Family triumph for Das Blau Max in the IC37 North American Championship


Family triumph for Das Blau Max in the IC37 North American Championship

by New York Yacht Club Oct 4 05:21 UTC
October 1-3, 2021

2021 IC37 North American Championship © Paul Todd /

Most 25-year-old men are reluctant to summon their parents to help them out. To become a full-fledged adult, you have to learn to deal with your own missteps. But to win the inaugural North American IC37 Championship, released last weekend at New York Yacht Club Harbor Court in Newport, RI, coxswain Nick Sertl had to do just that in the first race.

A bad start led the Das Blau Max team to look at a whole fleet of rear panels and the high probability of a disappointing race to kick off the last regatta of the summer 2021 season. So he called mum [Cory] and dad [Mark], which called up the tactics and the mainsail respectively on the family boat, and together they made their way through the fleet to get a remarkable second out of it.

“Our boat speed was very good,” said Sertl. “Most of the time I give credit to my dad, who adjusts the mainsail. It’s very sensitive. Two or three inches of mainsheet makes the difference between going fast and going slow. A boat. fast makes the tactician good looking, makes the pilot good looking. I think all the gears clicked in this regatta where, like in previous events, we were fast, but made bad decisions or made bad starts. ”

The IC37 North American Championship was hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court in Newport, RI, October 1-3. The regatta was the last event on the IC37 regatta calendar for the summer of 2021 and featured 17 Corinthian teams battling for top honors over eight races across Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay. The IC37 class was created by the New York Yacht Club to promote one-design competition for amateur sailors. The 37-foot high-performance keelboat was designed by Mark Mills, and strict class rules ensure the level playing field for big boat sailing. The class’s inaugural North American Championship was sponsored by Cadre, Hammetts Hotel, Safe Harbor Marinas and Musto.

Final results available here.

This opening race would prove to be essential for a second reason. As Das Blau Max regained second place, another team saw a solid finish evaporate when they learned after the race that they had crossed the starting line seconds earlier. Members Only, led by Hannah Swett and Ben Kinney, were finally able to rule out the 18-point penalty for starting early and taking the lead in the penultimate race. But Swett, Kinney and company started the final race with no margin for error. Das Blau Max had finished no worse than seventh in the first seven races of the 8-race series and could win the championship forcing Members Only to a poor result.

“We did the math before the race,” said Nick Sertl. “Our worst race at that time was a seventh and the members only had [the disqualification], so if they sailed an 11th or worse we would win the regatta [regardless of Das Blau Max’s finish in that race]. So our plan was to pin them early or push them back or something like that. ”

It is far from a foolproof strategy.

“I failed at the 2013 Junior Lightning Worlds,” said Nick Sertl. “We were in the same situation, and the other boat rounded us and they beat us.

“There was a moment [today] when we were both on the port side and quite close to each other, then a boat veered and [Members Only] we had to dodge them and went from half a boat length in front of them to two and a half lengths ahead. From there it was a little more under control. But there were certainly some nervous moments on the boat. ”

After essentially matching the Members Only team around the five stages of the final race, Das Blau Max (right, on Thursday’s practice day) finished 15th, with Members Only 17th, winning the championship for the team Sertl, who also included Katja, Nick’s sister, in the crew.

“We certainly do [appreciate doing this as a family]”said Nick Sertl.” We have a lot of opinions on the boat and we’re not afraid to express them. But every time we come home for Christmas and see the pictures of us sailing together, I’m like, ‘It was a real pleasure sailing together last summer, and I’m so glad we were able to. do it.'”

With a fourth in the final race. Doug Newhouse’s Yonder team managed to overtake Members Only for second place. Ed Whitmore’s ticket finished fourth in the regatta. It has been a long season of learning and growing as a team for the Whitmore team, which includes Andy Giglia, the event chair for the IC37 North American Championship. But this result made all the hard work worth it.

“The wind was very unstable so you have to be able to execute all the maneuvers and keep the boat moving,” said Giglia. “We have sailed all [IC37] regatta this year, and for us it was a huge step forward because we weren’t competing at this level. Our teamwork has become phenomenal and our tactics are really good, and everything has gone well. Nationals [in July], we were sixth and we had a fourth here. We are very excited. ”

According to Giglia, the Ticket team will continue to climb the learning curve during the IC37 2021-’22 winter series in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

However, for the majority of the crews in this regatta, it will be six months or more before meeting in spring 2022 to prepare for another season of the best one-design keelboat races on the planet.

Overall results: (top five, 17 boats, 8 races, 1 discard pile, full results here)

1. Das Blau Max, IC37, Cory, Mark and Nick Sertl Sertl, Jamestown, RI, USA – 2 -6 -1 -6 -7 -1 -4 -[15]; 27pts
2. Over there, IC37, Douglas Newhouse, Newport, RI, USA – 4 -3 -8 -4 -[16] -2 -7 -4; 32pts
3. Members only, IC37, Cross / Kinney / Swett, Newport, RI, USA – [18] -4 -4 -1 -2 -5 -1 -17; 34pts
4. Ticket, IC37, Whitmore / Greenhouse, Norfolk, Virginia, USA – 7 -9 -7 -3 -1 -[17] -12 -3; 42pts
5. Nouvelle Vague, IC37, Steve Liebel / Ray Wulff, Tampa, Florida, USA – 9 -8 -6 -7 -9 -[11] -3 -1; 43pts

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