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Torqeedo are all over Charleston, with three electric-powered media boats, dozens of sportboats running their outboards, a display booth, charging stations, giveaways, and above all else; girls. Good for the environment and good for the soul! Thanks to Torqeedo for the shot.
April 12th, 2014 by admin
It’s a good time to welcome Sailing Anarchy’s newest advertiser, Afterguard! These guys have created the first really exciting new navigation/tactical technology in a long, long time, and they’re the only company offering a heads-up display for sailing. This is no fly-by-night piece of vaporware, either; we spent a long time talking to Alex and his Afterguard team as well as the folks at Recon who build much of the hardware, and they’re definitely for real.
We recommend having a peak at the Afterguard website to learn more, have a look at this HD sizzle reel from their Miami testing with the TP52 fleet, or click on one of the banners you now see around SA. We are pretty sure they’ll sell out their first production run pretty quickly, so order yours today if you want to be at the front of the line. Here’s a quick Q&A with Afterguard boss Alex Moret.
SA: The Afterguard HUD has been called ‘trickle-down’ technology from the America’s Cup, but your tech is a long way ahead of the semi-secret HUD sunglasses and backpack that Jimmy Spithill wore in the Valencia AC. Can you explain what Jimmy used, and how Afterguard differs?
AM: The screen Jimmy used in the America’s Cup was groundbreaking. It was very cool and certainly an exciting step forward for technology in our sport, however, it was really just a one-off. It wasn’t a system that was ready for the consumer – the glasses were hard-wired to a computer that had to be carried in a backpack. It was bulky and quite technical to run. It was definitely inspiring and got the world excited, but it had a long way to go. Our technology is built right into the glasses – no wires, no backpacks, no technical experience needed to operate and very easy to integrate with your current boat instrumentation. With the advancements that have been made in miniaturization and wifi technology, we are finally able to bring to market a Heads Up Display that is small, light and powerful, so that you don’t have to sacrifice mobility or maneuver with something that is distracting and cumbersome.
SA: What intrigues us most is Afterguard’s “Virtual Tactician” feature, which can actually tell you whether you will safely cross a starboard tacker, or whether you will lay a mark, all without screwing around with a tablet around your neck or a laptop down below. This is potentially game-changing stuff, so can you explain how the sensors, processors, and software can accomplish this very complex task? How accurate, and therefore, reliable, is it?
AM: What the patent pending Virtual Tactician does is really simple and intuitive. How it does it is quite a bit more complicated. The Afterguard Heads Up Display integrates a 9-axis accelerometer and magnetometer that very precisely tracks the movement of your head and combines it with the information pulled from your boat instrumentation. With all of this information, the system knows what direction you are looking and what your boat is doing relative to the conditions and targets. The magic of the Virtual Tactician is that it allows you to simply turn your head, line up a mark or another boat and make a clearing decision.
SA: What led you down this path of developing something so highly specialized?
AM: Heads Up Display is something that both Ross and I have been dreaming about for years. When we first saw it in the America’s Cup, we knew that it would be killer to have something like that on our own boats. In the last few years, Heads Up Display technology has really started to mature, and the cost of miniaturized sensors and components has become affordable enough that this no longer had to be a dream. Although the market is niche, we believe the product is the kind of game-changer that grabs the imagination of anyone who’s raced a sailboat.
SA: Does it work for those of us who wear prescription eyeglasses? What about the lens tint – is it variable, or are their options for foggy/clear/dark sails?
AM: The screen itself is set to optical infinity, which means that most individuals, regardless of whether they are short or long sighted, are able to read the display. The lens of the sunglasses themselves are not prescription at this time, but it may be something we introduce in the future. At the moment, we just have one set of polarized lens that we have found work best in most environments. In the future, we plan on having a selection of lenses that you can swap out.
SA: Are they battery hogs? How will the Afterguard work for longer races, where you might want each rotating driver to slip into them as they start their stint?
AM: The system has been designed to be very power efficient, so users will get about 4-6 hours out of a battery. The batteries themselves are interchangeable, so with a couple of backup batteries, the Afterguard would be good to go even during a long offshore race.
SA: Is Afterguard’s “Performance Dashboard” a repeater of on-board instruments, or does it do its own calculations? Can the display incorporate GPS info and navigation aids like XTE and CMG? How much overall customization is available for the display?
AM: The Afterguard system pulls the data directly from your onboard instruments, so any data that you see in the HUD is consistent with what you see on your existing instruments. However, for situations where your onboard systems aren’t providing a particular piece of the data, the HUD will use its own sensors to augment each of the screens. Regarding GPS, XTE and CMG, the system receives all of the raw data from the onboard instruments, but currently doesn’t incorporate all the data it receives into the screens.
SA: How much wet can the glasses take? Any plans to do a leaner, and fully waterproof dinghy/moth/olympics version?
AM: The Heads Up Display has been designed to a standard called IP65 which means it is splash resistant, but can not withstand full immersion under water. Basically, it can get pretty wet, but you won’t want to take it for a swim. We’re definitely toying around with the idea of a fully waterproof HUD, maybe even something that could also work for kite boarders and wind surfers.
SA: Is there a way to record video with the HUD info for later coaching/debriefing? If not, is this in the plan for future upgrades?
AM: Yes, the hardware is already there with a built-in HD camera, so there is definitely a plan for future upgrades.
SA: When can we expect the first units to ship, and how do folks get on the order list?
AM: We’re only doing a limited production for the first run, so there is a small quantity available for preorder on Afterguard.co for early adopters who want to be the first to get their hands on an Afterguard system. We’ve already placed orders for all the necessary components and have booked manufacturing time, so we should be on track to ship the systems in the fall.
SA: What’s the discount for SA’s early adopter techno-boffins? Got any high-profile customers you can share with us on the ‘first run’ list?
AM: For those lucky enough to get one of the preorder systems, we’re giving a pretty hefty discount of $600 off of the retail price. The solo Afterguard system that includes the Central Communications Unit and one Heads Up Display is going for $1899, instead of the $2499 retail pricetag. We want to reward the sailors who are willing to get behind us and the product, and who are as excited as we are to start racing with the system.
SA: Thanks Alex – we’re stoked to see the first units and sign us up for a test drive.
AM: You got it, and thanks so much for your interest!
April 3rd, 2014 by admin
As long as Gunboat doesn’t get bored of spending money on creative video teams like Rachel and Richard, we promise we won’t get bored of watching them. This one’s a fun look at Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis at the Heineken. Title shout to Mojo Nixon; listen to the ultimate Elvis tribute in their 80′s punk classic here.
March 17th, 2014 by admin
We welcome our friends from the Barcelona World Race back and thank them for their support and advertising with Sailing Anarchy! The BWR is a completely unique race, providing most of the adventure and challenge of the Vendee Globe, but adding the spice and flavor of a start in the fabulous city of Barcelona and the excitement and adrenaline available from the higher-performance of a double handed crew.
The additional body aboard also means the interpersonal relationship is a big part of the race, and with one more person to write/shoot/edit there’s more content as well. In just three editions it’s become one of the world’s greatest ocean races, and you can talk about the race here, and hit their Facebook Page here for more info. Here’s their big announcement:
The third edition of the Barcelona World Race starts New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014 and will reveal ten duos or more on the start line, ready to take on the biggest and most arduous challenge in double-handed ocean racing!
Four high caliber teams have already announced their participation, including six co-skippers who return as BWR race veterans. Entered teams are the Mare Racing Team with German and French skippers Jorg Riechers and Sebastien Audigane, GAES Centros Auditivos with Spaniards Anna Corbella and Gerard Marin, Hugo Boss with Alex Thomson from Great Britain and Pepe Ribes from Spain and the recently announced Neutrogena Sailing Team with Spaniard Guillermo Altadill and Chilean Jose Munoz, to be joined by another six in the upcoming weeks and months.
The next edition will take a new course, taking the fleet south of New Zealand this time. Stops will be taxed much more heavily. The Barcelona World Race, a thrilling adventure to take competitive human sporting partnerships to the limit of endurance, has long since set its position as a ‘must do’ on the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship.
An innovative and exciting media programme using up-to-the-minute platforms will bring the Barcelona World Race to individual race fans and into households around the world, developing and reporting the sporting and human stories hour by hour and day by day. The commercial returns for sponsors and partners on previous editions of the race represent excellent value. And alongside the sporting challenge, the Barcelona World Race will open avenues for important scientific and marine research.
March 5th, 2014 by admin
As if there was any doubt about how bad ass The Reverend Petey Crawford’s videos are, take a look at this highlight reel from his 2013-14 jobs. And just as an added bonus, we’ve got a little contest for you. For the first 3 people who can tell us how many current World Champions appear in the video, Penalty Box Productions will provide their sweet new flat brim PBP hats and stylin’ shirts (thanks to Line Honors) for ya. There will even be a special, as-yet unnamed prize to the first person who can get every name of every world champion right!
So get going and tell us - Whaddaya got?
February 24th, 2014 by admin
Our friends at West Marine have joined up with Nobeltec to give away a brand new iPad loaded with charts to celebrate their excellent nav data going mobile with the new TimeZero App for IOS. We’ll have full review of the app for you as soon as the ice melts, but if you want a chance to win a jewel of a device with some useful tools, get over to Facebook and fill out a quick form right here.
February 7th, 2014 by admin
If, like many of us, you’ve just about HAD IT with this insane winter weather, now’s about the perfect time to register for the St. Thomas International Regatta and save $150 off the entry fee if you sign up by this Friday the 31st. You’ll be in good company regardless of what you race; the big boat IRC class is looking ultra-competitive with Highland Fling XII, Tonerre, Scarlet Runner fresh across from Cape Town via Rio and loads more, while the STIR always gets awesome turnout from the diverse cruiser/racer crowd racing CSA. Add in the triple threat of Melges 32s from Puerto Rico, a great beach cat class, and the big IC-24 fleet and you’ve got a recipe for success in the 41st year of the “easy button” for Caribbean racing. “St. Thomas has the best combination of high quality race administration, great competition, and affordability, and the STYC is an awesome atmosphere whether you’re with the family or the party animals,” says Melges 32 owner/driver Jaime Torres. For more information, visit www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com. Or, follow for the latest information on Facebook www.facebook.com/rolexregatta, Instagram #IRRSTYC and Twitter @IRRSTYC. Dean Barnes photo.
January 29th, 2014 by admin
The 41st St. THOMAS INTERNATIONAL REGATTA is set to once again provide some of the best racing in the Caribbean, with warm water, hot racing action, and most importantly – a truly EASY regatta to come and sail. Based out of the legendary STYC inside Cowpet Bay, there are tons of apartments, condos, and hotels within walking distance or a short drive away, and rental cars are cheap and easy to pick up when you fly into the airport – which is an easy hop from Miami or dozens of other direct US cities. If you’ve done the logistics for St. Barths, St. Maarten, or even the BVI you know it can be a challenge to get everything sorted out on time and on budget, but not in St. Thomas; it’s just easier here!
With a strong big boat lineup planned and consistently awesome racing for beach cats, IC24s, and cruiser/racers in the 30-45 foot range on CSA handicap, we’ve also got big boat legends like the Kerr 46 Tonnerre De Breskins 3 on the list as well as already three TP52s: Highland Fling of Monac0, Near Miss from SUI/FRA, and the Aussie Scarlet Runner, currently racing over from Cape Town. Get your 52 or other IRC weapon on the list right away and take advantage of some of the best race courses anywhere in the world; we’ve got flat water and swells, the awesome Pillsbury Sound between St. John and the West End, the exciting race to Charlotte Amalie, and more ’round the rocks’ action; everything a real racer wants from their Caribbean fling.
Want to have some REAL FUN with your J/70? Ship it down from Florida with the special deal arranged by Kestrel Shipping, with a simple roll-on/roll-off from Palm Beach to Roadtown in the BVIs. Bring her over for the action in St. Thomas and then back for the BVI Spring Regatta; warm water and big breeze is what these things are made for! Contact Steven at Kestrel or Chris at Island Shipping for more info.
January 7th, 2014 by admin
Rob Doolittle and Bob Hodges took the second ever VX-One North American Championship last weekend in a 21-boat fleet out of Rush Creek YC in Texas. Full results here, full story here, and a couple of nice photo galleries (and the above shot) from Rush Creek YV here.
The super light, super quick VX-One continues to please, growing especially well on the Gulf Coast…check ‘em out here.
November 11th, 2013 by admin
Doyle Sails continues to crush it down in the deep South, with Stratis-powered boats taking overall line honors, overall handicap, and taking the line in 4 of 6 classes in last month’s NZ Coastal Classic. We’ve got two reports for you; one from Simon Kidd aboard overall handicap winner Omega, and one from Moose on the Team Australia trimaran. Awards irony: The brand new North Sails trophy for top monohull on handicap went to Omega and her brand new set of upwind Doyle Stratis ICE sails. Full list of Doyle-powered results and photos are here, and Adam Sandler fans everywhere should get the title reference.
It was always going to be a great race for Omega upwind, with pressure and the breeze backing later in the day. We started well ahead of the starting gun with preparation on the boat, which is half the battle, dropping the rudder to service the bearing and undertaking several other small maintenance jobs. For the sail inventory we added a new Stratis ICE Code 2 headsail, which we carried from North Head up the coast, and also a new Stratis carbon technora mainsail.
With a large fleet off the line there was some urgency to set the Doyle A3 laminated gennaker and we made a nice jump on the other 40′s down to North Head. We had a good run up to Sail Rock with a long port tack and couple of short starboard tacks. Just after Sail Rock a squall came through and we ended up bareheaded for a couple of minutes before settling back into a slightly cracked jib top and then into the Code 0 which carried us through to the Cape Brett. The 40 fleet was locked together with Mojo, Power Play, Pretty Boy Floyd and Lawless all metres apart as we cleared the Brett.
Omega was in her element with an 150% overlapping headsail we laid pretty much through to the Black Rocks, having taken advantage of the incoming tide and then a long starboard tack through to Tapeka Point. A short tack and we laid up to the finish just as the breeze started to die, with the tide changing as we finished. Skipper and owner Scott McLaren was delighted with the result and very complementary of both the crew and also the Doyle sails that powered Omega to her win.
It’s a long time since someone brought a boat all the way from Australia for the Coastal Classic and so when owner Sean Langman and his team made noises about bringing their very cool ORMA Trimaran Team Australia over for the 2013 event it was pretty exciting news. Team Australia is, like local boat Team Vodafone, an ex-French ORMA Class box rule boat, maximum length, maximum beam, maximum mast length and that’s about it… they were developed for a combination of round the buoy Grand Prix events and single and double handed Trans-Atlantic racing. Until the creation of the AC 72 they were the most developed large multihull in the world.
Team Australia started their 2013/4 campaign by setting a new bench mark for the Trans-Tasman sailing record, crossing from Sydney to Auckland in 2 days 19 hours 2 mins 45 seconds. Their new record, now ratified by the World Speed Sailing Association, has set the bar very high for others to try and have a crack at. Once in Auckland, with the crew recovered from their Tasman ordeal, we set about getting her ready for the Coastal Classic. This entailed the guys removing all the offshore equipment and most excitingly the fitting of three new Doyle sails to compliment the new mainsail we fitted late last year prior to their successful Sydney-Hobart record run. Ahead of the Coastal Classic, Team Australia got a new Radial Stratis gennaker, and replaced both the primary headsails, the “solent” and “trinquette.” These new sails were utilising our very latest technology, with both the jibs being Stratis carbon ICE. All the sails went straight on and fitted like gloves and were “sweet as,” to use the words of one of the crew.
Race day came around and I think I was the most excited person in Auckland, with the prospect of an upwind beat to Russell, knowing we had two brand new jibs in our arsenal. The start went well, with Sean’s years of skiff sailing paying good dividends. We won the race to North Head but soon after Team Vodafone got through us by just carrying bigger sails. Team Australia is less powerful then Vodafone and so we decided to go with the smaller Trinquette jib. During the reach to Kawau Island we struggled to hang on to them as their added power let them slip away. Around Kawau we cut the corner on them and were right back into it… we then exchanged a couple of tacks and with the wind forecast to go left, we protected that side and were starting to pay good dividends. Just as we were about to tack and clear ahead the $10 lashing that held the Solent Jib up snapped and we had the jib fall on the deck. There is no halyard for this sail, it gets hoisted on a Gennaker halyard and then lashed, so we had to change down to the Trinquette and set about to catch them up. Whangarei Heads was always going to be an interesting landmark to get past in a Westerly breeze. We saw Vodafone go wide and so hit the beach. This paid off big time and while they were struggling offshore in light winds and headed breeze, we were smoking down the beach. From the time we got past them through to when we finally rounded Cape Brett I believe we were just quicker, as we reasonably quickly extended our lead out to nearly 40 minutes from there it was a blasting reach into the finish..
All in all it was a very satisfying win for Team Australia, we certainly had had our share of obstacles along the way! A big thanks to Sean and the Team Australia team for putting their faith in Doyle Stratis sails to power their amazing boat, and thanks also to our team for delivering. Let’s hope Sean can bring the boat back next year to have a crack at defending our title!
November 4th, 2013 by admin
Our performance-loving friends over at Velocitek have spent the last couple of years designing and building the perfect tactical compass, and today, they introduce it to the world!
The new Shift uses a nine-axis solid-state sensor to provide buttery smooth compass headings regardless of conditions, while the port/starboard reference angle buttons and indicators are huge, intuitive, and extremely easy to use. Instead of doing mental gymnastics or waiting for your existing compass to stop bouncing around so you can see if you’re lifted or headed, the Shift tells you what you need to know quickly, accurately, and reliably, taking the guesswork out of your tactics on the course.
Hit the thread and ask the inventors yourself if you have any questions.
October 29th, 2013 by admin
He may not be having the regatta he wanted or expected here in Hawaii, but Red Bull Youth AC winner and 49er World Champ Pete Burling still had enough speed to win yesterday’s Velocitek “Dash For Cash” for a cool grand. 25 knots of boatspeed in 11 knots of breeze on an 11-foot long singlehander? That’s fast.
Hear how he did it here, and stay tuned next week for the big announcement you’ve all been waiting for from one of Sailing Anarchy’s most loyal longtime supporters, Velocitek. Photo thanks to Gretta Kruesi/www.grettakruesi.com.
October 18th, 2013 by admin
This week it’s the Viper 640 North Americans at Houston Yacht Club. Texans believe that two Vipers are better than one, Babe.
Two Melges 32 owners tied for first after the second day. Two leaders are better than one, Babe.
Jason Carroll driving his Viper 640 Argo with crew Chad Corning and Danny Pletsch is tied with Malcolm Geftner’s Celeritas with Willem Van Waay and Victor Diaz Deleon. Both teams are fresh from the Melges 32 worlds where Jason was crowned Champ; the Viper program is a tiny fraction of the cost of a Melges 32 program but it continues to attract some of the best sportboat sailors on the planet as both a great cross trainer for big boat owners and double the pleasure for half the cost for everyday one design sailors. In third, Jay Gollison with Ched Proctor and Steve Flam are only two points behind the leaders, and they are closely chased by Luke Lawrence in Arethusa, Kevin Taugher in Hot Mess and Brad Boston in Jackpot. It’s a field laden with talent and Anarchists.
Oh and for those Vipers that couldn’t make it to Houston this year, there are another 30+ Vipers registered at the HPDO this weekend! Two Regattas are Better than One, Babe.
Title Credit from a song so old that we can’t even find it online, and huge kudos to the Houston Viper fleet for creating this great cover shot at the HYC parking lot, and to KO Sailing for an incredible Texas Open Pit BBQ!
October 11th, 2013 by admin
Nearly 50 teams participated in the inaugural Star Winter Series (SWS) Presented by EFG International last year, won by Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins. The Miami-based series was such a success that both its Event Director and Presenting Sponsor are back, with more excitement and more action planned for the 2013-14 season. Let’s take it over to that Director, our old Anarchist friend Stu Hebb.
“After wallowing around in ultra-light air at the San Diego Worlds, every Star sailor I know is pumped up for the amazing conditions we get in Biscayne Bay, week in and week out,” said Hebb. “Over the five events of last years SWS – 12 days of racing – we lost just half of one morning to light air, with the rest being perfection; 8 knots to 18 knots, 75-85 degrees; any questions? Anyone with a Star, or thinking about getting a Star, we’ve made the decision really easy for you: Get your boat down here before the first event in November and you’ll have the time of your life.”
Hebb says interest in the 2013-14 Series has surprised even him, with multiple teams from California and New England making their way to Coconut Grove next month to join the already-established fleet, as well as committed entries from Germany, Brazil, and several other nations. As everyone is rediscovering, Miami has become the new “place to be” for winter sailing in this hemisphere. Here’s the schedule: Get registered! Meredith Block photo.
October 8th, 2013 by admin
26 boats are on the line in Macatawa, Michigan for the US Nationals as the Melges 20 Class begins the build toward their first-ever World Championship this December in the Florida Keys. The world’s top sailors dot some boats while low-key family programs fill others; a nice mix for a sexy boat that’s now an International Class at a club that looks more Lake Garda than Lake Michigan for this well-branded Audi event.
Mer, Clean, and Petey are bringing their ‘lite’ OTWA program to the Melges 20 Facebook page; They’ll have photos, videos, and written updates, and a live-streaming program including tonight’s Opening Ceremony, an hour-long ’chalk talk’ with M20 owners, crew, and pros on Friday, and Sunday’s awards. Like the FB page for the most frequent updates; if all you want is live video, follow the Melges 20 Ustream page here. Meredith Block photo.
August 22nd, 2013 by admin
Len Siegal’s Lucky Dubie is the world’s best-named J/boat since Smokin’ J was snuffed out years ago, and the longtime Chicago J/sailor tops the leaderboard at the first-ever major J/111 championship worldwide; their North American Championship. 14 boats from as far as Oregon, Florida, and Massachusetts is a solid turnout for a boat that toes the line between Grand Prix and amateur; just one pro is allowed aboard each of the light-but-not-extreme, quick-but-not-extreme J/111.
That’s the good news. The bad news? Chicago in the summer might be better for fishing than it is for sailing, at least this week! J/fans can check it out live with full OTWA/Facebook video/interview/photo/updates coverage right here. Meredith Block photo, event gallery here. Big thanks to Skyway Yacht Works for the gin palace and Whaler that we’re working from…check ‘em out.
August 16th, 2013 by admin
Doyle’s new ICE fibers may be the worst kept secret in sailmaking over the past couple of years; it’s been helping grand prix racers like Secret Men’s Business, Hugo Boss, and the Team Korea AC45 perform for some time now. Mike Sanderson tells us it’s incredibly light and stable for a given strength and extremely durable, handling the flexing and bending those neatly flaked and bricked sails take with very little loss of strength, if any.
August 14th, 2013 by admin
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
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
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.
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June 5th, 2013 by admin