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Bayview Yacht Club Launches Inaugural Bayview One Design Regatta

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The Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Mich., is launching a new event this summer: the Bayview One Design Regatta.  Scheduled for May 31 through June 3, 2012, the inaugural event offers a long weekend of racing on Lake St. Clair for all types and sizes of boats and encourages sailors of all ages and calibers to participate.

“We’ll run multiple races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two dozen or more one design classes and a limited number of handicap classes,” said Bayview Yacht Club Governor Hanson Bratton, who will serve as the Regatta’s Chairman while Karl Kuspa serves as Vice Chairman.    “Three race circles will be located on Lake St. Clair while a fourth, for dinghy classes, will be added in front of the club on the Detroit River to allow for spectators and to showcase the best of what the club—which also hosts the famous Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race--has to offer.” more...


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Shorewood Sisters Carry a Sailing Legacy

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Even as Wisconsin weather forces their sailboats off Lake Michigan, Shorewood High School students Kate and Elizabeth Hayes hang onto their sailing lifestyle in any way possible. It involves adorning calculators and folders with sailing stickers, finding projects for their boats, analyzing YouTube sailing videos, talking strategy and reminiscing.

"Sailing for me is not so much a sport; it’s like a lifestyle," Kate said.

The sisters have recently become known by sailors around the country for their unusual talent and passion for sailing, and they take seriously their role in keeping sailing alive and healthy for the next generation as its popularity wanes among young peoplemore...



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SailMichigan Collegiate Sailing Rankings - Nov. 14, 2011

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The tabulated SailMichigan collegiate rankings for Midwest teams for Nov. 14 are below. These rankings reflect changes from the previous set due to the inclusion of results from the Timme Tune-Up regatta in Chicago. Unfortunately, data from the Team Race at Wisconsin (Nov. 5 & 6) could not be included as well, due to a lack of public availability of the scores. In addition, some teams excluded from the previous ranking have now been included because they have passed the 3 regatta threshold for inclusion. University of Illinois-Chicago makes its debut at position 4, while University of Chicago comes in at position 10.  more...


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ORROA Announces 2011 Winners of the Great Lakes Championship Series

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ORROA 2011 Winners Great Lakes

The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual Great Lakes Championship Series. In first place was Lance Smotherman and his boat Details (GL70). Second place was captured by John Nedeau and his boat Windancer (GL70), while third place was taken by Philip O'Niel III and his boat Natalie J (TP52). Winners received engraved silver award plates, custom appliqué brag flags, ORROA embroidered apparel and MUSTO gift certificates from Line Honors.  more...



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Sayonara's Headed Home!

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Having been holed up in Holland Michigan since the 2000 Chicago Mackinac Race, Sayonara, Larry Ellison’s 80’ Maxi is headed home. Her destination, Pier 80 in San Francisco which is currently HQ for Oracle Racing and ground zero for all things Americas Cup on SF Bay until the construction of the new piers on the City Front are complete. Sayonara was the launching pad for Larry Ellison into the yacht Racing World, his 1st foray into serious competition.

In a conversation with his neighbor, one David Thomson back in 1994, the subject of sailing to Hawaii was brought up after listening to Thomson’s tales of the Transpacific Yacht Race, Larry was intrigued. David suggested building a Maxi, the largest legally allowed for the race, and without much debate Larry agreed, so long as it was designed to win. more...


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Grosse Ile Wins Michigan State Championship over Detroit Country Day by One Point Margin

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Grosse Ile High School and Detroit Country Day had a shootout at the first ever Michigan State High School Sailing Championships, held on October 22nd at Grosse Ile Yacht Club, with Detroit Country Day winning both 420 A and B Division State Championships, but with Grosse Ile winning the team title by a slim one point margin.  more...



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2011 Audi Melges 20 National Championship - Take Two

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The Audi Melges 20 fleet in the U.S.A. takes a second stab at holding its U.S. National Championship this weekend in sunny Miami, Florida, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC). More than thirty teams originating from three countries have arrived and have been thoroughly enjoying the brilliant Biscayne Bay conditions, in full anticipation of a nice, breezy forecast.

Last August, the fleet anticipated the commencement of its third Nationals in Newport, hosted by Sail Newport. Unfortunately, an approaching Category 3 Hurricane Irene scared away any possibility of holding the event. Some teams were quick to flee the scene, while others, despite the large, threatening storm, managed to get in some informal sailing no matter what.  more...


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Midwest Collegiate Sailing Rankings - Oct. 31 Results and Revisions

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Since our first attempt at a ranking of MCSA teams in early October, more regattas have been held and we have made tweaks to the ranking process. The first thing we realized is that regatta scores appear to change and show some variablility among the sources reporting them. In addition, some regatta scores are not publically posted, even weeks after the regatta was held. To be consistant, we will be using only those scores posted on the TechScore website http://scores.collegesailing.info/. This appears to be the only site where scores are posted and updated in a timely manner.  more...


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Simple safety

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IT CAN BE QUITE A SURPRISE to see how much safety gear there is aboard some sailboats, and how little aboard others. A lot of it has to do with the owner's philosophy.


During the 1950s, when men such as Marcel Bardiaux and Bernard Moitessier were sailing around the world singlehanded, they spurned even such elementary safety features as stanchions and lifelines.


"They give you a false sense of security," Moitessier once told me. "They catch you below the hip. They can catapult you overboard. Better to learn to cling like a monkey, like me."


Times have changed, of course. There's a lot more nagging now from the people who are trying to save you from yourself and your obviously suicidal ways. It's difficult now to find a boat that doesn't have lifelines.  more...


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Report on July sailing deaths blames boat's design

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The sailboat WingNuts floats upside down in Lake Michigan, off the coast of Charlevoix, on July 18, 2011, after it capsized during the annual Chicago-to-Mackinac sailing race. Two crew members died.US Sailing’s long-awaited report on the fatal Lake Michigan accident that took the lives of two Chicago-to-Mackinac race sailors in July was released today and, to no one’s surprise, it faults the boat’s design for the tragedy.

The report says that WingNuts, a Kiwi 35 sport boat with a very high amount of sail area relative to the boat’s weight, wasn’t suited to races as long and unpredictable as a Mackinac race.

“WingNuts was a highly inappropriate boat for a race of this duration, over night, without safety boats, and in an area known to have frequent violent thunderstorms. Her capable crew and preparation could not make up for the fact that she had too little stability, which led to her being ‘blown over’ by a severe gust,” the report said.   more...


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Top iPhone And iPad Sailing Apps

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There are some phenomenal sailing apps available in the Apple app store. Whether you need weather advice and forecasting, knot guides, flag signal information, racing rules or even a whole social sailing community they are all available. We have selected the very best for our top 10 iPhone and iPad sailing apps. Take a look at these and down load a few before your next voyage.  more

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Come sail away! - Country Day's coed varsity program experiencing success

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Detroit Country Day is sailing right along in its first competitive season as a coed varsity sport in the Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association. DCD recently participated in the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Junior Olympics Regatta on Lake Michigan and came home with a number of medals. Salvatore Mancuso and Thomas Frikker captured first place in all five races in their two-person 420 boat.  more...


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Sail High and Sail Fast

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There are no better words to hear during the upwind leg than, "We are higher and we are faster".  The combination of sailing higher and faster than the closest competitor is so powerful.  Every team off the starting line is trying their hardest to sail high and fast to open up opportunities to tack or sail straight.
The question is, "How do I make my boat sail higher first and faster second than the closest boats around me?”   more...


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Michigan university sailing teams compete in offshore regatta

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University of Michigan and Western Michigan sailing teams were among the field of 39 colleges/universities competing in the 2011 Storm Trysail Foundation Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. Billed as the world's largest college regatta (with over 400 sailors) , the event was held at the Larchmont Yacht Club in loaned offshore boats ranging from 35-44 feet. more

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An attempt at ranking Midwest collegiate sailing teams

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The ranking of U.S. collegiate sailing teams is not something that makes front page press or garners anticipation for future regatta match-ups. But is that due to a lake of interest in the sport or the lack of coverage of the ranking process?  Currently, collegiate rankings are provided by Sailing World at sailingworld.com. In addition to reporting on collegiate sailing on a national level, Sailing World conducts a open coaches poll consisting of self-nominated coaches from U.S. collegiate programs. On a bi-weekly basis, the coaches supply their top 20 choices for co-ed teams and top 15 for women's teams. Interestingly, despite an active sailing schedule, Midwest teams are conspicuously underrepresented. The only MCSA (Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association) member currently ranked is Wisconsin (at position 10 of the Oct. 13 Co-ed rankings). The rankings are typically dominated by Northeast U.S. teams.  more...


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