Posts Tagged ‘World Championship’
The On-The-Water Anarchy/Sperry Top-Sider/Line Honors team is off to the pubs with the Moth World Champ, but not before gettin’ you the goods on the overall action. And the action is all about Peter Burling – so motherfuckin’ ill! Huge thanks to all of you for watching, and sit tight; we’ll have one hell of a reality show/reel in a couple of weeks.
Sander Van Der Borch’s sick-ass photos from the day are all over here.
January 16th, 2015 by admin
Top Oracle Team USA coach and multihuller Philippe Presti shares the sentiment of the Moth Worlds fleet as the nearly always sunny summer beach town of Sorrento waits for a window to get off the lee shore beach in 25+ knots; even the Aussies are under-dressed for the monster low pressure that’s touching Port Philip Bay today. On the other hand, most of the chillin’ sailors told us ‘it’s the first good RO decision of the week’…so there’s that.
Not everyone was too scared to go out; check out the scow! We’ll be posting real time updates on the comments section of today’s Youtube Live feed – and no, we’re not broadcasting yet. For all of yesterday’s pics and some gorgeous sunrise action from the awesome Sander Van Der Borch, go here. Day 3′s video highlight reel is now up as well, and thanks to Sperry for making it all possible!
January 12th, 2015 by admin
We’re stoked to become the first sailing publication in the world to reach 100,000 likes on Facebook; and unlike a handful of our would-be competitors, we didn’t buy a single one. Thanks to all of you for sharing, liking, and commenting on our content – it keeps it all real, and that’s what we love most of all.
True sailing geeks can go check out the sexiest collection of dinghy carbon porn shots you’ve ever seen in our Facebook Moth Worlds Bits gallery over here.
January 12th, 2015 by admin
Are you ready for it? We are. Sperry Top-Sider and Sailing Anarchy bring you what you’ve been waiting for: The Gold Fleet! 3 women and 76 guys made it through, and now, the regatta really begins. We’ll be telling you the full story live, over three races as the Finals begins. Bouncy video and awesome commentary at the 2015 Moth Worlds.
We might even get our super special guest star to talk on the microphone; he’s holding cables at the moment…stay tuned.
January 11th, 2015 by admin
There’s nothing quite like low-riding in a foiling Moth, but at least it wasn’t all like that for day one of the Moth Worlds. Watch for yourself as Nath Outteridge throws down the gauntlet for this incredible fleet after three qualifying races. It’s all Aussies and Kiwis in the top 4, with Luna Rossa’s Chris Draper mixing it up with the 5th place in 4-9 knots of breeze on Port Philip Bay. Detroit’s finest sits in seventh, with one more day of qualifying ahead.
Our first On-The-Water Anarchy/Perpetual Shit Show Production coverage in quite some time was about as we expected for day 1; technical issues, low framerate, and grey backdrops didn’t subtract from the fact that we have finally been able to bring you our favorite event in sailing, live and in (mostly) HD resolution. And we promise to keep getting better, so long as you keep watching. Start with the player above – all four hours of it (we won’t get mad if you skip forward, we promise), with big thanks to our 14-year old Optimist-sailing first-time cameraman Charlie Hiam, everyone at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, Line Honors Yacht Racing Outfitters, and of course the fun-loving folks at Sperry.
G.Love brings you some title love.
January 10th, 2015 by admin
WARNING: IF YOU HAVE ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER, SKIP TO THE VIDEO BELOW. Sander Van Borch is already loading up more awesome shots here, and a title shout out to some boys that did for hardcore music what the Mothies do for sailing. And of course a huge thanks to Sperry, who’ve been supporting Olympic youth sailing in the US for years, and now they’re learning to love the Moths like we do.
I got off the water steamin’ mad yesterday; no matter how prepared we seem to be (and there’s no doubt this is the most ambitious coverage we’ve ever done), tech issues always pop up and bite us in the ass. In this case we had inverter issues, but it’s always something! Fortunately, our backup to the backup plan – streaming 540p video on battery power – worked, meaning there is zero doubt that foiling, dinghy, AC, and really anyone who loves sailing will be able to watch all of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds completely live starting today. And if we can get our shit together, it will all be in 720p HD quality. If not, deal.
I stormed off down the beach with about 30 bucks worth of vodka in an icy glass, and within 100 meters, I’d been called over to look at the latest aero fairings on 49er star Simon Hiscocks Mach 2. Within moments, all my anger was gone. “Shock” and his childlike glee at putting together a really cool piece of carbon fiber porn knocked it all out of me. Then he – a goddamned olympic medalist – told me that “it’s just absolutely incredible to be bullshitting on the beach and racing up the line with these guys all around me – when do you ever get to do that?” as he gestured towards Glenn Ashby, Dean Barker, Loick Peyron, and any one of dozens of other legends of the sport on the beach around us. Think about that for a second: An Olympic medalist is completely blown away because he’s never been to anything quite like this. And he’s not getting paid for it; he’s doing it because racing the Moth has made him love sailing as much now as he did when he was a child.
I walked the beach for another hour, talking to another dozen guys and gals about their boats, the conditions, the class – and I walked away with one overarching impression: Moth Worlds really is a window into the future of the sport. It’s not necessarily because foils are going to somehow dominate the world – though with Amac’s new one-design “Wasp”, they might (and we’ll have MUCH more on that soon). What makes this event special is the fact that it attracts the people that will lead the sport for the decades, and they – along with everyone else here – bring a youthful energy to the beach that is palpable, uplifting, and leaves everyone walking away with a smile and a great outlook for the future of sailing.
The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club knows it; their Opening Ceremony was one of the funniest and most welcoming we’ve ever heard, including a confetti canyon and dozens of local kids frolicking in the veggie-derived bio paper snow, and despite being a pretty posh place, there are more crazed kids sailing random boats off the beach than we’ve seen at any club. The members – even those who don’t know much about sailing – are out in force, volunteering or just adding to the massive spectator crowd. It is a scene that needs to be seen to be believed – and that’s why we’re so glad to bring it to you live.
Our singlehanded ocean racer Ronnie’s been on a crash course learning what these boats are all about, and without further ado, here’s the official SA FORM GUIDE for the 2015 Moth Worlds.
The podium at a Moth Worlds is perhaps the most difficult place for a sailor to reach. Here’s what we think it might look like.
Nathan Outteridge - The name literally needs no introduction. Olympic Gold medallist in the 49er three years ago, two-time Moth World Champion (defending world champ in Hayling last year), and AC 72 skipper onboard Artemis, Outteridge has clearly established himself as being arguably the best high-speed sailor on the planet. That one-in-a-million freak of nature who can squeeze 100% out of any boat and be cool as ice on tactics and in the face of advertsity, Nath is the complete package, the hometown favorite and the smart money.
Peter Burling – Every sport has their superstar of a generation, and if Nath is “it” for the skiff world, Burling’s day is coming. At just 24 years of age, he has competed in two Olympic Games, winning 49er Silver in London 2012, won two 49er Worlds and skippered an AC 45 to a commanding win in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. Just like Outerridge, Pete is also a hot-commodity in the America’s Cup scene, earning the position of heir-apparent to the helm of Emirates Team New Zealand. Blazingly fast in the Moth, big and strong and talented beyond belief, Peter Burling will be a Moth World Champion one day; we just don’t know if that title will be awarded this week or further on down the road.
Josh “Yoshi” Mcknight – If a guy like Nathan Outteridge is the Iceman in this fleet, then Josh McKnight is Maverick. Like Maverick, he’s cooler than the underside of the pillow, but also happy to stir the shit and create a little conflict when he can. Josh won a tough world champs in Garda three years ago and plenty thought it was a bit of a fluke, but in the intervening years, he’s proved as fast as anyone over the long haul. McKnight has raw boat speed and talent to spare, while his one weakness may still be a touch of youthful arrogance. Sticking to the basics on boat set-up (he told us that much of the work in the boat park is probably just mental masturbation) and just doing massive amounts of sailing, young Yoshi is a potential World Champion if he can sail a smart regatta.
Bora Gulari – America’s fastest foiling helm and the two-time American World Champion in the Moth, Bora is something of a public enemy hear in Sorrento, though you’d never hear the polite Aussies ever say it. With Australians like Nath, Josh, Babbage, and the rest of the all-stars leading a 97-boat home nation team into this Moth Worlds, no one wants to see an American walk away from ‘straya with the goods. With arguably more hours in a Moth than anyone else, hundreds of hours of development on rig, foil, and ride control and an aerospace engineers intuition, the Detroit-based Luna Rossa sailor is always a factor. He’s also never lost a Moth Worlds to Nathan…
The Top Ten
Tom Slingsby – A 5-time Laser World Champion, Laser gold medalist and strategist aboard Oracle Team USA during their historic win in AC 34, ‘Slingers’ a god on the tactics, ultra-fit, able to hike for ages. He’s got plenty of time training in Oz recently, and there is no doubt in our minds that Tom could walk away with his first Moth Worlds.
Blair Tuke – Sailing alongside Peter Burling to win Olympic Silver in the 49er, and also in the AC 45’s, Extreme 40’s and Moth’s, Peter is also well in line to become a superstar for a generation. Reportedly well on the pace, don’t be surprised to see Blair mixing it up at the very front of the fleet.
Scott Babbage – Obi-wan Kenobi in the Moth, the the current Class President has put a million hours into the boat and has been within striking range of the title on countless occasions. With a huge fleet racing in highly varying conditions that Babbs knows well, he’s got the experience and race craft to manage a big fleet and finally secure the elusive Moth World title…if he can just close the deal.
Chris Draper – The Luna Rossa skipper and Olympic medalist has the speed, tactical prowesse and experience to win in any fleet, but may be hampered by lack of time in the boat due to other commitments.
David Lister – A-class stalwart and Moth aficionado, Lister sails a fully one-off boat that he built with his own two hands. With as many hours in the Moth as anyone and boat speed as his tactical trump card, David is a threat to the podium whenever he lines up. And his foils are all over the fleet;
Paul Goodison – A 3-time Olympian in the Laser with a Gold medal to show for his efforts, Goodison is the naturally gifted sailor that will sail near the front of any fleet that he sails in. Reportedly on-form, Goody will look to improve on his 12th place Worlds finish from last year, with more time in the boat.
Andrew McDougall – The Builder and developer of the Mach 2 and the only guy who’s ever been able to successfully produce a mass-market Moth, AMAC defies physics and medicine, and can easily win races despite being old enough to be some of the fleet’s grandpa. In fact, Amac seems to look younger every year, and be having more and more fun to boot.
The Dark Horses
Iain Jensen - The Artemis wing trimmer and 49er Olympic Gold medalist crew offers the total package, and can sail with the best of ‘em when he’s on point.
Chris Rashley – Immensely experienced in the Moth and ultra successful over the years, the 2014 Worlds runner-up won the pre-Worlds practice race. Rashie blew out a spinal disk and was laid out in the middle of the street just a week ago, but some steroid injections and a bit of rehab combined with an attitude harder than an Ice Road Trucker might just see this light-air speedster performing at the top of the fleet…or laying in a hospital bed..
Rob Gough -A super fast all around sailor with tons of experience in the Moth, many within the class have them as their biggest dark horse to break into the top 5. A popular pick among the fleet, strong, heavy, and no-nonsense.
Glenn Ashby – The 8-time A-Cat World Champion and Emirates Team New Zealand wing trimmer knows how to make a boat like a Moth go fast, but lacks experience compared to the front runners. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet, Glenn Ashby is the sentimental favorite amongst his competitors to score an unlikely podium finish.
There are battles throughout the fleet; Youth champions, masters champions, women’s title – and we’ve only mentioned a handful of the sailors, constrained by space and time from giving everyone their due. in a fleet where sailors like Route du Rhum winner and ocean sailing legend Loick Peyron, current Mini Transat champ Benoit Marie, and Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Dean Barker blend in with the masses, you know you’re in for a special regatta. We sure do.
January 9th, 2015 by admin
As far as we can tell, no one’s every abandoned a World Championship race for sharks; until yesterday, that is, when Race Committee at the Tasar Worlds spotted a 5m (16.4 foot) Great White prowling under the 122-boat fleet. With serious breeze on and plenty of capsizes, the RC sent the crews in quickly. SA Moth Worlds co-commentator Nic Douglass lies in second overall with dad Rob; she’ll miss the first day of our coverage in Sorrento and rock up on the Sunday for Day 2 – hopefully with a shiny new World Champ medal around her neck. They’ve got limited coverage of the Tasars on Facebook over here.
We couldn’t resist the title; click here for a good old belly laugh from a clip that will never get old.
January 8th, 2015 by admin
We were disappointed when the Melges 32 went from one of the most enjoyable classes around to another class for only the super-rich, and we stayed away for a while. But after spending a week in Miami with the class, we’re starting to get stoked; there’s a brand new attitude and a definite push to bring the fun back to a class that never should have lost it. This 22-minute video from Petey Crawford tells that story, along with the story of the regatta itself, and Jason Carroll’s successful run to the first-ever two-time Melges 32 world champ win. But it’s also packed with great aerial shots, features about the juniors in the fleet, the women on the crews, and the surprisingly large number of ‘family affairs.’ In fact, one of those families provided our ‘performance of the week’, which went to billionaire brothers Dick and Doug Devos, both in their 50s. We watched them hiking their respective balls off for a solid week on the rails of their respective 20-year old sons’ boats Delta and Volpe, making some of the pros look lazy. That’s love right there.
Stay tuned in January for a detailed analysis of what went wrong with the Melges 32 and why, and what’s on the horizon for a boat that’s still setting the performance standard for 30-foot sportboats more than a decade after she was designed.
December 24th, 2014 by admin
This is NOT some high-end riggers supply drawer. It’s not the remains of four skiffs crashing into each other, either. Nope – it’s the meat in the middle of the modern Mach 2 Moth – the junction between flight and control. With canting rigs added to the already silly amount of controls on the world’s fastest dinghy, racing a Moth at the top end is tougher than it’s ever been. Meanwhile, racing around the bay is easier than ever, thanks to the same advancements that are helping the front of the fleet, like Zack Maxam, from whom we stole this shot.
With just under 160 entries, the 2015 Worlds are set to be not only the biggest ever, but the deepest as well. And we’ll be there to bring you every minute of it live. Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but make sure you can stay up late for a few days in the middle of January…
December 11th, 2014 by admin
A dozen naked body-painted dancers, mermaids, and sailor-outfitted hostesses, a full steel drum band, a junior sailing auction, and every single crew partying their collective asses off despite the final race of the Melges 32 Worlds starting the next morning signals a return to the lighthearted party days that helped it become the top grand prix class in the sport. It’s a good sign for the future of a boat that still owns the niche, and with 125 boats out there in the world and rumors of a new World Tour floating around, keep your eyes out for a resurgence.
Today’s racing highlight reel features some of the most intense action yet from the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship, produced by videostylist Petey Crawford and Penalty Box Productions.
Patience was the key for every team that held it together on this long, 3-race day, and with one final race remaining, reigning World Champion Jason Carroll (ARGO) leads Edoardo Lupi (Torpyone) by four points with all other competitors out of the running for the title. The final podium position is completely up for grabs, with 5 teams vying for the all-important bronze.
The final race will fire off at noon, local time on Sunday, and the 2014 Champion will be crowned an hour later. Follow Clean’s live commentated video on the Facebook Page.
December 7th, 2014 by admin
The offset leg was a three-lane highway at times during Day One of the 2014 Melges 32 World Championship, with the Japanese/Spanish Mama Aiuto! taking the early lead. Pierre Casirighi – taking over the helm for injured eccentric driver Roberto Grinover – caught a bullet and will receive average points through Saturday for Race 2. Want to hear how a Race Officer should handle himself in an OCS/Redress? Listen to Anderson Reggio over here for how it’s done by the world’s best.
John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti could barely have started their world title bid worse, grabbing a DSQ after a top mark incident with the DeVos teams Delta and Volpe. Go here for the full news story, and get over to Facebook to see near real time videos of every race, tons more photos like this Carlo Borlenghi shot above, and plenty more.
Stop, collaborate, and listen to the title inspiration here.
December 4th, 2014 by admin
You might get sick of all of our Melges 32 coverage this week, but let’s be honest: It looks like five days of awesomeness in South Beach, and what else do you have to do? Peter Crawford gives you some Pre-Worlds action along with a preview of some of the teams.
Get over to Facebook to follow the racing in real time.
December 3rd, 2014 by admin
The Farr 40 Worlds pulled together its best fleet in half a decade for this week’s action in San Fran, and after 3 races, Alex Roepers’ three bullets is obviously crushing it. Roepers’ Plenty benefits from taking nearly most of the now-defunct Barking Mad crew – including Hutch, Trubie, and Skip B – the wide variety of skill levels in the rest of the fleet make the 2014 title a bit of a foregone conclusion for the 4-time (we think) F40 World Champ tactico Hutch. Meanwhile, Hutch’s perennial helm and boss Jim Richardson (whose divorce scattered the multi-boat Barking Mad program to the wind) quietly stepped in to charter Lang Walker’s Kokomo after a business distraction pulled Walker away – he lies in eighth with an all Oz crew after a day of light to moderate San Fran autumn breeze.
For those of you who like to talk about how amateurs are just as good as pros, have a close look at the results; not a single non-pro team is ahead of any of the pro teams (and F40 rules mean just 4 pros are allowed aboard), but if trends continue apace, next year should see the first Worlds in a decade with more amateur than professional teams.
As usual, despite Rolex feeding the Class with six-figure sponsorship dollars every year, the best coverage ain’t coming from them; instead, there’s a sweet high-res photo stream here and a really nice Livestream video feed from Mauro and Janna at Zerogradinord who’ve been brought over by the Enfant Terrible team.
October 16th, 2014 by admin
Rossi Milev’s final report from last week’s J/24 Worlds has reappeared from the hole it fell down, and here it is. Congrats to Rossi and the team on a solid 7th place, and a big thanks to all of them for contributing to 6 great reports from yet another strong J/24 WC. Also a big congrats to winner Will Welles and his crew on their first J/24 Worlds victory, especially long time Anarchist and contributor Luke Lawrence, who becomes one of the year’s super successful one-design sailors. Luke adds the Worlds to a list of diverse overall wins including the Bacardi Cup (Viper), Charleston Race Week (Viper), Celebrity Pro-Am Nantucket (IOD), J/24 Nationals, and the Medal Race in the Finns at the Miami OCR, as well as 6th in the J/70 Worlds and 15th at the Jaguar Cup. Here’s the report from our favorite Canadian Bulgarian. Vote on your favorite photo from J/24 Worlds at the Class Facebook page.
Brad Read made the call at 830 AM – it’s the Worlds, and that means we’re going out to the ocean again. And what an EPIC day it was! Very windy on the way to the course, and we were thinking the jib was the call again. Waves were 90 degrees to the wind and looked a lot like day one, but the wind was from the NNE. I wished it was day one and I could start this regatta over again from the beginning…
We had a nice 30-minute tune up with Will, with our boat finally moving really well upwind. We’d moved the mast butt forward a bit to get less forestay sag, and the boat felt lit up. It’s always amazing when you find the sweet spot with the tune just right, and the boat just transforms herself into something beautiful. Maybe she is called a ‘she’ for a reason!
In Race One, we again had a solid start just under the midline boat, burning boats off our hip until we looked good again. The breeze was dying a bit since we tuned up and the shifts becoming bigger and more unpredictable. We tack to port and look launched – until the next righty came in again and we can’t cross. A few more tacks back to the left and we’ve gotta win our side. Some things never change.
A very tight fleet at the top with Mollicone rounding ahead by a length or two over Will, with Tar Heel following. We rounded fifth, and with good right shifts on the downwind it was a drag race to the mark and the new course change. Not much changed for the rest of the race, with the order at the finish mostly matching the order at that first rounding. With Mauricio Santa Cruz out of the top ten, it was now a three boat regatta – not gonna be a lot of match racing in the last race!
As we grabbed another good start – five in a row now – I found myself wishing again that the regatta started on Monday. We went straight again, looking good and playing the left, though the leg repeated the first race; right with more pressure and left shifts short but strong, making you put the bow just high enough to clear the waves and grab the lift. Climbing up the ladder was tricky.
Mauricio was very patient on the left, surviving to round on Chile’s Matias Seguel stern. Welles in third again, and we were top ten. With Helly Hanson in the twenties and not a lot of passing lanes, the race between Will and Mauricio was on – but the boats behind suffered in few-to-no-gybe drag race. A big left shift on the second upwind inverted the fleet, and some corner bangers made huge gains on the left; we went middle right and lost twenty boats. Not the way we wanted to finish!
On the other hand, we were overjoyed for our long time friend and tuning partner Will Welles and his crew for fighting right to the end and winning a title that’s eluded Will for decades. Well done, guys.
The awards ceremony was a class act and a great finishing touch to a Worlds that celebrated the 35th anniversary of the first one. Can you imagine predicting that the J/24 would still provide some of the world’s best keelboat racing a third of a century after its first Worlds?
Feel free to question that by coming to Germany next year and trying to win. If you do, your name will be in some great company.
A huge thanks to Lavalife.com, Sailing Anarchy, and DryUV for their support of our Toronto-based team, which included Trimmer Chris Ball, Mast Mike McKeon, Bow Whitney Prossner and Tactician Chris Snow. We hope you enjoyed our stories.
October 6th, 2014 by admin
While our good friend Rossi and the Clear Air/Lavalife/Sailing Anarchy team didn’t win the J/24 Worlds, they sailed a strong top-ten regatta while writing daily reports for all you J/24 fans, and we’re damned proud of them. Here’s the report from the penultimate day of the event – come back tomorrow for the final report. Paul Todd photo and some huge galleries to browse from Worlds at this link.
The RC made a good call racing us inside the Bay, North of the Newport bridge, with wind forecast to increase to upper teens gusting in the twenties – too rough for the RC to anchor outside (and here is a good time to thank all the volunteers on and off the water – without you, we can’t race so thanks!). The bay is plenty big and made for a good tricky race course for 70+ boats. The local guys maybe had a small advantage, but conditions were very tricky for everyone.
We had a good start and headed to the left shore with Will Welles, Hillman, and Tony Parker just to leeward. It looked like our side was favoured and we could tack and cross the fleet but we were convinced the left was the way to go and did not want to give that up. Well, a 20 degree right shift came in half the way up the beat and we went from wining to salvage mode in a hurry. We took many transoms to make it to the right and rounded the mark in the 40s or 50s. On the other hand, team HH and few others that I could not even see were well ahead of the fleet.
We gybed on the mark and few more righties helped us pass a pack of boats that went straight. Rounded the bottom mark in the mid 20s, finally a small break for Clear Air! A few more breaks came our way on the upwind, and we passed a few more to finish 14th. Again out of the top ten but we were happy about decent recovery. A few boats got stuck on the left and could not get out – one of them was regatta leader Will Welles, making life harder for his team with a 46.
Race 2 gave us another good start on the boat, feeling good until the boats that started in the middle tacked and were crossing. We tack to leeward and head back to the right, favored all day. We tack back short of layline, anticipating it to be very busy place. That worked out very well for us and a small left shift at the top put us in fifth around the mark. Has our luck changed?
Motorhome with local fleet fifty sailor and past world champion Jens Hookanson calling the shots rounded the mark first with a small lead, with Will behind and Mauricio just behind him. Will and Mauricio started fighting (they had been 1-2 for most of the week) and that opened up some space for us to sail our own race. Mauricio managed to get inside at the bottom mark and passed Will, while we went to the right gate and once again, a shift came our way and we were gone from the fleet. Motorhome won the race comfortably, while the Japanese boat Gekko passed us to get second. Behind us the fight was on; Mauricio ,Will, and Hillman finished overlapped at the finish line and Mauricio got the all-important two points on Will.
Racing on the bay felt much more like the lake conditions we know so well. Check back tomorrow for the final day’s report!
September 30th, 2014 by admin
It wouldn’t be a J/24 Worlds without controversy, with Helly Hanson and several other top teams getting redress/AVG for their black flag DSQs while others didn’t after a marathon multi-day protest bonanza. Check the thread over here for protest forms and jury decisions, and thanks to Paul Todd/Outside Images for the great shots with a massive Day 3 gallery here.
We had an on-time start on Wednesday for three scheduled races thanks to an unpredictable forecast for Thursday. Another gorgeous Newport fall day on the ocean course, with wind at 75 true on the way out and 90 soon after passing R4. 12 knots with trending right breeze and the RC again had a hard time lining the three-boat startline up. Around 1230 we went off with a few U flags awarded. I have no idea what a U flag is but I’m happy we didn’t have to learn it.
We again had to tack to port and duck a couple of boats, but within a few minutes of the start we were going to the right with a great lane and following our game plan. We got a nice right shift, tacking over together with Helly Hanson and Will Welles. It looked great under the boom (though I’m no longer allowed to look under the boom) until only one boat crossed…and tacked on our lane. Two tacks and a new layline was expensive, and we lost out to everyone leeward who didn’t need to tack. And of course the left came in strong at the final approach. And of course, we round in about 10th – again!
I don’t understand why gybing immediately at the offset under this big fleet has been working consistently but Mauricio won the race doing the same thing and HH got into second. Travis Odenbach had a great race to take 3rd; we stayed only long enough to clear the fleet and then gybed, but it was too late – we lost ten boats in that one and had to play catch up again. 17th place.
The second race started in a bit less breeze and we were happy to have eased the rig at the last minute. Best start of the regatta for Clear Air, a neat split in the fleet, and we got to go straight for the longest we have all week. We worked the left and looked great until the right shift came back, and the port side caved. Travis had it right again and led around the mark with Welles second, with the rest mixed up. We rounded in…wait for it…tenth again. Not bad for being on the wrong side, but most amazingly, the leaders from both sides converged at the weather mark bow to bow in both races!
The one time gybing on the mark didn’t pay, and the boats that stayed on starboard had a nice lead at the bottom mark. Some passed us. It is time for us to get a break!
The wind kept tracking right and the second and third upwind was pretty one-sided, Odenbach again played the right and won by a good distance over Alejo from Argentina and Mike Ingaham. Will now has a nice little lead cushion against Muauricio in second. Team Tarheel consistently strong and comfortably in third. I have not seen this many letters on a scoring sheet before. Many boats are dropping DSQ/BFDs (or U flags) and scoring penalties; forecast is changing fast from light to windy with gusts into the 20s for Friday. Stay tuned for more action from the course.
Huge thanks to Lavalife.com, Sailing Anarchy, and DryUV for their support in our quest, and an even bigger thanks to our hosts Adrian and Matthew Buechner and the many families in Newport that embrace sailing and have put J24 teams in their houses. You have made the Worlds experience possible for many sailors.
September 25th, 2014 by admin
After two hours of postponement for Day Two, we were off the dock at 11 – the best call the RC made all day! By the time we got out on the ocean, the Newport sea breeze was building nicely. We waited for a short little postponement on the water while the wind shifted between 200 and 230. Waves were much smaller if any factor at all.
The RC had a tough time holding the three-boat line on station, with one end always favored; Race Three for the championship hit a few General Recall snags; finally, a Black Flag start sent the fleet off with a handful picking up BFDs. I again screwed the start up, and we were hosed – tacking to port to salvage. Halfway up the beat I second-guessed my tactician Chris Snow and made him go hard right; that was expensive at the top mark when the left came in hard on our approach. Oops.
Carter White led the race at the mark with Mike Ingaham in second or third; I lost track after that looking for a place to dig into the starboard tack train. After an average downwind and a great second beat – we tacked maybe 6 times on that shortened leg but still somehow passed a few boats – we finished 14th. We’ll take that, and move on.
Race two was a messier story for many; after two general recalls and around ten boats getting the BFD boot off the line, we took a seventh in the last race and moved up to the top ten. Team Tarheel won the day and is looking solid now, while Tony Parker is on the move. Will Welles is looking untouchable and Mauricio may be the only one with a shot at him, but it’s still early days and the throwout comes in after today’s first race.
A number of top competitors – including Day One leader Mark Hillman’s boat and the Helly Hanson team- were still in the protest room at 10 PM. Not sure how they can get rid of the BFD but you never know what happens in the room.
With the lighter northerly breeze forecasted for the next few days the dogfight is on, and will be a good one until the last leg on the last race. Things are just warming up here in Newport.
Rossi Milev, CAN 5483 Clear Air/Lavalife.com/Sailing Anarchy
September 24th, 2014 by admin
The B-Squared Racing/Sailing Anarchy J/70 nestles into her mobile 34-foot barn as the inaugural J/70 Worlds ends, along with any notion I had of being a world-class tactician. The team of Brian Elliott, Bryan Cameron, Whitney Prossner and me managed a 33rd out of 86 boats and 6th of 38 amateur teams. I’m still licking my wounds as I head north along the Maine coast to check out the new VPLP 100′ canter Comanche at Hodgdon Yachts today, and when I can find some time tonight or tomorrow along the highway back to Detroit, I’ll get my full regatta download online for you to read. The first J/70 Worlds had a bit of everything, and I’m damned glad I made it, even if I left unsatisfied on a number of fronts – especially my own performance.
Read the full event press release here in the meantime.
September 15th, 2014 by admin
We are frequently frustrated by the low-quality videos put out by ostensibly ‘world-class’ organizations (see the link in the BBS BS story below for a great example), so when someone does it ‘just right’, we notice. And that’s what this is – a short but intense look at the people of the Melges 20 Class from their recent Lake Garda Worlds. Doesn’t it make you want some?
September 15th, 2014 by admin
Like a Ferrari 250 GTO or an original M3, nothing will ever quite approach the perfection of the original SA Tensiometer c. 2006, but B-Squared bowchick Whitney Prossner comes pretty close. This one shot at the end of the penultimate race day of the J/70 Worlds, where Clean once again proved he should be trimming instead of calling tactics, and Tim Healy is walking away from the fleet, while longtime SA friend Marty Kullman (first Quantum boat) is knocking on the podium door with two more races likely on the final day.
Look for the full story of the regatta – including an update on the rudder issue, a few words on the future of the class, and our customarily comprehensive analysis of the good, the great, the bad, and the ugly for the first Worlds in the world’s hottest one-design class.
September 13th, 2014 by admin