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VSPARS: The Secret Weapon of Winning Boats

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No one can deny that the behavior of your sails can be the determining factor in winning or losing. But how can you know what is really going on with your sails. VSPARS is changing the way teams are looking at their sails.
In an article in the Sea Horse Magazine written by Quantum Racing navigator Kevin Hall, he recaps racing while using the innovative tool, VSPARS.
“Our fourth upwind trimmer was Jonesy (Brett Jones) and his VSPARS equipment, itself tuned by Andrew Scott. This was our secret weapon upwind. It helped us keep a couple tenuous lanes in the tough races earlier in the season, and helped us earn a 1-2 and essentially win the season on the penultimate day in Barcelona. The win in race 8 was by a huge margin: we lead at the first mark and sailed away from the fleet.  more...


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Chicago Mackinac Race – The first report

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The Charlevoix County Michigan U.S. sheriff Don Schneider’s s investigation looking the double fatality in the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race was released last Friday.

During the second night of the race, at the height of a very severe storm which crossed the northern part of Lake Michigan, Mark Morley, the 51 year skipper of the 35 foot sailboat WingNuts, and 40 year-old Makowski-Bickel died.

The death of two sailors was primarily the result of blunt force trauma sustained when their boat capsized,according to the autopsy report, the Charlevoix County sheriff said in his final report released Friday.

Sheriff Don Schneider's investigation reports that both victims sustained 'tremendous trauma' to their faces and heads when Morley's 35-foot WingNuts capsized on July 18 in 70- to 80-knot winds. The secondary cause of death was drowning, the report said.   more...


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Rule 20.1, Room to Tack at an Obstruction: Hailing and Responding

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When a boat approaching an obstruction has hailed for room to tack, the protest committee should normally accept her judgment as to when safety required the hail. When the hailing boat observes no response to her hail, she should hail again more loudly. If after hailing she waits only a short time before tacking, she deprives the other boat of a choice of actions and risks contact with her. If a boat fails to keep a lookout she may fail to act reasonably to avoid contact.  more...


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Michigan universities finish second in early October collegiate regattas

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The first blustery weekend in October was a busy one for collegiate sailing in Michigan. Michigan college teams had two regattas to choose from; The Cary Price Intersectional, hosted by University of Michigan and the Cedarfest Regatta, hosted by Michigan State.  more...


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Progressive Learning

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Sailing as a sport like a lot of life is a constant search for improvement. We all want to progress, I can recall a favourite anecdote about the great Paul Elvstrom, the day after he had won the Olympic gold medal in the Finn Class he was out testing sail variations the very  next day in cold blustery conditions.  Whilst this kind of driven search for excellence is somewhat daunting it does show that we have to work in order to improve. Look at the elite crews competing at the top level and you are seeing the product of an extensive program, it doesn’t just happen.
We all know our limitations on the water and to simply throw ourselves in at the deep end would be foolhardy, so we need to take a planned methodical approach. It is important to sail within your limitations as to really push the envelope beyond your ability can result in expense, pain and injury; particularly on larger boats with large crews. The path to being a better sailor and crew is to incrementally improve. Broadening your limitations through a systematic approach works and is much safer.   more...


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U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championship winners decided

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The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sailing Championships have now crowned the 2011 winners. On Saturday, skippers David M. Hyer and Amy Kleinschrodt caught fire and built significant leads in their respective fleets. Today, their teams cruised to victory on the final round of racing at the 2011 Championship hosted by the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooresville, N.C.

The win for Kleinschrodt (Mobile, Ala.) marks her third U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship. She won most recently in 2009 and her first title was in 1997. Kleinschrodt has raced in this Championship on seven occasions, four as a skipper. Her first event was in 1977. Kleinschrodt sailed with Sarah Hall(Mobile, Ala.) and Kara Kimbrell (Tgeodore, Ala.) this week. Hall sailed with Kleinschrodt in the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Women’s Sailing Championships. Kimbrell is a freshman at the University of South Alabama.  more...


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Richardson Trophy win to Wilson

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Light air plagued the race course for the final day of racing at the Richardson Trophy, the last Great Lakes match race event of the season. The past two days had beautiful winds and weather for full days of racing, but the breeze did not carry over to Day 3, which only allowed for a mere two flights.

The concluding flight of semi-finals was the first flight of the day, and after that only one petit-final match was sailed. After lengthy postponements, the Race Committee decided that the wind was not filling in enough to continue racing. Don Wilson was crowned the 2011 Richardson Trophy Champion.  more...


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2011 Thistle Icebreaker - Detroit, MI

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Team Sherry wins the 2011 Icebreaker in Detroit. They used BRAND NEW Dieball Sailing Thistle Sails and reported great speed!

Congratulations to Ron Sherry, Griffin Sherry & Perrin Fortune for their win at the Icebreaker at Crescent Sail Yacht Club in Detroit.

Lake St. Clair scared sailors on the previous weekend prompting the organizers to postpone one week.  more...


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2011 ETCHELLS NORTH AMERICANS

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Tell us about your experiences growing up in Canada and how you got involved with sailing and hockey also..

Hank - Everyone had to play hockey in Canada.  Awesome sport. Got in to sailing through the family.  Have always  from a very young age, loved to be on the water.

You sailed at the Barcelona Olympics for Canada, and won two Gold Cups ( Worlds ) on the Finns, so clearly you have a fair share of success on your sailing career. What has brought you to the Etchells class? 

Hank - I sail the Etchells mostly because it is a great boat to sail. First time in the boat was in Melbourne when I was down there for the Finn Gold Cup.  Sailed an evening race in the etchells in 25 knots at Brighton YC.  We were the last fleet to start. Sailed by everyone/surfing/ sailing straight up wind.   more...



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Gulari Wins 2011 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship

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02 October 2011 – Congratulations to the brand new 2011 Melges 24 U.S. National Champions — Bora Gulari on New England Ropes and crew consisting of tactician Jeremy Wilmot, George Peet, Dan Kaseler and Chris Fortine. The victory is well deserved and long overdue, as the Championship was well fought. "This feels pretty good. Not often does it come down to the last gybe as to whether or not you win a championship or not," said a very happy Gulari. "Needless to say, there was a lot of tension in the one and only race today. The last time I was this close was in 2008 when Brian Porter stole the win on the last leg of the last race, so it feels really good to have held on to win."  more...


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Chicago Match Cup : Morvan wins Round Robin

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At 5th in the world rankings, top-seed Pierre-Antoine Morvan and his team have come through on top of the heap at the conclusion of Round Robin racing in the ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup. But his climb to the top was not easy, as his eight wins was matched by eight wins earned by Phil Robertson and Keith Swinton, with tie-breaks determining them to be in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, going into tomorrow's Quarter-Final knock-out series.  more...


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Not Dark Yet

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I don't like being places after everyone else has gone. It's that circus-has-left-town feeling, and it has always creeped me out. I recall an instance in the parking lot of Pennsylvania's Pymatuning YC following a Thistle fall series regatta a while back. Trophies had ended about 45 minutes before, and the other teams had all driven off, trailers slowly crunching gravel.  more...


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Not Dark Yet

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I don't like being places after everyone else has gone. It's that circus-has-left-town feeling, and it has always creeped me out. I recall an instance in the parking lot of Pennsylvania's Pymatuning YC following a Thistle fall series regatta a while back. Trophies had ended about 45 minutes before, and the other teams had all driven off, trailers slowly crunching gravel.  more...


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America's Heartland Prepares For Third Largest Melges 24 U.S. National Championship

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The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) is proud to usher in what will be the third largest U.S. National Championship in class history. Hosted by Lake Geneva Yacht Club (LGYC) in Fontana, Wisc., forty-five Melges 24 teams from all across America and beyond anticipate a great event packed with awesome competition and camaraderie, while the club will celebrate the end of its 2011 sailing season in grand finale, performance sailboat racing style.  more...


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Anna Nominated As Finalist For ISAF World Sailor Of The Year

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Great news for Team Maclaren!!! Anna was nominated for the 2011 Rolex ISAF World Sailor for the Year. The announcement was made earlier today when the final list of nominees was released. The winner will be selected from this list of 4 sailors on November 8th at the ISAF annual meeting in Puerto Rico. The nominees are selected based on their performance from September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2011. The public is encouraged to nominate athletes based on their performance and a selection committee selects the top resumes and nominates them as finalist for this great award.  more...


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