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With the competitiveness of San Francisco’s AC matches a resounding joke for the moment (and possibly for the rest of the summer), it’s good to know there will be some extremely close and exciting match racing in front of tens or hundreds of thousands of spectators in a U.S. venue in just a week and change. We are of course talking about the Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup, the only World Match Race Tour event in North America. It all happens at the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier in conjunction with the massively attended Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge, and OA Chicago Match Race Center’s sexy and sport Tom 28s should not only provide great fun for fans of sailing, but for the random landlubbers as well.

Beginning on the 7th of August we’ll have the live TV for you right here on the front page (with some possible surprise announcers), but we also have a special treat for our Anarchists right NOW: Tons of CMRC, WMRT, and Line Honors swag to give away over the next week as we countdown the days til the start of what may end up as the most exciting match racing in the US this summer!

Our friends at Chicago Match Race Center are giving away:

-Tickets to the Windy City Lounge,
-Chicago Match Cup t-shirts,
-World Match Racing Tour hats and t’s,
-Line Honors hats, belts, and dopp kits,
-CMRC Swag Bags

Winning is as easy as ‘liking’ the CMRC Facebook Page and checking in each morning after 10 AM CST starting tomorrow (this Tuesday) for the “Countdown To The Cup Question Of The Day”. CMRC staff will post a caption contest, trivia, or some other entertaining question about the Chicago Match Cup, and they will pick the winners from the best answers the following morning. With a week to go, there’s dozens of prizes ready to ship; get over to their page now and start clicking.

July 29th, 2013 by admin

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If you’re in the Chicago area on Sunday, head over to the Belmont Harbor breakwater to check out the CMRC’s US Sailing National Women’s Match Racing Championship.  Here’s a preview:

One of the premier match racing venues in the world will host the 2013 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship. The Chicago Match Race Center will welcome this US Sailing National Championship with the first of three days of racing scheduled to begin Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16.

Eight teams will compete on Lake Michigan’s Belmont Harbor in the Tom 28 to decide who will raise the prestigious Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy. The field includes a diverse array of talent, ranging from Olympic and America’s Cup veterans to up-and-coming new names fresh off the U.S. intercollegiate circuits. There are high stakes on the line this week in Chicago as the winning skipper will earn the right to race in key match racing events in 2013, including the U.S. Match Racing Championship this September in Sheboygan, Wis. and the Women’s International Match Race Series event this July in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Returning to compete again this year is Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.) who crewed for winning skipper Genny Tulloch in last year’s championship in San Francisco. Roble also won the 2012 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by Boston Yacht Club, as crew for Taylor Canfield. She is ranked 5th in the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Rankings. Roble was a two-time All-American from Old Dominion. Roble’s crew includes Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), Lindsey Duda (Chicago, Ill.), Martha Pitt (Chicago, Ill.), and Janel Zarkowsky (Washington, D.C.). Shea was also a crew with Roble for last year’s championship team. Roble and Shea have been campaigning together this year on the Women’s International Match Racing Series, the first-ever professional prize-money series of match racing events for women, getting third place in the first stage held last month in France.

Jennifer Wilson (Chicago, Ill.) will skipper a Tom 28 this week with crew Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.). Wilson crewed for Roble in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, where they finished fourth. Barkow, a 2008 Olympian and two-time winner of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, is seeking her first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship title as crew. She won this championship as skipper in 2011, 2005 and 2000. Barkow is ranked 2nd in the U.S. and 10th in the world. Wilson is an experienced Tom 28 sailor, having raced in CMRC events over the past five years. Her crew also includes Katherine Pettibone (Sacramento, Calif.), Krista Paxton (Royal Oak, Mich.), and Sandi Svoboda (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.). Pettibone is an America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran.

Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.), a three-time Rolex Women’s Match Racing Champion (2008, 2006, 2004), is in pursuit of her first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship title. Her crew this week includes Cindy Olsen (Scituate, Mass.), Martha Parker (Newport, R.I.), Marcy Lake (Brewerton, N.Y.), and Lynn Kotwicki (Royal Oak, Mich.).

The roster of teams includes new talent that may challenge these veterans. Madeline Gill (Norwalk, Conn.), who has been recently very active at the Oakcliff Sailing Center and training hard with her team for this event. Her crew includes Ivy Binns (San Francisco, Calif.), Sarah Ragle (Breckenridge, Colo.), Ann Schwagerl (Syosset, N.Y.), and Liz Hjorth (Marina Del Rey, Calif.).

Another new talent still competing in the intercollegiate scene comes from the Old Dominion University sailing team. Rachel Austin (Clinton, Ohio) will have America’s Cup veteran Suzy Leech (Jamestown, R.I.) as her crew, as well as Laura Muma (Clermont, Fla.), Sarah Renz (Chicago, Ill.), and Lindsey Gates (Cedar Springs, Mich.).

Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) raced in last year’s USWMRC in San Francisco, and comes to Chicago this year with her team of Chanel Miller (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Megan Six (Fontana, Wis.), Amanda Baker (Grosse Ile, Mich.), and Molly Forbes (Madison, Wis.).

The remaining two teams hail from the West Coast. Shala Lawrence (San Diego, Calif.) as is her team of Julie Mitchell (San Diego, Calif.), Summer Greene, Tracy Nackel (Encinitas, Calif.), and Julie Servais (Scituate, Mass.).

Katie Maxim (Napa, Calif.) is trading her umpire whistle for the tiller at this event, her first USWMRC, where she has some fellow Bay Area sailors on her team: Stephanie Wondolleck (San Rafael, Calif.), Janice Wondolleck (San Rafael, Calif.), Kerry Sullivan (Roslindale, Mass.), and Vicki Sodaro (Tiburon, Calif.).

The intended racing format includes four stages, beginning with double round robins followed by a round robin to determine places 5-8, a semi-final knockout series for places 1-4, a petit final for places 3 and 4, and a final knockout series for places 1 and 2. Races will be conducted by PRO Darcy Cook and her race committee team, while the umpire team will be led by Umpire Kathy Lindgren.

Racing will occur outside Belmont Harbor in front of the break wall, an ideal viewing location for spectators with bleacher-style seating. The intended course is Windward/Leeward twice around with a downwind finish and possible leeward gates. Racing begins at 1 pm on June 14 and continues at 9 am on June 15 and 16 (start times subject to change).

June 14th, 2013 by admin

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Anyone looking for a sailing success story:  Look no further.

The first J/70 North American Championship opened for registration on Monday, reaching its limit of 90 boats in a single day.  

Say what you like about the newest addition to the sportboat fleet:  It’s on like donkey kong, and here’s where they come from.

 

June 5th, 2013 by admin

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We introduced you to the world’s 5th-ranked match racer last week; now let’s hear what he has to say about his other job; Sailing Director for the Chicago Match Race Center.  Taylor has plenty to say about his program; we were pleasantly surprised to learn that perhaps the most intimidating form of sailing has had the barriers to entry stripped right away at CMRC; for just $650 for the entire season ($950 for skippers), you can spend two to three days a week learning to race at an extremely high level.  We’re headed over for our first look at CMRC in person for their Spring Invitational this weekend; come over to Belmont harbor to check out the fleet and say hello.

Edit:  Taylor’s US-One Sailing Team had a nice first day at Match Race Germany; here’s their video update.

May 16th, 2013 by admin

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When Chicago Match Race Center was founded by Farr 40/Melges 24 owner/skipper Don Wilson about four years ago, we were pretty sure it would go the way of most of these vanity yachting projects; in other words, a bunch of pros and hangers-on would make a ton of money for a few years until the checkbook got tired of emptying itself, and then it would all disappear.

So it’s been a pleasant surprise and a credit to Wilson’s perseverence to see CMRC not only still alive, but thriving in America’s second-largest metropolitan area.  Led by Sailing Director Taylor Canfield and administered by Tod Reynolds and a team of very clever sailing professionals, CMRC has rapidly become ‘match race central’ in the Western hemisphere.  With a schedule including the spectator-friendly Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup – the only US stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour – and literally dozens of events right on Chicago’s waterfront, CMRC really is unique, and it’s got a bright future ahead – especially with local media and Comcast buying into the concept – hard.

We’ll be spending quite a bit of time in the Windy City this summer to see how this phenomenon has continued to develop, and to find out how CMRC has managed to attract spectators, new members, and the media to monohull match racing; something that might become a lot more relevant with recent events in the multihull version of the discipline.

In the meantime, the best way to understand the young, vibrant attitude that’s allowed CMRC to prosper is to meet the young, vibrant racer behind that attitude. He’s St. Thomas native Taylor Canfield, and with his positive attitude and two shocking wins (in just three tries) on the WMRT last year, he’s helped to ignite the match race fire in countless young sailors around the world (and his hometown just won the High School Nationals last weekend in Chicago to boot).  So here’s ten minutes with Taylor on what it means to become the 5th-ranked match racer on the planet, on how he manages his career while cavorting around the planet racing with his US-One Sailing Team, how to split up prize money, and whether the America’s Cup belongs in multihulls.

Look for Part Two on Wednesday, when Taylor will explain just what the CMRC is all about.  You can also follow Taylor and US-One’s progress at the first WMRT event – Match Race Germany – starting on Wednesday.

 

May 13th, 2013 by admin

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The first video from our recent New Zealand trip is finally off the virtual cutting room floor, and this one is a gem; 37 minutes with two of the world’s top Kiwi sailors, talking shit about the thin bits of fabric and plastic that make us go.

Doyle New Zealand principal sail designer Richard “Buzzard” Bouzaid and partner Mike “Moose” Sanderson sit down with Clean to talk about the fast-moving face of sailmaking and design, what’s real and what’s hype in the marketing-heavy sector, what it takes to build Superyacht sails, whether we’ll see Mike in the next Volvo, and much, much more for anyone who just can’t get enough information about sails.  Enjoy!

April 18th, 2013 by admin

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Winter sucks, doesn’t it?  How about finishing yours off with a Caribbean bang in a well-prepped, winning racer-cruiser?  Well don’t wait around – we’ve got something special for you and it’s coming up March 21-24th…

Christian and Lucy at Performance Yacht Charters have the best reputation in the Caribbean at delivering an awesome race experience to charterers from anywhere in the world.  Last week they added the Smile and Wave to their stable, renaming her Southern Child to complement their well-known, perennial winner Northern Child. You might remember SnW from last year, when she took all podium finishes at the major Caribbean events; two 1sts, two 2nds, and two 3rds, and the bulb-keeled Beneteau First 40 is perhaps the most race-ready in the world:  Full North inventory including 3DI main and jibs, both sprit and pole with massive A-sail and lightly used kites, and everything else you need to scrape up the competition at the St. Thomas Rolex.

Just two weeks are left before the Rolex, and they’re ready to make a deal to get you racing at one of the Caribbean’s best regattas, and a breeze to get to from the US or Canada; Get your ass in gear and reach out to Lucy and Christian via their Performance Yacht Charter website for either the whole boat or individual and affordable week-long race  berths.  Hit them on the phone at +44 7795 955702 or email at christian@performanceyachtcharter.com.

 

March 8th, 2013 by admin

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Our pals at Doyle NZ check in with some of the sail tech behind Sean Langman’s Team Australia trimaran, which set a Sydney to Hobart record last week.

Having made the decision to try for the Sydney-Hobart record with his impressive Orma 60 Trimaran, Sean Langman approached Mike Sanderson at Doyle Sails to discuss the possibility of working with them on a new STRATIS offshore main. The sail had to be light, incredibly stable to endure the high loads, but also very rugged due to the rigours of offshore sailing. This would be the first time that Doyle had supplied sails to the yacht, and was an exciting new relationship. Time was short and so Team Australia and the Doyle Sails design team, led by Richard Bouzaid, worked tirelessly on every small detail to make sure that the sail was perfect for the attempt.

It was a great prospect for Doyle to be involved with and they worked with Sean and supported him on the resource side of the challenge. The result achieved was a fantastic outcome. “It was a really good effort by Sean and his team,” said Chris McMaster, MD of Doyle Sails NZ. “Sean has a lot of experience along that coastline and this, combined with the right boat, sails and crew, really paid off.” McMaster flew to Sydney before the passage to help set up the mainsail on the boat, just two days before they departed.

Sails designer Richard Bouzaid had this to say about the project. “We put in a lot of engineering study on how heavy the main should be and what was required for the loads on the boat. We ran a full FEA of the structure and found that our loads in certain areas to be particularly high. We set the fibre orientation to ensure there was no distortion as these sails go through quite a big twist variation,” said Bouzaid. “The sail has our standard GPx carbon compression structure which adds substantial stability to the membrane. The end result was an incredibly smooth and stable sail that remained that way throughout all the reefing scenarios and tests that racing challenges like this present.” Bouzaid concluded by saying, “ The sail performed as the modelling showed that it would, which is what we would expect these days.”

Full of praise for the STRATIS main, Sean Langman said: “Without doubt the new Doyle STRATIS offshore mainsail provided to Team Australia was key to our success. The new main was bent on three days prior to our team’s assault on the Sydney Hobart world mark. The main fitted beautifully and performed straight out of the bag. I am looking forward to further adding STRATIS to our wardrobe.”

 

March 1st, 2013 by admin

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Another year, another countdown to America’s funnest overall regatta, and we welcome back Charleston Race Week to the SA family.  With the rebounding Melges 24, the exploding J/70, the exciting HPR class, and continually growing big boat racing of all levels, it’s hard to beat Charleston in April.  Here are a couple of words from our pal Randy Draftz, the wizard moving the handles around for the event.


“You’ve still got a couple of days to save $50 on your registration to America’s biggest regatta (and the biggest beach party in sailing), but you have to ACT FAST!  After January 31, the Early Discount expires, so register now. Inshore courses are expected to reach capacity early, so late entries may be excluded in the larger inshore one-design classes. As of January 28, there are already 29 J/70s registered.  And remember; only entries that are fully paid are considered registered.  You can check out exactly who’s already signed up here, and the link to register is right here.  Crew Board is here.”

 

January 29th, 2013 by admin

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Our friends at Crowley’s Yacht Yard are big players on the Strictly Sail stage.  Here’s what they are up to.

Crowley’s manages and staffs some of the biggest booths at the show including SLAM, Henri Lloyd, Lewmar and Sperry. The main Crowley’s booth is back, the Close-Out booth is bigger than ever, both are full of great stuff from Spinlock, Mustang Survival, Gill, Adidas, Henry Lloyd, North Face, SLAM, and much, much more.  Stop by for the best deal of the year on anything you need.

At the yard, we’re busier than ever, and we just finished a complicated but exciting turbo project on a SC52. The rig shop is going through the 200+ rigs that came into the shop in the fall, inspecting, tweaking and tuning. The gear heads in the Mechanical Shop are rebuilding engines.  The store is getting a face lift, bringing in a bigger part of the Gill line, and creating a new service counter to answer all of the boating questions you can think of. The Fiberglass Shop is stripping decks, repainting topsides, and applying both race and cruiser bottom jobs. Our systems experts are installing new equipment and the yard guys are busy moving boats and just trying to stay warm.

Want to stay up to speed with Crowley’s?  Email us at lakesidestory@crowleys.com to get added to our e-Newsletter list.  Oh, and don’t forget to hit up the Winter Anarchy Party at Lizzie McNeill’s at 9pm on Friday the 25th and, if you’re still standing on Saturday, come out to the Pink Pony Party at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station and party like you just got to Mackinac (okay, maybe not quite that hard).

We’re at the following booths:

SLAM booth #341

Henri Lloyd booth #332

Sperry booth #207

Lewmar booth #331

Crowley’s booth #333

Crowley’s Close Out booth #530a

January 25th, 2013 by admin

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Last week, Design Catamaran made a major
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vestment into the Asian market and signed a distribution agreement with First Marine Ltd; a major boat distributor & broker in Japan. First Marine is a distributor of prestigious brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon Catamarans and Montecarlo Yachts to name a few.

With this agreement, Design Catamaran secured a strong foothold into the Asian market and the Pacific Rim. DC team members were very pleased with this new announcement made by VP of Sale & Distribution André Pilon last Wednesday. The production line is in full operation and delivery of the first unit to Japan is set for April 2013. with others to follow.

Design Catamaran will also be attending the Paris Expo Nautic boat show to hand out promotional brochures and will be available to meet and have discussion with customers. Do not hesitate to contact us  to set an appointment during the show.

December 14th, 2012 by admin

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Reynolds Design has announced the finished build and subsequent sale of their new XS-35 that boasts some very unique design characteristics.

Long time West Coast multihull designer Randy Reynolds has modified and redesigned the platform of his award winning Reynolds 33 adding reverse bows, curved beams, 8-degree canted hulls and a new powerful 95% 3-point rig for short-handed sailing – changes he says have been brewing in his mind for years.

“I had always wanted to incorporate these ideas into the R33 design,” said Reynolds. “During the sail trials we were surprised how the canted hulls and curved beams effected performance. The light air performance improved while hitting 20 knots was easy – with just a crew of three!”

Reynolds says the new hull alignment and beam shape make the boat far more efficient than traditional configurations and the XS-35′s boat-speed consistently doubled wind speed, particularly in flat conditions.  This first XS-35 was configured with a 44-foot tall mast creating impressive results.  Check the video!

The XS 35 also has extended rudders, optional curved foils and like the R33, accommodations for four. The boat can be configured with mast heights and beam widths to meet most any spec, stability and speed desired.  The deck layout is designed for short-handed sailing and an optional all carbon construction is being offered which will further enhance the performance of the new XS-35.

For more information go to www.XSCATS.com or call  800-366-8584.  Orders before January 1st will allow deliveries for summer sailing in 2013.

December 14th, 2012 by admin

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Futurists predict the end of the world in 2012.  Border Run organizers are taking no chances. In 2011, the Border Run became the largest point to point race on the West Coast.  For 2012, organizers are going all out so sailors can sail and party like it’s their last.  So what’s new?

Sponsored by Ullman Sails and outfitted by Pirates Lair, the Border Run has a new date,  Saturday, March 10th 2012.  Why?  Reasons include a full moon, a chance for more wind, a feeder race for the NOOD, a tune up for the Newport to Cabo race and 6 weeks before the N2E so sailors can race both.

To appreciate being ‘alive’, Border Run sailors can experience the largest single-start in the USA.  All classes will start at 11 a.m. GPS time on one start line separated into three classes…the 14-mile Sprint course to Dana Point, the 70-mile Short course to San Diego and the 90-mile Long course around the island of Coronado del Norte to San Diego. You don’t want to miss it.

Sign up by December 15th 2011 and save money, get cool stuff and a chance to win a $1,200 SUP by BORD or GoPro video cam. Check website for details.

More News: Dana Point Yacht Club is onboard to finish the Sprint course to Dana Point. The San Diego Trophy party will be at Silver Gate Yacht Club with plenty of parking and catered by Fiddlers Green. Most importantly, Border Run sailors can earn prizes by raising money for three charity. These charities are dedicated to preserving our oceans,  promoting the sport of sailing and fighting blood cancers including skin cancer.

The Border Run Team consists of XS Racing, South Shore Yacht Club (the Organizing Authority) and Dana Point Yacht Club. The Border Run is part of the 2012 Ullman Sails Offshore Championship Series.  For more details go to www.TheBorderRun.org or call 800-366-8584.

 

December 14th, 2011 by admin

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Our friends at Regatta-Manager have put a sweet deal together for clubs and event organizers, a $1.5 Million Sponsorship Program

Regatta Manager announced a $1.5 million sponsorship package for clubs using their Regatta Manager product for their 2007 season. The funds will be distributed to qualifying clubs in increments of between $5,000 and $15,000 as in kind sponsorship of Regatta manager’s Marine Suite line of products. For details on eligibility, receive more information, or apply for sponsorship please visit here.

Give Boyd at Regatta Manager a yodel and see what he’s got to say about it.

May 3rd, 2007 by admin

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You can now replace that gigantic web block at your headboard for your 2:1 halyard system with a block hardly bigger than your standard halyard shackle. Antal Hardware has created a 2:1 halyard block that is CNC cut out of a solid piece of 17-4ph Stainless steel. The result is a tiny block with extremely high working loads. The version used by the Farr 40 class is only about 2 inches long with a 26 mm sheave, has a 3000lb working load, and weighs 3 oz. Less weight aloft. It’s a good thing. Get in touch with Euro Marine Trading for more info.
Have any of you anarchists used these? Jump in the Gear Anarchy forum.

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