From the Ullman Sails Newport Beach Blog:
We came, we adventured, we sailed and we represented the LBC well. Third place finish in a fleet packed with top level professionals and excellent amateurs was deemed a huge success for us on “Loco.”
Ed Feo and our team worked seamlessly together over the course of the past week and we improved each day to become one of the most consistently sailed boats on the course. Of course we had our moments with an over early and a foul at a weather mark when sitting in second place, but we recovered from those mistakes well to stay positive which is always important in a long regatta……..COMPLETE ARTICLE
Plenty of SoCal sailing talent at this event that starts today in Miami, FL, including Long Beach’s Riley Gibbs (49er) and Sydney Bolger (470).
January 24, 2016
Miami, Florida – With just under 200 days to go until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the series of regattas used to select the 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team will start tomorrow (January 25, 2016) with Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella. In eight out of ten Olympic classes and one of three Paralympic classes, the event will form the first half of US Sailing’s Rio 2016 Athlete Selection system. US Sailing Team Sperry athletes in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and 2.4mR (Paralympic) classes will all try to earn a lead in the two-regatta selection series with strong performances in Miami. In total, the regatta will feature over 800 sailors, in 535 boats, who represent the national teams of 63 countries………………….COMPLETE ARTICLE
Your SCSN Editor had the pleasure of traveling to Barbados this past week for the 2016 Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Week, where I handled the YachtScoring.com administrative duties as well as being the Head Scorer for the event. Earlier this week the Coastal Series part of the event took place over three days. The highlight of this week was the match up of the two Mod 70s, Ms. Barbados and Phaedo^3, in the 60 nm Round Barbados Race (Clockwise) that took place yesterday. See the press release below for a great recap.
Press Release Wrap Up:
Bridgetown, Barbados (21 January, 2016): Big winds, big speeds and the fastest ever times ever recorded made the 80thanniversary Mount Gay Round Barbados Race, one of the most spectacular in history with a total of five records broken, and each team winning their skipper’s weight in rum.
Racing was over staggered starts commencing at 0700 with a good mix of yachts ranging from Classics including the stunning duo – The Blue Peter and Galatea – Ruth, the locally built 33m schooner, and a competitive group smaller boats including three J/24s. However, the stars of the show that set off last and raced 60nms round the island neck and neck were undoubtedly the two world-class MOD70s – MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, and Phaedo3 co skippered by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson. They promised to thrill, and indeed they did.
Right from the start in the 20+kt breeze, there was no stopping these powerful beasts as they took off from the line in Carlisle Bay and circumnavigated the island in the fastest ever speeds. Like predators, they jostled for dominance all the way round the course and ended their battle with MS Barbados Concise 10 claiming victory by just 12 seconds. They completed the course in a staggering 2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds, shaving under two hours off the previous Multihull record.
By Hannah Fry
The Newport Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association’s newly built 22-foot sailboat took its first spin around Newport Harbor on Saturday morning.
The fiberglass racing sloop is the first in a fleet of 12 boats that will be completed for the Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in July.
The Governor’s Cup on July 15-23 will bring some of the most prominent young sailors from all over the world to Newport Beach to compete in a series of races pitting two boats against each other. The series will kick off at the Balboa Pier. Sailors are required to hit a mark in the ocean before circling back toward land………………..Complete Article
Ryan Schack of Long Beach recently returned from competing in the 2015 Orange Bowl Regatta hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Florida. Ryan agreed to do an interview with SCSN to fill us in on his experiences there.
Hi Ryan, welcome home! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m currently a Junior at Long Beach Wilson High School, coming up on my 17th birthday next month. I’ve been on our high school sailing team for nearly 4 years now doing everything from Silver Fleet crew to Gold Fleet skipper. In regards to ABYC, I’ve been racing under its burgee for about 8 years now. I started racing in the Laser Radial about 4 years ago, and just recently got into the Full Rig.
Was this your first time at the OBR? What class did you compete in? How many total sailors were there in your class? and in the event in total?
This year’s Orange Bowl Regatta was my second one, previously racing in the Radial rig. Although I enjoyed the radial fleet, I decided that this year I would race in the Full rig. This year there were 30 competitors in my fleet, nearly 150 lasers overall, and around 400 boats being hosted by CRYC. This is definitely the biggest regatta I will have ever raced in, and also one of the most competitive junior events out there.
What kind of prep and training did you do for this event? Do you have a coach?
Leading up to this event, I tried my best to juggle around Laser sailing while still focusing on high school sailing and schoolwork. I got as much practice in as I could, attending clinics hosted by SCYYRA and private lessons after school. Most of my coaching was done under Allie Blecher, the head director of ABYC and our high school coach. During the OBR, I received coaching from CISA along with other sailors from California. Laser coaches this year were Chris Barnard, who also coached the CISA and SCYYRA clinics, and Nevin Snow.
This year brought abnormal conditions for Long Beach. The wind was light for most of the weekend until Sunday afternoon when the front of the incoming rainstorm brought in wind from the south that was shifty. There was also strong current which, at least in my team’s opinion, made it very hard to get over the starting line.