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Our Sport, in a Nutshell, in Detroit

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Yesterday morning, as I was preparing for my appearance on Detroit's Fox 2 news with reporter Roop Raj (shameless plug, yes, but you better believe I'm going to milk these 15 minutes for all they're worth), I gave the inquiring landlubber a quick rundown on our sport and what makes the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas so much fun. I explained to him what a regatta was in the first place, what we mean by the term "one-design," and that, yes, we come back to the dock every night. Despite my explanations, Raj still seemed puzzled. He gave me this quizzical look as if to say, "Um, okay, so what's the point?"

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The Price Is Right, and the Racing Is Tight

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Call them elephants. Call them bathtubs. Call them basketballs with a sticks on top. They may not be the fastest boats competing here at the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Detroit NOOD, but the Cal 25s are arguably the most competitive.  more...


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Grizzly Bayer Finally Finds the Honey

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Congratulations to Chuck Bayer and the crew of Grizzly, who won the first five races in the 11-boat Beneteau 36.7 division and earned first-place overall at the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Detroit NOOD. The overall victory is a long time coming for Bayer, a die-hard NOOD racer who has won his division several times in the past.  more...


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MACATAWA BAY YACHT CLUB TO HOST CANADA’S CUP KICK-OFF EVENT

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Open house to feature former America’s Cup winner and champion sailor, Ed Baird

 

WHAT:  The Macatawa Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) will host an open house to unveil the newly renovated racing boat, the Heritage, which will compete for a chance to represent the U.S. in the 2011 Canada’s Cup US Defender Trials, held on August 26-29.  Members of the media and the public are invited to attend this event to learn more about the largest sailing event to ever take place in West Michigan.  more...


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Ten teams ready for Chicago Match Race Center Spring Invitational

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Season opener is also Lake Michigan Qualifier for Richardson Trophy & Group E/K Qualifier for US Match Racing Championship  
Ten teams are entered and ready to compete at this weekend's CMRC Spring Invitational, the 2011 season openerevent at the Chicago Match Race Center. The teams vary broadly in age and experience for the ISAF Grade 3 event, from unranked newcomers to defending champions, all getting an opportunity to face off against each other in CMRC's 8 equally-matched TOM 28 class keelboats. more...


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Richard E. Jennings, 1945-2011

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Richard E. Jennings, 65, president of Smithereen Pest Management Services and champion sailor in the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race, died Tuesday, May 17, according to friends and published reports.

His family declined to comment, and the cause of death was not available.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Jennings competed with his sleek 70-foot Pied Piper in the annual Race to Mackinac, the world's oldest freshwater yacht race.

In 1987, Mr. Jennings set a record for the fastest time for a single-hull boat, completing the 333-mile course in 25 hours, 50 minutes, 44 seconds.  more...



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BBYC OFFERS FLEX SCHEDULE OF WEEKEND INSTRUCTION FOR REGIONAL SAILORS

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (For immediate release, May 9th, 2011) – Sailing instruction in two day time blocks over several flex weekends is the custom package being offered by Bay Breeze Yacht Charters (BBYC) this season.

The convenience classes, focusing on regional sailors, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can schedule one weekend of sailing instruction, then return the next or even an alternate weekend for further instruction.
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Karma Yacht Sales Co-Founder selected US Sailing's "Sailor of the Week"

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Lou Sandoval (Chicago, Ill.) feels fortunate that the sport of sailing has played such an important role in his life today. “I am a bit of an anomaly when it comes to sailing,” he said. “I grew up in a part of the city where sailing wasn’t what you did.” Lou was introduced to sailing as a Boy Scout many years ago, and now he is a five-time winner of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and the current Vice-Chairman of the race for 2011. more

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July Match Race Clinic (for Melges Owners)

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Dear Melges 32, Melges 24 and Audi Melges 20 Sailors,

The Chicago Match Race Center is excited to offer an Owner Driver Match Racing Clinic July 22-24, 2011.

Developed for serious fleet racing teams, this match race clinic will improve your starting and sailing skills dramatically! Grab a few of your best crew and come to Chicago for three intense days of instruction, drills and racing, guaranteed to provide some of the most fun sailing you will ever do! more

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Bob Heathcote Wins Lansing Regatta & Clinic

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Twelve boats arrived for the first annual Melges 17 Kick-Off Regatta & Clinic at Lake Lansing. Nine teams took advantage of the warmer weather on Friday and arrived on time to get their boats rigged and get some sailing time in on Friday afternoon. Near perfect conditions with sunshine and 7-10 knots breeze made for great introductory sailing conditions. Sean Fidler was on hand to help new and newer teams with rigging and tuning to get their boats ready for racing along with Jim Gluek from Melges.  more...


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Learn to Sail

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The Crescent Sailing Association offers sailing lessons on beautiful Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, the heart of the Great Lakes and the premier sailing location in the Detroit, Michigan area. For information on Crescent's very popular and successful Adult Learn to Sail (ALtS) program, please go to the Crescent Sail Yacht club web site www.crescentsail.com or email alts@crescentsail.com. more

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Race to Mackinac reaches 300 entries in 45 days

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Race to Mackinac - Chicago Yacht Club announced today that the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot has 343 entries. 'We are delighted that interest in our race is once again so strong. As we say on our boat, ‘It’s going to be a very busy lake.’' said race chairman Greg Freeman. 2011 marks the 103rd running of 'the Mac,' the world's oldest annual freshwater sailing distance race. The 103rd Race will start off Chicago's lakefront on July 16, 2011. more...


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Race to Mackinac exceeds 300 entries to date

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The Race to Mackinac 2011 has surpassed the 300 entry threshold.

The race, presented by Veuve Clicquot, is organized by the Chicago Yacht Club.


'We are delighted that interest in our race is once again so strong. As we say on our boat, ‘It’s going to be a very busy lake.’' said race chairman Greg Freeman. 2011 marks the 103rd running of 'the Mac,' the world's oldest annual freshwater sailing distance race. The 103rd Race will start off Chicago's lakefront on July 16, 2011. more...


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Ficker Cup : Tiller, Ferrarese share lead; Hughes sails to survive

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Bob Hughes should have known it wasn't his day when he awakened Thursday morning.

"There were flames in the [guest] house this high," he said, his hand at chest level.

The black flag came in the afternoon during Day 1 competition of the Ficker Cup, a Grade 2 event on the ISAF scale that will determine the 10th and final entry for next week's Grade 1 47th Congressional Cup. The leaders at 5-0 are Italy's Simone Ferrarese, the 21st ranked match racer in the world, and William Tiller (No. 35) of New Zealand, after a day of light to moderate winds.

Just two weeks ago Tiller won the Grade 3 Butler Cup on the same outer harbor waters in the same Catalina 37s. more...



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Traverse area community sailing

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Greetings! 

Slowly deteriorating skiing conditions means only one thing: we're getting closer to sailing season! Here at TACS we're looking forward to the opening of the season literally soon as the ice disappears from Boardman Lake. High school sailing starts with it's organizational meeting on Tuesday March 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club (our thanks to the folks at GTYC for all their support!) 
  
We've got some new offerings for this summer so please check out the 2011 Programs article below.
  
Each season we review our programs and  re-affirm our commitment to our mission to provide sailing opportunities for the Grand Traverse Region in order to strengthen and expand those programs. We welcome your suggestions and input. You can respond to this e-mail with your thoughts and suggestions or visit us at our board meetings  (3rd Monday at GTYC) and informal lunch meetings at Scott's Harbor Grill each Friday at noon. Almost all of our new programs have come from suggestions from the community. Let us hear from YOU!
  


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