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SAN DIEGO’s Mark Reynolds ON 2019 FINALIST LIST AS Olympic Hall of Fame INDUCTEE

There are 15 finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019, but only one San Diegian. Tabitha Lipkin caught up with a sailor on that list that has traveled the world, but holds the 92106 area code close to his heart.

San Diego native nominated for Olympic Hall of Fame

There are 15 finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019, but only one San Diegian. Tabitha Lipkin caught up with a sailor on that list that has traveled the world, but holds the 92106 area code close to his heart.

Posted by Tabitha Lipkin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

List of Olympic Finalists and Bios

Mark Reynolds

OLYMPIC GAMES
1988 – Sailing
Silver: Star
1992 – Sailing
Gold: Star
1996 – Sailing
8th: Star
2000 – Sailing
Gold: Star

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. After winning the gold in 2000, Reynolds was named World Sailing’s and U.S. Sailing’s Yachtsman of the Year. These awards are considered the highest honor in the sport of sailing globally and in the United States, respectively.
  2. Won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.
  3. Reynolds was a two-time world champion in 2000 and 1995. He has eight world championship medals in the Star class.
  4. Reynolds is a 10-time continental champion.
  5. In 1989 and 1992, he was named Athlete of the Year for Sailing by the USOC.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION

  1. Reynolds is the most decorated Olympic sailors in U.S. history. In three of the four Games he attended, he earned a medal (two gold, one silver). In 1996 (Reynold’s worst Games performance) he still placed in the top 10.
  2. Off the water, Reynolds is extremely motivated and an incredible team player. While he was training for the Olympics, he simultaneously worked as a sailmaker. He not only designed the sails for all three of his medal-winning boats, but also those for his competitors.
  3. Reynolds’ dedication to fostering U.S. Olympic sailing transcends dedication to his own campaigns. In 2008, 2012 and 2016, Reynolds served as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. In 2016, even after the Star class was eliminated from the Olympic Games, Reynolds shared his expertise by coaching the U.S. Men’s Laser sailor, Charlie Buckingham. With guidance from Reynolds, Buckingham finished his first Olympic Games’ in the boat widely renowned as the most competitive Olympic class in 11th place.
Image: “Hal and Mark” – Painting by Jim Dewitt

BACKGROUND
• Competed in Star at four Olympic Games (1988-2000), three of them alongside Hal Haenel (1988-96).
• Four-time Olympian and three-time medalist, including two golds.
• Won six world championship medals in Star, including golds in 1995 and 2000.
• He also won a Star gold medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games, and a silver medal in the Snipe class at the 1979 Pan American Games.
• He learned to sail from his father, James Reynolds, who was a 1971 world champion in Star, as crew for Dennis Conner.
• Attended San Diego State University, graduating in 1979.
• Was named the 2000 ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year, and in 2002, he was inducted into the World Sailing Hall of Fame.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Mark Reynolds represents the qualities of a model Olympian. He is an avid supporter of U.S. Sailing and Olympic excellence, an extremely talented athlete, and is dedicated to fostering the next generation of champions. During Reynold’s tenure dominating the Star class, he displayed a vast depth of skill and sportsmanship.

2019 Bacardi Cup Results

Miami, FL / March 3 – 9, 2019

SoCal sailors Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise (SDYC) win the Star Class in a fleet of 64.

Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon (Mike Buckley, George Pete, Jeff Reynolds and Chelsea Simms) from Newport Beach (NHYC) takes third in the Melges 24 Class.

COMPLETE RESULTS

Eric and Payson

2018 Star Worlds Results

Tred Avon Yacht Club – Oxford, MD – USA

SDYC sailors place 5th (George Szabo – Roger Cheer) and 9th (Eric Doyle – Payson Infelise)

Paul Cayard and Arthur Lopes of StFYC top American finisher and on the podium taking 3rd.

RESULTS

Final Day Event Report

 

DOYLE DOMINATES 2018 STAR NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB

MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA  19 AUGUST 2018 – – After four days of combat on the waters of Santa Monica Bay, Eric Doyle has earned his second Silver Star, winning the 2018 Star North American Championship regatta at California Yacht Club.

Doyle, representing San Diego Yacht Club, and racing with Payson Infelise of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, defeated 36 rival teams in eight races over four days of competition. The 50-year-old sailmaker previously won the Star North Americans and the Worlds nearly 20 years ago, in 1999.  He compared this win to his victory 19 years ago, saying, “It hurts a little more to hike out; but the competition is still great, and Bill Stump is still out here running great races.”

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With a podium placement in every race but one (when he was OCS), Doyle added, “The big key to the regatta is to be consistent. You’ve just got to be conservative and chip away at it. Try to stay fresh and focused, always looking out the boat.” He credited “good teamwork” and gave a nod to his crew Payson Infelise.

Doyle continued, “You’d better be on your toes, and on your game every second, or there are people passing you from every angle. Because everybody’s fast and everybody’s tough.”

Giving Doyle the toughest time was the St. Francis Yacht Club team of Paul Cayard/Arthur Lopes who finished second, just five points astern; while Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Charlie Buckingham/Jamie Buchan finished third.

Competitors from the US, Canada and Argentina enjoyed breezes ranging from 6 to 12 knots over the course of the four-day event; plus toasty temps and the warm hospitality of Cal Yacht Club.

Doyle had launched an early lead in the championship regatta which began August 16. On a roll – winning last weekend’s King of Spain regatta, and on the heels of an impressive victory at the Lipton Cup Star regatta in Santa Barbara – he appeared set to dominate: until Cayard sprung to the top of the leaderboard Friday. That day’s prickly racing saw several general recalls, leading PRO Bill Stump to hoist the U pennant for the start of the second race. With 37 boats on the line, starts were testing, and that black flag snared seven racers – including Doyle, dropping him to second overall.

But Saturday’s races, held in 6-8 knot zephyrs and sloppy seas, saw the leaders flip-flop again; putting Doyle over Cayard.

By midday Sunday the building breeze was already an improvement over Saturday’s trying conditions.

Doyle was seated at the top of the leaderboard, but the situation was no longer like Thursday’s initial race: where Doyle led the fleet from pole to pole. After three days of hard racing the competition was tuned up, and Doyle had to fight for every inch of victory.

Derek DeCouteau/Jamie Stewart had a brilliant start in today’s Race Seven, and led the pack to the first mark. But by the final lap, racing twice around on 1.3nm legs, they had succumbed to the persistent Doyle, who finished first; with Cayard, second, hot on his trail.

At the start of the final race Sunday the breeze freshened, and racers were faced with significant chop. Cayard continued to put pressure on Doyle, and initially got several boats between them. But Doyle chipped away ‘til nearly parked on Cayard: the two holding their own private match race on the final two legs. In the end, Doyle overtook Cayard to place third in that race and clinch his grip on the title. That final race was won by Mark Reynolds/Roger Cheer.

Reynolds was one of many challengers with lofty reputations. He is a 1995 and 2000 World Champion, and a 1989 and 1992 North American winner. Another, John MacCausland, was the 2013 World Champion, six-time North American champion.

“There are a lot of people who have been in the class a long time,” Doyle conceded. “They’re as good as it gets, so it’s really great to race against them.”

Cayard admitted to 41 years as a Star sailor, while Grand Master racer Benny Mitchell added, “We’ve all been racing Stars against each other for many, many years – more than we want to admit! But we are all friends, and it makes it fun.”

It would be fascinating to add up the centuries of experience these competitors have sailing Stars. And one racer was working on a century of his own! Saturday, Doug Steele celebrated his 80th birthday at the regatta. To the comment that he was an ‘Exalted Grand Master’ in the Star community, he replied: ‘Exhausted Grand Master perhaps!” Steele and Isao Toyama finished 30th.

The Stars recognize sailors over 50 (Master), 60-plus (Grand Master), and 70-plus (Exalted Grand Master). Stephen Gould received top honors in the latter division. Reynolds was recognized for best finish in the Grand Master division, while Doyle received the Master trophy, in addition to first place overall awards.

Competitors lauded Cal Yacht Club for superb race management and hospitality, while others commended the beautiful weather and fair conditions, and camaraderie. “No one can say Santa Monica Bay and Cal Yacht Club doesn’t deliver,” added Mitchell. Event chairs for this event were Denise George and Monica Antola.
Host California Yacht Club is located in Marina Del Rey, Calif. and has been a mainstay of the yacht racing community since 1922: a modern organization steeped in tradition. Its 1,250 members range from neophyte juniors just gaining their sea legs, to Olympic champions, and compete in major regattas around the globe.

Cal Yacht Club is a three-time recipient of US SAILING’s St. Petersburg Trophy for “excellence in race management,” including the year 2005, when their running of the Star North Americans earned this revered award.

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Top Five
Eric Doyle                                13
Paul Cayard                             19
Charlie Buckingham             35
Mark Reynolds                       37
Peter Vessella                        40

Cover Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

 

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

 

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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COVER PHOTO CREDIT: BRONNY DANIELS/JOYSAILING

2018 SDYC Star Rollins Bowl

RESULTS

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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