Community Sailing, 5- ; 5

Cruising PHRF Non-Spin (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (4 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 334, Cache’, Robert Giles[A], LYC, 2- ; 2
2. 32, Moonlight Shadow, Richard Fawcett[A], LYC, 5- ; 5
3. 51338, Musica, Kylie Schischka[A], B Sailing, 8- ; 8
4. A46, Estuary One, Elliott Bouillion[A], none, 9- ; 9

Division: B (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 17, GOOD NEWS, Ashley Walker[B], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 001, Other Woman, Brantly Minor[B], GBCA, 3- ; 3
3. US 1237, felicity, gerald lawrie[B], TCYC, 4- ; 4
4. 1152, SEUTE DEERN, Hans Knickrehm[B], LYC, 6- ; 6
5. 312, Esperanza II, PAUL MAGNINI[B], BYC, 7- ; 7

PHRF Spin (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. A122, Easy Does It, Uzi Ozeri[A], LYC, 3- ; 3
2. 45, Figaro, Gerhard Wittich[A], LYC, 4- ; 4
3. 77932, LickitySplit, Corey Harding[A], BYC, 5- ; 5
4. 007, Parrot Tales, Larry Blankenhagen[A], Lakewood Yacht Club, 6- ; 6
5. 202, Concussion, Jason Seibert[A], R2AK, GBCA, 9- ; 9
6. 7288, Encore, Sawnie McEntire[A], Watergate Marina, 12/DNF- ; 12

Division: B (5 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 52, Sodalis, Jim Demarest[B], LYC, 1- ; 1
2. 11899, BANJO GIRL, jay zittrer[B], Lakewood Yacht Club, 2- ; 2
3. 40645, Texas Ranger II, Chuck Wielchowsky[B], HYC / GBCA, 7- ; 7
4. 42570, Phoenix, David Atkinson[B], HYC/GBCA, 8- ; 8
5. 584, Big D, Jim Foster[B], GBCA, 12/DNF- ; 12

ORC Club Spinnaker Bacardi Fleet (top)
Series Standing – 1 race scored

Division: A (8 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 12039, AEOLUS, James Liston[A], Houston YC, GBCA, 2- ; 2
2. 51709, Hamburg II, Albrecht Goethe[A], LYC, 4- ; 4
3. USA74, Second Star, J.D. Hill[A], LYC, 6- ; 6
4. 75, Gold Rush, Gregory Way[A], LYC, 13- ; 13
5. 35008, Deja Vu, Jeff Kitterman[A], GBCA, 15- ; 15
6. 45, Harm’s Way, Andy Wescoat[A], GBCA, 17- ; 17
7. 46864, Joyride, Greg A Casamayor[A], GBCA, 18- ; 18
8. 32111, Passion, Steve Hastings[A], CCYC, 19- ; 19

Division: B (7 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 624, Vici, John Barnett[B], Lakewood YC, 1- ; 1
2. 23, Veloce, Josh Richline[B], Corpus Christi Yacht Club, 3- ; 3
3. 296, Stinger, J B Bednar[B], LYC/GBCA, 5- ; 5
4. 430, Kinderspel2, John Bell[B], CCYC, 7- ; 7
5. 93270, Señor Moment, Jeffrey Progelhof[B], RCYC/HYC, 10- ; 10
6. 158, Stampede, Mark Gardner[B], grand lake sailing club, 20- ; 20
7. 46, Barbarella, Jim Blakewell[B], Oklahoma City Boat Club, 21- ; 21

Division: C (6 boats) Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 398, Flyer, Ben Miller[C], GBAC, 8- ; 8
2. 40306, WHISTLER II, John Fraser[C], Lakewood Yacht Club, 9- ; 9
3. 135, Happy Ending, O.J. Young[C], LYC, 11- ; 11
4. 10312, Danelaw, Roy Olsen[C], GBCA, 12- ; 12
5. 53, SolAire, Chris Haas[C], GBCA, 14- ; 14
6. 307, Good Leif, Hedda Kukla[C], BDYC, 16- ; 16

Notes
– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is provisional and subject to modification

2016 Laser Gulf Coast Championship Results

Laser 4.7 (7 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Division, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 205399, LUCIJA RUZEVIC, [Junior][F], DCYC/P1, [3]-2-3-1-3-1-2-2- ; 14
2. 186510, MICHAEL MORSE, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, 1-1-2-[6]-6-2-1-4- ; 17
3. 20410, Matthew Morrell, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, [6]-3-1-4-2-4-3-5- ; 22
4. 169816, Ethan Froelich, [Junior], Austin Yacht Club, 2-4-5-[7]-4-3-5-1- ; 24
5. 206098, Jacob Granberry, [Junior], CCYC, 5-5-4-5-1-[8/OCS]-6-3- ; 29
6. 165422, AnaClare Sole, [Junior][F], Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, 4-6-[7]-3-5-5-4-6- ; 33
7. 1, Sara Boyd, [Junior][F], Fairhope Yacht Club, [7]-7-6-2-7-6-7-7- ; 42

 

Laser Radial (27 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 8 races scored

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Division, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 207144, Chase Carraway, [Junior], Lauderdale Yacht Club/ CYC-NC, [7]-1-3-1-3-2-1-1- ; 12
2. 210460, Gage Wilson, [Open], LYC, 1-2-1-3-1-7-2-[28/DSQ]- ; 17
3. 196848, Charlotte Rose, [Junior][F], Houston Yacht Club/ GCYSA, 2-3-2-2-2-6-3-[9]- ; 20
4. 204109, Ricky Welch, [Junior], Long Beach Yacht Club, 3-4-5-4-6-5-5-[10]- ; 32
5. 208059, Caden Scheiblauer, [Junior], Santa Barbara YC | SBYSF | GCYSA, 6-7-6-[28/OCS]-4-13-6-5- ; 47
6. 197044, Carly Broussard, [Open][F], LYC, 9-[16]-4-10-5-4-4-13- ; 49
7. 204438, Marc Andrew Robin, [Junior], RStLYC, [19]-5-9-9-11-11-13-6- ; 64
8. 201251, Conrad Vandlik, [Open], MYC, 5-[19]-8-8-9-8-11-16- ; 65
9. 203630, Sophia Sole, [Open][F], Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, 14-12-10-7-10-1-[16]-14- ; 68
10. 206615, Brandon Cassard, [Junior], GCYSA, 13-15-[19]-6-16-9-10-3- ; 72
11. 204111, Alexander Hankins, [Junior], GCYSA /LYC, 10-10-7-13-7-19-7-[21]- ; 73
12. AHO 205411, Tijn van der Gulik, [Junior], YSCO – Asiento, [17]-6-11-5-8-16-17-12- ; 75
13. 191997, Luke welker, [Open], Lauderdale YC, 4-14-15-14-14-[17]-8-7- ; 76
14. 204103, Tomas Samitier, [Open], Seabrook Sailing Club, 16-13-14-12-[28/DNS]-3-14-8- ; 80
15. 206098, Spencer LeGrande, [Open], GCYSA, 11-17-12-11-12-15-9-[18]- ; 87
16. 211535, Bryan Trammell, [Junior], TCYC/GCYSA, 12-[20]-16-16-13-12-15-4- ; 88
17. 204106, Peter Vaseliades, [Junior], CCYC, 15-11-18-17-17-10-[20]-2- ; 90
18. 209727, Kiera O’Reardon, [Junior][F], GCYSA / Houston Yacht Club, 8-9-13-15-18-14-18-[28/OCS]- ; 95
19. 208098, Colin Dorsey, [Junior], LYC/CGSC, [22]-8-17-18-15-20-12-20- ; 110
20. 171186, Benjamin Froelich, [Open], Austin Yacht Club, 18-21-20-20-19-[23]-19-11- ; 128
21. 208108, Daniel Tindall, [Junior], CCYC, [25]-18-21-24-22-24-23-17- ; 149
22. 208569, Camille McGriff, [Junior][F], Fairhope Yacht Club, 20-23-23-23-20-18-[24]-24- ; 151
23. 153272, Andrew Butler, [Open], Austin Yacht Club, 21-[26]-24-22-23-21-21-22- ; 154
24. 158824, Nick Dunphey, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, 24-24-22-19-21-[26]-25-23- ; 158
25. 178918, Jacob Warner, [Junior], Lakewood Yacht Club, 23-22-[25]-25-24-25-22-19- ; 160
26. 197593, Tyler Kemberling, [Junior], Lakewood, 26-25-26-21-26-22-[27]-15- ; 161
27. 181139, Nicolas Svec, [Junior], LYC, 27-27-[28/RET-BF]-26-25-27-26-25- ; 183  

Laser (28 boats) (top)
Series Standing – 7 races scored

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Division, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 206050, Chase Burwell, [Junior], Lauderdale Yacht Club – Carlouel, 2-3-2-1-1-[4]-1- ; 10T
2. 194070, Skylar Bayman, [Junior], Houston Yacht Club, 1-2-1-2-2-2-[4]- ; 10T
3. 156548, Dustin Brennan, [Open], Southern Yacht Club, 8-5-[9]-4-3-3-2- ; 25
4. 170989, Raleigh Christman, [Open], Seabrook Sailing Club, 3-6-7-[8]-4-1-5- ; 26
5. 191910, Ryan Minth, [Master], C-vane, [14]-1-3-5-10-12-3- ; 34
6. 199760, David Morgan, [Grand Master], Seabrook Sailing Club, [16]-4-4-13-7-6-6- ; 40
7. 208567, Peter McGriff, [Junior], Fairhope Yacht Club, 4-8-10-3-[11]-9-11- ; 45
8. 191086, Dominic Van der Walt, [Open], Houston Yacht Club, [21]-14-11-6-5-7-13- ; 56
9. 181864, Marten Kendrick, [Open], Houston Yacht Club, [20]-15-8-7-6-18-7- ; 61
10. 185837, Charles White, [Grand Master], SSC, 11-10-[15]-10-12-13-8- ; 64
11. 187956, Alexander Goldberg, [Open], Corinthian Sailing Club, 6-18-6-12-9-15-[19]- ; 66
12. 206110, Lance Kim, [Apprentice Master], Birmingham Sailing Club, [19]-13-5-15-8-19-10- ; 70T
13. 208379, Ty Geiger, [Grand Master], Seabrook Sailing Club, 15-7-12-14-13-[20]-9- ; 70T
14. 190275, Griffin Orr, [Open], Corinthian Sailing Club, 5-[19]-17-9-18-14-14- ; 77
15. 10055, Ian Hunter, [Junior], Fort Walton Yacht Club, 9-17-13-16-[23]-10-18- ; 83
16. 157833, Forest Atkins, [Grand Master], Corinthian SC Dallas, [27]-9-14-17-14-21-12- ; 87T
17. 160049, Deon Van der Walt, [Master], Houston Yacht Club, 10-12-16-18-15-16-[20]- ; 87T
18. 171593, Josh Rubin, [Grand Master], CLSC, 23-16-20-11-16-5-[29/OCS]- ; 91
19. 206099, Ian McKeige, [Open], Houston Yacht Club, 12-[22]-18-20-19-11-16- ; 96
20. 176241, Pablo Freire, [Open], Seabrook Sailing Club, 18-23-19-[25]-21-8-15- ; 104
21. 164245, Sebastien DUBOIS, [Apprentice Master], Seabrook sailing Club, 7-20-21-23-17-25-[29/DNF]- ; 113T
22. 209728, Jody Smith, [Grand Master], Corinthian Sailing Club, 17-11-[29/OCS]-22-20-22-21- ; 113T
23. 174254, Tim Ponter, [Open], Corinthian Sailing Club, [25]-24-25-24-22-17-17- ; 129
24. 149083, Greg Wallace, [Master], CSC, 13-25-23-21-24-24-[29/RET]- ; 130
25. 174300, John Oliver, [Grand Master], CSC, 24-26-22-19-25-26-[29/DNF]- ; 142
26. 204104, BRIAN HANNAN, [Open], CSC, 26-[27]-26-26-26-23-22- ; 149
27. 182721, Mike Lorenz, [Grand Master], None, 22-21-24-[29/DNS]-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS- ; 154
28. 20315, Fred Schroth, [Grand Master], Austin Yacht Club, [29/DNS]-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS-29/DNS- ; 174

Notes
– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts

Information is provisional and subject to modification

Sea Scout Base Galveston Short-course Fleet Racing Regatta

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Short-course Fleet Racing Regatta
Notice of Regattas 2016
September 17-18
October 22-23
November 12-13

Host

The Texas OPEN Short-Course Fleet Racing Regattas will be hosted by Sea Scout Base Galveston at Sea Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway, Galveston Texas 77554.

Schedule

Saturday

0800 Breakfast
0900 Competitors meeting
1000 First Race
Last Race of the day NLT 1700
Pizza and beverages after racing

Sunday

0800 Breakfast
0900 Competitors meeting
1000 First Race
Last Race of the day NLT 1400

Boats

Racing will be in 18+ Collegiate FJs provided by Sea Base Galveston

Format

The regatta will be OPEN short-course fleet racing (10-15 minutes per race), available to high school, college and seasoned dinghy sailors. If more than 18 teams (i.e., skipper and crew) register, two fleets may be designated. Boats will be assigned to competitors, and there will be no rotation of boats. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016. Everyone is encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle.

Housing

Housing will be available at Sea Scout Base Galveston, the site of the regatta. Reservations should be made directly with Eva LaFour (409-572-2560 x1002). Sea Base is offering accommodations for $50/night/person. These are apartment suites with shared bathroom; rooms can accommodate males and females). Housing reservations with Sea Base should be arranged at least one week in advance.

Berths and Entries

Berths will be available to the first 18 teams registered (see below). Additional teams will be added if a second division is created. Below is the link for the regatta network form. Entry requires $60 fee and $100 damage deposit (damage deposit to “Sea Scout Base Galveston.”)

Registration

Von Steuben Day Regatta (September)
https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=11577

Boo Bowl Regatta (October)
https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=11578

Chili Bowl Regatta (November)
https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=11579

Torqueedo J/70 North American Championship Results

j70logo Torqueedo J/70 North American Championship Results

J/70 Series Standing – 7 races scored

Division: Corinthian Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 26 / 3, 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco[Corinthian][Open], LIYC, 3-2-[26]-6-19-25-16- ; 71
2. 33 / 51, Black River Racing, doug strebel[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 25-[30]-27-14-14-15-21- ; 116
3. 12 / 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 29-[34]-30-4-30-21-11- ; 125
4. 37 / 898, Christine Robin, Tracy Usher[Open][Corinthian], St Francis Yacht Club, 12-25-20-23-21-29-[35]- ; 130
5. 06 / USA 55, JOUST, Tim Molony[Open][Corinthian], Southern Yacht Club, [32]-13-24-28-12-26-28- ; 131
6. 21 / 159, Torqeedo, Brandon Flack[Open][Corinthian], Mudheads, 28-28-17-34-28-34-[37]- ; 169T
7. 13 / 818, Rascal, Henry Brauer[Corinthian][Open], Eastern Yacht Club, 31-24-19-[38]-29-33-33- ; 169T
8. 03 / 382, Zombie, Kristen Robinson[Open][Corinthian], Annapolis Yacht Club, [37]-37-35-29-20-36-26- ; 183
9. 07 / USA 529, Bazinga, Robert McMahan[Open][Corinthian], Lakewood Yacht Club, [42/OCS]-38-36-36-36-39-32- ; 217
10. 02 / 98, usa98, Alfred Poindexter[Open][Corinthian], lakewood y c, 38-[39]-34-33-39-37-38- ; 219

Division: Open Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 24 / 384, Flojito y Cooperando, Julian Fernandez Neckelmann[Open], Club Nautico Valle de Bravo, 1-3-1-11-[13]-1-3- ; 20
2. 19 / 852, Hoss, Glenn Darden[Open], Fort Worth Boat Club, [23]-4-3-3-10-9-1- ; 30
3. 44 / US 49, Relative Obscurity, Peter DUNCAN[Open], American Yacht Club, 14-7-2-[22]-2-5-2- ; 32
4. 32 / USA 353, Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes[Open], Macatawa Bay, 4-9-[22]-7-3-7-4- ; 34
5. 43 / USA 26, Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison[Open], ABYC, 2-1-5-16-5-8-[17]- ; 37T
6. 09 / 86, STAMPEDE, bruno pasquinelli[Open], fwbc, 10-8-4-5-1-[13]-9- ; 37T
7. 10 / USA 248, Scamp, Will Welles[Open], MDICSC, [19]-16-10-2-9-6-6- ; 49
8. 36 / BRA-650, Cloud Nine, Phil Haegler[Open], Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club, 5-10-[25]-1-7-20-13- ; 56
9. 42 / 96, Savasana, Brian Keane[Open], Beverly Yacht Club, 16-[18]-15-9-4-3-18- ; 65
10. 40 / 389, Hooligan Flat Stanley Racing, Trey Sheehan[Open], Put-in-Bay YC, 9-5-14-[25]-17-11-14- ; 70
11. 26 / 3, 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco[Corinthian][Open], LIYC, 3-2-[26]-6-19-25-16- ; 71
12. 34 / 602, Building A, Josh Goldman[Open], Cedat Point YC, 20-21-7-10-6-[31]-10- ; 74
13. 11 / USA 839, Reach Around, Thomas Bowen[Open], Annapolis YC, 22-12-[31]-17-24-4-7- ; 86T
14. 41 / BRA641, OceanPact, haroldo solberg[Open], ICRJ, 11-17-8-26-[33]-12-12- ; 86T
15. 25 / 230, Izula, Robert Willis[Open], Columbia Yacht Club, 6-[35]-13-12-8-35-23- ; 97T
16. 08 / 419, Joint Custody, Jennifer Wulff[Open], Annapolis Yacht Club, 18-15-12-[35]-26-18-8- ; 97T
17. 38 / USA364, USA364, David Kerr[Open], Edgewater Yacht Club, [33]-23-16-21-15-19-5- ; 99T
18. 27 / 187, Catapult, Joel Ronning[Open], Wayzata Yacht Club, 7-31-[35/ARB]-8-23-10-20- ; 99T
19. 15 / 157, Spring, Dave Franzel[Open], Boston Sailing Center, 27-6-6-13-34-17-[42/DNF]- ; 103
20. 18 / 820, Nasty Baby, Rick Schaffer[Open], FWBC, 8-22-[33]-15-18-28-19- ; 110
21. 01 / 181, GB, Chris Lewis[Open], LYC, 24-[27]-9-19-22-27-15- ; 116T
22. 33 / 51, Black River Racing, doug strebel[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 25-[30]-27-14-14-15-21- ; 116T
23. 12 / 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin[Open][Corinthian], LYC, 29-[34]-30-4-30-21-11- ; 125T
24. 29 / USA 171, Running Wild, Peter Vessella[Open], St Francis YC, 21-[29]-21-24-16-14-29- ; 125T
25. 05 / 546, Zounds powered by Nautalytics, Jay Lutz[Open], Lakewood YC, [35]-26-11-18-11-30-31- ; 127
26. 37 / 898, Christine Robin, Tracy Usher[Open][Corinthian], St Francis Yacht Club, 12-25-20-23-21-29-[35]- ; 130
27. 06 / USA 55, JOUST, Tim Molony[Open][Corinthian], Southern Yacht Club, [32]-13-24-28-12-26-28- ; 131
28. 35 / #34, Parseverance, Bennet Greenwald[Open], San Diego Yacht Club, 15-11-29-[31]-31-22-25- ; 133
29. 14 / USA 497, Chinook, Frank McNamara[Open], Eastern Yacht Club, 13-[33]-18-27-32-24-22- ; 136
30. 23 / USA 380, Pied Piper, Gannon Troutman[Open], Fishing Bay YC, 30-32-32-23/RDG-25-2-[34]- ; 144
31. 17 / 175, , Matthew Romberg[Open], Austin Yacht Club, 26-19-28-[30]-27-16-30- ; 146
32. 39 / USA167, USA167, James Prendergast[Open], Chicago Yacht Club, 34-14-[42/DSQ]-20-37-23-24- ; 152
33. 30 / JPN 809, Esmeralda, Makoto Uematsu[Open], JSAF, 17-20-[38]-32-35-32-27- ; 163
34. 21 / 159, Torqeedo, Brandon Flack[Open][Corinthian], Mudheads, 28-28-17-34-28-34-[37]- ; 169T
35. 13 / 818, Rascal, Henry Brauer[Corinthian][Open], Eastern Yacht Club, 31-24-19-[38]-29-33-33- ; 169T
36. 03 / 382, Zombie, Kristen Robinson[Open][Corinthian], Annapolis Yacht Club, [37]-37-35-29-20-36-26- ; 183
37. 07 / USA 529, Bazinga, Robert McMahan[Open][Corinthian], Lakewood Yacht Club, [42/OCS]-38-36-36-36-39-32- ; 217
38. 02 / 98, usa98, Alfred Poindexter[Open][Corinthian], lakewood y c, 38-[39]-34-33-39-37-38- ; 219
39. 04 / 530, ApolloJ, bruno vibert[Open], HYC, 36-36-37-37-[38]-38-36- ; 220
40. 28 / 50, Rogue Warrior, Bruce McDonald[Open], AYC, [42/DNS]-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS- ; 252T
41. 20 / USA, Baby Doll, Wiley ROGERS[Open], Lakewood Yacht Club, [42/DNS]-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS-42/DNS- ; 252T

Notes
– Scoring System is RRS Low Point 2013-2016
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts
– Click on race number to view detailed race information.

Information is provisional and subject to modification
All photos by Charles Milby
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34th Annual Shoe Regatta Results

 

EventLogo2016 34th Annual Shoe Regatta Results

J/22 Series Standing – 7 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 53, Southern Belle, Stuart Lindow, None, 2-3-3-3-4-1-3- ; 19
2. 388, USA 388, Michael McGagh, GBCA, 3-5-4-4-2-2-2- ; 22
3. 365, , Vincent Ruder, None, 4-1-1-12/OCS-3-4-1- ; 26T
4. 498, Classy with k, Robert Allen, None, 7-2-2-2-1-6-6- ; 26T
5. 1531, Parrot Tales Light, Larry Blankenhagen, LYC, 5-4-5-5-5-7-7- ; 38
6. 918, TILT, Christopher Morlan, Grosse Pointe Sail Club, 1-8-7-6-8-5-4- ; 39
7. 951, , Dov Kivlovitz, none, 6-7-12/DNS-1-6-3-5- ; 40
8. 732, Helms a Lee, Anne Lee, HYC, 8-6-6-9-9-8-9- ; 55
9. 973, WooHoo, Andrea Zaite, HYC, 11-10-9-8-7-9-8- ; 62
10. 392, Loose Cannon, Rick Duste, GBAC, 9-12/DNF-8-7-10-10-10- ; 66
11. 1271, Razzmatazz, Jaime Balzac, PUR, 10-9-10-10-11-11-12/DNS- ; 73   

J/70 Series Standing – 7 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 34, perseverance, bennet greenwald, san diego yacht club, 5-1-5-2-6-6-2- ; 27
2. 175, , Matthew Romberg, Austin Yacht Club, 1-8-4-1-1-7-7- ; 29T
3. 51, Black River Racing, Doug Strebel, Lakewood Yacht Club, 6-5-1-4-2-1-10- ; 29T
4. 181, GB, Chris Lewis, LYC, 7-2-3-3-5-2-9- ; 31
5. 852, Hoss, Glenn Darden, Fort Worth Boat Club, 3-3-9-6-3-5-5- ; 34
6. 820, Nasty Baby, Rick Schaffer, Fort Worth Boat Club, 2-7-6-8-9-3-1- ; 36
7. 3, 3 Ball JT, Jack Franco, LIYC, 4-10-7-11-4-4-3- ; 43
8. 167, USA167, James Prendergast, Chicago Yacht Club, 9-4-2-7-8-9-6- ; 45
9. 497, Chinook, Frank McNamara, Eastern Yacht Club, 8-9-8-10-11-8-4- ; 58T
10. 850, Mojito, Forbes Durdin, LYC, 11-6-10-5-7-11-8- ; 58T
11. 98, usa98, Al Poindexter, lyc, 12-11-11-9-13-13-12- ; 81
12. 529, Bazinga, Robert Mcmahan, Lakewood YC, 10-12-12-15/DNS-12-10-11- ; 82
13. 530, ApolloJ, Bruno Vibert, HYC, 13-13-15/DNS-15/DNS-10-12-13- ; 91
14. 50, , Bruce McDonald, AYC, 15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC- ; 105

J/105 Series Standing – 6 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 296, Stinger, J B Bednar, LYC/GBCA, 3-1-1-1-1-5- ; 12
2. 624, Vici, John Barnett, Lakewood YC, 1-2-2-3-3-2- ; 13
3. usa378, infinity, Uzi Ozeri, LYC, 2-3-3-2-5-1- ; 16
4. 130, Tomahawk, Nat Kemberling, LYC, 4-4-6/DNS-5-4-3- ; 26
5. 649, Radiance, Bill Lakenmacher, LYC, 6/DNC-6/DNC-6/DNC-4-2-4- ; 28

J/109 Series Standing – 6 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 181, Hamburg, Albrecht Goethe, LYC, 1-2-1-2-2-1- ; 9
2. 162, Leading Edge, Tom Sutton, LYC/HYC/GBCA, 5/DNF-1-2-1-1-3- ; 13
3. 238, Airborne, David Christensen, LYC/GBCA, 2-3-5/DNS-3-3-2- ; 18
4. 45, Harm’s Way, Andy Wescoat, GBCA, 5/DNC-5/DNC-5/DNC-5/DNS-5/DNS-5/DNS- ; 30

Cruising Classic Canvas Non-Spin Distance Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 133, Stellar of Course, Ronald Eddleman, GBCA/TMCA, 1-1- ; 2
2. 792, Chloe, Grahame Gay, GBCA, 4/DNS-4/DNS- ; 8T
3. NA, Even Keel, Robert Terry, Bal Harbour, 4/DNF-4/DNS- ; 8T

PHRF N0n-spin Distance Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 785, Magnum, Dennis Kokkinis, GBCA, 1-1- ; 2
2. 1152, SEUTE DEERN, Hans Knickrehm, LYC, 2-2- ; 4
3. 17, GOOD NEWS, Ash Walker, LYC, 3-4- ; 7
4. 60120, Bad Girl, Nicole Laster, GBCA, 6-3- ; 9
5. 2966, Wildcat, Kevin Orff, LYC, 4-7/DNS- ; 11
6. 31707, Tanura, Tim Vogelsang, LYC, 5-7/DNS- ; 12

PHRF Spinnaker Distance A Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 25527, Picante, Tony/William Nunes/Plant, Houston yacht club, 1-1- ; 2
2. 178, Press to MECO, Glen Stromme, none, 2-2- ; 4
3. 3407, Renovation, Warren Miller, HYC, 5-3- ; 8T
4. 45, Figaro, Gerhard Wittich, LYC, 3-5- ; 8T
5. 21335, Firewater, Walter Horton, GBCA, 4-4- ; 8T

PHRF Spinnaker Distance B Series Standing – 2 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. 398, Flyer, Ben Miller, GBAC, 1-1- ; 2
2. 83076, FarFigNewton, David Nielsen, GBCA, 2-2- ; 4
3. 110, Restless, Robin Rice, Waterford, 4-3- ; 7T
4. 40645, Texas Ranger II, Chuck Wielchowsky, HYC, 3-4- ; 7T
5. 2342, Rodeo Clown, Jason Seibert, Seabrook, 5-5- ; 10

PHRF Spinnaker W/L Series Standing – 6 races scored

Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA74, Second Star, J.D. Hill, LYC, 3-1-1-1-1-1- ; 8
2. US-51, Water Nymph lll, Brian Tulloch, HYC, 1-2-2-4-3-4- ; 16
3. 77, 77, George Cushing, GBCA, 2-3.5/TIE-3-5-2-5- ; 20.5
4. 5101, Pingo, Pedro Gianotti, GBCA, 4-3.5/TIE-5-2-5-2- ; 21.5
5. 31, Little Joe, Dan Sullivan, Southern Yacht Club, 5-6/DNS-4-3-4-3- ; 25   

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Photo by Jimmie Rogers

Photo by Jimmie Rogers

Photo by Jimmie Rogers

National Hospice Regatta Alliance

Preparing Spin set National Hospice Regatta Alliance

The National Hospice Regatta Alliance held April 29 through May 1 st at Sea Scout Base Galveston was a big success. This annual championship helped raise much needed finds for hospice care throughout the United States. The Championship is an invitational regatta for sailors representing hospice regattas that are held in 25 U.S. communities and Toronto each year. This year’s event brought 12 teams to the island to compete in the Sonar class event. After 3 days of intense racing, a tie breaker decided the winner. The team from Haute de Grace, Yacht Club, Maryland, brought home the coveted “Virginia Brown Trophy”. The team from Nashville, Tennessee came in second, followed by Lake Norman, N.C. “We were delighted to bring the only national hospice charity sailing regatta to such a great facility in such a great sailing community,” said Tom Tomlinson, president of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance. That was surely evident as Galveston Community Sailing Center partnered up with HYC’s Jack Yoes and team who handled the R.C. and TCYC’s fleet captain, Pierce Owens who help arrange the loan of 6 additional Sonars.

“I am truly humbled by the amount of support we received from these two outstanding yacht clubs. They (HYC & TCYC) responded without hesitation to our every request. This speaks volumes to the spirit of these two clubs and makes us proud to be associated with them.” said Mike Janota, director of Galveston Community Sailing Center at SSBG.

Race Start National Hospice Regatta Alliance

Racing the Little Boat: Dean Snider

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Dean and Kay Snider at left with Dave Curtin. Photo: Monica Kressman Photography

Houston Yacht Club member Dean Snider is a four-time Ensign National Champion. What makes him so good?

Where were you born, and what was your childhood like?

I was born near Somerset, Ohio a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I was one of nine siblings that provided the work force for the operation on the Sniders Family Dairy. Being one of the youngest siblings, I was not involved in the major jobs on the farm, but was kept busy with appropriate farm activity. The farm was sold when I was eight years old so I had a major change in my life when we moved to Celina, Ohio.

The home in Celina was very close to the water front on Grand Lake. The lake originally was built to provide a water supply for the Miami/Erie canal and was five miles wide and ten miles long.

My father owned a small boat with a 3.5 HP Scott Atwater motor for fishing. Since my father was now traveling the State of Ohio selling dairy equipment, I had access to the boat and spent a lot of time on the water (not fishing). This evolved into a love of the water

 

How did you get started racing sailboats on Galveston Bay?

Racing Sailboats did not enter my life until I graduated from College. I went to work in New Jersey at an EXXON refinery. In the next year, my bride to be graduated from College and we were married. She worked for UNION CARBIDE in New York. One of our early trips was to Cape Cod. To entertain my new wife (Kay) I rented a sailboat and we had a pleasant sail. She was a quick learner and liked the activity.

A month after we were married, the EXXON refinery where I worked had a major strike by the union workers. The strike lasted about a hundred days. The first thirty days I spent in the refinery running one of the units. The fallout of this activity resulted in a bonus that we had to spend. We wanted to join a Golf Country Club but that was too expensive and public courses took too long to play. So we bought a sailboat and raced it at the Nyack Boat Club on the Hudson River.

The sailboat was a Lightning and the prior owner volunteered to teach how to sail the boat. He was a racer and since there was a race the day he took us out, we entered it and finished mid fleet. We thought it was so easy and if we could get another engineer from the refinery and with a three engineer crew, we would be winning races. As it worked out the only race we won was four years later. The race was at the end of the season that year and it was only open to the fleet members that had not won a race that year. It was a long four years, but we learned a lot!

After the “win” we had to sell the Lightning because of a transfer to Houston. The second day in my office a gentleman walked in and identified himself as Hank Arnold. He did not want to talk about business. He was a sailor, a member of Houston Yacht Club and raced his Ensign. During the next two weeks, Hank became the sponsor on our HYC application and we bought an Ensign. This was in 1967 and we have actively raced it since then.

 

What is some good advice about starting in big fleets?

One of the things we had to learn early in our racing career was how to start in large fleets. Both the Lightning Fleet and the Ensign Fleet routinely had 15-20 boats on the starting line. We have found that a lot of homework is required on the water before the start of the race. Information that is helpful to getting a good start include, the favored end of the line, the time it takes to travel the length of the line, which tack is likely to be favored at the start, the frequency of wind shifts and which end of the line you want to start at. The Lightning and the Ensign that we raced are not dinghies. Unlike dinghies that can sit on the line and trim in the sails at the gun and accelerate quickly, the Ensign at 3000 pounds does not do that. Since it is important to get to the starting line close hauled and at full speed it is important to know how far in various wind conditions that you need to be from the starting so that when you harden up, you hit the line at the starting gun.

Ensign National Events with 40 plus boats on the line required a starting line that is in excess of a thousand feet long. It requires more planning and picking your “spot” to start well and be there at the gun. The favored end is usually crowded so you have to decide whether to “duke” it out there or go for a start in a “hole.” I have had success and failures in both situations. In the failures, it is important to get to clean air as soon as possible and get in phase with the wind shifts and current at those sites that have significant current. It is important to find a clear lane to sail in after the start to minimize the number of tacks. This is hard to do since you don’t know when somebody is going to tack and give you dirty air. Sometimes if the penalty to tack and get out of dirty is large if may be best to ride out the dirty air. Lots of judgment decisions are required on the race course!

Since we are now racing in a much smaller fleet, the starting line is generally only 30 seconds long. Position in the last two minutes of the starting sequence is critical. Based on the other boats position, you have to evaluate who is going to be late, early, and position yourself to take advantage of the information obtained on the water prior to the start.

 

What do you look for in a good crew?

The most important element in racing an Ensign is having a good crew. The best situation is having a good crew that is compatible and can race with you all the time. It is most important that the crew really enjoys being on the water. The rest of the stuff falls into place. The ability to recognize headers and lifts on the weather leg, agility and strength to hike, understanding sail trim, and stamina to make it around the course all comes with experience. This experience can be gained on other boats, but is easily transferred to the Ensign.

As with all boats requiring crew, the crew expects certain things from the skipper. They need to know what the next move is going to be so that they can be in position to carry it out, especially a warning that you are about to tack. A smooth tack requires timely action by the crew and skipper to maintain boat speed. This is especially important if the wind is fresh since it takes time to get off the rail on one side and be in position on the rail of the other side. Another situation that requires lead time is when you are approaching the weather mark and you need to move the spinnaker from one side to the other side before you reach the weather mark. It helps if the skipper keeps a dialog going regarding all upcoming action on the boat. For new crew this is necessary and is also educational. The more they learn about you and the boat, the faster you will go! One thing that is not conducive to team work (and boat speed) is an abrasive skipper

I had the pleasant experience of racing with the same crew for 35 plus years. It included Frank and Sandy Kelley (we purchased their Ensign in 1967) and my wife (Kay). Frank and Sandy seemed like nice people, and since we did not know anybody else in Houston, we invited them to crew for us. Five years later, the Kelley’s bought a Catalina 25 and later switched to a Morgan 27. As long as the Kelley’s owned a boat we crewed for them in GBCA races and they crewed for us on the Ensign. This was intense racing for the four of us, but it was also great training for the crew. We all learned all the positions on the boats and became a stronger team. Several people made the comment that when Frank injured himself, I felt it!! It was a wonderful experience to know and race with the Kelley’s. They crewed for us in most of the National and Regional events that we attended, including three of our four National Championships. It was a challenge when we had to train new crew. We had not talked about the crew functions for 25 plus years and it was hard to figure out what the Kelley’s did. Whatever is was, it was good!!

 

Tell us about racing with your wife.

Racing with my wife Kay is one of delights of my life. Over time, she became the “crew steward” (protecting the crew’s union rights), still is a great crew and loves to sail and race. She keeps the boat gear organized during the race, can jibe the pole if necessary, trim the jibe and make on the spot repairs if needed and points out items in need of repair. If there is rigging problem during the race she can isolate the cause and correct it without the Skipper needing to take his attention off sailing the boat. Once in a while we have a disagreement on the boat, but have learned it is best to wait until the next day to resolve the issue. This is working better and better as the years go on. My memory is getting worse with time so most of the time I don’t remember the problem.

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Little Oil in action.

Your boat is named Little Oil, how did you come up with that name?

We purchased a new Ensign in 1980. It became a problem because there were so many naming options. Our prior boat was named Striker II and the origin of this name was because the boat was bought with a bonus from a union strike at the Exxon Refinery where I was employed. We ended up using a link to our life as a basis for the name. In 1980, I moved from a large oil company to a small oil trading company. Kay still worked with Exxon so we played with the idea of naming Big Oil on one side and Little Oil on the other side. Little Oil finally won since the Ensign is a “little” boat. I am happy to report that our prior Ensign (517) is still active and competitive when raced!

2015 Leukemia Cup Regatta Results

lcup 2015 Leukemia Cup Regatta Results

By Charles Milby

This year’s Leukemia Cup regatta was a smashing success. Five races in two days, sailed in a variety of conditions, left no doubt who the winning teams were. Congratulations go out to all of the competitors; you are the ones who made this a great regatta.

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine would like to thank the Houston Yacht Club for all of their hard work. Commodore Robert Williams and the staff of the club did a great job along with the volunteers on the race committee. It’s not easy getting races started when the breeze is shifting around.

My special thanks go out to the skipper and crew of Pole Dancer, a J-109. Not only did they win their class, they made a new friend.  When I lost my hat overboard they were kind enough to give me a spare. Now I keep a throw down hat on board at all times. Thanks again Pole Dancer.

LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA RESULTS: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Yacht Club and Points Scored

Catalina 22

Ben Miller, GBCA, 8

Michael Hallett, CYC, 11         

Gary Petersen, HYC, 14

Ensign

Dean Snider, HYC, 9

Dick Baxter, HYC, 11T

Lythia Powell, HYC, 11T    

J-105

Uzi Ozeri, LYC, 7

John Barnett, LYC, 9

Brad Robbins, LYC, 14

J-109

Barry Hoeffner, LYC, 8

David Christensen, LYC, 10

Andy Wescoat, GBCA, 13

J-22

Crash Womack, TCYC, 8

Doug Cummings, MISA, 13

Dov Kivlovitz, 16

J-70

Taylor Lutz, LYC, 9

Chris Lewis, LYC, 11

Robert McMahan, LYC, 19

Pursuit Spinnaker

Greg Way, LYC, 2

J Cran Fraiser, LYC, 5

Nunes/Plant, 6

Lightning

Steve Harris, HYC, 7           

Chris Shipma, HYC, 11

Gary Schwartz, LYC, 12

J-80

Paul Parsons, GBCA, 8

Terri Gale, 10

Forbes Durdin, LYC, 12

Sonar

Clark Thompson, HYC, 8

Gary Ross, TCYC, 9

Charles Milby, TCYC, 12

Viper

Patrick Gibson, HYC, 7

Simon Thomas, HYC, 13

Robert Williams, HYC, 14

Pursuit Asymmetrical Spinnaker

J D Hill, LYC, 4T

Brian Tulloch, HYC, 4T

J B Bednar, LYC, 4T

Pursuit Non Spinnaker

Jack Yoes, HYC, 3

Paul Tullos, GBCA, 4

Jim Orchid, HYC, 7

A Little Trouble at Sea

brokerudderboat1 300x285 A Little Trouble at SeaA Harvest Moon Regatta Story

By David Popkin

The smoke from the 3:15 p.m. starting gun in the 2014 Harvest Moon Regatta was still visible, drifting to leeward of the line as Ground Effect, Martin Hamilton’s Condor 40 trimaran crossed the line and  began reeling in the fleet.  The multihull class is traditionally the last class to start and this year was no exception.  Our start was one hour and fifteen minutes after the first of five consecutive monohull class starts, the first at 2 p.m.  There is no challenge in sending the fastest boats out first, since a big part of the race is managing the inherent risks of passing or being passed by other boats.  Being one of the dozen or so fastest boats in the regatta meant we would overtake more than 150 boats in the course of the race, and if all worked as planned, Ground Effect would be one of the first three or four boats to finish the 150 nautical mile race in Port Aransas early Friday morning.

Onboard were six very experienced sailors.  Four were veteran multihull sailors; the owner Martin Hamilton, Joe Peine, Roy Shaw, and Jeff Linn.  Terry Hudson and I both had extensive offshore experience on various monohulls, but limited experience on multihulls.

Tactically, our plan was to work to windward of the rhumb line, that line being the most direct course to the sea buoy in Port Aransas.  The winds were predicted to be relatively light at the start, then building to 18-20 knots true, around 1 a.m. Friday morning.  There was also a predicted shift from SE to S or possibly even SSW by early morning Friday.  Hence our desire to “put some in the bank,” meaning we would keep to windward of the rhumb line and if the wind did indeed shift, we would not then need to be close hauled, or possibly struggling to make our mark without tacking.

Based upon our assumed speed, we set up a furthest offshore waypoint on our chartplotters, which by coincidence, was directly offshore from the Matagorda Ship Channel, approximately 50 nautical miles from Port Aransas. We were hoping to reach it as the winds freshened and possibly shifted.  From that waypoint, we would crack off and have a comfortable and speedy reach straight to the sea buoy and then on to the finish line inside the Port Aransas channel.

harvestmoonrudder 300x224 A Little Trouble at SeaRight on schedule, we reached our tactical waypoint around 2:45 a.m.  The boat was really in a groove, handling the jumbled 4-6 ft seas with ease and making near 10 knots in building pressure.  We eased our sheets, cracking off and immediately picked up 2 knots of boat speed.  It was an amazing ride!  At around 3:30 a.m. there was a loud noise at the transom.  Suddenly, the boat lost all momentum and rounded up into the wind and seas, sails flogging.  Terry Hudson was at the helm and yelled that there was no response.  We were all dumbstruck.  Roy made his way back to the rudder cage and felt below the waterline.  “It’s gone! Sheared completely off!  Let’s get the sails down, we’re done.”

With the sails put away, we began slowly drifting northward at just over one knot.  The disappointment was palpable.  We were in no immediate danger, but clearly would need assistance. We tried hailing the HMR fleet and got no response. That was due, I can only assume, to our distance offshore and being in front of most of the fleet.  Finally, the US Coast Guard responded.  We gave them our position and the condition of boat and crew and asked them to try and reach BoatUS to arrange a tow to the nearest port.  Our communication with the Coast Guard was ongoing for nearly two hours before they decided it would be in everyone’s best interests to send a vessel out to tow us into Port O’Connor.  They had made contact with the BoatUS main office on the East Coast, but efforts to reach an associate on the Texas coast were unsuccessful.

Around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Coast Guard vessel arrived and came close enough alongside so we could discuss towing procedures.  Once their main line was passed to our boat, it was made fast with a bridle and the last wild ride began.  Despite cleats ripped from the deck, bowsprits broken, and toe rails splintered, all from the tow line, we were delivered safely to the bulkhead in front of the US Coast Guard Station, in Port O’Connor by 9:30. Subdued but in good spirits, in the end, no one got hurt, and with time and money, the boat could be made whole again.  Despite his declaration minutes after the rudder failure that this was his last offshore race, Martin was already talking about next year’s race and what it would take to build a new improved rudder.  To paraphrase Lance Armstrong, it’s not about the boat.  Those of us who do this do it because we welcome the challenges, the possibility of facing unknown events or improbable outcomes, be it failures or triumphs.  To be sure, we all take risks in our everyday lives, but that world is ultimately predictable and pretty tame.  The ocean is our last, greatest and most beguiling wilderness.  We have no more control over its whims today than Columbus did in 1492.  And that’s exactly why we choose to go.

Houston Yacht Club Sailor Wins the 2014 A-Class Catamaran North American Championship

AY7Q9381 300x200 Houston Yacht Club Sailor Wins the 2014 A Class Catamaran North American Championship

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A large group of international A-Class Catamaran sailors came together for a couple of days of great racing on Croatan Sound in Manteo, North Carolina. The racing was very competitive with the championship being won in the last race of the six race series.

Bruce Mahoney, the winner, has been training hard. It showed in his performance, he never finished worse than a third. Bob Webbon, a long time Galveston Bay catamaran sailor, cracked the top ten with a 7th place finish and Martin Hamilton showed the young guys that he can still bring it with 13th in the overall standings.

Two other sailors from the Houston Yacht Club sailing in the championship were Luke McAllum who finished 21st and Kevin Grice who finished 38th out of 45 boats.

Neil Akkerman’s New Boat

ackermanandgrandkids 300x211 Neil Akkerman’s New BoatNeil Akkerman likes to build things. He is an engineer by training, and when he couldn’t find a good boat to teach his granddaughters how to sail, he decided to build one of his own. He launched his new boat with fun and fanfare to the delight of everyone around him. This is a great story, we hope you enjoy the interview.

When did you get the idea to build this boat?

When I was commodore of the Houston Yacht Club in 1995, the Optimist International sailing dinghy had recently become popular on Galveston Bay. The Optimist soon displaced the Sunfish as the youth sailing boat. Though there seemed to be a lot of enthusiasm among boys, I noticed that there seemed to be fewer girls sailing. All of the emphasis was on racing and almost none on simple fun sailing.

The Optimist International is a wonderful single handed youth racing boat. It is stable, responsive and not overpowered. At regattas the experienced youth sail in 20+ knots of wind.

Teaching kids to sail in an Optimist is much different that in a Sunfish. I taught my two daughters to sail on a Sunfish. We would go out sailing and I would, very casually, request help sailing the boat. They soon knew all the parts of the boat and how they worked. Before long “lazy” dad was a passenger and the girls were sailing the boat.

I noticed that it was very difficult for an adult to get onboard an Optimist with a child. I could not have used my “fun sail” teaching technique on an Optimist.

The most common teaching method with an Optimist seems to be to put the child in a boat and shout instructions. Inevitably in an emergency, shouts become even louder.

It seems that no matter how diplomatically a child is told that the instructor is speaking loudly because the wind makes it hard to hear and that the instructor is not mad at the child, the child’s first reaction is to cower down and want to go home.

Back then I knew a “coach boat” that was large enough for an adult to fun sail with a child was needed; a comfortable boat with all the same strings and foibles of the Optimist.

Are you pleased with the final product?

Yes, very much. Recently my granddaughters — with their mother, their aunt and granddad — all went out together on the boat. Later the sailing coach took out 10 beginner sailors in groups of five at a time for their first ever sail. By the way, the boat is named the EL&EM for my granddaughters.

The response from coaches is very encouraging. One of the sailing instructors said, “You have changed sailing forever. Some beginners go all the way through sailing camp and refuse to go out on a sailboat. The entire group just went out on the first day of camp.” That sounds like success to me.

It is a little early to call it a product as only one has been built. Another is under construction now. The plan is to have one for the sailing instructors to use at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club and the other at Houston Yacht Club. The young sailors swarm all over the boat. The in-your-face demand “How quickly can I buy one” from one grandmother was unanticipated. The ladies’ sailing director reserving the boat for ladies’ sailing camp was a pleasant surprise. When a friend and I took an 80-year-old gentleman for a fun sail and he commented “it has been a long time since I last boarded a dinghy, this boat is more comfortable than any dinghy I know of and many larger sailboats.”

Do you have any plans to build more boats?

Having a production mold makes it possible and practical to build more boats. I have brand named the boat “GO” which has no formal meaning but is derived from “go sailing” bumper stickers; though some guess the moniker comes from granddads obsession or grand opti or whatever….

The short answer is yes; if people want one, it will be built in much less time than the first one.

Carson Crain

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Local sailor Carson Crain is trying to make the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team and we will be covering his progress. Crain is going to need support to reach his dream; we have plans to help him and we hope you will also.

 carsoncrain Carson CrainWhere did you grow up and how did you get introduced to the sport of sailing? I grew up in Houston, Texas.  My family has vacationed in Northeast Harbor, Maine every summer, so when I was 8, I started taking sailing classes at the Northeast Harbor Sailing School. At age 9, I began competing on the Texas Sailing Association (TSA) youth circuit in the Optimist fleet.  From there, I continued competing year round with the goal of representing the United States at international Optimist events.When and where will the next summer Olympic Games be held?

The next Summer Olympics will be held in August of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The sailing competition will take place inside the Rio harbor, with most of the courses being sailed on the south side of Guanabara Bay.

How many hours a week do you practice?

My practice schedule is set up in training blocks of multiple days.  The intensity of each block will vary depending on conditions, recovery time, schedule, and focus.  When on the water training is the primary focus, we will train 4 or 5 days on and then 1 or 2 days off.  Each on the water training session will be very intense and last for 2-4 hours.  Along with the on the water training, I will be doing my gym work, recovery/flexibility training, and aerobic training.  Together these add another 1 or 2 hours a day to our daily training days.

Is there one move in windsurfing that gives people trouble? 

At this level,  I would not say there is one move that windsurfers struggle with.  Many windsurfers come from a windsurfing only background and therefore some struggle to fully grasp the concepts of racing tactics and positioning.  This is a skill that takes time to develop and is one of the defining areas that separates the best in the world from the rest of the fleet.  Coming from a sailing background, I find myself in the fortunate situation of having lots of experience with racing tactics and only having to adjust these tactics to the high speed racing of the RS:X.

What other activities do you like to do when you’re not windsurfing?

I like to stay very physically active, so if I am not windsurfing I can usually be found surfing, kite boarding, or playing Ultimate Frisbee with friends.  When possible we like to use activities like these to cross train or recover from our windsurfing sessions.

Do you have a girlfriend and does she like to sail?   

I do not currently have a girlfriend.  Since my training and competition is rather demanding and hectic, it is a struggle to maintain that type of relationship.  For my social life, I try to spend as much time as possible with my close friends from Houston during breaks in my training.

The US sailing program didn’t win a single metal in the last Olympics, what can we all do to get the US program back in the money?

As far a getting the US Olympic Sailing Team back on the right path, it is important for us to look long term.  Developing Olympic Medalists takes time and so it is important for us to continue to encourage the development of youth sailors and provide them with a clear pathway for Olympic Sailing.  This quad, the US Sailing Team has put a heavier focus on domestic training and brought in expert coaches with Olympic experience.

Do you have a site where people can go and get the latest info on your campaign and also make a contribution?

Yes.  Followers of my campaign get the latest information about my travels through several avenues.  My website www.crainsailing.com allows followers to read blog posts, see videos and photos, and donate to my campaign.  I also use my Facebook page “Crainsailing Olympic Campaign”, Twitter @Crainsailing, Instagram @Crainsailing to keep people informed about my campaign.  Contributions to my campaign are always welcome. You will find information about campaign sponsorship opportunities, how to make tax deductible donations, and how to purchase Crainsailing campaign t-shirts under the Support Me page of my website, www.crainsailing.com.

People talk about the Olympic experience. What would it mean to you to represent your country?

Representing my country in the Olympics is something I have dreamed about since I was 11 years old.  Along the way, I realized that to compete at the highest level you have to devote 100% of your efforts towards achieving your goal.  At this moment, I can see how far I have come and the hard work needed to make my dream to reality.

Tell me a little about your practice sessions.

My coach, Kevin Stittle, and I like to plan our practice sessions around a specific focus.  This ensures that we are maximizing our time on the water and always striving to get better.  Before we leave the beach we will lay out a brief plan on what our goals for the session will be and why these skills will be important to future competitions.  During the session this plan will always be changing and adjusting depending on the conditions and how I progress through certain maneuvers.  Sometimes we have the opportunity to train with other windsurfers and this allows us to work on specific racing skills, such as congested starts and practice races.  For me the most important thing about each practice session is knowing why you are training a certain skill and ensuring you devote yourself completely during the training.  It is more important to have a high quality day on the water than a long day in which you accomplish very little.

If you could meet one person from the sailing community who would it be?

Although I have met him before, I would love to spend more time talking to Nathan Outteridge.  He is an extremely successful Olympic sailor, winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics in the 49er class, and also was the skipper for 34th America’s Cup Team, Artemis Racing.  I would be interested to hear more about the 34th America’s Cup and how he was able to make the transition from Olympic Sailing to the America’s Cup.