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Day One At 2012 Melges MC Spring Shakedown Regatta In Grand Rapids, MI

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Reporting this week from Grand Rapids, Michigan where we are sailing with 26 teams who are obviously all getting ready for the upcoming MC National Championship at nearby White Lake,Michigan.

While a smaller spring regatta we are not short on heavy hitters for this event.  Also, the event really started yesterday on Friday with a late afternoon training event hosted by EHood and Justin Hood . The seminar included a one hour chalk talk and then another hour and a half on the water for 8 teams.  more...


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Wilson wins Chicago Match Race Center's Spring Invitational

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He and Hans Pusch will advance to the Richardson Trophy in October

Don Wilson and his team of Nathan Hollerbach, Mark Strube and Sam Rogers have won the Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 3 Spring Invitational in a final intense day of match racing in windy and shifty conditions in which no lead was safe.

"I was very happy with his weekend and how the team performed," Wilson said. "Coming into the event we felt pressure because we knew we couldn't lose to [co-worker] Hans Pusch and [CMRC sailing director] Tod Reynolds. Also, this is the team we will be sailing with all summer, and our biggest lesson from the weekend was communication and how important it is." more...



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2012 Great Pond - Great Times

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As many of you know, my family and I have moved from the shores of Western Lake Erie to the somewhat land-locked area of Southern Ohio.  We've been about 10 months on there and it has its unique benefits.  My daughters have adjusted nicely and my wife is fully engulfed in her career.  For me, most of what I do these days involves flying to where I need to work, so it has worked out well.

This winter, Laurie and I decided that we needed a spot to help us with our sailing fix on a regular basis, so we joined the Cowan Lake Sailing Association, in Wilmington, Ohio.  The lake is, well, small.  It is challenging sailing, to say the least.  There is no "mastering" the local knowledge, just avoiding catastrophe.  For my family, it will provide the perfect venue to pack a cooler with dinner and go for an evening cruise mid-week. more...



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Game Day Preparation

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Game Day Preparation - Highlander Style

I try to approach every race day with the same routine.  This eliminates confusion and unnecessary anxiety.  It doesn't always work out, but at least I give it a go every time.

Pre-event I have a solid understanding of the upcoming conditions day-by-day.  I get this from a number of resources.  I have apps on my iPad and have an annual subscription to a weather service.  All the information is viewed as "general" background info as the bigger the events, the more likely you'll find the "its never like this here" syndrome. 

Once organized, I share my expectations with my teammates, along with a snapshot at a daily routine.  NORs & SIs are typically produced early, so it is good to get an idea of when you'll target to leave the dock, etc.  At this point, we try to outline daily responsibilities, like lunches, drinks, dinner reservations, etc.  more...



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What Mode are you in?

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Point mode, or Foot mode?  Know when to use it and how!

The Thistle is an incredibly forgiving boat.  With a few inches of sheet adjustment, you can feel the boat wanting to make its own move!  Recognizing this "feel" is very important in allowing the boat to carve its path upwind!

To preface, let's establish the terms.  "Point Mode" is the upwind point of sail that has you positioning the boat closest to the wind without losing significant speed, also known as pinching.  Conversely, "Foot Mode" is the point of upwind sail that is lower than optimum, but not so low that you have your outside telltails stalling. 

The range between Point and Foot is your "groove".  Depending on your set up, you can have a large groove or a very fine groove....fine being 3-5 degrees and large being 5-7 degrees.  You can see we are very finite in our definition, but the idea of this article is to get you to understand the modes and then put them into action on the race course.  Setting up your boat for the groove that fits you is easy to do and your sailmaker can certainly help with some tuning guidelines.   more...



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Grand Slam Match Racing Series expands internationally

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Grand Slam Match Racing Series 2012 qualifying events start this weekend in Chicago and Oyster Bay, New York. After last year's successful debut, organizers from the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC), Bayview YC (BYC), Manhasset Bay YC (MBYC) and Oakcliff Sailing have expanded their international slate of teams to compete in this year's Grand Slam Match Racing Series.


In all, teams from eight countries will be represented in this year's series of four consecutive ISAF Open Grade 2 events: Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, US Virgin Islands, and throughout the US.

'What began last year as a series to promote the growth of match racing in the US has grown to be a major international series,' said Oakcliff Sailing's Executive Director Dawn Riley. 'The requests for invitations for our event have come in early and hot, with only a few spots remaining.'  more...


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Runner up at USA Olympic Trials

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We have just finished up the final part of our winner takes all US trials and we finished second. We a very disappointed with how this event turned out, but want to say congratulations and good luck to Anna, Molly, and Debbie for winning the event and getting the opportunity to represent the USA at the Olympic Games this summer.

The event started with a semi final round where we raced Genny Tulloch and team. We knew going into this series that it was going to be a battle, and it was exactly what we expected. The first day ended with us narrowly beating her in the last race of the day, to bring the series to 3-2, her lead. more...


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Learn to sail in 2-1/2 days

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Ever wanted to learn about sailing, but didn’t want to shell out the bucks for private lessons?

The Lake Norman Yacht Club has the perfect solution: the second annual Discover Sailing weekend May 25-27 at the club’s facilities on Yacht Road in Mooresville.

The 2-1/2-day event will cover the basics of sailing with both classroom and on-the-water sessions. All classes will be led by U.S. Sailing-certified instructors.

“The primary thing we’re trying to do is promote the sport of sailing in central North Carolina,” said Mike Robinson, who chairs the club’s Discover Sailing committee.

“We’re really trying to promote people rediscovering the great outdoors, sailing being just a small part of that. … It’s not a membership pitch at all. It’s really all about getting people up to speed on sailing in 2-1/2 days.”  more...


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/14/3227620/learn-to-sail-in-2-12-days.html#storylink=cpy


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Summer sailing in Chicago's harbors

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By Matthew Schwerha

Unlike cities that are land-locked, Chicago has the unique distinction of Lake Michigan to provide summer entertainment. Lake Michigan, made possible by the 10 harbors located up and down the shore, is quickly populated with boats for the summer months.

The official Chicago boating season runs from May 1-Oct. 31, while early entry permits allow some people out on the water, starting April 1.

“When the weather got warm, people were jumping the gun and getting out,” said Guy Whitney, an employee of Montrose Harbor. “Then it cooled off a little bit, but the last couple of days people have been getting out steadily.”  more

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The Life of a Middle-Aged Boat And What to Do About It

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 11, 2012 - With people, middle age begins at around 40. With boats, it's about the 10-year mark. And for both, it signals a time when age begins to show. But that doesn't mean life is slowing down - only that more effort is needed to stay in shape. With decade-old boats, that means taking a hard look at things that haven't been checked out over the years. BoatUS has these nine "middle age" maintenance tips on boats: more

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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE B.O.D.! The Bayiew One Design Regatta that is!

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The ALL NEW B.O.D. will be held June 1st through June 3rd, 2012 on Lake St. Clair.

 

Highlights include:

  • 4 Courses - closer locations - including one directly in front of the club for lawn spectator viewing
  • Live Music each day from 4:00 p.m. to Midnight
  • Class Sponsored Events  
  • A la Carte dinner and late food stations throughout the evening
  • Daily and Overall Awards
  • Moth Races  
  • Plenty of safe parking for you and your crew
  • Valet Parking during the party

SAVE THE DATE!


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50 Years of Icebreaker – Paul Reilly Wins Big Scow Event

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2012 Icebreaker Champion, Paul ReillyCedar Lake, Indiana has been the site for the famous Icebreaker C scow regatta. Every spring sailors travel from around the USA to visit this fantastic regatta.  This year was the 50th anniversary and over 40 boats were in attendance.  

In 1962 Lou Morgan from Lac Labelle, Wisconsin won the very first Icebreaker Championship racing his C named Hull No. Fifty years later another C scow legend won the Icebreaker event: Paul Reilly from Big Cedar Lake, Wisconsin. Reilly popped open a brand new Melges C for the season and was out of the box fast with a 1-3-1 scorecard to win! Bob Biwer from Pewaukee was 2nd, Mark Smith from Okauchee was 3rd, Tim Schmidt from Okauchee was 4th and Andrew Bohl from Lake Beulah was 5th.    more...


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Team Maclaren Will Represent The USA At The 2012 Olympic Games!!

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It was an incredible series, especially today, but we rallied hard at the end and won the series 6-3 over Team Barkow. The day started with rain and pretty good breeze and waves. This didn't deter the race committee who got started right on time and race one was underway.

We had a very good start in race one. Team Barkow hit us from behind and got a penalty as we approached the start line. We were able to take the right hand side and we extended to a two-length lead at the top mark.  more...

Photo: copyright Richard Langdon/Ocean Images 2012


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2012 Melges MC Scow Cowtown Classic

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Three days of sailing for this year's spring classic on Hoover Lake near Columbus, Ohio. We actually had two events over the course of the three days. We had a practice regatta and clinic hosted by Ron Stryker and Richard Blake with Ted Keller and Eric Hood instructing. For that event we had 15 boats participate in the 7 race short course series. Peter Comfort of Torch Lake won that practice event. Then for the regatta we had 32 MC Scows sailing for the Cowtown Classic.  more...


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Better Weather Day : Good Sailing Day

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A chilly morning and a sketchy forecast turned into a beautiful day for sailing. We started the finals of the US Olympic Trials today racing against Team Barkow and had a good day, ending on a 4-1 record.

The conditions were pretty tricky despite the nice wind strength. The general trend for the day was a right hand shift, but it wasn't that simple on the water, as the wind threw in some good and favourable shifts from the left side at times. It was definitely a tough day to get all the shifts right.

At the morning meeting after weigh in, it was stated that we would race until one team had four points today and finish the remainder of races tomorrow. We had five very good races today with Team Barkow.


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