Keelboats – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:42:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saltwaterconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Keelboats – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ 32 32 Tribune Editorial: Access to vaccines now extended to all age groups | Editorial https://saltwaterconnections.org/tribune-editorial-access-to-vaccines-now-extended-to-all-age-groups-editorial/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/tribune-editorial-access-to-vaccines-now-extended-to-all-age-groups-editorial/ It’s Up and Down, where we give a quick nudge or thumbs up on the issues of the past week. At the top The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered 5,700 doses of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine following federal health officials’ approval of vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years. And more […]]]>

It’s Up and Down, where we give a quick nudge or thumbs up on the issues of the past week.

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The North Dakota Department of Health has ordered 5,700 doses of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine following federal health officials’ approval of vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years. And more will be ordered, with about 50,000 children in the state in that age group. Many people continue to be wary of the vaccine despite repeated assurances from health experts that it is safe. And state immunization program director Molly Howell said the Department of Health expects vaccine hesitancy from some parents of infants, toddlers and toddlers. preschool age. But she also says many parents were waiting for the vaccine to be available for this age group. It’s good that this option is now available.

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The instability along River Road north of Bismarck, which has led to landslides and road closures in recent years, needs to be corrected. Burleigh County put up concrete barriers along the problematic stretch of road, which helped ease the length of the closure after the most recent landslide. But two years ago, the county suspended a study that would have involved an engineering consultant. Last year, the city rehabilitated the roadway and improved grade stability north of the Grant Marsh Bridge to address the Bismarck portion of River Road. The reconstruction between Keelboat Park and Burnt Boat Drive cost $1.1 million. But it was worth it. It’s a busy road, and the county needs to follow the city’s lead before anyone gets hurt.

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A survey of North Dakota’s mule deer population last fall was disheartening – the fawn-to-doe ratio was the lowest in nearly a decade, due to a devastating drought. But the mild winter helped change things. The state Department of Fish and Game’s spring survey estimated a mule deer population 13% higher than last year and 34% higher than the long-term average. Big game management supervisor Bruce Stillings says both calves and adults have had good survival rates through the winter. A series of bad winters in the late 2000s led to a four-year ban on female mule deer hunting in North Dakota. So any positive mule deer news is encouraging.

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An overly wet spring in eastern North Dakota has put Devils Lake flooding back in the spotlight. State Water Development Division Director Jonathan Kelsch said flows in the lake could set a record this year. It has already grown 3 ½ feet this spring. This means the lake has swallowed up over 38,000 additional acres of land. In recent decades, the state has built outfalls on the east and west ends of the lake to deal with chronic flooding in the basin. They were reinforced again this spring. Hopefully they can remove enough water from the lake to avoid a major blow to the region’s economy.

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Boothbay Area Sailing Club completes season https://saltwaterconnections.org/boothbay-area-sailing-club-completes-season/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/boothbay-area-sailing-club-completes-season/ Have you ever wondered who is sailing dinghies around the harbor on weekday afternoons in March, April and May before most mooring fields start to fill up? These are young sailors from the region who learn to sail and race as part of the Boothbay Region Sailing Club (BRSC). The BRSC attracts sailors not only […]]]>

Have you ever wondered who is sailing dinghies around the harbor on weekday afternoons in March, April and May before most mooring fields start to fill up? These are young sailors from the region who learn to sail and race as part of the Boothbay Region Sailing Club (BRSC). The BRSC attracts sailors not only from the Boothbay Peninsula, but also from Damariscotta, Bristol and even Gardiner and Whitefield.

The BRSC was started over a decade ago to provide sailing team opportunities for area high school students. It has grown over the years and now serves high school and college students, including public, private, and home-schooled students. This year, the spring program included more than twenty sailors participating in more than twenty-five regattas between April and June.

Did you know that high school sailing is one of the only recognized mixed sports in high school? High school sailing is not part of the Maine Principals Association (MPA), but rather the New England Scholastic Sailing Association (NESSA). The Boothbay Region Sailing Club hosts two registered NESSA teams, Boothbay Region High School and Lincoln Academy, as well as a conglomerate team made up of middle and high school sailors from all schools.

The BRSC competes in regattas in the Maine-based Pen-Bay League as well as NESSA regattas across New England, some of which are qualifiers for larger national regattas or championships. Over the years, young local sailors have grown from new sailors to competitive racers, competing in and winning regattas along the New England coast and beyond. For the first time in BRSC history, last fall Lincoln Academy earned a coveted spot at the Atlantic Coast Championships held in Virginia, as well as the National High School Bowling Championships held in Florida.

More than a hundred young sailors have been involved in the program over the years, with recent graduates going on to sea-focused schools such as Maine Maritime Academy or continuing in collegiate races. The BRSC also provided an invaluable opportunity for international exchange students to learn to sail, all of whom came from areas without sailing opportunities. How exciting it must be to come home after a year in Maine with stories of learning to sail in Boothbay Harbor, site of some of the best sailing in the world, and sailing in March, April and May no less!

The BRSC leaves the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club and is active each spring and fall. The club strives to provide an opportunity to learn to sail and race for all who are interested. Sailing is an expensive sport that may be or seem out of reach for many local families. Generous financial aid and equipment are provided so that any local sailor, regardless of income, can sail and compete. The Club is grateful for the continued support of local parents, community members, BHYC members and two local non-profit organizations: the BHYC Junior Program Foundation and the Boothbay Harbor One Design Association. The Sailing Club operates as a community program open to all local students and does not require BHYC membership. Recently, the BRSC started to welcome young sailors in an Opti Based program to make sailing even more accessible out of season.

Soon, Boothbay Region Sailing Club sailors will say goodbye to senior graduates and exchange students leaving our shores, hang up their drysuits for the season, and hand over the helm to sailors and instructors from the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program — and a new fleet of young sailors will take to the waters of Boothbay Harbor to learn to sail and practice their racing and sailing skills.

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Rubber boat market expected to register lucrative gains https://saltwaterconnections.org/rubber-boat-market-expected-to-register-lucrative-gains/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:35:16 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/rubber-boat-market-expected-to-register-lucrative-gains/ This detailed analysis of the Rubber Boats Market presents a review of crucial industries, which are instrumental in driving the growth of the market. This market research report further depicts the startup mergers, acquisitions, strategies, product launches, and collaborations followed by market industry players. Market industry players are putting more effort into utilizing new technologies […]]]>

This detailed analysis of the Rubber Boats Market presents a review of crucial industries, which are instrumental in driving the growth of the market. This market research report further depicts the startup mergers, acquisitions, strategies, product launches, and collaborations followed by market industry players. Market industry players are putting more effort into utilizing new technologies to gain a competitive advantage over the fierce competition in the market. In order to maintain their position in the market, most of the organizations follow new developments, expansions, long-term contracts and product developments recently. It further covers how COVID-19 has affected a number of industries. It did not affect industries, but also affected important parts of society such as public transport, large gatherings and a few means of transport.

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The scoreboard takes shape for the Newport Bermuda Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-scoreboard-takes-shape-for-the-newport-bermuda-race-scuttlebutt-sailing-news/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 03:37:11 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-scoreboard-takes-shape-for-the-newport-bermuda-race-scuttlebutt-sailing-news/ Hamilton, Bermuda (June 21, 2022) – The Newport Bermuda Race finish committee has been on double duty since late last night. In the first 48 hours of finishing, from Jason Carroll’s (New York) Argo record at 11:20:09 p.m. ADT on June 18, only 27 boats completed the 635 nautical mile race. But since the J/122 […]]]>

Hamilton, Bermuda (June 21, 2022) – The Newport Bermuda Race finish committee has been on double duty since late last night.

In the first 48 hours of finishing, from Jason Carroll’s (New York) Argo record at 11:20:09 p.m. ADT on June 18, only 27 boats completed the 635 nautical mile race. But since the J/122 Zig Zag of Andrew Clark (Greenwich, Conn.) completed the course at 10:37:04 p.m. last night, more than 120 boats have crossed the finish line, which stretches from the lighthouse from St. David on the east end of Bermuda. .

Among the herd of finishers were Sally and Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.) aboard the timeless Cal 40 Illusion. They were the 78th participant in the starting fleet of 186 to cross the line, finishing at 06:21:33 ADT this morning for an elapsed time of 87h:01m:33s.

With a corrected time of 51:02:13, the Honeys and Illusion are the provisional leaders of St. David’s Lighthouse Division, good for a nearly two-hour lead over Clark’s Zig Zag. Third place is currently held by the winner of St. David’s line honors, Jim Murray’s Pac52 Callisto (Lake Bluff, Ill.), just 15 seconds behind Zig Zag in corrected time.

The Honeys are sailing their final race aboard Illusion, and it’s shaping up to be a grand end to 34 successful years of racing. Commenting on their strategy, Sally Honey said “it was part of Stan telling us where to go and the rest of our crew sailing the boat quickly”.

The crew included 1984 Olympic gold medalist Carl Buchan (Seattle, Washington), fellow Cal 40 owner Don Jesberg (Belvedere, Calif.) and the formidable Jonathan Livingston (Richmond, Calif.).

For Clark, second place is a surprising but welcome finish to his first race in Bermuda.

“You did it right so soon, it’s dangerous,” said Clark, 49, who bought the J/122 with an old college pal before the pandemic, then took it apart and rebuilt it. “We just kept after that. Our navigator, Gijs Gunneman-Gallo, stuck to his plan. He absolutely wanted to be east of the rhumbline, and we did that and focused on speed. We pushed as hard as we could. In the end, those seconds have arrived.

The first doubles division finisher was among the first 28 to cross the finish line. The Class40 Privateer of Carl Kah (North Palm Beach, Florida) raced just behind the lead of the fleet all the way and finished yesterday afternoon at 17:45:25 with an elapsed time of 75:05:25 .

The second, Group 5 of North East Keelboat Alliance (NEKA), a Figaro Custom 2, holds the provisional lead of the Double Division. Led by 20-year-old Webb Institute undergraduate Zachary Doerr (Butler, Pennsylvania) and 53-year-old Vladimir Shablinsky (Glen Cove, New York), Group 5 finished with an elapsed time of 77:41:22, good for a corrected time of 64:03:34, well ahead of Reveille by Jim Hammitt, Young American by Peter Becker and Privateer by Kah.

“It was great fun for my first real offshore race,” said Doerr, who teamed up with Shablinsky, his NEKA Sailing trainer. “It has a lot to do with our comfort with the boat, especially the second night when it was blowing 30 and we were going 20 knots with the A2 spinnaker up. I feel like most boats in the class in double didn’t push as hard, and we kept pushing and did a lot of miles that night, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.

In the Finisterre Division, for cruisers, of 41 starters, Dudley Johnson’s (New York City) Prevail finished first, early yesterday afternoon, with an elapsed time of 70:32:24. According to skipper Darris Witham (Newport, Rhode Island), the crew had to recover from a burst hydraulic hose just before the start and then parted a spinnaker halyard, but still kept the boat moving, even under heavy -veil only.

“The boat is fast in the breeze,” Witham said. “You just ride those big waves in the Gulf Stream – the nights were amazing.”

One split that appears to be in lockdown is the Gibbs Hill lighthouse, where 16 of 18 starters have finished (the other two have retired) but post-race yacht inspections are still ongoing.

The Division and Class 19 winner is tentative Pac52 Warrior Won of Christopher Sheehan (Larchmont, New York), who has held the No. 1 spot since taking Division Line honors yesterday morning.

In 2016, Sheehan won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy with his Xp44 of the same name. Now, he’s set to become the first owner to win both Lighthouse divisions, as well as divisional line honors.

“It’s very humbling,” said Sheehan, who won the Transpac race last year and the Caribbean 600 last February. “I had thought about it before the race. I had a ton of confidence in my team and my boat that we would have a chance at Gibbs Hill lighthouse.There are so many wonderful records and legendary sailors in this race.

Darren Walters (Boston, MA) and the Sun Fast 3300 Alchemist, who finished at 01:12:16 this morning for an elapsed time of 79:55:16 and corrected time of 45:52:28.

Alchemist trails Warrior Won by more than 36 minutes, but took a 12-minute victory over the J/120 Desperado, piloted by Vadim Shablinsky (Westbury, New York) in Class 18.

“The race was a brilliant surprise on many levels, both in terms of conditions and results,” said Glenn Walters, who was racing with his son Darren (Boston) as well as James Harayda (Richmond, England) and Ryan Novak-Smith. . (Providence, Rhode Island).

“Yesterday was just a heartbreaking day,” Walters senior said. “We had an A4 all day. Some of my crew were breaking speed records at over 22 knots very consistently. It was memorable because Ryan and James were happy for four hours when they just crushed it.

“We wouldn’t have won this race without those four hours of having the time of their lives. They had so much fun, not pushing or crossing boundaries, just having fun. It sticks in my mind.

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Race 52 of the Newport Bermuda Race, co-hosted by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC), kicked off Friday, June 17, 2022 at the entrance to the East Passage of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. .

First held in 1906, the Bermuda Race is the oldest of the five major 600 nautical mile races and is preceded only by the Transatlantic Race. The 2022 fleet has 187 participants who will be divided into eight divisions: Double, Finisterre (for cruisers), Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Multihull, Open, Spirit of Tradition, St. David’s Lighthouse and Superyacht.

The record in major divisions—St. David’s Lighthouse (limits on professional crew) and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (no limits) – is 39 hours and 39 minutes, set by George David’s maxi yacht Rambler 90 in 2012, an average speed of 16 knots.

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Patience pays off at the inaugural New York Yacht Club Women’s Championship https://saltwaterconnections.org/patience-pays-off-at-the-inaugural-new-york-yacht-club-womens-championship/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 22:20:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/patience-pays-off-at-the-inaugural-new-york-yacht-club-womens-championship/ By the Yacht Club of New York Patience is not often the primary attribute of young people. But there’s no better word to describe Alie Toppa’s winning performance, and her crew of recent college graduates, in the inaugural New York Yacht Club Women’s Championship, departed Harbor Court in Newport, RI, the weekend -end last. “We […]]]>

By the Yacht Club of New York

Patience is not often the primary attribute of young people. But there’s no better word to describe Alie Toppa’s winning performance, and her crew of recent college graduates, in the inaugural New York Yacht Club Women’s Championship, departed Harbor Court in Newport, RI, the weekend -end last.

“We definitely kept it consistent,” says Toppa (above, far left), who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but now lives in Newport and is a member of the host club. “We were just like, ‘Finished in single digits and just sail smart, sail fast. That’s exactly what we did, so we’re very happy with how it turned out.

The inauguration New York Yacht Club Women’s Championship featured 20 teams of four or five women from across the United States, sailing in supplied one-design Sonar keelboats. The Club received over 40 expressions of interest to participate in the regatta, making it an accomplishment just to be invited. The regatta ran from Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19, with the winner receiving the Joan H. Towse Trophy, named after the avid sailor, member of the race committee and late wife of former New York Yacht Club Commodore, Robert C. Towse Jr. .

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The Toppa’s College of Charleston Yacht Club team, which included Kate Nota, Maisie MacGillivray, Jo Ann Fisher and Emmy Horowitz, was on the hunt throughout the 11-race regatta but only took first place. until after the final race. navigated. In fact, it wasn’t until long after the team made landfall that they found out they had won the regatta.

“We kind of said, ‘Let others make mistakes, because it’s inevitable,'” Toppa said. “And we made a ton of mistakes, but we came back from that. It was always, the next moment, the next opportunity. My team was amazing, they helped me so much. They kept me calm, they made the right decisions and had a cool head, it was dynamic out there, so much current, so many shifts, but we did what we could, sailed with a good head on our shoulders.

Heading into the final race, it was Erin Maxwell’s 11 Less Distractions team – named after the team’s children aged 3-9 – who had controlled first place for the majority of the regatta . But the final race was not successful for them.

“The biggest mistake was that we ended up committing a foul at the [second] brand weather,” says Maxwell, a former college All-American draft pick at Dartmouth and 2008 World Champion in the women’s 470 class. “So we had to run two circles and that’s the points realistically [that we needed to win]. We also had a bad downwind first leg this race. We were in the middle of the upper fleet before that. A boat rolled us, then it was really tight at the leeward buoy, and we were just out of the way on a platoon of boats. You can’t win every race, and that was just bad for us.

Despite her background in college and on the Olympic campaign trail, Maxwell came to the event with very low expectations.

“This is the second regatta I’ve been to in the past 10 years,” said Maxwell. “Over the past 10 years, I have had five children. Now I have decided that I would like to do some more sailing and was very happy that my friends agreed to sail with me. My crew members probably haven’t done as much sailing as they would have liked in recent years, all with young children like me.

Maxwell’s team (right) included Isabelle Kinsolve Farrar, with whom she won this world championship 14 years ago. Until the final race, they were the team to beat, with no result worse than eighth place.

“Our team worked very well together and did a great job communicating and shifting gears in difficult conditions,” Maxwell said. “I think we surprised ourselves. We were all shocked to still know how to sail and really enjoyed it. We are already looking forward to the next event.

The joy of the weekend was contagious. It was written in the big smile on Susan Backus Starr’s face at the awards ceremony held on Sunday afternoon overlooking Newport Harbour. She took part in the regatta with her three sisters (left), as they have done for four decades.

“Heidi, our skipper, and Amy, the youngest sister, have been sailing together for 56 years,” said Backus Starr. “We started sailing together as a quartet in 1982 in a J/22. In 1985, when the first Rolex Keelboat was to be in Newport, we bought a J/24 to campaign [for that event] and since then we have been sailing on keelboats. When we heard the event was going to be held here, we knew we had to try to find an invite. We were delighted to have one.

The Backus sisters’ dream of a win or even a podium crumbled in a sneaky, gusty breeze on the final day. But they nevertheless achieved one of their major goals for the regatta.

“The competition was incredible,” Backus Starr said. “It was a great opportunity to meet young sailors, like two generations below us, and see if we could hang out with the middle schoolers. Everyone wants to win, but we definitely felt we held on.

Indeed they did, winning a race, taking second place twice and, when the final points were counted, finishing seventh, just 10 points off the lead.

The next edition of the New York Yacht Club Women’s Championship is tentatively scheduled for June 2024. The invitation application process will begin in late 2023.

Photos: Stuart Streuli/New York Yacht Club

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Landslide closes part of River Road; third road slide in recent years | Local News for Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota https://saltwaterconnections.org/landslide-closes-part-of-river-road-third-road-slide-in-recent-years-local-news-for-bismarck-mandan-north-dakota/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/landslide-closes-part-of-river-road-third-road-slide-in-recent-years-local-news-for-bismarck-mandan-north-dakota/ BISMARCK STAFF TRIBUNE A landslide closed off part of River Road north of Bismarck. The two-lane road was closed Friday night from Sandy River Drive to Wilderness Cove Road, according to Burleigh County Emergency Manager Mary Senger. There were no injuries or vehicles damaged. “The barriers caught the slide,” she said. The landslide is still […]]]>

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A landslide closed off part of River Road north of Bismarck.

The two-lane road was closed Friday night from Sandy River Drive to Wilderness Cove Road, according to Burleigh County Emergency Manager Mary Senger. There were no injuries or vehicles damaged.

“The barriers caught the slide,” she said.

The landslide is still active and officials are monitoring the situation, Senger said. There was no immediate estimate of when the road might reopen.

“We will have more information next week after more (aerial) photos and a review,” Senger said.

This is the third landslide on River Road in recent years. One in December 2019 closed the road in the northern Bismarck area, blocking the two lanes between block 3800 in the north and block 4000 in the south for eight days. A landslide in March 2020 caused a shorter road closure between Sandy River Drive and Wilderness Cove Road. No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged in either incident.

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County Engineer Marcus Hall in 2020 said there have been other landslides along this segment of the causeway in the past.

The Burleigh County Commission in 2020 approved that an engineering consultancy firm study the road and provide a solution to the landslides. Commissioners then put the project on hold due to state aid uncertainty following the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, the city rehabilitated the roadway and improved grade stability north of the Grant Marsh Bridge to address the Bismarck portion of River Road. The reconstruction between Keelboat Park and Burnt Boat Drive cost $1.1 million.

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The Great Harbor Yacht Club is hosting the J/70 Regatta this weekend https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-great-harbor-yacht-club-is-hosting-the-j-70-regatta-this-weekend/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 18:54:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-great-harbor-yacht-club-is-hosting-the-j-70-regatta-this-weekend/ (June 16, 2022) Sailors from across the country will descend on Nantucket this weekend for the Great Harbor Yacht Club’s inaugural J/70 regatta, an up-and-coming sports boat. The club was looking to add another regatta to the Nantucket sailing program and chose the J/70 because of its growing popularity, said Emma Conway, waterfront manager at […]]]>

(June 16, 2022) Sailors from across the country will descend on Nantucket this weekend for the Great Harbor Yacht Club’s inaugural J/70 regatta, an up-and-coming sports boat.

The club was looking to add another regatta to the Nantucket sailing program and chose the J/70 because of its growing popularity, said Emma Conway, waterfront manager at Great Harbor.

Built for the first time in 2012, the J/70 has an asymmetrical spinnaker, which allows the boat to gain more speed. It’s a one-design boat, which means that all the boats competing this weekend are identical.

The J/70 can reach speeds high enough to surf water in an airplane, rather than plowing through water.

“They’re just fast and exciting, but they’re also not so user-friendly that it’s hard for people to access them,” Conway said. “This is why it’s growing so fast, it’s still accessible but really fun and really fast.

The regatta will feature 12 teams of four, with competitors from across the East Coast, Michigan and California, as well as local competitors.

Beverly’s Brian Keane is one of many off-island competitors taking part in the event as he trains for this year’s J/70 World Championships in Monaco in October.

“I think it’s the most popular one-design keelboat in the world right now and I think many would say it’s the most competitive one-design fleet in the world right now,” Keane said. “The classroom is littered around the world with backgrounds world champions, national champions and America’s Cup sailors. If you want the best sailing in the world, J/70 is one of those places you can go.

Racing will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the waters outside Nantucket Harbor, with a practice day today. Each day will feature three races, with sailors covering approximately four nautical miles for approximately one hour for each race.

“It’s supposed to be windy so it should be an exciting race this weekend,” said Conway.

Due to their size, the boats were either towed from Hyannis or ferried on a trailer.

“They’re just in that sweet spot of being too small to sail wherever they come from and too big that they have to come on a trailer on the cargo boat,” Conway said.

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Farr 1020 National Championship Any’s Game • Live Sail Die https://saltwaterconnections.org/farr-1020-national-championship-anys-game-live-sail-die/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:39:12 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/farr-1020-national-championship-anys-game-live-sail-die/ The fleet participating in the Farr 1020 National Championship Series will be watching the weather forecast closely as Auckland is currently rocked by high winds, squalls of rain, thunderstorms and even tornadoes. The two-day event, scheduled for this weekend, June 18-19, will be hosted by the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC), with races taking place […]]]>

The fleet participating in the Farr 1020 National Championship Series will be watching the weather forecast closely as Auckland is currently rocked by high winds, squalls of rain, thunderstorms and even tornadoes.

The two-day event, scheduled for this weekend, June 18-19, will be hosted by the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC), with races taking place close to the Northern Leading area on Waitemata Harbour. The event is proudly sponsored by Burnsco and Mount Gay Rum with support from the host club, BBYC.

It will be an eventful weekend on the water for the fleet, whatever the conditions, with seven races upwind/downwind on the programme.

The long term forecast shows everything from 3 knots to 20 knots on Saturday and 4 knots to 19 knots on Sunday, but with the disgruntled conditions due to multiple cold fronts wreaking havoc across the country, anything is possible for the weekend. A few days before the event, Auckland, and in particular the racing area, experienced gusts of up to 65 knots.

Unfortunately, last year’s winner Maximum height will not be on the starting line for this edition of the event due to the untimely death of skipper, Ross Ardern, just a few months ago. Maximum height won the previous four events in 2017, 2018, 2019 and are the current title holders. No events took place in 2020 due to COVID-19. Maximum heighthas won the title a total of nine times and currently holds the record for most championship wins.

With Maximum height out of the starters list, that leaves the league title up for grabs, with hard work as the team aimed for the top step of the podium, after finishing second Maximum height in 2021.

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Hard work. Photo: Farr 1020 Facebook page

Cameron Thorpe, captain of hard work said he will be on the boat every afternoon after pre-race work this weekend as he works tirelessly to bring the boat from summer cruise mode to hard race mode.

“I’ve got a good group of guys on board for this regatta, and we’re going there with confidence to win the title,” said an enthusiastic Thorpe, en route to the marina to start getting out the cruising gear.

Thorpe lined up Tim Holgate, (young) Tim Sneeden, Matt Smeaton, Selby Howard, Scott Beavis and Stewart 34 sailor Paul Groom in a bid to run hard work to victory. The boat has already won eight national championship titles in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 with 2010 the last time they won the trophy. Whether hard work can win the title in 2022, they will equal Maximum margin record for most league titles won.

“Last year it was really light, less than 8 knots, and with these conditions it opens up the race a lot more, and in the light, Rainbow IV is quite dangerous. We would like the 20 knots, and I’m sure Rainbow IV will want the lower range because they are super-fast in the light,” Thorpe said.

“The fleet is very competitive, so it’s really anyone’s game. On day one of the championship in 2021 there were four different winners after four races, so while we go into it with confidence we have to make sure we keep our necks clean for the seven races scheduled,” continued Thorpe.

Farr 1020 race. Photo: Farr 1020 Facebook page

Rainbow IV finished third overall in the 2021 event and is also hoping for another podium finish.

Speaking ahead of the regatta, owner/skipper Alan Smith said he and his crew were looking forward to the race.

“It’s an event we look forward to every year, but we will miss our historic rival. Maximum height and especially the skipper, Ross [Ardern]”Smith said.

The Farr 1020 is a one-design 10.2 meter racing/cruising keelboat taken from the drawing board of Bruce Farr in 1983. 150 yachts have been built and launched over the years and the class is a recognized national class of keelboat in New Zealand, with the fleet, although now small on the racing front, is regularly seen at the start line of major events including the PIC Coastal Classic, SSANZ Round North Island Race and the combined Gold Cup Series , to name a few.

The first warning signal for the 2022 Farr 1020 National Championship Series will be fired at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. After Saturday’s race, all competitors, volunteers and anyone with a connection to the Farr 1020 class, past and present, are invited to join the association for dinner at BBYC to tell some stories about the class and reminisce. Those wishing to attend need only register through the site here – https://www.farr1020.org.nz/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=387362&item_id=1736051&event_date_id=255

A prize giving will close the regatta and will take place after the race on Sunday June 19 at the BBYC. Again, anyone with a connection to the class is welcome to attend.

Updates on the progress of the event will be posted on the official Farr 1020 Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Farr1020/

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The Cinnamon Boys of Kinsale on a boat in a hurry in the countdown to the tour of Ireland https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-cinnamon-boys-of-kinsale-on-a-boat-in-a-hurry-in-the-countdown-to-the-tour-of-ireland/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:11:16 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-cinnamon-boys-of-kinsale-on-a-boat-in-a-hurry-in-the-countdown-to-the-tour-of-ireland/ Kinsale’s top two-handed pilots Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt with the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl appear to have had enough successful sailing already in the 2022 season to fulfill many crews’ ambitions for an entire year. And all this even though now – in mid-June – summer itself seems remarkably unenthusiastic about making a lasting […]]]>

Kinsale’s top two-handed pilots Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt with the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl appear to have had enough successful sailing already in the 2022 season to fulfill many crews’ ambitions for an entire year. And all this even though now – in mid-June – summer itself seems remarkably unenthusiastic about making a lasting appearance, when a cold, windy spring doesn’t realize it has long outlived its welcome.

On May 20, when the new 240-mile Inishtearaght race set sail from their home port, the two shipmates and their fully crewed rivals were sailing on what looked like a gloomy day in March. And although they found some sunshine off the south west coast using Inishtearaght for the first time as a racing landmark, by the time they got back to Kinsale the darkness had closed in again. But the Cinnamon boys hardly noticed, as they finished second on the water, took a strong first in corrected time and ended May as Afloat.ie’s “Sailors of the Month”.

Work done. Cinnamon Girl is back at Kinsale after circling the Blaskets, closing in on winning the Inish Tearaght race overall. Photo: Robert Bateman

But they were just getting started, as like all Sunfast 3300 crew, they are campaigning for the new top-tier boat whose public debut has been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Sure, Cinnamon Girl and other hyper-sharp offshore boats from Cork and Dublin Bay have been handling some sports with carefully restricted events like the Fastnet 450 during lockdown easings. Yet these were almost under-the-radar events, not at all like the hellish competition for leather you enjoy when testing a new boat with clearly high potential.

So the SSE Renewables Round Ireland race in Wicklow next Saturday has added appeal, with its feeling that the last of the restrictions are thrown to the winds. And for the Cinnamon Girl and boys, the past weekend saw the buildup pick up speed, with a record-breaking positioning move from Kinsale to the East Coast in which they spun for hours after hours at speeds of 15 to 21 knots, even managing to see a – albeit rather watery – sunset as they cruised along the Wicklow coast.


(Above) Cinnamon Girl at the weekend, making 15-21 knots as it passed Kinsale to the East Coast

It’s a tremendously experienced team. Cian McCarthy – having cut his teeth with Denis Doyle on Moonduster – raced the Mini Transat. He finished fourth in the first leg, but broke the forestay in the first week of the second transatlantic leg, but raced without a forestay for the rest of the crossing – possibly a first transatlantic crossing without a forestay. He’s also won the BT Global Challenge, raced Open 40s as well as numerous Commodores Cups and Admirals Cups, and has already done five Round Irelands – two double-handed.

Sam Hunt is also from Kinsale, with extensive experience in dinghies and keelboats. He was the only civilian on the British Army boat’s crew in the last four rounds of Ireland. Additionally, he had numerous match and team race victories, had a 470 Olympic campaign with Gerbil Owens in 2005-06, and also raced with the Mumm 30s on Mammy and the Melges with Team Barbarians, all recording successful experience in SB20 and 1720, and flying the legendary Tiamat in the IRC and Commodores Cup series.

Although this is Sam’s fifth tour of Ireland, it will be his first double, and he and Cian McCarthy seem to be merging into a formidable duo. They’ve boosted their outlook with in-depth sail information from Nin O’Leary, and now all they need to sail around Ireland is more of the conditions they experienced last weekend. to make Cinnamon Girl even more of a force to be reckoned with. .

Kinsale in the morning, sunset over Wicklow in the evening - that's the kind of passage the Sunfast 3300 can achieve when conditions allow.Kinsale in the morning, sunset over Wicklow in the evening – that’s the kind of passage the Sunfast 3300 can achieve when conditions allow.

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Round Ireland racing is the focus of the Offshore Racing Academy weather routing conference next Wednesday https://saltwaterconnections.org/round-ireland-racing-is-the-focus-of-the-offshore-racing-academy-weather-routing-conference-next-wednesday/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 16:37:12 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/round-ireland-racing-is-the-focus-of-the-offshore-racing-academy-weather-routing-conference-next-wednesday/ The rescheduled Offshore Racing Academy Weather Routing Conference will take place this Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 7pm, just two days before the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow. Originally it was planned to run this program focusing only on Expedition and Adrena, however, with the upcoming Round Ireland race on June 18th it was decided […]]]>

The rescheduled Offshore Racing Academy Weather Routing Conference will take place this Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 7pm, just two days before the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow.

Originally it was planned to run this program focusing only on Expedition and Adrena, however, with the upcoming Round Ireland race on June 18th it was decided to run this course with a focus on the routes for this race and look at other online apps and programs that can also help you achieve top performance in the Round Ireland race this year.

Kenny Rumball

To be accurate, weather routing software requires a combination of highly accurate computer-generated information including;

  • Wind data models, known as GRIBS
  • Information on tides and currents
  • Fleeces
  • Specific Navigational Hazards

Not only will the conference cover software, but it is also important to discuss the pitfalls of certain hardware options! Kenny will unveil the secret solutions that have proven successful in the professional offshore sailing scene in France.

The seminar is free to those who have registered for this conference in the past as well as the ‘Getting the Most Out of Your Offshore Racing’ conference, but the low cost of €30 will apply to new registrations.

To register, please follow this link here

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