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50 Rules to Sail by in 2012 - Week 4

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Every day we race sailboats we take with us a foundation of experience unique to each one of us. That’s one of the beautiful things about our sport. Sailors race in small boats by themselves, and small boats with other people, or big boats with tons of other people, and sometimes big boats by themselves. They race on odd little lakes as well as massive expanses of freshwater. They sail on the clear blue of the ocean as well as the nasty culs of the sea. Some race against the tidal currents while others dodge airplane jet outflow.

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Kilroy's 'Samba Pa Ti' Maintains The Melges 32 Key West Lead

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Key West, Fla. - After having the day off on Wednesday due to lack of breeze, the 19-strong Melges 32 fleet rallied back into action on Thursday at Quantum Key West 2012, adding three more races to the board. Standing firm, and officially in the lead is John Kilroy and tactician Lorenzo Bressani aboard Samba Pa Ti. In second overall, only four points behind, is Benjamin Schwartz and tactician Ed Baird on Pisces. Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker with Tovar Mirsky on tactics is third.

After a short, yet expected on-the-water postponement, PRO Peter 'Luigi' Reggio sent the fleet racing under warm temps, sun-shiny conditions and a light breeze. Over time, an approaching cold front ushered in more wind making for the perfect start to Race One of the day. At the top, with about 8-10 knots of breeze, Steve Howe's Warpath took the lead, followed by Hughes in second and Kilroy third.  more...



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Sunny Skies and Strong Breezes for Quantum Key West 2012

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Key West, Fla - Quantum Key West 2012 got off to a roaring start as strong breeze and sunny skies greeted the fleet of 112 boats in 12 classes. Northeast winds that started off at 15 knots and built to 20-plus challenged crews on the opening day of the 25th anniversary regatta, organized by Premiere Racing.

 

  "It was a classic Key West day - beautiful weather with breeze on," said John Kilroy, skipper of the Melges 32 Samba Pa Ti. "These are the type of sailing conditions we all come down here for. We'd love to have a few more days like this."

 

   That's because Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team performed extremely well in the heavy air, winning both races in the talent-laden 19-boat fleet. The California entry got a great start and led wire-to-wire in Race 1 then won a great battle with Hedgehog and Pisces in Race 2.  more...



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Conchin’ Good Time

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One of biggest complaints from European and US teams at Key West in previous years was the early start times which had sailors headed to their boats in pre-dawn darkness and pushing off the dock just after sunset to prepare for a day of racing.  Throw in a late night on Duval Street, and by weeks end many of the teams had the look of a tourist from Alabama trying to figure out a jet-ski instead of a top notch racing program.  more...


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Race Ready at Quantum Key West 2012 --- Big Breeze and Blue Skies for the 25th Anniversary

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There's been a flurry of activity at the various marinas around the Conch Republic as boats and crews prepare for Quantum Key West 2012.

 

     Tourists disembarking from the cruise ships have been gawking at the high-tech big boats berthed at the docks in front of the Westin Hotel while crews tune rigs and load sails. Vacationers renting jet skis in front of The Galleon have dodged the many Melges 32s heading out of Government Cut to go practice. Couples having lunch at the Half Shell Raw Bar have watched Farr 30 teams return to docks of Historic Seaport after a day on the water.  more...



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2012 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

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Happy New Year!  With the new year comes the time for planning your 2012 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, the 88th consecutive running of this Blue Water Classic and the Jewel of July.  We have some exciting new changes in store.   more...



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Bayview Mackinac Race makes changes in ratings system, safety

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After several years of newer handicap rating systems, including last year that saw a slew of normally long-course boats defect to the shore course to sail under the PHRF system, the Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Race is returning to the PHRF rating system for all classes.

Also this year, host Bayview Yacht Club is making a couple of minor safety changes in the wake of WingNuts capsizing in last year's Chicago race, killing two Michigan sailors. This year, all sailors will be required to carry a knife that can be opened with one hand, and have a quick release tether with the quick release end attached to the sailor, not the boat.   more...



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Year in sports included champions we lost

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The waters of the Lake Huron can be hellish, rough waves propelled by strong, and often, fickle winds. And often the footing becomes treacherous for the sailors who thrive on the sport of yacht racing.

It was on this lake that John Barbour became a champion, skippering his sailboats through the choppy water, the sailors in his crew slipping and sliding on the deck, frequently starved. Barbour heading northward, tacking to catch the winds, at the helm, commanding and entertaining the sailors.

When the waves lapped over the gunwales, the sailors still hungered to be fed. It was impossible then to prepare a proper meal. They would munch at whatever dull food provided.  more...



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Bayview Yacht Club will be introducing new regatta in place of NOODs

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After a 19-year run, the National Offshore One-Design Regatta -- commonly called the NOODs -- no longer will be held in Detroit, and in its place, Bayview Yacht Club is introducing a new one-design regatta.

The Bayview One-Design Regatta will be similar in format to the NOODs, with three racecourses. The new regatta also will have a fourth course for dinghy classes in the Detroit River in front of Bayview, said race chairman Hanson Bratton.

The race will continue to have non-one design classes for boats racing under a handicap rating. But those races will be held Saturday and Sunday, while the one-design classes will continue to race Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"It's time for a change, and we want to see if we can freshen it up a little bit," Bratton said.  more...



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Anna Tunnicliffe and her team secure gold at the 2011 ISAF World Championships

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  • Anna Tunnicliffe and her team secure gold at the 2011 ISAF World Championships – Boating News
The American women sailor Anna Tunnicliffe proved her worth at the 2011 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Championships taking place in Perth, Australia. Tunnicliffe overcame all odds as she along with her team earned gold medals for her country, USA. The American sailing team were going head-to-head with the women sailors from Great Britain as the competition grew. Both teams were competing in the Women’s Match Racing Final which was held on December 16, 2011.  more...


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Fall 2011 - Pan American Games & J24 Worlds

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The Fall of a Lifetime…..by Paul Abdullah

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After joining Dieball Sailing in January I knew opportunities would come my way to sail more than I ever have, but I never thought I could have so much fun!

In October I got to be a part of the US Sailing Team for the Pan American Games in Mexico. I teamed up with good friends, John Mollicone, Dan Rabin and Geoff Becker from Newport, RI to represent the United States in the J/24. Being a part of the US Sailing Team meant having to follow the same strict rules regarding the drug and anti-doping policies. Having to fill out a quarterly report letting the USOC know where you are every hour of every day was tough! Then came the random drug testing….. The knock on the door and the awkward moment of fulfilling the deed. With no worries, we all looked forward to representing the USA.  more...



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Hobie Sailor of the Month - December, 2011

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Kiener 1 profileThe US Sailing Race Management Committee designated Andy Kiener Race Officer Emeritus for his long and distinguished race management career spanning nearly 40 years, and his wide variety of experience as a Certified Regional Race Officer, Senior Race Officer, Principal Race Officer, Senior Judge, and Certified Basic Instructor. Andy was honored by US Sailing on November 11 at the Chicago Yacht Club race committee dinner. “This means a great deal to me, but more importantly it serves as an example to others in race management that our service is being recognized and appreciated.” US Sailing Race Officer Emeritus is designated to US Sailing Certified Race Officers who over their career in race management, have made exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing.  more...


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Rombelli Edges Out Lalli To Win Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship

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December 11, 2011 (Miami, FL) - It was a dramatic end to the 2011 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club with Alessandro Rombelli's STIG, tactician Jonathan McKee and crew member Giorgio Tortarolo coming from behind to win the event. It came down to the last leg, of the last race when Rombelli raced across the finish line two positions ahead of Luca Lalli on B-Linsailing.com. "We never imagined on the way out to the race course today that we would win. With Lorenzo Bressani and Federico Michetti onboard with Luca, we knew that would be a very tough combination to beat." said Rombelli. "I think consistency was very important for us and we were very fast downwind. There was some great match racing between us on that last run."  more...


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M32 Gold Cup update - "Quantum goes 1,2 at the M32 Gold Cup"

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This past week in Ft. Lauderdale the Melges32 class battled it out for the Gold Cup in epic sailing conditions in the Atlantic. Three great days of racing in 18-25 knots with waves up to 10 feet made for some challenging conditions for the 18 boat fleet. Short courses and breaking waves put a premium on boat speed and solid boat handling to stay out of the  pack. Quantum teams kept the hammer down and took the top 2 spots. Congratulations to Steve Howe and his great team on the WARPATH for an awesome win.  more...


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John S. Barbour: Attorney had sailed in Port Huron to Mackinac race since '60s

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John S. Barbour learned to sail at age 6 and completed his first Port Huron to Mackinac race at the age of 17. The avid sailor, 64, died Nov. 23 of pancreatic cancer at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Mr. Barbour of Grosse Pointe sailed in nearly every Port Huron to Mackinac race since his first in 1965, most recently racing year after year aboard his North American 40s named Velero VI and Velero VII.  more...



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