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Posts Tagged ‘Nacra 17’

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With day after day of boatbreaking conditions at the 49er/FX/Nacra 17 Worlds thanks to big winter breeze and shallow depths, Clearwater Sailing Center’s race course was something of a bust, both for a double-digit number of masts and for replicating Rio conditions.  And while Paris Hencken and Helena Scutt held true to their recent form and claimed the Olympic berth for the FX, longtime favorites in both the skiff and cat took huge dives, and the final Nacra and 49er selections came as a shock to everyone in what is a life or death trials for those obsessives who put it all on the line for a shot at Olympic gold. (For instance, check out this glossy, expensively produced Sperry/US Sailing video profile of 49er favorite Brad Funk that dropped just before Worlds, when Funk and Burd sailed themselves right out of the trials and off the team.  Oops.

The American deficit in the Nacra was pretty obvious, especially when competitors Sarah Newberry and Matt Whitehead – who’ve held the official US Team designation for the better part of two years – came across the line as only the fifth American team in the selection trials – and near the back of the overall fleet.  Meanwhile, Mark and Carolina Mendelblatt continued their late charge for the Rio berths and offshore beach catter Mike Easton and Katie Pettibone showed their heavy air prowess while dominating the other US teams in Clearwater.

USSailingTeam_20160212_IMG_1650_Credit_Will_Ricketson_USSailingBut it was one of SA’s oldest friends who came through at the very, very last minute.  That’s right, folks – double Moth World Champion, Melges 24 dominator, and sporty offshore navigator Bora Gulari, along with young crew Louisa Chafee, did just enough in the Clearwater event to squeak through qualifications by 2 points over Easton and just 3 over Pettibone.

Bora checked in to the SA Forums after a long hiatus from posting.  We will have a full interview with Bora when the Sailing Anarchy Podcast launches on March 1st, but until then you can check out Bora’s bullet point report.  From the “US Sailing Is F&*ked” thread.

So sorry I have not posted in quite some time but some of the comments in here have motivated me to at least write a tiny bit. 

-The first time I stepped into a Nacra 17 was in the Miami OCR last year, I bought a boat 3 months later and that was the first time I was able to sail daily.

-I switched crews one week before the Miami SWC we got at high as third most of the way through the regatta and I started sailing worse once there was more off the water distractions of friends and family showing up.

-For Clearwater I had changed some foil angle setup things.  I do not have access to a VPP, so I am doing this on the fly.  The change I made was a definite mistake and boat speed showed it.

-Worlds had the most challenging sea state I have ever had to race a dinghy in, next time I will be ready for that stuff.

-There was more off-the-water distractions for me than I had ever to deal with.

-Ahead is 6 months of full-time sailing with a good teammate, great coaching, and unlimited resources from now ’till the games. If you discount me fine but I don’t think I would.

It’s hard to discount the best American apparent-wind helmsman of his generation (especially when he’s a hydrodynamic engineer) in a very new and untested class.  It’s a longshot, but outside the 470 girls and guys, they’re all longshots.

Top photo from the 49er Dutchies, pic of Bora and Louisa from Will Ricketson/US Sailing Team Sperry.

February 18th, 2016 by admin

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With a solid list of interesting guests and a good location in Miami, John “Worldwide” Casey’s podcast continues to impress as he ramps up to the ultimate sailing talker – our own Mr. Clean.  That one won’t drop until Wednesday, but you road warriors and bored bastards can listen to today’s chat between JC and Enrique “Quique” (pronounced “KeeKay”) Figueroa.

Quique is a cat sailing pioneer.  The multiple world champ took his first world title (Hobie 14) at 17 years old, and he’s one of a handful of Puerto Ricans who’ve competed in multiple olympics in any sport, and maybe the only human being on Earth who was able to make a living sailing Hobie 16s.

This interesting Boriqueno has had a chance to see the evolution of Olympic sailing over the years and has truly lived the ‘Have a Hobie Day” mantra.  Catch up with the pair as they explore erectile dysfunction in Puerto Rico, domestic wildlife, extreme nighttime cat sailing, and how he just missed out on Rio after losing the Nacra 17 trials in Miami last week.

 

February 1st, 2016 by admin

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Fresh off a crew substitution (trading windsurfer Solvig Sayre for Louisa Chafee, daughter of dropped out 2016 Presidential candidate Linc Chafee) original SA gangsta Bora Gulari looked to be taking the Nacra 17 class by storm this week at the OCR, sitting in medal position after three days of tumultuous Miami weather. With just two events forming the full Athlete Selection Series (yes, it’s actually called the A.S.S!) for Rio 2016, Bora and Louisa served notice to the husband/wife team of Mark and Carolina Mendelblatt and US Sailing Team Sperry racers (and former SCOTW) Sarah Newberry and Matt Whitehead that they were gunning for the American slot.  But a breezier day on Thursday rocketed all the Americans back in the pack, and as of Friday noon time, Bora sits in 14th, the only US team with a shot at making tomorrow’s Medal Race.

Newberry/Whitehead’ss consistent failure to perform has allowed Gulari and the Splats to turn this into a 3-boat horse race, one of the few left in any Class as the selections get near the end. It’s fun while it lasts, though realistically, any of these cat teams are far more likely to be fighting for tenth place than a medal once they get down South. For a full look at how the Selection Series works and who’s got a shot, check out this story from Will Ricketson and the US Sailing Team Sperry team.

Incredible shot from the legendary Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions.  Full results here.

 

January 29th, 2016 by admin

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What’s the latest stunt from America’s fastest skipper and prospective 2016 Olympian Bora Gulari and his Nacra 17 crew Solvig Sayre?  You’ll have to check back later this week for the video that shows it all, unless you’re one of the lucky few headed to tonight’s fundraiser at Harken World HQ in Pewaukee.  Go and like their page here, and if you’re at the auction (for some crazy prizes) or at this weekend’s big auction and party at Bayview, bid big!

 

October 26th, 2015 by admin

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If you don’t like the Nacra 17, or you can’t stand how John Casey is always smiling, or if you think Sarah Newberry is just too adorable for you, you’re gonna have a hard time reading the front page of Sailing Anarchy for the next 3 years.  We’re putting our Olympic medal money on them, and that means plenty of exposure right here.  This sweet teaser from the Miami OCR comes from the editing desk of Petey Crawford/Penalty Box Productions, and he’s doing some of the best video work of his life lately.  Check out JC and Sarah’s page here.

February 18th, 2013 by admin

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