Tim Carter and Steve Bloemeke take the win and the parking spot on a close last race finish!
April 30, 2016
A brisk SoCal Westerly breeze filled in early today for a spirited point to point pursuit race from Long Beach via The Queen’s Gate to the finish line off the Newport Beach Beach Pier for NHYC’s Opening Day Race.
The Farr 40, Foil, was having a great sail during the 2016 Ensenada race. Peter prepared another stellar sailing meal and had just cleaned up as we reached the Northern Coronado Island. The wind subsided a bit and I handed over the helm to Val so that I could have my dinner. By the time I finished it was dark so I put on my foulie pants and came on deck to relieve Val at the helm. The wind picked up again and Val was surfing 12-15 knots in about 20 knots of breeze. The Farr 40 is a very strong and powerful boat and everyone was having a great time going fast.
Then, disaster struck. Foil took a bad wave which kicked the stern causing a spectacular round down. Val lost his footing and tumbled through the port lifelines and into the water, after dark, with no lifejacket!
The reason we are writing this article is to both clarify the events in our own minds as well as act as an object lesson for Foilistas and others. A combination of events led to one of our crew being in mortal danger and we were all very lucky that it had a happy ending. I have asked several crew members to give their accounts so that you can hear the story and the lessons from more than one perspective.
(28 April 2016 / Zenda, WI) – Melges Performance Sailboats (MPS) is proud to introduce the brand new Melges 40™, designed by the extremely talented Botin Partners Naval Architecture and built by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT). This dynamic collaboration has created a one-of-a-kind, exciting, innovative-racing experience.
“We are thrilled to present the Melges 40, which will open the doors to a bright new future in the world of monohull, one-design, in-shore racing,” said Harry Melges, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats. “We’ve always believed that one-design racing is sailing’s greatest strength, as it feeds all other aspects of the sport. We are excited about the Melges 40 because it will inspire and encourage sailors all over the world, regardless of age, gender or experience to have fun and enjoy sailing.”
“Fundamentally, it best represents our core values and philosophy,” said Federico Michetti, president of Melges Europe. “We’ve taken it to a whole new level by collaborating with the most visionary and award-winning yacht designer of the last decade, and one of the world’s best boat builders.”
“For years, customers and top teams alike approached us demanding a unique package that featured full-carbon technology — sculpted performance from bow to stern,” explained Michetti. “The Melges 40 is a very special boat in that it’s the culmination of input from our best customers, owners and respected professional sailors, which is built within class rule and where the focus has been set to contain overall running cost. They asked for something that is 100% Melges concept — a boat that embodies the extraordinary. ”
Botin jumped at the chance to design Melges’ largest boat ever made to date. “Melges is a pure sailing legend, and this was an opportunity for us to design something very new and different,” said Marcelino Botin. “The design compliments the Melges brand, and upholds their top-quality ideals. With respect to their philosophy, we proposed a design that adopts and introduces new features and concepts. The Melges 40 creates a new benchmark for performance in the 40-foot range.”
“For sure the Melges 40 is a new starting point in the sailing world,” said Max Waimer, Head of Marine and Technical Director at Premier Composite Technologies. “We share the same passion as Melges and Botin for creating not only a exceptional boat, but a very new, competitive racing experience. We truly have a common vision. The additional input from customers has made a big difference too. We put all of our production expertise and technology into the Melges 40.”
“Utilizing our in-house, 5-axis milling capacity, rigorous quality control and weight management, the Melges 40 is the most precise, one design ever built,” he added.
Premier Composite Technologies is the exclusive builder of the Melges 40.
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A canting keel and large sail plan aboard the Melges 40 increases upwind performance and creates a dramatically faster, thrilling downwind run. It will be unmistakably fun to drive, a real thoroughbred.
Already, top international owners and teams have committed to the Melges 40 program in full anticipation of sailing by Fall 2016. The very first Melges 40 World Series event will take place in 2017.
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NEWPORT, R.I. (April 28, 2016) — Scott Young has long enjoyed the plug-and-play simplicity of provided-boat regattas such as the 2016 Resolute Cup. And, apparently, the feeling is mutual. Young is a six-time winner of the Mallory Cup, one of US Sailing’s oldest championships, and another regatta where participants rotate through a fleet of supplied boats.
This summer Young (at right) and longtime friends Doug Kern and John Morran, all hailing from the Austin (Texas) Yacht Club, will set their sights on what has become the Corinthian championship for U.S. Yacht Clubs, the Resolute Cup. From September 12 to 17, teams representing 30 clubs from every coast and corner of the United States will race Melges 20s and Sonars on Narragansett Bay. The top team will claim the 100-year-old silver trophy and a berth in the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, the premiere international Corinthian regatta. The regatta will be hosted out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I.
“We have a lot of races under our belt, but it’s more and more difficult, as kids gets older, to be able to sail as actively as we used to,” says Young, 56, a commercial real estate developer from Austin. “This event has a feel very similar to [the Mallory Cup], in that basically we can pack a bag and show up, and there’s a lot of appeal to that.”
While Young—a three-time All-America selection at the University of Texas—may not be sailing as much as he once was, he and his team will be one to watch. They won the Mallory Cup in 2006 and 2008. Young’s also had success in Newport. Were it not for a broken rudder in the final race, he and Morran would’ve likely won the 2010 J/80 World Championship, held both inside Narragansett Bay and on Rhode Island Sound.
A return to Newport during the magical month of September—“we have such great memories of racing up there,” he says—was another reason Young decided to rally his crew for this event. And then there’s the opportunity to toot the horn of the home club.
“The club feels it was a very prestigious invite,” says Young. “Our club isn’t a big, fancy yacht club, but we’ve had a lot of good sailors come through here. Doug was on the silver medal team in the Soling class in the 1992 Olympics. I think the AYC views this as an opportunity to show what kind of sailors we’re capable of fielding.”
National, even international, recognition isn’t a problem for the San Diego Yacht Club (at left). But the club, one of just six to win the America’s Cup and the home to numerous world champion sailors, will nonetheless be sending a formidable team led by Rick Merriman, a college All-America selection while attending the Naval Academy, an America’s Cup veteran, and a former member of the U.S. Sailing Team in the Star class.
“The Resolute Cup is attractive due to the large cross section of sailors racing,” says Merriman, a commercial pilot. “From top level intercollegiate to one-design to rating-based racing, every discipline is represented, as well as all the geographic areas of the United States.”
A broad diversity in the entry field, both in terms of the location and the size of the competing clubs, has been a hallmark of the Resolute Cup since the inaugural edition, then called the U.S. Qualifying Series for the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, in 2010.
“By expanding the field to 30 entries, we have been able to invite a full range of American sailing clubs,” says Patricia O’Donnell, the event chair. “We can’t wait to welcome back old friends from clubs such as Larchmont, Newport Harbor, Eastern and Carolina, which have raced in all three previous editions. We’re also excited to see first-time entries from lesser-known sailing hotbeds such as Austin, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, and Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva. We anticipate an extremely competitive regatta.”
The regatta is broken up into two parts. The 30 teams will be split into three divisions for two days of qualifying, sailing in both the Melges 20 and the Sonar fleets. The top 10 teams will qualify for the Championship Fleet, which will sail the final two days in the Melges 20s. The Silver Fleet will race the New York Yacht Club’s fleet of Sonars.
Live race tracking for the duration of the regatta and a live webcast of the event’s final two days will enable friends, family and fellow club members around the country to follow their team as compete for one of sailing’s most challenging Corinthian honors.
American Yacht Club (Rye, N.Y.); Austin (Texas) Yacht Club; Balboa Yacht Club (Corona del Mar, Calif.); Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit); Beaufort (S.C.) Yacht and Sailing Club; Beverly Yacht Club (Marion, Mass.); Carolina Yacht Club (Charleston, S.C.); Chicago Yacht Club; The Cleveland Yachting Club (Rocky River, Ohio); Coral Reef Yacht Club (Miami); Corinthian Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia (Essington, Penn.); Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.); Lake Geneva Yacht Club (Fontana, Wis.); Larchmont (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Long Beach (Calif.) Yacht Club; Nantucket (Mass.) Yacht Club; New Bedford Yacht Club (South Dartmouth, Mass.); New York Yacht Club; Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Newport Beach, Calif.); Riverside (Conn.) Yacht Club; San Diego Yacht Club; Sandusky (Ohio) Sailing Club; Sea Cliff (N.Y.) Yacht Club; Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.); Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans); St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco); Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, N.Y.); Wadawanuck Club (Stonington, Conn.); Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (Gilford, N.H.)
Photo credits: Allen Clark/Photoboat.com (2), Courtesy of Scott Young, Courtesy of San Diego Yacht Club
The Resolute Cup (trophy at right) is a biennial Corinthian competition among U.S. yacht clubs. The 2016 Resolute Cup will take place Sept. 12 to 17, out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport. R.I. The event is an evolution of the U.S. Qualifying Series for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, which was first held in 2010 and served as a pathway for American yacht clubs seeking to compete in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s premiere international, Corinthian, one-design competition. Competitors in the 2016 Resolute Cup must be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors and members of the club that they represent. The competition is held in supplied keelboats, with standardized rigging, ensuring a true one-design competition where the skill of the sailors—their tactics, boat speed and teamwork—determines the final outcome. Past winners of the U.S. Qualifying Series include Newport Harbor Yacht Club (2014), Larchmont Yacht Club (2012) and Eastern Yacht Club (2010). www.ResoluteCup.com
The Melges 20® fulfills the need for a more compact, yet spacious, fast, well-built sportboat. With its introduction in 2008, Melges Performance Sailboats has delivered the next generation of sailboats with a world-wide racing circuit. An exclusive Reichel Pugh keelboat design with well-known Melges quality, the Melges 20 has drawn sailors from across the world who want to experience close, one-design racing on a fun, nimble platfrom. Easy to rig and launch with a simple rig, top-of-the-line parts and equipment, the Melges 20 delivers a complete sailing experience for wide range of sailors. www.Melges20.com
San Diego Yacht Club’s signature spring regatta, Yachting Cup, is just around the corner and many prominent sailors are eagerly awaiting and training for the event. There are over 40 boats registered from over a dozen yacht clubs, and there is still room on the registration list for participants to sign-up as nearly 100 entries are expected.
Many of those registered for the 2016 Yachting Cup have a history with the event, including Curt Johnson from California Yacht Club, skipper of the J/80, Avet.
“This is probably our tenth or twelfth Yachting Cup we’ve competed in. The spring conditions in San Diego, in addition to the stellar competition and race management, make it a ‘must do’ event for us. SDYC often adds a new element to keep the regatta fresh and interesting, whether it’s a new format for Friday racing or a new social activity. This all adds up to a terrific experience that keeps us coming back year after year.”
The 2016 Yachting Cup will take place from April 29-May 1, and will feature three days of racing scheduled both in the bay and out on the ocean. After each day of racing, competitors will be invited to return to SDYC for post-race activities and socializing.
Chick Pyle, owner of Kea, voiced his enthusiasm for the event. “We always look forward to Yachting Cup because the sailing conditions are usually perfect, and the SDYC venue and hospitality are world class, while Yachting Cup is a highlight for our Beneteau 36.7 one design fleet high point series.”
Skippers can continue to register their boats until 5:00pm on Monday, April 25th at www.yachting.com. There are a variety of classes this year with boat types ranging from J/70s to Farr40s to a Transpac 52.
Neil Fraser, owner of the 1D35 Mexican Divorce, comes down from Marina del Rey each year to compete and catch up with old friends at the post-race festivities. “I did my first Yachting Cup in 1992. I encourage all race boats to get out of their own back yard, come down to San Diego and see how they stack up against some of the better sailors in Southern California. It is always a great weekend.”
Dennis Pennell will be competing on Blue Blazes, his Reichel/Pugh 50. “Yachting Cup is one of the premier SDYC events of the year for big boats. This regatta gives us the opportunity to compete against a larger number of yachts in our class as we usually have several boats entered from the Los Angeles area in addition to our local San Diego competitors. This makes for very aggressive close racing.”
Victor Wild’s brand new Botin TP52, Fox, has just arrived from the builder, Cookson Boats in New Zealand, and is being commissioned in San Diego in preparation for Yachting Cup. Wild will be defending his 2015 Yachting Cup title which he won with his older TP52, Bud.
Many previous winners of Yachting Cup have their goals set high, especially the regatta’s 2013 winner, Tim Fuller on J/125,Resolute. “The Yachting Cup is the premier fleet racing event in San Diego, and the Resolute crew will do all they can to fly the winners flag.”
SDYC Staff Commodore John Laun, winner of the 2012 Yachting Cup and owner of the J/120 caper, is also registered for this year’s race. “The level of competition is typically been very high, in fact, J/120 class winners have been named the overall winners of the Yachting Cup for all classes competing 3 times since 2006. As a SDYC signature regatta, it’s always one we aim for on caper every year, and this year will be especially fun and focused since it is essential that we win to be in the hunt for the overall series championship. We always look forward to the close competition and excellent camaraderie in the J/120 fleet.”
The awards ceremony will be held at San Diego Yacht Club after the completion of races on Sunday, May 1 where prizes will be awarded by class.
The Yachting Cup would like to thank its sponsors: Pirates Lair, Ballast Point, SunBum, Helly Hansen, North Sails, North Sails Graphics, SD Boatworks, Tesla Motors, Anchor Gloves and Lemon & Lime.
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TROY SEARS IS HEADING OUT ON AN EPIC NAUTICAL ROAD TRIP THAT MIGHT NOT END UNTIL HE’S CIRCLED THE GLOBE WITH A REPLICA OF THE SCHOONER THAT STARTED THE CUP.
Sailor and businessman Troy Sears is heading out on an epic nautical road trip that might not end until he’s circled the globe with America, a replica of the schooner that gave the America’s Cup its name.
Sears will leave San Diego on Tuesday evening on a tour that will take him to yacht clubs and races up and down the East Coast and then to the Caribbean. His calendar is largely booked through the final race of the America’s Cup in late June 2017 in Bermuda.
From there, he plans to head to Europe and points beyond.
“I’m hoping the tour will take me all the way around the world,” Sears said. “If I go all the way around the world, I’d end up in San Diego.”
At the very least, it’ll be a voyage of a lifetime for Sears, 53, whose company, Next Level Sailing, has operated America’s Cup boats for charters and whale watching trips since 2003.
“This is the only time in my life I will be doing it,” he said. “If you only go once in your life, you want to touch as many clubs and organizations as possible.”
Sears, an America’s Cup aficionado who has had a relationship with two-time defending cup champion Oracle Team USA, visited 34 yacht clubs with his 139-foot America on a West Coast tour last fall.
LONG BEACH — What was once (almost) lost has been found again. Cabrillo Boat Shop in the Port of Long Beach was on the verge of shutting down a few months ago. Today the boatyard remains in business.
The Log reported in December 2015 about the potential closure of Cabrillo Boat Shop because its landlord, Tesoro Oil Co., did not renew the boatyard’s water rights adjacent to where the boat service company was located. The lease was set to expire in February.
Donald Holland of Cabrillo Boat Shop said Curtin Maritime, the new owner of the water rights in front of the boatyard, agreed to let the company stay in business. Boaters can continue to access Cabrillo Boat Shop at 1500 Pier C Street in Long Beach; the boatyard has been there since 1998.
“Tesoro Oil Co. took the lease away from my landlord and gave it to a marine construction company. Since [then] I have been informed that I will be allowed to access the water and remain in business,” Holland said.
Holland said he was prepared to move and find a way to keep his boatyard in business somewhere else. He had been forced to move before and managed to find a place to operate at Pier C Street.
Cabrillo Boat Shop needed to maintain its waterside lease in order to lift boats from the water.
Saving Cabrillo Boat Shop means recreational boaters in Long Beach, Wilmington and San Pedro will have access to a 30-ton Travelift. Holland told The Log in December 2015 had his boatyard been shut down then recreational boaters would have only had access to a yard with a 6-ton lifting capacity. Boater requiring a larger Travelift could have faced the prospects of navigating 3 hours each way.
An estimated 400 boaters patronize the haulout venue annually to have their respective vessels lifted for bottom paints and other boatyard services.
“Many people believe that we have closed our doors,” Holland said in an email of how events have transpired since The Log’s coverage of his business’s potential closure.
Holland noted a representative with Curtin Maritime worked with him to ensure the shop remained in business because their fathers were friends many years ago.
“We are in business and will remain in business in the foreseeable future,” he added.
April 23-24, 2016 – Seattle, WA
2016 COW Regatta – Seattle Model Yacht Club
International One Metre Class
USA Club Ranking for AMYA Region 6N
SoCal IOM Sailors Mark Golison, Dennis Rogers and Craig Mackey made the trip up to Seattle to compete in the COW Regatta this past weekend. Cool and rainy weather greeted the competitors and presented some challenges, but it did not dampen the spirits of the sailors or hinder the competition from being completed.
NorCal’s John Ebey had a near flawless performance winning the event. Craig Mackey finished second and Mark Golison took third place.