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Super Stars Shine on Day One of Star North American Championship at Cal Yacht Club

MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA  16 AUGUST 2018

Champion Star sailor Eric Doyle took an early but slim lead today over the 34-boat fleet competing in Day One of the Star North American Championship regatta, which runs through Sunday at California Yacht Club.

Two races were held on Santa Monica Bay, where a fresh south-westerly breeze offered a cool breather from steamy conditions ashore.

Race One got off cleanly, with Doyle and crew Payson Infelise controlling the fleet from pole to pole, and Paul Cayard/Arthur Lopez in close pursuit. Rick Merriman/Rick Peters finished third in that race.

Race Two got off to a rocky start, with two General Recalls. The third start was a charm, with the I flag flying, and only one competitor OCS. With a westerly shift, the fleet split evenly. Benny Mitchell and Patrick Powell took the lead, trading places briefly with Doyle and Cayard at the second windward rounding. “We were playing the shifts, and angles and Eric passed us. He opened up the lead, then he and Paul jibed away,” said Mitchell. But able to extend on the right side of the shift, Mitchell crossed the finish line first. Doyle and crew, close astern, were the first to shout out congratulations.

Cayard took third. “Marina del Rey has always been a great place to sail Stars,” he said, crediting moderate winds but adding, “it was a little sloppy out there.”

Finishing the day with a 2-3 record, he acknowledged, “It was challenging, but we had a good day. Eric Doyle had a slightly better day; but we’ve got six more races to go.”

With several past North American and World champions in the line-up, and three more days of sailing, the 2018 title remains up for grabs.

Cayard, who won the North Americans in 1994 and 2003 and the Worlds in 1988, has been racing Stars since 1977. “I love the Star,” he declared. “It’s the boat of my life.”

Doyle last won the North Americans in 1999 – the same year he triumphed at the Worlds. Although that was nearly two decades ago, he’s currently back on a winning streak: triumphing in last weekend’s King of Spain tune-up here, following a win at the Santa Barbara Lipton Cup.

Overall, Doyle stood on top of the leaderboard with three points, followed by Cayard at five, and the team of Peter Vessella and Phil Trinter, with nine points.  Racing continues through Sunday, August 19, with two matches daily starting at 12:25PM.

Racers, from the US, Canada and Argentina, can expect more of the same great weather, and superior race management and organization from Cal Yacht Club.

For full details and results please visit: http://Calyachtclub.com

Top Five

  1. Eric Doyle                    3
  2. Paul Cayard                5
  3. Peter Vessella            9
  4. John MacCausland     11
  5. Andrew Macdonald    12

Cover Photo: Betsy Crowfoot

 

2018 CFJ Nationals

CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB – JULY 27-29, 2018

RESULTS

CFJ Class Association

 

CLOSE OF ENTRIES JULY 25 FOR STAR NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP AT CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB

 

MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA, 24 JULY 2018 – – Star sailors have until 1800 July 25, 2018 to enter the North American Championship regatta at California Yacht Club, slated to be held here August 14 to 19.

Already dozens of ‘super’ Stars have signed up to compete for the coveted Silver Star, which represents victory in the North American Star sail-off; including Charlie Buckingham, straight off his triumph in the Laser North American championships.

Racing will take place on a challenging two-mile diameter course on Santa Monica Bay, with eight multi-lap races over four days. Organized by CYC, which has a rich history of hosting world-class yachting events, the championships will commence with registration, measurement and weigh-ins August 14. A practice race and opening ceremony are slated for August 15, followed by four days of high-test racing August 16 through 19. In addition to awards for the top winners and perpetual trophies, prizes will also be presented to the top skippers and crew in both Masters (50-59) and Grand Masters (60 and over) divisions.

For information on registration and the event please visit: https://2018na.starchampionships.org/entry/2018_north_american

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Join World Champion Eric Doyle For Facebook Live Chalk Talk

On Sail Trim and Tactics for Star North American Championship Success
Trim-for-speed primer slated July 20 1800PST at http://facebook.com/cycracing

July 12, 2018 –  California Yacht Club (CYC) will host North Sails and 1999 Star North American and World Champion Eric Doyle in a Facebook Live Chalk Talk on Sail Trim and Winning in Marina Del Rey July 20 at 6pm (pst) online at http://facebook.com/cycracing, as competitors gear up for the August 14 to 19 Star North American Championships!

The Star North American Championship is a prestigious regatta where the best of the best come out to compete for the Silver Star and Championship title. Past winners include Olympians, World Champions and America’s Cup competitors, mixing bow-to-bow with local champions and racers. Yacht racing at this level brings everyone’s game up, and is why the Star boat is still considered the hallmark of a championship racer.

Doyle will be on site at CYC July 20 to host the live chat on trimming and strategy for racing the Star in the Santa Monica Bay. Doyle is a familiar face at CYC, competing in past events such as the annual King of Spain regatta, Star North Americans (2010), and the Olympic Trials (2008). He knows how to win in this venue!

“I am really looking forward to racing the Star North American Championships at California Yacht Club. The conditions in Santa Monica Bay are ideal for star sailing,” said Doyle. “Cal Yacht Club is famous for their fabulous hospitality and great Race Committee and management, and and the competition will be tight! I hope everyone who has the chance will take the opportunity to join us for some great competition and racing, and hope to see you there next month!”

Dozens of competitors have already entered the August 14 to 19 championship event at CYC.

Many racers will travel from throughout the US and North America, so CYC organizers wanted to create an opportunity for a ‘chalk talk’ available to all entrants – and those just interested in improving their racing skills.

“We thought, ‘Why keep it a local event? Let’s open it to a world-wide audience!’” said Mary Stuyvesant, CYC’s Sail Committee Social Media Chair. “With Facebook Live, racers from all over the world can watch and even ask questions in real time. We think it is a great opportunity for the class throughout North American and beyond!”

“It should be fun – and we know people want to ask Eric questions – as he typically provides answers and comments on his own sail trim, when asked about it on his Facebook photos.”

CYC also welcomed sponsors for the Star Class North American Championship regatta: Platinum Sponsor – Denison Yachting; Gold Sponsors – Helly Hanson and North Sails; and Silver Sponsors – Starboatguy.com and MAP Strategic Wealth Advisors.

“Denison is excited about the opportunity to support a world-class event with such an unrivaled history and stature among sailing’s elite,” said Denison Yachting CEO Nereus Dastur. “Star Class Regattas are known for bringing together top-tier sailors from all walks of competitive sailing, and the Star North American Championship is sure to be a thrill to watch – full of memorable moments on the water.”

ABOUT THE STAR

The Star is one of the greatest one-design racing classes in the world, demanding a superior level of competition. Fast and unforgiving, with massive sail area and just 23-ft LOA, they sail comfortably in light air. Mid-breeze requires some adjustment, and heavy breeze demands guts. One wrong jibe can result in the snap of a mast and loss of the massive main sail: NASCAR wrecks have nothing on a Star boat race!

Introduced over 100 years ago, it has undergone various incarnations and innovations, yet this long-standing and elite class of racing keelboat remains one of the most widespread and professionally sailed craft in the world, with over 8,524 boats built; actively raced in 19 districts throughout 27 countries.

 

ABOUT CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB

California Yacht Club is proud to have been selected to host major Star Class championships over the years: 1983 World Championship; 2002 World Championship; 2005 North American Championship; 2008 Olympic Sailing Trials; and 2010 North American Championship.

California Yacht Club is a three time recipient of the prestigious US Sailing St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for Excellence in Race Management, including their performance hosting the 2002 Worlds and 2005 North Americans.

Located in Marina Del Rey, California, California Yacht Club has been a mainstay of the Yacht Racing Community since 1922. A modern organization steeped in tradition, its 1,000  members, ranging from neophyte juniors just gaining their sea legs to former Olympic champions, compete in boats ranging from Optis to Mega Yachts  in major sailing regattas around the world.

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2018 Melges 24 Worlds – SoCal’s Team Fields and Team Ayres Place 2 – 3

June 9, 2018 – Victoria, BC, Canada

Event Wrap Up Report

 

Top five after 10 races (Overall)

1. Altea #678 ITA 722, Andrea Racchelli, Filippo Togni, Gaudenzio Bomni, Matteo Ranian, Michele Gregoratto, Altea, – 5 – 1 – 5 – 1 – 1 – 5 – (8) – 4 – 2 – 6 ; 30 pts
2. WTF USA 829, Alan Field, Erik Shampain, Willem Van Waay, Steve Hunt, Lucas Calabrese, California Yacht Club, – 1 – 6 – 4 – 5 – 3 – 7 – 6 – 1 – 3 – (8) ; 36 pts
3. Monsoon USA 851, Bruce Ayres, Chelsea Simms, George Peet, Jeff Reynolds , Mike Buckley, NHYC, – 3 – 5 – 2 – (15) – 2 – 2 – 2 – 7 – 11 – 2 ; 36 pts
4. Full Throttle USA 849, Brian Porter, RJ Porter, Matt Woodworth, Andy Burdick, Lake Geneva Yacht Club, – 2 – 3 – 9 – (12) – 5 – 6 – 5 – 2 – 5 – 4 ; 41 pts
5. Mikey CAN 838, Richard Clarke, Ansel Koen, Rachel Spinelli, Ben Whiting, Hunter Lowden, Anacortes Yacht Club, – 4 – 9 – 1 – 8 – (10) – 3 – 3 – 6 – 4 – 5 ; 43 pts

Melges 24 Canadian NCR and Pre Worlds: SoCal’s Team Ayres and Team Fields Go 1 – 2

RESULTS

Event Report

2018 Cal Cup and Cal Race Week Results

June 1-3, 2018

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June 2-3, 2018

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Cover Photo: Joysailing – Bronny Daniels

Star North American Championships Regatta Announcement

STARS RETURN TO CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB FOR NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP AUGUST 14-19

MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA, 5 APRIL 2018 – – There is no better place in Southern California for star sightings than the prestigious California Yacht Club (CYC) as they prepare to host the 2018 International Star Class North American Championship,  August 14 to 19.

Fifty top sailors from all over the world are expected to compete for the coveted Silver Star, emblematic of the Star Class North American Championship. Racing will take place on a challenging two-mile diameter course on Santa Monica Bay, with eight multi-lap races over four days.

“California Yacht Club has a rich history of hosting world class yachting events, and has been a longtime supporter of the Star fleet, so we’re excited to be holding this event!” said US Sailing National Race Officer and CYC Senior Race Officer Bill Stump. “In fact, the first Star Class fleet on the Pacific Coast was established in the 1920s by the founders of California Yacht Club, and venerable CYC Olympian Owen Churchill purchased one of the first boats for the new Southern California fleet. It’s a classic yacht racing design, competitive, elegant and ageless. The Star Class has generated Olympic and America’s Cup champions for decades.”

Only North American Champions may race under the Silver Star. Past North American winners such as Tobin Grael, George Szabo, Paul Cayard and Eric Doyle have gone on to win World Championships and Olympic Medals, as well as compete in the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. 

Over the last century, the Star has undergone various incarnations and innovations, but remains one of the greatest one-design racing classes, demanding a superior level of competition. Fast and unforgiving, with massive sail area and just 23-ft LOA, they sail comfortably in light air. Mid-breeze requires some adjustment, and heavy breeze demands guts. One wrong jibe can result in the snap of a mast and loss of the massive main sail: NASCAR wrecks have nothing on a Star boat race!

This long-standing and elite class of racing keelboat remains one of the most widespread and professionally sailed craft in the world, with over 8,524 boats built; actively raced in 19 districts throughout 27 countries.

Plans for the regatta have been in the works since March 2016, when the Star Class selected CYC for this premier event, based on its reputation for professional race management and excellent venue.

Registration, measurement and weigh-in commence August 14. A practice race and opening ceremony are slated for August 15, followed by a proposed eight races over four days, August 16 through 19.

In addition to awards for the top five winners and perpetual trophies, prizes will also be presented to the top three skippers and crew in both Masters (50-59) and Grand Masters (60 and over) divisions.

Competitors are encouraged to arrive early and participate in the annual King of Spain regatta the prior weekend, August 11 and 12.

Registration is open and can found at https://2018na.starchampionships.org/entry/2018_north_american

California Yacht Club is proud to have been selected to host major Star Class championships over the years: 1983 World Championship; 2002 World Championship; 2005 North American Championship; 2008 Olympic Sailing Trials; and 2010 North American Championship.   

CYC has been awarded the prestigious US Sailing St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for Excellence in Race Management for their performance hosting the 2002 Worlds and 2005 North Americans.

Located in Marina Del Rey, Calif., CYC has been a mainstay of the yacht racing community since 1922. CYC is a modern organization steeped in tradition. Its 1,000  members, ranging from neophyte juniors just gaining their sea legs to former Olympic champions, compete in boats spanning from Optis to mega yachts, in major sailing regattas around the world.

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