Premier one-design sailing event attracting racers from 14 countries to ABYC

29er World Championships

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 30, 2017 – Nearly 250 competitors from 14 countries will descend on Alamitos Bay Yacht Club July 27 to August 5, 2017, for the Zhik 29er World Championship Regatta.

Competitors in the 17th annual world championship event will arrive from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada, France, Spain, Brazil, the British Virgin Islands, Argentina and Hong Kong, in addition to representatives from Ireland, Czechoslovakia and South Africa. At least 40 teams will come from across the United States, spurred by a sailing clinic at ABYC and the 29er U.S. Nationals July 25 to July 28.

The majority of 29er teams are expected to be comprised of two young men, but many co-ed and all female teams will compete as well. Trophies will be awarded to the top team overall, the top youth team, and the top girls team. U.S. entrants are hoping for a hometown advantage that will enable them to best third place, the highest position a U.S. team has ever achieved in this world championship event.

The 29er
The 29er was designed by Australian multiple national and world sailing champion Julian Bethwaite, and first produced in 1998. It is raced in 53 countries and considered a stepping stone to higher level sailing, producing many World and Olympic champions in other classes.

This lightweight one-design boat is just 14 and a half feet long – and tippy. When not racing, both crew members have to stand to keep the boat from capsizing. When underway, one crew is extended beyond the hull on a trapeze, as the boat quickly accelerates; often exceeding wind speed both up and downwind. At the 2005 Worlds in San Francisco – the only other time the event has been held in the U.S. – these water darts were clocked at 20 knots of boat speed. Swift and skittish, 29er competition puts an emphasis on agility, skill, and brisk decision-making.

“These boats fly across the water and kids have fun; but like any other race, winning will come down to boat handling,” said Jerelyn Biehl, executive director of the 29er Class. While the 29er is considered predominately a youth boat, sailors often continue racing the class if they can maintain the optimal crew weight (240-300lbs).

Biehl, who grew up racing in this area, knows what the kids are in for: ocean rollers with lots of wind. “It’s going to be a great event. The kids are so excited to come to California, and I know the Club is going to do a great job,” she said.

Race Format
Following an opening ceremony Sunday, July 30, a qualifying series will run Monday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 2. The finals series of races will run Thursday, August 3 through Saturday, August 5. Judges from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand will oversee racing. All boats will be monitored via TracTrac so families around the world can watch the action online, and racers can later review their performances replayed on ABYC’s TVs.

After a 9:30AM competitors briefing each morning at ABYC, racers will compete on one of three possible courses at the East end of Long Beach Harbor, starting at 11:55AM. According to International Race Officer Mark Townsend, the races will take place on the Pacific Ocean off Long Beach unless winds exceed 20 knots, when they will be held behind the federal breakwater.”

Both Qualifying and Final Series are scheduled to consist of 10 races each.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
Championship regatta host clubs are typically picked about three years out, said Biehl, and ABYC submitted their bid for the 2017 event in 2014. The 29er organization looks for locations around the world where the most sailors will have a chance to compete, at facilities able to handle the crowd, with sufficient ability to efficiently launch the boats. In addition, they seek a superior Race Committee, with experience in high-level events.

ABYC has a world-wide reputation as a premier small boat club, with not only the capability, but also the desire to host and promote these types of events, and encourage the development of the sport, according to Townsend. He said this summer’s event is roughly the 20th world championship regatta ABYC has hosted.

ABYC was first formed in the mid-1920s, when racing was held in the Bay – establishing its foundation as a small boat club, with vessels suitable for the shallow waters. When yacht racing exploded in the years following WWII, ABYC began to host larger sailboats as well. The Club’s reputation for superior race management was first recognized in 1968, when ABYC became the first yacht club in the United States to win the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy: an award presented by US Sailing for excellence in race organization and management.

ABYC won the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy again in 1981, and more recently in 2016, for the Laser Mid-Winters West. ABYC and its members were also instrumental in the organization and running of the Olympic Sailing Events at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad (1984). More than ABYC 100 volunteers will participate during the week-long 29er Worlds this summer, serving an estimated 5,000 meals to the competitors, their families and coaches.

Mike Segerblom of the US Sailing Center in Long Beach, said the organization is very excited to see the 29er Worlds come to Long Beach; providing great opportunity and exposure for the region, state and nation. He acknowledged a Downing Family Foundation grant to the Center, which was earmarked for ABYC’s running of the 29er event.

The championship promises a lot of thrills and spills: as the club buzzes with enthusiastic racers, and the vibrant fleet of 29ers darts across the waters of Long Beach.

Long Beach is known for brisk and steady afternoon breeze, which will provide optimal sailing conditions for these high-performance double-handed skiffs, with their colorfully trimmed transparent sails – and exhilarating viewing.

A spectator boat will be available every day for $20 per person, which includes lunch and beverages. The boat is limited to 20 people per day. An advance sign-up form is at the Worlds online site.

Zhik, the title sponsor of the event, is an Australian sailing apparel manufacturer known for innovative gear for all aspects of sailing; combining design with technical proficiency and style.

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Long Beach Health Officer Lifts Closure on Mother’s Beach and Beach at 56th Place in Alamitos Bay

June 29, 2017

The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has lifted the closure order on the final two swimming areas at Alamitos Bay. Mother’s Beach and 56th Place were re-opened this afternoon following consecutive lab results showing the water to be within State water quality standards. Alamitos Bay was closed for recreational water contact after a sewage spill on Monday, June 26. The cause of the spill is still under investigation.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit

SoCal Youth Sailors Shine at the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 28, 2017) – The sun cascaded upon Corpus Christi Bay this morning for the fourth and final day of competition at the 2017 U.S. Youth Championships, hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club.


This US Sailing National Championship featured 177 of America’s top youth sailors, boys and girls under 20, with qualification for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships on the line in four of the six classes. Most of the championship events were up for grabs entering Wednesday’s finale and when the dust settled several lead changes occurred on an exciting finish to the regatta.

Boats launched at approximately 9:00 am in hopes of morning breeze, but racing was postponed for several hours due to insufficient wind (under 5 knots). After a long day of patience, the signal sounded for racing at approximately 1:45 pm.

The race committee set up two race courses, one for the International 420, Laser and Laser Radial on Course A, and a second course for the 29er, Nacra 15 and Techno 293 Plus on Course B. Due to a wind shift, the race committee had to stop the race and re-set the course. Nonetheless, all six classes completed their only race of the day in 5 to 10 knots.

Skiff – 29er
Neil Marcellini (Lafayette, Calif.) and Ian Brill (San Diego, Calif.) moved into first place with a critical win today. Tuesday’s leaders, David Eastwood (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Sam Merson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), were tied in points with Marcellini and Brill but lost on the secondary tiebreaker of more second place finishes. The top women’s team, Catherine Lindsay (North Palm Beach, Fla.) and Jana Laurendeau (Billerica, Mass.), placed fourth overall and third place today.

“We’re actually the heaviest team here, so we were expecting to go fast in heavy air, but we’ve been doing well in lighter air recently, so that’s awesome for us,” said Marcellini.

“Leading up to the Worlds, this is a feeler to see where the rest of the U.S. fleet is and the competition has gone up over the past year. So, it was really tight and really fun,” said Eastwood.

“One of our strengths is our ability to get our heads outside of the boat and I think that was really important,” said Lindsay. “You have to think on your feet to be successful in this boat and I like the athleticism the boat demands.”

Standings – Top 5

1. Neil Marcellini/Ian Brill, Richmond Yacht Club, 2-6-4-2-4-2-3-6-1-[19/OCS]-1- ; 31T
2. David Eastwood/Samuel Merson, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, 3-2-3-5-[7]-1-2-1-4-3-7- ; 31T
3. Robert Shelley/Severin Gramm, 2Niner Skiff Squad, [11]-10-1-4-1-3-1-8-9-1-2- ; 40
4. Catherine Lindsay/Jana Laurendeau, 2Niner Skiff Squad, [12]-4-6-1-3-10-9-3-3-4-3- ; 46
5. Harry Melges/Finn Rowe, Lake Geneva Yacht Club/ BMSC, 5-5-5-8-2-7-6-[9]-2-2-8- ; 50
Full Results

Singlehanded Dinghy – Laser Radial
Joseph Hou (Newport Beach, Calif.) placed seventh in today’s race and it was more than enough to win the championship. He won by a 17-point margin. Ricky Welch (Long Beach, Miss.) had a strong showing and moved up to second place after winning the race, his second bullet of the regatta. Hou won five of the nine races this week.

“There was a lot of frontal breeze, so there’s more tricky conditions and it takes a lot more mind power to get through the day,” said Hou. “I tried to keep an even keel kind of attitude, making sure nothing gets to me. If a good race happens, it’s on to the next one.”

“For this summer, I’m focused on the Worlds in The Netherlands and Nationals later this year will be fun in Tahoe. Looking forward to Youth Worlds as well. I’m just always training for the next event.”

Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) won the women’s division and eighth overall.

Standings – Top 5

1. Joseph Hou, Newport Harbor YC/Alamitos Bay YC, 6-1-1-1-1-10-[12]-1-7- ; 28
2. Ricky Welch, Long Beach Yacht Club/ Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association, 8-8-6-8-[46/UFD]-7-1-6-1- ; 45
3. Asher Zittrer, Lakewood Yacht Club / GCYSA, 12-4-4-4-5-2-2-13-[15]- ; 46T
4. Leo Boucher, Severen Sailing Association, [27]-6-17-2-3-3-4-5-6- ; 46T
5. Chase Carraway, Carolina Yacht Club North Carolina and Lauderdale Yacht Club, 3-3-23-7-[46/UFD]-5-19-2-2- ; 64
6. Skylar Bayman, Houston Yacht Club, 2-12-2-12-[46/UFD]-8-27-7-4- ; 74T
Full Results

Multihull – Nacra 15
Mark Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) and Dylan Heinz (Sarasota, Fla.) had a two point lead with one race go. They placed second today and Jake and Maxwell Mayol (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished first, but it was not enough to overcome the narrow deficit in the highly competitive fleet.

Standings – Top 5

1. Mark Brunsvold/Dylan Heinz, Sarasota Youth Sailing, 2-1-3-1-1-3-3-3-[5]-2-2- ; 21
2. Jake Mayol/Maxwell Mayol, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 4-3-2-[5]-2-2-4-1-2-1-1- ; 22
3. Luke Melvin/Kyle Collins, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, 1-4-1-2-3-4-[7]-2-1-5-4- ; 27
4. Helen Horangic/Charlotte Versavel, Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation, 5-7-4-[9]-6-5-5-4-4-4-3- ; 47
5. Nicolas Martin/Chase Sabadash, Seabrook Sailing Club/Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3-2-13-4-4-1-1-6-10-[14/DNF]-10- ; 54
Full Results

Windsurfing – Techno 293 Plus
In a three way race atop the leaderboard, Manuel Nores took over first place with his third place finish today. Tuesday’s leader, Maverick Putnam (Palm Harbor, Fla.) slipped to second place after finishing fourth. Alexander Temko (Palm Harbor, Fla.) finished strong and won today’s race, including the final two races of the regatta.

Standings – Top 6

1. Manuel Nores, Miami Yacht Club, 2-2-2-2-1-[3]-1-3-3- ; 16
2. Maverick Putnam, Clearwater Community Sailing Center, 3-1-1-3-[4]-1-2-2-4- ; 17
3. Michael Cramer, Miami Yacht Club, 1-3-[6]-1-2-2-4-4-2- ; 19
4. Alexander Temko, Clearwater Community Sailing Center, [5]-4-4-5-5-5-3-1-1- ; 28
5. Dominique Stater, Miami Yacht Club, 4-[5]-3-4-3-4-5-5-5- ; 33
6. Gabriel Varra-Gonzalez, Miami Yacht Club, 6-[7/DNS]-5-6-6-6-6-6-6- ; 47
Full Results

Doublehanded Dinghy – International 420
Max Anker (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and Leyton Borcherding (Greenwich, Conn.) jumped ahead two places into first place after finishing second today. Tuesday’s leaders, Thomas Rice (Garden City, N.J.) and Trevor Bornarth (Stuart, Fla.) slipped to third with an 18 on Wednesday.

Moving up to fourth place was Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.), who won today’s race and the women’s division.

Standings – Top 5

1. Max Anker/Leyton Borcherding, Riverside Yacht Club / LISOT, 4-11-1-5-5-7-[17]-1-2- ; 36
2. Joseph Charles Hermus/Walter Henry, Bellport Yacht Club, 2-5-6-6-8-4-[12]-2-4- ; 37
3. Thomas Rice/Trevor Bornarth, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club / LIMA, 1-12-9-2-1-1-3-14-[18]- ; 43T
4. Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles, LISOT/Larchmont Yacht Club, [16]-6-7-1-3-6-11-8-1- ; 43T
5. Eduardo Mintzias/Declan McGranahan, Coral Reef Yacht Club, 11-9-[12]-7-4-2-4-4-6- ; 47
Full Results

Singlehanded Dinghy – Laser
Chase Burwell (Clearwater, Fla.) finished strong with a fifth place score today and won the regatta by nine points over Jake Vickers (Annapolis, Md.). Burwell placed in the top five in all nine races this week.

Standings – Top 5

1. Chase Burwell, Carlouel Yacht Club, 3-1-2-3-3-1-3-[5]-5- ; 21
2. Jake Vickers, Annapolis yacht club/severn sailing association, 2-3-1-8-6-3-5-2-[13]- ; 30
3. John Kirkpatrick, Sail Newport, [17/OCS]-2-9-1-2-4-13-1-2- ; 34T
4. Cameron Feves, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, 1-[8]-8-4-1-2-6-6-6- ; 34T
5. Gabriel El Hajji, Waikiki Yacht Club, 5-7-5-7-11-9-2-[15]-3- ; 49
Full Results

2017 U.S. Youth Sailing World Championship Team

  • Laser Radial Boy: Joseph Hou
  • Laser Radial Girls: Charlotte Rose
  • I420 Girls: Carmen Cowles / Emma Cowles
  • I420 Boys: Thomas Rice / Trevor Bornarth
  • Nacra 15: Mark Brunsvold / Dylan Heinz
  • 29er Boys: Neil Marcellini / Ian Brill
  • 29er Girls: Berta Puig / Charlotte Mack
  • RS:X Boys: TBD
  • RS:X Girls: TBD

As with all US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships, competitors receive world-class event management and support. The 2017 U.S. Youth Championships was run by a team of experienced judges, coaches and race officers who provide high quality racing for America’s top youth talent. Since the first edition of the Youth Champs in 1973, the regatta has served as a transformative step for young sailors who aspire to reach the highest levels of sailing. U.S. Youth Championship participants fill the rosters of successful college sailing programs and routinely achieve All-American status. The Youth Champs is also part of the pathway for ambitious athletes who hope to earn a place on the US Sailing Team, and ultimately at the Olympic Games.

“Youth Champs is the place to be. We have the top sailors in the country here, as well as US Sailing provided coaches who provide excellent instruction, tips and mentorship for these young sailors,” added John Pearce, Youth Director of US Sailing. “This is a great place for sailors to up their skill level, challenge themselves and be exposed to a high level environment, as they prepare for their summer sailing season.”

Photo Credit: Will Ricketson

Long Beach Health Officer Re-Opens Colorado Lagoon, Marine Stadium Beaches and Bayshore After Sewage Spill: Mother’s Beach and Beach at 56th Place Remain Closed

Great News for the Independence Day Weekend!

The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has lifted the closure order at Colorado Lagoon, Marine Stadium and Bayshore in Alamitos Bay. These areas were reopened after consecutive lab results were shown to be within state water quality standards.

Mother’s Beach and 56th Place will remain closed until lab results indicate they are within state standards.

Alamitos Bay was closed for recreational water contact after a sewage spill on Monday, June 26. The cause of the spill is still under investigation.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit

Ganbare (Peterson One Tonner)

From RB Sailing

Ganbare had her origins in the difficulties faced by Doug Peterson who, at 28 years old, was wanting to establish himself as a designer but was something of an unknown quantity. Peterson decided to gamble on building a One Tonner to his own design with the objective of qualifying for the 1973 One Ton Cup to be held in Sardinia, Italy.

Ganbare had taken form in only 11 weeks from first pencil lines to launching. She was Peterson’s first design, and it took all he had to get her in the water. The design approach that was necessitated by budget constraints also represented a fresh appraisal of length, sail area and displacement, all of which resulted in more favourable ratios of length to sail area and length to displacement. At 12,500 pounds displacement she was lighter than other yachts in her class, with most boats averaging between 15-20,000 pounds. Peterson said at the time, “Part of my reason for keeping the weight low was to keep the cost down, but after my calculations I decided she would also be better. I felt other designers were trying to get the most size allowed under the rule, so I went back to the basics of what I thought it took to make a boat go fast.”

One of Ganbare‘s most unusual design features was her flatter garboard area, which allowed a slightly longer keel in the vertical dimension and thus a higher aspect ratio. Ganbare also featured what would become the Peterson trademark of a deep forefoot, narrow ‘pintail’ stern and rudder mounted directly under a small transom.

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Numerous pre-race events celebrate the 49th edition of this biennial classic ocean race

LOS ANGELES, CA – The first wave of three starts to the 49th edition of the 2017 biennial Transpac Race starts next Monday, July 3rd, when 17 yachts in three monohull divisions will cross the start line at Point Fermin in Los Angeles to race to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2225 miles away. In addition, one yacht in the multihull division – Jerzy Poprawski’s catamaran Kastor Pollux – will make the start this day as well.

Photo: Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

The starting gun will fire at 1:00 PM Pacific time, with the first (and only) mark of the course being to leave the West End of Catalina Island to port, 26 miles away. From there its over the horizon for a journey that could take some as long as 2 weeks, others as short as a few days depending on weather and size and speed of their boats.

Those that start on Monday will be the slowest boats in the fleet of 55 entries, with faster boats starting in another wave on Wednesday, July 5th and the fastest starting on Thursday July 6th, all at 1:00 PM except for the Multihulls on Thursday starting at 1:30.
Photo: Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing
Prior to the first start, organizers at the Transpacific Yacht Club have several pre-race events planned:

– On Thursday evening July 29th a VIP mixer open to race participants and invited guests will be hosted by Farmers & Merchants Bank, featuring a presentation made by noted designers Morelli & Melvin Design and Engineering on the latest in multihull technology…a fitting discussion given yesterday’s exciting conclusion of the America’s Cup.

– All Transpac Skippers, Crew and Guests are invited to the First Start Kick Off Party at Shoreline Yacht Club in Long Beach on Friday, June 30th from 5:00 – 11:00 PM. Burgers and More will be available from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, No-Host Bar from 3:00 – 11:00 PM, and Live Music will be provided by Uncle Monkey.

– On Saturday July 1st teams will pick up their registration materials and attend the Skippers Meeting for final instructions for the race.
Gladstone’s venue – photo Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing

– After the Skipper’s Meeting, Gladstone’s of Long Beach will once again be hosting the TransPac Aloha Party. The activities will commence at 1800 at the Bandshell next to the restaurant. Teams will be introduced and will receive the traditional Hawaiian blessing for safe travels and ‘fair winds and following seas.’ Tickets are available for order at

Photo courtesy Circle Porsche

– From 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 2ndCircle Porsche is hosting Porsche Palooza, a fun day featuring test drives, new models from Porsche, and an impressive collection of 50 vintage models as well. Food, music, and many of the boats participating in Transpac will also be on display. The event is open to the public and is being held at Gladstone’s and the Pine Street Pier in Long Beach.

Photo: Doug Gifford/Ultimate Sailing

– Unless called to duty, the Long Beach Fire Department will give a water show display for boats heading out to the start area in celebration of the fleet. Each boat will also be given a cannon salute as they leave Rainbow Harbor and be escorted out of the harbor by Hawaiian outrigger canoes.

“We’re very excited about this year’s fleet doing the race,” said TPYC Commodore Bo Wheeler. “We have a great mix of traditional and modern boats, those who are doing this for the first time and those who are seasoned veterans, and those doing the race for fun and those who are seriously in search of course records and putting their names in the history books alongside other prominent ocean sailors from around the world. This diversity is what makes this a great race.”

For those interested in viewing the race firsthand on a spectator boat, contact Karen Edwards at Media interested in attendance must first register with the event at the Press registration page found at

From on land the start may be seen from a cliff-top view at the historic lighthouse at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.


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Health Alert – Beaches in Alamitos Bay Closed Due to Sewage Spill

The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all beaches in Alamitos Bay closed for recreational water contact due to a sewage spill. The cause of the spill is still under investigation. The estimated volume of the spill is 7,500 gallons. The sewage was discharged into Alamitos Bay from the east side of the bay at Basin 1. Environmental Health Specialists from the Long Beach Health Department have taken samples at all potentially impacted areas.

The State Health and Safety Code requires the Health Officer to close beaches whenever a significant sewage spill occurs. All Alamitos Bay and Colorado Lagoon swimming areas will remain closed to bodily water contact until laboratory results demonstrate the water to be safe for swimming and Long Beach Health Officials re-open the beaches.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at (562) 570-4199 or visit