Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lakewood Yacht Club’s J-Fest Southwest Regatta

Lakewood Yacht Club’s annual J-Fest Southwest Regatta began on Saturday, November 2 under Northerly winds in the 20-25 knot range producing the usual big chop. Sunday’s 16-20 made for somewhat better conditions for the 59 J-Boats registered. 

The largest class was the J/24s with 13 - Bryan Dyer’s RumLine came out on top with 13 points, followed by Stuart Lindow’s Tropical Aggression with 17 points and Bill Worsham’s Happy Dance with 19 points.

The J/70s were the second largest class with 12 - the Pasquinelli/Wilson team on Stampede came out on top with 10 points, followed by Chris Lewis' GB with 18 points and Scott Spurlin's JBoats Southwest with 21 points. Six races were held.

The 8 J/105s on the line survived with only minor damage to sails and hardware. Saturday saw Bee Bednar's Stinger hold on to first place with Matt Arno's Blue Flash in second and Uzi Ozeri's Infinity in third. Sunday's 16-20s made for somewhat better conditions but resulted in a reversal of fortunes for the top three boats. Infinity came out on top with Blue Flash in Second and Stinger in third. Six points separated the top five finishers.

The J/80 and J/22 classes were both represented by 7 boats.  For the J/80s, the GC/Quantum Races team of Terry Flynn and David Whelan came out on top with 10 points followed by Luke McAllum's Parson's Project with 18 points, Kurt VanderWall's Hendrix with 19 points and Forbes Durdin's Mojito with 20 points. Kurt VanderWall also won the regatta's Road Warrior award for bringing his boat down from Colorado's Dillon Yacht Club.

The J/22 Class was dominated by Casey Lambert's Blackburn Marine Racing with 6 points, followed by Dov Kivlovitz with 13 points, and Chris Morlan's Tilt with 17 points. 

There were two PHRF Classes for the Symetrical and Asymetrical Spinnakers.  The 5 boat PHRF (Sym) Class was dominated by Chris Alk's on the J/27 Footloose with 5 bullets.  Followed by Glenn Stromme's Press to + MECO J/29 FROB with 12 Points.

While in the 7 boat PHRF (Asym) fleet, Kevin Hayes and Mike McGaugh's J/92 finished first with 11 points, followed by Albrecht Goethe's J/109 Hamburg with 16.5 points, and the maiden outing for Rod Johnstone's J/88, It's a Thrill with 19 points.

Once again, Lakewood Yacht Club hosted a spectacular event complete with a "Ragin Cajun" shrimp boil dinner on Saturday night and a raffle that included J/World tuition, Torqueedo outboard, and a Velocitek Speed Puck. 

Event website with complete results are here

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cressy Trophy SAISA Eliminations

Forty eight high school sailors travelled to Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, FL, from across the Southeast to compete to qualify for the Cressy Trophy finals.  They enjoyed highly competitive sailing, great food and a great venue.  The Jacksonville University Sailing Team served as the official host and head coach, Jon Faudree, was both an on-the-water judge and provided on-shore coaching and guidance for the young sailors.  

The weekend opened with practice on Friday in a strong Southeasterly sea breeze on the St Johns river.  This was the only time the sailors were able to hike extensively. The remainder of the weekend was marked by challenging conditions in light and oscillating breeze with varying pressure.  James Pulsford battled it out with Erik Weis in the eight boat full rig fleet.  Over 15 races they traded races back and forth until Pulsford won the last race and the regatta.  Both St Thomas Aquinas sailors, along with Patrick Shanahan from Shorecrest Prep qualified to go to the finals in Newport later this year.

In the radial fleet two young ladies took advantage of the light winds to post consistent finishes and take the top two spots convincingly.  Louisa Nordstron, Pine View High School, and Hannah Steadman, Shorecrest Prep, beat up on the boys over the course of 13 races.  Consistency, and avoiding fouling and being over early were keys to success at this qualifying regatta.  The third qualifier, Nick Baird, Shorecres Prep, overcame an OCS, to finish third.  

All six qualifiers, along with the rest of the fleet, demonstrated a high level of sailing all weekend. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Edgartown Yacht Club's Race Weekend Offers Something for Everyone

This Year's Edgartown Yacht Clubs Race Weekend combined a Big Boat Buoy Races on July 18-19 for 25 yachts followed by the annual 'Round The Island Race with  62 competitors. 
Big Boat Buoy Race Results Here
'Round-The-Island Results Here
Read the full  Sail-World Regatta Report Here

Classic Double Damned

The Hood River Yacht Club welcomed 21 sailors from three states to the seventh annual “Double Damned" race from Cascade Locks to the Dalles, Oregon. We are looking forward to another epic race next year!  Results here, and full regatta report online at Pressure-Drop.US here

Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship

(June 10, 2013) – 117 Lasers were at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, for the 2013 Laser Atlantic Coast Championship. Clay Johnson, defending champion in the Standard rig, put up a string of all top 10 finishes in the 57-boat fleet to win again over Nick Valenty (2nd) and Bryant Wood (3rd).  In the 48-boat Radial fleet it was Liam McCarthy, Jeffrey Glosenger and Gram Kilvert. The 12-boat 4.7 fleet was won by Elizabeth Hansen followed by Emily Wright and Margaret MacCormack. Full results

Reprinted from Sailing Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Hot Fun In The Summer Time Ends With Cold Dash Of Reality

Stockton, CA (June 10, 2013) – The annual Delta Ditch Run was hotter then hell in some stretches with just enough wind to keep things moving east in in other places and with a good push at the end for the high raters. First place on corrected time was Navasana (Ventura YC), skippered by David Paudler finishing in 07:42:58; in second was Misbehavin in PHRF4 (South Beach YC) skippered by Brian Green in 07:48:41; and third went to Moore 24 Eclipse (Richmond YC), skippered by Bill Erkelens in 07:55:32.
Jonny Goldsberry became the first to sail the 67 nm Delta Ditch Run from Richmond to Stockton on the Foiling Moth, unofficially, starting with the faster Cat Class, Division G. Goldsberry finished sandwiched between Charles Froeb’s Hobie 18 Chaos and Control, and Andy Costello’s LS 32′ Lightspeed in and unofficial time of 5:54:32. Although not a legally sanctioned contender under the Ditch Run rules, Jonny was supported by his dad in a chase boat, and seeks to get a full moth fleet next year, officially recognized or not…

But all the joy and fun which the race and party provided to hundreds of sailors was tempered following Saturday night’s celebrations at the Stockton Yacht Club (SYC), as news spread that the body of a sailor and SCC member – Nolan “Noe” Goodman, was recovered late Sunday.

Goodman passed away Saturday night or early Sunday morning, apparently falling overboard or off the dock in the wee hours next to his parents boat at the Stockton Sailing Clubs marina. He was spending the night on the vessel and only after he failed to show up in the morning did a frantic search ensue with speculation that he might have hopped on a boat headed back to the Richmond Yacht Club. Unable to locate him, the family filed a missing person report, and the unthinkable thought that he might have fallen overboard became a reality. The Stockton Police came to the Club and request the assistance of the Stockton Fire Department’s Dive team, which located Noe’s expired body 10′ from the family’s boat in 10-15 feet of murky water. Full report

Reprinted from Sailing Scuttlebutt

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Terhune Dazzles J/22 Midwinters

(Tampa, FL)-  Allan Terhune of Arnold, MD helmed DAZZLER to the lead on the first day of the J/22 Midwinter Championship in Tampa, Florida and never looked back. Ideal conditions greeted competitors from fifteen teams at Davis Island Yacht Club on the first day, with breezes in the 5-15 kts range under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s. From their the weather hung in there, despite one cloudy day.

Terhune's DAZZLER dominated the competition to win by fourteen points. Racing with Allan were Katie Terhune, Jeff Linton and Louise Neuberger. Terhune dropped his lowest score of only four and kept a line of 3,1,1,1,1,1,2 for just ten points in the eight race series. He was quick to praise the host Davis Island Yacht Club, saying "We couldn’t have had a better three days of sailing—warm, good breeze, challenging and fun!"

J/22 one-design sailboats- sailing MidwintersChris Doyle of Kenmore, NY finished in second place with 24 points, and Casey Lambert of Seabrook, TX came in third with 28 points. The Maryland-based DAZZLER led from day one in the 15-boat fleet, and Terhune voiced that it was "unfortunate for anyone who missed this fun regatta. The Race Committee was great, and the social events were all fun." The J/22 Class is gearing up for its 30th anniversary with their J/22 World Championship this October in Newport, RI.

Terhune was happy to start off his year in such an exciting manner. "We were able to work on our team work and tuning, and start off the season right,' Terhune said. 'We’ve started our road to Worlds!"

J/22 one-design sailboat- sailing under spinnakerIn the final day of racing on Saturday, winds averaged around 14 knots in race eight, and then increased to a sustained 28 so race nine was abandoned. Terry Flynn’s TEJAS won the day’s only contest, trailed by Terhune and Doyle.

The top five were 1st Allan Terhune (10 points), 2nd Chris Doyle (24), 3rd Casey Lambert (28), 4th Terry Flynn (30) and 5th Chris Wientjes (36). The J/22 Class extends its appreciation to Davis Island Yacht Club and its volunteers, including PRO Mike Dawson and Regatta Chair Trista Snook. Complete results are available at J22 Midwinters.

(reposted from