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Cleveland's Ullman Sails blends new, old to harness the wind

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Dave Sail.jpgDan Elliott is a sail maker, putting him in touch with a power source centuries older than wind turbines.

That ancient application of wind is what propels the brig Niagara, the Pennsylvania-based replica of a fighting vessel from the War of 1812. Two centuries after the original's star turn at the Battle of Lake Erie, Elliott was called on to keep the modern-day version racing before the wind.

Sail making "was mostly considered an art form," Elliott said. "Back in the days of the original Niagara [Oliver Hazard Perry's flag ship in 1813], it was almost black magic."  more...



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One Design Racing: For Fun and Competion

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By Wally Cross, Quantum Detroit, 6/6/2012 10:20:33 AM
If you’re thinking about getting into sailboat racing – or returning after a hiatus—you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of options based on your experience, available time, and budget. By planning ahead for the time and expense, it is pretty feasible to sail four to six regattas a year. The first decision to make is whether to go handicap or one design. This article looks at one design, a racing option that continues to grow in popularity due to the availability of boats, affordability, access to local fleets, and competition balanced with fun.

When looking at one design, the first step is to pick the class and then a boat. One design classes vary a great deal, and rather than focus on a particular boat, it’s a good idea to study the different classes and the people involved to see if it’s a good fit. more...

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Detroit - Bayview OD Regatta

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All winter I had been getting emails about the Bayview OD regatta from my friends in the Michigan District.  The event, formerly a NOOD, was embracing the success of their offshore one design and branching into more traditional dinghy-type designs.  This allowed classes like Lightning, Thistle, Wayfarer, Viper all to showcase their class strength with one of the more prestigious clubs/events.  The Lightning Class had 20+ boats signed up early, so that caught my attention and I committed to it early on and I’m glad I did!  more...


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Invasion of the Pocket Cruisers

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Sailors flock to the annual winter gathering at the Pocket Cruiser Convention in Arizona’s Lake Havasu for fun and games.

They came from near and far.  Over icy mountains passes, across snow-covered prairies and through the vast Mojave Desert, sailors drove towing their beloved sailboats hundreds of miles to Arizona’s Lake Havasu. It was the largest fleet of trailerable pocket cruisers ever assembled and sailors shared an unforgettable 10 days of winter sailing fun, friendship and adventure at the annual Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention in February.

Launched six years ago, the event began as a modest three-day weekend gathering of a few dozen predominately Montgomery and West Wight Potter owners. But three years ago, the HPCC went viral through blogs, nautical networking sites and mass media coverage. Today, everyone is welcome to participate in this 10-day regatta that has quickly blossomed into a festive sailing celebration. 
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All About Anchoring Out On Your Boat

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Let’s go to our favorite spot and drop the anchor! Who first said that? I can’t tell you who it was, but I can tell you that those words were probably first spoken by a Greek.

The earliest reference to what mariners call an anchor goes back to ancient Greece. The first anchors were large stones, or baskets filled with stones. As time went on, and the size of ships increased, things got more sophisticated and a lot more efficient.

Mariners used iron hooks that were designed to “dig in” on the ocean floor. This was an improvement since the anchor now had some “holding power,” unlike the stone method that relied primarily on weight. In addition, it was easier to secure a line or a chain (anchor rode) to the iron anchor.   more...



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50 Years of Sunfish Racing

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There are only a few days left to take advantage of early registration fees for the 50th
Sunfish North American Open Championship

This summer the Lake Bluff Yacht Club in conjunction with the Waukegan Yacht Club will
host the 50th Sunfish North American Open Championship. The regatta will be sailed
in the fresh waters of Lake Michigan off the beach in Waukegan, Illinois from August
2 to August 4, 2012. The Youth North American Championship will also be sailed in
Waukegan from July 30 to August 1, 2012.  more

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One Design Racing: For Fun and Competion

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By Wally Cross, Quantum Detroit

If you’re thinking about getting into sailboat racing – or returning after a hiatus—you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of options based on your experience, available time, and budget. By planning ahead for the time and expense, it is pretty feasible to sail four to six regattas a year. The first decision to make is whether to go handicap or one design. This article looks at one design, a racing option that continues to grow in popularity due to the availability of boats, affordability, access to local fleets, and competition balanced with fun.

 When looking at one design, the first step is to pick the class and then a boat. One design classes vary a great deal, and rather than focus on a particular boat, it’s a good idea to study the different classes and the people involved to see if it’s a good fit. more

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When Sailing Is Deadly

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A HIGHLIGHT of the New England yachting calendar is an immensely popular sailboat race called the Figawi. Ted Kennedy used to love to participate. The race, which began in 1972, takes place over Memorial Day weekend and typically attracts more than 200 boats, which sail from Hyannis Port to Nantucket, roughly 30 miles across Nantucket Sound.

As sailboat races go, the Figawi is not particularly long or arduous: the fastest boats complete the course in just a couple of hours. But there are squalls sometimes, and you never know when the fog will blow in on the southwest breeze. It’s not impossible to go aground off Nantucket. The race gets its name, according to legend, from a couple of hapless sailors who once missed the island entirely and called out to a passing fisherman asking where on earth they were — or words to that effect.  more...



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Quantum’s Woman Collegiate Sailor of the Year Award

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The Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year Award was announced at the final banquet for the Sperry Top-Sider/ Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s National Championships in Austin, Texas at the Austin Yacht Club.

 

Now in its tenth year, the award honors a female collegiate sailor who has performed at the highest level of competition in district and national championships. The ICSA All-America committee evaluates with great detail the results of the All-American finalists to determine the winner of the Quantum award. Quantum sponsors the award with the belief that women sailors should receive recognition for their dedication and achievements. Through this award, Quantum seeks to acknowledge women’s excellence in sailing and to foster greater participation and growth of the sport. more... 



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Canfield Wins CMRC June Grade 2 Invitational

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Another challenging day with extremely shifty conditions at Chicago's world famous Navy Pier
Under sunny skies but extremely shifty conditions at Chicago's world-famous Navy Pier, the teams exhibiting the most patience and tenacity prevailed at the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2 Invitational presented by Eurex.
The best amongst them was 23-year old Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands, and his team of Matt Clark, Dan Morris and Tommy Loughborough.  more...


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Friends combine forces for Olympics

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It seemed like a fun idea four years ago, something that hatched organically out of casual conversations between three women who had been friends since college. Wouldn't it be amazing to try to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics by sailing as a team?

World renowned American sailors Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandermoer decided putting in nearly four years of hard work, globe-trotting and praying for good fortune would indeed be an incredible adventure.

Now, they are one step away from reaching their goal, as they qualified as top U.S. boat in the recent Olympic trials in Weymouth, England. The Olympic regatta will be from July 27-Aug. 12 in Weymouth, which is about 120 miles southwest of London.

"I'm really having it sink in, that we are going to the Olympics, we are going to have a shot at the gold medal, it's fantastic," said Capozzi, 28, who serves as a tactician/crew on the three-person boat. "It's been the goal for so long, it seems like we've been going hard at this for like 3.5 years, and now it's here. It shows our strength, how we've grown on and off the water together. It's been a grind, but a good grind. We can see the finish line now, and we're going to go for the gold."   more...


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First boat to win Mackinac to sail it again

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Detroit —Talk about making a comeback.

Bernida, the first boat to win the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1925, will sail this year's 88th event starting July 14.

Bought last autumn by Grosse Pointe Park's Al Declercq, the boat is a 32-foot R-class sloop with an open cockpit. There is no cabin for the crew. In terms of size, it's significantly smaller than other boats in the field.

"It's only 48 hours, who the heck cares?" said Declercq, who has entered two races this year with Bernida and won both. "It might be nice, it might be ugly, but when it's rough out there, no boats are comfortable. We'll just be a little less comfortable than the rest of them."  more...



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Over 200 Sailboats to Participate in Bayview Yacht Race

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Bell's Brewery will continue its sponsorship of the "Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race" through 2014.

Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the world, will host its 88th "Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race" this summer with yachts traveling from Port Huron to Mackinac beginning July 14.

Over 200 sailboats and 2,500 sailors are expected to take part in the event. An estimated 100,000 sailing fans and families on the U.S. and Canadian borders will likely attend the festivities leading to the race start.  more...



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Cam McNeil Wins Melges MC Shakedown Regatta!

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One race here on Sunday at Reeds Lake in Grand Rapids , Michigan.  Light conditions for race 5 and the modified W2 course. Jamie Kimball had a great start and worked up the middle along with Pete Comfort and were both met by EHood at the top mark who sailed up the right center in pressure .  It was a struggle in the shifty conditions under the trees at the top mark to get around the offset with a big 30 degree left shift that came in as boats 3-10 tried to get around the offset.  more...


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Sailing for U.S. in London is a point of pride for Anna Tunnicliff

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Anna Tunnicliffe

Anna Tunnicliffe was born and raised in England. And she has the British accent to prove it.

"With certain words it comes out," she acknowledged.

But that does not, she insists, make this summer's Olympic Games a homecoming.

"I'm American," said Tunnicliffe, who became a U.S. citizen in 2003 and an Olympic gold medalist five years later. "I've spent more than half my life in America. I'm going to England to compete.

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